Sunday, July 6, 2014

Leadership in Gerontological Nursing ,Canada





INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Post-Graduate Diploma in Leadership in Gerontological Nursing

If you are an internationally educated nurse and interested in geriatrics, this Post Graduate Diploma will prepare you to effectively work with older adults, promoting wellness and enabling health.
The geriatric population is the fastest growing health cohort around the world. Currently 70% of all patients in Canada are elderly; registered nurses must have specialized knowledge and training to effectively educate, assess and care for these older people.

This Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership in Gerontological Nursing will give you the tools and skills to meet the complex physical, social, environmental, cognitive and spiritual needs of the elderly.
You will be given the chance to have intercultural exchange between graduate nurses from other countries and on-campus BSN students. This will promote rich dialogue about nursing approaches, philosophies and global health needs. 

FEES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Year 1

Calendar Year: 2015
Tuition:         $10,700.00
Learning Resource: $179.26
Consumables: $82.71
Lab Fees: $750.00
Student Union: $144.70
Student Activity: $57.36
Health & Dental: $327.76
TOTAL $12241.79s

Your first semester of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Leadership in Gerontological Nursing program starts on April 7 and finishes on June 28, 2015. 

Your second semester begins in September on the 2nd and follows the traditional fall semester schedule. 

Course of Studies
Semester 1

Course Name                               Credit
ENGL 110 College Composition                                   3
GNUR 401 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology                                   3
GNUR 411 Nursing Leadership                                   3
GNUR 412 Professional Nursing in the Canadian Health Care System           3
GNUR 399 College Orientation                                   2
Total                                          14
Semester 2
Course Name                                       Credit
GNUR 500 Introduction to Gerontological Nursing                           3
GNUR 504 Nursing Skills – Advanced Physical Assessment and Skills           3
GNUR 510 Advanced Pharmacology in Canada                   3
TWC 165 Oral Presentations and Skills Training                                   3
GNUR 511 Physical Aging and Chronic Disease Management: Part I           3

Total                                         15
Course Descriptions

ENGL 110 - College Composition
GNUR 401 - Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
GNUR 411 - Nursing Leadership
GNUR 412 - Professional Nursing in the Canadian Health Care System
GNUR 399 - College Orientation
GNUR 500 - Introduction to Gerontological Nursing
GNUR 504 - Nursing Skills – Advanced Physical Assessment and Skills
GNUR 510 - Advanced Pharmacology in Canada
TWC  165 - Oral Presentations and Skills Training
GNUR 511 - Physical Aging and Chronic Disease Management: Part I

Year 2
FEES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Calendar Year: 2014/2015
Tuition:         $10,700.00
Learning Resource: $179.26
Consumables: $82.71
Lab Fees: $750.00
Student Union: $144.70
Student Activity: $57.36
Health & Dental: $327.76
Total $12241.79
Your first semester in the second year of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Leadership in Gerontological Nursing begins in January and follows the traditional winter semester schedule. 
You will have time off from mid April to August of 2015 to work in LTC Facilities as HCAs. 
The final semester of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Leadership in Gerontological Nursing begins in September and follows the traditional fall semester schedule. 
Course of Studies

Semester 3

Course Name                                    Credit
ADD 184 Introduction to Addiction                                         3
GNUR 501 Psychosocial Issues Impacting Aging                         3
GNUR 506 Nursing Skills – Advanced Wound Care with Older Adults         3
HSER 255 Professional Foundations for Human Services                 3
GNUR 512 Physical Aging and Chronic Disease Management: Part II         3

Total                                       15

Semester 4

Course Name                                     Credit
GNUR 503 Delirium, Dementia and Depression in the Elderly                 3
GNUR 508 Lab Consolidation Course                         2
GNUR 515 CRNE/N-CLEX Exam Preparation                         2
GNUR 520 Clinical Practice - One Day Per Week                         3
HSER 257 Mental Health Issues: Practical Responses                 3
GNUR 514 End-of-Life Care                                 3

Total                                               16

Course Descriptions

ADD  184 - Introduction to Addiction
GNUR 501 - Psychosocial Issues Impacting Aging
GNUR 506 - Nursing Skills – Advanced Wound Care with Older Adults
HSER 255 - Professional Foundations for Human Services
GNUR 512 - Physical Aging and Chronic Disease Management: Part II
GNUR 503 - Delirium, Dementia and Depression in the Elderly
GNUR 508 - Lab Consolidation Course
GNUR 515 - CRNE/N-CLEX Exam Preparation
GNUR 520 - Clinical Practice - One Day Per Week
HSER 257 - Mental Health Issues: Practical Responses
GNUR 514 - End-of-Life Care

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Regarding Admissions

What are the admission requirements of this Post Graduate Program?
In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for admission to Selkirk College, applicants from countries outside of Canada must meet the following Leadership in Gerontological Nursing 

Post-Graduate Diploma requirements:

  1. B.Sc. Nursing degree/GNM Diploma from a recognized nursing school with English as a primary language of instruction
  2. Registration with a national/provincial/state nursing association
  3. Minimum of one year nursing experience
  4. IELTS 6.5 overall with no band score lower than 6
  5. Letter from previous or current employer describing work responsibilities
  6. Current resume/CV

Can I apply without an IELTS scores? I ‘m preparing for the IELTS test. Do you issue conditional offer letters?
Selkirk College will issue a conditional offer letter, but only once.  This conditional offer letter will outline all outstanding conditions that need to be met before an official offer letter can be issued, including IELTS test score, payment of tuition and fees.

