Bachelor of Nursing

Faculty of Nursing

General Office: MacLaggan Hall, Room 106
Mailing Address: Faculty of Nursing, 
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506) 453-4642
Fax: (506) 447-3057/453- 4519
Email: nursing@unb.ca
Website: http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/nursing/

Faculty

Acting Dean: Patricia Seaman BN, MN, PhD
Associate Dean: Krista Wilkins BSc, BScN, MN, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies: Loretta Secco, BScN, MN, PhD
Assistant Dean UNB/Humber College: June Kerry BScN MN
BN Program Director (Fredericton): Debra Amirault, BN, MN
BN Program Director (Moncton): Monique Mallet-Boucher, BScN, BEd, MEd, MN, PhD

  • Aldiabat, Khaldoun, BScN (Jordan University), MScN (Jordan University), PhD (Calgary), Asst Prof Moncton - 2016
  • Amirault, Debra, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Teaching Assoc - 1999
  • Antworth Andrea, BN (UNB), MN (Athabasca), Nurse Clinician III - 2003
  • Aquino-Russell, Catherine, BScN (LU), MN (UofM), PhD (Curtin, Australia), Prof - Moncton - 2002
  • Batty, Mary-Lou, BN (UNB), BA (Dal), MN (UNB), Nurse Clinician III - 2010
  • Beckwith, Deidre, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Nurse Clinician III-2011
  • Bulman, Donna, BN (DAL), MAdEd (SFX), PhD (U of Nottingham), Assoc Prof - 2008
  • Burke, Dawn, BN (UNB), MN (Dal), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2010
  • Day, Kelly, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Nurse Clinician III - 2016
  • Deitch, Patty, BN/RN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Teaching Assoc, –2007
  • Doiron-Maillet, Nancy, BN (UNB), MN (Dal), Sr Teaching Assoc – 1991
  • Furlong, Dolores, BN (MUN), MScN (UWO), PhD (Uof T), Prof - 1997
  • Gallibois, Gisele, BA (STU), BN (UNB), MEd (UNB), Nurse Clinician II - 2010
  • Gaudet, Bev, BN (UNB), MN (Athabasca), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2003
  • Gordon, Renée, BScN (Lakehead), MSc Global Health (McMaster), Nurse Clinician III - 2017
  • Hamilton, Sharon, BScN (SHU), MSc (Yale), Sr Teaching Assoc-2011
  • Hickey, Jason, BSc (Dal), MScN (McGill), PhD (Manchester), Asst Prof - 2017
  • Hodgins, Marilyn, BSN (UWO), MN (U of A), PhD (Alta), Assoc Prof - 1998
  • Hole, Sherry, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Nurse Clinician III - 2013
  • Irving, Nicole, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Nurse Clinician III – 2013
  • Kerry, June, BN (McMaster), MN (Dal) - Asst Dean UNB/Humber-2012
  • Keough, Alicia, BN (UNB), MN (Athabasca), Sr Instructor – 2017
  • Kingston, Joan, BN (UNB), Instructor - 2017
  • Mallet-Boucher, Monique, BScN (UdeM), BEd (UdeM), MEd (UdeM), MN (UNB), PhD (Brock), Sr Teaching Assoc, Moncton - 1995
  • Joseph, Cheyenne, BScK (Dal), BScN (Dal), MPH (Lakehead), Sr Instructor –Moncton- 2015
  • O'Blenis, Brenda, BN/RN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Inst - Moncton - 2010
  • O’Donnell, Sue, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), PhD (UNB), Asst Prof – 2014
  • Read, Emily, BHKin (Acadia), MSc (UWO), BScN (UWO), PhD (UWO), Asst Prof -2016
  • Rickards, Tracey, BN(UNB), MN(UNB), PhD(Dal), Asst Prof-2011
  • Seaman, Patricia, BN (UNB), MN (Dal), PhD (UNB), Sr Teaching Assoc and Acting Dean – 2001
  • Secco, Loretta, BScN (SFX), MN (U of M), PhD (U of M), Professor - 2008
  • Seymour, Fran, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2007
  • Scott, Juanita, BN (UNB), Nurse Clinician I - 2004
  • Scott-Storey, Kelly, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), PhD (UNB), Assoc Professor - 2011
  • Thompson, Janice, BSc (Nursing)(Iowa), PhD (Utah), Prof - 2006
  • Tobin, Heidi, BN (UNB), MN (UNB) – Sr Instructor - 2017
  • Ursel, Karen, BN (U of M), MHSA (Dal), Sr Instructor Moncton- 2016
  • VanSlyke, Stephen, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Teaching Assoc - 2003
  • Weaver, Kate, BN (Dal), MN (UNB), PhD (Alta), Assoc Prof - 1991
  • Webster, Jessica, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Instructor - 2007
  • Whalen, Anne, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Sr Instructor Moncton - 2017
  • Wilkins, Krista, BSc (Dal), BScN (Dal), MN (U of M), PhD (U of M), Assoc Prof and Assoc Dean- 2008
  • Wilson, Kathy, BN (UNB), MN (Dal), PhD (UNB), Assoc Prof – 1990

