Preceptored Clinical Practicum
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 400.0
Credit Value: 12.0
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: This course is offered off campus. Students must act in a self-directed manner to complete all clinical requirements satisfactorily. Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE) will provide an on-line forum for course materials (e.g. student manual, evaluation forms, and assignment instructions) and for professional dialogue with instructors and colleagues. Students are expected to practice in a professional manner within the Standards of Practice and Entry-to-Practice competencies of the College of Nurses of Ontario. Note: The term Client may refer to individual, family or group. Terminations with cause from clinical courses will result in an immediate U grade on the student's record. Students who are unsuccessful in clinical due to a termination are not eligible to withdraw from that course. Conditions required for re-entry to the course/program will be at the discretion of a review committee. Note: All previous theory and practice courses are required. Completion of all clinical hours according to Clinical Practicum Expectations and assignments are required to pass this course.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students apply existing nursing knowledge and expertise and new theoretical learning gained in other RPN Safe Practice Completion courses in a preceptored clinical practicum. They advance their understanding of interventions that promote health and wellness for a broad range of physical, mental health, maternal and pediatric health challenges within a patient safety framework. Students utilize a process of reflective practice and critical inquiry to evaluate individual and team decision-making processes and actions. Students assume increasing autonomy and accountability in the provision of care for clients under the supervision of a preceptor. Students create learning plans that focus on improved problem solving, holistic care, and evidence-based practice that meet the unique and variable health care needs of clients across the lifespan.

Program Context

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

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to integrate the required knowledge, skills, and competencies into clinical practice during a preceptored practicum according to College of Nurses of Ontario Registered Practical Nurse Entry-to-Practice competencies.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Conduct a self-assessment of current nursing knowledge, skills, and competencies utilizing transition models, theories, and program resources to create and achieve an individual learning plan that prepares the student for clinical practice.
  2. Utilize the nursing process to provide safe, competent, and ethical care that draws on evidence, theories and frameworks from nursing and social sciences and adheres to legal requirements and regulatory standards.
  3. Contribute to the development of quality practice environments by supporting the delivery of professional practice that improves client safety, inter-professional collaboration, workplace health and wellness, and scholarly activities.
  4. Apply effective communication skills and professional behaviors that establish and maintain respectful and positive relationships with clients, colleagues, and members of the public.
  5. Provide care that values the dignity and inherent worth of each client and incorporates the client's decisions, spiritual beliefs, and cultural practices.
  6. Incorporate the processes of critical thinking, critical reasoning, and critical inquiry to produce well-reasoned and evidence-based decisions in practice.
  7. Integrate legal and professional standards to achieve effective and professional practices associated with nursing informatics and online social and professional communication technologies.
  8. Apply a variety of leadership skills and techniques that are relevant and appropriate to a multitude of unique situations involving self, clients, colleagues, learners, and members of the public.
  9. Analyze and respond to ethical dilemmas, conflicts, and distress according to ethical decision-making models, frameworks, and processes.
  10. Integrate social justice theory to create awareness of inequality in health and wellness in society and improve accessibility to services that meet the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Quality Assurance Assignment10.0%
 Reflective Attendance Summary15.0%
 Clinical Practice Evaluation60.0%
 Online Clinical Praxis Discussions15.0%

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 Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast 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 professor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. 3. Students who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place agreed to by the professor and the student upon the student's return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments. 4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the beginning of class. 5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort unless, the professor specifies otherwise. 6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized. 7. There will be no re-submission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.

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
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredOtherCollege of Nurses of Ontario Standards and Guidelines
RequiredOtherRegistered Nurses Association of Ontario Best Practice Guidelines
RequiredTextbookMedical-surgical nursing in Canada: Assessment and management of clinical problems, Lewis, S. L., Bucher, L., Heitkemper, M. M., Harding, M.M., Elsevier Canada, 4th Canadian Edition, 2019, This is 1 of 3 e-books that students will purchase as a bundle. Instructions will be provided.
RequiredTextbookPharmacology for Canadian care practice (3rd Cdn. ed.) Toronto: Elsevier Canada., Lilley, L.L., Swart, B. & Snyder, J.S., Elsevier Canada, 3rd Canadian Edition, 2020, This is 1 of 3 e-books that students will purchase as a bundle. Instructions will be provided.
RequiredTextbookCanadian fundamentals of nursing, Potter, P. A., Perry, A.G., Stockert, P.A., & Hall, A.M., Elsevier Canada, 6th Canadian Edition, 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: Introduction to Clinical Practicum Course

  • Overview of course
    • Clinical Practicum Requirements and Expectations
    • Role of the student, preceptor, and clinical teacher
    • Evaluations and Assignments

Module 2: Clinical Practicum


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.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

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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