This unit expands on the content of Foundations of Nursing 1 and Foundations of Midwifery. Students will also draw on knowledge gained in the Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 units to undertake comprehensive and systematic health assessments. Such assessments inform implementing evidence-based interventions and with health outcomes documented using digital health records. This unit will further develop foundational nursing and midwifery skills (e.g medication administration, asepsis, basic life support, simple sterile dressings, intramuscular injections). The unit introduces foundational knowledge of labour, birth and post-birth care for the woman and her baby using a woman centred approach. It will include an examination of maternal nutritional requirements and oral health and how best to support women’s lactation choices. Emphasis is placed on students exploring the role of the midwife in supporting the woman experiencing physical and psychological pain across the phases of the childbearing journey, including strategies to support women and their families experiencing bereavement and perinatal loss. Students will examine holistic health needs of an individual’s maternity and/or nursing care with attention to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity. The principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics will be introduced to embed foundational concepts in the quality use of medicines. Students will continue to follow the two recruited women in the Continuity of Care program commenced in Foundations of Midwifery unit, until the post birth/early parenting period concludes.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
The assessment tasks link to the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment, students will undertake a multi choice quiz. For the second assessment, students will submit a report articulating how clinical reasoning is used to develop nursing or midwifery care plans, and critically reflect on how these are utilised in professional practice. Such reflection encompasses promoting the use of evidence based safe patient/woman-centred care and exploring the legal requirements of contemporary professional documentation. The third assessment comprises students participating in a group presentation to critically appraise a contemporary midwifery topic. The fourth assessment is a face-to-face practical skills test that enables students to exemplify safe practice in the midwifery/nursing laboratory setting, prior to undertaking placement in the practice setting. The final assessment is a short answer test that will examine students’ clinical reasoning
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):