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2019 September Semester
May 21, 2019
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NURS 101 - The Art and Science of Nursing
This course introduces the student to the dimensions of professional nursing practice. Through group and individual learning activities, student are introduced to professional nursing practices and concepts, issues and trends in both nursing and the Canadian health care system. Students are introduced to foundational nursing skills in the laboratory and are provided the opportunity to apply these skills in the clinical setting with adults.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

NURS 102 - Communication Theory and Practice
This course provides a foundation for therapeutic communication in nursing practice. Communication skills are fundamental in any relationship to facilitate the health and well-being of clients. Students have the opportunity to increase self-awareness and explore perceptions, attitudes, and values via a variety of communication methods applied to multicultural and multi-generational cohorts. Students are given the opportunity to practice foundational communication skills in the laboratory setting.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

NURS 201 - Introduction to Health Assessment
This course provides the basis to gather a health history and to assess the functioning of individuals through the proper use of physical examination techniques. Psychosocial and cultural assessment is included. The emphasis is on recognition and identification of normal findings.
Credits: 4.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

NURS 202 - Pathophysiological Concepts
This course uses a conceptual approach to examine pathological mechanisms of altered states in human physiology. Topics include the etiology, cellular metabolism, tissue alterations, functional changes, and age-related differences involved in each process.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam

NURS 203 - Health Promotion in Families
This course introduces theory related to families across the lifespan within the context of primary health care in the north. Emphasis is on family assessment skills and working in partnership wiht families in the development of health promotion and illness and injury prevention strategies. Holistic care of families during transitions such as normal childbearing, child rearing, and caring for an elderly parent is included.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

NURS 204 - Healing Modalities
This course provides an overview of healing modalities currently used by nurses and other experts in practice in British Columbia. Principles of pharmacology and pharmacodynamics are addressed. Opportunity is provided for students to explore various complementary healing techniques.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

NURS 205 - Introduction to First Nations Health
This course provides an overview of First Nations health, factors influencing health status, and issues arising from Northern and remote living. Historical events and their impact on health are introduced. Current barriers to health, along with culturally sensitive nursing implications, are explored.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

NURS 206 - Basic Nutrition
This course examines the nutritional needs of specific client groups throughout the lifespan and in various states of wellness and illness. The course reviews the physiology of carbohydrate, fat, protein, and energy metabolism. Topics include enteral and parenteral nutrition, trends and issues in nutritional practice, and the psychosocial and cultural aspects of food and eating behaviours.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

NURS 215 - Nursing Care of the Adult
This course examines principles and practices of nursing adults with health problems. The focus is on the acquisition and application of knowledge in planning, implementing and evaluating the nursing care of clients requiring medical and surgical intervention. Holistic health care of individuals is highlighted. The course includes laboratory instruction in psychomotor skills. The clinical practicum enables the student to integrate theory and skills needed to provide nursing care.
Credits: 8.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

NURS 220 - Extended Clinical Practicum I
This practicum provides the opportunity for consolidated clinical nursing practice with adults who have health problems. This course builds on previous clinical practice with the adult and occurs in various settings in northern BC.
Credits: 5.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Practicum

NURS 303 - Nutrition
This course review nutrient requirements across the life span and physiological connections of diet to health and disease. Therapeutic aspects of parenteral nutrition (total and peripheral) and special diets in disease states are covered.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

NURS 304 - Introduction to Nursing Knowledge
This course provides an overview of the types of knowledge or theory in the profession, and how such knowledge is developed. It encourages a critical analysis of trends in knowledge development and highlights the crucial relationship of knowledge to practice.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 306 - Introduction to Epidemiology
This course applies epidemiological principles in the examination of patterns of disease and disability among populations, particularly those in northern latitudes. It introduces students to the interpretation of vital statistics, the critique of cross-sectional, case-control and cohort design, and the principles of screening. Note: This course is cross-listed with HHSC 350-3.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam, Audio/Video, World Wide Web

