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NSPE 7600 - Pediatric Theory 4: The Actutely Ill Child

Nursing Specialty Pediatric Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

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Course Details

Focusing on the partnership relationship between the nurse, the child, the family, and the multidisciplinary team, children with a variety of health challenges arising from serious illness are presented in a case study format in order to examine the principles guiding the management of the child’s care. This course builds on the understanding of nursing practice acquired in NSPE 7100, 7200 & 7300, by examining the pediatric nurse's role in the context of the patient's experience of selected serious illnesses. Specifically, learners will explore additional comprehensive assessment strategies, strategies to optimize oxygen supply and demand balance in seriously ill patients. Learners will be challenged to make clinical decisions and plan care for selected seriously ill children including those experiencing respiratory insufficiency, interracial pressure, postoperative cardiac management, cardiac failure, and hemodynamic instability. The child's and family's experience of serious illness and hospitalisation will be explored in some detail.


NSPE 7100 and NSPE 7200 and NSPE 7300





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 80053

Tue Jan 04 - Fri Mar 25 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Mar 25 Online


Tara Hodgson

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. This is an internet-based NET course section. Students must contact the Bookstore to order course materials for this section. On the first day of class, log in to to access your course.
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

  • As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Integrate principles of growth and development, knowledge of anatomy and physiology and family­centered care in the assessment and care of pediatric patients experiencing various serious health challenges.
  • Examine pharmacologic agents commonly used to treat various health challenges to inform clinical decision making for serioulsy ill pediatric patients.
  • Describe and demonstrate techniques for safe medication administration in pediatric settings for pediatric patients experiencing various health challenges.
  • Use knowledge of unique pediatric anatomy and pathophysiology, clinical presentation and comprehensive assessment to critically analyze data, form and prioritize conclusions and plan immediate nursing care to optimize oxygen supply and demand for a pediatric patient.
  • Use communication and collaboration skills in order to establish and maintain partnerships with an inter-professional team, families, and pediatric patient with serious illnesses.
  • Develop a perspective of the child’s, adolescent’s, and family’s experience with serious illness.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

NSPE 7600 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Pediatric Nursing Specialty (Standard Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  2. Specialty Nursing (Pediatric - Standard Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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