Nursing Practice: Beginning Client Care

Health Sciences
Course Code
NURS 2113
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
In this practice experience, students have opportunities to provide safe, competent, and compassionate evidence-informed client-centered nursing care for adults, with an emphasis on older adults experiencing health challenges. The development of students’ relational practice as the foundation for health promotion is central to this course. Students are active participants in the development of knowledge to expand and deepen their understanding of nursing practice and their nursing identity.
Course Content

In this experiential course, health promotion and nursing practice with older adults is emphasized.  Nursing practice experiences reflect the concepts and essential content from all courses in the semester and the core curriculum concepts.  Nursing practice experiences occur in a variety of settings with a focus on the care of the older adult.

Nursing Process

  • Assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation

Professional Standards

  • Responsibility and accountability
  • Knowledge-based practice
  • Client-focused provision of service
  • Ethical practice

Role of the Nurse

  • Evidence-informed practice
  • Holistic health assessment
  • Collaboration with clients
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Nursing practice decision-making
  • Care planning
  • Ensuring client safety
  • Reflective practice
  • Scope of practice
  • Practice standards
Learning Activities

It is the intent of faculty to facilitate student learning, and promote critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning through a variety of experiential learning processes such as small group discussion, reflective journal writing and decision-making analysis, within the context of providing care in nursing practice settings.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  A course evaluation schedule and other course evaluation information are provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.  A nursing practice assessment form is used to guide nursing practice course evaluation.  This form includes indicators of successful nursing practice at the end of the semester.  Nursing practice congruent with these indicators is an essential component of successful completion of this course.  This is a mastery course. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a beginning level competence in providing safe and compassionate evidence- informed nursing care to clients who are older adults with stable health status.
  • With assistance, apply knowledge, critical inquiry, and analytic reasoning to formulate and implement nursing practice decisions that promote health.
  • With assistance, synthesize and apply prior learning, and learning from concurrent semester courses, in nursing practice.
  • Use a relational perspective, engage with adults and older adults experiencing a variety of common and predictable health challenges and transitions.  
  • Demonstrate a beginning understanding of their professional identity and the role of the nurse in their relationships with clients and in their participation as a member of a nursing care team.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of the role of the nurse as a member of the interprofessional team working with adults and older adults.
  • Identify elements of quality practice environments in various nursing practice settings.
  • Reflect on, and discuss, personal perspectives and values of health, healing, health promotion, and dignity of care in the context of their nursing practice.
  • Actively participate in the development of knowledge from nursing practice to expand and deepen their understanding of nursing practice and their nursing identity.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester. 



Students in the BSN program are required to maintain a passing grade of 65% (C+) in all courses in order to progress in the program.



No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for NURS 2113
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2023