Essentials of Antimicrobial Agents
Antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral agents are explained with respect to classifications, major actions, side effects, and nursing implications.
Essentials of Musculoskeletal Emergencies
Pathophysiology, relevant assessment findings, appropriate pharmacologic, nursing and medical interventions related to musculoskeletal disorders are presented. Specific disorders include soft tissue injury, sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures. Various immobilization devices used in the emergency department are explained.
Essentials of Mental Health Emergencies
Pathophysiology, relevant assessment findings, appropriate pharmacologic, nursing and medical interventions related to mental health emergencies are explored. Specific content includes mental health principles, mood disorders, suicide assessment and prevention, and psychotic disorders.
Essentials of Pediatric Emergencies
Pathophysiology, relevant assessment findings, appropriate pharmacologic, nursing and medical interventions related to pediatric emergencies are explored.
Specific Study - Home Care Nursing
This course examines the role of the nurse in the home care setting. Students apply the nursing process to both individuals and families in the home care setting. Specialized home care services, case management and ethical issues in home health are discussed.
Specific Study - Mental Health Disorders
In the course of a lifetime, most people experience feelings of isolation, loneliness, sadness, emotional distress, or disconnection from things. These feelings are often short-term, normal reactions to difficult situations, such as the death of a loved one, loss of a job, or sudden change of circumstances. Most people learn to cope with these difficult feelings and situations. However, mental illness is quite different. It has a serious impact on a person’s ability to function effectively over a long period of time. Students are introduced to the challenges of mental health nursing with a focus on therapeutic communication techniques, basic mental health principles, mental health promotion, and rehabilitation. Psychiatric disorders, such as mood disorders, cognitive disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders are examined.
Specific Study - Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family
In this course, the student explores the nurse's role and interdisciplinary collaboration in meeting the obstetrical care needs of the family. Maternity health care trends and issues, including the areas of antepartum, pregnancy, labour and delivery, and postpartum are addressed.
Specific Study - Pediatric Nursing
The student explores a family oriented approach to the care of children. Emphasis is placed upon the growth and development, and common and complex pediatric disorders. The McGill Nursing Model is applied to the nursing management of children living and dying with various pediatric health conditions.
Specific Study - Gerontological Nursing
The older adult population is increasing more rapidly than any other age group. This increase in numbers of older adults has important implications for nursing. Students are provided with a foundation to meet the future challenges of gerontologic nursing practice. They will examine the aging process, theories of aging, and the factors that can interfere with or promote healthy aging. Social, economical, and political issues related to older clients are explored.
Specific Study - Trauma Nursing
Over the past few decades, significant improvements have been made in the care of clients with traumatic injuries in the prehospital and emergency department settings. Students are introduced to the role of nursing in these critical care settings and the complex care clients with multiple injuries require. Emphasis is placed on the assessment and management of clients with traumatic injuries. Specific trauma injuries and complications, shock and multiple organ syndrome, and burn injuries are also discussed.
Orientation Health Care & RN
The focus of this course is to orient internationally educated nurses to the Canadian and Alberta health care system and environment. Emphasis is placed on assisting internationally educated nurses to transition to the role of registered nurse as outlined by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. Students explore communication, legislation, code of ethics, and legal issues that influence nursing practice. In addition, strategies to enhance critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and utilization of evidence-based practice are discussed. Prerequisites: Graduate nurse or recommendation of the professional governing body.
Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family
Students acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the nursing care of the childbearing/childrearing family up to the first year after birth. Students demonstrate through their assignments and learning activities an understanding of concepts such as primary health care, health promotion, and current trends and issues in family centered care. Students integrate theory into practice during their clinical placement. This course is intended for internationally educated nurses or graduate nurses who wish to update their knowledge in this field.
Mental Health Nursing
Utilizing current research findings and a variety of methods of inquiry, the student acquires the knowledge and skill necessary to provide nursing care to persons with acute or chronic alterations in mental health. The focus is on the promotion of optimal client functioning. Students integrate theory into practice during the clinical placement.
The focus of this course is on evidence informed nursing care of adults with a wide range of acute and chronic alterations in health. Students review the foundational concepts of nursing practice and expand their knowledge and skills in providing care to clients with specific diseases and disorders.
Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family
Students acquire the knowledge and attitudes necessary for the care of the childbearing/childrearing family from pre-conception into the postpartum period. Students demonstrate an understanding of concepts such as primary health care, health promotion, and current trends and issues in family centred care. This course is intended for nurses who wish to update their knowledge in this field and do not require a clinical placement experience.
Pediatric Nursing Theory
The student explores a family centered care approach to the role of the pediatric nurse in the care of children. Emphasis is placed on understanding growth and development, common and complex childhood acute and chronic alterations in health, nursing management and critical thinking. Students integrate core concepts of health promotion, injury prevention and wellness into care planning for the pediatric population.
Fundamentals of Nursing
Students review the basic concepts of nursing practice through examination of nursing theories, nursing models, and the nursing process. A particular emphasis is placed on understanding and applying the Allen Model. Health promotion is explored and applied to populations and the nursing process. Concepts of importance to community health nursing are discussed and related to specific age groups and populations.
Nursing Care of Clients with Health Alterations
Students build on the knowledge and skills attained in previous nursing fundamental courses by focusing on the nursing care of clients across the lifespan with acute and chronic alterations in mental and physical health. Principles of interprofessional care, health promotion and disease prevention are presented within the scope of nursing and following the McGill Nursing Model where appropriate. Critical thinking, problem solving, and ethical reasoning are further developed using the McGill Nursing Model, which is incorporated into specific health status alterations to provide safe and competent nursing care. Students integrate health science fundamentals with nursing considerations of various body systems. Assessments, priority setting, and evaluation skills are reinforced using case studies and collaborative care scenarios that include patient/family, institutional, and interprofessional teams and have application in a broad range of settings.
Professional Nursing Practice
Students examine concepts and skills related to health assessment, medication calculations, medication administration, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Students explore nursing care across the lifespan and the significance of therapeutic communication in meeting the health needs of clients. Professional responsibilities of the registered nurse and current issues that impact client care are also addressed.
Clinical Skills Lab
In the skills lab setting, students review and practice basic nursing assessment and nursing procedures that are required in a medical/surgical clinical environment. Aspects of health promotion and prevention, principles of effective client education, and client and nurse safety are incorporated into all clinical nursing skills.