Maternal-Child Nursing Care

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-12-30
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This book provides need-to-know information and skills for LPN/LVN related to maternal and pediatric nursing both as a textbook and as a later reference in an easy-to-read and understand format.

Author Biography

Mary Ann Towle, RN, MEd, MSN

Mary Ann Towle “always wanted to be a nurse” but teaching science in high school also seemed appealing. After graduating from Idaho State University with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, she moved to Boise, Idaho where she accepted a position at St. Luke’s Medical Center. Mary Ann felt confident with her entry-level knowledge but was unsure of herself when it came to performing nursing procedures. Several LPNs helped her gain the necessary skills and confidence. Within a few months, she was working in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit as the evening charge nurse.


While Mary Ann enjoyed the direct client care of the CCU, she felt something was missing in her career. She taught a few in-service programs and workshops to nurses as well as to Respiratory Therapy students from Boise State University. After three years, an opportunity became available to teach in the LPN program at Boise State University. Mary Ann jumped at the change to combine her love for nursing and her desire to teach.


All faculty in the Vocational-Technical Education programs were required to take education classes in order to improve their teaching performance. With a husband and two young children to care for and while teaching full time, Mary Ann attended classes two or three nights a week. After five years, she completed a Master of Education degree with a specialty in Vocational Education. A proponent of life-long learning, Mary Ann returned to school once her family was grown and completed a Master of Science degree in Nursing. Having taught the entire curriculum, Mary Ann sees herself as a generalist with experience in maternity, pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing and geriatrics.


It has been 31 years since Mary Ann began her career as a nursing instructor at Boise State University. She has been recognized by the American Vocational Association as Vocational Teacher of the Year at the state and regional levels and as first runner-up at the national level. Mary Ann is the co-author of several other articles and nursing textbooks.

Mary Ann is a strong advocate for the LPN/LVN. She works to advance their education and scope of practice within the health care community. She feels that by reducing the stress involved in learning, providing positive feedback, and role modeling, she can help all students develop into quality nurses who can think critically and function in any situation.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Community-Based Nursing Practice
The LPN LVN in Maternal-Child, Community-Based Nursing
Legal and Ethical Issues in Maternal-Child Nursing
Nursing Care of the Family
Maternal-Newborn Care
Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology
Reproductive Issues
Health Promotion During Pregnancy
Health Promotion During Labor and Delivery
Maternal High-Risk Nursing Care
Health Promotion of the Newborn
Health Promotion in the Postpartum Period
Pediatric Care
Life Span Growth and Development
Illness Prevention, Health Promotion, and Nutrition in Children
Adapting Procedures in the Care of Children
Care of the Hospitalized or Chronically Ill Child
Care of the Child with Fluid, Electrolyte, or Acid-Base Disorders
Care of the Child with Neurologic and Sensory Disorders
Care of the Child with Musculoskeletal Disorders
Care of the Child with Respiratory Disorders
Care of the Child with Cardiovascular Disorders
Care of the Child with Hematologic or Lymphatic Disorders
Care of the Child with Immune Disorders
Care of the Child with Gastrointestinal Disorders
Care of the Child with Genitourinary Disorders
Care of the Child with Integumentary Disorders
Care of the Child with Endocrine Disorders
Care of the Child with Communicable Diseases
Care of the Child with Psychosocial Disorders
Care of the Family with a Dying Child
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