Master of Nursing




Your fieldwork typically starts your second year. It permits you to gain substantive experience in a variety of settings in order to examine advanced nursing roles and apply core concepts into the real-world context of heath care. Upon completion of the first two credits of this coursework in 2nd quarter of year one, you will be assigned a scholarly chair to oversee your fieldwork and credit completion as part of the Pathway, Planning Curriculum and Portfolio coursework (BNURS 505).

Fieldwork requirements and guidelines

  • Complete the Health & Safety requirements. Students not compliant with requirements will have a registration hold place on their account in early February of their first year. 
  • Complete the two credits introductory course to fieldwork in your second quarter of year one (winter quarter) whether you are three-quarter time or part-time. No faculty code is required for this 2 credit BNURS 505 hybrid course. The course meets a total of three times in the quarter.
  • Once you are assigned a Scholarly Chair, initiate contact to discuss objectives and plan for the completion of your fieldwork. 
  • When you first meet with your Scholarly Chair, request they provide you with their faculty code and keep record of it. You will need it for continued registration of the six credits of BNURS 505.
  • Complete 100 hours of fieldwork. For planning purposes, you can expect approximately 33 hours of activity to satisfy one credit hour.

Approved fieldwork activities

Total hours allowed for conferences, shadowing, and CNE workshops can be no more than a total of 30 hours and ONLY if they meet the criteria described below.

  • Direct patient care
  • Educational interventions—staff development, patient education, or academic setting
  • Administrative projects—data analysis, policy development, program development, etc.
  • Policy or professional organization work—projects with WCN on workforce development or public policy advocacy
  • Community/Public/Population Health interventions
  • Research projects—independent or as part of a team with faculty member or partner institution
  • Conference attendance—ONLY if presenting a presentation or poster, OR related to a specific professional competency development (no more than total of 10 hours)
  • Shadowing—ONLY if related to specific competency AND cannot reasonably be expected to be able to access experience independently (accompanying administrator to high-level policy meeting, etc.) and is part of or leads to a project opportunity (no more than total of 10 hours)
  • CNE workshops—ONLY if it is specifically related to a project that is otherwise part of the fieldwork (no more than total of 10 hours)

Fieldwork activities not allowed; no petitions for exceptions accepted

  • Purely didactic course
  • Purely didactic workshop or CNE course
  • Shadowing to “get a sense of what the job is like”
  • Conference attendance as “professional development”

Approved by the Master of Nursing Curriculum Committee, Autumn 2018.


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