Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing

PgDip
Nursing and midwifery

Course details

The Postgraduate Diploma in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing will prepare you to exercise an advanced level of clinical judgment and practice – beyond what is required of a registered general nurse (RGN) – in your specialist area of neonatal intensive care.

The programme aims to assist you in taking a leading role in advancing and developing nursing and midwifery in this area, and effecting policy change in professional practice and health service provision.

The programme is delivered part-time over one-year; with an option to complete the programme over a period of up to three years if necessary.

Once you have successfully completed this postgraduate diploma you may decide to progress to Year 2 of the Masters in Science (MSc) Nursing, in your chosen specialist area.

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate advanced new-born resuscitation techniques.
  • Compare and critically evaluate the management and nursing care (in relation to the pathophysiologies studied) provided for the ill term neonate, and underpin practice with relevant research.
  • Evaluate the immediate nursing care required and long-term management that neonates with specific congenital anomalies may require.
  • Relate the birth of an infant with a congenital anomaly to the impact on the infant’s family and explore ways in which a supportive environment can be created within a neonatal unit.
  • Critically assess, plan, implement and evaluate care of the sick preterm infant.
  • Explore how preterm birth affects an infant's adaptation from the intra-uterine to the extra-uterine environment.

Modules

A blended learning approach is utilised in this programme, to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff.

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method
Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment
Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Professional Critical Reflexivity and Competence
10 Assignment and clinical portfolio
Nursing care of the ill Term Infant 10 Assignment and examination
Nursing care of the Infant with a Congenital Anomaly and the Bereavement Process 10 Examination
Nursing Care of the Pre-Term Infant 10 Assignment and oral presentation