The Registered Practical Nurse Refresher program is designed to enable RPN nurses to meet the safe practice requirements indicated by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).
The Registered Practical Nurse Refresher program is up to 16 months in length, depending on the courses/components required as per the applicant's letter of direction/assessment from the CNO. Upon successful completion of the program, nurses may be eligible to become registered to practice nursing in Ontario and obtain employment commensurate with their nursing skills and experience.
The program curriculum is developed based on the CNO's professional standards and competencies for RPN practice. The curriculum uses human science perspective with a focus on the metaconcepts of caring and health promotion.
Level 1 Credits NRSG-5017 Nursing in Ontario-RPN 3 In this course, the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) students are introduced to the professional nursing practice in Canada and Ontario. This course provides opportunities for the students to explore the legal and ethical foundations of nursing profession (with a focus on RPN roles/responsibilities), current issues/ trends in health care, and the reform to the delivery of health care in Ontario and Canada. The course also focuses on professional and interprofessional development. Students will be introduced to professional/interprofessional organizations, self-regulation and accountability, the work of nurses/healthcare teams, and the resources available to students. NRSG-5021 Lab Practice 1-Nursing Skills-RPN 3 This lab course provides Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) student with opportunities to review and apply the fundamentals of nursing from a Canadian healthcare perspective. Students are expected to articulate the principles and knowledge underlying their nursing techniques/practice in order to develop safe and effective practice when planning and carrying out care. Collaboration, clinical judgment, critical inquiry, problem solving and relevant health teaching will be emphasized . NRSG-5022 Lab Practice 2-Health Assessment-RPN 3 This lab course provides Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) students with opportunities to learn and apply health assessment and clinical skills in a simulated (low- and high-fidelity) setting in preparation for clinical practice and/or preceptorship. Students are expected to articulate the principles and knowledge underlying their nursing skills/practice 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 PHRM-5002 Pharmacology-RPN 3 This course focuses on essential assessment, nursing interventions, specific age-related considerations and client education for each drug classification. An emphasis is placed on the study of drugs and their action in the human body related to the nursing practice with a focus on Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) roles/responsibilities and safe medication administration. Key drugs or prototypes within each drug classification are identified. Students will develop critical thinking and critical thinking in relation to drug therapy in certain health conditions. NRSG-5019 Health & Transitions-RPN 5 This course is designed to help Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) students explore the profession of nursing in the context of Canadian healthcare. Learning will focus around the concept of health and the determinants of health at the level of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The impact of health transitions, non-complex predictable chronic illnesses, disabilities, and/or death/dying throughout the life span will be discussed. The ways in which nursing practice can support individuals and families during those health transitions will be explored. Students will also be introduced to the basic concepts of research in nursing, and how to participate as a professional in the collection of nursing research data. NRSG-5018 Nursing Informatics-RPN 3 In this course, Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) students are introduced to the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for information and health literacies. Students explore the professional application of information technology in professional practice, nursing administration, nursing education and research to become aware of the professional legal, and ethical issues associated with the use of informatics, including social media and electronic health records. Through active learning students determine the appropriate knowledge sources for nursing practice. NRSG-5020 Healing & Episodic Health-RPN 5 This lab course provides Registered Nurse (RN) student with opportunities to review and apply the fundamentals of nursing from a Canadian healthcare perspective. Students are expected to articulate the principles and knowledge underlying their nursing techniques/practice in order to develop safe and effective practice when planning and carrying out care. Collaboration, clinical judgment, critical inquiry, problem solving and relevant health teaching will be emphasized . NRSG-5036 Relational Practice-RPN 3 The course helps Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) students strengthen their relational practice in the context of Canadian nursing and health care. Through nursing knowledge, this course will focus on understanding the relationships of practicing nurses with clients, other healthcare providers, and the self. RPN students will explore how personal beliefs and experiences impact their practice and interactions with clients. In contrast, students will also explore how nursing impacts the self through the concepts of self-care, reflection, and conflict management. To gain an appreciation for Canadian culture, students will also be introduced to nursing ethics, seminal Canadian health policy, safety standards for the clinical setting, and the values embedded in Canadian society. NRSG-5024 Preceptorship-RPN 9.75 Preceptorship is an opportunity for the student to synthesize areas of professional knowledge and practice with the guidance of a clinical mentor/preceptor in a selected area of practice. The registered practical nurse (RPN) students have opportunities to enhance their professional responsibility and develop their individual style of practice in accordance with professional standards and guidelines. During this final experience, students focus on strengthening assessment skills, clinical competency, interprofessional collaboration and decision making skills, increasing independence, and developing leadership skills. At the completion of the course, the student will meet the College of Nurses Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario RPNs (CNO, 2014). NRSG-5023 Clinical Experience 9.75 This clinical practice course is designed to enable registered practical nurse (RPN) students to synthesize concepts from theory courses and high-fidelity simulated laboratory experiences into praxis across community, agency, and hospital settings to support individuals and families at various stages of health and illness. While caring for the client/family, relational practice with a focus on health promotion will be enacted. Students further develop their nursing practice knowledge, interprofessional client-centred practice, organizational, and interpersonal skills in an Ontario health care context. Clinical judgement, standards of practice, and application of nursing knowledge are emphasized. NRSG-5037 Clinical Pre-Readiness-RPN 3 This 2-week compressed simulated clinical practice course is designed to assess the holistic health assessment and nursing skills of the registered practical nurse student. Through simulated clinical practice, students demonstrate their clinical skills, nursing competencies, and integration of previous knowledge, including nursing best practices. Students have opportunities to develop their therapeutic relationship abilities, interprofessional collaborative client-centred practice, decision making and clinical judgment, time management, and organizational skills. Successful completion of this course can assist students to develop a pathway to success in their transition to practicing nursing in Canadian healthcare settings.
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