4 Credits, 10 Contacts

This course builds upon the beginning concepts of NUR 130 Maternity Nursing and NUR 131 Pediatric Nursing. The content will focus on an in-depth assessment of the family’s health needs. The course will assist the student to identify complex emotional needs of the family and its individual members, complications of the maternity cycle, seriousness of health problems affecting children or combinations of these processes. Clinical experiences will attempt to utilize high-risk clients as a means of facilitating student understanding of complex nursing needs and appropriate nursing intervention. Comprehensive nursing care of the client in maternal-child nursing requires a thorough understanding of human development, pathological and congenital conditions, psycho-social influences, and principles of nursing diagnosis and care, with application of knowledge gained in basic science and nursing courses.

Prerequisite: Completion of first semester Level II courses