Nursing the Childbearing Family

Course Details

Course Number: Nurs 4013  Section Number: 01

Spring 2012

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: BH 108

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Lauren Jansen   
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Midwestern State University

Wilson School of Nursing


NURS 4013  Theories and Concepts: Nursing the Childbearing Family

 Syllabus – Spring, 2012

 Faculty:    Betty Bowles PhD, RNC                  397-4048        

                   Lauren Jansen PhD, RN                  397-4547        

 Prerequisites: NURS 3406 (Mental Health), 3407 (Family Health Nursing I)

 Course Description

            This course applies theories and concepts used by the nurse to assist childbearing families achieve their maximum potential.  A focus on patient/family education is integrated throughout the course.  Lifestyle and cultural diversity within individual, families, and communities is emphasized.  Reliable information drawn from a variety of sources including nursing research assists the student to develop an evidence-based practice. Reproductive processes and women’s health issues within the context of a variety of healthcare settings are explored through use of the nursing process, critical thinking and problem solving.

 Credit Hours:    Four (4) credit hours—two (3) lecture hours and six (6) clinical hours per week

 Placement:     Senior year, 2nd  Semester (BSN)

 Required Textbook

Lowdermilk, D. & Perry, S. (2007). Maternity and Women’s Health Care, 10th Edition.   St Louis: Mosby.

 Recommended Textbook:

Holloway, B., Moredich, C., & Aduddell, K. (2008). OB/Peds/Women’s Health Notes.



Exams (5 unit exams @ 15% each)






Post conference Discussion Board Postings (4)


Clinical Log:

  1. Preceptor Signature Page (1)
  2. Clinical l Worksheets
  3. Preceptor Evaluation (4)








American Association of Colleges of Nursing (*AACN) Essentials:  For further information regarding the AACN Essentials identified for each course objective, refer to the BSN Handbook.


Differentiated Entry Level Competencies (*DELC):  For further information regarding the competencies identified for each course objective, refer to the BSN Handbook


Course Objectives:




Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:


1.  Explore selected nursing roles

     relevant to the nursing care of

     childbearing families.

  II:  A2, E1, E2

 IV:  A6, A7, E5, G2, G4

  V:  A 11

A. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

B. 1, 2, 3, 4

C. 1, 2, 3


2.   Integrate patient/family education into the plan of care.

   I:  F

  II:  D1

 III:  B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B10, B12, D17, D18

 IV:  A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, C5, C7

  V:  A3

A. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

B. 1, 2, 3, 4

C.  1, 2,


3.   Apply findings from current professional literature in planning nursing care for childbearing families.

   I:  A, I, J, K C

II:   A3, C2, D3, D4

III:  A2

IV:  A1, A2, D1, D3, D6

  V:  A, A1, A2, A3, C2, C4

A. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

B. 1

C. 1, 2, 3



4.    Integrate understanding of variations in lifestyle and culture in providing health care to members of childbearing families.

   I:  H

  II:  A1, C1

 III:  B8, B12

 IV:  A9, A10, B4, D3, E1, E2, E3, E4

  V:  A2

A.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

B. 1, 2, 3

C. 1, 2,



5.    Provide nursing care that assists childbearing families achieve optimal health.

   I:  A, D

  II:  B, B1, B2, C4, D2

 III:  A1, A3, A5, A6, B1, B6, B9, B11, B12,  

        C8, D2, D3, D6, D7, D8, D9, D12, D14,

        D15, D16, E1

 IV:  A4, B1, B2, B3, D4

  V:  A2, A4, A8, A9, A10, A11, B2, B3, B, D

VI:   B7, C1, C2, C3, C4,  C5, C7, D1, D10,

        D11, D13

  VII:  A13  

A. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

B.  1, 2, 3

C. 1, 2, 3



6.    Practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills in caring for childbearing families

   I:   F, G

  II:  C3

 III:  A4, B1, B2, B4, B7

 IV:  A5, A7, B7

  V:  A10

A. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

B. 1.3.

C. 1



Exam Instructions:

