• Overview - 2016/2017

    If you’re excited about the opportunity to begin an in-demand career built on respect and a highly specialized set of skills, Fanshawe's Practical Nursing program will move you closer to your dreams.

    You’ll begin by learning the dynamic role of the Practical Nurse in the healthcare community while preparing to be an important member of the health care team. You’ll learn all about anatomy, nutrition and pharmacology, and the nuances of personal and working relationships. You'll study theory in the classroom, practice your nursing skills with rigorous lab work, and get plenty of hands-on clinical practice in acute and long term care environments, under the guidance of a qualified supervisor. You’ll also learn the skills necessary to work with individuals, families, groups and communities in a variety of settings. This program also utilizes simulation learning. Learn more about our simulation labs.

    When you graduate, you’ll be qualified to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination and if successful, become eligible for registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN).

    "Fanshawe is well-respected in the nursing field. This made it easy to find a job upon graduation. I found a good job in the field before I had even graduated!"

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    Navreet Kaur
    Graduate 2015

    Program Coordinators

    Shelley Masse

    London Campus:

    Shelley Masse
    Phone: (519) 452-4430 ext. 4084
    E-mail: smasse@fanshawec.ca 

    Fax: (519) 659-5781
    For admissions questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar Advising Centre at advising@fanshawec.ca or (519) 452-4277.

    Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus:

    Jennifer Black 
    Phone: (519) 421-0144 ext. 233 
    Fax: (519) 539-3870
    E-mail: jennifer.black@fanshawec.ca

  • Admission Requirements - 2016/2017

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    - Mathematics ONE OF:
          - Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M) 
          - Grade 11 Functions (U) 
          - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U) 
    - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U) 
    - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
    - Communications
    - Core Mathematics
    - Biology
    - Chemistry
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Pre-Health Science Ontario College Certificate*
    (Note: minimum final average required is 3.0 GPA) AND:
    - minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
    OR
    General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate**
    (Note: minimum final average required is 3.0 GPA) AND:
    - minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
    - The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND:
    - Mathematics ONE OF:
          - Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)
          - Grade 11 Functions (U)
          - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U) 
     - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U) 
     - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above  

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 University Stream English credit (or equivalent) with at least four recent years of full-time study in an educational institution where the language of instruction and of examinations was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English 
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 580 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 92 for the Internet-based test (iBT) (22 writing, 26 speaking, 20 reading and 20 listening), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test with an overall score of 7.0 with no score less than 6.5 in reading and listening and a score of 7.0 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years 
    • Fanshawe College ESL/GAP5 Level Five completion with a minimum of 80% in all courses
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test with a minimum score of 90 with at least a 4 on the oral interview

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U) in addition to Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M) or Grade 11 Functions (U)
    • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)

    Recommended Personal Preparation

    • Students should be personally responsible and emotionally mature with an interest in, and motivation toward, nursing, and should possess those personal characteristics which would enable them to co-operate with others in the delivery of health care. Please review the CNO Requisite Skills and Abilities document for more information www.cno.org/Global/docs/reg/41078%20SkillAbilities%204pager-Final.pdf.

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
    Note:
    • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Practical Nursing program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Practical Nursing program.  The Pre-Health Science program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Practical Nursing program.
    • *Students who are currently registered in the Pre-Health Science program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their Pre-Health Science Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 3.0 GPA by April 30, 2016 and meet the academic pre-requisite courses and grades for the Practical Nursing program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Practical Nursing program.
    • **Students who are currently registered in the General Arts and Science program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 3.0 GPA by April 30, 2016 and meet the academic pre-requisite courses and grades for the Practical Nursing program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Practical Nursing program.

