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Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) supports our care teams with the following workshop opportunities. Health professional colleagues with other organizations are welcome to contact hhs-education@hhsc.ca to learn more about attending our workshops.

For HHS Staff: log into your Citrix account and visit the Learners’ site for workshop-specific schedules, registration and resources.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

A video-based, certified ACLS instructor-led, advanced course, building on the foundation of basic life support (BLS) skills. It emphasizes the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR and takes healthcare provider training to the next level – highlighting the importance of high-performing team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest care, acute dysrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndromes. The use of CPR simulation is incorporated into the course to provide real-time feedback on the effectiveness of CPR. This course uses curriculum and vigorous practice guidelines from the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

ACLS Brochure

Course Details

Register for the ACLS workshop at HHS

Basic Life Support (BLS) Workshop

A foundational emergency cardiovascular course for all health professionals and first responders intended to help improve patient outcomes. BLS teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in pre-hospital and in-facility settings. Current BLS status is a pre-requisite for advanced and intermediary resuscitation courses. This course uses curriculum from the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and HHS offers BOTH the recertification and full BLS course.

Register for the BLS course

Central Vascular Access Device (CVAD) Workshop

An interactive, multimodal education event for both new learners and those who wish to refresh their CVAD knowledge and skills. Learners will have the opportunity to practice techniques relevant to care and maintenance of central venous access devices including type of devices, dressing changes, blood sampling, blood cultures, locking and flushing.

Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) Workshop

This is a one-day interactive, evidence-based workshop designed for delivery to staff from all departments. The overall goal of this workshop is to educate staff to use a person-centred, compassionate and gentle persuasive approach when responding to challenging behaviours associated with dementia and delirium.

There are four modules including an introduction that covers the principles of person-centred care and the meaning behind behavior, the impact of dementia and delirium on the brain, effective communication strategies, and finally some suitable and respectful self-protective physical techniques and body containment strategies that can be used to manage more catastrophic behaviours. A GPA certificate of participation is provided.

Physical Assessment (PA) Workshop

A one-day workshop that provides interactive sessions on assessment topics. The sessions include facilitator-led demos, discussion of common abnormal findings and interactive activities. Topics include respiratory assessment, cardiovascular assessment, gastrointestinal/genitourinary assessment, neurological assessment and musculoskeletal assessment.

Preceptor Workshop

A preceptor program recognizes the clinical service excellence in the staff and provides professional development opportunities for them (Metzger, 1986).

A preceptor is an experienced staff person who teaches, counsels, inspires, role models, and supports the growth and development of a novice worker for a fixed and limited amount of time, with the specific purpose of socialization into a new role. The careful pairing of a novice with an experienced, precisely chosen staff person in the clinical setting provides an environment of nourishment and growth for the novice and of recognition and reward for the preceptor (Morrow, 1984; Giles & Moran, 1989; Goldenberg, 1987).

A preceptor may also be known by another name, depending on the profession or school. Preceptors assist the learner in acquiring new competencies required for safe, ethical, and quality practice by setting expectations, providing effective feedback about their performance, and facilitating appropriate opportunities to meet their learning objectives.

Skin Wound & Ostomy (SWO) Workshop

Learners will have the opportunity to review content and practice techniques relevant to basic and advanced wound care practices. Wound assessment, wound bed preparation, dressing selection, ostomy care, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, therapeutic surfaces, staging, fecal incontinence management, incontinence associate dermatitis and foot ulcers are explored.

Vascular Access Therapy (VAT) Workshop

A four-hour workshop providing hands-on experience with venipuncture and IV insertion.