Policies

Graduate Policies

Purpose

To clarify a condition under which a deferral could be granted for students who accept admission to the graduate program in the College.

Policy

That no deferrals for the Master of Nursing Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Post Graduate Diploma Special Certificate Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner students be allowed, and the standard College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) deferral policy is used for all other programs in our graduate nursing program.

Purpose

To provide the guidelines for students applying to transfer from another university to the College of Nursing graduate programs when their supervisor has accepted a position at USask.

Policy

  1. Student and supervisor contact Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies to notify of intent to apply to transfer.
  2. Student submits transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
  3. Graduate Program Coordinator reviews documents for acceptable transfer credit, assesses whether minimum admission requirements are met, and sends the appropriate admission sub-committee all documents for review.
  4. If the admission sub-committee agrees to the transfer and suggested transfer credit, the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies forwards to the Dean, College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies the requests for student’s transfer and transfer credit.

Purpose

To provide guidelines for Nurse Practitioner (NP) student participation in clinical activities, including advanced health assessment, therapeutic management, and documentation. 

Policy

  1. NP students are learners, but also Registered Nurses (RNs). As RNs, NP students are accountable to the standards and scope of RN practice in the jurisdiction in which they are doing their clinical placement.
  2. NP students will be familiar with and practice in accordance with relevant practice setting policies and guidelines (i.e. agency policies & procedures).
  3. When NP students are involved in client care, they practice under the supervision of a licensed preceptor (NP or physician). Every effort must be made to respect and protect the license of the preceptor while in clinical placement.  The preceptor maintains the responsibility and authority for the overall patient care. 
  4. During clinical placements, NP students have opportunity to develop and apply advanced clinical competencies beyond the scope of practice of an RN. These competencies include: performing advanced health assessment (i.e. pelvic examination); ordering and interpreting diagnostic investigations; formulating and communicating diagnosis and management plans to clients; performing minor procedures; writing prescriptions; and consultation and referral to other health care providers. NP students do not have authority to perform these extended scope activities independently and are required to practice under the supervision of a qualified preceptor.
  5. NP students are responsible for functioning within their level of competence, recognizing their limitations and seeking consultation/direction from their preceptor and clinical faculty as needed. All orders, prescriptions, referrals and consultations must be reviewed and signed by a preceptor.
  6. NP students will document the care they provide in accordance with agency and regulatory policy. Each patient record in which NP students document will be signed with their name, followed by RN(SNP), which indicates Registered Nurse (Student Nurse Practitioner).  All patient charts will be signed off by the preceptor.

Purpose

To delineate the process for completion of course requirements in all graduate program courses.

Policy

  1. Assignments will be graded according to the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Grading Scale and Literal Descriptors. Students must submit all required assignments before or on the specified dates. Late submission without the professor’s prior consent (extension granted) will result in a deduction of 5% of the assignment grade per calendar day and a grade of 0% for all unexcused assignments submitted five business days after the assignment deadline.
  2. Students are required to complete all course components to receive credit for a course.
  3. Unless other arrangements have been made with the course facilitator, the last day for acceptance of assignment will be communicated in each course syllabus.

Purpose

A limited number of Education Enhancement Bursaries are available to assist undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows in the College of Nursing to participate in educational experiences such as:

  • Conferences (i.e. CNSA National Conference)
  • International clinical placements
  • Clinical placements outside of their registered College site

Applications for experiences not on the above list will be considered based on financial need and the benefit of the experience to the individual student and/or the College of Nursing.

Fund Source:

Bursaries are made possible by donations from generous donors who recognize the importance of investing in nursing students.

Policy

Guidelines:

  • Applicants must be registered as full-time students in the U of S College of Nursing
  • Applicants must have an academic record in good standing
  • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated leadership

Awards Available:

Note:  Students may be awarded a maximum of $1,000 in EEB funds for the duration of their nursing program. The College reserves the right to vary bursary amounts based on the number of requests and funds available.  Applications will NOT be accepted for events or placements that have already started or been completed.

  • Local/National Conference Expenses (up to $300/year)
  • International Conference Expenses (up to $500/year)
  • Clinical Placement Support Outside College Site/Rural ($ varies)
  • International Clinical Placement Support ($ varies)

How to Apply:

Email the completed EEB Application to nursing.awards@usask.ca

Please ensure the following information is provided on the application:

  • Name, student year and program, College site registered in, contact information including NSID email address (i.e. aba123@mail.usask.ca)
  • Employment status (full-time, part-time, casual, not employed)
  • Description of the activity, date(s) and location, title of event and/or Conference name (website link)
  • Detailed budget (including other sources of funding for which student has applied for and/or received approval)
  • Benefits of the activity to the student including leadership opportunities

Purpose

Retention of all formative evaluative components

To ensure all evaluative components are consistently retained in the Nurse Practitioner (NP) program for an appropriate amount of time to meet the business needs of the College.

Policy

Retention of all formative evaluative components

  1. Instructors responsible for the evaluative components within a course will retain any submissions from students for a period of three (3) months after the final grades for the course have been released to students.
  2. Evaluative components to be retained by instructors include but are not limited to midterm exams, midterm and final clinical evaluations, term papers, reflective writing, online course work, etc.

Procedure

  • Faculty will keep hardcopy student work in their own office for the defined duration (3 months). 
  • Part Time instructors will have access to electronic file storage in order to retain evaluative components for courses/labs they are responsible for.
  • Electronic evaluative components in Blackboard and Examsoft will automatically be retained by the system and central I.C.T.   Instructors are not required to download/print and file these components separately from the Learning Management System.
  • Electronic clinical evaluative components in Typhon will be downloaded and stored in Sharepoint in secure student files.
  • After three months have passed, evaluative components can be shredded, deleted or destroyed. 

Retention of all summative evaluative components

  1. Final exams will be stored by the college for a period of one (1) year after the final grades for that course were released to students.
  2. Final evaluations for clinical courses will be stored for the duration of the time the student is in the program

Procedure

Retention of Final Exams

  • A copy of the exam questions, the exam answer key, the student submissions, and final scoring summaries are retained in Examsoft.

Retention of Final Clinical Evaluations

  • Final clinical evaluations are submitted in electronic format and will be stored on the respective student file record in SharePoint for the duration of a student’s time in the program.

