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This subject is designed to promote an understanding of the theoretical aspects of neonatal care to support safe practice in caring for neonates in the Special Care Nursery. Students will explore family-centred care and neonatal developmental care, and extend their knowledge in assessment of the sick neonate or preterm neonate and management of common neonatal conditions.
Interventions initiated at a beginning level of practice will be described in terms of the research evidence underpinning practice as well as the technical and scientific knowledge that is a prerequisite for skill development.
Intended learning outcomes
Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate their beginning specialty practice through:
- Describing the theoretical content covered within the subject and articulate new knowledge that supports safe practice as a beginning specialty nurse or midwife in a neonatal care setting;
- Identifying and describing specialised interventions to provide a foundation for participating in the delivery of care at the beginning level of neonatal clinical practice;
- The capacity to use skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to apply knowledge learnt in the theoretical component of the subject to beginning level neonatal clinical practice;
- Recognising the changing knowledge base in the neonatal specialist area;
- The ability to apply scientific knowledge to understand skills and techniques applicable to the specialist area
- the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation
- critical thinking and analytical skills
- an openness to new ideas
- ability to communicate knowledge through web-based activities
Last updated: 10 November 2019