PNH301 - Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse III

Outline info
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Last review date 2017-07-17 00:15:02.539

Subject Title
Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse III

Subject Description
This course continues from PNH200. The focus will be on practices that support health and enhance healing for clients and families experiencing various health challenges.

Credit Status
One credit in the Practical Nursing Diploma Program

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

1. Use research from journal articles, textbooks, clinical experience and classroom activities to identify the impact of the following health challenges on the lives of individuals, families and communities: neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and musculoskeletal health challenges.
2. Demonstrate understanding of nursing best practice guidelines and utilize current evidence based practices in clinical/classroom application and care planning.
3. Respect the lived experience of the individual and support client independence and the right to decide.
4. Plan a variety of complex caring/healing activities to provide holistic and culturally competent care for individuals, their families and communities for selected health challenges utilizing the nursing process for care planning and evaluation.
5. Facilitate caring, collaborative relationships for the purposes of informing, assessing, teaching, planning, supporting and advocating for individuals and their families utilizing therapeutic communication techniques in order to support the therapeutic nurse-client/family relationship.
6. Identify appropriate health team and community resources to help individuals and their families cope with their health challenges in order to promote health and wellness.
7. Explain the connection between pathophysiology, clinical findings and the theory of healing practices for an increased understanding of the lived experience of families and individuals experiencing health challenges.
8. Use established communication protocols to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with clients, families, individuals, groups, the public and health care agencies for the purpose of assessment, policy and procedure development, teaching, advocacy for clients and advancement of practical nursing.
9. Demonstrate skills necessary for life-long-learning, independent study, and group study.
10. Identify the client?s learning needs and motivating factors and then develop and deliver the needed content in ways that accommodates a variety of learning styles to create client/family health teaching plans to promote health and wellness.
11. Assume responsibility for self-evaluation, personal study, organizing, preparing, learning, focusing and engaging in course activities, completion of tasks and assignments.

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.

All level 100 and 200  PN subjects

PNP301, PNM300

Topic Outline

1. Neurological Health Challenges
2. Cardiovascular Challenges (Coping with CHF, angina, hypertension, PVD, ACS)
3. Endocrine Health Challenges (Living with diabetes, Living with hyper/hypothroidism)
4. Musculoskeletal Health Challenges (Arthritis, osteoporosis, fractures, joint replacements, amputations.)
5. Respiratory Health Challenges

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: online activities, discussion, seminars, independent and group work, lecture, computers and simulations.

Prescribed Texts
Lewis, S. L., McLean Heitkemper, M., Ruff Dirksen, S., Barry, M. A., Goldsworthy, S., & Goodridge, D. (2014). Medical-surgical nursing in Canada. (3rd Cdn. Ed.). Toronto, ON: Elsevier.

Reference Material
English Dictionary
Human Anatomy and Physiology text
Pathophysiology text
Pharmacology text
Health Assessment text
Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing
Publications received from the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation
In addition, selected readings from relevant text, journals, reprint and electronic materials will assigned

Audio-video resources will also be required.

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

Term Test 1 25%
Term Presentation 10%
Term Test 2 25%
Quiz 10%
Final Comprehensive Exam 30%

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)
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 Somers