By working through the learning activities in this course, students will:
- Understand and apply the characteristics and requirements of a professional nurse to your
- 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
- Investigate information technology and its influence on health care delivery, inquiry and
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
Required text and materials
Potter, P., Perry, A., Ross-Kerr, J., Wood, M., Astle & Duggleby. Canadian Fundamentals
of Nursing. 6th ed. Toronto, CA: Elsevier-Mosby, 2019.
Type: Textbook: ISBN:
Computer with Internet is required.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
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
|Assignment 2 Self-Assessment and Learning Plan
|Assignment 3 Scholarly Paper Outline
|Assignment 4 Scholarly Paper
|Final Exam *
Open Learning Faculty Member
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.