Purpose

To delineate the process for grade assignment when graduate students are unsuccessful in either theory or clinical courses.

Policy

  1. In the calculation of final course marks and weighted averages, failing grades resulting from absence, withdrawal, or incomplete course work will be completed with a zero for grade component(s) that were not completed and the earned mark will be submitted. This mark can range from 0-59%.
  2. If the failure results in a computed passing percentage grade, a final grade of 59% will be submitted along with the appropriate comment or the failure (e.g., INF).
  3. Students are not eligible for a supplemental exam in the graduate program except for an OSCE.
  4. Withdrawal prior to the period of academic penalty is not included in the calculation of averages (see institutional calendars for dates).
  5. A student must pass each component of a theory or clinical course in the MN-NP program in order to pass the course.

Purpose

To identify the graduate student and client safety requirements necessary for clinical placements in the Saskatchewan Health Authority and across other health care agencies and provincial clinical settings.

Policy 1: CPR Certification 

PURPOSE: 

To ensure CPR requirements are clear and consistent for all graduate students engaging in clinical experiences, research, or teaching activities.

POLICY:     

  1. All graduate students must maintain current CPR certification throughout the program. Re-certification is required every two years, or following the date of expiry on the CPR certificate if annual certification is required by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) or agency. The certification must be equivalent to, at minimum, CPR-C and AED.
  2. Graduate students must provide evidence of current CPR-C and AED certification prior to the start of the first clinical experiences, or prior to research or teaching activities.
  3. Graduate students failing to provide evidence of current CPR-C and AED certification may be excluded from clinical experiences, or research or teaching activities.

Policy 2: Criminal Records Check

PURPOSE:

Health care workers are in a position of public trust and as such, are required to have a criminal record check for employment in health care settings. This policy is to ensure that graduate students meet that same requirement, and are therefore eligible for all clinical opportunities during their program.

POLICY:

  1. Students accepted for admission into the College of Nursing graduate programs are required to provide the results of a criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector search, after admission, and as required for clinical experience, research or teaching activities through the program.
  2. Graduate students failing to provide the results of a criminal records check will not be allowed to participate in any clinical experience requiring client care, research or teaching activities with vulnerable populations.
  3. Additional criminal record checks may be required by specific clinical agencies as a condition of placement. Failure to provide such information will result in the agency excluding the students from access to their facility.
  4. Any costs associated with the criminal record check are the responsibility of the graduate student.
  5. Graduate students are required to report criminal convictions and/or outstanding charges that occur after the date of the original criminal record check to the Director of the NP Program and to their provincial licensing body. Failure to report any criminal convictions and/or outstanding charges will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
    • Each reported criminal conviction and/or outstanding charge will be assessed to determine what, if any, impact the criminal conviction and/or outstanding charge will have on the student’s status in their program.
  6. Current and potential graduate students with criminal records may be counseled to seek a pardon.
  7. In the event of a positive criminal record check, the Graduate Chair/Director of the NP Program is required to forward this information to the health authority/agency representative, to determine eligibility of the graduate student for clinical placement. The graduate student may be required to provide the health authority with more information regarding the conviction.
  8. Access to criminal record check information, within the College of Nursing, will be limited to the Graduate Chair/Director of the NP Program, the graduate programs coordinator, the clinical education coordinator for the NP Program, and the administrative support person for the graduate programs.
  9. A copy of and/or the original criminal record check will be kept on file in a secure location, by the program for the duration of the student’s program.
  10. Graduate students information regarding criminal record checks will be destroyed within two months after students have completed the program or permanently withdrawn,
  11. Current and potential graduate students with criminal records may be counselled to seek a pardon.

Policy 3: Immunization

PURPOSE:

To establish consistent recommendations for graduate student immunization.  Immunizations help protect the health and safety of patients /clients, as well as students participating in clinical experiences, research or teaching activities.

POLICY:        

  1. All graduate students are required to complete the recommended immunizations for health care students as laid out in the most current Saskatchewan Immunization Manual (SIM) (Chapter 5 Immunization Schedules and Chapter 7, Section 6.2 Health Care Worker – Eligible for Publically Funded Vaccines) prior to any contact between students and patients/clients.
  2. Graduate students are required to submit to the College of Nursing proof of immunizations prior to participation in clinical experiences, or clinical research or teaching activities.
  3. Graduate students who do not complete recommended immunizations or required titre testing will be excluded from certain clinical areas as determined by the SHA. Therefore failure to maintain recommended immunizations may delay a student's progress in his/her studies.
  4. Graduate students who do not complete recommended immunization(s) must sign a waiver and may be excluded from some clinical areas. The student may be at risk of not being able to complete required components of their program. 
  5. Additional immunizations may be required for specific clinical settings and in specific circumstances, such as disease outbreaks. Students who refuse or are unable to comply with this requirement may be at risk of not being able to complete required components of their program.
  6. Graduate students are to follow the SHA policy regarding influenza vaccination or the policy in the clinical setting.
  7. In the event of influenza or other outbreak, any unvaccinated or non-immune student will be excluded from the outbreak area and will not be allowed to return until the SHA or agency has determined it is safe to do so (i.e. infection, prevention and control; occupational health and safety).
  8. Graduate students who are applying for international clinical experiences, research or teaching activities will be required to meet the immunization requirements for the destination country.
  9. Any applicable costs of immunization are the responsibility of the student.
  10. Graduate students must inform their faculty and/or preceptor of immunization status in relevant clinical situations.
  11. Graduate students will inform their faculty and/or site supervisor of onset of symptoms of a vaccine preventable communicable disease or contagious infection and exclude themselves from clinical settings as appropriate.

Policy 4: Respiratory Protection

PURPOSE:      

To establish guidelines for respiratory mask fit testing of graduate students consistent with the most current Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Canadian Standards Act prior to and during clinical experiences, or research or teaching activities.  Proper respiratory mask fitting helps to protect students from respiratory infection when providing care or service to clients with acute respiratory infections.

POLICY:        

Graduate students will be fitted with an N95 respiratory mask and educated on its use when required during the program.

