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 both of these courses.
- English language and the Culture of Nursing in Canada
This course will focus on English language skills such as writing, listening, and speaking in academic and professional contexts at the entry-to-practice level. It will also focus on the intercultural nuances of being a registered nurse in Canada, including the values of multiculturalism and its implications for nursing as well as the nature of nursing relationships with patients, families, physicians, interprofessional teams, communities, and the larger healthcare system.
By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of professional communication techniques and skills; demonstrate therapeutic and professional communication in workplace situations; develop an ongoing plan for enhancing their English language skills; 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 a diverse population 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.
- 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.
- 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).
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).