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.

Current Courses

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March 10, 2017

Get Your Message Across: A Course on Effective Communication and Presentation Skills

This one-day interactive workshop is designed to build confidence and effectiveness in professional communication and presentation skills. Develop your knowledge and skill in the design, delivery and evaluation of presentations that exhibit a credible and clear professional message.

March 22, 2017

Shaping Systems to Promote Desired Outcomes: Tools for Leaders and Managers

This one day workshop, led by Dr. Donna Havens, the 2017 Frances Bloomberg international Distinguished Visiting Professor, will focus on the use of tools such as positive organizational science and the Decisional Involvement Scale to enhance leadership skills and nursing practice environments. The overall program goal is to equip attendees with tools and frameworks to transform their leadership skills and to enhance the nursing practice environment, collaboration and interprofessional practice in organizations.

March 25, 2017

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.

March 25-26, 2017

Excelling in the Care of the Elderly

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.

April 3 – May 19, 2017

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

This 7-week online course for Nurse Practitioners and/or nurse practitioner students offers a focused review of advanced health assessment. Emphasis is placed on the clinical reasoning and decision-making skills required to accurately assess and diagnose clients typically seen in a primary health care setting across the lifespan.

April 3 – June 12, 2017

Advanced Ostomy Care and Management

This 10 week self-directed online course is essential for health care professionals working in acute care, long-term care & community interested in enhancing their knowledge and skill in the application of best practices for ostomy and peristomal skin care. 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. The course will be taught by nursing faculty with expertise in enterostomal therapy.

April 7-9, 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.

April 22, 2017

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.

April 27-28, 2017

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.

April 29-30, 2017

Prescribing Controlled Drugs and Substances: A Course for Nurse Practitioners

This newly developed course is currently undergoing review by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) in order to meet the requirements of an approved course for NPs in Ontario for prescribing Controlled Drugs and Substances. It is designed to provide nurse practitioners with the knowledge and skills required for safe, high quality assessment and management of clients who may require the prescription of a Controlled Drug or Substance (CDS). You may choose the delivery method that best meets your learning needs: a face to face two-day course; live webcast; or online fully self-paced course.

June 2-3, 2017

Wound Management for the Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Nurses: A Best Practice Boot Camp for Persons with Lower Extremity Ulcers

This interactive two day course will provide Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses with up-to-date practices in wound management, focusing on the management of lower extremity ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. The course will equip NPs and APNs with the knowledge and skill to effectively assess, diagnose and manage lower extremity wounds. Interactive simulation lab sessions will focus on physical assessment, diagnostic reasoning, selection and use of wound treatments; and advanced wound management techniques.

June 24-25, 2017

Excelling in the Care of the Elderly – Part II

This two day course, designed by nurse practitioners specialized in the field of geriatric care, is a companion course to Excelling in the care of the Elderly – Part I. You will further enhance your skill and knowledge in geriatric care, through an in depth focus on special topics such dementia spectrums, end of life care (including MAID) and pain management strategies.

Fall 2017

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.

Winter 2018

National Institute on Nursing Informatics

The National Institute on Nursing Informatics is a unique educational opportunity for nurses interested in learning more about advances in Canadian nursing and health informatics. The 2½ day onsite institute will focus on key issues and challenges related to informatics in practice, administration, research and education.

Date TBD

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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