  1. Arrangements will be made by the College of Nursing for students unable to arrange for fitting in their area of residence to attend a session to be fitted for the most appropriate type and size of respiratory mask during the annual residency week in August.
  2. Graduate students who fail to attend their scheduled session must make their own arrangements for fit testing.
  3. Graduate students who are unable to comply with this requirement may be at risk of not being able to complete required components of the program.
  4. Graduate students are required to have information regarding their respiratory mask type and size with them while in the clinical setting. Students must carry proof of fit testing results on their person at all times during the clinical experiences, research or teaching activities.
  5. If a graduate student cannot be fitted for a respirator then they cannot enter any clinical setting requiring a respirator.
  6. Notify the appropriate person in the SHA or other health care agency and their education program if they are exempt from fit testing.
  7. In accordance with the Canadian Standards Act, graduate students are required to be refitted at least every two years while in the program or earlier if they have changes to face shape, size or features.

Purpose

To outline guidelines regarding the completion of midterm examinations in the College of Nursing graduate programs.

Policy

  1. A student who is absent from a midterm examination through no fault of his or her own, for medical, compassionate, or other valid reasons, may contact the faculty member for the course in which they are registered for a deferredSuch application must be made within three business days of the missed examination and be accompanied by supporting documentary evidence.
  2. Faculty and/or the College of Nursing will not accommodate a request to reschedule a midterm exam because of personal reasons. Midterm examinations can be scheduled at any time during the academic term. Students should avoid making prior travel or other commitments that may conflict with scheduled exams.
  3. Missing a midterm examination due to personal or travel related conflicts may result in a midterm exam grade of 0% being assigned.
  4. In some exceptional circumstances, faculty may consider combining the weight of the missed midterm exam with the final exam. Students need to speak with the specific course faculty member prior to the missed midterm examination for this consideration.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish the expectation of graduate student attendance for all orientations, classes, seminars, labs, and clinical experiences throughout their program of study.

Policy

  1. Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students for all orientations, classes, seminars, labs, and clinical experiences. A student who is consistently late and/or absent from classes, seminars, and/or labs may be unable to meet the course requirements, and may not be able to receive credit for the course.
  2. Master of Nursing Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Post Graduate Diploma Special Certificate Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner students must complete all clinical hour requirements as outlined in each clinical course. If a Nurse Practitioner students miss clinical/lab experiences in a course, the student may be unable to meet the course requirements, and thus may not receive credit for the course.
  3. If a student is unable to attend or will be late for a lab or clinical experience, the student must notify the instructor prior to the start of the learning experience.
  4. Attendance at orientation, classes, labs, and/or seminars for the particular course may be designated as mandatory. Students must attend these learning experiences in order to receive a pass in the course.
  5. If an instructor deems a student unsafe or unprepared for a learning experience, the student may be excluded from the experience, thus, the student may not be able to meet the course requirements.

Purpose

To ensure all NP students maintain current Registered Nurse registration.

Policy

Students accepted into the Nurse Practitioner (MN-NP) and PGDSC NP programs are required to provide confirmation of current registration as a registered nurse in a Canadian province or territory for the duration of their program.

Purpose

This policy provides guidance for advanced practice nurses in a graduate program in presenting a professional image in the clinical practice setting. 

Policy

Students who are not displaying a professional image may be asked to leave the clinical setting. In this case, the time away will be considered under missed clinical practice.  Considerations may be made for individual dress that is specific to cultural or religious beliefs.  This policy is based on principles of professionalism, infection control, personal safety and role identification.

Professionalism

Principle: To enhance professionalism by presenting a professional image

Appearance is a form of non-verbal communication and is essential in projecting a professional image. Therefore in the clinical settings students are required to:

  • Wear a College of Nursing standard uniform for all clinical settings unless otherwise specified. Uniforms must be clean and neat and pants should be hemmed above the heel line. Uniforms are not to be worn to and from the clinical setting. The College of Nursing uniform consists of a white jacket with the College of Nursing logo embroidered directly on the front upper left of the top/jacket.
  • In clinical settings where the standard College of Nursing uniform is not required, it is expected that the students would continue to display a professional image while following the specific dress requirements of the agency.
  • In settings where the standard uniform is not worn, students should demonstrate good judgment in selecting appropriate size of clothing. Clothing should not be low cut at the neck or tight across the chest and hips. Ensure that there is no exposure of the chest, midriff, lower back, or shoulders. Undergarments should not be visible at any time. Avoid casual clothing such as sweat shirts as over garments, yoga pants, jeans.
  • Wear a College of Nursing photo ID badge at all times. ID badge is to be worn at chest level
  • Tattoos shall be covered if deemed inappropriate by the unit or service manager
  • Tattoos shall be covered that are unhealed or infected will be covered and contained before commencing duty
  • Use good judgment in wearing appropriate quantity of make up
  • Scented products cannot be worn in clinical settings

Infection Control

Principle: To prevent the spread of infection

Hair

  • Must be conservative, clean and well groomed. Long hair must be tied up and away from the face.
  • Beards and mustaches must be clean, trimmed, well groomed and short.

Fingernails

  • Short and clean
  • No nail polish
  • No artificial nails

Jewelry

  • Minimal jewelry to allow for good hand washing technique (e.g. gold band only)

Clothing

  • In agencies where uniform is required the standard College of Nursing jacket over personal nursing uniform or scrubs is worn
  • Footwear used in the clinical setting is not to be worn outside of the clinical setting

Personal Safety

Principle:  To maintain personal safety while in the clinical setting.

Shoes

  • In accordance to the Occupational Health and Safety standards, shoes must be closed toes and closed heel with a non-slip sole and low heel.
  • Must be clean and in good repair
  • Must be made of an impermeable (water-proof) material

Jewelry

  • No lanyards
  • Earrings must be small studs in any visible piercing, no dangling earrings or hoops.
  • No necklace or bracelets

Stethoscope

  • When not being used, stethoscopes must be kept in your pocket

Role Identification

Principle: To promote communication of students or faculty role by clearly identifying name and position.

  • Wear a College of Nursing photo ID badge at all times. ID badge is to be worn at chest level.
  • Photo ID is also necessary for liability purposes.

* We wish to specifically acknowledge and thank the University of British Columbia for the work they have done and shared with the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan.

Purpose

To provide NP students with guidelines for the processes involved in acquiring and securing clinical practicum placements in Saskatchewan and other Canadian provinces.

