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 Content and Outline


 Perspectives in paediatric nursing   4 hrs 

  • Growth and development up to 5 years      
  • School age child 6-10 years 
  • Adolescent 11- 18 years 
  • Child abuse     

Special needs children                      4 hrs                                                       

  •   Paediatric assessment and examination 
  •   History taking
  •   Growth monitoring
  •   Height, Weight, head circumference, chest circumference
  •    Mid arm circumference, abdominal circumference
  •    Nutrition Assessment
  •      Use of growth indices on nutrition charts 

  Basic Life support (CPR, Choking child)           2 hrs 

  • New-born
  •  Infant
  • Toddler
  •  School going child             

For all the following conditions, the following shall apply:

definition, cause, epidemiology, clinical picture, management, and nursing care plan.  4 Respiratory system                                     8hrs 

  •   Asthma
  •  Rhinitis
  • Pneumonia
  •  Pneoumocystitis Carini 
  •   Influenza
  • Laryngeal Tracheal Bronchitis
  • Epiglottitis
  •  Tonsillitis
  • Sinusitis
  •  Bronchitis, Bronchiolitis, and Bronchiectasis
  •  Common cold 

Cardiovascular system     6hrs 

  •    Rheumatic fever
  •    Congestive heart failure
  •   Chronic heart disease
  •   Infective endocarditis 

  Gastrointestinal system – alterations in digestion and elimination     6hrs 

  • Diarrhoea and dehydration
  •  Jaundice
  •   Constipation
  •  Dysentery
  •   Lactose intolerance
  •  Intussusceptions     

   Genitourinary system        6 hrs 

  •   Renal failure
  • Nephrotic syndrome, Glomerulo-nephritis
  •   Urinary Tract Infections
  •  Gonorrhoea
  •   Syphilis
  •   Enuresis     

  Musculoskeletal system/Common surgical conditions      3 hrs 

  • Burns
  •  Osteomyelitis
  •  Child n a cast
  •   Child on traction    

  Neurological system      4hrs 

  •  Down’s syndrome
  •  Cerebral palsy
  • Meningitis
  •  Seizure disorders
  • Hydrocephalus                   
  •  Diabetes Mellitus
  •   Cushing’s syndrome 
  • Assessment
  •   Surgical conditions     

      Mode of Delivery

  •  Lectures, 
  • Demonstrations,
  •  Discussions
  • Audio-visual aids, tests and quizzes and clinical experiences