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NS5220 - Perinatal Critical Care and the Pregnant Woman

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

Available to midwifery students and registered midwives only.

This subject has been written to meet the needs of endorsed midwives and postgraduate students of midwifery. The subject is designed to enhance and inform nursing and midwifery practice when caring for a critically ill pregnant woman during the perinatal period. Modular formats address the issues of maternal cardiac disorders; maternal hypertensive disorders; maternal trauma and substance abuse and maternal emergencies. These issues are discussed within a holistic and family-oriented focus.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse antenatal preparation for complicated pregnancies for the woman and her family;
  • discuss the effects on the pregnant woman of the critical episode and recovery;
  • outline the pharmacological management of the critically ill pregnant woman;
  • provide proficient management of critically ill pregnant women;
  • understand the interpersonal issues for the midwife caring for the critically ill woman.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor David Lindsay, Dr Kristin Wicking, <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: CDROMandWWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments.

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.