Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

NURS 266: Pediatric Nursing Theory

General Information

  • Name: Pediatric Nursing Theory
  • Discipline: Nursing (NURS)
  • Units (Credits): 2
  • 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 267 & NURS 268

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Teaches students to integrate knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, nursing and current literature to achieve safe, competent care of pediatric patients and their families who are experiencing normal development and alterations in body systems. Organized by the nursing process to achieve best process outcomes for pediatric patients and their families experiencing bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs.

II: Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Calculate fluid needs for maternal/child, pediatric and gynecological patients.
  • Apply the nursing process, in a simulated setting, to the care of maternal/child, pediatric and gynecological patients experiencing threats to bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs.
  • Practice therapeutic communication skills and other therapeutic techniques/skills appropriate for maternal/child and pediatric age groups.
  • Role- play nursing interventions used for patients and their families experiencing grief, loss, or the death of a family member.
  • Practice ethical decision making skills related to issues concerning maternal/child health, pediatric and women's health.
  • Experience community point-of-care sites where the maternal/child health and pediatric health population is provided health access or care.

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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