Policy

Students residing within the province of Saskatchewan are expected to:

  • Understand that clinical placements in Saskatchewan are primarily located in rural communities. Therefore, clinical preceptorship commonly involve travel within the province.
  • Ensure that they work with the program’s clinical education coordinator to identify potential Nurse Practitioners or Physicians to act as preceptors for each clinical course.
  • Avoid directly contacting potential preceptors as request for Saskatchewan clinical placements must be made through HSPnet.
  • Contact with preceptors can occur only after receiving confirmation of a clinical placement by the clinical education coordinator.
  • Be responsible for securing and paying for their own accommodations and travel costs associated with clinical placements.

Students residing outside of Saskatchewan are expected to:

  • Work closely with the clinical education coordinator and the program director in determining acceptable preceptors and clinical agencies for their practicum placements.
  • Begin contacting potential preceptors at least 8 months prior to the start of the clinical placements.
  • Understand that the clinical education coordinator requires adequate time to ensure that clinical placement agreements are confirmed and signed by the participating clinical agency and the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Finalize clinical placement arrangements and secure preceptors no later than two months prior to the start of each clinical course.
  • Acknowledge that withdrawal from a clinical course may be required if clinical placement agreements are not secured one month in advance of the clinical course start date.
  • It is the students responsibility to ensure that the clinical placement agreement is signed in a timely manner.
  • Be responsible for securing and paying for their own accommodations and travel costs associated with clinical placements.

Important Information for students residing outside of Saskatchewan:

  • In some jurisdictions, clinical placement opportunities may be limited. Therefore, students are encouraged to begin the process of identifying potential clinical sites at the start of their program.
  • In certain jurisdictions, a centralized preceptor request system is used to request student practicum placements. Students must follow the processes laid out by the jurisdiction where they are seeking placements. Students must work with the clinical education coordinator to follow the processes outlined by the jurisdictions.
  • Working closely with the clinical education coordinator to explore potential clinical placements is required to avoid potential complications and unforeseen delays in obtaining clinical experiences.

Purpose

To provide equity seats for Indigenous students within the Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner program.

Policy

  1. The NP program will aim to maintain 16.67% of the seats in the NP program for Indigenous students.
  2. On application to the NP program, Indigenous nurses will be able to indicate whether they would like to be considered for an equity seat.
  3. If applicants indicate that they are Indigenous and want to be considered for an equity seat, their application will be placed in the pool of applicants applying for equity seats.
  4. Decisions regarding admitting Indigenous students applying for equity seats will be addressed first in the admission process, prior to making decisions for the remainder of applicants to the MN-NP program.   

Purpose

To establish the progression and remediation practices for clinical courses within the College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program.

PRINCIPLES: Sequential progression of students through clinical courses, as outlined in this policy, helps ensure safe care of clients and successful development of entry-level nurse practitioner competencies (ELC’s) and nurse practitioner standards. Any student at risk for not meeting program/course outcomes or not showing progress to meeting ELC’s and standards may require a remediation plan to support successful progression. This includes:

  1. Students who take an extended leave from clinical (i.e. due to illness or personal reasons)
  2. Those demonstrating unsatisfactory performance in expected course outcomes
  3. Failing to show progress in learning
  4. Exhibiting difficulties with ELCs and requiring continual support
  5. Showing unprofessional conduct and/or showing other aspects of unsafe practice.
  6. Unsafe clinical practice involves any behavior that is harmful or potentially harmful to a client, self or other health personnel. It is an occurrence or pattern of behavior involving unacceptable risk.

Policy

Progression

  1. To progress in clinical practicum courses, a student will successfully complete all course components within the clinical dates for each course, complete a minimum of 240 clinical practicum hours, achieve a minimum clinical grade of 70% and achieve a minimum combined grade on all clinical course elements of 70%.
  2. A failing grade (< 70%) or a withdrawal from a clinical practicum course is allowed only once throughout the program. If a student obtains a failing grade or withdraws a second time from any clinical practicum course they will be recommended to the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies to discontinue.
  3. Withdrawals after the add/drop deadline from a clinical practicum course will be considered an attempt.
  4. Students who are thinking about withdrawing from a clinical practicum course should contact their clinical course coordinator.

Remediation

  1. A student with unsatisfactory performance on any component of a clinical course will meet with their course coordinator and/or faculty resource person to discuss areas of deficiency. If it is determined that formal remediation is required, a remediation plan will be developed in collaboration between the student, course coordinator, faculty resource person and/or Director of the NP program.  Remediation plans will be individualized to each students’ learning needs, identify specific behaviors and outcomes which must be met in order for the student to successfully progress and be documented on the NP Program Remediation Plan template (attached).
  2. Types of remediation may include additional clinical hours, learning activities and assessments as outlined below. The Director of the NP program retains the right to determine the specific type of remediation.
    1. Additional Clinical Hours: If it is deemed additional clinical hours may assist the student in achieving satisfactory performance, 40 to 80 clinical hours may be added to the students’ primary care placement. In this instance, the clinical agency must be available and agreeable to continue with supervision of the student.
    2. Learning activities: Learning activities will be individualized to each students learning needs and may be composed of various modalities including, but not limited to: readings, assignments, meetings with assigned mentors, course audit and supervised laboratory experiences.
    3. Assessments: After completion of remediation, a remedial assessment may be offered to assess student performance. Types of assessment may include, but are not limited to evaluation of clinical performance using clinical evaluation tool, OSCE examination, essay, assignment, critical reflections and oral examinations. Successful completion of remediation assessment will result in a maximum grade of 70% for those elements covered by the remediation or the minimal passing grade for that component.
  3. Unsatisfactory achievement of terms outlined in a remediation plan will result in failure of the course. No further remediation will be offered.
  4. Where failure is on the basis of unprofessionalism, remediation may be offered, but if the conduct is deemed critical, it may result in direct failure of the course.
  5. Where there have been multiple failures in other courses or the same course, remediation may not be offered.

Unsafe Practice

  1. Instructors (preceptors/faculty resource person) of a student demonstrating unsafe practice will objectively document observations, including specific examples when possible (i.e. narrative, charting, prescriptions, SOAP note) and discuss these with the student, course coordinator, faculty resource person and/or Director of the NP program in a timely manner.
  2. The course coordinator will determine if a formal remediation plan is appropriate and if so, a remediation plan as outlined in policy point #2 will be implemented.
  3. In a situation where a student’s behaviour places the client, facilitator or staff at foreseeable risk, the student may be dismissed immediately from the clinical site.
  4. Where an unsafe incident is deemed critical, it may result in direct failure of the course.

