Clinical-Care of Children and Families Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

West Campus - Jones Hall Room #242

Office Hours

Tuesday:  1500-1700

Wednesday:  1100-1300

Additional hours by appointment

Course Information

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Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

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RNSG-2160-001 Clinical-Care of Children and Families


Course Description

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(1 sem hr; 3 clinical)

Class Type


Syllabus Information


Required Textbooks:

McKinney, E.S. (2018). Maternal child nursing (5th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders. ISBN: 978-0-323-40170-8

Course manual, RNSG 2160 Care of children and families.  Available Online within the course.



Uniform and stethoscope for clinical experiences in hospital and clinics.  Refer to Amarillo College Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook.

 A reliable computer with a stable internet connection that meets the minimal requirements as outlined in the ADN Student Handbook, and a simple pocket calculator.

Students will utilize AC Connect for communication and clarification of assignments.  The link can be found at 

Student Performance


Student Performance/Learning Outcomes:

As outlined in the learning plan, apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.

Course Outcomes:

Member of the Profession

  1. Incorporate an ethical-legal framework and applicable professional standards and requirements in caring for children and families.
  2. Evaluate own personal and professional development in pediatric nursing practice.
  3. Participate in activities that promote the development and practice of pediatric professional nursing.

Provider of Patient-Centered Care

  1. Function with increased confidence and skill to assist in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health of children and families.
  2. Utilize a systematic process and clinical reasoning to provide holistic patient-centered care for children and families in acute and well-child settings.
  3. Apply nursing concepts and skills to meet the unique psychosocial needs of children and families.
  4. Demonstrate the principles of health teaching in the care of children of all developmental stages and their families.
  5. Utilize basic and advanced nursing skills in the care of pediatric patients in acute and well-child settings.
  6. Demonstrate compassionate behaviors and appropriate communication skills in the care of diverse children and their families.
  7. Identify community resources in meeting the needs of children and their families.

Patient Safety Advocate

  1. Incorporate evidence-based practice data to promote safety and quality in pediatric patient care.
  2. Apply knowledge of governmental and organizational requirements and professional standards to age-specific pediatric patient safety situations.

Member of the Healthcare Team

  1. Participate with other disciplines to provide holistic patient-centered care to children and families.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with other health care team members providing care for children and families.
  3. Utilize information systems and technology in the efficient management of holistic patient-centered care for children and families.
  4. Assume the professional nursing role within the health care team while providing care to children and families.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Behavioral Expectations/Classroom Ground Rules:


Students are full partners in fostering a classroom environment which is conducive to learning. In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor; students are prohibited from engaging in any form of behavior that distracts from the learning experience of fellow students. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom may result in a request for the offending student to leave class.


For additional information see A.D.N. Student Handbook-Professional Conduct, ANA Code of Ethics,  A.C. Student Rights and Responsibilities, and Testing Security Policy .

Grading Criteria

Refer to Clinical Performance Evaluation of Competencies (CPEC) in Course Manual.

Grading Criteria/Grade Scale:

  1. The following criteria will be used to determine your grade:

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 75-79

D = 60-74

F = below 60

Please note, grades will not be rounded.  For example, if you have a 79.8, this will be recorded as a "C."

A “C” or 75 is required to successfully complete the course.

  1. 100% of the clinical grade is determined by the performance of clinical competencies on the Clinical Performance Evaluation of Competencies (CPEC). Competencies will be assigned a "4," “3,” “2,” “1,” or “0”.  A score of “0” in one or more competencies will result in clinical failure see. Please see the CPEC guidelines in the course manual.
  2. Students must attend and participate in all clinical simulation experiences.

Must achieve 90% on the Level 2 Dosage and Solution Exam.  The exam may be repeated twice prior to clinical experience.  Failure to pass this exam by the third attempt will result in the inability to attend the clinical experience and meet the course objectives.  This means that the student will fail the clinical course if they do not achieve a 90% on the exam by the third attempt.

Student will not be allowed to participate in the clinical experience without current immunizations, TB skin testing, and American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Providers.  It is the students' responsibility to ensure that all documentation is presented in a timely manner prior to the clinical experience.  A Class II Clinical Warning will be issued for no documentation.


Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend clinical. Students must attend 100% of the clinical days. 

  1. No more than one (1) excused absence will be permitted.  That absence will be made up on a set day as designated by the course instructor.  A clinical absence of more than one (1) day may result in course failure.  Planned events, vacations, and work schedules are not excused absences.
  2. Students who arrive more than 30 minutes late to clinical will be required to make-up the clinical day.
  3. Students who do not make up clinical absences or miss more than one (1) clinical RNSG 2160 day in a fall semester may fail the clinical course.  Clinical rotations include, but are not limited to, scheduled days at the hospital, community sites with a preceptor, clinical orientation, dosage and solution exam, and clinical simulation as provided in the course calendar.


Student will have 48 hours of clinical time. Clinical calendars will be distributed during the first week of class.  Clinical groups will be assigned to specific blocks of time as outlined in the calendar. 

Additional Information

Academic Grievances

A student who has a grievance concerning an academic course in which he or she is enrolled should make an appeal in the following order to the:

  1. Clinical Instructor as assigned - Sharon Shelton 356-6968 or Allison Fullerton 354-6014
  2. Lead Instructor - Sharon Shelton 356-6968
  3. Team/Level Coordinator: Teresa Herrera 467-3002
  4. Program Director: Elizabeth Matos 356-3621
  5. Associate Dean of Health Sciences: Kim Boyd 354-6060
  6. Dean of Health Sciences:  Kim Crowley 354-6087
  7. Associate VP of Academic Affairs:  Becky Burton 371-5122
  8. VP of Academic Affairs:  Dr. Tamara Clunis 371-5226


This syllabus is subject to change as needed per instructor discretion. 

Syllabus Created on:

01/03/22 4:02 PM

Last Edited on:

01/03/22 4:11 PM