Care of the Compromised Neonate

Course code NURS3108Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course is designed to equip the novice midwife or nurse with the knowledge required to initiate appropriate care and manage a baby born with complex neonatal needs in any maternity setting. Students will gain knowledge related to care of the neonate including ensuring thermoregulation, adequate oxygenation, maintaining normoglycaemia, intra-gastric feeding, initiation and maintenance of lactation and breastfeeding and supporting parents. Issues including communication and referral processes, stabilisation, maintaining and transferring compromised newborns will be explored. The care required by neonates with complex needs on transition back to a maternity unit will be discussed. The role of the midwife or nurse in supporting the mother, father and family and promoting attachment and bonding with the compromised newborn is highlighted.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectivescompleting the learning activities for this coure should enable the student to
* Apply knowledge about neonatal circulation and the changes that normally occur in the first few hours after birth
* Apply knowledge about neonatal needs for thermoregulation, nutrition (including breastfeeding), safety and love
* Initiate basic neonatal resuscitation
* Initiate and assist with the stabilisation of the compromised neonate, including the administration of IV fluids and medications
* Maintain the health status of the compromised neonate prior to and during transfer
* Provide transitional care of neonates with complex needs in a rural hospital
* Use professional communication skills in referral and documentation
* Provide breastfeeding support to the woman and baby when the newborn is compromised
* Demonstrate advanced interpersonal skills when listening and responding to distressed parents
ContentModule 1: Principles of Caring for the Neonate and her/his Mother
Module 2: Neonate Resuscitation in any context
Module 3: Stabilisation, Maintenance and Transfer of Compromised Neonate
Module 4: Receiving Babies 'back transferred' to a Maternity Unit
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNIL
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Group/tutorial participation and contributionOnline tutorial participation quizzes
Other: (please specify)Learning Package
Contact HoursLecture: for 12 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment in Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursing program.
A pass or higher grade in all 1000 level courses
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled the course learning objectives and to be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to:
- Submit and gain an aggregate of 50% or higher for all assessment items
- 90% mastery of medication calculations
- Prepare and participate in 80% of tutorials
Those who fail to satisfy the Compulsory Course Requirements will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Compulsory Program ComponentMandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
Academic Integrity Module
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS3108