This unit will assist students to acquire foundational knowledge and skills of the care of babies with complications. Supervised practice in a Level Two Nursery will enable students to apply evidence based knowledge and integrate ethico-legal principles to care for babies using a family centred approach. Students will be provided the opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team and practice skills including administration of gastric feeds, management of IV therapy, assessment of fluid balance & electrolytes, collect specimen collections, and monitoring phototherapy. 

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HMB3218

Prerequisites

HMB3113 - Complex Pregnancy and Birth 2

HMB3114 - Midwifery Practice 5

Co-requisites

HMB3217 - Complications of the Newborn

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the circumstances that necessitate admission of a baby to a Level Two Nursery;  
  2. Evaluate the environment of the nursery and implement strategies to promote the wellbeing of the baby and family;  
  3. Articulate the role of the midwife within the context of the level two nursery and collaborate with the multidisciplinary health team;  
  4. Utilise a clinical decision making process to apply the necessary knowledge and understanding required to meet the needs of the baby and family in the nursery;  
  5. Apply evidence-informed strategies for maintaining the families' need for privacy, dignity and respect, as well as their right to be informed and to make decision regarding care of their baby;  
  6. Demonstrate reflective practice and implement evidence based care for babies and their families;  
  7. Perform skills associated with the baby's nutrition, elimination and thermoregulation and management of oxygen therapy, intravenous therapy and phototherapy using universal precautions;  
  8. Demonstrate competence in neonatal resuscitation;  
  9. Defend the family's need for privacy, dignity and respect, as well as their right to be informed and to make decision regarding care of their baby;  
  10. Provide evidence of recruitment of one newborn as part of the Continuity of Care program.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Clinical Performance Appraisal Pass/Fail
Journal Three (3) Reflective journals Pass/Fail
Report Report of a follow-through of a sick neonate 1000 words Pass/Fail
Practice assessment is based on the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMAC) (2006) National Competency Standards for the Midwife.

Required reading

Skills for Midwifery Practice 4th
Johnson, R. & Taylor, W. (2016)
Oxford: Churchill Livingstone

These midwifery-specific texts are the most recent editions approved by the external accreditation agency ANMAC.

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