Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Program Code:
- Health & Life Sciences
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
- Accelerated Delivery?
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About the ProgramThis one-year graduate certificate program is geared to experienced internationally educated nurses holding a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing. Through theory, labs, simulation, and supervised clinical practice, this program focuses on caring for the client in an acute clinical setting. It allows students to develop skills in critical thinking, decision making, nursing diagnosis, care planning, implementation, and evaluation of care. In addition, course content will cover the philosophy, culture, communication skills, ethics and practice of professional nursing in Canada. Selected courses within the graduate critical-care certificate program are included in semester two. The program includes extensive clinical experience in an acute-care setting.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Doon (Kitchener) - May/2018 - Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September, January, and May
First-Year Capacity: 36
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 and who are currently working within the nursing profession. Applicants should have practiced within the nursing profession in the last two (2) years.
- 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 iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; 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. You 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%. Your 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.
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- Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements. Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. 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 provided by the College:
- A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
- TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
- Standard First Aid and CPR - HCP level
- An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to 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.
- Non-Violence Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) Certification Students will be required to complete the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) certifications prior to or concurrently with their first participation in an unpaid education placement. NCVI prepares students to defuse challenging and disruptive behaviours prior to an incident escalating to a crisis situation. GPA is a person-centered approach to care that teaches students gentle redirection techniques to assist them in appropriately managing difficult workplace situations. The fees for these mandatory courses are in addition to a student's tuition fees.
Tuition & Fees
Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
International fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceFinancial Assistance is not available for this program.
Students who successfully complete the Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care (Graduate Certificate) program will be eligible to apply for a scholarship of $1,000 towards tuition for the second program, Enhanced Professional Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness (Graduate Certificate).
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates of this program will gain the knowledge and authentic 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 general internal medicine, surgery, cardiac and coronary care, emergency and ambulatory care.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
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.
Learn more about PLAR.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|COMM1085||College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
|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.
|NURS8033||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.
|NURS8665||Clinical Care Lab and Simulation
Description: This 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 the 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.
|NURS8815||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
|OHS1320||Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
|NURS1370||Critical Care Lab and Simulation
Description: The focus in the ENP Critical Care Lab and Simulation is the expansion of knowledge, refinement of skills, and the development of critical thinking and clinical decision making related to the care of complex medical-surgical and less acute critical care patients. All phases of the Nursing Process (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) as supported by the College of Nurses (CNO) Professional and Practice Standards and the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN) will be emphasized during learning activities in the case- based scenarios and focused learning stations.
|NURS1457||Clinical Experience - Acute Care II
Description: The student is provided with further 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. The student will be encouraged to strive to practice autonomously and will be given the opportunity to utilize theory and practice from the preceding semesters to perform comprehensive assessments of individuals throughout the lifespan. Effective communication techniques will be expected to help foster a caring environment. Expanded knowledge and incorporation of all phases of the nursing process in the prevention of illness and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health along the continuum of wellness continues to be addressed. Student participation as an active member of the interprofessional team and will be under the guidance 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 as a beginning practitioner. Experiences will be provided on a medical or surgical unit.
Description: The student will analyze the physiology and pathophysiology of disorders related to both pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. Each unit will include a discussion of pathological processes, diagnostic tools and assessment, medical treatment and nursing management.
Description: Building on the learners previous knowledge of pharmacology, this course is designed to further explore an in-depth understanding 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 application. Age-related considerations will be discussed.
|NURS8675||Pathophysiological Concepts of Critical Care
Description: This course is an introduction to the theoretical body systems and clinical components that follow in the Critical Care Nursing Program. Topics covered will include: homeostasis, acid-base balance, blood gases, shock, endocrinology, blood components and immunology. Normal physiology and common pathophysiological conditions will be reviewed.
- Integrate theory, principles, nursing concepts, anatomy physiology, and pathophysiology within the context of the patient and family into competent nursing practice in an acute care environment within the Canadian Health Care system.
- Conduct comprehensive 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 client's 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 ethically and competently 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 to collaborate effectively with clients, families, communities and other members of the interprofessional team.
- Recognize the clinical presentation and related diagnostic findings of various pathological conditions.
- Provide the essential elements of nursing care that will meet the needs of clients with multiple system problems.
- Deliver person centered care considering the impact of the acute care environment on clients and family members.
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.
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