Participants apply the theory learned in HLTH 2911, under the supervision of an instructor
preceptor. This course, along with HLTH 2911, enables students to meet the licensing
requirements of the British Columbia College of Nursing and Midwives (BCCNM). Participants are
introduced to perinatal nursing and develop their practice of perinatal competencies expected
of entry-level nurses. Meaningful practice-based learning experiences, guided practice, and
opportunities for self-reflection are provided. The majority of clinical experience in
perinatal nursing takes place in a hospital where students develop competencies in antepartal
assessment and care, nursing care during labour and delivery, and postpartal care of women and
stable newborns. Students are also placed in an outpatient setting to develop skills in
assessing and providing nursing care and support for pregnant women and their families in the
The learning outcomes for this course follow the guidelines established by the BCCNM for
maternal/newborn qualifying courses.
After students have completed their clinical experience, students will be able to:
- Establish a professional relationship of care and communication with the childbearing
family, taking into consideration the individual needs of the client and professional
standards of practice.
- Collaborate with other members of the perinatal health care team, providing support to
other team members as appropriate.
- Assess your perinatal nursing competencies and identify areas that need development.
- Complete nursing assessments of childbearing women throughout the antepartum, intrapartum,
and postpartum periods.
- Develop nursing care plans for childbearing women throughout the antepartum, intrapartum,
and postpartum periods.
- Provide nursing care to pregnant, labouring, and postpartal women and identify situations
requiring interventions from experienced perinatal caregivers.
- Complete nursing assessments of stable newborns in the immediate and early postpartum
- Develop nursing care plans for stable newborns in the immediate and early postpartum
- Provide nursing care to stable newborns and identify situations requiring interventions
from experienced neonatal caregivers.
- Assess the client's knowledge and capacity for self care and care of the newborn.
- Develop and implement teaching plans to meet the needs of childbearing families in the
antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal periods.
- Assist postpartal women and childbearing families making the transition to home and the
community, providing care, and teaching and direction to other health care resources in the
community where appropriate.
- Section 1: Pre-Practice Preparation
- Section 2: Orientation to the Perinatal Practice Environment
- Section 3: Practice Rotation
- Section 4: Assessment
The assessment forms that you will use throughout the practice experience follow Section
Required text and materials
This is a companion course to HLTH 2911, therefore, there are no materials package for this
Students who did not take HLTH 2911 and do not have a maternity textbook are required to
source and purchase their own for this course. Students may consult their Open Learning
Faculty Member for a suitable title after registration.
Most of the work will be completed in the practice environment. However, there will be times
when students will consult the course Web site for online resources. Access to a computer and
email is essential for communicating with the Open Learning Faculty Member throughout the
During the practice experience, students will be assessing their nursing competencies and
progress on a regular basis and consulting with both the Open Learning Faculty Member and
Nurse Preceptor. Student Preceptor will also formally evaluate their competencies at the end
of the practice experience. This final evaluation will determine the grade (pass or fail).
|Mid Term Evaluation
Open Learning Faculty Member
By the time students receive their course package, students will have been assigned an Open
Learning Faculty Member and Nurse Preceptor (Registered Nurse in the practice setting). Both
are experts in perinatal nursing. They will support student practice experience, monitor
progress and on any difficulties students are having, and provide assistance as needed. In
addition to supervising the learning activities associated with this practice course, the Open
Learning Faculty Member and Preceptor will also evaluate student progress as students work
through the practice experience. Plan to speak with the Open Learning Faculty Member and with
the Preceptor (if at all possible) before beginning the practice experience to review skills
and competencies. (Refer to Section 1: Pre Practice Preparation in the Practice Guide for