Courses & Units

Contemporary Neonatal Intensive Care Practice CNA521


This unit prepares the Registered Nurse to provide comprehensive and therapeutic nursing care to critically ill newborns, the growing premature infant, and their families. The student will critically reflect on contemporary neonatal nursing practices and the assumptions that underpin them, through the lenses of families in their care, evidence-based literature and the self. Application of theoretical knowledge and skills is gained by providing competent nursing care for infants and families in the specialist clinical environment.


Unit name Contemporary Neonatal Intensive Care Practice
Unit code CNA521
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mrs Nicol Franz
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate care from an informed position through synthesis of physical assessment and evidence-based literature to safeguard a justified confidence in your clinical reasoning skills.
  • Use a model of reflective practice to explore the congruence between values, attitudes and beliefs and your clinical practice, to develop your problem-solving abilities.
  • Consider the illness experience from the perspective of the family to develop an individualised family centred approach to care.
  • Develop skills for working in unfamiliar contexts; to present your findings on your evaluation of practice from an informed position of synthesising audit and evidence-based literature.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060315 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



AssessmentSupporting the Family (20%)|Research Matters (30%)|Reflective Practitioner – Clinical Reasoning. (25%)|Reflective Practitioner - Clinical Reflection. (25%)
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Kain, V & Mannix, T 2018, Neonatal Nursing in Australia and New Zealand: Principles for Practice Elsevier, Chatswood NSW.

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