Documentation in Nursing
The goal of documentation in a patient's health record is to communicate and share information with other health care professionals to provide the most comprehensive and appropriate care for the patient. The course reviews how the patient's health record is utilized and outlines basic documentation guidelines for nursing staff.
Introduction to Health Assessment - Self-Study
In this course students focus on developing skill in assessing the health of a client. Health history, physical assessment skills and reporting of assessment is discussed.
Community Health Nursing - Self-Study
In this course students are introduced to the concepts of health, a history of public health nursing, an overview of health care systems, and the issue of health care reform in Canada. Primary health care and health promotion are presented as frameworks for students to explore. Students apply community health concepts, theories, and frameworks at both an individual/family level and at a level of population health. Students identify the roles, skills and competencies of the community health nurse. Individual, family and community health needs and issues in a diverse community population, are highlighted.
Health Promotion - Self-Study
This course provides an introduction to the history and development of health promotion in Canada and its implications for the nursing profession. Students will use critical evaluation of conceptual models, evidence and practical interventions to gain knowledge and skills on improving the health of populations and particular groups, including how nurses can support communities, families, and individuals in their efforts to acquire and maintain healthy life pattern behaviours and beneficial environmental conditions.
Nursing Process - Self-Study
In this course students explore concepts and purposes of the nursing process, define and explain critical thinking logic, and how nursing practice standards guide the nursing process. Students apply assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation phases of the nursing process according to the Allen Nursing Model. Documentation elements are identified and explained.
Immune, Infection & Emergency Care
There are important relationships among the immune system, infection and nursing in emergent situations. In this module we discuss these relations and present three important areas of nursing. The first is a review of the immune system and its mechanisms to defend the body against disease and or prevent the recurrence of infection. The second section discusses the pathophysiology of infection and nurses' role in helping prevent infection. Finally the concluding section covers some emergent situations from a nursing perspective such as planning for pandemic, disaster or mass emergency situations. Students are encouraged to explore the overlap between the three sections.
This course is a current overview of professional responsibility and accountability in nursing with respect to ethical nursing practice and the law.
Pharmacology in Nursing-Self-Study
This course provides the student with an understanding of pharmacokinetics of drugs. Therapeutic and reverse drug reactions are discussed along with the administration of medications and the nursing process. The acts and laws that govern medication administration in Canada are identified.
Interpersonal Aspects of Nursing - Self- Study
This course focuses on the development of a helping relationship as a basis for nurse/client interaction. Specific topics addressed are general principles and skills of communication, the one-to-one relationship, interviewing principles, assertiveness theory, therapeutic contract, self-concept and crisis intervention.
Cardiovascular System Nursing Care
Heart disease encompasses a broad range of conditions. The role of the nurse in addressing these conditions is varied because the individual being treated may require varying degrees of immediate and, or long term care. A review of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology and function is integrated with select cardiovascular system considerations for clients. The McGill Model components of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation are applied to case studies on hypertension, myocardial infarction and chronic heart failure.
Respiratory Nursing Care
This module presents an overview of the anatomy, physiology and function of the respiratory system. It then focuses on the care of clients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), asthma, pneumonia, and lung cancer. The McGill Model components of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation are applied to case studies of clients with these respiratory conditions.
Issues in Breastfeeding Practice: What Health Care Practitioners Need to Know
This lactation studies course is designed to meet the needs of health care providers who want to improve their knowledge and skills in providing care to the breastfeeding family. The information will benefit practitioners who work in a traditional hospital setting, community health, or in private practice, as well as IBLCE exam candidates.
Interpretation of Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures
This course reviews common laboratory tests, diagnostic procedures and the clinical significance of abnormal results. The nursing implications of diagnostic procedures such as common invasive test, radiologic test, ultrasound and endoscopy are discussed. An opportunity to practice interpretation of laboratory data specific to metabolic, renal, cardiac and pulmonary function is provided in three case studies.
Leading Dementia Care
This course will support health care providers to develop the knowledge and skills to engage in “dementia friendly care” regardless of their practice setting. The course units provide comprehensive coverage of diagnosis, treatment and dementia specific care issues through a mix of text, readings and learning activities.
This course builds on foundational pharmacology and the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs; therefore, it is assumed that the health care provider has a foundational understanding of the anatomy and physiology of body systems and pharmacology. The course focuses on the therapeutic uses and effects of drugs that impact the quality use of medicines in managing clinical conditions, monitoring, and the implications of use for evidence-based nursing practice.
Advanced Interpretation of Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging Tests
This course builds on foundational principles of laboratory and diagnostic testing. The course focuses on the indications for common laboratory and diagnostic testing (i.e., related clinical conditions), monitoring of laboratory and diagnostic tests, comprehension and application of test results, and implications for practice. A review of the laboratory and diagnostic tests is organized in body system format, and case studies are utilized as learning tools throughout the study of each body system.
Clinical Nursing Skills Review
The focus of this course is on the clinical skills required in a practice setting. Students will review basic nursing assessments and procedures and practice these in a laboratory setting.
Health Assessment Workshop
Health Assessment skills enable the nurse to confidently assume responsibilities for assessing a client's health by evaluating symptoms and performing physical examinations. In this workshop, graduate nurses will have opportunity to learn or improve health assessment skills with a focus on the frail elder. Activities will include lectures, discussions, audiovisual presentations, demonstrations, and simulated health assessments.
Urogynecological Wellness Practitioner Program Foundations
Urogynecological issues, is an area of healthcare that is rarely discussed. Pelvic floor disorders, the largest single subset of urogynecological issues, result in a significant burden for women and their families worldwide, especially as the global population ages. This course will review the international evolution of the understanding of urogynecological issues and the impacts they have on patients and societies. The role of urogynecological wellness practitioners (UWP) in managing the continuum of care, the role of interdisciplinary teams, and opportunities for advocacy and collaboration will also be explored.
Urogynecological Wellness Practitioner Program Anatomy and Physiology
Urogynecological issues are complex and result from numerous life events and physiological changes. A comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology is essential to diagnose and effectively manage urogynecological issues. This course will review the anatomy, physiology, and function of the healthy pelvis and pelvic floor. This understanding will then be applied to identify the anatomical and physiological alterations that occur with hormonal and age-related influences such as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Participants will work through a variety of learning activities to help them acquire this knowledge.