Pediatric nursing course syllabus

Course description: This course is designed for BSc nursing students to acquire necessary  

knowledge, skill and attitude through full description of  growth and development,  children with protein energy malnutrition, preventive measures (immunization, ORT, and health education) and various neonatal and child hood disease conditions using nursing process and IMNCI protocols.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, the students will be able to assess, assist, demonstrate and monitor the growth and development of newborns, infants and children, promote normal growth and development, determine and treat or refer and report deviation from normal growth and development.

Specific objectives:

At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

Define pediatrics and child health nursing

Describe the modern concept of childcare

List the principles of pediatric nursing

Describe the normal growth and development

Describe common neonatal and childhood illnesses

Identify common systemic childhood disorders

List targets and schedules of EPI

Determine eligibility for ART or to start Prophylaxis at the right clinical stage

Describe aspects of patient adherence to ART

Perform growth monitoring of children by using Anthropometric measurements

Provide newborn nursing care

Provide nursing care for common neonatal and childhood illnesses

Provide nursing care for a child with nutritional disorders

Provide nursing care for common systemic childhood disorders

Demonstrate different routes of vaccine administration

Provide appropriate nursing care for HIV exposed and infected children using standard precaution

Administer first line ART drugs and manage its unwanted effects

Assess common childhood illnesses using IMNCI Guidelines

Classify common childhood illnesses using IMNCI Guidelines

Treat common childhood illnesses using IMNCI Guidelines

Assist handicapped children and their family

Demonstrate non-judgmental approach to parents of HIV/AIDS during care

Chapter I- Introduction to pediatric nursing

Historical development

Modern concept of childcare

Changing trends towards hospital care,

Promotive, preventive and curative aspects of child health

Hospital environment for sick child

The role of pediatric nursing in caring for hospitalized child

Principles of pre and post-operative care of infant and children

Chapter II-Child growth and development

Growth and development from birth to adolescence

Value of play and selection of play material 

Growth monitoring

Meeting the need of the normal children through the stages of development and parental guidance

Nutritional need of children and feeding of infants and children

(Breast feeding, supplementary/ artificial feeding and weaning)

Accidents- principal causes and prevention

Chapter III-Care of Newborn

Care of normal newborn

Neonatal resuscitation

Nursing management of low birth weight and pre-term babies

Nursing management of common neonatal disorders

Organization of neonatal unit

Chapter IV- Management of common childhood disease

Respiratory system disorders and infection (ARI)

Gastrointestinal infections and infestations (CDD)

Febrile illness (malaria, meningitis, measles--)

Nutritional deficiencies

Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM)

Micro-nutrients déficiency (Vit A, D, iron etc

Chapter V- Management of systemic child hood disorders

Cardiovascular problems rheumatic fever

Genitourinary disorders (Nephrotic syndrome, wilms tumor, infection and congenital disorders

GIT disorders

Neurological infections and disorders (convulsions, epilepsy, meningitis, hydrocephalus, spinal bifida etc

Hematological defects (anemia, leukemia, hemophilia)

Endocrine disorders (Juvénile diabètes mellites)

Orthopedic disorders (Clubfeet, hip dislocation and fracture)

Disorder of dermatology, eye, ears (emptigo, opthalmia neonatorum, otitis media)

Chapter VI-Management of handicapped children

Management of mentally handicapped children

Management of physically handicapped children

Management of socially handicapped children

Management of behavioral disorders in children

Chapter VII- Expanded program of immunization

Objectives and targets



Concepts and rates

Principles ( care of vaccine/cold chain monitoring)

Chapter VIII-Pediatric HIV/AIDS

Overview pediatrics HIV/AIDS care and treatment

Diagnosing HIV infection in infants and children

 Care of the HIV-exposed infant

Disclosure & care of HIV infected child

Opportunistic infection prophylaxis in children

Treatment of common illness in HIV-infected children

Antiretroviral therapy in children

Adherence in children

Management of adverse events in children

HIV associated TB in children

Nutrition in HIV

Palliative care

Chapter IX- IMNCI



Identification/giving appropriate treatment for  a child with childhood illnesses using IMNCI guidelines