NURS 308 - Ethics and Law in Nursing
This course examines ethical reasoning and the use of ethical theory in nursing practice decisions. Health care law as it relates to nursing practice is explored. Special focus is on the meaning and use of nursing practice acts, professional standards of practice and nursing codes of ethics.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 317 - Nursing Theory and Practice: Maternity
This course takes a women- and family-centred, strengths-based approach to caring for individuals and families of diverse and multicultural backgrounds in the childbearing experience. Emphasis is placed on the integration and application of evidence-based theory, standards for nursing practice, effective communication, critical thinking and use of the nursing process to optimally prepare nurses as caregivers and collaborators with childbearing women, neonates, families, and the health care team. Students must be registered in NURS 328-(1, 2) in order to participate in a Year 3 combined theory and practice course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 5.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 318 - Nursing Theory and Practice: Pediatrics
This course emphasizes the health of infants, children, and their families, with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and common health problems with particular attention to northern populations and First Nations. Information and clinical practice relating to acute and chronic conditions and medical/surgical interventions are included. Clinical experiences occur in acute pediatric and selected community settings, providing opportunities to apply pediatric nursing knowledge. Students must be registered in NURS 328-(1, 2) in order to participate in a Year 3 combined theory and practice course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 5.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 323 - Nursing Theory and Practice: Older Adult
This course focuses on health-promoting, person-centred nursing practice with older persons in rural communities. Assessment focuses on the physical and mental health of older persons within the context of their everyday experience and their families and/or cultures. Students have an opportunity to extend knowledge, skills and the application of therapeutic approaches with this population in the community and clinical settings. Students must be registered in NURS 328-(1, 2) in order to participate in a Year 3 combined theory and practice course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 5.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 326 - Nursing Theory and Practice: Mental Health
This course provides knowledge and skills required to care for people living with common mental health and addiction issues encountered in rural nursing practice. A holistic, relational nursing focus allows students to apply concepts to a variety of health challenges and to intervene appropriately. Students have an opportunity to further develop mental health nursing knowledge and skills in the clinical setting. Students must be registered in NURS 328-(1, 2) in order to participate in a Year 3 combined theory and practice course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 5.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 328 - Nursing Laboratory
This course provides instruction and practice in the psychomotor and critical thinking skills necessary to provide safe and effective nursing care in the clinical environment. Through case-based scenarios, simulation, short assignments, quizzes, videos and hands-on practice, students engage with and apply new knowledge and skills that build on learning from Years 1 and 2 of the curriculum. Students must successfully complete 2 credit hours of NURS 328-(1, 2), either as two 1-credit hour courses or one 2-credit hour course (minimum 36 hours of structured laboratory practice), no more than eight months prior to undertaking the NURS 329-1 Year 3 Objective Structured Clinical Examination.
Credits: 1.000 OR 2.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory

NURS 329 - Year 3 Objective Structured Clinical Examination
This course requires students to successfully complete a number of Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) scenarios as a prerequisite to commencing NURS 330-4 Extended Clinical Practicum II. An OSCE measures whether specific practice performance expectations are met, and evaluates students' clinical judgment and integration of theory and practice in standardized situations of simulated patient care. Students must successfully complete 2 credit hours of NURS 328-(1, 2), either as two 1-credit hour courses or one 2-credit hour course (minimum 36 hours of structured laboratory practice), no more than eight months prior to undertaking the NURS 329-1 Year 3 Objective Structured Clinical Examination.
Credits: 1.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Practicum

NURS 330 - Extended Clinical Practicum II
This course provides the opportunity for consolidated clinical nursing practice with clients who have multiple health care needs. Previous clinical practice experience is considered when determining placement. The practicum occurs in various health care settings in northern BC. Thirty-six hours of structured nursing laboratory practice and NURS 329-1 must be successfully completed no more than eight months before the student undertakes NURS 330-4. Lab hours must be approved by a lab instructor.
Credits: 4.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Practicum

NURS 403 - Introduction to Nursing Research
This course covers the empirical approach to the development of nursing knowledge and reviews aspects of quantitative and qualitative methods.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 408 - Nursing Leadership
This course discusses nursing as a profession within the health care delivery system. Theory regarding organizational structure, leadership, change, power, accountability and decision-making processes is included and is related to a specific clinical setting.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 412 - Women and Health
This course examines women’s health issues from a holistic perspective through a feminist lens, with emphasis on social determinants of health. Students use health research evidence and sources from social sciences and humanities to explore women’s health experiences as well as specific health concerns across the lifespan.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, World Wide Web

