Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30184: Foundations in Neonatal Nursing
Mode of Study:Trimester 2/March
Contact Details:Contact Course Administration Office
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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  • Utilize best evidence to underpin the provision of care to babies and their families
  • Maintain effective and supportive communication with babies, families and within the wider healthcare team
  • Develop clinical reasoning skills using robust evidence based material to assess and manage babies' special care needs
  • Critically examine the current evidence based guidelines and research underpinning neonatal practice to ensure delivery of evidence based care
  • Discuss the process of transition to community based care for babies with complex needs demonstrating awareness of the relevant support services available
  • Employ strategies to empower families to provide appropriate care for their baby/babies
  • Facilitate family centred care to babies nursed for in the special care setting
  • Demonstrate familiarity with safeguarding procedures in accordance with local safe guarding authority
  • Using clearly defined guidelines, be responsible and accountable for quality fundamental care under indirect supervision in the special care environment
  • Critically appraise and reflect upon their own professional practice and personal development

To provide foundation knowledge and skills for nurses or midwives working in a neonatal setting

Normally hold a professional registration with an appropriate body and working within a care setting relevant to the module.

Professional Values

  • Critical thinking
  • Reflective writing
  • Record keeping
  • Consent
  • Confidentiality

Nursing Practice and Decision Making

  • Historical and political influences on neonatal practice
  • Current research and audit on neonatal practice
  • Developmental care
  • Nutrition &infant feeding
  • Breast feeding in the special care environment
  • Skin care & personal hygiene
  • Thermoregulation
  • Home oxygen
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Neonatal screening
  • Infection
  • Blood transfusion
  • Jaundice
  • Neonatal syndromes
  • Immunology and immunisations
  • Pain assessment and pain management
  • Respiratory A&P
  • Respiratory assessment - Arterial blood gas analysis
  • Surfactant
  • Ventilation modes - CPAP/SiPAP & oxygen delivery
  • Common respiratory concerns - Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Fetal Circulation
  • Common cardiac defects
  • Neurological A&P
  • Neurological assessment
  • Glucose homeostasis
  • Surgical interventions


  • Family centred care
  • Effective & advanced communication
  • Parental education
  • Bereavement and support

Leadership, Management and Team working

  • Bliss campaigns - small wonders
  • Use of support groups
  • Parental experience
  • Discharge planning

Assessment 1

Analysis of contemporary neonatal nursing practice

Essay - 2000 words.

In depth analysis of one aspect of contemporary UK neonatal nursing practice with the student making recommendations for clinical practice based on a robust evidence base. 2000 words

Assessment 2


The portfolio consists of a collection of evidence accompanied by critical reflective commentary to demonstrate the student's personal and professional developmental journey as a result of undertaking the module. 4000 words for the reflective commentary

Assessment 3

Competency Assessment of Practice Document

Clinical competency document that prepares the student on completion of the module to safely and knowledgeably manage the infant requiring special care.