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Nursing Practice: Beginning Client Care

Course Code: NURS 2113
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 5.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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 from nursing practice 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.  Building on previous learning, nursing practice experiences reflect the concepts and essential content from all courses in the semester and reflect the core curriculum concepts.  Nursing practice experience occurs in a variety of settings associated with the care of older adults.


Responsibility and accountability

Knowledge integration

Application of knowledge

Evidence-informed practice

Provision of care

Holistic assessment

Collaboration with clients

Interprofessional collaboration

  • Partnership
  • Shared decision-making

Nursing practice decision-making

Evaluation of client care

Ethics of care

Client safety

Reflective practice

Methods of Instruction

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 to 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.

course prerequisites

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.


NURS 2111 AND NURS 2112 AND NURS 2114 AND NURS 2116

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.