Clinical nursing skills online for RPN (PNRS 552)

Course NameClinical Nursing Skills Online for RPNs
Course Description

Using the nursing process as a framework, this online course is a review of a comprehensive set of clinical (psychomotor) nursing skills pertinent to RPN practice. Critical thinking about clinical nursing skills is incorporated into each step of each skill.


RNs and RPNs may register for specific professional development purposes, or as part of the RN Mental Health Nursing or Psychiatric Nursing Refresher certificate programs. Students interested in completing a certificate program must apply for admission and be accepted into the program. Details of the required documents and program application forms are available on the program web page. Please note that a maximum of one course completed for professional development may be applied toward satisfaction of certificate program requirements.

Subject CodePNRS 552
Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will:

  • have mastered the psychomotor and physical nursing skills required for psychiatric nursing practice;
  • be prepared to observe others perform these skills; and
  • be prepared to request and obtain close clinical supervision by an RPN or RN when you first practice these skills in the clinical area.


Textbook not included in tuition fee. Contact the Ƶ Bookstore for prices and ordering information.


Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or .


Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration but may be requested by Ƶ.


For course taken on a stand-alone basis:  proof of RPN license status and/or proof of RPN program completion with transcript or copy of diploma/degree.

Course Content

Topics covered include:

  • safety;
  • infection control;
  • specimen collection;
  • ·vital signs;
  • safe medication administration;
  • non-parenteral medication administration;
  • injections;
  • airway management;
  • intravenous fluid administration;
  • intravenous fluid therapy management;
  • intravenous medication administration;
  • enteral nutrition;
  • urinary catheterization;
  • bowel elimination/ostomy; and
  • wound care.
Learning Resources

Astle, B., Duggleby, W., Potter, P. A., Griffin Perry, A., Stockert, P. A., and Hall, A. (2023). Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing 5.0, 7th Edition 


Elsevier - Nursing Skills Online Access Code 


Available through the .



Instruction Method

Online course in Blackboard


Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.

AssignmentsOnline module post tests and exams

This course is graded as Mastery/Non-Mastery.


This course may be taken for professional development or as part of the Psychiatric Nursing Refresher certificate program.

Completion Timeframe6 months (150 hours) from course start date
Registration and Course Start

To register, email with your registration request and proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements.  You will then be prompted for payment to the CE Registration office, to finalize your registration. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.


Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

Course CRN provided by dept upon fulfilling pre-requisites.

Calendar - Registration dates & deadlines.