Course Title: Contribute to the care of mothers and babies

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: NURS5203C

Course Title: Contribute to the care of mothers and babies

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5246 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact : Carylin Lenehan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not Applicable

Course Description

The competency unit describes the knowledge and skills required by an Enrolled/Division 2 nurse working in the area of providing care to mothers and babies in a range of settings, such as postnatal, low risk nursery, child and family health and paediatric settings

The knowledge and skills described in this competency unit are to be applied within jurisdictional nursing and midwifery regulatory authority legislative requirements
Enrolled/Division 2 nursing work is to be carried out in consultation/collaboration with registered nurses and under direct or indirect supervisory arrangements in line with jurisdictional regulatory requirements

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN520A Contribute to the care of mothers and babies


1. Work as part of a team caring for a mother and her baby

2. Assist in evaluating the outcomes of planned care

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assist in performing an assessment of the mother and baby in consultation/collaboration with the midwife
1.2 Correctly use terminology associated with pregnancy, labour and antenatal care of mother
1.3 Work with a knowledge of patterns of antenatal and postpartum care of mother and contribute to delivering care in line with own nursing role
1.4 Assist and support the mother with feeding of baby
1.5 Refer any difficulties with feeding bay to midwife
1.6 Discuss methods of contraception with the mother, as appropriate, in consultation/collaboration with the midwife
1.7 Demonstrate safe bathing, baby safety, dressing techniques and feeding assistance for the newborn
1.8 Review care plans and progress notes for the newborn and discuss observations and progress in line with Enrolled/Division 2 nurse responsibilities
1.9 Record any abnormal observations and report to midwife
1.10 Identify and discuss potential emotional, spiritual and/or specific cultural needs with new mothers, as appropriate, in consultation/collaboration with the midwife
1.11 Provide holistic care to support maternal and child health in line with own nursing role

2.1 Evaluate the mother's response and progress towards planned care in consultation/collaboration with midwife
2.2 Provide mother with contact details for available community support services
2.3 Provide guidance as required to clarify common myths and superstitions associated with caring for mothers and babies in consultation/collaboration with the midwife
2.4 Assist the midwife to assess the mother's ability to feed, settle, bathe and care for her baby in preparation for discharge
2.5 Document and communicate outcomes of care to the midwife and other members of the health care team

Learning Outcomes

This course will be run as a short course but not run at this time will be undated when course is to be run

Details of Learning Activities

Will be updated when course is to run

Teaching Schedule

Will be updated when course is to run

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All powerpoints will be posted on Student Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

When course is run the assessment will be updated

Assessment Tasks

Will be updated when course is to run

Assessment Matrix

Will be updated when course is to run

Other Information

Essential knowledge:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role
This includes knowledge of:
• Activities of daily living
• Anatomy and physiology and associated terminology related to pregnancy, birth and care of the newborn
• Availability of community resources
• Compliance with current infection control practices and guidelines
• Confidentiality and privacy
• Documentation principles
• Impact of cultural practices and beliefs in relation to birthing
• Members of health care team and their roles
• Organisation policy and procedure
• Workplace health and safety

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