Registered Nurse - Perinatal Nursing Certificates - Neonatal - 876

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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Overview

Expand your 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 Perinatal Obstetrical Nursing Certificate program prepares RNs for the Canadian Nurses Association Perinatal Certification exam. The Neonatal Stream (876) of the Perinatal Nursing Certificate prepares for nursing Specialization increases potential to find employment in Perinatal Nursing Units, i.e. Maternal Child Units, NICU, L&D. 

This program consists of online and in-class 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. 

A list of required courses and course descriptions can be found in the "Program of Studies" tab. For the most current course availability, scheduling and fee information please see the Continuing Education Catalogue.

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Continuing Education Health and Nursing
  • 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.

This program of studies is effective Fall 2017. Students who are currently in progress should contact us regarding a strategy for completion. 

Please see below for course descriptions and delivery information. For the most current course availability, scheduling and fee information please see the Continuing Education Catalogue.  

 

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Integrate the knowledge and skills learned in Neonatal Nursing 1 (Advanced). The clinical experience will occur in Level 2 perinatal setting (special care nursery, intensive care nursery). Mohawk College Medical Clearance and current NRC are required.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: NRSG10045 and HSCI10163 and HLTH10223 or NRSG10104 and HSCI10163 and HLTH10223
Course description: Integrate the knowledge and skills learned in Neonatal Nursing 2 (Advanced) in a Level 3 neonatal intensive care setting (NICU). Mohawk College Medical Clearance and current NRP are required.
Prerequisites: CLINNSCF2 and HSCI10163 and NRSG10043 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: Examine the nursing assessment and care of the moderately ill and/or preterm neonate. Topics include preterm birth from the neonatal perspective, assessment of the at risk infant, thermoregulation, nutrition, stabilization and transport, developmental and family centred care, infection and respiratory conditions.
Prerequisites: NRSG10056 or NRSG10103
Equivalents: NRSG10045
Course description: Examines the assessment and care of high risk and critically ill neonates. Topics include cardiac disorders, congenital abnormalities, acid-base balance, neurological concerns, respiratory disorders, assisted ventilation, gastrointestinal disorders, neonatal surgery, and ethics and end of life care.
Prerequisites: NRSG10045 or NRSG10104
Equivalents: NRSG10043

Courses

NRSG 10102: Perinatal Nursing Reproductive Health & Pregnancy

Online

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. 

Equivalent to: NRSG 10055 

Note: This course is a foundational course for all the Perinatal Nursing Certificate Programs: 040 –RPN Maternal Newborn; 876 – Neonatal; 877 – Obstetrics (High Risk)

NRSG 10103: Perinatal Nursing Labour, Delivery and Newborn Care

Online

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.

Equivalent to: NRSG 10056

Note: This course is a foundational course for all the Perinatal Nursing Certificate Programs: 040 –RPN Maternal Newborn; 876 – Neonatal; 877 – Obstetrics (High Risk)

HSCI 10163- Neonatal Resuscitation Provider Certification

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.

This course is offered in-class at our IAHS campus. 

**Please follow the program of studies for the order of the courses you should be taking**

NRSG 10104: Neonatal 1 Advanced Nursing Care of Term and Preterm Neonates

Online

Examine the nursing assessment and care of the moderately ill and/or preterm neonate. Topics include preterm birth from the neonatal perspective, assessment of the "at risk" infant, thermoregulation, nutrition, infection and respiratory problems. Critical appraisal will also be discussed as a means to evaluate the quality of research evidence.

Equivalent to: NRSG 10045

NRSG 10105: Neonatal 2: Advanced Nursing Care of Critically Ill Neonates

Mix of in class and online

Examines the assessment and care of high risk and critically ill neonates. Topics include cardiac problems, congenital abnormalities, acid-base balance, neurological concerns, respiratory problems, assisted ventilation, and parenting in the NICU.

Equivalent to: NRSG 10043.

CLIN NSCF2 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing 1 Clinical Experience

Fieldwork/clinical

Integrate the knowledge and skills learned in Neonatal Nursing 1 (Advanced). The clinical experience will occur in Level 2 perinatal setting (special care nursery, intensive care nursery). Mohawk College Medical Clearance and current NRC are required.

You MUST register for HLTH 10223 and complete required health clearances prior to beginning your clinical. 

CLIN NSCF4- Advanced Neonatal Nursing 2 Clinical Experience

Fieldwork/clinical

Integrate the knowledge and skills learned in Neonatal Nursing 2 (Advanced) in a Level 2+ or 3 neonatal intensive care setting (NICU). Mohawk College Medical Clearance and current NRP are required.

You MUST register for HLTH 10223 and complete required health clearances prior to beginning your clinical. 

  • 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 Neonatal 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:

Neonatal Nursing Certificate
Neonatal Nursing 1 (Advanced) (NRSG10045)
Neonatal Nursing 1 Clinical Experience (CLINNSCF2)
Neonatal Nursing 2 (Advanced) (NRSG10043)
Neonatal Nursing 2 Clinical Experience (CLINNSCF4)

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