Nursing Practice: Family-Centered Care

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
NURS 3313
Nursing Practice: Family-Centered Care
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
189 hours/14 weeks + 1 week evaluation
Method Of Instruction
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. Students will be engaged in a variety of learning processes such as decision-making analysis, group discussion, and reflection on practice.

Course Description
This nursing practice experience provides students with the opportunity to provide safe, competent, compassionate, and evidence-informed nursing care to childbearing women, infants, children and adolescents. In this course family-centered care and the integration of teaching and learning principals for health promotion and illness/injury prevention are emphasized.
Course Content

In this experiential course, nursing practice experience with childbearing women, infants, children and adolescents are emphasized.  Building on previous learning, nursing practice experiences reflect the concepts and essential content from all courses in the semester and the core curriculum concepts. Nursing practice experiences occur in a variety of settings with a maternity and pediatric focus.

Nursing Process

  • Assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation

Professional Standards

  • Responsibility and accountability
  • Knowledge-based practice
  • Client-focused provision of service
  • Ethical practice

Role of the Nurse

  • Evidence-informed practice
  • Holistic health assessment
  • Collaboration with clients
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Nursing practice decision-making
  • Care planning
  • Ensuring client safety
  • Reflective practice
  • Scope of practice
  • Practice standards
Learning Outcomes

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

  • Provide safe, competent, compassionate, and evidence-informed family-centered nursing care to childbearing women, infants, children and adolescents.
  • Critically reflect on and use knowledge from a variety of sources to formulate and implement nursing practice decisions that promote health, prevent illness/injury, and support healthy transitions, recovery and living with illness.
  • Use a relational perspective in engaging with maternity and pediatric clients to further develop an understanding of their experiences of childbearing transitions, parenting, family, and common and predictable health challenges. 
  • Implement family-centered health education in nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and beginning level ability, to contribute as a member of an interprofessional collaborative team.
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.  A nursing practice assessment form is used to guide nursing practice course evaluation.  This form includes indicators of successful nursing practice at the end of the semester.  Nursing practice congruent with these indicators is an essential component of successful completion of this course.  This is a mastery course. 

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. 


NURS 2211 AND NURS 2212 AND NURS 2213 AND NURS 2215 AND NURS 2217

Students in the BSN program are required to maintain a passing grade of 65% (C+) in all courses in order to progress in the program.

Which Prerequisite