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Helping Skills (197) (COMM 197)

Formerly Communication Skills. You will utilize a communication framework to facilitate a helping relationship with your clients.

Students are required to attend a 2-day weekend lab; travel costs are your responsibkoity.

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Administration of Medications (PHAR 264)

You will focus on the administration of medications throughout the lifespan in the context of systems and patient safety. Your studies will include aspects of the metric system essential for the classification of medication dosages for adults and children. You will explore the principles concerning safe administration of medications and learn how to prepare and safely administer medications via the enteral, percutaneous and parenteral (subcutaneous, intramuscular and intradermal) routes.

You are required to attend a Weekend lab in Regina, dates TBA

Prerequisites: Practicum 1 (PRAC 162) and Introductory Pharmacology (PHAR 160) (concurrent) or Pharmacology (PHAR 201)


Fee: $585 Additional costs: Text(s) and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-567January 27, 2014 - June 13, 2014
Registration deadline Jan 17
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Canadian Registered Nurse Exam Preparation Workshop (NURS 1645)

This is a three day facilitator led workshop that will assist nurses who are preparing to write the Canadian Registered Nurses Exam (CRNE).  The workshop includes theory review, exam writing practice and multiple choice exam strategies. A workbook is provided. Both internationally educated and Canadian nurses will find the workshop helpful as they prepare for the CRNE.

Prerequisites: Must be a graduate of a Registered Nurse program


Fee: $375
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-4996April 25, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Registration deadline: April 11
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Prince Albert

Catheterization Completer Course (NURS 1640)

This course is for licensed practical nurses that require more knowledge and skill ability with catheterizations. You will enhance your skills in male and female catheterization, bladder irrigation and removing a urinary catheter. For the theory portion of the course, you will be required to complete the workbook, view a video and write an examination. Upon successful completion of the theory portion of the course, you will be required to attend a lab. During the lab, time will be provided for practicing and testing of the skill.

Prerequisites: LPN


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Cervical Screening for RN’s (NURS 1671)

You will learn to perform cervical screening according to the clinical practice guidelines in Saskatchewan. As a registered nurse participating in this interactive workshop, you should ideally be working in an environment where women’s health is a regular part of your role.

If you are interested in the course please email pcnp@siast.sk.ca

 

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Community Nursing (NRSG 253)

You will focus your studies on concepts that relate to community nursing. You will review the principles of primary health care and explore emerging community health trends in Saskatchewan. In addition, you will discuss concepts, challenges and nursing care related to community mental health, public health and home care.

Prerequisites: Must be LPN


Fee: $375 Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-434April 7, 2014 - June 27, 2014
Registration deadline Mar 28
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Diabetes Mellitus: Classifications and Diagnosis (NURS 1667)

This course focuses on enhancing your knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology, classifications and diagnostic criteria of the different types of diabetes.

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Foot Care: Principles and Practices (NURS 1656)

You will learn the anatomy, structure and function of the nail, foot and skin. You will learn how to identify common nail and skin pathology, as well as structural pathology of the foot and related nursing interventions. You will learn about common instruments used in foot care and how to care for them, utilizing Health Canada’s guidelines. You will learn how to complete a foot assessment and develop an individualized plan of care. The course includes a two day lab where you will practice and demonstrate foot care, nail cutting and basic padding techniques.

Prerequisites: LPN or RN


Fee: $550 Additional costs: Text(s)/Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-498January 13, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Registration deadline Jan 3
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CRN: 03-499March 10, 2014 - June 13, 2014
Registration deadline Feb 28
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Foundations of Medical Device Reprocessing (MED 1601)

Your studies will focus on an overview of the medical device reprocessing (MDR) department as well as duties and responsibilities of Medical Device Reprocessing technicians. You will gain valuable information whether you are new to the area or have previous reprocessing experience. You will study medical terminology, major body systems, microbiology, infection control, confidentiality, safety and required Canadian standards related to medical device reprocessing.

Prerequisites: Grade 12 or GED 12, SIAST English Language Proficiency


Fee: $340 Additional costs: Text(s)/Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-491April 14, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 4
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Health and Healing 1 Completer (NURS 173)

Within a caring holistic context, you will be introduced to the concept of health as it applies to you and others. You will explore the concept of primary health care. You will discuss health services delivery. You will examine determinants of health. Health promotion activities and community resources are explored.

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (162), Sociology 1, or taken concurrently. Graduate of Continuing Care Assistant program after 2000.


Fee: $440 Additional costs: Text(s) and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-550April 7, 2014 - June 27, 2014
Registration deadline Mar 28
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Health Challenges 1 (NURS 172)

Your studies will focus on the concepts of holistic nursing care related to specific health challenges of the older adult. You will discuss the concepts related to growth and development of the adult and older adult, and examine the concept of polypharmacy in the older adult. You will also discuss the introductory concepts of microbiology and selected specific microorganisms. You will explore the chain of infection and learn about emerging infections in Canadian communities.  
Equivalent course(s): Health Challenges 1 Completer (NURS 174)

Prerequisites: Health and Healing 1, Anatomy and Physiology 1 (162), (concurrent)  


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Insulin Therapy in Diabetes Management (NURS 1668)

Your studies will focus on increasing your knowledge of the insulin preparations available in Canada. You will study different insulin regimens and the role of intensive insulin therapy in diabetes management.

