PNC121 - Practical Nursing - Clinical Preparation

Outline info
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Last review date 2018-07-30 10:28:19.516

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.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

PNR100, ETY101, PNH100, and PNA100


Topic Outline
• Nursing Concepts
• Communication – written and verbal
• Therapeutic Communication
• Research
• The Nursing Process
• Critical Thinking
• Care Plans
• Documentation
• Safety
• Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)
• Clinical Preparation


Mode of Instruction
4 hours per week x 14 weeks = 56 hours


A variety of teaching methods will be used including, but not limited to: facilitated cooperative learning groups, discussion, seminar, lecture, simulation/role play, E-learning and independent study.

Prescribed Texts

Ackley,Ladwig, Makic Nursing diagnosis handbook: an evidenced based guide to planning care 11th edition.  ISBN: 9780323322249

Kozier, B., Erb, G., Breman, A., Snyder, S., Buck, M., Yui, L., Stamler, L.  Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing: concepts, process and practice (4th  ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Canada  Elsevier-Mosby ISBN 9780133509137            

Lewis, S. L., McLean Heitkemper, M., Ruff Dirksen, S., Barry, M. A., Goldsworthy, S., & Goodridge, D. Medical-surgical nursing in Canada. (4th Cdn. ed.).Toronto, ON: Elsevier. ISBN: 9781771720489


Reference Material
Rebar,C. (2009).  DocuNotes.  Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (10th ed.) (2017).  St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book


Required Supplies
Students are required to:

  •     Provide their own books and supplies for assignments
  •     Have daily access to a computer and the Internet
  •     Obtain adn wear a Seneca College issued picture ID

Other Requirements
There are additional costs related to clinical preparation such as:
  • CPR Level C-HCP+SFA
  • Clinical Passport Preparation
  • Immunization and Health Assessment,
  • Police Check

Promotion Policy
If an extension is required for an essay or other individual assignment, the request must be received prior to the assignment due date. Grade deduction for late submission of an assignment is 5% per day. (Review guideline in PND Handbook).
In recognition of the significance of exceptional communication skills in the workplace, marks are deducted for language errors. Please see the detailed assignment descriptions and rubrics for more information.
Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero, as per Seneca College’s Academic Policy.
If a test or exam is missed due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the course professor and Academic Coordinator (Review guideline in PND Handbook for Deferred Evaluation Request)

A minimum “C” grade is required for one credit toward the Practical Nursing Diploma.

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation

Midterm Exam 30%
Final Comprehensive Exam 35%
Diagnosis Research 5%
Nursing Care Plan Assignment/Concept Map 15%
Group Presentation  (IPAC) 10%
Documentation Assignment/quiz 5%
RICN – IPAC (Certificate) SAT

Students must attain a minimum overall mark of 60% in order to pass this subject. Failure to meet the above will result in a grade of "F".

“A minimum overall term/cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required in order to remain in the Nursing program.”

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. Failure to produce documentation within the timeframe will result in a grade of zero in the missed evaluation. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

Safe Assign:

Students are required to submit assignments through Safe Assign. Safe Assign compares submitted assignments against existing sources to identify areas of overlap. You can only submit your assignment once through Safe Assign. Students may also be required to submit a hard copy of the assignment. The process of submitting assignments will be discussed in class.

Expected English Competencies:

Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding
that all written work must demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:

  • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
  • spelling and punctuation are correct
  • appropriate vocabulary used
  • sentences are structured correctly
  • work to flow logically through supporting statements
  • work to be arranged in correct format (i.e. reports, essays)

Late Assignments:

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified. Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to the assignment due date, so an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments are subject to a penalty of 10% per week, and will not be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignments due date.

Approved by: Lisa Harfield