Enhanced Nursing Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness (Graduate Certificate)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Program Code:
- Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
- Academic Year:
- 2015 / 2016
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramThis one-year program is geared to experienced internationally educated nurses holding a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing. Through theoretical and clinical learning and supervised clinical practice, this program focuses on caring for seniors throughout the continuum of care in a diversity of settings. It allows students to develop skills in care planning, nursing diagnosis, critical thinking, and decision making with seniors (who are living with chronic illness) and their families. In addition, course content will cover the philosophy, culture, communication skills, ethics and gerontological practice of nursing in Canada.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 60
Admission RequirementsA bachelor's degree in nursing and registration as a registered nurse in the applicant's country of nursing education
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Preference is given to students who have at least one year of clinical experience in their home country.
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL 580 with a TWE of 4.5 or iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; CAAT D at 65%; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
Admission ProceduresFinal selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
- Practicum health and/or safety requirements must be completed in order for students to attend the practicum experience. This placement is mandatory for the completion of the program. Students who do not attend field/clinical placement will not be promoted to the next semester, which will ultimately result in non-completion of the program.
To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information which will be provided by the College:
- a clear (no criminal offences) Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), completed annually
- completed immunization records
- Standard First Aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) HCP (Health Care Provider) certification
- completed mask fit testing for infection prevention and control
- Criminal Screening: To be eligible for practicum, students must not have been convicted of any criminal offence for which they have not been pardoned. An unpardoned criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical and will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability. Offences under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada:
Financial AssistanceFinancial Assistance is not available for this program.
Graduate OpportunitiesThis program will provide graduates with the knowledge and experience necessary to enter confidently into the Canadian health-care workforce. Students will learn the skills necessary to work as a nurse in the areas of long-term care, community-based care and general internal medicine.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
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|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|ELS1335||Intercultural Health Issues: Health Care
Description: This course provides an overview of the cultural aspects of Canadian health care. Life stages and culturally conditioned expectations related to each stage will be examined. Students will explore perceptions and expectations with regard to the health care system in terms of both prevention and intervention. Cultural expectations around roles within the health care system will be analyzed. Students will develop a working knowledge of idiomatic expressions used to express support, care, and concern around health care issues.
|MATH1490||Mathematics Foundations for Health Care
Description: The focus of this course is to review the mathematical knowledge that is required for the foundation of pharmacology and safe medication administration in health care. This course will review the manipulation of numbers as fractions, decimals and ratios.
|NURS1365||Clinical Experience - Acute Care I
Description: The student is provided with opportunities to apply and consolidate the knowledge, skills and abilities gained in previous nursing theoretical and practical courses to provide professional entry-level competencies for safe, competent, and ethical care. Integrated assessment provides the student with the opportunity to utilize theory and practice to complete comprehensive assessments of individuals. Effective communication techniques will be employed fostering a caring environment. All phases of the nursing process in the prevention of illness and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health along the continuum of wellness will be addressed. Student participation as a contributing member of the interprofessional health care team will be under the supervision of a registered practitioner. These experiences will support and harmonize the transition from the role of a post graduate international student to the role of a Canadian registered nurse
|NURS8004||Medical/Surgical Skills Theory and Lab
Description: The Medical/Surgical Skills Theory & Lab course will provide the student with the opportunity to apply theoretical learning to a practice setting. The theoretical basis, associated assessments, and performance of basic nursing skills are a focus of this course. All phases of the nursing process are applied to facilitate the provision of nursing care to clients. Each student will participate in simulated client situations incorporating all skills. Assessment and planning with scenarios during skill practice assist in the development of critical thinking skills.
|NURS8006||Advanced Medical/Surgical Skills Theory and Lab
Description: The theoretical basis, associated assessments, and performance of advanced nursing skills are a focus of this course. Theoretical concepts are discussed in a classroom setting followed by the opportunity to observe and practice advanced nursing skills such as advanced wound care, airway management, trach care, post partum care, suctioning, tube feeding, colostomy care, s/c ports in a simulated practice environment.
|NURS8015||Professional Nursing Practice in the Canadian Health Care System
Description: During this course, the student will explore the role of the Registered Nurse in various settings within the Canadian Health Care System. The student will examine the interrelationships within the Circle of Caring and with other members of the health team. Concepts of role knowledge in practice (role of others), intraprofessional and interprofessional practice and reflection will enhance the ability to function within a multidisciplinary team. Throughout this course, concepts in human relations and communication are discussed. The roles and responsibilities of the Registered Nurse are stressed with the introduction of the Canadian Professional Nursing Organizations. The Nursing Process is also discussed. The principles and legalities of documentation within the Canadian Health Care System are explained.
Description: This course is designed to review and update skills and knowledge of the RN in the area of pharmacology and medication administration. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge of the drug groups in terms of actions, uses, adverse reactions, special considerations and the application of the nursing process. An overview of complementary therapies is also included.
|NURS8023||Enriched Assessment Skills
Description: The course begins by refreshing nursing knowledge in the basic concepts and skills of interviewing, health history taking and physical examination of the client. Examination techniques and assessment findings will then be discussed in relation to variations in age of clients, and differentiation between normal aging and illness. The significance of history and assessment findings will be illustrated by example illnesses or disease. This course will emphasize the application of assessment skills to a variety of clinical settings and nursing roles. Learning activities will include lecture format, videotapes or films, demonstrations, supervised "hands-on" practice and role playing. Learners will be required to review anatomy and physiology relevant to the topics of this course.
