Basic (A) Stream, Basic-Accelerated (F) Stream, and Post-RPN (E) Stream Students
Nursing 3X04 and 3Y04 are professional nursing practice courses that provide the opportunity to implement clinical reasoning in care of individuals using a person centered approach that integrates concepts and theory from nursing, biological, behavioural and social sciences. With a focus on nursing interventions, theses courses address a broad range of clinical skills including scientific and humanistic caring, clinical and ethical decision making, critical thinking and inter-professional communication and practice. Responsibility for own professional growth through self-direction and self-evaluation is demonstrated through analysis of own role and function as a learner, caregiver and professional in the broader health care system.
The placement options for Level III fall into two broad categories:
- Varied Nursing Contexts
Where possible, a student who is assigned to a placement from the first category in Term 1 will then be placed in a setting from the second category for Term 2, and vice versa.
Some Examples of Medical/Surgical Options
- Oncology (Medicine and Surgery) (e.g. Juravinski C3)
- Cardiovascular Surgery (e.g. Hamilton Health Sciences, General 5 West)
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Gastrointestinal Surgery (e.g. St. Joseph’s Healthcare, 6 G.I. Surgery)
- Medical (e.g. Hamilton Health Sciences, General 4 West)
Some Examples of Varied Nursing Context Options:
- Maternal-Newborn Family-Centred Care (e.g. Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Maternal/Child/Combined Care)
- Acute Inpatient Psychiatry (e.g. St. Joseph’s West 5th Campus)
- Non-acute Inpatient Psychiatry
- Pediatric Medicine, or Surgery (e.g. McMaster Children's Hospital)
It is important to note that while in a Medical/Surgical, Maternal Child, or Mental Health setting, students are supervised directly by their Clinical Tutor. In other Varied Nursing Context settings, however, students may have a Preceptor (a staff nurse employed by the placement setting). In the latter case, students meet regularly with their Professional Practice Tutor to review their progress with respect to achieving the course objectives.