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Perinatal Clinical 1 NSPN 7300

Nursing Specialty Perinatal Part-time Studies Course

Course details

Perinatal Clinical 1 introduces learners to the nursing care of healthy women, their newborns, and their families throughout the childbearing continuum. This four ¬week clinical course takes place in a hospital setting, with a focus on five key areas of practice: woman and family centered care, assessment of maternal/ fetal/ neonatal well-being, labour support, infant feeding, and documentation. A BCIT instructor and/or a clinical site preceptor will facilitate this course. Registered Nurses (RNs) with six months of full-time experience caring for healthy women, their newborns, and families in a low-risk perinatal setting may be able to challenge this course.






Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of NSPN 7300 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 31820


Tue Sep 06 - Fri Nov 25 (4 weeks)

  • 4 weeks
  • CRN 31820
  • $1496.80
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 06 - Nov 25 N/A N/A Other

Shannon Leonard

Course outline




Important information
  1. Clinical lab format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. If you are interested in taking fall term clinical courses, please submit a clinical application by June 1, 2022 to the Perinatal Program Assistant Zoe Lei at You can get the clinical application package by contacting the Perinatal Program Assistant or from Module 1 in your NSPN 7200 course in BCIT LearningHub. The Clinical Coordinator will review your application and be in touch with you for the results.

Learning Outcomes

As licensed health care practitioners all learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Consistently perform a comprehensive and systematic assessment of a childbearing woman, fetus, and neonate in the acute perinatal setting under supervision of the clinical instructor/preceptor.
  • Consistently demonstrate the ability to interpret assessment data, recognize variance data, and determine patient care priorities under the supervision of a clinical instructor/preceptor.
  • Consistently articulate reasoning and rationale for nursing interventions, clinical judgment, and decision-making under the supervision of clinical instructor/preceptor.
  • Work in partnership with patients and families to integrate specialty specific theory in the provision of safe, competent perinatal nursing care under the supervision of a clinical instructor/preceptor.
  • Demonstrate reflective practice by analyzing the care provided, being open to feedback, and incorporating feedback into practice under the guidance of a clinical instructor/preceptor.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with childbearing women, newborns, their families, and other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Articulate all relevant data in a systematic, comprehensive, and time sensitive manner through all verbal and written communication under the supervision of clinical instructor/preceptor.
  • Consistently demonstrate professionalism by participating in self-evaluation, acknowledging strengths/areas for development, seeking assistance as needed, utilizing existing resources, and being accountable for learning and practice.
  • Provide individualized labour support including psychosocial care, comfort measures, information/advice, and advocacy to low-risk labouring women under supervision from the clinical instructor/preceptor.
  • Demonstrate care practices that promote, protect, and support normal birth (freedom of movement, step-wise approach to pain management, non-directed pushing) under supervision of clinical instructor/preceptor.
  • Provide infant feeding information related but not limited to benefits of breastfeeding, skin to skin contact, position/latch, frequency/duration, common breastfeeding challenges, and hospital and community resources to childbearing women and their families under supervision from the clinical instructor/preceptor.

Effective as of Winter 2021

Related Programs

Perinatal Clinical 1 (NSPN 7300) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Standard Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  3. Specialty Nursing (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Part-time
  4. Specialty Nursing (Perinatal - Standard Option)
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Part-time


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