The Childbearing Experience
This course provides concurrent theory and clinical experience pertinent to the needs of the childbearing family. The primary focus is promotion of optimal health through the childbearing experience during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods. Prenatal care, nutrition, drug therapy, and care of the hospitalized obstetrical client and neonate will be emphasized. The roles of motherhood, fatherhood and family will be included as independent research topics. Variables related to cultural ethnic and social practices are considered. Students will utilize and improve skills in purposeful communication to interact in a therapeutic manner with clients. Students will observe and interact with community agencies serving this population. Critical thinking is utilized to meet individualized family learning needs.
This course provides theory and clinical experience pertinent to the promotion and maintenance of optimal health though the first eighteen years of life. Norms of structural, functional, and psychosocial development are emphasized. Variables in health practices and psychosocial development related to cultural, ethnic and socially diverse concepts are explored. Nutritional requirements and drug therapy are integrated throughout the course as specific needs are addressed. Alterations in health and their effect on normal growth and development are included. The nursing process is the basis for interaction with clients in this phase of the life cycle. Assessment and nursing interventions are specific to the age of the client. Integration of developmental needs with specific health needs is facilitated by critical thinking skills. In the clinical setting students provide direct care to selected clients and demonstrate skill in application of the nursing process. Students will utilize and improve skills in purposeful communication to interact in a therapeutic manner with clients and their families. Students will have opportunities to observe the function of a variety of agencies that serve this client population.
Adult Nursing I: Meeting Needs of the Young Adult
The concurrent theory and clinical component of this course prepare the student to provide care for young adult clients with moderate instructor guidance.
This course leads the learner through the considerations of age related development, along with health maintenance and health promotion by the young adult (age 19-39 years). The learner continues along this pathway to individual and group relationships of the young adults while considering issues of diversity related to cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation differences. Family development is explored as the founding unit for the young adult to venture into other relationships. The student gains knowledge of alterations in health status (identified with young adults) and promotes client health measures with the goal of optimal level of health.
Alterations in psychological integrity, psychosocial adaptation and coping adaptations are addressed (within the holistic concept of wellness) in the classroom. The learner is able apply this information in the clinical experience at the psychiatric center.
The theory component incorporates promotion of healthy nutritional practices in addition to dietary adjustments, drug therapy and client learning needs related to alterations in health.
In the clinical setting, the student applies the classroom information while utilizing the nursing process to meet the needs of selected clients. Skills performed will include evidence-based practices and best practice modules to execute skills in a safe manner while maintaining environmental safety for the client. Critical thinking is promoted in classroom studies and is evident clinically when the student identifies benefits, contraindications and alternatives related to planned interventions.
Purposeful communication techniques are stressed throughout the course as a method for improving interpersonal relationships with clients, families and members of the health care team.
Personal responsibility and accountability for all behaviors is emphasized. The student's role as a member of the health care team is developed within the scope of practice for the practical nurse.