The Post Graduate Certificate
in Remote Nursing Program prepares Registered Nurses (RNs)
to function in expanded nursing practice roles in northern remote areas. Graduates of this program are expected to demonstrate
excellence in primary care and primary health care competencies in order to
provide safe, high quality care for residents in remote communities. The
underlying theme throughout the program is the development of clinical
reasoning and decision-making skills within the framework of a primary health
care philosophy. The foundation of the
program is the development of expertise in advanced health assessment skills
and differential diagnosis. Courses in advanced pharmacology and therapeutics build
on this expertise to address health care concerns of patient across the
lifespan. This program will prepare the RN to deal with common health care
concerns as well as to provide initial urgent/emergent care. Consideration of
culture and community and the unique aspects of care delivered in geographical
isolation are inherent throughout the program.
Instruction includes the RN’s responsibilities for health promotion,
screening, and monitoring the needs of individuals, families, and communities.
This program presents the
territorial/provincial and federal legislative practice parameters for RNs in
an advanced nursing practice role. The legal implications of RN’s working in an
expanded practice role are examined.