Care of Children and Families Syllabus for 2021-2022
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West Campus - Jones Hall Room #242

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Tuesday:  1500-1700

Wednesday:  1100-1300

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RNSG-2101-004 Care of Children and Families


Prerequisite: RNSG 1331 or admission to Transition (LVN to RN) Corequisite: RNSG 2160

Course Description

Study of concepts related to the provision of nursing care for children and their families, emphasizing judgment and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Health promotion, maintenance and restoration as well as growth and development are emphasized. This course lends itself to a blocked approach.

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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; 1 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


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

Course Manual




Textbook, course manual, and a reliable computer or tablet that meets the requirements set in the ADN student handbook, and a stable internet connection.

Student Performance


Student Learning Outcomes

Member of the Profession

  1. Discuss ethical-legal frameworks and applicable legal scope of practice and requirements in caring for children and families.
  2. Assume personal accountability and professional responsibility for the quality of nursing care provided to pediatric patients and their families.
  3. Determine activities that promote the development and practice of pediatric professional nursing.

Provider of Patient-Centered Care

  1. Develop with increased confidence a plan to assist in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health of children and families.
  2. Discuss a systematic process using clinical reasoning to provide comprehensive, holistic patient-centered care for children and families in acute and well-child settings.
  3. Compare nursing concepts and skills to meet the unique psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs of children and families.
  4. Develop a health-teaching plan in the care of children of all developmental stages and their families to address health promotion, maintenance and restoration.
  5. Identify basic and advanced nursing skills used in the care of pediatric patients in acute and well-child settings.
  6. Discuss compassionate behaviors and appropriate communication skills in the care of diverse children and their families.
  7. Identify human, information, physical, and community resources in meeting the needs of children and their families.

Patient Safety Advocate

  1. Review evidence-based practice data to promote quality and a safe environment for pediatric patients and their families.
  2. Discuss governmental and organizational requirements and professional standards related to age-specific pediatric patient safety situations.

Member of the Healthcare Team

  1. Compare the role of the professional nurse and other discipline roles in the provision of holistic patient-centered care to children and families.
  2. Discuss appropriate communication skills with other health care team members providing care for children and families.
  3. Compare information systems and technology in the efficient management of holistic patient-centered care for children and families.
  4. Discuss the professional nursing role of providing care to children and families within the health care team during local or global pandemic or health emergencies.

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


Students are full partners in fostering a classroom environment that 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 detracts 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

Passing course grade: 75% or higher


Required graded assignments and Final Course Grades are NOT rounded:

For example: If your average is 74.98 then with NO rounding, your average is a D. If your average is 89.98, with NO rounding your average is a B. If a case study or quiz is 79.85, it is recorded as a 79.85. 


Grading matrix for RNSG-2101

Module Exams 1-6  (12% each)


EAQ Quizzes, Tickets to Class, Exit Tickets


Evolve Case Studies


Final Exam







90 percent class attendance is required. Total allowed absences is 1.6 hours per semester.



A Comprehensive Class Calendar will be posted to Blackboard by the first day of class.

Clinical calendar will be finalized by the second week of class.

All exams will be taken ON CAMPUS

Module 1 Exam - March 28

Practice Evolve Specialty Exam - March 29 (Transition Students), March 30 (Traditional Students)

Module 2 Exam - April 4

Module 3 Exam - April 11

Module 4 Exam - April 18

Module 5 Exam - April 25

Module 6 Exam - May 2

Final Exam (Evolve Specialty Exam) - May 9

Module 1

  • Overview of Pediatric Nursing Care
  • Health promotion, safety, milestones, and anticipatory guidance
  • Immunizations
  • Physical assessment
  • Pain management
  • Communicating with children & families
  • Ill Child
  • Emergency care of the child
  • Death of a child
  • Principles & procedures
  • Med administration

Module 2

  • Dehydration
  • Gastrointestinal alteration

Module 3

  • Intellectual/Developmental disabilities
  • Respiratory alteration

Module 4

  • Hematologic alteration
  • Cancer
  • Endocrine/Metabolic alteration

Module 5

  • Infectious/Communicable diseases
  • Genitourinary alteration
  • Neurologic alteration

Module 6

  • Cardiovascular alteration
  • Musculoskeletal alteration

Additional Information


Grievance Policy

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)     Instructor: Sharon Shelton 356-6968

2)     Team/Level Coordinator:  Teresa Herrera 467-3002

3)     Program Director:  Dr. Liz Matos 356-3621

4)     Associate Dean of Health Sciences: Kim Boyd 354-6060

5)     Dean of Health Sciences:  Kim Crowley 354-6087

6)     Associate VP of Academic Affairs:  Becky Burton 371-5122

7)     VP of Academic Affairs:  Dr. Tamara Clunis 371-5226


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

Syllabus Created on:

01/06/22 11:52 AM

Last Edited on:

01/06/22 11:52 AM