Pediatric Nursing

Course Details

Course Number: NURS 4052  Spring 2012

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 108

Days & Times:

Tuesday/Thursday                      3-4:20 p.m.

Course Attachments

Syllabus  2012 N4053 S syllabusB.pdf


Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing. (8th Ed.)   ISBN: 9780323053532

Pediatric Facts Made Incredibly Quick (1st Ed.)  ISBN: 9781608311002

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


Clinical Objectives:

  1. Holistically assess the pediatric patient and their support system(s)
  2. Analyze assessment data in formulating and prioritizing holistic nursing care needs of pediatric patients and their support system(s)
  3. Discuss evidence-based rationale for selection / modification of nursing interventions in the care of pediatric patients and their support system(s)
  4. Safely administer and monitor pediatric medications, intravenous fluids and nutrition
  5. Competently perform common pediatric nursing care procedures
  6. Recognize and respond appropriately to ethical dilemmas in pediatric nursing care
  7. Accurately evaluate the effectiveness of pediatric nursing care
  8. Integrate knowledge of child and family development in providing pediatric nursing care.
  9. Demonstrate professional interaction / communication with children, family members, and health care team.

Grading Standards

Grades Scale:

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 PolicyNote: 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.

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

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

Other Policies

Additional Course Requirements:


  1. Students must maintain satisfactory health as determined by the total faculty consensus.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Faculty reserves the right to make changes at anytime to this syllabus.
  6. 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 the discussion board 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:

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. Use of cell phones in the classroom will result in no credit (0%) for the quiz grade that day. In addition, disruptions occurring from students entering or leaving the classroom during class time will not be tolerated. If you arrive after class begins you must sit in the last row of seats.


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:

NURS 4053 adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity. A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct. A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online Blackboard course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when accomplishing objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.

However, all components of NURS 4053 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are not to be shared, copied, or plagiarized from other sources. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule. 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.

Academic dishonesty includes cheating, collusion, plagiarism or the acquisition of tests and other academic materials such as test banks without the permission of the faculty. Cheating, collusion, or plagiarism is defined as: (1) cheating - intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, equipment, or study aids in any academic exercise; (2) collusion - the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit; (3) plagiarism - intentionally representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.

Academic dishonesty (cheating, collusion, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification. Any student found to be academically dishonest as defined above and under each assignment will automatically receive a grade of “F” for both the classroom and clinical components of the course.


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.


Course Content


Dosage Calculation Quizzes: Students must achieve an 85% average on four medication tests (in addition to other clinical requirements) in order to pass the clinical component of this course. Class time will not be provided for the exams. Dosage calculation quizzes are to reflect the student’s individual effort, therefore collaboration, talking during the quiz, or having any physical or digital materials or equipment other than a four function calculator during the quiz will be considered academic dishonesty.


Calculation Review: Students will sign up for a mandatory two-hour calculation review which will count as clinical hours.


Exams: Four multiple choice question exams will be administered during the semester. Exams are to reflect the student’s individual effort, therefore collaboration, talking during the quiz, or having any physical or digital materials or equipment other than a four function calculator during the exam will be considered academic dishonesty.


Clinical Simulation:

1. Students will complete clinical simulations at the Regional Simulation.

2. Students will sign up for three separate visits to the simulation center.

3. Students will complete assigned readings for each.

4. Students are expected to bring equipment needed to provide patient care and to have the resources they would normally use during a clinical experience.

5. Students who are late to the simulation lab will be considered absent. Absences may be rescheduled depending on space availability. If it is not possible to reschedule a simulation experience, the student must make arrangements with clinical faculty to obtain clinical hours.


Failure Policy


Students must meet all course requirements, or a grade of "F" will be assigned.

Students are expected to pass NURS 4042 and classroom components of the course. 

Failure in either clinical performance or theory components will result in failure “F” of the course and the clinical.




Clinical Failure:

Clinical failures are awarded students who fail to meet the objectives of the clinical experience, students who fail to uphold the ANA Practice Standards and the ANA Code of ethics, students who fail to maintain patient safety, and students who fail to complete all of their clinical hours.


Infractions constituting clinical failure:


Failure of the clinical component of the course occurs when the student receives an unsatisfactory rating in any area of the evaluation tool or does not complete 90 hours of clinical. Absences will be rescheduled at the discretion of the clinical course coordinator.


Certain behaviors result in an unsatisfactory rating in the professional behavior section of the evaluation rubric.


Three incidents of infractions to the standard of professional behavior to include but not limited to:

  • Arriving to a clinical experience without completing the pre-clinical assignment even if allowed to stay in the clinical
  • Not conforming to the dress code even if allowed to stay in the clinical Not bringing appropriate supplies to the clinical experience even if allowed to stay in the clinical
  • Unprofessional/inappropriate language or gestures
  • Unprofessional/inappropriate behavior such as disrespectful behavior, chewing gum, using tobacco products in non-smoking areas, disruptive behavior, or failure to comply with a written or verbal instruction including reminders to update immunizations and other clinical requirements
  • Arriving late to any clinical site even if allowed to stay in the clinical
  • Non-compliance with the policy to notify the instructor and the agency of a clinical absence prior to the absence or as soon as possible if immediate notification is not possible
  • Non-compliance with the policy to receive written prior approval before attending the clinical and/or the policy to notify the clinical instructor of absences prior to attending the clinical or as soon as the student realizes he/she must leave the clinical experience.
  • Leaving the premises without permission from the clinical instructor
  • Failure to complete assignments by the due dates
  • Failure to return from meals or breaks at the assigned time
  • Use of a cell phone for calling, texting, e-mailing or receiving calls, texts or e-mails in the clinical area unless given permission by the clinical instructor


Two incidents of infractions to the standard of professional behavior to include but not limited to:

  • Disregarding patient confidentiality without malice or intent to disclose
  • Patient negligence that does not result in patient injury
  • An error in care that does not harm a patient
  • Committing two infractions from the list above as well as one in this list


Infractions to the standard of professional behavior that results in immediate failure of the clinical component of the course to include by not limited to:

  • Administering medications without the direct supervision of a faculty member or preceptor
  • Failing to check two patient identifiers prior to administering medications.
  • The smell of alcohol on the breath
  • Testing positive for illicit drugs or alcohol
  • An error in care or patient negligence that harms a patient
  • Falsification, omissions, and/or lying
  • Intentionally revealing confidential information
  • Placing self, staff or patient at risk of harm due to abandonment of duties and/or sleeping during clinical experiences
  • Cheating, collusion, plagiarism, or stealing.
  • Cheating/collusion/plagiarism – cheating means intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise; collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit; plagiarism means intentionally representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.
  • Performing in an unsafe manner.
  • Failure to report a patient care error or incident.
  • Physical or verbal abuse of patients, patient’s family members, faculty or staff

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