PNUR 101 - Introduction to Professional Nursing

Course Details
Course Code:
PNUR 101

Credits: 6

Calendar Description:
Introduction to Professional Nursing explores the history of nursing in Canada and the role of professional nurses within the Canadian Health Care system. The concepts of primary health care and inter-professional, collaborative practice within health care are emphasized. Fundamental nursing skills are learned, including beginning therapeutic communication and principles of safe patient/client care. Students complete specified modules related to medical terminology and health care mathematics. Practical clinical learning experiences occur in a variety of community and acute care settings.

Date First Offered: 2010-09-01

Hours: Total Hours:     120
Seminars and Tutorials:42
Laboratory Hours:        18
Other Contact Hours:   60

Total Weeks: 15

This course is offered online: No

Pre-Requisites: None

Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: BIOL 111 Anatomy & Physiology I

Course Content:
Theory Topics:
- Nursing as a Profession and the Health Professions Act
- History of Nursing in Canada
- Primary Health Care
- Health as a Learned Process
- Families as Client
- The Role of the Nurse in assisting Families to Learn to Be Healthy
- Inter-professional, Evidence Based Practice
- Communicating Effectively with Families
- Introduction to Principles of Client Education
- Introduction to Principles of Nutrition, Hydration, and Elimination
- Principles of Asepsis, Circle of Infection, Standard Precautions
- Principles of Safe Practice for the Nurse and Client

Laboratory Topics:
- Introduction to Effective Group Leaning Processes
- Introduction to Therapeutic Communication Techniques
- Hand Washing for Nurses and Safe Hygiene Care for Clients
- Measuring Temperature, Pulse, Respiration, and Blood Pressure (Vital Signs)
- Safe Ambulation Techniques for Clients
- Introduction to Client Education Strategies

Clinical Learning Experiences:
- Client education related to nutrition, physical activity, normal growth and development of children aged 1-18, and healthy body image
- Providing safe hygiene care, safe ambulation, and measuring vital signs to hospitalized medical/surgical clients who are stable

- Completion of first 1/2 of Dosage Calculations for S.I. Units

- Completion of first 1/2 of Medical Terminology

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of PNUR 101 Introduction to Professional Nursing, the practical nursing student will:*

1.   Function in a Problem Based Learning (PBL) group by:
1.1 Demonstrating use of group process
1.2 Adhering to the group identified rules
1.3 Providing relevant, concise, evidence based information
1.4 Describing and begin to demonstrate leadership skills
2.   Understand professional, ethical, and legal behaviour by:
2.1 Demonstrating accountability for own decisions and actions
2.2 Identifying effects of own values, biases, and assumptions on interaction with clients and others
2.3. Interpreting and adhere to ethical and legal codes
2.4. Examining own learning and practice, identifying gaps in own competence
2.5  Addressing own identified learning needs
3.    Apply knowledge from nursing and support courses when addressing PBL scenarios
4.    Apply knowledge from nursing and support courses when providing care to clients in a clinical learning setting
5.    Describe how the nursing process is used to provide evidenced based nursing care which addresses the unique needs of clients across the lifespan
6.    Collaborate with clients/families, and other members of the interprofessional health care team in providing care, within own range of competence
7.    Demonstrate critical thinking and clinical judgement when meeting own learning needs
8.    Provide safe care to clients within own range of competence**

*Detailed and Leveled Learning Outcomes developed from the CLPNBC Baseline Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses’ Professional Practice are available as part of the Practical Nurse Program Curriculum Document from the Department of Health and Human Services and are posted on D2L for student reference

**4.0 Focused Areas of Specific Knowledge/Judgement/Attitudes of Detailed and Leveled Learning Objectives document provides criteria for safe care to clients

Grading System:

Letter Grades

Passing Grade:

Grading Weight:

Final Exam: 30 %
Assignments: 20 %
Midterm Exam: 20 %
Other: 30 %

Number of Assignments: 2
Writing Assignments: Scholarly Paper, Practicum Reflective Journal
Specify Other: Clinical Practice 

Percentage of Individual Work: 100

Course Offered in Other Programs: No

Additional Comments:
A grade of C+ must be achieved in each of the theory and clinical learning components of this course. Pharmacology theory, Administration of Medication theory and skills, and Lab performance will be graded Pass/Fail with a mastery level of A (90%) required for a Pass and a mark of Pass required to pass the course.

A supplemental examination for the theory component of this course will be available, based upon NLC policies.  

Computer with high speed internet capacity and a browser of Windows XP Professional or Mac OS 10.5 or later
A PDA or iPod Touch, with G3 capacity is recommended. 

Text Books:

Required - Chabner, 2011, The Language of Medicine, 9th ed. (Saunders). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Potter, Perry, Ross-Kerr & Wood, 2010, Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing (Mosby Canada). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Osis, 2002, Dosage Calculations in SI Units (Mosby Canada). Chapters Covered: All