PNUR 102 - Family as Client

Course Details
Course Code:
PNUR 102


Calendar Description:
Family as Client explores the concept of assisting families to be healthy across the life span. Family structure and development are examined in the context of the professional nurse's role in providing collaborative health care to families, including child bearing and child rearing families. Nursing laboratory and practical, clinical learning experiences focus on assisting families to learn strategies to maintain health in a variety of community and acute care settings.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 120
Seminars and Tutorials: 42
Laboratory Hours: 18

Other Contact Hours: 60

Total Weeks: 15

This course is offered online:  No


PNUR 101 Introduction to Professional Nursing
BIOL 111 Anatomy & Physiology I

Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None


BIOL 112 Anatomy and Physiology II

Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Theory Topics:
- Promoting Health for Families, Across the Life Span
- The Child Bearing Family I
- The Child Bearing Family II
- The Child Rearing Family I
- The Child Rearing Family II
- Families with Elder Adults
- Families Caring for Frail Elderly
- Families Dealing with Chronic Disease
- Nursing Process and Families
- Therapeutic Communications within Families
- Communities and Families
- Family Violence

Laboratory Topics:
- Searching for Evidence about Families
- Communicating with Families, Children and Older Adults
- Family Assessment-Structure & Development
- Community Assessment - Windshield Survey
- Documentation for Families
- Safe Oxygen Administration

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 second 1/2 of Dosage Calculations for S.I. Units
- Completion of second 1/2 of Medical Terminology

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of PNUR 102 Family as Client, 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 Relating relevant, concise, evidence based information to each Scenario
1.4 Describing and beginning to demonstrate leadership skills

2. Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal behaviour by:
2.1 Demonstrating accountability for own decisions and actions
2.2 Discussing effects of own values, biases, and assumptions on interaction with clients and others
2.3 Interpreting and adhering to ethical and legal codes
2.3.1 Respecting and maintaining client confidentiality
2.3.2 With assistance, providing relevant information to the client/family
2.3.3 With assistance, documenting client information in a timely, accurate, clear, and concise manner
2.3.4 Examining own learning and practice, identifying gaps in own competence
2.3.5 Determining own identified learning needs and establishing strategies to meet these 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. Illustrate 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:
7.1. When meeting own learning needs
7.2. When providing care to clients
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:

Passing Grade:
C+(65%):See Additional Comment

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

Number of Assignments: 2

Writing Assignments:
Scholarly Paper, Clinical Learning Reflective Journal

Percentage of Individual Work:

Other Pertinent Information:
Transfer to BSN programs; must be applied for.

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. Lab performance will be graded Pass/Fail with a mastery level of A required for a Pass.

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 - Potter, Perry, Ross-Kerr & Wood, 2010, Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing - Revised reprint, 4th Edition (Mosby Canada). Chapters Covered: All
Required – Eliopoulous, 2010, Gerontological Nursing (LWW). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Osis, M., 2002, Dosage Calculations in SI Units, 4th ed (Mosby Canada). Chapters Covered: All
Required - London, Ladewig, Ball, Binder , 2007, Maternal & Child Nursing Care (Prentice Hall). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Chabner, D., 2011, The Language of Medicine, 9th ed. (Saunders). Chapters Covered: All