This unit expands on health assessment, infection control and occupational health and safety. The principles of asepsis are introduced. Principles of safe medication use are applied to the routes of oral, topical, and intramuscular injection administration. The unit also focuses on foundational knowledge in labour, birth and post-birth care for the woman and her baby, utilising a woman-centred approach. The student will explore the role of the midwife in supporting the woman experiencing pain during labour, birth and in the postnatal period. Students will develop foundational knowledge to effectively care for the woman and baby post birth. Nutrition for the baby, with a focus on lactation, will also be examined. Students will continue to follow the two (2) recruited women from the Continuity of Care program in 'HNB1104 Foundation of Nursing and Midwifery 1', until the post-birth period. Students in this unit are advised that restrictions apply to withdrawing online once enrolled, to meet the requirements of external placement providers.

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HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2

HNB1104 - Foundations of Nursing and Midwifery 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the importance of professional practice including confidentiality and patient privacy associated with the provision of foundational nursing and midwifery care.  
  2. Utilise the nursing process to develop nursing care plans.  
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in foundational clinical skills (e.g., basic life support, simple sterile dressing and vital signs).  
  4. Exhibit safe midwifery practice during pregnancy, labour and birth including assessment of the woman and her newborn.  
  5. Examine the holistic factors influencing the pain experience, assessment of pain during labour, and use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods to support the woman during labour and birthing.  
  6. Exhibit safe midwifery practice when caring for the woman and her baby in the postpartum period, including breastfeeding.  
  7. Demonstrate accurate and safe administration of medications administration.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quiz - MCQ x 2 25%
Assignment Written assignment (1000 words - in parts A&B) Part A - due end Week 2 Part B - due end Week 3 25%
Presentation Group Presentation Supporting A (15mins) 30%
Test Practical skills test - Breastfeeding mother/giving an IM injection (30mins) 20%
Test Drug calculations 0%
To pass this unit, students are required to achieve an aggregate score of 50% and achieve 100% for the drug calculations test (hurdle). Accuracy in medication administration is an absolute requirement for safe midwifery and nursing practice. Students must complete 160 professional practice hours: Nursing - 80 hours, Midwifery - 80 hours; and achieve the grade 'competent' in the Final Professional Practice Performance Appraisal for Midwifery and Nursing. Supplementary assessment is not available for the Professional Practice Performance Appraisals. The Continuity of Care Report must also be submitted.

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