On site learning opportunities
In addition to the Hospital’s general orientation, a one-day Corporate Nursing Orientation is provided to all nurses who are new to the organization or who are returning after extended absence. The purpose of Corporate Nursing Orientation is to introduce newly hired nurses to professional practice and clinical resources that complement further orientation within clinical programs and patient care units. Examples include Respiratory Therapy, Pain Management, Pharmacy, IV Therapy, Infection Prevention & Control, Wound Care and others.
More in depth orientation within clinical programs and patient care units is provided to:
- Familiarize new staff with program/unit goals and routines, interdisciplinary team members, best practices, policies, protocols, directives, procedures, and equipment within a specialty.
- Continually develop expert knowledge and skill in providing patient care
- Authorize nurses to carry out specialized nursing skills specific to a patient care unit such as specialized clinical nursing assessment, monitoring and clinical skills.
Unit orientation may vary from two to three weeks. In Critical Care, Perioperative Services and Specialty Areas (such as Obstetrics, Hemodialysis, Medical Surgical Intensive Care, Emergency, Trauma/Neurosurgery) orientation varies from four to eight weeks. Orientation may be extended for new graduates.
Conferences & Education Events
St. Michael's Hospital offers innovative continuing education to support professional growth from novice to expert. Development opportunities include conferences, workshops and onsite partnerships with academic institutions. Examples include:
A focus on ER nursing excellence conference held annually in the spring.
The Annual Cardiovascular Review Workshop is a 3-day workshop for nurses who are preparing for the Canadian Nurses Association certification exam and allied health professionals who desire to increase their knowledge & skill related to cardiovascular disease
Neuroscience nursing 1 from George Brown offered onsite.
Prerequisite: RN. Start date: early Sept. for 12 weeks with completion at the end of Nov. Every Monday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Register at www.georgebrown.ca/coned .
Ostomy Preceptorship workshops Level I and Level II
These workshops provide a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach to the management of individuals living with an ostomy. Learn why people end up with stomas, identify and selecting different ostomy products, ileo-anal reservoir procedure, diets and ostomies, fistula management and more. Workshops are offered three times per year. Level I is a pre-requisite to participate in Level II. Please see the following attachments for information and contact details:
Introduction to fistula management
Baffled by enterocutaneous fistulas and their management? This introductory course will review the basics for fistula management and treatment options, is offered three times per year. Please see the following attachment for information and contact details:
- Introduction to fistula management (69 kb pdf file)
Interdisciplinary Wound Care Workshops Levels 1 to 4
These interdisciplinary workshops assist participants to learn best practices for pressure ulcer prevention, stages of pressure ulcers, physiology and pathophysiology of wound healing, diabetic foot care, and advanced wound therapy. Interactive sessions allow hands on learning and best practices are described using a case based approach. Level 1 Workshop: Best Practices in Pressure Ulcer Prevention; Level 2 Workshop: Best Practices in Pressure Ulcer Assessment & Treatment; Level 3 Workshop: Best Practices in Diabetic Foot Ulcer Care & Adjunctive Therapies; Level 4 Workshop: Best Practices in Leg Ulcer Management including pathophysiology of venous insufficiency, assessment and differentiating leg ulcers and hands on application of various compression systems.