Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The 2 Most Competitive & Coveted Jobs in Canada for Advance Nursing Practice

As per the Canadian Nurses Association prediction, there is a staggering demand of 60,000 nurses that is needed by the year 2022.

Thus, Registered Nurses are in high demand throughout Canada giving the option to nurses to work in a wide range of capacities. With the advancement in nursing, there are so many options available, from traditional bedside nursing to advance nursing practices that does not necessarily require nurses to work at the bedside of a hospitalized patient. Occupational Health Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist are the top 2 most competitive & coveted advance practice nursing jobs in Canada.

Advance Practice Nursing Jobs in Canada
Occupational Health Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist Jobs

Occupational Health Nurse

Occupational Health Nurses (OHN) are registered nurses who do not typically treat patients in hospital beds rather treat workers who work in factories, chemical plants and other mills.

Their main role involves -
  • Treating workers with injuries and illnesses
  • Devising health & safety programs depending upon each organization’s work type and community environment.
  • Prevention of health effects from harmful exposures
  • Legal and monitoring requirements to ensure worker safety
  • Conducting health surveillance programs from time to time
  • Providing tertiary prevention strategy
  • Work for health promotion
  • Counselling and crisis intervention
  • Case Management

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical nurse specialist is another advance nursing practice in Canada with a great scope for growth. The main role of a clinical nurse specialist is to assume the role and responsibility of a leader in a hospital or community setting. A clinical nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in a specialized area that interests them such as Pediatrics, Gerontology.

As per the legally defined scope, the job role of a clinical nurse specialist is same as of the registered nurse. However, the role of a clinical nurse specialist tend to vary depending upon the employer they are working with and needs of the community.

INSCOL offers PG Specialty Programs in collaboration with leading Universities/Colleges in Canada, Australia, UK, US, New Zealand. As a nurse, you can select from broad array of courses depending upon your interest and passion such as:
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership & Management
  • Post Graduate Certificate in RN-Critical Care Nursing
  • Enhanced Nursing Practice- Gerontology & Chronic Illness
  • Acute Complex Care-Post Graduate Certificate for Internationally Educated Nurses
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care – Multidiscipline

These course aim at transforming the nurses into global nurse by enhancing their knowledge, skills and expertise. More information about the courses can be found here:

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in Canada!!!

The acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) provide specialized care to seriously ill patients with critical needs to prevent any further complications. The role of acute care nurses came into existence to offload the workload of physicians in the acute care settings. The main role of acute care nurse practitioner is to provide continuity of care to critically ill patients with an intent to stabilize their condition thus resulting in improved patient outcome.

Educational Requirements

To become an acute care nurse practitioner, a candidate first needs to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then obtain their RN license and then gain some experience as an RN in an acute care setting. Next step is to pursue a master’s degree or a post graduate certificate program that specializes in acute care and has minimum 2 to 3 years of duration.

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Key Responsibilities of an Acute Care Nurse

  • Conduct Physical examinations
  • Order lab tests & diagnostic tests as per the requirement and analyze results
  • Prescribe medication and therapies with consultation of physician
  • Give treatments to stabilize patient’s conditions
  • Assess and diagnose acute medical conditions such as Trauma

Career Opportunities and Salary Trend

After successfully completing this course, nurses with acute care specialization can work in a variety of healthcare settings such as:
  • Hospitals  
  • ICU
  • Sub-acute care units
  • Trauma units, emergency care 
  • Public health centers 
  • Operating rooms
  • Specialty Labs


As per the reports by BLS, The average salary of an Acute Care Nurse is $68,910 and can go up to $ 96,320. However, salary may vary depending upon the level of education, location, experience and industry. As per the survey, job satisfaction level is reported as high by majority of workers.

INSCOL in collaboration with Georgian College offers Acute Complex Care Post Graduate Program in Georgian College, Canada. This program is specifically designed for Internationally Educated Nurses to update their skills and develop their expertise in caring for patient’s presenting with acute complex pathologies. Georgian is one of the finest college of Canada, follows a teaching approach that focusses on application & assessment of advanced theories and practice in acute primary care. 

More information about this course can be found at -

Thursday, 2 April 2015

A PG Program in Community Mental Health from Niagara College, Canada

What’s in it for Nursing Professionals?

There is an increasing demand for qualitative and mental health services, consequently resulting in a rising demand for community mental health nurses to ensure that people in the community have an easy access to quality mental health care.

Mental health nurses care for people suffering from several mental health conditions, their main role involves helping the patient to recover from the illness or achieve a stable condition that allows them to lead a positive life. Mental health nurses work in multidisciplinary teams wherein they need to liaison with occupational therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other health professionals.

Community Mental Health Nursing from Niagara College, Canada

Typical Activities of a Professional Mental Health Nurse Includes:

  • Documenting & Maintaining Patient Records
  • Providing individual therapies to patients (For instance-cognitive behavior therapy for depression & anxiety cases)
  • Caring for patients suffering from acute mental disorders
  • Making care plans for individual patients
  • Assessing patient’s behavioral and psychological needs
  • Applying de-escalation techniques to help patients manage stress and emotions
  • Ensuring the right dosage of medications

If you are already working in healthcare industry and looking for an enhancement course to gain more in your career, then joining a PG Program from a recognized university or College is your best bet. One such institution is INSCOL offering a PG Certificate Programs in Community Mental Health in partnership with Niagara College, Canada. This is an enhancement course for nurses who wants to further specialize in Community Mental Health Nursing.


The Program includes:

  • Crisis Response & Intervention
  • Exposure to current trends & issues in mental health care
  • Developing a thorough understanding of mental illness
  • Fundamentals of community mental health
  • Exploring current care providers, treatments and treatment facilities

Employment Opportunities:

Community Mental Health Nurses practice in a range of behavioral healthcare settings including:
  • Community mental health centers
  • Detoxification centers
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Group homes
  • Hospices
  • Client’s Homes
  • Drop-in centers
Nurses, after successfully completing this program, can combine their advanced learning with their previously acquired education and experience resulting in providing an exemplary service to people experiencing mental health ailments.

For more information about the course, visit