Paediatric Nursing 2

Subject NURS90088 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in one of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatrics). This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses. Please contact the School of Melbourne Custom Programs for more information.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Sharon Kinney


The School of Melbourne Custom Programs

The University of Melbourne

T: +61 3 9810 3388


Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to consolidate and extend the understanding of theoretical aspects of paediatric nursing. It builds on the knowledge and skills learnt in Paediatric Nursing 1 and expands the students’ knowledge with regard to the range of patients encountered in paediatric practice settings. Students will build on assessment skills and theoretical knowledge to include assessment and management of the paediatric surgical patient and the assessment and management of specific physical
and psychological illness states. Growth and development principles will build on first semester with the focus on middle childhood and adolescence. 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.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate their beginning specialty nursing practice through:

  • the ability to understand the theoretical content covered within the subject to develop newknowledge that supports safe practice in the paediatric setting;
  • the ability to understand and evaluate specialised interventions as described in the subject content to provide a foundation for participating in the delivery of care in the paediatric setting;
  • the capacity to use skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to apply knowledge learnt in the subject to paediatric nursing;
  • an understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area;
  • the ability to apply scientific knowledge to understand skills and techniques applicable to the specialist area.

Written assignment (1000 words) Due Week 5 - 20%

Written assignment (3000 words) Due Week 10 - 30%

4 Closed Book tests (Weeks 4,7,9,12) - 50%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
1. The capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
2. Critical thinking and analytical skills;
3. An openness to new ideas;
4. The ability to communicate knowledge through participation in group work (oral and written) and web based activities; and
5. The ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatrics)

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