The purpose of this Unit of study is to build on and consolidate knowledge achieved in the pre-requisite unit of study Applied Neonatal Physiology (071). Throughout all sections there is an underlying theme of individualised, family focused developmentally supportive care which is an essential element of contemporary neonatal nursing practice. The ability to stabilise a sick newborn prior to transport as well as provide comfort and support, to families is essential for nurses working in special care nurseries. This Unit of study will extend previous knowledge to include the assessment and clinical management of newborns who require emergency resuscitation and on-going stabilisation for a variety of underlying pathophysiological conditions. Clinical management strategies covered include modes of respiratory support such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and High Flow nasal cannula oxygen.
Students choosing this specialty elective must be employed in a neonatal special care unit.
|Neonatal Special Care|
|Unit of study code||207|
|Availability||Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care
GC single unit of study
|Pre-requisite||071 – Applied Neonatal Physiology|
|Mode of study||Online|
|Hours of study||150|
|Recommended texts||There are no prescribed textbooks for this subject.|
|Co-ordinated by||Trish Lowe MACN
|Content||Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
|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: Neonatal assessment and monitoring||a) examine the principles of individualised, developmentally supportive neonatal care balanced with family-centred care||Assessment 1: Online discussion||5%||2|
|Theme 2: Special care babies and families||b) apply evidence-based specialist knowledge and relevant comprehensive neonatal assessment skills to the care of the infant||Assessment 2: Literature critique or Essay (alt.)||35%||5|
|Theme 3: Transport and discharge||c) demonstrate knowledge of resuscitation and stabilisation of infants in the special care environment||Assessment 3: Clinical vignette (referenced poster and abstract)||20%||8|
|d) investigate current evidence to plan and prioritise care specific to gestational sub-populations||Assessment 4: Case analysis or Essay (alt.)||40%||10|
|e) analyse current evidence to plan and prioritise escalation/transport of the deteriorating infant|
|f) investigate community support agencies to plan and prioritise discharge of the convalescing infant.|
Neonatal Special Care (207) is a Tier 1 unit.
|Tiers||2023 Member price (10% discount)||2023 Non-member price||2024 Member price (10% discount)||2024 Non-member price|
*Fees are subject to change without notice.