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NSPN 7450 - Neonatal Resuscitation

Nursing Specialty Perinatal Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

The Newborn Resuscitation Program (NRP) is an eight hour interactive skills testing day that builds on the knowledge gained by reading the Neonatal Resuscitation text book. The text must be read in its entirety prior to attending the one-day workshop. Each participant must complete the online NRP exam prior to coming to the on-campus workshop. The exam can be accessed on the Canadian Pediatric Society website. Proof of successful completion of the online exam must be brought to the one day workshop. Participants will be turned away without proof of exam completion. The workshop includes practicing and testing the hands-on skills of newborn resuscitation. To ensure adequate time for course preparation and pre-readings, enrolment in the course will be closed three weeks prior to the course start date. Perinatal Specialty students must complete NSPN 7100 and 7200 prior to enrolling in NRP. NSPN 7450 is a prerequisite for NSPN 7300, Perinatal Clinical 1 and NSPN 7500, Perinatal Clinical 2.





Winter 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 45083

Mar 11 1 Day

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 11 Wed BBY


Anna Paraninfi

Course Outline




  1. Clinical lab format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. This course is only available to BCIT Perinatal and Neonatal students who are applying for clinical in the following term. There is one textbook to be ordered from the bookstore and reviewed prior to class. Note: There is an online exam to be completed prior to class; details will be in the information email. Students will receive a course information email approximately 1 month prior to class date. Please contact the Program Assistant at for approval to register.
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify antepartum and intrapartum risk factors for neonatal resuscitation.
  • Identify the necessary equipment and personnel required for neonatal resuscitation.
  • Demonstrate a pre-resuscitation team briefing and equipment check.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and teamwork skills required by resuscitation teams.
  • Demonstrate the initial steps of neonatal resuscitation.
  • Demonstrate positive pressure ventilation using 3 different devices.
  • Demonstrate the correct use of pulse oximeter.
  • Determine when continuous positive airway pressure may be required.
  • Demonstrate chest compressions in coordination with positive pressure ventilation.
  • Identify the indications for alternative airways including laryngeal mask airway and endotracheal intubation during resuscitation.
  • Demonstrate how to prepare and place a laryngeal mask airway.
  • Demonstrate how to prepare and assist with endotracheal intubation.
  • Identify the indications for medication use during resuscitation and the routes for administration.
  • Demonstrate how to draw up and administer medications during resuscitation.
  • Identify the unique challenges and requirements of resuscitation of the preterm infant.
  • Identify possible situations where a neonate may not respond to resuscitation.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

NSPN 7450 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Neonatal Nursing Specialty
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  2. Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  3. Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Standard Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  4. Specialty Nursing (Neonatal)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  5. Specialty Nursing (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  6. Specialty Nursing (Perinatal - Standard Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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