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School of Nursing
Graduate Courses
Course Prefix and

NRSG 7050

Course Title

Primary Care of Children and Adolescents


Fall 2015

NRSG 5800, NRSG 7000, NRSG 7010


Credit Hours:

Online % 80

Face-to Face % 20
Macon Graduate Center


Sallie Coke, PhD, APRN, C-PNP, C-FNP

Associate Professor of Nursing
478- 719-2061

Sandra Copeland, DNP, C-FNP, CNS

Assistant Professor GCSU

Additional Clinical

Krystal Canady, DNP, C-FNP

Assistant Professor GCSU
Cynthia Loudin, MSN, C-FNP
Assistant Professor GCSU
Kristy Hatcher, MSN, C-FNP
Adjunct Faculty GCSU
Darla Rich, MSN, C-FNP
Adjunct Faculty GCSU

Faculty Office Hours By Appt. available by on-line and face-to-face as needed.

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Pediatric component to electronic databases such as Pedi Suite 8.1

or ePocrates Plus

Make sure that it can be used to calculate medications in both kilograms

and pounds.
Recommended Texts

Burns, C., Dunn, A., Brady, M. Starr, N., & Blosser, C.

(2012). Pediatric Primary Care. (5th ed.) Saunders.
ISBN: 978-0323080248

Catalog Description:

Provides the student with an understanding of the relationship between normal

processes of the human body and the alterations that occur during the illnesses
and disorders of infancy, childhood, and adolescence. The primary focus is on
developing nurse practitioner skills that provide culturally competent primary
care, advocacy, and education to clients and their families.

Program Goals:

1. Demonstrate effective communication through collaboration,

partnerships, presentations, and scholarly writing.
2. Improve healthcare outcomes using scholarly inquiry and analysis of
3. Demonstrate advanced practice leadership and management principles
to mitigate risk and enhance healthcare delivery systems.
4. Model use of legal and ethical professional standards.
5. Partner with the client in the provision of compassionate and
coordinated care, based on respect for the clients preferences, values,
and needs.
6. Use data to monitor and improve the quality and safety of health
promotion & disease prevention outcomes.
7. Advocate for social justice and equity in healthcare by supporting
improvements in regulatory, legislative, and public policy
8. Collaborate within nursing and inter-professional team members to
foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision
9. Demonstrate essential informatics competences to analyze data and
evidence-based care practices.
10. Demonstrate the competencies associated with the advanced practice

Course Goals:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will:

2, 5, 6, 8, 9

1, 2, 5, 6,
7, 8, 10
2, 4, 9, 10

2, 4, 9, 10
2,4, 9, 10
1, 3, 5, 6,
7, 8
Topic Outline


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Course Goals
1. Examine, discuss, and describe environmental
factors, both physiological and psychological,
that may alter the developmental processes of
2. Provide culturally competent primary care
through clinical skills, critical thinking,
advocacy and professional accountability.
3. Explain the epidemiology, etiology,
pathogenesis, and symptomatology of specific
common disease processes; relate these to the
clinical and laboratory manifestations of that
4. Apply diagnostic reasoning to assessing,
evaluating and treating pediatric patients.
5. Identify goals and general principles of
treatment for selected disease processes.
6. Incorporate legal, ethical, and culturallycompetent behaviors into the primary care for
children and adolescents

Anticipatory guidance and developmental issues

o Normal growth and development
o Developmental red flags
o Immunizations and safety
o Well child exams
Assessment, management, and treatment of common pediatric
o Infectious diseases
o Musculoskeletal and neurological disorders
o Gastroenterological and genitourinary disorders
o Cardiac and pulmonary disorders
o Genetics, endocrine, and metabolic disorders
o Dermatologic disorders
o Poisons and injuries
o Psychiatric disorders

Lecture; discussion; required and recommended reading

assignments; guest lecture; computer based unit and final
examinations; Audio/video/PowerPoint presentations;
Discussion Board Postings and EMRs with journal article
summaries; clinical experience in primary healthcare setting and

Evaluation Methods

Clinical performance is evaluated using a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

system. The student must earn a satisfactory rating on the clinical
evaluation to pass the course. STUDENTS WHO ARE RATED AS
If the clinical grade is S, the course grade will be calculated from:
Evaluation of course outcomes will be accomplished through unit
exams, a comprehensive final exam, and written and oral
assignments/presentations. The student must successfully complete
both didactic and clinical components with an average of B or higher
to progress. Failure in either theory or clinical portions of this course
will result in course failure. The final course letter grade will be
calculated from the numerical grade received.
Exam I
Exam II
Final Exam
Discussion Board Postings
EMRs - 5 over the semester


Daily Clinical Log: S/U done in EValue

Clinical Experience with a total of 90 hours: S/U

Grading Scale

A = 91-100
B = 83-90
C = 75-82
D = 66-74
F = < 65
Prior to mid-semester, you will receive feedback on your academic
performance in this course.

