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									CNA530 Special Care of the Newborn Theory
This subject aims to introduce and develop nursing concepts, principles and strategies necessary to provide therapeutic nursing care for the growing premature infant and the family. The particular emphasis will be on the development of nursing assessment, intervention and evaluation skills essential to providing supportive care for the neonate and the family.

For more inFormation please contact:
Ms Merodi Jack Postgraduate Administrative Officer Telephone: 03 6324 3024 Email: Merodi.Jack@utas.edu.au Ms Tina Pinkard Postgraduate Administrative Officer Telephone 03 6324 3519 Email: Tina.Pinkard@utas.edu.au School of Nursing & Midwifery University of Tasmania Locked Bag 1322 LAUNCESTON TAS 7250 Fax: 03 6324 3952 http://www.utas.edu.au/graduateschool/ Free call 1300 366575

Graduate Certificate in


Special Care of the Newborn

practice requirements
Students are expected to be employed in a Special Care Neonatal Department while completing this specialist stream.

Nursing and Midwifer y

School of

December 2008



Welcome to the Special Care of the Newborn stream in the Graduate Certificate in Nursing. This specialist stream is designed to enhance and develop beginning specialty knowledge, assessment and clinical decision making skills for nurses practising in a special care neonatal setting. In Semester One, students will undertake two foundation units that focus on theories underpinning nursing assessment, processes and practices in paediatric nursing. The Semester Two units enable students to explore the care of premature infants and their families.

course delivery
The special care of the newborn stream in the Graduate Certificate	in	Nursing	is	delivered	over	one	year	of	part-time	 study. Students undertake two units per semester. All units are offered in flexible mode and are delivered fully online.

CNA508 Foundations of Children’s Nursing 2
In this unit students will enhance their understanding of pathophysiology and then apply this knowledge to appropriate therapeutic interventions and assessments that relate to the care of neonates, infant, children and adolescents in the acute setting. Using a family centred framework, a focus of the unit will be the management of acute and chronic conditions affecting children using a family centred framework. Students will be introduced to technology that supports the care of the child with complex needs.

course timetable
Semester One CNA506	Foundations	of	Children’s	Nursing	1	(12.5%) CNA508	Foundations	of	Children’s	Nursing	2	(12.5%) Semester Two CNA529	Special	Care	of	the	Newborn	Practice	(12.5%) CNA530	Special	Care	of	the	Newborn	Theory	(12.5%)

course aims
This course aims to prepare and extend a nurse for practice in a special care neonatal setting. Specifically the course will: •	 provide	evidence-based	individualised	nursing	care	for the newborn; •	 maximise	developmental	outcomes	of	the	newborn	by	using	 evidence-based	clinical	knowledge	and	skills	within	the	 practice area; •	 support	and	promote	the	principles	of	resilience	in	families	 in collaboration with the health care team; •	 develop	students’	ability	to	communicate	effectively	with	 people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

CNA529 Special Care of the Newborn Practice
This unit provides the theoretical knowledge required to care for neonates and families experiencing admission to a special care nursery. It utilises the principles of family centred care in preparing the nurse for practice in a level 2 or level 1 special care environment. It will draw upon previously learned concepts to examine aspects of prematurity,	or	problematic	adaptation	to	extra-uterine	life,	 and the consequential pathophysiological processes which may arise. Acute and chronic variations of health, as well as the diverse needs of premature and term newborn/neonates will be explored.

CNA506 Foundations of Children’s Nursing 1
This unit explores the interplay of biological and ecological factors that relate to the development of resilience in neonates, infants, children and adolescents within a family centred framework. The unit explores a wide range of interpersonal, social, and economic influences and their impact on child development and wellbeing. Current clinical issues within the acute care setting will be addressed in this unit.

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