Course Attributes:
Upper Division Course

NURS 415 - Introduction to Community Health and Nursing
This course provides an introduction to the concept of community and nursing in the community and builds upon previous experiences in community health nursing practice. Nursing theory and practice of working with individuals, families, and population groups in health and in illness are addressed. The trend to more community care in British Columbia is explored.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Lec/Lab/Tut Combination, Laboratory, Tutorial, World Wide Web

NURS 418 - Introduction to Community Health and Nursing
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of community, primary health care, and nursing in the community and builds upon previous experiences in community health nursing practice. The theory and practice of working as a nurse in the community with individuals, families, and population groups are addressed through the integration and application of community nursing and primary health care theory in nursing practice in northern communities.
Credits: 0.000 TO 7.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum

NURS 420 - Community Health Nursing
This course provides the opportunity for students to increase their understanding of the theories, roles and practices required for community health nursing in changing primary health care systems in northern and rural settings. Emphasis is placed on a population-focused approach to nursing care, including the promotion of health and prevention of disease and disability. During an extended clinical practicum, students integrate theoretical understandings and evidence into contributing to services and programs in the community. Emphasis is on the nurse as a partner with the community. The NCBNP requires the 8 credit hour course. Post-Diploma BScN students complete the 6 credit hour course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 8.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Audio/Video, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 422 - First Nations Health and Nursing
This course provides the opportunity for students to increase their understanding of the theories, roles and practices required by nurses in First Nations communities. Included are the theoretical and practical exploration of the impact of colonization on health, effects of rapid cultural changes, nursing management of specific health issues, culturally sensitive approaches to nursing care, the health transfer process, and special topics related to health. During an extended clinical practicum, students integrate theoretical understandings and evidence into contributing to services and programs in First Nations communities, or in agencies that primarily serve First Nations clients. The NCBNP requires the 8 credit hour course. Post-Diploma BScN students complete the 6 credit hour course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 8.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 426 - Acute Care Nursing
This course examines the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide holistic, person-centred care in the acute setting. This course explores the concepts and practices of acute care nursing with various client populations while enabling students to consolidate and extend their knowledge and clinical ability in the acute care setting. Problem solving, complex client situations and expanding the professional role of the nurse are central themes of the course. The NCBNP requires the 8 credit hour course. Post- Diploma BScN students complete the 6 credit hour course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 8.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 430 - Community Continuing Care Nursing
This course explores the role, responsibilities and practices of nursing with a broad range of clients in home settings or long-term care facilities. A multidisciplinary team approach is emphasized. This course enables students to apply concepts and acquire skills of community continuing care professional nursing practice. Students provide direct care in the home setting, develop their clinical judgment, and contribute to decision-making and referral.
Credits: 6.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum

NURS 432 - Mental Health Nursing
This course provides the opportunity for students to increase understandings of mental health and mental illness and to integrate and apply relevant theoretical and clinical knowledge. Northern practice, cultural contexts, concepts of client, and treatment settings are examined using mental health nursing frameworks. Utilizing both classroom seminars and clinical practice, students apply theoretical understandings and evidence to practice, considering various clinical settings. The NCBNP requires the 8 credit hour course. Post-Diploma BScN students complete the 6 credit hour course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 8.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 435 - Pediatric Nursing
This course examines the theory and practice of neonatal and/or pediatric nursing in detail, with particular attention to rural and northern nursing practice. Consideration is given to ethical issues, culture, and the impact of social determinants of health on child health and development and long-term outcomes. Theoretical concepts and evidence-based practice approaches relevant to pediatric nursing in hospital, community, and mental health care contexts are addressed and further consolidated through a practicum experience. The NCBNP requires the 8-credit hour course. Post-Diploma BScN students complete the 6-credit hour course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 8.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 451 - Health Assessment and RN First Call
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to extend their ability to conduct a thorough health assessment for diverse client populations throughout the lifespan. It prepares students to safely utilize the BCCNP Decision Support Tools for RN First Call practice. Students conduct age-appropriate comprehensive health histories and physical examinations, identify health concerns and risks, taking into account culture, ethnicity and health beliefs, and make informed clinical judgments. This course features one or more mandatory extended skills-building laboratory/workshop sessions that include evaluation of history and physical assessment skills as well as utilization of the RN First Call Decision Support Tools. Upon successful completion students may apply for BCCNP RN First Call Practice Certification.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Self-Directed, Final Exam, Audio/Video, Laboratory, World Wide Web

