CNA Certification Workshops

CNA certification is a voluntary, nationally recognized credential for registered nurses (RNs), and now registered practical nurses (RPNs), who meet specific nursing practice criteria, continuous learning and exam-based testing requirements (CNA, 2014).

Register Online Congratulations on taking this step in your professional development. Becoming CNA certified is one of the most positive and powerful achievements for a nursing professional. As a certified nurse, you will have:

  • the only nationally recognized RN credential for psychiatric and mental health nursing specialty, and the only nationally recognized RN or RPN credential for the gerontology nursing specialty
  • an advanced level of knowledge, expertise and commitment to show patients, colleagues and employers
  • a stronger sense of accomplishment and personal confidence in your practice
  • greater opportunities for career advancement
  • a broader network of nursing peers and more ways to showcase your knowledge, skills and experience
  • a more focused continuous learning and continuing competence plan
  • (CNA, 2014)
To support you on your certification journey, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) has developed two-day CNA Certification Preparatory Workshops in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing and Gerontological Nursing specialties.


About the Workshops:

In the course of the preparatory online workshop, participants will:
  • Understand the structure of the CNA certification exam and be provided with strategies for successful studying for and writing the certification exam in both Mental Health/Psychiatric and Gerontological Nursing
  • Identify potential gaps in their knowledge of understanding as it relates to the competency areas covered in the exam
  • Gain a further understanding through facilitated presentations of competencies covered in both the Psychiatric/Mental Nursing and Gerontological certification exams through comprehensive nursing based review of major mental health diagnoses, psychopharmacology, the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic interventions with presentations facilitated by Ontario Shores psychiatrists, pharmacists and CPMH (C) and GNC(C) certified nurses. (Note: participants will also receive a link to workshop material)
  • Review practice exam questions and participate in group discussions
  • Learn from recent, successful CNA certified nurses who will share their experience and strategies for success

The following competencies will be covered in the two day workshops for Psychiatric and Mental Health: 

  • Trauma & Crisis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Suicide Risk
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Special Populations
  • Mood Disorders
  • The 3 Ds
  • Mental Status Assessment
  • Personality Disorders
  • Concurrent Disorders
  • ECT
  • Culturally Informed Care

The following competencies will be covered in the two day workshops for Gerontology:

  • Body systems review including age related changes and common illness
  • Mental health diagnoses including delirium, depression, and dementia
  • Pharmacology
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Decision Making - Capacity and SDM
  • End of Life Care
  • Pain Management

Dates

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Certification Workshop
When: September 24 and 25, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m.*
Location: This workshop will be held online via Zoom. Once registration has been confirmed you will be sent the meeting invitation to the e-mail address provided.

Gerontological Nursing Certification Workshop
When: September 22 and 23, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
Location: This workshop will be held online via Zoom. Once registration has been confirmed you will be sent the meeting invitation to the e-mail address provided.

What's included in the Workshops?

    Workshop material including presentation content (all participants) 
Cost:
  • Ontario Shores employees - Complimentary Registration (no fee)
  • Non-Ontario Shores employees - $120.00 (+HST) Registration Fee
  • Materials Only option: Non-Ontario Shores Employees - $80.00 (+HST)
    • For this materials-only option, the documents will be provided 1 week prior to the workshop dates.

Registration

Registration will open on Friday, July 24, 2020.

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 4, 2020.

Register Online

If you have any questions, please contact Paula McGrath (McGrathP@ontarioshores.ca).