NURS6815

Care of the Unwell Newborn

10 Units

This course is designed to equip the midwife or nurse with the knowledge required to initiate appropriate care and management of 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 and nutritional requirements. The critical role of the midwife or nurse in supporting the mother, father and family and promoting attachment and bonding with the compromised newborn is highlighted.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the impact of the prenatal environment on birthing outcomes
  2. Apply knowledge of neonatal circulation and the changes that normally occur in the first few hours after birth including the newborn’s need for thermoregulation, glucose regulation and respiratory support
  3. Evaluate best practice related to neonatal resuscitation and stabilisation of the compromised newborn
  4. Critique literature related to the ongoing care of the unwell newborn
  5. Demonstrate understanding of international best practice related to supporting the woman and her family when the newborn has complex care needs
Content

This course is comprised of four modules.

Module 1: The prenatal environment, impact on birthing outcomes and challenges to transitioning to extrauterine life

Module 2: The birth and immediate care of the unwell newborn with Complex needs

Module 3: Providing care for newborns requiring complex care, including:

a)    Respiratory diseases

b)    Neonatal infections

c)    Jaundice

d)    Cardiovascular diseases

e)    Drug withdrawal in the neonate

f)    Genetic disorders and errors of inborn metabolism

Module 4: Providing care for the woman and her family when the newborn is unwell

Assumed Knowledge Foundations of nursing/midwifery knowledge, nursing/midwifery theory legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology and sociology as related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing/midwifery concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing or midwifery 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. Meets Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Standards of Practice.
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activity: Online Activity 1 *
  • Online Learning Activity: Online Activity 2 *
  • Written Assignment: Information/Fact Sheet *
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours

Online

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 2. Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 3. Online Learning Activity: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 4. Online Learning Activity: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
Course Materials
  • Neonatology at a Glance
  • Merenstein & Gardner's Handbook of Neonatal Care
Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for NURS6815
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