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  • Practical experience
    Clinical practice is integrated throughout the program providing experience in acute and long term care settings.
  • Academic Title
    Practical Nursing Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ANAT-1005    Anatomy & Physiology 1     4.00
    • MATH-2001    Math for Medications     1.00
    • NRSG-1011    Health & Transitions 1     5.00
    • NRSG-1012    Self & Others     3.00
    • NRSG-1013    Laboratory Practice 1     2.00
    • NRSG-1014    Professional Nursing Practice 1     6.75
    • PSYC-1044    Personal & Working Relationship     3.00

    Level 2    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ANAT-1012    Anatomy & Physiology 2     3.00
    • NRSG-1015    Health & Transitions 2     5.00
    • NRSG-1016    Health Promotion     3.00
    • NRSG-1017    Laboratory Practice 2     2.00
    • NRSG-1018    Professional Nursing Practice 2     9.75
    • NUTR-3001    Nutrition for Life     3.00

    Level 3    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • NRSG-3011    Healing & Episodic Health Challenges 1     4.00
    • NRSG-3012    Professional Nursing Practice 3     6.75
    • PHRM-3004    Pharmacology     3.00

    Level 4    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • NRSG-3013    Healing & Episodic Health Challenges 2     6.00
    • NRSG-3014    Nursing Issues     2.00
    • NRSG-3015    Professional Nursing Practice 4     12.00

    Level 5    Credits

    Take the following Mandatory Course:
    • NRSG-5008    Professional Practice 5     15.75

    Gen Ed - Electives

    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 4

    ANAT-1005 -  Anatomy & Physiology 1
    This course is the first of a two part course incorporating introductory aspects of anatomy and physiology, emphasizing normal structure and function and the recognition of various homeostatic imbalances. It will also emphasize the hierarchical organization of the human body, the intimate relationship between structure and function, and the impact of development, maturation and aging on the body.

    ANAT-1012 -  Anatomy & Physiology 2
    A continuation of the first course, this component continues the study of the structure and function of the human body as an integrated whole. Together with ANAT1005 this course provides a solid foundation to go on to study biological processes and subsequent study of pathophysiology and nursing care practices.

    MATH-2001 -  Math for Medications

    This course reviews basic mathematical skills foundational for the safe administration of medications. Students will learn how to calculate dosages accurately and how to verify their work in order to foster the development of safe practice. Through this course, critical thinking skills are applied to real-life patient care situations to emphasize the importance of accurate reading of doctor'orders and medication adminstration records, dosage calculation and the avoidance of medication errors.

    NRSG-1011 -  Health & Transitions 1

    This course provides an introduction to the caring curriculum and the profession of nursing including nursing organizations, self regulations and nurses' work. Meanings of health and family are examined from a personal as well as family perspective. The normal changes experienced by the older adult are explored. The healthy childbearing family is examined. Concepts and processes of research are introduced with application to clinical practice.

    NRSG-1012 -  Self & Others
    The course focuses on understanding intrapersonal and interpersonal experiences. Students explore their personal beliefs, values, feelings and thoughts about self and self as part of a family and culture. They will also explore the course of the helping relationship, and learn about others to enable healthy and healing relationships. The course will enhance interpersonal communication as the learner becomes more aware of self behaviour and its effects on relationships and communication with others.

    NRSG-1013 -  Laboratory Practice 1
    This lab course provides the opportunity to learn assessment techniques and clinical skills in a simulated setting in preparation for clinical practice. Skills taught are correlated to nursing theory. Students will learn the principles and knowledge underlying nursing techniques in order to develop safe and effective practice styles when planning and carrying out care. Collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and relevant health teaching will be emphasized.

    NRSG-1014 -  Professional Nursing Practice 1
    This course provides opportunities to begin the practice of nursing. Students will focus on developing caring relationships with residents living in long term care facilities. Students are introduced to clinical using critical thinking as it relates to data gathering and assessment, family, and the older adult. Seminar classes will prepare the student for their clinical practice and the clinical component will provide opportunities to work from a praxis perspective. There will be one rotation (12 weeks) of clinical practice experience. The student's practice experience for this course will occur in a variety of long term care settings.

