PNUR 106 - Senior Practicum

Course Details
Course Code:
PNUR 106


Calendar Description:
Senior Practicum is an advanced practical clinical nursing experience in which students practice under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse preceptor. Consolidation and integration of previous learning occurs in the provision of care to a specific group of clients in specific care settings where Licensed Practical Nurses regularly practice.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 228

Practicum Hours:
Total Practicum Hours: 228
Formal Work Experience: 228

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

PNUR 105 Nursing in Acute Care Settings

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Clinical Learning Experiences:

Consolidation of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills learned to date and the making of the effective clinical judgments required of a Licensed Practical Nurse, in a preceptored learning environment, where the student will gradually, over six weeks, assume much of the actual practice role of the Licensed Practical Nurse.

Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcomes are based on the four main categories of the CLPNBC Baseline Competencies. They are leveled for this course within these categories.*

Definitions for Levels of Independence:

With assistance: The instructor tells the student what to do and provides a significant amount of the required information.
With minimal assistance: The instructor provides information and guidance for the student from time to time.
With supervision: The instructor provides clarification, prompting, and confirmation for the student a significant amount of the time.
With minimal supervision: The instructor provides clarification, prompting and confirmation for the student from time to time.
Independently: The student works independently most of the time, seeking instructor or preceptor assistance when appropriate.

Adapted from Learning Experiences Development Committee (April 2007) Nursing 1900: 2007 – 2008 Course Outline. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta.

Upon successful completion of PNUR 105, Nursing in Acute Care Settings, the practical nursing student will:

1. Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal behaviour by:
1.1 Showing accountability for own decisions and actions
1.2 Practicing within the scope of practice of Practical Nursing students and Licensed Practical Nurses
1.3 Interpreting effects of own values, biases and assumptions on interaction with clients and others
1.4 Interpreting and adhering to ethical and legal codes
1.4.1 Respecting and maintaining client confidentiality
1.4.2 Obtaining clients’ informed consent prior to initiating nursing care
1.4.3 Providing relevant information to the client/family, within own Scope of Practice
1.4.4 With minimal supervision, advocating for clients
1.4.5 Documenting client information in a timely, accurate, clear, and concise manner
1.4.6 Analyzing own learning and practice, identifying gaps in own competence
1.4.7 Analyzing own identified learning needs related to gaps in own competence
1.4.8 Implementing strategies to meet these learning needs

2. Analyze and integrate knowledge from nursing and support courses when providing care to clients

3. Modify and use the nursing process to provide evidenced based nursing care which addresses the unique needs of clients across the lifespan

4. Collaborate with clients, families and other members of the interprofessional health care team, in providing care within own range of competence

5. With supervision, demonstrate leadership within the interprofessional health care team within own range of competence

6. Demonstrate critical thinking and clinical judgement by:
6.1 Assessing effectiveness of strategies used to meet own learning needs
6.2 Assessing, modifying and implementing patient care

7. Provide safe care to clients within own range of competence, meeting the CLPNBC Baseline Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses Professional Practice**

*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 Info

Grading Weight:
Assignments: 30 %
Practicum: 70 %

Number of Assignments:

Writing Assignments:
Clinical Learning Reflective Journal

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Additional Comments:
Some Learning Outcomes must be met at an A+ Mastery Level as identified in Learner Handouts.

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 - Day, Paul, & Williams, 2009, Brunner & Suddarth's Textbook of Canadian Medical-Surgical Nursing (Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Stephen,, 2009, Canadian Bates' Guide to health Assessment for Nurses (Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Potter, Perry, Ross-Kerr & Wood, 2010, Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing - Revised reprint, 4th Edition (Mosby Canada). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Osis, M., 2002, Dosage Calculations in SI Units, 4th ed (Mosby Canada). Chapters Covered: All
Required - N/A, Drug Handbook, Student Choice
Required - London, Ladewig, Ball, Binder, 2007, Maternal & Child Nursing Care (Prentice Hall). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Lilley, et. al., 2007, Pharmacology and the Nursing Process in Canada (Mosby Canada). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Chabner, D., 2011, The Language of Medicine, 9th ed. (Saunders). Chapters Covered: All