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Common Physiological conditions in mental health for RPN (PNRS 115)


Course Name



Common Physiological Conditions in Mental Health for RPNs


Course Description


This online intensive, self-study course starts with a review of the nursing process and the health care of seniors. The remainder of the course covers the nursing care of adults with the following disorders and conditions: neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, gastro-intestinal, endocrine, urinary, cancer, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV infection. Specific conditions addressed include: seizure disorders, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, brain injuries, CVA, hypertension, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, C.O.P.D., TB, fractures, degenerative joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis, gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, chronic inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis, biliary and pancreatic disorders, diabetes and thyroid disorders, cystitis, pyelonephritis, glomerulonephritis, breast and prostate cancer, specific sexually transmitted infections and AIDS.


RNs and RPNs may register for specific professional development purposes, or as part of the Psychiatric Nursing Refresher certificate program. Students interested in completing a certificate program must apply for admission and be accepted into the program. Details of the required documents and program application forms are available on the program web page. Please note that a maximum of one course completed for professional development may be applied toward satisfaction of certificate program requirements.



Subject Code


PNRS 115



Learning Objectives


By the end of this course, students will have

  • a refreshed familiarity with common physiological conditions their clients will experience; and
  • the ability to take a holistic approach to assessment of physical concerns.






Textbooks not included in tuition fee. Contact the Douglas College Bookstore for prices and ordering information.





Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or LPI score of 4 or equivalent is required. Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration, but may be requested by Douglas College.



Course Content


Topics include:

  • physical assessment / health care of seniors;
  • ·nursing the client with
    • oneurological conditions;
    • respiratory conditions;
    • cardiovascular conditions;
    • musculoskeletal conditions;
    • gastrointestinal conditions;
    • regulatory disorders;
    • urinary and reproductive concerns; and
    • infection, HIV, STI, cancer.



Learning Resources


Lewis, S., Medical-Surgical Nursing in Canada (current edition)


Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.



Instruction Method


Interactive online course in Blackboard


Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.





  • 11 multiple-choice online, proctored quizzes






Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).


This course may be taken independently or as part of the Psychiatric Nursing Refresher Certificate program.



Completion Timeframe


9 months (350 hours) from course start date



Registration and Course Start


Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to:, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.


Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.


Winter 2020

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
Jan 6, 2020 provided by dept Dec 20, 2019
Feb 3, 2020 provided by dept Jan 24, 2020
Mar 2, 2020 provided by dept Feb 21, 2020
Apr 6, 2020 provided by dept Mar 27, 2020


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