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NS3229 - Newborn Challenges and Midwifery Care

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject builds on student's theoretical knowledge and clinical skills when caring for the newborn including infants who are experiencing complex care in the special care nursery. Students will gain experience working within a collaborative multidisciplinary healthcare team in the care of newborns and their families who face challenges that can be unexpected including grief and loss.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain the principles of support for the newborn requiring complex care;
  • develop strategies for the supportive care of the unwell neonate;
  • appraise evidence based practice to support the provision of family-centred newborn care within the multidisciplinary team;
  • apply national competency standards for the midwife to care provided.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) - (%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Professional placement performance - (%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; participate in at least 80% of on-campus tutorials; participate in all clinical skills classes; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; achieve a satisfactory grade for the portfolio, OSCE, medication calculations quiz, and PEP; achieve at least 50% for the examination. Examinations may be scheduled outside regular university examination period.

Prerequisites: NS3228


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:
  • 10 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 20 hours tutorials
  • 20 hours clinical Skills
  • 80 hours professional Experience

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.