This obstetrical component of this unit explains the physiology of conception and describes the anatomical and physiological changes that take place during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the post-partum period. Appropriate diagnostic and nutritional requirements are discussed. The unit includes fetal development, complications of pregnancy, and disorders of the newborn. Special emphasis is placed on the effects of drug and alcohol usage during pregnancy. Nursing interventions and psychosocial aspects regarding the care of the client during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the post-partum period are discussed. The pediatric component of this unit approaches the care of the client based on growth and development theory. Content will include the stages of growth and development, common childhood diseases, common pediatric procedures, related pharmacology (including immunizations), nutritional needs, accident prevention, and nursing interventions. Special emphasis is placed on the impact illness has on the child as well as the family. Selected clinical experiences allow the student to practice appropriate nursing skills.
VN100, VN200, VN300
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