Description: This course will provide an introduction to the process of research through comparative analysis of research evidence in the health sciences literature. It assists students to examine basic principles of research, the needs of the research consumer and the development of critical appraisal and assessment. Students will learn research skills regarding methods to: evaluating research designs, efficiently searching for evidence and developing the skills necessary to critically appraise / assess the strengths and weaknesses of a particular piece of evidence.
|NURS8370||Introduction to the NCLEX Evaluation Entry to Practice RN
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|NURS8685||Seniors Care in the Canadian Health Care System
Description: The student will gain a greater understanding of the role of the professional nurse and the interprofessional team when caring for seniors and their families in the Canadian health care system. Concepts of healthy aging and aging in society will be examined. Other topics that will be addressed include legal and financial issues, power of attorney and decision making, cultural competencies, family care giving, end of life care and ethics as it relates to seniors. Documentation tools such as MDS RAI and HOBIC will be discussed.
|NURS8697||Physical Challenges in Older Adults
Description: The student will examine the physical challenges facing seniors. Through the application of the nursing process the common concerns of older adults of falls, nutrition, hydration, incontinence and constipation, pain, polypharmacy and skin integrity will be discussed in detail. Through the application of theory into practice using case studies, the students will learn how to care for older adults in all care settings.
|NURS8705||Cognitive Challenges in Older Adults
Description: The students will gain knowledge of delirium, dementia and depression and relate it to caring for seniors. Other topics that are relevant to seniors will include substance misuse/abuse, isolation and restraints. The assessments, interventions and strategies, and evaluations to support seniors and their families dealing with cognitive challenges will be explored.
|NURS8725||Living With Chronic Illness
Description: This course will focus on older adults with chronic illness living in the community. Students will learn to examine the quality of life and well being of seniors who live with such chronic illness as pain, COPD, diabetes, arthritis, CHF and visual/auditory changes. Promoting quality and continuity of care within the health care continuum will be supported as the students gain a great understanding of community resources and support with chronic illness and exacerbation when they occur.
|NURS8745||Leadership in Caring for Seniors
Description: This course will give the students the foundational knowledge on policy and procedure development and standards of practice when caring for seniors. While caring for seniors and their families nurses take on many aspects of leadership. This course will support growing leaders with topics to include informed decision making, professional accountability, advocacy, risk determination, coordination of care planning, team work and conflict resolution. Application of theory with case scenarios and strategies will be examined for all types of care settings.
|NURS8755||Professional Practice Applications in Seniors Care
Description: The application of the role of the professional nurse will be examined utilizing simulation and case based scenarios. Topics to be addressed within the simulations will include therapeutic communication, decision making, time management, priority setting, problem solving, critical thinking and geriatric assessment. This course will also explore the issues of ageism and stereotyping when caring for seniors.
|NURS8785||Clinical Practicum - Gerontology I
Description: The student is provided with opportunities to build on their first clinical experience with added knowledge of theory and skills to continue to provide professional entry-level competencies for safe, competent, and ethical care. This clinical setting will support the integration of knowledge and intervention planning and evaluation around seniors in diverse settings. . The focus will be on chronic illness management and supports and advancements in treatment options available to seniors and their family for improved quality of life and well being.
|NURS8805||Clinical Practicum - Gerontology II
Description: The student is provided with opportunities to apply and consolidate the knowledge, skills and abilities gained in previous nursing theoretical and practical courses when caring for seniors in both the community and other settings. All phases of the nursing process will be applied including the prevention of illness and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health for seniors.
- Integrate theory, principles, nursing concepts, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology within the context of the older adult and family into competent and professional gerontological nursing practice within the Canadian Health Care system.
- Differentiate between normal age related changes and pathological changes in the older adult.
- Conduct comprehensive geriatric assessments and interpretation of subjective and objective data using the skills of observation, interviewing, history taking, and physical assessment.
- Implement evidence informed decision making to optimize the client's health outcomes within the Canadian Health Care system.
- Comply with legislation and regulations governing nursing practice within the Canadian Health Care system.
- Use self regulation and reflective practice to function competently and ethically within the parameters of the Canadian RN?'s scope of practice.
- Demonstrate professional behaviours and actions to meet the therapeutic needs of the clients, family, interprofessional team and community.
- Communicate in a variety of ways with all members of the interprofessional team and community to support the older adults transition across the health care continuum
- Use valid and reliable tools to assess the functional, cognitive, psychological, social and spiritual status of older adults.
- Apply person centered care based upon recognition of the complex interactions of acute and chronic conditions common to older adults.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
How to Apply to the ProgramDomestic students should apply using a Conestoga College Program Application Form. This form can be obtained from any Conestoga College campus OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office OR by using the College website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms.
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr.
Canada N2G 4M4
International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.