Module title: Intensive Care and High Dependency Neonatal Nursing

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: MID10105
Module leader: Anne Moylan
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Women & Children's Health and Well Being

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Anne Moylan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
For the purpose of University Regulations this module is a SNMSC Theory module
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
LO 1-4 The taught input uses a variety of methods including group work, discussions and modified lecture to foster student engagement, collaborative and active learning. Small group work sessions will also be used to facilitate collegiate working between the students, emphasising the importance of sharing knowledge and experience, and working together to plan care. Directed study tasks/formative assessments encourage integration of the module content, embedding of the material in the clinical context, challenge personal and general neonatal nursing practice and facilitate personal reflection and learning. Autonomy is encouraged along with the development of IT skills as students seek information and use web-based resources pertinent to relevant aspects of the content that fit their personal interests.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The module content is drawn from the NHS Education for Scotland (2002) requirements for the theory and practice (core competencies) of neonatal nursing, the Scottish Neonatal Nurses Group/ NHS Education for Scotland (2010) career framework for neonatal practitioners and BAPM (2012) Matching knowledge and skills for Qualified In Speciality (QIS) Neonatal nurses: A core syllabus for clinical competency. This direct relationship and applicability of the theory to practice enhances employability and PDP. External experts are invited to present sessions, facilitating networking and the development of aspirations for professional practice. Skills in IT, communication, negotiation and team-working are enhanced throughout as students engage with the module content and assessments. The assessments require students to seek out information, negotiate a topic, plan a time line for completion, explain, analyse and critically evaluate, all of which enhance their scholarship skills.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments involve the completion of directed work that enables the student to explore a specific topic in more depth, and participation in a series of class tests that enables the student to test his/her own understanding of the theory. There is also feedback on draft written material that the student might submit and the gradual attainment of clinical competencies required for ‘Qualified in Specialty’ practice, under the supervision of a trained neonatal nurse who offers ongoing feedback on performance. Feedback on draft work will assist the student prepare for the summative assessment in relation to the depth of content as well as giving exposure to the expected academic style.

Summative Assessment:
The comprehensive summative assessment, a portfolio of work, will ensure professional competency by confirmation of practice hours that demonstrate the breadth of experience and documented evidence of the achievement of clinical competencies, a class examination to assess breadth of knowledge and clinical reasoning, and a journal report. The early examination timing will allow students opportunity to reconsider their knowledge base in preparation for submission of the report and competency document. The journal report will allow for student choice and autonomy, testing academic writing skills as well as providing evidence of achievement of all learning outcomes as the student will give a detailed explanation of homeostasis and altered homeostasis, relevant to a condition experienced by a baby for whom they have cared. The needs of the baby and parents/family related to this condition will be presented and the management and care given will be critically evaluated.

To gain a pass in this module, the student must achieve all the competencies, complete the required clinical hours and achieve a pass mark in the exam and written assignment. The mean percent mark for the exam and written assignment equals the module mark.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 42
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 80
Other Work based learning 242
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-4 29 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module content will focus on in-depth knowledge and understanding of complex physiological processes related to the cardiovascular, respiratory, central nervous, endocrine, renal, gastrointestinal and immunological systems to enable you to address specific problems experienced by the high-risk neonate. These topics will be explored in depth from both a physiology and pathophysiological base and include investigation and critique of current nursing and medical management. An exploration of current research and clinical guidelines, which includes literature searching and critical appraisal of evidence will be a strong focus of this module. Relevant government and local policies and ethical legal issues will be explored as will the current directive on Quality Improvement in neonatology.
Within the clinical setting, you will have the opportunity to be supervised in practice in the acquisition of skills in assessment, problem identification and management of the high-risk neonate. The opportunity to practice these skills will also be provided in the skills and simulation centre.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critique normal and altered neonatal homeostasis in relation to complex physiological processes.
LO2: Analyse the physical needs of neonates who require high dependency/intensive care.
LO3: Critically appraise neurodevelopmental supportive and family integrated care practices within the intensive care setting.
LO4: Reflect on the role of the intensive care neonatal nurse in relation to evidence-based practice.
LO5: Evaluate high dependency and intensive neonatal care and clinical practice in light of national strategies, considering current research and evidence base practice.