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Nursing Children & Young People with Healthcare Needs - HEA00111I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Claire Metcalfe
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aim of this module is to explore and develop knowledge and understanding of the principles associated with caring for the child or young person with healthcare needs. The student will be guided to develop knowledge and understanding of physiology and pathophysiology that can be applied in the assessment of a child or young person and the recognition of actual and potential health problems. Through the use of skills simulation and underpinning lectures and seminars the student will have the opportunity to examine and develop their capabilities in medicines administration, engaging the child or young person and family members in the healthcare process and recognising mental health issues and the appropriate actions to take.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Apply developmental physiology and pathophysiology associated with altered health states.
  2. Demonstrate the systematic assessment of the child or young person; identifying actual and potential health problems or signs of deterioration.
  3. Implement developmentally appropriate strategies to engage the child or young person in the effective management of their healthcare needs.
  4. Utilise the concept of family centred care in their interactions with the child and young person.
  5. Show, through their understanding of pharmacology and numeracy, competence in the administration of medicines.
  6. To demonstrate knowledge of history taking, problem solving and physical examination.


Task Length % of module mark
Objective Structured Clinical Examination - HS Dpt
0.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Objective Structured Clinical Examination - HS Dpt
0.5 hours 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Blair, K. (2011). Medicines management in children's nursing. London: Sage Publications.
  • Chamley, C.A., Carson, P. and Randall, D. (2005). Developmental anatomy and physiology of children. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Dogra, N. et al. (2009). A multidisciplinary handbook of child and adolescent mental health for front-line professionals. 2nd edn. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Glasper, E.A. and Richardson, J. (Eds.). (2010). A textbook of children's and young peoples nursing. 2nd edn. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Kelsey, J. and McEwing, G. (Eds.). (2008). Clinical skills in child health practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • MacGregor, J. (2008). Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of children: a guide for students of nursing, child care and health. 2nd edn. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Twycross, A., Dowden, S. and Bruce, L. (2009). Managing pain in children: a clinical guide. Chichester: Blackwell.

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