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 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
Methods Of Instruction

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

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34810
Tue
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Rosenfeld
Janet
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
16
13
3
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
C2020
8:30 - 11:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34811
Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Vandermey
Leisha
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
16
14
2
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
C2020
12:30 - 15:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34812
Wed
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Vandermey
Leisha
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
16
14
2
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
C2020
8:30 - 11:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
34813
Tue
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Rosenfeld
Janet
Open
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
16
15
1
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
Coquitlam - Bldg. C
C2020
12:30 - 15:20