Nursing Practice

Nursing practice is defined as that experience in or through acute, extended and community care agencies in which the student is engaged in direct nursing care with individuals or groups or is involved in laboratory learning.

  • The School of Nursing (SoN) can offer a range of practice experiences and utilize many institutional and community placements.
  • Placements will be organized as much as is possible to give a variety of practice experiences in different agencies.
  • The SoN requires students to gain a range of practice experiences including the some weekends and night shifts.
  • The SoN expects students to be in full/time engagement in the program and work all shifts arranged.
  • The SoN expects students to be assessed by a variety of teachers, and will normally avoid placing students with the same practice instructor in multiple placements whenever possible.
  • Students are responsible and accountable for finding their own means of transport for practice placements.
  • All students are part of the School of Nursing's Fit Test Program. This program provides an N95 Respirator Fit Test, by a certified fit-tester.  Fit testing will occur for all students who are assigned to either a practice experience or a client/patient who has become compromised due to an airborne illness.  Each fit test is valid for a period of 365 days and students will re-fit-tested on an as needed basis.
  • Teachers (in consultation with the Practice Placement Coordinator) are responsible and accountable for selecting the best practice placement possible, and providing teacher support to best meet student learning needs. Teachers are therefore the final decision-makers regarding student placements.
  • Practice placements will be assigned early in the course. If an individual student wishes to request a change in their placement, s/he should speak first with the Practice Placement Coordinator who, in consultation with the teacher, will determine whether rearrangements are possible.  Students are reminded that teachers, in considering a student's individual learning needs and practical limitations may not agree to requested placement changes, and will make the final decisions on placements.
  • If students have any disability that requires accommodation for nursing practice they must notify the UBC Okanagan Disability Resource Center  ( and the Associate Director so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Please note if a student does not register with the Disability Resource Center we cannot accommodate any requests for consideration of a disability. Please refer to Policy #73 (  

Adapted from the UBC Vancouver School of Nursing.
Approved by the UBC Okanagan School of Nursing Faculty Caucus, August 2005.
Revised and Approved by the UBC Okanagan School of Nursing Committee, Aug 31,2009.
Revised and Approved by the UBC Okanagan School of Nursing Committee, Sept. 29, 2009.
Revised and Approved by the Comprehensive Practice Committee, Oct. 10, 2012.
Revised June 2014.




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