Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30148: Practice-Focused Neonatal Intensive Care
Mode of Study:Trimester 1/September
Contact Details:Contact School of Nursing and Midwifery - 01782 679654
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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The 45 credit Practice Focused Neonatal Intensive care module is designed for registered nurses working in a Neonatal unit who wish to develop their intensive care skills. The module will enable the student to understand why neonates may require intensive care and help to develop problem solving skills in the management of sick infants. The module takes a blended learning approach and competence is assessed in the clinical practice area. The module will help to demonstrate proficiency with the technology required to maintain the optimal physical condition of the neonate. Central to the ethos of the course is that the needs of the family are considered as part of the management of the neonatal intensive care environment. All candidates are offered the opportunity to become NLS providers as an integral component of the course.

This module is available as a free standing module.

  • To develop specific knowledge within neonatal intensive care.
  • To utilize critical problem solving skills and reflective practice to deliver safe and effective evidence based care to meet the complex and varied physiological, social and emotional needs of individual infants and their families
  • Critically appraise knowledge gained and develop problem solving skills to assess, prioritise and manage sick infants delivering safe, high quality care.
  • Demonstrate proficiency and competency with the technology required to promote and maintain optimal physiological condition of the neonate.
  • Critically examine the current evidence based guidelines and research underpinning neonatal practice to ensure delivery of evidence based care.
  • Critically evaluate the implications of legal and ethical issues on contemporary neonatal practice.
  • Identify the significance of effective and continuous assessment of critically ill infants in the neonatal  intensive care setting.
  • Recognise and critically discuss the iatrogenic sequaele of disease and be proactive in preventing such occurrence.
  • Identify the needs of families and babies in neonatal intensive care and respond appropriately.


On part 1 and/or 2 of the NMC professional register

Must be working in a Neonatal unit

Evidence of Level 2 academic work or equivalent

All students must have access to a clinical mentor 

Neonatal Nursing & Health:

Epidemiology / statistics



Nursing & Applied Human Biology:

Applied physiology: Fetal development, Respiratory, Cardiac, Renal, Thermo-regulation, Metabolic, Haematology, Sepsis, Skin, Neurology


Neonatal Nursing & Policy:

NMC professional requirements (legislation)

Governance issues

Policy related to Neonatal Nursing and Client Care: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, National Audit Office

Neonatal networks

Learning from clinical incidents

Children’s National Service Framework

Role of BLISS


Neonatal Nursing Care:

Effects of type of delivery

Characteristics and complications of pre-term and sick infants

Assessment frameworks

Care planning

Referrals, resources and the discharge planning process

Safe transportation

Teaching parents

Family centred care

Nursing care of babies with a focus on:



Fluid balance



Pain and sedation

Preparation for surgery

Interpretation of investigations (acid base balance)


Safe Medicine Administration:

Legislation and organisational policies on the safe administration of medicines

Common medications used in a neonatal intensive care setting

Safe and effective administration of medicines - reflection on current practice

Adverse drug reactions and reporting mechanisms

Safe medicine calculation



Application of frameworks for critiquing evidence

Introduction to clinical audit and interpreting data

Using qualitative and quantitative research to support ideas and arguments when presenting information


Cultural Competence:

Study skills

Oral & visual communication skills: presentation, communicating information, developing & using visual presentation aids, developing supporting paper.

Inter-professional education and learning: working with others, emergency situations, risk assessment

Moral, legal & ethical issues

Withdrawal of active treatment

End of life issues


Cultural issues relating to examples from practice

Communicating with families


Simulated Practical Skills:

NLS scenario learning opportunities


Reflective Practice:

Students will reflect on experiences from placements, teaching and learning activities, inter-professional learning experiences and personal / professional / academic development opportunities.

Number of assessments:



ASSESSMENT DATA (required for each assessment)

Sequence no:1      


Type of assessment


Presentation and supporting paper (500 words +/- 5%)

Brief description of assessment


A 15 minute presentation critically evaluating the literature on a topic area integral to practice focused neonatal care (e.g. ventilation, nutrition, thermoregulation, jaundice, pain, infection)

Contribution to the module mark (%) (Put 0 if type is formative assessment or competency assessment)


Pass mark (Put 1 if type is competency)



ASSESSMENT DATA (required for each assessment)

Sequence no:2

Type of assessment


Case study

Brief description of assessment


3000 words (+/- 5%). A written case study based on an actual infant within the neonatal intensive care environment agreed by the student and his / her mentor.  Biographical patient details anonymised; reasons for accessing neonatal intensive care; full holistic assessment; demonstration of evidence-based knowledge; identified health care interventions with rationale supporting the care provided, consideration of legal and ethical issues. Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and synthesis

Contribution to the module mark (%) (Put 0 if type is formative assessment or competency assessment)


Pass mark (Put 1 if type is competency)



ASSESSMENT DATA (required for each assessment)

Sequence no:3

Type of assessment


Competency Assessment of Practice Document

Brief description of assessment


Satisfactory completion of the identified competencies within the assessment of practice document.  Practice agreement form at back of document signed by mentor

Contribution to the module mark (%) (Put 0 if type is formative assessment or competency assessment)


Pass mark (Put 1 if type is competency)


Course Duration: 45 Weeks to achieve clinical outcomes.

Attendance: 15 study days and negotiated tutorial time.

Tutorial Support: Personal tutor and module leader support throughout the course