Clinical Experiences

Nursing students interacting with simulation patient

Current or prospective undergraduate nursing students looking for information regarding clinical placements and associated requirements can find resources in this section.


Policies and Documents

Current undergraduate nursing students looking for information regarding Faculty of Nursing clinical policies and documents can find resources in this section. For site specific policies of Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health, please visit the Undergraduate Student Resource eClass portal.

Clinical Policies for Undergraduate Nursing Students

According to the legal agreements between the Faculty of Nursing and clinical agencies, undergraduate Faculty of Nursing students may perform only those activities for which they have received formal theory and laboratory instruction. In addition, the policies of the clinical agency must permit the student to perform the skill. In cases where there is a discrepancy between the Faculty of Nursing policy and the clinical agency policy, the more restrictive of the two policies will be followed. Students may perform with supervision all the restricted activities of the College and Association of Registered Nursing of Alberta (CARNA) according to the Health Professions Act, as limited by Faculty of Nursing or the clinical agency.

Clinical Policies for Undergraduate Nursing Students


Clinical Attire

All Faculty of Nursing students and clinical instructors are expected to dress appropriately for clinical experiences.

Learn more about Clinical Attire


Safety Checklist

Safety Tips for Students in Community Placements:

  • Always work in pairs
  • Stay in well populated, busy areas in public places
  • Walk in well-lit areas
  • Avoid hidden trails, dark areas and shortcuts
  • Always carry cell phones (set to silent when in clinical agency) and have them accessible
  • Do not talk on cell phones or wear headphones while walking as this can distract you
  • Have keys readily accessible in your hands and avoid fumbling with books/bags
  • Plan your route
  • If you believe you are being followed, go into a business and ask for help
  • Use common sense
  • If a client behaves inappropriately, ask for help and report incident to your clinical instructor/site manager/staff member immediately!
  • Be aware of your environment, walk confidently and look around
  • If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, trust those feelings and clearly tell them to leave you alone and remove yourself from the situation
  • Never get too close to someone in a vehicle who is asking for directions
  • Shout loudly if you are being attached and continue to do so as this may deter your attacker
  • Your clinical instructor or clinical agency may have additional safety policies that will be provided at orientation to the clinical site
  • Printable PDF

NOTE: Adapted from Edmonton Police Service.