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Practical Nursing

English Language Requirements
Beginning Fall, 2007 students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

PNUR 1002 credits
Health I
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Practical Nursing program
Corequisite(s): PNUR 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106
This course introduces learners to the concept of health as a dynamic, non-static process. Viewed within the context of Canadian society, health is seen as a holistic process on which our daily choices have a significant effect. The integration of body, mind, and spirit will be examined in order to develop an appreciation for the idea that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on our health. This course will examine six dimensions of the individual's health, each of which impacts well-being. Growth and development theory and health promotion strategies will be reviewed across the lifespan.

PNUR 1011.5 credits
Healing I
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Practical Nursing program
Corequisite(s): PNUR 100, PNUR 102, PNUR 103, PNUR 104, PNUR 105, PNUR 106
This course will provide learners with an opportunity to explore healing as a holistic process. Common challenges associated with healing will be discussed as they impact the healing process. Students will examine complementary approaches to healing. The particular needs of persons with physical and mental disabilities will be explored, including discussion of common challenges for the disabled, the role of public and social environments, and community resources. This course will also provide an introduction to principles of primary health care and basic pharmacology as resources to healing.

PNUR 1021 credit
Human Relationships I
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Practical Nursing program
Corequisite(s): PNUR 100, PNUR 101, PNUR 103, PNUR 104, PNUR 105, PNUR 106
This course will provide learners with an opportunity to explore the concept of caring as it applies to the development of human relationships. The development of helping relationships will be discussed with particular emphasis on the application of effective interpersonal skills. Group communication skills will be addressed as they relate to elements of group process. Students will also examine and practice the adaptation of communication skills with persons with physical and/or mental disabilities.

PNUR 103.5 credits
Professional Growth I
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Practical Nursing program
Corequisite(s): PNUR 100, 101, 102, 104, 105, and 106
This course introduces learners to the evolution and position of practical nursing as a health profession within the health care system. It focuses on the legal, ethical, and philosophical bases for practice. The PN role, interdisciplinary team, partnership, delegation, reporting, and documenting will be discussed. This course also explores reflective writing and critical thinking skills.

PNUR 1043.5 credits
Nursing Arts I
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Practical Nursing program
Corequisite(s): PNUR 100, 101, 102, 103, 105, 106
This course introduces learners to the nursing process and basic nursing skills. The classroom and laboratory components will assist learners to acquire the basic knowledge and skill of nursing assessments, promotion of independence, activity, comfort, and personal care skills. This course is intended to help learners integrate theory in selected client care situations. Organizational skills, safety to practice, and communication skills are addressed.

PNUR 1052.5 credits
Clinical Practice I
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 104
This clinical practice course will provide learners with an opportunity to integrate theory from Semester I into practice. Learners will gain experience caring for clients with health challenges in a variety of community agencies. Placement experiences will include extended care, community living agencies/programs for persons with disabilities, and health promotion programs for the older adult.

PNUR 1061.5 credits
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Practical Nursing program
Corequisite(s): PNUR 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105
This course provides students with a review of each of the body systems. The structure and function of each of the systems will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on an understanding of the interrelationship amongst the body systems. As each body system is presented, various health promotion strategies will be discussed that support optimal health.

PNUR 1101.5 credits
Health II
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 105
Corequisite(s): PNUR 111, 112, 114, 115
Society is bombarded with a variety of myths, stereotypes, and prejudices related to aging. This course will present a discussion of aging through a review of the aging process and theories of aging. In particular, it will examine the demographic profile of the older adult, the aging family, personal adjustments required by the aging individual, and available community resources. Geropharmacology forms the basis for understanding the older adult's vulnerability to medications. Health promotion and wellness in the older adult will also be addressed.

PNUR 1111.5 credits
Healing II
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 105
Corequisite(s): PNUR 110, 112, 114, 115
This course will provide learners with the opportunity to examine the unique health issues for the gerontological client. Students will study age-related illnesses including psychogeriatric disorders. The nursing process will be applied to the various health challenges associated with aging. The care of the gerontological client will be reviewed as well as discussion of the levels and context of care for the older adult. This course will also explore the legal and ethical considerations related to gerontological nursing.

