CN0509 - Complex care in children and young people's nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module, from your experience in practice and new knowledge, you will demonstrate clinical confidence through sound knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to children’s nursing.You will evaluate how different approaches to care can influence the nature of children’s health care experiences. You will recognise and act to overcome barriers in developing effective relationships with service users and carers. You will explore the challenges and benefits of working with those children, young people and families who are seen as experts in their area of care. You will recognise the skills required to act in a safe and effective manner when dealing with children and young people with complex care needs.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be supported by classroom contact with the module team who will guide your academic learning and assessment throughout the module. They have been involved in developing the e-lecture materials and assessment exercises, and will provide some of your face to face teaching, and feedback, supported by other staff. Your lectures will examine key sources of policy and literature relating to children’s nursing practice, and will encourage you to connect with your own independent reading, which will be key to your success. You will also participate in a journal club to explore an aspect of the research process building on previous learning in year 1. Seminars and practical sessions will be challenging and will require your full participation. Additionally, you will engage in self-directed study to help you consolidate your learning.You will have access to 24/7 generic IT support and specific support from the programme team with any IT issues related to the e-lecture packages. You will also have access to the full range of student administration and support services offered by Northumbria University which includes library and learning support outlined fully in the programme handbook. A group tutorial will provide support for the summative assessment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In this module you will be supported by staff who have relevant practical experience and theoretical knowledge in children’s nursing and healthcare. The staff involved in delivering the module will provide guidance and academic support to ensure that you are able to engage confidently with the requirements of the module. This dialogue will be face­to­face in lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as through e-lectures. In addition, you will participate in a group tutorial to explore the requirements of the module assessment. Support will also be accessible online as part of Northumbria’s commitment to Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). This includes resources on the e­learning portal (Blackboard), and the Skills for Practice website. You will also be able to access a range of support and guidance from the University Library and Student Support and Wellbeing as required.

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. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the rationale for specific nursing interventions

2. Select and apply contemporary evidence-based literature to nursing practice

3. You will critically evaluate how the approach to care can influence the nature of children’s health care experiences.

Professional skills & abilities:

4. You will gain knowledge and recognise the skills required to act in a safe and effective manner when dealing with children and young people with complex care needs.

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

5. Demonstrate your maintainence of confidentiality and anonymity in relation to patients, visitors, staff and NHS Trusts/other provider organisations

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
You will have opportunities during the module to receive feedback on formative activities designed to help you analyse nursing care and the evidence base that underpins it. You will be allocated a named academic supervisor and have a group tutorial to explore and gain feedback on ideas relating to your summative assessment.

Summative assessment:
The summative assessment for this module will be a 2500 word case study, based on your practice experience of nursing a child with a long term / complex health condition. You will explore and apply use contemporary evidence-based literature to critically analyse the nursing care received by your patient. This case study will enable you to demonstrate that you have achieved all of the module learning outcomes.

Students will need to demonstrate:
• Sound knowledge and understanding of the evidence base underpinning evidence based nursing practice. (MLO 1,2).
• Understanding of the impact that complex health needs have on the child and family. (MLO 3)
• Ability to evaluate the approach to care undertaken to deliver safe and effective care (MLO 3,4)
• Understanding of the need for patient confidentiality (MLO 5)

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 build on your personal development within the curriculum so far by applying skills and knowledge within Children’s Nursing by exploring the complexities of nursing care delivery. You will be encouraged to assimiliate knowledge from a range of sources to inform safe and effective practice. The focus of the module will be on the challenges when working with a child and their family with complex care needs. 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

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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