BRIPF-NA Bridging Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses

Courses and Descriptions

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
EALN-1007Bridge Pgrm for Internationally Ed Nurse
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NURS-1007Holistic Health Assessment
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This course focuses on the theory and skills necessary to perform a comprehensive and holistic health history and complete physical exam on clients across the lifespan. Additionally, students will learn focused assessments that can be used when conducting an in-depth assessment of clients with common health problems. Students will have an opportunity to practice their professional communication skills and interview techniques when conducting a health assessment. Documentation of assessment findings will be emphasized.

NURS-1017Registered Nurse Exam Preparation
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This course is conducted online and is self-directed and will assist participants to identify effective ways to prepare for the national RN registration exam. It provides nursing theory review; access to an interactive examination bank; strategies for effective test-taking; and strategies to reduce test-taking anxiety. Students will have access to an instructor-moderated, online community to discuss RN exam preparation with their peers during the course. An instructor will also be available to discuss student performance and to assist with devising remedial study plans when required.

NURS-1020Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing
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This course is designed for nurses educated outside of Canada who are qualifying for registration. Students will recognize the effects of mental health challenges and will assess the bio-psychosocial, environmental, spiritual, cultural, and economic influences that affect those experiencing mental health issues. Students will explore fundamental mental health concepts and theories. Utilizing the nursing process approach, students will apply these concepts and theories in assessing, planning, and strategizing nursing interventions and treatments based on the lived experience of the individual and family.

NURS-1021Fundamentals of Maternal/Newborn Nursing
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This course provides theoretical preparation in maternal/newborn care for nurses educated in countries outside of North America who are qualifying for registration and eligibility to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam. Students will focus on competency-based theory and processes inherent in maternal/newborn nursing, and learn to assess and plan care for childbearing families during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and early parenthood in Canada. Students will apply principles of health promotion, prevention, holistic assessment, primary health care, and the social determinants of health in their course work.

NURS-1022Fundamentals of Pediatric Nursing Theory
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This is a pediatric course provided for nurses educated in countries outside of Canada who are qualifying for registration and eligibility to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam. This introductory course offers students theoretical knowledge and skills to assist in the development of his/her ability to practice as a registered nurse with pediatric clients and their families in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings in Canada. Students will focus on competency-based theory and processes inherent in pediatric nursing. Assessment and planning care for children in all stages of growth and development and their families is the main focus of the course. Students will apply principles of health promotion, prevention, holistic assessment, primary health care, and the social determinants of health in their course work.

NURS-1041Registered Nursing Practice/IEN
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This course provides Internationally Educated Nurses and overview of Nursing in the Canadian context including a review of Canada’s health care system, the various levels of health, and the role of policy and politics in health. Also examined are colonialism, and the nurse’s role in relation to meeting the health needs of Indigenous Canadians. Foundational nursing concepts including, relational nursing, intra and interprofessional practice, nursing process, critical thinking, informatics, and evidence-informed practice are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, self-regulation, documentation, accountability, patient safety, and legal and ethical concepts of nursing practice. Differentiation regarding the roles and responsibilities of regulatory bodies, professional nursing associations, and unions in Canada is also examined.

NURS-1042Nursing Mgmt of Acute Conditions/IEN
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This course focuses on reviewing nursing care of adults experiencing acute changes in health status. Client centered care, differences across the lifespan and the effects of sudden illness or injury on individuals and their significant others are examined. The role of the nurse in assisting clients and families to engage in health promotion, prevention, and management of acute health conditions is explored. Using exemplars of common acute alterations in health status, students will apply the nursing process and clinical decision-making. This course builds on the Internationally Educated Nurse’s prior nursing knowledge and will review basic theory/concepts of medical/surgical nursing, diagnostic tests, and common treatments.

NURS-1043Nursing Mgmt of Chronic Conditions/IEN
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This course focuses on reviewing the nursing care of adults who are experiencing changes in health secondary to a chronic illness. Client centered care, differences across the lifespan and the effects of chronic illness on individuals and their significant others are examined. Emphasis is placed on the use of nursing process, critical thinking and relational nursing to assist clients to promote health, manage chronic health problems and prevent complications. This course builds on the Internationally Educated Nurse’s prior nursing knowledge and will review basic theory/concepts of medical/surgical nursing, diagnostic tests, and common treatments.

