PNC121 - Practical Nursing - Clinical Preparation

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Subject Title
Practical Nursing - Clinical Preparation

Subject Description
Practical Nursing - Clinical Preparation course allows the student to prepare for clinical practice through applied theoretical concepts. Students will engage in learning opportunities to promote professional identity and behaviour as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team. The student will rehearse thinking like a nurse, which promotes the nursing process and developing care plans, communication skills, guidelines for documentation, as well as organizing, evaluating and engaging in activities that are essential to the care of the individuals and their families. Students will investigate the practice concepts of connectedness, competency, health and healing, professionalism, and critical thinking in addition to understanding evidence-informed practice.

Credit Status
One credit in the Practical Nursing Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:
1. Examine the criteria of a profession, the CNO professional practice standards and concepts, and how they guide care, organizational policies and procedures.
2. Identify, analyze and interpret evidence-informed practice to support decision-making and appropriate nursing intervention and client care.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and application of the phases of the nursing process used to guide nursing practice, develop plans care and evaluate health outcomes.
4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in verbal, non-verbal and written format using therapeutic communications skills and techniques that support nursing therapeutic relationships and care.
5. Identify the purpose and legal and ethical considerations of documentation and the measures used to maintain confidentiality and security of computerized client records.
6. Utilize various data collecting frameworks to organize, analyze and interpret the client data that support decision-making, care plan development and documentation.
7. Demonstrates knowledge about the nurse’s role in documenting, reporting and the use of different documentation methods, using appropriate terminology and abbreviation.
8. Demonstrates knowledge about the use of Emergencies measures, infection prevention and control and creating a safe work environment for the client, nurse and interprofessional team.
9. Understands the role, responsibility and scope of practice for the “student learner” in the clinical practice setting.

CNO Entry to Practice Competencies (identified in subject outline and weekly course objectives)

1. Develop a therapeutic relationship with clients.
2. Identifies clients’ health care needs in a caring environment that facilitates achieving mutually agreed health outcomes.
4. Demonstrates knowledge in critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
5. Uses a theory-based approach.
6. Demonstrates knowledge in nursing health and social science.
8. Recognizes the impact of an agency’s organizational culture on nursing practice.
10. Reviews literature and collaborate with colleagues and other resources in selecting assessment tools or techniques.
12. Demonstrates knowledge of therapeutic communication.
 Analyze and interprets initial assessment findings and collaborates with the client in developing approaches to nursing care.
 Selects communication techniques that are appropriate for the client’s circumstances needs.
 Maintain clear, concise, accurate and timely records of client’s case.
 Applies most appropriate therapeutic communication techniques
 Evaluates and refines critical thinking and problem-solving skills in all aspects of nursing care.
Modifies plan of care according to one’s knowledge, skill and judgement.
 Responds appropriately to rapidly changing situations.
 Evaluates and refines therapeutic communication techniques as needed.
 Establishes and maintains a caring environment that supports clients in achieving optimal health.
 Demonstrates behaviours that contribute to an effective and therapeutic nurse-client relationship.
 Recognizes and reports situation within the practice environment that are potentially unsafe.
 Evaluates the appropriateness of the physical resources to provide effective and efficient care.
 Demonstrates a professional presence and models professional behaviours.
 Understands the purpose of research for evidence-informed practice.
 Understands the impact and implications of informatics and technologies in health care.
 Demonstrates knowledge of computer skills to do the following: a. Document client care.
 Demonstrates knowledge of computer skills to do the following: d. Validate evidence-informed practice.
 Demonstrates professional conduct by: a. adhering to the standards of practice of the profession.
 Demonstrates professional conduct by: d. documenting incidents and actions taken.
 Demonstrates professional conduct by: f. using informatics and technologies responsible in the health care setting.
 Uses computer skills in a professional manner to do the following: a. document client care.
 Uses computer skills in a professional manner to do the following: d. validates evidence-informed practice.

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