Nursing Care Concepts in the Care of the Expanding Family

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 106

       Course Name: Nursing Care Concepts in the Care of the Expanding Family

       Credits: 3 (1.5:lec 5 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of NUR 108 and all first semester non-nursing support courses, all with minimum grades of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course concentrates on the care of the expanding family. Content includes adaptation of the concepts of caring in the nursing process and in the nurse’s role in meeting the needs of selected clients and their families. Content focus is on prenatal care, diagnostic tests to evaluate fetal health, care during labor and delivery, nursing care of newborn and postpartum care. Appropriate skills taught in the college laboratory; clinical experience offered at community health facilities.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of NUR 106 the student is prepared to:
  1. Apply nursing concepts related to promotion of health during child bearing years.
  2. Discuss principles of nursing care related to the child bearing family.
  3. Implement the nursing process in a way that is sensitive to the individualized needs of the child bearing family.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate skills related to the child bearing family according to established criteria.
  5. Utilize therapeutic communication skills to establish a caring nurse/client relationship recognizing cultural differences.
  6. Assist client to attain knowledge and skills needed to care effectively for herself and family following discharge.
  7. Recognize the importance of accountability in nursing care of the family.
  8. Examine ethical standards as applied to the expanding family.
  9. Utilize effective communication with peers and health team members recognizing variations in language and culture.
  10. Create a caring atmosphere when providing for the needs of clients and families from all cultural backgrounds.
  11. Enhance knowledge of the current technology as utilized in the care of the child-bearing family.
  12. Incorporate knowledge of community resources in providing care for specific family needs.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Care of the Family in Antepartal Period in Normal Pregnancy.
  2. Care of the Family in the Intrapartum Period.
  3. Care of the Normal Newborn.
  4. Care of the Family in the Post-partum Period.
  5. Care of the Family at Risk for Complications of Child-bearing.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, Discussion, Audiovisuals, Computer-Assisted Instruction.
Demonstration, Guidance of Skill Practice. Supervision of Client Care.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required


  1. Readings: As assigned
  2. Independent Study
  3. Complete Assigned Computer Programs
  4. Writing as assigned
  5. Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course


  1. Supervised Client Care (Pre & Post Conference)
  2. Community Agency Visit
  3. Post partum
  4. Care Plan (Mother/Newborn) Follow-up phone call or home visit

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Selected by course faculty.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Examinations (2) 60%
Comprehensive Examination 40%
Standardized Achievement Test (NLN)

Clinical performance is evaluated using established criteria defined in the student syllabus and the evaluation form.

Students are apprised of their progress in theory and client care on an ongoing basis through written and oral reports. Students must receive a grade of Satisfactory in Client Care and the required grade of C in Theory to pass NUR 106. A failure in any part of the course results in failure in the course.

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Students are expected to attend all scheduled campus nursing classes, on-campus college laboratory sessions and clinical practicums. Client Care requirements demand that all students must be on time for clinical experience. Absence from clinical experience will affect a student’s ability to meet course objectives and can result in failure in the course.
  2. Class Policy on:
    Make-Up Exams:

    Periodic pre-scheduled examinations shall be given throughout the semester. Anyone who misses an exam may be allowed, at the discretion of the instructor, to make up the test in the testing center.

    Incomplete Grades:  See College Catalog.
    Late Assignments:
    Written work is a requirement of the course. Failure to submit completed written assignments constitutes an unsatisfactory grade in the course unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.
  3. Support Services
    Learning Center
    Computer-assisted Instruction
    Instructional Media Services
    Enrollment Management - Enrollment, registration, evaluation and record-keeping
    Office of Research - Surveys and reports
    Health Services - health forms, physicals, and medical tests
    Bookstore - textbooks
    College Advancement - Publications and Marketing

Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work of assignments. Students who inform instructors on advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a make up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again. Instructors should inform students of this practice at t he beginning of the semester so that arrangements can be made accordingly. Similar consideration is accorded to faculty, staff and administrators and is provided for in their respective contracts.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.