CN0608 - Critical Care of Children and Young People

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will focus on the advancement of clinical skills, problem solving and critical decision making in relation to children and young people with critical care and high dependency needs. You will have the opportunity to explore the evidence that underpins practice of this area of care, within a variety of contexts and settings.You will explore through an understanding of the critical care pathways, the key conditions relating to cardiac, neurology, respiratory, sepsis and trauma. Throughout the module you will continue to develop and build your knowledge around anatomy and physiology to recognise the deteriorating child and young person, and be able to initiate a treatment plan.
Your clinical practice experiences provide you with opportunities to apply this knowledge in the real world of high dependency and critical care situations as you develop your confidence and competence as a nurse.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to the altered physiology underpinning the presentation of critically ill children and younf people via E-Learning materials. This will be supported by classroom contact for each aspect of critical care. You will contribute to student led work through enquiry based learning (EBL) sessions and seminars, which will give you the opportunity to explore specific concepts in more depth and relate these to case studies. In this third year module you will be familiar with the use of simulation based education (SBE) and this will be used alongside practical sessions, allowing great opportunities for practising higher level complex, clinical skills and team working within a safe environment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

E-learning material will be available to support your learning in the form of e-lectures and workbooks. EBL learning will be used to extend your knowledge in critical care nursing, capitalising on your growing confidence in gathering evidence based information. Seminars and debate will facilitate discussions on key issues identified in the syllabus, this will provide you with opportunities to develop skills in presentation, communication, negotiation and team-working. You will be guided and supported by the module team as you practice your clinical skills and build upon your existing knowledge within this module. Lecturer facilitated peer discussion will enhance and support your learning at this stage in the programme as you gain increasing confidence in readiness for practice as a qualified nurse.

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:
• You will develop and build on your ability to recognise and assess babies, children and young people at risk of deterioration, and to initiate an appropriate response.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will recognise the skills required to care for the baby,child or young person who is critically ill, in a variety of settings.
• You will advance your assessment skills, in relation to the systematic assessment of the sick child.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will develop your self awareness and be able to explore how human factors can impact the delivery of safe and effective care.

How will I be assessed?

Formative (ungraded) assessment in the form of a group Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Summative (graded) assessment in the form of a written assignment relating to the OSCE, or their practice experience. The focus for the written assessment will focus on one aspect of a critical pathway.





Module abstract

This third year module develops your understanding and ability to confidently and competently assess the needs and manage the care of children and young people within critical care and high dependency settings. You will have the opportunity to further develop key skills in the structured approach to the assessment of the child and young person with a deteriorating condition and communicate issues in a simulated clinical environment.

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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