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Perioperative Nursing LPN

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated October 29, 2014

Questions and answers for Perioperative Nursing LPN program.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Perioperative Nursing LPN program is an advanced certificate program for licensed practical nurses looking to practice in hospital operating rooms, ambulatory surgery centres, freestanding clinics and more.

Upon graduation, you can apply for practice hours to maintain your registration with the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) if registered in Saskatchewan while taking the program.

  1.  Who Qualifies?
    To enroll:

    • You must be currently licensed with the practical nurses’ licensing body in the province where you will be completing the clinical experience.
    • Graduates of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST) Practical Nursing Program prior to 2001, and graduates of a licensed practical nursing program from another institution that did not include administration of oral and IM medications, and catheterization, must also provide proof of completion of the following courses:
      • Administration of Medications for LPNs or equivalent.
      • NURS 1601 Catheterization or equivalent.
      • PHAR 1602 IM Completer Course or equivalent.

     

  2. How will I learn about Perioperative Nursing?
    The theory component of the program is delivered online, which allows you to study in your home community and maintain work and family responsibilities.

    The six theory courses are completed over approximately 22 weeks. Clinical components consist of a one-week lab and approximately ten weeks of clinical practice education.

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic is committed to student success. A variety of resources are available to assist you in your pursuit of a perioperative nursing education; program faculty are also available to support you with any concerns you may have related to online learning.

  3. Where can I do my clinical?
    Lab and clinical components of the program must be completed in Saskatchewan. When you apply to the program, you will choose your clinical site. LPNs can choose either Regina or Saskatoon for their clinical completion site.

    Special requests to complete the lab and clinical in locations outside of Saskatchewan may be considered if a health care facility enters into a contractual arrangement with Saskatchewan Polytechnic to deliver the program within their facility.

  4. How will I communicate with the faculty?
    Program faculty are available to support you via the telephone, email, online communication tools (video chat) and, in some situations, in person.

  5. Where will I write my exams?
    An approved test site in or close to your home community will be assigned to you when you are registered in program courses.

  6. Can I receive recognition for my prior work experience?
    Experienced perioperative nurses should contact the perioperative nursing program to determine if a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is appropriate for them. Effort is made to recognize the individual’s education and experience.

    When applying for PLAR, all post-secondary documents must be submitted with the application.

  7. When can I start?
    The program offers three intakes a year; August, October and January. It is designed to enable completion in approximately eight months on a full-time basis or within three years on a part-time basis. Please contact the program for further details.

  8. How do I take the program part-time?
    Part-time is an excellent option for students who feel they cannot commit to the full-time program or to take a few classes while they are on the waitlist for the full-time program. All six theory classes must be completed in three years. To enroll part-time, apply to the program to ensure that you are on the waitlist for a clinical seat when you are finished your theory classes. Once you have applied to the program you can request to start theory courses.

    For more information please feel free to contact the program:

    School of Nursing, Perioperative Nursing programs
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina Campus
    306.775.7575
    perioperative@saskpolytech.ca

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