Professional Diploma in Neonatal Nursing Care

Course Description:

This course is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of nurses working in the neonatal intensive care unit. The course will enable nurses to provide care for newborns particularly diagnosed with congenital defects, delivery complications, and prematurity.

The course includes both theoretical and practical training; the theoretical training includes topics on high-risk newborn care; health promotion of newborns and families, and health problems of newborns. The practical training includes critical thinking and decision-making skills, guiding nurses to implement nursing care plans according to the newborns’ health needs. Critical thinking exercises will allow nurses to assess and evaluate priorities, implement care, and re-evaluate the needs of individualized patients through referring to evidence-based practices and guidelines. During the practical training, nurses will acquire skills needed to provide care for newborns whilst implementing policies and procedures related to newborn care; allowing nurses to abide by the compliance policies and facilitating the measurement of patient care outcome. Essential sub-specialty courses will be included in this diploma, such as advanced neonatal and pediatric trauma, and advanced neonatal and pediatric life support.

Number of contact hours:

The total theoretical and practicum hours are 450 hours, extended over a nine month period.

  • Theory: 170 hours (8 hours per week, 32 hours per month) for 6 months.
  • Clinical: 280 hours; 35 shifts (8 hours per week, 32 hours per month) for 9 months.

Accrediting Body:

The University of Jordan

Target participants:

The course is designed for:

  • This course is designed for neonatal intensive care nurses and all nurses in other practice areas Fourth – year nursing students