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.
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 should your course have a final exam, students are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in person approved Testing Centre. Please contact email@example.com with any questions about this.
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 Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.