Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Practice IV (Episodic and Complex Health Challenges)

Health Sciences
Nursing - Psychiatric
Course Code
PNUR 4562
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Certificate in Global Competency
Industry Designation
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Students will have the opportunity to integrate specialized psychiatric and medical knowledge and skills in caring for persons, families, groups, and communities across the lifespan experiencing both acute and complex ongoing health challenges within a variety of health settings. Students will have opportunities to work with individuals within the context of family, group, and community. The professional psychiatric nursing role will continue to be developed and strengthened within the context of the health care team. Clinical Group discussions assist to integrate concepts and issues related to the practice settings.
Course Content

In this course, within the context of the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing’s Philosophy and Conceptual Framework, students will focus on developing the psychiatric nursing role and promoting health in clients/client groups experiencing acute and complex ongoing health challenges in a variety of mental health care settings.  Students will have opportunities to apply knowledge of psychiatric nursing concepts and skills and to establish nurse-client relationships within caring environments.  

Learning Activities

In this course, students engage in a variety of learning activities.  Learning activities occur in nursing practice settings, group discussions, and self-study.  Nursing practice experience provides students with opportunities to apply knowledge and use skills related to psychiatric nursing within a holistic context.  Critical reflection through journal writing, practice appraisal and participation in clinical seminars will allow exploration and integration of nursing theory promoting self-directed learning.

Means of Assessment

Assessment is in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.
This is a mastery course.

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); Concepts (Crisis, Comfort, Hope, Loss, Power, Resiliency, Integrity) and Variables (Client Systems, Psychological Variable, Physiological Variable, Sociocultural Variable, Spiritual Variable, Developmental Variable) to integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes related to nursing theory and research, therapeutic relationships, clinical practices, and pharmacological interventions when caring for persons, families, groups, and communities experiencing acute and complex ongoing health challenges within the context of family, group, and community in a clinical setting.  It is the intent of this course to integrate knowledge and skills from the previous semesters. Evidence based practice is integrated throughout seven areas of competency. Students must achieve an expected level of competency based on defined levels of supervisions in each semester. Specific areas of practice that will be addressed are:

1. Therapeutic Relationships and Therapeutic Use of Self

2. Body of Knowledge and Application

3. Collaborative Practice

4. Advocacy

5. Quality of Care and Client Safety

6. Health Promotion

7. Ethical, Professional and Legal Responsibilities

Textbook Materials

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


Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for PNUR 4562
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit

Course Offerings

Summer 2023