Nephrology Nursing (Part-time)
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- Health & Life Sciences
About the ProgramThe number of Canadians at risk for or living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is on the rise, due in part to the aging of the population and the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension. This fully online program prepares nurses to deliver kidney care to affected patients across all stages of the kidney care journey, from early detection through dialysis, palliative care and transplant. It provides nurses with the knowledge they require to promote and deliver competent, safe and ethical care to those at risk for developing or affected by real disease and/or insufficiency.
A person-centered paradigm of care underpins the students' approach to advance health promotion, disease prevention and management throughout the lifespan and across the continuum of care. Grounded in an evidence-based approach to care, emphasis is placed on developing clinical excellence in the provision of specialized nephrology nursing. Interventions that support patient empowerment and strengths-based approaches and strategies to improve self-management are explored.
Students learn how an optimized inter-professional collaborative practice model can best support an individualized and comprehensive approach to care. Curriculum has been designed and developed in accordance with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) nephrology nursing competencies and standards of practice established by the Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists (CANNT).
Graduates of this program encompass in-depth knowledge and critical inquiry skills needed for the preparation to take the Canadian Nursing Association Nursing certificate and/or to begin practicing a career in this specialty area. The advanced knowledge, skills, and judgements acquired through this certificate will allow you to provide holistic care to clients with renal disease.
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Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
- Current College of Nurses Certificate of Registration as a Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse
- 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.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- 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. 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.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
How to ApplyStudents may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form 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
How to Register for CoursesGo to How to Register for detailed registration information.
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Program Related Resources
- Differentiate between normal and abnormal anatomy and function of the kidney and renal system and related pathophysiology to determine physiological needs and care priorities.
- Discuss the diagnosis, etiology, therapeutic management and care of individuals living with and families affected by kidney disease in relation to acute renal failure, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, end-stage renal disease, transplantation and palliative/end-of-life care to prioritize patient-centred priorities across the trajectory of chronic kidney disease.
- Discuss considerations and implications related to nursing care for specific populations at-risk for developing or affected by kidney disease (i.e. older adults, children, individuals living with diabetes and/or hypertension, etc.) to appropriately tailor an individualized plan of care.
- Examine current and emerging trends in relation to the diagnosis and care of individuals at risk for or living with kidney disease, including movement towards person-centred care in community-based settings and the functional integration of services in order to best achieve desired outcomes at the patent and system levels.
- Apply a comprehensive approach to assessment and an individualized approach to care planning as guided by the nursing process to best meet the unique needs of persons at-risk for developing or affected by kidney disease.
- Design care plans and practices to support individuals at risk for or living with kidney disease to maintain health and wellness and engage in supported self-management.
- Discuss adaptation and coping strategies that could assist individuals living with kidney disease to develop self-management capabilities that enable them to adopt personal heath practices and access system services and supports.
- Recommend evidence-based methods and tools to support the implementation of effective nephrology nursing care within the context of inter-professional collaborative delivery models.
- Examine the effectiveness of care for individuals living with kidney disease according to the appropriate nursing-sensitive outcomes and patient-/community-/population-level outcomes.
- Examine legal issues, ethical implications and patient advocacy strategies for nurses related to the care of individuals living with and families affected by kidney disease in the context of professional practice standards.
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|Course Code||Course Title||Status|
|NURS1550||Renal Replacement Therapies - Nursing Care of Transplant Patient
Description: This course examines professional nursing practice in the context of caring for individuals in need of kidney transplantation. Emphasis is placed on the delivery of competent, safe and ethical care for this patient population, as guided by the nursing process, evidence-based practices and a person-centred approach to care. Methods and tools that support clinical decision-making and comprehensive approaches to care are emphasized.
|NURS1560||Living with Chronic Kidney Disease
Description: This course prepares students by providing a deepened understanding of the complexities related to the experiences and effects of kidney disease on the daily life of individuals and their families. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on person centered care as it applies to kidney disease. Students will be given the opportunity to examine current research, use critical thinking and problem solving skills, and incorporate nursing models and frameworks to further their understanding of the lived reality that kidney disease patients and their families must undertake.
|NURS1570||Mentored Knowledge Integration Project
Description: This course provides the learner with opportunities to deepen, integrate and apply knowledge related to concepts, care and treatments modalities in nephrology nursing. Learners will apply professional practice concepts and synthesize knowledge acquired throughout the program by developing and presenting a knowledge integration project that emphasizes an evidence-based and person-centred approach to meeting complex needs of populations at risk for or affected by kidney disease. Building upon curricular outcomes of the program, emphasis is placed on emerging trends, issues and health system transformation priorities related to the growing need to provide care in community-based settings.
Pre-Requisites: NURS1550, OLRN1342, OLRN1341
|OLRN1333||Normal and Abnormal Kidney Function
Description: This course prepares the learner with the knowledge required to understand the normal anatomical and structures and physiological functions of the renal system. It introduces the experienced nurse to etiology and pathophysiology related to acute and chronic kidney conditions, their diagnoses, typical progression and common implications for individuals at risk for developing or affected by kidney disease and their families.
|OLRN1334||Nursing Care Across the Kidney Disease Trajectory
Description: This course deepens the learners understanding of authentic therapeutic relationships within the context of caring for the person with kidney disease through health promotion, disease prevention and management and palliative/end-of-life care. A person- and family-centered approach is emphasized as foundational to developing and implementing an individualized plan of care in collaboration with the interprofessional team. Team-based interventions to support patient empowerment and well-being throughout the lifespan and course of treatment are stressed.
|OLRN1341||Renal Replacement Therapies - Nursing Care of Peritoneal Dialysis Patient
Description: This course examines professional nursing practice in the context of caring for individuals undergoing peritoneal dialysis. Emphasis is placed on the delivery of competent, safe and ethical care for this patient population, as guided by the nursing process, evidence-based practices and a person-centred approach to care. Methods and tools that support clinical decision-making and comprehensive approaches to care are emphasized.
|OLRN1342||Renal Replacement Therapies - Nursing Care of Hemodialysis Patient
Description: Hemodialysis is a common renal replacement therapy offered in hospital-based units and increasingly in community-based setting, including the home. This course prepares the learner with requisite knowledge for providing competent, safe and ethical care to the hemodialysis patient, as guided by the nursing process, evidence-based practices and a person-centred approach to care. Methods and tools that support clinical decision-making and comprehensive approaches to care are emphasized.
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