This course integrates nursing care across the human lifespan and includes nutritional needs of the mother and developing fetus as well as the basics nursing skills required to care for the mother throughout the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum stages. The basic principles of pediatric growth and development are studied as well as the pediatric responses to wellness and illness. This course compares and contrasts the differences in the body systems between adults and children and the nursing care that is needed. The course includes an introduction to hospice care and issues arising at the end of the life cycle.

At the completion of this review course the student will be able to:

  • Describe the physiology of conception.
  • Describe the nutritional needs of the pregnant mother and the developing fetus.
  • Describe and demonstrate appropriate the nursing care of mothers during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum stages.
  • Describe the normal growth and development of patients birth to 18 years of age
  • Cite the age specific care needs of pediatric patients
  • Describe signs of abuse, abuse prevention, neglect and abandonment
  • Describe the philosophy of hospice and the nursing needs of patients at the end of life
  • Demonstrate the application of the principles of Orem’s SCD Theory of nursing and the nursing process as they apply to patients across the lifespan
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide nursing care across the life cycle under the direction of the Registered Nurse
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide safe, culturally competent care for patients with a variety clinical settings as assigned under the direction of a Registered Nurse
  • Demonstrate competence in performing a nursing assessment using Orem’s SCD Theory to organize the nursing assessment data for patients across the lifespan
  • Demonstrate beginning level skills in critical thinking, decision making, collaboration and coordination of care
  • Demonstrate appropriate interactions with a multidisciplinary health care team in a manner that is appropriate for a beginning level nurse