Relational Practice Self-Study Course

Relational practice is the current term for what nursing usually refers to as interpersonal communication skills, but encompasses much more! It refers to means of building and sustaining health promoting relationships with clients, families, colleagues and others. It is very client-focused and concerned with health care needs situated in the complexities of a client's lived experiences.

This course is contextually organized into seven modules. This means that LPNs will be able to practice with, and explore how, they can use these skills in a real-life practical nursing situation. Each module will include opportunities to read and respond by example, making choices or filling in the blanks for the development of knowledge. LPNs will also have opportunities to apply what is learned to short case studies and written dialogues.

To access a module activity or component, simply click on its title.

Quick Links: Additional Resources | Final Exam

Course Modules and Exercises

Module 1: Introduction and Overview

  1. Read Chapter 1 of the Study Guide (PDF | Digital)
  2. Do Module 1 exercises worksheet (PDF | MSWord)
  3. Complete Knowledge Check quiz for Module 1 (10 questions)

Module 2: Review of Core Relational Practice Skills

  1. Read Chapter 2 of the Study Guide (PDF | Digital)
  2. Do Module 2 exercises worksheet (PDF | MSWord)
  3. Complete Knowledge Check quiz for Module 2 (10 questions)

Module 3: Client-Centered Relational Practice

  1. Read Chapter 3 of the Study Guide (PDF | Digital)
  2. Do Module 3 exercises worksheet (PDF | MSWord)
  3. Complete Knowledge Check quiz for Module 3 (12 questions)

Module 4: Collaborative and Collegial Relational Practice

  1. Read Chapter 4 of the Study Guide (PDF | Digital)
  2. Do Module 4 exercise worksheet (PDF | MSWord)
  3. Complete Knowledge Check quiz for Module 4 (10 questions)

Module 5: Relational Practice with Healthcare Team Members

  1. Read Chapter 5 of the Study Guide (PDF | Digital)
  2. Do Module 5 exercise worksheet (PDF | MSWord)
  3. Complete Knowledge Check quiz for Module 5 (10 questions)

Module 6: Relational Practice for Continuing Care

  1. Read Chapter 6 of the Study Guide (PDF | Digital)
  2. Do Module 6 exercises worksheet (PDF | MSWord)
  3. Complete Knowledge Check quiz for Module 6 (8 questions)

Module 7: Relational Practice with Indigenous Peoples

  1. Read Chapter 7 of the Study Guide (PDF | Digital)
  2. Do Module 7 Exercises (PDF | MSWord)
  3. Complete Knowledge Check quiz for Module 7 (10 questions)


Final Examination

Final Examination – This final exam consists of 60 randomly selected questions from a pool of 88 items. A printable CLPNA Certificate of Completion is available upon passing this exam with a score of 80% or better. If you are an Alberta LPN, please enter your Registration Number when requested. Everyone else, leave in the default number. If you want a copy of the Final Exam Results e-mailed to yourself (or anyone else), enter the appropriate e-mail address. Otherwise, leave it blank. (Results are ONLY e-mailed if you have passed the exam).


Course Evaluation

Relational Practice Evaluation – Please complete this online survey after finishing this self-study course. Your feedback and comments will greatly assist CLPNA in developing and delivering effective, quality nursing educational resources.


Additional Resources

Relational Practice Study Guide (PDF | Digital) – The complete Study Guide for this course.

Glossary (PDF | App) – Glossary of the key terms and vocabulary used in this course. Using the iSpring Player (see below), you can download the Glossary App to your mobile device for offline use.

References (PDF | Digital) – A listing of the sources and resources for the information used in this course.


Further Study Options

NorQuest College - Communications for Nursing - NCOM1000

NorQuest College - Business Communication Skills for Health-Care Professionals - BUSN1156

MacEwan University - Interpersonal Aspects of Nursing - Self- Study NURS 0173

Bow Valley College - Leadership for Licensed Practical Nurses - NURS9502

Coursera - Health Literacy and Communication for Health Professionals

Nurse.com - Enhancing Communications with Patients

NCSBN Learning Extension - Professional Boundaries in Nursing


Technology Notes

The Final Exam can be completed on regular browsers, tablets and smart phones. For iPhones and iPads, download and install the FREE iSpring viewer from the iTunes Store. For Android devices, iSpring Play is available here.

To view and download the PDF/PRINT documents requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you are using the final exam for class assignments or continuing education credits, and want a copy of the Results for your records, enter your name when requested. Otherwise, use Guest and proceed with the exam. No results or scores are recorded or tracked!