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Global Health Practice Placement FAQs

Q. What is a Global Health Practice Placement?

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There are two categories:

  1. International

    This category is limited to agencies:
    1. Setting outside of Canada and/or
    2. Resource-constrained environment and/or
    3. Where nurses are normally in an expanded or primary care role and/or d) providing care in a cross-cultural context and/or
    4. Have an opportunity to compare and contrast health care systems.
  2. Remote/Outpost

    This category is limited to agencies:
    1. Remote/rural setting in Canada
    2. Where nurses are normally in a prominent or primary care role and/or
    3. Providing care to a largely indigenous/Aboriginal population and/or
    4. Under the auspices or oversight of a First Nations or Inuit administration, Board or Health Authority (e.g. Fort Albany, Kugluktuk, etc.)

Q: What course will I be doing?

A: Students may take one of the two fourth year clinical courses: N4J07 or N4K07. Note: the PBL course “N4P04 - Advanced Nursing Concepts I” is normally taken concurrently online with your clinical course. Course manuals should be carefully read ASAP in preparation for any of the above courses.

Q: How long will my placement be?

A: The fourth year clinical course is normally 12-weeks in length (288 hours). Under special circumstances this type of placement may be compressed to a minimum of 10-weeks. Please contact your tutor about this.

Q: Are there any guidelines that govern my practice while overseas or in an outpost setting?

A: Yes, the College of Nurses of Ontario has suggested principles:

Guidelines for Decision-making. For a very brief summary PDF

Q: Am I insured against malpractice in the setting to which I am going?

A: Yes. All students in the McMaster Mohawk Conestoga BScN Program are covered by a University held policy (The Canadian University Reciprocal Insurance Exchange). If you need details or a letter of proof contact Helen Buac.

Q: What about other forms of liability?

A: There may be risks incurred by the student in undertaking an international or outpost placement therefore, both McMaster University and the host organization will normally request that you sign a waiver before you depart to your destination.

Q: How do I get the necessary immunizations before travelling overseas?

A: This is your own responsibility, but the GHEC may organize a clinic from time-to time on an as-needed basis. For up-to-date information from three reliable sources, view the Information on Immunizations for Student Travelers PDFguide.

Q: What about supplementary health insurance?

A: We recommend that you read this important information about OHIP coverage outside of Ontario.

We strongly recommend supplementary insurance to cover the extraordinary costs of a medevac, drugs or special care while in an underserviced area, we recommend buying private insurance to cover such eventualities.

Q: Do I need to get a VISA for the country to which I am going? How and where do I get one?

A: It depends upon the country to which you are going. You need a visa to enter many foreign countries, even if you are visiting as a tourist or a student for a short period of time. Anyone intending to study in a country usually requires special permission to do so from the authorities of that country. These applications cost money and take time to obtain. For more information, please see Government of Canada's Consular Services.


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