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Nursing Practice: Community Health & Mental Health

Course Code: NURS 3413
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 vulnerable individuals, families, groups and communities. The focus of this course is persons with mental health challenges and/or substance use disorders. In addition, the nursing care of persons in a variety of community settings is emphasized.

Course Content

In this experiential course, a population health approach in providing nursing care for vulnerable individuals, families, groups and communities is 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 mental health and community contexts.


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 decision-making analysis, group discussion 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:

  • Using a relational practice perspective and a population health approach, provide safe, competent, compassionate, evidence-informed  nursing care to persons experiencing mental health challenges and/or substance use disorders.
  • Using a relational practice perspective and a population health approach, provide safe, competent, compassionate, and evidence-informed nursing care to persons in variety of community settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of others as unique beings who affect and are affected by their context in decision-making and planning care for vulnerable individuals, families, groups and communities.
  • Uses knowledge from a variety of sources to critically reflect on issues and trends in population health, mental health promotion, and substance use and considers implications for nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities including the ability to advocate for vulnerable clients.
  • With assistance, participate in interprofessional and intersectoral collaboration. 

course prerequisites

NURS 3311 AND NURS 3312 AND NURS 3313 AND NURS 3315 AND NURS 3316

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 3411 AND NURS 3412 AND NURS 3415 AND NURS 3417

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.