Registered Nurse - Perioperative Nursing

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (8 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 0664X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

If you are a registered nurse and desire to work in a dynamic and challenging specialty area, this Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides you with the knowledge, technical, theoretical and leadership skills required to work in an operating room setting. Nurses learn the basic concepts of safe client care in the operating room, as well as proper operating room practices, techniques and procedures.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the theoretical and clinical courses within two years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Are detail-oriented, organized and committed to achieving excellence in their work.
  • Can be self directed but are also comfortable working in a team.
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Are critical thinkers.

Your Career

Nurses who complete this Ontario College Graduate Certificate program may find employment in hospital operating rooms or surgicentres.

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.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Prior to entry into the program, students are required to complete an Operating Room Application. Once received, the student is assessed for eligibility into the program.

Please obtain an application form and return it to:

School of Health and Community Studies
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue Room C230
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1V8
Attention: Admission Officer, RN Perioperative Program
Telephone: 613-727-4723 ext. 7776.

Applications are acknowledged when received, but review and determination of admission status is done only in June.

  • Proof of current Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse.
  • Proof of current Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer "C" Level Training.
  • Nurses with a minimum of one year of acute care clinical nursing experience (1,750 hours) within the last year, will have preferred status.
  • Prior to clinical experience, students are required to complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment Form and/or Immunization Form.
  • A Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector must be completed and on file prior to the clinical experience.
  • New graduates will be considered on an individual basis.
POLICE RECORDS CHECK DOCUMENTATION

Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Registered Nurse - Perioperative Nursing program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Chair.

Program Eligibility

Prior to entry into the program, students are required to complete an Operating Room Application. Once received, the student is assessed for eligibility into the program.

Please obtain an application form and return it to:

School of Health and Community Studies
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue Room C230
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1V8.
Attention: Admission Officer, RN Perioperative Program
Telephone: 613-727-4723 ext. 7776.

Applications are acknowledged when received, but review and determination of admission status is done only in June.

  • Proof of current Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse.
  • Proof of current Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer "C" Level Training.
  • Nurses with a minimum of two years of acute care clinical nursing experience (3,500 hours) within the last three years, will have preferred status.
  • Prior to clinical experience, students are required to complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment Form and/or Immunization Form. A Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector must be completed and on file prior to the clinical experience.
  • New graduates will be considered on an individual basis.
POLICE RECORDS CHECK DOCUMENTATION

Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Registered Nurse - Perioperative Nursing program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Chair.

Notes

Graduate certificate programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, via video conference, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. As well, some of the courses in this program are also available using video conferencing. Upon registration, each student is provided an Algonquin email account, ITS username and password which is used to communicate important information about program or course events. Please activate before first class.

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 Deb Clendinneng at clendid@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 6299.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameWinter
NSG673640.0Introduction to Operating Room

NSG6736 Introduction to Operating Room

Students learn perioperative nursing models, standards of practice and the development of perioperative patient care plans. Introduction to operating room suites includes environmental health and safety features and the roles of the surgical team members. Surgical instrumentation, principles of infection control and asepsis are introduced. Principles and skills of scrubbing, gowning and gloving are explained.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG006380.0Perioperative Patient Care

NSG0063 Perioperative Patient Care

Students review surgical anatomy in order to better understand diagnostic and surgical procedures. Select surgical procedures and instrumentation from each speciality are covered. Students plan perioperative care that includes pre-operative assessment, intraoperative implementation and post-operative evaluation of care. Students are introduced to safe, responsible practices of equipment and supply handling. Implementation and documentation of care are practised. Scrub nurse and circulating nursing roles are integrated throughout the course.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG674040.0Anaesthesia in the Perioperative Setting

NSG6740 Anaesthesia in the Perioperative Setting

Students learn the role of the perioperative nurse in assisting with the provision of anesthetic care throughout the perioperative period. Anesthetic agents, medications, monitoring, intubation and types of anesthetic interventions and complications are reviewed. Initial post-operative patient assessment protocols are emphasized in relation to in-patients and day surgery patients.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG677540.0Nursing Considerations for the Complex Surgical Patient

