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 and education events

Neuroscience nursing 1 from George Brown offered onsite.

Examine neuropathophysiology. Focus on applied approaches related to clinical reasoning and critical appraisal in neuroscience nursing. Analyze care models and ethical and legal issues from practice. Explore person-centred care and the nurse's role within the context of the family and the interprofessional team.

You must be a nurse (RN, RPN or IEN)

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

Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)

The ATCN is a two day advanced course for registered nurses interested in increasing their knowledge in the management of the multiple trauma patient.

The ATCN course enhances technical and critical thinking skills for Registered Nurses in trauma care. It is offered in collaboration with the physician’s Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course. Clinicians & nurses attend a series of interactive ATLS lectures and then spending the remainder of the course focusing on knowledge and technical skill stations relevant to their work on the trauma team.

Ostomy Preceptorship workshops: Levels I and II

These workshops provide a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach to the management of individuals living with an ostomy. Review basic anatomy and physiology, why people have ostomy surgery, appropriate identification and selection of different ostomy products, diets and pharmaceutical considerations, as well as common complications. Workshops are offered three times per year. Level I is a pre-requisite to participation in Level II. Please see the following attachments for information and registration 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 with a focus on troughing. It is offered twice per year. Please see the following attachment for information and registration details:

Introduction to general surgery

Need a primer on surgeries common to the general surgery patient? This brief introductory course will provide a brief review of GI anatomy and physiology, and a discussion of some typical surgeries, with a focus on those that result in a stoma. Please see the following attachment for information and registration details:

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.