PNC420 - Practical Nursing Clinical

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Subject Title
Practical Nursing Clinical

Subject Description
Students will apply theoretical concepts in a clinical practice setting.  Working with health care professionals and clients they will make a positive contribution to the health and healing of individuals and families.
This course focuses on the analysis and application of theory from all courses in Semester one, semester two and semester three:

  • PNH 401: Healing Practices for the Practical Nurse 4
  • PNR 400: Development of Role of Practical Nurse
  • PNP 401: Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse 2

Clinical Practice Setting:

Students will be placed in a variety of healthcare settings for a twelve-week period, 12 hours per week.  Hours will vary. Students will provide holistic nursing care for individuals and their families. They will practice in accordance with agency policies and procedures, and within the framework of the College of Nurses Standards of Practice. Under the direction of the Seneca College Clinical supervisor, students will collaborate with agency staff, clients and families to promote health and provide safe and effective nursing care.

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:

  1. Plan, implement, modify and evaluate safe and organized nursing care in a timely manner, for 2 or more clients based on a thorough analysis of available data, research, evidence-informed practice guidelines and self-reflection.
  2. Report and document comprehensive, accurate and timely information in a variety of formats using appropriate medical and nursing terminology.
  3. Communicate effectively with clients using therapeutic communication skills to provide care while respecting diversity and cultural differences.
  4. Develop collaborative relationships with clients, families, peers & members of the health care team to provide holistic care.
  5. Use research, theoretical knowledge, evidence-informed practice & best practice guidelines to analyze nursing care.
  6. Recognize abnormal findings and modify and individualize nursing care based on research and evidence-informed practice.
  7. Question their practice, and that of others, to ensure client safety, recognizing one’s own limitations.
  8. Use research and critical thinking skills to make clinical decisions, solve problems and modify and improve care.
  9. Suggest: Provides safe and competent client care and develop as a professional by practicing in a self-regulated, ethical and professional manner that complies with the standards and guidelines of both the CNO and practice setting. 

College of Nurses of Ontario Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7a, 7b, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27a, 27b, 28a, 28b, 28c, 28d, 28e, 29, 31b, 31c, 31d, 31e, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 45a, 45b, 46, 47, 48, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 59, 60, 61, 63, 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86a, 89, 93, 97, 98, 100, 103, 104, 106a, 106b, 106c, 107, 110a, 110b, 110d, 111, 113a, 113b, 113c, 113d, 113e, 113f, 115, 117a, 117b, 117d, 118

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.

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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.