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Nursing Practice: Professional Transition

Course Code: NURS 4613
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 10.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this final nursing practice course students integrate learning from prior semesters and advance their professional nursing practice. The focus of this course is the transition to professional nursing practice within the context of caring for clients with complex health challenges. Students develop their professional practice & nursing knowledge within a specific area, for example, a particular practice setting and/or with a specific client population.

Course Content

In this course, issues that affect a successful transition to graduate practice and issues that affect professional nursing practice overall, are emphasized and explored.  Building on previous learning, experiences reflect the concepts and essential content from all courses in the previous semesters and reflect the core curriculum concepts.  This course occurs in a variety of nursing practice settings and with a variety of client populations. It focuses on knowledge development, integration and consolidation of professional nursing practice.


Responsibility and accountability

Knowledge integration

Application of knowledge 

Evidence-informed practice

Provision of care

Holistic health assessment

Collaboration with clients

Interprofessional collaboration

  • Partnership
  • Shared decision-making

Delegation and assignment between nurses

Nursing practice decision-making

Evaluation of client care

Ethics of care

Client safety

Reflective practice

Transition to professional nursing practice

Methods of Instruction

In this course, faculty members facilitate student learning, and promote critical inquiry, reflection and analytical reasoning through students’ experiential nursing practice. Increasing independence and autonomy as an active practitioner is expected as the student works collaboratively with experienced practitioners. In addition to course goals, students propose learning goals that are appropriate to the practice setting in which they are placed and their individual needs. These learning goals guide the student, faculty member and preceptors as the nursing practice experience progresses.

Techniques, such as journal writing, storytelling, client and situation based study, individual and group discussion, critical questioning and ongoing interaction with practice experts (preceptors) and the faculty member, further guide the learning experience to ensure achievement of the course learning goals. Faculty members function as educational consultants to students and preceptors within the practice setting, helping them in the development and integration of nursing knowledge and professional nursing 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 that is grounded in professional integrity and pride and that honors the perspective of self and others as unique beings, who affect and are affected by their context/environment.
  • Formulate nursing practice decisions that promote health through critical inquiry, reflection, and analytical reasoning processes that are informed by multiple sources of knowledge.
  • Using a relational perspective and an ethic of caring, engage with individuals, families, groups, and communities in a variety of settings to promote health and well-being.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities that promote and support an inter-professional collaborative model of client-centered care which will influence the future of nursing practice at a political, social, and professional level to attain quality care for clients and quality work environments for nurses.
  • Meet the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) requirements for professional practice as identified in the CRNBC Professional and Practice Standards, the Scope of Practice for Registered Nurses, the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics of Registered Nurses, and the Entry-level Competencies for Registered Nurses in B.C. 

course prerequisites

NURS 4511 AND NURS 4512 AND NURS 4513 AND NURS 4515 AND NURS 4518

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 4611

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.