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NSSC 7000 - Palliative Approach in Nursing Practice

Nursing Specialty Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

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.





Winter 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2019 term.

CRN 82269

Mon Jan 07 - Fri Mar 29 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 07 - Mar 29 Online


Camara Van Breemen

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Students need to contact the BCIT Bookstore to order course materials. 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. This is an online course.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress and Full

Learning Outcomes

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 Winter 2015

Related Programs

NSSC 7000 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Pediatric Nursing Specialty (Standard Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  2. Specialty Nursing (Pediatric - Standard Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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