This module will enable registered nurses, working within a specialist neonatal unit, to develop the knowledge and skills to provide high quality, evidence-based care to neonates requiring intensive care, and their families. The pre-requisites for this module are the successful completion of the Foundations for Neonatal Care and the High Dependency Neonatal Care module. The module is the final part of the neonatal course enabling registered nurses to become neonatal nurses Qualified in Specialty (RCN 2012). This qualification is nationally recognised and transferrable and provides nurses with exceptional evidence-based knowledge and skills to practice safely and effectively.
This module includes work-based learning and assessment in practice, in addition to university-based learning. This means you will need to demonstrate some clinical skills in practice and have a suitably qualified colleague assess your competence. They will do this using a Practice Assessment Document which will be provided when you start the module.
Students’ training needs should be assessed individually by their Trust, and placements arranged accordingly, to ensure the student is able to successfully complete the mandatory competencies for the module. In the first instance, students should be assessed against the mandatory competencies in their own workplace. They should identify with their practice assessor those competencies that cannot be completed in their own workplace, and which therefore require placement in a Level 3 unit. A minimum 4-week placement in the Level 3 unit for the student's regional Cluster is generally recommended to achieve the mandatory competencies, which should be proactively negotiated by the student with the support of their line manager and organisation, using the documentation provided. The module organiser is available to provide guidance regarding this process but cannot arrange placements on behalf of individual students or Trusts.
This module supports your professional development by promoting: management and leadership, education, research and enhanced clinical practice to enable you to move forward in your level of practice.
To join the module students will need to demonstrate the ability to study at level 6. This could be demonstrated through previous study at Level 6 and/or achievement of above 55% on a level 5 qualification.