Course

Health Assessment: Maternal and Child Care

Faculty
Health Sciences
Department
Nursing
Course Code
NURS 3312
Credits
2.50
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
24
Method(s) Of Instruction
Lab
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
In this course, students learn the holistic assessment of childbearing women, newborns, infants, children and adolescents. In addition, students learn a variety of psychomotor skills commonly used in maternity and pediatric nursing practice. Knowledge development occurs through active participation in a variety of experiential learning strategies.
Course Content

In this course, the holistic health assessment of childbearing women, infants, children, and adolescents are the foci of discussion in the context of family as client. Concepts and essential content that will be addressed relative to these topics are listed below.  In addition, the core curriculum concepts are integrated in this course.

Holistic health assessment of women and newborns in the maternity setting with a focus on physical assessment

  • Stable intrapartum and post-partum assessment
  • Newborn assessment
  • Perioperative assessment
  • Assessing for complications
  • Reporting and documenting assessments and nursing care

Holistic health assessment of children in the pediatric setting with a focus on physical assessment

  • Differences between children and adults (physiologically, equipment, approach, etc.)
  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Focused systems assessment
  • Vital signs assessment
  • Fluid balance assessment
  • Pain assessment (developmental approaches)
  • Reporting and documenting assessments and nursing care

Psychomotor skills commonly used in nursing practice with stable maternity and pediatric clients

  • Developmentally appropriate and atraumatic care
  • IV therapy (including syrigne medication module)
  • Medication administration
  • Specimen collection
  • Enteral feeding and medication administration
  • Newboarn nutrition and feeding

Safety

  • Review of safe work practices
  • Infection transmission precautions
  • Handling biohazardous materials
  • Additional safety considerations for infants and children
  • Seizure precautions
  • Injury prevention
  • Cultural safety

Nurse’s Role

  • Consolidation, integration, and application of course and other nursing knowledge in simulated nursing practice experiences

Concepts relative to health assessment to be explored include:

  • Purpose
  • Principles
  • Engaging with clients
  • Planning
  • Rationale
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation
  • Preventing complications
Learning Activities

It is the intent of faculty to facilitate student learning, and promote critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning through a variety of learning processes such as seminar, client-based studies, demonstration, return demonstration, simulation, and project work.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  A course evaluation schedule and other course evaluation information are provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.  This is a graded course. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills required for holistic, comprehensive and focused assessment of stable perinatal, newborn and pediatric clients and their families.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for the safe implementation of a variety of psychomotor skills commonly used in nursing practice with stable perinatal, newborn and pediatric clients.
  • Demonstrate the consolidation, integration and application of course and other nursing knowledge in simulated nursing practice experiences.
  • Further develop nursing practice skills including critical thinking, decision-making, organizational and relational skills.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester. 

Requisites

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca

Institution Transfer Details for NURS 3312
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Winter 2024

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
14759
Tue
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Fabbro
Instructor First Name
Urszula
Course Status
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
Max Seats Count
16
Actual Seats Count
14
2
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
Building
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
Room
C2020
Start Time
8:30
-
End Time
11:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
14760
Wed
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Palmer
Instructor First Name
Cleo
Course Status
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
Max Seats Count
16
Actual Seats Count
13
3
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
Building
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
Room
C2020
Start Time
12:30
-
End Time
15:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
14761
Wed
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Palmer
Instructor First Name
Cleo
Course Status
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
Max Seats Count
16
Actual Seats Count
13
3
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
Building
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
Room
C2020
Start Time
8:30
-
End Time
11:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
14762
Tue
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
Fabbro
Instructor First Name
Urszula
Course Status
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
Max Seats Count
16
Actual Seats Count
15
1
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
Building
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
Room
C2020
Start Time
12:30
-
End Time
15:20