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Nursing: A Palliative Approach to Care (Part-time)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1353
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services

About the Program

Acquire the knowledge, skills and competency needed to excel in the delivery of palliative/end-of-life care. As essential team members in our evolving health-care system, nurses who complete this program will be equipped with enhanced capabilities to function as leaders in the delivery of integrated palliative/end-of-life care excellence. This program is comprised of courses designed to optimize the following programmatic pillars: theory-based learning, clinical practice integration, system linkage and service integration, and professional role optimization within the contexts of person- and family-centered care and interprofessional collaborative delivery models. This comprehensive program will be useful to those students interested in writing the CNA/CHPCA specialty certification exam in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing (CHPCN[C]).

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 2 years of acceptance into the program.

Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students 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:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

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.

Graduate Opportunities

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
NURS8181 Trends and Issues in Palliative/End-of-Life Care
Description: This course will introduce learners to palliative/end-of-life care, situating it within the socio-cultural context of death and dying. Students will explore philosophical underpinnings and the emergence of palliative/end-of-life care over the course of recent history and how this has influenced service integration at a systems level.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
NURS8182 An Appropriate Response to the Care of the Dying Person and Family
Description: This course will examine the role and value of the nurse within interprofessional collaborative palliative/end-of-life care delivery models. Learners will explore strategies for enhancing effective team functioning and performance. Holistic approaches to the care of the dying person and family will be emphasized.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
NURS8183 Trajectory of Life-Limiting Illness Across the Lifespan
Description: Using a lifespan approach, this course will examine the trajectory of life-limiting illnesses. Students will learn about common diagnoses, prognosis, treatments and procedures as they relate to the person's quality of life and death.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
NURS8184 Symptom Assessment and Management in the Context of Life-Limiting Illness
Description: This course will examine comprehensive assessment, using valid and reliable tools, as a means to plan and implement a holistic and personalized plan of care. Methods and tools that support clinical decision-making and inform comprehensive approaches to care will be emphasized.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: NURS8183
CoRequisites:
Details
NURS8185 Pain Assessment and Management
Description: This course will examine the multidimensional factors that influence a person's experience of pain. Students will learn about stepped approaches to pain assessment and management, with an emphasis on appropriate medication administration, adjuvant therapies, non-pharmacological interventions and how to anticipate and effectively manage potential complications.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: NURS8184
CoRequisites:
Details
NURS8186 Care of the Person and Family
Description: This course deepens the learners understanding of authentic therapeutic relationships within the context of death, dying and diversity. A person- and family-centered approach will be emphasized as foundational to developing and implementing an individualized plan of care in partnership with the interprofessional team. Emerging trends and issues will be explored.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
NURS8187 The Art of Nursing in the Last Days
Description: Using a cultural competency approach this course will anchor the importance of initiating and maintaining holistic measures focusing on the domains of care to promote comfort of the dying person and family.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites: NURS8183
CoRequisites:
Closed
NURS8188 Nursing Practice Excellence: Across the Domains
Description: This course will deepen knowledge and strategies required to ground and strengthen professional practice excellence and deepen impact across the domains of nursing. Students will also learn to optimize self-care through strength-based approaches to nursing and explore mindfulness and resilience as resources for personal and professional growth and development.
Hours: 18
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
NURS8191 Knowledge Integration Project
Description: This course will provide students the opportunity to consolidate their learning with regards to a palliative approach across the continuum of health care. Each student will create a highly unique and individualized knowledge integration project that will seek to benefit the person, family, organization, community and population.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: NURS8181, NURS8182, NURS8183, NURS8186, NURS8188, NURS8184, NURS8185, NURS8187
CoRequisites:
Closed

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Contact

Kim Myre, kmyre@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 3445

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