PNUR 233 - Variations in Health 3

This course focuses on the continuum of care and the development of knowledge related to health challenges managed in the community setting. Pathophysiology and nursing care of clients requiring home health care, rehabilitation, and supportive services in the community will be explored.  Cultural diversity in healing approaches will be explored as well as the incorporation of evidence-informed research and practice.


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 8


Successful completion of Level 2 coursework and Consolidated Practice Experience 2


Non-Course Prerequisites:


PNUR 230: Professional Communication 3
PNUR 231: Professional Practice 3
PNUR 232: Health Promotion 3
PNUR 235: Integrated Nursing Practice 3


Detailed Course Content, Topics and Sequence Covered:
Course outcomes will be met through examination and exploration of the following:
    - Physiologic alterations associated with mental illness
    - Recognition and presentation of common acute/chronic behaviours associated with mental illness
    - Nursing management of  common acute/chronic mental illness
    -  Nursing management through assessment (holistic assessment, data collection including lab values and diagnostics); pharmacology; identification of real/potential problems; nursing diagnoses; planning of specific nursing interventions; implementing culturally safe care; evaluation of care;  interprofessional collaboration; health promotion; client teaching
    - Cycle of addiction
    - Psychosocial rehabilitation
    - Physiologic alterations of pregnancy
    - Recognition and presentation of common conditions associated with pregnancy
    - Disabilities in the pediatric population
   - Traditional healing practices associated with mental illness and maternal and child health
    - Cultural diversity in health and healing 
    - Evidence-informed research and practice; best practice guidelines


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1.   Describe the use of the DSM 5 in classification of mental Illness
2.   Explain several models of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery
3.   Describe physiologic alterations expected in the postpartum client
4.   Describe the pathophysiology and nursing management of selected childhood illnesses and disabilities
5.   Describe the pathophysiology and nursing management of clients with selected mental Illness across the lifespan
6.   Analyze how culture and cultural safety impact health and healing
7.   Identify holistic healing practices associated with chronic illness
8.   Describe resources for evidence informed research and practice in delivering care in the context of clients accessing care in community settings
9.   Discuss the stigma associated with living with mental illness or physical and/or developmental disability
10. Describe the continuity of care for clients experiencing addiction/s and/or concurrent disorders
11. Discuss interprofessional collaboration roles when working with mental health teams


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.