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Update re: Collaborative Nursing Program

This morning NUSU and NUNS created and submitted an Academic Appeal to Nipissing University on behalf of our impacted Nursing Students, and called for the immediate change of all UNSAT, INP, or INC grades to Satisfactory for students who have been deemed satisfactory in all administered and completed aspects of the identified courses. Due to the timing of the submission, it appears that our appeal has overlapped with the decision of Nipissing University and Canadore College to overturn the grades of the identified nursing classes.

We are pleased to see that Nipissing University and Canadore College have acted in the spirit of the Collaborative Program, and that both institutions have made this decision collegially.

However, this only addresses one of the five calls to action NUSU and NUNS have outlined for Canadore College.

To reiterate;

-We call on Canadore College to immediately apologize to impacted students for the stress, and unprofessional behaviour demonstrated by Canadore Clinical Instructors, and Administration.

-We call on Canadore College to implement sensitivity and professionalism training for all of their Clinical Instructors and Administrators.

-We call on Canadore College to publicly stand against unprofessional, and uncollegial commentary about their collaborative partners to students, and demonstrate the professionalism and respect for colleagues and students that is expected of nursing students in their education and future professional careers.

-We call on Canadore College to respond to the group student complaint discussed with the Dean of Faculty of Environmental and Health Science on April 1st.

The advocacy work is not done. While Canadore College may have taken corrective action against their unethical and unprofessional behaviour, no communicated accountability has been taken. It is critical to see what flags these actions of Clinical Instructors and Administrators mean for the future of this program, and why the above demands are necessary.

