VNRS 182: Obstetrical-Gynecological Nursing

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2021
Credits: 4
Total Contact Hours: 144
Lecture Hours : 36
Lab Hours: 108
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 72
Prerequisite: VNRS 160, VNRS 161L, VNRS 162, VNRS 163, VNRS 164, VNRS 165.
Transferable to CSU: No
Transferable to UC: No
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

This course teaches nursing students the theory needed to perform skills and procedures for the obstetrical/gynecological patient and newborn in a clinical setting. By emphasizing the nursing process and rationale, the format with each disease or disorder of the obstetrical/gynecological patient includes assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation. Basic nursing skills are reinforced. Advanced skills include those related to prenatal, labor, delivery, post-natal care and gynecological diseases and disorders, as well as administration of medications. 36 lecture hours, 108 lab hours.

Course Objectives

  • Identify normal and abnormal conditions of prenatal, labor, delivery, and postnatal patients and relate conditions or diseases to therapeutic interventions and care of patients.
  • Identify normal and abnormal conditions of the gynecological patient and relate diseases to therapeutic interventions and care.
  • Define safe, ethical and legal principles in compliance with the Nurse Practice Act.
  • Describe how to perform a beginning level assessment, care of, and documentation for women with prenatal, labor, delivery, post-partum, and newborn complications.
  • Plan care of obstetrical/gynecological, and newborn patients by integrating basic and advance care including the administration of medications.
  • Use the nursing process to perform basic and advanced nursing skills in a clinical and simulated setting to the obstetrical/gynecological patient and newborn.

Major Course Content

  1. Structure and Function of the Reproductive System
  2. Fetal development
  3. Maternal adaptation during pregnancy
  4. Labor process
  5. Pain management during labor and birth
  6. Nursing care during labor and birth
  7. The postpartum woman
  8. Assisted delivery and cesarean birth
  9. Nursing assessment of newborn transition
  10. Nursing care of the normal newborn
  11. The newborn nutrition
  12. Labor at risk
  13. Postpartum woman at risk
  14. The newborn at risk 
    1. Gestational and acquired
    2. Congenital disorders
  15. Prenatal care
  16. Pregnancy at risk
  17. The nurse's role in a changing MCH care environment 
  18. Family centered and community based maternal and pediatric nursing
  19. Special issues of Women's Health Care and Reproduction   

Lab Content

Theory will be applied in the lab/clinical setting.

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Journal Articles related to Maternal and Child Health.

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Internet research project related to Loma Linda Embryology Lab and Hillsides Children's home field trips.
A written form of teaching presentations must be completed and turned in.
Written care-plans on assigned patient care.
Obstetrical Journaling on transcultural nursing assignment.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Practice skills in the nursing skills lab.
Read required materials
Submit articles on latest techniques/procedures related to maternal and child health
Read journals and related articles for updates on stem cell research

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Lab, Online Education Lecture, Online Education Lab