Extended Leaves from Clinical

A student with an extended leave from clinical (> 2 months) will meet with their courses coordinator and/or Director of the NP program prior to returning to clinical to develop a learning plan addressing expectations for baseline course knowledge. Learning plans will be individualized to each students learning needs and may include learning activities (i.e. readings, labs) as well as assessments (i.e. quizzes, OSCE, oral examination).

NP Program Remediation Plan

Student Name:

Date:

Clinical Course:

Faculty Resource Person:

Clinical Placement:

Course Coordinator:

This remediation plan is being initiated to facilitate attainment of course/program requirements, entry-level nurse practitioner competencies and nurse practitioner standards.  Failure to meet the requirements of this remediation plan will result in failure of this course.  It is the students’ responsibility to share the remediation plan with preceptors and faculty involved in the course.

PART I

  1. Reason for Remediation: Describe areas of unsatisfactory performance requiring remediation.
  2. Learning Needs: Specify learning needs, ELC’s and/or standards which must be met in order for student to successfully progress in clinical.
  3. Plans for Addressing Learning Needs: Describe detailed plan for addressing identified learning need, including timelines for completion.  Plans will be individualized to specific student learning needs and may include, but are not limited to, additional clinical hours, readings, assignments, supervised clinical labs, and meetings with an assigned mentor.
  4. Evaluation: Describe how success in remediation will be evaluated.  Types of assessment may include, but are not limited to, evaluation of clinical performance using clinical evaluation tool, assignments, critical reflections and oral examinations.

The student signature is required to acknowledge that the contract has been discussed with you.  It does not mean that you agree with it.

Student Signature:

Faculty Signature

Date:

Date:

Scheduled review date:

Scheduled completion date:

 

PART II – Outcomes of Remediation Plan:  Have the expectations of the remediation plan been met?  Include specific examples and results of assessment as applicable. If the student has not met expectations of the remediation plan, explain consequences (i.e. course failure, further remediation).

 

            Faculty response:

 

 

 

            Student response:

 

 

 

The student signature is required to acknowledge that the remediation outcome has been discussed with you.  It does not mean that you agree with it.

Student Signature:

Faculty Signature

Date:

Date:

Purpose

To outline the promotion and graduation process throughout the NP program.

Policy

  1. NP students are required to maintain an annual weighted average of 70% in courses taken in their program of study.
  2. NP students who do not achieve an annual weighted average of 70% may be required to discontinue.
  3. Decisions regarding continuation in the program are:
    • Annual weighted average 69% or below – student is required to discontinue
    • Annual weighted average above 69% and below 75% - student will receive a warning letter and required to repeat any courses with marks below 65% and any course with a mark between 65 – 69% are recommended to be repeated.
  4. NP students with an annual weighted average below 75% will be sent a warning letter stating they are required to maintain an average of 70%. If the annual weighted average is over 85%, a congratulatory letter will be sent.
  5. NP students may be required to discontinue their studies at any point in their nursing program for reasons other than academic, if it is considered in the best interest of the profession or if continuation in the program is deemed to be unsafe to themselves or others.
  6. To graduate, NP students must have passed all required courses in the program with a minimum cumulative weighted average of 70%.

Purpose

Considering the role of the College of Nursing in mentoring professional registered nurses, as nurse practitioner (NP) students in primary care setting with a direct patient care role, the purpose of the policy is to assist with the identification and management of Patient Safety Incidents (formerly referred to as adverse events, sentinel event, near miss, close call, no harm incident and critical incidents), and to minimize risks and potential injuries to patients/clients/residents and students. College of Nursing Incident Management includes actions and processes required at the College level to conduct the immediate and ongoing activities following an incident. Part of incident management, Incident Analysis is a structured process that aims to identify what happened, how and why it happened, what can be done to reduce the risk of recurrence and make care safer, and what was learned (CIACP, 2012). This policy details actions to be taken by College of Nursing NP students and faculty upon recognition of a Patient Safety Incident.

Policy

  1. Patient Safety Report. Patient Safety Incidents are to be reported in a timely manner as soon after the event as possible. The College of Nursing Patient Safety Report Form should be completed by either faculty members and/or students and submitted to the course coordinator. Local health region incident report forms should be completed and submitted as required by health region policy. The Patient Safety Report Form shall be revised as needed to support College processes according to this policy.
  2. Immediate Action. In the event of a Patient Safety Incident, the student is to follow the clinical agency or Health Region Policy and Procedures. Upon receipt of a Patient Safety Report Form, the clinical instructor and course coordinator shall ensure that immediate action is taken to care for and support patient/ family/ providers/ others, secure items and reduce risk of imminent recurrence.
  3. Discipline and fear of reprisal. The success of the Patient Safety Incident policy relies on the creation of a confidential environment where participants can safely report incidents and express their opinions about underlying contributing factors without fear of reprisal. The clinical instructor and course coordinator, in consultation with the NP Program Director as needed, shall determine whether the Patient Safety Incident is a result of actions of intention, recklessness or of unforeseen circumstance or complications of care, and such determination shall guide disciplinary action or impact on student grades or progress in the program. In general, faculty response to Patient Safety Incidents should facilitate student learning and be aligned with the educational mission of the College.
  4. Preliminary Investigation. The course coordinator shall report and forward a copy of the Patient Safety Report Form to the NP Program Director. A College of Nursing, Graduate NP Program Patient Safety Committee shall be responsible for reviewing incidents. Upon receipt of the Patient Safety Report Form, a preliminary investigation of the incident shall ensue to understand what happened, how and why it happened and to develop and manage recommended actions. Patient Safety Incident analysis involves systems thinking using a non-linear approach that includes consideration of categories of contributing factors (task, equipment, work environment, patient, healthcare team and organization factors) and use of multiple sources of information.
  5. Report. Recommendations shall be developed after each Patient Safety Incident addressing how to reduce risk of recurrence and make care safer, how student/faculty learning can be facilitated to prevent such an incident in future and to determine what was learned and how learning should be shared. A formal report of the committee shall include recommended actions, implementation plan and monitor and assess the effectiveness of actions.
  6. Disclosure. The course coordinator shall collaborate with the clinical agency or local health region to begin disclosure process, which should explain to patient/residents/family the unexpected event or change; offer an apology that it happened; assist patients/residents/families to understand how and why it happened; explain what will happen next and commit to next steps; and include patients/residents/family in the fact gathering process, enabling them to contribute what is known from their perspective (CIACP, 2012). The Graduate NP Program Patient Safety Committee shall share what was learned internally (at minimum with the course coordinator and NP Program Subcommittee) and externally (at minimum with the agency where the incident occurred). Sharing with external agencies shall occur in face-to-face or WebEx meetings, or in writing, and is the responsibility of the leadership team or designate. Sharing activities shall maintain patient/client/resident and student confidentiality.
  7. Aggregate Review. Graduate NP Program Patient Safety Committee shall review annually all Patient Safety Incidents submitted by students within the NP Program. The goal of aggregate review is to ensure that patterns of incidents can be assessed, if present, and identify needed changes to Graduate Program processes and curriculum to minimize risks and potential injuries to patients/clients/residents, students and faculty.

