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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

HLTH 3621: Relational Practice

This course is designed to advance the relational knowledge and skill of health professionals. It emphasizes concepts such as communication; leadership; interprofessional practice; teaching and learning; diversity; power; and the client as a person, family and community.

Learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to enhance the learner's knowledge about and skill in promoting nursing as a relational practice. By working through the learning activities in this course, students will:

  • Describe and apply nursing leadership as an integral part of everyday practice
  • Describe and apply the key principles and processes of communication and therapeutic communication to enhance practice relationships
  • Apply the basic principles and concepts related to teaching and learning to promote health through client education
  • Discuss and explain the role of power and empowerment when engaging in caring relations with clients as individuals, families, or communities
  • Identify and apply advocacy and social justice as professional obligations, respecting the diversity of all clients including individuals, families, groups/populations, or communities
  • Locate the unique contribution of nursing as relational practice in enhancing collaborative, interprofessional care

Course topics

Module 1: Leadership and Caring Relations

  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Understanding Caring in Leadership
  • Leadership and Caring in Everyday Practice

Module 2: Therapeutic Nurse-Client Relations

  • Communication in Nursing
  • Promoting Therapeutic Client Relationships

Module 3: Family as the Client

  • Family: The Unit of Nursing Care
  • Family Nursing
  • Relating to Diversity Among Families

Module 4: Community as the Client

  • Nurses Working with Communities
  • Building Health Communities
  • Addressing Diversity in Groups and Communities
  • Ethical Concerns related to Community Nursing

Module 5: Client Education

  • Role of Client Education
  • The Teaching-Learning Process
  • Addressing Diversity in the Context of Health Education
  • Ethical Concerns related to Client Education

Module 6: Interprofessional Care

  • Health Work Environments for Nurses
  • Working with Health Professionals and Other Allied Workers
  • Greening the Health Sector

Required text and materials

  1. Kearney-Nunnery, R. Advancing Your Career: Concepts of Professional Nursing. 7th Edition. F.A. Davis Company, 2020.
    Textbook: ISBN 978-0-8036-9014-1

This is a companion course to HLTH 3611. Therefore, the textbook listed below will not be included in your course package. If you do not have this textbook please contact Enrolment Services at or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International)

  1. Potter, P., Perry, A., Stockert, P, Hall, A. Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing. 6th Edition. Toronto, CA: Elsevier-Mosby, 2017.
    Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-77172-113-4

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet is required.


In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain an overall minimum grade of 50% for the course. Marks for the course will be distributed among the assignments as shown. To successfully complete the course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the assignments. Students in the RRNP program must achieve at least a C grade (minimum 60%) in each required course and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.33 (minimum 65%) in order to progress to the next course.

Students who fail to submit an assignment will be assigned a grade of zero for the missing work.

Assignment 1: Online discussions 30%
Assignment 2: Communication to Support Professional Nursing Relationships 20%
Assignment 3: Developing and Sharing a Teaching Plan 20%
Assignment 4: Nursing as Relational Practice - Formal Essay 30%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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