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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[40/42]  NURSING [42/00 - Ord. 2016]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 48


According to the descriptors of Dublin, the course aim to spread the knowledge of the main obstetrical, gynecological, neonatal and pediatric pathologies, to evaluate the learning with simulated clinical cases and interactive lessons, to evaluate the practical use of the acquired knowledge, to evaluate the ability of making their own opinion by using information coming from external sources of which some examples of utilization are provided, to give communicative abilities with particular attention to the parental communication, to the monitoring of the efficacy of the bidirectional communication of which some examples are provided, to the observation and the understanding of the gestural communication, to the modality of avoiding communicative conflicts of opposition favoring the communication with instructions and dialogue techniques.
At the end of the course, the student must know the structural and functional features of the pediatric environment, the assistive approach of the hospitalized child, the main psychological aspects of the hospitalized child in the different phases of development and the importance of the parental role in the cure and assistance process, the intervention of health education, the peculiarities of the assistive process in the maternal-pediatric area and the implementation of the assistance process in the pediatric field through the use of the health functional models elaborated by Marjory Gordon.
At the end of the course the student must be able to:
1)Describe the peculiarities of the assistive process in neonatal and pediatric area.
2)Describe the modalities of the detection of the individual and collective needs of the population in the neonatal and pediatric area.
3)Describe the features of the pediatric environment and the concept of family centered care.
4)Describe the general and specific elements for the nursing assistance correlated to physio-pathological alterations of the different sistems and/or apparatuses in neonatal and pediatric area.
5)Show the ability of diagnostic reasoning to manage specific cases.

At the end of the course the student must be able to:
1.Provide information and give advice to the pregnant woman, to the couple in the birth journey, giving correct, appropriate and personalized information with regard to the life styles;
2.Identify the health and social needs of the pregnant woman providing every informative-educational support that aims to solve situations of discomfort, fragility in the presence of drug addiction, state of poverty, disability etc.;
3.Plan interventions of information/formation for the mother and the family concerning the surveillance of neonatal health;
4.Know the main obstetric and gynecological pathologies in order to guide the women in the most correct prevention, diagnosis and therapy courses;
5.Provide information about the sexuality, reproduction and contraception issues for the protection and the implementation of the right to a conscious and responsible procreation
6.Know the regulation that protects the working mother and rules the responsible procreation and the voluntary interruption of pregnancy.


All those required by the rules of the Council of Course of Degree


The course aims at teaching the basis of clinical knowledge for the most important gynecologic, obstetric, neonatal and pediatric disease from birth to adolescence. At the end, the student should have acquire the approach to the phisical examination of the pediatric patient at different ages.
Learn the basic concepts of auxology and growth failures. Traditional and extended programs of neonatal screening AEG, SGA, LGA.
Neonatal adaptation to extrauterine life.
Neonate classification according to gestational age and birth weight.
Normal and patologic reflexes and neurologic responses at different ages.
Nutrition from birth to adolescence.
Puberty and its anomalies
Elements of physical examination.
Analysis of the most relevant pediatric signs and symptoms.
Fever, vomitous, cough, diarrea, acute and recurrent abdominal pain
Fever under 2 months of age.
Alert signs for bacteremia and sepsis
Respiratory infections
Obstruction of high airways
Urinary infections
Principal gastroenteric diseases
Gluten intollerance
Most frequent pediatric surgery disasese
Most frequent vasculitis
Rehumatic diseases
Exanthematous diseases of infancy
Thalassemias and hemoglobinopathies
Autism spectrum disorder
Post-partum depression
Physiopathology of the women reproductive tract at different ages
Basis of gynecological and obstetric semiology, diagnosis and therapy with enphasis on the nurses role
Hormonal and mechanical contraception
Voluntary interruption of pregnasncy
Male and female infertility
Natural delivery and indication for Cesarian section

Teaching Methods

The course is made of a serie of formal lectures with slide projections summurizing the core points of the topic. Whenever necessary for a better comprehension, such as for the description of special diagnostic manoveur or technical procedures, videos or animations will complement slide projections. Participation of the students during lectures will be elicited by frequent questions on the topic presented.

Verification of learning

Student evaluation will be based on a written test with multiple closed answers to a given question or open answer to single questions. Students should chose the best answer among questions that may have partial overlap. In case of written exam with questions and open answers the students should correctly answer showing in an appropriate mode his knowledge of the topic. In case of low score, students can chose to engage in an oral test. All tests beyond the first will be oral and evaluation will take into account the comprehensive knowledge achieved as well as the logical reasoning and the ability to link and use knowledge derived from previous basic studies with the knowledge specific of the discipline under evaluation. Students will be evaluated even for the fluency of their language and for the ability with which they express their concepts and knowledge.


Gialli M. Infermieristica clinica in Area materno infantile, Casa Ed. Hoepli.
Moretto C. Assistenza di base in pediatria. Carocci
Badon P. Procedure infermieristiche in pediatria. CEA.
L.J. Carpenito, Diagnosi infermieristiche, applicazione alla pratica clinica, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano 2000
Di Manuel A. Castello
Edizioni Piccin

PEDIATRIA per le Professioni Sanitarie
Editore Edizioni Sorbona
Anno edizione 2008


Trattato di Ostetricia e Ginecologia
Nappi C.
Idelson Casa Editrice

More Information

All slides of the lectures and videos or animations will be made available for the students by giving the presentation files to the students at the end of the lecture or posting them in the website of the university or hospital.
Faculty Office hours by appointment: location and time will be set in advance via email.
Dott.ssa Angelica Dessì: angelicadessi@unica.it

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