2022-2023 Graduate Calendar

Concurrent Bachelor of Nursing / Master of Nursing  
Dean Peter Tiidus Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies Deborah O’Leary Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Associate Dean, Teaching and Undergraduate Studies Kirsty Spence Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Chair Karyn Taplay Professors Lynn McCleary, Dawn Prentice Associate Professors Joanne Crawford, Jane Moore, Sheila O'Keefe-McCarthy, Zaida Rahaman, Jenn Salfi, Karyn Taplay Assistant Professors Farhana Madhani, Elizabeth Orr, Connie Schumacher, Vanessa Silva e Silva Nursing Clinical Co-ordinators Sandra Micsinszki and Norica Stein Nursing Simulation Lab Shelley Wills, Kerry Shoalts, Melissa Knoops, Rebecca Larocca, Kristina Hunter, Katie Roebuck Adjunct Professors Joyce Engel, Lynn Rempel Academic Advisors Tammy Woodhouse-Gilby Jackie Bean Graduate Program Director Dawn Prentice Administrative Assistants Jennifer Ritchie Caron Staff 905-688-5550, extension 4660 East Academic 303 brocku.ca/nursing  
Program Description Go to top of document
This full-time, May-start program runs over five continuous terms and includes 20 mandatory courses. The integration of relational, research, and practice skills and knowledge equips graduates of this program to lead in the translation and integration of research into front line practice to positively influence health and healing and thoughtfully impact processes and policies that affect care. The objectives of the program are: a) to foster students' ability to do high quality, scientifically rigorous research in their discipline; b) to expand their understanding of concepts, theories and practices in their discipline such that they can successfully advance to doctoral studies; c) to provide the knowledge base and skills to analyze and evaluate programs, policies, environmental issues, and organizational structures related to applied health sciences; d) to enhance students' abilities to apply and disseminate new knowledge and practices to colleagues, practitioners, policy makers/analysts, and other professionals in applied health sciences. Terms are clustered into three undergraduate and two graduate terms which include lectures, seminars, technology assisted instruction and learning, skills labs, simulation, and clinical practica. Students are normally expected to successfully complete the program within four years of first registration in a course. In terms 1 to 4, students will have the advantage of both blocked (continuous) clinical experiences as well as non-blocked experiences that occur concurrently with classroom learning. Non-blocked clinical may occur over weekdays, weekends, or evenings; blocked clinical will occur over various shifts at the end of each term. In term 5, students will be in practice areas continuously for the duration of the term. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to achieve the entry to practice competencies for registered nurses, as identified by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO),and will be able to write the National Council Licensure Examination RN (NCLEX-RN) and jurisprudence exams, which are required for licensure as a registered nurse. The BN/MN program adheres to ethics and other practice standards established by the College of Nurses of Ontario. Students whose behaviour is unprofessional, or whose performance jeopardizes the safety of patients or others may be asked to leave the lab or clinical areas immediately and may receive a failing grade in that course. Students who receive a failing grade in more than one course with a clinical or lab component will be asked to withdraw from the program.
 
Program Notes Go to top of document
1.  Admission to part-time study is not available.  
2.  Admission to the BN/MN program is not available for the four-year collaborative nursing degree students at Brock.  
3.  Qualified Indigenous applicants will be given priority in admission.  
4.  An admission interview may be required.  
5.  Students are advised to consult the Undergraduate calendar for Academic Regulations and University Policies for all 400 level courses.  
6.  Students are advised to consult the Graduate calendar for Academic Regulations and University Policies for all 500 level courses.  
7.  A degree cannot be awarded unless all courses in the program are successfully completed.  
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Please note your placement provider now requires that any students or Faculty members coming on the placement provider's premise is either fully vaccinated or has an approved exemption. Students are required to follow the requirements of placement providers while on placement. To assist with the above requirement and help determine if you meet the eligibility criteria set by the placement provider, Brock will be tracking your COVID-19 information (including COVID-19 vaccine status and rapid antigen testing information) and may share your COVID-19 information with your placement provider. If you have any questions, please contact nursing@brocku.ca. Brock University protects your personal privacy. The personal information you provide as part of Brock's mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program (including the rapid antigen screening program) is collected under the authority of The Brock University Act, 1964, and in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”). Please note that should your placement provider specifically require your COVID-19 vaccination status, further coordination and information may be requested from you.

