Incoming Student Orientation 2020

Welcome to Orientation 2020!  

Welcome nursing students, your journey begins here!

Our Faculty, staff and clinical instructors are excited to assist you in all aspects in your academic journey.   

A Live Orientation Webinar for first-year nursing students will take place Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Students are asked to check their brocku.ca email for the invitation which contains access to the Microsoft Teams link.

We trust the information found on this page will be able to guide you as we navigate this Fall term online. We refuse to let the pandemic hold us back. As you progress through the term, our faculty and staff are here by your side to provide you with all the support and encouragement you’ll need to help you succeed! 

We encourage you to reach out to faculty and staff in our department to assist you throughout the semester. As nursing students, you have access to student groups and clubs, a great opportunity to make lasting friendships. Mentorship opportunities are available through the Faculty of Applied Health Science. As mentees this will allow you to network with current nursing students to further your understanding of our program.  

We have been working over the past few months to give you an amazing year. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Brock community, virtually or in person. 

Nursing instructors with simulator

Congratulations. You and your 78 classmates achieved a lot to be admitted to the nursing program. You should be proud of yourselves.  

First, welcome to nursing. In four short years, you will have earned your BScN and be ready to become a Registered Nurse. You will be one of 300,000 RNs in Canada. Who knows where you’ll work? It could be a hospital, a community health centre, a clinic, or long-term care home. You could be providing health care in a workplace, a school, a correctional facility, clients’ homes, or street nursing. You could be part of a research team. There are so many ways that RNs have positive effects on health. We’re happy to welcome you to our profession.     

Second, welcome to Brock Nursing. You’re now part of an amazing team of students, staff, and faculty in Brock Nursing. There are over 300 students ahead of you in the second, third, and fourth year of the nursing program. These students are ready to welcome you and help you in your journey at Brock and in nursing We have over 1,484 Alumni, Brock Nursing graduates, who’ve gone before you, and are ready to welcome you into their midst.  

Our staff team includes 6 people who support the Nursing Department and nursing students, over 40 clinical instructors, between 10 and 20 teaching assistants and part-time instructors, and 10 professors. We all take great pride in the quality of the education our students receive. On behalf of the entire Nursing Department, welcome.  

We are passionate about our students becoming leaders in nursing, who improve health for individuals, families, groups, and communities.  We strongly believe in the importance of collaboration – with you, our students, and with our partners who support your learning. We look forward to getting to know you; working with you as you develop as nurses over the next four years. 

This year is so different than what we all thought it would be. Last year at this time, the thought of not meeting you in person would have been absurd. We’re all looking forward to meeting you in person when the pandemic restrictions ease. But in the meantime, we’ve been busily preparing for virtual classes and virtual meetings. We’ve mastered a new way of connecting, meeting with each other and with students by phone and by video-conference. We know that the relationships with students that we value so much can be established and maintained, even when we can’t meet face-to-face.  

We hope that you’ll take the opportunity to get to know us. We’re here to support your learning and your adjustment to university. Our virtual doors are open.  

Amongst our professors, there are experts in many aspects of nursing. In addition to formal teaching through courses, many professors have opportunities for students to learn through collaborating in their research. Once you get settled in your courses, ask your professors about their research, look up their research, find out about opportunities for students.

Brock CNSA Welcome -President Mikaela Tynski

Brock CNSA Welcome -Sr Mentor Tara Lundy

The Brock Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA) is a chapter of the nation-wide Canadian Nursing Students’ Association. 

The club represents the voice of Brock nursing students with the goal to influence and advance educational, professional, and social justice aspects of the nursing curriculum. Brock CNSA enables nursing students to develop leadership skills, network, build relationships and to have fun! Each year CNSA holds a national conference, most recently held in Montreal, Quebec, to provide students with an opportunity to learn and network with other students, leaders, and potential employers. 

Joining Brock CNSA truly enhances the nursing student experience at Brock.

For more information, follow Brock CNSA on Instagram @brockcnsa or check out the CNSA website at www.cnsa.ca

The Department of Nursing and Brock websites have a number of resources available to you. We recommend you take some time to familiarize yourself with these site below as well as the links and buttons in the left column as part of your self-guided orientation.

Academic Advising

Clinical-Practicums 

Med Plus

Nursing Faculty Directory

Open Door

The Faculty of Applied Health Science (FAHS) Mentorship Program is a volunteer-based experience for students seeking a leadership role in the Brock community. Mentors will have an opportunity to network and create meaningful connections, which promotes personal and professional development and empowerment of the next generation of leaders. Mentees will gain leadership and communication skills through the guidance and support from upper-year students to aid in their academic, personal, and professional development.

The 2020/2021 Nursing Branch team representatives are as follows:

  • Lisa Mochrie, fourth-year nursing student, is Co-Founder, Vice President, and Nursing Leader of the FAHS Mentorship Program and FAHS Association
  • Marijana Loncar, fourth-year nursing student and the Senior Branch Head of Nursing for FAHS Mentorship Program and FAHS Association
  • Miriam Aycho, third-year nursing student and Junior Branch Head of Nursing for FAHS Mentorship Program and FAHS Association

If you are interested in joining this program, please fill out the google docs form so we can pair you with an upper-year mentor!

If you would like to stay updated with the Mentorship program and FAHS Student Association, please follow us on Instagram

@fahs_mentorship

@brockfahsassociation

If you have any questions about our program or how to get involved, please do not hesitate to email us at brockfahsmentorship@gmail.com

Dean Welcome Messages

Take a moment to get to know the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and the Associate Dean, Teaching and Undergraduate Studies by watching their video welcome messages.

brock students

Nursing Calendar

Learn more about degree requirements and course information in the current Nursing Calendar.

nursing students

Important Dates

Stay on schedule and be sure you don’t miss any deadlines

Contact Us

Academic Advisor

Tammy Woodhouse-Gilby
Office: EA 300
905 688 5550 x5695
nuscadvisor@brocku.ca

Nursing
Clinical-Practicum Coordinator

Sandra Micsinszki
Office: EA 301
905 688 5550 x4780
smicsins@brocku.ca

Nursing simulation lab

Kerry Shoalts
Lab Coordinator
Office: EA 202
905 688 5550 x4125
kshoalts@brocku.ca

Isobelle Blake
Assistant Lab Coordinator
Office: EA 215
905 688 5550 x5466
iblake@brocku.ca

Shelley Wills
Assistant Lab Coordinator
Office: EA 215C
905 688 5550 x4494
swills2@brocku.ca