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  • Overview

    Program Description

    The Registered Nurse Refresher program is designed to enable RN nurses to meet the safe practice requirements indicated by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

    The Registered 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 RN practice. The curriculum uses human science perspective with a focus on the metaconcepts of caring and health promotion.

  • Courses

    Program Requirements

    Level 1 Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    NRSG-7073 Nursing in Ontario-RN 3
    In this course, the Registered Nurse (RN) 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 RN roles/responsibilities), current issues/trends in health care, and the reform to the delivery of health care in Ontario and Canada. The role and influence of the RN with regard to health care policy, political process, leadership, and creating change in order to foster client and societal health are addressed.
    NRSG-7077 Lab Practice 1-Nursing Skills-RN 3
    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-7078 Lab Practice 2-Hlth Assessment-RN 3
    This lab course provides Registered Nurse (RN) students with opportunities to integrate and apply their 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 inquiry, problem solving and relevant health teaching will be emphasized.
    PHRM-7005 Pharmacology-RN 3
    This course focuses on essential assessment, nursing interventions, specific age-related considerations and patient 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 Nurse (RN) roles/responsibilities and safe medication administration. Key drugs or prototypes within each drug classification are identified. Students will develop critical thinking and critical inquiry in relation to drug therapy in certain health conditions. .
    NRSG-7075 Health & Transitions-RN 5
    This course is designed to help Registered Nurse (RN) 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, communities, and populations. The impact of health transitions, complex chronic illnesses, disabilities and/or death/dying throughout the life span will be discussed. The ways in which nursing practice can support individuals, families and communities during those health transitions will be explored. Students will also 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 and how to critically appraise research-based evidence.
    NRSG-7074 Nursing Informatics-RN 3
    In this course, Registered Nurse (RN) students explore the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for information and health literacies. Students examine the professional application of information technology in professional practice, nursing administration, nursing education and research. In doing so the RN students become aware of, and competent in utilizing the professional legal and ethical considerations 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-7076 Healing & Episodic Health-RN 5
    This course provides opportunities for the Registered Nurse (RN) learners to focus on individuals and families experiences with health and healing during illness through exploring various episodic and complex health challenges while utilizing strength-based nursing and evidence-informed practice. This exploration enables the learners to a) develop understandings of peoples meanings and experiences of illness by supporting their involvement in own care, b) explore barriers and facilitators to determining peoples strengths, capacity-building and empowerment, and c) continue developing clinical judgment, critical inquiry, competency, collaboration, problem solving, health teaching and health promotion
    METH-7025 Research in Nursing-RN 3
    This course is designed to help prepare students to become knowledgeable users of research. Students will be introduced to different types of research studies and methodologies related to nursing with the ultimate goal to advance the client-centred care and nursing practice. Students will also explore basic strategies for identifying knowledge gaps in nursing practice through literature review and appraisal.
    NRSG-7092 Relational Practice-RN 3
    The course helps Registered Nurse (RN) students strengthen their relational practice in the context of Canadian nursing and health care. Through nursing theory, this course will focus on understanding the intrapersonal and interpersonal experiences of practicing nurses. RN students will explore how personal beliefs, values, experiences, and perceptions influence their image of the self and others. The course will also enhance the interpersonal communication skills of students by providing them with strategies to understand Canadas unique culture, the process of critical reflection, and how to advocate for nursing care issues among other healthcare providers and members of the public. Through adequate communication and understanding of others, students in this course will be able to recognize and internalize subtle signs of complex change, lead other healthcare professionals to manage diverse client outcomes, and make proactive decisions with the analysis of actively sought information/resources/frameworks/theory.
    NRSG-7080 Preceptorship-RN 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. Registered nurse (RN) students have opportunities to enhance their professional responsibility, and develop their individual style of nursing 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 enhancing leadership skills. At the completion of the course, the student will meet the College of Nurses of Ontario entry to practice competencies (CNO, 2014).
    NRSG-7079 Clinical Experience-RN 9.75
    This professional practice course is designed to enable registered nurse (RN) students to synthesize concepts from theory courses and high-fidelity simulation into praxis across community and hospital settings to provide care to individuals and families at various stages of health and illness. While caring for clients, students focus on health promotion and caring using a strengths-based approach, further developing their nursing knowledge, clinical skill performance, interprofessional client-centred practice, organizational, and leadership abilities in an Ontario health care context. Clinical judgement, standards of practice, relational practice, and application of evidence-informed nursing knowledge are emphasized.
    NRSG-7093 Clinical Pre-Readiness-RN 3
    This 2-week compressed simulated clinical practice course is designed to assess the holistic health assessment and nursing skills of the registered nurse (RN) 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.
    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 14 credits in the
    Program at Fanshawe to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and Graduate from this Program.