COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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Introduction to Electrocardiography

This course introduces the student to the anatomy and physiology of the Cardiovascular System. Students will learn correct patient connection and operation of Electrocardiograph machines. The principles of an ECG tracing are introduced, along with theory and practice in producing an accurate, readable tracing. Recognition of artefacts, their causes and corrective actions are demonstrated. Students learn the theory and practical requirements for Holter Monitor, Blood Pressure and Pulmonary Function Testing.

Canadian Nursing Exam Review

Writing any type of exam is a stressful event for students as the exam is the gateway to become a certified professional. The nursing profession is complex and diverse and requires a high degree of commitment from the individual who wishes to become a nurse. Commitment to nursing begins even before the first class of the first year of study. An individual doesn’t casually decide to become a nurse, it takes a high level of self-realization and understanding of the depth of commitment needed to become successful and accomplished member of such a challenging profession. But, before we can become a nurse we must learn how to be a nurse through education and experience.

Many nursing students will feel overwhelmed when preparing to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam. The extraordinary amount of text books used during your days as a student along with all of the information specifically available regarding writing exams can be daunting for the student. CCACT has developed this course to assist the student nurse to focus and organize their time to develop a successful study plan for exam writing.  CCACT has developed a course that focus’ on the expected competencies of a practicing registered nurse; understanding that if the student is able to grasp the fundamentals of practice they will be able to extrapolate, through the use of critical thinking skills, their knowledge and analysis skills to successfully responding to the exam questions. 

Peripheral Intravenous (I.V) Therapy Course for Health Care Professionals

The Peripheral Intravenous Therapy Initiation” workshop presented is now one of the most common treatment modalities in the hospital environment and is growing rapidly in the community environment as health care provision expands beyond the hospital walls.

In the past it was the responsibility of the IV team nurses to initiate all intravenous starts but this has changed. Nurses and other health care practitioners in all areas are now responsible for initiating intravenous therapy for their clients. 

 

IV insertion is a challenging clinical skill that often produces anxiety for many health care professionals. The Canadian Center For Advanced Career Training recognizes the importance of intravenous therapy in health care and is dedicated to providing the health care professional with the tools required to safely and competently perform this skill. Through our training the health care professional will gain the confidence, knowledge and skills necessary to successfully practice infusion therapy.

 

This course will be of interest and great benefit not only to practicing nurses, student nurses, nursing assistants, and other inter professional health care providers, holistic and naturopath physicians. 

Canadian Registered Nursing 

Practice Examination

This 250 multiple choice practice exam will allow the student to test their knowledge prior to writing the CRNE. The exam is timed and graded. You are allowed to write the exam up to 3 times without additional fees. A passing grade is 70%

An Introduction to Phlebotomy

Theoretical Component

This course introduces the student to the roles and disciplines of the Canadian Laboratory departments. Students are introduced to Medical terminology and common abbreviations related specifically blood sample collection. The importance of patient documentation and data transcription are taught in theory and practice. The principles of safe biologic specimen collection, patient preparation, containers, blood tubes and proper labeling requirements are demonstrated. Students are instructed in the fundamentals of patient care, scope of responsibility, confidentiality and communication.

Geriatric Health Promotion and Wellness

- the expected nursing standards for the geriatric nurse.

- the responsibilities of the geriatric nurse.

- the geriatric nursing process.

- the development of client goals and plans of care.

- the establishment of guidelines for geriatric nursing care.

- the process of evaluating client outcomes.

- the steps required during a physical assessment of the elder client.

- the various tools available to the nurse in assessing the elder client’s needs

Pulmonary Health Issues Affecting

the Geriatric Population

As the body ages there is a gradual deterioration of maximum organ function. The aging process brings changes to the lungs and its surroundings as they stiffness, loss of elasticity, weaker muscles, and shrunken airways. These changes leave the elderly population more susceptible to breathing problems and disorders.

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

·      Describe the changes that occur in the pulmonary system that effects the elderly population.

·      Describe common pulmonary conditions; pneumonia, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, 

       destructive airway disease, allergies, and lung cancer.

·      Discuss nursing interventions related to pulmonary system changes affecting the elderly population.

Gerontology Nursing the Role of 

the Geriatric Nurse

As the world population ages the need for specialized nursing care will grow exponentially. The field of geriatrics will become a vital element in the care of the elderly. Geriatric nurses have a significant role to play in the care of the elder client. Geriatric nurses provide health screening, counselling, physiological and psychological care and support.

Neurological and Mental Health Issues Affecting the Geriatric Population

The elderly population may be living with mental illness that develops earlier in life. The aging process may predispose some people to develop cognitive disorders such as dementia that can complicate the management of previously diagnosed physical and mental health issues. A specific comprehensive knowledge base will be required of the geriatric nurse to provide appropriate and effective treatments to the elderly population trying to cope with both mental and physical alterations.

