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Neonatal Care of the High Risk Newborn
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This unit of study is aimed at students caring for critically unwell/unstable infants. This unit of study is designed for nurses employed within specialist neonatal units attached to delivery services or within children’s hospitals that provide care for neonates with anomalies, high risk infants and/or infants requiring surgery. Students will reflect on their own neonatal nursing practice.

Students must be working in either neonatal or paediatric intensive care units with the capability of providing mechanical ventilation, and where the student is responsible for providing the neonate with intensive care nursing.

Important note: This unit of study DOES NOT include extreme prematurity from birth.

Neonatal Care of the High Risk Newborn
Unit of study code 301
Availability Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite 071 – Applied Neonatal Physiology

255 – Assessment of Growth and Development

Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Recommended texts American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & American Heart Association (AHA) (2016). Neonatal resuscitation textbook (7th edn.). AAP & AHA, Chicago. ISBN-13: 978-1-61002-024-4

Gardner, S.L., Carter, B.S., Enzman-Hines, M., & Hernandez, J.A. (Eds.)(2016). Handbook of neonatal intensive care (8th edn.). Mosby Elsevier, St Louis. ISBN: 9780323320832

Co-ordinated by Trish Lowe MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Maladaptive processes a) examine issues including parental support and grief for the families of infants in surgical and perinatal environments Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 8
Theme 2: The impact of chromosomal and congenital abnormalities b) apply evidence based specialist knowledge and relevant comprehensive neonatal assessment skills to the care of the infant Assessment 2: Essay (2,000 words) 40% 6
Theme 3: The infant requiring surgery c) demonstrate knowledge of resuscitation and stabilisation of infants in surgical and perinatal environments Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
d) analyse current evidence to plan and prioritise care for infants with chromosomal and congenital anomalies

e) investigate current evidence to plan and prioritise care specific to gestational subpopulations

f) analyse current  evidence to plan and prioritise care for infants with surgical conditions in perinatal environments.

Neonatal Care of the High Risk Newborn (301) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.