GNUR 102: Professional Practice in the Canadian Health Care System provides an introduction to the role of the Health Care Assistant (HCA) and Nurse within the British Columbia Health care system. Students will be introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and functions of the HCA and Nurse within the team. The students will have the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences which assists the student to integrate theory from other courses to develop caregiver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in community and facility. Students will have develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.

GNUR 412 Professional Nursing in the Canadian Health Care System will introduce international nurses to the structure of the Canadian health care system, and the roles and scopes of practice of nurses working within it.  Theoretical foundations of professional nursing practice will provide a basis for understanding and examining Standards of Practice and ethical responsibilities within nursing.  The significance of health promotion and holistic health care will underscore how nurses can provide care that strives to help clients gain or retain quality of life and reduce health disparities within diverse populations.

This course will detail the unique roles and functions of geriatric nursing by exploring historical underpinnings, societal needs, and current issues.  Canadian and international standards for gerontological care will be examined and woven throughout course content.   A conceptual model for nursing acutely ill, chronically ill or frail elders will provide a ground-work for use of best practice assessment tools and critical analysis.  Communication skills for optimal teamwork with enhance the nurse’s interaction with elders, family members and other caregivers.

Physical Aging and Chronic Disease Management (Part One) focuses on the normal changes of aging in all body systems. Select chronic diseases or conditions and their treatment modalities, will be reviewed simultaneously with body system overviews. Using Carol Miller’s (2015) Model for Promoting Wellness in Older Adults, an exploration of potential risk factors, iatrogenic complications, and functional challenge will lead the nurse to critically think about how to enhance physical health function. The compounding effect of acute illness on chronic health problems will also be examined.

This is a continuation of GNUR- I 511 examination normal changes of aging in body systems and introducing further chronic conditions and their treatment modalities.

GNUR 399 College Orientation will introduce students to the Selkirk College campus experience and will include orientation to the Canadian life, campus resources, and expectations of the program.

GNUR 411 Introduction to Nursing Leadership is a dynamic course for new and aspiring leaders. Learners will develop strong interpersonal and team building skills while exploring their own personal philosophy of leadership. Students will focus on and develop skills to manage conflict in the workplace, build team performance, collaborate effectively with others, problem solve, and manage change while pursuing personal improvement and development as future leaders in the health care system.