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PNUR Clinical Practice III(Episodic Health Challenges II)

Course Code: PNUR 3461
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 integrate specialized psychiatric and medical knowledge and skills in caring for persons, families, and groups experiencing episodic health challenges in medical-surgical and acute mental health care settings. The professional psychiatric nursing role will continue to be developed and strengthened. 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 Psychiatric Nursing’s Philosophy and Conceptual Framework, students will focus on developing the psychiatric nursing role and promoting health in clients with episodic health challenges in a variety of medical/surgical 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.  Evidence informed practice is integrated throughout seven areas of competency.  Specific areas of practice that will be addressed are:      

1. Therapeutic Relationships and Therapeutic Use of Self

2. Body of Knowledge and Application

3. Collaborative Practice

4. Advocacy

5. Quality Care and Client Safety

6. Health Promotion

7. Ethical, Professional and Legal Responsibilities.

Methods of Instruction

In this course, students engage in a variety of learning activities.  Learning activities occur in nursing practice settings, group discussions, 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 persons, families, and groups experiencing episodic health challenges.  It is the intent of this course to integrate knowledge and skills from the previous semester.

course prerequisites

PNUR 2301, PNUR 2321, PNUR 2330, PNUR 2351, PNUR 2361


PNUR 3401, PNUR 3430, PNUR 3421

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.