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Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses

If you're an internationally educated nurse who wants to practice nursing in Saskatchewan and Canada, you'll need to update your credentials to meet the competencies of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s innovative Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses program can help. This applied certificate program is specifically designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to work as a nurse in Canada. You will:

  • learn about medical technology, terminology and drug therapy theory in Canada
  • explore issues generated by language barriers and cultural differences
  • have your clinical skills assessed in comparison to techniques and equipment used in Canada
  • take part in simulation labs and supervised clinical practice education
  • prepare to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE)
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You will review the growth and development of the older adult. You will explore issues related to older adults (including elder abuse and neglect, the caregiver role and institutionalization). You will examine drug-related issues affecting older adults. You will explore the nursing care required to support older adults (and their families) experiencing elder abuse and/or neglect, and loss, grief and/or death.

Prerequisites: Nursing in Canada 2


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September 8, 2015 - November 10, 2016
Registration deadline: May 31, 2016
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$493.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-398
You will explore the nursing care required to support infants, children and adolescents (and their families) experiencing common health alterations. You will review the growth and development of children from birth to 19 years. You will learn principles of child health nursing with the client as a partner to enhance patient safety.

Prerequisites: Pharmacology in Nursing


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Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
Registration deadline: May 27, 2016
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$606.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-83
September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
Registration deadline: May 31, 2016
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$606.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-406
You will focus on common health challenges that Canadians experience and the nursing care required to support clients (and their families) experiencing those health challenges.

Prerequisites: Nursing in Canada 2, Health Assessment 2, Pharmacology Review


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September 8, 2015 - November 10, 2016
Registration deadline: May 31, 2016
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$604.50Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-393
You will learn and apply Canadian nursing language skills in conducting a nurse-client interview. You will study communication skills, culturally appropriate communication, confidentiality, effective interviewing techniques, assertive communication.

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September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
Registration deadline: May 31, 2016
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$223.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-400
You will learn how to communicate effectively with other health care professionals and staff at work. You will also examine interpersonal and workplace communication skills.

Prerequisites: Communications 1 (224)


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September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
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$603.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-401
You will learn how to communicate effectively with patients and families. You will study the concepts of caring communication, health teaching, listening, attending and responding. Interactive activities will allow you an opportunity to apply theory.

Prerequisites: Communications 2


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September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
Registration deadline: May 31, 2016
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$223.00OnlineCRN: 201509-402
You will study interviewing techniques, history taking and head-to-toe physical assessment. The course content includes assessment of the integumentary system, head and neck, breasts and axillae, lungs and thorax, and cardiovascular, peripheral vascular and lymphatic systems. This is the first of two courses that focus on the theory related to physical assessment.

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September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
Registration deadline: May 27, 2016
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$704.50OnlineCRN: 201509-76
September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
Registration deadline: May 31, 2016
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$704.50OnlineCRN: 201509-728
Building on the theory you learned in NRSG 200 (Health Assessment 1), you will continue to study the assessment of body systems. The course content includes assessment of the abdomen, musculoskeletal system, neurological system, male and female genitalia and rectum, adapting techniques of health assessment to other age groups and psychological and sociocultural assessment.

Prerequisites: Health Assessment 1 (Concurrent)


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September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
Registration deadline: May 31, 2016
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$593.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-395
September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
Registration deadline: May 27, 2016
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$593.00OnlineCRN: 201509-77
You will acquire knowledge and skills that will enable you to implement nursing interventions for clients experiencing a variety of mental health challenges. You will review nursing interventions for disorders associated with anxiety, aggressive behaviour, affective or mood disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse and family violence.

Prerequisites: Perspectives in Community Nursing (Concurrent), Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing 2 (Concurrent), Pharmacology in Nursing


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Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
Registration deadline: May 27, 2016
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$541.50Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-81
September 8, 2015 - October 21, 2016
Registration deadline: May 31, 2016
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$541.50Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-404
Your studies will focus on nursing in Canada. You will learn about the role of the nurse in primary health care and how nurses can influence the determinants of health to improve the health of Canadians. You will examine ways in which nurses can be sensitive to the diversity of their clients and how they can support First Nations communities and their traditional health care practices. You will be introduced to the key concepts associated with a systems approach to client safety.

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September 8, 2015 - November 10, 2016
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$604.50Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-396
You will apply theory related to critical thinking, decision making and the nursing process. You will demonstrate reporting and recording in nursing, and teaching and learning. You will examine and solve legal and ethical issues in nursing. This is the second of two courses that focus on nursing in Canada.

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September 8, 2015 - November 10, 2016
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$603.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-397
Your studies will focus on a review of the basic principles of pharmacology and common medication classifications. You will explore general nursing roles and responsibilities related to drug administration in Canada. You will identify cultural factors influencing drug therapy. You will review adapting drug therapy for children and older adults, correct drug dosages and IV rate calculations. You will explore the phenomenon of pain and the implications for nursing care for clients experiencing pain.

Prerequisites: Nursing in Canada 2


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Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 2, 2015 - November 10, 2016
Registration deadline: May 31, 2016
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$604.50Home Study (Print)CRN: 201509-403

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