School of Nursing


Associate Professor and Director K. Poole
Professors R. Kirk-Gardner,
  D. Steven
Associate Professors T. King,
  G. Knutson,
  K. Maddox,
  L. McDougall,
  L. McKay,
  A.M. Morton,
  K. Poole,
  P.A. Sevean
Assistant Professors K. McQueen,
  D. Pallen
Co-ordinator, Native Nurses Entry Program C. Hartviksen
Clinical Co-ordinator, School of Nursing R. Hagglund
Clinical Co-ordinator, Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program
C. Gallagher
Professors Emeriti of Nursing M. Boone,
  L. Hoffman,
  C. Loos,
  M.R. Page,
  M.A. Wallington
Lecturers S. Dampier,
  M. Spadoni, 
  S. Strickland

MISSION STATEMENT OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING

The School of Nursing fosters excellence in professional nursing knowledge and research through innovative education, thereby promoting the health of individuals, groups and communities.


PHILOSOPHY OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING

The goal of Nursing at the baccalaureate level is to promote, protect and restore the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The nurse practices holistically, taking all aspects of the health context into account. Fundamental to the practice of nursing are caring, teaching, advocacy, creativity, flexibility and communication. Inherent in nursing is a body of knowledge based on theory, practice and research. Using interpersonal skills, the nurse communicates in an articulate manner with clients, health team members and the public at large. The nurse initiates and participates in collaboration with the health team and other community members to promote health. The nurse uses this knowledge to interact dynamically with the health care system and the environment to promote the health of the population.

Health is an individually constructed value influenced by political, cultural, social, and economic factors. Health professionals work to promote healthy public policy to facilitate the well-being of the population by advocating for environments conducive to health. For health care to be effective, it must be congruent with consumers' beliefs and values and therefore must involve individuals, families, communities and populations through all stages of the lifespan.

All Individuals, Families and Communities are unique and variable in their behaviour. They experience constant change throughout their lifespan. Each person, family and community has a distinctive health background and expectations of health care. Individuals, families and communities have the right and responsibility to participate in decisions affecting their care and to be offered quality care which respects their dignity.

The Graduates of this program are competent practitioners and critical thinkers who work collaboratively with individuals, families and communities as well as health team members to promote, protect and restore the health of the population. The nursing program reflects the unique environment of the north. Throughout their education, the graduates have the opportunity to continue to broaden their knowledge and practice, both personally and professionally. The graduates use and participate in research and have the potential for specialization and creative entrepreneurial activities in health. The graduates are accountable to the client, society and to the profession. As members of the nursing profession, the graduates actively strive to be professionals who are committed to self-advancement, self-reflection, and lifelong learning.

Students' Education is enhanced through active involvement in a broad range of arts and sciences. The curriculum reflects current and emerging practices, knowledge, and research, builds on previous learning and experiences, and responds to input from the nursing profession and communities. Learning is a shared responsibility in which faculty serve as facititators.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND PROGRAM

In addition to the academic requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, potential students must review the information provided by the College of Nurses of Ontario entitled How do I Become a Nurse in Ontario (Fact Sheet #45307), available from the College of Nurses of Ontario website at www.cno.org/for/students.html. This document explains the competencies in areas such as science/math, physical abilities, sensory abilities and interpersonal/communication skills that are essential for nursing.

The School of Nursing was established in 1965; the program which has evolved provides four academic years of liberal arts, science and professional education with supervised nursing experience in a variety of clinical settings. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to write the examinations required to practice and register with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

It is important to note that the College of Nurses of Ontario states that registrants must "not have been found guilty of a criminal offense or offense under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada) or the Food and Drug Act (Canada)" and must "not suffer from a physical or mental condition or disorder that makes it desirable in the public interest that he or she not practice nursing".

The School of Nursing has streamed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the following way:
(a) the Three Year Compressed Program. This program entails spring and summer course work.
(b) Degree Program for Registered Nurses (RN): Registered Nurses may be allowed to complete the requirements of the degree within two years.

In December of 1998 the College of Nurses of Ontario passed a motion supporting the baccalaureate in nursing as the educational requirement for all new registered nurses beginning January 2005. In April of 2000, the Provincial government passed the necessary legislation to support this initiative.

