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Palliative Approach in Nursing Practice NSSC 7000

Nursing Specialty Course

Course details

Palliative Approach in Nursing Practice will prepare nurses to support and comfort patients and families who are facing end-of-life issues related to their disease progression or condition. Throughout this course you will examine your own attitudes towards living with a life-threatening illness, death, dying, and your assumptions about how care should be provided. The course will also support relational practice—inviting a way of being, knowing, and practicing that focuses on the patient and family’s lived experience as they approach the end of their lives.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of NSSC 7000 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 82269


Wed Jan 04 - Fri Mar 24 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 82269
  • $894.86
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Mar 24 N/A N/A Online

Amber Davis

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. This is an online course.

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Identify individuals in need of a palliative approach, based on an understanding of their illness trajectory, developmental stage, culture, and other characteristics that affect the individual’s health status and care needs.
  • Describe relational skills to support decision-making and negotiate a plan of care specific to the patients’ and families’ goals of care and to improve the patients’ and families’ living and dying experience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in holistic, family-centered nursing care of persons who are experiencing pain and other symptoms.
  • Recognize ethical knowledge required when caring for persons at end-of-life and their families while attending to one’s own responses such as moral distress and dilemmas.
  • Recognize psychosocial, spiritual and practical issues related to care planning such as advance care planning and facilitating care in the patients’ and families’ preferred locations of care, including home.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of grief and bereavement to support others using a cross-cultural perspective.
  • Recognize the need to collaborate effectively to address the patient and family members’ priorities within an integrated inter-professional team, including non-professional health care providers, and the patient.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

Palliative Approach in Nursing Practice (NSSC 7000) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. High Acuity Nursing Specialty
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Pediatric Nursing Specialty (Standard Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  3. Specialty Nursing (High Acuity)
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Part-time
  4. Specialty Nursing (Pediatric - Standard Option)
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Part-time


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