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We can't wait to welcome you Back to Mac! This a guide for students, faculty and staff to summer and fall 2021 at McMaster, including ongoing COVID-19 reporting and campus updates.
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Fall 2021: Hybrid
Course delivery with some on-campus instruction and significant online and hybrid elements. Modified on campus activities will resume and residences will be open. Some teams will gradually return to campus, based on supervisor guidance. Distancing, masking and screening to remain in place.
Winter 2022: Mostly in-person
Mostly on-campus teaching, learning and work, with online and hybrid elements to support as needed. McMaster will adhere to public health’s recommended safety measures.
A Commitment to Inclusion and Racial Justice in the BScN Program
Posted July 29, 2020
As a School of Nursing (SON), we believe the voices of our students need to be heard. We are strongly committed to fostering an environment of inclusion, one that welcomes and advances diversity across the student body. We recognize that awareness is not enough. This is an important time to embrace change and move words into actions. The learning environment must feel safe and comfortable for all, embracing individual and unique perspectives.
The Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (BScN) program would like to thank all students who have recently shared experiences and recommendations to address elements of inclusion and racial justice. These contributions and active participation are very important to us. All feedback has been taken seriously and reviewed for immediate action. Justice for marginalized groups, including Indigenous and Black communities is recognized. We want to honour each perspective, particularly recommendations to move forward in the coming months.
As a Program and School, we would like to take a moment and publicly share the actions that both students and faculty have participated in to address these important issues of inequality. We recognize this is only the beginning - we must come together and continue to move forward. The first three actions are now complete. The remaining actions are currently in progress.
- Development of a new five-year SON strategic plan for 2020-25, embracing the values and perspectives of the University Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office and the Faculty of Health Sciences Indigenous Health Initiative
- Completion of several student, patient, faculty and community focus groups to ensure voices have been heard and integrated in the development of all short- and long-term strategic actions for the SON
- Development and integration of a facilitated Indigenous admissions’ process for all three undergraduate BScN programs
- Focused Indigenous recruitment, dedicated to hiring of at least one full-time faculty member this year
- Cultural safety training for all full-time faculty teaching in the SON
- Required bias training for faculty and staff participating in any element of the SON hiring process
- Review of all narrative-based scenarios in the BScN curriculum, in order to strengthen elements of inclusion and correct perceptions of bias and racial injustice
- Review of curricular content that addresses elements of diversity and health in the mandatory course, Social Determinants of Health
- Development of a new Indigenous Health Policy and Nursing Practice course that is mandatory for all streams; the first offering will begin this academic year
- Development of a new SON and Student Inclusion and Racial Justice committee in order to address actions that must move forward
As we enter the new academic year, we welcome students to continue to share their experiences, feedback and ideas. It is important for all of us to work together to achieve an inclusive learning environment for students and faculty.
In closing, we believe we can do better together.
Joanna Pierazzo, RN PhD, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Chris Gibson, Program Manager, Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Sandra Carroll, RN PhD, Vice-Dean, Health Sciences, Executive Director School of Nursing
Professional Appearance Policy
Please note that each professional practice setting has its own uniform/professional appearance and/or footwear policies that are also to be followed. Students are expected to adhere to the professional appearance policy of both the School of Nursing and those outlined by their professional practice setting.
This policy outlines the professional image expectations for students in the clinical practice setting and is based on principles for professionalism, infection control, personal safety, and role identification.
If an agency has requirements not covered by this policy, students must conform to agency requirements. Consideration may be made for individual dress that is specific to cultural or religious beliefs.
Inappropriately dressed students may be asked to leave the clinical area. Any time away from professional practice will be considered an absence.
All badges must be visible in the professional practice environment.
- McMaster students are to use their School of Nursing Identification Badge
- Mohawk students are to use their McMaster and Mohawk Student cards in an ID badge holder bought at the Health Science Bookstore
- Conestoga students must wear a yellow School of Nursing name pin purchased from the Conestoga Bookstore in addition to the agency approved Student ID
- Lanyards holding ID badges must have a quick release mechanism to prevent injury
Presenting a professional image can enhance the development of respectful relationships with patients. Therefore, in clinical practice situations, students are required to ensure respectful coverage while providing patient care. Below will provide some guidance as you prepare to return in Sept.
- Students of all sites, streams and levels (except Level 4 students in their final term, 4K10) are expected to wear Caribbean Blue scrubs with the “kaleidoscope” embroidered emblem for the McMaster-Mohawk-Conestoga BScN Program.
- Uniforms can be purchased from the Health Science or Conestoga bookstore.
- Plain, solid coloured, long sleeved shirts with snug sleeves may be worn under the scrub top, but sleeves must be able to be pushed up to the elbow to ensure hand hygiene.
- Students should change into and out of their uniform on site to prevent the potential spread of infection. Uniforms should be kept clean and laundered.
- All students, including Level 4 are subject to the same principles for professional appearance
- Students must wear a separate pair of shoes for professional practice, as regular street shoes are not permitted due to policies related to infection control
- Footwear must be in good condition, have an enclosed toe and heel, no mesh or holes, low to medium heel, and slip resistant soles as per occupational health and safety requirements
- Shoes must be solid coloured with very limited designs or logos
Additional details regarding professional appearance will be made available in the BScN Handbook. It is the responsibility of all students to review prior to attending a clinical placement.