Summer 2020

NURS 6616-01 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care (PNP-PC) Diagnosis & Management II: Clinical Application

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Kathryn Parke, DNP, APRN, CPNP

Assistant Professor- Clinical


Office  2.344

Cell phone number: 210-275-5993

Office Hours: See Office Hours in Starfish




This course focuses on refining the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner role in primary healthcare practice in diverse populations. Emphasis is placed on care of persons with complex health problems from birth through adolescence. In addition, the nurse practitioner’s role as a collaborative member of the interprofessional team will be evaluated.


Credit hour allocation: 6 semester credit hours
Clock hour allocation:
 300 clock hours clinical practicum; 15 clock hours seminar



Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN) students will:

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing and related sciences, including genetics and genomics, into the delivery of advanced nursing care to populations in diverse settings.
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to assure ethical and critical decision-making at all systems’ levels for quality and patient safety.
  3. Incorporate performance improvement strategies for quality, safety, and patient-centered care delivery.
  4. Use improvement science to achieve optimal patient care and care environment outcomes.
  5. Integrate meaningful and usable information systems and healthcare technologies to support safe, quality patient care and healthcare systems effectiveness.
  6. Advocate for policy changes that influence healthcare at appropriate levels.
  7. Lead interprofessional teams using collaborative strategies to effect quality patient care and population health outcomes.
  8. Analyze and incorporate broad ecological and social health determinants to design and deliver evidence-based clinical prevention and population healthcare and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations.
  9. Integrate the advanced competencies expected of a master’s prepared nurse to design, deliver, and evaluate outcomes of systems of care for individuals, families, and diverse populations.


  1. Demonstrate progressive self-directed learning of clinical experience and concepts by applying knowledge of acute and chronic illness to diagnose and manage patients from birth to adolescents and families over time (Essentials I, IV, IX).
  2. Integrate research, theory, and practice knowledge to implement clinical guidelines in decision making to improve quality of clinical practice (Essentials I, III, IV).
  3. Integrate history and physical exam data with the knowledge of pathophysiology of acute and chronic diseases across the life span to develop appropriate differential diagnoses and initiate appropriate patient-centered interventions (Essentials I, IX).
  4. Demonstrate leadership that uses critical and reflective thinking while incorporating the best available evidence to continuously improve quality of clinical practice for patients from birth to adolescents and families (Essential II, III, IV, VII, IX).
  5. Evaluate the relationships among access, cost, quality, and safety and their influence on health care (Essentials I, III).
  6. Provide leadership to foster collaboration with multiple stakeholders (e. g. patients community, integrated health care teams, and policy makers) to improve healthcare (Essential VI).
  7. Use self-reflection to evaluate progress in professional development in the role of the nurse practitioner (Essential II, VII, VIII, IX).
  8. Integrate appropriate technology and apply investigative skills for knowledge management to improve health outcomes (Essential V).


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


1. Faculty Evaluations (2)




Faculty will complete an Evaluation of the Student prior to Midterm and prior to Final.  Pass/Fail grade based upon the Preceptor feedback and the Faculty Site Visits.

4. Written Assignments


*Must earn 70% or better for all written assignments combined/averaged.


*SOAP Notes (3)







*Seminar Reflective Discussions  (2)







*Patient Management Presentation (1)













Final Grade


Must pass all the criteria listed above to pass the course.


Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


The APA Publication Manual 7th 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 ( and the following points of conduct.

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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: 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:


Text books from previous semesters may be used as references during your clinical practicum.

Pediatric and Neonatal Dosage Handbook, Takemoto, C., 26th edition, ( ISBN 978-1-59195-380-7) 

Apps (not required but recommended):

5-Minute Pediatric Consult, Unbound Medicine

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