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NURS 5635/6635/7635 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5635/6635/7635 - Advanced Pediatric Nursing

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course focuses on health maintenance and health promotion for children and their families. Care for children and families experiencing both acute and chronic illness/disabilities are addressed. 

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop a knowledge base of child health promotion, common minor acute illnesses and chronic illness/disabilities and their treatments;
  2. Evaluate the care of children with common minor acute illnesses and chronic illness/disabilities;
  3. Complete assessments and treatment of sick children with common minor acute illnesses and chronic illness/disabilities; and
  4. Evaluate the impact of ethical, legal, and cultural issues on the care of children and their families. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

NURS 5101, NURS 5102, NURS 5103 and NURS 5104 are required. 

Course Topics:

I. Role of the advanced practice nurse in the care of families with children
II. Screening tools and methods of evaluation for families with children
III. Common acute conditions in children
IV. Common chronic illnesses/disabilities
VI. Current trends and health policy issues
VII. Ethical/legal/cultural issues 

Specific Course Requirements:

Discussion (30 points)
You will use the discussion question from each module to guide participation in weekly online asynchronous class discussions with your classmates and professor. The questions can be found in the Discussions link. Each weekly session will begin on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and end on Saturday at midnight. Answers to the question should be posted by Wednesday so as to allow for your classmates to respond.

A maximum of two points will be given for your introduction and weekly postings from each module. Your answer and responses will be evaluated on the following: 1) provided a thorough and correct answer to the question utilizing the text and other resources; 2) provided adequate justification that supports the opinion expressed; 3) used clear and understandable language with no grammar or spelling mistakes; 4) used vocabulary relevant to the current week’s topic; 5) participated in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with rationale, challenging a point of discussion, or making a relationship between one or more points of discussion; 6) justified ideas and responses using appropriate examples and references from texts, websites, and other references or personal experience; and 7) provided responses which added to the discussion of a question without duplication of information already given.

Answers will be submitted on time or 0.1 point will be deducted for each day the posted answer is late. Deductions in 0.1 point increments will be made when answers or responses do not meet the criteria above.

Papers/Projects (30 points)

Position Paper (10 points)

A position paper is used to present a point of view. The idea is to write about a controversial topic and choose a side to support. These topics can come from current events, newspapers, magazines, school or anywhere.

First create an outline of the topic and list the arguments for and against it. You will use this to help guide your paper.

Next begin the paper by identifying the problem and your position on the issue or your thesis statement. A thesis statement tells the reader what your position is on the topic and the purpose of writing the paper.

Address a different point that supports your argument in each paragraph. Back up your argument with support from statistics, experts, research articles, etc.

Then, using the points for the other side, defend your position against them.
Finally, summarize the points of your position and add any possible actions or solutions to the problem. 

Remember to not repeat the introduction or body of the paper in this section. Your goal: to convince others about your position.

Two double spaced pages are sufficient for this paper as it not about quantity but quality. The grading rubric can be found in the Getting Started module.

Reference for how to write a position paper is at the following website:

Examples of Position Papers can be found on the following website:

Clinical Nursing Case Studies (10 points)

Select a condition that we have not covered in class and write a hypothetical clinical case study. This is your chance to be creative. The grading rubric can be found in the Getting Started module. Case studies submitted late will lose 1 point each day out of the total 10 points given for the activity. 

Family/Child Assessment Paper (10 points)

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the strengths and vulnerabilities of a family/child unit. The student is to select a family/child unit to interview, assess and provide anticipatory guidance for the selected family. The maximum length of the paper is to be no more than 10 typed, double spaced pages (not including references or appendix) in APA format. Paper submitted after the due date will have 1 point deducted each day it is late out of the total 10 points for the activity. The grading rubric is in the Getting Started module.

Final Exam (40 points)

The final examination will be submitted in the assessments section of this course. You will need a proctor for this exam so begin early finding someone whom you do not work with that can supervise you taking the final during final week. Your site and proctor must be preapproved. The exam will be multiple choice and consist of 100 questions taken from the content material. You will be given a study guide two weeks prior to the exam period. It is comprehensive so it will cover all of the modules. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

The final examination is a proctored examination. Please arrange for a proctor early in the course. In order to follow proctor guidelines you can go to the main home page and click on Student Services and then search on their site for “proctor” and read the guidelines for selecting a proctor and site. 

Grading Procedures:
15 of Discussion @ 2 points eachSubtotal Points 30
3 of Papers @ 10 points eachSubtotal Points 30
1 of Exam @ 60 pointsSubtotal Points 60
Total Points 100Total Course Points 100


Grading Scale:


Assignments and Projects:
Class Participation:

You are expected to participate at a minimum of twice each week, once to submit your initial response to the discussion question and then later in the week to respond to your classmate’s postings. 

Late Policy:

Late policies are described with each course requirement 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on January 16, 2018