Course Title: Child and Family Nursing in the Community

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Child and Family Nursing in the Community

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Leanne Sheeran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7445

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.007

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

You must also hold current registration with AHPRA as both a Nurse and Midwife.

Course Description

In this course you will build on your learning in NURS1023 Child and Family Health Assessment and explore the range of health issues that can impact on children and families in the community. Identification, assessment, management and referral of these issues will be considered in terms of the supports and agencies available to families. The concept of vulnerability and vulnerable families introduced in Family and Community Studies will be further examined in light of the MCH Nurses role, care planning and health promotion. Risk assessment and the maternal and child health nurses’ responsibility for mandatory reporting will also be critically discussed here. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes in the following way:

  • PLO 2:  Apply reflective thinking and critical analysis to maternal and child health (MCH) nursing and demonstrate a sound understanding of the legislation, ethical codes and professional guidelines that direct professional practice.
  • PLO 3:  Critically evaluate contemporary research findings and integrate these to provide comprehensive, safe and effective evidence based health care for children, families and the community. 
  • PLO 4:  Demonstrate advanced clinical maternal and child health nursing skills including infant and child physical and developmental assessment, maternal and family health assessment and competent use of screening tools.
  • PLO 6:  Communicate effectively with children, families and groups to engage and support clients, working in partnership with families and interdisciplinary health teams to promote, assess and supportPLO 2:  Apply reflective thinking and critical analysis to maternal and child health (MCH) nursing and demonstrate a sound understanding of the legislation, ethical codes and professional guidelines that direct professional practice.

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Critically apply specialist MCH nursing knowledge to common child health issues with an emphasis on identifying, assessing and discussing the nursing management required and the rationale for decisions to refer for further assessment.
  2. Utilise comprehensive knowledge of psychosocial issues impacting on families to engage and support families and refer them for further assessment and management as appropriate.
  3. Explain the concept of vulnerability and how ‘being vulnerable’ adds further complexity to child and family health issues.
  4. Apply specialist MCH nursing knowledge to work in partnership with vulnerable families to plan care and promote health.
  5. Synthesise knowledge of risk and protective factors impacting on children, parents and families and demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate these to assess potential risks for a child or children.
  6. Integrate assessment findings and knowledge of risk assessment, professional guidelines and legislation to adhere and comply with mandatory reporting requirements.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture of formal lectures, flipped classrooms or on line learning packages, class based or online discussion and self-directed learning exercises including directed reading of academic literature to provide a solid theoretical basis to help you to achieve professional practice. You will be expected to participate in group work, workshops and other experiential exercises.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Directed course readings from current journals including WHO publications, and position statements, MCH resource guides and other government publications will support your learning. Selected material may be digitally available to you. Lecture content will be delivered via face to face sessions and will be supplemented by class discussions, group work, DVDs, workshops and Blackboard resources. Practice learning activities may be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through the online system.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Case study or Essay

Weighting 30%

This assessment supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Group work

Weighting 30%

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Final exam  

Weighting 40%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6