Nursing



Staff

Associate Dean: Dr. G. Donnelly

Faculty Listing: http://www.uregina.ca/nursing/faculty-staff/faculty/index.html


Department Description

The Faculty of Nursing offers an innovative approach to Canadian primary care Nurse Practitioner education with the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP) in partnership with the Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  The CNPP program will prepare primary care nurse practitioners (NP's) at the graduate level enabling them to contribute and support improved access to quality primary health care in Saskatchewan.  Graduates of the program will have both academic and clinical preparation in the knowledge, skills, judgements and essential competencies that are required for the Canadian NP examination.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with graduate level educational preparation who possesses advanced clinical knowledge and can: autonomously assess; order, and interpret diagnostic tests; diagnose; prescribe pharmaceuticals; and perform specific medical procedures, within their legislated scope of practice (CNA 2009).  The role of a NP is derived from blending clinical diagnostic and therapeutic knowledge, skills and abilities within a nursing framework that emphasizes holism, health promotion and partnership with individuals, families, and communities.

The CNPP will be delivered entirely in an on-line format with the exception of a week-long residency expectation in the first year.

Program Description

As clinicians, leaders and role models, nurse practitioners bring a holistic approach to care that directly impacts the lives of individuals, families and communities.  The CNPP will offer Registered Nurses an opportunity to achieve advanced competencies required for nurse practitioner registration and licensure.

Building on baccalaureate RN practice, the program blends in-depth knowledge of nursing theory and practice with legal authority and autonomy.  Students will develop enhanced skills in health assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation within the framework of primary health care.  Community development, health promotion and collaboration with interprofessional health care providers are essential components of the CNPP.  Students will critically appraise and apply research, best practice guidelines and theory relevant to advanced nursing practice.

The degree awarded will be a Master of Nursing (MN) with a specialization in Nurse Practitioner (NP).

Because this program is delivered on-line, those admitted must have access to appropriate hardware, software and internet access in order to participate in courses.

Distinctive Features of the CNPP

  1. The program brings together a college and a university for the development and delivery of a highly specialized graduate nursing program that is efficient in the utilization of human, physical and educational resources.
  2. The development committee comprised of faculty and instructional designers has worked with consultants, external reviewers and considered official documents specific to nursing education standards in proposing this innovative program.
  3. The entrance requirements and curriculum are designed to foster student success and the development of a CNPP student identity.
  4. Evaluation strategies and academic content are designed to promote student success with the national NP licensure examination.
  5. Internal and external program evaluation mechanisms are built into the program design.
  6. Responsiveness to the need of students in rural and remote areas is addressed through distributive teaching and learning methodologies.

Admission - (Effective Fall 2016 intake)

Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and additionally have:
  • an overall grade point average of 75% in the last 60 credit hours of most recent post-secondary studies;
  • completion of an approved baccalaureate nursing program;
  • proof of licensure or registration as a registered nurse (RN) including registration number in a Canadian province or territory;
  • completion of a minimum of two (2) years of clinical practice experience as a RN within the last five years; to be shown in the CV.  The CV should include your education background, nursing & work history, community involvement, special contributions and acknowledgements;
  • a written essay addressing the following topic:  A graduate-level nurse practitioner program is very demanding.  How do you intend to address the demands?  (500-1000 words). This will include proper APA standards and formatted properly.

Additional Risk Management Requirements following acceptance into the program.
NOTE: these documents must be submitted to the Clinical Coordinator via email at cnpp@saskpolytech.ca or by fax at 306-775-7791

Students admitted to the CNPP program must provide the following documentation no later than September 30:

  • A Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS).  Please note that a Criminal Record Check is done within this document.  **IMPORTANT** Please indicate to your local Police Department of RCMP detachment that you require a Vulnerable Sector Search for educational and clinical placement purposes, as you will be working with the elderly, the infirm, children, youth and other vulnerable populations.  This document must be dated within 3 months from acceptance into the program.
  • A record of immunization.  Specific immunization may be required for certain clinical placements, such as the influenza immunization.  Students who refuse or are unable to comply with this requirement may be at risk for not being able to complete required components of the program.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers (C)
  • Respiratory Mask FIT Testing
  • HSPnet Consent Form
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Training
  • Workers Compensation form
  • Confidentiality Agreement

Application Deadline

Applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research by April 30th

NOTE: Applications from out of province candidates are welcome but first consideration will be given to Saskatchewan residents.

Clinical Placements

Students complete 702 preceptored clinical practice education hours during the program.  Suitability of clinical placement practice sites are determined by the co-chairs of the Graduate Studies Committee of the CNPP.  Students will be assigned qualified, experienced RN(NP) preceptors.  Other interprofessional, licensed health care provider preceptors may be considered depending on the educational learning objectives.  These opportunities will be limited in time.

All preceptors must participate in an online preceptorship orientation program before they will be assigned a CNPP student.  Preceptors will work with students on their mastery of the professional competencies needed to practice as a RN(NP) and provide continuous feedback to the CNPP faculty member regarding progress.


