PNUR 111 - Professional Practice 1

Course Details 
Course Code:
PNUR 111

Credits: 0

Calendar Description:
This theory course provides an introduction to the profession of Practical Nursing.
Legislation that informs PN practice within British Columbia will be introduced. The history of nursing and specifically the evolution of Practical Nursing within the Canadian Health Care system will be discussed. The philosophy and foundational concepts of the Provincial Practical Nursing Program are explored.

Date First Offered: 2012-09-01

Hours: Total Hours: 25

Total Weeks: 10

This course is offered online: No

Pre-Requisites: Admission to the Practical Nursing Program

Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

PNUR 110 Professional Communication 1
PNUR 112 Health Promotion 1
PNUR 113 Variations in Health 1
PNUR 114 Pharmacology 1
PNUR 115 Integrated Nursing Practice 1

Detailed Course Content, Topics and Sequence Covered:

Course outcomes will be met through examination and exploration of the following concepts:
- Legislation that governs PN practice
- Introduction to PN professional practice
- History of Practical Nursing
- Philosophy of the PN Curriculum
- Introduction to ethical practice
- Introduction to leadership
- Inter-professional practice
- Academic writing
- Diversity
- Self reflection (reflective writing)
- Self care
- Stress management

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

- Describe how legislation, professional standards, code of ethics, and practice expectations inform nursing practice
- Identify and discuss professional self-regulation and the implication for individual responsibilities and accountabilities of the Practical Nurse
- Explain the role and responsibility of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC)
- Describe how the philosophy of caring guides nursing practice
- Use self-reflection and reflective journal writing to enhance learning and nursing practice
- Cite some examples of self care strategies for the nurse
- Discuss the partnership of nursing (Registered Nursing, Registered Psychiatric Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing)
- Recognise and respect the diversity of other health care roles, responsibilities, and competencies
- Identify and explain the influence of collaborative and inter-professional relationships on quality practice environments
- Demonstrate the ability to access and assess current and relevant scholarly resources to prepare for nursing practice
- Discuss culture and diversity within professional practice
- Discuss ethical decision making principles through case studies
- Discuss theories of nursing leadership

Grading System: Percentage

Passing Grade: 68%

Grading Weight:
Midterm Exam: 30 %
Portfolio: 10%
Assignments: 60 %

Number of Assignments: 2

Writing Assignments:
One academic paper written in APA style; one presentation.

Percentage of Individual Work: 100

Course Offered in Other Programs: No

Text Books:
Required - Anderson, 2009, Nursing Leadership, Management and Professional Practice for the LPN/LVN (FA Davis Co). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Kozier et al., 2010, Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing (Pearson). Chapters Covered: All