Module NCA-3201:
The Acutely Ill Child

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mrs Natalie Robinson

Overall aims and purpose

In preparation for your role as a registered CYP nurse you will appraise the strategies required to implement high quality healthcare for CYP and their families. You will develop critical thinking and decision making skills that you will explore theoretically and apply in practice. This module will build on your developing knowledge and skills with particular focus upon the acutely ill child and the child requiring palliative or end of life care. Developing your leadership qualities this module will equip you with the knowledge and skills required as a CYP nurse.

Course content

• Children and their families responses during an episode of acute illness in the child and young person • The influence of current government policies impacting on the quality of healthcare provision for CYP • Effectiveness of health promotion/ education for CYP. • Pharmacological knowledge for medicine management and numeracy in preparation for registration as a CYP nurse. • Care of the acutely ill child e.g. respiratory disorders, childhood cancers, and cardiac disorders incorporating
• Palliative and End of Life care for CYP utilising national policy and guidance • Emotional and physical care and skills required by the CYP and their family at the end of life • Care of the child with cancer • Observation and assessment skills for the safe care of the acutely ill CYP E.g. invasive and non – invasive monitoring of vital signs

Assessment Criteria


Understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of D- grade in the assignment to in order to pass the theory component of the module.


Good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade C- in the Grading Criteria.


Excellent understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria

Learning outcomes

    1. Demonstrate the numerical skills and ability to perform drug calculations for safe administration of medicines.
    1. Critically analyse appropriate evidence to support decision making during the delivery of care to CYP and their families.
    1. Implement and evaluate the knowledge and skills required for safe, compassionate & effective CYP nursing practice
    1. Select, analyse and apply appropriate models/frameworks of health and well being in the context of CYP nursing practice
    1. Critically anaylse factors that influence care delivered by CYP nurses in different contexts, taking into account culture, diversity, groups and the individual developing child.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Extended Essay Mark 100
Portfolio R o A 0

Teaching and Learning Strategy








Directed Learning


Simulated Learning


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in


Talis Reading list

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