Purpose

Students admitted to the College of Nursing PhD Program will satisfy the qualifying exam requirement as part of the admission process.  Students admitted to the direct entry PhD program, or transfer to the PhD from the Masters of Nursing program, will be required to complete a qualifying exam prior to the first term of their PhD program.

Policy

Students who are currently in our MN program, completed at least 15 credit units, have a minimum GPA of 80% with no grade below 70%, and are showing exceptional promise in research, writing, and scholarly work may be considered for a transfer to the PhD program prior to the end of their second year. The MN student's advisory committee must initiate this request by submitting a letter, the student's CV, and a sample of independent academic writing to the Graduate Chair.

Students admitted to the Direct Entry PhD program will be required to complete a qualifying exam prior to the first term of their PhD program.

At least three faculty members of the College of Nursing Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Committee, or alternates if there is a conflict of interest, will form a sub-committee and meet to determine if the student demonstrates significant potential in both academic accomplishments and potential for research prior to the student completing a qualifying exam. The College of Nursing will ensure that there is a member on the sub-committee with expertise in the phenomena of interest. If the student meets these requirements, the exam is to take place prior to the start of their first term in the PhD program.

The qualifying exam will take the form of a research proposal and oral presentation of the proposal. The research proposal document will include: a statement of research objectives; theoretical and empirical rationale; and a description of methodology, including research design, sample, measures (if applicable), and plan for analysis. The document will be 10-12 pages long (excluding references), double-spaced, and referenced with relevant appendixes.

The purpose of this proposal is to demonstrate that the student is developing a realistic research project that will contribute to their chosen field of study. A secondary purpose could be to apply for Doctoral Fellowship funding, in which case the student would use the guidelines for a relevant funding agency in developing the research proposal.

The qualifying exam will be evaluated by the examining committee with the understanding that this short proposal will not be as detailed as a comprehensive research protocol.  The proposal and oral presentation will be evaluated on a “Pass/Fail” basis using the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies literal descriptors (appended) with a passing grade of at least 80%.  The qualifying exam rubric (appended) will be used in determining if the candidate meets or exceeds expectations in all elements of the rubric.

Research experience that is evaluated as acceptable may be considered in lieu of a research proposal.  Examples of this would include work as a research assistant, publications, and presentations as evidenced in the student’s CV and reference letter(s), which would be submitted to the Graduate Chair and evaluated by the examining committee.

PROCEDURE:

The Qualifying Exam is a requirement of the CGPS for admission to the PhD program for a student who has not completed an oral defence as part of their master’s program. Students admitted to the College of Nursing PhD program will meet the requirement of the qualifying exam as part of the admission process:

  • The applicant will develop a 4 page (double spaced) proposal about their area of interest.
  • The proposal will be submitted electronically with their application for admission.
  • Members of the PhD admissions sub-committee will evaluate the proposal using the qualifying exam rubric (appended) to direct the grading of the student's proposal.
  • The CGPS literal descriptors will inform the rubric for grading the qualifying exam.
  • Passing grade for the proposal is 80%.
  • If an applicant has met the passing grade of 80% on their proposal they will be asked to participate in an admission interview.
  • The admission interview will consist of questions asked of the applicant by the examining committee.
  • Members of the examining committee will evaluate the interview using the qualifying exam rubric.
  • Applicants must achieve a passing grade of 80% on the admission interview in order to be considered for admission, and therefore passing the qualifying exam.

The Qualifying Exam is a requirement for students admitted to the direct entry PhD program and for students transferring from MN to PhD:

  • The student will develop a 10 —12 page research proposal independent of their supervisor.
  • The proposal will be submitted electronically to the Graduate Chair and submitted to members of the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral PhD admissions sub-committee at least 2 weeks prior to the exam date. The Graduate Chair will circulate the proposal to the examining committee.
  • The student will provide a 15-minute oral presentation of their proposal followed by 2 rounds of questions from each member. The presentation should include statements from the student about knowledge yet to be explored and work to be done to further develop their proposal through exposure to theory, substantive area, and methodology in PhD course work
  • Assessment of proposal should focus more on the critical appraisal of research methodology and the quality of writing versus scientific rigor in view of student's stage in program.
  • The Qualifying Exam should be perceived as an endorsement of admission into the direct entry PhD program.
  • The rubric (appended) for the Qualifying Exam will direct the grading of the student's proposal and presentation.
  • The CGPS literal descriptors will inform the rubric for grading the qualifying exam.
  • Passing grade for the qualifying exam is 80%.
  • This examination for the purposes of transfer to PhD can only be taken once. A student failing the Qualifying Exam, or any part thereof, cannot be recommended for transfer.

Relationship between Literal Descriptor and Percentage Score for Courses in the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (see below for some important program requirements):

Percentage

 

Literal

Descriptor

Description

90-100

 

Exceptional

A superior performance with consistent strong evidence of:

  • a comprehensive, incisive grasp of subject matter;
  • an ability to make insightful critical evaluation of information;
  • an exceptional capacity for original, creative and/or logical thinking;
  • an exceptional ability to organize, to analyze, to synthesize, to integrate ideas, and to express thoughts fluently;
  • an exceptional ability to analyze and solve difficult problems related to subject matter.

