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Led by Susan Woollard, Interim Vice President, Clinical Programs, Quality and Risk, Chief Nursing Executive, nurses at North York General Hospital are supported by a strong nursing leadership team consisting of clinical team managers, program directors, clinical nurse educators, nursing coordinators, nurse clinicians and advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioners.

North York General has:
  • Acute care, transitional care, a long-term care home and ambulatory care services across multiple sites
  • Nearly 400,000 ambulatory visits annually
  • A large critical care unit
  • An emergency department with more than 107,000 visits annually
  • Over 1,000 nursing staff
  • More than 1,100 nursing students completing their clinical placements annually

Nursing vision
To lead the pursuit of excellence in nursing practice in learning, innovation and partnerships

Academic Community Hospital Leaders in Nursing – Translating Knowledge into Practical Protocols in Patient - and Family-Centred Care

Nursing mission
We transform nursing practice through knowledge to provide patient- and family-centred care. We provide competent, compassionate, collaborative care to patients and their families through a commitment in patient care, education and research.

Nursing's strategic priorities/goals

  • Increase the number of nurses holding adjunct faculty status
  • Develop innovative nursing recruitment and retention strategies
  • Offer leadership development, learning opportunities and professional development for nursing and interprofessional education and care
  • Create a dynamic, high quality practice environment
  • Foster high staff and patient satisfaction
  • Create a spirit of inquiry and partnering effectively across the patient continuum and with our union stakeholders

Education program

The following placements are offered:

  • Group of students accompanied by an instructor.
  • Preceptorship/consolidation/pre-graduate general placements.
  • Preceptorship opportunities in speciality areas such as the emergency department and critical care. Students applying for placements to specialty areas must successfully complete an interview process.
  • Nurse practioner student placement — learn more about the placement and meet our hospital's nurse practioners.
  • Observational experience

Seeking a placement

Placement requests must be coordinated through your academic institution. Students can begin their clinical experience at the hospital only if their academic institution has an established affiliation agreement with North York General Hospital. Please check with your student placement office to ensure an agreement has been established.

All requests should be sent to the Centre for Education:
Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education, 6 North - Room 630
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto ON M2K 1E1
Tel: 416-756-6000 x4805
ann.bickram@nygh.on.ca


Starting a placement


Placement prerequisites
The following prerequisites are required in order for a student to start a placement at North York General Hospital:

Mask fit testing
You must have completed mask fit testing within the past 24 months. The following information will be requested upon registration
  • Date mask fitted
  • Location mask fitted
  • Size/Model
Immunizations
Your immunizations need to be up to date. This includes a TB test within the past 12 months. The hospital is not responsible for any expenses relating to immunization requirements. Students will not be allowed to start a placement without proper documentation. Seasonal influenza immunizations are highly recommended. Your rotation or placement may be affected if this is missing.

If you are a student in a graduate program and have not provided your institution with documentation regarding immunizations, you must bring this with you on or prior to your first day of placement.
You will be asked to confirm your immunization status as well as your TB test results during the registration process.
Immunization form

Workplace Insurance

  • Ontario Ministry of Education Work Education Placement Agreement
    The students from publicly funded Ontario colleges and universities are covered for workplace injuries through a program from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. If you are from one of these academic institutions, you do not need to do anything else.

  • Private workplace insurance
    This applies to the following:
    • Out of province students
    • Students from private institutions
    • Students in a practicum placement following completion of their academic studies

    Bring certificate of coverage on Day 1

  • Not applicable
       • Observers
       • Students paid by NYGH
Vulnerable sector screen
Vulnerable sector screen must be completed within the past 12 months for all students and must be submitted to your academic institution. If you have not provided the completed screen to your academic institution, you must bring it in on Day 1 of your placement.

If your screen has positive findings, please notify us before your placement, as conditions of your placement will need to be reviewed.

Basic Life Support (CPR)
Basic Life Support certification is required and must be valid during the entire period of your placement. During registration, you will be asked to provide the following:
• Date training completed
• Location

Mandatory training
All mandatory training modules must be completed prior to the first day of your rotation. You will be asked to verify that you have completed the online modules including date of completion as part of your registration process. The modules are also available on the registration pages


Prior to first day

1. Group nursing students

The Student and Clinical Instructor Handbook is an important resource that outlines North York General Hospital nursing onboarding processes and orientation information.

The booklet includes the following information:

  • Clinical instructor and student roles and responsibilities
  • Clinical instructor communication requirements with CNE/CTM and orientation process to unit
  • List of skills that require certification; students are not allowed to practice these skills even when supervised by an instructor
  • The daily assignment sheets to be used by the clinical instructors

2. Preceptored and consolidation nursing students

The consolidation or preceptored nursing students are in their final clinical placement prior to taking the NCLEX exam and joining the nursing profession. Students are expected to develop a learning plan with specific goals and objectives that are based on academic requirements as well as personal goals that the student would like to achieve by the end of his or her placement.

At NYGH there are nursing skills and interventions that require certification or independent policy review prior to performing these skills at the bedside. Consolidation students who are interested in practicing nursing skills that require additional training or certification are expected to complete the training as outlined in the applicable hospital policies and procedures available on the NYGH intranet site (can only be accessed while on site). The intranet site is the home page on all NYGH computers.
otify you of the placement specific requirements via email.

