Full Title:The Neonate
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:NURS N8130
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will equip the student with the fundamental knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate evidence based care for the healthy newborn baby and to provide appropriate education, support and assistance to facilitate successful breastfeeding and to support the non-breastfeeding mother where appropriate.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss the adaptation of the baby to extrauterine life and describe the initial and daily assessment, care and behaviour of the baby during the first weeks of life
  2. Discuss the assessment and midwifery care of a baby with physiological jaundice.
  3. Discuss the current neonatal immunisation and newborn screening programmes.
  4. Discuss the identification, assessment and midwifery care of common neonatal infections.
  5. Discuss strategies to empower parents to develop confidence and competence when caring for their baby. Educate parents on the sterilisation and preparation of infant formula where appropriate
  6. Complete the WHO 20 hour breastfeeding course for health professionals

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Fetal growth and development. Fetal Circulation.
Adaptation to extrauterine life. Review of initial care and assessment at birth. Discuss and practice the initial steps of neonatal resuscitation.
Discuss the physiology of thermoregulation. Maintaining a safe environment. Identification bracelets, security tagging, safe positioning of the baby. Describe the normal behaviour of the baby during the first weeks of life Daily assessment and care.
Physiological jaundice
Discuss the recognition and assessment of physiological jaundice and the role of the midwife in its management and care.Discuss the care of the baby undergoing phototherapy and the advice necessary for parents.
The role of the midwife in assessment and care of the baby with common neonatal infections
Recognition and prevention of infections including-Umbilical cord infection, eye infections, mouth and skin infections, gastro- intestinal infections and candida albicans.
Newborn Screening tests Immunisations
Discuss the newborn screening and immunisation programmes
Promoting parent-infant relationship .
Consider how the midwife may foster the parent infant relationship. Disciss how to register a birth.
Non-breastfeeding mothers
Prepare an information session for parents on the safe sterilisation and preparation of infant formula where appropriate. Physiology of the neonatal digestive system, nutritional comparison of breast milk and infant formula
Complete The WHO breastfeeding course
Discuss the historical review of breastfeeding, politics of breastfeeding, baby friendly initiative and the short and long term benefits of breastfeedinh for babies women and society. Applied anatomy and physiology of lactation. Initiation of breastfeeding. Maintaining breastfeeding. Common breastfeeding challenges and their solutions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Objective structured clinical examination on The WHO 20 hour breastfeeding program. The student must pass the OSCE to pass the module 6 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam The student must pass both the OSCE and the formal exam independently in order to pass the module 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination and repeat OSCE. Both elements must be passed independently in order to pass the module

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture This module is normally delivered over 10 weeks 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Practical Learning practical skills in the skills lab 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning WHO 20 hour Breastfeeding course for health professionals 20.00 Once per semester 1.33
Independent Study No Description 100.00 Once per semester 6.67
Directed Reading No Description 70.00 Once per semester 4.67
Total Weekly Learner Workload 17.67
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.33
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Baston, H. 2010, Examination of the Newborn: A Practical Guide, Routledge Press London
  • Fraser, D., Cooper,M. (Eds) 2009, Myles Textbook for Midwives, 15ed Ed., Churchill Livingston London
  • Hey, E. 2011, Neonatal Formulary, 6th ed Ed., BMJ Books London:
  • Johnson, R., Taylor, W. 2010, Skills for Midwifery Practice, 3rd ed Ed., Churchill Livingstone London
  • Rennie, J., Kendall, G. 2013, A Manual of Neonatal Intensive Care, 5th ed Ed., Hodder Arnold UK
  • Riordan, J., Wambach, K. (Eds) 2010, Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 4th ed Ed., Jones & Bartlett publishers London
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Blackburn, S.T. 2013, Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Physiology. A clinical perspective, 4th ed Ed., Saunders St. Louis
  • Fraser Askin, D. 2004, Infection in the Neonate: A Comprehensive to Assessment Management and Nursing Care, Neonatal Network London
  • National Committee on Breastfeeding 2005, Breastfeeding in Ireland. A five-year strategic action plan, Department of Health and Children Dublin
  • Rennie, J. 2012, Rennie & Roberton's Textbook of Neonatology, 5th ed Ed., Churchill Livingston London
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 2008, Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland, McBrine Dublin
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: http://www.bfmed.org/
  • Website: http://www.waba.org/my
  • Website: http://www.breastfeedingbasics.org/
  • Journal: Neonatal Network
  • Journal: Journal of Human Lactation
  • Journal: British Journal of Midwifery

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NMWIF_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery 3 Mandatory
nocode24 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (Midwifery) Exit Award 3 Mandatory
nocode25 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Midwifery) Exit Award 3 Mandatory