Clinical practice with children and their families is specialised. Practitioners work with diverse populations in a wide range of hospital and community settings. Evidence based practice requires expert judgement, and decision making in order to solve complex health issues and support optimal health outcomes for infants and children. You will develop your practice capability by learning how to expertly access, analyse, interpret and use healthcare data and critique common models of care to inform care planning and apply your understanding to common infant child and family healthcare contexts.
|Information session – Course introduction via Zoom||1hr||Week 1||Once Only|
|Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching materials||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Online – Independent study and research||3hrs||Week 13||13 times|
|Information session – Zoom drop-in||1hr||Week 2||5 times|
700 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Access, interpret and integrate data and evidence to inform clinical specialist practice in the context of children's health care||Knowledgeable|
|2||Critique the assumptions underpinning current models of care in various contexts against evidence and best practice||Creative and critical thinker|
|3||Investigate and apply theory and frameworks relevant to child and family health care to specific clinical settings to propose evidence based child and family centred approaches to practice||
Creative and critical thinker
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Enrolled in Program SC546, SC742 or SC723
It is assumed that students will have completed an undergraduate nursing or midwifery program of study.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Students will be invited to upload and discuss assessment task 1 onto canvas for peer review and discussion prior to formal submission at the end of week 4.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Artefact - Creative||Individual||25%||
250 - 300 words
|Week 4||Online Submission|
EOI = 250-300 words Academic paper = 1500 words
|Week 8||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check and in class|
3000 - 4000 words
|Week 13||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Child Health Infographic/Health Bulletin and Summary|
To gain skills in sourcing, analysing, interpreting and reporting on key child health indicators and critically appraise those in light of the evidence.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative|
You will use relevant digital information technologies and national data services to locate, identify, describe, and present a single Child Health Indicator in the form of an Infographic or Health Bulletin. The intended audience is your health professional colleagues. You need to include a critical synthesis (by way of a 250-300 word written summary) of the Child Health Indicator, informed by the broader evidence to identify any implications for one of more areas of neonatal, paediatric or child health practice. You are able to choose an indicator which is directly relevant to your current or proposed area of practice. Details on the format of the Infographic or health bulletin is available on Bb. APA 7th Referencing Style expected.
|All - Assessment Task 2:'Expression of Interest' for a new clinical role: Part A EOI; Part B academic paper|
The goal of this assessment task is to critically analyse a contemporary model of care used with infants, children and their families.
Part A You will prepare a written 'Expression of Interest' (EOI) for a clinical position. The EOI will need to describe the health service setting and focus (for example, an acute neonatal or paediatric unit, rural outreach clinic, GP service or community child health service), and the client/patient population. For your selected healthcare setting you will describe the new clinical role, its purpose and scope and encompass a specific contemporary model of care as well as the requirements for its implementation for working with infants, children and their families. Part B You will provide an academic paper in which you will present an academic argument which fully articulates and critiques the selected model of care that underpins the EOI. APA 7th Referencing Style expected.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Clinical Scenario or Case Study report|
The goal of this assessment task is to apply evidence and theory to a clinical scenario or case study to propose evidence based and best practice approaches to care.
You will negotiate with the course coordinator to self-select a relevant clinical scenario or case study from your clinical practice experience which requires care to be implemented. Alternatively, the teaching team will have a number of scenarios from which you can choose if you are not currently engaged in a clinical setting. You will investigate and propose an evidence based and best practice approach to practice for the chosen scenario or case. You will be required to discuss the background to the scenario or case, approach to care and rationale, implementation and evaluation of outcomes for the infant/child and their family. APA 7th Referencing Style.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Margaret Barnes,Jennifer Rowe||2013||Child, Youth and Family Health||n/a||Churchill Livingstone|
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