PNUR 111 - Professional Practice 1

This theory course provides an introduction to the profession of Practical Nursing and the BC legislation that informs the practice. The history of nursing and, specifically, the evolution of Practical Nursing within the Canadian Health Care system are discussed. The philosophy and foundational concepts of the Provincial Practical Nursing Program are explored.


Hours: 25 (Lecture Hours: 25)


Total Weeks: 10


    - Admission to the Practical Nursing Program
    - PNUR 099 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses with a minimum grade of C+ or equivalent


Non-Course Prerequisites:


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 an 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
    - Interprofessional practice
    - Diversity
    - Cultural sensitivity and awareness
    - Awareness of own culture
    - Academic writing
    - Self reflection (reflective writing)
    - Self care
    - Stress management


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1.   Describe how legislation, professional standards, ethics, and practice expectations inform nursing practice
2.   Identify and discuss professional self-regulation and the implication for individual responsibilities and accountabilities of the Practical Nurse
3.   Explain the role and responsibility of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC)
4.   Describe how the philosophy of caring guides nursing practice
5.   Describe how self-reflection and reflective journal writing enhances learning in nursing practice
6.   Cite some examples of self-care strategies for the nurse
7.   Discuss the partnership of nursing (Registered Nursing, Registered Psychiatric Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing)
8.   Recognise and respect the diversity of other health care roles, responsibilities, and competencies
9.   Identify and explain the influence of interprofessional collaborative relationships on quality practice environments
10. Demonstrate the ability to access and assess current and relevant scholarly resources to prepare for nursing practice
11. Understand how cultural diversity, sensitivity and awareness influence professional practice
12. Discuss ethical decision making principles through case studies
13. Discuss theories of nursing leadership
14. Identify key competencies associated with effective leadership, management and followership


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: 68%


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Percentage of Group Work: 0


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.