PNR300 - Role Development for the Practical Nurse

Outline info
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Subject Title
Role Development for the Practical Nurse

Subject Description
The student studies concepts related to legal, moral and ethical behaviours in the health care professions.

Credit Status
One credit in the Practical Nursing Program

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

1. Understand her/his value system in relation to legal and ethical issues.

2. Apply the process of ethical decision making to client health care situations.

3. Investigate the governing bodies of the nursing profession and understand their role in relation to ethical and legal issues.

4. Examine legislation regarding consumer protection from unsafe practice and implications for the nurse in providing care.

5. Demonstrate the ability to learn from the experiences of others who have worked through ethical and legal issues.

6. Discuss moral, ethical and legal issues in relation to a variety of nursing practice settings, including but not limited to hospitals, homes for the aged, community agencies, and private business.

7. Identify and implement actions that demonstrate ethical and moral nursing practice.

8. Develop insight and personal commitment to the professionalism of nursing.

9. Speak with confidence when presenting well-founded arguments and publicly advocating for clients and the profession.

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 2 Subjects

Topic Outline
Topic Outline:

  • Ethical principles, theories, and framework
  • Code of Ethics
  • Value and value clarification
  • CNO professional standards
  • End of life care
  • Scope of practice
  • Abuse
  • Professional misconduct
  • Legal issues
    • Privacy and confidentiality
    • Negligence
    • Malpractice
    • Medical documentation
    • Risk management
    • Professional liability
    • Safe and competent care
    • Refusing assignment
  • Mandatory reporting
  • CNO committees
  • CNO self regulation and standards of care
  • Incapacity
  • Informed consent
  • Nursing Act and RHPA 1991

Mode of Instruction
3 hours per week x 14 weeks = 42 hours

A variety of individual and group learning activities will be involved with an emphasis on cooperative learning strategies. Guest presentations and student presentations will be scheduled. Preparation for class is necessary. Attendance and participation in class activities is expected and is essential to the achievement of the Learning Outcomes.  Select classes may be facilitated via Blackboard in an online format.

Prescribed Texts
College of Nurses of Ontario. (2015). Standards & guidelines. Retrieved from

Kelly, P., & Crawford, H. (2013). Nursing leadership and management. (2nd ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson.  ISBN  9780176504601 

Kozier, B. J., Erb, G., Berman, A. J., Snyder, S., Raffin Bouchal, D. S., Hirst, S. P., Yiu, L., Leeseberg Stamler, L., & Buck, M. (2013). Fundamentals of Canadian nursing. (3rd Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson. ISBN  9780133509137.

Reference Material
Keatings, M. & Smith, O.B (2010).  Ethical & legal issues in Canadian nursing, (3rd ed)W.B. Saunders, Toronto Chapter 3. Copies available in the library.

Oberle, K., & Raffin Bouchal, S. (2009). Ethics in Canadian nursing practice: Navigating the journey. Toronto, ON: Pearson Education.

Potter, P. & Perry, A. (2014). Canadian fundamentals of nursing (J. C.

Ross-Kerr & M. J.  Wood, Eds.) (5th ed.).  Toronto, ON: Mosby.

Yeo, M., Moorhouse, A., Rodney, P., & Khan, P. (2010). Concepts and Cases in Nursing Ethics. (3rd ed.).Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press. 

Required Supplies
Students must have daily access to a computer and the Internet. Students are responsible for providing their own materials for presentations, seminars 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

In Class Concept Based Ethics Paper 15%
Term Group Presentation 20%
Mid Term Test 25%
Final Comprehensive Exam 40%
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".

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