Mission Statement 

Educating and preparing nurses for an evolving healthcare system grounded in the principles of primary health care, social justice and caring supported by evidence and research.

  • Questioning, developing, applying and sharing nursing knowledge
  • Creating a climate for the advancement of excellence in nursing practice
  • Implementing a curriculum grounded in the principles of primary health care, social justice, and caring
  • Engaging diverse communities as full participants in inquiry, caring and decision-making related to health.

The Faculty of Nursing contributes to enhancing people’s health and the advancement of the profession and discipline of nursing.

General Information

The Faculty of Nursing was established in 1958 through the financial generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the provincial government. It was the result of the recognized need for better education for professional nurses by this University and individuals and organizations in the health fields. This program has built a solid reputation across Canada and internationally over the years.

The Nurses' Association of New Brunswick established a Task Force which led in 1989 to the endorsement of the Baccalaureate degree in Nursing as the entry level to the profession by the year 2000. In December 1994, the responsibility for nursing education in NB was transferred to the universities and UNB admitted the first cohort of students in the fall of 1995. ,. In fall of 2000, the Faculty of Nursing began a collaborative relationship to offer the baccalaureate program in nursing at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

The Faculty of Nursing offers two programs leading to a baccalaureate degree. The four year BN degree program covers four years of general and professional education. This program is offered at the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. The Advanced Standing degree program (BNASP) is completed in six terms (Fall, Winter and Summer) over the course of two years, beginning in September of each year. BNASP is offered only at the Moncton site. On completion of either program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Those who are successful are eligible to apply for registration across Canada and in other countries by reciprocity.

Nursing students practice in a variety of clinical facilities and health agencies. All students will be expected to travel out of town for some clinical experiences. In some instances, accommodation will be required. Students may also be expected to complete clinical experiences during evenings, nights, and weekends to accommodate availability of clinical facilities and/or instructors. Students may need to participate in the preceptored clinical practicum during the winter break. Normally, summer session clinical courses are completed by the end of May/early June (four year BN program). However, depending on the availability of clinical facilities and/or instructors, these time frames may need to be extended. Students will be provided with notice of clinical scheduling as soon as it is feasible.

All BN and BNASP students must provide proof of required immunizations. Clinical agencies require that students be fully immunized in order to access facilities and may ask students at any time to provide proof of the following mandatory immunizations: Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella; appropriate Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis boosters; and the series of Hepatitis B immunizations and titre status. Students also must have an initial 2-step Mantoux test for Tuberculosis. Further details are contained in the relevant Faculty policy.

Additionally, in order to participate in nursing clinical courses, students must have current CPR Certification Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (Health Care Provider BLS-HCP) and must have completed a suicide intervention course (such as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training [ASIST]). In order to access clinical agencies, students must submit a yearly Criminal Record check, including Vulnerable Sector check. In addition, some clinical agencies require students to have a Social Development Reference Check as described in the Family Services Act of New Brunswick, prior to the clinical practice experience.

