PNL210 - Practical Nursing Skills Lab

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-30 10:28:54.716
Last review date 2018-07-30 10:28:54.717

Subject Title
Practical Nursing Skills Lab

Subject Description
This subject is a continuation of PNL110. Students will continue to apply theoretical concepts and practice skills that maintain and promote health and healing.
Students will have the opportunity to practice a variety of nursing skills and work towards clinical mastery.

Credit Status
Successful completion of this 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 reliably demonstrate the ability to:
1.         Use appropriate medical terminology when explaining and documenting care both verbally and in writing.
2.         Demonstrate competence in mathematical calculations.
3.         Assess the appropriateness of a nursing intervention prior to carrying it out, using knowledge of nursing theory, evidenced based practice and best practice guidelines.
4.         Select appropriate equipment for a variety of nursing interventions to promote health, prevent disease or injury, maintain or restore health, or promote
           rehabilitation or palliation, across the lifespan.
5.        Use appropriate aseptic/sterile techniques to demonstrate therapeutic nursing  interventions (e.g., wound care, catheterization, tracheal suctioning,
            injections, intravenous therapy).
6.        Evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of nursing interventions and
           problem solve complications of specific nursing interventions to ensure patient safety.
7.        Recognize and explain the importance of diversity when providing
           nursing care in all situations.
8.        Demonstrate self reflection and time management skills.

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.
 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 judgments that are consistent with clients’ needs and priorities by responding to changing situations that affect client’s health and safety.
 Implements appropriate administration and use of medication(s).
 Using appropriate aseptic/sterile techniques, manages therapeutic nursing interventions (for example, IV therapy, drainage tubes, and skin and wound care.)
 Maintains clear, concise, accurate and timely records of client’s care.
 Respects clients’ diversity and decisions.
Manages physical resources to provide effective and efficient care.
 Uses the standards of practice to assess one’s competence to identify gaps in knowledge skill, judgment 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.

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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 100 level PN subjects

PNA200, PNH200

Topic Outline
A simulated hospital setting is used for the learning, practice and testing of clinical skills required for the practice of nursing.  PNL210 focuses on practical skills and assessments that maintain and promote health and healing.

  • Sterile technique, wound care: complex dressings
  • Provide care for the client with an interruption of the:
Respiratory system
Genito-urinary system
Gastrointestinal system
  • Provision of pre and postoperative care
  • Safe administration of medications
  • Manage basic intravenous and transfusion therapy

Mode of Instruction
4 periods per week x 14 weeks (2 periods of Classroom Theory+ 2 periods in the lab) = 56 hours

Modes of instruction will include some or all of the following: demonstration, audio-visual presentation, independent research, individual and group practice,   computer instruction, manikin simulation, self-reflection through videoing and faculty facilitation.

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.  Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing. (4th Cdn. ed.).  9780134192703      

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
Research materials include current health related articles and nursing journal articles, audio-visual and computer resources. Videos of skills are available for viewing in the Practice Lab and library.

Performance checklists and skills videos are available on the website associated with the Fundamentals of Canadian Nursing text. Access directions are provided with the text book.

Required Supplies
It is mandatory that all students wear matching solid coloured top and bottom uniforms, watch with a second hand, and stethoscope to each lab 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 

There will be a written midterm and a final exam.

  • Midterm Exam - multiple choice questions and short answers - 30% of final grade
  • Final Exam - comprehensive exam - 35% of final grade
Blackboard Quizzes
  • Quiz One:       2% of final grade
  • Quiz Two:       3% of final grade
Psychomotor Skills Evaluation
  • Skills Evaluation One: 15% of final grade
  • Skills Evaluation Two: 15% of final grade
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 this requirement 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.”

Approved by: Lisa Harfield