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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

NUR 433 - Nursing of Children
Course Information

Professor: Department
Semester: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NUR 334 and NUR 344, previous or concurrent enrollment in NUR 453.

Catalog Description: Examines theories and strategies which promote or restore health and prevent or manage illness in infants, children and adolescents; includes family-centered concepts and supportive management during end-of-life care.

Course Goals & Outcomes

This course examines issues facing children and their families as they strive for optimal health and prevention of illness of infants, children, and teens. Health promotion, health maintenance, and risk management are primary concerns of pediatrics nurses working in all health care environments.

By the end of this course you will:

  1. Describe health promotion and disease prevention strategies for children and families.
  2. Describe the major developmental theories, cultural health beliefs and values, health maintenance and therapeutic strategies in the application of nursing process to ill children and their families.
  3. Explain the etiology, pathophysiology and care of children with alterations in health.
  4. Recognize that appropriate pediatric theory guides the development of policy, procedure and decision making in pediatric care.
  5. Analyze the impact of pediatric issues on family and community.
Course Syllabus

This course meets for 3 hours /week for lecture and class discussion. There are both quizzes and exams. The course is taken concurrently with NUR 434, which is the practicum component of Nursing of Children.

  • Developmental theory
  • Health promotion across the age groups
  • Communication and health assessment of child and family
  • Family, social, religious, and cultural influences on child health
  • Chronicity and bereavement
  • Physical dysfunctions of respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hematological and circulatory, integumentary, and genitourinary systems
  • Problems related to mobility, cerebral function, immunity, and fluid and electrolyte balance
About The Professor

This course is taught by multiple instructors, please refer to the URI Course Schedule.

Reasons To Take This Course

This is a required course that gives the senior nursing student the opportunity to explore the issues and nursing care of infants, children, and adolescents. The information learned in this course will enable the student to deliver optimal nursing care to children as well as to be able to consider the needs of children as family members when caring for adults.

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