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Nursing 443

NURS 443: Nursing of Children

Prerequisites: NURS 362, NURS 364, NURS 366, NURS 368, NURS 369

Credit Hours: (5) Three hours lecture; six hours practicum

Focuses on normal growth and development, and evidenced based nursing interventions appropriate for managing the acute and chronic care and the promotion of health for children in a variety of settings.


Detailed Description of the Content

The content develops the student’s knowledge of normal growth and development, and evidenced based nursing interventions appropriate for managing the acute and chronic care and the promotion of health for children. The clinical provides an opportunity for application of the theory in a variety of settings, such as home, schools, day care, community clinics and hospitals.

The objectives and content of this course are derived from the School of Nursing’s philosophy and conceptual framework and facilitate achievement of the School’s program objectives and the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice.  These objectives represent content covered on standardized achievement examinations and the NCLEX-RN Test Plan.  Current research and advances in theory and practice also determine course content.

Emphasis is placed in the following areas:

1. Influences of family, culture and religion and social policy on child health.
2. Implementation of evidenced-based nursing interventions as appropriate for managing acute and chronic care and health promotion of children and their families in a variety of environments.
3. Normal growth and development, health promotion and common health concerns of
of children during the following periods:
                  a. Infant
                  b. Toddler
                  c. Preschool
                  d. School age
                  e. Adolescence
4. Application of knowledge and patient care technology to deliver safe and quality care to children experiencing acute to chronic health concerns in the following areas:
• Gastrointestinal
• Genitourinary
• Respiratory
• Cardiovascular
• Hematologic
• Immunologic
• Cerebral
• Endocrine
• Genetics
• Musculoskeletal
• Neuromuscular
• Integumentary
• Cognitive/sensory
• Psychosocial/Child abuse
• Chronic illness, disability or death

Detailed Description of the Conduct of the course

The following teaching strategies will be employed but are not limited to:
• Lectures, discussion, interactive media, case studies, critical thinking activities, clinical simulation, and guided clinical practice.

Goals and Objectives of Course

At the completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Integrate the knowledge and methods of a variety of disciplines to make informed clinical decisions when caring for children and their families.
2. Implement evidenced based nursing interventions as appropriate for managing the acute and chronic care of children and for the promotion of health for children of all ages.
3. Integrate evidenced based research findings, clinical judgments, inter professional perspectives and child and family preferences in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care.
4. Apply patient care technologies as appropriate to address the needs of a diverse population of children.
5. Utilize an ethical framework to evaluate the impact of social policies on the health care of children and families.
6. Contribute the unique nursing perspective to inter-professional teams to advocate for safe and high quality care to optimize outcomes for the children and their families.
7. Utilize scientific principles of nursing knowledge in increasingly complex situations when providing multidimensional care to the children and their families.
8. Promote the image of nursing by modeling the values and articulating the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the nursing profession when caring for children and their families.
9. Conduct comprehensive and focused assessments of health and illness parameters in children, using developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches.
10. Integrate knowledge to identify, report, refer and manage suspected child exploitation or abuse.
11. Recognize, prevent and respond to situations of bioterrorism which may effect children.


Assessment Measures

May include but are not limited to:

• Exams; Quizzes
• Papers—clinical work
• Project, Individual or Group
• Oral Presentations
• Class Participation

The course grade is determined by an evaluation of the extent to which the student meets the stated course objectives. Students must have a minimum of 75% (“C”) in theory, measured through testing. Other written or class participation work will be included in the final grade after the minimum 75% (“C”) has been attained through testing.

Final grades are a combination of at least 75% (“C”) on both theory and clinical/lab components. Clinical/lab performance must be satisfactory to pass the course.

Other Course Information

Honor Code: By accepting admission to Radford University, each student makes a commitment to understand, support, and abide by the University Honor Code without compromise or exception. Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. This class will be conducted in strict observance of the Honor Code. Refer to your Student Handbook for details.

Students With Disabilities: If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans with Disability Act, you are required to register with the Disability Resource Office (DRO). The DRO is located in Room 32, Tyler Hall, telephone 540-831-6350. To receive academic accommodations for this class, please obtain the proper DRO forms and meet with the course coordinator at the beginning of the semester.
Attendance: For attendance policies and other course-related requirements, see School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook, and Course Description.


Review and Approval

February 2011, Kim Carter, Director