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Program

As a CNS student, you will study in the fall, winter and spring-summer semesters to obtain your degree. You will complete 506 hours of clinical practice experiences in clinical settings with licensed practitioners. As a student, you will develop advanced nursing practice competencies while participating in a clinical setting. The program is delivered entirely through online learning. There is the option of taking one (1) in person elective, if you so choose.

Curriculum:


The CNS Program is comprised of 11 courses and 33 credit hours.

Required Courses (listed numerically):

MNUR 800:   Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

MNUR 801:   Research in Advanced Nursing Practice

MNUR 809:   Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing (Prequisites: PSYCH Nursing 75.657 OR MNUR 812; in addition, students must have pre-requisites of MNUR 813, MNUR 815, JSGS 829, pre- or co-requisite JSGS 824, and one elective)

MNUR 810:  Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice II (182 hours of clinical): (Prerequisite MNUR 809)

MNUR 812:  Pathophysiology & Pharmacology for Clinical Nurse Specialists

OR PSYCH Nursing 75.657 Advanced Clinical Practice in Psychiatric Nursing I (through Brandon University)

MNUR 813: APN: Clinical Nurse Specialization Seminar & Practicum (168 hours of clinical) (pre-requisite OR co- requisite: MNUR 812 or PSYCH Nursing 75.657)      

MNUR 814: APN Clinical Nurse Specialization II: Seminar and Practicum (156 hours of clinical)(pre-requisite of MNUR 813)

MNUR 815: Health Care Ethics

JSGS 824: Health Program Planning and Evaluation

JSGS 829: Decision Making and Leadership in Health Care Organizations

Approved Electives (choose 1):


MNUR 804: Global Health and Advanced Practice Nursing 

MNUR 818: Advanced Nursing Practice Leadership in Health Promotion

MNUR 820: Patterns of Health and Illness in Older Adults

EPSY 820: Theories of Counselling

GERO 803: End-of-Life Issues for Human Service Workers

GERO 816: Aging, Society and Human Service Work

GERO 890: Physiology of Aging

JSGS 823: Health Promotion

PSYCH 845: Theory, Research & Clinical Applications in Neuropsychology

PSYCH 846: Neuropsychological Assessment

PSYCH 847: Selected Topics in Behavioral Neuropsychology

PSYCH 848: Health Psychology

Course Descriptions * indicates course offered online


MNUR 800*: Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

This course reviews the domains of advanced practice nurses 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 evidence from the literature, consider ethical issues in research methods, design a study proposal and consider   knowledge translation strategies.

MNUR 809*: Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 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. (Prerequisites: PSYCH Nursing 75.657 OR MNUR 812; in addition, students must have pre-requisites of MNUR 813, MNUR 815, JSGS 829, pre- or co-requisite JSGS 824, and one elective)

MNUR 810*: Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 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. During this course, the student will engage in 182 hours of clinical practice in the students chosen clinical speciality.  (Prerequisite MNUR 809)

MNUR 812*: Pathophysiology & Pharmacology for Clinical Nurse Specialists (3) (to be developed, and approved by FGSR)

This course will be customized for students by choosing 13 units (of 26) which   

 includes topics relevant to their specialty area.

MNUR 813*: APN: Clinical Nursing Specialization Seminar & Practicum (3) (to be developed, and approved by FGSR)

This course is designed to guide the student toward the development of scientific knowledge and skill in Advanced Practice Nursing.  Through the use of nursing frameworks, application of advanced knowledge and advanced nursing practice skills the student will develop advanced clinical strategies for the management of health problems within their area of specialization. During this course, the student will engage in 168 hours of clinical practice exploring Advanced Practice Nursing, with a focus on clinical competencies in the students chosen clinical speciality. (Pre-requisite OR co- requisite: MNUR 812 or PSYCH Nursing 75.657) 

MNUR 814*:APN Clinical Nurse Specialization II: Seminar and Practicum (3) (to be developed, and approved by FGSR)

