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Health Assessment: Maternal and Child Care

Course Code: NURS 3312
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 2.5
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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, holistic assessments and psychomotor skills required for 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.

Holistic Health Assessment

  • Stable intrapartum and post-partum clients
  • Stable perinatal, newborn and pediatric clients

Psychomotor skills commonly used in caring for stable maternity and pediatric clients

  • Purpose
  • Principles
  • Assessment
  • Engaging with clients
  • Planning
  • Safety
  • Implementation
  • Rationale
  • Evaluation

Health promotion/illness & injury prevention

  • Teaching  and learning associated with nursing assessments and psychomotor skills
  • Safety

Pediatric medication calculations

  • Safe dosage calculations
  • Fluid calculations

Nurse’s Role

  • Integration and application

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.

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.


NURS 3311 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.


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