Curriculum Guideline

Clinical Procedures III

Effective Date:
Course Code
PNUR 3330
Clinical Procedures III
Nursing - Psychiatric
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Students will learn clinical procedure skills through a variety of means including lecture, observation, audio-visual aids, demonstration, simulations and case studies. Students will have an opportunity to practice skills in a laboratory setting.

Course Description
Students will continue to develop and integrate foundational skills of psychiatric nursing practice and will be introduced to advanced practice skills relevant to the clinical practice setting.
Course Content
  • Use and maintenance of intravenous infusion device
  • Calculating intravenous flow rates
  • Regulating, monitoring and maintaining intravenous therapy, and fluid balance
  • Changing an intravenous bag and tubing
  • Discontinuing an intravenous infusion device
  • Preparation and administration of intravenous medications via a secondary infusion set
  • Use and maintenance of intravenous saline locks
  • Preparation and administration of medication via the intravenous saline lock device
  • Converting an intravenous infusion to a saline intravenous lock device
  • Pre and post-operative care including ECT, surgical and diagnostic treatments
  • Neurovascular assessment (complex) and cast care
  • Surgical asepsis
  • Donning sterile gloves
  • Sterile dressing change (simple)
  • Removing sutures/staples
  • Maintaining and removing closed wound drainage devices
  • Documentation
Learning Outcomes

In this course the student will use the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Curricular threads (wellness-illness continuum, professional values, professional caring and health care delivery system) and domains (person, environment, health, psychiatric nursing) to integrate knowledge, skills and attributes related to clinical procedures when caring for the person experiencing an episodic health challenge.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.

This is a graded course.

Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.