All Masters level programs of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto include courses combining scholarship and practical field work experiences. The purpose of the practicum experience is to consolidate learning from the graduate program in a real life setting, utilizing the knowledge and skill of advanced practice preceptors currently employed in the role. Students can refer to the timeline documents (MN Clinical, MN HSLA, NP) for further information. Additional resources for NP students include an FAQ document and algorithms for each area of emphasis (Adult, Paeds, PHC-GH).
2019 NUR1152 Preceptor Handbook (Year 1 MN HSLA)
2019 NUR1072 Preceptor Handbook (Year 2 MN HSLA/Clinical)
2019 NP Preceptor Handbook (Year 1 NP)
2020 NP Preceptor Handbook (Year 2 NP winter term)
Year 1 MN Clinical Student Placement (56 hours)
The Year 1 MN Clinical Student Placement is focused on shadowing an APN in a practice setting to develop an understanding of the complexities of the role and to learn about the enactment of advanced practice nursing competencies. The student practicum forms the practice basis for certain scholarly work in the first year of the program. Newly admitted MN Clinical students will receive information about placements in the Summer (i.e. June/July) prior to beginning the program in the Fall term. All Year 1 MN Clinical students have a 60-hour practicum placement from approximately September to November for their first year of the program (56 hours in a clinical setting, 4 hours in the simulation lab). Efforts will be made to match students’ preferences for particular preceptors and locations. However, confirmed placements will depend on preceptor availability, the suitability of placement setting, signed student placement agreements, and other factors. See details below regarding Year 2 MN Clinical student placements
Year 2 MN Clinical Student Placement (160 hours)
During the practicum, students are expected to contribute to their practicum agency through a negotiated, mutually satisfying project with a scholarly focus that will be articulated in presentation format in Week 10 (Residency Week) and form the basis for the practice paper. The scholarly focus must be completed within the placement experience of 160 hours and may take the form of a negotiated project or active planning and delivery in teaching / learning interventions for staff or patients / families, or working with nursing staff and other expert health care team members to ensure that excellent nursing care is planned, provided, and evaluated. All practice scholarship must concentrate on a combination of the relevant competencies of the advanced nursing practice role. All learners are expected to meet regularly with their preceptors throughout the term during work hours for advanced practice preceptors (Monday to Friday) and should expect to spend the majority of their time in the practice setting (with their preceptors or in other planned practicum activities) to ensure that they maximize learning about the advanced practice nurse role.
Year 1 MN HSLA Student Placement (80 hours)
The year 1 practicum experience provides students with opportunities to learn about the advanced practice nursing role through observation including shadowing, attending meetings, and observing leadership abilities of others. Through these experiences, students develop an understanding of the different roles of nurse leaders / executives and the opportunities and challenges associated with leading in current health care contexts. During the practicum, students are typically placed with Nurse Managers, Professional Practice Leaders, Directors, and other Advanced Practice Nursing roles. Learners are expected to spend time with their preceptors during work hours (Monday to Friday) and should expect to spend the majority of their time in the practice setting with their preceptors to ensure that they maximize learning.
Year 2 MN HSLA Student Placement (170 hours)
The year 2 practicum experience provides students with opportunities to integrate previous learning and continue the analysis, synthesis and integration of advanced theoretical principles and concepts related to leadership and advanced nursing practice. During the practicum, students are expected to contribute to their practicum agency through a negotiated, mutually satisfying project with a scholarly focus, while beginning to enact advanced nursing practice competencies. The scholarly project must be completed during the 170 hours and may take the form of a negotiated project or active planning and delivery in teaching / learning interventions for staff or patients / families or working with nursing staff and other expert health care team members to ensure that excellent nursing care is planned, provided, and evaluated. All practice scholarship must concentrate on leadership in addition to other relevant competencies of the advanced nursing practice role. Learners are expected to meet regularly with their preceptors throughout the term during work hours (Monday to Friday) and should expect to spend the majority of their time in the practice setting (with their preceptors or in other planned practicum activities) to ensure that they maximize learning about the advanced practice nurse role.
Student-Initiated Placement Requests
In some instances, a student may use their own professional network to locate a preceptor. This is particularly needed for students located outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) where there are fewer placement options. We ask students to refrain from going into hospitals and onto units unannounced to solicit preceptors. This type of intrusion is not appropriate and is disruptive to the work in healthcare institutions. As well, there are some hospitals that have restrictions to approaching preceptors and all requests must be channeled through a centralized placement office. In special circumstances, students may request a placement based on prior contact made with a preceptor. Please note these requests will be reviewed by program faculty and students can only proceed with faculty approval and an existing student placement agreement. Click here to report a student-initiated placement request.
Some placement locations have specific requirements for applications for placements as well as orientation materials to be completed prior to the first day of placement. Click here for more information.
Annual Flu Shot
It is strongly recommended students receive the influenza vaccine each year when the flu vaccine is available and to provide their placement agencies proof of vaccination upon request. For students who do not have their flu vaccination, they will need to comply with the infection control policies at their placement sites. Additional measures may be taken or students may need to be removed from the unit during an outbreak.
Chest X-Rays for Year 1 and Year 2 students
Students entering Year 1 and Year 2 are required to have a chest x-ray within the year if they are TB tested positive. (Note: We require updated immunization records for Year 2 students who tested negative for TB.) Click here for further details for health and immunization forms.
Ancillary Fees for Preceptor Honorariums (NP Students Only)
In some instances, an agency where placements occur prohibit NP preceptors and the agency to accept preceptor honorarium payments for NP student placements. If an MN-NP or PM-NP student has a placement with an agency that does not accept honorarium payments either to the preceptor or to the agency, the student may be eligible for a partial refund of their ancillary fees upon graduation. All requests should be made in writing and directed to our Faculty Registrar no later than December 31 of the year a student completed his/her last practicum placement.