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

·      Describe changes in the neurological system in the elderly population.

·      Discuss the different levels of Dementia.

·      Discuss the physical and cognitive effects of Dementia.

·      Discuss treatment modalities for specific neurological disorders.

·      Discuss some of the changes in the neurological system in the elderly population.

·      Discuss common neurological conditions that can affect the elderly population.

Geriatric Nursing Common Health Conditions in the Elderly Population

The continued growth in the number of elderly as people live longer, will cause an increase in the number of people who are most vulnerable to and most affected by chronic conditions. On the whole, the conditions that are most common among older age groups require more care, are more disabling, and are more difficult and costly to treat than the conditions that are more common for younger age groups.

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

·      Describe common skin conditions that affect the elderly population.

·      Describe sensory problems affecting the elderly population.

·      Describe common metabolic and endocrine system issues affecting the elderly population.

·      Discuss some of the common musculoskeletal changes in the elderly population.

·      Briefly discuss pain management modalities for conditions affecting the elderly population.

Geriatric Hematological

and Immunological Health

The continued growth in the number of elderly as people live longer, will cause an increase in the number of people who are most vulnerable to and most affected by chronic conditions. On the whole, the conditions that are most common among older age groups require more care, are more disabling, and are more difficult and costly to treat than the conditions that are more common for younger age groups.

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

·      Describe common skin conditions that affect the elderly population.

·      Describe sensory problems affecting the elderly population.

·      Describe common metabolic and endocrine system issues affecting the elderly population.

·      Discuss some of the common musculoskeletal changes in the elderly population.

·      Briefly discuss pain management modalities for conditions affecting the elderly population.

Gastrointestinal Health Issues Affecting the Geriatric Population

All organ systems change with age, including the gastrointestinal tract. There are changes within the gastrointestinal tract which can result in multiple disorders or conditions altering the elderly person’s lifestyle. Understanding the changes that occur will assist the nurse in developing care plans that will educate and assist the elderly client to understand the changes taking place and has to cope with these changes.

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

·      Discuss the changes that occur in the gastrointestinal tract as aging occurs.

·      Describe chronic conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.

·      Describe the processes responsible for diarrhea and constipation.

·      Discuss the importance of hydration and nutrition in the elderly population.

·      Define fecal impaction and fecal incontinence.

·      Discuss common cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.

Gerontology Nursing - Genitourinary Health Care of the Geriatric Patient

As a result of age-related changes to the urinary system, older adults are more susceptible to develop infections, excretory problems, skin conditions, and carcinomas among some of the conditions that they can develop. Understanding the physiological changes taking place as the elderly client ages will assist the geriatric nurse in developing care plans specific to the individual client’s needs.

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

·      Discuss the changes that occur in the genitourinary tract as aging occurs.

·      Discuss the different types/causes of incontinence and the role of the nurses caring for a client that suffers from Incontinence.

·      Describe the effect of aging on renal function.

·      Describe different types of sexual dysfunction affecting the elderly population.

·      Discuss urinary carcinomas.

Dementia Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease

Prevention of Falls in the Elderly Population

Prevention of falls

Nursing Home Care vs.

Nursing Institutional Care

Nursing Home Care vs. Nursing Institutional Care

Cardiac Health Issues in the Geriatric Population

Students will learn to recognize cardiac changes in the geriatric population.

Gerontology Nursing

A Eight Module Certificate course

This course will be of interest and benefit practising nurses, student nurses, practical nurses, personal support workers and other inter professional health,holistic naturopath care providers

 MODULE 1:

THE ROLE OF THE GERIATRIC NURSE

 

As the world population ages the need for specialized nursing care will grow exponentially.  The field of geriatrics will become a vital element in the care of the elderly.  Geriatric nurses have a significant role to play in the care of the elder client. Geriatric nurses provide health screening, counselling, physiological and psychological care and support.

 

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the expected nursing standards for the geriatric nurse.

  • Discuss the responsibilities of the geriatric nurse.

  • Discuss the geriatric nursing process.

  • Discuss the development of client goals and plans of care.

  • Discuss the establishment of guidelines for geriatric nursing care.

  • Discuss the process of evaluating client outcomes.

  • Explain the steps required during a physical assessment of the elder client.

  • Gain knowledge regarding the various tools available to the nurse in assessing the elder client’s needs.

 

MODULE 2:

GERIATRIC HEALTH PROMOTION AND WELLNESS

 

The purpose of this module is to educate the learner about health promotion and wellness conditions and issues affecting the elder population. The elder population are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases and conditions. The great variation in health, daily function, cognition, social roles, and living conditions among these older adults requires that allied health, medical, social service, social science, health education, health management, and movement science professionals develop the competence to address the unique needs of the elderly population.

