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Improving Neonatal Care: Nursery Nurse Module

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MWY 2520
Five taught days
One assessment day
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Course leader
Stephanie Michaelides

Develop specialist knowledge and advanced skills to work effectively with newborn babies and their families in the early neonatal period through this short course designed for nursery nurses within maternity units.

Why study the Improving Neonatal Care: Nursery Nurse Module at Middlesex University?

Devised to enable you to explore your role as a nursery nurse within the hospital environment, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and theories to work more effectively with families and other health practitioners in the care of neonates.

Taught by experienced practitioner and senior lecturer Stephanie Michaelides, this course includes basic training in anatomy and physiology with particular focus on how to recognise the six conscious states of the infant including apex beat, respirations, colour and tone. Divided over five taught study days, this course will enhance your ability to care for a wide range of neonates including hypothermic or jaundiced babies, infants born to women who have diabetes, those who suffered a birth trauma and babies born with a congenital abnormality.

As part of this course you will also explore the key factors which affect neonatal care, such as ethics, accountability, inter-professional working, referrals and risk management, with fascinating insights into how care plans are formulated and how to educate parents in a variety of situations.

Armed with these valuable skills you will enhance your nursing practice and career prospects in neonatal care while also obtaining 30 credits at Level 5 to put towards further study if you wish.

What will you study on Improving Neonatal Care: Nursery Nurse Module?

The syllabus will include basic anatomy and physiology relating to the cardiovascular system and transition of the baby from fetal to neonatal life; anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and respiratory assessment of the newborn in normal and abnormal situations.

Specific subjects covered include: care of the normal infant; infant feeding, including artificial feeding for women who are unable to breastfeed their babies; care of preterm, post term or small for dates babies, hypothermic or jaundiced babies, care of babies born to women who have diabetes, those who had prolonged rupture of membranes or those who had meconium stained liquor; care of babies receiving oral or intravenous antibiotics, those who suffered a birth trauma; care of babies born to women who have used legal or illegal substances; and babies born with a congenital abnormality, for example, Downs Syndrome.

Also included will be: Principles of ethics, accountability, interprofessional working, appropriate referral, care planning, risk management, safeguarding, accurate documentation; principles of adult learning and teaching.


You will be assessed through:

  • Constructive feedback on others' presentations
  • Your completed Clinical Skills Workbook
  • A 2,500 word written reflective account of the care of a baby from practice

Please visit our CPD health practitioner webpage to download an application form and for more information on the application process.

The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Per credit: £60
30 credits: £1,800

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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