NURSPRAC 713 : Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing

Medical and Health Sciences

2020 Semester One (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Draws on evidence from biomedical and social science research to equip nurses for the care and treatment of paediatric intensive care patients. Students will be expected to integrate evidence from a range of sources and apply this to the practice.

Course Overview

Advanced nursing practice is the ability to apply the latest evidence to nursing practice and knowledge in order to contribute to advances in specialist nursing areas. Advanced nursing practice roles have continued to develop over recent years to accommodate the increasing complexity of the healthcare needs of the population. Preparation of nurses for advanced specialty roles has, therefore, become a priority for the profession, the Nursing Council of New Zealand – as the statutory body – and healthcare providers. This course draws on evidence from biomedical and social science research to equip nurses for the care and treatment of patients in paediatric intensive care specialty areas.  

Course Requirements

Restriction: NURSING 730

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Nursing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of scientific concepts and pathophysiological processes underpinning the care of the child and family in paediatric intensive care nursing. (Capability 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3)
  2. Demonstrate the capacity to apply theoretical and practical understandings required to undertake advanced nursing roles within a paediatric intensive care setting, critiquing their own practice or professional viewpoints. (Capability 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3)
  3. Draw upon disciplinary knowledge from a range of theoretical approaches to reflect on and critique the impact of critical illness and health care experience within an intensive care environment on the child and family (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3)
  4. Evaluate principled and professional and academic decisions that demonstrate a respect for the ethical, moral and legal concepts in intensive care nursing (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  5. Apply theoretical and practical frameworks in order to reflect on their own practice or viewpoints, with the intention of effective personal change or development (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  6. Formulate possible solutions to a given scenario, demonstrating competency in paediatric assessment skills and diagnostic reasoning, to generate solutions. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments - Clinical Practice Review 30% Individual Coursework
Assignments - Critical Reflection 30% Individual Coursework
Practical - Clinical Viva Exam 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Assignments - Clinical Practice Review
Assignments - Critical Reflection
Practical - Clinical Viva Exam
  • All course work (including all assignments) must be submitted to pass the course.
  • Students are required to pass the clinical viva examination to gain an overall pass in the course.
  • Once enrolled, please read the course outline and postgraduate instructions carefully.
  • Please also read the information in the student Postgraduate Student Guide regarding assessment processes within the School of Nursing, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Course Contacts

Course Administrator:  Matthew Baker E:
Academic Co-ordinator:  Louise Carrucan-Wood E:

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 48 hours of lectures, 152 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 100 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.