BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

PRNS-246 - Variations in Health IV - 3.50 Credits

PRNS-246 - Variations in Health IV - 3.50 Credits

Course Details
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.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Access to Practical Nursing Diploma - Level 4
  • Course offered:
  • Summer 2025 (May - August)
  • Prerequisites : PRNS 239,
    Corequisites : PRNS 242, PRNS 243, PRNS 248, PRNS 247,
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 50
    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:
  • explain pathophysiology as it relates to selected common acute illnesses of clients across the lifespan;

  • explain the pathophysiology and nursing management of shock (cardiogenic, hypovolemic, neurogenic, anaphylactic, septic);

  • recognise and explain the pathophysiology and nursing management of fluid and electrolyte imbalances;

  • explain nursing management of common acute diseases and acute exacerbations of acute illnesses of clients across the lifespan;

  • identify traditional healing practices related to the acute illness experience;

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

  • access relevant best practice information to support learning.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Leifer, G. Introduction to maternity & pediatric nursing. Current edition. St. Louis. Mosby Elsevier.
  • 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.

    Education Council approved June 26, 2013.
    Current Course Offerings:
    PRNS-246-01     08 Aug 2025 - 03 Oct 2025
    F9:00AM - 12:00PM2025-08-08
    F1:00PM - 4:00PM2025-08-08
    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM2025-08-14
    TH1:00PM - 4:00PM2025-08-14
    TH,F9:00AM - 12:00PM2025-09-04
    TH1:00PM - 4:00PM2025-09-04
    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM2025-09-11
    TH1:00PM - 4:00PM2025-09-11
    F9:00AM - 12:00PM2025-10-03