SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B726255
Module Leader Hazel Gavin
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The focus of this module is the development, and where appropriate enhancement, of the knowledge, understanding and skills required to safely and effectively manage the care of highly dependent and critically ill children, including those requiring technology assisted or emergency care interventions. Learners undertaking this module will be supported and empowered to develop and enhance their knowledge of resuscitation and resuscitation skills, including the option to engage in advanced resuscitation skills, and they will also be empowered to develop effective decision making and leadership skills when presented with challenging situations. This will enable learners to develop confidence and readiness for the role of team leader as part of providing safe, effective person-centred care for the critically ill child across the age continuum, and their family/carer(s). Contemporary evidence will be integral to this module, and this will support learners to effectively apply research, best practice standards/guidelines and theoretical principles as part of care delivery.


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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Develop knowledge and understanding of relevant pathophysiology as part of assessing the care needs of the critically ill child.2. Analyse the implications of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions as part of planning, implementing and evaluating the nursing care to meet the needs of the critically ill/highly dependent child.3. Critically review the signs of deterioration in the critically ill/highly dependent child in specific clinical situations, identifying appropriate emergency interventions.4. Identify and evaluate strategies to support a child and family approach to care delivery for the critically ill/highly dependent child, including how best to promote family participation in decision making.5. Critically review contemporary research findings related to the safe, effective person centred care of the critically ill/highly dependent child, apply this evidence to practice as appropriate.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A blended learning approach will be adopted to support learners to effectively engage with this module; there is no option for online delivery and all students must attend face-to-face sessions. Teaching and learning approaches will include a combination of; lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, workshops, directed and self-directed study. Students will normally complete receive 36 hours of contact with the module team, excluding individual academic support sessions. The focus of the various approaches to teaching and learning will be the development of autonomous, independent, problem solving practitioners, capable of appropriate decision making within the parameters of their profession competence, role and employers agreed vicarious liability (or equivalent).

Indicative Reading

-360b7 Barker, J. H. 2013 Evidence Based Practice for Nurses. Sage Publications, London. b7 Dixon, M., Crawford, D., Teasdale, D. & Murphy, J. 2009 Nursing the Highly Dependent Infant or Child: A Manual of Care. Blackwell Publishing b7 Ltd. Oxford. b7 Hazinski, M.F 2008 Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child. Mosby, London. b7 Hewitt-Taylor, J 2008 Children with Complex and Continuing Health Needs the Experiences of Children, Families and Care Staff. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. London. b7 McGregor, J. 2008 An Introduction to the Anatomy and Physiology of Children. Routledge, London. URL's http ://

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

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 4.00
Practicals (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (FT) 134.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Lectures (FT) 16.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Essay n/a 100.00 40% Essay (3000 words)