Neonatal Intensive Care Practice (NURS90102)
Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Off Campus
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This subject provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge gained in the theoretical subjects with clinical practice in the neonatal intensive care setting. The subject provides a comprehensive approach to care of the neonatal patient through understanding principles of illness/health management relating to the newborn, infant and family.
The students develop skills of assessment and management principles which enable them to progress to a more advanced level of practice. Students are given the opportunity to plan and coordinate care for neonatal patients with a wide variety of problems. There is a continued emphasis on scientific principles and research evidence underpinning practice and further developing of skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to solve patient management problems in specialty practice. The practical component is in the form of a learning contract whereby students address learning objectives. Learning objectives focus on undertaking accurate assessment of the neonatal patient and relating the underlying physiological and pathophysiological processes to assessment data; applying theoretical knowledge to technical skill development; developing evidence-based evaluations to the practice of caring for patients in the neonatal intensive care unit and developing skills in sharing knowledge with peers.
Intended learning outcomes
Students should be able to demonstrate their ability to:
- Undertake an accurate assessment of the neonatal patient and relate the underlying physiological and pathophysiological processes to assessment data;
- Apply the theoretical principles underpinning newborn and infant, child and adolescent development (physical, emotional and cognitive) when interacting with newborns, infants, children and families;
- Integrate the theoretical content to plan and implement appropriate nursing care of the neonate in the the neonatal intensive care unit;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of neonatal care and specialised interventions utilised in the neonatal setting and adapt the plan of care according to changing priorities; and
- Participate effectively as a team member within the clinical setting.
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 oral and written modes of communication;
- A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work.
- Advanced competencies in areas of professional expertise and/or scholarship.
- Advanced skills and techniques applicable to the discipline.
- Well-developed problem-solving abilities in the discipline area, characterised by flexibility of approach.
- An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline.
- An appreciation of the ways in which advanced knowledge equips the student to offer leadership in the specialist area
Last updated: 18 January 2023