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School of Nursing (2014/2015)
4 Description of Programs

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

4.1 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 National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). To be eligible to write the NCLEX-RN, 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 NCLEX-RN, 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. This Program is currently being phased out and is not available for new admissions.

4.1.1 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.centrefornursingstudies.ca, and information regarding the Western Regional School of Nursing is available at www.grenfell.mun.ca/nursing.

4.1.1.1 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.

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.grenfell.mun.ca/nursing.

4.1.1.2 Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) LPN Bridging Option

This Option recognizes the nursing knowledge and clinical experience obtained through the Centre for Nursing Studies Practical Nursing Program (2002 or later) and work experiences, and provides a career ladder for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) who wish to obtain the Bachelor of Nursing degree. Successful applicants must choose to complete a Bridging semester prior to admission to the Program. The courses taken during the Bridging semester prepare LPN's to enter the second year of the degree Program.

The Bridging semester, completed before admission to the B.N. Program, is comprised of three non-nursing courses and a mathematics requirement as well as a 7-week Bridging course. Upon successful completion of the Bridging semester, LPN Bridging candidates are granted 25 unspecified transfer nursing credit hours as equivalent to the 25 credits of the Year 1 nursing courses in the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program. If all courses of the Bridging semester are successfully completed, all non academic requirements for entrance into the Program are complete, and candidates remain in good standing with the University, they are accepted into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program.

The LPN Bridging Option is offered at the Centre for Nursing Studies. Information regarding the Centre for Nursing Studies is available at www.centrefornursingstudies.ca/.

4.1.2 Bachelor of Nursing (Post-RN) Program

The Bachelor of Nursing (Post-RN) Program is currently being phased out and is not available for new admissions. The Program will be discontinued August 2016.

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

The Bachelor of Nursing (Post-RN) Program is currently being phased out and is not available for new admissions.