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Professional practice in Mental Health for RN/RPN (PNRS 122)


Course Name



Professional Practice in Mental Health For RNs and RPNs


Course Description


This course is designed for Registered Nurses (RN) and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) who wish to enhance their skills in working with clients experiencing mental health issues and their families.


This short course helps prepare for professional practice in mental health nursing through a discussion of the client within the context of the family and community. Scope of professional practice, roles and functions of the health care team and legal/ethical considerations are addressed. Assertive communication in professional practice and professional development are discussed.


RNs and RPNs may register for specific professional development purposes, or as part of the RN Mental Health Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing Refresher certificate programs. 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 122



Learning Objectives


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • understand the scope of their professional practice;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills in professional practice;
  • utilize agency and community resources to promote mental health; and
  • demonstrate self-awareness in relationships with individuals and their families in their professional practice.








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 proof of equivalent as outlined in detail here:



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:

  • family and community in mental health nursing;
  • scope of practice; legal and ethical issues;
  • assertive communication in professional practice; and
  • professional development.



Learning Resources


Austin & Boyd. Psychiatric Nursing for Canadian Practice


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.





  • One assignment
  • Final exam



Grading &

Course Completion



Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).


Students who successfully complete a CEHS Certificate Program will receive a credential through the Graduation Office, in the form of a certificate.

A letter of successful course completion for individual or grouped CEHS courses is available, but please allow 3-5 business days after placing a request with the CE-HS Program Assistant. 

An official Douglas College transcript can be ordered via my Account.



Completion Time-frame


2 months (75 hours) from course start date



Registration and Course Start


For RNs:


Please complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to:, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements.


For RPNs


Please 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.


Course CRN provided by dept upon fulfilling pre-requisites.

Calendar Summer & Fall 2020

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