1.    Turn all cell phones and pagers OFF. Place in back packs at back of room.

  1. Leave everything EXCEPT a #2 pencil, Student ID card, and scantron in the back of the room. This includes coats, hats, scarves, and gloves.
  2. No food or drink allowed.
  3. Complete the scantron sheet with LAST NAME ONLY and your student ID. Be sure to bubble in all of the characters. 
  4. Keep your test paper and answer sheet ON THE DESK and COVERED at all times.  If the instructor can see your answers, she will assume you are sharing answers with others and will collect your test paper.
  5. When you are finished, turn in the test booklet and scantron, and leave the room quietly by the side entrances.
  6. We will NOT discuss the answers until the item analysis is completed and all exams have been taken.

 Missed exam(s):

            Students are expected to take exams on the day they are scheduled.  If you are ill or cannot take the exam on the scheduled day, please notify course instructor 2 hours before the scheduled exam to arrange an exam make-up on the allotted day.  All make-up exams must be taken prior to the Mother/Baby HESI exam. This must be scheduled with instructor prior to this date.

 Modules/Quizzes: Quizzes must be completed by due date. All quizzes will be online. open book. You may                    take each one 2 times. The average of the 2 grades will be recorded as

your grade.

 Modules / Quizzes                                                    Due Date

 Syllabus/Worksheet                                                 1/31/12

 The Fetal Monitoring Module/Quiz                                         2/13/12

  Breastfeeding Module/Quiz                                                   2/27/12

  Neonatal Resuscitation Module/Quiz                                   3/19/12           


Communication with Instructors:

             WebCT e-mail is the preferred method of communication with instructors.  This is preferred because:  1) with WebCT e-mail there is a record of all communications; and 2) instructors can retrieve and answer the e-mails from off campus if they are out of the office.  In the subject line of the e-mail please put the instructor’s name and the topic (e.g. Jansen, exam grade, or Bowles, breastfeeding assignment). Please be sure any attachment has your name on it.


Some of your e-mails may be answered via Discussion Board if the answer would benefit everyone in the class. If you want to communicate with one class member please use the e-mail rather than the Discussion Board.  Responses on the Discussion Board intended for one or only a few class members should use the “reply privately” option so everyone else doesn’t have to read these conversations.  For example, if you request help in finding an answer, and you want to thank a classmate for a response, please “reply privately” so the whole class doesn’t have to open and read it.  The class will appreciate this consideration.


Technical issues should be discussed with Crystal Boyle  These issues should NOT be posted on the discussion board.


Please refer to a resource regarding online “netiquette.”  Two that I recommend are at or .

 Absence Policy

 Students are expected to attend all classroom, clinical, and SIMs experiences. Roll will be taken each class. A seating chart will be used in order to better get to know each of you. Students who must be absent from class or clinical due to unforeseen circumstances are responsible for notifying the instructor of their absence.  Notification must be prior to the scheduled time of the class or clinical experiences stated in the BSN Student Handbook. All absences in clinical and SIMS must be made up. Failure to do so will result in clinical failure. Please refer to Student Handbook for explanation of Clinical failure.

 Consistent with the university policy to allow each faculty member the freedom and responsibility to create a quality learning environment for all students, the faculty member may dismiss a student from class for either disruption of the learning process, excessive tardiness and excessive absences, or lack of reasonable effort.  A student dismissed for such reasons will be given a course grade of “F”. Please be in class and in your seat as the class begins. The door will be closed as class begins. If you arrive late and the door is closed, please wait until the break to enter. It is very disruptive to the students and faculty who are on time.

 Cheating Policy

 The BSN Program does not condone cheating in any form and considers it a serious offense.    Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.

Plagiarism is further defined as “the act of using source materials of other persons (either published or unpublished) without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given.”  (MSU Student Handbook, Standards of Conduct, Item 10.)  Offending material that may constitute plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following: bibliography cards, formal papers, book reports, written nursing care plans, etc.

 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 educational purposes. For further information regarding cheating and any subsequent actions to be taken please refer to the policy statement in the BSN Student Handbook.

