What Are Non-Academic Requirements?
Nurses and nursing students deal with patients/clients who have low immune system functioning or may have infectious diseases. It is imperative that they protect themselves and patients from harm. As such, there are a number of non-academic requirements (NARs) provided below that need to be completed and updated on an ongoing basis while enrolled in the program.
The NARs process is a two-step process that includes completion or renewal of each NAR, followed by submission of documented evidence of that completion or renewal. Students will need to complete this process within a specified timeframe for each term the student is in clinical as determined by the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing. The required documented evidence will include items such as health documentation, immunization information and required certifications.
Students who have not completed and/or renewed and submitted required evidence within the specified timeframe will not be permitted to enter into clinical practice and the supporting theory course for that term.
Each program (Collaborative, Compressed, PN to BScN) has fixed timeframes for both the completion and/or renewal and submission of all NARs documented evidence to Synergy (see below). All students are required to adhere to the timeframes outlined on the submission chart for their program of study (see the relevant submission chart below). Failure to complete and/or renew and supply documented evidence for any NAR by the specified deadline will result in denial of entry to clinical placements and de-registration from the clinical placement and associated theory courses.
Collaborative Program Submission Chart
- /nursing/sites/trentu.ca.nursing/files/documents/Collaborative NARs Submission Chart.pdf
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Compressed Program Submission Chart
- /nursing/sites/trentu.ca.nursing/files/documents/Compressed NARs Submission Chart.pdf
- Accessible Version: /nursing/sites/trentu.ca.nursing/files/documents/Compressed%20NARs%20Submission%20Chart-ACCESSIBLE.docx
PN to BScN Program Submission Chart
- /nursing/sites/trentu.ca.nursing/files/documents/RPN to BScN NARs Submission Chart_0.pdf
- Accessible Version: /nursing/sites/trentu.ca.nursing/files/documents/RPN%20to%20BScN%20NARs%20Submission%20Chart-ACCESSIBLE.docx
Submitting NARs Documents - Synergy
The Trent/Fleming School of Nursing (TFSON) uses Verified, a software platform by Synergy Gateway, to assist students in completing, verifying and tracking expiry information for all NARs. Once a new student is registered with the TFSON, Synergy will provide the student with a secure username and password using the student's Trent University e-mail account. Students will then be able to login to their Synergy account and upload copies of NARs documents and book mandatory Electronic Student Permit Checking (ESPC) appointments to have their documents verified. This process must be completed by the deadline identified in the submission chart for the program the student is enrolled in. Current students can access detailed information about this process by visiting the “TFSON Intranet”. This is a course site created by the TFSON that all nursing students have access to. The site can be found in Trent’s online learning system called Blackboard. New students will receive access to this site once they have registered for their courses.
List of Required NARs
The Trent/Fleming School of Nursing (TFSON) requires students to complete the below list of NARs. This list is only intended to provide general information and can change term-to-term depending on the healthcare agency’s requirements where the student is completing a clinical placement.
New students should NOT begin completing their NARs until they receive detailed information and instruction from the TFSON. Students can expect to receive that information in the summer before beginning their first semester. Once students gain access to their new Trent Email accounts, it should be checked regularly, as this will be the primary mode of communication between the student and the TFSON.
Current students can access detailed information by visiting the “TFSON Intranet”. This is a course site created by the TFSON that all nursing students have access to. The site can be found in Trent’s online learning system called Blackboard. New students will receive access to this site once they have registered for their courses.
Immunization and Communicable Disease Form
Description: The information collected (including evidence of immunization history and serology reports, through the completion of the Immunization and Communicable Disease Form) assists in ensuring the immunizations that help to protect nursing students and patients, and required by the various clinical agencies are up-to-date and complete. The form can be found by visiting the "Forms" section on this website at https://www.trentu.ca/nursing/student-services/preparing-first-year/non-academic-requirements/forms
Completion/Renewal Cycle: Due only in first year.
Potential Providers: Family healthcare provider, walk-in clinic, etc.
Description: A tuberculin skin test will help to determine if a student has ever been exposed to tuberculosis (TB). The first time a student receives a TB skin test, they will need to complete a Base-line Two Step Mantoux Skin Test. After this initial test, each year moving forward a One-Step Mantoux Skin test will need to be completed. If a student prior to beginning with Trent/Fleming School of Nursing had a Two-Step Mantoux Skin Test, then they will need to submit proof of the previous test as well as complete a One-Step Mantoux Skin Test.
Completion/Renewal Cycle: Two-Step required in first year (part of the Immunization and Communicable Disease Form). One-Step required annually moving forward.
Potential Providers: Family healthcare provider, walk-in clinic, etc..
CPR - Level C, HCP, or BLS
Description: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving technique that can help to keep blood and oxygen flowing during an emergency. It is important that all nursing students learn and refresh these important skills annually to ensure they are prepared in the event of an emergency. If a student has never completed a CPR class before or it has been 18 months since your last renewal, they will be required to take a full course. A re-certification course can be completed if a CPR course was taken in the previous 18 months. Students need to ensure the course is a Level C, Health Care Provider (HCP) or Basic Life Support (BLS) course. The course must be acceptable to the School of Nursing and include an in-class, hands-on training session. Web-based courses are not accepted.
Completion/Renewal Cycle: Must be completed annually (even if certification card states valid for two years).
Potential Providers: Courses are available through the TFSON: Trent Simulation Hub, Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. John's Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, or another provider approved by the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing.
Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search
Description: A Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (CRC with VSS) is used for persons seeking employment and/or volunteering in a position of authority or trust relative to vulnerable persons in Canada. Students first must obtain a CRC letter from the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing through the main Nursing Office to provide to the police services. If a student is obtaining their CRC through Toronto Police Services, they should notify the Nursing Office, as an alternate procedure is required.
Completion/Renewal Cycle: Must be completed annually.
Potential Providers: Contact the police service in the area in which you reside to obtain a criminal record check. Criminal Record clinics are also offered on campus for students living within the city limits of Peterborough while attending Trent University. This includes students living in residence at Trent University.
N95 Mask Fit
Description: N95 masks are respirators that cover the nose and mouth and filter airborne particulates and microorganisms. These masks are an important part of personal protective equipment (PPE) and a mandatory requirement for all health care professionals. A mask fit test will help identify which size of mask best fits a student and will help to prevent contact with airborne pathogens.
Completion/Renewal Cycle: Due in first year and then renewal every 24 months.
Potential Providers: Testing is available through the TFSON: Trent Simulation Hub or ParaMed for students in the RPN to BScN program.
Description: The influenza vaccine protects against infection by influenza viruses. A new vaccine is created every year as the type of flu virus tends to change year to year. This vaccine is mandatory for all Nursing students.
Completion/Renewal Cycle: Due annually by November 15th each year.
Potential Providers: Influenza vaccines are widely available through family healthcare providers, walk-in clinics, pharmacies, public health flu-shot clinics, etc...
Online Health & Safety Modules
Description: There are four Ministry-required health and safety modules that students need to complete before entering the first year of the program. These modules include: (1) The Ministry of Health Health & Safety Awareness Training, (2) Workplace Violence & Harassment Training, (3) Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), (4) Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
Completion/Renewal Cycle: Due in first year only.
Potential Providers: These modules will need to be completed through TFSON Intranet on Blackboard.