NURS-1045Community Health/IEN
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This course reviews concepts, processes, and best practice associated with nursing in the community. Students will be introduced to the key concepts of community health nursing in the Canadian context. The course examines determinants of health, health promotion strategies, disease prevention, population health, epidemiology, environmental health, emergency preparedness and global health. The relational aspects of nursing practice within the context of the individual, family, and community will be considered. Students will also explore the role of the community health nurse working with diverse and vulnerable populations, including clients across the life span. Emphasis will also be placed on the role of the nurse in relation to the theory, concepts, and principles of teaching and learning.

NURS-1046Nursing Skills/IEN
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This course builds on the Internationally Educated Nurse’s knowledge and experience in performing nursing skills and techniques and focuses on the Canadian context. Through the use of on-line readings, procedural videos, and hands-on practice, this course will review the theoretical background and evidence based rationale for select common and advanced clinical nursing skills. Patient and staff safety are priority considerations. Application of theory, critical thinking and supervised practice of psychomotor skills will occur in the nursing lab setting.

NURS-1048Pharmacology for Nurses/IEN
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This course introduces the basic concepts and principles related to pharmacology (including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics) and the nurse’s role in the safe administration of drug therapies. The major classifications of drugs, encompassing best practice guidelines and medications commonly used in Canada will be reviewed. There is a focus on the nurse’s role drug indications, contraindications, side effects, adverse effects, and interactions. Safe drug administration procedures and patient teaching are emphasized through the nursing process framework. Issues arising from the use of prescribed and non-prescribed drug usage in contemporary society is also explored.

NURS-1049Fundamentals of Gerontological Nursing
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This course explores gerontological nursing throughout the health care system. The course presents a review of the physical, social, cognitive, social, spiritual changes and unique health care needs of the older adult. Health promotion and disease management approaches to assist the older adult to achieve wellness across the health continuum are described. Mental health, loss, grief, death and palliative care as it relates to older adults are discussed. The focus is on assisting older adults to achieve and maintain optimum health and independence for as much as is possible given their circumstances and individual health status.

NURS-1057Communication/IEN
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This course explores the essential elements of professional communication from a socio-cultural perspective. Theory and concepts related to nurse-client relationships, client/family centered care, professional boundaries, conflict resolution, therapeutic communication, group/team work, client reporting and intra-professional and inter professional relationships and collaboration are reviewed. Strategies and techniques, taking into consideration the socio-cultural context and unique communication needs across the lifespan, are applied. The concepts of cultural sensitivity, cultural safety, gender and diversity concerning the nurse’s role in client centered/family care are discussed. In relation to these concepts, the course includes an overview of the history and culture of Canadian Indigenous people and the residual effects of colonialism on indigenous populations. This history provides an understanding upon which to build nurse/client communication, therapeutic relationships, and culturally sensitive care.

NURS-1060Consolidated Nursing Practice/IEN 1
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This course is part one of the capstone clinical experience for Internationally Educated Nurses [IENs], which provides concentrated clinical opportunities to build on prior knowledge, theory, and skills and foster competencies required by practicing registered nurses in Canada. As students gain experience, confidence, and skill, they will transition from this instructor-led practice experience to a preceptor-supervised environment. Instructors serve as guides, role models, and teachers to facilitate the IEN’s transition to professional practice in Canada.

Prerequisites:
Take: NURS-1007 and NURS-1046.
NURS-1061Consolidated Nursing Practice/IEN 2
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This course is part two of the capstone clinical experience for Internationally Educated Nurses [IENs], which provides concentrated clinical opportunities to build on knowledge, theory and skills and foster competencies required of practicing registered nurses in Canada. Experience, confidence, and skill obtained in Consolidated Nursing Practice 1 provide the framework as IENs progress through this preceptor-supervised clinical opportunity. Experienced nurses (preceptors) serve as guides, role models, and teachers to facilitate the IEN’s transition to professional practice in Canada.

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