NURS 3030 Midwifery Professional Practice 5

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401223

Coordinator Michelle Eveleigh Opens in new window

Description In this unit students will further develop midwifery skills for the management of complications and emergency situations. In simulated practice environments students will gain the skills necessary to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary colleagues. Students will gain practical experience in designated clinical areas and will follow women through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period in a continuity of care experience.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Discipline Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) NURS 2026

Co-requisite(s) NURS 3006 AND
NURS 3036

Equivalent Subjects NURS 3028 Midwifery Practice Experience 5

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4684 Bachelor of Midwifery.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Communicate effectively with women and colleagues, including during emergencies.
  2. Explain and demonstrate the mechanism of birth for malpresentations.
  3. Recognise, plan and implement midwifery care throughout the continuum of care for a woman, in relation to risk factors, non-life threatening and life threatening complications and needs.
  4. Recognise, plan and implement midwifery care for the fetus and newborn, in relation to risk factors, non-life threatening and life threatening complications and needs.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and clinical skills in performing maternal and newborn resuscitation as per relevant guidelines.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of applied pharmacology and initiate, supply and administer in accordance with legislation and common law.
  7. Fulfill professional midwifery practice requirements including continuity of care.

Subject Content

1. Professional practice requirements
a. Documentation in accordance with professional and legislative requirements.
b. Policy and procedure guidelines for managing emerging and escalating emergency situations
c. Informed consent
d. Privacy issues
e. Confidentiality
f. Infection Control
g. Medication calculations
h. Preparing mother and or baby after maternal, fetal or neonatal death
2.Competency development
a. venepuncture
b. IV cannulation
c. performing an episiotomy
d. Amniotomy
f. Application of Fetal Scalp Electrode
g. Assisting with the collection of Scalp PH and interpretation of findings
h. Prolonged second stage management and assisting with an instrumental birth
i. management of a snapped cord
j. Review and practice IV medications
3.Communication skills
a. Communication skills for working with families in complex situations
- Attentive listening
- exploration of areas of concern
- goal setting
b. Communication skills for working in collaboration
- effective communication with colleagues, women and their families
- Midwives role/ students role
- consultation and referral
- emergency situations
- enacting The national Midwifery guidelines for consultation and referral
4. Simulated Practice Skills
a. Application of Fetal Scalp Electrode
b. Management of postpartum haemorrhage
c. Management of obstetric shock
d. Management of shoulder dystocia
e. Management of cord prolapse
f. Management of a woman having a seizure
g. Management of a breech birth
h. Maternal resuscitation
i. CPR pregnant or postpartum woman
j. Neonatal resuscitation

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.

To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
In the clinical area conduct one booking – in visit with a woman with complex health needs and follow the National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral 1 hour S/U Y Individual
Part A - Completion of online medication calculation safety modules with 100% score in all online quizzes. Part B - In class safety medication quiz (must achieve 100%) Weekly online quizzes, in class quiz 30 minutes S/U N Individual
Skills consolidation 100% completed MPP5 ‘Midwifery Skills Book’ S/U Y Individual
Clinical Viva - scenario based assessment 30 mins S/U Y Individual
Submission of Bachelor of Midwifery Professional Practice Portfolio, comprising: 1. Midwifery Log of Practice Experience, and 2. Midwifery Continuity of Care Case Notes S/U Y Individual
Clinical placement 100% attendance and Australian Midwifery Standards Assessment Tool (AMSAT) x 1 summative 100% attendance S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

1st Half

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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