The Manitoba Nephrology Nursing Course (MNNC) is a nine-week course that prepares nurses to care for patients during their hemodialysis treatments. The MNNC is required to work in a hemodialysis unit and is the entry point into Nephrology Nursing in Manitoba.
Entrance requirements for the course:
- Successful completion of the Self Learning Package exam (minimum grade 70%).
- A bona fide job offer from a hemodialysis unit in the Manitoba Renal Program. (How to Apply)
- An active/practicing Manitoban nursing license (links to CRNM and CLPNM).
The course is offered six times per year in Winnipeg. Courses are offered in Brandon according to the needs of the unit. An email with a course schedule is sent out at least 1 week prior to the start date for registered course candidates. There is a registration fee of $200.00. All required readings are provided.
The course consists of theory/lab, clinical, and preceptorship sections. The theory/lab days are interspersed with clinical days, so that concepts and skills learned in the classroom can be immediately applied in the clinical setting. The final exam occurs at the end of week six. This portion of the course is completed in Winnipeg or Brandon, where a Nephrology Clinical Nurse Educator is sited. The last 3 weeks of the course may be completed in the unit of hire if the candidate, the manager, and the Nephrology Clinical Educator agree.
The MNNC Self Learning Package
The Self Learning Package (SLP) is a review of kidney function and kidney disease and provides a base upon which the MNNC is built. The SLP is free and available for download: click here. If you require a hard copy of the SLP to be sent to you, please contact Renal Education at 204-787-3317.
Once familiar with the content, an appointment to write the exam can be made by contacting Renal Education at 204-787-3317.
Arrangements can be made to administer the exam in a nurse’s home community if an invigilator can be identified; otherwise exams are booked at NA379 700 McDermot Avenue Winnipeg, MB.
The minimum passing is grade is 70%. There is one rewrite allowed, with a passing grade of 85%. The exam grade is considered valid for one calendar year. The nurse can include this information when applying for positions within the MRP.
There are 20 Hemodialysis units in Manitoba. The nurse must be hired into a hemodialysis unit to take the course. The nurse is paid for the duration of the course. There is an expectation that the nurse will work the equivalent of 6 months of full time to repay the unit’s investment in the education. Please speak with the hiring manager about their specific expectations.