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Course Descriptions

Please refer to the academic calendar for a comprehensive listing of course descriptions.

Below is a listing of nursing courses for students beginning the program in September 2009 or later.

NURS 1000H – The individual as nurse

Introduction to the healthy individual and concepts relevant to nursing practice, including self as learner, stress and coping, inquiry and the meta-paradigms of nursing. Introduction to basic concepts in ethics (academic conduct), safety and professional practice (portfolio development). This course is open only to students enrolled in the B.Sc.N. program. Excludes NURS 100.

 


NURS 1001H –Nursing as a profession
Introduction to the history, image and structure of nursing focused on self regulation, organizations, healthy workplaces and emotional intelligence. Topics include ethics (professional conduct; accountability), introduction to inter-professional collaboration, the nurse-client relationship, and professional communication. This course is open only to students enrolled in the B.Sc.N. program. Excludes NURS 101H.

 


NURS 1002H –Introduction to foundational practice concepts

A focus on the older individual living with support. Core concepts include adaptation, dependence/independence, aging and end-of-life. Topics include ethics (autonomy, competence, consent, confidentiality, privacy), relational inquiry and therapeutic relationships. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in NURS 1000H and NURS 1001H. Co-requisite: NURS 1020H. Excludes NURS 100.

 


NURS 1020H-Clinical practice in a residential setting
Practice course including learning centre activities (introduction to basic nursing skills and assessment), independent practice (a 4-visit series to a relatively-well other person) and group practice within a resident-centered long-term care home. Prerequisite: A minimum of four weeks prior to the start of the semester students must submit documentation satisfactory to the School of Nursing for all non-academic requirements. A minimum of 60% in NURS 1000H and NURS 1001H. Co-requisite: NURS 1002H. Excludes NURS 100 and 102H.

 


NURS 2000H –Health promotion and population health
Examination of concepts relevant to practice with vulnerable community populations including social determinants of health, health promotion, population health, epidemiology and marginalization. Topics include ethical issues in community practice (POA, advanced directives, accessibility, equity), critical social theory, social justice, and environmental affects on health. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 1000-level courses. Co-requisite: NURS 2020H. Excludes NURS 300H.



NURS 2001H –The family in the community
Examination of concepts relevant to practice with families and caregivers in the community setting, including adaptation, communication, conflict, sexuality, violence and abuse. Topics include cultural practices and variations, ethical issues relations to reproduction and introduction to adult learning principles in the context of patient education. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 1000-level courses. Co-requisite: NURS 2021H. Excludes NURS 301H.

 


NURS 2003H – Nursing therapeutics and disease conditions
A comprehensive survey of the patho-physiology underlying most common diseases seen in practice. Topics covered include diseases of the skeletal, nervous, endocrine, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 1000-level courses and a minimum of 60% in all of BIOL 1050H, 1051H, BIOL – CHEM 1550H, 2550H. Excludes NURS 203H.


NURS 2020H –Community based nursing practice
Practice course involving independent placement in a community setting (public health, clinics, agencies, schools). The student will explore a specific topic of interest related to health promotion or population health. Supported by Learning Centre activities relevant to practice in community including interviewing skills, immunization, and assessment (developmental, mental health, sexual). Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 1000-level courses and PSYC, 1020H (102H) or 1010Y (101). Co-requisite: NURS 2000H. Excludes NURS 302H.



NURS 2021H –Family focused practice
Group practice in a setting focused on families dealing with health transitions. Settings may include, for example, long-term care, mental health, public health or maternal/child. Supported by Learning Centre activities relevant to family-focused practice including breast feeding support, sexual health counselling, and assessment (cultural, prenatal, postnatal, neonatal). Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 1000-level courses and BIOL – CHEM 1550H. Co-requisite: NURS 2001H. Excludes NURS 303H.



NURS 2030H –Introduction to nursing research

An introduction to methodological, statistical and computer techniques used in nursing research with an emphasis on descriptive data (quantitative and qualitative). Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 1000-level courses. Excludes NURS 305.

