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NS3004 - Working with Women to provide Family Centred Neonatal Care

[Not offered in 2020]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject deals with supporting the woman as she embarks upon her journey into motherhood. For every woman the experience of becoming a mother is unique and individual to her circumstances. The focus of this subject is neonatal assessment and care. This knowledge will be applied using a family centred focus. The subject builds upon normal physiological adaptation of the neonate extending to six weeks after birth. The content will examine selected congenital anomalies, pathophysiological and traumatic events which may affect the neonate. As midwives provide the initial care to neonates they are generally the first to identify a problem and provide the immediate care to ill or premature neonates. Access to collaborative support is contingent upon the environment, and depending on the location there may be a delay in arrival of collaborative teams. For this reason midwives must have the ability to recognise ill or at- risk babies and be able to provide emergency care.

Learning Outcomes

  • appraise current evidence relating to preconceptual, antenatal and postnatal factors that impact neonatal physiological development;
  • critically appraise existing best practice relating to the pathophysiology and complex needs of a sick or unwell neonate;
  • plan family centred and culturally sensitive care for the neonate with complex needs;
  • demonstrate a family centred care approach to stabilisation and transport of the preterm or unwell neonate to a referral hospital;
  • demonstrate care for the neonate, mother and the family that is congruent with NMBA (2006) Midwifery Competency Standards and the NMBA (2016) Registered Nurse standards.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (50%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Essays - (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (20%).

Special Assessment Requirements

Examinations may be scheduled outside regular university examination period -refer to Clinical Ladder.

Prerequisites: NS3003 AND NS3362 AND NS3118 AND NS3119
Corequisites: NS3226 AND HS3101

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.