NSG 402 Functional Health Patterns Childbearing, 4 credits

This course builds upon previous knowledge and skills from nursing, basic and psychosocial sciences and focuses on sexuality and reproductive functional health patterns of women and their families to achieve a positive pregnancy outcome and safe fetal environment. Emphasis is placed on normal, as well as, abnormal processes of childbirth to provide students with the knowledge and basic obstetrical skills to care for women, newborns, and families experiencing a normal obstetrical course and those experiencing complications. Students examine human genetics, the application of current research evidence, principles of pharmacology, and legal/ethical issues influencing the planning and delivery of nursing care to pregnant women, newborns, and families. In the clinical component of the course, emphasis is placed on the role of the professional nurse working in the obstetrical specialty, the application of the nursing process in providing nursing care to pregnant women, newborns, and families and the enhancement of critical thinking skills, therapeutic nursing interventions, select pharmacotherapies, effective communication and interpersonal skills. (2 credits lecture and 2 credits clinical)

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: NSG 303, NSG 304, NSG 305