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Professional course

Examination of the Newborn

20 credit, level 3 or Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
UZUR14203
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside
Course director:
Mary Mitchell

Page last updated 19 September 2017

Introduction

This 20 credit, level 3 (UZUR14-20-3) or Master's level (UZUR15-20-M) module prepares midwives or other health professionals to undertake the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) to the standards set by the National Screening Committee for the newborn and infant at 6-8 weeks of age.  

It also contributes to developing knowledge and skills in the holistic assessment of the newborn and explores how health professionals can use the opportunity provided by the examination to enhance health education and public health.

On successful completion of this Examination of the Newborn module you will be able to:

  • Recognise the characteristics of the newborn and critically assess any deviations from normal, including congenital abnormalities.
  • Critically examine and evaluate the evidence base for newborn screening.
  • Critically evaluate the opportunities provided by newborn examination to engage with the woman and families in health promotion.
  • Apply effective communication skills with women and their families whilst performing the newborn health assessment, demonstrating compassion and sensitivity.
  • Demonstrate meeting the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) Standards in theory and in the  practice of the  neonatal examination.
  • Demonstrate leadership within care planning, risk assessment and referral to the multidisciplinary team.

Entry requirements

Must have support and be working in a suitable practice area.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • BSc (Hons) Professional Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice
  • BSc(Hons) Professional Development
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Specialist Practice
  • MSc Professional Development

Structure

Content

Preparation for the examination of the newborn:

  • History taking and risk factors, preparation of the environment
  • NIPE Standards
  • Holistic examination and assessment of the apparently normal term newborn and the recognition of abnormality, with a focus on the  following:: eyes, heart, hips and testes
  • Use and care of equipment for examination purposes

Communication skills:

  • Multidisciplinary teamwork, referral pathways. communication skills; 

Health Education:

  • Teaching and support of parents; health education;

Ethical-legal issues:

  • Accountability and responsibility; applied research studies;

Learning and Teaching

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be utilised throughout the module.

Scheduled learning:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Demonstration,
  • Practical classes and workshops
  • Work based learning
  • Supervised time in clinical skills rooms  

Independent learning includes; hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc. These sessions constitute an average time per level as indicated in the table below.

Placement learning: You will undertake neonatal examinations in practice.

Study time

48 hours.

Contact time will also include; the use of virtual learning environments (VLEs), blended learning, online and other Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) activities.

Assessment

The assessment of 5 Neonatal Examinations

A 2000 word assessment
The purpose of the case study is to demonstrate that a holistic approach is taken in conducting the neonatal examination using an identified baby and the mother and/or father.

The case study will consist of  a critical reflection on a neonatal examination of the chosen case in relation to the two aims of the neonatal examination.

a)   The assessment of neonatal physical health and wellbeing

b) The opportunity to provide relevant health education and advice in discussion with parents

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information. 

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

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