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Intramuscular Injection Completer Course (PHAR 1602)

This course is for licensed practical nurses that require more knowledge and skill ability for intramuscular injections (IM). For the theory portion of the course, you will be required to complete the workbook, view a video and write an examination. Upon successful completion of the theory portion of the course, you will be required to attend a lab. During the lab, time will be provided for practicing and testing of the skill.

Prerequisites: One of: Medications Clinical (CLIN 279), Drug Therapy 2 (Phar 262), Practical Nursing Clinical Experience 2C (CLIN 275), Practical Nursing Practicum 3 (PRAC 261), Practical Nursing Re-Entry Clinical Experience (CLIN 227) or similar course approved by Practical Nursing Program Head


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IV Therapy/Blood and Blood Products Completer Course (NRSG 254)

You will develop knowledge and skill related to intravenous therapy, the initiation of intravenous lines, intravenous medications, the use of intermittent access devices, blood and blood products, and blood administration. Your studies will include self-study theory, review exercises, simulation practice labs, performance testing and a written exam.

Prerequisites: PHAR 1602 (IM Injections) or similar course approved by Practical Nursing Program Head, or students who graduated in June 2001 from PN Program


Fee: $360
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 04-33May 5, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 25
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Leadership and Management in Perioperative / Medical Device Reprocessing (NURS 1673)

SIAST, Nursing Division, Continuing Education, has developed an instructor supported distance education course specific to leadership and management in Perioperative and Medical Device Reprocessing.

Your studies will focus on an overview of leadership and management in the perioperative and medical device reprocessing areas. You will examine the basics of planning, communication, human resource management, quality management, quality improvement and fiscal management using evidence based practices and resources. The course will also examine management and leadership practices specific to both the medical device reprocessing and perioperative environment.   



Prerequisites: Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Business degree or equivalent


Fee: $550 Additional costs: Text and manual (available through SIAST bookstore 1-866-569-8398)  
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-489April 7, 2014 - June 27, 2014
Registration deadline Mar 28
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Homestudy (Print)

Leadership in Nursing (LEAD 201)

You will enhance your leadership skills. You will study the changing roles in nursing, the professional concepts of leadership and management, and the significance of communication and conflict resolution to leadership and management. You will study how ethical and legal issues influence nursing; and how power and motivation relate to leadership and management. You will be able to demonstrate the basic skills necessary to be an effective team manager.

Prerequisites: LPN/RN or RPN


Fee: $460 Additional costs: Text(s) and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-438April 7, 2014 - June 27, 2014
Registration deadline Mar 28
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Homestudy (Print)

Math for Health Care Providers (MATH 1806)

You will review the basic mathematics skills required to succeed in the health care industry. This online course includes demonstrations and animations as well as interactive exercises and quizzes.

Students have online access to course material at days and time of their choice. Instructor assistance is not available for this course.

Fee: $109 15 hours
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-847January 2, 2014 - April 30, 2014
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CRN: 04-98May 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014
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Medical Device Reprocessing - Decontamination: Cleaning and Disinfection (MED 1602)

You will have the opportunity to study decontamination in medical device reprocessing. You will discuss agents for cleaning and disinfection as well as study various equipment used to decontaminate surgical instruments and patient care equipment. You will discuss the handling and cleaning of both rigid and flexible endoscopes. The course will also cover key policies and procedures related to medical device reprocessing.

Prerequisites: Foundations of Medical Device Reprocessing


Fee: $340 Additional costs: Text(s)/Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-493April 14, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 4
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Medical Device Reprocessing - Inspection, Assembly and Packaging (MED 1603)

You will discuss the inspection, sorting, assembling, packaging and storing instruments. Aspects of preparing equipment to be sterilized will be covered. You will study the various classifications of surgical instruments including specialty and by service categories. Policies and procedures related to these areas will also be identified.

Prerequisites: Medical Device Reprocessing - Decontamination: Cleaning and Disinfection


Fee: $340 Additional costs: Text(s)/manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-495April 14, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 4
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Homestudy (Print)

Medical Device Reprocessing - Sterilization, Storage and Distribution (MED 1604)

Your studies will cover the microbiological principles of sterilization. You will study the various methods of sterilization including steam, EtO and low level sterilizers. This course will also focus on monitoring the sterilization process, discussing loaner instruments and identifying components of storage, distribution and transportation of sterile supplies.

Prerequisites: Medical Device Reprocessing - Inspection, Assembly and Packaging


Fee: $340 Additional costs: Text(s)/manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-497April 14, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 4
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Homestudy (Print)

Medical Device Reprocessing Practicum (PRAC 1603)

You will apply theory and skills in an approved medical device reprocessing department. You will participate in the different aspects of medical device reprocessing including decontamination, inspection, assembly, packaging, sterilization, storage and transportation. You will work under the supervision of a manager/supervisor and work directly with a medical device reprocessing technician. You will model professional attitudes and practices in all aspects of your assigned duties.

