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 McGill 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.
Audiometric Testing - Technician Course
Students are prepared to become qualified 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 Testing-Technician's Course
Students are prepared to become qualified spirometry (pulmonary function) technicians as defined by the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. Students are introduced to theory and practice related to spirometry testing, its uses, purposes, techniques and interpretation.
Occupational Vision Screening
Students learn the principles and technical skills to conduct vision screening in the workplace and interpret the results. Standards for eye protection in the workplace are presented.