Special Care of the Newborn

Course code NURS6815Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course allows students to broaden their understanding and knowledge of the neonate requiring additional health support and treatment. Care may be in an obstetric unit, special care nursery or level 2 section in an intensive care setting. The role of the nurse in assisting the neonate to optimal health is explored, within the context of family centred care.

Opportunity to establish individual learning needs specific to each student's clinical context is given. Students are required to respond to clinical scenarios through critical analysis and reflection.

It is expected that course participants will have some experience with neonates and have access to a special care or level 2 nursery.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesCompletion of this course will enable students to:
1.Assess a newborn in need of further care and support and implement appropriate treatment.
2.Reflect on practice and identify evidence based options for modifications to practice as necessary
3.Analyse, synthesise and critical evaluate a range of literature, particularly research based literature, relating to the care of a neonate in need of further care and support
4.Investigate and analyse the importance of developmental and family centred care in the special care nursery.
ContentThe needs of the neonate requiring additional health support and treatment are explored in the context of the family. Problem based learning principles are applied to clinical scenarios in special care circumstances to allow the nurse to explore;

Module 1: Transition to extrauterine life
Module 2: Assessment and management
Module 3: Professional nursing practice in Special Care Nursery
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFoundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology and sociology as related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice. Demonstrated ANCI competencies.
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritical analysis and three problem based scenarios
Other: (please specify)Course participation and completion of online learning activities
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment in this course is limited by enrolment in the following programs:
Graduate Diploma in Midwifery; Master of Midwifery Studies; Master of Applied Management (Nursing); Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) and Master of Pharmacy.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS6815