ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
This program prepares students to achieve the professional practice requirements of Licensed Practical Nurse regulatory bodies across Canada, earn a Nunavut Arctic College Practical Nurse Diploma and on recommendation of the faculty, be eligible to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
The Practical Nursing Program will start in Fall 2013 at Nunatta Campus in Iqaluit.
This program provides graduates with the theory, knowledge, judgement and skills required to practice as Practical Nurses in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, acute care maternal/child, pediatrics, continuing care, long-term care, mental health, public health, and community agencies. Practical nurses are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, occupational health units, community nursing services and private homes. The graduates of the program will be prepared to care for stable patients and patients with predictable health/illness outcomes.
Applicants wishing to apply to this program must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Speak, read and write English
- Speak, read and write Inuit languages or be prepared to begin learning Inuit languages
- Academic grade 12 English 30-1, Applied Math 30, and Science 30; or successful completion of Arctic College foundation program.
- Must pass a criminal record check, completed by the RCMP
Prior to admission applicants must:
- Submit a transcript providing evidence of completion of the required prerequisite courses at the appropriate level.
- Submit a handwritten letter of interest.
- Provide two letters of reference from an employer or other authority and/or a letter of support from a Health Committee or a community health care professional.
- Before students begin any clinical placement in a health facility and through the course of the practical nurse program, students must have CPR and first aid, and current immunization status recommended for health care in Nunavut. The recommended immunizations include:
- DPTP (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio)
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- Hepatitis B and titre
- Provide evidence of yearly monitoring for tuberculosis (either a tuberculin skin test, including one 2-step Mantoux test or a chest x-ray and sputums)
- Learners are encouraged to have immunizations against the seasonal flu and H1N1 as you will be working with the elderly and young children.
- A telephone interview may be required.
Applicants will be admitted to the program based on program eligibility requirements. Admission is subject to space availability and priority is given to eligible beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claim.
Prospective students who have successfully completed certificate/diploma health related programs may be eligible to receive transfer credit for courses in the Practical Nurse Program.
Successful completion of this diploma program will enable students to develop the competencies required to function as a Practical Nurse. A variety of clinical practice experiences will be arranged throughout the program.
The program will include examination of Inuit culture and values and will be balanced to provide both modern and traditional health care knowledge and skills ensuring graduates meet national practical nurse competencies and standards. Some courses in the program will be available for credit towards a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
A number of abilities and skills are required to be successful in the Practical Nurse Program. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- An ability to communicate clearly in English, both spoken and written.
- Basic computer literacy is necessary as students are required to submit word processed essays and papers, and communicate through e-mail as part of their course requirements.
- An interest in caring and providing service to an ethnically and culturally diverse clientele, spanning all age groups.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills in the context of their collaborative relationships with clients, instructors, peers, and multidisciplinary health care team members.
- Critical thinking skills - when providing care to clients the student must demonstrate responsible, safe and ethical behaviour, and make informed, considered judgements.
- An ability to work independently and as a member of a health care team.
- The ability to carry out complex skill sequences of fifteen or more steps that require psychomotor ability. These skills will include but not be limited to the preparation and administration of medication to clients, wound management, and basic and specialized personal care skills and comfort measures.
- The capacity to maintain their own mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being while working in a rewarding but often stressful working environment.
- Practice experiences may take place in various communities within and outside of Nunavut.
Upon successful completion of the program the student will:
- Practice practical nursing care that is safe and responsible.
- Understand the role of the Practical Nurse within Nunavut and in Canada.
- Fulfil their role within the primary health care team.
- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for clients with stable conditions in predictable situations.
- Demonstrate in their nursing practice, a commitment to the concepts of primary health care.
- Provide care that is culturally sensitive.
- Carry out complex skills including, but not limited to, medication administration, wound management, personal care skills and comfort measure skills.
- Adhere to the code of ethics, standards of practice, and scope of practice of a practical nurse.
- Make informed, considered judgments related to client care.
- Work independently and as a member of a health care team.
- Communicate effectively with clients, peers and the health care team.
- Know where to locate and access health promotion information related to the practical nurse’s scope of practice.
- Plan, organize and present health promotion information to individuals and groups.
- Advocate for health promotion in their communities and workplaces and contribute as a team member in community development activities.
- Champion healthy lifestyle choices for self and others.
- Demonstrate responsible decision making and accountability for own actions.
In order to complete the practical nurse program learners must:
- Successfully complete all classroom, lab and clinical courses including CPRNE prep course.
- Complete the program with a pass mark of 60% in all courses.
- Hold a current certification in Standard First Aid and CPR level C throughout the diploma program.
- Submit and maintain a portfolio, reflecting the knowledge, skills, attitudes and career goals that focus on the competencies gained through the practical nurse program experiences.
- Complete additional certifications as required by clinical agencies.
- Provide a criminal record check to ensure eligibility for employment.
- Graduates are eligible to write the CPNRE and work as a Graduate Practical Nurse upon successful completion of the Nunavut Arctic College program. Application and fees must be submitted to the appropriate registering body to write the examination and to receive a temporary graduate Practical Nursing License.
- Students are required to adhere to the practical nurse Standards of Practice, and Code of Ethics. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in the student being required to leave the program.
DOCUMENT OF RECOGNITION
Year 1- Certificate, Introduction to Healthcare Principles.
Year 2- Diploma, Practical Nurse.