Practical Nurse

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2018 offered every second year Cost Estimate
MiramichiSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
Saint JohnSeptember 2019 offered every second year Cost Estimate
WoodstockSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
St. AndrewsSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate
Fredericton September 2018 Cost Estimate
MiramichiJanuary 2020 offered every second year Cost Estimate
WoodstockJanuary 2019 Cost Estimate
St. AndrewsJanuary 2019 Cost Estimate
Saint JohnSeptember 2018 (combination of in-class and online) offered every second year Cost Estimate

Program Overview

Practical Nurses are focused on providing quality care and support. They work in collaboration with doctors and registered nurses as important members of the healthcare team in a number of specialized areas, including: medicine, surgery, geriatrics, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health and community nursing. Our clinical training will equip you with firsthand experience caring for patients at all life stages and will inspire you to cultivate a rewarding nursing practice. With the increasing aging population and the continuous need for care, skilled Practical Nurses are in demand.


Duration

The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.


Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • One (1) science from the following
      • Biology 112 or 122
      • Chemistry 112 or 122
      • Physics 112 or 122

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)


    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of this program, you may be employed within a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, community and many non-traditional settings.

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    Specific Considerations

    The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) developed a document Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada Requisite Skills and Abilities for individuals to determine their ability to meet the LPN demands for a career. This is a useful document to provide a snapshot of the nature and types of activities involved in a typical entry level practice (Cognitive, Communication, Behavioural, Sensory Perceptual, Physical, Environmental).

    You will be asked to submit proof of immunization, by following the instructions on the standardized NBCC Immunization and Medical Form. In addition, various health facilities throughout the province may require the completion of their medical/immunization form and proof of valid CPR Level HCP with AED certification before clinical practicums can occur. Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned may be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate. Additionally Nursing Homes will require verification of a Social Development (SD) check which is done to determine whether the applicant has any contraventions under the Family Services Act. Please note, when a student goes for a Nursing Home placement, the agency has the responsibility to send in the request for a SD check.

    Additional expenses may be incurred as a result of attendance at professional workshops and the annual meeting of ANBLPN.

    The nature of this profession requires a sincere desire to work with and help other people, at times under challenging circumstances. The individual who chooses this profession should demonstrate optimal mental and physical health and fitness, stamina and motivation. You should also respect and recognize the dignity of each individual you meet and be willing to work shifts and occasional weekends.

    For further information regarding Licensed Practical Nurses, please refer to the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses.

    International applicants are not currently eligible for this program.


    Program Courses

    This course will introduce the sciences of anatomy and physiology of the body systems. The progression of study of the body systems is from simple to complex (e.g. chemical level to cellular level, tissue level to system level)

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    This course is designed to provide an overview of health care ethical and legal framework. Students will gain an insight into the ethical and legal responsibilities of a healthcare provider. The course prepares students for the ethical and legal realities they will face in their health care practice. It enables students to act in accordance with code of ethics and legal requirements as per the scope of practice.

    Health care is one of the most important issues to Canadians. This course introduces students to the complexity of the Canadian health care system and examines the various factors that impact this system. It also examines the role of inter-professional collaboration in achieving positive outcomes.

    This course introduces students to the key concepts, principles, and values and beliefs of client-focused care (also known as client-centred, patient-focused or patient-centred care). Students will recognize the purposes of client-focused care in the health care system and critical role of practical nurses in the implementation of health care practices that are focused on the needs and personal preferences of each individual client. Students will understand the importance of promoting client self-care and healthy living, effective therapeutic communication, and critical thinking in client-focused care. This course enables students to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to really engage with clients from their standpoint and develop continuous, uninterrupted, and meaningful relationships with clients. Application of the nursing process is examined, which allows students to further develop skills of critical thinking and clinical judgment, care planning, and safety in practice.

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1121A
    • ETHI1058A

    This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of mental health concepts, how mental health affects people, and common mental health disorders. Students will explore the role of a mental health care provider as a practical nurse or personal support worker in supporting individuals and families experiencing alterations in mental health and social well-being. The application of the nursing process for clients experiencing mental health challenges is examined. The promotion of mental health through therapeutic treatment modalities and communication is emphasized.

