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

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Clinical Practice I

Course Code: PNUR 2261
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 5.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Clinical
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Students will have opportunities to apply and integrate psychiatric and medical knowledge and skills in caring for individuals experiencing ongoing health challenges in mental health and medical settings. This course introduces the student to the psychiatric nursing role. Students will focus on developing self-awareness. Students will begin to assess and set priorities to organize care with individuals in the context of family and groups. Clinical Group Discussions will assist with the integration of concepts and issues related to the clinical practice setting.

Course Content

In this course, within the context of the Douglas College Department of Psychiatric Nursing’s Philosophy and Conceptual Framework, students will focus on developing the psychiatric nursing role and promoting health in clients with ongoing health challenges in a variety of medical and mental health care settings.  Students will have opportunities to apply knowledge of psychiatric nursing concepts and skills and to establish nurse-client relationships within caring environments.  

Methods of Instruction

In this course, students engage in a variety of learning activities.  Learning activities occur in nursing practice settings, group discussion, and self-study.  Nursing practice experience provides students with opportunities to apply knowledge and use skills related to psychiatric nursing within a holistic context.  Critical reflection through journal writing, practice appraisal and participation in clinical seminars will allow exploration and integration of nursing theory promoting self-directed learning. 

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 mastery course.

Learning Outcomes

In this course the student will use the Douglas College Department of Psychiatric Nursing Curricular Threads (Wellness-Illness Continuum, Professional Values, Professional Caring, and Health Care Delivery System) Concepts (crisis, comfort, hope, loss, power, resiliency, integrity) and Variables (Client System, Psychological Variable, Physiological Variable, Sociocultural Variable, Spiritual Variable, Developmental Variable) to integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes related to nursing theory and research, therapeutic relationships, clinical practices, and pharmacological interventions when caring for the persons, families, and groups experiencing ongoing health challenges.  This course builds on the knowledge and skills from the previous semesters. Evidence informed practice is integrated throughout seven areas of competency. Students must achieve an expected level of competency based on defined levels of supervision in each semester. Specific competency areas that will be addressed are:

1. Therapeutic Relationships and Therapeutic Use of Self

2. Body of Knowledge and Applications

3. Collaborative Practice

4. Advocacy

5. Quality Care and Client Safety

6. Health Promotion

7. Ethical, Professional and Legal Responsibilities

course prerequisites

PNUR 2101, PNUR 2121, PNUR 2130, PNUR 2175, PHIL 3125, PNUR 2171, PNUR 2170


PNUR 2201, PNUR 2221, PNUR 2230, PNUR 2285


PNUR 1261

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.