Prerequisites: Medical Device Reprocessing - Sterilization, Storage and Distribution


Fee: $475 , 400 hours
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 09-18July 2, 2013 - August 22, 2014
Registraton deadline Jun 16
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Medications and the Older Adult/LPN (PHAR 270)

Your studies will focus on medication and the older adult. You will review the pharmacokinetics and the pharmacodynamics of drugs as they relate to the older adult. You will explore drug interactions, adverse reactions, drug toxicity polypharmacy and client compliance in relationship to nursing care of the older adult.

Prerequisites: Must be LPN


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Mood Disorders (NURS 1633)

The course will focus on helping you increase your understanding of the diagnostic criteria, etiology, symptoms and interventions for mood disorders. You will use a variety of print and Internet resources to assist you in working with persons with mood disorders.

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Nasogastric Tube Insertion Completer for LPNs (NRSG 255)

You will develop knowledge and skill in assessing a client with a nasogastric tube. You will learn the skill of insertion, maintenance and removal of a nasogastric tube. Your studies will include self-study theory, review exercises, simulation practice lab and a written exam.

Prerequisites: Must be LPN


Fee: $360 Additional costs: Text(s) and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 04-34May 5, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 25
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Nursing Arts 1 Completer (NURS 170)

You will study the development of basic nursing competencies related to vital signs, elimination and specimen collection and isolation technique. You will complete three lab and theory components from NURS 161, Nursing Arts 1.

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (162), Sociology 1, or taken concurrently. Graduate of Continuing Care Assistant program after 2000.  


Fee: $625 Additional costs: Text(s) and print materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-430April 7, 2014 - June 27, 2014
Registraton deadline Mar 28
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Homestudy (Print)

Oral Anti-hyperglycemic Agents in Diabetes Management (NURS 1669)

This course focuses on increasing your knowledge of the different classes of oral medications used to manage type 2 diabetes. You will study the medications’ mode of action, their potential side effects and the clinical markers considered when an anti-hyperglycemic agent is prescribed.

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Patient Safety (NRSG 252)

You will study the systems approach to patient safety related to medication safety, interdisciplinary team relationships and best nursing practices. You will study national and provincial organizations designed to facilitate the Canadian patient safety agenda. You will examine a regional risk management or quality improvement project focused on advancing patient safety.

Prerequisites: Must be LPN


Fee: $375 Additional costs: Manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-432April 7, 2014 - June 27, 2014
Registraton deadline Mar 28
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Homestudy (Print)

Principles of Nursing Practice for Outpatient Procedures Procedures (NURS 1658)

You will review principles of nursing practice as they apply to procedures performed in a variety of outpatient settings. You will study process, roles/responsibilities, legal/moral obligations and measures to ensure patient and staff safety. This course will provide an introduction to the principles of asepsis, sterilization and disinfection and infection prevention in the outpatient setting. It will also provide information on identification, safe use and care of instruments, equipment and supplies for the performance of procedures. You will study pre and post procedure care including methods of anesthesia, recovery from anesthesia, discharge and follow up.

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Prerequisites:  Must be a RN or LPN


Fee: $550 Additional costs: Text(s)/manual
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-487April 7, 2014 - June 27, 2014
Registration deadline Mar 28
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Psychosocial Assessment (NURS 1634)

You will enhance your knowledge of how to provide a more thorough psychosocial assessment in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Using a variety of print and Internet resources, you will review communication techniques and further develop your understanding of the assessment of a wide range of areas in mental status assessment (including affect, behaviour, cognitive functions, thought processes and culture, and spirituality).

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Psychotropic Agents (NURS 1635)

Your studies will focus on psychotropic agents used in a variety of disorders. The primary references used are a handbook for mental health workers published by a registered psychiatric nurse in British Columbia (included with the course manual) and Internet resources. You will study major medication groups (including antidepressant agents, mood stabilizers, anxiety and sedative-hypnotic agents, antipsychotic agents and antiparkinsonian agents).

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Schizophrenia (NURS 1637)

The course will focus on increasing your understanding of the diagnostic criteria, etiology, symptoms and intervention for schizophrenia. You will use a variety of print and Internet resources to assist you in working with persons with schizophrenia and their families.

Prerequisites: LPN, RN or RPN


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Tracheostomy Care Completer for LPNs (NRSG 256)

You will develop knowledge and skill regarding tracheostomy care. You will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to perform the required care of a person with a tracheostomy. Your studies will include self-study theory, review exercises, simulation practice lab and a written exam.

Prerequisites: Must be LPN


Fee: $360 Additonal costs: Text(s)
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 04-35May 5, 2014 - June 6, 2014
Registration deadline Apr 25
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Homestudy (Print)

Wound Care Completer Course (NURS 1638)

This course is for licensed practical nurses that require more knowledge and skill ability for wound care. The course content includes theory, selfstudy, simulated lab testing and an exam. Your studies will focus on suture and clip removal, the principles of sterile technique and medical/surgical asepsis. Upon successful completion of the theory portion of the course, you will be required to attend a lab. During the lab, time will be provided for practicing and testing of the skill.

Prerequisites: LPN


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