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In the latest report from the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network (ANZNN) 26% of the notified live births in Australia were babies born at less than 32 weeks gestation or with a birth weight below 1,500 grams. The majority of the premature neonates noted in this data required mechanical ventilation. Neonatal care is also required by babies born at term who are at high risk, have congenital anomalies and/or require surgery.

Neonatal nurses and midwives need advanced skills and knowledge to be able to care for these vulnerable newborns as well as providing comfort and support to families experiencing this crisis.

Neonatal Care

Studying neonatal care with ACN will provide you with the advanced knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based care for the neonate and their family. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of clinical practice development for the improvement of patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality. Our electives allow students to further explore a specific area of interest such as neonatal intensive care, the perinatal environment or care of the high risk newborn.

Intakes:

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

DURATION

1 YR PT

STUDY MODE

Online

Graduate Certificate intakes are January and July, however you can complete selected single units of study in either the April or October terms and articulate into the next Graduate Certificate enrolment.  Call us on 1800 265 534 to discuss your study options.

DESCRIPTION

The aim of this course is to enhance professional and ethical understanding of neonatal clinical practice, and increase knowledge and skills for the provision of evidence-based care: therefore improving the outcomes for sick and/or convalescing infants and their families.

The guiding principles sit within the holistic framework of trans-culturally appropriate, individualised and developmentally supportive, family centred care.
The course aligns with the domains and standards for neonatal nurses (ACNN 2012) and responds to industry requirements for flexible multifaceted practitioners who are able to practice in dynamic multidisciplinary teams.

Graduates may use their extended knowledge in clinical specialties to develop their career pathway and may find employment in various specialist neonatal nursing, educational and clinical leadership roles such as clinical nurse specialists, or credit toward further studies at Masters level which may lead to higher leadership roles such as clinical nurse consultant, nurse practitioner and research opportunities.

THERE ARE TWO STREAMS

Intensive care stream

Units of study in this stream focus on the wide range of conditions that present in the perinatal environment. Neonatal Care in the Perinatal Environment (300) focuses on several often intersecting populations including the extremely premature, sick term and infants requiring surgery. Neonatal Care of the High Risk Newborn (301) does not cover extreme prematurity and is designed for students working within specialist neonatal units attached to delivery suites or within children’s hospitals, which provide care for high risk infants and/or infants requiring surgery.

Special care stream

Neonatal special care (207) aims to develop the student’s ability to evaluate and manage the wide array of conditions presenting in the special care environment 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care, students will be better able to:

  • Implement strategies to facilitate individualised developmentally supportive, family centred care integrating knowledge to practice
  • Demonstrate their awareness of trans-culturally appropriate care; including sensitivity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Examine evidence based specialist knowledge related to foetal development, antenatal considerations, pregnancy, birth and transition integrating knowledge to practice
  • Analyse evidence based specialist knowledge and comprehensive patient assessment skills integrating knowledge to practice
  • Evaluate clinical decision making skills, using the nursing process, collaboration and multiple modes of inquiry to enhance neonatal practice
  • Evaluate leadership skills and promote collaboration with the health care team and other stakeholders
  • Reflect on and appraise professional development activities across the spectrum of health care
  • Examine quality improvement and reflection in complex neonatal environments to enhance contemporary neonatal practice

UNITS OF STUDY

Code

Units of study 

Neonatal

Special care

10 010 1720

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee* 

071

Applied neonatal physiology

C

C

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

255*

Assessment of growth and development 

C

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

300*

Neonatal Care in the Perinatal Environment

E

 

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

301*

Neonatal Care of the High Risk Newborn

E

 

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

207*

Neonatal special care

 

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

919 1610*

Professional practice in neonatal care 

C

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

C = Core | E = Elective (choose one elective)

Code

Unit of study

Neonatal

Special care

10 010 1720

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

071

Applied neonatal physiology

C

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

255*

Assessment of growth and development 

C

C

2 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

207*

Neonatal special care

-

C

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

1 April 2018

Tier 1

300*

Neonatal Care in the Perinatal Environment

E

-

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

1 April 2018

Tier 1

301*

Neonatal Care of the High Risk Newborn

E

-

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

1 April 2018

Tier 1

919*

Professional practice in neonatal care

C

C

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

24 June 2018

Tier 1

C = Core | E = Elective (choose one elective)

207

Pre-requisite 071 & 255

255

Pre-requisite 071

300

Pre-requisite 071 & 255

301

Pre-requisite 071 & 255

919

Pre-requisite 071

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in education, management, rural and remote nursing as well as specialist nursing roles. 

Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

TiersPrice
Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

TiersPrice
Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

Entry Requirements And General Information

Enrolment Form

Graduate certificate enrolment form fee-paying

Enrolments may be available each term dependent upon course requirements and student numbers. Call customer services on 1800 265 534 for more information.

MEET YOUR NURSE EDUCATOR

Trish Lowe MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, RM, BNurs, Grad Dip Mid, MMid, GC Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, CertIVTAE, Immunisation for RNs

Trish is responsible for the coordination of our Graduate Certificates in Neonatal Care and Aged Care Nursing. Trish is committed to advancing nurse leadership and advocating for the nursing and midwifery profession, by equipping nurses and midwives with the knowledge they require, to meet their mandatory registration requirements, especially pertaining to recency of practice and continuing professional development.