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NSSC 7000 - Palliative Approach in Nursing Practice

Nursing Specialty Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 82269

Tue Jan 04 - Fri Mar 25 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Mar 25 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




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

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

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

School of Health Sciences

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


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