NURS 3641: Principles and Skillfulness

This course is designed to focus on the theoretical principles underpinning of day-to-day technical skills required for safe nursing practice common to diverse practice settings. Participants are required to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of various nursing skills.


After successfully completing NURS 3641, students will be able to:

  • Advance your knowledge, confidence and safe performance of psychomotor skills common to nursing practice
  • Extend your ability to promote safe nursing practice, for yourself and others
  • Enhance your ability to teach skills to others based on the principles of assigning delegating nursing tasks, evidence-informed decisions and best practice guidelines
  • Promote your inquiry skills and resourcefulness
  • Refresh your critical thinking in relation to math for medications
  • Augment your communication skills

Course outline

  • Module 1: Infection Control
  • Module 2: Assessment of Clients
  • Module 3: Medication Administration
  • Module 4: Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Balances
  • Module 5: Elimination
  • Module 6: Oxygenation
  • Module 7: Pain and Comfort
  • Module 8: Wound Care
  • Module 9: Health Informatics

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Nurse Refresher Labkit

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. A., Perry, A. G., Stockert, P.A., & Hall, A.M. (2019). In B.J. Astle, & W. Duggleby (Canadian Eds.), Canadian fundamentals of nursing (6th ed.). Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-77172-113-4

Optional materials

The following textbooks are recommended as supplementary resources for your learning. You may have already obtained a previous year’s edition of the following textbooks. You are not required to purchase the newest edition and may use the one you already have at your discretion.

  1. Lilley, L., Harrington, S., & Snyder, J. S. In B. Swart (Ed.). Pharmacology for Canadian Health Care Practice. Toronto, ON: Elsevier Canada
  1. Venes, D. (Ed.). Taber's cyclopedic medical dictionary. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company
  1. Vallerand, A. H. Davis's Canadian Drug Guide for Nurses. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company
  1. Van Leeuwen, A and Bladh, M. Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company

Note: Students will need to contact Student Services if they require these texts. If students have any questions about course textbooks or other materials, 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).


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 acheieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Students must obtain an overall minimum grade of 60% for the course as a whole and 60% or higher on each of the mandatory Comprehensive Exam and the Teaching and Learning Assignment, and 90% or higher on the mandatorty Math for Medications Quiz.


Weighting (% of Final Grade)

Required Grade

Math for Medications Quiz 20% 90%
Teaching & Learning Assignment - Formal Paper 30% 60%
Comprehensive Final Exam (mandatory) 50% 60%

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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