NURS 452 - Chronic Disease Management, Palliative Care and Wound Care
This course has three components. The Chronic Disease Management component utilizes current, evidence-based knowledge, skills adn management tools to provide effective client-centred care for those with chronic health challenges in rural practice. The Palliative Care component enables learners to extend their knowledge surrounding palliative care guidelines and discusses grief and bereavement issues. The Wound Care component examines evidence-based and cost-effective wound care for people residing in rural settings.
Credits: 6.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Self-Directed, Final Exam, Audio/Video, World Wide Web

NURS 453 - Nursing Practice with Older Persons
This course focuses on health-promoting, person-centred practice for nurses working with older persons in rural communities. Assessment focuses on the physical and mental health of older persons within the context of their everyday experience and their famlies and/or cultures. Particular attention is paid to the strengths of the individual as well as the presenting health challenges. Nurses explore strategies to prevent and/or address common health issues experienced by older persons.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Self-Directed, Final Exam, Audio/Video, World Wide Web

NURS 454 - Perinatal Care
This course spans the antenatal, intrapartum and post-partum continuum focusing on the perinatal skills and competencies required for nurses to support women and their families through low-risk, normal pregnancies. Students learn to recognize and take action in abnormal situations and make sound, informed clinical judgments in emergency situations in rural settings. This course involves a workshop and practicum, which are both mandatory. Prior to the practicum, RNCP and Post-Diploma students must provide proof of certification in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and the Fetal Health Surveillance course (FHS). The NCBNP requires the 8 credit hour course. RNCP and Post- Diploma BScN students complete the 6 credit hour course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 8.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Self-Directed, Final Exam, Audio/Video, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 455 - Foundations in Emergency and Trauma Nursing
This course provides students with the practical evidence-based information, skills and tools necessary to identify clients with critical conditions and to intervene appropriately and effectively within the context and confines of rural nursing practice. The most salient aspects of adult, geriatric and pediatric emergency and trauma encountered in rural practice are examined. The course includes a focused lab experience and a practicum, which are both mandatory. The NCBNP requires the 8-credit-hour course. RNCP and Post-Diploma BScN students complete the 6-credit-hour course.
Credits: 0.000 TO 8.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Self-Directed, Final Exam, Audio/Video, Laboratory, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 456 - Mental Health and Addictions
This course provides knowledge and skills required to care for people living with common mental health and addiction issues encountered in rural nursing practice. A holistic relational nursing focus allows students to apply concepts to a variety of health challenges and to intervene appropriately. Nursing approaches to clinical decision making with clients who have specific mental health problems such as psychotic, mood, anxiety and personality disorders are highlighted. Nursing practice approaches to addictions, substance use, and crisis intervention, including aggression and suicide attempts are addressed.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Self-Directed, Final Exam, Audio/Video, World Wide Web

NURS 457 - Living and Working in a Rural Community
This course enables students to gain an understanding and appreciation of the unique challenges facing nurses who live and work in rural communities. Confidentiality, anonymity, cultural safety, inter-professional relationships, population health, and maintaining competence are addressed. Students gain greater knowledge and sensitivity in the provision of ethical and effective health care for First Nations populations.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Self-Directed, Final Exam, Audio/Video, World Wide Web

