Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing 2022-2023

Overview

Applications for the next Practical Nursing program in North Battleford will be accepted between May 3, 2022 and June 30, 2022 for a March 2023 start date, ending in February 2025.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are in demand across Canada. There are more job opportunities now than ever before, and more chances to create a career that suits your interests. This two-year Practical Nursing diploma program, offered in cooperation with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, will set you on the road to an exciting future in nursing.

Note: tuition fees do not include book fees; fees subject to change

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 65% in the following five subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, any Grade 12 level math, one of Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30 and one of Social Studies 30, History 30 or Native Studies 30
  • English Language Requirement

Note

  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check upon admission into the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.
  • Proof of current Standard First Aid and CPR Health Care Provider 'C' AED or equivalent is required prior to entry into the clinical practicum.
  • Proof of current Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning (TLR) certification is required prior to entry into the clinical practicum.

 

 

Courses

Code Name
  • BIOL 102 Anatomy and Physiology 1

    In the first of a two-course sequence, you will explore the human body focusing on the interaction between structure and function and the regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis. You will learn how the levels of organization of the body and the components of cells, tissues and organs impact form and function. You will examine the following body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

     

  • CLIN 103 Health Assessment and Praxis 1

    You will demonstrate, at an introductory level, the assessments and skills associated with the care of adult and geriatric patients. Your experiential learning will provide opportunities to practice your skills and abilities for patients in long term care environments. You will apply the nursing process and principles of patient teaching and practice documentation.

    Corequisites(s): PHAR 101

  • NURS 163 Professional Practice and Communication 1

    You will explore the concept of self in relation to others. You will illustrate the role of caring in the practice of nursing and begin to develop reflective practice and critical thinking skills. You will demonstrate principles of verbal and non-verbal professional communication and explore the professional image of nursing.

    Equivalent Course(s): NEPS 112, NURS 112

  • NURS 171 Foundations 1 – Foundations of Health

    You will discuss the metaparadigm of nursing in the context of nursing theories and philosophies. You will describe health determinants, primary health care and health care delivery in Canada. You will discuss law and ethics as they pertain to the nursing profession. You will describe critical thinking and apply key elements of patient safety. You will describe the concepts of culture and ethnicity with a focus on Indigenous and other predominant cultures in Saskatchewan.

    Equivalent Course(s): NURS 173

  • NURS 172 Variations in Health 1

    You will begin to apply critical thinking skills, explaining the physiological and psychological health changes of the ageing adult. With guidance, you will apply the nursing process and describe evidence informed practice related to the ageing adult patient. You will describe specific health variations using a systems approach and recognize health promotion strategies in gerontological care.

    Equivalent Course(s): NURS 174, NURS 174CE

  • PHAR 101 Pharmacology 1

    You will identify Canadian medication systems, medication classifications and names. You will identify the principles and nursing responsibilities for competent medication calculation and administration. You will demonstrate evidenced informed care and knowledge of medication actions, differentiating medication actions and effects in the body, and examining strategies for safe administration. Your theoretical learning will focus on vitamins, complementary medications, antihistamines and drugs affecting the gastrointestinal system.

    Corequisites(s): CLIN 103

  • BIOL 103 Anatomy and Physiology 2

    In the second of a two-course sequence, you will continue to explore the human body focusing on the interaction between structure and function and the regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis. You will examine how the levels of organization of the body and the components of cells, tissues and organs impact the form and function for the following body systems: endocrine, blood, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance and reproductive.

    Prerequisites(s): BIOL 102

  • CLIN 104 Health Assessment and Praxis 2

    You will practice assessments and skills associated with rehabilitative and supportive care. Your experiential learning will provide opportunities for assessment and care of adults with chronic health challenges. You will demonstrate the concepts of patient safety, critical thinking, and evidence informed practice in the delivery of patient care and teaching.

    Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100, CLIN 103, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, PHAR 101
    Corequisites(s): PHAR 102
    Equivalent Course(s): NURS 238

  • NURS 176 Foundations 2 - Mental Health

    You will describe mental health concepts, legal and ethical considerations, and social stigmas related to mental health disorders. You will examine the role of nursing in relation to mental health and describe evidence informed nursing practice for patients and their families. You will promote mental health for patients and their families using the metaparadigm of nursing, demonstrating critical thinking and inquiry in your application of the nursing process. You will examine specific mental health disorders and examine strategies to promote safety in the context of mental health.

    Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100, CLIN 103, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, PHAR 101

  • NURS 240 Professional Practice and Communication 2

    You will examine therapeutic relationships with an emphasis on caring, advocacy, diversity, and managing ethical dilemmas. You will examine trends and issues in Canadian nursing practice and identify the scope of professional practice for the practical nurse.

    Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100, CLIN 103, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, PHAR 101

  • NURS 293 Variations in Health 2

    You will examine variations in health and common chronic conditions diagnosed in the adult population. You will apply knowledge of anatomy and pathophysiology to explore health challenges affecting body systems. You will examine the diagnostic findings, nursing interventions and treatments associated with specific health challenges. With guidance, you will apply the nursing process, promote safety, and use critical thinking and evidence informed practice to deliver holistic nursing care.

    Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100, CLIN 103, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, PHAR 101

  • PHAR 102 Pharmacology 2

    You will demonstrate skills and abilities required for medication administration to pediatric and adult populations. You will prepare and administer medications through enteral, percutaneous and parenteral routes. You will examine medication classifications for the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, and central nervous and autonomic nervous systems, and demonstrate evidenced informed practice in applying principles of safe medication administration.

    Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100, CLIN 103, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, PHAR 101
    Corequisites(s): CLIN 104

  • CLIN 105 Integrated Clinical Practice 1

    You will apply your knowledge and skills related to holistic nursing care of patients. Your experiential learning will focus on rehabilitative and supportive care for patients experiencing a variety of health challenges. With faculty guidance, you will demonstrate the principles of health teaching and perform complete and focused health assessments. You will demonstrate professional behaviour and practice collaborative relationships with patients and the interprofessional team to deliver safe, competent, and ethical patient care.

    Prerequisites(s): BIOL 101, CLIN 104, NURS 176, NURS 240, NURS 293, PHAR 102
    Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 260

  • SOCI 160 Foundations of Sociology

    Using your sociological imagination, you will examine how to practice sociology, and learn about the importance of culture, socialization, and the family. You will discuss social inequality in Canada, as well as explore the concepts of social control and deviance. Your studies will also include issues related to the power of mass media, the dualism of sex and gender, and race and ethnicity. You will have an opportunity to examine collective behavior, social movements, social change, and globalization.

    Equivalent Course(s): SOCI 160CE, SOCI 184

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