Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Beverley Copnell


This unit explores concepts intrinsic to the growing child and family within a framework of family centred care. The specific focus is on perspectives of physical, cognitive and social growth and development of the child set within the context of the evolving family unit. Family life, role relationships, parenting and other family issues are examined in relation to their influence on the development and health of the child and family members. Aspects of health crisis and the impact that this has on the growing child and family are considered.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Locate and critically evaluate appropriate data to support evidence-based family and child-centered nursing care;
  2. Discuss the various theories relating to the physical, psychological, emotional and social development of children from birth to adolescence;
  3. Critically analyse the implications of illness and hospitalisation for children at each stage of development;
  4. Synthesise information in order to identify and deliver nursing interventions to foster normal development (including referral to other members of the healthcare team as appropriate);
  5. Critically appraise family dynamics as they influence the health and well being of a child;
  6. Critically analyse the impact that a health crisis has on the child and family;
  7. Synthesis information in order to identify and deliver appropriate nursing interventions that support the child and family with a health crisis;
  8. Critically reflect on the practice of family-centered care.


At least 3 contributions to the Moodle discussion site during the semester (Hurdle)
Submission of plan for written assignment 1 (Hurdle)

Written assignment 1 (4,000 words) (40%)
Written assignment 2 (4,000 words) (40%)
Reflective essay (2,000 words) (20%)

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