Welcome to the College of Nursing Message from our Dean

  • The College of Nursing offers a full range of educational programming including baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs to prepare you with the knowledge, practice competencies, critical reasoning, research and scholarship, and leadership practices required to prepare you as a competent and caring registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or registered midwife.

    Our inspiring learning environment integrates simulation, interprofessional education, indigenous knowledge and pedagogy, as well as blended learning models. Our team of expert leaders, faculty and staff create an innovative learning environment that fosters personal and professional development, mentorship and collaborative partnerships.

  • Image of Netha Dyck, Dean at the College of Nursing

As a member of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, the College of Nursing is privileged to collaborate with the Max Rady College of Medicine and the Colleges of Pharmacy, Dentistry and Rehabilitation Sciences focusing on interdisciplinary models of care, interprofessional education and interdisciplinary research.

The profession of nursing offers a wonderful opportunity to make an invaluable contribution to patients, families and communities both locally and globally. Thank you for choosing us to launch your nursing education journey.

Sincerely,

Netha Dyck, RN, BN, MScA, EdD, CHE, I-FCNEI, I-FCAN
Dean, College of Nursing

Contact information:
204-474-9201
netha.dyck@umanitoba.ca

Leadership team

    • Netha Dyck
      Dean, College of Nursing
       
    • Donna Martin
      Associate dean (Graduate)
       
    • Susan McClement
      Associate dean (Research)
    • Jennifer Shaw
      Senior financial officer
       
    • Kellie Thiessen
      Interim associate dean (Undergraduate)
       
    • Lisa Wong
      Operations manager

Reports and plans

Approval and accreditation status

  • Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program approval

    Our Bachelor of Nursing program is approved by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM). The Program received the maximum five year approval from March 2019 to March 2024.

  • Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid)

    The College of Midwives of Manitoba (CMM) supports and participates in the CAMEd accreditation review process. Students in the program are eligible for registration as student members of the CMM.

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP) program approval

    Our Master of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program is approved by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM). The Program received the maximum five year approval from December 2018 to March 2024.

  • Accreditation

    National accreditation is optional. The nursing college is the process of achieving accreditation status from the Canadian Association of Schools (CASN) Accreditation Bureau.

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP) Accreditation

    The Master of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). Educational unit (2020-2027); Program (2020-2025).

Endowment fund

This fund was established to support the work of nursing faculty, staff and students who contribute their efforts to enhance the areas of nursing education, nursing practice, and nursing research — which align with the college’s mission to advance nursing knowledge and practice, and contribute to the health and well-being of society in general.

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria:

  1. The lead/primary applicant must be a faculty, student or staff member of the College of Nursing.
     
  2. Support is available for a wide variety of worthy projects consistent with the academic goals of the College, including but not limited to: teaching, scholarship, staff development, promotion and community outreach and faculty, student- or staff-led special initiatives that are aligned with the goals of the endowment fund. Priority will be given to student led initiatives. Original and new initiatives are encouraged.
     
  3. Activities and projects supported: The list below is neither exhaustive nor restrictive. The Fund is not intended to be used for activities or projects that would normally be funded by the operating or capital budgets of the College of Nursing.

Activities and projects supported
The list below indicates the types of activities and projects that may be supported by the Endowment Fund Advisory Committee. The list is neither exhaustive nor restrictive. The Fund is not intended to be used for activities or projects that would normally be funded by the operating or capital budgets of the College of Nursing.

Teaching

  • Funds for teaching resources (audio-visuals, films, etc.)
  • Funds for encouragement of teaching innovations

Scholarship

  • Funds to support the development of scholarship within the College of Nursing
  • Funds to support distinguished scholars/invited speakers to visit and engage with faculty and students in the College of Nursing.