 
 

To access NYGH corporate policies:
  1. Go to the NYGH intranet.
  2. Click on Policies & Procedures tab on top left of the page; all corporate policies and procedures will be listed according to different categories anda search option is also available.
  3. Click on the required policy category to access the policy.
NYGH unit-based policies, procedures and guidelines are available via the intranet under the specific program or can be requested by the clinical instructor from the clinical nurse educator (CNE) or the clinical team manager (CTM). Once the consolidation student completes the appropriate training (policy review and training module), the student can practice the skill under the supervision of his or her preceptor. Training modules are available on the hospital intranet site.

To access modules:
  1. Go to the NYGH intranet.
  2. Click on Areas of Care & Departments tab at the top of the page.
  3. Follow the link to Non-Clinical > Interprofessional Practice, Research & Education.
  4. Click on the Nursing tab and then go to the section titled Consolidation Students.

Nursing interventions and skills that require additional training and relevant training modules are:

  • Alaris IV Pump Module
  • Bloody Easy for Nurses
  • CCRT vs Code Blue
  • Nurse Dispensing Training Module
  • Falls Prevention Modules #1, 2, 3
  • Move ON Modules #1, 2, 3,
  • Skin & Wound Policy: Care & Assessment Test
  • Sepsis
  • Trillium Gift of Life----http://www.giftoflife.on.ca/en/elearning/
  • PCA
  • TPN
  • PICC Module
  • Port-a-Cath Module
  • IV Care
  • IV insertion
  • Chest Tubes
  • CADD Pump
  • Understanding Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia #1,2,3 (5W)

Online registration        
All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education. You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement.
  • Group students— you will receive a link from your Clinical Instructor
  • Preceptored/consolidation students— you will receive your link by the program coordinator at your academic institution

Registration needs to be completed as soon as possible or at least one week prior to your placement.

Online mandatory training
The online mandatory training is required of all students prior to starting a placement in compliance with provincial legislation.

Online orientation
The online orientation program is designed to provide you with knowledge of our programs, services and policies. All faculty and students are to review the Student and Clinical Instructor Handbook, the Code Blue module and complete the electronic health record training and quizzes (imbedded in the modules) prior to first day of placement.

Your completed computer-based training (CBT) quizzes (total of seven) must be handed in at your electronic health record (PowerChart) test out session. Your specific test out date will be provided to you by your clinical instructor or program coordinator at your academic institution. You must have completed all the modules and come prepared with your quiz results to the test out session date in order for you to have access to the electronic health record.

** Failing to do this will result in re-evaluation of your placement. **

Note: When completing the computer-based training you will need to be connected to a printer as you will need to print your quiz results.



3. Master's students
  • Complete the online registration form (link will be provided).
  • Complete all online mandatory training modules(you will be asked to confirm completion of these during your registration).
  • Connect with the Centre for Education regarding other specific requirements based to your specific placement
Online registration
All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education. You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement. Registration needs to be completed as soon as possible or at least one week prior to your placement.

Online mandatory training
The online mandatory training is required of all students prior to starting a placement in compliance with provincial legislation.

Orientation
Depending on your particular placement needs, you may be required to complete the “general CBT modules” and “Viewing patient information CBT modules” available on the online health record training pages prior to starting your placement. You may also be required to attend In-person training sessions for access to the electronic health record. The Centre for Education will notify you of the placement requirements via email.


4. Nurse practitioner students
Online registration
All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education. You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement. Registration needs to be completed as soon as possible or at least one week prior to your placement.

Online mandatory training
The online mandatory training is required of all students prior to starting a placement in compliance with provincial legislation.

Orientation
Depending on your particular placement needs, you may be required to complete the “general CBT modules” and “Viewing patient information CBT modules” available on the online electronic health record training pages prior to starting your placement. You may also be required to attend in-person training sessions for access to the electronic health record. The Centre for Education will notify you of the placement specific requirements via email.


On the first day

Bring with you:
Government issued photo ID This is required in order for you to receive a hospital ID. The Badge Office is located at the General site on the east wing, ground floor besides shipping. Hours of operation are 10-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you are a student at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, you may want to receive your badge a couple of days earlier to not affect your placement time.

Payment for parking (if applicable) Monthly costs of $60 (debit or credit card accepted). Daily rates are also available by contacting the parking office. Parking at the hospital is available in the Staff Parking Lot. Please park in Visitors Parking on your first day, once you pay for your monthly pass, your parking ticket for that day will be validated. The Parking Office is located at the parking deck, ground level, adjacent to the exit gates. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week

Lockers will be distributed on your first day. You will be provided with a lock that must remain on the locker. The locker will be shared with at least one other student on the same day. Lockers must be emptied at the end of each day as they will be used by other students on alternate days. Please
note that some lockers are located in hallways.


Clinical instructors

New or returning after one year
  • Complete orientation requirements as identified in students' list
  • Attend* PowerChart Train-the-Trainer Session prior to your students' placement
  • Attend* Smart Pump Train-the-Trainer Session and teach your students as required
  • Spend buddy shift on relevant unit prior to students coming on board – contact the clinical nurse educators on your assigned unit
New and returning
Tools and resources     
  • Hospital Policies and Procedures (available on the intranet via any hospital computer)
  • Unit/Department Policies and Procedures (available through the clinical team manager or clinical nurse educator 

Contact information
Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education, 6 North–Room 630
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto ON M2K 1E1

416-756-6000 x4805
ann.bickram@nygh.on.ca


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