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HNM323 - Challenges in Infant Care

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in D355 Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery to enrol in this unit

Unit chair:

Dolores Dooley

Campus contact:

Waterfront (Geelong): Margaret Pszczolkowski

Warrnambool: Erin Guiney





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

8 x 2 hour seminars, 6 hours simulation, 8 x 2 hour cloud (online) classes per trimester


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


In this unit, the first of two Year 3 units within the Clinical Studies Cluster, students will examine the physiological changes of infants at birth including the challenges of care for the pre-term, small for gestational age and term infants who develop complex health issues; and care delivered in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals. Aims of this unit include developing the student’s knowledge, skills and competencies to care for the neonate and family where a newborn requires admission to a Special Care Nursery.


Assessment task 1:  Assignment (equivalent 500 words) 20%. 

In this assessment students will demonstrate discipline specific knowledge in a critical reflection of the impact of a newborn admitted to a Special Care Nursery environment (using any medium).


Assessment task 2:  Assignment (equivalent 1,000 words) 30%.

Students will apply their knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of selected scenarios to midwifery care of the vulnerable newborn.


Assessment task 3:  Examination (1.5 hours, closed book, short answer, equivalent 1,500 words) 50%

The examination requires the student to apply knowledge to clinical scenarios.


Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Act

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

* Department of Human Services 2007, Service agreement information kit for funded organisations 2006–2009, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, retrieved 1 July 2007.
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012

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