Fall 2020

NURS 6451-01 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Diagnosis and Management for Young Families: Concepts and Theory

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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/.

NOTE: Our campus has enabled the CANVAS MOBILE LEARN application. CANVAS tools such as discussions, quizzes or videos May or May NOT function on all mobile devices. This is because mobile devices are available with rapidly changing and different configurations. Hence, students must not depend on only a mobile device to access course materials. Students must have access to a laptop or desktop device to access course materials and complete assignments.

This course is Web Enhanced with WebCT icon
Please be sure to check the Current Computer Requirements

Greetings FNP students and welcome to Young Families Diagnosis and Management!   

We will meet for our first day of class on Monday August 24 11th at 9 am.  We will have synchronous virtual class every Monday morning during the fall semester.  Please plan to be available from 9 am until 11:50 am.  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be meeting virtually.  Further details will be send closer to the start of the semester.

The first half of the semester will cover pediatric primary care content and the second half will be covering women's health.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We look forward to working with you this fall!


Drs. Flores & McDonald  


Bertha “Penny” Flores, PhD, RN, WHNP
Assistant Professor
Email: floresb2@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: (210) 567-7101
Office Number: 2.648
Office Hours: Online by Appointment
Office of Faculty Excellence

Susan McDonald, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC
Associate Professor/Clinical
Email: mcdonaldsm@uthsccsa.edu
Office Phone: (210) 567-0159
Office Room: 2.518
Office Hours: Online by Appointment
Office of Faculty Excellence 


This course provides the theoretical basis for the competencies of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in the care of young families. This course lays the scientific foundation for independent practice in health promotion, disease prevention, and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illness for patients across the reproductive continuum and the health and illness from birth to adolescents in the primary healthcare setting. Additionally, this course emphasizes collaborative partnership development among patients, families, and interprofessional teams.


Credit Hour Allocation: 4 semester credit hours
Clock Hour Allocation:
60 clock hours class



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. Apply theoretical concepts of patient-centered care with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance, counseling, disease management, and palliative care to patients across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents during developmental transitions and life-style adjustments (Essentials I, III, VIII).
  2. Translate knowledge of acute and chronic illness to the diagnosis and management of patients across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents as health status varies (Essentials I, IX).
  3. Integrate history and physical examination data with the knowledge of pathophysiology of acute and chronic diseases to develop appropriate differential diagnoses while incorporating knowledge of age related changes in the design of appropriate patient-centered interventions (Essentials I, IV, VII, IX).
  4. Devise traditional and complementary pharmacological interventions in the treatment and management of illness for this diverse population (Essentials I, IX).
  5. Apply social, cultural, explanatory models, and spiritual components in patient-centered plans of care for patients across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents (Essentials I, VIII).
  6. Integrate evidence-based clinical guidelines into the diagnosis and management of illness in patients across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents (Essentials I, VIII and IX).
  7. Examine the contribution of the nurse practitioner to the interprofessional team in the diagnosis and management of health and wellness and in acute and chronic illness for patients across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents (Essential II, VII, VIII, IX).
  8. Demonstrate core professional values and ethical/legal standards in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role (Essentials I, III, IV, IX).
  9. Analyze patient safety, quality indicators, and outcome improvement in the delivery of quality primary care to patients (Essentials I, III).


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)








Weekly quiz to be done during class time. See course calendar for details.

Case Study Responses


Completed in Canvas. See course calendar for due dates.

OSCE (Objective Standardized Clinical Encounter)



Group Case Presentation


Group presentation of a patient case

Midterm Exam


October 5th

Final Comprehensive Exam


December 7th









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.


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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: 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.


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Schadewald, D.M., Pritham, U.A., Youngkin,E.Q., Davis, M.S., , & Juve, C.  (2020). Women’s health: A primary care clinical guide.  5th Ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson.  ISBN: 978-1-135659663


American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). Bright futures pocket guide: Guidelines for health supervision of infants, children and adolescents. 4th Ed. Elk Grove Village, IL. ISBN-13: 978-1-61002-082-4.  eBook or Paperback available at: https://shop.aap.org/bright-futures-pocket-guide-guidelines-for-health-supervision-of-infants-children-and-adolescents/

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UpToDate Clinical Reference


1.    Reproductive health across the lifespan

2.    Management of preconception, perinatal, intrapartum, and postpartum

3.    Menstrual cycle from menarche to menopause

4.    Health screening exams for patients across the reproductive continuum

5.    Reproductive tract infections

6.    Contraception:male and female

7.    Reproductive disorders

8.    Menopause

9.    Genetics and Genomics

10. Clinical prevention/health promotion/health maintenance across the reproductive continuum and from birth to adolescents

11. Variations in normal growth and development for infants, toddlers, school age, and adolescence

12.  Acute and chronic illnesses in infants, toddlers, school age, and adolescence

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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



Virtual on Canvas



Aug 24th


1.     Course Orientation

2.     Growth & Development

3.     Well Child Checks

4.     Newborn Care

5.     Genetics/Endocrinology









*Canvas Module 1



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