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.
Nursing Refresher Clinical
In this practicum-focused course, students provide safe, client-focused nursing care of the hospitalized adult client. Students in the clinical setting are preceptored by a Registered Nurse from an assigned medical or surgical clinical unit.
Graduate nurses enhance skills and knowledge in health history taking and the comprehensive, focused and abbreviated health assessment. Students conduct comprehensive health histories and physical examinations of the adult client, identify normal and deviation from the normal clinical findings to make informed clinical judgements which are communicated to the patient and health care team. Students have opportunity to practice skills within the lab setting.
Essentials of Emergency and Intensive Care Nursing
Students are introduced to the foundations of emergency and critical care nursing and integrate this knowledge with their existing expertise to begin to develop the skills required to work in specialty areas. Anatomic structure and physiologic function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, neurologic, renal, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems are reviewed as they apply to the adult and geriatric client. Anatomy and physiology are integrated into the health history and physical assessment findings of the adult and geriatric client.
Emergency Nursing Practice I
Students focus on integration of theory and application of clinical knowledge related to specific disorders common in an emergency department. Pathology, relevant assessment findings, prioritization of problems, appropriate interventions and management of the clients across the lifespan are examined. Anatomy and physiology, growth and development, and assessment findings of the pediatric patient are also addressed. Legal, ethical, and safety issues are integrated throughout.
Critical Care Nursing Practice
Students focus on integration of theory and application of clinical knowledge related to specific disorders common in an adult critical care unit. Pathophysiology, relevant assessment findings, prioritization of problems, appropriate interventions and management; pharmacological and technological interventions for both adult and geriatric populations are discussed.
Recertification in Audiometry Technician Testing Course
This course prepares the student to obtain audiometric technician recertification as defined by the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. The course updates and reinforces the theoretical basis for hearing conservation. Students interpret and manage test results.
Spirometry Recertification Testing Course
This course prepares the students to obtain spirometry technician recertification as defined by the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. This course updates and reinforces theory related to spirometry testing, its purposes, techniques, and interpretation.
This course prepares the students to become audiometric technicians as defined by the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. The theoretical basis for noise management programs is presented to provide a framework for the study of audiometry. Students learn how to categorize test results.
Spirometry Technician Course
This course prepares the students to become qualified spirometry technicians as defined by the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. This course introduces theory related to spirometry testing, its uses, purposes, techniques and interpretation.
This course presents terminology associated with vision screening and describes the tests conducted with a vision screening machine. Students participate in a vision screening test as well as interpret the results of the test.
Obtaining Blood Samples
This course examines two procedures for obtaining blood samples: venipuncture and capillary puncture. Appropriate venipuncture sites, capillary samples, correct order of draw and troubleshooting are systematically addressed. Students are required to demonstrate competence of venipuncture in a supervised setting. Prerequisite: RN, RPN, LPN or consent of program.
Obstetrical Nursing Lab
The theory and skills of nursing care of the childbearing/childrearing family are explored and applied within the laboratory and simulation settings. Assessment and other nursing skills required to provide care to this specialized population are identified, compared and demonstrated. Nursing knowledge and skills required to provide care to the childbearing/childrearing family are integrated in developing nursing care plans for common and complex health issues. Communication skills specific to the childbearing/childrearing family and within the health care team are implemented. All lab activities reflect the competencies for entry to practice for the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta and Canadian Nurses Association.
Pediatric Nursing Lab
The theory and skills of pediatric nursing are explored and applied within laboratory and simulation settings. Assessment and other nursing skills required to provide care to this specialized population are identified, compared and demonstrated. Pediatric nursing knowledge and skills are integrated in developing nursing care plans for common and complex childhood health disorders. Developmental, physiological and family centered care concepts are identified and applied throughout. Communication skills specific to pediatric patients, their families and the health care team are examined and implemented. All lab activities reflect the competencies for entry to practice for the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta and Canadian Nurses Association.
Rehabilitation Nursing Theory
This course is designed to provide nurses with an understanding of the philosophy and goals of rehabilitation as well as the multifaceted roles of the rehabilitation nurse. The importance of interprofessional collaboration and interprofessional team members and their roles are described in the context of the client journey through rehabilitation. Physiological and psychosocial challenges in clients with conditions of the pulmonary, cardiac, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems are explored. Discharge planning, client and family teaching, independence and contributing factors such as culture, age of the client, and co-morbidities are illustrated in a case study format.