Partnering with Vulnerable Populations
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Spring/Summer 2021
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): RPN Safe Practice Completion
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20210517_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Access to course materials and assignments will be available on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE). Students will need reliable access to a computer and the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Using a critical lens and problem-solving approach, students review public policy, human rights law and social theory as they examine the socio-economic factors that have influenced the health of vulnerable populations. Students work through case studies, activities and discussions that promote a reframing of perspectives regarding ethical and equitable nursing care. Students analyze practical skills and approaches to implement collaborative interventions that empower others and create a partnership model of care when working with members of vulnerable and marginalized populations. Through the exploration of cultural differences, students learn the principles of culturally sensitive care and develop holistic health promotion strategies. Specific attention is focused on improving the health of Indigenous Peoples and other populations disadvantaged and marginalized by government and social policies, norms and perspectives.

Program Context

RPN Safe Practice Completion Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is a required course for successful completion of RPN Safe Practice Completion.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of the course, students will have demonstrated the ability to develop culturally appropriate health promotion strategies that incorporate the determinants of health when partnering with vulnerable populations.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Utilize the public policy, human rights law and social theory to examine factors that have influenced the health of vulnerable and marginalized populations.
  2. Evaluate the impact of the social determinants of health on the health and quality of life for vulnerable and marginalized populations.
  3. Analyze the barriers to accessing health care and community resources and services that exist for Indigenous Peoples and other populations disadvantaged by government and social policies, norms and perspectives.
  4. Apply primary health care, community nursing and collaborative interventions that empower others and create a partnership model of care.
  5. Develop health promotion and community development strategies to meet the complex needs of diverse populations.
  6. Explore the concepts of social justice, cultural competence and cultural safety to develop collaborative and professional skills to improve the trust, respect and partnership in the nurse-client relationship.
  7. Integrate code of ethics and ethical practice standards into care as they pertain to complex and unique client and community needs and characteristics.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Written Assignment25.0%
 Group Presentation35.0%
 Final Exam40.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Test and Assignment Protocol To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the division. 1. Students are responsible for being aware of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects, as supplied to the class by the Faculty. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed tests are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the Faculty, the mark of zero may be revised. 3. Students must complete all the assigned quizzes and in-class activities by the scheduled due date. Missed quizzes and exams are awarded a mark of zero. 4. Students must complete every quiz as an individual effort, unless the Faculty specifies otherwise. 5. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of quizzes and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their Faculty, if requested, a copy of all working notes until the course grade has been finalized. 6. Please note, students who miss academic work due to disability must follow the academic missed work procedures outlined by Accessible Learning which may be different than those indicated above.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Numeracy - Execute mathematical operations accurately.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-class & Online Instruction
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredOtherCollege of Nurses of Ontario Standards and Guidelines
RequiredOtherRegistered Nurses Association of Ontario Best Practice Guidelines
RequiredTextbookCanadian fundamentals of nursing, Potter, P. A., Perry, A.G., Stockert, P.A., & Hall, A.M., Elsevier Canada, 2019, This is 1 of 3 e-books that students will purchase as a bundle. Instructions will be provided.

Applicable student group(s): This course is restricted to students with CNO Letter of Assessment and/or Program Coordinator's approval.
Course Details:

Module 1: Health, Wellness, Quality of Life

  • Definitions and theoretical principles
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Indicators
  • Ottawa Charter

Module 2: Primary Health Care and Services

  • Primary health care
  • Canada Health Act
  • Federal Programs and Services for Indigenous Peoples
  • Provincial Programs and Services for Vulnerable populations 

Module 3: Defining and Understanding Vulnerable Populations

  • Conditions of vulnerability: social, political, economic
  • Access to resources: Institutional racism and structural discrimination
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Stance of professional organizations

Module 4: Health Inequities and Social Theory

  • Health inequities: systematic difference in health outcomes
  • Social justice issues and approaches 
  • Comparative analysis: Mainstream and marginalized populations
    • Access to Smoking Cessation Programs

Module 5: Public Health Promotion and Illness/Injury Prevention

  • Public health principles
  • Integration of other sectors - education, housing, business
  • Harm reduction for populations
  • Comparative analysis: Mainstream and marginalized populations
    • Housing and shelter

Module 6: Introduction to Community Health Nursing

  • Difference between community health and public health nursing
  • Comparison of community nursing to other nursing practices
  • Fundamental principles of community health nursing
  • Comparative analysis: Mainstream and marginalized populations
    • Maternal care

(Written Assignment 25%)

Module 7: Community Nursing: Community-Oriented Approach

  • Participatory-based interventions
  • Strengthening community support networks
  • Nurse-client collaborative relationships
  • Empowerment
  • Comparative analysis: Mainstream and marginalized populations
    • Mental health and Substance Abuse

Module 8: Cultural Safety, Diversity, Spirtual Beliefs

  • Cultural competence
  • Cultural safety
  • Diversity
  • Spiritual beliefs
  • Comparative analysis: Mainstream and marginalized populations
    • Health promotion activities for Indigenous Peoples

Module 9: Advocacy

  • Nurse as advocate for clients’ needs
  • Nurse as advocate for policy change
  • Community-oriented health policy
  • Comparative analysis: Mainstream and marginalized populations
    • Safe and respectful care for LGBTQ2S community

Module 10: Ethics

  • CNO Ethical standards
  • Ethical values and theories
  • Self-reflection
  • Re-framing perspectives

Module 11: Working Through Ethical Situations

  • Ethical situations: conflicts of values
  • Resolving ethical concerns
  • Comparative analysis: Mainstream and marginalized populations
    • Client autonomy - students select population of interest

(Group Assignment 35%)

Module 12: Health Literacy, Patient Education

  • Health Literacy as a SDOH
  • Patient education principles

Module 13: Bringing it all together

  • Continued application of new learning
  • Community engagement plan for selected population of interest
  • Self-reflection of professional nursing values

(Final Exam 40%)

Sheridan Policies

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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