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NS5225 - Care of the 'At Risk' Newborn

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

Concurrent employment in Midwifery/Neontal Unit required

This subject will develop theoretical knowledge of the 'at risk' newborn. This knowledge will be applied with a family centred focus within the clinical practice setting. The knowledge gained will enable the practitioner to interpret signs elicited by the 'at risk' newborn, identify the related anatomical, physiological and pathophysiological processes and evaluate the outcomes of a plan of care.

Learning Outcomes

  • utilise research in the development of a family centred plan of care within a framework of cultural safety;
  • critically analyse the outcomes of a plan of care and foster health promotion as a life long outcome;
  • gain knowledge of the anatomical, physiological processes related to an 'at risk' newborn;
  • develop an understanding of how pre-pregnancy conditions, pregnancy and birth relates to the anatomical and physiological processes in the 'at risk' newborn;
  • interpret the pathophysiological processes occurring in the 'at risk' newborn.

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.
Method of Delivery: CDROMandWWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).

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.