NMHS20810 Growth & Development Child
Academic Year 2021/2022
This module aims to introduce children’s nursing students to the theory underpinning growth and development in childhood. The role of the children’s nurse in communicating with infants, children, young people and their families’ independence is addressed. The module is presented in three units of study:
Unit 1 explores normal growth and development in the infant, child and young person, including the processes concerning embryology and genetics, which underpin their physical, psychosocial, emotional, cognitive and moral development. Caring for the child in the context of the family in contemporary society is also discussed.
Unit 2 builds on previous learning by further developing the children’s nursing student’s application and integration of psychology and therapeutic communication theory and skills. Incorporating the use of play and modules of communication, for use in child health contexts, will also be explored. The unit also examines the bridges and barriers to communication.
Unit 3 provides the student with an overview of mental health and available mental health services. Mental health conditions commonly experienced by children/young people will be explored including anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
On completion of the module the student will be able to:
1.) Identify age-appropriate developmental milestones for infants and children across the continuum of childhood and recognise when the infant/child is not meeting these milestones.
2.) Demonstrate an understanding of the embryological process of organ and system development, structure and function of genes, and the complex interplay they have with environmental factors such as health, illness, treatment response, development of new diagnostics, targeted therapies and vaccines.
3.) Recognise the importance and value of play when providing nursing care to the infant/child/young person and their families.
4.) Examine the importance of effective and developmentally appropriate communication skills with the infant/child/young person and their families, reflecting on communication challenges the nurse may face in healthcare settings.
5.) Critically discuss cultural differences when meeting the needs of the infant/child/young person and their families.
6.) Explore the nursing assessment and plan of care for a child/young person with mental health conditions and their families.
7.) Discuss the effects of hospitalisation on the infant/child/young person and their families, demonstrating an understanding of the importance of preparation for hospitalisation and procedures.