NURS 254 Nursing Care of the Pediatric Client • 4 Cr.


This course focuses on the nurse's role of health promotion in the pediatric patient and family emphasizing expected growth trends and overall assessment data. Differences in adult and pediatric nursing are highlighted to promote safety and minimize risk. Opportunities for reflective practice, clinical reasoning development, and collaborative teamwork are integrated into learning activities. Formerly NURS 231X. Prerequisites: NURS 252 with a grade of C or better, and NURS 253 with credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Differentiate between the adult and pediatric patient in applying the nursing process to promote safety 
  • Provide pediatric-focused and family-centered care grounded in developmental theory
  • Execute the nursing process based on principles of pathophysiology, evidence-based practice, and individualized pediatric patient assessment
  • Examine the implications of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Core Competencies for individual professional growth.   
  • Contribute constructively and assertively as a team member
  • Investigate a pediatric topic using scholarly inquiry and collaboratively present findings  
  • Engage in clinical reasoning through exemplars