This unit will expand on the knowledge gained in the Midwifery Care and Contemporary Nursing units. The approach facilitates students’ application of knowledge to practice in the provision of care of the sick newborn. Students will learn how to utilise information from women’s prenatal, labour and post birth care to inform and guide their assessments of the newborn and make appropriate referrals to other professionals. Students will build on the knowledge gained in previous units to enable them to support women and newborns with complex feeding requirements. Students will also apply mental health knowledge to conduct in-depth examinations of perinatal mental health issues to effectively care for women experiencing these issues. This is a combined theory and practice unit with 80 hours of supervised nursing practice undertaken in a Special Care Nursery practice setting.
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 submit a reflective piece of written work on perinatal mental health assessment and the role of the midwife in response to the simulation already undertaken. For assessment two, case studies will be used to assess the student's comprehension of the unit content with emphasis on neonatal care whilst undertaking placement. Students will also participate in a neonatal skills assessment. The practicum assessment is undertaken within the scheduled timing of the 80 hours of supervised practice in the Special Care Nursery setting.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):