NSG315A Pediatric Nursing Clinical

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.

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.


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