Degree Requirements

Full-time Option


Year 1 18 credit hours

MNUR 800
MNUR 801
MNUR 802*
MNUR 803
MNUR 805
MNUR 818

Year 2 15 credit hours
MNUR 806
MNUR 807
MNUR 808
MNUR 809
MNUR 810
TOTAL 33 credit hours

*A mandatory residency week is held at the end of the course

Part-time Option

Year 1 9 credit hours

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

MNUR 800

MNUR 803

MNUR 818

Year 2 9 credit hours

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

MNUR 801

MNUR 802*

MNUR 805

Year 3 6 credit hours

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

MNUR 806

MNUR 808

none

Year 4 9 credit hours

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

MNUR 807

MNUR 809

MNUR 810

TOTAL 33 credit hours

*A mandatory residency week is held at the end of the course


Course Descriptions

MNUR 800 Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
The course reviews the domains of advanced practice nurse roles in Canada. An examination of the historical, philosophical, sociopolitical and economic influences develops the foundation for practice. Factors that affect role implementation and innovative models that utilize the advanced practice nurse role in primary health care are investigated.

MNUR 801 Research in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
Evidence informed methods used in clinical practice by advanced practice nurses are examined.  Transforming complex clinical problems to researchable questions, students will systematically review and appraise the literature for evidence, consider ethical issues in research methods, design a study proposal and consider knowledge translation strategies.

MNUR 802 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (3)
Phases of clinical judgment and various diagnostic reasoning models  are explored in the context of direct patient care. Health maintenance concepts and diagnostic reasoning skills are developed. The mandatory one-week on-campus residency is designed to develop and evaluate health assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills. Prerequisite: MNUR 800.  Whilst enrolled, the student will engage is 39 hours of clinical practice. Additionally, a one week mandatory residency in Regina is held a the end of this course.  The residency will account for 39 lab hours.

MNUR 803 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I (3)
Pathophysiology of common acute and chronic disorders across the lifespan informs therapeutic decisions including pharmacotherapeutic principles, professional, ethical, regulatory and practical aspects of prescribing. Cellular biology, immunity and the central nervous system will provide a foundation for the study of disease and therapeutics in other body systems.  Whilst enrolled, the student will engage in 39 hours of clinical practice.

MNUR 804 Global Health (3)
Critically analyze population health and current research on the determinants of health, with an emphasis on the sociopolitical, cultural and environmental determinants of health. Policy development and primary health care will be explored.
*Note: This course is offered as an open elective to all graduate students.
**Note: Students cannot take both MNUR 804 and MNUR 818 for credit.*

MNUR 805 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II (3)
Building on the content from MNUR 803, pathophysiology of common disorders across the lifespan informs health assessments and pharmacotherapeutic decisions in nursing practitioner practice. Analysis of the functioning of body systems provides a foundation for the study of disease and pharmacotherapeutics. Prerequisites: MNUR 802 and MNUR 803.  Whilst enrolled, the student will engage in 91 hours of clinical practice.

MNUR 806 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan I (3)
A broad knowledge base is integrated with critical appraisal for determining diagnoses and patient needs.  Appropriate selection from a range of evidence-informed non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions restores or maintains functional, physiological and mental stability to achieve optimal health. Conception, prenatal, postnatal care and family health care are emphasized. Prerequisite: MNUR 805.  Whilst enrolled, the student will engage in 117 hours of clinical practice.

MNUR 807 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan II (3)
A broad knowledge base is integrated with critical appraisal for determining diagnoses and patient needs.  Appropriate selection from a range of evidence-informed non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions restores or maintains functional, physiological and mental stability to achieve optimal health. Gender and episodic care is emphasized. Prerequisite: MNUR 805. Whilst enrolled the student will engage in 117 hours of clinical practice.

MNUR 808 Health and Illness Across the Lifespan III (3)
A broad knowledge base is integrated with critical appraisal for determining diagnoses and patient needs.  Appropriate selection from a range of evidence-informed non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions restores or maintains functional, physiological and mental stability to achieve optimal health. Healthy aging and chronic care management is emphasized. Prerequisite: MNUR 805.  Whilst enrolled, the student will engage in 117 hours of clinical practice.

MNUR 809 Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
Critically appraise and apply research, best practice guidelines and theory relevant to advanced nursing practice.  A literature review is completed in preparation for a major research paper that addresses health improvements for patients, families, communities or health care systems. Prerequisite: 24 approved credit hours at the 800 level.

MNUR 810 Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
Advanced nursing practice concepts are integrated into a consolidated clinical practice experience. Autonomy, accountability, decision-making, and critical analysis of organizational and system issues that influence advanced nursing practice are demonstrated. A major research paper will be completed. Prerequisite: MNUR 809.  Whilst enrolled, the student will engage in 182 hours of clinical practice.

MNUR 818 Advanced Nursing Practice Leadership in Health Promotion (3)

Advanced practice nurses will be prepared with a strong theoretical foundation in health promotion, illness prevention and maintenance of health across populations and communities.  Interprofessional approaches to improve population health considering the influence of sociopolitical, environmental, economic and health concepts are included.

MNUR 820 Patterns of Health and Illness in Older Adults (3)
This course offers broad-based knowledge and skills through integrated, interprofessional education related to health and illness in old age. Physiological changes and psychosocial aspects of aging as they relate to common health problems will be examined.
*Cross-listed with GERO 893 – Patterns of Health and Illness in Older Adults.

NURS 900AA-ZZ Special Topics in Nursing (3)
Special Topics in Nursing.

NURS 901 Thesis Research (Variable credit 1-15)
Thesis Research.