PNR100 - Role Development for the Practical Nurse

Outline info
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Subject Title
Role Development for the Practical Nurse

Subject Description
This course is an introduction to Practical Nursing as a profession. Students will examine professional behavior in themselves and others. The history of nursing and the role of the Practical Nurse will be explored.

Credit Status
1 Credit towards the Practical Nurse Diploma Program.

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

1. Identify key periods and theorists in the history of nursing.

2. Describe the overall organization of the Canadian Health Care System, and the role of the Practical Nurse.

3. Discuss the meaning of professionalism as it relates to nursing.

4. Identify and demonstrate behaviours that contribute to effective group working relationships and achievement of goals.

5. Recognize the effect that personal belief systems, values and assumptions have on nursing practice and engage in self reflection and self evaluation.

6. Understand the need to display sensitivity to diversity and understand the use of a non-judgemental attitude, empathy, and genuineness when interacting with all clients.

7. Identify simple ethical dilemmas in nursing.

8. Discuss the meaning of therapeutic relationships, client's rights in care situations, client confidentiality and privacy and the concept of advocacy.

9. Discuss the concept of informed consent and describe how to establish consent in simple practice situations.

10. Explain the role and responsibility of the Colleges of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and the implications of the Professional Standards on nursing practice.

11. Understand the role of the Registered Practical Nursing Association of Ontario (RPNAO) and its importance in nursing.

12. Identify issues and trends in society, health, and nursing that may influence nursing practice.

13. Understand use of critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making in nursing, and the use of the nursing process.

14. Students will be able to demonstrate enhanced computer skills by utilizing on-line literature reviews and participating in on-line individual and group discussions as they relate to the role of the practical nurse.

15. Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with individuals and team members.

16. Independently assume responsibility for time management and course work.

Course Concepts:
Caring Human Relationships
The Nursing Profession, Communication,
Ways of Knowing

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.

Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Diploma Program.


Topic Outline

  • Overview of the structure of the Canadian Health Care System
  • Overview of the history of Nursing
  • The Nursing Profession, Professional Organizations
  • The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
  • Human Relationships, Multiple Perspectives
  • The Multidisciplinary Health CareTeam, Teamwork
  • Caring
  • Culture and Culturally Sensitive Care
  • Therapeutic Nurse Client Relationships

Mode of Instruction
3 hours per week x 14 weeks = 42 hours.
A variety of teaching methods will be used in this course including (but not limited to) Professor-facilitated cooperative learning groups, independent study, simulation/role play, mini-lectures, Blackboard activities, and discussion. The emphasis will be on cooperative learning groups and independent study.


Prescribed Texts
College of Nurses of Ontario (2009). Compendium of standards of practice for nurses in Ontario. Toronto: College of Nurses of Ontario.
Kelly, P., & Crawford, H. (2013). Nursing leadership and management (2nd ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson
Kozier, B. J., Erb, G., Berman, A. J., Snyder, S., Yiu, L., Stamler, L., & Buck, M. (2014). Fundamentals of Canadian nursing (3rd Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson. (Packaged with Canadian Neighbourhood & MyNursingLab) ISBN 9780133509137.

In addition, students will be required to access selected readings from relevant texts, academic journals, reprint and electronic materials.


Reference Material


Required Supplies
Students require access to a computer and a variety of audio-visual equipment.
Students are expected to supply their own materials for presentations and assignments.


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

LEARN - Reflective Practice  20%
Midterm Exam  30%
Presentation - Group  15% 
Presentation - Group Paper  5%
Final Comprehensive Exam  30%
Total 100%

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".

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 your assignment due date, 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 assignment due date.

Approved by: Lisa Somers