Registered Nurse - Perinatal Nursing

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (8 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 1620X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program builds on formal nursing education preparing registered nurses to practise within various areas of perinatal care. This dynamic and evolving area of nursing provides growth opportunities for those interested in the perinatal specialization.

Perinatal nursing includes the care of mother, newborn and family throughout the childbearing continuum from preconception to three months after birth. Students focus on family-centred and interprofessional collaborative approaches integrating current research evidence, best practices, specialty competencies, critical thinking and reflective practice in all program components. Through the use of theoretical, laboratory, simulation-based and clinical learning, students engage in a rich educational experience. The Perinatal Nursing program prepares nurses to write the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Certification exam in Perinatal Nursing. Completing this formal post-basic nursing certificate reduces the number of hours required to apply for CNA certification.

Graduates may find employment in the perinatal field within hospitals, public health units, community health centres and other community settings, such as private clinics.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at http://algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are compassionate and dedicated client advocates.
  • Enjoy the challenges of working with pregnant and parenting families.
  • Are flexible and capable of working in a dynamic environment.
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Desire to work with others as a member of a team or in a leadership role.
  • Are able to handle physically demanding situations.
  • Have strong problem-solving, analytical and reflective-practice skills.

Your Career

Registered nurses in the perinatal nurse field may find employment as a neonatal intensive care nurse, labour and delivery room nurse, maternal newborn nurse, special care nursery nurse or antepartum nurse. Employment settings may include hospitals (inpatient and ambulatory care), public health departments, community clinics and community health centres.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Books and supplies cost approximately $800.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility
  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent.
  • Registered Nurse in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Program Eligibility
  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent.
  • Registered Nurse in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Notes

Registered nurses with experience in the perinatal field may apply for formal recognition of one clinical placement (NSG0117-Perinatal Nursing Practicum I). Prior learning assessment and recognition guidelines and requirements are made available in these situations. These issues and advanced standing need to be discussed with the program coordinator.

Upon admission to the program and prior to clinical placement, students are required to complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment Form and/or an Immunization Form. As well, a Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector must be completed and on file prior to the clinical experience.

Course NSG0116 may be open to RPN's, registered dieticians, registered midwives or other healthcare professionals, please contact the program coordinator.

With departmental approval, registered practical nurses can enrol in specific courses within the program, but are not eligible to receive the graduate certificate. The RPN would need to meet with the program coordinator to determine this accommodation.

Students should begin the program with course NSG0111.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Nancy Lada at ladan@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 2466.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
NSG011145.0Foundations of Perinatal Nursing

NSG0111 Foundations of Perinatal Nursing

Perinatal nursing encompasses care from pre-conception to three months after birth. Students explore foundational concepts pertaining to the practice of obstetrical, maternal-newborn, neonatal nursing and family-centered care. From ethical, social and cultural perspectives, students examine current perinatal issues within the Canadian health care system. Topics include the health care delivery system, childbirth/perinatal practices, family structure and support systems.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG011245.0Antepartum Nursing

NSG0112 Antepartum Nursing

Antenatal factors affect maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes. Students examine methods of care for pregnant women during the antenatal period including women experiencing complications. Focus is on the assessment and care of the mother during preconception and pregnancy including fetal assessment, lifestyle and substance abuse issues, psycho-social factors, effects of stress and on complications. Using critical thinking and a family-centered perspective, students gain the necessary skills and knowledge needed in preparing for perinatal nursing practice.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG011345.0Intrapartum Nursing

NSG0113 Intrapartum Nursing

Substantial changes have occurred in care provided to mothers and families during labour and birth. Students explore intrapartum factors affecting maternal, fetal and neonatal outcomes. Focus is on the assessment and care of the mother and fetus during labour and birth, including fetal health surveillance, labor support, pain management, labour induction and augmentation, and labour complications, such as fetal malpresentations and malpositioning, labour dystocia, shoulder dystocia, placental abnormalities, cord prolapse, precipitous birth and operative delivery. Learning tools and activities, such as theory-based classroom learning, collaboration, discussion and simulation experiences assist students in expanding understanding of intrapartum care.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG011445.0Neonatal Nursing

NSG0114 Neonatal Nursing

Providing nursing care for newborn infants up to 28 days after birth is an area of specialization. Building on knowledge of normal transition to extrauterine life, students recognize and identify variations from normal, complete a systematic evaluation of the newborn, understand common neonatal pathologies and complications, as well as appreciate the impact of an unwell or at-risk infant on the family. Incorporating principles of family-centered and developmentally supportive care, students use critical-thinking skills and simulation-based learning opportunities to gain the necessary knowledge and skills when preparing for practice in this field.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG011545.0Maternal-Newborn NursingOn Campus
NSG011645.0Breastfeeding Principles and Practice

NSG0116 Breastfeeding Principles and Practice

Breastfeeding as a field of expertise is ever-evolving within the health-care system. Nurses assist mothers and babies with initiation of lactation and continuation of breastfeeding, including problems with latching and milk transfer, low milk production or inadequate intake. Students examine the Baby Friendly Initiative and explore sociocultural, developmental, physiological and psychological determinants of breastfeeding within the context of health promotion frameworks and family-centered care. Through lecture, in-class discussion and simulation-based learning activities, students gain insight into common conditions that lead to breastfeeding challenges, as well as the additional needs of preterm and high-risk infants and families. This course may be open to RPN's, registered dieticians, registered midwives or other health-care professionals, please contact the program coordinator.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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NSG011760.0Perinatal Nursing Practicum I