Lakehead University School of Nursing and Confederation College Nursing Program collaboratively are delivering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing four year program which began September 2002.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree programs in the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this Calendar, page 27.

Applications for admission or re-admission are reviewed by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment of the University. Students who have not previously attended the University will forward their applications to the Ontario Universities Application Centre at Guelph. Applicants who are attending or have attended Lakehead University may apply directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at the University.

1. Candidates from high school must meet the following criteria for admission:
(a) satisfactory completion of an OSSD including 6 Grade 12 U or M level courses, including program specific prerequisite courses with a minimum 70% overall average (see General Admission Requirements, page 30).
(b) Applicants must include Grade 12 U level Biology, Chemistry and English in their program.
(c) Grade 11 U or M Mathematics is required.
(d) Current Basic Cardiac Life Support certificate will be required within the first month of classes.
(e) Proof of up-to-date immunization status, including Hepatitis B, is required for all students prior to beginning clinical placements. There may be additional costs associated with this immunization.

2. Mature students (see Extraordinary Clause and Mature Student regulations, page 32):
(a) Candidates are required to have Grade 12 U level Chemistry (or equivalent).
(b) Grade 11 U or M Mathematics and Grade 12 U English are strongly recommended.
(c) Current Basic Cardiac Life Support certificate will be required within the first month of classes.
(d) Proof of up-to-date immunization status, including Hepatitis B, is required for all students prior to beginning clinical placements. There may be additional costs associated with this immunization.

3. Candidates for the Three Year Compressed program must meet the following criteria:
(a) Candidates from high school are required to have:
(i) Satisfactory completion of an OSSD including 6 Grade 12 U or M level courses or equivalent with a minimum overall average of 80%.
(ii) Applicants must include Grade 12 U level Biology, Chemistry and English in their program.
(iii) Grade 11 U or M level Mathematics is required.
(iv) Current Basic Cardiac Life Support certificate will be required within the first month of classes.
(v) Proof of up-to-date immunization status, including Hepatitis B, is required for all students prior to beginning clinical placements. There may be additional costs associated with this immunization.
(b) Candidates with previous post-secondary education are required to have:
(i) A minimum average of 70% or equivalent in post-secondary coursework.
(ii) Grade 12 U Chemistry (or equivalent).
(iii) Grade 11 U or M Mathematics and Grade 12 U English are strongly recommended.
(iv) Current Basic Cardiac Life Support certificate will be required within the first month of classes.
(v) Proof of up-to-date immunization status, including Hepatitis B, is required for all students prior to beginning clinical placements. There may be additional costs associated with this immunization.

4. Candidates who are Registered Nurses must meet the following criteria:
(a) Registered Nurse - Certificate of Registration (or equivalent as approved by the College of Nurses)
(b) Have a minimum "B" standing (or equivalent grade point average) in their diploma program or have completed two university courses (FCEs) with a minimum "B" grade in each course
(c) Grade 12 U level Chemistry (or equivalent) is recommended.
(d) Grade 12 U level English is strongly recommended.
(e) Current Basic Cardiac Life Support certificate will be required within the first month of classes.
(f) Proof of up-to-date immunization status, including Hepatitis B, is required for all students prior to beginning clinical placements. There may be additional costs associated with this immunization.

ADMISSION WITH ADVANCED STANDING

(a) See criteria above (Admission Requirements) for entrance into the three year compressed BScN degree option.
(b) A student with a degree in another discipline may be admitted to the program, subject to the approval of the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Interested individuals who do not meet the criteria noted above are encouraged to consult with the School of Nursing.
(c) A student may request evaluation of nursing subjects taken at another university within the past five years by the Evaluation and Admissions Committee of the School of Nursing.
(d) A student admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (for Registered Nurses) program may request consideration for advanced standing for previous college diploma certificate program(s) to a maximum of one full course equivalent. Programs completed within the past five years with a minimum overall grade of B will be considered.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In addition to the University Regulations, page 39, and the Faculty of Professional Schools Regulations, page 127, of this Calendar, the following regulations of the School of Nursing also apply to students in these programs.

It is the responsibility of each student registering at Lakehead University to be familiar with the specific requirements of the degree, diploma, or certificate which he/she seeks.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses in which registration is affected satisfy the program requirements of the degree sought. Academic advice and counselling for all who need assistance are freely available.