NURS 458 - Remote Nursing Certified Practice
This course focuses on Remote Nursing Certified Practice competencies. Key content areas include history and physical assessment, advanced clinical reasoning, informed judgment and pharmacotherapeutics for the management of specified common and predictable health conditions. Dispensary management and medication dispensing functions are also included. Content and course evaluation are based on a body-systems approach and incorporate the BCCNP Decision Support Tools for Remote Nursing Certified Practice. A mandatory extended workshop focusing on nursing practice in remote communities is included. Upon successful completion students may apply for Remote Nursing Practice Certification through BCCNP.
Credits: 6.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 461 - Rural Health and Nursing
This course prepares students with a focus in rural health and nursing. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to extend their ability to conduct a thorough health assessment for diverse client populations throughout the lifespan. It prepares students to safely utilize the BCCNP Decision Support Tools for RN First Call practice. Students conduct age-appropriate comprehensive health histories and physical examinations, identify health concerns and risks, taking into account culture, ethnicity and health beliefs, and make informed clinical judgments. This course features one or more extended skills-building laboratory/workshop sessions that include evaluation of history and physical assessment skills as well as utilization of the RN First Call Decision Support Tools. Through clinical practicum experiences in rural acute care and primary health care facilities, students integrate and apply knowledge and skills in rural nursing. Upon successful completion students may apply for BCCNP RN First Call Practice Certification.
Credits: 0.000 TO 8.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 493 - Field School
In this experiential learning course, students are immersed in a specific global health context where they actively engage in developing and applying global health knowledge related to health promotion, social capital and community sustainability. The field school provides opportunities to develop new knowledge, skills, attitudes, reflective approaches, and perspectives through interaction with people and communities from other cultures. It is open to students from all disciplines. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours if the material is substantially different.
Credits: 1.000 TO 6.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Field Camp

NURS 497 - Specialty Focus in Nursing
This course comprises both theory and clinical practicum experience in a particular specialty area of nursing practice. The specialty area varies depending on the students’ interests and the opportunities for specialty education available.
Credits: 0.000 TO 8.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 498 - Special Topics in Nursing
This course explores a special topic in nursing. The topic varies, depending on student interest and faculty availability. No more than 6 credit hours in Special Topics courses may be applied towards a BScN degree.
Credits: 1.000 TO 6.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Final Exam, Field Camp, World Wide Web

Course Attributes:
Upper Division Course

NURS 499 - Independent Study in Nursing
This course explores a selected topic in nursing based on readings and learning experiences directed by an instructor. The course format and requirements are based on a formal contract with the instructor. No more than six credit hours in Independent Study courses may be applied towards a BScN degree.
Credits: 1.000 TO 6.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Self-Directed, Practicum

Course Attributes:
Upper Division Course

NURS 602 - Pathophysiology
This course provides an intensive, comprehensive, evidence-based background for assessment and advanced nursing management of common acute/episodic and chronic illnesses encountered across the lifespan in primary health care settings. Normal anatomy and physiology are reviewed and the pathophysiology of selected conditions, diseases or disorders is examined in depth. Particular attention is given to epidemiological evidence relevant to northern British Columbia.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 603 - Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning
This course prepares students to perform comprehensive advanced health assessments with clients across the life-span. The integration of interpersonal communication and physical assessment skills with diagnostic reasoning, critical thinking and clinical decision-making in determining differential diagnoses is emphasized. Students learn health assessment and diagnostic reasoning in accordance with Nurse Practitioner professional regulations and within the context of interpersonal practice.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Seminar, World Wide Web

NURS 604 - The Healing and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples
This course provides a critical examination of Indigenous healing and well-being in relation to the historical influences of European contact and colonization, government social policy, environmental change, migration, and evolving lifestyles. Traditional and contemporary knowledge, world-views and spirituality, as well as Indigenous approaches to healing and well-being within families and communities are explored.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Audio/Video, Seminar, World Wide Web