Course Policies

All policies in the current Georgia College & State University Graduate
Catalog and the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook are applicable.
Please consult web site for these documents at the following sites:
In addition to these University and School policies, students are
expected to comply with the following course policies:
All students must regularly check bobcats email to receive official
communication from university faculty and staff.
All students must have an activated Bobcat identification card. The
Bobcat card is required to use all library services, including the
computer lab for testing, and to access the classrooms in the Macon

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Rounding Policy: Rounding for this course will occur only with the
final average grade for the course. There will be no rounding of exam
grades or other written assignments during the semester. If the final
course average to the nearest tenth is .5 or more, the final course grade
will be rounded up to the next whole number (i.e. 88.5 would be
rounded to 89).
Clinical Facilities
clinical behaviors

Breaching confidentiality, privacy and/or security.

Abandoning or knowingly neglecting patients/clients requiring
nursing care.
Failing to report to appropriate person when leaving the clinical
Failing to report critical information to the appropriate person.
Failing to report own errors.
Fabricating information.
Failing to notify appropriate person or agency in advance, if
unable to attend clinical lab activity.
Performing procedures without appropriate preparation,
supervision, or authorization.
Failing to comply with the Policy on Substance Abuse as
described in the Graduate Student Handbook
Failing to treat clients, families, staff, faculty, and other students
with respect and dignity
Failing to provide nursing care because of diagnosis, age,
gender, ethnicity, creed, or sexual orientation.
Using inappropriate or unsafe judgment, technical skill, or
interpersonal behaviors in providing nursing care.
Failing to notify the appropriate party of any unprofessional
conduct with may jeopardize patient/client safety.
Failing to practice nursing in accordance with prevailing nursing
standards due to physical or psychological impairment.
Diverting prescription drugs for own or anothers use.
Misappropriating money or property (stealing) from a
patient/client, other person or facility/agency.


The minimum technology requirements:
Microsoft on-line training resource:

Academic Honesty

The integrity of students and their written/oral work is a critical

component of the academic process. All written work submitted in this
course will be individual work unless otherwise instructed. The

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submission of anothers work as ones own is plagiarism and will be
dealt with using the procedures outlined on pp. 64-67 in the University
Catalog. Remember that allowing another student to copy ones own
work is considered cheating. Also see the student Honor Code at the
website below:
Religious Observance

Students are permitted to miss class in observance of religious holidays

and other activities observed by a religious group of which the student
is a member without academic penalty. Exercising of ones rights under
this policy is subject to the GC Honor Code. Students who miss class in
observance of a religious holiday or event are required to make up the
coursework missed as a result from the absence. The nature of the
make-up assignments and the deadline for completion of such
assignments are at the sole discretion of the instructor. Failure to follow
the prescribed procedures voids all student rights under this policy.
The full policy and prescribed procedures are found at:

Fire Drill Procedure

Fire drills will be conducted annually. In the event of a fire alarm,

students will exit the building in a quick and orderly manner through the
nearest hallway exit. Learn the floor plan and exits of the building. Do
not use elevators. If you encounter heavy smoke, crawl on the floor so
as to gain fresh air. Assist disabled persons and others if possible
without endangering your own life. Assemble for a head count at the
designated assembly area for this building.
For more information on other emergencies, please visit

Request for Disability


If you have a disability as described by the Americans with Disabilities

Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, you may be
eligible to receive accommodations to assist in programmatic and
physical accessibility. Disability Services, a unit of the GCSU Office of
Institutional Equity and Diversity, can assist you in formulating a
reasonable accommodation plan and in providing support in developing
appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to all GCSU
programs and facilities. Course requirements will not be waived, but
accommodations may assist you in meeting the requirements. For
documentation requirements and for additional information, we
recommend that you contact Disability Services located in Maxwell
Student Union at 478-445-5931 or 478-445-4233. Any student requiring
instructional modifications due to a documented disability should make an
appointment to meet with Dr. Sallie Coke within in the first week of classes.
An official letter from GCSU documenting the disability is expected in order
to receive accommodations.

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Working with the preceptor and course faculty, the student will develop
a clinical learning contract for precepted experiences. The clinical
component of this course is graded: Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Clinical sites must be approved by the faculty prior to
beginning clinical experiences. All clinical documents
including Preceptor Agreement and Preceptor
Qualification Form must be submitted prior to
participation in clinical. It is the students
responsibility to keep all clinical documents current.
Student will not be allowed to count hours in clinical if
ANY clinical documents are expired.

Verification of Student Identity in Online Education

A federal requirement has been put into place by the U.S. Department of Education
requiring schools to verify the identity of online students. In response to this requirement,
Georgia College Graduate Nursing Program has adopted the following policy to ensure

The student who registers in online education course or program is the

same student who participates in and completes the course or program and
receives the credit by verifying the identity of a student who participates in
class or coursework.

The student who registers for an online course may elect either of the
following Student verification options that are offered by GC
Graduate Nursing Program

Face to Face testing at the Macon Graduate Campus

o Proctored Examinations

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