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Critical Care Nursing Program

CCNP

This exceptional course prepares registered nurses to work in critical care settings. Whether you are new to, or are very experienced in, critical care… or have never worked a moment in this environment… the Critical Care Nursing Program (CCNP) will stretch your understanding of critical care theoretical concepts and best practice guidelines. By gaining a broader insight of factors which influence safe care and by increasing sensitivity in relation to interprofessional team work and patient centered care, you will become more proficient in providing the patient/family with quality care in the critical care setting.

Ensuring that many have access to this stimulating program, there are a variety of different study options. Each study option is designed to meet the learning needs of a variety of nurses based on their personal and work commitments. The program includes self-directed study of web-based lessons supported by a high-level of interactive on-line learning using our e-learning platform Brightspace by Desire2Learn. Discussion board assignments include case studies that appropriately mirror the uniqueness of critical care nursing. A study schedule and regular communication with faculty will keep you on track with your studies.  

Group discussion, either face-to-face or via webconferencing, along with skills and simulation sessions are woven throughout the program. Depending on the study option and the experience level of the nurse, clinical in a critical care setting maybe integration throughout the program or done in blocks at designated times. This clinical learning, lasting approximately 168 hours, is provided in critical care areas at selected hospitals in Nova Scotia. You will be matched with a designated preceptor who will supervise the clinical experience under the guidance of the CCNP faculty.

All of these learning strategies provide for more adaptability for learning pathways that are specific to your needs.

 

The Regular Part-time Study Option (35-42 weeks)

January 7 - October 26, 2019;  Program in Session

September 3, 2019 -  June 20, 2020;  Program in Session                                      

  • This study option is designed for nurses who will be working on their home nursing units while studying in the program.
  • It is also an option for integrated clinical if hired into the Critical Care setting during program

The Accelerated Part-time Study Option (24-26 Weeks) - Dates to be Determined                                                  

  • This study option is designed for nurses who will be employed in the Critical Care setting at the beginning of the program (e.g., orientation/transition completed or in process).
  • This study option requires employer support to ensure learner success that would include time to participate in on-line learning activities/study, exam writing, skill labs and simulation sessions, and clinical.

The Full-time Study Option (14 weeks) - Dates to be Determined 

  • Interested candidates should apply to the expression of interest job posting with the employer, only those with confirmed clinical seats should register for the program.
  • This study option is designed for nurses who are studying full-time and not working.
  • This study option will only be offered when requested by the employer.

The Full-time/Part-time Study Option (16 weeks)

September 3 - December 20, 2019; Program in Session

  • This program includes both full-time and part-time study aimed at ensuring the nurse achieves the knowledge, skills and abilities required to meet the program competencies.  The program will be aligned with a transition to practice approach that will support the nurse in transferring program competencies into his/her critical care practice.
  • Interested candidates should apply to the expression of interest job posting with the employer, only those with confirmed clinical seats should register for the program.
  • This study option will only be offered when requested by the employer.

Dates are subject to change, if you miss the deadline date please contact the program faculty.


  • Independent study time varies by study option; the shorter the study option the more hours per week - range is 7.5-15 hours per week
  • 40 hours skills lab and 168 hours clinical time
  • 4 sections of faculty-supported lessons
  • Clinical practicum follows completion of all lessons or, if working in critical care, can be integrated throughout the program.
  • Every effort is made to provide required clinical learning experiences at the site closest to the learner’s home; however, traveling might be required
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search may be required before clinical placement.
  • Registered nurses with prior knowledge, skills, or experience fundamental to the practice of critical care nursing may qualify to receive credit towards program requirements.
  • Preceptors supervise the clinical learning experiences under the guidance of CCNP faculty.

 


Requirements

It is recommended that nurses interested in the Critical Care programs should have a minimum of six months (preferably one year) of recent experience on an acute care inpatient unit.

An active-practicing RN license with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN).



Clinical Placements:

Registered Nurses in any of RNPDC programs which have clinical components require active BLS status. RNPDC follows the CDHA CC 90-015 District Code Blue Umbrella Policy, which requires healthcare providers be recertified in BLS every 2 years.  

The course can be readily obtained from St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. RNPDC requires a copy of your most recent certification on file.  You will be provided with directions on how to submit documentation with your acceptance/welcome letters.

If your BLS is going to expire during the program, faculty recommends you recertify PRIOR to entering the program. 

Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search may be required before clinical placement. Please check with the program admin if you are unsure if a CRC is required for your clinical placement. All NSHA employees who are participating in clinical are required to submit evidence of required NSHA e-Learning modules.  Details can be found by clicking on the REGISTER NOW button.


Contact Information:

Toll Free: 1-800-461-8766 (Atlantic Canada Only)
Phone: (902)-473-6500

Email: rnpdc@nshealth.ca

Program Costs

Academic Fees (for payment options, click here):

Course materials: $200.00
Tuition: $400.00

Additional Expenses:
Textbooks (approximately): $400.00
(available at the Dalhousie University Bookstore or online from bookstores such as Amazon.ca)