Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

NURS 268: Pediatric Nursing Clinical

General Information

  • Name: Pediatric Nursing 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 266 & NURS 267

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Requires students to utilize the nursing process in the care of normal and high risk pediatric populations and their families experiencing disruptions in bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs. Emphasis is also placed on meeting health promotion and health maintenance needs, caring, therapeutic communication, documentation and teaching.

II: Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of NURS 268 the student will be able to:

  • Develop accountable, safe and caring professional nursing behaviors in the provision of care for pediatric populations.
  • Implement the nurse's role in a variety of community settings including community resource referral.
  • Utilize the nursing process in the care of infants and children in the acute care setting experiencing disruptions in bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs.
  • Utilize therapeutic, age approriate, culturally sensitive communication techniques when providing care to pediatric patients and their families.
  • Create teaching plans, including nutrition education for pediatric patients.
  • Appropriately prioritize care for infants and children.
  • Document and communicate accurate information about high-risk pediatric patients.
  • Practice within the ethical and legal parameters of the profession.
  • Evaluate self-learning needs before, during and after learning experiences in acute care and community settings.

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.

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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