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Practical Nursing


Program Start: 4 February 2019
Applications Begin: 1 September 2017
Application Deadline: 30 April 2018
Location: Melfort
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech
Length: 68 Weeks

Overview:

This Sask Polytech two-year Practical Nursing diploma program will set you on the road to an exciting future in nursing.
This program will help you develop into a competent, adaptable practitioner. Whether you’re working independently or as part of a multidisciplinary health care team, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to bring a uniquely holistic and humanistic approach to providing care to individuals across the human lifespan.

As a graduate, you’re eligible to:

  • write the national licensure exam,
  • register with the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN), and
  • practice in any province or territory in Canada

Requirements:

Application deadline April 30, 2018.

Applications are ONLY complete if ALL of the following have been submitted:

  • transcripts - high school and any post secondary transcripts
    • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 65% in English Language Arts A30 and B30, any 30-level Mathone of Biology 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 30, and one of Social Studies 30, History 30 or Native Studies 30 
  • proof of current Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level HCP certification
  • Proof of current Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning (TLR) certification
  • immunization records
  • criminal record check and vulnerable sector search (see bottom of this webpage for form)
  • initial bloodwork results. (see bottom of this webpage for form)
  • English language Requirement Specific to Practical Nursing (only required for internationally educated students)
Tuition: $9,500*
Books & Supplies: $3,450*
Student Fees: $150
Health & Dental Plan: $252*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.

Notes:

  • Student Fees are calculated $75 per academic year.
  • Student Health Plan is calculated $252 per academic year.
  • This is a high demand program - ONLY complete applications will be assessed after the application deadline. Applicants who are selected will be notified.

Practical Nursing Diploma includes the following courses

Administration of Medications (PHAR 264)

You will focus on the administration of medications throughout the lifespan in the context of systems and patient safety. Your studies will include aspects of
the metric system essential for the calculation of medication dosages for adults and children. You will explore the principles concerning safe administration of medications and learn how to prepare and safely administer medications via the enteral, percutaneous and parenteral (subcutaneous, intramuscular and
intradermal) routes.


Prerequisites:

PRAC 162 and PHAR 160 (concurrent) or PHAR 201

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (APHY 162)

You will study the human body, how it is constructed and how it functions to maintain homeostasis. You will focus on the interaction between the structures
of the body cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. The course content includes levels of organization of the human body, cells, tissues, integument and the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. You will apply your theoretical knowledge in a practical setting by performing dissections of specimens as part of the mandatory lab component.


Notes:

Equivalent Courses are ANAT 160, NURS 111

Anatomy and Physiology 2 (APHY 262)

You will study the human body, how it is constructed and how it functions to maintain homeostasis. The course builds on the information you learned in APHY 162 (Anatomy and Physiology 1). You will focus on the study of systems involved with integration, control, absorption, excretion and reproduction.  You will apply your theoretical knowledge in practical setting by performing dissections of specimens as part of the mandatory lab component.


Prerequisites:

APHY 162

Notes:

Equivalent Courses are ANAT 265 and NURS 111

Health and Healing 1 (NURS 171)

You will be introduced to the concept of health as it applies to yourself and others, within a caring holistic context. You will explore the concept of primary healthcare and discuss health services delivery and determinants. You will examine health promotion activities and explore community resources.


Prerequisites:

NURS 163 (concurrent), APHY 162 (concurrent), SOCI 160 (concurrent)

Notes:

Equivalent Course is NURS 173

Health and Healing 2 (NURS 291)

You will focus on rehabilitative and supportive care within an interdisciplinary team. You will explore palliative and rehabilitative nursing with an emphasis on valuing client self-determination, environmental influences, and holistic wellness. You will also examine mental health nursing and explore the mental health services available in Saskatchewan.


Prerequisites:

PRAC 162, NURS 240 (concurrent), APHY 262 (concurrent), and PHAR 264 (concurrent)

Notes:

Equivalent Course is NURS 239

Health and Healing 3 (NURS 292)

You will focus on fundamental nursing concepts related to the curative and restorative care of children and adolescents. You will discuss family-centered perinatal nursing and the new family. You will also discuss growth and development from infancy to adolescence. You will explore the concepts of teaching and learning, and client education.


Prerequisites:

PRAC 260, and NURS 243 (concurrent)

Notes:

Equivalent Course is NURS 242

Health Assessment and Praxis 1 (NURS 175)

You will focus on the assessments and skills that support health promotion and illness prevention for the adult client population. Your experiential learning
will focus on assessing the concerns of older adults and the support they require to remain independent.


Prerequisites:

APHY 162 (concurrent), NURS 163 (concurrent), NURS 171 (concurrent), NURS 172 (concurrent), and SOCI 160 (concurrent)

Notes:

Equivalent Courses are NEPS 115, NURS 161, NURS 170

Health Assessment and Praxis 2 (NURS 238)

You will focus on the assessments and skills associated with rehabilitative and supportive care of the adult client. Your experiential learning will emphasize
assessing and caring for adults with chronic health challenges.


