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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

  • 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
  • Module 2: Therapeutic Nurse-Client Relations
  • Module 3: Family as the Client
  • Module 4: Community as the Client
  • Module 5: Client Education
  • Module 6: Interprofessional Care

Required text and materials

Students require the following e-textbook, which can be purchased directly from the link at:

  1. Kearney-Nunnery, R., (2020) Advancing Your Career: Concepts of Professional Nursing. (7th Ed.). F.A. Davis Company.
    Type: E-Textbook. ISBN: 9781719641463 / 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., (2017) Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing. (6th Ed.). Elsevier-Mosby.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-77172-113-4


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course.
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. 

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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