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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:
Jo Jones

Page last updated 1 April 2019

Introduction

This 20 credit level 3 (UZUR14-20-3) or Masters level (UZUR15-20-M) module prepares midwives, neonatal nurses, community based nurses and specialist practitioners to undertake newborn screening, in accordance with Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) standards, as part of a holistic assessment of newborn health.

On successful completion of this module, students will have:

  • Explored assessment of normal characteristics in the newborn
  • Developed ability to critically assess deviations from normal, including underlying pathophysiology and congenital abnormalities
  • Critically examined and evaluated the evidence base for newborn screening and its application to practice
  • Critically evaluated opportunities provided by the newborn examination to engage women and their families in health promotion
  • Explored the application of effective and appropriate communication skills to enhance newborn health assessment in practice
  • Demonstrated competence to meet the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) Standards whilst undertaking a full holistic assessment of newborn health 
  • Demonstrated leadership within care planning, risk assessment, referral and multidisciplinary team working.

Entry requirements

You 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

  • History taking and identification of risk factors
  • Preparation of the environment
  • NIPE screening programme, including current NIPE standards 
  • Holistic examination and assessment of the newborn, including abnormal findings
  • Use of equipment for examination purposes
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork
  • Referral pathways
  • Teaching and support of parents
  • Health education
  • Accountability and responsibility
  • Applied research studies

Learning and Teaching

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

Independent learning

Includes hours engaged with tutor led and self-directed study, case study development and assignment preparation

Placement Learning

Students will undertake neonatal examinations in practice under the supervision of qualified practitioners from their practice area

Scheduled learning

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical skills and simulation sessions
  • Work based learning

Study time

48 hours.

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

Assessment

Formative assessment

A variety of formative assessment opportunities are available throughout this module. After completing core theory sessions, students are provided with a reflective formative log book for completion in their own working environments. During taught days, students will gain access to a variety of peer and tutor led formative assessment opportunities utilising the first class skills and simulation learning environments available at UWE Bristol.

Summative assessment

The summative assessment for this module has two components.

The first takes the form of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). The OSCE provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to undertake a holistic assessment of the newborn including their ability to make appropriate referrals and develop evidence based plans of care. 

The second, a written component, provides students with an opportunity to critically examine and evaluate the evidence that informed their clinical decision making throughout the OSCE. 

Features

Study facilities

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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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

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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to 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.

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