2. Baccalaureate Program for Registered Nurses
1. Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Students in first-year nursing will be assessed after completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours. Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the end of the academic year will be placed on probationary status for the next regular session.
Students in second-, third-, and fourth-year nursing with a cumulative GPA below 2.5 at the end of the academic year will be placed on probationary status for the next regular session.
Probationary students are assessed at the end of the next academic year, after completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours. Students failing to achieve the required GPA will be placed on academic suspension.
With special permission of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, a student can request a review of academic progress based on less than 15 credit hours if course work taken during summer session has the potential to change the probationary status. Refer to Academic Suspension.
Students will be required to withdraw from Nursing Summer Term if their cumulative GPA does not meet year requirements at the end of regular session. Students must assume responsibility to ensure their CGPA meets the year requirement for Nursing Summer Term.
Students on probation are expected to meet with a student advisor at least twice, with a minimum of once per term, for academic advisement.
2. Baccalaureate Program for Registered Nurses
All students enrolled in the Baccalaureate Program for Registered Nurses with a GPA under 2.5, after the completion of 18 credit hours, will be placed on probation. Students failing to achieve a GPA of 2.5 after the completion of their next 15 credit hours of study will be placed on academic suspension.
A probationary student who does not achieve the minimum academic standing is required to withdraw from the Faculty of Nursing with the status "academic suspension." While suspended indefinitely, after one year's suspension the student may apply for reinstatement on academic probation.
To request reinstatement following academic suspension, the student should submit a written request before May 1 to the Chair, Student Appeals Committee, Faculty of Nursing.
Security of Academic Records
The university's policies regarding the security of student academic records is found in the chapter, University Policies, of this Calendar.
Professional Unsuitability By-Law
The Senate of the University has approved a by-law granting authority
to the Faculty to require a student to withdraw for reasons of
professional unsuitability. A student may be required to withdraw
from the Faculty when, at any time, the Faculty Council, through
the Professional Unsuitability By-Law, believes the student to
be unsuited for the profession of nursing, on general considerations
of scholarship, professional fitness or professional conduct.
Copies of this by-law may be obtained from the general office.
See chapter, General Academic Regulations and Requirements.
Regular attendance at class is expected of all students in all courses. Attendance in the clinical practice/laboratory portions of nursing courses is mandatory to enable the student to satisfy the evaluative criteria of the theoretical and practical components of courses. Students absent from class or practice due to illness may be required to present a certificate of illness. This certificate must be signed by a recognized health care provider. Absence for compassionate reasons is considered on an individual basis. Where absence is involved, make-up time may be required.
An instructor may initiate procedures to debar a student from attending classes and from final examinations and/or from receiving credit where unexcused absences exceed those permitted by faculty regulations.
Voluntary Withdrawal and Limited Access
The Faculty of Nursing will follow the University's General
Policy on Limited Access in that registration will be restricted
for students who have withdrawn from, or previously completed,
a course. This shall apply to all courses and enforcement will
apply to the two sessions following the session in which the course
Students admitted prior to September 2004:
The maximum number of voluntary withdrawal hours is set at 34 credit hours which will include Arts and Science and other courses transferred into the nursing program and given credit hours towards the B.N. Program.
Student admitted September 2004 and later:
The maximum number of voluntary withdrawal hours is set at 34 credit hours which will include all courses required to complete the program (Arts, Science, and other courses transferred into the nursing program and given credit hours towards the B.N. Program). Students are allowed only one voluntary withdrawal per nursing course in the Faculty of Nursing.
Baccalaureate Nursing Program students enrolled in nursing courses
with clinical practice components may not register for any other
course during those designated clinical days. Nursing clinical
practice may be scheduled during morning, afternoon or evening.
Weekends are also used for some sections in clinical courses.
Transportation costs to clinical practice settings are the responsibility
of the student.
All students must be registered in all clinical courses for both terms by the specified deadline. Failure to register by this date may prevent accommodation in a clinical course. Current deadlines are published in the Registration Guide.
Personal Health Information Act (PHIA)
Students must abide by the policies and procedures established at clinical practice sites. Within Winnipeg, this includes: attending a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) orientation session regarding the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA), signing the PHIA pledge, and obtaining a PHIA card. Students attending clinical practice at institutions outside the jurisdiction of the WRHA, such as hospital or community health programs in rural health authorities, may be required to attend a separate orientation and obtain a PHIA card appropriate for the health institution or region. PHIA card(s) and attendance at the PHIA orientation(s) are required for clinical practice and will be checked at clinical sites.
Unsafe Clinical Practice Policy
The debarment policy will be invoked when the student demonstrates unsafe clinical practice. Unsafe clinical practice is behaviour which places the client or staff in either physical or emotional jeopardy. Physical jeopardy is the risk of causing physical harm. Emotional jeopardy means that the student creates an environment of anxiety or distress which puts the client or family at risk for emotional or psychological harm. Unsafe clinical practice is an occurrence or a pattern of behaviour involving unacceptable risk.
A student may be debarred from class, clinical practice, laboratories, and examinations by action of the Dean for persistent non-attendance, unsafe clinical practice, and/or failure to produce assignments to the satisfaction of the instructor. Once the debarment process has been initiated, the student will not be able to voluntarily withdraw from the course that is presently under investigation. Students so debarred will have failed that course.
Baccalaureate Nursing Program students returning following one year or more absence from clinical courses must complete a mandatory demonstration of psychomotor skills competency in the skills lab. Competency must be demonstrated prior to clinical attendance. Students should consult with a student advisor for instructions. Testing must be completed prior to July 1st.
Leave of Absence
Students wishing to interrupt their studies must have spent a minimum of one year in the program and completed at least three credit hours of course work. Students must submit a written leave of absence request to the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs. Leave of absence status does not extend the program time limit outlined in the Faculty of Nursing regulations. To maintain leave of absence status at the University of Manitoba, students may not attend any other university during the period in which the leave of absence is in effect (see "Transfer of Credit" under Section 3.2).
Students who have withdrawn from the Faculty of Nursing (interrupted
their studies without requesting a leave of absence) must submit
a written request for reinstatement to the Associate Dean, Undergraduate
Programs. The student advisor will inform the student of the appropriate
procedure and advance standing, if any, that the student may receive.
Note: 1) the student who does not attend another faculty or institution
and requests, within five years of voluntary withdrawal, to re-enter
the Faculty of Nursing will be advised to forward such a request
to the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs.
2) the student who requests to return to the Faculty of Nursing more than five years after withdrawal must re-apply through Admissions.
3) the student who has attended another faculty or institution following withdrawal from Nursing must re-apply through Admissions (see "Transfer of Credit" under Section 3.2).