Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Rose Boland (Peninsula), Ms Janet Jones (Gippsland)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)


The unit will prepare students with the theoretical knowledge and skills to assess, examine and initiate emergency management on the newborn infant. Anatomy and physiology relating to the newborn infant and human lactation will be explored. Students will develop an understanding of multidisciplinary care and collaborative practice in the management of sick newborn infants in a Level II Nursery. In addition, students will critically analyze all nutritional choices for well and sick babies and develop an understanding of the socio-cultural elements surrounding the care of newborn and their families.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically examine the social-cultural context in the provision of care to babies and their families in Australia and globally;
  2. Examine the changes in anatomy and physiology of the fetus and newborn infant and describe successful adaptation to the extrauterine environment;
  3. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human female breast and process of lactation;
  4. Apply strategies which promote and protect breast feeding;
  5. Explore the nutritional choices available and the factors that impact upon women's decision making regarding feeding their babies;
  6. Identify normal variations in the newborn period and provide appropriate management strategies;
  7. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in resuscitating and stabilising a baby;
  8. Identify the circumstances and conditions that may necessitate admission of a baby to a Level Two nursery;
  9. Evaluate the Level Two Nursery environment and its impact upon the woman, her baby and family;
  10. Utilise the clinical decision making process to demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and understanding of the care required by the baby and the family;
  11. 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 care of their baby;
  12. Demonstrate the ability to practice within a multidisciplinary team in an environment of complexity;
  13. Implement evidence-based holistic care for women, babies and their families across the childbearing process;
  14. Employ reflective practice strategies to develop understanding of diverse midwifery practice; and
  15. Demonstrate midwifery competency based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for Midwives.


Clinical placement: 160 hours.


Written assignment (2,500 words) (25%)
Case study (2,500 words) (25%)
Exam (3 hours) (50%) (Students must achieve a pass in the final examination to pass the unit) (Hurdle)
Clinical practice assessment (Pass / Fail) (Students must pass clinical placement to pass the unit) (Hurdle)
Linked neonatal skills assessments x 5 (Pass / Fail)

Workload requirements

Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratories: 54 hours
Clinical: 160 hours
Individual study: 162 hours
Total: 312 hours.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



{MID2004, MID2105} OR Must have passed {MID2010}.


MID2107, MID2108, MID2109.