Chapter X-School Health Service


Special needs

Objectives of School health

Aspects of school health service


1. Marlow, Dorothy, Textbook of pediatric Nursing, W.B. Saunders co. Philadelphia, London.

2. Whale and Wong, essentials of pediatric Nursing, The C.V Mosby Co. st Louis

3. Leiffer, Gloria, principles and Techniques in pediatric nursing W>B> Saunders Co. Philadelphia, London

4. IMNCI Modules, 2012

5. Teklebrhan T., Chernet H., Pediatric and Child Health Nursing, Lecture Note, EPHTI, Carter Center, Sept. 2006.

6. Guidelines for pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment in Ethiopia, MOH 2007

Obstetrics and gynecology nursing

Course Description :This course is designed to prepare BSc nursing students to provide nursing care using nursing process  for mothers with  normal & abnormal  pregnancy, labour , puerperium  and gynecological  cases,   while identifying  and referring  complicated obstetric  and gynecological  cases  for better management. Moreover, this course also covers  ANC ,  PNC, family planning , Post abortion care  , VCT , PMTCT , provision of  ART prophylaxis  & plan for follow up and  infant feeding options.      

Course Objective: At the completion of this course the student nurses will be able to acquire knowledge, skill and attitude on how to   identify and provide nursing care for clients with obstetric and gynecological conditions.

Specific Objectives: At the end of the completion of the course, the student should be able to

Describe the anatomy of female pelvis

Discuss the female reproductive organs

Relate the bony pelvis and other reproductive organs to pregnancy and delivery

Discuss conception, fetal and placental development

Describe fetal circulation

Outline the physiological changes that take place during pregnancy

Perform ANC based on focused ANC Guideline

Demonstrate how to manage normal labour using Partograph

Apply active management of third stage of labors using appropriate oxytocics

Demonstrate immediate newborn care

Describe the physiology of normal puerperuim

Perform postnatal care

Counsel family planning clients to bring informed choice

Provide contraceptive methods after proper counseling

Manage minor disorders associated with pregnancy

Manage obstetric emergencies

Manage STIs using the syndromic management

State the link b/n HIV/AIDs and STIs (K)

Provide PMTCT service for pregnant, labouring and post natal mothers (S, K, A)

Demonstrate infection prevention and patient safety while managing obstetric and gynecological clients (S).

Provide contraceptive methods appropriate for HIV + ve clients

Screen PAC clients for HIV/AIDs

Describe the sign symptom, management, nursing responsibility of   women with hyperemesis graviadrum

Analyzed the etiology, sign symptom, nursing role in the case of Polyhydramniuos

Provide nursing care for pregnant women with Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

Recognized, the etiology pathophysiology and the nursing care of women with Antepartum hemorrhage

Provide nursing care for pregnant women with A.B.O and Rhesus incompatibility

Discuss medical diseases associated with pregnancy

Discuss the nursing care of pregnant women with multiple pregnancies

Manage cord prolapse and Presentation

Explain Malposition: occipito posterior position

Identify Malpresentations and their complications 

Identify Cephalopelvic disproportion with its complication

Discuss prolonged obstructed labour

Discuss the management of Abnormal Puerperium

Explain the nursing management of uterine rupture

Describe the management of Premature Rupture of Membrane/ PROM

Discuss the types of operative deliveries

Provide the care of women with Caesarean section

Describe the complications of the third stage of labour

Mange Postpartum hemorrhage

Chapter I: Introduction to Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing



Current Issues in Maternal Newborn Nursing

Care of the Family in a Culturally Diverse Society

Nursing assessment in maternal and new born Nursing, NOC, NIC

Chapter II: Anatomy and   physiology of female reproductive system

The female pelvis

The pelvic floor

The pelvic assessment

The female reproductive organs

The menstrual cycle

Chapter III: Introduction to Embryology and Fetal Development 

Early development of fetus


Fetal   circulation

Placenta at term,

Fetal skull


Preparation for Parenthood

Physical and Psychological Changes in Pregnancy

Minor disorders of pregnancy

Antenatal care

Antepartal Nursing assessment Nursing diagnoses, NOC, NIC

Focused ANC

MTCT/PMTCT during pregnancy

The Expectant Family: Needs and Care

Adolescent Pregnancy

Maternal Nutrition

Chapter VI: Normal Labour

Definitions and descriptions

Physiology of the first stage of labour

Management of the first stage of labour

Physiology and mechanism of second

Stage of labour

Episiotomy, Perineal lacerations

Physiology of the third stage of labour

AMTSL (Active Management of the third stage of labour )    

