NURS 3641

Principles and Skillfulness

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced.


Admission to the Return to Registered Nurse Practice Certificate program, current CRNBC registration, or permission of the Associate Dean or appropriate designate.

Recommended Requisites

Participants in the Return to Registered Nurse Practice Certificate program are strongly advised to complete this course just prior to registering for NURS 3651 and after completing HLTH 3611, 3621, and 3631.


  • 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

Course Duration

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

The following textbook is purchased in HLTH 3611.

  1. Potter, P., Perry, A., Ross-Kerr, J., Wood, M., Astle & Duggleby. Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing. 5th Edition. Elsevier-Mosby, 2014.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-926648-53-8

Optional Materials

These textbooks are purchased in HLTH 3631.

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. Vallerand, A. H., Sanoski, C.A., & Deglin, J. H. The Perfect Package. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company
  1. Venes, D. (Ed.). Taber's cyclopedic medical dictionary. 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).

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.


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 mandatary Math for Medications Quiz.

Math for Medications Quiz 20%
Teaching & Learning Assignment - Formal Paper 30%
Comprehensive Exam 50%