Assessment: The Neonate, Child, Young Person & Family

10 Units

In this course students review and enhance their skills and knowledge in assessing the neonate, child and younger person (hereafter called the child) and their families. Nursing assessment is explored and investigated with opportunity provided to establish individual learning needs specific to each students clinical context. Students are required to respond to clinical scenarios through critical analysis and reflection.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Completion of this course will enable students to:

  1. Identify and reflect on the assessment needs of the child and family as a unit;
  2. Identify a range of assessment frameworks applicable to the child and family in a variety of situations;
  3. Critically analyse the assessment needs of a child and family in a variety of situations and
  4. Identify the assessment needs of a child and family, and implement and evaluate the outcome of using an assessment framework applicable to those needs.

The concept of assessment of the child and their family is introduced along with frameworks for assessment. Problem based learning principles are applied to clinical scenarios in child and youth health nursing which explore the following.

Module 1: Family Centred Care This module will include the following: What is assessment?; Frameworks for assessment; The role of family centred care in assessment Communication skills within the context of assessment; The integration of cultural issues, mutual dialogue and negotiation in the assessment process.

Module 2: An Introduction to Assessment of the Child and Family This module will include the following: Assessment of the family Assessment of the well child Newborn assessment Adolescent assessment Complex, challenging assessment of a child and his or her family. Assessment of child abuse/neglect.

Replacing Course(s) n/a
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology and sociology as related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice. Demonstrated ANC competencies.
Modes of Delivery External Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Critical analysis and three problem based scenarios
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay
  • Other: (please specify) - Course participation and completion of online learning activities.
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment in this course is limited by enrolment in the following programs: Graduate Diploma in Midwifery; Master of Midwifery Studies; Master of Applied Management (Nursing); Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) and Master of Pharmacy.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for NURS6811

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