 


NURS 2550H - Advanced Life Sciences

A detailed examination of selected principles in human nutrition, microbiology and pharmacology. The course will focus on health through the lifespan and the impact of living in a community, as well as medications used in the treatment of central nervous system disorders. Prerequisite: Minimum of60% in BIOL – CHEM 1550H. Excludes BIOL
2130H (213H), 2140H (214H), BIOL – CHEM 2550H.


NURS 3000H –Experiencing acute illness
Examination of the concepts relevant to practice with adults in a hospital setting experiencing acute illness. Focus on recognizing and responding to abnormal results and symptoms in selected disease processes and planned surgical interventions. Topics include safety (nosocomial infections, outbreaks, pandemic), and ethics (consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics). Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 2000-level courses. Co-requisite: NURS 3020H. Excludes NURS 200H, 201H.


NURS 3001H –Living with chronic disease
Examination of practice concepts related to hospitalized adults experiencing chronic or palliative disease processes. Focus on stress, crisis, anticipating care needs, planning/evaluation of care. Topics include: BPGs related to falls, skin integrity, restraints; ethics (end of life issues, euthanasia); clinical leadership practices (case coordination, groups, discharge planning, inter-professional relationships). Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 2000-level courses. Co-requisite: NURS 3021H. Excludes NURS 200H, 201H.

 


NURS 3004H –The nurse as leader and advocate
Focus on the nurse’s role in providing leadership and facilitating change in personal/ professional/community contexts. Discussion and analysis of theories/ skills related to leadership/management/change/organizations. At a beginning level students participate in development of health/social policy, explore advocacy/political action in the context of individual/societal change. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all of NURS 2000H, NURS 2020H, NURS 2030H. Excludes NURS 304H, 404H.

 


NURS 3005H –Role transition - RPN to RN

This course provides students the opportunity to explore the concept of transition, the mid-range theory of transition developed by Meleis, and to apply that theoretical knowledge to the role transition that occurs when moving from RPN to B.Sc.N.-prepared RN within the context of the Ontario health care system. Students will examine theoretical and research literature relevant to this transition and demonstrate the ability to integrate this knowledge into planning relevant to their own role transition within nursing. Prerequisites: A minimum of 60% in of NURS 2000H, 2020H, and 2030H and permission of the department. Excludes NURS 412H, 3905H, 4202H, 4108H. (Only open to students entering through the Post-RPN Bridge to B.Sc.N. Program with George Brown.)


 

NURS 3020H –Clinical practice focused on acute care

Group practice in medical or surgical inpatient setting focused on the adult with acute illness. Supported by Learning Centre activities relevant to acute care practice including medication administration, sterile procedures, IV starts, IV pumps, mock codes and assessment (abdominal, glycemic status, neurological, pre-operative, post-operative, respiratory). Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 2000-level courses. Co-requisite: NURS 3000H. Excludes NURS 202H, NURS 204H.

 


NURS 3021H –Clinical practice focused on chronic disease management
Group practice in a hospital setting focused on chronic disease or palliative treatment. Practice settings: complex continuing care medicine, mental health, rehabilitation, palliative care, high acuity long term care. Learning Centre activities include medication administration, VAC treatments, feeding pumps, patient-controlled pumps and assessment of consciousness/orientation/pain). Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 2000-level courses. Co-requisite: NURS 3001H. Excludes NURS 202H, NURS 204H.

 


NURS 3030H – Nursing research in practice
The application of methodological and techniques to quantitative and qualitative research, the discipline and its relationship to clinical practice with an emphasis on inferential and/or interpretive data. (NURS 2030H and 3030H (or 305) fulfil the Mathematics requirement for the B.Sc.N). Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in NURS 2030H. Excludes NURS 305.

