NUR2005 - Introduction to maternity and paediatric nursing - 2017

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


Ms Heather Buttigieg (Clayton


Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)


  • Second semester 2017 (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.

Students will be introduced to concepts related to paediatric nursing.


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, neonates and children
  2. Describe the physiological and emotional changes that occur in pregnancy and the postpartum period
  3. Outline key aspects of the assessment and care of the woman and baby during the antenatal, perinatal and postnatal periods
  4. Discuss the principles of assessment and care of neonates and paediatrics
  5. Describe the responses of children and families to illness, and the importance of family-centred care
  6. Demonstrate communication, teamwork, and presentation skills in the delivery of a presentation regarding maternity or paediatric care.


  • Group assignment team charter (Hurdle)
  • Group YouTube presentation (20%)
  • Group pamphlet with summary and references (1,000 words) (15%)
  • Peer assessment (20%)
  • Written exam (2 hours) (45%) (Hurdle)

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.