Fall 2011

NURS 3208-001 Care of Childbearing Families: Clinical Application

Clinical skills lab on 9/08/11 will focus on adminstration of injections.  See blackboard for objectives and required readings.


Patti Davidson, MSN, RNC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Office: 2.354
Phone: 567-5865
E-mail: davidsonp@uthscsa.edu
Office Hours: Vary and are posted weekly.


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)


Completion of NURS 3207: Care of Childbearing Families: Theoretical Foundations or Concurrent


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, including satisfactory submission of all written assignments.



Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


Students are required to attend all clinical experiences. Students are to be prompt, prepared, and appropriately attired. A student who is unable to attend a clinical experience must contact the clinical faculty personally prior to the beginning of the clinical experience. Leaving a message or e-mail for the faculty is not acceptable. Faculty will share specifics regarding appropriate means of communicating during orientation.

If greater than 15%  of clinical time is missed in courses with 90 clinical hours or more, may result in a failing grade for the clinical course. Missing greater than 10% of clinical time in courses with less than 90 hours may result in  a failing grade for that clinical course.

Make up assignments may be given for excused absences, but that assignment does not substitute for missed clinical time. The student who misses clinical time as specified above will have to repeat the course in which clinical time was missed. Students may be required to attend clinical hours any day, evening, or night of the week.

Travel to surrounding communities may be necessary.

Students are expected to demonstrate achievement of clinical objectives by the end of a clinical course. If, in the instructor‘s professional judgment, a student is consistently unable to provide safe nursing care to patients and cannot remedy the deficit in the given clinical time, the student will receive a grade of ―F for the course. Faculty, or staff in the clinical agency, has
the right to remove a student from the clinical area at any time for any cause.

Students are required to maintain a clinical passport and have this on their person at all times while in the clinical setting.

Students are required to maintain American Heart Association Health Care Provider Basic Life Support certification.


  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.


Effective Fall 2010, the APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs.

Assessment Technologies Institute®, LLC (ATI) RN CONTENT MASTERY SERIES®

UTHSCSA School of Nursing utilizes the ATI RN Content Mastery Series® & the RN Comprehensive Predictor® practice and proctored exams to assist students in preparing for the NCLEX-RN® exam.  Through practice and proctored examinations, students are able to assess their own knowledge and receive feedback and direction for content review throughout the program of study.

The proctored exams are administered in specific courses in both undergraduate tracks.

The proctored exam is required to complete the course.

In order for a student to take the course related proctored exam, students must provide documentation of achieving ≥ 80% on both ATI content series practice exams. The content practice exams can be taken as many times as necessary to achieve a ≥ 80%.

Students will receive additional points added to the corresponding course grade for a Level 3 or Level 2 performance on the proctored exam (after achieving ≥ 70% on graded course requirements). For a Level 3 performance on the exam, 3 points will be added. For a Level 2 performance on the exam, 1 point will be added.


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.


Any student seeking ADA Accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act should contact the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A Request for Accommodations (Form 100) must be completed. These forms are available in the Office for Students Room: NS 1.106. 


Murray,S., & McKinney, E. (2010) Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing (5th ed).  Maryland Heights, MO: Saunders/Elsevier.
ISBN: 978-1-4377-0259-0


Semester one textbooks may be utilized.


This course focuses on the clinical application of the theoretical material presented in NURS 3207:Care of Childbearing Families:  Theoretical Foundations. 

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

Please check the schedule for recent updates on the clinical dates & rooms.

The first day of scheduled clinical activities will be 09/08/11 in the clinical skills lab.  Students will be assigned a lab time following determination of clinical group assignments.

For further calendar and details, please refer to the information posted in Blackboard.

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