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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)TBCMs Janet Delange (Peninsula)


This elective unit provides students with an introduction to maternity and paediatric nursing.
Students will explore the roles and responsibilities of the nurse in supporting care of women and their families throughout the childbearing process. Emphasis is on normal pregnancy and postpartum care of mother and baby.
The unit also extends learning from core units around medical and surgical care and special needs of children.


  1. Discuss roles and responsibilities of health professionals in the care of childbearing women, children and adolescents;
  2. Discuss physical, psychological changes and common complications in pregnancy;
  3. Outline key aspects of prenatal care;
  4. Describe the stages of labour;
  5. Describe assessments and care of mother and baby following birth;
  6. Identify common complications and their immediate management in the postpartum period;
  7. Describe characteristics and care of the normal newborn baby;
  8. Discuss common neonatal, paediatric and adolescent conditions and their management;
  9. Outline key periods in child and adolescent development;
  10. Describe common responses of children and adolescents to illness;
  11. Discuss the importance of family-centre care;
  12. Describe safe care of postnatal mothers, newborn babies, sick children and adolescents; and,
  13. Discuss legal and ethical issues impacting on the care of childbearing women and hospitalized children and adolescents.


2 x 2000 workbooks - each 2000 words (20% each)
Examination worth - 2 hours (60%).
Students must pass the examination to pass the unit

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Gayle McLelland

Contact hours

4 hours lecture/tutorial/laboratory