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Critical Care Nursing Orientation Program

If you are looking for a learning opportunity and enjoy working in a dynamic care environment where skills are grown and compassion is valued, consider becoming a critical care nurse!

The Critical Care Nursing Orientation Program (CCNOP) offers nurses comprehensive training so you are fully prepared to work with critically ill patients in an ICU.

CCNOP graduates also have access to additional support to thoroughly integrate them to the ICU and their new team.

Upon completion, you will have a guaranteed position in one of our intensive care units. You will join a collaborative team of nurses, doctors, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, physiotherapists, social workers and support staff - an entire team motivated to support you every step of the way in your new career. 

To sign up for the CCNOP, you apply directly for a Critical Care Nurse Trainee position online. (A minimum of one year acute care experience in surgery, medicine emergency or cardiac care is preferred)

If you already have ICU training or have worked in critical care in the last five years, please apply for a nurse position (Nurse 2 - Critical Care) in one of our critical care units .

For more information please speak with your manager or Chief Nursing Officer, or contact the site you wish to work at below.

How it works:

  • Guaranteed job in Critical Care: You will apply directly to your preferred ICU (at the hospital of your choice) as a nurse trainee and start on the unit upon completion of your training.
  • Comprehensive Training: This 12-week training will fully prepare you for your new role. You will participate in theory and lab training, with in-unit experience and orientation supported by experienced nurse educators.
  • Paid Training: You will be paid a full-time salary throughout your 12-week comprehensive training.*
  • Recognition of Your Skills: Nurses with prior specialty training (e.g., Stepdown or Emergency) are given individualized consideration and previous courses may be credited towards CCNOP for earlier completion.
  • Accessible Education: The program blends online and classroom learning followed by hands-on experience through specialized clinical practicum in the unit where you will work upon graduation. Lab and clinical (buddied and specialized) experience is an important part of the CCNOP program.

Download the poster and full course description (PDF, 606 KB)

Site Contacts

Grace Hospital
Trudy Nernberg

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Health Sciences Centre
Catherine Campbell

St. Boniface Hospital
Sarah Gilchrist

Brandon Regional Health Centre
Seema Roberts

Dauphin Regional Health Centre
Curt Gullett

*Salary commensurate with the Manitoba Nurses Union (MNU) N2 salary scale.

The Critical Care rhythm course is a prerequisite for the CCNOP If you require the rhythm course contact 204-787-4988 for more information.

* If you have taken an alternate rhythm course, successful completion of a challenge test will be required

Critical Care Rhythm Course

Pre-requisite for the CCNOP

OPEN to ALL Nurses who are enrolled in the CCNOP or who work in clinical units/areas that require cardiac rhythm analysis. Other clinical nurses interested in gaining rhythm analysis knowledge and skills as part of their career planning can apply for available open spots.

The rhythm course is composed of six classes scheduled every Thursday morning and consists of five 4-hour classes from 0830-1230 hours and the last week is the exam from 0800-930.

In keeping with current social distancing guidelines, the course is offered virtually through Microsoft Teams with socially distanced, in-person testing on Thursday of the 6th week.

Rhythm Course Dates (from 0830-1230 hours):

  • Week 1 – (Thursday) May 5, 2022
  • Week 2 – (Thursday) May 12, 2022
  • Week 3 – (Thursday) May 19, 2022
  • Week 4 – (Thursday) May 26, 2022
  • Week 5 – (Thursday) June 2, 2022
  • Week 6 – Test – (Thursday) June 9, 2022 (from 0800 - 0930 hours)
  • Re-write - June 16, 2022 (0800 - 0930)

Successful Completion requires the following to receive a certificate of completion:

  • Rhythm Analysis Test (80% required)

What you will need:

  • Calipers
  • Textbook:  Huff, Jane. (2017). ECG workout: Exercises in arrhythmia interpretation (7th ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott. (ISBN#9781469899817)  ***University of Manitoba Offer- Students are able to order the textbook using this link:

To register, please call 204-787-4988