Costs

Costs in addition to those listed in the financial information section, of this Calendar are: CPR Certification; Criminal Record check; Suicide Intervention course; immunizations; books; photocopying; lab kits; equipment; uniforms; preparation for NCLEX examination and examination writing costs; professional nursing registration; professional meetings; travel costs to and from clinical practice areas; and room and board for off-campus and off-site placements/course requirements.

University Regulations

It is advisable to read carefully the University Wide-Academic Regulations in this Calendar, in particular the subsection headed Examinations, Standing and Promotion.

Any point not covered in the following regulations will be governed by the General University Regulations.

Transfer and mature students are particularly advised to consult the Admissions and University Regulations section of this Calendar. Transfer students and students applying for Nursing as a second undergraduate degree will take Nursing courses and in addition, those Arts and Science courses required by the Faculty if they have not already taken them. To be eligible for the four year degree program, transfer and mature students must have a minimum grade of 70% on each of the following Grade 12 academic high school courses (or the equivalent) with an overall average of 75% on the four: Biology, Chemistry, English and either Pre-calculus 110 or Foundations of Mathematics 120 (prior to September 2013, Functions and Relations). If a higher level Math course in the Pre-Calculus stream is presented, the math courses with the highest grade will be considered. In addition to these high school courses, transfer applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of university course work with an average of 3.0 (B or 70%) or higher. For transfer applicants who have completed more than 24 credit hours, the admission average will be calculated on the most recent 24 credit hours of course work. The grades for all courses taken within an academic term will be included in this calculation, even if this results in exceeding the 24 credit hour requirement. Mature applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or 4 courses) of university studies with an average of 3.0 (B or 70%). Preference may be given to those mature applicants who began and successfully completed this requirement within the year prior to the term for which admission is sought.  Questions concerning admissions should be directed to the BN Program Director at the Fredericton campus.

Admission Policy on English Language Proficiency

The language of instruction within our program is English and prospective students whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission. Prospective students may prove English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Minimum TOEFL (paper based) score of 600
  • Minimum TOEFL (IBT) score of 100
  • Minimum IELTS score of 7.0
  • UNB Fredericton English Language Programme (ELP) Assessment score of 85 with no sub score less than 85.
  • Equivalent results of a UNB approved standardized proficiency test.
  • Complete four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country where English is the principal language.

In all cases, the Faculty reserves the right to require further proof of language proficiency before permission will be granted to register in academic courses. 

General Regulations

  1. A student whose assessment grade point average (the May/April period; for definition, see Standing and Promotion Requirements in Section B of this Calendar) falls:
    a. below 2.0 but above 1.6 will be placed on academic probation; if in any subsequent period the grade point average falls below 2.0 the student will be required to withdraw from the program.
    b. below 1.7 will, subject to review by the Nursing Faculty, be required to withdraw from the program.
  2. A student who twice fails to achieve at least a "C" or "CR" grade in any Nursing course will be required to withdraw from the Nursing program.
  3. A student must receive at least a "C" or clinical "CR"
    a. in each Nursing course before proceeding to ensuing Nursing courses and
    b. in all additional required non-nursing courses before proceeding to the next year of Nursing courses.
    c. in nursing electives
  4. A "D" grade is accepted only in non-nursing open electives (a nursing elective taken as an open elective requires a "C" grade for credit).
  5. Normally, students must complete all courses in a given year before proceeding to the next year of the program.
  6. A student repeating a Nursing course may, at the discretion of the Nursing Faculty, also be required to repeat and pass the Nursing course that immediately preceded it.
    a. Four year BN degree students must complete the program within 6 years of enrolment in the Faculty of Nursing.
    b. Advanced Standing Degree Program students must complete the program within 4 years of enrollment in the first term of the program.
  7. Students who have been out of regularly sequenced nursing courses for less than one year, for any reason, are required to notify the campus BN Director by email of their intentions for future studies by June 1st. This will facilitate planning for the upcoming academic year. Failure to notify the BN Director of the intention to return to the program by this deadline may result in lack of availability of a clinical placement in a required clinical course(s). 
  8. Students enrolled in the four year  BN degree program must complete 94 credit hours in Nursing and 35 credit hours in other faculties. (Students graduating in 2017 will complete 95 credit hours in Nursing and 35 credit hours in other faculties). Students enrolled in the Advanced Standing Degree Program must complete 82 credit hours in Nursing and 3 credit hours in Biology.
  9. All students in the four year and BN program are required to complete one online Student Assessment of Abilities Year (SAAY) survey at the end of each year in the program. The students of the BN-Advanced Standing Program are required to complete the online Student Assessment of Abilities Year (SAAY) survey at the completion of terms two, four and six. These surveys are administered electronically and are linked to a particular course at the end of each year in the program. All students must complete the SAAY survey in order to receive credit for the related course.