NURS 605 - Pharmacological Management and Theraputic Interventions
This course provides students with the most current advanced knowledge of pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Students learn about evidence-based practice in the selection, prescription and monitoring of drugs to treat diseases, disorders, conditions and injuries commonly used in primary health care settings within the BCCNP limits and conditions prescribing and dispensing regulations. Based on client health history, disease, disorder or condition, this course involves in-depth study of the mechanisms of drug interactions, therapeutic and adverse effects, drug interactions, and client education. Emphasis is on clinical decision-making applied in case studies that span a variety of age groups and conditions.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 606 - Developing Nursing Knowledge
This course explores the historical, philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of professional nursing and the evolution and application of nursing knowledge. This course examines the relationships between nursing theory, nursing science and practice. Students examine the core elements of nursing knowledge, the distinct nature of nursing research and the dynamic relationship between theory and practice.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 607 - Appraising and Synthesizing Evidence for Practice
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to undertake a systematic search of literature, to critically examine and analyze the evidence, and to prepare an integrative or narrative literature review in response to a specific practice question. Students critique qualitative and quantitative research, systematic reviews, evidence-based guidelines, and other relevant sources and explore ways to apply that research and evidence in practice.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 608 - Ethics, Accountability and Responsibility for Practice
This course emphasizes health care ethics and ethical practice as well as the legislative acts, regulations and bylaws relating to the family nurse practitioner role as it evolves in British Columbia. Implications for those factors on professional responsibility, accountability and practice management are addressed. The importance of personal resposibility for continued professional development and maintaining family nurse practitioner competence is also emphasized.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Audio/Video, Seminar, World Wide Web

NURS 609 - Qualitative Research Approaches in Nursing and Health
This course explores various approaches to qualitative research in nursing and health, beginning with epistemological and ontological commitments. Approaches normally examined include qualitative description, phenomenology, participatory action research, feminist research, grounded theory and form ethnography. Practical concerns encountered in undertaking qualitative research, including issues of ethics and rigour, are explored. This course prepares students to undertake a qualitative thesis.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Seminar, World Wide Web

NURS 610 - Quantitative Research in Nursing and Health
This course covers a range of quantitative research designs, methods and statistical approaches that are commonly used in nursing practice, nursing education and health care. The course prepares students by providing methodological tools required to undertake a thesis.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Seminar, World Wide Web

NURS 612 - Women and Health
This course examines women’s health from a holistic perspective through a feminist lens, with emphasis on social determinants of health. Students use health research evidence and sources from social sciences and humanities to explore women’s health experiences as well as specific health concerns across the lifespan.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, World Wide Web

NURS 618 - Research Approaches for Nursing and Health
This course introduces a broad overview of research approaches and methods relevant to nursing and health care. Students examine the philosophical and methodological foundations of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research and explore the development of research questions and the selection of appropriate methods to address these questions. Topics covered include research design, data collection and analysis principles, ethical and culturally safe research, and approaches to knowledge translation.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

NURS 619 - Qualitative Research in Nursing and Health
This course explores various approaches to qualitative research in nursing and health, beginning with the epistemological and ontological commitments. Approaches normally examined include qualitative description, phenomenology, participatory action research, feminist research, grounded theory and forms of ethnography. Practical concerns encountered in undertaking qualitative research, including issues of ethics and rigour, are explored. This course aims to prepare students to undertake a qualitative thesis.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 620 - Quantitative Research in Nursing and Health
This course introduces students to a range of quantitative research designs, methods and statistical approaches that are commonly used in nursing practice, nursing education and health care. This course exposes students to the methodological tools required to undertake a thesis.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 621 - Health and Global Interconnections
This course provides students with opportunities to develop a critical understanding of key issues related to the relevance of health and global interconnections including the following: links between health, social justice and poverty; health disparities and health equity; and gender, diversity and health. Particular attention is given to cross-cutting global health topics such as global health care, geographical health policy, and the effects of significant world events. Students have an opportunity to develop an appreciation of political, social and economic responsibility, global citizenship in health, planetary health, and actions being taken to effectively deal with important global health challenges.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

NURS 680 - Special Topics in Nursing and Health
This course addresses topics of current interest in nursing and health, which vary from year to year. With the permission of the Chair, this course may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours if the material is substantially different.
Credits: 3.000 OR 6.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Audio/Video, Field Camp, Seminar, World Wide Web

NURS 681 - Independent Study
The details of this course are determined on an individual basis between faculty and graduate students.
Credits: 1.000 TO 6.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Self-Directed

NURS 701 - Advanced Clinical Practice Nursing
This course focuses on applied advanced nursing practice within specialist or generalist areas of practice. The course is tailored to each student’s specific clinical focus, which could include health care management, interprofessional practice, education, clinical informatics, collaborative social enquiry, Indigenous health care, intercultural practice, or rural nursing. A practicum is required.
Credits: 6.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Practicum

