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Knowledge transfer to LPN Mental Health Nursing (PNRS 140)



Course Name



Knowledge Transfer for LPN Mental Health Nursing Certificate Program


Course Description


This course allows students to transfer/apply the principles and theories covered in the program courses to clinical practice at their workplace. Students work in consultation with their Manager/Team Leader to identify a client that is reasonably expected to remain in the setting for the duration of the student’s registration in this course, and complete a series of assignments using this client as the subject of the knowledge transfer. The RN or RPN at the site is asked to validate the student’s written work as needed prior to submission of assignments for the instructor’s review and grading.


This flexible application of the knowledge base allows staff nurses to continue their paid employment while continuing their learning. The student’s work in this course is an academic exercise intended for learning purposes only, and is not to be utilized for pay or promotion purposes within the workplace.


This course is only available to students admitted to the LPN Mental Health Nursing Certificate program at the beginning of their studies.



Subject Code


PNRS 140



Learning Objectives


By the end of this course, participants will:

  • demonstrate self-awareness in relationships with individuals and their significant others to facilitate therapeutic relationships;
  • apply communication theory and skills effectively to initiate, maintain and terminate therapeutic relationships;
  • demonstrate responsibility and accountability for their own nursing practice through application of key components of the mental health nursing body of knowledge;
  • in collaboration with the client and staff, use problem-solving and specialized knowledge and skills to participate in the accurate assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of a plan of care for a client with mental health concerns;
  • apply the principles of teaching and learning to assist individuals to meet mental health-related needs;
  • critique the quality of their own practice within legal, scope of practice and ethical parameters;
  • demonstrate leadership skills within the team;
  • utilize agency and community resources to promote mental health; and
  • demonstrate clear, accurate oral and written communication regarding a client’s mental health status in response to therapeutic interventions.










Admission to the LPN Mental Health Nursing Certificate program.


Successful completion of all program theory courses:

  • Therapeutic Relationships in Mental Health Nursing (PNRS 101);
  • Assessment and Promotion of Mental Health (PNRS 106);
  • Disorders of Mental Health (PNRS 113); and
  • Professional Practice in Mental Health (PNRS 121).


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 covered include:

  • Therapeutic communication;
  • Accountability and responsibility through application of knowledge;
  • Psychiatric nursing process;
  • Client teaching and learning;
  • Legal and ethical issues;
  • Professional presentation; and
  • Teamwork/collaboration skills



Learning Resources


All textbooks and course materials used in completion of required theory courses.



Instruction Method


Online course through 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.





5 written assignments related to

  • Legal and ethical
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Mental health concepts
  • Nursing process; and
  • Workplace presentation.





Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).



Completion Timeframe


6 months (160 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.



Summer 2020

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
Apr 6, 2020 provided by dept Mar 27, 2020
May 4, 2020 provided by dept Apr 24, 2019
Jun 1, 2020 provided by dept May 22, 2020
Jul 6, 2020 provided by dept Jun 26, 2020
Aug 4, 2020 provided by dept Jul 24, 2020

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