This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide care to mother and newborn infant in a range of health care settings such as postnatal, neonatal, child and family health care and paediatric settings. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses and registered midwives and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertake nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional practice standards, codes and guidelines, and; - provide holistic maternity care for 2 mothers and their newborn infants in the workplace, in collaboration and consultation with the registered nurse or midwife and interdisciplinary health care team including: umbilical cord care; preparation of feeding formulas; dressing newborn infant and changing newborn infant nappies; safe practice for bathing, holding, settling and positing the newborn infant for sleeping, and; care of the mother's nipples.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - role of the midwife in antenatal and postpartum care; - anatomy and physiology and associated terminology related to pregnancy, birth, postnatal period, lactation and care of the newborn infant; - breastfeeding support; - primary health care approaches to care planning; - community support services for maternal and infant care; - common abnormalities of newborn infant; - common obstetric emergencies; - correct use of artificial formula; - process of grief associated with infant death and appropriate care of the mother and family; - impact of cultural practices and beliefs in relation to birthing; - appropriate interactions with newborn infant; - newborn screening; - principles for recognising a deteriorating mother or baby and the importance of immediately raising issues of concern; - World Health Organisation (WHO) code for breastfeeding and the development and establishment of breastfeeding and benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding, and; - umbilical cord care.

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