80-89

 

Very Good to Excellent

A very good to excellent performance with strong evidence of:

  • a comprehensive grasp of subject matter;
  • an ability to make sound critical evaluation of information;
  • a very good to excellent capacity for original, creative and/or logical thinking;
  • a very good to excellent ability to organize, to analyze, to synthesize, to integrate ideas, and to express thoughts fluently;
  •  a very good to excellent ability to analyze and solve difficult problems related to subject matter.

70-79

 

Satisfactory to Good

A satisfactory to good performance with evidence of:

  • a substantial knowledge of subject matter;
  • a satisfactory to good understanding to the relevant issues and satisfactory to good familiarity with the relevant literature and technology;
  • some capacity for original and creative thinking;
  • a satisfactory to good ability to organize, to analyze, and to examine the subject matter in a critical and constructive manner;
  • a satisfactory to good ability to analyze and solve moderately difficult problems related to the subject matter

60-69

 

POOR

A generally weak performance, but with some evidence of:

  • a basic grasp of the subject matter;
  • some understanding of the basic issues;
  • some familiarity with the relevant literature & techniques;
  • some ability to develop solutions to moderately difficult problems related to the subject matter;
  • some ability to examiner the material in a critical & analytical matter

< 60

 

FAILURE

An unacceptable performance

*SOME IMPORTANT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. Percentage Scores of at least 70% are required for a minimal pass performance in undergraduate courses taken by graduate students.
  2. Percentage Scores of at least 70% are required for a minimal pass performance for each course which is included in a Ph.D. program.
  3. Graduate courses for which students receive grades of 60-69% are minimally acceptable in a Master's program, provided the GPA is at least 70%.
  4. Graduate courses for which students receive grades of 60-64% are minimally acceptable in a Postgraduate Diploma program, provided the GPA is at least 65%.
  5. Students should seek information on other program requirements in the Calendar and in academic unit publications. (June 1996)

CGPS Policy:

4.4.5. TRANSFER FROM MASTER'S PROGRAM TO PHD PROGRAM

Transfer from a Master’s program to a Ph.D. program shall take place after the end of the first year and no later than the end of the second year in the program.

Recommendation for the transfer must be initiated through a formal meeting of the student's Advisory Committee, which shall forward its recommendation through the academic unit to the CGPS. The following conditions must be met:

  1. The student shows great promise both in terms of academic accomplishments and in potential for research.
  2. The student has completed at least 9 credit units at the 800-level, and has achieved a minimum average of 80% and no grade below 70%. 
  3. There is evidence of good writing and oral communication ability.
  4. There is evidence the student has requisite research skills and knowledge to be able to successfully complete a Ph.D. dissertation.
  5. The student has successfully completed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination prior to being recommended for transfer. This examination for the purposes of transfer can only be taken once. A student failing the Qualifying Examination or any part thereof cannot be recommended for transfer.

Qualifying Exam Rubric

Proposal Elements

< 79% Does not meet expectations

80%-89% Meets

expectations

>90% Exceeds expectations

Statement of purpose and research objectives

 

 

 

Potential research question

 

 

 

Theoretical and empirical rationale

 

 

 

Description of methodology

 

 

 

Research design

 

 

 

Measures (if applicable)

 

 

 

Plan for analysis

 

 

 

Quality of the writing

 

 

 

Application of APA

 

 

 

References

 

 

 

Presentation (tone, pace, power point slides)

 

 

 

Plan to acquire knowledge in substantive area

 

 

 

Plan for knowledge development in research methodology

 

 

 

 

Comments:

 

Research Experience:

 

Publication/Presentations:

 

Quality of Academic Writing

Purpose

To define how grades are released to graduate students in the College of Nursing

Policy

  1. Graduate student grades achieved throughout a course (with the exception of the final grade in a course) will be posted on Blackboard, as per course guidelines. Such grades will only be accessible by individual students once they have signed into their blackboard course, thereby protecting student confidentiality.
  2. Final grades assigned to graduate students upon completion of a course will not be posted on Blackboard courses. Students will only be able to access their final grades through PAWS.   

Purpose

To clarify the expectations surrounding graduate students attending professional conferences

Policy

  1. Active participation in professional nursing conferences is very important to advancing the nursing profession, strengthening collaboration and communication, and building leadership skills.
  2. Graduate nursing students in any year of their program should be encouraged and facilitated to attend local, provincial, and national nursing conferences as well as interprofessional conferences as appropriate to their academic and career development.
  3. Depending on the courses involved, academic and clinical equivalence of conference time should be considered, based on student’s progress in course work and a minimum 80% grade attained through all course work prior to the conference. NP students may elect to replace 8 hours of clinical time to attend a conference during one of the clinical courses.
  4. The following procedures must be followed:
    1. Submit a request to the Director of the Nurse Practitioner Programs
    2. Notify all teachers affected of your absence

Policy

A minimum of 60% must be obtained in any course taken by a student enrolled in a master’s program for the student to be granted a pass standing.

Purpose

Where a grade of less than 60% is obtained in a course and on the recommendation of the College of Nursing graduate program and the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS), the student may repeat a course once for higher standing or take an alternate course if approved by the Graduate Chair in the College of Nursing.

Purpose

Students receiving a grade less than 60% in any two required courses within a graduate program in the College of Nursing will be recommended to discontinue by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS).

Policy

Upon recommendation of the Advisory Committee or staff within CGPS, a student may be recommended to be required to discontinue at any time for failure to achieve satisfactory progress in any aspect of the degree program. Such students must be invited to meet with the chair of the graduate program as soon as evidence of unsatisfactory performance is available. If applicable, a student's advisory committee must be invited to attend the meeting. (CGPS Policy Section 15)

If the graduate program does not make such a recommendation, or if the recommendation is not approved by the Dean of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the student will be required to withdraw. The student will be informed of unsatisfactory academic progress in writing before any action regarding withdrawal is taken.

Students who have been required to withdraw from a graduate program may make a formal application to be readmitted to the same program after at least one year has passed from the effective date of withdrawal.

Purpose

To outline residency requirements for graduate programs at the College of Nursing.

