Internal Code: 1IEDI
1. The pathophysiology of the presenting complaint in the scenario.
This section is science based and the expectation is that you have a pathophysiology text book and scientific journal articles to discuss the science related to the presenting problem in your chosen scenario. You should aim at 300-500 words for this section. The aim of this is that you attain knowledge of what is happening at a cellular, organ and system level so that you understand the presenting clinical manifestations
2. Evaluation of the nurse’s role in relation to nursing care of the child and family in the chosen scenario; which should include a reference to: –
i. growth and developmental theories,
This part of the assessment task is concerned with ensuring the essay has a child and adolescent focus. Throughout the essay discussion, it is expected that you make reference to the child’s expected developmental milestones at that age, depending on which scenario you have chosen. It is expected that growth and development research is undertaken for your chosen scenario and you make reference to growth and developmental theories that you think are relevant in enhancing your essay argument. Some ideas include things like, at what age do you include a child in medical related conversation, how does a child/adolescent make decisions based on their developmental level, and
even through your pathophysiology, you can make mention of underdeveloped organ systems that might influence your nursing care.
ii. developmentally appropriate care;
This part is a follow on from discussing the growth and developmental expected milestones of the child and really focuses on how it influences your care. How does a nurse provide developmentally appropriate care to the specific age presented in your scenario inclusive of the presenting complaint?
iii. family centred care and,
Neonatal/paediatric and adolescent nurses provide a family centred care model. It is important that this is reflected in your essay and may bring forward issues of consent, compliance and child presentation into care. How are siblings are affected, the role of the extended family, cultural influences and whatever may be specific to the scenario.
iv. Reference to the hospitalised child and family.
This part follows on from the family centred care component where it is important to understand the effects of a child’s presentation to services particularly in a hospital setting on not only the child but the whole family. All of the above points should be in reference to how your nursing care will be guided in a paediatric setting.
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