PNH401 - Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse IV

Outline info
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Subject Title
Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse IV

Subject Description
This course continues from PNH301. 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 Nurse Diploma Program

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

  1. Use knowledge of evidence-based research and practices along with the etiology, risk factors, manifestations, and diagnostic tests of select health challenges, to create collaborative care plans for individuals, families and communities
  2. Explore the lived experience of the culturally diverse individual, across the lifespan, to support client’s individuality, autonomy and their right to decide.
  3. Prioritize a variety of complex caring and healing interventions to provide holistic and culturally competent care for individuals, their families and communities utilizing the nursing process for assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  4. Utilize therapeutic communication techniques to facilitate caring, collaborative therapeutic relationships for the purposes of informing, assessing, teaching, planning, supporting and advocating for individuals and their families.
  5. Identify appropriate interprofessional health team and community resources to help individuals and their families cope with their health challenges in order to promote health and wellness.
  6. Explain the connection between pathophysiology, clinical findings and the theory of healing practices and nursing interventions for an increased understanding of the lived experience of families and individuals experiencing select health challenges.
  7. Use established therapeutic communication strategies 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.
  8. Create client/family health teaching plans that demonstrate consideration of client-specific learning needs, motivation, and learning styles.
  9. 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 Module 3 PN subjects.


Topic Outline

  • Mental Health Challenges
  • Oncological Health Challenges
  • Gastrointestinal Health Challenges
  • Genitourinary Health Challenges
  • Integument Health Challenges

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

This course is offered weekly in a variety of teaching modalities. A variety of teaching methods will be used, including, but not limited to: discussion, seminars, independent and group work, lecture, computers and simulations. Select classes may be facilitated via Blackboard in an online format.

Prescribed Texts
Kozier, B. J., Erb, G., Berman, A. J., Snyder, S., Raffin Bouchal, D. S., Hirst, S. P., Yiu, L., Stamler, L., & Buck, M. (2013). Fundamentals of Canadian nursing. (3rd Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson. (Packaged with Canadian Neighbourhood & MyNursingLab) 

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.

Lilley, L. L., Harrington, S., & Snyder, J.S. (2011). Pharmacology for Canadian health care practice (3rd Cdn. Ed). St. Louis, MO: Mosby. 

Netting, S. M. (2014). Chapter 57: Problems of Mental Health in Lippincott manual of nursing practice (10th Ed.).  Philadelphia: Lippicott. (Provided as a photocopied chapter on BlackBoard).

Reference Material
Carpenito L. J. (2012). Nursing diagnosis: Application to clinical practice. (14th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott,
           Wolters Kluwer.  

Jarvis, C. (2014). Physical examination and health assessment. (2nd Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Saunders.  

Pagana, K. D.,  Pagana, T. J., & MacDonald, S.  (2013). Mosby’s Canadian manual of diagnostic and laboratory tests. (1st Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Elsevier. 

Tortora, G.J. (2015). Introduction to the human body: Binder ready version. (10th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley     
           & Sons. 

VanMeter, K.C., & Huber, R.J. (2014). Gould’s pathophysiology for the health professions (5th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.

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

In Class Concept Test 1 10%
In Class Concept Test 2 10%
Case Study Analysis Assignment or Quizzes or Simulation 5%
Midterm 30%
Nursing Care Plan 10%
Final Comprehensive Exam 35%
Total 100%

Simulation: Students in assigned groups will be assessed weekly. A weekly grade is posted online, with feedback provided during simulation class. One grade is posted weekly for the team, not individually. Students who miss the simulation class will be given a zero for that week. At the discretion of the professor, individual grades may be assigned. 

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".

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.

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)

Approved by: Lisa Somers