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  • Overview

    Program Description

    Practical Nursing is a five level (63 week) program leading to an Ontario College Diploma in Practical Nursing.  The Practical Nursing programs at Fanshawe College have received a CATEGORY 1 PROGRAM APPROVAL from the College of Nurses of Ontario.

    The program emphasizes the dynamic role of the Practical Nurse in the health care community and will prepare you for a career in which you will function as an important member of the health care team. Clinical practice is integrated throughout the program providing experience in long term care, acute care, and community settings. The program provides the knowledge, skill, and experience to work with individuals, families, groups and communities in a variety of settings. Graduates qualify to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination and if successful, become eligible for registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN).

  • Courses

    Program Requirements

    Level 1 Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    Group 1
    ANAT-1005 Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
    This course is the first of a two part course incorporating introductory aspects of anatomy and physiology, emphasizing normal structure and function and the recognition of various homeostatic imbalances. The hierarchical organization of the human body, the intimate relationship between structure and function, and the impact of development, maturation and aging on the body are emphasized.
    MATH-2001 Math for Medications 1
    This course reviews basic mathematical skills foundational for the safe administration of medications. Students will learn how to calculate dosages accurately and how to verify their work in order to foster the development of safe practice. Through this course, critical thinking skills are applied to real-life patient care situations to emphasize the importance of accurate reading of doctor's orders and medication administration records, dosage calculation and the avoidance of medication errors.
    NRSG-1011 Health & Transitions 1 5
    This course provides an introduction to the caring curriculum and the profession of nursing including nursing organizations, self regulations and nurses' work. Meanings of health and family are examined from a personal as well as family perspective. The normal changes experienced by the older adult are explored. The healthy childbearing family is examined. Concepts and processes of research are introduced with application to clinical practice.
    NRSG-1013 Laboratory Practice 1 2
    This lab course provides the opportunity to learn assessment techniques and practice clinical skills in a simulated setting in preparation for clinical practice. Skills taught are correlated to nursing theory. Students will learn the principles and knowledge underlying nursing techniques in order to develop safe and effective practice styles when planning and carrying out care. Collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and relevant health teaching will be emphasized.
    NRSG-1014 Professional Nursing Practice 1 6.75
    This course provides opportunities to begin the practice of nursing. Students will focus on developing caring relationships with residents living in long term care facilities. Students are introduced to professional practice using critical thinking as it relates to data gathering and assessment, family, and the older adult. Seminar classes will prepare the student for their clinical practice and the clinical component will provide opportunities to work from a praxis perspective. There will be one rotation (12 weeks) of clinical practice experience. The student's practice experience for this course will occur in a variety of long term care settings.
    PSYC-1044 Personal & Working Relationship 3
    This course is designed for students to understand the principles and dynamics of personal and working relationships. Emphasis will be on perception of self, attitude and interpersonal problems. The principles introduced from this course will be used in various teaching methods to give students the opportunity to reflect on the processes relevant to their normal personal and professional relationships.
    WRIT-1048 Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences 3
    This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
    Group 2
    TAKE NRSG-1012 OR NRSG-5036
    NRSG-1012 Self & Others 3
    The course focuses on understanding intrapersonal and interpersonal experiences. Students explore their personal beliefs, values, feelings and thoughts about self and self as part of a family and culture. They will also explore the course of the helping relationship, and learn about others to enable healthy and healing relationships. The course will enhance interpersonal communication as the learner becomes more aware of self behaviour and its effects on relationships and communication with others.
    NRSG-5036 Relational Practice-RPN 3
    The course helps Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) students strengthen their relational practice in the context of Canadian nursing and health care. Through nursing knowledge, this course will focus on understanding the relationships of practicing nurses with clients, other healthcare providers, and the self. RPN students will explore how personal beliefs and experiences impact their practice and interactions with clients. In contrast, students will also explore how nursing impacts the self through the concepts of self-care, reflection, and conflict management. To gain an appreciation for Canadian culture, students will also be introduced to nursing ethics, seminal Canadian health policy, safety standards for the clinical setting, and the values embedded in Canadian society.
    Level 2 Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    Group 1
    ANAT-1012 Anatomy & Physiology 2 3
