NURS 591

Professional and Ethical Issues in Nurse Practitioner Practice (3)

This course provides students the opportunity to expand their understanding of the Family Nurse Practitioner role in the larger context of the British Columbia healthcare system. The goal of the course is to identify and discuss current social, educational, economic, political, legal, ethical, regulatory and organizational factors and trends that influence Family Nurse Practitioner practice in British Columbia, and the implications of these factors on professional practice. Critical leadership and professional skills for sustainable practice will also be discussed.


  • Describe historical factors leading to the development of advance nursing practice and the role of the nurse practitioner within BC, and national and international contexts
  • Articulate the NP(F) role clearly and concisely within the dynamic and complex healthcare system in BC
  • Interpret and interrelate relevant theories and concepts to form a basis for advanced practice nursing
  • Describe current social, educational, economic, legal, political, and regulatory issues and trends impacting advanced nursing practice in British Columbia
  • Articulate basic principles of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia’s Reserved Acts, Health Professions Act and Standards, Scope of Practice, Limits and Conditions, and Competencies, as they relate to the NP role (Family)
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to successful NP practice, and strategies to promote advanced nursing practice and demonstrate the effectiveness of advanced nursing practice roles across health care settings.
  • Develop understanding of the purpose and value of professional organizations at the level of Advanced Practice, and the unique role they occupy in advocating for issues directly related to practice and sustainability of NP role
  • Articulate a basic understanding of concepts related to ethical practice, and their role and application in the healthcare system as related to NP practice
  • Articulate the concept of cultural safety and its linkage to quality care and ethical NP practice, and issues specific to care of Aboriginal populations
  • Apply principles and theories of ethics: analyze cases from primary care practice for ethical, risk management and legal issues
  • Articulate the range of issues relative to collaborative and inter-professional practice involving the NP role, physicians, other advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and other health care professionals, and strategies for maximizing team outcomes
  • Articulate stages of transition from novice to expert and environmental elements and resources for successful transformation
  • Identify resources and strategies for ongoing professional growth, advanced knowledge and skills, strategies for maintaining personal health and balance as a primary care provider and ways to contribute to the growth of the NP profession as a whole 

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