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Students are directed to become familiar and to comply with the general regulations of the University which apply to all students. Additionally, students must comply with the regulations particular to Nursing programs.

1) For promotion and graduation, nursing students are required to achieve a minimum grade of a C- in each nursing theory course, achieve a pass in each clinical/laboratory course, and maintain both cumulative and major GPAs of at least 5.0.

2) Students who fail a clinical course may require remediation prior to re-taking the course to ensure competence for safe practice at the expected level in the nursing program. Clinical courses in the nursing program require the application of theory to practice. Therefore, a student who fails a required theory course from the following course couplings will be advised to repeat the paired clinical course to ensure continuing safe clinical practice:
63-171: 63-172
63-173: 63-174
63-271 or 63-273: 63-272
63-275 or 63-277: 63-274
63-373: 63-372
63-375: 63-374
63-471: 63-476

3) No student may repeat a required nursing course more than once. No more than two required nursing courses may be repeated.

4) The program of studies for the four-year basic degree or the program for Registered Nurses must be completed within seven years from the first Nursing course taken (63-).

5) Clinical placements will be arranged by the Faculty of Nursing to meet the Entry to Practice expectations of the College of Nurses of Ontario for every nursing student. Student preferences will be considered based on availability; however, placements requested cannot be guaranteed.

6) Students are expected to take responsibility for meeting all Faculty of Nursing clinical placement policy requirements and for conforming to any additional agency-specific policies. Students may be denied access to a clinical placement site if they fail to provide required documentation. The Faculty of Nursing is not responsible for providing an alternative clinical experience for students who do not meet these requirements.

7) Students must attend all clinical nursing experiences and laboratories.Missed clinical hours must be made-up to successfully complete a clinical course (with the exception of a medical aegrotat).

8) In the clinical courses, students must achieve all course outcomes and critical elements.

9) Students are expected to work the clinical shifts arranged for them by the Faculty of Nursing. Shifts may be scheduled during the days, evenings, and/or on weekends. Students may expect to have eight-hour shifts during the first two years of the program, except during consolidation courses where some twelve-hour shifts are possible. In year four, students in preceptored experiences may work eight or twelve hour day, afternoon or night shifts. A student will not be allowed to work more than three days in a row if they are working twelve hour shifts (i.e. three consecutive 12 hour shifts), and must have a minimum 48 hour break before starting the next set of shifts.)

10) During consolidation courses 63-278 and 63-378, student requests to be excused for any reason will not be considered (e.g. for employment, or to take other courses, etc.). A letter to employers explaining the consolidation course requirements is available to students in the Nursing Main Office.

11) Students wishing to voluntarily withdraw from 63-472 or 63-476 must obtain approval from their Level 4 Coordinator.

12 Auditing of clinical courses is not allowed.

13) Students who are required to repeat a nursing clinical course must notify the Undergraduate Coordinator, in writing, of their plan to repeat the course by June 30 (for fall return), by September 30 (for winter return) and by January 30 (for intersession/summer return). If a student fails to do so, a clinical placement cannot be provided.

14) Students in good standing who are absent for more than one semester and wish to return to nursing must meet with the Undergraduate Coordinator prior to registering for any courses and will be required to demonstrate clinical competence before registering for any clinical course.

15) Students who intend to register for 63-432 must notify the Clinical Coordinator by June 30 (for fall registration) or March 31 (for intersession/summer registration) so that clinical placements can be arranged for the term.

16) The Faculty of Nursing reserves the right to remove a nursing student from the clinical placement in instances where the instructor has reason to believe that the student is rendering unsafe and/or unprofessional and/or unethical nursing care, or that the student’s safety is at risk.

17) Students must not give their personal contact information to patients/clients in clinical placements/preceptorships. Students should direct patients/clients with concerns to contact staff or the preceptor at the placement site.

18) Post-Diploma students must be in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario in order to remain in the program.

19) Students of the Faculty of Nursing are required to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the University of Windsor standards of acceptable behaviour (see Senate Bylaw 31) and the Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses; the Standards for the Therapeutic Nurse-Client Relationship; the Ethical Framework for Nurses in Ontario; and the Explanation of Professional Misconduct of the College of Nurses of Ontario; and of the academic policies of the University of Windsor.

Failure of any Nursing student to conform to the principles of these documents may result in dismissal from any of the Faculty of Nursing programs.

Note: The College of Nurses of Ontario requires that in order to obtain permission to write Nurse Registration Examinations and/or apply for Nurse Registration in Ontario, a person must provide a declaration of one's status regarding:
(a)any conviction of a criminal offense under the Narcotic Control Act and the Food and Drugs Act;
(b)being a subject of proceedings with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity in Ontario in another health profession or in another jurisdiction in nursing or in another health profession;
(c)any mental or physical disorder which makes it desirable in the public interest that the person not practice;
(d)a current police clearance within six months of examinations.

If a student is convicted of a criminal offense after admission to the program (or if a prior criminal conviction becomes known after admission to the program), he/she will be denied access to clinical placements as per clinical placement agencies’ policies, and will be required to withdraw from the clinical course.

Further Information
Applicants wishing to discuss the program or visit the Faculty of Nursing should contact the campus (519-253-3000, Ext. 2258). Information may also be obtained from the Internet:

Major Clinical Resources

Nursing is a profession of diverse opportunity. Clinical experiences are found in a variety of settings.

Examples of the diversity of placements for nursing students are in hospitals, public health agencies, visiting nurse organizations, family support services, doctors' offices and clinics, day care centres and preschools, elementary and high schools, new Canadian multicultural programs, First Nations groups, seniors residences and services, and caring for challenged populations. On campus, practice is done in independent learning laboratories and simulated situations. These experiences and more, lay the foundation for professional nursing.

Awards and Scholarships

Nursing Entrance Awards and Scholarships are offered to students enrolled at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Nursing.