DIVISION:    Arts & Sciences                                                                                  Date:  January 2014                           




COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE:           NUR 246  Parent/Child Nursing                   


Credit Hours:  3       Hours/Wk Lecture:  2      Hours/Wk Lab:  3           Lec/Lab Comb:


I.          CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  Develops nursing skills in caring for both well and ill children in a variety of settings.  Emphasizes theories of growth and development and the family as a unit.


II.        RELATIONSHIP OF THE COURSE TO CURRICULA OBJECTIVES IN WHICH IT IS TAUGHT:  NUR 246 is designed to help the student use the nursing process in the care of children and families in meeting biopsychosocial needs. The student will provide nursing care to assist the children and child-rearing families to identify and meet their health needs in acute care and community settings.


III.       REQUIRED BACKGROUND:  Each student must have successfully completed the third semester of the Registered Nursing curriculum.  The expectation is progressive academic and clinical growth.  



1.       Communicating with Children and Families

2.       Physical Assessment of Children

3.       Principals and Procedures for Nursing Care of Children

4.       The Child with Chronic Illness

5.       The Child with a Respiratory Alteration

6.       The Child with a Gastrointestinal Alteration

7.       The Child with Hematological/Oncology Alteration

8.       The Child with Cancer

9.       The Child with Genitourinary Alteration

10.    Musculoskeletal Disorders in Children

11.    Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders in Children

12.    Care of the Child with Neurological Disorders

13.    Care of the Child with Cardiovascular Alterations



The Student will be able to:


            1.         Use the nursing process to meet the selected health needs of children in a variety of health care settings.


            2.         Demonstrate specific nursing skills to meet the health needs of children and families.


            3.         Apply appropriate communication techniques with children based on the stages of growth and development.


            4.         Report relevant data in a comprehensive and concise manner verbally, in writing and through information technology.


            5.         Implement individualized health teaching in collaboration with other members of the health care team to meet the needs of children and families.


            6.         Practice nursing in a legal and ethical manner.


            7.         Organize nursing care for individuals, families in a variety of health care settings.


            8.         Discuss the roles and responsibilities of nurses with varying educational preparations in a variety of health care settings.


9.            Assume accountability and responsibility for own actions as a member of the health care team.




Students will be assessed by some combination of quizzes, tests, papers, exams, case studies, NCLEX computerized programs or special projects as determined by faculty.  All students must successfully complete the clinical portion of the course in order to progress.


All students must also complete pathophysiology reports and care plans.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


VII.     This course supports the following objectives:

              DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning