Urogynecological Wellness Practitioner Program Pathophysiology
The goal of care for the women with a urogynecological issue is to provide comprehensive treatment. This requires an in-depth comprehension of the pathophysiology behind these issues and an integration of this knowledge into clinical decision making. This course will build on an understanding of urogynecological anatomy and physiology and the identification of the alterations to structure and function that result in pathophysiological outcomes. Students will then be able to identify the clinical manifestations of the urogynecological issues and the resulting required clinical care.
Foundational Anatomy and Physiology of Major Body Systems
Anatomic structure and physiologic function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, neurologic, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems are explored.
ER Pediatric Assessment/Perspectives of Emergency Pediatric Assessment
Basic anatomic structure and physiologic function of the pediatric client is explored focusing on differences from adult clients. Anatomy, physiology and growth and development are integrated into the health history and physical assessment findings of the pediatric client.
Essentials of Arrhythmia Management
Management of arrhythmias is explained incorporating mechanisms of arrhythmogenesis, pharmacologic therapy, countershock and pacemaker therapy.
Essentials of Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation
Assessment of oxygenation, ventilation and acid-base status is explored via a step-wise method of interpretation of arterial blood gases. Normal and abnormal arterial blood gas values are explained related to pathophysiology and management.
Essentials of Shock, Trauma and Environmental Emergencies
Pathophysiology, relevant assessment findings, appropriate pharmacologic, nursing and medical interventions related to shock and environmental emergencies are presented. Additionally, principles of trauma management are explored.
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.