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Health and Safety Requirements

Criminal Record Check: As a College of Nursing student, you will be providing direct care to vulnerable patients/clients of all ages across a wide variety of hospital and community agencies.  All students accepted into the College of Nursing are required to provide the results of a criminal records check on admission to the program.  Students failing to provide the results of a criminal records check will not be allowed to participate in any clinical experience requiring client care.

Students are required to report to the Associate Dean any criminal convictions and/or outstanding charges that occur after the date of the original criminal records check. Failure to report criminal convictions and/or outstanding charges that have occurred will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

Throughout the nursing program, additional criminal record checks may be required by specific clinical agencies. Any costs associated with the criminal record check will be the responsibility of the student.

First Aid: Students must present evidence of current (within the previous three years) Standard First Aid Certification on admission to the program, and are not required to recertify while in the program.

CPR: It is a College of Nursing policy that all students maintain current CPR - C certification and AED throughout the program, and recertify every two years.  It is the student's responsibility to provide proof of certification/recertification to the clinical coordination office on admission to the program and every two years while in the program. Students failing to provide evidence of current CPR - C certification and AED will be excluded from clinical practice.

Immunizations: All Nursing students are required to complete the recommended immunizations for health care workers as outlined in Chapter 7, page 31 of the Saskatchewan Immunization Manual prior to any contact between students and patients/clients. This is to ensure the safety of both students and patients.  It is the student's responsibility to insure that all immunization requirements have been met and to maintain a current immunization status throughout the program. Students are required to submit to the College of Nursing proof of immunizations prior to participation in clinical experience.  

Failure to maintain the recommended immunization status may result in the student not being able to participate in clinical experiences. Specific immunizations will be required for certain clinical placements and in specific circumstances, such as disease outbreaks. Students who refuse or are unable to comply with this requirement may be at risk of not being able to complete required components of their program.

Respiratory Protection: To protect students from infection when providing care or service to clients with acute respiratory infections, and to comply with health region policies, all nursing students must be fitted with a respiratory mask and educated on its use when required during the program.

Students who do not comply with this requirement may be at risk of not being able to complete required components of the program.

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information (WHMIS): Students participating in a clinical placement must demonstrate a working knowledge of controlled products/hazardous materials, WHMIS symbols and the general safety precautions indicated by the WHMIS label or symbol prior to clinical placement. WHMIS stands for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. Therefore, you are required to complete the necessary 2 hour online training through Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection, University of Saskatchewan.   Upon completion, a certificate will be e-mailed to you. Please print the certificate off and bring it in. To register for the online WHMIS class go to the WSEP website (http://wsep.usask.ca/)

Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR) Program: The TLR Program is designed to assist students with identifying and managing/eliminating risks associated with client handling and moving general objects. TLR includes a thorough assessment process of self, environment/equipment and client/object. TLR is developed to assist students with meeting the minimum requirements of Saskatchewan's occupational health and safety legislation related to safe patient handling and musculoskeletal injuries.  Students failing to provide evidence of current TLR certification will be excluded from clinical practice.  Certification is required every three years or more frequently by the health region or clinical agency.

Standard Uniforms: A College of Nursing standard uniform is required for all undergraduate nursing students while in clinical and assessment and skills labs. A College of Nursing uniform jacket must be worn when researching patients on the unit unless you are wearing a College of Nursing uniform.

Workers Compensation Board (WCB) Forms

All nursing students need to complete a Work-Based Learning Consent and Agreement form for each Saskatchewan-based placement during the course of the program.  This is required to ensure eligibility for workers' compensation benefits in the event of an injury sustained while in a placement.

In the event of an injury sustained during a placement, procedures and related consent and claim forms are available from the instructor.