A priority identified by our regional partners was the need for a standardized paediatric education program to help support nurses who may have little or no experience, training or opportunity to care for paediatric patients. MNCYN recognized this essential learning request as an opportunity to promote the consistent delivery of safe, quality paediatric care across the region. Core paediatric nursing competencies, which had previously been developed by the Regional Steering Committee, were updated and used as the foundation to create a curriculum for the Regional Paediatric Orientation© (RPO) Program.
This program is modular-based, with self-directed learning packages centered around current best-practice guidelines. The primary focus is to review the importance of following an ordered methodology when performing paediatric assessments and to critically think through the findings.
Participants are given 45-days to complete the course. Once finished the course, learners will receive a certificate of completion.
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The RPO program was launched in April 2019 and was updated in 2020-2021.
Please Note: This is not a credit course.
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The Regional Paediatric Orientation includes:
The feedback from learners who have completed the RPO program has been very positive:
“What a fantastic self-directed experience! I am so pleased with the content and the structure. I think this is such a valuable resource and am so glad SMGH joined MNCYN.” (RN, Educator, ED)
“It’s really great in the small centers for emergency department staff that don’t get a lot of paediatric training. It gives them a really good overview of what they need to know. I think it’s perfect for that group”. (RN, Manager)
“From basically having no paediatric knowledge or confidence, this course has greatly increased both. Very informative and easy to learn material, very relevant for smaller rural hospitals”. (RN, ED)
“The content was very in-depth and it was a very good overview of any acute issue a nurse might experience with a paediatric patient, even when we don’t keep those patients. It is good to know about those more acute issues so we know how to better handle them to stabilize before we can transfer to a more tertiary centre. As an RPN and although more acute patient care is assigned to the RN, it is still important for the RPN to be able to recognize issues and be able to assist in the care of the patient with the RN”. (RPN, In-patient Paediatric Unit)
“Finished the course and I will say I learned or re learned a lot, what an amazing review. I liked that it went thru the systems; at times it was challenging and had me on to google reading up on things I have forgotten or perhaps never did know. I’ve taken so many great notes. Loved being able to work on it on my own time and would be interested in other courses that you may have to offer”. (RN, ED)
This course requires participants to self-register here: Simple Sign-Up. Participants have 45-days to complete the course.