NMHS33510 Child & Family Health Nursing 1

Academic Year 2023/2024

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the theories, principles and processes, underpinning the care required to meet the needs of the child, from infancy through adolescence, within the context of child and family centered care. Using a systems framework, with an emphasis on child and family centered care, students will explore and develop knowledge of health promotion, prevention and restoration for children experiencing altered health and body function for a range of common childhood conditions. Consideration of genetic, environmental and social influences, in addition to epidemiology, patho-physiology and diagnostics, and therapeutics relevant to treatment modalities and nursing care, will be discussed using technology and innovative approaches.

The module will be presented in 4 units of study:
Unit 1: Central Principles in Children’s Nursing
Unit 2: Growth and Development in Childhood and Adolescence
Unit 3: Challenge’s to Health and Well-being in Childhood and Adolescence
Unit 4: Special topics in Children’s Nursing

The credit load of the module reflects the student effort hours required to achieve the learning outcomes.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Apply concepts from liberal and professional education, including professional standards and values for ethical practice, to guide nursing care of the child and family.
2. Recognise and understand the philosophy of child and family centered care, and its impact on the delivery of holistic care.
3. Understand normal growth and development across the continuum of childhood.
4. Explore and evaluate the importance of clinical prevention strategies and health promotion for children and their families relevant to conditions within the module.
5. Apply critical thinking and evidence-based practice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of safe care for children with altered health and function in a variety of healthcare settings.
6. Using a systematic approach, critically discuss the relevant diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of care and treatment relevant to altered health and function for a range of common childhood conditions.
7. Demonstrate leadership and communication skills within health systems to provide safe, quality family centered care.

Indicative Module Content:

Child & Family Centred Care
Growth & Development
Impact of Hospitalisation
Pediatric Neurology Conditions
Immune & Infectious Diseases
Cardiovascular Assessment
Respiratory Assessment
Pediatric Gastrointestinal Conditions
Pediatric Renal Conditions
Pediatric Oncology
Pediatric Hematology
Pediatric Skin Conditions
Pediatric Musculoskeletal Conditions
Child Abuse
Pediatric Palliative Care
Medication Management

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
A variety of learning experiences are provided, including lectures, peer and group discussion, active/task-based learning in the clinical skills laboratory and online learning activities. Student learning is supported by the university’s virtual learning environment, Brightspace. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): Mid semester MCQ. Student must answer 50 questions. Week 7 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): End of trimester MCQ. Student to answer 50 questions. End of trimester MCQ n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Sequence of feedback will vary over the trimester to meet student requests for feedback. Formative and summative individual student feedback will take place prior to and following assessments. Students will receive formative feedback as a group on nursing skills during each clinical skills laboratory session. Students will be provided individual feedback on nursing skills during each clinical skills laboratory session.

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Name Role
Mrs Martina Kennedy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Linda Farren Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 11 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Thurs 10:00 - 12:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 9, 12 Thurs 14:00 - 16:30
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 6 Thurs 14:00 - 16:30
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 11:00 - 12:50