Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Professional Development Courses

The Centre for Professional Development provides a variety of innovative programs, courses and institutes to advance your skills, enhance your knowledge, and move your career forward in an exciting, clinical leadership role.

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April 28-29, 2016

Institute on Advancing Chronic Pain Assessment and Management

Pain as a prevalent and universal symptom has major impact on individuals of all ages, their family and society. This course will focus on contemporary pain assessment and management practices and related diagnostic reasoning and management based on theoretical models, best evidence and current treatment guidelines.


May 16 – June 24, 2016

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning in Primary Health Care: A Review for Nurse Practitioners

This 6-week online course for NPs offers a focused review of advanced nursing practice utilizing the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Core Competency Framework (Canadian Nurses Association, 2010) as the underlying framework. A particular emphasis will be placed on the advanced clinical reasoning and decision‐making skills required to accurately assess and diagnose clients typically seen in a primary health care setting across the lifespan.


June 10, 2016

Assisted Dying in Canada – Is Nursing Ready?

Given the rapid evolution of medically aided dying in Canada, are nurses prepared, competent and ready for the changing care needs of patients who wish to end their lives in the face of irremediable medical conditions that cause enduring suffering? This one day course will address the history, language and core concepts related to euthanasia; and the current and emerging legislation and regulations in Canada and internationally that will impact future nursing practice.


June 22, 2016

Assessing Clinical Competency with Confidence: A Course for Educators

This one day interactive workshop is designed for new and experienced educators who are responsible for, and want to enhance their skill in, the design, development and administration of competency assessments for students and/or professional staff.


September 5 – November 13, 2016

Advanced Ostomy Care and Management

This is a 10 week self-directed online course for healthcare professionals interested in enhancing their knowledge and skill in the application of best practices for ostomy and peristomal skin care. It is applicable to individuals working in acute, long-term care & community settings. This comprehensive course will assist you to critically analyze complex ostomy care problems and apply unique management techniques required to provide quality care and support to people and families who are living with ostomies.


September 10-11, 2016

Excelling in the Care of the Elderly: A Course for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses

The acquisition of expert knowledge and the provision of skillful care of the elderly has become an essential component of nurse practitioner practice in both acute and primary care. The two day course will increase your confidence and improve the depth and breadth of your knowledge in this critical area of practice.


Fall 2016

PeriAnaesthesia Review Course

The course will review essential competencies in the care of this unique patient population at each phase of their journey through the perianaesthetic experience.


Fall 2016

Review of Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

This one-day course will review health assessment using a systems approach and will include how to do a head to toe assessment. Participants will practice focused health assessments in a simulation laboratory. This course will provide a refresher on health assessment for practicing registered nurses or nurse practitioner students or nurse practitioners who wish to review and build upon their health assessment skills.


December 2016

The Foundations and Scholarship of Clinical Teaching

This two-day workshop for clinical instructors and nurse educators focuses on theoretical and practical dimensions of clinical teaching from a transformational learning perspective. Key elements of transformative learning theory serve as the foundation for reflective discussion and activities. Participants will have opportunity for interaction and networking with other nurses interested in clinical teaching.


Spring 2017

Managing Urgent/Emergent Clinical Problems in Adults: A Course for Nurse Practitioners

This intensive course will focus on the management of urgent/emergent clinical problems that may be encountered by Nurse Practitioners working in acute care and other settings where clients present with urgent presentations. An interactive and case based approach will be utilized to review acute clinical problems with an emphasis on critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills.


Spring 2017

Managing Urgent/Emergent Clinical Problems for Children: A Course for Nurse Practitioners

This intensive course will focus on the management of urgent/emergent clinical problems that may be encountered by Nurse Practitioners working in any setting where paediatric patients present with acute conditions. Topics include: acute change in level of consciousness, heart failure, acute kidney injury, dyspnea, limb pain, abdominal pain, wound/ostomy management, hypotension, management of fluids and electrolytes, and acute pain management.

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