Graduate Student Resources and Services

Clinical Requirements for Graduate Nursing Courses

The Faculty of Nursing is committed to meeting standards of practice in nursing by ensuring that students attain and maintain required certifications and meet recommended immunization standards. Students are responsible for the health and safety requirements for all clinical practice courses in their graduate program. These requirements must be met prior to starting the clinical courses. If there is an associated fee, students are responsible for the costs incurred.

1. Registration with College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA)

Clinical placements: All students doing clinical placements must be registered in the Province in which they are doing placements. For most students this will mean Alberta (CARNA) but some may be placed in other Provinces and it is mandatory that MN students are registered in the Province in which their clinical placement occurs. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the registration requirements of any Province in which they are placed. Proof of registration must be submitted with application documents and on an annual basis.

An RN student in a nurse practitioner program may use the term “student” with the protected ‘NP’ title. As students in the NP program must be registered with CARNA for their practica, they must identify themselves as an RN when providing health services, even in the student role. CARNA suggests the title “RN, Student NP”.

Research data collection: Any student research that involves contact with patients will require the student to be registered with CARNA. Students are responsible for being registered. This rule applies equally to MN and PhD students.

Teaching: Any graduate students involved in teaching students or working as a graduate teaching assistant (eg, marking papers or exams) must be registered with CARNA. This rule applies equally to MN and PhD students.

2. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)

CPR certification at the Healthcare Provider Level is required. This course is designed for healthcare providers who have a duty to respond to medical emergencies. A CPR-Healthcare Provider certificate is valid for one year from the date of the course. Evidence of annual recertification must be presented each year while in the program. Students who do not have current CPR-Healthcare Provider Level certification cannot participate in clinical courses. Level C CPR certification is not acceptable; students must obtain CRP at the Healthcare Provider Level. If students have EMT certification that they believe may be equivalent to Healthcare Provider Level CPR, contact the Faculty of Nursing.
Students in the advanced clinical course, NURS 580, require Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Students in the advanced clinical course, NURS 585, require Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support (PALS).

3. Personal Declarations for Graduate Nursing Students

Personal Declaration for Graduate Nursing Students: All students admitted to nursing programs must complete a Health Status Declaration (HSD) available on the Faculty of Nursing website.

4. Immunization Requirements

Students must have their immunization records reviewed and updated by a healthcare professional. The Faculty of Nursing highly recommends that this be done at the University Health Centre. Please contact the University Health Centre at 780-492-2612 to make an appointment to have your immunizations reviewed and have this section of the form completed.

Students should bring all childhood and previous immunization records to the appointment. These can be obtained by contacting the student’s local public health centre, school, family physician, or wherever the student may have had childhood immunizations completed. Students who cannot obtain their records should consult with the University Health Centre for advice. Immunizations will be updated based on individual assessment. Refer to part A of the Medical Clearance Form for a complete list of required immunizations. 
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all immunizations remain current while in the Nursing program. Clinical experiences may be delayed if requirements are not met. Students who will not be proceeding with immunization or serological testing to prove their immunity, must contact the Faculty of Nursing for completion of waiver documentation.

5. Police Information Check with vulnerable sector check (Security Clearance Check)

Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, a criminal record check (security clearance check) may be required by any site providing clinical practice. The clinical practice site will determine the criteria for acceptance/denial of a placement. The clinical instructors will notify students if a criminal record check is required for their specific clinical placement, and students are then responsible for having the check completed prior to commencement of clinical practice. Students who have concerns related to their ability to satisfy a criminal record check should consult with the Faculty of Nursing immediately upon being admitted to the program.

Criminal record checks can be obtained through the Edmonton Police Service (see the Police Information Check page for more details), a community police station, or any RCMP detachment. Students must familiarize themselves with the requirements and process before going in for their criminal record check (fees, identification to bring, processing times, etc.). Students from outside of the region are advised to obtain this requirement prior to relocating to Edmonton.

Students must submit a copy of their Police Information Check with vulnerable sector to the Faculty of Nursing. Students need to keep their Police Information Check and present it to clinical agencies upon their request. Police Information Checks are considered valid for 90 days, so additional checks may need to be acquired throughout the program.

Students enrolled in Nursing 510, 570, and 580 may also be required to obtain a Child Intervention Record Check (Child Welfare Check). These are obtained from Child and Family Services Authority offices, and specific information may be obtained at the Undergraduate Nursing Office located on the 4th floor of the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA).

6. Professional Ethics/Code of Student Behaviour:

All students enrolled in the Faculty of Nursing are bound by, and shall comply with, the Professional Codes of Ethics governing the profession and practice of Nursing.

a. “Professional Codes of Ethics” means the current Canadian Nurses Association's Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, and all other relevant professional codes and practice standards for registered nurses.

b. It is the responsibility of each Faculty of Nursing graduate student to obtain, and be familiar with, such Professional Codes of Ethics, and their amendments as may be made from time to time. (Refer to the Code of Student Behaviour section in the University Calendar).

7. Clinical Placements and HSPnet

The Health Sciences Placement Network (HSPnet) is a computer system used by the Faculty of Nursing to arrange all clinical placements for our students.  Students should read the document Identified Purposes and Handling of Personal Information in HSPnet, and then sign and return the Consent Form for Use and Disclosure of Personal Information to the Faculty of Nursing.  Both documents are available in the Health and Safety section of the Forms and Guidelines page. 

If you choose not to sign the consent form it may significantly delay the arrangements for a clinical placement as it will need to be done manually. If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from signing the consent form, please contact Linda Youell at linda.youell@ualberta.ca or (780) 492-0435. 

8.  Confidentiality Agreements

As a nursing student you will be privileged to healthcare information and are bound by legislation to keep the information that you access confidential.  In order to be able to access this privileged information you must sign and submit the Faculty of Nursing Clinical Placement Confidentiality Agreement and the Alberta Health Services Information Technology Confidentiality Agreement.  Both documents are available on the Graduate Health and Safety Forms page.

9. Respiratory Mask Fit Testing

All students must be fitted for N95 Respiratory Masks in accordance with the contractual agreement with Alberta Health Services.  These masks are worn when caring for patients with highly infectious diseases. Please advise Sandra Gibson if you require fit mask testing and she will forward you information on how to schedule an appointment with EMS.  Students may utilize other companies if they need to meet this requirement or they may supply

More detailed information about mask fit testing (including fees and how to prepare for your fit test) is available in the Fit Testing section of the Health Sciences Council’s website. 

Mask fit testing is valid for two years. If you lose or gain a significant amount of weight or have dental/facial surgery, you will need to have your mask fit test redone. Please note that mask fit testing is done only in the fall and spring; if you require mask fit testing outside of this timeframe it is your responsibility to independently obtain mask fit testing.