Nursing Childbearing Family with Lab

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Salisha Phillip RN, BSN Course Director Name:  

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information: ext. 3021 

Course Director Contact Information:   

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  Mondays 10:00 AM – Noon; 2:00 PM -4:00PM

Course Director Office Hours:  Mondays & Fridays 4:00-5:00 PM via Zoom  

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Leeward Hall (downstairs)

Course Director Office Location:  Leeward Hall (downstairs)

Course Support:   Mrs Cecilia George McSween, 3095, and Kandis Roberts,, 3769

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course introduces nursing concepts related to women's health, pregnancy and care of the newborn. The unique needs of reproducing families will be explored. Building on the foundation of previous nursing courses and the nursing process, the student will explore nursing care for women with reproductive concerns as well as nursing care during preconception, perinatal, postpartum, and neonatal periods. Tasks of pregnancy, psychosocial adaptation, biological-behavioral concepts in obstetric nursing care within the context of social justice, cultural competence, and equity will be addressed. Learning experiences are provided in the university simulation laboratory, hospitals, clinics and community.

Course Objectives: 

  1. Describe historical ethical social and health care policy issues that impact the health care of the childbearing family.
  2. Describe the anatomical and physiological changes in the woman and fetus during pregnancy labor delivery, postpartum and the baby up to 28 days.
  3. Demonstrate using the nursing process and evidence-based techniques to assess and provide care during pregnancy, labor, delivery postpartum and the baby up to 28 days in the hospital and community setting.
  4. Describe the professional role of the nurse in caring for the childbearing family including genetic screening and risk assessment.

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course the learners will be able to:

  1. Integrate nursing and other scientific knowledge skills and attitudes to provide safe and effective care to the childbearing family.
  2. Utilize the nursing process to deliver care during the ante-partum, intrapartum and postpartum periods to the mother and family.
  3. Provide nursing care to the Childbearing Family within the ethical legal framework, and following established protocols and standards.
  4. Collaborate with the interprofessional team to establish policies and programs to affect childbearing and rearing practices and population growth.

Upon completion of the clinical rotation, students will be able to:

  1. Appropriately use the steps of the nursing process in the nursing care of antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal clients.
  2. Take Obstetric and Gynecological history 
  3. Offer basic prenatal care and genetic counseling under supervision
  4. Identify non-invasive mechanisms for coping with minor discomforts of pregnancy.
  5. Demonstrate adequate knowledge of management of minor discomforts of pregnancy.
  6. Identify parenting behaviors that promote well-being of the infant.
  7. Implement a teaching plan and offer health education and preventive care to pregnant women and their families on:
    1. Nutrition
    2. Exercises
    3. Basic Hygiene
    4. Breast Care
    5. Family planning
  8. Measure and accurately document vital signs of both pregnant and non-pregnant women.
  9. Accurately complete a urinalysis and report standard laboratory values for pregnant and non-pregnant women.
  10. Conduct health assessment and abdominal palpation of the pregnant women.
  11. Monitor women in uncomplicated labor. 
  12. Explain pharmacologic control of discomfort during childbirth
  13. Render care to postnatal clients from immediate postpartum period to postnatal clinic.
  14. Complete postpartum nursing assessment including vital signs, breasts, fundus, lochia and perineum.
  15. Detect complication during puerperium and implement nursing management.
  16. Provide preoperative and postoperative nursing care for a patient undergoing Cesarean section.
  17. Explain breastfeeding techniques /methods that promote a positive breastfeeding experience.
  18. Teach correct breastfeeding positions and bottle-feeding techniques.
  19. Document appropriately and thoroughly all assessments and nursing care provided. 
  20. Assisting with Sitz-bath/episiotomy care.
  21. Administration of Vaccine

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

NPO 1. Integrates nursing and health care knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide safe, ethical and effective patient centered nursing care, representing the patients’ preferences, values, and needs within the context of their families, communities and the health care delivery system. (Nursing practice) 

NPO 2. Demonstrate a level of professionalism that is congruent with the inherent values, ethics and behaviors of the discipline of nursing. (Professional conduct)

NPO 3. Engages the patient to understand the link between health promotion strategies and health outcomes across the life cycle. (Health promotion and maintenance of wellness) 

