This course focuses on pediatric health and illness with emphasis on family dynamics, growth and development, and communication with children and their families. This course will integrate pathophysiology, pharmacology, and knowledge of chronic and acute health problems with nursing care provided to the child and adolescent population. Emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process to identify physiologic, psychosocial, educational, and cultural needs of child and adolescent patients and their families and implement appropriate interventions to provide family-centered nursing care. Health promotion, risk reduction, and disease and illness management are discussed. Clinical practicum experiences will occur with children and adolescents in hospital and community settings. This course is required for the B.S. in Nursing. Only students progressing in the Nursing major may register for this course.
NURS420 is a 4 credit course.