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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 experiencing this crisis is essential for nurses working in level two centres. This unit of study will extend on 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 within the unit of study content include modes of respiratory support such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and High Flow nasal cannula oxygen.

Neonatal Special Care
Unit of study code 207

Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care

GC single unit of study


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

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: Neonatal assessment a) examine the principles of individualised, developmentally supportive neonatal care balanced with family centred care Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 8
Theme 2: Interventions b) apply evidence based specialist knowledge and relevant comprehensive neonatal assessment skills to the care of the infant Assessment 2: Essay 40% 6
Theme 3: Transport and discharge c) demonstrate knowledge of resuscitation and stabilisation of infants in the special care environment Assessment 3: Case analysis 50% 10
d) investigate current evidence to plan and prioritise care specific to gestational sub-populations

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.

Tiers2020 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,007.00$2,230.00$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,295.00$2,550.00$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,695.50$2,995.00$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,222.00$3,580.00$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.