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Define health promotion, protection, and disease prevention.

  • Discuss some client barriers to health promotion specific to the elderly population.

  • Describe specific health conditions common to the elderly population.

  • Define primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.

  • Describe practical teaching methods useful in providing the elderly population with information and tools required to gain and maintain healthy behaviours.

MODULE 3:

GERIATRIC NURSING: COMMON HEALTH CONDITIONS

 

The continued growth in the number of elderly as people live longer, will cause an increase in the number of people who are most vulnerable to and most affected by chronic conditions. On the whole, the conditions that are most common among older age groups require more care, are more disabling, and are more difficult and costly to treat than the conditions that are more common for younger age groups.

 

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Describe common skin conditions that affect the elderly population.

  • Describe sensory problems affecting the elderly population.

  • Describe common metabolic and endocrine system issues affecting the elderly population.

  • Discuss some of the common musculoskeletal changes in the elderly population.

  • Briefly discuss pain management modalities for conditions affecting the elderly population

MODULE 4:

GERIATRIC HEMATOLOGICAL AND IMMUNOLOGICAL HEALTH

 

The continued growth in the number of elderly as people live longer, will cause an increase in the number of people who are most vulnerable to and most affected by chronic conditions. On the whole, the conditions that are most common among older age groups require more care, are more disabling, and are more difficult and costly to treat than the conditions that are more common for younger age groups.

 

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Describe common skin conditions that affect the elderly population.

  • Describe sensory problems affecting the elderly population.

  • Describe common metabolic and endocrine system issues affecting the elderly population.

  • Discuss some of the common musculoskeletal changes in the elderly population.

  • Briefly discuss pain management modalities for conditions affecting the elderly population

MODULE 5:

NEUROLOGICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AFFECTING THE GERIATRIC POPULATION

 

The elderly population may be living with mental illness that develops earlier in life. The aging process may predisposed some people to develop cognitive disorders such as dementia that can complicate the management of previously diagnosed physical and mental health issues. A specific comprehensive knowledge base will be required of the geriatric nurse to provide appropriate and effective treatments to the elderly population trying to cope with both mental and physical alterations.

 

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Describe changes in the neurological system in the elderly population.

  • Discuss the different levels of Dementia.

  • Discuss the physical and cognitive effects of Dementia.

  • Discuss treatment modalities for specific neurological disorders.

  • Discuss some of the changes in the neurological system in the elderly population.

  • Discuss common neurological conditions that can affect the elderly population.

MODULE 6:

PULMONARY HEALTH ISSUES AFFECTING THE GERIATRIC POPULATION 

 

As the body ages there is a gradual deterioration of maximum organ function. The aging process brings changes to the lungs and its surroundings as they stiffness, loss of elasticity, weaker muscles, and shrunken airways. These changes leave the elderly population more susceptible to breathing problems and disorders.

 

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the changes that occur in the pulmonary system that effects the elderly population.

  • Describe common pulmonary conditions; pneumonia, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, destructive airway disease, allergies, and lung cancer.

  • Discuss nursing interventions related to pulmonary system changes affecting the elderly population.

MODULE 7:

GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH ISSUES AFFECTING THE GERIATRIC POPULATION

 

All organ systems change with age, including the gastrointestinal tract. There are changes within the gastrointestinal tract which can result in multiple disorders or conditions altering the elderly person’s lifestyle. Understanding the changes that occur will assist the nurse in developing care plans that will educate and assist the elderly client to understand the changes taking place and has to cope with these changes.

 

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the changes that occur in the gastrointestinal tract as aging occurs.

  • Describe chronic conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Describe the processes responsible for diarrhea and constipation.

  • Discuss the importance of hydration and nutrition in the elderly population.

  • Define fecal impaction and fecal incontinence.

  • Discuss common cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.

MODULE 8:

GENITOURINARY HEALTH CARE OF THE GERIATRIC CLIENT

 

As a result of age-related changes to the urinary system, older adults are more susceptible to develop infections, excretory problems, skin conditions, and carcinomas among some of the conditions that they can develop. Understanding the physiological changes taking place as the elderly client ages will assist the geriatric nurse in developing care plans specific to the individual client’s needs.

 

After studying the information provided and upon completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the changes that occur in the genitourinary tract as aging occurs.

  • Discuss the different types/causes of incontinence and the role of the nurses caring for a client that suffers from incontinence.

  • Describe the effect of aging on renal function.

  • Describe different types of sexual dysfunction affecting the elderly population.

  • Discuss urinary carcinomas.