HLTH 3611
Professional Growth

3.0 Credits

Description

This course is designed to reacquaint health practitioners with the standards that govern professional practice; update participants' awareness of Canadian health care system trends and perspectives; and advance participants' understanding of disciplinary inquiry emerging from multiple ways of knowing.

Delivery Method

Online.

Prerequisites

Admission to the Return to Registered Nurse Practice Program -or- Current CRNBC Registration -or- permission of Associate Dean or designate.

Objectives

By working through the learning activities in this course, students will:

  • Understand and apply the characteristics and requirements of a professional nurse to your practice.
  • Understand and apply the principles of ethics and the process of ethical decision-making with an awareness of the inherent legal implications, in order to also understand legal liabilities in nursing practice.
  • Understand the significance of knowledge development in nursing and develop skills in accessing, analyzing and communicating knowledge in nursing.
  • Identify conditions necessary for creating safe and quality practice environments.
  • Enhance your understanding of issues of gender and its significance in relation to practice.
  • Investigate information technology and its influence on health care delivery, inquiry and professional practice.

Course Outline

Module 1: Nursing: A Self-Regulating Profession

  • Professionalism and Professional Organizations
  • Health Professions Act
  • Standards of Nursing Practice
  • Continuing Competence and Self-Assessment

Module 2: The Law and Ethics in Nursing

  • Ethical Principles
  • Code of Ethics
  • Ethical Decision-making
  • Ethical Issues
  • Legal Liability
  • Legal Issues

Module 3: Inquiry and Knowledge Development in Nursing

  • Evolution of Knowledge Development in Nursing
  • Ways of Knowing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Accessing Knowledge for Nursing Practice
  • Writing for Professional Practice

Module 4: Health Care Delivery in Canada

  • Evolution of Canada's Health Care System
  • The Meaning of Health and Determinants of Health
  • Perspectives of Health and Health Care Delivery

Module 5: Nursing Practice Environments

  • Quality Practice Environments
  • Gender and Nurses' work
  • Intra-professional practice

Module 6: Information and Communication Technology

  • Nursing Informatics and E-Nursing Strategy
  • Nursing Information and Knowledge Management
  • Electronic Health Records

Maximum Completion

16 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Potter, P., Perry, A., Ross-Kerr, J., Wood, M., Astle & Duggleby. Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing. 5th ed. Toronto, CA: Elsevier-Mosby, 2014.
Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-926648-53-8

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Management System's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.

Assessment

To successfully complete this course students must obtain 50% or higher in the course overall. Credit will be granted towards a program in the School of Nursing when course grade is 60% (C) or better. This refers to the overall course with assignments averaged to this percentage. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.33 (minimum 65%) must be maintained in order to progress to the next course.

Marks for the course will be distributed among the assignments and the final exam as shown:

Assignment 1 Seminars 20%
Assignment 2 Self-Assessment and Learning Plan 25%
Assignment 3 Scholarly Paper Outline 10%
Assignment 4 Scholarly Paper 25%
Final Exam 20%