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Practical Nursing

Cornwall Campus | Program Code: 0491
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Overview

This program prepares graduates to practice according to the Entry to Practice Competencies and Standards of Practice of the College of Nurses of Ontario. Graduates are eligible to write the national registration exam and, when successful, will become Registered Practical Nurses in the Province of Ontario, and are eligible for reciprocal registration in other provinces in Canada.

The Practical Nursing program at St. Lawrence College is currently approved (Category 1) by the College of Nurses of Ontario (www.cno.org). Current graduates from this program are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.

Program Details

Code 0491
Start Date January, September
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Campus Cornwall
Program Length 2 extended Years
Delivery Full-Time

Program Highlights

  • 5 full time semesters
  • Placements in a variety of health care settings including a 400-hour clinical consolidation placement in semester 5
  • Hands-on simulated learning experiences in a simulation lab
  • Graduates are eligible to write the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) Registration Exam

Program Outline

2020-2021

N/A

In this course the student studies a decision-making process and Henderson’s Conceptual Framework. The course focuses on health assessment of the individual, providing the basis to develop strategies to assist in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of optimal health. 

Co-requisite(s): NURS 1502 + NURS 1503

This course focuses on the principles of communication and development of the effective use of interpersonal relationship skills within the role of the nurse.  Areas of content include theory and techniques to develop effective interpersonal skills and enhance awareness.  The principles of interviewing are incorporated and group dynamics are introduced.

This course provides an overview of the concepts underlying the profession of nursing including the history of nursing, the role and Standards of Practice of the Registered Practical Nurse as a member of the inter-professional health team, values and professional accountability. Critical thinking skills are integrated in this course. Professional organizations are introduced and their influence on the nurse, personally and professionally is examined. Changes in the health care system and its impact on the profession of nursing is introduced.

This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply basic nursing care techniques and interventions to assist individuals in their activities of daily living. Use of the nursing process is introduced including data collection through interviewing and observation, data sorting using a framework and decision making using critical thinking strategies. Clinical practice sites include continuing care and long term care settings. 

Co-requisite(s): NURS 1500 + NURS 1503

This course prepares the student to provide basic nursing care interventions. Demonstrations and hands-on learning and practice activities focus on the skills required to provide basic nursing care. Introduction to scenarios provides opportunities to build theoretical knowledge and to practice the nursing process by developing skills and critical thinking. 

Co-requisite(s): NURS 1500 + NURS 1502

This course supports an understanding of how the integrity of the human body, in the biological sense, influences health. The content focuses on the structure and function of all body sytems, including how body systems individually and collectively contribute to the maintenance of homeostasis and thus optimal health in relationship to the overall program.

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This course uses a decision-making process and Henderson’s conceptual framework to examine concepts, principles, and interventions to meet the needs of individuals of all age groups. The focus is on concepts of health and illness and their influence in the need satisfaction of the individual, their family and/or significant others. The units studied are: challenges to health function, fluid and electrolyte balance, pain, the operative experience (pre-, intra- and post-), infection and inflammation, immobility, neoplasms, challenges to mental health and the childbearing family. Pathophysiology, diagnostics, and treatment modalities are integrated throughout the units.

Prerequisite(s): NURS1500 + NURS 1501 + NURS1502 + NURS 1503 + NURS 1507 + PHYS 1200

Co-requisite(s): NURS 2502 + NURS 2503

This course builds on NURS 1501, Interpersonal Relationships, and assists with the further development of interpersonal skills within the role of the nurse. The theory and practice of decision making techniques, crisis intervention and conflict resolution are presented.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 1501

This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply nursing care techniques and interventions to assist individuals with challenges to their health and to meet their fundamental needs. The student is expected to expand their knowledge and use of the nursing process and critical thinking and to make care decisions by analyzing real life or simulated case scenarios. Practical experience may be provided in areas of acute care medicine, complex continuing care, rehabilitation, palliative care and/or long term care. 

Prerequisite(s): NURS 1500 + NURS 1501 + NURS 1502 + NURS 1503 + NURS 1507 + PHYS 1200

Co-requisite(s): NURS 2500 + NURS 2503

This course prepares the student to provide theraputic and technical nursing care interventions. Demonstrations and hands-on learning and practice activities focus on skills. Use of scenarios provides opportunities to build in holistic theoretical knowledge with the nursing process in applying critical thinking with complex skill development. 

Prerequisite(s): NURS 1500 + NURS 1501 + NURS1502 + NURS 1503 + NURS 1507 + PHYS 1200

Co-requisite(s): NURS 2500 + NURS 2502

In this course, the student will critically examine the legal implications and principles of safe medication use and administration. The properties, therapeutic actions, classifications, and health risks associated with pharmaceutical agents will be discussed. This course is critical to practical nursing students who need to know essential information about medications to fulfill their nursing responsibilities in assisting clients in the management of therapy involving medications.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1200

This course provides 45 hours of a mix of theory and practical experience in physical assessment. Included are interviewing techniques, subjective and objective data collecting techniques and tools and a review of documentation. The physical norms and abnormals are presented in a system organization. A method of organizing a complete health history, grouping of data from a physical assessment, inferring, validating and identifying options of care are practiced. Decision-making is examined and critical thinking skills developed. Lab time is offered for the development of assessment skills and to perform physical assessments on adult clients.  