NSG0117 Perinatal Nursing Practicum I

To provide optimal perinatal nursing care, students must begin to combine classroom learning with experience in the clinical setting. Through observation and preceptor-guided participation in client care, students integrate and apply classroom theory in the perinatal setting. Clinical settings may include community and hospital in-patient and ambulatory care.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111 and NSG0112 and NSG0113 and NSG0114 and NSG0115 and NSG0116

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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NSG011860.0Perinatal Nursing Practicum II

NSG0118 Perinatal Nursing Practicum II

Application of principles and concepts acquired during the program is integral to career success in perinatal nursing. Through interprofessional collaboration and the use of the nursing process, including assessment and intervention, students participate in complex nursing care. Focusing on preceptored experiential learning in a clinical setting, students apply classroom theory and skills while delivering a high level of care to clients and family in the perinatal environment. Clinical settings may include community and hospital in-patient and ambulatory-care.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111 and NSG0112 and NSG0113 and NSG0114 and NSG0115 and NSG0116 and NSG0117

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NSG0111 Foundations of Perinatal Nursing

Perinatal nursing encompasses care from pre-conception to three months after birth. Students explore foundational concepts pertaining to the practice of obstetrical, maternal-newborn, neonatal nursing and family-centered care. From ethical, social and cultural perspectives, students examine current perinatal issues within the Canadian health care system. Topics include the health care delivery system, childbirth/perinatal practices, family structure and support systems.

NSG0112 Antepartum Nursing

Antenatal factors affect maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes. Students examine methods of care for pregnant women during the antenatal period including women experiencing complications. Focus is on the assessment and care of the mother during preconception and pregnancy including fetal assessment, lifestyle and substance abuse issues, psycho-social factors, effects of stress and on complications. Using critical thinking and a family-centered perspective, students gain the necessary skills and knowledge needed in preparing for perinatal nursing practice.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111

NSG0113 Intrapartum Nursing

Substantial changes have occurred in care provided to mothers and families during labour and birth. Students explore intrapartum factors affecting maternal, fetal and neonatal outcomes. Focus is on the assessment and care of the mother and fetus during labour and birth, including fetal health surveillance, labor support, pain management, labour induction and augmentation, and labour complications, such as fetal malpresentations and malpositioning, labour dystocia, shoulder dystocia, placental abnormalities, cord prolapse, precipitous birth and operative delivery. Learning tools and activities, such as theory-based classroom learning, collaboration, discussion and simulation experiences assist students in expanding understanding of intrapartum care.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111

NSG0114 Neonatal Nursing

Providing nursing care for newborn infants up to 28 days after birth is an area of specialization. Building on knowledge of normal transition to extrauterine life, students recognize and identify variations from normal, complete a systematic evaluation of the newborn, understand common neonatal pathologies and complications, as well as appreciate the impact of an unwell or at-risk infant on the family. Incorporating principles of family-centered and developmentally supportive care, students use critical-thinking skills and simulation-based learning opportunities to gain the necessary knowledge and skills when preparing for practice in this field.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111

NSG0115 Maternal-Newborn Nursing

Assessment and care of the mother, newborn and family is essential in the post-partum period up to three months after birth. Focus is on maternal-newborn assessment and care after birth including common maternal and newborn complications, mother and family education, discharge planning and transition to community. Using lecture, group discussion and simulation-based learning activities, students gain necessary skills and knowledge needed when preparing for practice in this area of perinatal nursing.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111

NSG0116 Breastfeeding Principles and Practice

Breastfeeding as a field of expertise is ever-evolving within the health-care system. Nurses assist mothers and babies with initiation of lactation and continuation of breastfeeding, including problems with latching and milk transfer, low milk production or inadequate intake. Students examine the Baby Friendly Initiative and explore sociocultural, developmental, physiological and psychological determinants of breastfeeding within the context of health promotion frameworks and family-centered care. Through lecture, in-class discussion and simulation-based learning activities, students gain insight into common conditions that lead to breastfeeding challenges, as well as the additional needs of preterm and high-risk infants and families. This course may be open to RPN's, registered dieticians, registered midwives or other health-care professionals, please contact the program coordinator.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111

NSG0117 Perinatal Nursing Practicum I

To provide optimal perinatal nursing care, students must begin to combine classroom learning with experience in the clinical setting. Through observation and preceptor-guided participation in client care, students integrate and apply classroom theory in the perinatal setting. Clinical settings may include community and hospital in-patient and ambulatory care.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111 and NSG0112 and NSG0113 and NSG0114 and NSG0115 and NSG0116

NSG0118 Perinatal Nursing Practicum II

Application of principles and concepts acquired during the program is integral to career success in perinatal nursing. Through interprofessional collaboration and the use of the nursing process, including assessment and intervention, students participate in complex nursing care. Focusing on preceptored experiential learning in a clinical setting, students apply classroom theory and skills while delivering a high level of care to clients and family in the perinatal environment. Clinical settings may include community and hospital in-patient and ambulatory-care.

Pre-requisites: NSG0111 and NSG0112 and NSG0113 and NSG0114 and NSG0115 and NSG0116 and NSG0117