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SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF NURSING

Associate Professor and Director
S. LeFort

Associate Professor and Associate Director
A. Gaudine

PROGRAM

QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

REGISTRATION

PROGRAMS OF STUDY
             Thesis Option
             Non-thesis Option
             Nurse Practitioner Option
             Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Diploma

EVALUATION

THESIS

COURSES


A) PROGRAM

1. The responsibility for the administration of all graduate programs shall reside with the Dean of Graduate Studies.

2. Applicants for the program shall be required to apply for admission to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and shall be expected to follow the regulations, policies and practices required of the School. Deadline for receipt of applications should be no later than February 15. If space is available, students who apply after the deadline date may be accepted.

3. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Nursing Program with three options: (thesis, non-thesis, and nurse practitioner) as well as a Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Diploma.

B) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Applicants to the Master of Nursing Program in any of the three options listed above must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing, or an equivalent from an institution recognized by the University and a knowledge of nursing satisfactory to the School of Nursing.

2. Admission to the program is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission, the applicant must have maintained at least a grade B standing in the baccalaureate program.

3. Applicants are also required to have a minimum of one year’s experience in nursing practice, and to have completed an undergraduate nursing research course, and a statistics course normally within the last 5 years such as Statistics 2500 or Education 2900 or their equivalents.

4. Applicants must hold a practising licence from the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador or must be currently registered as a practising nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction. Applicants from other countries who do not meet the above criteria will be assessed on an individual basis. However, they must submit proof of registration as a practising nurse (or an equivalency) from their country or jurisdiction.

5. In addition to the above requirements, candidates seeking admission to the MN-Nurse Practitioner degree option must have two years of clinical experience preferably in their chosen specialty area. As well, candidates must have a letter from a health care agency and a clinical preceptor guaranteeing the candidate a preceptored clinical placement for the final semester of their program.

6. In addition to requirements B. 1 and 4, candidates seeking admission to the Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Diploma program must have completed a Masters Degree in Nursing or an equivalent degree with a nursing focus and have two years of clinical nursing experience preferably in their chosen specialty area. As well, candidates must have a letter from a health care agency and clinical preceptor guaranteeing the candidate a preceptored clinical placement for the final semester of their program.

7. Only in exceptional circumstances and only on the recommendation of the School of Nursing shall the Dean of Graduate Studies consider applicants who do not meet admission requirements listed above.

C) REGISTRATION

See School of Graduate Studies General Regulation C) REGISTRATION.

D) PROGRAMS OF STUDY

There are three routes offered that lead to a Master of Nursing degree: (I) Thesis option, (II) Non-thesis option, and (III) Nurse Practitioner option. Normally the program will require two years to complete when taken on a full-time basis.

In addition to the MN degree program, the School of Nursing also offers a Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Diploma.

(I) Thesis Option

1. Candidates must complete an approved program of study consisting of a minimum of 19 credit hours in graduate program courses and a thesis.

Required courses:
N6010. Research in Nursing 1: Quantitative Methods
N6011. Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
N6100. Research in Nursing II: Qualitative Methods
Either N6200. Nursing Individuals and Families through Life Transitions, and N6210. Nursing Therapeutics for Individuals and Families OR N6220. Concepts for Population-based Nursing, and N6230. Interventions for Population-based Nursing
One nursing elective.

2. Candidates shall submit a thesis on an approved subject in which systematic research has been conducted under the direction of a Supervisor recommended by the Director and approved by the Dean.

3. The program of each candidate shall be approved by the Dean on the recommendation of the Director.

(II) Non-thesis Option

1. Candidates must complete an approved program of study consisting of a minimum of 28 credit hours in graduate program courses and 6 credit hours in a consolidated practicum.

Required courses:
N6010 - Research in Nursing 1: Quantitative Methods
N6011 - Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
N6100 - Research in Nursing II: Qualitative Methods
N6040 - Nursing Informatics
Either N6200. Nursing Individuals and Families through Life Transitions and N6210. Nursing Therapeutics for Individuals and Families OR N6220. Concepts for Population-based Nursing, and
N6230. Interventions for Population-based Nursing

Three of the following courses:
N6020 - Program Development in Nursing
N6031 - Education in Nursing
N6050 - Leadership in Nursing
N6060 - Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care
Other approved electives

One of the following consolidated practicums:
N6610, 6611: Practicum in Advanced Clinical Practice
N6620, 6621: Practicum in Nursing Administration
N6630, 6631: Practicum in Nursing Research/Research Utilization
N6640, 6641: Practicum in Health Policy
N6650, 6651: Practicum in Nursing Education
The consolidated practicum will normally consist of 300 hours of field experience.

2. The program of each candidate shall be approved by the Dean on the recommendation of the Director.

(III) Nurse Practitioner Option

1. Candidates must complete an approved program of studies consisting of a minimum of 32 credit hours in graduate program courses and an integrated clinical practice experience, comprising 15 credit hours.

