The Global Nursing Scholars Program is offered through the Centre for Professional Development (Bloomberg CPD) and focuses on international initiatives to create dynamic partnerships and collaborations with global organizations. CPD is Bloomberg’s hub for advanced professional development opportunities and delivers programs with the same rigorous standards — and same outstanding results — as all our academic programs.
The Global Nursing Scholars program provides learners with opportunities to advance their nursing practice, scholarship and leadership capacity through extensive exposure to Bloomberg Nursing faculty and the broader academic health network. Frameworks for advanced practice and leadership underpin the development of individualized learning opportunities and are guided by Bloomberg faculty. Scholars have the option to study with us from a few weeks to several months.
The Global Nursing Scholars Program focuses on leadership in healthcare including:
Health care administration
Professional practice leadership
Education and/or clinical practice
The program incorporates:
Examples of Past Global Nursing Scholar Programs
- 1- and 2-week visits from practicing staff nurses & leaders at a sponsoring institution. Primarily observation-based experiences with local partner affiliate hospitals & agencies, as well as focused meetings with faculty at the University. Goal is to observe and learn about practice in Canada to address specific operational &/or clinical issues in nursing practice, education & leadership globally.
- 1- and 2-week visits for independent researcher/clinicians to meet with clinician/researchers in their field. May involve presentation opportunities.
- 1- and 2-week visits for individuals or groups of academic faculty to meet with Bloomberg faculty and partners to focus on topics in nursing education (e.g. course instruction, technology, simulation, and operational management) in Canada.
- Extended study programs: Several month-long visits to audit selected undergraduate, graduate, or continuing professional development courses. May also include clinical observations, faculty meetings, and access to the University of Toronto Libraries.
Applications for the Global Nursing Scholars program are assessed on an individual basis and are received at any time of the year.
1. To start the process, you will complete an online application form. Click here to access form → Global Scholars Program (utoronto.ca). Be prepared to provide the following information:
- Personal information (Name, Licensure category, Professional Role/Title, Organization, Contact Information).
- Your area of focus (e.g. health care administration, health policy, professional, practice leadership, education and/or a clinical practice specialty).
- A draft of 3-5 learning objectives for the requested experience.
- Your personal Curriculum Vitae / Resume*
- Identify preferred dates / length for the visit.
- Acknowledgement that you are able/will be able to meet the program requirements (outlined in the next section).
*If submitting on behalf of a group, please submit one initial application for the group experience and we will request individual information (e.g. CV) from each participant at a later date.
2. Your application will be reviewed by Bloomberg CPD.
3. If your application is feasible to arrange, we will set up an initial meeting via Zoom to discuss details, answer questions, and provide an outline of fees for delivery of the requested program.
4. Final approval & required documents will follow, if agreeable to both parties.
Outline of Program Documentation Requirements & General Expectations
Only If Your Application is Approved
Required Documentation (All Visitors)
- Recent Photo / Scan of Passport
- Photocopy of Registration/Licence as a nurse in home country
Language Requirements to Participate in the Program (All Visitors)
Global Nursing Scholars must demonstrate competent to good proficiency in English (with emphasis on verbal, listening and reading skills). A recommended minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of verbal, listening and reading elements; or a TOEFL score of >79 on the internet-based test. For those with English as a primary language, an exemption may be granted by Bloomberg CPD.
Fees, Travel Arrangements, Visa, and Accommodation (All Visitors)
Each Global Nursing Scholar is responsible for:
- Payment of fees for the Global Scholar Program upon arrival unless alternate arrangements are made. Cost for the Global Scholar program is determined based on the requirements of each individual scholar visit and will be invoiced to the most appropriate payee. Additional fees may be applicable for observation experiences at certain clinical institutions, and these will be communicated.
- All travel arrangements (flights, inner city transport etc.) and accommodation in Toronto. The University does not provide accommodation assistance.
- Ensuring they have a valid passport and for obtaining the correct visa for Canada.
- As a Global Nursing Scholar you will need to request admission to Canada as a visitor. Once we confirm your application, we will provide a letter of invitation to facilitate this process. You may also be required to obtain other documentation such as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), which is applicable to certain countries whose citizens require visas to travel to Canada. If you do not require a TRV, you will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) unless you are a citizen of the United States.
- To determine whether you require a TRV or an eTA, please refer to: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp
- Should you require a TRV, please visit the Canada Immigration webpage in order to apply for a TRV online: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/e-services/mycic.asp
- For more information regarding the eTA please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp
- Any other expenses such as health insurance.
What to Expect for Clinical Observations
All Global Nursing Scholars participating in clinical observations (shadowing) at our partner institutions must not participate in any hands-on clinical care provision. You will receive a schedule with information regarding placement location, meeting times, dates, and site host/staff member being shadowed once placement details have been confirmed. On the day(s) of your observations:
- Bring a set of scrubs and appropriate footwear (unless otherwise notified)
- Bring a form of official government photo identification (e.g. driver’s licence, passport)
- Anticipate & plan for appropriate transportation time to the organization as some require up to 1h of travel time.
Each organization has its own forms/e-learning (online or paper-based) regarding Privacy/Confidentiality; Observer Agreements; Liability Release etc. These will be provided once applications/placements are confirmed and must be completed before starting.
Most organizations require an up-to-date immunization record. You should review, update (if needed), and be prepared to provide documentation before starting.
|Mandatory Requirement Details for Canadian Institutions
|Tuberculin Skin Testing
|Two (2) Step required if no documentation of: a) two-step TST OR b) two negative TST results in past (<12 months apart) OR c) one negative TST within last 12 months. 2nd step must be given 1 – 4 weeks after 1st test in the opposite arm if the 1st test is negative. One chest x-ray required if TB skin test becomes positive (>10 mm induration). Annual chest x-ray NOT required. Note: QuantiFERON Gold is not approved / accepted in Canada
|Lab evidence of immunity (serum measles IgG) OR documentation of 2 doses of live measles vaccine (e.g. MMR) on or after first birthday
|Born before 1957 OR Lab evidence of immunity (serum rubella IgG) OR documentation of immunization with live rubella vaccine (e.g MMR) on or after 1st birthday (2 doses)
|Lab evidence of immunity (serum mumps IgG) OR documentation of 2 doses of mumps vaccine (or trivalent measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine) on or after first birthday (2 doses)
|Varicella (Chicken Pox)
|Lab evidence of immunity (serum VZV IgG) OR Varicella vaccine (2 doses) Note: some organizations do not accept a history of disease (chicken pox or shingles)
|Mandatory OR valid medical contraindication (2 doses)
Other recent health related information that may be requested include attestation of:
– Not having an exposure to communicable diseases (MMR, TB, Varicella, Whooping Cough) within month prior to observation.
– Not having an exposure to person(s) with OR have had yourself a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14-days prior to observation.
– Not having active symptoms (e.g. headache, fever, pink eye, respiratory symptoms, chills etc.) at the time of observation. Note: Visitors may be asked to leave setting if they experience any potential illness symptoms during their observation.
Eligibility/Who Should Apply
A Global Nursing Scholar is defined as a nursing leader in education, advanced practice or health care administration.
Visiting Scholar Fees
Cost for the Global Scholar program is determined based on the requirements of each individual scholar visit. This will be determined and discussed after the initial application has been submitted.
Centre for Professional Development:
- Main Contact: email@example.com
- Website with program & course information: Bloomberg.nursing.utoronto.ca/professional-development/
- Associate Director (Acting Director) Leasa Knechtel RN, MN: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing:
- Main webpage: Bloomberg.nursing.utoronto.ca