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Clinical nursing skills online for RPN (PNRS 552)


Course Name


Clinical Nursing Skills Online for RPNs


Course Description


Using the nursing process as a framework, this online course is a review of a comprehensive set of clinical (psychomotor) nursing skills pertinent to RPN practice. Critical thinking about clinical nursing skills is incorporated into each step of each skill.


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 552



Learning Objectives


By the end of this course, students will:

  • have mastered the psychomotor and physical nursing skills required for psychiatric nursing practice;
  • be prepared to observe others perform these skills; and
  • be prepared to request and obtain close clinical supervision by an RPN or RN when you first practice these skills in the clinical area.







Textbook 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 covered include:

  • safety;
  • infection control;
  • specimen collection;
  • ·vital signs;
  • safe medication administration;
  • ·nonparenteral medication administration;
  • injections;
  • airway management;
  • intravenous fluid administration;
  • intravenous fluid therapy management;
  • intravenous medication administration;
  • enteral nutrition;
  • urinary catheterization;
  • bowel elimination/ostomy; and
  • wound care.



Learning Resources



**Important:  version to purchase must include an access code to:  Nursing Skills Online - ISBN 978-1-77172-219-3


Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.

The code of versions purchased elsewhere, may not work.



Instruction Method


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.





Online module post tests and exams





This course is graded as Mastery/Non-Mastery.


This course may be taken for professional development or as part of the Psychiatric Nursing Refresher certificate program.



Completion Timeframe


6 months (150 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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