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Nursing Practice (BSc/CPD units)

Our Level 6 CPD units in Nursing Practice for qualified nurses can be taken individually or built up to achieve a BSc award.

BSc Nursing Practice (CPD) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Enhancing Neonatal Nursing Practice

Unit code NURS9319C
Credit rating 40
Unit level Cont Education/Prof Developmen
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


You may undertake this course unit as part of your Degree pathway, or you may undertake the unit as a “stand alone” course unit.
The unit of learning is presented within the Neonatal Pathway leading to the award of BSc. in Nursing or Midwifery Practice.
The unit builds upon the pre requisite High Dependency and Intensive Care unit of learning. Further studies in Safeguarding of Children and Young People Course Unit is presented as an option within the Neonatal Pathway.


To build upon knowledge and competencies gained during the High Dependency and Intensive Care Unit and subsequent practice in order to develop increased levels of skills and knowledge to support the infant during the resuscitation process, pre-transport stabilisation period and enhance holistic neonatal nursing practice throughout the infant’s hospitalisation.
To develop higher levels of clinical decision making while recognising current parameters of practice and accountability. The nurse will be able to monitor and improve standards of care through supervision of practice and clinical audit, providing skilled professional leadership and the development of holistic practice through research.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Internalise new knowledge and challenge existing neonatal nursing practice justifying change.
  • Share knowledge, skills and expertise contributing to the development of  research based neonatal care. 

Intellectual skills

  • Be proactive in the development and dissemination of research relative to care of the neonate and family.
  • Act as an advocate for the infant and his family, supporting and empowering the parents to contribute to decisions about care options for their child.

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate neonatal management holistically while focusing accurately on specific problems or needs.
  • Anticipate and circumvent problems using appropriate management strategies.
  • Promote, integrate and critically evaluate strategies which meet the needs of the infant and family in the immediate post-resuscitation period.
  • Critically evaluate the potential sequelae arising from the care and management received by the infant in the post delivery stabilisation period.
  • Critically analyse the organisation of care provided to the infant in the post resuscitation / pre transport stabilisation period.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Critically appraise personal practice and maintain high standards of personal performance.
  • Critically explore the ethical and legal dilemmas and be able to discuss and defend management strategies.
  • Integrate into the neonatal team and be instrumental in facilitating critical evaluations of standards and quality of management. 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

Recommended reading

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 84
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 312

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Tracey Jones Unit coordinator

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