It is also understood that every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of the University.

Each student is expected to be familiar with the General Information outlined in this Calendar as well as the information pertaining to the faculty or school in which he/she is enrolled.

1. University Regulations
A student is subject to the General Academic Regulations and the Faculty of Professional Schools Regulations as stated in the University Calendar.

2. Continuation in Program
(a) To proceed without condition to the succeeding year of a program, a student must:
(i) maintain a minimum 60% in each required Nursing course
(ii) attain at least 50% in each of the other courses taken in an academic year
(iii) maintain an overall average of 60% in all courses in each yearof the four-year program
(iv) maintain an overall average of 70% in all courses in each year of the three-year compressed program.
(b) A student carrying additional courses must count those courses, for regulation purposes, as part of his/her academic load.

3. Special Exams
A student who has failed a course or courses may write a special examination as outlined in Regulation VII (Special Examinations) page 41.

4. Failed Year
(a) A student is deemed to have failed the year if:
(i) the student has failed more than two full courses or their equivalent; or
(ii) the student has failed more than one full course or equivalent with marks of less than 40%; or
(iii) the student attains an overall average of less than 60% in all courses; or
(iv) the student has a failure of more than one full course or its equivalent after special examinations have been given, whether the student writes them or not.
(b) In a failed year, course credit is retained for only those courses in which a minimum mark of 60% has been attained.
(c) A student having failed no more than one full course (or its equivalent) of the year's work after special examinations will be permitted to register for the succeeding year of the program.
(d) A student who has failed a year is eligible to apply for re-admission to the University. A student will normally be granted the privilege of repeating one year only.

5. First Class Standing
(a) First class standing is granted on the basis of the average of all required Nursing courses (excluding Nursing electives) in the four years of study.
(b) In the computation of a First Class Standing average, in addition to having attained a minimum overall average of A in the transfer credit courses, students who have completed credits at another institution must have completed a minimum of 2/3 of the courses used in the calculation of the First Class Standing average at Lakehead University.

6. Unsafe Practice
A student may be excluded from the clinical area when his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a student's interaction with a client which places the client and/or student at risk for harm (refer also to the School of Nursing Safety Policy Statement).

7. Failed Clinicals
A student who has failed more than one clinical course (regardless of credit weight) or who has failed a clinical course twice is deemed to have failed the program.

8. Year Progression and Program Sequence
Normally all previous nursing courses will have been completed prior to the student entering each subsequent year. Permission must be granted by the student's academic advisor or the Director of the School of Nursing before a student may alter this course sequencing. Students registering in clinical courses must be registered in, or have previously completed, corresponding theory courses.

9. Time Limit
A student is required to complete the course work within 8 years of admission to the nursing program.

10. Attendance
In order to achieve the course and year level objectives for each year, and to become competent in the required theory and skills, students should maintain a high level of attendance for the theory, clinical and laboratory courses/sessions. Absence from these may result in failure. Students who repeat this behaviour over more than one course will not be permitted to continue in the program.

11. Withdrawal from Consolidated Theory/Clinical Courses
Students must complete a Request for Change in Registration Form by the third day of consolidated theory course, and by the third day of their particular clinical rotation. NO WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT ACADEMIC PENALTY WILL BE ALLOWED AFTER THE THIRD DAY. These courses include: the fourth-year courses Nursing 4110, 4130, 4370, 4380, 4460, 4510, and 4600.

12. First Year Courses in Final Year
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (for Registered Nurses) are exempt from the Senate regulation which precludes enrolment in first year courses during the final year of their program. (see University Regulations, I General Regulations,
page 40
)

ADDITIONAL COSTS

1. A first year student will require, in addition to tuition and other fees, approximately $1,500.00 to cover the costs of the School uniforms and books. More information will be made available upon registration.
2. A student is responsible for transportation costs to and from the clinical area in the community.
3. A student undertaking clinical experience outside of Thunder Bay is responsible for all expenses.
4. Students in the Two Year Second Level Entry Program must be prepared to attend university during the spring and summer. Summer courses for the Second Level Entry Program will start prior to entering the first full academic year of the program.
5. Students will be advised further about the criminal record check and cost.

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