Child Health Content in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Baccalaureate and associate degree nursing programs continue to decrease pediatric nursing didactic content and clinical learning experiences. Revisions in the pediatric nursing undergraduate/pre-licensure curriculum are recommended to emphasize existing content and concepts related to children and their family and to strengthen undergraduate pediatric nursing education. Families are recognized as the constant in an individual’s life and are particularly vital to the health of infants, children, and adolescents. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Nursing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2008) makes the assumption that “the baccalaureate generalist is prepared…to care for diverse populations with a family scope” (p. 32). Essential IX specifically states that the generalist nurse “is prepared to practice with patients including individuals, families, communities, and populations…” and family-centered care is recommended as course content to meet this objective (p. 32).
Zepure Samawi, PhD, RN, Fulbright Scholar
Associate Professor, Nursing
Saint Xavier University
SPN Education Committee: 12/10/14
SPN Board of Directors: 10/2019