The student handbook is in place to provide students with important information about the program, as well as outlines the key policies and procedures. It is important for students to review this handbook and to be up to date with the content provided inside.
2022-2023 TFSON Student Handbook
Examples from the Student Handbook
Social Media Policy
The purpose of this policy is to inform and guide BScN students on the appropriate use of electronic communications and social media.
All communication within the BScN programs should be of a respectful, professional nature. Disrespectful communication (i.e., derogatory statements or misrepresentation) can result in an allegation of professional misconduct.
Use of Electronic Technologies in Practice Settings:
- Cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other electronic devices may not be used during clinical practice unless the student has consent from the instructor and when these items are necessary for work in the clinical setting. Students should discuss the appropriate use of electronic devices with the clinical instructor and agency policies must be followed;
- Personal responses to text and voice communications should be restricted to allocated breaks or emergencies;
- Students may not take photographs during clinical, lab or simulation without the informed consent of all parties;
- Students are not to ‘friend’ or accept friend requests from patients/clients;
- Students shall not share any private or confidential information about clients/patients or the placement agency on any social media format
In the event that a complaint is received about the inappropriate use of social media and electronic technologies, a Professional Conduct review by the School may result (see Professional Conduct Policy, BScN Student Handbook).
All clinical placements for TFSON students are arranged through the Placement Coordinator. Students will not contact agencies, their employees, or other personal contacts directly or indirectly, to discuss or try to arrange placements or preceptors for any course where clinical practice is a requirement. If any person outside of the TFSON offers to assist a student to arrange a clinical placement, the student is asked to politely inform that person that such assistance is not permitted under this policy. In the event that a student is interested in an international placement the Placement Coordinator will, at the appropriate time, work with the student to begin the placement process. The processes established by the TFSON for placement must be followed. Circumventing these processes will pose a risk to your opportunity for placement.
Nursing Dress Code
As a student in nursing you represent the profession of nursing, The School of Nursing, and Trent University. It is imperative that in behaviour, communication, and deportment you present yourself as a professional. Each student is responsible for meeting these expectations in clinical placements and in Clinical Learning Centre activities. If you do not meet the requirements you will be asked to leave. The TFSON does not provide make-up opportunities for clinical time missed due to a dress code violation. In such a situation, the student may be at-risk for successful completion of that course (see Policies and Procedures Related to Clinical Practics, BScN Student Handbook).