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Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins June 25.  Watch your email for more details.

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Nursing Practice: Acute Health Challenges

Course Code: NURS 2213
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 5.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this nursing practice experience, students have opportunities to provide safe, competent, compassionate, and evidence-informed nursing care to individuals with an acute health challenge. The focus is on the client experiencing a surgical intervention. This course builds on using a relational perspective and an ethic of caring in client-centered nursing within the context of family.

Course Content

In this experiential course, nursing practice with clients experiencing acute health challenges and clients experiencing surgical interventions are emphasized. Building on previous learning, 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 focusing on clients’ experiencing surgical health challenges.


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 learning processes such as group discussion, decision-making analysis and reflection on practice.

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:

  • Provide safe, competent, compassionate, and evidence-informed nursing care to individuals with an acute health challenge including individuals experiencing a surgical intervention.
  • Implement and formulate nursing practice decisions that promote health through critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate relational practice skills with clients, families, and other members of the health care team to promote holistic health and well being.
  • Be active participants in the development of their own knowledge.
  • Identify and recognize leadership behaviours in others.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of leadership that promotes inter-professional collaboration and client-centered care.

course prerequisites

NURS 2111 AND NURS 2112 AND NURS 2113 AND NURS 2114 AND NURS 2116

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 2211 AND NURS 2212 AND NURS 2215 AND NURS 2217

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.