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Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education
Year Long - Off Campus
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This subject provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge gained in the theoretical subjects with clinical practice in the paediatric setting. The subject provides a comprehensive approach to paediatric nursing care through understanding principles of illness/health management relating to the infant, child, adolescent and family. The students develop skills of assessment and management principles which enable them to progress to a more advanced level of practice. Students are given the opportunity to plan and coordinate care for patients with a wide variety of problems. There is a continued emphasis on scientific principles and research evidence underpinning practice and further developing of skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to solve patient management problems in specialty practice. The practical component is in the form of a learning contract whereby students address learning objectives. Learning objectives focus on undertaking accurate assessment of the paediatric patient and relating the underlying physiological and pathophysiological processes to assessment data; applying theoretical knowledge to technical skill development; developing evidence-based evaluations to the
practice of caring for patients in the paediatric setting and developing skills in sharing knowledge with peers.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, student should be able to:
- Undertaking accurate assessment of the paediatric patient and relating the underlying physiological and pathophysiological processes to assessment data;
- Apply the theoretical principles underpinning infant, child and adolescent emotional and cognitive) when interacting with children and families;
- Integration of the theoretical content to plan and implement appropriate nursing care in the paediatric setting;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of nursing care and specialised interventions utilised in the paediatric setting and adapt the plan of care according to changing priorities; and
- Participate effectively as a team member within the clinical setting.
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
- The capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
- Critical thinking and analytical skills;
- An openness to new ideas;
- The ability to communicate knowledge through web based activities.
- The ability to apply scientific principles to their clinical practice;
Last updated: 12 November 2022