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Psychiatric Nursing Clinical Practice V: Preceptorship Experience

Course Code: PNUR 4661
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 9.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This practicum course is a preceptorship experience where students demonstrate integration, synthesis, and application of program theoretical concepts to clinical practice in a selected clinical focus area /agency. Students will demonstrate integration of psychiatric and medical knowledge and skills in caring for persons, families, groups, and communities across the lifespan experiencing complex health challenges within a variety of health settings. The professional psychiatric nursing role will be developed and strengthened within the context of the health care team including assuming aspects of psychiatric nursing leadership role. Entry to practice competencies will be demonstrated within the preceptorship experience to attain course mastery.

Course Content

In this course, within the context of the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Philosophy and Conceptual Framework, students will focus on developing the psychiatric nursing role and promoting health with client systems (individuals, families, groups, & communities) experiencing episodic, ongoing and complex health challenges in a variety of mental health care settings. Primary health care concepts, health promotion, and best practices in mental health are delineated for clinical focus areas of psychiatric nursing practice. Students will assume professional psychiatric nursing leadership roles in working as a member of the interprofessional health teams and inter-sector health care services. Students will have opportunities to apply specialized knowledge of psychiatric nursing concepts, research, health care delivery systems to client populations.

Methods of Instruction

In this course, students engage in a variety of learning activities.  Learning activities occur in classrooms and psychiatric nursing practice settings. Psychiatric 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 and practice appraisal will allow exploration and integration of psychiatric nursing concepts, issues, and trends impacting the profession of psychiatric nursing.

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

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will

  1. apply the Douglas College Department of Psychiatric Nursing Conceptual Framework to psychiatric nursing practice
  2. demonstrate clinical judgement in the application of knowledge acquired in the program courses to psychiatric nursing practice
  3. demonstrate integration of theoretical concepts and psychiatric nursing skills
  4. apply nursing research findings in psychiatric nursing practice
  5. demonstrate the use of systems resources in the delivery of psychiatric nursing services
  6. analyze own role as a psychiatric nurse in the practicum
  7. differentiate own role from that of other members of the inter-disciplinary team
  8. demonstrate use of foundational and advanced therapeutic communications skills with client systems
  9. demonstrate knowledge and application of clinical practice skills
  10. demonstrate the ability to identify personal learning needs and develop a plan to meet those needs
  11. develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion plans for populations in selected clinical focus areas
  12. critique own clinical practice performance

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 learning outcomes met with minimal supervison from preceptor. Specific competency areas 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

course prerequisites

PNUR 4572, PNUR 4573, PNUR 4521, PNUR 4562, PNUR 4501


PNUR 4670


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

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.