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Emergency Nursing

Advanced Certificate
Emergency Nursing

Program Overview

Are you an RN wishing to expand your current skill set and knowledge base, enabling you to provide care for patients with varying degrees of health issues? Do you thrive in a high-intensity environment, and desire to be a part of a multidisciplinary team that seamlessly blends knowledge and technology, all while delivering holistic, evidence-based patient care? If so, a career in emergency nursing might be the path for you.

You will explore emergency nursing as a specialty within the nursing profession, which by its nature is both independent and collaborative. Emergency nursing practice requires the acquisition and application of a specialized body of knowledge and skills. This program will prepare you to make safe and effective clinical decisions while being flexible and adaptable to a fast-paced, unpredictable and ever-changing environment using principles of resilience. You will explore concepts of partnership with patients, families and multiple health care professionals in a team-based environment. You will be introduced to advanced concepts of emergency nursing, including the principles of triage, trauma care, care of the critically ill patient with advanced ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring and pharmaceutical agents.

The Emergency Nursing program is an intense 15-week program culminating in an Advanced Certificate of Emergency Nursing upon graduation. The program consists of 10 weeks of online theory courses building your knowledge base regarding necessary concepts, moving into one full week of lab simulation scenarios preparing you for the final four weeks of clinical practicum. The online theory portion of the Emergency Nursing program allows for the practical application of your knowledge and technical skills in a simulation lab preparing you for the practicum clinical experience. There will be four intakes each academic year for Registered Nurses to apply.

Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. Our Emergency Nursing program follows standards set by the National Emergency Nursing Affiliation. When you graduate, you'll have the foundation you need to successfully write the national emergency certification exam.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

As a graduate of the Emergency Nursing program, you're educated to be a leader and team player in emergency care settings, including emergency departments, collaborative emergency centres, and primary health-care centres. In Saskatchewan, some health regions sponsor and hire local RNs to take the program and work in emergency care settings in regional hospitals and tertiary care centres. For more information, visit www.healthcareersinsask.ca.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

January, February, September, October



Length: 15 weeks

Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • You must be a registered nurse with active registration with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA)
  • English Language Requirement documentation is considered met as evidenced through licensure with the registered nurses' licensing body in Canada

Note

The following are not required on admission but are required prior to participating in the clinical education component:

  • Current immunization
  • Current CPR Health Care Provider "C" AED or equivalent
  • Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning (TLR®) certification
  • Evidence of current N95 respirator mask testing. The cost of N95 respirator mask testing is your responsibility.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$3,800

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. Please contact Regina.EmergencyNursing@saskpolytech.ca or call Heidi Kirk, administrative support, at 306-775-7445 (toll free at 1-866-467-4278) for more information.

Courses

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Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLIN 235
Emergency Nursing Clinical Practice Education
10
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You will function according to health care facility policy and registered nursing scope of practice. Clinical days 1-6 You will integrate and apply emergency nursing theory into your clinical practice. You will be guided by several health care providers, including a faculty member, a clinical educator and your preceptor in the clinical practice education. You will gain hands-on experience with a variety of assessment and clinical interventions for patients with lower acuity presentations. Clinical days 7-12 You will integrate and apply evidence informed practice in caring for higher acuity emergency patients. You will be supported by several health care providers, including a faculty member, a clinical educator and your preceptor in the clinical practice education. You will gain hands-on experience caring for multiple patients with varying acuity presentations.
Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 144.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 297
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum-Individual
NRSG 293
Fundamental Concepts of Emergency Nursing 1
3
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You will explore emergency nursing as a specialty within the nursing profession. You will explore the unique nature of emergency nursing as primary episodic care of individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing health alterations. You will explore the concept of partnership with patient, families, and health care professionals in a fast paced, unpredictable, changing environment. You will explore how this unique environment affects your personal and professional self. You will discuss trends and issues that affect emergency care facilities, ultimately affecting patient care.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
NRSG 294
Health Assessment and Diagnostics
3
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You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of emergency nursing with an emphasis on pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostics by body system. You will explore the pathophysiology and management of pain in the context of all emergency care. You will consider special populations including pediatrics, geriatrics, bariatrics and obstetrics.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 293
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
NRSG 295
Fundamental Concepts of Emergency Nursing 2
3
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You will examine the pathophysiology, management and exit care for common non-traumatic emergencies with special consideration for pediatrics, geriatrics, bariatrics and obstetrics. You will examine the pathophysiology, management and exit care of shock, systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS). You will examine the pathophysiology, management and exit care for patients with communicable diseases in the context of emergency care. You will explore mental health, toxicological emergencies, environmental emergencies, palliative and end of life care in the emergency setting.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 294
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
NRSG 296
Specialty Concepts of Emergency Nursing
3
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You will be introduced to advanced concepts of emergency nursing including the principles of triage, trauma care, care of the critically ill patient with advanced ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring and pharmaceutical agents. You will examine emergency preparedness and disaster planning in the context of emergency nursing. You will examine forensic nursing and concepts of sexual assault. You will examine the concepts of stabilization and transport, both within and outside the facility and their impact on emergency care.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 295
Potential Learning Method(s): Online
NRSG 297
Emergency Nursing Lab
3
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You will demonstrate the theory and principles of emergency nursing in the performance of specialized nursing skills. Selected psychomotor skills will be demonstrated, and you will practice them in a laboratory setting using authentic emergency scenarios. You will be required to demonstrate cultural competence for all scenarios in the nursing lab.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): NRSG 296
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Part-Time Delivery

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