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
PG unit of study
071 – Applied neonatal physiology
255 – Assessment of growth and development
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & American Heart Association (AHA) 2016, Textbook of Neonatal resuscitation textbook, 7th edn., Author, Chicago.
Gardner, SL, Carter, BS, Enzman-Hines, M & Hernandez, JA (eds.) 2016, Merenstein & Gardner’s handbook of neonatal Intensive care, 8th edn., Elsevier, St.Louis, Missouri.
Co-ordinated by: Trish Lowe MACN
Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
Type of assessment
Not 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
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 (2000 words)
Theme 3: The infant requiring surgery
c) Demonstrate knowledge of resuscitation and stabilisation of infants in surgical and perinatal environments
Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)
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
Units commencing in 2018
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