This course allows students to concentrate on their chosen area of clinical practice. The student learns the process of developing and utilizing evidence-based practice in illness management, advancing nursing practice, support and advancing the practice of other nurses, and developing organizational or systems modifications to support and improve nursing practice. The traditional CNS role of expert clinical practice, consultation, clinical leadership, research and education are shaped toward producing desirable patient outcomes as the CNS works in several spheres of influence.  During this course, the student will engage in 156 hours of clinical practice in the students chosen clinical speciality. (pre-requisite of MNUR 813)

MNUR 815*:Health Care Ethics (3) (to be developed, and approved by FGSR)

This course will be a critical analysis of ethical theories as it is applied to nursing practice. Nursing problems will be examined using an ethics lens. 

75.657*: Advanced Clinical Practice in Psychiatric Nursing I (through Brandon University) (3)

This course draws upon the fields of neuroscience, human development, attachment theory and trauma to equip the student in the development of a conceptual framework to guide his/her advanced practice. The student will develop enhanced case conceptualization, goal setting and intervention strategies in relation to complex clinical phenomena. All necessary elements of treatment planning, including a broad range of therapeutic interventions and DSM diagnoses will be covered.

JSGS 824*: Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3)

This course covers basic concepts and principles of the cycle of health program

planning, which includes needs assessment, program development and

implementation, process, impact, and outcome evaluation. Both qualitative and

quantitative data collection will be addressed.

JSGS 829*: Decision Making and Leadership in Healthcare Organizations (3)

This course will cover leadership theory and practice, with a focus on effective leadership in the public sector and ethical decision-making. It will address decision-making models relevant to the health sector, including emerging philosophies (e.g., LEAN)(on line in Fall only)

Approve Electives

MNUR 804*: Global Health & Advanced Practice Nursing (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.   The role of the advanced practice nurse in health policy

   development, and primary health care will be explored.

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.

EPSY 820: Theories of Counselling (3)

   A study of the current theories of counselling.  Critical examination of these theories

   in terms of their historic significance, their relevance to school counselling and

   techniques that are appropriate for each.

GERO 803: End-of-Life Issues for Human Service Workers  (3)

This course deals with the impact of end-of-life issues on people, their families and

   social work and health care practitioners. The role of the social worker in practice,

   research, education and policy in end-of-life care will be explored.
   Note: Cross listed with SW 803

GERO 816: Aging, Society and Human Service Work (3)
  This course considers social work practice, research, education and policy with

  seniors in the community and in institutions. The focus of the course will be the role

  of the social work perspective in each of these professional activities with seniors.

  Note:  Cross listed with SW 816

GERO 890: Physiology of Aging (3)

 An advanced study of the alteration in physiological function associated with the

  normal aging of body systems and the clinical consequences of these changes for

  maintenance of optimal function, physical activity, health and longevity.

JSGS*: 823 Health Promotion (3)

  This course covers the underlying concepts, principles, historical development,

  theory, and current practice of health promotion. The focus of learning is not so

  much on “how to do” health promotion, as on “how to think” about the conceptual,

  ideological, and political issues which underlie health promotion practice.

PSYCH 845: Theory and Research in Applied Clinical Psychology (3)

  An introduction to the field of clinical neuropsychology. Theory and research

  regarding brain-behavior relationships will be comprehensively and critically

  examined with regard to their applications to applied/clinical problems and issues.

  PSYCH 846: Neuropsychological Assessment (3)

  A hands-on course dealing with the administration and interpretation of selected

  clinical neuropsychological tests. The role of clinical neuropsychology as both a

  clinical and a research oriented discipline will be emphasized.

PSYCH 847: Selected Topics in Behavioral Neuropsychology (3)

  An advanced seminar course dealing with current theories and research concerning

  neural organization and behavior.

PSYCH 848: Health Psychology (3)

  An introduction to the history, development and current status of the field of health

  psychology.

