This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:
- Aetiology and Pathophysiology of Neonatal Illness (MID3015) - Available in Semester One
- Principles and Practice of Intensive and High Dependency Care of the New-born (MID3015) - Available in Semester Two
- Principles and Practice of Special Care of the New-born (MID3015) - Available in Semester Two
*Must be working in a neonatal unit.
This short course will facilitate the further development of an enquiring and creative approach to the study of neonatal care and related issues in a reflective and critically aware manner. Nurses and midwives involved in the care of sick infants are confronted daily by their medical problems. In order to provide quality care in the intensive and special care environment, they must have an in-depth understanding, not only of foetal and neonatal physiology, growth and development, but also the pathological processes concerned with neonatal illness. The course will focus on the needs of the sick new-born infant requiring Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 nursing care. Students will be encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care for the sick new-born infant, and to reflect on approaches to nursing care that are individualised, family-centred and underpinned by evidence-based practice.