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NURS 3641: Principles and Skillfulness: Theory

This course is designed to focus on the theoretical principles underpinning 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.

Learning outcomes

  • 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 topics

  • 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

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Nurse Refresher Lab Kit

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 and you may want to source a copy on your own. If you already obtained a previous year’s edition of the following textbooks, you 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


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

Students must obtain an overall minimum grade of 60% for the course as a whole and 60% or higher on the mandatory Comprehensive Exam, 50% or higher on the Teaching and Learning Assignment, and 90% or higher on the mandatory Math for Medications Quiz.


Weighting (% of Final Grade)

Required Grade

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

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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