Course Title: Child and Family Health Assessment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Child and Family Health Assessment

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS1023

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

NURS1023

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS1023

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

PGRDFx2019 (ZZZZ)

NURS1023

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

PGRDFx2020 (ZZZZ)

Course Coordinator: Dr Leanne Sheeran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7445

Course Coordinator Email: leanne.sheeran@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.007


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed a

  • Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent, and a
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery or Bachelor of Midwifery degree or equivalent,
  • Hold current registration with AHPRA as both a Nurse and a Midwife,
  • Have completed a minimum of one year post registration clinical experience in each of nursing and midwifery, and

Demonstrate recent clinical experience, defined as having worked in nursing or midwifery for a minimum of one year in the past five years.

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form

 

There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.


Course Description

Child and Family Health Assessment is designed to provide you with foundational theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to support your entry into supervised Maternal and Child Health (MCH) clinical experience in community settings. This course builds on and enhances knowledge and practical skills gained during previous professional nursing and midwifery practice. The course is a prerequisite for NURS1019 Child and Family Nursing in the Community and NURS2183 Maternal and Child Health Clinical Placement.

Child and Family Health Assessment is focussed on three central areas of practice:

  • Engaging with families and working together to promote child health and family wellbeing,
  • Assessment and intervention for child health and developmental issues, and
  • Assessment of maternal and family wellbeing including support and referral for early parenting concerns.

 Child and Family Health Assessment will introduce you to physical and developmental assessment skills and the associated range of validated screening tools (including those used for primary and secondary developmental screening). The three key components of this course are:

(a)     Course work and workshops,

(b)     Clinical visits to community agencies, and

(c)      Introduction to clinical placement in MCH centres.

Workshops will enable you to practise your assessment skills and clinical visits will provide opportunities to practice observational skills and explore child and family health issues in community settings. Placement in the Maternal and Child Health service will introduce you to professional MCH practice and provide further opportunity for assessment and skill development.

You are expected to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of clinical visits and MCH placements in addition to completing class-based coursework and workshops.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Manager or RMIT’s Equitable Learning Service for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the Program Manager can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for GD159 Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing 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 support maternal, child and family health and wellbeing.

 

 


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

  1. Critically analyse issues impacting on maternal, child and family health and apply observation and communication skills to explore and assess these.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to conduct physical assessment on infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers, using techniques that appropriately reflect a child’s developmental stage, cognitive level, cultural background, and purpose of the assessment.
  3. Perform advanced assessments of infant/child development and maternal and family wellbeing utilising validated screening tools and critically interpreting the findings.
  4. Work in partnership with families to clarify needs and promote child health and family wellbeing.


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture of online lectures or online learning activities, 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 meet the expectations of professional practice. You will also be expected to participate in workshops and other experiential exercises.

This course involves a range of Work Integrated Learning experiences in a variety of settings such as clinic and community visits. Clinical placements may include Early Parenting Centres, Early Intervention Centres and designated Maternal and Child Health Services.

36 teacher directed hours, 84 independent learning hours

RMIT have state of the art simulated learning facilities for student learning and practice. You will participate in simulated practice within these facilities in preparation for placement. As a part of participation you may be filmed for learning, teaching, reflection and assessment and this is considered an inherent part of our learning and teaching program. Recordings will be maintained in accordance with our assessment, document retention and privacy policies.


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources include targeted readings from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Directed course readings from current journals including WHO publications, 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 online sessions and will be supplemented by group discussions, group work, DVDs, workshops and Canvas resources. Practice learning activities may be provided such as simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools to assist you to navigate and learn using an online system.


Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are clearly indicated in the following assessment items. Assessment tasks have been aligned to the relevant CLO and have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Hurdles are necessary to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and have been sufficiently assessed using practice-focussed professional standards.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Simulated Physical Assessment (infant, toddler or pre-schooler)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 2

Assessment Task 2: Developmental Observation Report

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 3: Written Skills Assignment

Weighting 35%

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

Clinical: Satisfactory completion of clinical visits and initial MCH placement which are not graded (HURDLE)

Weighting 0%

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