General Course Information for NSG315A: Pediatric Nursing Clinical

Course: NSG315A - Pediatric Nursing Clinical
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

This course covers practical application of knowledge and skills required in nursing care for families with children. Using the language of nursing, students will care for the family with children as a unit, considering behavioral, life cycle, genetic, cultural and environmental factors. Concurrent enrollment in NSG 315 is required unless approved by the Department Chair. Clinical Lab is graded on a Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory basis based on successful completion of the course requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Provide nursing care to the family with children effectively.
  • Perform basic nursing skills safely and effectively.
  • Administer nursing care based on the patient/family's present bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual situation.
  • Determine the patient's priority of needs and plan care accordingly.
  • Complete nursing care for at least two pediatric patients on time using an organized and efficient approach.
  • Utilize the nursing process to administer care for pediatric patients/families with clearly defined, commonly occurring health care needs and problems.
  • Collect data on the patient's health status in a systematic and objective manner.
  • Assess the data considering the normal physiologic and psychologic parameters of the childhood health/illness experience and identify the assets and deficits of that experience.
  • State a nursing diagnosis for each actual or potential problem which has been identified from the patient's health assessment.
  • Devise a nursing care plan which provides nursing interventions to the patient as needed and reflects awareness of the priority problems in the care of the patient.
  • Implement the plan of care and state the rationale for the nursing interventions.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the care based on the stated expected outcomes or goals of care.
  • Provide basic health information to the child and family using age appropriate methods.
  • Assess the patient as to her learning needs and knowledge deficits.
  • Implement a standard teaching plan to meet the patient's learning needs.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of that experience.
  • Utilize therapeutic communication skills, guidance and support in interacting with the child and family and record observations in proper sequence and format.
  • State own feelings in response to the child/family's verbal and/or non-verbal expression of feelings.
  • Identify own values which may enhance or hinder effective communications with others.
  • Recognize own behavioral responses which may be conditioned by own culture and experiential background.
  • Provide therapeutic and supportive communication to the child and family.
  • Communicate and report pertinent observations and inferences to appropriate personnel, i.e. instructor, team leader, etc. promptly.
  • Record medications, treatments and subjective/objective observations properly in the patient's record.
  • Assume responsibility for personal and professional growth in the pediatric setting.
  • Accept responsibility for one's own actions/behaviors.
  • Report promptly to clinical laboratory and pre/post conferences.
  • Constructively use instructor's feedback by initiating appropriate actions in subsequent written work or clinical behavior.
  • Implement learning goals and objectives and seek appropriate resources to achieve them.
  • Identify specific experiences in clinical practice which are needed to accomplish learning objectives.
  • List those experiences in clinical practice where assistance is needed.
  • Contribute to the growth of self and classmates by sharing learning experiences on the clinical units during pre and post conferences.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures