Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
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Professional Communication 1 (35 hours, 1 credit): This course provides learners with the foundational knowledge for caring and professional communication in nursing. It uses an experiential and self-reflective approach to develop self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills in the context of safe, competent and collaborative nursing practice. Communication theory, the nurse-client relationship, therapeutic communication, cross-cultural communication, and effective teamwork will be covered.
Professional Practice 1 (25 hours, 1 credit): This theory course provides an introduction to the profession of practical nursing. Legislation that informs PN practice within British Columbia will be introduced. The history of nursing and specifically, the evolution of Practical Nursing within the Canadian Health Care System will be discussed. The philosophy and foundational concepts of this PN program curriculum are explored.
Health Promotion 1 (30 hours, 1 credit): This course introduces the concepts of health promotion, the determinants of health, health inequities, and develops a beginning knowledge of normal growth and development. Topics include health enhancement, health protection, disease prevention, health restoration/recovery, care, and support.
Variations in Health 1 (40 hours, 1.5 credits): This introductory course provides the learner with the foundations of disease and illness across the lifespan. Learners will gain an understanding of pathophysiological alterations of body systems. Nursing management of disease and illness across the lifespan with an emphasis on interventions and treatment is also discussed. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as the incorporation of evidenced informed practice.
Pharmacology 1 (30 hours, 1 credit): This introductory course examines the principles of pharmacology required to administer medications in a safe and professional manner. Medication administration requires the application of the nursing process for clinical decision-making. Various routes of medication administration are introduced and complementary, Indigenous, alternative remedies, and polypharmacy across the lifespan are also explored.
Integrated Nursing Practice 1 (135 hours, 4.5 credits): This course emphasizes the art and science of nursing, focusing on the development of basic nursing care and assessment. Learners will apply nursing knowledge through the practice of clinical decision making, nursing assessment skills, and nursing interventions aimed at the promotion of health, independence, and comfort. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences will assist learners to integrate theory from other Level One courses.
Consolidated Practice 1 (90 hours, 3 credits): This first clinical experience provides the learner with an opportunity to integrate theory from Level One coursework into practice. Learners will gain experience in various settings with a focus on a healthy client. Learning the role of the Practical Nurse, personal care skills, organization of care, focused assessment, beginning medication administration and professional communication are emphasized in this course.
Professional Communication 2 (35 hours, 1 credit): This course provides the learner an opportunity to develop professional communication skills with the older adult, and clients requiring end of life care. Inter-professional communication is further developed.
Professional Practice 2 (25 hours, 1 credit): This course examines the legislation influencing PN practice with clients experiencing chronic illness and those in residential care settings. Specific professional issues such as responsibility, accountability, ethical practice and leadership relevant to the PN role in residential care will be explored. Critical thinking and decision making specific to the care of the chronically ill and inter-professional practice will also be addressed.
Health Promotion 2 (30 hours, 1 credit): This course focuses on health promotion as it relates to the aging process. Health promotion activities are aimed at supporting clients in maintaining their health. The concepts of health promotion, physical and mental wellness, normal aging changes and continued independence are examined.
Variations in Health 2 (45 hours, 1.5 credits): This course will increase the learners understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to the aging process and selected chronic illness. The main focus of this course is on the care of the older adult experiencing a health challenge. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as evidence informed research and practice.
Pharmacology 2 (30 hours, 1 credit): This course builds on Pharmacology I to increase learners’ understanding of pharmaco-therapeutics prescribed for illnesses clients experience across the lifespan. Topics include drug classifications and links with common diseases/illness based on a body system approach and drug resistance.
Integrated Nursing Practice 2 (180 hours, 6 credits): This practical course builds on the foundation of Level One and emphasizes the development of clinical decision making, nursing assessments and interventions to promote the health of older adults. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences will help learners to integrate theory from Level One and Two courses to provide safe, competent, and ethical nursing care with older adults.
Consolidated Practice 2 (120 hours, 4 credits): This clinical experience provides learners with the opportunity to integrate theory from Level One and Two courses into practice. Learners will work with aging clients and/or those with chronic illness in residential care settings. Medication administration, nursing care, organization, comprehensive health assessment, wound care and leadership are emphasized in this course.
Professional Communication 3 (20 hours, 1 credit): This course focuses on specific professional communication skills used with clients and care providers across the lifespan requiring care in the community.
Professional Practice 3 (20 hours, 1 credit): This course integrates the concepts from previous professional practice courses and introduces the learner to practice in the community. The role of the practical nurse as leader is emphasized in interactions with clients, families and other health disciplines.
Health Promotion 3 (36 hours, 1 credit): This course is focused on health promotion as it relates to the continuum of care across the lifespan. Health promotion in the context of mental illness, physical and developmental disabilities and Maternal / Child health is highlighted. Normal growth and development from conception to middle adult is addressed.
Variations in Health 3 (45 hours, 1.5 credits): This course focuses on the continuum of care and the development of knowledge related to health challenges managed in the community setting. Pathophysiology and nursing management of clients requiring home health care, rehabilitation, and supportive services such as community living and disabilities will be explored. Cultural diversity in healing approaches will be explored as well as the incorporation of evidence informed research and practice.
Integrated Nursing Practice 3 (185 hours, 4 credits): This practical course builds on the theory and practice from Levels One and Two or Access. Through classroom, laboratory, simulation, and other practice experiences, learners will continue to develop and practice comprehensive nursing assessment, planning and developing knowledge and interventions for clients experiencing multiple health challenges.
Consolidated Practice 3 (65 hours, 2 credits): This clinical experience will introduce learners to community practice and an opportunity to apply and adapt knowledge gained in Levels One, Two, or Access, and Level Two, within a continuum of care for clients across the lifespan. Learners may gain experience through simulation and in a variety of community and residential care agencies and settings. These hours may be offered as CPE 3 or integrated into the Integrated Nursing Practice 3 course as practice hours.
Professional Communication 4 (20 hours, 1 credit): The focus of this course will be on the advancement of professional communication within the acute care setting with clients across the lifespan. The practice of collaboration with health care team members and clients will be further developed.
Professional Practice 4 (20 hours, 1 credit): This course is intended to prepare the learner for the role of the practical nurse in managing clients with acute presentation of illness. Legislation influencing PN practice, specific professional practice issues and ethical practice pertinent to PN practice in acute care environments will be explored. Practice issues that occur across the lifespan will be considered. Collaborative practice with other health care team members and specifically the working partnership with RNs in the acute care setting will be explored.
Health Promotion 4 (24 hours, 1 credit): This course focuses on health promotion in the context of caring for clients experiencing an acute exacerbation of chronic illness or an acute episode of illness. Examination of health-promoting strategies during hospitalization to improve or help maintain clients’ health status after discharge occur. Topics also include how to preparing clients for discharge from care through teaching and learning of health-promoting strategies.
Variations in Health 4 (50 hours, 1.5 credits): This course focuses on pathophysiology as it relates to acute disease and illness of clients across the lifespan, specifically the care of the client experiencing acute illness including nursing interventions and treatment options. Implications of the acute exacerbation of chronic illness will be addressed. Cultural diversity in healing practices will be explored as well as evidenced informed research and practice.
Integrated Nursing Practice 4 (180 hours, 6 credits): This practical course emphasizes the development of nursing skills aimed at promoting health and healing with individuals experiencing acute health challenges across the lifespan. Classroom, laboratory, simulation, and integrated practice experiences will help students build on theory and practice from Levels One, Two or Access, and Level Three, to integrate new knowledge and skills relevant to the acute care setting.
Consolidated Practice 4 (65 hours, 2 credits): This clinical experience provides learners with the opportunity to integrate theory from all Levels into the role of the practical nurse in the acute medical and surgical setting. Learners will focus on clients with exacerbations of chronic illness and/or acute illness across the lifespan and will consolidate knowledge and skills such as post-operative care, surgical wound management, IV therapy, focused assessment, and clinical decision-making in acute care settings.
Transition to Preceptorship (30 hours, 1 credit): Transition to Preceptorship will prepare the learner for the final practice experience. A combination of instructor-led simulation experiences and self-directed learning will provide the learner with increased competence and confidence to practice in their final practice experience.
Preceptorship (180 hours, 6 credits): This final practice experience provides an opportunity for the learner to demonstrate integration and consolidation of knowledge, skills, and abilities within the realities of the workplace, and become practice-ready. This faculty monitored experience may occur through a variety of practice experience models, including the preceptorship model, under the immediate supervision of a single, fully qualified and experienced LPN or RN or RPN and/or within the context of a collaborative learning environment as a participating team member.
PRE-REQUISITES: Grade 12 graduation or equivalent. English 12 with a minimum grade of B or equivalent. Pre-calculus 11 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent or Foundations of Math with a minimum grade of C or equivalent. Biology 12 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent. Human Anatomy and Physiology with a minimum grade of 68% or equivalent within the last 3 years.
CAREERS: Nursing. Upon completion, graduates will possess the competency to successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam.
PROGRAM START AND FINISH: TBD
TRANSPORTATION: Transportation from designated pickup points may be provided if demand warrants. Call our office for more details.
PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS: Students must pass every course and all fundamentals in order to pass the program. The pass mark for courses is % average over assignments and exams. The final program mark is a sum of each course mark, weighted according to the number of instructional weeks per course.
ELIGIBLE FOR POST-SECONDARY SUPPORT PROGRAM (Aboriginal Affairs): Yes.
DUAL CREDIT: No.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: This program is eligible for post-secondary support under Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s Post-Secondary Support Program. Please check with your Band Education Coordinator. All criteria of Indigenous and Northern Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Education must be followed.
This program may be eligible for employment and training programs. Please check with Work BC or Stó:lō Aboriginal Stó:lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (www.saset.ca).
Please set up an appointment to review your funding options with a student advisor. There are many different layers of funding opportunities, geared to each individual. Please check with your local employment office for other potential funding opportunities.
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT: Minimum of 15 students.
COSTS FOR FEE PAYERS AND INSTALLMENTS: If you are a fee payer, the total cost of this program is as follows:
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