Obstetric practices as per standard precautions during labour and delivery

Obstetric measures preventing   MTCT during Labour, delivery,

Infant feeding options for infants born to HIV +ve mothers

Identify psychosocial issues

Intrapartal nursing assessment, NOC, NIC

Needs and Care

Pharmacological and Non-Pain Management during Labor

Birth-Related Procedures

Essential newborn care

Nursing Care of the newborn baby at birth

APGAR Scores, Asphyxia neonatorium and Resuscitation

Physiologic Responses and adaptation of the Newborn

Nursing Assessment of the Newborn

The Normal Newborn: Needs and Care

Newborn Nutrition

The Newborn at Risk: Conditions Present at Birth the

Newborn at Risk: Birth-related stressors

Chapter VII: Normal puerperium

Physiology of the puerperium

Management of puerperium

Anatomy and physiology of the breast    and

postpartum Adaptation and Nursing Assessment, the Postpartum Family, Needs and Care, Home Care of the Postpartum Family


Management of breast-feeding

Follow-up care for HIV +ve postnatal mothers /infant

Post natal H/E for HIV +ve mother’s families and community

Home based care for HIV +ve mot

Appropriate contraception for HIV +ve postnatal mother


   7.1. Concept of family planning

Health benefits of family planning

Physical examination

Counseling in family planning

   Methods of family planning

     7.2.1 Traditional/Natural Family Planning

     A.  Fertility Awareness Method

Calendar method

Basal body temperature

Ovulation/cervical mucus/Billings method

Symptho-thermal method

   B. Non - fertility awareness method



Sex without intercourse

Coitus interrupts/Withdrawal   

2 . Artificial Family planning

Hormonal Contraceptives

The combined oral contraceptives

The mini pill progestin only pills

Other progestin only pills

The injectable contraceptives

The implantable contraceptives




Emergency contraception

Mechanical Contraceptives

Barriers: Condoms, Diaphragm, Cervical cap, Vaginal 

Contraceptive sponge

Foams/Spermicides IUCD

Surgical Contraceptives


Tubal ligation 

Chapter VIII: Introduction to MTCT

Overview of MTCT of HIV

Epidemiology of PMTCT

Public Health importance of VCT/PIHCT, PMTCT

Guiding principles of PMTCT program

PIHCT and its public health importance

Counseling (Pre & Post, Pre-treatment     

Counseling) Monitoring and evaluation in HIV/AIDs

National strategies and guidelines to address MTCT of HIV/AIDS

Chapter IX: Abnormal Pregnancy

Vomiting in pregnancy/Hyperemesis gravidarum Polyhydramniuos

Nursing assessment, nursing diagnosis NIC, and NOC for women with Hyperemesis Gravidram


PIH (gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, eclampsia) Chronic or coincidental or concurrent hypertension

Nursing assessment, NIC, and NOC for women with Hypertensive disorder of pregnancy


Placenta praevia

Placenta abruption

Nursing assessment, NIC, and NOC for women with APH

A.B.O and Rhesus incompatibility

Nursing responsibility for women with


Anemia, Cardiac disease, Diabetes mellitus pulmonary tuberculosis Malaria in pregnancy

Nursing assessment, Nursing diagnoses, NIC, and NOC

Chapter X: Abnormal Labour

Introduction to Malpositions and malpresentation

Multiple pregnancies Presentation and prolapse of cord Malposition: Occipito posterior position

Nursing assessment, Nursing diagnoses, NIC, and NOC for women with   multiple pregnancy, prolapsed of cord, malposition


Brow, Face, Transverse lie /Shoulder presentation, Breech presentation,

Nursing assessment, Nursing diagnoses, NIC, and NOC


Cephalopelvic disproportion, Trial of labour, Prolonged labour, obstructed labour, uterine rupture, Premature Rupture of Membrane/, PROM


Adherent placenta, Retained placenta, Amniotic fluid embolism, Obstetric shock

Nursing assessment, Nursing diagnoses, NIC, and NOC

Operative deliveries

Vacuum extraction and Forceps delivery

Caesarean section, Destructive deliveries Versions

Nursing assessment, Nursing diagnoses, NIC, and NOC

Chapter XI: Abnormal Puerperium

Breast complications, Puerperal psychosis, Puerperal sepsis, Urinary complications, Thrombophlebitis

