Spring 2018

NURS 3208-001 Care of Childbearing Families: Clinical Application

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Welcome to NURS 3208, Care of Childbearing Families: Clinical Application

We will begin the semester by attending Clinical Skills Lab every Thursday beginning on January 11, 2018. The focus of the first lab will be on Clinical/Hospital Orientation. The orientation session is considered a clinical activity, therefore it is MANADATORY. Please note the clinical agencies require you to have a current CPR card, and all required immunizations that are up to date. This includes your Flu Vaccine and TB testing. This is a mandatory requirement in order to participate in the hospital clinical experience. Additionally, please print and bring the designated hospital paperwork with you to this orientation session. It is your "ticket" into lab. You will find these documents posted on Canvas under the Course Dashboard in the Clinical Agency Requirement Course. Please refer to the 3207/3208 combined course calendar posted on CANVAS for further information.

Please note that Clinical Skills Lab will be held every THURSDAY for the first four weeks of the semester. Hospital Clinical will begin on your designated day upon completion of all required skills labs.

Again, welcome to NURS 3208 I look forward to a wonderful semester!

Dr. Sisk


Sisk, Laura, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor/Clinical

Office: 2.382

Phone: 210-567-5914

Email: Siskl@uthscsa.edu

Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity

School of Nursing

Office Hours: Posted in Starfish and by appointment


This course provides opportunity for clinical application of holistic care of women and their families during the childbearing years with emphasis on health promotion and risk reduction. 


2 semester hours (2 hours clinical)


Corequisites: NURS 3207-Care of Childbearing Families: Theoretical Foundations.


At the completion of the baccalaureate program the student will demonstrate the following:

  1. Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes from the liberal arts and sciences in professional nursing education and practice.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and patient safety in promoting safe, high-quality care for diverse patients across healthcare systems and environments.
  3. Analyze and apply evidence from research and other information sources as a basis for nursing practice.
  4. Incorporate knowledge and skills in using information systems and a range of patient-care technologies to facilitate delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Advocate for financial and regulatory healthcare policies, processes, and environments that improve the nature and functioning of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice.
  6. Collaborate and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals to promote positive working relationships, improve patient health outcomes, and deliver quality, safe patient care.
  7. Promote individual and population health by assessing factors that influence individual and population health and apply principles and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease-prevention strategies. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  8. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  9. Integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of baccalaureate prepared nurses by providing professional nursing care to diverse patients and populations across the lifespan, healthcare settings, and healthcare environments.


1.  Apply physiological, psychosocial, and cultural concepts which promote healthy outcomes for childbearing families while providing direct care.  (Essential I)
2.  Apply strategies to ensure practice improvements and to promote achievement of safe and quality outcomes for childbearing families.  (Essential II)
3.  Select and integrate appropriate research findings when providing care for childbearing families.  (Essential III)
4.  Utilize technological approaches that enhance the delivery of healthcare of childbearing families.  (Essential IV)
5.  Analyze the implications of healthcare policy on issues of access, affordability, and social justice that impact the health of childbearing families.  (Essential V)
6.  Employ interprofessional communication and collaborative skills to advocate for safe, high quality care of childbearing families.  (Essential VI)
7.  Apply culturally appropriate health promotion and restoration strategies to achieve optimal outcomes for childbearing families from preconception through the postpartum and neonatal period.  (Essential VII)
8.  Practice nursing according to legal, ethical, and professional standards.  (Essential VIII)
9.  Apply strategies for health promotion and disease management specific to the needs of the childbearing family.   (Essential IX)


Satisfactory completion of all course (clinical) objectives is required, including satisfactory submission of all written assignments

Each student is expected to complete a comprehensive plan of care on a Newborn and a Post-Partum patient

Additionally, each student is expected to successfully demonstrate the required competencies as specified in course packet and posted on CANVAS. If a student is unable to satisfactorily demonstrate the required clinical skills and competencies during the assessment/testing session, he/she will be allowed to re-mediate and re-test. The student is responsible for scheduling an appointment to attend remediation sessions. Clinical time will not be used for remediation and re-testing, and hours spent during remediation will not count toward clinical hours of the course. If a student is unable to satisfactorily demonstrate the required clinical competencies/skills after remediation he/she will not be allowed to participate in the clinical practicum

Faculty may assign other activities to ensure that a student has met all course objectives. Clinical written assignments will be due 72 hours post clinical day



  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.



Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


Please note NURS 3207/3208 will be using the course textbooks noted below:

Required Textbook: Amis & Green, (2014) Prepared Childbirth: The Family Way. Way Publications, www.thefamilyway.com

ISBN: 978-0-9890337-1-8

Required Textbook: London, Ladewig, Davidson, Ball, Binder, & Cowen (2017) Maternal & Child Nursing Care (5th Edition) Pearson

ISBN: 9780134167220, 0134167228

Please note that the course textbooks listed above are used in NURS. 3207, Care of Childbearing Families: Theory Application, as well as NURS. 3208, Care of Childbearing Families: Clinical Application

Students may use course textbooks from previous semesters as a resource. ATI Nursing Education resources may also be utilized and are encouraged


The NURS. 3208 Clinical Course, focuses on the Clinical Application of theoretical material presented in NURS. 3207: Care of Childbearing Families: Theoretical Foundations. Please refer to CANVAS for specific course content outline for NURS. 3208: Care of Childbearing Families: Clinical Application

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

Please check the schedule and the 3207/3208 combined course calendar posted on CANVAS for recent updates on class dates and room assignments.

The first day of clinical activities will be held on Thursday,  January 11, 2018 for Clinical/Hospital Orientation. Attendance is mandatory.

Students will be assigned to a morning or afternoon skills lab following the final determination of clinical group assignments. Students are required to attend skills lab every Thursday for the first four weeks of the semester.

Hospital Clinical Rotation will begin on the designated day beginning the week of February 5th, 2018.

For full calendar information and specific details of the course, please refer to the information posted in CANVAS.

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