Fundamentals of Midwifery and Nursing

    Unit code: HMB1002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2; and
    HMB1001 - Foundations of Midwifery; and
    HNB1102 - Foundations in Nursing 1
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Exhibit knowledge and critically reflect on the use of clinical reasoning skills in professional practice and therapeutic communication including woman-centred and patient-centred care across the lifespan;
    2. Exemplify safe midwifery and nursing foundational clinical skills;
    3. Exhibit safe midwifery practice during pregnancy, labour and birth care including assessment of the woman and her newborn, knowledge and assessment of non-pharmacological and pharmacological pain management options;
    4. Advocate for and critically reflect on support of individuals’ choices for women’s maternity care and people seeking general health care; and
    5. Implement accurate and safe medication administration.


    For Melbourne campuses

    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

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 5%
    Multi choice quiz (20 minutes)
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 30%
    Written report (1000 words)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Group presentation (30 minutes)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 0%
    Medication administration – open book self-directed (hurdle)
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 20%
    Practical Skills Assessment
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 15%
    Short answer test (50mins)

    Required reading

    Skills for Midwifery Practice
    de-Vitry Smith, S., Bayes, S., Johnson, R. &Taylor, W. (Eds.). (2022)| Elsevier: Chatswood, New South Wales.
    Midwifery: Preparation for Practice
    Pairman, S., Tracy, S.K., Dahlen, H.G. & Dixon, L. (Eds.) (2019)| Elsevier: Chatswood, New South Wales.
    Clinical psychomotor skills (5-point bondy): assessment tools for nurses
    Tollefson, J., & Hillman, E. (2019b)| Cengage Learning Australia Pty Ltd

    As part of a course

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