PNL110 - Practical Nursing Lab

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-30 10:34:52.896
Last review date 2018-07-30 10:34:52.898

Subject Title
Practical Nursing Lab

Subject Description
This course gives the student the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and practice skills that maintain and promote health and healing. Students will demonstrate a safe level of performance in the lab before implementing the skills in nursing practice settings.

Credit Status
1 Credit towards the Practical Nurse Diploma Program.

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

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

  1. Integrate theory, principles, College of Nursing standards and concepts of nursing and health into safe nursing practice.
  2. Integrate theory to select appropriate equipment and assessment tools for a variety of nursing skills, assessments, and interventions across the lifespan.
  3. Identify holistic patient assessment data that supports selected nursing interventions.
  4. Demonstrate accurate psychomotor skills for all learned nursing interventions.
  5. Recognize the importance of diversity when providing nursing care in all situations.
  6. Model professional behavior by obtaining consent prior to initiating nursing care and providing privacy prior to initiating nursing care.
  7. Engage in reflective practice through self-evaluation of psychomotor skills.
  8. Document nursing care performed clearly, concisely, and accurately.
  9. Demonstrate therapeutic nurse client relationship through communication, engaging in a professional introduction prior to starting nursing care, and collaboration for the purposes of assessment and to identify needs.
  10. Recognize assessment outcomes that are within normal limits and that are abnormal.  
CNO Entry to Practice Competencies (identified in subject outline and weekly course objectives)
 Develops a therapeutic relationship with clients.
 Identifies clients' health care needs in a caring environment that facilitates achieving mutually agreed health outcomes.
 Collaborates with clients across the lifespan to perform a holistic nursing assessment.
 Demonstrates knowledge in nursing, health and social sciences.
Promotes clients' rights and responsibilities by (a) Obtaining client consent prior to initiating nursing care;
Promotes clients' rights and responsibilities by (b) Protecting clients' rights by respecting confidentiality, privacy, dignity and self-determination as part of the plan of care.
Reviews literature and collaborates with colleagues and other resources in selecting assessment tools or techniques.
Formulates clinical judgements that are consistent with the clients' needs and priorities by responding to changing situations that affect client's health and safety.
Provides care that demonstrates an awareness of client diversity.
 Maintains clear, concise, accurate and timely records of client's care.
 Demonstrates a professional presence and models professional behavior.
Uses the standards of practice to assess one’s competence to identify gaps in knowledge skill, judgement and attitude by (a) Evaluating one’s 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.

Each of the following courses : PNH101, PNR100, PNA100 must be completed as a prerequisite, or concurrently with this Skills Lab course .

Topic Outline
Students will study and practice skills that will prepare them to:

1.  Protect themselves and others from injury and infection
2.  Accurately assess vital signs
3.  Record assessments, skill implementation and client response
4.  Assess the client's ability to meet basic health needs and activities of daily living
5.  Collect specimens for diagnostic testing
6.  Provide care for the client requiring assistance with:

  • Mobilization
  • Hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Elimination
  • Simple wound care

Mode of Instruction
4 periods per week (2 classroom + 2 lab) x 14 weeks = 56 hours

A simulated hospital setting is used for the learning, practice and testing of clinical skills required for the practice of nursing.  This course focuses on basic nursing assessment and healing practices required to maintain and promote client health.
A variety of teaching methods will used, including, but not limited to: demonstration, simulation, audio-visual presentation, independent research, group work, lecture, pre-lab preparation, individual and group practice, and computer instruction.

Prescribed Texts

Kozier, B., et al.  Fundamentals of Canadian nursing (4th  Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson.  ISBN 9780133509137         

Elsevier, Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 10th Edition    ISBN: 978-0-323-22205-1

Reference Material
Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (10th ed.). (2017). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.

My Nursing Lab/Canadian Neighborhood, Audiovisual aids, Current peer reviewed healthcare/nursing articles.

Skills Performance checklists, skills videos are available on the website associated with the Kozier textbook. ** Access directions provided with the text

Required Supplies

  • Watch with second hand
  • Stethoscope
  • Manual sphygmomanometer (highly recommended for at home practice)
  • Solid colour matching top and bottom uniform
  • Sterile Dressing/Wound Care Kit (provided in-class)

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
Written exams, quizzes, and psychomotor skills testing.
Written Exams 

  • Midterm Exam:      30%
  • Final Exam:            35%
  • Quiz One:        2.5% of final grade
  • Quiz Two:        2.5% of final grade
  • ***If less than 60% is achieved on the quiz, a grade of zero will be given for the quiz
Psychomotor Skills Evaluation
  • Skills Evaluation One: 15% of final grade
  • Skills Evaluation Two: 15% of final grade
  • Evaluation includes skill performance, organization, manual dexterity, speed, relevant verbal and written communication and safety
  • Skills evaluated may include: vital signs, blood pressure, positioning, transferring, hygiene, bed making, donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE), gastrostomy tube feeding, and simple surgical wound care. 

Students must attain a minimum overall mark of 60% in order to pass this subject. Failure to do so 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.”

Attendance is highly recommended for success in this course. 

Students are required to come to class in solid coloured matching top and bottom uniforms.

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.

Approved by: Lisa Harfield