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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 216
Course Title: Women's and Infant's Health
Number of:
Credit Hours 6
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

This course is designed to provide the foundation for entry-level competence in women's and infant's health. Critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice concepts will be applied to multiple nursing scenarios.  Emphasis is placed on developing nursing care for a woman with an uncomplicated or complicated pregnancy, the normal and high risk infant and women's reproductive and post-reproductive health and health deviations.  Communication, legal-ethical concepts, patient education and pharmacological, nutritional and socio-cultural principles are integrated throughout the course.  $35 lab fee.  Prerequisites:  Admission to the nursing program, NURS 210, NURS 211, NURS 212, NURS 213, NURS 214, NURS 215.  This nursing course is offered to nursing students at the campus site they regularly attend.  The lecture portion of the course may be offered by in-classroom instruction or by interactive video classroom technology*.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to the nursing program, NURS 210, NURS 211, NURS 212, NURS 213, NURS 214, NURS 215.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall (2nd 8 weeks) and Spring (2nd 8 weeks).

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing (6th edition)
By McKinney, E. S. & Murray, S. S. (Saunders Elsevier)
Virtual Clinical Excursions - Obstetrics for Murry and McKinney (online); Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing (6th edition)
By McKinney, E. S. & Murray, S. S.
Study Guide for Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing
By McKinney, E. S. & Murray, S. S.
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Appraise the collection of comprehensive biopsychosocial data while recognizing patient individuality.
  2. Evaluate cultural sensitivity in interactions with women and infant patients.
  3. Value the nursing process in planning care for women and infant patients.
  4. Evaluate collaboration skills with members of the multidisciplinary team in caring for women and infant patients.
  5. Assemble teaching and learning strategies that are patient and family appropriate for women and infant patients.
  6. Evaluate the nursing process when planning care for women and infant patients.
  7. Demonstrate professional behaviors demonstrated by nursing as reflected in clinical practice for women and infant patients.
  8. Use evidenced- based nursing knowledge to guide practice for women and infant patients.
  9. Evaluate the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner for women and infant patients.
  10. Assemble principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship with women and infant population.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Integrate knowledge and skills from previous courses to care for women, infants and families.
  • Discuss changes from maternity and women’s health care in the past to trends today.
  • Discuss growth and development of the embryo through the infant.
  • Identify the physiological and psychological adaptations and health deviations during antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and the infant period.
  • Discuss changes in family dynamics, structure, function, roles and developmental stages including common family adaptations associated with pregnancy and birth.
  • Analyze personal values as they relate to moral, ethical, legal, social, cultural, economic, alternative lifestyle choices and management issues that impact professional nursing practice with women, infants and families.
  • Identify women's health and health deviation concerns from menarche through menopause.
  • Identify the different nursing roles and interventions emphasized in women's, infants and family care settings.
  • Differentiate nursing roles in the acute care and community setting (clinical).
  • Demonstrate professional boundaries in nurse-patient relationships in care settings (clinical).
  • Utilize the nursing process components of assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation for nursing care of women and infants (clinical).
  • Demonstrate proper assessment techniques and clinical decision-making skills necessary for safe care of the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn patient (clinical).
  • Demonstrate collaboration techniques with members of the multidisciplinary health care team in assisting women, infants and families (clinical).
  • NCLEX-RN Review Course

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Sara Riley Date: April 14, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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