Courses Catalogue

Child Health Nursing I

COURSE CODE: BNS 3202
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Nursing Sciences (Direct Entry), B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Nursing Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description


This course will provide the student with an opportunity to use the nursing process in the delivery of health care to the pediatric patient incorporating knowledge of common elements of nursing and growth and development throughout the stages of childhood. The course in the program focuses on children and families as clients. It explores partnership with children and families, and introduces developmentally supportive care and family-centred care as frameworks for Paediatric nursing practice. The course begins by looking at children in the context of nursing practice. 

Course Aim

The course aims to equip the learner with knowledge and skills in management of pediatric patient using the nursing process.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

1.      Identify the developmental milestones of children

2.      Describe management of paediatric conditions

3.      Integrate knowledge and nursing skills in the delivery of paediatric health care to children and their relatives.

4.      Distinguish culturally sensitive effective communication strategies when interacting with the pediatric patient of various ages, their families, and members of the health care team.

5.      Critically think provision of safe and effective care to pediatric patients and their families in a variety of settings. 

6.      Distinguish appropriate assessment data needed to provide caring interventions that promote general health of patients in meeting their needs at each stage of childhood, across the wellness-illness continuum. 

7.      Determine the availability of existing programs needed to manage the care of the paediatric patient in collaboration with other health team members.