Your final 34 weeks of instruction will support you in meeting the competency requirements for registration as a Registered Nurse in British Columbia, including knowledge-based and collaborative practice, accountability, ethical behaviour and therapeutic relationships. Importantly, your classes, labs and clinical experiences will give you the knowledge, experience and confidence to complete registration assessments and examinations.
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Orientation & Student Success Skills
This course will provide a comprehensive orientation to Stenberg College and the program you have enrolled in. As with all new things, there will be some challenges and excitement; this course covers student success skills where you’ll learn effective study habits (specifically to improving both reading and writing skills) based on your own personal learning style. Life skills exercises are also integral to the course, teaching communication, accountability, teamwork, self-awareness and building an understanding of the impact you have on others. You’ll be introduced to the Windows environment and keyboarding tools as well as explore Outlook and Internet search engines.
Personal and Professional Development Certificate
The Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Skills Certificate is a self-directed, online certificate that enhances your soft skills. The six PPD workshops cover Professionalism, Quality Service, Feedback, Diverse Teams, Conflict Resolution and Leadership. Together, these workshops prepare you to effectively approach and resolve real life situations..
Health 1: Interpersonal Communications
This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others, and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care giving contexts. You will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of your own communication choices and patterns. You will have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect, and active listening skills.
With a focus on finding unique solutions to challenging problems, this course leads you through approaches in creative and critical thinking and applies them to practical creative projects that are formally presented. Language development is centred on describing processes and analyzing creative works. In order to foster teamwork skills necessary for success, you will engage in creative collaborations, with an emphasis on reflection and discussion.
Clinical Prerequisite Certifications
This course includes all the certification workshops that you will be required to complete related to the essential industry-related training and certifications that are mandatory before you may begin your Practice Education. Among these are the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, Basic Life Support – CPR – AED Certification, FOODSAFE Level 1, Provincial Violence Prevention Certification, Medication Management for HCAs, Body Mechanics & Back Safety, Gentle Persuasive Approaches for Assisting Clients with Dementia, and Personal & Professional Development Skills Certificate.
Introduction to Practice
This course introduces the role of the HCA within the British Columbia health care system. You will be introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and functions of HCA within the team.
Health and Healing: Concepts of Practice
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a HCA. The course focuses on concepts of caring and person-centered care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.
Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
This course introduces you to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. You will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system and relate your learning to both residential/community and acute care settings. You will also be encouraged to explore person-centered practice as it relates to the common challenges to health and, in particular, to end-of-life care.
Health 2: Lifestyle & Choices
This course introduces you to a holistic concept of health and the components of a health enhancing lifestyle. You will be invited to reflect on your own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. You will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.
Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Cognitive or Mental Challenges
This course builds on content from other courses to assist you to explore concepts and care giving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive and mental challenges. The emphasis in this course is on supporting clients with dementia, recognizing responsive behaviors and identifying person-centered intervention strategies.
Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance
This practical course offers you the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences which assist you to integrate theory from other courses to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts. A simulation lab in acute care provides you with a functioning environment to practice caring for patients in various acute care settings while a final simulated lab provides you with a safe environment to sharpen your skills prior to your clinical placements. This course also includes the Medication Management for HCA’s Certificate.
Clinical Placement: Multi-Level/ Complex Care
This clinical placement provides you with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from all other courses in the program with individuals in a multi-level or complex care setting. A portion of this clinical experience will be devoted to working with individuals experiencing cognitive challenges. Opportunity will be provided for you to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA within a continuing care facility.
Home Support/Assisted Living Simulation Preparation
In this one-day workshop you will be using simulations to prepare for you upcoming Home Support/Assisted Living Practicum. Simulations and case studies will be used to cover the role of the HCA within a variety of Home Support and Assisted Living settings. You will be able to practice and prepare for the different environments that you might be exposed to in your upcoming practicum.
Home Support / Assisted Living Practicum
This practice course provides you with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills form all other courses with individuals and families in a community setting. Prior to you going out on practicum, you will participate in a home support/assisted living simulated lab. Opportunity will be provided for you to become more familiar with the role of the HCA within a home support/Assisted Living agency and gain abilities that will prepare you to assume the role of the Health Care Assistant within the Community. You will work closely with a home support preceptor who will act as your mentor and guide, encouraging you to apply insight, critical thinking skills, and self-awareness in the reality of a work setting.
Career & Workplace Preparation
In this course, you will learn to network effectively (online and in person), to search and apply for jobs, and to prepare targeted resumes and cover letters. You will be provided with coaching and individualized instructor feedback on your resume, cover letter, and interview skills.
Medical Terminology in the Canadian Healthcare Setting
This course introduces the fundamental concepts essential to be successful in the Medical Terminology in the Canadian Healthcare Setting Course.
Medical terminology is a specialized language that is used in the health care setting by health care professionals such as nurses, doctors, and other allied health care workers. This course will introduce you to Medical Terminology and the different systems in the human body. You will need to learn the structure and function of all the systems of the human body, such as: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, Nervous, Integumentary, Endocrine and Reproductive.
By gaining an understanding of the structure and function of the systems of the human body you will be able to apply the medical terminology in various sectors. You will also be given an overview about Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine and Pharmacology.