Prerequisites:

PRAC 162, NURS 240 (concurrent), NURS 291 (concurrent), NURS 293 (concurrent), APHY 262 (concurrent), PHAR 160 (concurrent), and PHAR 264 (concurrent)

Notes:

Equivalent Course is NURS 201

Health Assessment and Praxis 3 (NURS 241)

You will focus on the assessments and skills associated with curative and restorative care of the adult client and beginning assessments and skills associated with post-partum newborn and pediatric clients. Your experiential learning will include assessing and caring for adult clients with acute health challenges as well as post-partum, newborn and pediatric clients.


Prerequisites:

PRAC 260, NURS 243(concurrent), NURS 292(concurrent), NURS 294(concurrent), SOCI 260(concurrent)

Health Challenges 1 (NURS 172)

Your studies will focus on the concepts of holistic nursing care related to specific health challenges of the older adult. You will discuss the concepts related to growth and development of the adult and older adult, and examine the concept of polypharmacy in the older adult. You will also discuss the introductory concepts of microbiology and selected specific microorganisms. You will explore the chain of infection and learn about emerging infections in Canadian communities.


Prerequisites:

NURS 171 (concurrent) and APHY 162 (concurrent)

Notes:

Equivalent Course is NURS 174

Health Challenges 2 (NURS 293)

Your studies will focus on the concepts of holistic nursing care related to specific health challenges of the adult. Using the primary health care approach, you will explore acute and chronic health challenges specific to various body systems.


Prerequisites:

PRAC 162, NURS 291 (concurrent), and APHY 262 (concurrent)

Health Challenges 3 (NURS 294)

Your studies will focus on the concepts of holistic nursing care related to specific health challenges of the perioperative client. You will study specific types of surgical treatment and post-operative nursing care, applying concepts of patient safety. Using the primary health care approach, you will explore the concepts of holistic nursing care related to health challenges of the adult. You will discuss specific challenges to learning.


Prerequisites:

PRAC 260, and NURS 292 (concurrent)

Nursing Transitions 4 (NURS 295)

You will integrate theory into your practice while providing holistic nursing care to individuals requiring curative and restorative nursing care. You will concentrate on the transition from the role of student to graduate practical nurse. You will be introduced to the leadership role in the health care system and the concept of patient safety from a systems approach. You will explore inter-professional collaboration in a health care team context. Your studies will also focus on intravenous therapy, including the administration of intravenous medications, the use of intermittent access devices and the initiation of intravenous lines.


Prerequisites:

NURS 241, NURS 243, NURS 292, NURS 294, SOCI 260, and SOCI 261 (concurrent)

Personal and Professional Relationships 1 (NURS 163)

You will explore the concept of self in relation to others. You will develop basic therapeutic communication skills. Through reflection and understanding your nature, you will experience awareness, personal growth and development of critical thinking skills. You will also explore verbal, nonverbal, written and technological communication.


Notes:

Equivalent Courses are NEPS 112, NURS 112

Personal and Professional Relationships 2 (NURS 240)

You will focus on therapeutic relationships with an emphasis on caring, advocacy and diversity. You will explore trends and issues in nursing. You will  discuss the scope of professional practice for the practical nurse.


Prerequisites:

PRAC 162

Personal and Professional Relationships 3 (NURS 243)

You will reflect upon the professional roles, responsibilities and relationships of the practical nurse, within the context of your own evolving nursing experience and your role as a team member.


Prerequisites:

PRAC 260

Practicum 1 (PRAC 162)

You will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in holistic nursing care of individuals who require assistance with activities of daily living in the context of partnership with the client.


Prerequisites:

NURS 161 or NURS 170, NURS 163, NURS 171, NURS 172, APHY 162, and SOCI 160

Practicum 2 (PRAC 260)

You will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in holistic nursing care of individuals requiring rehabilitative and/or supportive nursing care with the client as a partner.


Prerequisites:

NURS 238, NURS 240, NURS 291, NURS 293, APHY 262, PHAR 160, and PHAR 264

Notes:

Equivalent Course is NURS 233

Sociology 1 (SOCI 160)

You will learn about the process of socialization, and discuss how culture affects the totality of our lives. You will examine social deviance and social control and look at the social dynamics of racial, ethnic, and minority groups in our society. Your studies will include a discussion of the processes and  effects of social stratification.


Notes:

Equivalent Course is SOCI 184

Sociology 2 (SOCI 260)

This course examines changing family patterns in Canada, and analyzes how social factors influence family relationships. You will examine topics such as the functions and roles of families, changing definitions of the family, the development of intimate relationships, parenthood and child raising, how paid and unpaid work affect family life, divorce, and family violence.


Prerequisites:

SOCI 160

Notes:

Equivalent Course is FMLY 181

Sociology 3 (SOCI 261)

You will further explore the concepts of sociology by focusing on respectful interactions when caring for clients of all cultures. Emphasis will be given to providing culturally respectful care to clients of Aboriginal ancestry across the lifespan. Diversity within the Aboriginal culture will be explored.


Prerequisites:

SOCI 160



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