Staff development

  • Funds for staff professional development projects and/or team building initiatives

Promotion of College of Nursing and community outreach

  • Funds for conference participation for students, faculty or staff
  • Funds for community outreach projects that are aligned with the goals of the endowment fund

Student or staff-led activities

  • Funds to support existing, and/or the establishment of, scholarship funds/bursaries for students to be administered by Financial Aid and Awards.
  • Funds for student and or staff-led activities that are aligned with the goals of the endowment fund

Note: Funds for research (and evaluation) projects are to be submitted to the MCNHR Research Competition which receives a yearly allocation of funding from the Nursing Endowment Fund Committee to support faculty research (through the Professional Foundations Grant) and graduate student thesis/dissertation projects (through the Graduate Student Research Grant).

Conditions

Conditions of award:

  1. Activities and projects supported by the Endowment Fund must comply with University policies, specifically where applicable the University polices related to research ethics and animal/biosafety board approvals. It is the responsibility of the applicant(s) to secure the appropriate board approval(s). Funds will not be released until all such approvals have been obtained.
  2. The award recipient is responsible for the use of the funds and for any over-expenditure. Expenditures must comply with University regulations concerning the use of special project funds and must be made in accordance with standard University financial procedures.
  3. Awards normally terminate one year from the date specified in the award notification and any unspent funds are automatically returned to the Endowment Fund.
  4. Within three months of the completion or termination of the award, a report is to be submitted to the Chair of the Endowment Fund. The report should address the following: monies spent and remaining, extent to which the objectives of the project were met, and presentations made as planned.
  5. Award holders are requested to acknowledge the assistance of the College of Nursing Endowment Fund in all publications, presentations and media coverage from this support.

Criteria

Criteria for assessing proposals:

The proposal’s relevance to the goals of the Endowment Fund

  • Enhances the work of the College in pursuit of excellence.
  • Demonstrates potential to involve and/or benefit a significant number of College, students, and/or staff.

Quality of proposal

  • A clearly written proposal, including a clear statement of objectives.
  • Demonstrates potential to involve and/or benefit a significant number of College, students, and/or staff.
  • Description of the activities for which funds are sought, and the personnel involved.
  • Inclusion of a schedule of activities, completion date of project, etc.
  • Inclusion of a detailed budget, itemizing proposed expenditure of funds. It is a requirement that the budget be reviewed by the College of Nursing’s Senior Financial Officer prior to submission.
  • Feasibility in terms of budget, schedule, personnel, and technical content.
  • The value/benefit/recognition expected to accrue to students, staff, the College, the University, etc.
  • Description of how findings will be disseminated.
  • Project proposals which may involve significant impact on the College of Nursing, such as potential changes to curriculum approaches and physical space within the College need to be vetted and an approval from the appropriate administrative person should be provide to the committee prior to funding.
  • Project proposals which involve teaching and learning resources must first be submitted to either the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee or Graduate Curriculum Governance and Quality Assurance Committee for support prior to being submitted to the Endowment Fund Advisory Committee for consideration.

Assessed need for funds

  • The need for the project.
  • Appropriateness of the budget to the stated objectives and activities.
  • Supplementary funds (applied for and received) must be included in the budget in order to determine what portion is being sought from the Endowment Fund.

Appendices: Should be limited to supplemental material that is essential to evaluate the proposal. Eg. Proposals for distinguished scholars/Invited speakers should include the invitee’s CV; Eg. Proposals for support to attend conferences should include the tentative program and/or other information on the content and goals of the conference.

Endowment fund committee terms of reference.

Apply

How to apply: A single electronic typed application, using the pdf form linked below, should be completed and digitally signed. Completed applications, and/or any additional supporting documentation that doesn’t fit in the form, can be emailed to Erin Langford, administrative support, Nursing Endowment Fund Advisory Committee.

Deadline: by 4:30 p.m., April 1, annually

Please make sure that you download and save the file to your computer, before entering your information, or you will lose the data entered.