CELBAN Test Preparation
This course introduces the fundamental concepts essential to be successful in the Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN). This course will give you an overview of the test and help you prepare for the 4 core sections of the test. The CELBAN test includes the following sections that will be assessed: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. There are 2 parts to the CELBAN test: A group test (listening, reading and writing) and a speaking assessment. The Group Test is 3 hours with multiple choice, fill in the blanks, and group writing questions. The Speaking Assessment is 30 minutes and includes a face to face interview and role playing.
Cooperative Work Experience I
This course is designed for Post Graduate Diploma in Canadian Nursing Program students to become gainfully employed as a Registered Health Care Aide. This experience provides an opportunity for students to further develop their skills within a Canadian context.
Regulation of Professional Practice
This course introduces the profession of nursing in British Columbia. Regulations in practice that inform nursing practice within British Columbia will be introduced. In addition, the philosophy and foundational concepts of the Regulatory body, legislation, bylaws and the health care act are explored through the lens of ethical practice. The British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) acts on behalf of the public to ensure safe care and public safety. This course will cover the general practice expectations of regulated nurses in British Columbia (Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses), in addition to varying scope of practice documents, professional standards as mandated by the BCCNP.
Canadian Nursing Workplace Communications
This course covers general concepts related professional communication in the health care setting in Canada. Effective clinical practice involves many instances where critical information must be accurately communicated. Team communication is essential. When health care professionals are not communicating effectively, patient safety is at risk. The scope of the content of this course reflects an open-minded, client-focused, and interdisciplinary in function and critical thinking skill development.
Foundations of the Nursing Process
This course introduces the fundamental concepts essential to be successful in this course. The nursing process is a scientific method used by nurses to ensure the quality of patient care. This approach can be broken down into five separate steps. The assessment phase, diagnosing phase, planning phase, implementation phase and the evaluation phase are the main components of the nursing process. This course will provide an overview of how to collect data, devise a plan of care, allocate and implement the appropriate resources and strategies in order to provide quality patient care. This course will enhance skills related to critical thinking, documentation and prioritization of care needs related to long- term/residential care, community, and acute care settings.
Introduction to Pharmacology
This introductory course examines the principles of pharmacology required to administer medications in a safe and professional manner. Medication administration requires the application of the nursing process for clinical decision-making. Various routes of medication administration, dosage calculations and complementary, Indigenous, alternative remedies, and poly-pharmacy across the lifespan are also introduced.
Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing
This course covers general concepts related to adult patients and presents nursing assessments and nursing interventions of medical-surgical problems. The different body systems are covered to reflect their interrelated functions. Students will review the anatomy and physiology focusing on information that will promote nursing care. In addition, health history and physical assessments will be covered to expand the knowledge base on which decisions are made. Finally, common diagnostic studies, expected results, and nursing accountabilities based on RN scope of practice are explained in detail.
Foundations of Maternity Nursing
This foundational course provides an overview of nursing concepts related to women’s health, pregnancy and care of the newborn. Building on the foundations of the nursing process, students will explore nursing care for women with reproductive concerns as well as nursing care during preconception, perinatal, postpartum, and neonatal periods.
Foundations of Pediatric Nursing
This course explores assessment techniques and care of a newborn. The importance of immunizations will be explored in this course. Normal and abnormal growth and development will be reviewed and the physiological alterations of clients with acute and chronic health care needs. Building on the foundations of previous nursing courses and the nursing process, students will examine the impact of and plan nursing care for pediatric clients experiencing acute and/or chronic alterations. Utilizing the nursing process and nursing management, psychosocial and physiological adaptations will also be examined.
Foundations of Mental Health
This course will broaden your understanding of the concepts of common mental health disorders, epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology and common treatment methodologies. The course will facilitate your learning in the therapeutic nursing care of the patient with mental health problems using an evidenced based approach to care and best practice.
Canadian Nursing Skills & Simulation Practice
This course gives the student the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and practice skills that maintain and promote health and healing with individuals in nursing practice settings. By practicing the nursing process, students will learn and safely demonstrate healing actions for chronic and acute illnesses in the simulation lab. Students will learn a variety of skills through demonstrations and peer practice sessions.
Nursing Licensing Examination Preparation (NCLEX, CPNRE)
This course prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN or Canadian Practical Nursing Registration Exam (CPNRE). Students will review basic concepts of nursing across the lifespan. This course offers students the opportunity to learn and practice various test taking strategies, and then discuss exam questions along with rationales after completing a variety of mock exams.
Leadership in Nursing
This course introduces the fundamental concepts essential to be successful in the Leadership in Nursing Course. This course uses conflict resolution skills and focuses on the importance of knowing oneself in order to better relate to others. Students will learn to identify triggers and gain strategies to help them react appropriately to the demands of their daily work and gain insight into the power they have in order to bring about change in an organizational setting. In addition to advocating for client care, leadership is an integral component of nursing when working within a team. This course is designed to help you understand organizational structures in order to manage conflict when working in collaboration with others in the health care team. In this course you will learn that client safety, critical thinking, research, ethics and communication are key threads embedded in Nursing Leadership.
Cooperative Work Experience II (Optional)
This course is designed for Post Graduate Diploma in Canadian Nursing program students to become gainfully employed as a Registered Health Care Aide. Students eligible to work as LPN’s, or RN’s may be able to complete their Cooperative Work Experience within those roles. Proof of British Columbian Licensing/Registration will be required. This experience provides further opportunity for students to enhance their skills and gain Canadian work experience.