|Who Should Take this Course?
This course is designed for registered nurses working, or planning to work, in remote communities throughout British Columbia. The British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives(BCCNM) and the Provincial Government, under the Health Professions Act, require nurses in such settings to be certified. NURS 458-6 Remote Nursing Certified Practice, will prepare registered nurses for certification based on criteria specified by the BCCNM. For more information on Certified Practice, please visit the BCCNM website
What is Remote Nursing Practice?
Remote nursing practice is carried out in nursing stations in small, often First Nations or Inuit, communities many kilometres from the nearest hospital. Nurses in remote settings work autonomously within a prescribed scope of practice and collaboratively with physicians or nurse practitioners to provide primary care including treatment of acute illness or injury, health promotion, and illness prevention.
NURS 458-6 focuses on the competencies required for Remote Nursing Certified Practice. Key content areas include: history and physical assessment, advanced clinical reasoning, informed judgment, and pharmacotherapeutics in the management of specified common and predictable health conditions. Management of a dispensary and medication dispensing functions are also included. Content and course evaluation are based on a body-systems approach and incorporate the BCCNM Decision Support Tools (DSTs) for Remote Nursing Certified Practice. An extended workshop focusing on nursing practice in remote communities is included. Upon successful completion of NURS 458-6 students may apply for BCCNM Remote Nursing Practice Certification.
The goal of NURS458-6 is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to practice safe, evidence-based care for populations in remote settings.
At the culmination of NURS 458-6 students should be able to:
This is an online course delivered by distance education over an eighteen-week period. This course work culminates in a one week face-to-face practice workshop and examination.