Download the application form

Policies and procedures

Professional unsuitability by-law

Bylaw: Professional Unsuitability
Application: Students of the Bachelor of Nursing Program, College of Nursing
Review Date: 5 years from approval/revised date
Revised (Date): May 13, 2020
Approved By: College Council, College of Nursing: [April 29, 2020]
Senate: [June 24, 2020]

The purpose of this Bachelor of Nursing Program (“Program”) Professional Unsuitability Bylaw (“Bylaw”) is to set out the jurisdiction of the Program’s Professional Unsuitability Committee and procedures for professional unsuitability hearings. The purpose of the Professional Unsuitability Committee is to review and make recommendations regarding the suitability of a student for the Program.

For the purpose of this Bylaw, the “University” refers to the University of Manitoba.
For the purpose of this Bylaw, the “College” refers to the College of Nursing.

1.00 Jurisdiction

1.01 General
The College of Nursing may require a student to withdraw from the Program pursuant to the procedures set out in this By-Law when the student has been found unsuited, on consideration of competence or professional fitness, for the practice of nursing. A student may be required to withdraw at any time throughout the academic year or following the results of examinations at the end of any academic term. This right to require withdrawal prevails notwithstanding any other provision in the College's Rules or Regulations. The Canadian Nurses' Association Code of Ethics, as the ethical basis for nursing in Canada, will be considered in every situation in which an inquiry is being held into the conduct of a student in the practice of nursing. Furthermore, in accordance with provisions of the Manitoba Human Rights Code, the College’s duty to reasonably accommodate the special needs of its students will be considered. 

1.02 Grounds for Required Withdrawal
A student may be required to withdraw from the Program if the student has been found to be unsuitable for the practice of nursing, including without limitation, if the student has:

  • i. been found guilty of such conduct which, if participated in by a practicing registered nurse would result in suspension or expulsion of the practitioner from the practice of nursing or such other disciplinary actions available against a practitioner by the governing body of the profession;
  • ii. practiced incompetently in any clinical setting;
  • iii. jeopardized professional judgment through self-interest or a conflict of interest;
  • iv. demonstrated behaviour with respect to other students, colleagues, faculty or the public which is exploitive, irresponsible or destructive;
  • v. acquired a criminal conviction which according to the established College processes was determined to be of such a nature as to bring disrepute to the profession, or by which in the opinion of the College, the student demonstrated poor judgment, lack of integrity or (other) unsuitability for the profession;
  • vi. any health condition, the occurrence of which impairs essential performance required for the health profession;
  • vii. been under the influence of alcohol, cannabis products, legal or illegal drugs which impair client care, any other professional activity, or any activity related to the practice of the nursing profession;
  • vii. demonstrated unethical behaviour as specified by the Canadian Nurses’ Association Code of Ethics.

2.00 Professional Unsuitability Committee (PUC)

2.01 There shall be established within the College a standing committee known as the Professional Unsuitability Committee (PUC) to hear and determine matters of competence and/or professional fitness for the practice of nursing. 

Membership in the PUC shall be as follows:

Chair (non-voting, except in the case of tie): a tenured faculty member or instructor in a continuing appointment to be appointed by the Dean, College of Nursing for a five (5) year term, which may be renewable.

Committee Members:

  • i. three full time academic members of the College, elected by the Council of the College of Nursing, for a five (5) year term, which may be renewable;
  • ii. two students from the Bachelor of Nursing Program, College of Nursing; from either third year or fourth-year undergraduate and one graduate student, appointed by the respective student organizations, for a one (1) year term, which may be renewable; and
  • iii. one full time academic member of the University College of the North, appointed by the Dean, College of Nursing; and
  • iv. one representative of the Nursing Profession to be appointed by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM), preferably with experience in dealing with CRNM disciplinary matters, for a five (5) year term, which may be renewable.

3.00 Procedure

3.01 The Dean (or designate) shall:

i) refer matters, which in her/his opinion, involve conduct or circumstances described in Article 1.01 and 1.02 herein, to the PUC in a written report, setting out the name of the student involved, the alleged facts and the alleged ground(s) warranting withdrawal pursuant to section 1.01 and 1.02. In no circumstances will a referral be based solely on anonymous allegations or materials. Anonymous materials are defined as “authorship that has not been disclosed”.

ii) provide the PUC and student with the information which supports the request to assess, through a hearing, the student’s suitability for the profession of nursing. 

