Nursing (NURS) 437

Professional Practice in Family Health Promotion

Delivery Mode: Paced study online with practicum component

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: This course is open only to post LPN BN program students. NURS 434, NURS 436 and Professor approval required. Program Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 required

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies

NURS 437 is not available for challenge.

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**Note: Please consult the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies website at for the most recent information relating to clinical course registration and start dates. Online course materials cannot be accessed before your course contract start date.


Nursing 437: Professional Practice in Family Health Promotion is a paced online clinical course that provides opportunities to integrate theory and develop further skills related to family health promotion. Practice occurs in a variety of settings including community agencies and client homes. Each student’s placement is unique and grounded in the practice of the agency and clinical instructor or preceptor as it evolves. Opportunities to apply family assessment skills and nursing intervention strategies in recognition of concepts outlined in the various family assessment models are facilitated

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of NURS 437, students will achieve or exceed the following learning outcomes:

  • Integrate concepts related to population health, primary health care and health promotion while working with diverse families;
  • Integrate concepts outlined in family nursing assessment model(s) while carrying out the nursing process with family as client focus;
  • Pose research questions that remain unanswered both in your personal learning and in the profession of family health nursing;
  • Demonstrate professional nursing behaviour by practicing safely, using evidence based practice, clinical judgment, critical thinking, and innovation; and
  • Comply with legal and ethical standards in nursing practice settings by incorporating clients’ values, beliefs, and rights within the mandate and the role of the profession, namely the CARNA Nursing Practice Standards, the CARNA Professional Boundaries and the CNA Code of Ethics.

Course Structure

Introduction and Orientation to Clinical Agency


NURS 437 is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. To receive credit for NURS 437, all clinical practice and assignment requirements must be successfully completed and submitted. Effective January 1, 2010, all papers submitted must follow the guidelines of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) (2010).

The required assignments are as follows:

Activity Weighting
LPN-BN Self Assessment Pass/Fail
Student-led Forum Pass/Fail
Scholarly Paper Pass/Fail
Formative Self-evaluation Pass/Fail
Summative Self-evaluation Pass/Fail
Total Pass/Fail

Course Materials


There are no required textbooks for NURS 437. It is expected that students will utilize textbook(s) from NURS 434 and NURS 436 in NURS 437.

Other Materials

A variety of electronic journals and web sites are used in the course and paper copies are not included in the course package.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened on January 16, 2006.