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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

NUR 434 - Practicum In Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Course Information

Professor: Department
Semester: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Credit or concurrent enrollment in NUR 433.

Catalog Description: Synthesis of pediatric knowledge and the application of the nursing process in the care of ill children and their families.

Course Goals & Outcomes

The main focus of this course is the application of age and diagnosis appropriate nursing strategies in the care of infants, children and teens with acute and chronic illness. Attention is also given to the family as a part of the care delivery team.

Course Syllabus

This is a practicum course that meets one day/week at Hasbro Children's Hospital. In addition to being responsible for assessment and direct patient care, learning includes high fidelity simulation, written patient care assignments, pre and post conference discussions, and personal journaling.

The topics covered in the course include:

  • Care and Hygiene of Children
  • Safety and Restraint of the Infant and Child
  • Pediatric Assessment
  • Medicating Children
  • Ng Tube Placement in Infants and Children
  • Alternative Feeding Techniques
    • G-tubes
    • NG-tubes
    • J tubes
  • Oxygen Administration for Infants and Children
    • Pulse Oximetry
  • Care of the Child in Traction and with a Cast
  • Specimen Collection in Children
  • Post-Operative Care of the Child
  • Denver II Developmental Screening
  • Complex Medication Administration (Adenosine for SVT)
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 work as a member of the health care team caring for sick 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 assess the needs of children as family members when caring for adults.

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