Policy

The residency requirements for College of Nursing Graduate Programs are:

Master's Thesis and Course Based Programs — Students are required to attend a half day orientation at the end of May and 1 full day orientation in late August prior to the beginning of their program.  The orientation may be attended in person in Saskatoon, Regina or Prince Albert, or they may attend via Webex.

Nurse Practitioner (MN-NP) Program - Students in the Nurse Practitioner programs are required to attend:

  • A half-day online orientation in May prior to the start of their program and a one-hour Typhon orientation for uploading clinical requirement documents in September. The orientations are accessible online through videoconferencing software.
  • One Saskatoon based spring residency week: a one week laboratory in Saskatoon during NURS 875 which is a combination of an OSCE and clinical skills development.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) Program – PhD students are required to attend 2 onsite Saskatoon based PhD residency weeks in the first year of their program.  These weeks will be offered in late August and early April.

Purpose

To delineate the process for the writing of supplemental and deferred examinations in the graduate program.

Policy

Deferred Exams

Deferred final examinations may be granted provided the following conditions are met:

The student who is absent from a final examination through no fault of his/her own for medical or other valid reasons may apply to the College of Nursing for a deferred examination. Such application must be made within five (5) days of the missed examination along with documentary evidence. Deferred examinations will be written during the February midterm break for term 1 courses and in early June for term 2 courses. The College may, under extenuating circumstances, request a special deferred examination for a student who submits satisfactory evidence of inability to be present at the regular deferred examination sitting. A student should apply for a special deferred exam if the course in which the exam was missed is a pre-requisite to a course that would be taken before the scheduled deferred exam period.

During a final examination, the student who becomes ill must notify the invigilator (proctor) immediately of the inability to complete the examination. To apply for a deferred examination, the student must submit satisfactory documentary evidence of the illness to the Graduate Chair of the College of Nursing within three days of the interrupted examination.

The student who has sat for a given final examination and handed the paper in for marking will not be granted a deferred final examination.

A deferred final examination shall be accorded the same weight as the regular final examination in the computation of the student’s final grade.

Applications for deferred or special deferred exams are available from the Graduate Program Coordinator. The student completes the top portion and then takes it to their instructor to complete the middle portion. It is then forwarded to the Chair of the Graduate Program who either grants or denies the request. If the Graduate Chair grants the deferred examination, he/she notifies the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies who administers the examination fee and schedules the exam.

Supplemental Final Exams

There are no supplemental final examinations in the College of Nursing Graduate Program courses.

Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE) Re-Examination (OSCE-R)

Students who fail the OSCE in NURS 875.3 - Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing and receive a grade between 65-69%, and a minimum 70% in other course work, may be eligible to complete an OSCE re­examination (OSCE-R). The Course Instructor, in consultation with the Director of the Nurse Practitioner Program, will determine student eligibility for an OSCE-R based on the reasonable expectation of the student passing the course with an OSCE-R (i.e. passing grades in other course evaluation components).

Student who are successful in completing the OSCE-R will receive the grade attained on the first OSCE in the calculation of their final grade.

The OSCE-R will be scheduled within 5 calendar days of the initial OSCE. No special application is required for students to complete an OCE-R

Purpose

To define how transfer credits will be approved from another institution to be used toward a student’s graduate program of studies.

Policy

  • When a student has been admitted to a College of Nursing master’s program they are eligible to transfer coursework from another institution:
    • After the student has established a satisfactory registration record at the U of S for at least one term in a regular academic year.
    • On recommendation from the graduate chair, NP director or student supervisor.
    • Within the five-year time limit
    • When at least 60% of the program requirements are completed at the University of Saskatchewan.
    • To a maximum of:
      • 9cu for students in the professional practice
      • 6cu for students in the thesis
      • 6cu for student in the nurse practitioner

 

  • When a student has been admitted to a College of Nursing PhD program they are eligible to transfer coursework from another institution:
    • After the student has established a satisfactory registration record at the U of S for at least three terms in a regular academic year.
    • Within the six-year time limit
    • When at least 6 cu at the graduate level are completed at the University of Saskatchewan.
    • To a maximum of 9cu.

Purpose

To ensure that all graduate nursing students are eligible for Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) benefits if they sustain an injury during the course of a work-based learning assignment.

Policy

All graduate students residing in Saskatchewan will complete the ‘Consents and Agreement’ section of Schedule “B”- Work-Based Learning Consent and Agreement form when they register in the program.

  1. WCB forms will need to be completed at the beginning of the program for Saskatchewan Health Authority agencies, their affiliate organizations and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. WCB forms must be signed by the graduate student and returned to the College of Nursing.
  2. WCB forms will be completed for any other clinical placements that are considered non-health. For instance community agencies, etc.  WCB forms must be signed by the student and returned to the College of Nursing prior to the start of each of these types of placements.
  3. Original signed copies of WCB forms will be retained by the College of Nursing for a minimum of two years from the completion of the student’s program of studies to correspond with provincial statutes.
  4. In the event of an injury sustained in a clinical setting, procedures and related consent and claim forms are available through the course instructor and on this website:
http://www.wcbsask.com/workers/if-youre-injured/

BACKGROUND:   

In April 2007, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Employment signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to extend workers’ compensation coverage to students undertaking unpaid work-based learning. The Ministry of Advanced Education supports claims associated with post-secondary institutions that have coverage pursuant to the MOU.

In order to ensure students undertaking unpaid work-based learning have continued workers’ compensation coverage, the MOU has been extended to December 31, 2019 on its original Terms and Conditions. There are no changes to the claims process. 

Prior to placing a student/participant with an employer, the post-secondary institution/community-based organization must ensure that the student/participant has completed a Work-Based Learning Consent and Agreement Form

Note: Coverage is not applicable to any placement or portion of a placement that takes place outside of Saskatchewan.

Purpose

To outline the guidelines for allocating the relevant weight for final examinations and the clinical component in courses in Nurse Practitioner program courses.

Policy

  1. Final examinations shall be no more than 70% and no less than 40% of the final grade.
  2. In the Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner program, nursing courses that have a clinical component, the portion allocated to the practice component shall be graded as Pass/Fail. To receive a passing grade for a clinical component, student evaluation in the clinical setting must meet a minimum of 70% on the clinical evaluation tool.