Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

NURS 265: Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family Clinical

General Information

  • Name: Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family Clinical
  • Discipline: Nursing (NURS)
  • Units (Credits): 1
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Nursing and Allied Health

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

  • Prerequisites: admission to the nursing program
  • Corequisites: NURS 263 & NURS 264

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Helps students apply the nursing process in the provision of care to normal and high-risk maternal/newborn populations and women experiencing common alterations in the reproductive system in acute care settings. Emphasis is placed on meeting safe and effective care environment needs, health promotion and maintenance needs and bio/psycho/social/cultural/spiritual needs.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Examine current trends in the delivery of health care for high-risk childbearing and pediatric populations.
  • Utilize knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities and nursing to understand threats to physiologic and psycho/social integrity commonly found in high-risk childbearing and pediatric patients.
  • Analyze bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual factors that influence the high risk childbearing and pediatric patients and their families.
  • Apply all steps of the nursing process in the classroom learning environment to organize the care of patients experiencing high risk childbearing and pediatric patients to address bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs of patients.
  • Examine in-patient and community resources that influence the outcome of patient care and are available for case management of childbearing and pediatric populations.
  • Discuss legal, ethical and cultural issues related to the high-risk childbearing/childrearing family.
  • Identify accountable, safe, and competent professional nursing behaviors in the provision of care for high-risk obstetric, gynecological, and pediatric populations.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science degree is to provide employment-related knowledge and the skills necessary to succeed in a chosen field of study.

The mission of the nursing program at Western Nevada College is to meet the nursing educational needs of the service area. The program prepares qualified students to function as entry-level registered nurses and transfer to higher degree programs.

Graduates are prepared to function in a variety of health care settings, providing culturally sensitive, holistic nursing care to individuals and families across the lifespan. The nursing faculty supports graduate competency in an evolving and complex health care environment by facilitating the students' development of clinical judgement, promoting professional behaviors, and fostering the value of lifelong learning.

The Nursing Program Educational Objectives ensure that students who successfully complete the Nursing Program are expected to demonstrate that they can:

  • Utilize the nursing process in a competent and caring manner to safely meet the bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs of patients across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
  • Integrate knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, and nursing to achieve deliberative and competent decision-making that is grounded in evidence based practice to achieve best practice outcomes.
  • Apply concepts of cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and respect for persons when working with diverse populations.
  • Provide care that reflects the ethical values of nursing within the professional practice standards as well as the legal parameters of the profession
  • Use therapeutic communication skills when interacting with patients and their families

Additionally, the General Education Student Learning Objectives ensure that students who complete programs in occupational areas are expected to demonstrate that they:

  • Have college-level skills in reading, writing, and oral communication appropriate to their degree and/or emphasis
  • Posses suitable technological skills, including computer skills
  • Know the subject matter of their degree to a level that is acceptable to their area of study
  • Are able to acquire the skills and perform the tasks necessary for their employment or career enhancement
  • Have adequate college level mathematical skills


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