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Clinical Procedures I

Course Code: PNUR 1130
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Students are introduced to theory and principles associated with foundational skills of psychiatric nursing practice. These include assisting clients with their activities of daily living (personal care), body mechanics involved with caring for individuals and an introduction to principles of medication administration.

Course Content

  • handwashing
  • use of disposable gloves
  • standard precaution/chain of infection
  • moving, lifting and transferring clients
  • use of mechanical lifts
  • head to toe assessment
  • discontinuing a urinary catheter
  • range of motion exercises
  • vital signs, TPR, BP
  • height and weight
  • tub bath, bed bath and shower
  • oral airway insertion
  • oral care
  • perineal care
  • dressing an adult
  • applying adult briefs
  • bed making
  • administration of oral meds (introduction)
  • collecting specimens (sputum, stool, urine)
  • administration of enemas and rectal suppositories
  • positioning
  • use of TED stockings/application of tensors and slings
  • isolation techniques
  • pulse oximetry
  • neurovascular assessment (basic)
  • holistic health assessment
  • care of the unconscious client

Methods of Instruction

Students will learn clinical procedure skills through a variety of means including lecture, observation, audio-visual aids, demonstration, simulations and case studies. Students will have an opportunity to practice skills in a laboratory setting.

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 graded course.

Learning Outcomes

In this course the student will be introduced to the Douglas College Department of Psychiatric Nursing Curricular threads (wellness - illness continuum, Professional values, Professional caring and health care delivery system) and domains (person, environment, health, psychiatric nursing) to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes related to clinical procedures when caring for the healthy person.

course prerequisites


PNUR 1101, PNUR 1121

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.