 
Admission Requirements Go to top of document
Successful completion of a non-nursing Honours Bachelor degree from an accredited university, or equivalent, with a minimum average of 75% in the last two years of study. Applicants should have 80% or higher in the following courses: Introductory psychology (full course equivalent) Developmental psychology (half course equivalent) Anatomy and Physiology (full course equivalent) Microbiology (half course equivalent) Statistics course (half course equivalent) Research methods course (half course equivalent). Applicants who have existing graduate preparation will need to provide evidence of meeting the specific course requirements and the minimum undergraduate grade requirements for admission. For students who are required to provide proof of English Language Proficiency, a IELTS score of 7.0 (with no section under 6.5) or equivalent score on other tests of ELP accepted by Brock University is required. For full listing of accepted tests see: brocku.ca/nextstep/international-students/english-language-proficiency/. Admission to part-time study is not available.  
Degree Requirements Go to top of document
Basic degree requirements include the successful completion of 20 required courses (18.5 credits) over five continuous terms. Terms are clustered into three undergraduate terms with 13 required courses (11 total credits) and two graduate terms with seven required courses (7.5 total credits). Term 1
- NURS 4L01, 4P02, 4P07, 4P15 and 4P20
Term 2
- NURS 4L03, 4P08, 4P16, and 4P21
Term 3
- NURS 4L04, 4P09, 4P17 and 4P22
Term 4
- NURS 5L05, 5P18 and 5P23
- AHSC 5P10
Term 5
- NURS 5L07, 5D19 and 5P24
Students must normally complete all courses in one term to progress to courses in the next term, except by permission of the Graduate Program Director. Students must achieve a minimum of a B grade in all courses and complete all assessments in a course. In courses that include lab and clinical components, students must achieve a PASS to receive a grade in the course. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are aware of all requirements for clinical practica prior to clinical experiences to avoid start delays or possible de-registration in courses that include lab and clinical components. These requirements include:
- CPR (level C or BCLS) certification is valid throughout the program. Note that re-certification is required annually.
- N-95 mask fit testing. Note that mask fit testing is valid for two years and must be renewed as necessary.
- Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis B, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, tuberculosis, COVID-19. Annual TB skin testing is also required. If TB skin testing occurs, students will require chest x rays every two years.
- CPR certification, N-95 mask fit testing certification records, and immunization records are to be submitted to Synergy Employment Inc. at least two months prior to the commencement of Term 1.
- Recent police record check and vulnerable sector screening, at the student’s expense. This can take several weeks, so students are advised to begin this process early.
 
Course Descriptions Go to top of document
Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable term timetable for details. # Indicates a cross listed course * Indicates a primary offering of a cross listed course  
Prerequisites and Restrictions Go to top of document
Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met. NURS 4L01 Nursing Foundations: Care of Adults and Older Adults Introduction to person-centred care of adults and older adults within Canadian contexts of primary health care, provincial nursing standards and guidelines, and indigenous health. Introduction to Kantian ethics and bioethics, current nursing evidences, and common nursing interventions. Includes intensive lab practice in all basic technical skills as well as clinical practice in medical-surgical settings.Lectures, 3 hours per week; Lab, 44 hours (Weeks 1-3); Clinical, 16 hours per week for 9 weeks (2 days/week); 32 hours per week (4 days/week) -until end of term (weeks 14-16). Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program Note: Clinical times include days/evenings/weekends. NURS 4L03 Nursing Foundations: Care of Families and Communities Nursing of families in various stages of development and transition within the context of community, with particular attention to environment, and impacts of globalization. Includes extensive lab practice with technical and assessment skills involving infants, children, pregnant and laboring women, and families and assessment of communities. Includes exploration of utilitarian ethics in health care decisions and advocacy skills. Practice includes both community and institutional settings. Lectures, 3 hours per week; Lab, 44 hours (weeks 1-3); Clinical, 16 hours per week for 8 weeks (2 days/week); 32 hours per week (4 days/week) until end of term. Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all Term 1 courses Note: Clinical times include days/evenings/weekends. NURS 4L04 Nursing Foundations: Care of Persons with Chronic Health Concerns Concepts of care for persons experiencing chronic and mental health concerns. Includes extensive lab practice in assessment skills related to mental health and chronicity and in interventions related to persons with chronic and mental health issues. Clinical practice includes settings that emphasize mental health and chronicity. Lectures, 3 hours per week; Lab, 44 hours (weeks 1-3); Clinical, 16 hours per week for 8 weeks (2 days/week); 32 hours per week until end of term. Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all Term 2 courses Note: Clinical times include days/evenings/weekends. NURS 4P02 Nursing Foundations: Assessment of Adults and Older Adults Introduction to all basic assessment skills, health and social history interviewing, systems and medications review, lab and other diagnostic assessments, diversity, cultural safety, learning readiness, and nursing practice standards and guidelines. Emphasis is on assessment with older adults and adults. Lectures; labs, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 4P07 Pathophysiology and Therapeutics: Common Health Disorders Introduction to common acute health conditions that affect adults and older adults. Includes discussion of related diagnostic tests, therapeutic interventions, pharmacotherapeutics, informatics, impacts of environment and globalization on disease, and relevant health education and promotion. