Childbearing Family

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2010
Days & Times
Mondays 1300-1650 BH 108
Dr. Lauren Jansen (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

1.  Explore selected nursing roles

     relevant to the nursing care of

     childbearing families.

2.   Integrate patient/family education into the plan of care.

3.   Apply findings from current professional literature in planning nursing care for childbearing families.


4.    Integrate understanding of variations in lifestyle and culture in providing health care to members of childbearing families.


5.    Provide nursing care that assists childbearing families achieve optimal health.


6.    Practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills in caring for childbearing families

Course Expectations

Wilson School of Nursing


NURS 4013  Theories and Concepts: Nursing the Childbearing Family


Syllabus Fall, 2011




Betty Bowles PhD, RNC                  397-4048        

Lauren Jansen PhD, RN                  397-4547        


Prerequisites: NURS 3406 (Mental Health), 3407 (Family Health Nursing I)


Course Description: 

            This course applies theories and concepts used by the nurse to assist childbearing families achieve their maximum potential.  A focus on patient/family education is integrated throughout the course.  Lifestyle and cultural diversity within individual, families, and communities is emphasized.  Reliable information drawn from a variety of sources including nursing research assists the student to develop an evidence-based practice. Reproductive processes and womens health issues within the context of a variety of healthcare settings are explored through use of the nursing process, critical thinking and problem solving.


Credit Hours:    Four (4) credit hourstwo (3) lecture hours and six (6) clinical hours per week


Placement:     Senior year, 2nd  Semester (BSN)


Required Textbook

Lowdermilk, D. & Perry, S. (2007). Maternity and Womens Health Care, 10th Edition.   St Louis: Mosby.


Recommended Textbook:

Holloway, B., Moredich, C., & Aduddell, K. (2008). OB/Peds/Womens Health Notes.


Grading Standards

Exams (5 unit exams @ 15% each)






Final Exam


Post conference Discussion Board Postings (4)


Clinical Log:

a.       Preceptor Signature Page (1)

b.      Clinical l Worksheets

c.       Preceptor Evaluation (4)




Submission Format Policy

Clinical Assignments


1.  Pre-clinical assignments: 

         Due to rapid fluctuations in patient census, the student WILL NOT receive patient assignment prior to the clinical day.

         All pre-clinical assignments for SIMs MUST be downloaded and completed BEFORE the SIMs experience. These will be posted on WebCT.

2.  Clinical area forms must be addressed and/or signed each clinical and kept in a folder to be turned in once all clinical have been completed. These forms will be found in WebCt under clinical forms. All forms must be turned in to clinical instructor as soon as all clinicasl have been completed.


         Clinical Worksheets

         Preceptor signature page (1)

         Preceptor Agreements (if you have any)

A form will be provided so that at the completion of each clinical, you will give to the preceptor. This will assist them in tracking clinically precepted time for their clinical ladder. This form will also be posted under clinical forms.


3. Clinical hours will total 90 hours and include the following:



         12 clinical hours required (1-12 hour precepted shift)



         12 clinical hours required (1-12 hour precepted shift)


             Post Partum

         24 clinical hours required (2-12 hour precepted shift)



         24 clinical hours required (2-12 hour precepted shift)


 4.  Additional Clinical Assignments :                     


         SIMS Pre-clinical -- 8 hours (Due prior to attending SIMS)

         Simulations Lab  8 hours (2 two-hour labs and one 4 hour lab

         Post Conference Discussion Board Postings (3) on WebCT- 4 hours

         Pre-Clinical Assignments: Evolve Case Studies; You-tube clips


            Post clinical conference will consist of posting a 100-200 word summary of your clinical experience for each of the units. There will be a designated area for each discussion on WebCt Discussion Board.  Discussions must be posted after completion of your clinical on each unit. There will be a total of 4 postings (Post Partum-1, Nursery-1, Labor and Delivery-1, and Triage/Antepartum-1). For Post Partum and Nursery, post discussions after you have completed both clinicals on each unit.  For example, after your second Postpartum and Nursery clinicals, post your discussion of the two experiences. Explain how they were alike or different or what you learned.  Please be positive and constructive in your summary. Do not mention patient or preceptor Always use appropriate and non-offensive language in describing your experience. Failure to post your discussion will result in a clinical failure. Clinical failures will prevent you from passing the course.


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Missed exam(s):

            Students are expected to take exams on the day they are scheduled.  If you are ill or cannot take the exam on the scheduled day, please notify course instructor 2 hours before the scheduled exam to arrange an exam make-up on the allotted day.  All make-up exams must be taken prior to the Comprehensive Exam on 12/5/11. This must be scheduled with instructor prior to this date.


Modules/Quizzes: Quizzes must be completed by due date. All quizzes will be online. open book. You may                    take each one 2 times. The average of the 2 grades will be recorded as

your grade.


Modules / Quizzes                                                                  Due Date


             Syllabus/Worksheet                                                 9/9/11


            The Fetal Monitoring Module/Quiz                         9/16/11


            Breastfeeding Module/Quiz                                      10/7/11


            Neonatal Resuscitation Module/Quiz                      10/14/11         


Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Absence Policy


Students are expected to attend all classroom, clinical, and SIMs experiences.  Students who must be absent from class or clinical due to unforeseen circumstances are responsible for notifying the instructor of their absence.  Notification must be prior to the scheduled time of the class or clinical experiences stated in the BSN Student Handbook. All absences in clinical and SIMS must be made up. Failure to do so will result in clinical failure. Please refer to Student Handbook for explanation of Clinical failure.


