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Clinical Placement Requirements

All students will have clinical practice hours. Every undergraduate nursing student has learning opportunities in maternity, childrens’ health, mental health, medical/surgical and community clinical settings throughout their time in the program. The majority of the practice environments are within walking distance or on the bus route. Please Note: Incoming students will receive a welcome email from the School of Nursing by the end of June, which will contain further details. This email will be sent to your Queen's email address.

You can review Queen's Schoool of Nursing's statement on student accommodations here.

Placement Requirements Checklist

Our immunization policy and our immunization form can be found on our Immunization Requirements page. It is recommended that incoming students begin completing the form as early as possible. Immunizations can be submitted through onQ, once access is available.

Queen's School of Nursing does not keep immunization records. Students are expected to retain documentation of their immunization history, and be prepared to show their documentation to agencies upon request.

Verification of Standard First Aid with CPR HCP or BLS certification must be submitted online via OnQ by August 1st. CPR certification must be maintained annually (re-certification each year) throughout the nursing program. Standard First Aid must be recertified every 4 years regardless of the expiry date on the card.

Training Modules are due August 1st for AST 3 Class and BNSc Year 1 in the first year of the Program. Environmental Health and Safety training is mandated under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This will be completed online and consists of four modules and a final quiz. Further information will follow which will include instructions and links to complete this training.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Training: This training is a one-time mandatory requirement. Training is completed online and consists of the three (3) modules; Accessible Customer Service, Human Rights 101 and Access Forward. After completing each module, you will receive an email confirmation. Do not delete these emails, as you will submit them via OnQ as proof of completion. Further information will follow which will include instructions and links to complete this training in OnQ.

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Training: All students are required to complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training. This training is an annual mandatory requirement for placements within many of our clinical placement facilities. WHMIS training will be completed through an online module. Proof of completion must be submitted via OnQ. Further information will follow which will include instructions and links to complete this training in OnQ.

In accordance with partner sites’ policies, all students will be required to complete NVCI training and maintain their certification throughout the duration of their studies, certification is every 2 years. All first-year students must complete the training. The training follows the curriculum outlined by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). The focus will be on the preventing and defusing situations in clinical settings.

Training will be offered by the School of Nursing during year one and prior to 4th year practicum. Students will be required to pay for the course via the School of Nursing online store. Students who do not pay for their course material or who are absent from the provided training, will be required to access training through a publicly available source (e.g. the CPI, a community college or community organization) at their expense.

Students can access information about NVCI at: CPI NVCI Training. In the event a student has previously completed NVCI training, the student will be required to provide proof of certification to the School of Nursing Clinical Placement Coordinator. A student with a valid certification should note that recertification will be required every two years and will only be offered by the School of Nursing at designated times during the academic year.

All students who accept an offer of admission into the nursing program will provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Screening, conducted at their expense before they will be permitted to register in the program. Students must attest to a clear Police Records Check, including Vulnerable Sector Screening, each September. Students entering fourth year will be required to get a new Criminal Record Check prior to entering their fourth year practicums. Students must be prepared to repeat the Criminal Record Check more frequently if asked by an agency. All costs associated with Criminal Record Check will be the responsibility of the student.

If you have a criminal record, please discuss your situation with the Associate Director, Undergraduate Nursing Programs, as it may affect your ability to complete the Bachelor of Nursing Science program, and your eligibility to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario or an equivalent regulatory body.

The School of Nursing does not keep criminal record checks on file. Students must keep their original documentation in case they are required to present it. 

Students are required to purchase a Name Pin ($15) and a Mask Fit ($40). 

Mask fit testing is a requirement for all clinical placements. Testing will take place at the beginning of year 1 and year 3 of the program.

Students will be notified of additional equipment requirements once the term has begun, and will be able to purchase them at that time.