3.02 Upon receipt of a request for a hearing into a student’s suitability for the profession of nursing, the PUC shall:

i) send a Notice of Hearing to the named student pursuant to section 4.01 by registered mail to the last known address of the student as found on the College’s records. At the student’s request, additional information may be sent by regular mail, email or facsimile;

ii) consider whether just cause exists to suspend the student while the matter is being determined and if so, to issue an interim suspension to the student;

iii) at all times act expeditiously to complete the hearing;

iv) determine whether any of the grounds requiring withdrawal under section 1.01 and 1.02 exist at hearing of the matter pursuant to this By-Law; and

v) make a disposition in accordance with section 6.00 herein.

3.03 Once a request for a hearing has been made to the PUC, the proceedings may continue notwithstanding that the student has subsequently voluntarily withdrawn from the Program, or has refused to participate in the proceedings.


4.00 Notice to Students

4.01 The Chair of the PUC shall inform the student in writing, within five (5) working days of receipt of the request for a hearing, of the grounds for referral to the PUC, as well as the membership of the PUC and the date, time, and place for the hearing by the PUC of the matters set out in the referral.

4.02 The Notice from the Chair shall include a statement that if the allegations contained in the reference are established to the satisfaction of the PUC the student may be required to withdraw from the Program.

4.03 A faculty member shall not be disqualified from sitting as a member of the PUC hearing the matter by reason only that such faculty member has had previous contact with the student or has prior personal knowledge of the matter.

4.04 The student whose case is to be dealt with shall be permitted to challenge and thereby cause to be disqualified any member of the PUC. In such a case, the Chair would consider the grounds for the challenge and may replace the disqualified members pursuant to section 2.01.  An academic member of the Program shall not be disqualified from sitting as a member of the PUC hearing the matter by reason only that such academic member has had previous contact with the student or has prior personal knowledge of the matter.


5.00 Hearing Procedures

5.01 The student may provide a written response to the grounds.  Such written response should be provided to the PUC and the Dean (or designate) within five (5) working days of the hearing date, or at the discretion of the Chair.

5.02 In addition to the written information, the Dean (or designate) may provide the PUC and student with additional relevant information and or evidence that supports the grounds for a hearing within five (5) working days of the hearing date, or at the discretion of the Chair.

5.03 The student may appear in person and may choose to be represented by a Student Advocate provided through the University, legal or other counsel. A student may request an additional support person who may accompany him/her to the hearing.  This person will be considered an observer and will not be able to participate in the hearing process.

5.04 The Program and student may call relevant witnesses as needed. Written notice to each party of witnesses to be called by the other party shall be provided at least five (5) working days prior to the hearing date, or at the discretion of the Chair.

5.05 The hearing shall be closed to all persons except the members of the PUC, Program Representative, the student, the designated representative of the student, if any, and support person of the student, if any.

5.06 The student or her/his representative shall have the right to hear and to cross examine witnesses, to have access to copies of all documents submitted to the PUC for consideration at least five (5) working days prior to the hearing, to call witnesses and to submit other evidence.

5.07 The student shall not be required to give evidence but if the student elects to do so, then the student may be questioned by members of the PUC.

5.08 A quorum for the PUC shall be 4 members and the Chair as referred to in section 2.02 above.

5.09 A simple majority of the members hearing the matter is required for any finding or for the determination of the appropriate disposition of the matter.

5.10 The Chair of the PUC shall vote only to break a tie.

5.11 Members of the PUC shall be bound by confidentiality in respect of information received in Committee. Information will only be disclosed as is reasonably necessary to implement the investigation, the resolution or the terms of any disposition imposed, or as required by law.

