Nursing 635

NURS 635. Advanced Family Nursing II: Children’s Health

Prerequisites: Admission into the FNP concentration, NURS 620, NURS 628, NURS 629, NURS 631 (or concurrent), NURS 651

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

This course provides the nurse practitioner opportunities to develop knowledge and skills needed to deliver primary health care to children in rural and urban settings. Classroom and clinical activities emphasize the application of problem identification and management, health promotion and client/family counseling. Growth and development, health status and environmental interactions are explored. Nursing strategies are designed which promote health, prevent illness and provide an avenue for intervention in situational health crises.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The objectives and content of this course are derived from the School of Nursing’s mission and philosophy, and facilitate achievement of the School’s program objectives. Additionally, the major topics and skills covered in this course are common to major nursing theory textbooks. Current research and advancement in nursing theory and clinical practice also determine course content.

Topical Outline:

1. Newborn

            a. Normal
            b. Common Problems

2. Health Assessment of Children
3. Health Problems by System

            a. EENT
            b. Respiratory
            c. Cardiac
            d. Hematologic
            e. Gastrointestinal
            f. Genitourinary
            g. Infections
            h. Skin problems
            i. Musculoskeletal
            j. Neurological
            k. Endocrine

4. Child Health Issues

            a. Nutrition
            b. Developmental Concepts Relates to Development Early and Middle Years
            c. Adolescent Development and Health Concerns
            d. Parenting and Parent-Child Interaction

5. Child Mental Health, Violence and Abuse


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The following teaching strategies will be employed:

  • Seminar, discussion, student presentations, audiovisuals, guest speakers, practicum, student-faculty conferences, and written projects.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to

1. Examine and explain health care policy issues that impact the health of children.
2. Evaluate the health status of children as individuals in families and communities.
3. Design interventions to improve the delivery of health care to children in rural, urban, and under served settings.
4. Apply knowledge from related disciplines and nursing to formulate nursing diagnoses, promote and protect health, prevent illness, and manage developmental and situational hazards for children.
5. Evaluate relevant research findings for application in clinical management of children’s health.
6. Analyze the major health problems affecting children.
7. Participate in health education and management of clients and their families.


Assessment Measures

  • Midterm and final examinations (20/20 %) 40 %
  • Case portfolio 20 %
  • Health Fair project 20 %
  • Case (s) 10 %
  • Condition paper 5 %
  • Immunization CAI (Calling the shots) 5 %
  • Clinical Practicum (90 hrs) Satisfactory/unsatisfactory
  • On site experiences
  • Pediatric clinical
  • Asthma clinic (S. Souther at CRC)
  • Newborn clinical (S. Cooper at CRC)
  • Logs
  • Communication lab

Clinical experiences scheduled with faculty and with preceptors must be satisfactory on final clinical evaluation by faculty/preceptors, respectively, in order to pass Nursing 535.


Other Course Information


Review and Approval
Revised March 1999