Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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Controlled Drugs and Substances: Essential Management and Prescribing Practices

Self Paced (Available now)
Delivery Format: Online

This course is approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario in meeting the educational requirements 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). This is an online, fully self-paced course that you may start at any time.


Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting

Delivery Format: Online

This certificate program has been developed to provide aspiring &/or practicing nursing educators & practice leaders with advanced level education, tools, and skills, to enhance their knowledge and expertise in the provision of clinical education that supports excellence in professional practice. The “Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting” (Not-for-credit) is comprised of three 10-week on-line courses to be successfully completed over a two-year period. Courses may also be taken as “stand alone” courses.


NCLEX-RN Exam Prep Course – Designed for Canadian Writers

January 12 – 13, 2019
Delivery Format: In-Class or Via Live webcast

This intensive two-day NCLEX-RN™ preparation course is designed to build confidence, review relevant content, and provide strategies to prepare candidates for the NCLEX-RN exam.


Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Theoretical Perspectives and Context (Course 1)

January 16 – March 26, 2019
10 week course
Delivery Format: Online

This 10-week on-line course focuses on development of a foundational knowledge base in education theory and pedagogical issues relevant to nursing education in the practice setting. Participants will explore the challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning, and educational leadership within the unique context of practice settings.


National Institute on Nursing Informatics

January 25 – 26, 2019
Delivery Format: In-Class or Via Live webcast

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 2 day onsite institute will focus on key issues and challenges related to informatics in practice, administration, research and education.


Advanced Skills for Progressive and Life-Limiting Illness Conversations

February 1, 2019
Delivery Format: In-Class

This workshop will focus on developing advanced skills for facilitating conversations associated with progressive and advanced disease transitions. Emphasis will be placed on principles of effective communication and shared decision making, mitigating conflict and managing high emotional states, and strategies for sharing bad news and conducting serious illness conversations. The workshop will address both the perspective of the client and family, and the health care professional.


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

March 4 – April 21, 2019
7 week course
Delivery Format: Online

This online course for Nurse Practitioners and/or nurse practitioner students is a review of advanced health assessment in primary health care. Emphasis will be 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


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

March 22, 2019
1 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class

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.


PeriAnaesthesia Review Course

March 23, 2019
1 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class or Via Live webcast

This one day course will cover essential competencies in the care of the perianesthesia patient. The Canadian Nurses Association’s (CNA) Blueprint for Perianesthesia Nursing Practice is the framework used for the content review. The course will include best practices and current evidence related to assessment, care planning and management across all phases of the perianesthesia experience (pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative).


Conquering Challenging Workplace Conversations

March 23, 2019
1 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class

This one-day interactive workshop is designed to build the skill and confidence of healthcare leaders to effectively manage critical workplace conversations. The workshop will provide participants with knowledge, tools and strategies for understanding how conflict begins, when and how to have a difficult conversation, managing group dynamics, and how to control nerves and anxieties in uncomfortable circumstances.


Advanced Ostomy Care and Management

March 25 – June 2, 2019
10 week course
Delivery Format: Online

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.


Review of Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

April 13, 2019
1 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class

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.


Chronic Disease and Symptom Optimization in the Care of the Older Adult: A Course for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses

April 13 – 14, 2019
2 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class or Via Live webcast

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 Older Adult. You will further enhance your skill and knowledge in geriatric care, through an in depth focus on special topics such as end of life care (including MAID), deprescribing, and controlled drug and substance use.


Nurse Practitioner as Most Responsible Provider

April 27, 2019
1 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class or Via Live webcast

This interactive one day course will focus on the current state and role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) as Most Responsible Provider (MRP). NP leaders from varied settings will address the challenges and opportunities in the implementation the MRP role and strategies for sustainability and evaluation.


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

Spring 2019
Delivery Format: Online

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.


Writing for Publication: A Course for Novice Authors

Spring 2019
1 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class

Writing for publication is an essential skill to support the dissemination of knowledge and innovation in nursing practice, research and education. This one day course will provide the novice nurse writer with the essential knowledge and tools to author a publication.


Pressure Injuries and Complex Surgical Wounds: An Advanced Practice Course

May 31 – June 1, 2019
2 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class

Based on the latest standards of care, this course will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of pressure injuries and surgical wounds. Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Registered Nurses working with clients at risk or who have pressure injuries will learn advanced technical skills in wound management as well as gain an understanding of the latest technologies in wound healing.


The Foundations and Scholarship of Clinical Teaching

Spring 2019
2 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class

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.


NP-Primary Health Care: Nurse Practitioner Exam Prep Course

Summer 2019
2 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class or Via Live webcast

This intensive two day course will prepare participants to be successful in writing the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Examination (CNPE) Specialty Certificate: Primary Health Care (Family All Ages) exam.


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

Fall 2019
2 day course
Delivery Format: In-Class or Via Live webcast

Expert knowledge and the provision of skilful care for the older adult have become essential components of practice in both acute and primary care. This two day course, designed by nurse practitioners specialized in the field of geriatric care, will increase your confidence and improve the depth and breadth of your knowledge in geriatric care.


OSCE Simulations for Nurse Practitioners – A Preparatory Course

September 2019
Delivery Format: Hybrid: Online and 1 day in-class

This course will assist Nurse Practitioners to prepare and build confidence for participation in an OSCE (Objective Standardized Comprehensive Evaluation). Participants will learn how to effectively demonstrate and communicate their ability to conduct a focused history and physical examination, make a diagnosis, and communicate a therapeutic plan of care.


A Palliative Approach to Care for Clients with Progressive and Life-Limiting Illnesses

Fall 2019
6 week course
Delivery Format: Online

Through the development of advanced communication, assessment and complex symptom management skills, explored in this course, health care practitioners may effectively and confidently apply a general palliative care approach to care for adult clients and their families with deteriorating health statuses across all health care settings. This 6-week online course has been designed to provide a comprehensive, evidence-based education experience for Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, and other health care professionals for whom palliative care is not the main focus of their clinical practice.


Wound Management for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses: A Best Practice Boot Camp on Lower Extremity Ulcers

Fall 2019
Delivery Format: In-Class

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.

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