 Failure Policy

 The faculty reserves the right to recommend to the Program Coordinator and Chairperson of Wilson School of Nursing 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.

 1.  Students must maintain a grade of C or above.  (Lower limit scores are: A=90%; B=80%; C=74%)

 2.   Students MUST have an average of 74% on all work in order to pass the course.    GRADES WILL NOT BE ROUNDED.

 3.   Students must meet all course and clinical requirements; failure in either the didactic or

      clinical component will constitute failure of the course.


Clinical Learning Objectives


  • Review conception and fetal development.
  • Identify variances in the antepartum period.
  • Plan evidence-based intervention for identified variances.
  • Provide pharmacological interventions for identified variances
  • Promote optimal hydration and elimination in the antepartum period.
  • Provide psychosocial interventions to assist the antepartum patient at risk.
  • Provide evidence-based nursing care to promote fetal wellbeing during the antepartum period.
  • Provide patient/family education to optimize self-care in the antepartum patient.

 Labor and Delivery:

  • Identify variances in the expected progression of labor, delivery, and recovery through the four stages of labor.
  • Plan evidence-based interventions for identified variances.
  • Provide non- pharmacologic interventions pain management. 
  • Promote optimal hydration and elimination in the intrapartum patient.
  • Provide psychosocial interventions to assist intrapartum patient at risk.
  • Provide evidence-based nursing care to promote fetal wellbeing.
  • Provide patient/family education to optimize self-care in the intrapartum patient.


  • Identify variances from normal physiologic adjustment / involution in the puerperium.      
  • Plan evidence-based interventions for identified variances. 
  • Provide pharmacologic interventions based on lab results.
  • Promote optimal nutrition and elimination in the postpartum mother.
  • Provide psychosocial interventions to promote role transition and family/infant attachment.
  • Provide evidence-based nursing care to promote successful breastfeeding.
  • Provide patient / family education to optimize self-care and infant care.

 Newborn Nursery:

  • Prepare the clinical setting for receiving a newly born infant.
  • Recognize immediate life-threatening events in the newly born infant.
  •  Provide appropriate nursing interventions in immediate life-threatening events in the newly born infant
  • Provide evidence-based nursing care for the newly born infant.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of normal and variations from normal in growth, development, and behavior of the neonate.
  • Provide evidence-based nursing care that supports normal growth, development, and behavior.
  • Provide evidence-based interventions in deviations from normal growth, development, and behavior.
  • Assess and meet education needs of the family with a newborn.
  • Facilitate holistic integration of the neonate and family.

 Women’s Health:

  • Identify variances in women’s health.
  • Plan evidence-based interventions for identified variances.
  • Provide non- pharmacologic interventions for variances identified. 
  • Promote optimal hydration and elimination in the surgical patient.
  • Provide psychosocial interventions to assist the patient at risk.
  • Provide evidence-based nursing care to promote women’s health.
  • Provide patient/family education to optimize self-care in women’s health.

 Clinical Assignments

 1.  Pre-clinical assignments

  • Due to rapid fluctuations in patient census, the student WILL NOT receive patient assignment prior to the clinical day.
  • All pre-clinical assignments for SIMs MUST be downloaded and completed BEFORE the SIMs experience. These will be posted on WebCT.

2.  Clinical area forms must be addressed and/or signed each clinical and kept in a folder to be turned in once all clinical have been completed. These forms will be found in WebCt under “clinical forms”. All forms must be turned in to clinical instructor as soon as all clinical experiences have been completed.

  •  Clinical Worksheets
  • Preceptor signature page (1)
  • Preceptor Agreements (if you have any)

A form will be provided so that at the completion of each clinical, you will give to the preceptor. This will assist them in tracking clinically precepted time for their clinical ladder. This form will also be posted under “clinical forms”.

