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Nursing Art and Science:Family-Centered Care

Course Code: NURS 3311
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course, students are introduced to the nurse’s role as a member of an interprofessional team caring for childbearing and childrearing families, newborns, infants, children and adolescents. Students build on previous knowledge and integrate new knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to provide safe, competent, compassionate, and evidence-informed care for clients experiencing developmental transitions and/or health challenges in a maternity and pediatric context. A family-centered perspective and the integration of teaching and learning principles for health promotion and illness/injury prevention are emphasized.

Course Content

In this course, nursing practice with childbearing and childrearing families, newborns, infants, children and adolescents are the foci of discussion.  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.

Selected emerging health trends/issues/challenges

Interprofessional Collaboration

Cultural competence

Cultural safety

Cultural humility

Health promotion

Evidence-based practice

Health informatics

Social determinants of health

Growth and development

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Parenting

Family

  • Family-centered care

Reproductive health

  • Genetics
  • Conception
  • Sexual health
  • Family planning

 Pregnancy - Antepartum

  • Fetal Development
  • Fetal well-being
  • Maternal physiological, psycho-social and emotional changes
  • Prenatal care
  • Healthy beginnings
  • Common, predictable and emerging health challenges

Pregnancy - Intrapartum

  • Maternal physiological, psycho-social and emotional changes
  • Labor
  • Fetal assessment
  • Delivery/Birth
  • Cesarean section (peri-operative)
  • Common, predictable, emerging and unpredictable health challenges

 Pregnancy - Postpartum

  • Maternal physiological, psycho-social and emotional changes
  • Assessment and care
  • Discharge planning and teaching
  • Childbearing families – role transitions
  • Common, predictable, emerging and unpredictable health challenges

Newborns, infants, children and adolescents

  • Anatomical and physiological differences from adults
  • Assessment and care
  • Adaptation (newborn)
  • Growth and development / epigenetics
  • Nutrition
  • Common, predictable, emerging and unpredictable health challenges
  • Immunization
  • Communicable diseases
  • Safety
  • Illness and injury prevention
  • Communication

Pharmacology

  • Developmental pharmacology / ontogeny
  • Pediatric medication calculations 

Pain

  • Assessment in newborns, infants, children and adolescents
  • Pharmacological management
  • Non-pharmacological management

Teaching and learning

  • Application of theory
  • Strategies (e.g. play)

Vulnerability

  • Separation
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Trust
  • Atraumatic care and psychosocial needs
  • Trauma informed practices
  • Abuse and neglect

Legal and ethical issues (e.g. informed consent, confidentiality)

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 lecture, client-based scenarios, group discussion and debate, and use of electronic resources.

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:

  • Critically reflect on health issues and trends relevant to pediatric and maternity populations and consider implications for nursing practice.
  • Describe the role of the nurse as a member of an interprofessional team working with pediatric and maternity clients and their family members.
  • Apply knowledge to formulate evidenced-informed, client-centered nursing decisions for the provision of safe, competent and compassionate care for childbearing and childrearing families, newborns, infants, children and adolescents.
  • Using a relational perspective, examine how childbearing and childrearing family experiences are contextually situated.
  • Apply theories of growth and development and teaching and learning principles for promoting health and preventing illness/injury for childbearing women, newborns, infants, and children, and their family members.
  • Demonstrate awareness of how the concept of family-centered care informs nursing practice with childbearing and childrearing families.

course prerequisites

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.

Corequisites

NURS 3312 AND NURS 3313 AND NURS 3315 AND NURS 3316

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.