This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the unique roles, functions, skillset, and theoretical perspectives of the Canadian trained gerontological nurse. Students will explore current and future demographic shifts, social impacts and needs, and current issues facing older adults. Students will also explore the Canadian standards for gerontological care with a keen focus on promoting wellness. Standards will be critically applied to learning activities in preparation for moving into a variety of practice settings in future courses.  Students will be introduced to evidence-based practice assessment tools and analyse their usefulness in planning and delivering care to clients in various stages of health and wellness.

Looks at how cognitive and affective function can be impacted by life events, role change, personal choice and behaviour, acute and chronic disease, or environmental stressors. With a view to helping the older individual attain their optimal level of wellness, this course will explore those psychosocial issues through the lens of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and a Successful Aging theory.  Readings and course dialogue help gerontological nurses to develop strategies to assess coping ability, identify risk factors that undermine independence and well-being, and promote psychosocial health.

MHAD 501: Mental Health and Addictions is a continuation of the study of mental health and addiction problems from a lifespan perspective, with a special focus on aging populations. The course is focused on a variety of rehabilitative and treatment modalities used in working with older adults.  Attitudes toward mental health and substance use problems and how they impact helper effectiveness are explored in a supportive milieu. Evidence-based practices such as early detection, harm reduction and health promotion are used as frameworks for the development of skills and knowledge.  Students are introduced to strategies to overcome stigma and support empowerment in a variety of community and facility settings.


GNUR 402 Introduction to Health Care Practice in Canada is a 3-credit course that is offered in Semester 1 of the International Post-Graduate Gerontological Nursing Diploma program. This course may be offered as a combination of on-campus classes and learning experiences and/or online classes consisting of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities.

Students will be introduced to the roles, functions, and practical skillset of the Health Care Assistant (HCA) and Registered Nurse within British Columbia by exploring the role similarities and differences and examining and applying effective interprofessional competencies. Students will also receive an opportunity to develop and refine their care-giving skills through various practical experiences within the lab setting. Throughout this course students will develop the ability to self-reflect and identify self-development needs for competent practice and employment in the healthcare field.

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In this course, students will be introduced to the Selkirk College educational experience that will include orientation to academic principles and resources, expectations of the program, and public resources and services to assist with transitioning into life in Canada. This course will also offer an introduction to Canadian indigenous history and the concepts of colonialism, reconciliation, and healing as critical concepts of public health.


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.

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.

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.

MHAD 500 Mental Health and Addictions is an introduction to the study of Mental Health and Addiction problems from a lifespan perspective, with a special focus on aging populations. The course examines a spectrum of Mental Health and Substance Use problems pertinent to men and women over 50 years of age from a harm reduction perspective.  A case-based approach is used to highlight the biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of Mental Health and Substance Use problems that may occur as people grow older.