This 3-credits course focuses on improving patient outcomes through an evidence-based nursing practice approach to meet the needs of the childbearing family and the ill child. The nurse's role as a care provider, advocate, health educator, and nurturer is stressed in the hospital, outpatient, and community settings. It is tailored to the needs of the learners, building on their clinical experience. The course uses the nursing process as a framework of practice. Maternal health covers holistic assessment, evidence-based intervention, and evaluation of reproductive health issues of the childbearing family from conception to the neonatal period. Basic concepts include human sexuality, family-centeredness, family planning, and cultural influences.
Child health content includes care for the well-child and the ill child. Principles of growth and development from infancy through adolescence, including nutritional needs, special needs and problems, child health assessment, and teaching healthy practices to children and their families, are addressed. The students learn to assess the acute and chronically ill child's needs and plan comprehensive individualized nursing care. Ethical considerations in care and practice are also discussed.