Required courses:
N6010. Research in Nursing 1: Quantitative Methods
N6011. Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
N6100. Research in Nursing II: Qualitative Methods
N6020. Program Development in Nursing
N6200. Nursing Individuals and Families through Life Transitions and N6210. Nursing Therapeutics for Individuals and Families
N6700. Clinical Decision Making (6 credit hours)
N6701. Advanced Practice Issues and Role Development (2 credit hours)
N6702. Advanced Clinical Practicum I (96 hours of clinical practice in various health care settings) (3 credit hours)
One of: N6800 to N6809 Nursing Specialty Option Courses (3 credit hours)
N690X. Advanced Clinical Practicum II (The integrated practice component will normally consist of a minimum of 500 hours of preceptored specialty clinical practice and biweekly seminars) (15 credit hours).

2. The program of each candidate shall be approved by the Dean on the recommendation of the Director.

(IV) Post Masters Nurse Practitioner Diploma

1. Candidates with a Master’s degree in Nursing or an equivalent degree with a nursing focus must complete an approved program of study consisting of a minimum of 14 credit hours in graduate program courses and integrated clinical practice experience, comprising 15 credit hours.

Required courses:
N6700. Clinical Decision Making (6 credit hours)
N6701. Advanced Practice Issues and Role Development (2 credit hours)
N6702. Advanced Clinical Practicum I (96 hours of clinical practice in various health care settings) (3 credit hours)
One of: N6800 to N6809 Nursing Specialty Option Courses (3 credit hours)
N690X. Advanced Clinical Practicum II (The integrated practice component will normally consist of a minimum of 500 hours  of preceptored specialty clinical practice and biweekly seminars) (15 credit hours).   
2. Programs for some candidates may exceed the above minimum requirements.

3. The program for each candidate shall be approved by the Dean on the recommendation of the Director.

E) EVALUATION

1. In order to continue in graduate studies and in order to qualify for a Master’s degree, a candidate shall obtain an A or B grade in each program course.

2. If the candidate is in the Non-thesis Option, the candidate must obtain a Pass grade for the practicum component of the program.

3. When the Director of the School of Nursing has determined on the basis of consultation with the candidate, the Associate Director, Graduate Program and Research, and the thesis or practicum Supervisor, that a candidate has fallen below a satisfactory level, the Director may recommend to the Dean that such a candidate be required to withdraw from the program.

4. To remain in good standing candidates are required to maintain professional behaviour consistent with the current Code of Ethics of the Canadian Nurses Association and, when applicable, the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. Candidates who fail to meet this requirement will be required to withdraw from the School of Nursing upon recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee.

F) THESIS

See School of Graduate Studies General Regulation J) THESES AND REPORTS.

COURSES

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates as far as the resources of the School of Nursing will allow:

N6010. Research in Nursing 1: Quantitative Methods (4credit hours)
N6011. Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3 credit hours)
N6020. Program Development in Nursing (3 credits hours) (Pre or co-requisite: N6011)
N6031. Education in Nursing (3 credit hours) (Not required by students who have completed N6030. Credit may not be obtained for both N6030 and N6031).
N6040. Nursing Informatics (3 credit hours)
N6050. Leadership in Nursing (3 credit hours)
N6060. Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care (3 credit hours)
N6100. Research in Nursing II: Qualitative Methods (3 credit hours)
N6200. Nursing Individuals and Families through Life Transitions (3 credit hours).
Pre or co- requisite: N6011. (Not required by students who have completed N6400)
N6210. Nursing Therapeutics for Individuals and Families (3 credit hours)
Pre or co-requisite: N6200. (Not required by students who have completed N6400)
N6220. Concepts for Population-Based Nursing (3 credit hours) Prerequisites: N6010 and N6011. (Not required by students who have completed N6410)
N6230. Interventions for Population-Based Nursing (3 credit hours) Pre or co-requisite: N6220 (Not required by students who have completed N6410)
N6310-N6350.Special Topics in Nursing (electives).
N6501-10. Individual Readings and Research in Special Areas
N6610-N6611. Practicum in Advanced Clinical Practice (6 credit hours) (Prerequisites: All required and elective courses including N6020 and N6050)
N6620-N6621. Practicum in Nursing Administration (6 credit hours) (Prerequisites: All required and elective courses including N6050 and N6060)
N6630-6631. Practicum in Nursing Research/Research Utilization (6 credit hours) (Prerequisites: All required and elective courses including N6060)
N6640-N6641. Practicum in Health Policy (6 credit hours) (Prerequisites: All required and elective courses including N6050 and N6060)
N6650-N6651. Practicum in Nursing Education (6 credit hours) (Prerequisites: All required and elective courses including N6020 and N6031)
6700. Clinical Decision Making (6 credit hours)
6701. Advanced Practice Issues and Role Development (2 credit hours)
6702. Advanced Clinical Practicum I (96 hours of clinical practice in various health care settings) (3 credit hours)
One of: N6800 to N6809 Nursing Specialty Option Courses (3 credit hours)
N690X. Advanced Clinical Practicum II (The integrated practice component will normally consist of a minimum of 500 hours of preceptored specialty clinical practice and biweekly seminars) (15 credit hours)


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