PNR400 - Role Development for the Practical Nurse

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-30 15:16:07.476
Last review date 2018-07-30 15:16:07.478

Subject Title
Role Development for the Practical Nurse

Subject Description
This course explores the transition from student to health care professional with an emphasis on leadership competencies, teamwork, legislation, the organization of health care, and career planning. Topics studied will focus on the implications for, and application to, the role of the Registered Practical Nurse and their scope of practice. 

Credit Status

Successful completion of this required course provides one credit towards the Practical Nursing Diploma

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

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:
1. Describe and apply professional leadership styles and skills that support effective performance in a variety of health care settings.
2. Evaluate ones own leadership skills through use of leadership theory and self-reflection.
3. Apply knowledge of conflict resolution skills in order to promote a healthy and safe work environment.
4. Evaluate personal and professional response to change through use of change management theory and self–reflection.
6. Identify and analyze the processes for managing human and financial resources.
7. Identify and analyze workplace environment and organizational culture and their relationship to quality of life, utilization of human resources, practice issues, and models of nursing care delivery
8.  Identify and analyze the stages of group dynamics that contribute to effective intra-professional care teams.
9. Describe the elements of effective collaborative practice and delivery of patient-centred care within the inter-professional healthcare team.
10. Identify the role and relationship of the nurse working with the unregulated care provider and assess the learning needs required to safely plan and implement care.
11. Analyze research and evidence-informed practice in relationship to better understand trends, practice standards, and the issues in Canada’s health care environment as well as the implications for nursing practice.
12.Examine the structure and organizations of the healthcare system at the international, national, provincial, municipal and organizational levels.
13. Examine the impacts of how environmental factors and global health affect the health in     Canada and nursing practice.
14. Examine the role of the new graduate RPN in relation to leadership, scope of practice, decision-making, and delegation.
15. Identify and demonstrate strategies for effective career planning and development, networking, and employment seeking.

CNO Entry to Practice Competencies (identified in subject outline and weekly course objectives)

Recognizes the impact of an agency’s organizational culture on nursing practice.
 Assesses the appropriateness of assigning care to unregulated care providers (UCPs)
 Demonstrates knowledge of conflict-resolution skills
Demonstrates knowledge of leadership skills and styles.
 Demonstrates knowledge of the determinates of health.
 Plans how to incorporate conflict-resolution skills when needed
Teaches UCPs based on assessment of learning needs
 Selects leadership skill and styles that is appropriate to the situation
 Accountable for one’s decision and actions by:  a. Practicing within one’s role and responsibility.
 Applies conflict-resolution skills when needed
 Applies most appropriate leadership skills and styles.
 Supports professional efforts in nursing to achieve a healthier population (for example lobbying, attending health fairs and promoting principles of the Canada Health Acts).
Demonstrates openness to new ideas, which may change, enhance or support nursing practice.
 Evaluates effects of organizational culture on nursing practice. (for example generational differences).
 Evaluates and refines conflict-resolution skills as necessary.
 Evaluates and refines leadership skills and styles as need.
 Monitors trends in nursing research and the health care environment that may result in the changes to nursing knowledge and practice.
 Identifies the organization of the health care system at all levels:
 Organization; 86b.Municipal; 86c.Provincial; 86d.National; 86e. International
Enacts the principle that the primary purpose of the nurse is to practise in the best interest of the public and to protect the public from harm.
 Evaluates self awareness that the primary aim of the nurse are to practice in the best interest of the public aprotic the public from harm.
 Identifies changes in the health care system that affects one’s own nursing practice.
 Demonstrated knowledge of the different mandates of the:
  The College and Self-regulation; 108b. Professional organizations (such as the                     Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) and the Registered                   Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO); . Unions.
 Promotes the continuing development of the profession of nursing (for example, joining or participating in the professional associations or committees, or engaging in scholarly activities).
 Responds to changes in the health care system that affect one’s nursing practice.
 Evaluates changes in the health care system that affect one’s nursing 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.

All Module 3 PN subjects


Topic Outline

  • Leadership and Management
  • Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • Canadian Health Care System
  • Models of Nursing Care Delivery
  • Inter-professional and Intra-professional Teams
  • Decision-making
  • Global health and environmental factors
  • Trends and Issues in Nursing and Health Care
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Change Management
  • Unionization
  • Organizational Culture
  • Transitions to Professional Practice
  • Career Management


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

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

Kelly, P., & Crawford, H 2016). Nursing Leadership and Management. (3rd ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson. 978-0-17-657044-6


Reference Material
In addition, selected readings from relevant text, journals, reprint and electronic materials will be assigned.
Audio-video resources will also be required.


Required Supplies


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

Essay 15%
Group Presentation 10%
Midterm Exam 30%
Article Review (News/Journal) 10%
Final Comprehensive Exam 35%

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".

“A minimum overall term/cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required in order to remain in the Nursing program.”

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)

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 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.

Approved by: Lisa Harfield