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive. Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

    • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
    • Evidence of Good Health (including immunizations)
    • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
    • Placement Agreement

    More info about post-admission requirements:

    London Campus

    Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus

  • Courses

    Practical Nursing-2016/2017

    Level 1Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    ANAT-1005Anatomy & Physiology 14
    MATH-2001Math for Medications1
    NRSG-1011Health & Transitions 15
    NRSG-1012Self & Others3
    NRSG-1013Laboratory Practice 12
    NRSG-1014Professional Nursing Practice 16.75
    PSYC-1044Personal & Working Relationship3
    WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3

    Level 2Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    ANAT-1012Anatomy & Physiology 23
    NRSG-1017Laboratory Practice 22
    NRSG-1018Professional Nursing Practice 29.75
    NUTR-3001Nutrition for Life3

    Level 2 - Add'l ReqCredits
    Take 1 of the following groups:

    Group 1
    NRSG-1015Health & Transitions 25
    PHRM-3004Pharmacology3


    Group 2
    NRSG-1048Health & Transitions5
    NRSG-1051Health Promotion3

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    NRSG-3011Healing & Episodic Health Challenges 14
    NRSG-3012Professional Nursing Practice 36.75
    NRSG-1016Health Promotion3

    Level 4Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take the following Mandatory Course:

    Group 1
    NRSG-3015Professional Nursing Practice 412


    Group 2
    TAKE NRSG-3014 OR NRSG-6028
    NRSG-3014Nursing Issues2
    NRSG-6028Nursing in Ontario3


    Group 3
    TAKE NRSG-3013 OR NRSG-1047
    NRSG-3013Healing & Episodic Health Challenges 26
    NRSG-1047Healing & Episodic Health5

    Level 5Credits
    Take 1 of the following groups:

    Group 1
    NRSG-5008Professional Practice 515.75


    Group 2
    NRSG-1054Practical Nursing Clinical7.5
    NRSG-1055Practical Nurse Clinical8.25

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 4

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 27 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program



    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. 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 are emphasized.

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    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.

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    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's orders and medication administration records, dosage calculation and the avoidance of medication errors.

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    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.

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    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.

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    NRSG-1013 -  Laboratory Practice 1
    This lab course provides the opportunity to learn assessment techniques and practice 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.

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    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 professional practice 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    NRSG-1018 -  Professional Nursing Practice 2
    This course provides opportunities for students to synthesize concepts from theory courses into praxis across community, agency, and hospital settings while supporting individuals and families at various stages of health and illness. Relational practice and nursing care will be implemented with a focus on health promotion and caring for the client. Students will also work to synthesize concepts learned in high-fidelity simulated laboratory experiences.

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    NRSG-1047 -  Healing & Episodic Health
    This course focuses on experiences with health and healing during episodic health challenges with individuals and families. Students will discuss basic concepts of healing and illness and the impact of medical and surgical interventions. Collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, health teaching and health promotion will be emphasized as students learn about caring modalities.

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    NRSG-1048 -  Health & Transitions
    This course has a focus on normal developmental transitions across the lifespan including concepts of chronicity, loss, grief, end of life care and holistic care. Students will also examine meanings of health, family and communities along with mental health challenges and illness.

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    NRSG-1051 -  Health Promotion
    This introductory course provides students with opportunities to develop 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.

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    NRSG-1054 -  Practical Nursing Clinical
    Professional Nursing Practice is designed to enable the students to continue to develop in the practice of nursing. the concepts from all courses will be brought together into praxis while developing caring relationships with people across the lifespan experiencing complex health challenges. Students will care for clients in the community and in mental health settings. Clinical judgment and decision-making skills are refined in implementing, evaluating nursing care. Please contact ce@fanshawec.ca.

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    NRSG-1055 -  Practical Nurse Clinical
    Practice Nurse Clinical NRSG-1055 is a continuation of the clinical practice that was began in Practical Nursing Clinical NRSG-1054. This course will provide clinical praxis experience to those students who have demonstrated sufficient clinical experience in their original educational certificate program or for students who have not demonstrated current nursing practice. There will be 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 in a new area of practice.

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    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. Relational practice, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, health teaching and health promotion will be emphasized as students learn about caring modalities.

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    NRSG-3012 -  Professional Nursing Practice 3
    Professional Nursing Practice 3 (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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    NRSG-3015 -  Professional Nursing Practice 4
    Professional Nursing Practice 4 (NRSG3015) is designed to enable students to continue to develop the practice of nursing. It brings together concepts from all courses to praxis while students develop 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 planning, implementing, evaluating, and documenting nursing care.