Consistent with the university policy to allow each faculty member the freedom and responsibility to create a quality learning environment for all students, the faculty member may dismiss a student from class for either disruption of the learning process, excessive tardiness and excessive absences, or lack of reasonable effort.  A student dismissed for such reasons will be given a course grade of F.


Absence from Clinical

            Students are expected to attend all clinical experiences. If a student must be late for clinical, he/she must notify the clinical unit immediately.  If a clinical must be missed, the student is responsible for notifying their instructor via WebCT email. Using email is for your protection. It is verification of your notification; however,   notification must be prior to the scheduled time of the clinical experience. Any absence from clinical will necessitate rescheduling the clinical day.  The faculty member or preceptor has the right to request the student to leave if that a student is not prepared for clinical. If a student is sent home for cause, this will constitute a clinical failure, which will result in failure of the course. Once you have scheduled a clinical, you are expected to follow the schedule. Numerous schedule changes will not be allowed. Certainly, if you are ill or an emergency has occurred you will be given consideration.

Other Policies

Communication with Instructors:


            WebCT e-mail is the preferred method of communication with instructors.  This is preferred because:  1) with WebCT e-mail there is a record of all communications; and 2) instructors can retrieve and answer the e-mails from off campus if they are out of the office.  In the subject line of the e-mail please put the instructors name and the topic (e.g. Jansen, exam grade, or Bowles, breastfeeding assignment). Please be sure any attachment has your name on it.


Some of your e-mails may be answered via Discussion Board if the answer would benefit everyone in the class. If you want to communicate with one class member please use the e-mail rather than the Discussion Board.  Responses on the Discussion Board intended for one or only a few class members should use the reply privately option so everyone else doesnt have to read these conversations.  For example, if you request help in finding an answer, and you want to thank a classmate for a response, please reply privately so the whole class doesnt have to open and read it.  The class will appreciate this consideration.


Technical issues should be discussed with Crystal Boyle  These issues should NOT be posted on the discussion board.


Please refer to a resource regarding online netiquette.  Two that I recommend are at or .


Cheating Policy


The BSN Program does not condone cheating in any form and considers it a serious offense.  The faculty to include dishonesty on examinations and plagiarism defines cheating.  Plagiarism is further defined as the act of using source materials of other persons (either published or unpublished) without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individuals to whom credit is given.  (MSU Student Handbook, Standards of Conduct, Item 10.)  Offending material that may constitute plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following: bibliography cards, formal papers, book reports, written nursing care plans, etc.


By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a limited right in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The limited right shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the students work product in order to verify originality, and educational purposes. For further information regarding cheating and any subsequent actions to be taken please refer to the policy statement in the BSN Student Handbook.


Clinical Dress Code:

            The student is expected to follow the Uniform Guidelines in the BSN Student Handbook as well as the clinical facility guidelines. Please bring a stethoscope and your

      OB/Peds/Womens Health Notes to each clinical.


6.      Professional Behavior:


Remember that you are representing Midwestern State University when you are

     either in class, SIMs or on a clinical unit. Please show the staff respect by allowing them

     to sit for report and while charting on their patients. Do not congregate in the conference

     room or around the front desk. Do not take cell phones on the unit. If you must make an

     emergency call, notify your preceptor and step off the unit. Do not use the computer

     while on the unit unless instructed to download information.


You will be given a parking badge which will allow you to park in the employee lot east of the main building. You will also receive a proximity badge which will allow you to access most staff areas of Bridwell Tower. Both parking and proximity badges will be checked out to each student at the beginning of the semester and must be returned by the end of the semester. Failure to return either of the badges will result in a clinical failure which will prevent you from passing the course. Loss of either badge MUST be reported immediately to security at United Regional Health Care System. You will also be required to pay for the lost badge(s).

You will be allowed to chart on the computer on Postpartum and Antepartum, but will not chart in triage, Labor and Delivery, or Nursery. You may only access information related to your assigned patient.


7.      Clinical Evaluations:


            Level of performance in the clinical component of this course is evaluated using the preceptor evaluation of clinical tool. They will be returned to the instructor after the completion of each clinical. Students will evaluate the course and clinical experience at the end of the semester.  These evaluations will be anonymous and will used to improve content presentation and application.


8.      Clinical Failure Policy:


            The faculty recognizes that the issues of patient safety and professional standards cannot be compromised:  therefore any student who does not meet these standards will be immediately counseled.  (Please review Student Handbook for Policy for Professional Behavior.)


9.      Immunizations and Insurance:


            All students must present documentation that they are in compliance with state and program mandated immunization requirements.  Failure to do so will prevent the student from attending clinical laboratory experience until they are in compliance.

All students must show documentation of current liability insurance prior to attending clinical laboratory experience. Please speak with the Clinical Coordinator with any questions you may have in this regard.



Americans With Disabilities Act


Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individuals disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities.  MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements.  For Assistance call (940) 397-4618 or 397-4515.  Please see the instructor outside of class to make arrangements involving special accommodations.


It is the students responsibility to declare any disabilities.  After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.







Failure Policy


The faculty reserves the right to recommend to the Program Coordinator and Chairperson of Wilson School of Nursing withdrawal of a student from the nursing program for health, legal, professional, or academic reasons, particularly if patient care is jeopardized.  In addition, the student must perform within the ANA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.


Students must maintain a grade of C or above.  (Lower limit scores are: A=90%; B=80%; C=74%)


2.         Students MUST have an average of 74% on all work in order to pass the course.    GRADES WILL NOT BE ROUNDED.


3.         Students must meet all course and clinical requirements; failure in either the didactic or

      clinical component will constitute failure of the course.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at