NUR2005 - Introduction to maternity and paediatric nursing - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Amy Corlass


Dr Ensieh Fooladi (Clayton)
Amy Corlass (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (Flexible)


  • Second semester 2019 (Flexible)


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


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.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Assessment 1: Group Pamphlet (1,000 words) (25%) including:
    1. Group information pamphlet (20%)
    2. Group-self assessment (5%)
  • Assessment 2: Group Presentation (20 minute you tube video) (25%) including:
    1. Group presentation (You tube video) (20%)
    2. Group-self assessment (5%)
      • Assessment 3: Peer Assessment (500 words) (20%)
      • Assessment 4: Written 2 hour exam (2,000 words) (30%)

Workload requirements

Four (4) hours lecture/tutorial/laboratory.

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