SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B722978
Module Leader Susan Maxwell
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Registered Nurse

Summary of Content

The focus of this module is the development of underpinning knowledge and skills related to technology assisted assessment and management of critically ill children with respiratory compromise/failure. Nursing implications and application of current literature and research is integrated throughout. This will include international research and guidelines; for example, SIGN guidelines.


-360 Pathophysiology of chronic and acute respiratory disease in neonates and children. -360 Diagnostic investigations and therapeutic interventions related to respiratory management. Acid base disturbances. Initiation and maintenance of mechanical ventilation. Ventilation management and weaning strategies. Pharamacological therapy in the child with respiratory compromise/failure. Adjuncts used in respiratory failure. Emergency management of the child with respiratory failure. Specific nursing strategies when caring for the infant/child receiving mechanical ventilation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1.Use an indepth knowledge of normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology when undertaking and evaluating nursing assessments of critically ill children with respiratory compromise/failure.2.Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions with the planning, implementation and evaluation of individualised nursing care to meet the needs of the child.3.Utilise a systematic approach to accurately analyse physiological parameters including body systems affected by respiratory compromise/failure.4.Intepret significant changes in patient parameters in order to anticipate clinical crisis and initiate emergency intervention.5.Participate as part of the multidisciplinary team in the management of the child with respiratory compromise/failure.6.Identify and apply research findings related to paediatric respiratory critical care nursing practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered using a blended approach. Different combinations of lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, workshops, directed and self-directed study will be utilised depending on where the 'blended' delivery is taking place eg at a venue other than GCU The student will always obtain the equivalent of 36 hours of contact time with the module team, excluding individual academic support. The fundamental aim of the teaching and learning strategies, irrespective of delivery mode is to support the development of autonomous, independent problem solving and decision making within the parameters of their profession competence, role and employers agreed vicarious liability (or equivalent).

Indicative Reading

Hazinski, M.F. 2008 Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child. Mosby, London. Hennessey, I., & Japp, A. 2007 Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy. Churchill Livingstone.Edinburgh West, J.B. 2008 Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia. Wheeler, D.S., Wong, H.R. and Shanely, T.P. 2008 The Respiratory Tract in Pediatric Critical Illness and Injury. Springer, Germany. URLs

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Lectures (PT) 20.00
Practicals (PT) 4.00
Seminars (PT) 4.00
Independent Learning (PT) 140.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 40% Essay (4000 words)