Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Practical Nursing-A Respected Medical Field

Practicing in a professional manner within a legislative and ethical framework; developing and sustaining therapeutic relationships with clients; communicating effectively with clients, healthcare team members and others; participating effectively as team members to support clients’ achievement of their expected health outcomes; and integrating theory, principles and concepts into competent nursing practice are some of the skills students walk away with from Centennial College’s practical nursing program.

This respected undertaking prepares students to work at hospitals, long-term care facilities and community settings by offering a curriculum based on the College of Nurses’ Standards of Practice and Entry to Practice Competencies (2009) for Ontario Registered Practical Nurse Students. To apply, applicants must have completed, at minimum, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Meanwhile, academic requirements include: compulsory English 12C or U or equivalent, Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or equivalent, Biology 11C, or U, or 12C, or U, or equivalent and one of the following sciences chemistry or physics 11U, or 12C, or U, or equivalent. In addition, non-academic requirements are as follows: English proficiency, official transcripts of upgraded courses (if required), Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR), where applicable; Canadian citizenship, permanent residence of Canada or authorization under the Immigration Act (Canada); no criminal convictions including those under the Narcotic Control or Food and Drugs Acts; no subject of proceedings, with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in another health profession in Ontario, or in nursing in another jurisdiction; no suffering from a mental or physical disorder that makes it desirable in the public interest that you not practice; annual clear vulnerable police check prior to clinical placement, a completed immunization review form; successful completion of a current recognized course in CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider) and standard first aid and a mask fit testing.

Once students have met the requirements of the practical nursing program, they will study for two years to obtain an Ontario College Diploma. During that time, nursing students have access to a range of knowledgeable, highly-regarded and experienced faculty members, well-equipped labs (including an interactive simulation lab), academic and personal counselling, on-campus activities and free tutoring. Small group instruction in the clinical and laboratory settings utilizes the latest technology, such as computerized simulation. Meanwhile, classroom instruction is supplemented by independent study, multimedia support and on-going clinical experience.

Graduates may pursue further study in Centennial Continuing Education programs: RPN - Perioperative Nursing or RPN - Advanced Mental Health. They may also pursue further study a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Centennial’s innovative Bridging program

Upon graduation, duties of those in practical nursing include: providing both comfort and emotional support, offering basic bedside care, administering medications, completing charts, checking vital signs and keeping track of intravenous therapy. The Canadian Nurses Association predicts that this year, there will be a severe shortage of nurses. This shortage could mean that from 59,000 to 113,000 nurses will be needed.

Emma wrote this article. She notes that Centennial College offers students the training they need to become practical nurses. Instructors in the practical nursing program all have experience in the field, which is highly beneficial to students.

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