SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B726112
Module Leader Irene Kennedy
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The module will focus on children who have complex care needs, focusing on policy, evidence, empowerment and transition. A range of strategies will be explored to enhance safe, effective, person and family centred care within the confines of active and global citizenship. Students will develop an entrepreneurial mind-set to aid decision making in a variety of complex situations. The module will include teaching students how to; create and support a quality culture, manage risk, and ensure efficient and effective use of resources. Effective coordination and communication between individuals, families, health and social care professionals, and working to provide integrated care to support individuals in meeting their personal goals, will also form part of the module. Student will also undertake a practice learning experience. Theoretical concepts will be applied to practice to develop knowledge and understanding Within this module students will undertake 234 of hours of practice as part of the total 2300 hours required for the programme which is stipulated in the NMC Standards for pre-registration nursing programmes.


-360b7 Key policy drivers b7 Evidence base and management of complex conditions b7 Communication and partnership in palliative care and end of life care b7 Legal and ethical principles applied to complex care b7 Partnership b7 Education b7 Resilience and self-care b7 Care of technologically dependent children. b7 Clinical skills such as venepuncture and cannulation, ECG investigation and interpreting common, abnormal, blood profiles and venous blood gases b7 Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018) b7 Practice Assessment Document b7 NMC Platforms and Proficiencies b7 NMC Annexes A & B: Skills and Procedures Mandatory skills -360b7 Numeracy b7 Fire safety b7 Participation in immediate life support NMC Proficiencies 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1,9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.17, 1.18, 1.19 2.8, 2.9, 2.10 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.13, 3.15, 3.16 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.9, 4.12, 4.13, 4.18 5.4, 5.5 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 7.10

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Critically reflect on contemporary policy, research and associated evidence in children's nursing practice across a range of practice settings. 2.Critically evaluate a holistic and structured approach to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of complex care for children and their families, examining the psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs that may inform decision making and strategies to assess vulnerability.3. Explore pathophysiology and pharmacology in the context of complex nursing care for children and young people.4. Critically reflect on the role of the nurse within the multidisciplinary team to promote effective transition of children and young people to adult services.5. Explore the principles of loss, grief and chronic sorrow in relation to children, young people and their families with complex care needs.6. With reference to the Participation in Care Framework, demonstrate safe, effective and person-centred practice at the INDEPENDENT level of performance.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience using case-based scenarios. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Teaching approaches will include a variety of methods which may include seminars, tutorials, group work, workshops, simulation role play, reflective exercises, guided reading and online learning. If you want lectures then you might add, "A series of core lectures will be supported with facilitator and student-led tutorials and directed learning utilising facilitator and student-led activities. Students will be supported in practice by a supervisor and a practice assessor in the Practice Learning Experience (PLE) to develop their professional skills in practice. The level of supervision provided to the student will reflect their own individual learning needs.

Indicative Reading

DOBE, M. & BORIS, Z., 2013. Practical Treatment Options for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents: An Interprofessional Therapy Manual . New York: Springer. DORGRA, N., 2009 . A multidisciplinary handbook of child and adolescent mental health for front-line professionals . 2 nd ed. London: Jessica Kingsley. GOLDMAN, A., HAIN, R., LIBEN, S., 2012. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children . Oxford: Oxford University Press. HOCKENBERRY, M.J., WILSON, D., RODGERS, C.C., 2017. Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing . 10 th ed. Canada: Elsevier. HINDMARSH, C., 2009. On the death of a child , 3 rd ed. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press. KAAKINEN, J.R., GEDALEY-DUFF V., COEHLO D.P. & HANSON S.M.H., 2009. Family Health Care Nursing: theory, practice, and research . 4 th ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. SCHUSTER MCHUGH, P., 2016. Concept Mapping: A Critical Thinking Approach to Care Planning . 4 th ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. SIDEY, A. & WIDDAS, D., 2005. Textbook of Community Children's Nursing . 2 nd ed. New York: Elsevier. WAUGH, A., GRANT, A., 2018. Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness . 13 th ed. London: Churchill Livingston. WILSON, K & JAMES, A., 2007. Child Protection Handbook . 3 rd ed. Edinburgh: Balliere Tindall. WRIGHT, L.M. & LEAHEY, M., 2009. Nurses and Families , 5th ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. Useful web links Modernising Nursing in the Community <> The National Genetic Education and Development Centre <> Children's Hospice Across Scotland- Robin House Hospice <> International Society of Nurses in Genetics <> National Children's Bureau - Working with Children, for Children <>

Transferrable Skills

Development, or enhancement, of -360b7 Independent learning skills b7 Critical thinking and decision making skills b7 Study, IT and time management skills b7 Professional and ethical values aligned with professional practice b7 Communication and team working b7 Theory and practice integration and problem solving b7 Reflection b7 Resilience

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Placement 234.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 40% Practice learning experience
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 3000 word essay