Curriculum for BN Students Four Year Degree Program (BN) (Started Program Sept 2014-2017)

YEAR I
Term 1: NURS 1011 (3 ch), NURS 1032 (3 ch), BIOL 1711 (4 ch), Open Elective (3 ch), Writing elective (English or Writing designated Course) (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 1225 (3 ch), NURS 1235 (3 ch), BIOL 1782 (4 ch ), Open Elective (3 ch), restricted elective (Psychology)(3 ch).

YEAR II
Term 1: NURS 2177 (3 ch), NURS 2135 (3 ch), NURS 2145 (3 ch), NURS 2155 (4 ch), BIOL 2501 (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 2041 (4 ch), NURS 2132 (3 ch), NURS 2187 (3 ch), BIOL 2513 (3 ch), STAT 2263 (3 ch).

Extended Winter Session: NURS 2063 (3 ch).

YEAR III
Term 1: NURS 3053 (2 ch), NURS 3065 (4 ch), NURS 3068 (5 ch), NURS 3092 (3 ch), BIOL 2251 (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 3031 (3 ch), NURS 3072 (3 ch), NURS 3074 (4 ch), NURS 3082 (3 ch).

Extended Winter Session: NURS 3103 (3 ch).

YEAR IV
Term 1: NURS 4113 (3 ch), NURS 4121 (3 ch), NURS 4125 (5 ch), open or Nursing elective (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 4185 (3 ch), NURS 4153 (12 ch)

Curriculum for BN Students Four Year Degree Program (BN) (Starting Program Sept 2018)

YEAR I
Term 1: NURS 1012 (4 ch), NURS 1014 (2 ch), BIOL 1711 (4 ch), Writing elective (English or Writing designated Course) (3 ch), Restricted Psychology elective (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 1225 (3 ch), NURS 1305 (4 ch), NURS 1306 (5 ch), BIOL 1782 (4 ch). 

Extended Winter SessionNURS 1235 (3 ch).

YEAR II
Term 1NURS 2177 (3 ch), NURS 2135 (3 ch), NURS 2145 (3 ch), NURS 2155 (4 ch), BIOL 2501 (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 2132 (3 ch), NURS 2187 (3 ch), BIOL 2513 (3 ch), STAT 2263 (3 ch), Open elective (3ch).

Extended Winter SessionNURS 2063 (3 ch).

YEAR III
Term 1: NURS 3065 (4 ch), NURS 3068 (5 ch), NURS 3092 (3 ch), BIOL 2251 (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 3072 (3 ch), NURS 3074 (4 ch), NURS 3082 (3 ch), Open elective (3ch).

Extended Winter SessionNURS 3103 (3 ch).

YEAR IV
Term 1: NURS 4113 (3 ch), NURS 4121 (3 ch), NURS 4125 (5 ch), open or Nursing elective (3 ch).
Term 2: NURS 4185 (3 ch), NURS 4153 (12 ch).