All courses are taught consecutively in a sequential order.  Students must ensure that the prerequisite courses are completed as required.  If you are considering any deviation from the outlined schedule, you must meet with the Faculty of Nursing–Associate Dean (Graduate), prior to registration to obtain approval.

All Year 1 courses must be completed prior to entering Year 2. Incoming full-time students following course sequence will have priority for attendance at Residency Week and enrollment in courses, over those who deviated from the recommended course schedule (below).  All courses must be completed within a 6 year limit.

 

CNS Program for Registered Nurses (RN’s):


Year 1

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

 

MNUR 800: Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

MNUR 815: Health Care Ethics

Approved Electives (choose 1):  

MNUR 804: Global Health & Advanced Practice Nursing

MNUR 818: Advanced Nursing Practice Leadership in Health Promotion

MNUR 820: Patterns of Health and Illness in Older Adults

EPSY 820: Theories of Counselling

GERO 803: End-of-Life Issues for Human Service Workers

GERO 816: Aging, Society, and Human Service Work

GERO 890: Physiology of Aging

JSGS 823: Health Promotion

PSYCH 845: Theory, Research & Clinical Applications in Neuropsychology

PSYCH 846: Neuropsychological Assessment

PSYCH 847:  Selected Topics in Behavioral Neuropsychology

PSYCH 848:  Health Psychology

 

MNUR 812: Pathophysiology & Pharmacology for Clinical Nurse Specialists

MNUR 801: Research in Advanced Nursing Advanced Practice 

MNUR 813: APN: Clinical Nurse Specialization Seminar & Practicum (168 clinical hours)

Year 2

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

 

MNUR 814: APN Clinical Nurse Specialization II: Seminar and Practicum (156 clinical hours)

MNUR 809: Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice I

MNUR 810: Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice II: (182 clinical hours)

 

JSGS 829: Decision Making and Leadership in Health Care Organizations

JSGS 824: Health Program Planning and Evaluation

 

 

CNS Program for Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN’s):

Year 1

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

 

MNUR 800: Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

MNUR 815: Health Care Ethics

 

Approved Electives (choose 1):  

MNUR 804: Global Health & Advanced Practice Nursing

MNUR 818: Advanced Nursing Practice Leadership in Health Promotion

MNUR 820: Patterns of Health and Illness in Older Adults

EPSY 820: Theories of Counselling

GERO 803: End-of-Life Issues for Human Service Workers

GERO 816: Aging, Society, and Human Service Work

GERO 890: Physiology of Aging

JSGS 823: Health Promotion

PSYCH 845: Theory, Research & Clinical Applications in Neuropsychology

PSYCH 846: Neuropsychological Assessment

PSYCH 847:  Selected Topics in Behavioral Neuropsychology

PSYCH 848:  Health Psychology

 

MNUR 801: Research in Advanced Nursing Advanced Practice

 75.657: Advanced Clinical Practice in Psychiatric Nursing I (through Brandon University)

MNUR 813: APN: Clinical Nurse Specialization Seminar & Practicum (168 clinical hours

Year 2

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

 

MNUR 814: APN Clinical Nurse Specialization II: Seminar and Practicum (156 clinical hours)

MNUR 809: Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice I

MNUR 810: Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice II: (182 clinical hours)

 

JSGS 829: Decision Making and Leadership in Health Care Organizations

JSGS 824: Health Program Planning and Evaluation

 

 

Clinical:


All students registering in the clinical courses must be registered within 30 days of the first day of registration.  Although clinical practice education course practicum experiences could be completed in your community, provided the site can be approved by the program, most students should expect to travel to appropriate clinical sites. All clinical placements in Saskatchewan will be arranged by the program and will not be in your employment setting. Students external to Saskatchewan must arrange their own clinical placements with the guidance and approval of the Associate Dean (Graduate).

Please see Preceptor information.