5.12 The results of the hearing and the reasons therefore shall be conveyed in writing to the student, the Student Advocate, and/or the designated representative of the student where applicable, with copies to the Dean of the College of Nursing and the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs.

5.13 At the discretion of the Chair, hearings may be conducted in whole or in part via teleconference or other video/electronic means.

5.14 If the student is participating in a hearing via teleconference, the Chair may require the student to confirm that there are not recording devices present and only persons set out in section 5.03 are in attendance.

5.15 At the discretion of the Chair, hearings may be conducted at one of the three delivery sites of the Program (Winnipeg, The Pas, or Thompson) to allow the student to participate in person.


6.00 Disposition of the Matter

6.01 The PUC shall, after hearing all the evidence, meet in closed session with its members only, to:

i) consider the evidence;

ii) make its findings using a balance of probabilities standard;

iii) if the allegations are proven, determine the appropriate disposition of the matter;

iv) if the allegations are not proven, dismiss the matter and/or make any other recommendation the PUC deems appropriate.

6.02 The PUC may make any disposition it deems appropriate in the circumstances. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing the following options, alone or in combination, are available:

i) determine that no further action be taken;

ii) allow the student to remain in the program and attach conditions prescribing future conduct by the student. Such conditions to remain in effect for any period of time the PUC deems appropriate;

iii) reprimand the student in writing;

iv) suspend the student from the Program for a specified period of time;

v) require the student to withdraw from the Program, which withdrawal may attach conditions which must be fulfilled before any application for re-admission to the College can be considered;

vi) )expel the student from the Program with no right to apply for re-admission to the College.

6.03 In cases in which the disposition of the hearing is one of iv, v, or vi as set out in section 6.02, the results shall be conveyed in writing to the Registration Consultant, College of Nursing who shall make the appropriate notation in the student’s transcript.

6.04 The student may request the PUC to consider removal of the notation from the transcript.


7.00 Appeals

7.01 If the student wishes to appeal a disposition of the PUC, such appeal may be made to the Senate Appeals Committee in accordance with the procedures of that body.

7.02 In the event of an appeal, the implementation of any decision of the PUC may be suspended until the matter has been disposed of by the Senate Appeals Committee.

7.03 Notwithstanding the above, if the President of the University is satisfied that it is in the best interests of the University, the President may at any time make an order, subject to final disposition of the appropriate review authority, suspending the student from participating in any program of the University.


8.00 Records

8.01 A record of any finding of professional unsuitability and/or disposition related thereto shall be kept on the student’s academic file within the Program and as required by the University. All information relating to the hearing before the PUC shall be kept in the office of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs.


9.00 Amendments

9.01 This By-Law may be amended by the University’s Senate, or by Senate after approval of such amendment(s) by College Council.
 
Approved by Senate: April 6, 2011
Revisions Approved by Senate: June 24, 2020

Student assessment

Undergraduate student assessment policy

Academic progression
Effective September 2013 for Bachelor of Nursing program students:

Students are required to obtain a minimum of “C” grade in every letter grade course, a “Pass” in every Pass/Fail course, and a Program GPA of 2.5 to graduate. A final grade of “D” or “F” in a letter grade course or “Fail” in a Pass/Fail course taken to complete the degree requirement is considered a failure.

Academic assessments will be based on student performance in letter grade courses. The Term Grade Point Average (TGPA) will be calculated at the conclusion of each academic term in which the student has completed a minimum of 6 credit hours. Students who do not complete the minimum credit hours in one term will be assessed as “too few credit hours to assess”. These students will be assessed over two terms or more at the end of the term in which they reach the threshold of 6 credit hours.

The final term of the Bachelor of Nursing Program (NURS 4290/NURS 4580) will be excluded from assessment providing the student meets graduation requirements. Students are required to have a minimum Program GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for graduation.

Good academic standing: a student with a TGPA of 2.5 or higher will be assessed "College Minimum Met".

