Registered Nurse - Perinatal Nursing Certificates - High Risk Obstetrics - 877

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Overview

Expand knowledge and skills in Perinatal Nursing with an in-depth study of obstetrical/neonatal nursing of mother, fetus/newborn and family from preconception to six weeks postpartum. Emphasizes physiology, evidenced-based practice, research and nursing management. The Obstetrics Stream (877) of the Perinatal Nursing Certificate prepares RN's for the Canadian Nurses Association Perinatal Nursing Certification Examination.

This program consists of online learning, fieldwork/clinical hours and a 10 hour in-class Neonatal Resuscitation workshop. Upon successful completion of 7 required courses, students will be awarded an Ontario College Graduate Certificate. 

For the program of studies and course descriptions, please see the "Program of Studies" tab. For the most current course offering, scheduling and fee information please see the Continuing Education Catalogue. 

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  • Proof of current RN registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

There are a number of ways to register. Visit our how to register page for more information. Clinical courses are designated (SA) and thus departmental approval is required for registration with proof of admission requirements.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2017/18 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing 

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Integrate knowledge and skills learned in Obstetrical Nursing 1 (Advanced) in a Level 1+ or 2 perinatal nursing care setting (post partum, labour & delivery, antepartum clinic, antenatal diagnostic unit etc. Mohawk College Medical Clearance and current Neonatal Resuscitation Certification (NRP) are required.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: HSCI10163 and NRSG10049 and HLTH10223 or HSCI10163 and NRSG10106 and HLTH10223
Course description: Integrate knowledge and skills learned in Obstetrical Nursing 2 (Advanced) in a Level 2+ or 3 perinatal clinical setting. Mohawk College Medical Clearance and current Neonatal Resuscitation Certification (NRP) are required.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: NRSG10051 and HSCI10163 and CLIN10002 and HLTH10223
Course description: Become a provider for NRP in this 10 hour practicum based on American Academy of Pediatric guidelines. Course consists of individual practice of several skills and integrated performance simulations of mega codes and various newborn scenarios. Prerequisite: Self-study of Neonatal Resuscitation text and successful completion of online NRP examination Submission of proof of NRP exam success dated within one month of course date.
Credits: 1
Course description: Enhance your knowledge and nursing skills in the field of perinatal nursing. In this beginning course, you will start the study of the process of pregnancy from conception through the antenatal period through the process of labour & delivery. Topics include fertilization, embryological and fetal development, psychological & physiological adaptations to pregnancy, pregnancy risk assessment, prenatal education applying health teaching principles & the process of labour & delivery. Note: This course is a foundational course for all the Perinatal Nursing Certificate Programs: 040 â€"RPN Maternal Newborn; 876 â€" Neonatal; 877 â€" Obstetrics (High Risk).
Credits: 3
Equivalents: NRSG10055
Course description: Continue your in depth study of perinatal nursing from the end of the labour process through the intra partum and postpartum periods, examining the care of the mother, newborn and family. Topics include thermoregulation, newborn transition and assessment, normal post partum care, newborn care and feeding options, common newborn problems and health teaching to new parents. Note: This course is a foundational course for all the Perinatal Nursing Certificate Programs: 040 â€"RPN Maternal Newborn; 876 â€" Neonatal; 877 â€" Obstetrics (High Risk).
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10055 or NRSG10102
Equivalents: NRSG10056
Course description: Explore common obstetrical interventions and complications including genetic screening, fetal assessment, fetal monitoring abnormal labour, and perinatal bereavement.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10056 or NRSG10103
Equivalents: NRSG10049
Course description: Focus on obstetrical complications such as hypertensive disorders, diabetes, bleeding, infections, cardiac disease, and obstetrical emergency situations. Specific to the management of high risk patients.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NRSG10049 or NRSG10106
Equivalents: NRSG10051
  • Use specialized knowledge and skills to provide safe, competent nursing care to families across the childbearing cycle
  • Discuss the psychosocial, cultural, ethical, & political influences on maternal and neonatal care
  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care in both normal and complex perinatal care situations
  • Update and expand their scientific knowledge using a variety of resources and learning opportunities
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in examining perinatal care and practice issues
  • Implement and promote evidence-based nursing practice through research utilization
  • Promote family-centred care for childbearing families
  • Utilize principles of health education, adult learning, and the teaching-learning process to meet the learning needs of childbearing families

Preclinical / Clinical Information

Students preparing for Clinical Placement should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage and our Clinical FAQ for details and information on the process.

Clinical experiences may be completed in your own community provided suitable clinical units are available and willing to take students. You will be expected to develop a learning plan which is an opportunity to design the clinical experience to meet individual learning needs.

Credit for Prior Learning

If you already work in maternal-child nursing, application can be made through Prior Learning Assessment to challenge the clinical experience. Proof of work experience must be provided.

Challenge exams for Introduction to Perinatal Nursing 1 and 2 will be available in Fall 2017 for Nurses with appropriate knowledge, skills and clinical experience who believe they are able to proceed more quickly through the certificate. Prerequisites for the challenge exam include current/recent clinical experience and related knowledge.

Perinatal High Risk Obstetrics Nursing Certificate for Registered Nurses

This provides an increasing level of complexity in care practice as well as critical thinking skills. The courses follow a logical progression and build upon each other therefore it is expected that students will complete the program in the following sequence:

Obstetrics Nursing Certificate
Introduction to Perinatal Nursing 1 (NRSG10055)
Introduction to Perinatal Nursing 2 (NRSG10056)
Neonatal Resuscitation (HSCI10163)
Obstetrical Nursing 1 (Advanced) (NRSG10049)

Obstetrical Nursing 1 Clinical Experience (CLIN10002)
Obstetrical Nursing 2 (Advanced) (NRSG10051)

Obstetrical Nursing 2 Clinical Experience (CLIN10003)

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