BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

PRNS-226 - Variations in Health A - 4.00 Credits

PRNS-226 - Variations in Health A - 4.00 Credits

Course Details
This 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. The learner's understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to the aging process and selected chronic illness will increase. A major 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.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Access to Practical Nursing Diploma - Level A
  • Course offered:
  • Fall 2024 (September - December)
  • Prerequisites : Program Admission, or Permission of Dept. Head.
    Corequisites : PRNS 228, PRNS 227, PRNS 225, PRNS 223, PRNS 222, Program Admission, or Permission of Dept. Head.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 60
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%. Total 100% NB. Minimum B- grade is required in this course to progress into further PRNS courses. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • describe pathophysiology as it relates to common presentations of disease and illness;

  • give examples of selected cellular alterations;

  • describe the inflammatory and tissue repair processes;

  • explain physical and psychosocial stressors that impact health and healing;

  • explain inflammation, infection, obstruction/occlusion, genetics, familial tendencies, cancer, traumatic injury, tissue repair, congenital and degenerative conditions and their role in health and healing;

  • explain compensatory and decompensatory mechanisms;

  • describe chronic versus acute disease (health continuum), and disease versus illness;

  • explain the pathophysiology and nursing management of disease and illness for body systems across the lifespan;

  • identify traditional healing practices associated with common illness;

  • describe the influence of cultural diversity in health and healing;

  • identify appropriate evidence informed research and practice resources;

  • describe the nursing management of illness associated with aging;

  • identify altered presentations of illnesses in the older adult client;

  • identify common mental health challenges or mental illness experienced by older adults (e.g. differences between normal aging and symptoms of a mental illness in older adults); and

  • give examples of diversity in traditional healing practices in management of chronic illness.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Lewis, S.L., Heitkemper, M.M., & Dirksen, S.R. Medical-Surgical nursing in Canada: Assessment and management of clinical problems. Current edition. Toronto. Mosby Elsevier.
  • Ross-Kerr, J.C. & Wood, M.J. Potter & Perry Canadian fundamentals of nursing. Current edition. Toronto. Mosby Elsevier.
  • Medical Dictionary (of your choice)
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: The NVIT Access to Practical Nursing curriculum materials have been adapted from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education Practical Nursing Program curriculum. Any total or partial reproduction or changing of this product by any means is prohibited without written permission from NVIT.
    Current Course Offerings:
    PRNS-226-01     16 Sep 2024 - 06 Dec 2024
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    M1:00PM - 4:00PM2024-09-16
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    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-10-10
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    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-10-17
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    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-10-24
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    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-10-31
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    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-12-05
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    F9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-12-06