Janet Purvis

Assistant Professor
Marguerite Hall
(902) 867-4981

I have been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. I graduated from the diploma program at the Halifax Infirmary School of Nursing in 1986. I earned a BSc from Saint Mary’s University in 1991 and then a Master of Nursing in health policy from Dalhousie in 2007. I spent the first 20 years of my career providing direct care to clients in acute care, long-term care and then in home care where I found my niche.  I worked as a National Practice Consultant for VON Canada before coming to St FX as an Assistant Professor.

I have expertise in community health nursing, health policy, regulation and delegation, the unregulated care provider role, and the utilization and integration of best practice resources into policy and practice. I also hold a Canadian Nurses Association Certification in Community Health Nursing.
I am working on a Ph.D. in Education and my primary area of research is Continuous Professional Education in nursing and the integration and sustainability of best practices into nursing practice. 



NURS 206 Foundations of the Discipline and Profession of Nursing

Students learn about nursing as a profession, the role of the professional nurse and the evolution of nursing. Exploration of professional identity, comportment, and moral, altruistic, legal, ethical, and regulatory standards and principles are addressed. Concepts of collective collaboration, leadership and evidenced-informed practice and their core competences are introduced. Introduction to learning plans and portfolio development are also included. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first-year courses. Three credits

NURS 232 Alterations in in Health and Nursing Therapeutics I

Students are introduced to pathophysiology and disease processes. The focus is on select human structures and functions that support health and well-being including fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, thermoregulation, oxygenation, perfusion, and comfort/pain. Reproductive health and sexuality are introduced. This course builds on pharmacological applications of select medication routes, calculations, and medication safety. Complementary therapeutics to manage pain is emphasized. More advanced communication skills are a focus with emphasis on communication challenges. Three-hour supervised lab practice is a required component for the course. Prerequisites: NURS 206, 207, 208, 209. Three credits.

NURS 307 Alterations in Health and Nursing Therapeutics II

Students build on concepts of pathophysiology and disease and injury processes gained from NURS 232. The focus is on select human structures and functions that support physical and mental health and well-being including intracranial regulation, neurological, and sensory perception. Attention is given to pathophysiology and biological processes of cancer. Pharmacological applications and nursing therapeutics, including complementary therapies, related to major acute physical and mental health conditions for persons and families across the lifespan are a focus. Three-hour weekly supervised lab practice is a required component for the course. Prerequisites: NURS 231, 232, 233, 234. Three credits.

NURS 405 Nursing of Adults III

A theory and practice course designed to provide the senior nursing student with opportunities to render comprehensive care for adults who are experiencing, or who are at risk for, selected complex health problems. Students participate in the selection of nursing practice experiences that enable them to apply knowledge and critical thinking in the application of the nursing process in acute care, community, and home settings. Clinical component. Three credits.