NSG6775 Nursing Considerations for the Complex Surgical Patient

Students explore the increasingly complex health problems experienced by patients with special needs and the acutely ill patient in a critical care environment. The registered nurse utilizes research, theory, and best practice guidelines to develop knowledge in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care to this unique population of patients. Increasingly complex situations involving geriatric and pediatric populations, cardio-respiratory complications, the surgical oncology patient, haematological and shock states are some of the many issues that are explored.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG679130.0Perioperative Lab Skills - Part 1

NSG6791 Perioperative Lab Skills - Part 1

Skills and techniques learned in all theory courses are demonstrated and practised during this lab experience. Students have hands-on experiences using operating room equipment and surgical instruments in the simulated lab environment.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG679230.0Perioperative Lab Skills - Part II

NSG6792 Perioperative Lab Skills - Part II

More complex skills and techniques learned in all theory courses are demonstrated and practised during this lab experience. Students have hands-on experiences using operating room equipment and surgical instruments in the simulated lab environment. Students practise intraoperative patient care through learning surgical skin preps, positioning, draping and assisting the anaesthesiologist. Full simulations encourage teamwork and communication.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG009950.0Registered Nurse Operating Room Clinical IOn Campus
NSG0100100.0Registered Nurse Operating Room Clinical IIOn Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NSG6736 Introduction to Operating Room

Students learn perioperative nursing models, standards of practice and the development of perioperative patient care plans. Introduction to operating room suites includes environmental health and safety features and the roles of the surgical team members. Surgical instrumentation, principles of infection control and asepsis are introduced. Principles and skills of scrubbing, gowning and gloving are explained.

NSG0063 Perioperative Patient Care

Students review surgical anatomy in order to better understand diagnostic and surgical procedures. Select surgical procedures and instrumentation from each speciality are covered. Students plan perioperative care that includes pre-operative assessment, intraoperative implementation and post-operative evaluation of care. Students are introduced to safe, responsible practices of equipment and supply handling. Implementation and documentation of care are practised. Scrub nurse and circulating nursing roles are integrated throughout the course.

NSG6740 Anaesthesia in the Perioperative Setting

Students learn the role of the perioperative nurse in assisting with the provision of anesthetic care throughout the perioperative period. Anesthetic agents, medications, monitoring, intubation and types of anesthetic interventions and complications are reviewed. Initial post-operative patient assessment protocols are emphasized in relation to in-patients and day surgery patients.

NSG6775 Nursing Considerations for the Complex Surgical Patient

Students explore the increasingly complex health problems experienced by patients with special needs and the acutely ill patient in a critical care environment. The registered nurse utilizes research, theory, and best practice guidelines to develop knowledge in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care to this unique population of patients. Increasingly complex situations involving geriatric and pediatric populations, cardio-respiratory complications, the surgical oncology patient, haematological and shock states are some of the many issues that are explored.

NSG6791 Perioperative Lab Skills - Part 1

Skills and techniques learned in all theory courses are demonstrated and practised during this lab experience. Students have hands-on experiences using operating room equipment and surgical instruments in the simulated lab environment.

NSG6792 Perioperative Lab Skills - Part II

More complex skills and techniques learned in all theory courses are demonstrated and practised during this lab experience. Students have hands-on experiences using operating room equipment and surgical instruments in the simulated lab environment. Students practise intraoperative patient care through learning surgical skin preps, positioning, draping and assisting the anaesthesiologist. Full simulations encourage teamwork and communication.

NSG0099 Registered Nurse Operating Room Clinical I

Preceptored clinical practice provides the opportunity for integration and consolidation of the theory and principles of operating room nursing in the hospital setting. The student is evaluated according to the clinical objectives. The student is considered a member of the nursing team, and is accountable to the staff for the nursing care they provide.

NSG0100 Registered Nurse Operating Room Clinical II

Preceptored clinical practice provides the opportunity for integration and consolidation of the theory and principles of operating room nursing in the hospital setting. The student is evaluated according to the clinical objectives. The student is considered a member of the nursing team, and is accountable to the staff for the nursing care they provide.