Curriculum Guideline

PNUR Degree/Diploma Clinical Practice V: Preceptorship Experience

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Course Code
PNUR 4661
PNUR Degree/Diploma Clinical Practice V: Preceptorship Experience
Nursing - Psychiatric
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
11 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Preceptorship Mode 32.75 hours/week
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

In this course, students engage in a variety of learning activities.  Learning activities occur in psychiatric nursing practice settings written assignments and self-study.  Psychiatric 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 and practice appraisal will allow exploration and integration of psychiatric nursing concepts, issues, and trends impacting the profession of psychiatric nursing.

Course Description
This practicum course is a preceptorship experience where students demonstrate integration, synthesis, and application of program theoretical concepts to clinical practice in a selected clinical focus area /agency. Students will demonstrate integration of psychiatric and medical knowledge and skills in caring for persons, families, groups, and communities across the lifespan experiencing complex health challenges within a variety of health settings. The professional psychiatric nursing role will be developed and strengthened within the context of the health care team including assuming aspects of psychiatric nursing leadership role. Entry to practice competencies will be demonstrated within the preceptorship experience to attain course mastery.
Course Content

In this course, within the context of the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Philosophy and Conceptual Framework, students will focus on developing the psychiatric nursing role and promoting health with client systems (individuals, families, groups, & communities) experiencing episodic, ongoing and complex health challenges in a variety of mental health care settings. Primary health care concepts, health promotion, and best practices in mental health are delineated for clinical focus areas of psychiatric nursing practice. Students will assume professional psychiatric nursing leadership roles in working as a member of the interprofessional health teams and inter-sector health care services. Students will have opportunities to apply specialized knowledge of psychiatric nursing concepts, research, health care delivery systems to client populations. Evidence based practice is integrated throughout five domains of practice.  Specific domains of practice that will be addressed are:           

  1. Therapeutic Relationships Domain
  2. Health Domain
  3. Professionalism Domain
  4. Clinical Judgment Domain
  5. Collaborative Leadership Domain


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the student will

  1. apply the Neuman Systems Model to psychiatric nursing practice
  2. demonstrate clinical judgement in the application of knowledge acquired in the program courses to  psychiatric nursing practice
  3. demonstrate integration of theoretical concepts, the Neuman Systems Model and psychiatric nursing skills
  4. apply nursing research findings in psychiatric nursing practice
  5. demonstrate the use of systems resources in the delivery of psychiatric nursing services
  6. analyze own role as a psychiatric nurse in the practicum
  7. differentiate own role from that of other members of the inter-disciplinary team
  8. demonstrate use of advanced therapeutic communications skills with client systems
  9. demonstrate the ability to identify personal learning needs and develop a plan to meet those needs
  10. develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion plans for populations in selected clinical focus areas
  11. critique own clinical practice performance
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 mastery course.

Textbook Materials

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