Emergency Nursing Program Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated May 4, 2016
Questions and answers for Emergency Nursing program.
- Why should I consider the Emergency Nursing program?
The Emergency Nursing program:
- Provides positive challenges – registered nurses will obtain specialized knowledge, skill and expertise in emergency nursing.
- Encourages learning in a supportive environment – experienced emergency nurses will act as preceptors and support students to learn how to care for patients and families and to work within an emergency department team.
- Combines multiple approaches to enhance adult learning – through textbook readings, video integration, discussion posts, practice questions, labs, simulation, and clinical experiences.
- Builds on concepts from basic to complex, recognizing how everything is inter-related.
- What are the program highlights?
The Emergency Nursing program offers:
- A variety of modes of learning
- Distance and self-directed learning that is combined with face-to-face labs, an ECG tutorial and clinical experiences.
- As a new grad, can I apply to take the program?
While it may be preferable to have RN experience in a high acuity clinical practice setting prior to entering the program, it is not required.
- How will I progress through the program?
Each course is divided into learning outcomes and steps. Learning steps will guide you through the use of resources and will include learning activities to support learning regarding the subject material.
Each course has specific strategies for evaluating knowledge, such as exams, case studies, quizzes and assignments.
The program builds on concepts from basic to complex.
- What is the cost to take the program?
The annual cost varies according to the current tuition rate and the credit units for each course that you are taking. Tuition for the entire program is due by the first day of orientation.
- Where can I buy my books and other materials?
Information on purchasing textbooks and course manuals will be provided when you register. Material is available for purchase online at saskpolytech.ca/bookstore, by phone at 1-866-569-8398 or in person at the Regina campus.
- What completion document do I receive after completing the program?
Upon completion, you will receive an Advanced Certificate in Emergency Nursing.
- What other recognition will I receive after completing the program?
Graduates are credited with 364 practice hours towards eligibility to maintain registration with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA).
- When can I start courses in the program?
You must first successfully meet the admission requirements for the program. Once you are admitted into the program, you will receive a welcome package with further orientation and program information. There are four intakes a year, each intake is 15 weeks long.
Health regions may sponsor students to take the Emergency Nursing program and have an agreement with the student for a return-in-service. Please contact the human resources department in your health region for further information regarding sponsorship.
- Do I need to come to Saskatchewan to complete the program?
Currently the labs and clinical components are completed either in Regina or Saskatoon. However, the four online courses could be completed out of province.
- How likely am I to get a job in the emergency setting after I complete the program?
Extremely likely. The majority of graduates who choose to apply to work in the emergency setting have been successful in getting a job.
- Can I continue to work while enrolled in the program?
The Emergency Nursing program is a 15-week program and you will find the workload very demanding. It would not be ideal to work and take the program at the same time.
- I have always attended formal classroom education. Distance learning seems like it would be a lonely experience. Is there any way I could have contact with my classmates?
You will have contact with your fellow students during course discussions, labs, the ECG tutorial, and clinical experiences.
- How will I communicate with faculty?
Program faculty are available to support you via the telephone, email and in some situations, in person. We encourage you to discuss any difficulties you encounter throughout the program with the faculty so that you can work together on strategies for success.
- Where will my clinical practice education take place?
Your clinical practice education will occur on emergency units, primarily in urban critical care centres. You will receive your clinical schedule prior to program orientation. Your clinical practice education is completed with experienced registered nurse preceptors. There will also be a one-day EMS ride-along.
- When do I participate in the clinical practice education courses?
There are four weeks of clinical practice education, following the theory and lab components of the program. The clinical practice education builds on the theory, skills and abilities you have learned and you will apply that knowledge in a real emergency setting.
- Where do I write my exams?
An approved test site will be assigned to you when you are registered in program courses. Exams are written online and test centre staff will orientate you to the test-writing software. You must schedule an extra 15 minutes before your first exam for your orientation. Each course will have multiple evaluation strategies which will include multiple choice question exams.