NPO 6. Utilizes appropriate communication and interpersonal skills to engage in, develop and disengage from therapeutic relationships with individuals and groups. (Communication) 

NPO 7. Utilizes critical thinking skills and professional judgment to inform decision-making in the delivery of health care. (Clinical decision making and intervention) 

NPO 8. Identifies one’s own professional development needs by engaging in reflective practice in the context of lifelong learning and to participate in processes to shape the health care delivery systems and advance the profession. (Professional reflection and visioning)

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: McKinney, S., James, S., Murray, S., Nelson, K., & Ashwill,J. (2018). Maternal  Child Nursing 5th edition. St. Louis, Missouri: Sanders ISBN: 9780323401708  

Supplementary Readings/Resources: 

See SAKAI iHuman Patients by Kaplan

Course Grading Requirement:

Assignments Percentage of Grade



Group Discussions


Individual Discussion 


 Written Assignment   


Midterm Exam


Final Exam  



Course Requirements:

Students will be required to:

  1. be prepared for class by doing the necessary readings;
  2. contribute thoughtful ideas to class discussions and engage in constructive debate;
  3. conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, including being respectful of the opinions of others;
  4. listen carefully to instructions and ask the instructor to clarify if you do not understand Course Schedule

NURS 305:Nursing Childbearing Family with Lab

Spring 2022 - Class Schedule 

Week #1 

Lecture  1

Foundations of Maternity, Women and Child Health Nursing

Lecture 2

The Nurses Role in Maternity Women's Health and Pediatric Nursing 

Reading: Chapter 1 

Week  #2 

Lecture 1

Infant Parent Mental Health 

Lecture 2 

Conception and Prenatal Development 

Reading: Chapter 3 “Embryology” posted on Sakai

Week #3 

Lecture 1

Nutrition for Childbearing Families

Lecture 2 

Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology 

Readings: Chapters 5, 13 

Week #4 

Lecture 1 

Prenatal Care & Diagnostic

Lecture 2

The Childbearing Family with special needs 

Assignment: What are the advantages and  dis-advantages of hospital, birth centers, home care births (Individual paper).

Week #5 

Lecture 1 

Adaptions to pregnancy normal Prenatal Changes and Assessments Adolescents Pregnancy 

Lecture 2 

Concurrent Disorders during pregnancy and Pregnancy -related Complication

Reading: Chapter 20

Assignment : Quiz 1 (Sakai)

Week #6 

Lecture 1

Labor and Giving Birth

Lecture 2 

Pain  management for childbirth 

Reading : Chapter 15,16     

Resources on Sakai: Non pharmacologic pain management of labor. Pharmacologic pain management of labor.  

Week #7 

Lecture 1 

Nursing Management During Labor and Birth

Lecture 2 

Intrapartum Fetal Surveillance 

Readings: Chapters 23 

Week 8


Week #9 

Lecture 1 

Nursing Care During Obstetric Procedure 

Lecture 2 

The Woman With Intrapartum Complications 

Week #10 

Lecture 1 

Postpartum Adaptations 

Lecture 2 

Nursing Management 

Assignment: Discussion Post 2: Describe dysfunctional labor including problems with Power. Passenger, passage and Psyche (Group assignment) 

Week #11 

Lecture 1 

The Normal Newborn: Adaptions, Assessments and Nursing Care

Assignment : Quiz 2 (Sakai)

Week #12 

Lecture 1 


Lecture 2 

Newborn Feeding 

Week #13

Lecture 1 

The woman with a postpartum complication 

Lecture 2 

Health Promotion 


Assignment : Discussion Post 2: Describe early Post-Partum Hemorrhage, uterine atony and trauma, including predisposing factor and therapeutic management. (Group Assignment)

Week #14 

Lecture 1 

The High Risk Newborn: Problems related to gestational Age and Development 

Lecture 2 

The High Risk: Newborn Acquired and Congenital Conditions

Assignment: Discussion Post 3: Explore factors that place a newborn at increased risk for Neonatal Complication (Individual )  Reading: Chapters:22,26,27

Week #15 

Lecture 1

Management of Fertility and infertility 

Lecture 2 

Review of Prenatal Assessment and Care review of postnatal Assessment and Care 

Reading: Chapter 8 

Week 16 



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Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.