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Semester 1 (Extended)
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Semester 1 (Extended)
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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 neonatal patients. Students will explore the impact of hospitalisation on neonates and their families. Assessment of the neonatal patient presenting with common neonatal conditions associated with preterm birth, and care of the sick neonate in the neonatal intensive care unit will be a key focus. In particular this subject will explore neonatal transition, stabilisation of the compromised newborn, respiratory diseases, congenital anomalies, peripartum hypoxia and common conditions presenting in the neonatal period. Student will focus on accurate assessment of the newborn and initiating infant interventions and family centred care at a beginning level of practice. Evidence underpinning neonatal practice as well as the technical and scientific knowledge that is a pre-requisite for skill development will be explored throughout the subject.
Intended learning outcomes
Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate their beginning specialty nursing/midwifery practice through:
- An understanding of the theoretical content covered within the subject to develop new knowledge that supports safe practice as a beginning specialty nurse/midwife in neonatal care settings;
- The ability to understand and evaluate specialised interventions as described in the subject content to provide a foundation for participating in the delivery of care of the neonatal patient in intensive care at the beginning level;
- 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 of care of neonatal intensive care clinical practice;
- An understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area; and
- The ability to apply scientific knowledge to understand skills and techniques applicable to the specialist area
On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and graduate coursework student:
- A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in written modes of communication;
- A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work.
- An ability to evaluate and synthesize the research and professional literature in this discipline.
Last updated: 14 December 2022