Spring 2022

NURS 3208-001 Care of Childbearing Families: Clinical Application

All students are responsible for checking their UTHSCSA Livemail account regularly (i.e., daily or several times every week) to obtain Official University Communication regarding their courses, program and student status.

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

Please check the schedule for recent updates on class dates & room assignments & possible virtual class. Additionally, please refer to the schedule and combined 3207/3208 course calendar posted on Canvas.

Welcome to NURS 3208, Care of Childbearing Families: Clinical Application. The first day of clinical activities will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 for clinical and course orientation. Attendance for this orientation will be on campus and is considered MANDATORY. Please look for announcements the first week back.  Please complete the designated math homework, which is posted on Canvas and then bring a hardcopy to class. This is your "ticket" into orientation. Please note that you must complete the syllabus assessment to open the NURS 3208 Clinical Course.
After the initial orientation, students will be assigned to a morning or afternoon skills lab. The assignments for this lab will be made after the final determination of clinical group placements. Students are required to attend skills lab every Thursday for the first 3 weeks of the semester. We will meet face to face in the CSI Lab. Additionally, students will be assigned to varied clinical activities, such as simulation, community teaching projects, and clinics which may also occur on a Thursday throughout the semester. Hospital Clinical rotations will begin on the assigned designated day after completion of all required skills labs. Hospital rotation schedule will vary by group and designated rotation. Please note the clinical agencies require that you have a current CPR card and all required immunizations. This includes the Flu vaccine and TB testing. This is a mandatory requirement and you will not be allowed to attend clinical if not in compliance. Additionally, a minimum of a  level 1 mask will be required for clinical activities.  If you have fever or feel sick, DO NOT ATTEND CLINICAL. For full calendar, course information and specific course details, please refer to the information posted in Canvas. Again, welcome to NURS 3208. I look forward to a wonderful semester.

Dr. Sisk


Sisk, Laura, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor/Clinical
Course Coordinator
Office: 2.514
Office Phone: 210-567-5914
Email: Siskl@uthscsa.edu
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. 
  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)


This course is a Pass/Fail course based on student achievement of clinical objectives. 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 the Childbearing Family (mother and baby) and must achieve the designated benchmark of 90% as outlined on the grading rubric

To demonstrate readiness and safety for clinical practice, students are required to complete a medication calculation assessment. Students are required to score a benchmark of 100% on the medication assessment. Students scoring less than 100% are allowed to remediate with their clinical faculty and will be given a second attempt. Failure to achieve a 100% on the second attempt may result in the unsuccessful completion of the course and the inability to attend clinical and give medications in clinical.

Each student is expected to successfully demonstrate required competencies, as specified in the course packet, and as posted on Canvas. If a student is unable to demonstrate the required clinical skills and competencies during the assessment/testing session, he/she will be allowed to remediate and retest. The student is responsible for scheduling an appointment to attend remediation sessions. Clinical time will not be used for remediation and retesting, and hours spent during remediation will not count toward clinical hours of the course. If a student is unable to satisfactory demonstrate the required competencies/skills after remediation, he/she will NOT be allowed to participate in the clinical practicum

Clinical Faculty may assign other activities to ensure that the student has met all course objectives. Weekly clinical assignments are due 72 hours post clinical day. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS ARE ACCEPTED, and a score of zero will be awarded for any late assignment. The student will still be required to complete the designated assignment in order to meet the course objectives. Please note, the Comprehensive plan of care assignment deadline is posted on Canvas and this is considered a hard deadline, and no late work will be accepted.

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.



  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.


Please note, the course textbooks listed are used in both NURS 3207/3208. You 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: 978-0-13-416722-0

Clinical Passport is required and expected to be brought to each clinical activity.

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


N/A, Please refer to required course textbooks.


The NURS 3208 Clinical Course, focuses on the clinical application of the theoretical material presented in NURS 3207, Care of the Childbearing Families: Theoretical Foundations. Please refer to Canvas for specific course content and outline for NURS 3208, Care of the Childbearing Families: Clinical Applications. The combined 3207/3208 course calendar, which is posted on Canvas, will outline the theory and the clinical aspects of the course.

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

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

Please routinely check email and the schedule for recent updates on class dates and room assignments. Additionally, please refer to the schedule and combined 3207/3208 course calendar posted on Canvas. The first day of clinical activities will be for clinical/course orientation. Attendance is mandatory. Check UTHSCSA email often for updates. 

Clinical Orientation will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Time of orientation will be from 9 am to 1 pm. Room TBD.  Please look for a posted announcement for specific details for clinical orientation.

For full calendar, course information and specific course details, please refer to the information posted in Canvas

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