Discuss the evidence relating to the functions of play in the hospital as an intervention strategy to alleviate anxiety and fear in hospitalized children


Academic Year 2017-18

Semester 1 Assignment

Cohort: 16 (Year 3 Semester 2)

Course Title: BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies Course Code: 5749

Module Title: Care of Sick Children Practice Learning Experience

Module Code: NUR444 CRN: 43626

Module Coordinator(s): Ms. Ancy Abraham/ Ms. Angeles Nemenzo

Word limit: 2100 words [plus or minus 10%]

Instructions: Please read these instructions carefully

This coursework is a structured workbook that is divided into three sections, with each section containing a question within it. It is designed to help you

explore further a number of key issues related to the nursing care of sick children and their families, so that you will be more able to take an active role in

providing safe and effective delivery of family centered care Workbook Instructions:

1. The work-book should be submitted in typed format

2. You will be required to submit a paper copy to The Examination Unit in the college and a soft copy in Turnitin using the following enrollment information: Log in to www.turnitin.com ; log in to your student account, enroll in a class using the following

Class ID: 16710384 Class Password:17181444

3. The text font you must use is Times Roman or Arial, font size 12 4. You must support your responses to the questions with evidence from related

literature. 5. References must be presented using the Ulster University, School of Nursing

referencing guide provided in the library. 6. Marks will be awarded for good use of grammar and language, for an absence

of spelling errors and for good referencing technique. 7. Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. Please ensure that you read and

understand the section on plagiarism, found within the module Evidence and Research. The University’s Policy on Plagiarism will be applied.

8. You must use the ‘Turnitin’ anti plagiarism software found in the specific module area on Blackboard Learn to ensure you have not plagiarized in this assignment. The link for this is found on the module homepage and you can submit your assignment to the Draft Assignment Drop box as many times as you wish prior to handing in the Final Submission.

Submission Date: Group A Week 11 Thursday before 3pm Group B Week 14 Thursday before 3pm

Place: Examinations Office 1st Floor Lecturer responsible for Module: Ms. Ancy Abraham Office number: 3562 Remember:

 Use approximately 700 words for each question  You MUST access and reference relevant recent literature to support your work.

SECTION 1: Supporting the psychological wellbeing of hospitalised children. Whilst modern hospital environments aim to keep people safe during treatment, the experience of being hospitalized can increase anxiety, and for some, particularly children, can cause fear and distress which can have long lasting effects. Hospitalised children are often restricted in their ability to explore this strange environment, but have to adapt to the peculiar language and routines and due to their limits in cognitive functioning and ability to express their emotions, they are particularly vulnerable to stress (Rokach 2016). There are a number of strategies that can be implemented to reduce children’s confusion and fear whilst hospitalised, one of these is play. Question for Section 1:

 Discuss the evidence relating to the functions of play in the hospital as an intervention strategy to alleviate anxiety and fear in hospitalized children.

SECTION 2: Reducing the impact of preventable childhood illnesses

 With examples, discuss the significance of immunization as a crucial strategy that parents can take to protect their children against serious disease.

SECTION 3: Family centered care of the sick child: Sickle cell disease is a common genetic disease affecting children worldwide. Family education and teamwork are vital tools in effective management of pain during sickle cell crisis in children. Question for Section 3:

 Briefly discuss the key evidence based nursing intervention strategies used in supporting the child with sickle cell disease, and their family, to manage pain during sickle cell crisis.

Finally, it is important to say once again that although each section is quite short, you need to demonstrate the use of evidence from the literature to support your answers.