The third nursing course focuses on the knowledge, skills, attitudes/values, and abilities required to provide safe, quality, patient-centered care to women, children, and their families in order for them to flourish. The Nurse of the Future Competencies are integrated into theoretical concepts and clinical practice. Communication and critical reasoning skills are utilized in applying the nursing process. Culturally competent therapeutic nursing interventions are developed to promote adaptation for childbearing and childrearing families. Strategies to optimize health are presented and discussed in relation to childbearing and childrearing including: high-risk pregnancy, high-risk parenting, and common health problems of women and children. Research concepts and historical and current perspectives are addressed in this specialty. A philosophy of caring is emphasized in order to provide support to individuals striving to adapt to change in family structure and function and/or the effects of illness. Leadership and management principles are reinforced through clinical practice and clinical conferences. Collaboration with patients, families, and the interprofessional health care team is promoted in order to provide quality nursing care. Ethical and legal concerns and the exploration of cultural influences on family-centered care are analyzed in this course. Concurrent acute care and community clinical experiences are utilized to introduce the student to diverse professional nursing roles and the modeling of an evidence-based approach to nursing practice in the provision of care to childbearing and childrearing families. These clinical experiences provide numerous opportunities to employ teaching-learning principles and further develop specialized skills and learning outcomes in assisting these populations. Clinical conferences are held to reinforce learning and to assist students to correlate theory concepts into clinical practice. Simulated clinical learning experiences in the Nursing Arts Lab provide opportunities to develop and practice skills that are utilized in the clinical area. Evaluation of the course/clinical student learning outcomes and student/faculty conferences provides feedback on student progress to promote professional development.