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Clinical Placements

All students have many and varied clinical practice hours. Every undergraduate nursing student has a learning opportunity in maternity, childrens’ health, mental health, medical/surgical and community throughout the program. The majority of the practice environments are within walking distance or on the bus route.

Students begin preparing for the clinical practice environment in first year by interviewing people at the GSK Clinical Education Centre (CEC), and by learning health and physical assessment skills at the CEC and in the simulation lab.

Clinical placements start in year 2. Students will have a two hour lab session and an 8 hour clinical shift each week, both fall and winter terms, in a health care agency.

In third year, every student will have a rotation in children’s, maternity, mental health and medical/surgical areas. The focus of fall term, fourth year, is on Community health promotion. In winter term, students complete the final practicum in a health care agency. The final practicum is 400 hours of clinical practice time.

Clinical placements start in winter term of your first year.  You also have a community rotation in the winter term of your second year.  The majority of your clinical rotations are in the spring/summer term after your first and second year.  Students begin preparing for the clinical practice environment in fall term of first year by interviewing people at the GSK Clinical Education Centre (CEC).  There are also physical assessment and nursing skills labs throughout the program to help you prepare and progress in the practice environments.

For more details on clinical placement requirements, including immunizations, criminal record checks, CPR & first-aid, please click here
Please Note: Incoming students will receive a welcome email from the School of Nursing by the end of June. This email will be sent to your Queen's email address. 
Required Training Modules

Training Modules are due November 30th for AST 3 Class and August 31st for BNSc Year 1 in the first year of the Program

Health and Safety Training

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.

Infection Control Precautions and Mask Fit Requirements

In accordance with partner sites’ policies, all students will be required to undergo N95 respirator mask-fit testing which will be arranged in the first month of fall term. All students will be required to complete online modules related to:

  • Chain of Transmission and Risk Assessment
  • Healthcare Provider Controls
  • Control of the Environment
  • Additional Precautions

Further information will follow which will include instructions and links to complete this training. Students will create a login with their student email address on the Public Health Ontario Online Learning Portal. Each student must submit proof of completion of the online modules in OnQ so please save all certificates after each module or a screen shot. All components (mask-fit and online modules) are required to progress to any clinical placement.

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) Training

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.