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NSPN 7500 - Perinatal Clinical 2

Nursing Specialty Perinatal Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

Perinatal Clinical 2 builds on the competencies developed during NSPN 7300. Through the provision of care to low-risk childbearing women during the intrapartum and postpartum periods, the learner transitions from requiring supervision to independence. Learners may also be introduced to the care of women experiencing perinatal health challenges. This four ¬week clinical course takes place in a hospital setting. In addition to the five key areas of practice outlined in NSPN 7300 – Perinatal Clinical 1, there is an additional emphasis on clinical decision making using a Situated Clinical Decision Making Framework (SCDMF). A clinical site preceptor will facilitate this course. Registered Nurses (RNs) with more than six months of full time experience working with childbearing women in an acute perinatal setting may be able to challenge this course with approval of the program head.


Successful completion of NSPN 7100, NSPN 7200, NSPN 7250, NSPN 7450, NSPN 7300 and practicing licensure in a provincial/territorial college of Registered Nurses.





Fall 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 31823

Tue Sep 03 - Fri Nov 22 4 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 03 - Nov 22 Other



Course Outline




  1. Clinical lab format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. This clinical course is available by application only. Please contact the Program Assistant at to request an application.
  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:

  • Communicate and collaborate with childbearing women, families, and members of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Provide comprehensive care to low-risk childbearing women, newborns, and their families during the intrapartum and postpartum periods independently.
  • Perform a comprehensive and systematic assessment of a pregnant woman in the acute perinatal setting independently.
  • Recognize, interpret, and respond appropriately to variances in assessment data independently.
  • Provide individualized labour support including psychosocial care, comfort measures, information/advice, and advocacy to low-risk labouring women independently.
  • Provide infant feeding information related but not limited to position/latch, frequency/duration, common breastfeeding challenges, and hospital and community resources to childbearing women and their families.
  • Utilize critical thinking to demonstrate appropriate clinical decision making within the clinical context of perinatal nursing using a framework such as the Situated Clinical Decision Making Framework.
  • Document the perinatal nursing care provided on the provincial standardized perinatal nursing forms independently and in a timely manner.
  • Describe specific assessments and care requirements for women experiencing perinatal health challenges.
  • Provide comprehensive care to women experiencing common perinatal health challenges under supervision of preceptor.
  • Analyze the care of childbearing women and their families through critically reflecting on own practice and learning.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

NSPN 7500 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

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


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