Curriculum for BN Students in the Advanced Standing Degree (BN-ASP)

The Advanced Standing degree Program in Nursing is intended for applicants with a university degree (or 60 credit hours or more of courses) who wish to become professional nurses.

To be eligible for the Advanced Standing BN program, applicants must have a minimum grade of 70% on each of the following Grade 12 academic high school courses (or the equivalent) with an overall average of 75% on the four: Biology 120, Chemistry 122, English 122 and Pre-Calculus 110 or Foundations of Mathematics 120 (prior to September 2016, Functions and Relations). If a higher level Math course in the Pre-Calculus stream is presented, the math course with the highest grade will be considered. In addition to these high school courses an applicant must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours of university courses with an admission average of 3.0 ("B" or 70% average) or higher. For applicants who have completed more than 60 credit hours, the admission average will be calculated on the most recent 60 credit hours of course work. The grades for all courses taken within an academic term will be included in this calculation, even if this results in exceeding the 60 credit hour requirement. Students must recieve a minimum "C" grade or the equivalent in each prerequisite course and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA (“B” average or 70%) in their prerequisite courses in order to be admitted into the Advanced Standing BN Program.

 Program Prerequisites Are:

  1. BIOL 1711: Human Anatomy I (4 ch) (BIOL 1709 online course option through UNB College of Extended Learning)
  2. BIOL 2251 or equivalent: Microbiology (3 ch)
  3. STAT 2263 or equivalent: (3 ch)
  4. A restricted elective in either the Humanities or Social Sciences (3 ch)
  5. BIOL 2501: (Pathophysiology I (3 ch)) (BIOL 2509 online course option through UNB College of Extended Learning)

NOTE: Taken from UNB Undergraduate Calendar 

Humanities Social Sciences
Classics  Anthropology
English Archaeology
History Economics
Media Arts and Cultures Political Science
Philosophy Psychology
World Literature and Culture Studies Sociology

For additional information concerning the pre-requisites for the BN-ASP, contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Fredericton campus. 

September 2017 or Earlier Start

YEAR I
Term 1: NURS 1121 (4ch), NURS 1135 (4ch), NURS 1136 (4ch), NURS 1142 (4ch)
Term 2: NURS 2171 (3ch), NURS 2172 (5ch) NURS 2173 (2ch), NURS 1131 (4ch). 
Term 3: NURS 2133 (3ch), NURS 3065 (4ch) NURS 3066 (5ch), BIOL 2513 (3ch).

YEAR II
Term 4: NURS 3072 (3ch), NURS 3073 (5ch), NURS 3082 (3ch), NURS 3092 (3ch).
Term 5: NURS 4113 (3ch), NURS 4121 (3ch), NURS 4124 (4ch), NURS 4176 (3ch).
Term 6: NURS 4185 (3ch), NURS 4153 (12 ch).

September 2018 Start

YEAR I
Term 1: NURS 1121 (4 ch), NURS 1135 (4 ch), NURS 1136 (4 ch), NURS 1142 (3 ch). 
Term 2: NURS 2171 (3ch), NURS 2172 (5ch), NURS 2173 (2ch), NURS 2133 (3ch).
Term 3: NURS 2133 (4ch), NURS 3065 (4ch), NURS 3066 (5ch), BIOL 2513 (3ch).

YEAR II
Term 4: NURS 3072 (3ch), NURS 3073 (5ch), NURS 3082 (3ch), NURS 3092 (3ch).
Term 5: NURS 4113 (3ch), NURS 4121 (3ch), NURS 4124 (6ch).
Term 6: NURS 4185 (3ch), NURS 4153 (12 ch).

Credit Hours Requirements for Nursing Programs

Four Year BN Degree Program Minimum 129 ch
Advanced Standing Degree Program Minimum 85 ch

Nursing Electives

Nursing electives may not be available in each academic year.
NURS 1324 Indigenous Perspectives on Health and Wellness (3 ch)
NURS 4234 Independent Study (3 ch)