N231 – Perinatal Nursing

Prerequisite: N230, N260

Course Description:

This course prepare nurses for clinical specialization in perinatal care of pregnant women, fetuses, and neonates with high risk conditions.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, the student is expected to:

  1. Analyze factors, concepts, interventions, and outcomes in the perinatal care of high-risk pregnant women, fetuses, and neonates.
  2. Value the multi-factorial context of high-risk perinatal health.
  3. Demonstrate expertise in utilizing the nursing process in the perinatal care of high-risk women, fetuses, and neonates.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, innovations, or leadership in perinatal care.
  5. Demonstrate expertise in giving perinatal health education and in critiquing the design and methodology.
  6. Demonstrate skills in mobilizing networks to enhance perinatal care of high-risk women, fetuses, and neonates.
  7. Analyze theories, advances in perinatal nursing, and research outputs in improving the quality and cost effectiveness of care.

Course Outline:

Unit I. Nursing Care of a High-Risk Pregnant Woman

Module 1: Maternal and Fetal Health Screening

Module 2: Bleeding during Pregnancy

Module 3: Infections during Pregnancy

Module 4: Pre-Eclampsia

Module 5: Nutritional Disorders during Pregnancy

Module 6: Cardio-Respiratory Disorders during Pregnancy

Module 7: Substance Abuse during Pregnancy

Module 8: Adolescent Pregnancy

Module 9: Pre-Term and Post-Term Labor

Unit II. Nursing Care of a High-Risk Woman during Labor and Delivery

Module 10: Dystocia

Module 11: Prolapsed Umbilical Cord

Module 12: Premature Rupture of Membrane

Module 13: Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Unit III. Nursing Care of a High-Risk Postpartum Woman

Module 14: Postpartum Hemorrhage

Module 15: Postpartum Infection

Module 16: Postpartum Mood Disorders

Unit IV. Nursing Care of a High-Risk Newborn

Module 17: Alterations in Gestational Age and Birth Weight

Module 18: Congenital Disorders

Module 19: Neonatal Infections

Module 20: Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Module 21: Hyperbilirubinemia

Unit V. Factors that Impact Perinatal Women, Fetuses, and Neonates

Module 22: Biomedical, Interpersonal, Socio-Behavioral, and Cultural

Module 23: Legal and Ethical Issues

Module 24: Environmental hazards

Clinical Practicum: 48 hours

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