Stream 1: Information

Apply for this stream if you received a letter from the College of Nurses of Ontario stating that you have competency gaps in one or more of the following areas only:

  • ethical practice
  • self-regulation
  • professional responsibility and accountability
  • service to the public

Applicants with competency gaps in any of the areas of specialized body of knowledge, knowledge based practice, and competent application of knowledge are not eligible to apply for this stream.

Additional Requirements

All students are required to take the three intensive fundamentals courses (described below) before enrolling in the competency-based courses. The intensive fundamentals courses are prerequisites for the competency-based courses.

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 three intensive fundamentals courses are designed to bring students’ abilities in English language verbal, written, and cultural communication towards a baccalaureate level so that they can succeed in the subsequent competency-based courses
  • The competency-based courses are designed at a baccalaureate level to meet the educational requirements of the College of Nurses of Ontario for those who have demonstrated gaps in any or all of the categories: of ethical practice, self-regulation, professional responsibility and accountability, and service to the public

Intensive Fundamentals Courses:

These courses help IENs to develop the foundational skills for success in subsequent Canadian baccalaureate-level nursing education.  Every student applying for this stream is required to take all three of these courses.

  • 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.

Competency-based Courses:

  • Ethical practice

In this course students will be provided with opportunities to develop and demonstrate comprehensive achievement of the College of Nurses of Ontario’s entry-to-practice competencies of Ethical Practice (individual competency statements 75 through 86 inclusive, CNO 2014). As such, students will have opportunities to develop and demonstrate “competency in professional judgment and practice decisions by applying the ethical values and responsibilities in the College’s standards for ethics” and “critical inquiry to inform clinical decision-making, and establish… therapeutic, caring, and culturally safe relationships with clients and the interprofessional health care team” (CNO 2014:9).

  • Self-regulation

In this course students will be provided with opportunities to develop and demonstrate comprehensive achievement of the College of Nurses of Ontario’s entry-to-practice competencies of Self-Regulation (individual competency statements 95 through 100, CNO 2014). As such, students will have opportunities to develop and demonstrate “an understanding of professional self-regulation by advocating in the public interest, developing and enhancing one’s own competence, and ensuring safe practice” (CNO 2014:10).

  • Professional responsibility and accountability, and service to the public

In this course students will be provided with opportunities to develop and demonstrate comprehensive achievement of the College of Nurses of Ontario’s entry-to-practice competencies of: 1) Professional responsibility and accountability and; 2) Service to the Public (individual competency statements 1 through 23 and 87 through 94 respectively, CNO 2014).  As such, students in the course will be provided opportunities to learn and  consistently demonstrate “professional conduct in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario’s standards for nursing practice and ethics and that the primary duty is to the client to ensure safe competent, ethical nursing care” (CNO 2014:5).  Students will also have opportunities to develop and demonstrate “an understanding of the concept of public protection and the duty to provide and improve health care services in collaboration with clients and other members of the interprofessional health care team, stakeholders, and policy makers” (CNO 2014:9).

https://www.cno.org/globalassets/docs/reg/41037_entrytopracitic_final.pdf