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 4P08 Pathophysiology and Therapeutics: Health Concerns of Families and Communities Introduction to common health conditions across the lifespan, with an emphasis on infants, children, adolescents, and women, as well as on disorders and disease prevention at a community or population and global levels. Includes discussion of related diagnostic tests, pharmacologic and other therapeutic interventions, related health education and promotion, and cultural interpretations and competence. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 4P09 Pathophysiology and Therapeutics: Mental Health Disorders Study of mental health disorders across the lifespan with respect to psychopathology, psychopharmacology, and specific interventions. Includes exploration of interactions between mental health and other disorders, especially those considered to be chronic, marginalization, social justice, and health education and promotion. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 4P15 Relational Care and Leadership: Basic Relational Skills Introduction to basic skills and strategies in interpersonal communication, including recognition of bias, racism, cultural variations, giving and receiving feedback, and communication with members of intraprofessional and interprofessional teams. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 4P16 Relational Care and Leadership: Promoting Change and Health Examination of theory and strategies related to teaching and learning, motivational interviewing, coaching, and change within therapeutic and leadership contexts. Explores ways to adapt the message to the audience. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 4P17 Relational Care and Leadership: Working with and Leading Groups Explores and applies skills and knowledge related to working with and leading therapeutic and work groups. Special emphasis on working within interpersonal, intraprofessional, interprofessional, and intersectoral teams; influencing decisions; managing conflict; and negotiation. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 4P20 Critical Analysis of Evidence for Nursing Practice Course introduces students to library search strategies, critical analysis, and literature review methodologies. Students will select a nursing topic of interest for ongoing research development in program. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 4P21 Epidemiology in Nursing and Health Care Introduction to fundamental methodological principles of epidemiology and the place of epidemiology in nursing, disease prevention, and population health within Canadian and global contexts. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 4P22 Qualitative Inquiry and Analysis Exploration of the theoretical and philosophical bases of qualitative and interpretative inquiry as well as qualitative research designs, methods of data collection and data analysis and interpretation and rigour. Includes introduction to the use of computer software management and presentation of qualitative data. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 5D19 Practice of Relational Leadership and Management Preceptored experience with a health care leader. Emphasis on applying relational leadership concepts and skills in a variety of settings. Lab, 40 hours; Preceptorship, 96 hours Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all term 4 courses Note: Students must have an overall average of 70 percent before taking this course. NURS 5L05 Advancing Nursing Practice: Care of Patients Experiencing Emergent and Critical Illnesses Care of persons experiencing complex health challenges, in a variety of settings, with an emphasis on those who experience critical or emergent illnesses and end of life decisions and on structures and policies that influence complex decisions. Extensive lab practice includes telemetry and disaster planning exercises. Lectures, 3 hours per week; Lab, 44 hours (weeks 1-3); Clinical, 16 hours per week for 8 weeks (2 days/week); 32 hours per week (4 days/week) until end of term Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program Note: Clinical times include days/evenings/weekends. NURS 5L07 Preparation for Graduate Practice Extensive clinical experience with a registered nurse preceptor. Preceptorship hours, 7 weeks for an average of 35 hours/week (245 hours total) Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of NURS 5D19 Note: Clinical times include days/evenings/weekends. May involve out of region placement. NURS 5P18 Relational Care and Leadership: Understanding the Context Introduction to funding, economics, policy development, quality improvement, human resource issues, leadership, community development, and advocacy within the context of the Canadian federal and provincial institutional and community health systems and impacts of globalization on health care decisions. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 5P23 Applied Research Research development and planning with an emphasis on application of research understanding and skills to a practical issue or problem in nursing practice. Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program NURS 5P24 Translating Research into Practice Explores strategies to disseminate evidence into practice settings, with an emphasis on how a research project is conducted and implemented in a clinical setting and how research is applied to enhance nursing patient care, quality improvement, advocacy, and change at local and systems levels.Lectures, 3 hours per week Restriction: Open only to students admitted to the BN/MN program  
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