Nursing 366

NURS 366: Nursing of the Childbearing Family

Prerequisites: NURS 340, NURS 345, NURS 352, and NURS 368.

Credit Hours: (5) Three hours lecture; six hours practicum

In-depth consideration of the childbearing phase of the lifecycle with application of theory through nursing care of clients and their families related to childbearing in a variety of health care venues in the community.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The objectives and content of this Level 2 Course are derived from the School of Nursing’s philosophy and conceptual framework, and facilitate achievement of the School’s program objectives as well as the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education (AACN). Additionally, the major topics and skills covered in this course are common to major leadership and professional development nursing textbooks, and represent areas covered on standardized achievement examinations and the NCLEX-RN Test Plan. Current research and advancement in theory and clinical practice also determine content.

1. Choice in Childbearing Decisions: Promoting and Protecting Reproductive Health
        a. Contraception
        b. Termination of fertility
        c. Social issues regarding choice
        d. Care of women during the cessation of the childbearing phase of their lives
2. Pregnancy Achieved: Nursing Interventions to Promote and Protect Health
        a. Development of the maternal-fetal unit
        b. Pregnancy from a fetal perspective
        c. Pregnancy from a maternal perspective
        d. Pregnancy from a family perspective
3. Childbirth
    a. Labor and birth
        b. Nursing measures to promote and protect health
        c. Immediate care of the newborn
        4. Parents and Newborn Postpartum: Promoting and Protecting Health
        a. The developing family
        b. The newborn
        c. Maternal recovery from pregnancy and birth
        d. Prevention, identification and reporting of abuse and neglect within families.
5. Childbearing Family: Restoring Health
        a. Reproductive risk: Achieving pregnancy
        b. Reproductive risk: Pregnancy
        c. Reproductive risk: Labor and Delivery
        d. Reproductive risk: Postpartum
        e. Reproductive risk: The sick newborn

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The following teaching strategies will be employed but not limited to:

• Lectures, discussion, multimedia, case studies, and guided clinical practice.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of historical, social and cultural factors to the care of diverse populations in maternal/newborn area.

2. Provide nursing care of mothers and newborns based on evidence that contributes to safe and high quality patient outcomes within healthcare and assumes accountability for personal and professional behaviors.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of the research process and models for applying evidence to maternal newborn clinical practice.
4. Demonstrate skill in using patient care technologies, information systems and communication devices that support safe maternal newborn nursing practice.

5. Apply knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes within the health care delivery system in the provision of safe, high-quality, and cost effective nursing care with maternal newborn populations.

6. Utilize written, verbal, nonverbal and emerging technology methods to communicate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including the patient and the patient’s support network and assumes accountability.

7. Utilize scientific principles of nursing knowledge in an interdependent manner when working in collaboration with individuals and families to promote health, manage illness and disease, and care for emerging families.

8. Demonstrate ethical decision-making in an interdependent manner in ethical dilemmas faced by individuals and families and assumes accountability for personal and professional behaviors.

9. Demonstrate the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct. Adheres to AWHONN Standards of Maternity Nursing Practice, accepting individual responsibility for nursing interventions.

10. Delivers compassionate, patient centered, evidenced based care that respects patients and family preferences.

Assessment Measures

May include but not limited to:
• Exams; Quizzes
• Comprehensive Clinical Logs
• Oral Presentations
• Class Participation

The course grade is determined by an evaluation of the extent to which the student meets the stated course objectives. Students must have a minimum of 80% (“C”) in theory, measured through testing. Other written or class participation work will be included in the final grade after the minimum 80% (“C”) has been attained through testing.

Final Grades are a combination of at least 80% (“C”) on both theory and clinical/lab components. Clinical/lab performance must be satisfactory to pass the course.

Other Course Information

By accepting admission to Radford University, each student makes a commitment to understand, support, and abide by the University Honor Code without compromise or exception.  Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. This class will be conducted in strict observance of the Honor Code.  Refer to your Student Handbook for details.

The Waldron College has distinct expectations of students that are in addition to those outlined in the Radford University Student Handbook. These standards are aligned with students’ abilities to become effective health and human service professionals and are provided so that students and faculty can be clear about expectations and procedures to address practice performance. The ultimate goal of the standards is to help students become successful health and human service professionals. All students are expected to read and sign the Waldron College Standards for Professional Practice Education. Students are expected to review these standards every semester.
Students with Disabilities: If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act, you are required to register with the Disability Resource Office (DRO). The DRO is located in Room 32, Tyler Hall, telephone 540-831-6350, 540-831-6350. To receive academic accommodations for this class, please obtain the proper DRO forms and meet with me no later than the second week of the semester.
Attendance: For Attendance policies and other course-related requirements, see School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook and Course Description.

Review and Approval

March 1, 2013

Reviewed February 2011, Kim Carter, Director