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Knowledge transfer for RN Mental Health Nursing (PNRS 141)



Course Name



Knowledge Transfer for RN 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. Management support is required to optimize student success.


Students complete a series of assignments using their experience with workplace clients as the subject of the knowledge transfer. Assignments are submitted to the instructor for review and grading.


This flexible application of the knowledge base allows students 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 RN Mental Health Nursing Certificate program at the beginning of their studies.



Subject Code


PNRS 141



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 RN Mental Health Nursing Certificate program.


Successful completion of all program theory courses:

  • Therapeutic Relationships in Mental Health Nursing (PNRS 100);
  • Assessment and Promotion of Mental Health (PNRS 107);
  • Disorders of Mental Health (PNRS 114); and
  • Professional Practice in Mental Health (PNRS 122).


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



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


8 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.



Course CRN provided by dept upon fulfilling pre-requisites.

Calendar Summer & Fall 2020

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