 


NURS-BIOL 3560H –Advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology

One of a series of forced choice options in the third year. A prerequisite for students wishing to do NURS 4022C. Seminar based course exploring in-depth the pathophysiology and related pharmacological approaches in a variety of selected disease processes. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 2000-level courses, excluding NURS 2003H; a minimum of 70% in NURS 2003H and in BIOL 3550H and permission of the department.


NURS 4010Y –Thesis
Seminar leading to the completion of an undergraduate thesis with emphasis on research methods linked to clinical practice. Specific topic to be defined in conjunction with the faculty advisor. Not offered in 2009-10. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses, a cumulative average after 15 credits of 75% and permission of the department.


NURS 4020C –Independent nursing practice A
Clinical practice to consolidate nursing practice competencies, integrating knowledge and skills. Using a theoretical approach that is relevant to the practice setting, students assume increasing responsibility for patient care assignments in a fully preceptored model. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in NURS 3000H, 3001H, 3004H, 3020H, 3021H, 3030H and BIOL 3550H. Excludes NURS 402H.



NURS 4021C –Independent nursing practice B
Clinical practice to consolidate nursing practice competencies, integrating knowledge and skills. Using a theoretical approach that is relevant to the practice setting and working in a fully preceptored model, students assume responsibility for increasingly complex assignments as they progress to the novice level for baccalaureate graduates. Prerequisite: Successful completion of NURS 4020C. Excludes NURS 403D, 4022C.


NURS 4022C – Independent nursing practice C
Clinical practice to consolidate nursing practice competencies, integrating knowledge/skills in a critical care environment. Using a theoretical approach that is relevant to the practice setting and working in a fully preceptored model, students assume responsibility for increasingly complex assignments as they progress to the novice level for baccalaureate graduates. Prerequisite: Cumulative average of 70% in all courses required for the degree; minimum of 70% in NURS 2003H and BIOL – NURS 3560H; and permission of the department. Successful completion of NURS 4020C. Excludes NURS 403D, 4021C.

 


NURS 4100H –The concept of marginalization and at-risk groups
Students examine concept analysis bringing clarity to practice. Links are made between theory and practice focusing on concepts critical to understanding the disruption to families in situations of death, transition or crisis. Specific attention is paid to at-risk populations, including the young, elderly, indigenous peoples, rural populations, women and the homeless. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. Excludes NURS 400H.


NURS 4101H –Contemporary concepts in health care research

This course builds on NURS 2030H and NURS 3030H and considers concepts, frameworks, skills and issues for students in Nursing and other faculties interested in application of the research process in health care. It uses a range of teaching and learning methods including participation, scenario, case study and discussion. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. For non-nursing students, permission of the School of Nursing. Excludes NURS 414H.


NURS 4102H –Transcultural concepts in healthcare

This course sensitizes students to the cultural diversity of health-related values, beliefs and practices when planning professional interventions for clients’ health and well-being. Focus is on caring and curing patterns and practice in relation to different health-illness systems in Canada and elsewhere. Methods for conducting culturological assessments are also included. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. Excludes NURS 413H.


NURS 4103H –Workplace health, safety and well-being of the nurse
Using a core framework for healthy work environments and related documents and legislation, exploration of issues/strategies/outcomes relative to a climate of safety. Student learning is guided by the RNAO Best Practice Guideline: Healthy Work Environments: Workplace Health, Safety and Well-being of the Nurse, a discussion forum and project proposal/development. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. Excludes NURS 421H.

NURS 4105H –Leadership in contemporary nursing
Study of current leadership theories, differences between leadership and management, concepts of vision, professional communication, understanding and managing change in the health care system, stewardship, and recognizing, developing and sustaining individual leadership abilities. Students contemplate self as leader, reflecting on recognition and development of leadership qualities in professional nursing roles. Prerequisite: 60% in all required 3000-level Nursing courses and permission of the department. Excludes NURS 423H.


