Health Sciences
2012-2013 University Calendar

8 School of Nursing : 8.3 Registration and Regulations : 8.3.1 Clinical Requirements for All Undergraduate Programs

Entrance into clinical courses is dependent on having met Immatriculation or licensing with the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) as outlined in Article 7.3.2 and the following requirements as well as additional requirements outlined in the School of Nursing Student and Faculty Handbook:
Vaccination/Immunization Requirements
See General University Information section 3.1.12 “Vaccination/Immunization Requirements for Health Sciences Programs”. A copy of the immunization form outlining requirements can be found at Annual flu vaccination is mandatory. Entry into the McGill University Teaching Hospital Network of Affiliated Centres is dependent on having met the immunization requirements. Immunizations must be complete (or in progress for Hepatitis B) by September 30 of the first year of studies involving clinical courses (U1 for B.Sc.(N.); U2 for B.N. (Integrated)).
Mask Fitting Requirements
Prior to commencing NUR1 233 or NUR1 331 (Summer session), all Nursing undergraduate students must be "mask fitted" by Student Health Services to protect against airborne transmissible infections to which they may be exposed in the hospital setting.
CPR and First Aid Requirements
All students are required to obtain (by January 30 of the first year of the Nursing programs) and maintain First Aid and CPR certification level Health Care Provider (HCP) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) throughout their nursing studies.
Training in Moving Patients
Students must follow a tailored 5-hour training program that uses the Moving Patients Safety Principles Program of the Association pour la santé et securité du travail.
Clinical Courses
Students are expected to demonstrate professional behaviour at all times. The Code of Ethics of Nurses, the Faculty of Medicine Code of Conduct, and the McGill University Code of Student Conduct (as outlined in the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities) provide guidelines. Accountability and professionalism are evaluated throughout clinical courses.
Professional behaviour is expected in relation to classmates, teachers, patients, the interprofessional team, and the institutions within which studies take place.
In any formal documentation, such as in the patient's chart, students must identify themselves as a McGill Nursing Student with the respective year of study noted.
Name badges indicating affiliation with McGill University and the program of study must be worn at all times in clinical studies (these are ordered in the Fall term for U1 B.Sc.(N.) students and in the Winter term for U2 B.N. (Integrated) students).
Attendance in clinical courses is mandatory and absences must be communicated to the instructor. Students with repeat absences may be asked to defer clinical studies if progress in the clinical course is compromised.
Students whose pattern of performance in clinical studies is not meeting expectations relative to the course objectives will be informed in writing so that a learning plan can be developed. Students whose performance is well below expectations or deemed to be incompetent or unsafe in clinical studies can be required to withdraw from the course at any time – in this case the student will receive a grade of WF or F. A meeting with the Program Director is required in such cases.
Students are required to comply with the School of Nursing uniform policy (or that of the clinical agency) during clinical placements. Details are given in the School of Nursing Student and Faculty Handbook.
Students are required to purchase a stethoscope and other health-assessment equipment required within specific courses.
An effort is made to place students within reasonable travelling distance for clinical studies but this cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, each student must budget a sum of money to travel to and from a clinical agency during their clinical course experiences.
Clinical courses that are offered during the Summer session generally require that students study during the day time, evening and weekends.
Success in NUR1 220 Therapeutic Relationships is required for entry into NUR1 234 and NUR1 235 (even if in Satisfactory Standing).
Students requesting clinical placements outside the McGill University Teaching Hospital Network or on Specialized Units (e.g., Intensive Care, Emergency Department), must be in Satisfactory Standing in their program as well as have a CGPA of at least 3.2. Certain placements may require a higher CGPA. Placement decisions may also take into account the strength and completeness of the proposal for placement, the level of autonomy and accountability of the student, the pattern of the student's progress in the program, and interviews.
B.N. (Integrated) students must successfully complete all Fall and Winter first year courses PRIOR to taking NUR1 331.
Criminal Reference Check:
Clinical agencies may require students entering their facility to undergo a Criminal Reference Check prior to being granted permission to enter their facility. Inability of the student to gain access to clinical study settings can preclude their ability to meet the clinical course requirements within their program of study.

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