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NSPN 7500 - Perinatal Clinical 2

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 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.





Winter 2022

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

CRN 19666

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. 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 independently.
  • Consistently demonstrate the ability to interpret assessment data, recognize variance data, identify signs/symptoms of perinatal health challenges, and determine patient care priorities independently.
  • Consistently articulate reasoning and rationale for nursing interventions, clinical judgment, and decision-making independently.
  • Identify clinical situations where increased surveillance is required (e.g. atypical tracings, evidence of altered maternal health status, perinatal health challenges) under supervision of preceptor.
  • Identify urgent/emergent situations and initiate the appropriate response independently.
  • Work in partnership with patients and families to integrate specialty specific theory in the provision of safe, competent perinatal nursing care independently.
  • Consistently demonstrate reflective practice by analyzing the care provided, being open to feedback, and incorporating feedback into practice.
  • 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 independently.
  • 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 independently.
  • Demonstrate care practices that promote, protect, and support normal birth (freedom of movement, step-wise approach to pain management, non-directed pushing) independently.
  • 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 independently.

Effective as of Winter 2021

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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