    A continuation of the first course, ANAT1012 continues the study of the structure and function of the human body as an integrated whole. Together with ANAT1005, this course provides a solid foundation to study biological processes and build upon for subsequent study of pathophysiology and nursing care practices.
    NRSG-1018 Professional Nursing Practice 2 9.75
    This course provides opportunities for students to synthesize concepts from theory courses into praxis across community, agency, and hospital settings while supporting individuals and families at various stages of health and illness. Relational practice and nursing care will be implemented with a focus on health promotion and caring for the client. Students will also work to synthesize concepts learned in high-fidelity simulated laboratory experiences.
    NUTR-3001 Nutrition for Life 3
    This introductory course provides a functional approach to the North American diet by linking nutrients consumed to their benefits/risks on the human body. It includes the nutrients needed for health and wellness, how various lifestyles affect nutritional needs and dietary habits. Current issues in nutrition and disease prevention strategies are also addressed. Cultural perspective on food as related to health and illness is integrated throughout the course.
    Group 2
    TAKE NRSG-1017 OR NRSG-5022
    NRSG-1017 Laboratory Practice 2 2
    A continuation from Level I, this course allows students to develop dexterity and skill in more complex nursing techniques. Students will learn the principles and knowledge underlying these nursing skills in order to develop safe, effective practice when planning and carrying out the care. Collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and relevant health teaching approaches will be emphasized.
    NRSG-5022 Lab Practice 2-Health Assessment-RPN 3
    This lab course provides Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) students with opportunities to learn and apply health assessment and clinical skills in a simulated (low- and high-fidelity) setting in preparation for clinical practice and/or preceptorship. Students are expected to articulate the principles and knowledge underlying their nursing skills/practice in order to develop safe and effective practice styles when planning and carrying out care. Collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and relevant health teaching will be emphasized
    Level 2 - Add'l Req Credits
    Take 1 of the following groups:
    Group 1
    NRSG-1015 Health & Transitions 2 5
    This course has a focus on normal developmental transitions, chronic pain, loss, grief, end of life care, and holistic care. Specific Standards of Practice from the College of Nurses (Medications, Consent, Legal/Ethical, Quality Assurance) are introduced and factors that affect the quality of work life are addressed. The impact of chronic illnesses/disabilities throughout the life span will be discussed as well as research as it applies throughout the life span.
    PHRM-3004 Pharmacology 3
    The study of drugs and their action in the human body and related nursing practice is emphasized. Key drugs or prototypes within each drug classification are identified and studied. As well, the course will focus on essential assessments, nursing interventions, specific age-related considerations and patient education for each of these drug classifications. Exercises in critical thinking in relation to use in specific health conditions will be emphasized.
    Group 2
    NRSG-1015 Health & Transitions 2 5
    This course has a focus on normal developmental transitions, chronic pain, loss, grief, end of life care, and holistic care. Specific Standards of Practice from the College of Nurses (Medications, Consent, Legal/Ethical, Quality Assurance) are introduced and factors that affect the quality of work life are addressed. The impact of chronic illnesses/disabilities throughout the life span will be discussed as well as research as it applies throughout the life span.
    PHRM-5002 Pharmacology-RPN 3
    This course focuses on essential assessment, nursing interventions, specific age-related considerations and client education for each drug classification. An emphasis is placed on the study of drugs and their action in the human body related to the nursing practice with a focus on Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) roles/responsibilities and safe medication administration. Key drugs or prototypes within each drug classification are identified. Students will develop critical thinking and critical thinking in relation to drug therapy in certain health conditions.
    Group 3
    NRSG-5019 Health & Transitions-RPN 5
    This course is designed to help Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) students explore the profession of nursing in the context of Canadian healthcare. Learning will focus around the concept of health and the determinants of health at the level of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The impact of health transitions, non-complex predictable chronic illnesses, disabilities, and/or death/dying throughout the life span will be discussed. The ways in which nursing practice can support individuals and families during those health transitions will be explored. Students will also be introduced to the basic concepts of research in nursing, and how to participate as a professional in the collection of nursing research data.
    NRSG-1051 Health Promotion 3
    This introductory course provides students with opportunities to develop beginning knowledge, skills and caring attitudes that will enable health promotion with individuals families and communities. The development of effective strategies for client education is emphasized.
    Level 3 Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    NRSG-3011 Healing & Episodic Health Challenges 1 4
    This course focuses on experiences with health and healing during episodic health challenges with individuals and families. Learners will discuss basic concepts of healing and illness, the impact of surgical interventions, and mental health concepts. Relational practice, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, health teaching and health promotion will be emphasized as students learn about caring modalities.