    Building on Basic Adult Health Assessment, students learn to conduct an advanced physical assessment of all body systems on an adult using appropriate equipment and safety measures. The performance of adult physical assessment skills learned in this course is based on the scope of practice for licensed Practical Nurse’s and the current competency profiles as outlined by the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses.

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1128A

    This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and concepts of basic level nursing care. Students will develop the skills required to provide safe and holistic care to a client with basic personal care needs for the activities of daily living. Students will also have an opportunity to apply their learned basic nursing concepts and skills in a simulated lab.
     

    Prerequisites:

    • SECU1089

    This course will provide students with the opportunity to apply at a beginning level their learned fundamental medical surgical knowledge and skills in the clinical setting. Students will be able to apply critical thinking and clinical judgment in providing safe and holistic care to meet the specific needs of clients in the clinical environment.
     

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1073E
    • NCSI1122A
    • NCSI1123A
    • NCSI1128A

    This course is designed to teach safe, competent and comprehensive nursing care pertaining to medication therapy, preparation, and administration of medication according to scope of practice.

    Prerequisites:

    • PHMC1018
    • NCSI1061G
    • NCSI1038G

    This course is designed to provide the practical nurse student with the basic knowledge to address the health needs of a client in a community setting.

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1063G
    • HCSS1040E

    Students will explore family centered care in both health care agencies and community settings. This course will provide the student with experience addressing the health needs of a client in a community setting.

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1065F

    This course is designed to provide an overview of the normal aging process, variations in wellness responses, and health problems of the elderly. Students will explore their specific role in caring and supporting elderly clients with diverse needs, including disabilities and chronic diseases. They will examine their multiple roles in the rehabilitation process to help individual elderly clients to maintain and achieve optimal function in the areas related to self-care and promotion of physical, psychological and social wellness. They will also explore their role in palliative and end-of-life care. Students will learn to adapt nursing care appropriately to an individual elderly client in a variety of health care environments. The application of the nursing process for the elderly care will be examined.
     

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1060F
    • PSYC1078A

    This course is designed to enable students to integrate and apply at a basic level the theoretical nursing concepts and skills learned in the classroom and lab to the clinical setting. This experience will facilitate an awareness of the individual as a caring member of the health care team. Students will be able to apply the nursing process and critical thinking in the clinical environment.

    Prerequisites:

    • ANAT1024
    • NCSI1060F
    • SECU1089
    • SECU1221F

    This course provides the student with the ability to apply the principles of basic mental health nursing care in the clinical setting. The student interacts and develops therapeutic dialogue with clients.

    Prerequisites:

    • PSYC1071C

    This course provides the student with the ability to function with a health care team, independent of their classmates and to apply the principles of nursing care in the clinical setting. They assess and meet their clients’ needs within their scope of practice and the health care team.

    This course is designed to allow students to integrate and apply the theoretical concepts and skills learned, at an intermediate level, in acute medical / surgical environments according to ethical, legal, and safety principles.

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1125A
    • NCSI1038G
    • PATH1036

    This practicum is designed to enable the student to integrate and apply all the theoretical concepts and skills learned, at an advanced student level. During this practicum the student administers medications to a selected population under the supervision of an instructor.



    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1085G
    • NCSI1127A
    • NCSI1063G

    This course is designed to provide an overview to the profession of nursing. Students will explore the meaning of nursing care, the role of the health care professional as a practical nurse or a personal support worker, and the scope of practice in the Canadian healthcare delivery system. Students will develop an understanding of the knowledge, skills, and core competencies to function within the role requirements as described by their program and prospective employers.

    Building on the knowledge and skills covered in the basic nursing care, this course reinforces core skills and introduces students to the fundamental medical surgical nursing concepts including principles of surgical asepsis. Students will learn the fundamental skills required to provide basic care specific to individual surgical patients/clients. Post-mortem care will be discussed.

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1073E
    • NCSI1123A

    This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to apply at a beginning level their learned fundamental medical surgical nursing knowledge and skills including principles of surgical asepsis in a simulated lab. 
     

