Nursing Concepts in the Care of Children

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 212

       Course Name: Nursing Concepts in the Care of Children

       Credits: 3(1.5 lecture: 4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Successful completion of NUR 105, NUR 106 and all first level non-nursing support courses, all with minimum grades of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course focuses on care of the child from birth through adolescence. Content includes specific skills related to the care of children, with focus on health promotion, as well as the nursing care of both the acutely ill and chronically ill child; adapting the nursing process in the clinical setting; demonstrating knowledge of the role of the nurse and caring concepts to assist the child and family in meeting basic needs. Hospital and community settings used for clinical practice.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course the student will be prepared to:

  1. Adapt the nursing process to meet the health care needs of pediatric clients and their families.
  2. Utilize communication techniques that are therapeutic and appropriate to the developmental level of the child.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of selected health alterations of the pediatric population.
  4. Apply knowledge of physical, cognitive, and social development in the planning and implementation of pediatric nursing care.
  5. Supports the family’s role in meeting the needs of the child.
  6. Examine the child’s concept of illness and death and its impact on nursing care.
  7. Examine selected legal responsibilities of the nurse working with pediatric clients and families.
  8. Incorporate ethical principles to determine alternatives to ethical dilemmas in the nursing care of children.

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. Promoting the Health of Children
  2. Nursing Care of Children with Acute Illness
  3. Nursing Care of Children with Chronic Illness

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, Discussion, Audiovisuals,
Computer-assisted Instruction
Demonstrations, 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. Theory:
    Reading Assigned by course faculty (as described in outline)
  2. Clinical:
    Written Assignments
    Written nursing care plan
    Discharge follow up call
    Medication Worksheets as assigned
    Oral Assignments
    Post Conference Case Presentation

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

The student must receive the required grade of C in theory and Satisfactory in clinical to pass NUR 212.

  1. Theory:

    Written project 6%
    Quizzes (2) 12%
    Exams (2) 54%
    One comprehensive final  28%
    HESI exam
  2. Clinical: Clinical performance is evaluated using established criteria which is used in the following:

    Weekly written progress report on the student's ability to plan, implement and evaluate nursing care.
    Final clinical performance evaluation.

    The student will complete the following:
    • Conference Presentation (1)
    • Written Care Plan (1)
    • Discharge Follow-up Call
    • Medication Worksheets

    Students receive a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory at the end of the semester.

    If a student is judged to be unsafe or demonstrates unprofessional behavior, this may constitute grounds for an unsatisfactory grade and may result in probable dismissal from the clinical unit.

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Students are expected to attend all scheduled campus nursing classes 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 of 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 take the test at a later date.

    Incomplete Grades: Se 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

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.