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Strategy Submission

Perinatal Unfolding Case Study


Mary Lou Gies



Assistant Professor



La Salle University


Competency Categories:

Patient-Centered Care, Safety, Teamwork and Collaboration

Learner Level(s):

Pre-Licensure BSN

Learner Setting(s):

Classroom, Clinical Setting, Skills or Simulation Laboratories

Strategy Type:

Online or Web-based Modules

Learning Objectives:

1.  To descibe the knowledge related to patient-centered care is demonstrated through patient teaching sessions throughout the perinatal period. Suicide and depression screening incorporate important safety measures to prevent negative outcomes of the high-risk obstetrical patient.

2.  To apply attitudes, beliefs and values of the professional nurse when caring for patients of different social backgrounds are addressed. Respect and support of the patient, and how they can impact the quality of patient care, is included. Used as described above, this exercise can improve the competency of the pre-licensure nursing student. 

Strategy Overview:

This unfolding perinatal case study takes the learner from the initial prenatal visit of a patient with many risk factors and complications through the perinatal period. Through this exercise, the pre-licensure learner can describe and apply safe and quality care to the patient whcih can lead to a positive outcome.

This exercise can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used as an alternative to the traditional lecture. The scenario can be broken down and used in segments based on the material to be covered. This teaching strategy can also be used as an out of class assignment and reviewed in class. Alternatively, it can be used as a review exercise in its entirety at the end of the semester to prepare for the final exam. Upon completion of the pre-licensure nursing program, the case study can be used to review maternity material in preparation for the NCLEX exam. NCLEX style questions are included.

Submitted Materials:

QSEN-Unfolding-Perinatal-Case-Study-new-Aug2012-1-1.ppt -

Additional Materials:

Evaluation Description:

Evaluation of learning using the unfolding case study was presented in the following ways. Questions are posed throughout the presentation to stimulate discussion. Application of the QSEN KSAs are described. Practice multiple-choice questions are included at the end of the presentation, to evaluate learning. This teaching strategy could enhance student and teacher satisfaction by providing an alternative learning experience. 

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