Fall 2020

NURS 3373-001 Family Nursing Care: Clinical Application

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Students are expected to follow all policies related to COVID-19 found on the university webpage: https://wp.uthscsa.edu/coronavirus/.

NURS 3373: Family Nursing Care: Clinical Application is the clinical component to NURS 3372: Family Nursing Care: Theoretical Foundation.

Please check Canvas Announcements and the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Rooms. Dates and times are dependent on the clinical groups and will be posted on the Canvas Website.

Most Clinical Activities will be on Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Wednesday. For planning, reserve Monday and Wednesday for Family Clinical IF Psych-MH clinical is on Tuesday. Reserve Tuesday and Wednesday for your Family clinical IF Psych-MH clinical is on Monday. 

Occasional Saturday or evening (1 to 2 days) may be assigned. Students will know in advance if they are assigned Sat or Evening. 



Sisk, Laura, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor/Clinical
Office: 2.382
Phone: 210-567-5914

Wall, Cindy, PhD, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor/Clinical 
Office: 2.376
210-833-2633 cell


This course provides the opportunity for clinical application of nursing care for families across the lifespan with emphasis on childbearing and childrearing families and their roles, functions and dynamics with regard to health promotion and risk reduction.


3 semester hours (3 hours clinical)


Completion of Family Nursing Care: 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. 
  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 knowledge, skills and attitudes from family systems theory, developmental theories and patterns of behaviors to the care of intergenerational families. (Essential I)
  2. Demonstrate competence in implementing safety principles and standards when caring for intergenerational families. (Essential II)
  3. Apply best practice principles when caring for intergenerational families. (Essential III)
  4. Demonstrate effective use of clinical information systems and patient care technology and communication devices in safe delivery of patient care to childbearing women and their children. (Essential IV)
  5. Demonstrate awareness of state and national statutes, rules and regulations when providing care to childbearing women, children and their families. (Essential V)
  6. Use interprofessional and intraprofessional communication and collaboration skills to deliver safe, quality, evidence-based patient centered care with childbearing women, children and families. (Essential VI)
  7. Use assessment and date collection procedure tools to design nursing interventions which promote health and reduce risk or manage illness with individuals and families across the lifespan. (Essential VII)
  8. Demonstrate moral, ethical and legal conduct when providing care for childbearing women, children and families. (Essential VIII)
  9. Provide safe, quality, culturally appropriate and developmentally appropriate care to pre-pregnant, pregnant and postpartum childbearing women, children and families. (Essential IX


Refer to Course Outcomes


This course is pass/fail. Successful completion of the course is dependent upon the written assignments and clinical performance in the clinical setting. 

Students are expected to be prompt, professional, and prepared for all clinical activities to include skill, simulations, and clinical environments. Feedback from self assessment, peer, preceptors, and faculty may be used for evidence of successful clinical performance. 

A points system will  be used of written work related to the clinical rotation. Students must successfully achieve 75% of the available points for each assignment to receive a Pass for the course. Students will be given an opportunity to revise or repeat an assignment upon coordinator approval.  Failure to complete clinical assignments will result in a clinical failure.

NOTE: Anything designated as clinical on the course calendar is considered mandatory. Absence from clinical experiences is closely monitored by faculty and should occur only in rare circumstances. If a student is unable to attend a clinical experience he/she must contact their faculty prior to clinical. A "no call no show" clinical activity may result in unsuccessful completion of the course. We are attending clinical in unprecedented times and will closely monitor and follow all COVID 19 guidelines. In the event you are ill, DO NOT ATTEND CLINICAL. An alternate assignment will be provided. As members of the nursing profession, you have an ethical obligation to self-monitor for symptoms of illness. We must take seriously the impact we may have on others for spreading illness, even if we do not have symptoms or only minor symptoms. Again, if you think you may be ill, please do not attend clinical. Absences due to illness are considered excused absences, and an alternate clinical assignment will be given. Please see student excused absence policy.



Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  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 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 (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.


London, Ladewig,Davidson, Ball, Bindler, & Cowen (2017) Maternal & Child Nursing Care(5th ed.). ISBN13: 9780134167220

ATI Nursing Resources


Highly recommended for reference in semester 6 AND 7.

OB/Gyn Peds Notes, 3rd. Edition, Brenda Walters Hollaway. and Cheryl Moredich ISBN: 13: 978-0-0836-5863-9


Clinical Skills will be performed in lab, simulation, and clinical settings Students will have opportunities to assess and intervene in health promotion for families in clinics, schools, and simulation. Family health teaching will be included.

However, the COVID19 restrictions may limit ability to enter clinical settings and virtual assignments will be used.

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

Class begins on
Thursday August 27th from 1-4 pm.
Attendance will be taken. 

See Canvas for your clinical groups and first week schedule.

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