I have recently passed the BSc Nursing but do not have one year nursing experience? Am I eligible to apply?
One year experience in the Nursing field is a mandatory requirement for this program. Without relevant experience, you will not be accepted into this program.

Questions Regarding Gerontology

What is gerontology?
Gerontology is the scientific study of aging processes and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. It includes:
The study of physical, mental, and social changes in people as they age.
The investigation of the aging process itself.
The investigation of  the interface of normal aging and age-related disease.
The investigation of the effects of an ageing population on society.
The application of this knowledge to policies and programs.

What is the difference between Gerontology and Geriatrics?
Gerontology is multidisciplinary and it includes the research of numerous disciplines concerned with the physical, mental, and social aspects of life, whereas geriatrics is a specialty within that field that includes the study of health and disease in later life and the comprehensive health care and treatment of older persons and interface with their care givers.

Is there a national association that promotes leadership in the gerontology field?
Yes. The Canadian Association of Gerontology is a national, multidisciplinary scientific and educational association established to provide leadership in matters related to the aging population in Canada.
In addition, the Canadian Association of Gerontological Nurses promotes excellence in gerontological nursing through leadership, knowledge and scholarship.
Questions Regarding the Program

Is there a practicum component in this program?
In the fourth and final semester, there is a clinical practice component to the program.  This is an unpaid practicum that will take place in long term care facilities in the region.  

The program flyer mentions that there will be N-CLEX exam preparation in the second year of the program. Can you please confirm this as I thought the Canadian national nursing exam was called the CRNE and that we would be prepared for this exam?
The old nursing exam was called CRNE. It is being changed to N-CLEX as of next year, so we have made this change.

Questions Regarding Tuition and Fees

What will be total fees to be paid by the student for one year (combining tuition and any other mandatory fees such as health insurance)?

Year 1: Tuition $10,700, Lab Fee $750, Health and Dental (extended) $327.76, Student Activity $56.16, Student Union $144.54 Consumables Fee $91.90, Learning Resource $175.74
Year 2: Tuition $10,700, Lab Fee $750, Clinical Practice Fee $750, Health and Dental (extended) $327.76, Student Activity $56.16, Student Union $144.54 Consumables Fee $91.90, Learning Resource $175.74

In addition, mandatory health insurance is $248 per semester.  This is in addition to the health and dental quoted above.  I know it is confusing, but the $248 per semester is base coverage for most things, and the health and dental ($327.76) covers extra things such as dental appointments, pharmacy, etc.

These college fees do not include the cost of textbooks.Please refer to question five of this section.

In the details related to cost of the program, a lab fee of $ 750 is mentioned. Will this be included every semester?
Yes, the clinical practice fee will only be in year 2, as this portion of the program is only in the 4th semester. It is a one-time fee charged in the 4th (final) semester.

The fees mentioned for clinical practice is $ 750 in the final semester. Does this means that this fee will be paid only once, in the final semester?
Yes, the clinical practice fee will only be in year 2, as this portion of the program is only in the 4th semester. It is a one-time fee charged in the 4th (final) semester.

The tuition fee mentioned in the program flyer is $10,700 for one year. Can the student pay this in 2 installments?
Yes, the annual tuition fee will be paid in two installments of $5,350, due before the start of classes each semester.

Will I be required to buy textbooks for this program?
Yes, most classes will require a textbook. The total fee for books for the 2 year program will be approximately $1,000. This is an additional expense that you should budget for.

Questions Regarding Career Opportunities

If I complete the Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership in Gerontological Nursing, will I be automatically eligible to practice as a nurse in Canada?
No, completion of a post-basic nursing certificate/diploma in Canada will not qualify an internationally trained nurse to practice immediately. Internationally trained nurses must submit their documents and undergo a provincial "competency assessment" to assess their knowledge and nursing skills and determine if they are equivalent to Canadian standards. In addition, internationally trained nurses must also pass the Canadian RN N-CLEX examination written by all nurses.

What is the process to become a registered nurse in Canada?
There are a number of steps for an internationally trained nurse to become registered to practice nursing in Canada.  While the RN exam is the same for all nurses in Canada, the process of registration may be slightly different in each province.
If you plan on registering in the province of BC, please take a look at the Occupational Fact Sheet for internationally trained nurses. This document is from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), and is very informative.
For an overview of the steps and procedures for registration of internationally trained nurses, please visit the CRNBC website.
When you are ready to fill in your application to become a registered nurse in British Columbia, please use  the application package for internationally trained nurses.

What jobs are available after I graduate?
Once you go through the process of competency-based assessment in Vancouver and pass the N-CLEX examination, you will be eligible to practice as a registered nurse in B.C. or other provinces in Canada.
Alternatively, as part of the Post Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing, the program coordinator will help you apply for certification to practice as a Care Aide and Community Health Worker in residential or acute care facilities. Learn more about this alternative.

What jobs are available after I graduate?
Once you go through the process of competency-based assessment in Vancouver and pass the N-CLEX examination, you will be eligible to practice as a registered nurse in B.C. or other provinces in Canada.
Alternatively, as part of the Post Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing, the program coordinator will help you apply for certification to practice as a Care Aide and Community Health Worker in residential or acute care facilities. Learn more about this alternative.
For more information contact George Andrews: 09497325247