NURS 703 - Health Program Planning, Community Development and Evaluation
This course addresses health program planning, community development and program evaluation informed by epidemiological and community engagement approaches. Tools and processes for implementation are linked to strategies for continuous quality improvement. Evaluation competencies are examined through an ethical lens to consider how programs can be tailored for context. The contextual focus for this course is on rural, northern, and Indigenous communities.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, World Wide Web

NURS 704 - Leadership in Health Care and Practice
This course provides a critical examination of selected current issues in health and advanced practice nursing in Canada with a focus on underlying social, political, cultural, historical, legal, and economic factors. This course examines ways in which nurses can influence policy development and foster change in the health system, including how theories of leadership and change can be implemented to ensure quality care, provider and client satisfaction, and equitable distribution of resources in various practice settings.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam, World Wide Web

NURS 705 - Mobilizing Knowledge in Health and Health Care
This course addresses the theory and practice of knowledge translation across the health research spectrum such as biomedical, clinical, population and public health, and health services and policy. In addition to critically examining knowledge exchange and translation theories, students engage in practical approaches to facilitating the exchange of knowledge and the uptake of evidence. Emerging topics in this rapidly changing field are explored.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Final Exam

NURS 720 - Practicum: Integrating Primary Health Care I
This course enables students to consolidate and practice knowledge and skills in assessing, diagnosing and managing physical and mental health/illness of adults, older adults and their families. The focus is on the management of common episodic and chronic health conditions of individuals across the lifespan, within the context of family and community in northern primary health care settings. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and illness/injury prevention strategies and on chronic self-care management. Situations requiring physician referral and managing rapidly changing situations are also addressed. This two-part course, which consists of on-site practice seminars and a clinical practicum, includes structured clinical evaluation.
Credits: 6.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Self-Directed, Final Exam, Laboratory, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 730 - Practicum: Integrating Primary Health Care II
This course enables students to extend their knowledge and practice skills in northern primary health care settings with an emphasis on the development of core family nurse practitioner competencies related to caring for perinatal women, infants, children and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and illness/injury prevention strategies and on chronic self-care management. Situations requiring physician referral and managing rapidly changing situations are also addressed. This two-part course, which consists of on-site practice and seminars and a clinical practicum, includes a structured clinical evaluation.
Credits: 6.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Laboratory, Practicum, World Wide Web

NURS 763 - Field School
In this experiential learning course, students are immersed in a specific global health context where they actively engage in developing and applying global health knowledge related to health promotion, social capital and community sustainability. The field school provides opportunities to develop new knowledge, skills, attitudes, reflective approaches, and perspectives through interaction with people and communities from other cultures. It is open to students from all disciplines. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours if the material is substantially different.
Credits: 1.000 TO 6.000

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Field Camp

NURS 790 - Nurse Practitioner Internship
This final practicum course, consisting of seminars and concentrated clinical practice, sees students building upon previously acquired family nurse practitioner knowledge and skills. Students undertake autonomous, collaborative primary health care practice, through consolidating their skills and judgment in the assessment, management and care of individuals and families across the lifespan. Students collaborate with other health professionals to provide comprehensive care, and begin to take on leadership roles in addressing population health needs, service gaps and the promotion of health in primary care settings.
Credits: 9.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Internship, Laboratory, World Wide Web

NURS 797 - MScN Project
The project is an original piece of evidence-based and theoretically informed scholarship that addresses a current issue relevant to nursing. The project advances nursing practice, education or leadership through a critical examination that can contribute to decision-making in clinical, ethical, and evidenced-informed health care practice and patient care.
Credits: 6.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Self-Directed, Masters Project

NURS 798 - Nurse Practitioner Project
In this course, which spans the final three semesters of the program, students undertake a practice-based project that examines and synthesizes knowledge in a critical area of concern to care practitioners. The project is completed under the supervision of a faculty member within the options and guidelines established by the program.
Credits: 3.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Final Exam, Masters Project, Seminar, World Wide Web

NURS 799 - Thesis
The thesis is an original, independent research project carried out under the supervision of faculty.
Credits: 12.000

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Masters Thesis


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