    NRSG-1015 -  Health & Transitions 2
    This course has a focus on normal developmental transitions, chronic pain, loss, grief, end of life care, and holistic care. Specific Standards of practice from the College of Nurses (Medications, Consent, Legal/Ethical, Quality Assurance) are introduced and factors that affect the quality of work life are addressed. The impact of chronic illnesses/disabilities throughout the life span will be discussed as well as research as it applies throughout the life span.

    NRSG-1016 -  Health Promotion

    This is an introductory course to provide students with beginning knowledge, skills and caring attitudes that will enable health promotion with individuals, families and communities. The development of effective strategies for client education is emphasized.

    NRSG-1017 -  Laboratory Practice 2
    A continuation from Level I, this course allows students to develop dexterity and skill in more complex nursing techniques. Students will learn the principles and knowledge underlying these nursing skills in order to develop safe, effective practice when planning and carrying out the care. Collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and relevant health teaching approaches will be emphasized.

    NRSG-1018 -  Professional Nursing Practice 2

    This course synthesizes the concepts from all courses into praxis while working with individuals and families at various stages of health and illness across community and health agencies. Health promotion and caring will be an ongoing focus.

    NRSG-3011 -  Healing & Episodic Health Challenges 1
    This course focuses on experiences with health and healing during episodic health challenges with individuals and families. Learners will discuss basic concepts of healing and illness, the impact of surgical interventions, and mental health concepts. Collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, health teaching and health promotion will be emphasized as students learn about caring modalities.

    NRSG-3012 -  Professional Nursing Practice 3
    Professional Nursing Practice III (NRSG 3012) brings concepts from all courses developing praxis in caring relationships with people experiencing more complex episodic health challenges. Students care for individuals/families in a variety of acute care and community settings and during transition from hospital to home. Clinical judgment and decision-making skills are refined in implementing, evaluating and documenting nursing care.

    NRSG-3013 -  Healing & Episodic Health Challenges 2
    This course focuses on experiences with health and healing during episodic health challenges with individuals and families. Learners will discuss clients' experiences with a variety of health disorders and the complement of therapies used in the healing relationship. Collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, health teaching and health promotion will be emphasized as students learn about caring modalities.

    NRSG-3014 -  Nursing Issues
    This course examines professional nursing from a broader perspective. It examines current issues challenging the health care system, policy development, trends, and the reform to the delivery of health care in Canada. Legal and ethical concepts are addressed as well as the role and influence of the practical nurse with regard to health care policy, political process, leadership, and creating change in order to foster client and societal health.

    NRSG-3015 -  Professional Nursing Practice 4
    Professional Nursing Practice IV (NRSG3015) is designed to enable students to continue to develop the practice of nursing. It brings together concepts from all courses into praxis while developing caring relationships with people experiencing more complex episodic health challenges. Students care for individuals/ families in a variety of acute care and rehabilitation settings. Clinical judgement and decision-making skills are refined in implementing, evaluating and documenting nursing care.

    NRSG-5008 -  Professional Practice 5
    Professional Nursing Practice V is designed to assist students to make the transition to the role of a beginning practitioner. There is an opportunity to consolidate and integrate theory and practice in a single setting with a nursing preceptor. Previous learning will be enhanced and proficiency within a practice setting will be developed. Clinical competency and decision making skills will be strengthened as students prepare to assume an increased level of responsibility.

    NUTR-3001 -  Nutrition for Life

    This course provides an evolutionary perspective on the human diet with emphasis on the history and culture of eating. It includes the nutrients needed for health and how various lifestyles affect nutritional needs and dietary habits. Current issues in nutrition and disease prevention strategies are also addressed.

    PHRM-3004 -  Pharmacology
    The study of drugs and their action in the human body and related nursing practice is emphasized. Key drugs or prototypes within each drug classification are identified and studied. As well, the course will focus on essential assessments, nursing interventions, specific age-related considerations and patient education for each of these drug classifications. Exercises in critical thinking in relation to use in specific health conditions will be emphasized.

    PSYC-1044 -  Personal & Working Relationship
    This course is designed for students to understand the principles and dynamics of personal and working relationships. Emphasis will be on perception of self, attitude and interpersonal problems. The principles introduced from this course will be used in various teaching methods to give students the opportunity to reflect on the processes relevant to their normal personal and professional relationships.

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