Pediatric Nursing Care - 201120

Course Details

Course Number: NURS-4053  Section Number: 101

Fall 2011

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 101

Days & Times:

Tuesday and Thursday 3:00 to 4:20 p.m.

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Anne-Marie Williamson   
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Course Objectives

Course Objectives: Students in this course will have the opportunity to:



AACN Essentials

DELC Competencies

1. Integrate developmental concepts in providing holistic care to children / child-rearing families

I. A, B; II. A. 2; III.B.7; III. C.2, 3; III. D. 1-18; IV. B.1,5

A3c; C1k

2. Use the nursing process to assist children / child-rearing families to achieve optimal health and wellness

I. A, D; III.A.3; III. D. 1-18

A1a-d; e-s; A2a-l, m-o; A2d, f, h-I; A4f-k; A5a, c;

3. Integrate trans-cultural nursing concepts and principles in delivery of health care to children and child-rearing families

I. A, H; II.A.1; II.C.1

III. C.6; IV. B.4; IV. E. 1,2

A1j-k, n, q, t-u; B1d

4. Apply current research findings in caring for children / child-rearing families

I. C; III.A.2; IV. C.1; V. A. 1,5

A2l; A3u, gg; A5h-i

5. Apply teaching-learning theories that optimize the child / child-rearing family’s potential for wellness

I. F; II.B.3; III.B.1, 10; IV. A.4,9

B2b,e-f; B3a-g

6. Examine the role of the nurse specific to the child / child-rearing family

I. G; II.B.1, IV. D.1; IV. G. 1, 5

C2c; C3a-b

7. Evaluate professional accountability in light of trends in pediatric nursing

I. A, E, J, K; III.A.4; IV. D. 3,6; V.C. 1,2,6

C1a, c-d; C3e




Course Expectations

Required Textbooks:

Hockenberry, M. a. (2009). Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing. (8th Ed.) St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN: 9780323053532

Springhouse. (2006). Pediatric Facts Made Incredibly Quick (1st Ed.). Lippincott, Willliams, and                               

 Wilkins. ISBN: 9781608311002 


Grading Standards


Letter Grade

Numerical Grade











* N.B. Grades will not be rounded

* N.B. Students must pass both the content knowledge and clinical components to pass the course.


Evaluation Methods:

Exam 1


Exam 2


Exam 3


Exam 4






Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Other Policies


Response timeline: Just as students take several courses and are not expected to access the online portion of this course daily (it is a face to face course), Faculty will be available via course email, via phone, and in person. Students may expect a response to email within 3 business days. Every effort is made to respond much more quickly. Occasionally emails are overlooked. If you do not receive a response to an email within 3 business days, please contact the faculty again.

Email etiquette: Email correspondence should have a salutation. Emails that do not have one may be deleted without response.



Cheating may be defined in several ways. It includes, but is not limited to the use of test banks (stolen or purchased) or professor’s exams to prepare for an exam/quiz. Discussion of exam/quiz questions with another student before or during an exam/quiz is considered cheating. If faculty believes an exam/quiz has been compromised, the grade will be dropped and the remaining grades will be weighted appropriately to achieve a 100%.


Exams & Quizzes:

Students should arrive promptly and with appropriate supplies (pencil, a four function calculator and red 100 item scantron®). Only required test taking supplies will be allowed in the testing area (hats, water bottles, and snacks, etc. are not permitted). Personal belongings must be placed at the front of the classroom. A student who is unable to take an exam at the scheduled time must notify the course coordinator via course email before the scheduled exam. Failure to do so may result in a zero for that exam. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the faculty to schedule a make-up exam. Make-up exams must be scheduled within 5 business days of the original exam date. Make up exams may not follow the same format as the original exam. Grades will not be released until all students have taken the exam.


Additional Course Requirements:

  1. Students must maintain satisfactory health as determined by the total faculty consensus.


  1. Clinical performance, campus and/or clinical laboratory, are evaluated. Students are expected to pass both clinical and classroom components of the course. Failure in either one will constitute failure in the course. A course average of at least 74% is required to successfully complete this course.


  1. Students must maintain a current immunization record on file at the Vinson Health Clinic plus proof of a current CPR card, validated Health Insurance and paid Liability Insurance on file with the Wilson School of Nursing secretary during the entire semester. In order to attend class or clinical experiences, each student MUST comply with each of these requirements.


  1. Four function calculators are allowed during exams. The use of programmable calculators, statistical or graphing calculators and calculators stored on personal data assistant devices are NOT allowed. In addition, sharing a calculator with another student is NOT allowed. Calculators may not make a discernable noise during use.


  1. Faculties reserve the right to make changes at anytime to this syllabus.


  1. Students will be held accountable for all communications sent by faculty via the course’s WebCT site; therefore, you will be expected to check the site for announcements, assignments, messages, etc. daily. Faculty asks that students use course email or clinical group sites as a means to make a specific request, ask for content clarification, to submit clinical dates…and so forth…rather than using our school/work email addresses.


Disruptive Behaviors:

  1. Behaviors that detract from the learning process will NOT be tolerated. Beepers and cellular phones are to be muted during all class sessions and pre-clinical/clinical experiences so that others will not be disturbed. Do not use cell phones in the classroom.
  2. The Provost has received a number of complaints from students saying that when their peers are allowed to bring children into class it is disruptive, is not appreciated, and is considered inappropriate for a learning environment and is something they should not have to tolerate. Given these complaints, children are not to be brought to class.


Integrity Policy:

  1. Please see the BSN handbook.
  2. By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, and for educational purposes.


American Disabilities Act:

Midwestern State University (MSU) does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility and employment of individuals in programs and activities. MSU provides academic accommodations, physical accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic and employment requirements. A student requiring academic or physical accommodations should call the office for assistance at (904) 397- 4618.  A student requiring physical accommodations that will impact their ability to perform tasks in the clinical areas (i.e. like lifting patients) must  provide a written accommodation plan to the course faculty  2 weeks prior to their first clinical day.  The student may not attend clinical until the course faculty has provided them a response in writing that the clinical facility has determined that they are able to meet the students need for physical accommodations.  A student may not request physical accommodations at the clinical site if a plan has not been filed.

N.B. The faculty reserves the right to recommend to the Chair, Wilson School of Nursing and the Dean, College of Health Sciences & Human Services withdrawal of a student from the nursing program for health, legal, professional, or academic reasons, particularly if patient care is jeopardized.  In addition, the student must perform within the ANA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Failure Policy

  1. Students must meet all course requirements, or a grade of "F" will be assigned.
  2. Students are expected to pass NURS 4042 and classroom components of the course. 
  3. Failure in either clinical performance or theory components will result in failure “F” of the course and the clinical.


Course Attendance

Students are encouraged to attend all lectures. Students may be dropped from the course for excessive absences per University policy.


Board Of Nursing (BON) Requirements

Students are expected to be compliant with current CPR certification, immunizations, TB testing, health and liability insurance, drug screen and criminal background checks, throughout the semester.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.