Academic warning: the first time a student’s TGPA drops below 2.5, the student will receive an Academic Warning. Procedures:

  • Students who receive an academic warning will be given the option of remediation, and will be required to meet with a Nursing Student Advisor at least once during the following term of study.

Academic probation: the second time that a student’s TGPA drops below 2.5, the student will be placed on Academic Probation. A formal remediation plan will be mandatory for students on academic probation. Procedures:

  • The remediation plan will be developed by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) or designate with the active participation of the student.
  • The remediation plan will be based on an assessment of the student’s current academic status and identified learning needs.
  • The student may be required to repeat selected Nursing courses.
  • The student may be required to repeat or register for the first time in selected non-Nursing courses (not elective courses). For example, students may be required or permitted to take or repeat select Statistics, Nutrition, or Native Studies course(s) from years 2 or 3.
  • If any courses are repeated, the student will be subject to all academic regulations related to final grades in repeated courses and the number of failures allowed in any given course or sequence of courses in the Bachelor of Nursing Program.
  • Students will be allowed to register in courses that they are required to repeat after students who are taking the course for the first time have had the opportunity to register and availability of space in the course can be confirmed.
  • The student will be required to meet with a Nursing Student Advisor at least twice during the following term of study.
  • Students on probation will not be permitted to register in any new nursing courses until they are removed from probation.
  • If there are non-academic issues interfering with the student’s academic progress, the student will be required to make every effort to deal with and resolve those issues during the period of academic probation.
  • Where indicated, a student will be referred to the student services unit for information and guidance. Any student subsequently registered with Student Accessibility Services and requiring accommodation by the College of Nursing will be referred to the College of Nursing Accommodation Team.

Academic suspension: The third time that a student’s TGPA drops below 2.5, the student will be placed on Suspension. Students who are suspended shall be ineligible to take any courses at the University of Manitoba or on a letter of permission for a minimum of eight and a maximum of 15 calendar months. Procedures:

  • The time period for the suspension actually served by the student is contingent on the program timetable and course availability.
  • Students who wish to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Nursing Program must submit a written application for reinstatement to the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) by May 1 of each calendar year.
    • The written application must specifically address the academic and non-academic issues that had affected their academic standing prior to their academic suspension and describe how these issues have been addressed and/or resolved. This information should include, at a minimum:
      • An outline of what they have been doing during their time away from Nursing (e.g., developing good study habits, attending counseling, etc.);
      • An explanation of what has changed to make it more likely that they will be successful, and their plan for success if reinstated; and
      • An academic plan for the rest of their program.
  • The College of Nursing will consider each request on a case by case basis and reserves the right to deny a student’s request for reinstatement.
  • Students who are reinstated or who are actively under consideration for reinstatement will be subject to the following procedures with respect to their course registrations:
    • Students who are suspended at the end of Fall Term (January) will:
      • Request reinstatement by May 1 of the same year in which they were suspended;
      • Be given a final decision by May 15;
      • Register for courses during the College’s registration period; and
      • Proceed to course work in Fall term subject to space availability.
    • Students who are suspended at the end of Winter Term (May) will:
      • Request reinstatement by May 1 of the following year;
      • Be given a provisional decision by May 15;
      • Register for Fall term courses during the College’s registration period; and
      • Proceed to course work in Fall term subject to space availability.
    • Students who are suspended at the end of Summer Term will:
      • Request reinstatement by May 1;
      • Be given a provisional decision by May 15
      • Register for summer term, or the subsequent Fall term, courses during the College’s registration periods; and
      • Proceed to course work in summer term subject to course/space availability.
    • Students who do not apply for reinstatement by this deadline will be considered as having withdrawn from the College of Nursing and will not be permitted to return.
    • Students who are permitted to return from suspension will be required to meet with a Nursing Student Advisor to plan their program.

Required to withdraw: students who have been permitted to return from Suspension and whose TGPA drops below 2.5 a fourth time will be Required to Withdraw. Students who are Required to Withdraw are ineligible for re-admission to the College of Nursing.

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