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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
On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate comprehensive and family centred assessment and monitoring of the critically ill neonatal patient and their family
- Apply scientific principles to knowledge and evidence-based skills applicable to the specialty of neonatal intensive care
- Critically analyse patient assessment and diagnostic findings to recognise and prioritise appropriate, specific and family centred therapeutic interventions for neonatal patients experiencing complex disease or injury states
- Apply advanced specialist neonatal knowledge and evidence to clinical decision making when developing a plan of care and determining nursing interventions in critically ill and/or injured neonates and their families
- Apply knowledge and specialist skills to respond to neonatal patients experiencing acute alterations to health and wellness occurring in the neonatal intensive care environment
- Apply scientific principles and reflective practice to evaluate nursing interventions and further explore the evolving knowledge applicable to complex neonatal intensive care
- 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.
- Well-developed problem-solving abilities, characterised by flexibility of approach.
- An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature.
- An appreciation of the ways in which advanced knowledge equips the student to offer leadership.
Last updated: 31 January 2024