CN0507 - Advanced Care of Children and Young People

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What will I learn on this module?

You will develop skills in comprehensive, systematic nursing assessments of children and young people, that take account of relevant physical, social, cultural, psychological, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors.
In order to practice effectively and preserve safety you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the biological basis of children and young people’s health and illness and its application to nursing practice. This will enable you to develop leadership and clinical decision-making skills.
You will explore partnership working demonstrating that you can prioritise people and promote professionalism when working with children, young people, families and the multidisciplinary team within the context of children’s nursing practice.
You will appraise the role of the children’s nurse with different contexts when systematically assessing the nursing needs of children within a family centred approach. To achieve this children, young people and families as service users will be explored within the context of holistic care delivery. The importance of interprofessional working when delivering care to children with long-term conditions and their families will be appraised.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a variety of learning / teaching strategies to enable integration of theory and practice. Opportunities will be provided for you to examine and explore the nursing care of children and young people with neurological illness, cardio-vascular illness, respiratory disease, immune-deficiency disorders and renal conditions. Previously in the curriculum these conditions may have been discussed, they will be revisited here in more depth and focus on the applied physiology and nursing care of children with these illnesses/disorders/conditions. In accordance with research–rich learning, underpinning theories and concepts will be explored in lectures and seminars reflecting the contemporary evidence base supporting the module themes. Some of the lectures in the module will be eLearning focused. These will be hosted on the eLearning platform (eLP). Learning / teaching strategies will include experiential and enquiry based learning aimed at exploring the conditions/illnesses/disorders identified. Peer group learning will be a dominant feature within the module sessions and simulation based learning within the clinical skills centre will be facilitated in some of the practical sessions. As an adult learner; you will engage in extensive reading, information retrieval and will explore and apply published research to your academic study and clinical practice. Through independent learning you will undertake further reading around the subject areas covered. The learning and teaching strategies employed will encourage you to appreciate the role of the children’s nurse within different contexts/settings and make the clear links to clinical practice. Module teaching staff will support you through your personal development as a children’s nurse focusing on your skills in comprehensive, systematic nursing care.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic staff from Northumbria University will be involved in the delivery of the module and will offer support to you both within timetabled sessions and out with formal timetabled contact. Teaching staff will provide academic support via both face-to-face tutorials and electronic support through media such as email and e-discussions. Staff will support you, as an individual, facilitating your learning in line with the module philosophy. Resources to support your academic development will be available via the eLearning platform (eLP). You will also have access via the eLP to the module’s electronic reading list. You will have access to an extensive range of electronic sources through Northumbria University’s well-equipped e-library which include resources such as SkillsPlus, e-books and a vast array of electronic databases and journal articles to support your learning. The Technology Enhanced Learning approaches used will also contribute to further development of your information technology skills which are vital transferable skills and are an inherent part of contemporary healthcare delivery. Additional support with information technology issues is available through Northumbria University’s IT Helpline. You can also use the Ask4help service which is available to provide any individual support or help with queries you may have in relation to your studies both in the module and the wider programme.
The summative assessment for the module is a written exam with short answer questions. Academic staff will provide you with a group tutorial to support your preparation.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Identify the biological basis of children and young people’s health and illness.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Demonstrate advanced skills in comprehensive, systematic nursing assessments of children and young people.

3. Develop enhanced clinical decision-making skills in children’s nursing practice.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Recognise through reflection how personal, values, attitudes and beliefs influence the care delivered.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Formative assessment (ungraded) will explore learning related to clinical decision making.
Verbal feedback will be given from the module team and peers throughout the module during classroom teaching, seminars and practical sessions. You will also be able to engage in group discussion within the timetabled group tutorial and further online tutorials provided within the module. (This will assess MLO 3,4)

Summative assessment:
The summative assessment (graded) for this module will be a written exam. Students will be provided with two case scenarios taken from the module content and will be asked to choose one. They will then answer short questions relating to the learning outcomes for the module.
• Utilise knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological processes to explain the clinical manifestations and management of the illness. (MLO 1)
• Critically appraise the nursing care required for the child and their family, using evidence based clinical decision-making skills. (MLO 2, 3 & 4
• Evaluate how the care delivered improves the child and their family’s experience.
You will receive written feedback following your summative assessment, which will indicate the mark awarded for the module and areas for future development.





Module abstract

This module aims to integrate theory and practice within the specialisms of bioscience, psychology and sociology. Learning opportunities will be provided to enable you to understand the complex relationship between health and disease. You will also examine the role of the children’s nurse in the provision of care for children and families; where the child may be suffering from a variety of illnesses. The impact of illness upon the child and family will be explored. Approaches to collaborative working within children’s nursing will be appraised.
Your learning will be supported via classroom based teaching, seminars and practical sessions. You will be accessing and using state of the art technology as well as electronic resources and self-directed learning supported by the e-Learning Portal.

Course info

UCAS Code B701

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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