SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B722979
Module Leader Susan Maxwell
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May 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 highly dependent and critically ill children and its application to clinical care. Nursing implications and evidence based nursing care is integrated throughout. This will include both National and International research and guidelines; for example, SIGN guidelines. The module incorporates options of advanced resuscitation skills which will enable the nurse to act as a team leader in emergency situations or a more detailed focus on patient interventions in specific care groups.


-360b7 Pathophysiology and associated investigations of the body systems. -360b7 Maintenance of homeostasis and disturbance of fluid and electrolyte and acid balance. b7 Pain management in the Highly dependant /critically ill child. b7 Multisystem response to shock (multi-system failure). b7 Patient assessment and monitoring of specific body systems. b7 Non Invasive Ventilation. -360b7 Advanced cardiopulmonary or specific emergency management. b7 Family involvement and experiences of paediatric intensive care.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1.Utilise an in-depth knowledge of pathophysiology when undertaking nursing assessment of the critically ill child.2.Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions with the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care to meet the needs of the critically ill child with specific care problems.3.Identify significant changes in patient parameters in order to anticipate clinical crisis and initiate emergency intervention.4.Utilise a child and family approach in the care of critically ill children promoting family participation in decision making.5.Identify, apply and disseminate research findings related to paediatric critical care 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

Dixon, M., Crawford, D., Teasdale, D. & Murphy, J. 2009 Nursing the Highly Dependent Infant or Child: A Manual of Care . Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Oxford. Hazinski, M.F. 2008 Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child . Mosby, London. Hewitt-Taylor, J. 2008 Children with Complex and Continuing Health Needs the Experiences of Children, Families and Care Staff . Jessica Kingsley Publishers. London. McGregor, J. 2008 An Introduction to the Anatomy and Physiology of Children . Routledge, London. URL's

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
Lectures (PT) 16.00
Practicals (PT) 4.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 144.00
Seminars (PT) 4.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Essay (4000 words)