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    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 praxis setting with a nurse 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.

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    NRSG-6028 -  Nursing in Ontario
    This course examines professional nursing from a broader perspective. Current issues challenging the health care system, policy development, trends, and the reform to the deliver of health care in Canada are explored. Legal and ethical concepts are addressed including the role and influence of the Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in health care policy, political process, leadership, and creating change to foster client and societal health.

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    NUTR-3001 -  Nutrition for Life
    This introductory course provides a functional approach to the North American diet by linking nutrients consumed to their benefits/risks on the human body. It includes the nutrients needed for health and wellness, how various lifestyles affect nutritional needs and dietary habits. Current issues in nutrition and disease prevention strategies are also addressed. Cultural perspective on food as related to health and illness is integrated throughout the course.

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    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.

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    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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    WRIT-1048 -  Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences
    This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

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  • Careers - 2016/2017

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates work in a variety of health care settings including health centres, long term institutions, hospitals, schools and community services.
  • More Information - 2016/2017

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: PNG5
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
    School of Nursing: 519-452-4220 

    Program Code: PNG5W
    Campus Code: WC (WC - Woodstock)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at
    www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
    Woodstock Campus: 519-421-0144

    Program Description

    Practical Nursing is a five level (63 week) program leading to an Ontario College Diploma in Practical Nursing.  The Practical Nursing programs at Fanshawe College have received a CATEGORY 1 PROGRAM APPROVAL from the College of Nurses of Ontario.

    The program emphasizes the dynamic role of the Practical Nurse in the health care community and will prepare you for a career in which you will function as an important member of the health care team. Clinical practice is integrated throughout the program providing experience in long term care, acute care, and community settings. The program provides the knowledge, skill, and experience to work with individuals, families, groups and communities in a variety of settings. Graduates qualify to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination and if successful, become eligible for registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN).

    Other Information

    • Due to the academic and clinical rigor required in the Practical Nursing program, applicants applying directly to this program from secondary school, without additional post-secondary education, are encouraged to consider applying to the Pre-Health Science program.  The Pre-Health Science program is an excellent preparatory program for those considering a career as a health care professional.
    • Eligibility for registration in Ontario in any regulated health discipline requires the candidate to provide information regarding any criminal offence or physical/mental condition which may affect practice.
    • The Practical Nursing program is offered at the London and Woodstock campus using the same curriculum model. Once enrolled in the program, transfers between campuses is not permitted.
    • Before undertaking  a nursing program, applicants should be aware that the practice of nursing is governed by the legislation: Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and other acts that govern the practice of health care. The profession is regulated by the College of Nurses of Ontario. The successful completion of an acceptable program of nursing is the first requirement for becoming a nurse in Ontario www.cno.org/en/become-a-nurse. It is recommended that applicants become familiar with other requirements for becoming a nurse in Ontario, as set out by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Due to a variety of clinical venues and possible changes in legislation, the requirements are subject to change. Students should always check with the CNO www.cno.org.

    This is a highly competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Post-secondary education may be required for successful admission to this program.

    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

    1. communicate therapeutically with clients* and members of the health care team*.

    2. assess clients* across the life span, in a systematic and holistic manner.

    3. plan safe and competent nursing care, based upon a thorough analysis of available data and evidence-informed practice* guidelines.

    4. select and perform nursing interventions* using clinical judgment, in collaboration* with the client* and, where appropriate, the health care team*, that promote health and well-being, prevent disease and injury, maintain and/or restore health, promote rehabilitation, and/or provide palliation.

    5. evaluate the outcomes resulting from all interventions in the nurseclient* interaction and modify the plan of care as required.

    6. act equitably and justly with clients* and members of the health care team*.

    7. adapt to a variety of health care settings, using different leadership skills and styles as appropriate to each setting.

    8. contribute to creating a healthy and safe work environment in a variety of health care settings.

    9. practise in a self-regulated*, professional and ethical manner, complying with relevant legislation and with the standards of both the regulatory body and the practice setting to provide safe and competent client* care.

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