Year 4 Courses

NURS 4080-3
Nursing Practice: Transitions - Nursing Practice for Registered Nurses (0,3,5P)
Registered Nurses identify an area of specific focus for this nursing practice course and are then provided with opportunities to develop and advance their practice. The area of focus may be a particular setting of practice, a certain client population, or a specific health challenge. In this course, praxis is actualized through practice experiences and participation in seminars.
Prerequisite: NURS 4310
Corequisite: One of 4200, 4400 or 4600

NURS 4200-3
Health Transition: Complex Health Challenges (3,0,0)
This course provides opportunities for students to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of theoretical foundations of nursing practice in situations with complex episodic and complex chronic health challenges. Students will explore and critique nurses’ health-promoting roles when involved with people with complex health challenges and issues/concepts related to their chosen area of clinical nursing.
Prerequisite: NURS 4310
Corequisite: NURS 4210 (4080 RNs only)

NURS 4210-5
Nursing Practice 8: Transitions - Complex Episodic Nursing Practice (0,3,18P)
This course offers students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and develop their nursing practice in relation to clients with complex health challenges. This course is intended to facilitate the transition from the student role to entry level professional nurse role. By working with an RN preceptor, students have the opportunity to experience the realities of the graduate nurse role and increase their understanding of the multiple components of health care delivery that are involved in providing quality care for clients.
Prerequisite: NURS 4310
Corequisites: NURS 4200

NURS 4280-3
Nursing Practice Transitions: Advanced Nursing Practice for Registered Nurses (0,0,10P)
This course provides Registered Nurses with an additional 150 hours of nursing practice in their identified area of focus. The area of focus will be in the same practice setting as NURS 4080.
Prerequisite: NURS 4080, or NURS 4200, 4400, or 4600.

NURS 4300-3
Health/Professional Growth: Nurses Influencing Change (0,3,0)
This course explores the ways nurses can influence and create change for the promotion of societal health. Emphasis is on selected strategies for enhancing nursing influence on the evolving Canadian health care system.
Prerequisite: NURS 3510

NURS 4310-4
Nursing Practice 7 (0,3,6P)
This nursing practice experience focuses o the actualization of the nurse as a professional. By critically reflecting on practice experiences, participants engage in influencing change for the promotion of societal health within the Canadian health care system.
Prerequisite: NURS 3510
Corequisites: NURS 4300

NURS 4380-4
Community Health Nursing (0,3,9P)
The seminar and practice learning experiences are designed to provide opportunities for participants to integrate learning from previous semesters, and to advance their knowledge and professional nursing practice in community health nursing. Participants have opportunities to enhance their learning and apply their clinical decision-making skills in a variety of community health nursing practice settings.
Prerequisite: NURS 3500, NURS 3510 or RN diploma

NURS 4400-3
Health Transitions: Community Nursing (3,0,0)
This course provides opportunities for students to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical foundations of nursing practice in the community. Students will explore nurses’ roles in the community from a broad contextual perspective. Participants will have opportunities to explore and critique issues/concepts relevant to their chosen area of community nursing.
Prerequisite: NURS 4310
Corequisite: NURS 4410 (4080 RNs only)

NURS 4410-5
Nursing Practice 8: Transitions - Community Health Nursing Practice (0,3,18P)
Through a declaration process, students will identify an area of specific focus for this nursing practice course. This course will provide opportunities for students to develop and advance their practice. The area of focus may be a particular setting of practice, a certain client population, or a specific health challenge. In this course, praxis is actualized through practice experiences and participation in seminars. The practice setting will be community.
Prerequisite: NURS 4310
Corequisite: NURS 4400

NURS 4550-3
Mental Health Practice
In this three-week full-time practice course, opportunity is provided to consolidate mental health concepts in three distinct practice settings: tertiary care psychiatric setting, community based mental health settings, and agencies focussing on alternate mental health practices. Students will be preceptored with a clinician, with support and guidance from a TRU instructor.

NURS 4600-3
Health in Later Life (3,0,0)
This course has been designed to give you, the learner, opportunities to increase your understanding related to health in later life. You will examine the changing demographics and political and societal forces influencing the health of older persons. Students in health professions will also be able to integrate this new learning in order to develop clinical skills that will be of value in their practice with elderly persons. Throughout the semester you will be encouraged to examine different perspectives and explore several central issues related to the elderly as you develop an individual philosophy and viewpoint on aging and the health of the elderly. The course will focus on the experience of aging, determinants of health, common health challenges and selected issues related to health in this later life stage.

NURS 4610-5
Nursing Practice 8: Transitions - Gerontological Nursing Practice (0,3,18P)
This course provides opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge and develop their practice in relation to nurses’ work with older persons. A primary goal of this course is to nurture an appreciation of the experience of health in later life as well as gerontological nursing as a specialty. In addition, for continuing students, this course is intended to facilitate the transition from student role to entry level professional nurse. Students are able to increase their understanding of the multiple components of health care delivery involved in providing quality care for older persons and their families. In this course, praxis is actualized through practice experiences, critical reflection, integration of theory and participation in seminars.
Prerequisite: NURS 4600

NURS 4860-3
Primary Health Care in Rural and Northern Communities (3,3,0)
As first contact primary health care workers, nurses provide comprehensive care and assist individuals and families to make appropriate use of the formal and informal health care resources available in the community. This course will introduce the student to the principles of Primary Health Care (PHC) endorsed by Canada in 1977, by exploring the five major concepts within a broad framework of health including historical, social, economic, political and cultural implications.
Prerequisite: RN

NURS 4870-3
Assessment and Management of Health and Illness Throughout the Lifespan (6,3,0)
This course will form a theoretical base from which the practitioner can develop sound decision making skills and deliver appropriate nursing care for individuals, families and communities. This comprehensive course will examine health throughout the lifespan including normal growth and development; pregnancy and aging; explore common presentations of illness and current management protocols.
Prerequisite: RN

NURS 4880-3
Advanced Clinical Skills and Emergency Care (0,3,6)
Nursing practice in an advanced clinical setting, treatment centre or community health centre requires that nurses be prepared to make decisions and carry out appropriate treatment or make referral, and be able to provide emergency care and support for critically ill clients and families. Basic Trauma Life Support is a prerequisite to this course and Pediatric Advanced Life Support will be incorporated into the curriculum.
Prerequisite: RN

NURS 4890-6
Primary Care Clinical Nursing Practicum (0,0,36)
The six week clinical practicum will provide an opportunity for students to consolidate the three other courses into the practice setting. The course is designed to offer the student experience in the areas of: obstetrics, pediatrics, medical/surgical and emergency. The choice of venue will reflect the students learning needs and will supply the learner with enough experience to support competence. It is expected that clinical placement will include: acute medical surgical; emergency, labour and delivery, pediatrics. Acute care hospitals; sexually transmitted disease clinics; pediatricians’ office; and health centres may provide the learning opportunities.
Prerequisite: RN