PNUR 115 - Integrated Nursing Practice 1

This course emphasizes the art and science of nursing, focusing on the development of basic nursing care and assessment. Learners will apply nursing knowledge through the practice of clinical decision making, nursing assessment skills, and nursing interventions aimed at the promotion of health, independence, and comfort.  A variety of approaches (e.g., simulation) will be used to assist learners to integrate theory from other Level I courses.


Hours: 135 (Lecture Hours: 54; Laboratory Hours: 81)


Total Weeks: 12


- 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 111 Professional Practice 1
PNUR 112 Health Promotion 1
PNUR 113 Variations in Health 1
PNUR 114 Pharmacology 1


Detailed Course Content, Topics and Sequence Covered:
This course involves both theory and labwork.  It includes introductions to nursing practice with respect to:
    - Comprehensive health assessment of healthy adults
    - Clinical decision making
    - Basic nursing interventions
    - Safety
    - Principles of asepsis
    - Universal precautions
    - Musculoskeletal injury prevention
    - Personal care
    - Mobility assistance
    - Prevention of complications of immobility
    - Urinary elimination
    - Fecal elimination
    - Feeding
    - Simple wound management (clean technique)
    - Introduction to pain management (non-pharmaceutical)|
    - Medication administration
    - Principles of medication administration
    - Rectal and topical medication
    - Introduction to reporting and documentation
    - Introduction to nursing care delivery models


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, in the simulated learning environment, the learner will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate understanding of the Scope of Practice: Standards, Limits and Conditions (CLPNBC, 2017), Entry-to - Practice
     Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurse (CCPNR, 2013), Professional Standards for LPNs (CLPNBC, 2014), and Practice
     Standards (CLPNBC current editions)
2.  Perform basic nursing assessment and interventions in predictable situations
3.  Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical judgment and knowledge of assessment to plan, implement and evaluate care of
clients in predictable situations
4.  Practice in collaboration with clients, the interprofessional healthcare team, peers and faculty
5.  Provide a caring environment for clients by connecting, sharing and exploring with them in a collaborative relationship
6.  Provide person-centered care that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual and is sensitive to culture and diversity
7.  Identify own values, biases, and assumptions as a self-reflective, responsible and accountable practitioner
8.  Identify own learning needs to enhance competence
9.  Practice safe medication administration


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: In order to pass this course, students require BOTH a 75% grade for the theory portion of the course, AND mastery in skill development as indicated by an 80% grade on the final Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).  One retest is granted for failure of the OSCE, as per Northern Lights College's Practical Nursing Handbook.


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.