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Nurturing a Nursing Education Through Centennial College With the need for nurses on the rise and predictions estimating that by the year 2011,  59,000   to   113,000   nurses   will   be   needed   in   Canada,   nursing   programs   are   being  designed to meet the demand. Ranging in length and credentials, the nursing programs  are helping to train professionals who will make a difference in the medical field.  Before   you   apply   for   a   nursing   program,   you   should   know   that   you’re   entering   a  challenging, but rewarding field. In some cases, nurses are even critical in saving lives.   Therefore, there are some common skills among all levels of nursing that are essential.   First, you must be compassionate, yet professional. Some patients will be distraught,  but you must conduct yourself professionally to ensure that they are properly cared for.   Nurses   must   also   be   alert,   patient,   possess   the   latest   medical   knowledge   and   time   management skills as well as be highly organized, because they deal with a variety of  patients all requiring different medications and treatments. All of these essential skills  are gained through nursing programs that range from 400 hours to 8 semesters. Let’s  take a look at the nursing programs offered at Centennial College and the differences  between them. The Practical Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs are very similar. The Practical  Nursing program focuses on the newest skills in the field. Students have access to well­ equipped labs and professionals who teach the theory component. At the end of their  training, students are deemed Registered Practical Nurses and take care of more stable   patients.   They   often   work   in   settings   that   include   operating   rooms   and   clinics.   The  curriculum for the  Practical Nursing (Flexible)  program is the same, except that it is  offered   in   a   six   semester,   three­day­per­week   flex   format.   This   allows   you   to   meet  personal and other commitments and is ideal for those already working part­time in the   work force.  The next three nursing program options at Centennial are the "bridging" offerings. The   first is Bridging to University Nursing and takes two semesters to complete. This area of  study is geared towards Registered Practical Nurses who want to obtain a BScN in  about three years. As with all programs in the field, curriculum is based on the College   of Nurses' Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for  Ontario Registered Nurses. This ensures that theoretical knowledge is combined with  clinical   setting   and   that   courses   emphasize   ethics,   professional   practice,   health  assessment and more. A unique aspect of the Bridging to University Nursing program is  the focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in both the acute mental  health and community settings. The second option is the Bridging to University Nursing   (Flexible) program, which adds an extra semester to allow for a slower learning pace.  The   last   bridging   option   The   Bridging   to   University   Nursing   —   IEN   program   for  internationally educated nurses.  

Another option   is   designed   as   an   academic   pathway   to   meet   the   needs   of  internationally­educated nurses who are interested in working as Registered Practical  Nurses (RPNs) in Canada as well as RPNs who hold a certificate but wish to upgrade to  an Ontario College Diploma or RPNs who have been out of practice for 10 years or less   and need a refresher. This option is called the Practical Nursing Fast­track Bridging  Program for Internationally­Educated Nurses. It is three semesters in length, including  15 weeks of consolidation experience.  There   are   two   final   nursing   program   options   at   Centennial   College.   They   are   the   respected   Nursing   (BScN)   program,   which   is   8   semesters   and   earns   the   student   a  Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the PR – Perioperative Nursing program, which is  400 hours and results in an Ontario College Graduate Certificate. The BscN option is  offered in collaboration with George Brown College and Ryerson University. You will  complete studies at both the college and university levels. Meanwhile, the Perioperative  program prepares students to be practitioners.  With   the   wide   range   of   nursing   program   options,   it   is   essential   to   check   out   the   prerequisites required for admission. That information can be found on the Centennial   College website.

Nurturing a Nursing Education Through Centennial College  

This write-up narrates the importance and scope of nursing. It also discusses how training is imparted and the length of training.