Course Title: Paediatric Nursing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Paediatric Nursing

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS2099

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

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 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

NURS2099

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

NURS2109

Sale Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

NURS2110

Hamilton Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Linda Jones

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7417

Course Coordinator Email: linda.jones@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the specialty nursing practice of acute paediatric care. You will discuss the care of the acutely ill child within the context of the family and identify the legal parameters for paediatric nursing practice. This course is designed to provide an insight into this speciality area of practice, especially if you are considering a career in paediatric nursing.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Nursing Program BP032 in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse:

2: Practices within a professional and ethical nursing framework

3: Practices within an evidence-based framework

7: Provides comprehensive, safe and effective evidence based nursing care to achieve identified individual / group outcomes

8: Evaluates progress towards expected individual / group health outcomes in consultation with individuals / groups, significant others and interdisciplinary team

9: Establishes, maintains and appropriately concludes therapeutic relationships

(Reference : Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse)


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the legal framework for providing care for the paediatric patient
  2. Identify the context of care for the acute and chronically ill child
  3. Demonstrate the ability to assess and communicate with the ill child and their family in an appropriate manner.
  4. Apply pharmacological knowledge and management (including medication calculations) of paediatric medication
  5. Apply theoretical aspects of Paediatric nursing to support safe and evidenced-based practice in caring for simulated paediatric patients
  6. Review the context of terminal illness as it applies to the paediatric patient


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, clinical laboratory and simulation sessions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to paediatric clinical practice. You will undertake Paediatric clinical simulation in the simulation learning environment.
Self-Directed Learning: You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning experience. The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester which will include face to face lectures, online activities and clinical laboratory /simulation sessions

Learner Directed Hours: 96 per semester to practice and refine your clinical skills and complete assessment requirements 


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. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/Echo360, Discussion Board or workshops and group work. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Early Assessment: Online Multiple choice and short answer including paediatric medication calculation questions test  

This test is designed to model the types of questions that will be used in  the final exam 

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

 Assessment 2: Assignment Case Based critical analysis essay (including review of literature)

2000 to 2500 words

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Evaluation of this assessment will be criterion referenced - Full marking Matrix available on the Course Blackboard site Assessment Guide 2016. 

Assessment 3: Final Exam- MCQ and Short Answer test including paediatric medication calculation questions

Weighting 50%

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

Practical 

Record 80% attendance for timetabled clinical laboratories. Attendance at skills laboratory sessions is compulsory for students and a class roll will be kept. A medical certificate or equivalent must be provided to the course coordinator if any session is missed. Negotiation will then occur as to whether the course coordinator will permit a makeup session.