Girl smiling at doctor checking her heart for MNCYN's Regional Paediatric Program.


Since being established in 2010, the Regional Paediatric Program has grown substantially and now is a key branch of the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Network.

Who We Are

The overarching goal of the Regional Paediatric Program is to provide professional paediatric education, consultation and health promotion services for MNCYN partner organizations. Our vision is for all children to have timely access to integrated paediatric care which is both patient and family-centred, based on current standards of care and regionalized across the MNCYN geographical area. Effective and efficient management and coordination of paediatric services is facilitated by collaboration, cooperation and communication among our regional partners.

To support this vision, members of the Regional Paediatric Program team participate in a variety of provincial and national paediatric programs and organizations. These may include, but are not limited to:

Canadian Association of Paediatric Nurses (CAPN)

Canadian Association for Rural & Remote Nursing (CARRN)

Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS)

      • Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns (ACoRN)
      • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

Children’s Healthcare Canada (CHC)

Heart & Stroke Foundation

      • Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS

National Emergency Nurses Association (NENA)

Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health (PCMCH)

Translating Emergency Knkowledge for Kids (TREKK)

Women & Children's Health Educations Network (WCHEN)

What We Do

The MNCYN Regional Paediatric Program offers the following services:


The Regional Paediatric Program facilitates and coordinates knowledge sharing by providing opportunities for interdisciplinary paediatric education through on-site training, regional workshops, videos and webinars.


The MNCYN Regional Educators Committee provides a forum for clinical educators from throughout the MNCYN partnership to share ideas and resources as well as provides an opportunity to enhance skills through regional workshops.


Additionally, the Paediatric Regional Professional Practice Consultant offers both didactic paediatric education as well as hands-on practice using low-fidelity simulation to supplement skill development. Typically, in-person learning sessions are 2-4 hours in length, though a virtual session is also an option. 

For example, the following topics may be reviewed: 

Paediatric Assessment

  • Paediatric Assessment Triangle
  • Primary & Secondary Survey

Respiratory Review

  • Anatomical differences between children & adult airways
  • Clinical signs of respiratory distress, failure & arrest

Cardiovascular Review

  • Unique anatomical differences between children & adults
  • Clinical signs of deterioration

Paediatric Trauma (Traumatic Brain Injuries)

  • Initial assessment & management

Nursing Skills Review

  • Airway management, positive pressure ventilation, correct mask placement & sizing
  • IV & IO placement, insertion & care
  • NG insertions


The Paediatric Review is a monthly informative newsletter, which contains current best-practice information and paediatric care guidelines. Though the content has a nursing focus, other allied health care providers, physicians, and nurse practitioners may also find the topics of interest. Each edition is reviewed by another content expert.

Previous topics of The Paediatric Review include:

  • Sepsis & Septic Shock
  • Children vs Adults & Paediatric Nursing Tips & Tricks
  • Concussions in Children
  • Duty to Report in Paediatrics
  • Febrile Seizures & Convulsive Status Epilepticus
  • Acute Gastroenteritis, Functional Constipation, Oral Rehydration Therapy
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)
  • Cardiopulmonary Arrests in Children (Code Pinks) & Emergency Medications
  • Blood Gas Interpretation
  • Prostaglandin (PGE) Administration
  • Paediatric Trauma Management
  • Paediatric Submersion Injury Management
  • Paediatric Respiratory Assessment & Management
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Thermoregulation, BRUE’s, Urinary Tract Infections

Disclaimer: The information contained in the Paediatric Review are provided for reference and educational purposes only. The content is referenced using the best information and evidence available at the time of preparation. No assurance is given that the information is entirely complete, current or accurate in every respect. The Paediatric Review is not a substitute for clinical judgement, knowledge and expertise or medical advice. MNCYN is not responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage resulting from the use of this information.


Regional Paediatric Orientation© (RPO) Program:

This online nursing education program was developed to promote the consistent delivery of safe, quality paediatric care across the region. This program is modular-based, with six self-directed learning packages centered around current best-practice guidelines. The primary focus is to review the importance of following an ordered methodology when completing paediatric assessments and to critically think through the findings. Participants are given 45-days to complete the course.


