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Nursing Practice: Family-Centered Care

Course Code: NURS 3313
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 5.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This nursing practice experience provides students with the opportunity to provide safe, competent, compassionate, and evidence-informed nursing care to childbearing and childrearing families, newborns, 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 and childrearing families, newborns, infants, children and adolescents are emphasized.  Building on previous learning, experiences reflect the concepts and essential content from all courses in the semester and reflect the core curriculum concepts. Nursing practice experiences occur in a variety of settings focusing on maternity and pediatric clients.


Responsibility and accountability

Knowledge integration

Application of knowledge

Evidence-informed practice

Provision of care

Holistic assessment

Collaboration with clients

Interprofessional collaboration

  • Partnership
  • Shared decision-making

Nursing practice decision-making

Evaluation of client care

Ethics of care

Client safety

Reflective practice

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.

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. 

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 and childrearing families, newborns, 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 client-centered health education in nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and beginning level ability to contribute as a member of an interprofessional collaborative team.

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 3312 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.