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Course : Concepts in Caring for the Pediatric Client

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Fall 2022
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1. Integrate developmental concepts in providing holistic care to children and child-rearing families.

2. Use the nursing process to plan for the care of children and child-rearing families to achieve optimal health and wellness.

3. Integrate trans-cultural nursing concepts and principles in the plan of care for children and child-rearing families.

4. Apply current research findings in planning the care for children and child-rearing families.


5. Apply teaching-learning principles in the plans of care to optimize the child and child-rearing family’s potential for wellness.

The focus of this course is on the application of holistic nursing principles and concepts used to assist families to achieve their maximum potential. Emphasis is on inter-relationships and intra-relationships of children and their families, as well as appreciation of cultural diversity. Nursing process will be pediatric specific, with special consideration to developmentally appropriate nursing care and ethical decision-making.

*Per Wilson School of Nursing policy, students are to achieve an average of at least 74% on unit exams. The exam average as well as the course average of at least 74% is required to successfully complete this course. If a student does not earn at least 74% exam average, no other grades will be averaged into the course grade, and the student will receive the exam average grade as their course grade. For example, if a student has a 73% exam average, the student will receive a D for the course.


Students who earn at least a 74% average on the exam average will have the exams, writing assignments and Tophat quizzes calculated as weighted in the table above as the course grade.


Grades will not be rounded. If a student earns 73.8% exam average or course average, the grade recorded will be D. The exam average and the course average must be at least 74.0%.


Students are expected to attend all of the classes in which they are enrolled. Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. Class activities will not be made up due to absences. If a student anticipates missing an exam, they must notify faculty through e-mail at least 2 hours in advance. Exams can only be made up for excused absences (student ill, must provide doctor note; ill parent, domestic partner, or child). There will be one make-up exam day. Any missed exams will be made-up on that date, on the Friday before finals week.


If a student has more than 2 excused or unexcused absences, they will be warned by faculty. If truancy continues, a referral will be made to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibility. Students may be dropped from the course for excessive absences (more than 4 for this class) per University Policy.


Additionally, you are expected to employ manners and respect during all classroom and clinical meetings. Meals should be eaten before or after classes and clinical, not during. Do NOT bring food into the classroom. If you are going to be late to class, you may enter quietly and sit in the back row of the room. Do NOT enter the room late during an exam. Late entry is disruptive to your classmates and the instructor.

Any assignments submitted late will be docked 10 points from the final score for each day it is late, up to three (3) days. If an assignment is turned in more than three (3) days after the due date, the assignment will be given a “0”.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MSUTexas e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement in one of three ways: by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive Courses (only one can be in the core), or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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