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2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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NP 619 - Pediatric Theory and Practicum

This course provides a problem-based case approach to explore the theories and practice of health care for pediatric patients, within the context of family health care in concordance with nationally recognized FNP competencies. The course is designed to provide experience with assessment, diagnosis, planning, and management of children for health promotion, minor acute conditions, and wellness visits.

This course consists of two components, a clinical practicum (100-120 hours with an approved preceptor) and an online seminar. In this course the student will apply course content of pediatric health theory to the care of children in the context of family, including refining skills in the performance of a comprehensive health status assessment, development of differential diagnoses, planning, health promotion and care management of patients with stable chronic and minor acute health issues.

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisites - NP 612 and NP 613

Co-requisites - Can be taken with or before NP 618

Course Learning Objectives
The course learning objectives are:

  • Uses ethical principles when making decisions based on the patient visit (AACN I)
  • Discuss health care of infants and children incorporating ethical, legal, cultural, economic, political and psychosocial principles. (AACN III, IX)
  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective oral and written communication with pediatric patients,their families, and other health care professionals. (AACN II, VII)
  • Integrates teaching and learning principles and environmental data in providing culturally humble care and developing the role of the family nurse practitioner as health educator. (AACN VIII, IX)
  • Illustrate the elements of developmentally appropriate comprehensive and focused health histories and physical examinations for pediatric patients (AACN IV, IX
  • Use current research related to diagnostic and treatment protocols to improve the delivery of health care to pediatric patients (AACN IV, IX)
  • Interpret the effectiveness of interventions and care management strategies in improving the health status of individuals. (AACN VI, IX)
  • Use the principles of human growth and development in the assessment, plan and treatment of pediatric patients (AACN IV, IX)
  • Apply research, adaptation and related theories to develop management plans for health promotion, disease prevention, and stable chronic illnesses for pediatric patients (AACN IV, IX)

Credits: 3

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