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MID3107 - Babies needing extra care (consortium unit NRSG335 Australian Catholic University)

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Lisa McKenna


Australia (Other) Second semester 2007 (Flexible)


This unit will assist students, within the context of the family to acquire foundational knowledge of the care of babies with special needs. Students will have the opportunity to study circumstances that commonly result in a baby being admitted to a Level Two Nursery. The issue of confronting the infant and family during this period will be explored and the role of the midwife in facilitating health and wellbeing of the family. Students will reflect upon and debate the ethic-legal issues involved in care of the baby with special needs.


On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. describe the development of a baby during the second half of pregnancy;
  2. demonstrate understanding of the circumstances that may necessitate admission of a baby to a Level Two Nursery;
  3. evaluate the Level Two Nursery environment and its impact upon the baby and family;
  4. understand the role of the midwife within the context of the Level Two Nursery multidisciplinary team;
  5. utilise the clinical decision making process to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the care required by the baby and the family;
  6. demonstrate an appreciation of the family's need for privacy, dignity and respect, as well as their right to be informed and to make decisions regarding the care of their baby;
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the reflective practice in the implementation evidence informed care for the baby and family;
  8. debate the ethico-legal issues which arise in the care of babies with special needs; and
  9. demonstrate midwifery competency based upon the selected ACMI Competency Standards.


Written assignment (1500 words): 30%
Guided study activities (2 x 500 words): 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%


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