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1200

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This course focuses on the health challenges of indiviuals of all ages using a decision making process and Henderson’s Conceptual Framework. Emphasis is placed on the care of the individual and family at risk.  Units studied include; the pathologic response to health challenges, community nursing, endocrine dysfunction, musculoskeletal dysfunction, reproductive dysfunction, respiratory dysfunction and cardiovascular dysfunction.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 2500 + NURS2501 + NURS 2502 + NURS 2503 + PHAR 1000 + PHYS 3000

Co-requisite(s): NURS 3505

This course provides Practical Nurse students with opportunities to apply strategies and interventions, to assist individuals and families with health challenges. Practice sites include acute care, continuing care and/or community agencies.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 2500 + NURS2501 + NURS 2502 + NURS 2503 + PHAR 1000 + PHYS 3000

Co-requisite(s): NURS 3500

This course introduces students to nursing research. An understanding of the general principles and processes of research allows the students to identify how new knowledge evolves. Students develop an appreciation of the role of knowledge in developing best practices. Competence will be developed in library research skills. Students will learn to appraise a nursing research design for general integrity so that they may identify significant limitations that influence the interpretation of the study results. Students are prompted to be self-directed in searching for evidence to initiate and support best practice for client care.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 2500 + NURS2501 + NURS 2502 + NURS 2503 + PHAR 1000 + PHYS 3000

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This course focuses on the health challenges of indiviuals of all ages using a decision making process and Henderson’s Conceptual Framework. Emphasis is placed on the care of the individual and family at risk. Units studied include; alteration in mental health function, alteration in immune function, alteration in gastro-intestinal function, alteration in sensory-perceptual function, alteration in urinary-renal function, alteration in integumentary function and alteration in neurologic function.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 3500 + NURS 3505 + NURS 3507

Co-requisite(s): NURS4505

This course provides Practical Nurse students with opportunities to apply strategies and interventions, to assist individuals and families with health challenges. Practice sites include acute care, continuing care,  and/or community agencies.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 3500 + NURS 3505 + NURS 3507

Co-requisite(s): NURS4500

This course focuses on emerging issues in nursing. The student critically analyzes and evaluates current issues and trends in nursing and health care services, as well as learns how these trends may be influenced by political action. Management and leadership roles are interpreted within the scope of practice of the Registered Practical Nurse. In preparation for their roles as graduates, the student initiates both personal and career planning.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 3500 + NURS 3505 + NURS 3507

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Following successful completion of semester 4, the practical nurse student writes a comprehensive examination that evaluates the level of learning acquired throughout the program.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 4500 + NURS 4505 + NURS 4507

This concentrated, continuous, pre-graduate clinical experience provides the practical nurse student an opportunity for synthesis and practice consolidation of previous learning. It allows the student to increase the use of judgment, skill and independence in a preceptored work experience similar to that of a beginning practitioner.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 5500

Requirements

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Chemistry at the C or U level (or SCH3U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older.

This is a HIGHLY COMPETITIVE program. To be included in the competitive ranking, applications must be complete including all transcripts and proof of enrollment by February 1. Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admissions to the program.

The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) states that individuals must report any previous criminal offences when they apply to the College of Nurses for initial registration. An absolute or conditional discharge, or a pardon, does not change the fact that an individual was found guilty of an offence.

Health Requirements

IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE requirements

Completion of the IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM is a MANDATORY condition for your clinical/practical placement. THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Download your IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM (pdf)

Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to: Immunizations@sl.on.ca

Note: Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Clinical placements may include acute care, complex continuing care and community agen­cies Students will have opportunity to practice in a variety of specialty areas. See Health Requirements. Annual flu shots are recommended. Standard First Aid and CPR for HCP are required and CPR must be recertified annually.

Fees

2020-2021

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$833.32 CAD
Total
$3,554.68 CAD

Fees are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters.

Cornwall

Our Cornwall campus has a brand new library, new health simulation labs, renovated student common areas and more to make your transition to college life an easy one.

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Cornwall Campus

Career Opportunities

Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) work in a wide variety of health care settings including acute care, complex continuing care, rehabilitation services and long term care. RPNs can work in specialties including pediatrics, maternal and child care, mental health, operating room services, wound care, palliative care and community care. RPNs are hired by hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, community and public health agencies, the government (ex. include corrections services and the Armed Forces), private industry and international health service agencies.

Placement

SPF/Faculty arrange placements

Complete SLC Placement requirements

  • 6 Training Modules
  • Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
  • Student Covid 19 Waiver

Student Placement Facilitator (SPF) Support

Complete agency specific requirements

  • CPIC - VULNERABLE SECTOR
  • Immunization
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Infection control training
  • Mask fit
  • Hospital Training Modules
  • Health Literacy (BSCN/PN only)

Questions: placements@sl.on.ca

Website: http://www.placementatslc.ca/

Other Information

Legislation regarding registration for nurses 

Registration as a nurse in the Province of Ontario includes:

1. Demonstrate Current Canadian Citizenship, or permanent residency in Canada status, or Authorization under the Immigrant Act (Canada) to engage in the practice of the nursing profession.

2. Complete a Declaration form indicating one’s status regarding:

  • any convictions of a criminal offence under the Narcotic Control Act and the Food and Drugs Act;
  • being a subject of proceedings with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity in Ontario or in another jurisdiction in nursing or in another health profession;
  • any mental or physical disorder that makes it desirable in the public interest that the person not practice.

A prospective applicant is advised to contact a career counsellor at the College if the above regulations are a cause for concern. Individual screening of candidates may be necessary to secure field placement during the program.

Field Placement
For clinical placement, registration, and eventual employment students are required to pass an enhanced security clearance admitted by police intelligence. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain this clearance (a fee may apply). An individual with a criminal record should obtain a pardon prior to submitting an application for admission to the Practical Nurse program.

Clinical placements may include acute and continuing care hospitals, community agencies and health clinics.

Program Contacts

Program Contact 
CornwallPN@sl.on.ca

Admissions Information

Contact a member of our recruitment team
ask@sl.on.ca

1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact

international@sl.on.ca
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514

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