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NBCCNP Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible to apply to the NB Critical Care Program (NBCCNP)?
  2. How do you define a novice nurse?
  3. What are the admission requirements?
  4. How are students selected?
  5. Who pays student costs for NBCCNP?
  6. How many courses are there in the program and how long is each course?
  7. How long does a student have to complete the program? Is there any flexibility?
  8. How will performance be assessed?
  9. How will student progress be monitored?
  10. How many times a year is the program offered?
  11. What are the instructional methods used?
  12. Where is the physical classroom?
  13. How is the integrity of the curriculum maintained?
  14. What do students receive upon successful completion of the program?
  15. Where can students work upon completion of the program?
  16. How is the program coordinated?
  17. What equipment will students need to complete the program?
  18. Who are the site coordinators for this program?
  19. How do I apply for the program?

1. Who is eligible to apply to the NB Critical Care Program (NBCCNP)?

Novice nurses employed by one of the New Brunswick Health Authorities are eligible to apply.

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2. How do you define a novice nurse?

A novice nurse is considered to be a recently graduated nurse with an RN or a nurse who is new to critical care or emergency care.

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3. What are the admission requirements?

To be accepted into the program, you must be:

  • A registered nurse who is a novice to critical care or emergency care nursing (you must either have less than one year's experience in these practice areas or be interested in pursuing a career in critical care or emergency care nursing)
  • Currently employed by Horizon or Vitalité
  • Able to commit to 11 full weeks of full-time study

You must also have:

  • Proof of current CPR
  • Proof of NANB registration

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4. How are students selected?

All complete applications received by the application deadline are reviewed by the NBCCNP Selection Committee comprised of site coordinators from each zone across the province.

Candidates are selected based on the application qualifications and the needs of the provincial Health Authorities.

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5. Who pays student costs for NBCCNP?

The Department of Health pays the student costs associated with the program. This includes: salary replacement costs, tuition fees, textbooks, and travel if required.

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6. How many courses are there in the program and how long is each course?

The program consists of seven courses, focused on the management of the critically ill client and their family, spread over an 11-week period:

  • Course 1 – Foundations (8 days)
  • Course 2 – Cardio Vascular Alterations (9 days)
  • Course 3 – Pulmonary Alterations (7 days)
  • Course 4 – Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Hematological/Immunological & Renal Alterations (2 days)
  • Course 5 – Neurological Alterations (3 days)
  • Course 6 – Multi-systems Alterations (7 days)
  • Course 7 – Integrated Clinical Practicum (18 days)

Note: This program also includes a 1-day orientation at the start of the 11 weeks.

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7. How long does a student have to complete the program? Is there any flexibility?

The program is designed to be taken full-time in a block format. However, in special circumstances, a student may attend part-time provided the program is completed within the same fiscal period (i.e. April 1 - March 31 of the following year). Courses 1, 2 and 3 must be taken first, courses 4 and 5 may be taken in any order, and courses 6 and 7 must be taken in order.

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8. How will performance be assessed?

Exams, written papers, projects, case studies, discussions, clinical and preceptorship experiences are all used for student assessment.

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9. How will student progress be monitored?

Instructors, a Teaching and Learning Consultant and the Program Coordinator monitor and track progress.

All grades will be available to you on the Desire to Learn platform.

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10. How many times a year is the program offered?

There are typically four intake dates per year. However, this may be adjusted annually based on the needs of the RHA’s.

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11. What are the instructional methods used?

The program is delivered with a blended learning approach that uses various methods and technologies:

  • Theory-based curriculum for independent self-directed learning
  • Laboratory experiences
  • Online curriculum available through UNB’s LMS (D2L: Desire to Learn Bright Space)
  • Journal and textbook readings
  • Video conference
  • Online instructor-led discussion via Zoom platform
  • Clinical practice
  • Preceptorship

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12. Where is the physical classroom?

Both New Brunswick Health Authorities have rooms available for students. There is a combination of distance, self-study and on-site education. The program is designed for students to join from virtually anywhere via audio/video or internet connection. Clinical courses are to be completed in a referral center closest to the participants working environment.

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13. How is the integrity of the curriculum maintained?

The curriculum design meets the standards of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses and National Emergency Nurses’ Affiliation. Any alterations to the curriculum are brought to the Education Committee and the Steering Committee for approval.

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14. What do students receive upon successful completion of the program?

Students are awarded a UNB or UdeM Certificate of Proficiency. They will also receive a pewter pin.

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15. Where can students work upon completion of the program?

Students can work in the Critical Care Units and Emergency Care Units.

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16. How is the program coordinated?

A full-time bilingual provincial program coordinator manages the program with all stakeholders. Both Universities have a program coordinator to provide daily student and instructor support for their respective programs.

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17. What equipment will students need to complete the program?

A Windows or Apple (Mac) computer with the following minimum software requirements is essential:

  • Computer Compatible Operating System: PC Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, MAC OS X or higher.
  • Web Browser: Microsoft Edge, or higher Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox.
  • Word processing and presentation software is required, such as Word and PowerPoint.
  • Headset (provided at orientation)

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18. Who are the site coordinators for this program?

  • Zone 1B (Moncton-Beauséjour) | Site coordinator: Manon Turcotte
  • Zone 1SE (Moncton) | Site coordinator: Catherine Molloy
  • Zone 2 (Saint John) | Site coordinator: Sue Morris
  • Zone 3 (Fredericton) | Site coordinator: Melanie Didham
  • Zone 4 (Edmundston) | Site coordinator: Lyne Banville
  • Zone 5 (Campbellton) | Site coordinator: Mario Gallant
  • Zone 6 (Acadie-Bathurst) | Site coordinator: Monika Ross
  • Zone 7 (Miramichi) | Site coordinator: Michelle Watling

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19. How do I apply for the program?

Process for submitting applications to UNB and UdeM:

  • Apply online at UNB or by downloading the PDF application form available on the website and sending the completed application along with supporting documentation via email to nbccnp@unb.ca.

    Apply at UdeM by downloading the application form available and sending the completed application along with supporting documentation by email to psicnb@umoncton.ca.

  • Applicants are encouraged to contact the nurse manager of the critical care area of interest, e.g. Emergency Department, Critical Care Unit.

  • The nurse manager of the critical care unit may interview the applicant, contact their current nurse manager, to determine if they are a suitable candidate and negotiate the nurses release for the program. If the candidate is a new graduate, a professor recommendation may be obtained.

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