    NRSG-3012 Professional Nursing Practice 3 6.75
    Professional Nursing Practice 3 (NRSG 3012) brings concepts from all courses developing praxis in caring relationships with people experiencing more complex episodic health challenges. Students care for individuals/families in a variety of acute care and community settings and during transition from hospital to home. Clinical judgment and decision-making skills are refined in implementing, evaluating and documenting nursing care. This course has a specific praxis focus in mental health and child health.
    NRSG-1016 Health Promotion 3
    This is an introductory course to provide students with beginning knowledge, skills and caring attitudes that will enable health promotion with individuals, families and communities. The development of effective strategies for client education is emphasized.
    Level 4 Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take the following Mandatory Course:
    Group 1
    NRSG-3015 Professional Nursing Practice 4 12
    Professional Nursing Practice 4 (NRSG3015) is designed to enable students to continue to develop the practice of nursing. It brings together concepts from all courses to praxis while students develop caring relationships with people experiencing more complex episodic health challenges. Students care for individuals/families in a variety of acute care and rehabilitation settings. Clinical judgement and decision-making skills are refined in planning, implementing, evaluating, and documenting nursing care.
    Group 2
    TAKE NRSG-3014 OR NRSG-5017
    NRSG-3014 Nursing Issues 2
    This course examines professional nursing from a broader perspective. It examines current issues challenging the health care system, policy development, trends, and the reform to the delivery of health care in Canada. Legal and ethical concepts are addressed as well as the role and influence of the practical nurse with regard to health care policy, political process, leadership, and creating change in order to foster client and societal health.
    NRSG-5017 Nursing in Ontario-RPN 3
    In this course, the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) students are introduced to the professional nursing practice in Canada and Ontario. This course provides opportunities for the students to explore the legal and ethical foundations of nursing profession (with a focus on RPN roles/responsibilities), current issues/ trends in health care, and the reform to the delivery of health care in Ontario and Canada. The course also focuses on professional and interprofessional development. Students will be introduced to professional/interprofessional organizations, self-regulation and accountability, the work of nurses/healthcare teams, and the resources available to students.
    Group 3
    TAKE NRSG-3013 OR NRSG-5020
    NRSG-3013 Healing & Episodic Health Challenges 2 6
    This course focuses on experiences with health and healing during episodic health challenges with individuals and families. Learners will discuss clients' experiences with a variety of health disorders and the complement of therapies used in the healing relationship. Collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, health teaching and health promotion will be emphasized as students learn about caring modalities.
    NRSG-5020 Healing & Episodic Health-RPN 5
    This lab course provides Registered Nurse (RN) student with opportunities to review and apply the fundamentals of nursing from a Canadian healthcare perspective. Students are expected to articulate the principles and knowledge underlying their nursing techniques/practice in order to develop safe and effective practice when planning and carrying out care. Collaboration, clinical judgment, critical inquiry, problem solving and relevant health teaching will be emphasized .
    Level 5 Credits
    Take 1 of the following groups:
    Group 1
    NRSG-5008 Professional Practice 5 15.75
    Professional Nursing Practice 5 is designed to assist students to make the transition to the role of a beginning practitioner. There are opportunities to consolidate and integrate theory and practice in a praxis setting with a nurse preceptor. Previous learning will be enhanced and proficiency within a practice setting will be developed. Clinical competency and decision making skills will be strengthened as students prepare to assume an increased level of responsibility.
    Group 2
    NRSG-1054 Practical Nursing Clinical 7.5
    Professional Nursing Practice is designed to enable the students to continue to develop in the practice of nursing. the concepts from all courses will be brought together into praxis while developing caring relationships with people across the lifespan experiencing complex health challenges. Students will care for clients in the community and in mental health settings. Clinical judgment and decision-making skills are refined in implementing, evaluating nursing care. Please contact ce@fanshawec.ca.
    NRSG-1055 Practical Nurse Clinical 8.25
    Practice Nurse Clinical NRSG-1055 is a continuation of the clinical practice that was began in Practical Nursing Clinical NRSG-1054. This course will provide clinical praxis experience to those students who have demonstrated sufficient clinical experience in their original educational certificate program or for students who have not demonstrated current nursing practice. There will be an opportunity to consolidate and integrate theory and practice in a single setting with a nursing preceptor. Previous learning will be enhanced and proficiency within a practice setting will be developed. Clinical competency and decision making skills will be strengthened in a new area of practice.
    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 4
    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 27 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program