NURS 4106H –Health policy and the profession of nursing
Critical examination of system structure, policy making process and relevant legislation, provides an overview of the health policy formulation and implementation Canada/Ontario. Public policy analysis and the role of interest groups are examined, focusing on the role of the nursing profession. Students will examine and analyze contemporary health care policy issues. Prerequisite: 60% in all required 3000-level Nursing courses and permission of the department.


NURS 4108H-Transitions towards health in illness
Opportunity to develop depth and breadth of knowledge/skills in nursing care of clients/families with a variety of health and illness issues. Examination of theoretical and research literature relevant to transitions in health and the nurse’s role in interdisciplinary teams. Application and integration with independent practice. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. Excludes NURS 3005H, 412H, 4202H.

 


NURS 4200H-The critical care nursing environment
Students will be provided with opportunities to develop in-depth and breadth of knowledge in issues relevant to critical care nursing practice with clients and families. Students will be expected to demonstrate application of concepts and integrate their learning with their independent practice placements. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. Co-requisite: NURS 4022C. Excludes NURS 410H.


NURS 4201H-Primary health care
Opportunity to develop depth/breadth of knowledge/skills relevant to planning, implementation, delivery and evaluation of primary health care. Examination of primary care in the Canadian context. Overview of research related to determinants of health. Exploration of other issues and challenges for specific populations. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. Excludes NURS 411H.


NURS 4203H-Rural nursing practice
Opportunity to develop depth and breadth of knowledge/skills in nursing care of clients/families in rural settings. Examination of theoretical and research literature relevant to practice in a rural setting, the nurse’s role and challenges in the interdisciplinary teams in rural settings. Application and integration with independent practice. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. Excludes NURS 419H.


NURS 4204H-Contemporary issues in aging and health
Students have the opportunity to develop depth and breadth of knowledge in care of the elderly. Building on the first three years of study, and drawing from current clinical experience, students will be encouraged to examine the challenges, implications and effects of aging on both the individual and his/her family. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. Excludes NURS 420H.


NURS 4205H-Mental health care
Students will develop a greater depth and breadth of knowledge and skills relevant to mental health care. Building on knowledge from previous professional and related courses, learners will consider the concept of mental health/illness within the current Canadian context and selected other countries. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. Excludes NURS 422H.

 


NURS 4207H-Issue and trends in palliative care

This course offers opportunities to develop depth and breadth of knowledge in caring for individuals/families dealing with dying and death regardless of the setting. Building on previous courses and clinical experiences, students will examine common issues which prevail throughout various illness trajectories. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 3000-level courses andpermission of department.

 


NURS-WMST 4208H- Nursing perspectives in women's health

Drawing from the meta-paradigm concepts of nursing science: person, health, environment, and nursing, the focus of this course is women’s health and women-centered nursing practice in the Canadian context. Women’s health/care will be considered through the relational nursing lenses of phenomenology, critical perspectives (feminist, post-colonial and post-modern) and spirituality.Prerequisite: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 3000-level courses and permission of the department. For non-Nursing students: WMST 2121H and permission of the School of Nursing.



NURS –  INDG - ERSC/ERST 4740 - Advanced topics in Indigenous Peoples, health and the environment

The course will provide students with an advanced survey of emerging topics in the multidisciplinary field of environmental health and its application to understanding key health issues and their changing status among Indigenous Peoples in Canada and abroad. INDG – ERST 3730Y is highly recommended. Prerequisite: 5 university credits including INDG 1000Y (100) or ERST 1000Y (100) or NURS 1000Y (100) or permission of the instructor. Excludes INDG – ERSC – ERST – NURS 474.


(see Indigenous Studies)

 


NURS 4900H-Reading Course

Not established as part of the regular Nursing program. Offered only when staffing is available and by prior arrangement through the School office. The topics are in the field of interest and expertise of the faculty member. Prerequisites: A minimum of 60% in all required NURS 3000-level courses, a cumulative average after 15.0 credits of 75%, and permission of department. A maximum of 0.5credit earned as a NURS reading course may be counted towards the B.Sc.N. Excludes NURS 495H.