Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


TBA (Peninsula and Berwick) and Ms Heather Buttigieg (Clayton)



  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)


  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)


  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)


This elective unit provides students with an introduction to maternity and paediatric nursing. Students will explore the roles and responsibilities of the nurse in supporting care of women and their families throughout the childbearing process. Emphasis is on normal pregnancy and postpartum care of mother and baby. The unit also extends learning from core units around medical and surgical care and special needs of children.


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

  1. Discuss roles and responsibilities of health professionals in the care of childbearing women, children and adolescents;
  2. Discuss physical, psychological changes and common complications in pregnancy;
  3. Outline key aspects of prenatal care;
  4. Describe the stages of labour;
  5. Describe assessments and care of mother and baby following birth;
  6. Identify common complications and their immediate management in the postpartum period;
  7. Describe characteristics and care of the normal newborn baby;
  8. Discuss common neonatal, paediatric and adolescent conditions and their management;
  9. Outline key periods in child and adolescent development;
  10. Describe common responses of children and adolescents to illness;
  11. Discuss the importance of family-centre care;
  12. Describe safe care of postnatal mothers, newborn babies, sick children and adolescents; and
  13. Discuss legal and ethical issues impacting on the care of childbearing women and hospitalized children and adolescents.


Two (2) x workbooks (2,000 words each) (20% each)
Examination (2 hours) (60%)

Students must pass the examination to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

Four (4) hours lecture/tutorial/laboratory.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or Bachelor of Nursing Practice.