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1073E
    • NCSI1122A

    Building on the knowledge and skills covered in beginning medical surgical nursing, this course reinforces core skills and introduces students to intermediate nursing concepts and skills related to client care in a medical or surgical unit. Students will learn medical surgical concepts and skills such as how to assess and maintain surgical drainage tubes, oxygen therapy, peripheral infusion therapy, feeding, nasogastric tubes, blood transfusions, Foley catheterization, fluid and electrolytes imbalances, and eye and ear irrigation. Documenting care and reporting abnormal findings will also be emphasized.

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1061G

    This course provides an opportunity for students to apply learned intermediate medical surgical nursing concepts in a simulated lab. Students will be able to apply skills in admission, discharge and transfer of clients, airway management, oxygen therapy, peripheral infusion therapy, complex wound management, nasogastric (NG) and special drains and tubes, Foley catheterization, fluid and electrolytes imbalances, blood transfusions, and eye and ear irrigation. Principles of surgical asepsis are also applied. Documenting care provided and reporting abnormal findings are emphasized.

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1124A

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    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1085G

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    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1126A

    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of common health alterations across the lifespan.  It includes an introduction to various health assessments, basic assessment techniques, components of health interview and guidelines to performing a head-to-toe assessment and general physical examination. Students will focus on holistic health assessment.

    Prerequisites:

    • ANAT1024
    • NCSI1073E

    under development

    Prerequisites:

    • PATH1036
    • NCSI1038G

    under development

    Prerequisites:

    • PSYC1078A

    Under development

    Prerequisites:

    • NCSI1130A

    UNDER DEVELOPMENT

    This course is designed to prepare students to consolidate their skills and knowledge and help them gradually move into the role of a beginning practitioner. It also prepares students for the national exam.

    This course introduces students to the study of diseases and disorders in the body. It explores a common systematic approach (step by step) for distinguishing between diseases and disorders and provides a fundamental framework which supports further studies in pathophysiology.

    Prerequisites:

    • ANAT1024

    Building on the systematic approach introduced in the pathophysiology foundations course, this course examines the relationship between nursing care and common diseases and disorders.  Students further explore the common diseases and disorders in relation to nursing care plans, medical management, and lab and diagnostic examination.

    Prerequisites:

    • PATH1034

    Participants are challenged to apply human relations and interpersonal communications theory to workplace-based and real life situations. They use a problem solving perspective in suggesting and carrying out appropriate communication strategies and techniques.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    This introductory class is designed to acquaint students with the actions / effects of drugs on the body. The pharmacological classifications of drugs and their use in the treatment of various disease states will also be studied. An emphasis is placed on learning brand and generic drug names used in common medical conditions. Common drug dosages and side effects are included.

    Prerequisites:

    • ANAT1024

    The students will gain a better understanding of the causes, characteristics, diagnosis and treatment of the most common psychological disorders in youth and adult populations.

    Prerequisites:

    • MENT1012A

    This course is designed to provide students with an overview of theories and principles of growth and development throughout the human lifespan. These theories and principles act as a guide for health care professionals to integrate into their health care or clinical practice. Physiological, psychosocial, and cognitive concepts of growth and development are presented throughout the course and provide students a foundation to build upon throughout their career as a nurse or a personal support worker. It also explores the basics of nutrition on human growth and development, and types of food and diets to meet client’s specific nutritional needs. Students will understand human growth and development and learn how to use the Canada food guidelines.

    This course introduces effective body mechanics and safe transferring and positioning skills which assist to reduce the risk of personal musculo-skeletal injury.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.


    NOC Codes

    3233 - Licensed practical nurses
    3413 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates


    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: Athabasca University
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Credit transfer available toward Bachelor of Professional Arts (Human Services) with Athabasca University


    External Certifications

    Practical Nurse graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

    Institution: Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses (ANBLPN)
    External Certification: Practical Nurse - ANBLPN
    Information:

    To be eligible to write the licensing exam, the students must be first registered as student members of the Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses. In addition to the registration fee, the association requires the following documentation for each incoming practical nurse student: proof of legal name - birth or baptismal certificate, or marriage certificate or divorce decree; all academic transcripts including high school; and the results of a criminal record check. For this program, the certification standard is 75%.

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