PNR400 - Role Development for the Practical Nurse

Outline info
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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. 

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 successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:
1. Describe and apply professional leadership styles and skills that support effective functioning in a variety of health care settings.
2. Evaluate 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. Examine the structure and organizations of the healthcare system at the international, national, provincial, municipal and organizational levels.
      5.  Identify and analyze the processes for managing human and financial resources.
      6. Critically analyze the workplace environment for quality of work life, utilization of human
      resources, practice issues, models of nursing care delivery, and relevant policies.
7.  Apply the stages of group dynamics to building effective intra-professional care teams.
8. Describe the elements of effective collaborative practice and delivery of patient-centred care within the inter-professional healthcare team.
9. Analyze research and evidence-based practice in relationship to better understand trends, practice standards, and issues in Canada’s health care environment as well as the implications for nursing practice.
10. Evaluate personal and professional response to change through use of change management theory and self–reflection.
11. Examine the role of the new graduate RPN in relation to leadership, scope of practice, decision-making, and delegation.
12. Identify and demonstrate strategies for effective career planning, networking, and employment seeking.
13. Examine the impacts of how environmental factors and global health affect the health in Canada and nursing practice.
Developed using the Practical Nursing Program Standard, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU, December 2012)

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.

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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. (2013). Nursing leadership and management. (2nd ed.). United States:   Nelson

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

College of Nurses of Ontario Practice Standards, Practice Guidelines, Legislation and Regulations documents available for free download from: guidelines/

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario – Best practice guidelines available for reading and downloading at


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".

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 Somers