 3. Clinical hours will total 90 hours and include the following:


  • 12 clinical hours required (1-12 hour precepted shift) in Labor and Delivery
  • 12 clinical hours required (1-12 hour precepted shift) in Triage/Antepartum

              Post Partum

  • 24 clinical hours required (2-12 hour precepted shift)


  • 24 clinical hours required (2-12 hour precepted shift)

   4.  Additional Clinical Assignments :                     

  •  SIMS Pre-clinical -- 8 hours (Due prior to attending SIMS)
  • Simulations Lab –  8 hours (2 two-hour labs and one 4 hour lab
  • Post Conference Discussion Board Postings (3) on WebCT- 2 hours
  • Pre-Clinical Assignments: Evolve Case Studies; You-tube clips

             Post clinical conference will consist of posting a 100-200 word summary of your clinical experience for each of the units. There will be a designated area for each discussion on WebCt Discussion Board.  Discussions must be posted after completion of your clinical on each unit. There will be a total of 4 postings (Post Partum-1, Nursery-1, Labor and Delivery-1, and Triage/Antepartum-1). For Post Partum and Nursery, post discussions after you have completed both clinicals on each unit.  For example, after your second Postpartum and Nursery clinicals, post your discussion of the two experiences. Explain how they were alike or different or what you learned.  Please be positive and constructive in your summary. Do not mention patient or preceptor Always use appropriate and non-offensive language in describing your experience. Failure to post your discussion will result in a clinical failure. Clinical failures will prevent you from passing the course.

 5.   Absence from Clinical

            Students are expected to attend all clinical experiences. If a student must be late for clinical, he/she must notify the clinical unit immediately.  If a clinical must be missed, the student is responsible for notifying their instructor via WebCT email. Or phone.  Using email is for your protection. It is verification of your notification; however,   notification must be prior to the scheduled time of the clinical experience. Any absence from clinical will necessitate rescheduling the clinical day.  The faculty member or preceptor has the right to request the student to leave if that a student is not prepared for clinical. If a student is sent home for cause, this will constitute a clinical failure, which will result in failure of the course. Once you have scheduled a clinical, you are expected to follow the schedule. Numerous schedule changes will not be allowed. Certainly, if you are ill or an emergency has occurred you will be given consideration.

Clinical Dress Code:

            The student is expected to follow the Uniform Guidelines in the BSN Student Handbook as well as the clinical facility guidelines. Please bring a stethoscope and your B/Peds/Women’s Health Notes to each clinical.

 6.  Professional Behavior:

 Remember that you are representing Midwestern State University when you are either in class, SIMs or on a clinical unit. Please show the staff respect by allowing them to sit for report and while charting on their patients. Do not congregate in the conference room or around the front desk. Do not take cell phones on the unit. If you must make an emergency call, notify your preceptor and step off the unit. Do not use the computer    while on the unit unless instructed to download information.

 You will be given a parking badge which will allow you to park in the employee lot east of the main building. You will also receive a proximity badge which will allow you to access most staff areas of Bridwell Tower. Both parking and proximity badges will be checked out to each student at the beginning of the semester and must be returned by the end of the semester. Failure to return either of the badges will result in a clinical failure which will prevent you from passing the course. Loss of either badge MUST be reported immediately to security at United Regional Health Care System. You will also be required to pay for the lost badge(s).

You will be allowed to chart on the computer on Postpartum and Antepartum, but will not chart in triage, Labor and Delivery, or Nursery. You may only access information related to your assigned patient.

 7.  Clinical Evaluations:

       Level of performance in the clinical component of this course is evaluated using the preceptor evaluation of clinical tool. They will be returned to the instructor after the completion of each clinical. Students will evaluate the course and clinical experience at the end of the semester.  These evaluations will be anonymous and will used to improve content presentation and application.


8,  Clinical Failure Policy:

      The faculty recognizes that the issues of patient safety and professional standards cannot be compromised:  therefore any student who does not meet these standards will be immediately counseled.  (Please review Student Handbook for Policy for Professional Behavior.)


9.  Immunizations and Insurance:

       All students must present documentation that they are in compliance with state and program mandated immunization requirements.  Failure to do so will prevent the student from attending clinical laboratory experience until they are in compliance.

All students must show documentation of current liability insurance prior to attending clinical laboratory experience. Please speak with the Clinical Coordinator with any questions you may have in this regard.

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 It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities.  After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.





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