Registered Nurse - Operating Room Perioperative Nursing (Postgraduate) Program (S414)

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PROGRAM
Registered Nurse – Operating Room Perioperative Nursing
CODE
S414
SCHOOL
Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing
LOCATION
Waterfront Campus
DURATION
16 weeks (1 semester)
STARTING MONTH
September, January
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY
2018-2019
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Registered Nurse – Operating Room Perioperative Nursing teaches the Registered Nurse how to work as an operating room nurse through two unique phases of theory and clinical practice.

Full Program Description

Description  

This ORNAC-approved (2017) postgraduate program utilizes current perioperative nursing research and strictly adheres to ORNAC Standards of Practice, preparing the Registered Nurse to function at the beginner level as a team member in the perioperative setting. It includes intensive study of relevant anatomy and surgical interventions related to the nursing process and the perioperative patient. Simulation Lab practice consolidates the development of the "scrub" and "circulating" roles.

Students working in the Simulation Centre Operating Room

There are 2 modes of delivery – in-class and online.

In-class Students should have some registered nursing and surgical nursing experience. Phase 1 is completed at George Brown College where Theory and 75 Simulation Lab hours are completed over six weeks full-time at the Dapne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences, located at the Waterfront Campus. This is followed by Phase 2, an eight-week full-time clinical placement.

Online Students are Registered Nurses that are new hires sponsored within their own hospital's perioperative setting or have some previous experience within the perioperative area. Phase 1 (the first 12 days) is partially completed at George Brown College. This includes the basic Lab Skills and the foundational Theory component. Test 1 is completed during this time. The remaining Phase 1 and Phase 2 are completed concurrently while the student returns to their own hospital to start their required clinical placement hours.

The program is organized into two phases.

Phase I Nursing 4045 consists of theory content and skills development, including:

  • current ORNAC standards, principles and application
  • surgical anatomy
  • intensive study of surgical interventions and surgical technologies (including indications and complications)
  • role of the circulating nurse
  • role of the scrub nurse
  • clinical lab skills, completed in a state-of-the-art Simulation Centre at George Brown College

Phase II Nursing 4046 includes an 8 to 14 week clinical placement (variable based on in-class or online mode of delivery).

In-class: 8 weeks full-time

Online: A minimum of 3 days per week in an operating room setting will be required. Learners must have passed Test 1 from Phase 1 in order to move to Phase II.

Students are exposed to several services (e.g. General Surgery, Urology, Gynecology, Plastics, ENT and Orthopedics). While in the clinical settings, learners will participate in online discussions, live video conferences and submit assignments through an online learning management system (Blackboard). Clinical experiences are scheduled in hospital operating rooms both within and outside of the Greater Toronto Area, or settings in which the learner is working.

Field Education 

Clinical Placement

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

semester courses
Code Course Name
NURS4045 Operating Room Nursing – Theory and Labs
NURS4046 Operating Room Nursing – Practicum

Note: Due to ongoing program improvements, courses are subject to change without notice.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Future Study Options 

Students who complete this Post-R.N. certificate program are eligible to submit the Course Curriculum Outline from the year the program was taken. Students may apply for a transfer credit toward the Post-Diploma B.Sc.N. program at Ryerson University.

For further information, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$2,374.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for one semester of the program starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates

Financial Assistance 

Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for tuition reimbursement through an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care initiative implemented through the RNAO.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • RN, Certificate of Competence, College of Nurses of Ontario without practice restrictions
  • BCLS (Heart and Stroke Foundation), HCP Level
  • lnterview - All applicants are interviewed by telephone or in person.
  • Resumé
  • Preferably 2 years surgical nursing experience in the hospital setting. No operating room experience necessary.

If taking this program as a non-sponsored student (independent student), students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for this program.

This program is open to domestic applicants only.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

Special Requirements  

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement
  • Students must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination before entering field placement. Students who are unable to provide a clear medical examination result to the college will not be able to start their field placement and therefore will be unable to complete the program.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).”
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement

Apply To  

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Contact Us

Contact Us  

Cheryl Simpkin

Program Co-ordinator, Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2349

Email: csimpkin@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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