Stabilisation and Management of the Special Care Baby

Course codes SNM3263/SNM673
20 credits at level 6 and 15 credits at level 7

This page gives details of both the undergraduate degree module (level 6) and postgraduate masters module (level 7). Both units are delivered as a shared module with individual assessment modes.

Who is it for?

Qualified Nurses who:

  1. Are currently registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
  2. Are currently employed as a registered nurse within a UK neonatal unit
  3. Have a minimum of six months neonatal nursing experience
  4. Have a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Nursing; please apply to study at Degree Level (Level 6 applicants)
  5. Have a BSc(Hons) degree in Nursing; please apply to study at Masters Level ( Level 7 applicants) unless you have agreed with your employer and your clinical manager that they will support you to study at degree level (Level 6)

The module is part of a suite of modules that run over year one as part of the:

NURU144 BMedSci (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies (Neonatal Intensive Care) - SNM3263

or

NURT78 Postgraduate Certificate in Neonatal Intensive Care - (Masters in Advanced Practice) SNM673

Please note that this module must be completed before accessing SNM3264 (level 6) or SNM672 (level 7).


Overview of content:

Completing this unit enables the practitioner to:

  • Develop in-depth knowledge of normal developmental anatomy and physiology of the premature and term baby with reference to stabilisation utilising a bodily systems approach
  • Enhance their knowledge of normal embryology and fetal development and recognise altered growth and development in the preterm infant
  • Recognising importance of establishing and maintaining homeostasis for the baby who requires ongoing specialist care from birth - using a systems approach
  • Exploring contemporary evidence on neuro developmental care, play and pain assessment and management
  • Understanding of the family health needs within the context of changing health care provision
  • The use of evidence based practice will enable the practitioner to develop understanding of their role in practice

What is it about?

This unit is designed to enable qualified healthcare practitioners to undertake study towards becoming a qualified neonatal practitioner. Completing this unit enables the practitioner to develop in-depth knowledge of normal development and altered physiology of the premature and term baby with reference to stabilisation, establishing and maintaining homeostasis for the baby who requires ongoing specialist care from birth. Understanding of the family health needs within the context of changing health care provision is addressed. The use of evidence based practice will enable them to develop understanding of their role in practice. This module also sits within the BMedSci pathway. Complete of this module contributes towards the Higher Education England descriptors for neonatal nurse training: QIS (qualifcation in speciality).


How does it enhance your personal practice?

Completion of this unit will enable you, the practitioner, to use specialist skills, knowledge and expertise relevant to initial stabilising of a term or preterm infant and ongoing special care of the infants in a neonatal environment.  This includes a deeper and broader understanding of the neonate and family health needs within the context of changing health care provision and the use of evidence based practice.

The 20 level 6 academic credit awarded on successful completion of this unit (SNM3263) can be used towards becoming QIS with a Degree in Neonatal Intensive Care.

The 15 level 7 academic credit awarded on successful completion of this unit (SNM673) can be used towards becoming QIS with a Post Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Intensive Care.


Mode of Assessment:

A 90 minute unseen Multiple Choice and short answer question examination. Students are prepared for this through a mock examination and feedback. 

Marking grids and learning outcomes and assessment guidance will be provided at the beginning of the module that reflect the academic level of assessment. 

Links to Professional/Academic Award:

BMedSci (Hons) (Neonatal Intensive Care) - level 6
PGCert in Neonatal Intensive Care - level 7
Masters in Advancing Practice - level 7

Where this unit fits into the Course Structure:

BMedSci (Hons) Neonatal Intensive Care

60 credits from:

SNM3263 - Stabilisation and Management of the Special Care Baby (20 credits)
SNM3264 - Care of the Critically Ill Neonate (20 credits)
SNM3262 - Specialist Neonatal Practice: Work based Learning (20 credits)

20 credits from:

SNM3182 - Promoting Evidence Based Practice

40 credits from:

SNM3016 - Developing Clinical Practice (40 credits) or
SNM3136 - Dissertation (40 credits)

Students cannot commence the dissertation unit until they have successfully completed 80 credits which must include the QIS modules (60 credits) plus the evidence based practice (20 credits).

PGCert Neonatal Intensive Care

In order to gain the full Postgraduate Certificate award, students must complete the three compulsory units. The units run once a year - please note that SNM673 (semester 1) must be completed before assessing SNM672 (semester 2). SNM674 runs from September to June (inclusive).

SNM673 - Stabilisation and Management of the Special Care Baby (15 credits)
SNM672 - Care of the Critically Ill Neonate (15 credits)
SNM674 - Specialist Neonatal Practice: Work based Learning (30 credits)

Induction Morning: 

Date to be confirmed

Start Date:

8 September 2020

Attendance Dates:

08.09.20, 22.09.20, 06.10.20, 20.10.20, 03.11.20, 17.11.20

Exam Date:

TBC

Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by visiting our how to apply page. A fees and funding form will automatically be sent on submission of your application form.  Details of funding options can be found on our Funding Page

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.

The Division of Nursing and Midwifery (Health Sciences School) is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital however teaching may take place across the University site. 


Programme Leader/Contact Name:

Barbara Howard

Tel: +44 114 222 2063

Email: b.w.howard@sheffield.ac.uk