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Maternal - Child Nursing

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This course focuses on the use of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring in the care of the maternal-child dyad and family. Students are required to successfully complete 60 clinical hours to pass the course. Clinical hours include immersive simulation learning.



This undergraduate-level course is 7 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 4
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 7 weeks

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    Complications in the Newborn

    • Describe the assessment and care of an infant of a diabetic mother.
    • Describe the effects of substance abuse on the newborn.
    • Identify causes of selected neonatal infections.
    • Assess the newborn for signs of hemolytic disorders and congenital anomalies.
    • Design a nursing plan of care for the high risk newborn.
    • Determine appropriate support for mothers and families experiencing grief due to perinatal loss.
    • Assess the newborn for evidence of birth trauma.

    Introduction to Maternity Care

    • Develop a nutritional plan for the pregnant adolescent.
    • Describe the four primary goals of Healthy People 2020 as related to pregnant families.
    • Discuss the care of the victim of violence during pregnancy.
    • Examine the process of conception and fetal development.

    Obstetric Critical Care

    • Review physiological changes in pregnancy.
    • Explain common causes of maternal death and appropriate support measures for the family.
    • Describe common trauma that occurs during pregnancy.

    Care of the Patient and Family During Labor and Delivery

    • Use appropriate nursing interventions to support the laboring patient and her family during selected procedures.
    • Assess fetal well-being in labor by examining fetal heart rate baseline, variability, and periodic changes.
    • Identify signs and symptoms of intrapartum complications and employ appropriate nursing interventions to manage them.
    • Describe the labor and birth process, including phases and stages of labor.
    • Select appropriate nursing interventions for the patient in labor.
    • Differentiate the major types of pain management, including areas affected, methods, advantages, disadvantages, and nursing implications.

    Complications in the Postpartum Period

    • Describe the physical, psychological, and developmental tasks that the new mother must accomplish during the postpartum period.
    • Compare nursing interventions for an uncomplicated versus complicated postpartum period.

    Care of the Patient and Family During the Immediate Postpartum Period

    • Delineate nursing responsibilities for patient and family teaching during the postpartum period.
    • Describe physiological adaptations in the newborn.
    • Assess the family’s transition to parenthood.
    • Demonstrate nursing care of the newborn and family.
    • Compare and contrast breastfeeding and formula feeding methods, including benefits and disadvantages of each method.

    Complications of Pregnancy

    • Assess the antepartum patient for the presence and severity of risk factors.
    • Develop a plan of care for the antepartum patient with a hypertensive disorder.
    • Differentiate among the different antepartum hemorrhagic disorders.
    • Describe the major endocrine and metabolic disorders in the antepartum patient.
    • Analyze the effects of selected medical surgical disorders on the antepartum patient.

    Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse in Pregnancy

    • Describe postpartum depression with and without psychosis and appropriate patient and family teaching and interventions.
    • Design a plan of care for the woman with substance abuse in pregnancy.
    • Describe common mental health disorders seen in pregnant women.

    Complications in Labor and Delivery

    • Examine the causes of premature rupture of membranes and the increased risk of chorioamnionitis.
    • Explain the consequences of preterm labor and birth for the mother, fetus, and newborn.
    • Explain causes of dysfunctional labor and treatment.
    • Examine the effects on the fetus and newborn in a postterm pregnancy and birth.
    • Describe selected obstetric procedures used in labor and delivery.
    • Identify and discuss selected obstetrical emergencies.

    Care of the Family During Uncomplicated Pregnancy

    • Demonstrate the components of a nursing assessment for the pregnant patient and family.
    • Describe the physiological and psychological changes that occur during pregnancy.
    • Design a plan of care for the expectant family.
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