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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. A primary focus of the subject will be the assessment of the neonatal patient presenting with common neonatal conditions associated with preterm birth as well as the care of the sick neonate in the neonatal intensive care unit. 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
At the completion of this subject, it is expected that students will be able to do the following:
- Explain assessment findings for common neonatal presentations using principles relating to human embryology and development, neonatal anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, mechanisms of injury and pharmacotherapeutics
- Apply scientific principles to further explore knowledge and evidence-based skills applicable to the specialty of neonatal care
- Critically analyse assessment and diagnostic findings to recognise and prioritise appropriate, specific and family centred therapeutic interventions for patients experiencing disease states common to neonates
- Apply specialist neonatal knowledge and evidence to clinical decision making when developing a plan of care and determining nursing/midwifery interventions for unwell neonates and their families
- Apply scientific principles to evaluate nursing/midwifery interventions and explore the evolving knowledge applicable to the specialty of neonatal care
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: 31 January 2024