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NSPN 7300 - Perinatal Clinical 1

Nursing Specialty Perinatal Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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.


Successful completion of NSPN 7100, 7200, 7250 & 7450 and RN practicing licensure in a provincial/territorial college of Registered Nurses.





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 19664

Tue Jan 04 - Fri Mar 25 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Mar 25 Other


Amanda Kelloway

Course Outline




  1. Clinical lab format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Please note: Clinical courses are NON-REFUNDABLE. Please contact the Program Assistant for withdrawal information. This clinical course is available by application only. Please find the clinical application on BCIT's Learning Hub in your NSPN 7200 course under Module 1. If you do not have access to this, please contact the Program Assistant for a clinical application at Clinical Application deadlines are as follows: Winter Term - Oct 1 Spring Term - Feb 1 Fall Term - July 1
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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

NSPN 7300 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

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


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