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Registered Practical Nurse - Perinatal Nursing (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1296
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services

About the Program

The Perinatal Nursing program for Registered Practical Nurses is offered on-line, with the exception of a consolidated practicum in the clinical environment at the end of the program. The program is designed to enhance and support the knowledge and skills of RPNs who work with childbearing families. The curriculum is based on the guidelines established by AWHONN, SOGC, IBLCE, and DONA and applies a multidisciplinary and holistic approach. This program emphasizes the importance of the partnership between the care provider and the childbearing family.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

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.

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Graduate Opportunities

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
NURS8025 Introduction to Perinatal Health
Description: This course will provide the student with knowledge and skills regarding the influential factors affecting childbearing families. Historical,social, cultural, and situational factors will be explored as they affect the nursing care of expectant families. Discussion areas will include medicalization of women's power, current trends in birthing, global political trends, marketing formula/baby friendly environments, renewal of midwifery/doula and interest groups.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
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NURS8035 Physiological Challenges of Pregnancy
Description: This course will provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to care for the expectant mother with health challenges. Conditions such as diabetes, P.I.H., renal disorders, placenta abnormalities, and substance abuse will be discussed. This course is part of the Perinatal Nursing program.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1
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NURS8045 Emotional And Physiological Adaptation to Pregnancy
Description: Admission: RN or permission of Co-ordinator. This course is designed to enhance and support the knowledge and skills of the nurse working with childbearing families. The core competencies required for the nurse to care for women (and those within her circle of support) as they adapt to the emotional and physiological changes of pregnancy will be addressed. The focus will be on promoting pregnancy as an extension of normal physiology and as a state of wellness. Also included will be the role of the nurse as an educator. This course is part of the Perinatal Nursing program.
Hours: 10
Credits: 1
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NURS8135 Introduction To Community - Post-Birth
Description: Admission: RN or permission of the Co-ordinator. This course will assist the student in facilitating care for the mother and infant following the discharge. The student will be knowledgeable with respect to community resources and support groups for follow up care. This course is part of the Perinatal Nursing program.
Hours: 25
Credits: 2
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NURS8155 Emotional And Physiological Process Of Birth
Description: This course examines the normal physiological and emotional process of birth. The focus will be on the partnership that forms throughout all stages of the childbirth experience for women and their significant other. Review role of the nurse as an educator. This course is part of the Perinatal Nursing program.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
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NURS8210 Infant Health
Description: This 35 hour course will provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to care for healthy newborns, as well as an introduction to caring for infants with health challenges in the immediate post-birth period. The transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life will be examined. Assessment of the infant and family will include physiological, behavioural and cognitive components. Integration of the new family member and adjustment will be explored. The role of the nurse as educator and care partner will assist the family in their new parental roles to gain confidence and competence in their infant care skills.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
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NURS8595 Breastfeeding I/Maternal Health
Description: Open to both RN's and RPN's. This course will address competencies required for the nurse to care for the new mother including the physical and emotional adjustment to the post-natal period in the context of both expected and challenging outcomes. The nurse will develop expertise in educating the parents in breastfeeding and care of the newborn. The course components are: Principles of Partnership: The Perinatal Nurse and Family; Physical Adaptation After Birth Expected Outcomes; Physical Adaptation; Challenges; Psychological Adaptation After Birth-Expected Outcomes; Psychological Adptation After Birth-Challenges; Social Cultural and Situational Factors Influencing Health After Birth; Establishment of Breastfeeding; Infant Care Basics.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
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NURS8940 RPN Clinical Experience Pre-Birth/Post Birth
Description: This clinical experience will occur at the end of the theory courses and will allow the student an opportunity to consolidate and apply their learning in a prebirth or post partum or post birth community clinic. Each student will have an opportunity to apply critical thinking in the perinatal setting. The appropriate clinical setting will be determined and evaluated by the individual students learning plan.
Hours: 90
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: NURS8950, NURS8025, NURS8035, NURS8045, NURS8135, NURS8155, NURS8595, OHS1320, NURS8210
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NURS8950 Registered Practical Nurse Maternal and Newborn Care
Description: This course will explore the role of the RPN in perinatal nursing. The references from the CNO; 3 factor framework will assist you in applying this concept as you work in the field of perinatal health. Recognizing the RPN's role in the interprofessional team and communicating effectively will be simulated with case base scenarios.
Hours: 10
Credits: 1
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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.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
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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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amurphy@conestogac.on.ca

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