Stream 2: Information

Apply for this stream if you are interested in preparing for the Internationally Educated Nurses Competency Assessment Program by improving your English language and communication skills as well as enhancing your understanding of the culture of nursing in Canada.

Some key features of the courses:

  • All courses will be online only to allow for maximum access and flexibility, with opportunities for active participation and simulation.
  • The courses are designed to bring students’ abilities in English language verbal, written, and cultural communication towards a baccalaureate level so that students can better demonstrate their skills and abilities in the Internationally Educated Nurses Competency Assessment Program and succeed in university level courses.

The following courses will be available:

  • English language for nurses in Canada

This course will seek to develop English language skills in the academic and professional context. Written, verbal and listening skills will be emphasized in the context of registered nursing practice at the entry-to-practice level.

Students will be taught how to enhance their communication styles and techniques in keeping with the College of Nurses of Ontario’s (CNO) professional standards. Students will develop accuracy and clarity in written and verbal nursing documentation, demonstrate effective interview skills, and enhance their ability to give and receive verbal reports in order to develop effective interprofessional relationships and provide excellent patient care.

By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and use of professional communication techniques and skills; demonstrate therapeutic, professional communication in workplace situations; demonstrate effective communication in written and spoken form using the English language as a basis for professional nursing practice; and develop a plan for ongoing development of communication skills using the English language. The course will also help position graduates for success in any subsequent baccalaureate level learning they may wish to undertake.

The methods of evaluation that might be used to assess students include forum participation, case study, role play, group debate, and a comprehensive self-learning plan.

  • The culture of nursing in Canada

The Culture of Nursing in Canada is designed to support internationally-educated nurses to gain cultural knowledge and skills needed to enter, practice and integrate successfully into the Registered Nursing workforce in Canada, and to succeed in subsequent university level courses. Students will be taught how to investigate client diversity and provide culturally sensitive care. They will also learn how to incorporate cultural practices into health promotion and disease prevention.

By the end of the course students will be able to discuss the various categories and roles of nurses in the Canadian health care system; demonstrate cultural awareness and culturally appropriate nursing care in Canadian health care delivery systems; apply transcultural nursing theory and concepts; demonstrate cultural competence required by nurses to maximize respectful and therapeutic relationships with diverse populations of clients, their families, and communities; explain the concepts of interprofessional education and collaboration, and their impact in providing nursing services; and analyze current trends and issues in Canadian nursing which may influence the provision of culturally competent care.

The methods of evaluation that might be used to assess students include forum participation, role play, group debate, and a final exam.

  • Academic and professional writing

Academic and Professional Writing is designed to support internationally-educated nurses to develop writing skills required to be successful in university level courses and for professional practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Canadian setting. The course will teach students library search skills, how to construct and write scholarly papers, fundamentals of patient charting, electronic records, and client education materials. The course creates a link between scholarly writing and writing in the practice setting (i.e., readability, clarity of expression, and terminology).

Students will be taught how to identify and use research and scholarly evidence to enhance, support, or influence professional practice. Students will be taught how to communicate effectively with colleagues using a variety of modalities (written, oral, online). Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate effective and consistent use of the American Psychological Association (APA) writing and style guide.

By the end of the course students will be able to write with more clarity, and critical self-awareness; write for a variety of audiences and contexts; demonstrate effective writing processes and strategies; demonstrate the development of ideas through critical thinking, including analysis and synthesis; find, use, and cite diverse sources of evidence; translate and transfer knowledge to others in written format; and give and receive constructive feedback to/from classmates in virtual environments.

The methods of evaluation that might be used to assess students include scholarly posts, an essay, an annotated bibliography, and patient charting.