LPN 104 – Maternal Child Health/Pediatric Nursing

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  LPN 104 Maternal Child Health/Pediatric Nursing

Credit Hours:  8.0             Contact Hours:  4.0          Lecture:  4.0       Lab:  3.0                Clinical: 12.0

Prerequisites: Grades of “C” or better in LPN 101, LPN 102, LPN 103, BIO 121, ENG 101 & PSY 101

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses: None

Course Description: This course focuses upon the role of the Practical Nurse in caring for clients and families experiencing childbirth, newborn, and pediatric child care needs.  The primary emphasis is on basic human needs during pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum period, and the pediatric client.  Erikson’s psychosocial theory of development is applied in the assessment of clients from infancy through adolescence.  The responses of the child-bearing client, children, and their family to illness and hospitalization are discussed.  Students are expected to apply theoretical knowledge and proficient clinical skills in interactions with child-bearing, newborn, and pediatric clients.  Interpersonal communication skills, legal and ethical considerations, cultural beliefs and practices, and a family-centered approach are integrated throughout.  Clinical experiences will focus on nurse-client communication in in-patient and ambulatory settings.  The nursing process will be used to guide students in all application of the learning environment.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. apply the nursing process and critical-thinking approach, within the role of the Practical Nurse, with clients and families during pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum, and pediatric experiences;
  2. use effective communication skills with clients and families in obstetrical and pediatric clinical settings;
  3. prepare and present teaching plans for clients and families experiencing childbirth;
  4. demonstrate the ability to safely and effectively perform specific nursing skills with maternal, newborn, and pediatric clients;
  5. identify the needs of the childbearing and pediatric families in relation to Maslow’s framework and Erikson’s psychosocial theory including physiological, emotional, and sociocultural responses;
  6. incorporate legal standards and ethical guidelines into practical nursing interactions with clients and families experiencing childbearing and pediatric development;
  7. discuss trends in the care of childbearing and pediatric families;
  8. apply theoretical knowledge of obstetrical and pediatric nursing to clinical situations;


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