PNH201 - Healing Practices for Practical Nurses II

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-06-06 13:36:01.524
Last review date 2018-06-06 13:36:01.525

Subject Title
Healing Practices for Practical Nurses II

Subject Description
This course explores foundational nursing practices and interventions that support health and enhance healing for clients and families.  A specific focus is placed on the topics of maternal newborn health and care of the child with health challenges.


Credit Status

Successful completion of this required course provides one credit towards the Practical Nursing Diploma.

Credit Status
Successful completion of this required course provides one credit towards the Practical Nursing Diploma.


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

Upon completion of this course, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking to address health challenges relating to the topics of nutrition, sensory alterations, pain, complementary and alternative healing modalities (CAM), and sleep using evidence-informed resources.
  2. Plan holistic nursing care for diverse clients across the lifespan related to the above topics.
  3. Discuss factors of healthy living and describe the nursing interventions in promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
  4. Discuss risk factors for chronic disease.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of living with chronic disease and implications for health maintenance along with the appropriate nursing care for clients across the lifespan.  
  6. Identify and describe community health nursing.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to assess and plan care for pediatric clients considering the impact of growth and development as well as factors that influence a child’s reaction to hospitalization.
  8. Apply problem solving and critical thinking to the nursing care for common pediatric conditions. 
  9. Demonstrate ability to assess and plan care for maternal and newborn clients.
CNO Entry to Practice Competencies (identified in subject outline and weekly course objectives)
 Identifies clients' health care needs in a caring environment that facilitates achieving mutually agreed health outcomes
 Demonstrates knowledge in critical thinking and problem-solving skills
 Uses a theory-based approach
 Reviews literature and collaborates with colleagues and other resources in selecting assessment tools or techniques
 Develops a plan to incorporate critical thinking and problem-solving skills into all aspects of care
 Selects communication techniques that are appropriate for client's circumstances needs
 Identifies potential health problems or issues and their consequences for clients
Collaborates with client to develop a plan of care by
(Developing a range of possible alternatives and approaches to care
              Establishing priorities of nursing care
              Identifying expected outcomes
             Incorporating health teaching strategies into care
Plans to incorporate the determinants of health into all aspects of care
 Encourages and supports healthy lifestyle choices
 Provides care that demonstrates an awareness of client diversity
 Considers the determinants of health into all aspects of care
 Respects clients' diversity and decisions
 Provides care for clients while being respectful of diversity
 Identifies the needs of the unique community in the practice environment
Responds to trends in nursing research and the health care environment

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.

PNH101, PNA100


Topic Outline
During this course the student will study concepts of:
●     Nutrition
●     Healthy Living/Risk Factor Reduction
●     Living with Chronic Conditions
●     Healthy Living – Risk Factor Reduction
●     Sleep and Sensory Perception
●     Pain Assessment and Management
●     Living with Chronic Disease
●     Complementary and Alternative Modalities for Healing
●     Nursing Care in the Community
●     The Child Needing Nursing Care
●     Prenatal, Labour and Delivery, Postpartum, and Newborn care


Mode of Instruction
Three hours per week x 14 weeks = 42hours

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
Kozier, B., Erb, G., Berman, A., Snyder, S., Buck, M., Yiu, L., Stamler, L. (2014) Fundamentals  of Canadian Nursing: concepts, process, and practice (4th  Canadian ed). Toronto: Pearson. 9780134192703
Leifer, G. (2015). Introduction to Maternity & Pediatric Nursing. (7th ed).  St. Louis, MO: ISBN: 978-1-4557-7015-1
Lewis, S. L., McLean Heitkemper, M., Ruff Dirksen, S., Barry, M. A., Goldsworthy, S., & Goodridge, D. (2018). Medical-Surgical Nursing in Canada. (4th  Cdn. Ed.). Toronto, ON: Elsevier. ISBN: 9781771720489


Reference Material


Required Supplies


Promotion Policy
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

One Concept Test (closed book)
Group Presentation
25% (2 X 12.5%)
Quizzes 10% (2 x 5%)
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 35%

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.

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".

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)
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.

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 when your assignment is due, 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