Unit description

Introduces students to the role of the nurse in the care of maternity clients, paediatric clients, and the family members of clients who come in contact with the health care system. The unit consists of two modules focused on each of the client groups, and emphasises the development of problem-solving skills in relation to the personal needs of these clients so that their health is promoted. The assumed prior knowledge required for this unit includes the objectives for all first year Bachelor of Nursing units.

Unit content

Module 1: Family health and maternity care
Introduction to family theory and family health
Family structure, functions, roles and relationships
Men and women's health and their parenting roles
Legal and ethical implications of caring for maternal newborn clients in a variety of health care settings
Pharmacotherapeutics for maternal and newborn clients
The role of the nurse in preparing a family for pregnancy
The role of the nurse in antepartum care
The role of the nurse in intrapartum care
The role of the nurse in postpartum and neonatal care
Theoretical foundations of maternal-newborn nursing
Module 2: Paediatric care
Theoretical foundations of paediatric nursing
Developmental norms in infancy and childhood
Legal and ethical implications of caring for paediatric clients in a variety of health care settings
Nursing care of congenital conditions and other disorders in infancy
Nursing care of conditions commonly occurring in toddlers and pre-schoolers
Nursing care of conditions commonly occurring in school-age children
Nursing care of conditions occurring in adolescence

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hrs (12 weeks)
Exam: take home30%
Self study modulesSR
Exam: take home20%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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