Nursing assessment, Nursing diagnoses, NIC, and NOC

Chapter XII: Gynaecology

Introduction, Definitions and description of terms

Menstrual disorders, Infertility and sterility, Menopause

Nursing assessment, Nursing diagnoses, NIC, and NOC


Ectopic pregnancy Abortion, Hydatidiform mole

Screening of clients for PAC for HIV

Nursing assessment, Nursing diagnoses, NIC, and NOC


Uterine   Tubal, Vaginal malformation

Imperforated hymen, Retroversion of the uterus

Nursing assessment, Nursing diagnoses, NIC, and NOC


Uterine growths, ovarian growth, Tumors of the Breast   

Genito-urinary Complications, VVF and RVF, Rectocele and Cystocele, Prolapse of the uterus, Incontinence of the urine, Urinary tract infection

Nursing assessment, Nursing diagnoses, NIC, and NOC


1.      Sally Olds / Marcia London / Patricia Ladewig / Michele Davidson .(2007) Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women's Health Care.(7th edition)

2.      Ruth Johnson & Wenday Taylor. (2010) Skill for Midwifery practice.(3rd edition) .Edinburgh London New  York .Elsevier Ltd.

3.      Arthur. T. Evans. Manual for obstatrics( 2007) Manual for Obstatrics.(7th edition). Wolters kluwer/Lippincot Williams and Wilikins

4.      Jeremy O. Suzanne. (2005). Fundamental of obstetrics and Gynecology.(8th edition). 

5.      G. Justus, James .p, Nelsone , Zarok. Cochrane Pocket book .pregnancy and child birth

Course Title: Reproductive Health Nursing

Course Description: This course is designed for B.Sc. Nurse Students to be introduced to the new concepts of Reproductive Health and able to provide holistic reproductive health care including PMTCT, Post abortion care, HIV/AIDS counseling …etc. It will also help students to apply knowledge, skills and insights emerging from this course to their research project, and foresee the implication of reproductive health on health and development.

Course objectives:

General   objectives:

Manage clients and families who have various Reproductive health problems

Specific Objectives:

Recognize the new concepts of Reproductive health

Determine the international and national magnitude of maternal morbidity and mortality

Describe reproductive rights

Identify and explain the components of Reproductive Health

Explain the advantages of an integrated approach of Reproductive health

Compare and contrast safe motherhood initiative against mother baby package

Elaborate Gender based Violence and its implication on health and development

Discuss Adolescent Reproductive Health

Describe the indicators of reproductive health

Chapter I: Definition and Introduction

Historical development of the concept

Development of Reproductive Health

Magnitude of Reproductive Health Problem

Components of Reproductive Health

Reproductive health indicators

Gender and Reproductive Health/Gender differences:

Target group for Reproductive Health


The Safe Motherhood

 Essential Services for Safe Motherhood (components of Safe Motherhood)

Causes of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

Maternal health services

Estimation of maternal mortality

Chapter II: Mapping Zoning and Censuring

Demographic Factors determining Growth rate

Measures of demography: Fertility, Mortality and Migration

Demographic Transition

Population, Environment and Development

Population growth and Policy

Chapter III: Family Planning

Assessing family planning need 

Teaching and counselling about F/P

Providing female contraceptive

Providing male contraceptive

Fertility Trends and Contraceptive

 Fertility among Different Groups

Family Planning Delivery Strategies

Reasons for Not Using Contraceptives

Chapter IV: Harmful Traditional Practices

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Early Marriage, and Abduction

Chapter V: Adolescent Reproductive Health

Global Youth Today

Reproductive Health Risks and consequences for adolescents

Adolescent and youth strategy

Causes for early unprotected sexual intercourse in adolescents

Effects of gender roles Adolescents’ contraceptive use

Adolescent Reproductive Health Services

Chapter VI: Child Health


Child survival and child health

Diarrheal Diseases

Respiratory Infections

Vaccine Preventable Diseases

The Expanded Program of Immunization

 Growth Monitoring

Teaching methods:

Interactive Lecture

Role Play

Group discussions



1.      Safe Motherhood Initiatives and Mother-Baby-Package Journals and Recent Publications on Reproductive Health and Population issues

2.      Reproductive Health: A Family Planning Training Manual for Health Professionals in Ethiopia. 1992

3.      National Guideline of HIV/AIDS/ PMTCT (2007)