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Michener Institute recognizes Scholar Practitioner Program


Nipissing University’s innovative Scholar Practitioner Program (SPP) is featured in the Education Report for The Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network at UHN.

The Report highlights key achievements in education across the UHN over the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The story on the SPP, titled Partnering for Success, discusses the value of the partnership between Nipissing, UHN, Sick Kids Hospital and Toronto Public Health and how the SPP effectively prepares nurses for the challenges they’ll face in their careers.

Baiba Zairns, Program Manager for the SPP, discusses the birth of the program and the highly unique one-on-one mentorship and preceptorship model it utilizes.

“The result is learners graduate meeting and exceeding the minimum standards for entry to practice as regulated by the College of Nurses of Ontario, which licenses nurses in Ontario. The licensing exam pass rates are higher than average, and more than 90 per cent of the program’s graduates obtain full time employment in their unit of choice with one of the program partners. For example, Sick Kids has hired 100 per cent of the grads that were placed at Sick Kids over the past few years,” states the report.

You can view the entire report here, the SPP is featured on page 10.

To learn more about Nipissing’s BScN Scholar Practitioner Program, check out the website, here.

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