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School of Nursing (2011/2012)
3 Description of Programs

All courses of the School are designated by the abbreviation NURS.

3.1 General

The School of Nursing offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Nursing to prepare entry-level nurses. To meet the licensing requirements for practising nursing in Canada, students must write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE). To be eligible to write the CRNE, candidates must graduate from an approved program offered by a School of Nursing and be recommended by the School of Nursing. In order to be recommended for the CRNE, a student must complete a comprehensive examination set by the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program. All costs associated with these exams are the responsibility of the student.

The School of Nursing also offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Nursing for nurses with a diploma in nursing. Students in the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-RN) Nurse Practitioner Primary Health Care Option program must meet the licensing requirements for practising as a Nurse Practitioner in Newfoundland and Labrador by writing the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Family/All Ages Examination. To be eligible to write the examination, candidates must graduate from an approved School of Nursing and be recommended by the School of Nursing. In order to be recommended for the Nurse Practitioner licensure examination students must complete a comprehensive examination set by the School of Nursing. All costs associated with these exams are the responsibility of the student.

3.1.1 Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program

This four year program is designed to prepare competent entry-level nurses who will function within a variety of health care settings. The graduate is prepared to assume the roles of direct care giver, educator, counsellor, advocate, facilitator, co-ordinator of care, researcher, leader, and member of the nursing profession. This full-time program is comprised of 130 credit hours. Please note, the last semester of the fourth year extends beyond the normal University semester end date.

The School of Nursing depends on the cooperation and involvement of a large number of organizations and professional personnel in providing quality clinical placements and instruction to its students. These agencies often have a range of requirements, some of which include, a Certificate of Conduct, a Child Protection Record Check, immunizations, a First Aid Certificate, and a CPR certificate. Students unable to meet these agency requirements may be delayed in their program or prevented from completing their program of studies. All students are required to complete these requirements in a timely fashion and at their own expense. Many of these requirements must be updated annually. In order to satisfy clinical practice requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) program, clinical agencies may be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students may be required to attend during any of these times.

This program is offered at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing, the Centre for Nursing Studies, and the Western Regional School of Nursing. Information regarding the Centre for Nursing Studies is available at www.cns.nf.ca/, and information regarding the Western Regional School of Nursing is available at www.swgc.mun.ca/nursing.

3.1.2 Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Fast-Track Option

The Fast-Track option is also designed to prepare competent entry-level nurses, however it is geared to students with well-developed university-level study skills. This full-time option is for current degree holders or those with advanced standing and is comprised of 94 credit hours. This option is taken over six consecutive semesters, i.e. two calendar years. Please note, the last semester of the second year ends later than the scheduled date on which the semester ends.

The School of Nursing depends on the cooperation and involvement of a large number of organizations and professional personnel in providing quality clinical placements and instruction to its students. These agencies often have a range of requirements, some of which include, a Certificate of Conduct, a Child Protection Record Check, immunizations, a First Aid Certificate and a CPR certificate. Students unable to meet these agency requirements may be delayed in their program or prevented from completing their program of studies. All students are required to complete these requirements in a timely fashion and at their own expense. Many of these requirements must be updated annually.

This option is offered at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing and Western Regional School of Nursing. Information regarding the Western Regional School of Nursing is available at www.swgc.mun.ca/nursing.

3.1.3 Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) LPN Bridging Option

This option provides a career ladder for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's). This option offers students a combination of 25 unspecified transfer nursing credit hours for the successful completion of a nursing bridging course taken during the Bridging Semester and the recognition of prior nursing knowledge and clinical experience obtained through previous LPN education and work experiences. The Nursing Bridging course will prepare students to enter the second year of the degree program, thereby decreasing the length of the program and its inherent costs.

The School of Nursing depends on the cooperation and involvement of a large number of organizations and professional personnel in providing quality clinical placements and instruction to its students. These agencies often have a range of requirements, some of which include, a Certificate of Conduct, a Child Protection Record Check, immunizations, a First Aid Certificate, and a CPR certificate. Students unable to meet these agency requirements, may be delayed in their program or prevented from completing their program of studies. All students are required to complete these requirements in a timely fashion and at their own expense. Many of these requirements must be updated annually. In order to satisfy clinical practice requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) program, clinical agencies may be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students may be required to attend during any of these times.

This program is offered at the Centre for Nursing Studies. Information regarding the Centre for Nursing Studies is available at www.cns.nf.ca/.

3.1.4 Bachelor of Nursing (Post-RN) Program

This program is designed to build on the knowledge and competencies that registered nurses acquire in their diploma program. The program content and learning activities are intended to broaden students' theoretical base within the context of health promotion and to provide opportunities for students to enhance skills such as critical thinking and research application. The program is offered entirely by distance education. The program is designed for the convenience of registered nurses who wish to continue their education but cannot attend a university campus. The full-time or part-time program is comprised of 108 credit hours.

3.1.5 Bachelor of Nursing (Post-RN) Nurse Practitioner Primary Health Care Option

This option is a time-limited transitional offering consisting of six semesters full time or eleven semesters part-time. This option is primarily through distance delivery but there is a residency requirement in each semester. The full or part-time option is comprised of 111 credit hours. Maximum enrolment is sixteen per full-time and part time options.