Registered Nurse - Emergency Nursing

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 1157

Please note:

As of February 2019, applications for this part-time program are no longer being accepted and current students should complete all courses before December 31, 2022. This program is being replaced with the Acute Care Nursing Skills micro-credential. Visit micro-credentials to learn more. For further information, please contact the Program Assistant Kim Myre.

About the program

This program provides the RN with the knowledge and skills required to give comprehensive care to patients in the Emergency Department. Throughout the program, there will be an emphasis on triage through secondary assessment, critical thinking and problem solving. The clinical care and management of children, adolescents and the elderly in an emergency setting will receive special attention. Focus will also be given to special situations encountered in emergency nursing. This program will assist nurses preparing for the CNA certification exam in Emergency Nursing.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Current College of Nurses of Ontario Certificate of Registration as a Registered Nurse.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical placements. Clinical placements are only available to students registered in the program and must be arranged by the Placement Office. Successful placement completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following:
    • A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, varicella, polio and hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
    • TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
    • Standard First Aid and CPR - BLS (Basic Life Support)
    • An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
  • Applicants are advised that a latex-free environment in the College or clinical setting is NOT guaranteed.
  • Travel within the program: Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from assigned learning settings external to the College and for covering any costs incurred. The location of these learning sites could be anywhere within a one hour's drive of the Doon campus.
  • Applicants should display integrity, reliability, maturity, self-direction, self-discipline, determination, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, poise and leadership attributes.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Assess patients of all ages in a variety of emergency settings, including priority setting;
  • Incorporate knowledge of the physiological interrelatedness of all body systems;
  • Incorporate a knowledge of legal implications into the delivery of emergency care;
  • Provide the essential emergency and nursing intervention required for multiple trauma patients of all ages
  • Function as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing emergency care;
  • Practice crisis intervention techniques with all ages and situations in the emergency department.
  • Adapt nursing care and anticipate special problems according to phases of growth and development, especially with respect to pediatric and geriatric patients;
  • Assess clinical manifestations and anticipate the related diagnostic findings of various pathological conditions;
  • Justify emergency treatment and interventions required including patient and family teaching;
  • Integrate the need for patient and family confidentiality into emergency care,
  • Assess and respond to the impact of the emergency department setting on the patient and his/her family;
  • Perform emergency nursing skills incorporating legal, ethical and professional standards;
  • Integrate the special problems of the pediatric patient into emergency care;
  • Triage patients according to established criteria.
  • Practice the specialized knowledge and skills of emergency nursing in a clinical setting

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Program contact

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