The RPO© Program is the intellectual property of MNCYN and is a registered copyright with the Government of Canada. Learners will not be able to view the content or access the course once it has been completed. The content cannot be printed or distributed without the written consent of MNCYN.


The information contained in the Regional Paediatric Orientation© (RPO) Program is provided for reference and educational purposes only. The content is referenced using the best information and evidence available at the time of preparation. The RPO Program© is not a substitute for clinical judgment, knowledge and expertise or medical advice. MNCYN is not responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage resulting from the use of this information.

The Regional Paediatric Orientation© (RPO) Program includes:

  • An Introduction to MNCYN’s Regional Paediatric Orientation© (RPO) Program
  • Core Paediatric Competency Indicators: Registered Nurse
  • Pre-Course Survey & Pre-Examination
  • Module 1: Paediatric Assessment
  • Module 2: The Respiratory System
  • Paediatric Respiratory Therapy Simulation Video Series
  • Module 3: The Cardiovascular System
  • Module 4: The Nervous System
  • Procedural Sedation & Analgesia
  • Module 5: Fluid Management & Medication Administration
  • Module 6: Nursing Skills
  • Post Examination & Post-Course Survey

The RPO© feedback from learners who have completed the program has been very positive:

“I am a senior member of the nursing reserve unit (Float Nurse) and a 17-year veteran RPN; with the expansion of the RPN role I would find it extremely helpful to improve my practice to have a scope appropriate content course for RPN’s working on OBS, Paeds, and in the ED.  This course was incredibly well made with excellent content and rich with easy to access accessory sources for supportive information in the provided links…” (RPN, Nursing Reserve Unit)

“…the videos were very helpful and easy to watch and listen to without being boring or monotone – well-made and easy to apply the information to my practice in many cases. I liked the testing method and that I could see how I came to an incorrect answer to better understand the material”. (RN, ED)


“I have just started in a local emergency department that provides care to paediatric populations. As I have never had experience with this population during my undergrad and beginning of my nursing career. I feel more equipped to provide competent and safe care to these infants and kids. Especially as flu season and respiratory season is upon us I feel more confident dealing with these patients. I wanted to thank you and your colleagues for putting this course together”! (RN, ED)


“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)

Self-registration is available on the MNCYN Simple Sign-Up page.


  • Interdisciplinary Paediatric Case Rounds are provided annually for our regional partner organizations with in-patient paediatric beds
  • Interdisciplinary Paediatric Critical Event Reviews are available upon request


A Maternal/Child Program review is offered every 5 years or upon request to our MNCYN partner organizations depending on the capacity of both the Regional Perinatal and Paediatric Program teams. Full reviews are provided by the MNCYN interdisciplinary team and will target program gaps that have been identified by the host hospital leadership team.


Areas addressed may include:


  • Equipment
  • Human resource management
  • Staff education
  • Practices Guidelines
  • Documentation


More succinct reviews may be conducted by the MNCYN Executive Director and Professional Practice Consultants and will have a focus primarily on staffing and best practice guidelines.

Who We Serve

We serve individuals and organizations in the Paediatric health care sector, as well as the families in their care, including:

Paediatric health care providers practicing in our region (primarily Southwestern Ontario)

Nurse practitioners

Paediatric patients, along with their partners and families:


Educators and academics in Paediatric health disciplines

Program Staff

Kristine Fraser, RN, MN, BN, CNCCP (C)Paediatric Professional Practice Consultant
Janice Tijssen, MD FRCPC FAAPPaediatric Medical Co-Director, Paediatric Critical Care
Rahul Ojha, MBBS, DCH, MD FRACP Paediatric Medical Co-Director, General Academic Paediatrics
Rod Lim, MD, FRCPC, FAAPPaediatric Medical Co-Director, Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Kendra SavageProgram Assistant