Examination of the Neonate Academic Credits

health midwifery bw
Location Royal Shrewsbury Hospital


Course Start

This course will be delivered in Term 1 and continues in Term 2

Attendance is required on: Tuesdays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November; 4th December 2018, from 09.00-16.30


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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Course outline

This module forms an element of Continuing Professional Development for nurses and midwives working with newborn infants. It can be studied as a standalone module or part of a degree and affords 30 Academic Credits at level 6.

This module provides the diagnostic skills for examining the neonate.  It is designed to assist you in adopting a systematic approach to the physical assessment of the neonate.  You are expected to enhance your practical skills in the clinical area.  This will develop your confidence and competence in the art of physical examination of the neonate.

Graduate destinations

Students will work in neonatal or midwifery health care or similar environments, or will have a specific clinical and professional ability to work within various specialist or general midwifery and nursing roles within these health care settings.

Entry requirements

Students must provide evidence of their ability to study at levels 6. Registered Midwife or Registered Nurse with active NMC registration.

Secured appropriate mentorship support.

Course Content

This module will facilitate an in depth exploration of issues relating to Newborn Infant Physical Examination. It will include the following core content:

Skills of inspection, palpation and auscultation in the holistic examination of the neonate and record a complete, accurate and appropriate neonatal history and examination application
Knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the professional issues relating to midwifery, nursing and examination of the neonate
Critically evaluation of professional issues associated with the principles of physical assessment as they apply to the neonatal physical examination.

Key Features

This module is for practicing midwives who wish to provide holistic care to mothers and babies or become a specialist practitioner. You will acquire the knowledge and skills required to enhance care for mothers, their infants and wider family and community by carrying out competent holistic examinations of neonates. This includes detecting treatable but pre-clinical congenital problems in the early neonatal period.


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