Faculty of Nursing & Health Sciences

Higher Diploma in Neonatal Nursing

Course Description

NENU 000 Clinical Residency (Cr. R)
The purpose of the extended practicum is to provide students with an opportunity to practice autonomy in neonatal clinical setting level II and III and to ensure competence in practice when making patient management, special and advanced technical skills, judgments and decisions, teaching and management in neonatal clinical setting.  To pass this course students have to complete 400 hours in neonatal units.

NENU 001 Clinical Practicum: Labor and Normal Nursery. “Basic Care” (Cr. 1)
This period of the practicum in labor and level I, (healthy newborn nursery), provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and the skills learned in Introduction to Neonatal Nursing (NENU 500),  Neonatal Physical and Developmental Health Assessment, (NENU 501),Neonatal Resuscitation(NENU 502)and Neonatal Pharmacology(NENU 503) to meet the needs of the healthy newborns and their families.
NENU 002 Clinical Practicum: Neonatal Intermediate Care (Special Care) (Cr. 2)
The major focus of this period of the practicum is to enable students to work in level II, (intermediate neonatal care units), to apply the knowledge and skills earned and to develop competency in nursing skills specified for special newborns and their families.

NENU 003  Clinical Practicum: Neonatal Intensive Care (Subspecialty Care) (Cr. 3)
This period of practicum provides the opportunity for students to train and practice in level III, (neonatal intensive care units), to consolidate material presented in theory classes and to develop competency at advanced level skills to meet the needs of the critically ill newborns and their families.

NENU 004 Clinical Practicum:  Teaching & Management (Cr. 2)
In this clinical practice course students practice their role as clinical preceptor or mentor in dealing with new employed nurses or with students who are practicing in the neonatal units. In addition, they assume the role of nursing manager in such a unit. 

NENU 500 Introduction to Neonatal Nursing (Cr. 3)
This course is design to introduce students to many aspects beginning with the historical and societal context of neonatal nursing as a discipline, neonatal nursing as profession and the developmental aspects of neonatal nursing roles, collaborative practice and communication skills. Changing family unit, parenting and siblings’ reaction to admission and grieving process are also aspects to be focused on.  
NENU 501 Neonatal Nursing I:  Neonatal Physical and Developmental Health Assessment (Cr. 3)
Mainly this course concentrates on the healthy neonate. Emphasis in this course is placed on health promotion, maintenance and ill prevention. It focuses on fetal growth and development and influencing factors.  It also presents the nursing assessment and management of the neonate from birth to transfer or discharge. Mother/baby relationship and influencing factors are also a focus.
Clinical needed: NENU 001 (1Cr.)
NENU 502  Neonatal Resuscitation  (Cr. 1)
This structured educational program (NRP) introduces the students to concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation.  This course aims at providing neonatal students with opportunities to acquire special knowledge and skills in neonatal resuscitation.  Students utilize the American Academy of Pediatrics of Neonatal Resuscitation Text book.  Students must complete successfully the required exams prior to the classroom training sessions which it should also be completed successfully.
NENU 503 Neonatal Pharmacology (Cr. 1)
This course is design to help students to acquire a broad knowledge of neonatal medicine. General pharmacological principles that influence drug actions in the newborn are outlined.  Nursing responsibilities including accuracy of dosage calculation, preparation, administration and monitoring for the therapeutic effect and the side effects of specific medication to the specific newborn will be covered along with parents’ teaching which it is crucial in the care of the neonate.

NENU 504 Neonatal Nursing II: Intermediate Neonatal Nursing (Cr. 6)
This course helps students to recognize and understand the most common neonatal disorders that affect at risk neonates in level II, Intermediate Neonatal Care Unit. Content focuses on pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic and therapeutic measures, comprehensive nursing care, discharge planning as well as preventive measures. This course also focuses on knowledge, attitudes and skills required to begin practicing neonatal nursing care specific to the needs of at risk neonates and their families in level II. Family interactions and teaching are also an essential component. These are essential for students to provide holistic competent care.
Clinical needed: NENU 002 (2 Cr.)

NENU 505 Nursing Ethics (Cr. 1)
This course is design to provide students with insight into neonatal nursing practice issues. it also introduces students in general to the nursing ethical and legal theories, principles and standards, moral dilemmas /tools in the decision making along with legal aspects. This course also allows students to discuss the current ethical–legal issues, standards and moral dilemmas related to the health of neonate in Palestine in specific.

NENU 506 Neonatal Nursing III: Critical Care Neonatal Nursing (Cr. 6)
This course focuses on the less common and more serious health challenges that the critically ill newborn experience. Neonatal pathophysiology, therapeutic care, nursing management and discharge planning along with family teaching based on current research findings and Evidence Based Practice in nursing and related field are discussed.
Clinical needed: NENU 003 (3 cr.)

NENU 507 Neonatal Nursing Research (Cr. 2)
This course aims to expand the student’s knowledge and skills in the area of research Process. It also improves the students’ awareness of the particular research evidence that is related to their clinical practice.
This course aims to discuss the need for nursing research in the development of a knowledge base for clinical practice. Additionally, the elements of the research process and the ethical dimensions of a research study are considered. It promotes an appreciation of the role of the nurse researcher in the development and testing of clinical questions and examining ethical aspects of studies. Students are encouraged to integrate relevant research findings with their clinical practice.

NENU 508 Teaching and Management in Neonatal Nursing (Cr. 3)
This course will offer the professional nurses the concepts, tools and methods to provide appropriate guidance to the new employed nurses/ students’ clinical experience. It will also integrate the concepts of preceptorship, assessment and evaluation and adult learning principles into the role of the clinical preceptor.

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