Special Care of the Newborn

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Completion 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.


The 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
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Foundations 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 Delivery External Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Critical analysis and three problem based scenarios
  • Other: (please specify) - Course participation and completion of online learning activities
Contact Hours
  • Email 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 Enrolment: Enrolment 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.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for NURS6815

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