PNUR 1121 credit
Human Relationships II
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 105
Corequisite(s): PNUR 110, 111, 114, 115
This course will focus on effective communication with the older adult, including characteristics of the older adult that affect communication between nurse and client. Students will explore how to adapt communication techniques. A review of the specific needs of the mentally fragile older adult will direct exploration of professional attitudes and communication strategies that support a therapeutic relationship. In addition, discussion of group communication with older adults will provide an opportunity for students to identify effective leadership skills and explore the positive impact of group work for the older adult. Development of collaboration skills will also be addressed in relation to students’ working relationships with members of the health care team.

PNUR 1143 credits
Nursing Arts II
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 105
Corequisite(s): PNUR 110, 111, 112, 115
This course focuses on the development of practical nursing skills that promote health and healing for the older adult. Clients are viewed from a holistic perspective based on an accurate and comprehensive assessment of their unique needs. Students will utilize the nursing process as they adapt nursing interventions to the older adult. Communication skills and responsibility and accountability will be emphasized throughout this course. Laboratory and selected clinical experiences will promote integration of theory to practice.

PNUR 1155 credits
Clinical Practice II
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 114
This clinical practice course is intended to provide learners with an opportunity to apply theory to the care of older adults in residential facilities. Students will be assigned resident care responsibilities in a long term care facility. The experience will focus on the development of nursing care abilities within a gerontological context.

PNUR 1201 credit
Health III
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 115
Corequisite(s): PNUR 121, 123, 124, 125
This course focuses on the promotion of health for individuals across the lifespan in acute care. Students will be introduced to a variety of acute care programs. Discharge planning will be examined in relation to the patient situation and specific nursing care considerations. Students will have an opportunity to examine documentation requirements for the acute care setting. Teaching and learning theory will be reviewed with particular focus on the practical nurse’s role with client education. In addition, this course will provide an overview of maternal-child care with emphasis on the care of the post-partum client and newborn.

PNUR 1212 credits
Healing III
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 115
Corequisite(s): PNUR 120, 123, 124, 125
This course will explore the promotion of healing across the lifespan for individuals experiencing acute and/or chronic illness. Students will discuss the differentiation between acute and chronic illness as it relates to the client’s illness experience. Common health problems for medical and surgical clients will be addressed for each of the body systems, including a discussion of pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and nursing interventions. Students will utilize the nursing process in planning client care. In addition, this course will review psychosocial challenges that may be experienced by the acute care client.

PNUR 123.5 credits
Professional Issues
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 115
Corequisite(s): PNUR 120, 121, 124, 125
This course will address professional practice issues that will assist learners in preparing for the transition from practical nursing student to Licensed Practical Nurse. Discussion of the role of the practical nurse in relation to other members of the health care team will foster an understanding of the independent and interdependent functions of the practical nurse. Collaboration, advocacy, and partnership are concepts critical to the role of the professional nurse. Standards of practice, and professional and union affiliations will be discussed, as well as change theory and lifelong learning.

PNUR 1244 credits
Nursing Arts III
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 115
Corequisite(s): PNUR 120, 121, 123, 125
This course emphasizes the development of nursing skills for the promotion of healing for individuals requiring acute care nursing. Building on the theory and practice from semesters I & II, students will utilize the nursing process while integrating new knowledge and technical skills relevant to acute care. Comprehensive assessment skills will form the basis for the recognition and reporting of client data. Opportunities for client teaching will be discussed. Communication skills and responsibility and accountability will be applied throughout this course. The laboratory and acute care setting will provide the opportunity for integration of theory to practice.

PNUR 1254 credits
Clinical Practice III
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 124
This clinical practice course provides learners with acute care nursing experience. This experience will facilitate the student’s ability to integrate theory and develop knowledge related to the care of individuals with acute and chronic illness. Students will be placed on adult medical and surgical nursing units. Selection of client care experiences will be based on client acuity and complexity.

PNUR 1355 credits
Preceptorship
Prerequisite(s): PNUR 125
The preceptorship experience is designed to provide learners with an opportunity to complete the transition from student practical nurse to graduate practical nurse. During the experience, students will be assigned a preceptor who will assist them to gradually assume responsibility for entry-level LPN practice. Program faculty will collaborate with the preceptor and the student to facilitate the preceptorship experience.

Last updated: March 31, 2007Top


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