In Solidarity,

NUNS and NUSU

Statement re: Collaborative Nursing Program

Tuesday, May 4th NUSU has been informed that on Monday, May 3rd nearly 200 students of the Collaborative Nursing program (Nipissing University and Canadore College) were given a mark of either unsatisfactory or in progress in their clinical courses, led by Canadore College. This leaves many students unable to progress, and potentially have to repeat this year of studies. For those deemed ‘In Progress’, these students have been left wondering what this means for the completion of their course and progression, as the semester has finished and no other work or assignments have been scheduled for completion. From our understanding, this is due to students' inability to attend clinical hours at the hospital because of the pandemic, and Canadore College’s stance that virtual simulation and alternative deliveries were insufficient. Whereas, students in the Winter semester did attend in-person labs and in-person simulation, in combination with extensive virtual simulation; Whereas, students also completed a full semester/year worth of work, including documentation assignments, required lab work (pre-lab, testing), quizzes, skills testing, and online clinical sessions; Whereas, students were not widely notified of any indication of being unsatisfactory at any point during the term until grades were posted; Whereas, students have widely completed all assessment requirements outlined in the provided syllabi;  Whereas, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (accrediting body) has stated “Creative and appropriately supervised ways of optimizing entry-to-practice competencies in senior students while supporting the delivery of health care services during this crisis is a priority.”; Whereas, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (accrediting body) has further stated “As the accrediting body for nursing education, CASN will accept documented, innovative curricular changes that allow students to avoid delays in graduation and support health service delivery needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.”;  Whereas, it was communicated to both Deans and Program Managers by both the Provost, Vice-President, Academic and Research (Nipissing University) and the Vice-President, Academic (Canadore College) that alternative delivery should be utilized wherever possible;  Whereas, students have been given ‘In Progress” grades, halting student ability to progress, and having no clear communication on how students are expected to complete courses; Whereas, holding students back and not allowing them to progress could mean up to 200 students having to repeat their year of school with no consideration for student accommodations, finances, or academic and placement capacity; Whereas, students in the Fall semester cohort were passed as satisfactory for year 2 and 3 students and presents inequities across these years of students; Whereas, student syllabi have included language such as, “Students will complete a series of virtual simulation scenarios in lieu of clinical hours. Weekly scenarios will be assigned along with supplementary learning activities. Scheduled synchronous online pre-briefing and debriefing will take place.”; Whereas, student syllabi have also included language such as, “Details about clinical placements will be shared once the conditions have been met for the reintegration of students into the clinical settings. This will be dependent on a number of factors including current public health and provincial directives, safety and well-being of students, hospital staff and patients, and resources and capacity.”, and to students knowledge, these conditions have not been met; Whereas, in one section where the above conditions were met, the Canadore Clinical Instructor declined to place students in the hospital; Whereas, many other universities and colleges in Ontario have progressed students under similar conditions with primarily or exclusively online education; Whereas, Nipissing University has (to our knowledge) committed to working with Canadore College to provide voluntary skills practice sessions; Whereas, students have already faced job insecurity and loss of income this past year to be compliant with health restrictions and parameters; Whereas, NUSU takes the stance that Canadore College allowing students to pay for, and spend a full academic year in courses that there was no clear plan to successfully progress in, is unethical and irresponsible, especially when the inability to progress is not related to the performance of the students; Whereas, NUSU takes the stance that the identified students have met requirements outlined in the syllabi, and should not be forced to continue any evaluation outside of the communicated academic semester; Whereas, there has been no consideration for the impact of an extended semester on students, financially, for job security or residence;  Whereas, there has been no consideration for the impacts on students regarding OSAP funding, funding for Indigenous students, professional reputation, and the mental wellbeing of nursing students; Whereas, these issues highlight recurring disregard for collegiality and professionalism in ways that have made students uncomfortable and unsure of their academic standing; Whereas, NUSU sees these actions as a continuation of the demonstrated lack of consideration and care for nursing students, their quality of education, and their wellbeing over recent years of advocacy; Whereas, NUSU and NUNS are still waiting on a follow-up from a group student complaint in one of the clinical courses from Winter semester that was presented to the Canadore College Dean of Faculty of Environmental and Health Science on April 1st; We call on Canadore College and their instructors to immediately change all UNSAT, INP, or INC grades to Satisfactory for students who have been deemed satisfactory in all administered and completed aspects of the identified courses. We call on Canadore College to immediately apologize to impacted students for the stress, and unprofessional behaviour demonstrated by Canadore Clinical Instructors, and Administration. We call on Canadore College to implement sensitivity and professionalism training for all of their Clinical Instructors and Administrators. We call on Canadore College to publicly stand against unprofessional, and uncollegial commentary about their collaborative partners to students and demonstrate the professionalism and respect for colleagues and students that is expected of nursing students in their education and future professional careers.  We call on Canadore College to respond to the group student complaint discussed with the Dean of Faculty of Environmental and Health Science discussed on April 1st. We encourage our students to contact their clinical lead with any questions, comments or concerns they have regarding Canadore College’s grading position. Students should also consider cc’ing the following people: 
  • Vivian Papaiz, Canadore College Director of Nursing and Program Manager [email protected]
  • Letitia Nadalin-Penno, Canadore College Dean of Faculty of Environmental and Health Science [email protected] 
  • Veronika Williams, Nipissing University Director of Nursing [email protected] 
  • John Nadeau, Nipissing University Interim Dean, Faculty of Education and Professional Studies [email protected] 
As all students from the Collaborative Nursing Program are members of the Nipissing University Student Union, students are welcome to contact NUSU through the following contact for further support: Our students remain our number one priority. We understand that this is a stressful time for our students; however, we are dedicated to ensuring that student voices and concerns are heard. If you are in need of mental health supports, please go to nusu.com/mentalhealth.  In solidarity, Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU)

2021-2022 Team

May marks the beginning of a new year at NUSU. Our new executive team are:
  • Joe McIntosh - President
  • Joseph Gagnier - VP Finance & Administration
  • Sarah Pecoskie-Schweir - VP Advocacy & Awareness
  • Emily Wilson - VP Student Life
All executive ontact information can be found at nusu.com/executives

2021 Events

These events are for ALL Nipissing University students. This includes Undergraduate students, Graduate students, Education students and long-distance students.

Executive Elections 2021

The Executive Elections will be taking place in January. Despite a return to campus for some students and classes we will still be holding our elections completely online. Go to nusu.com/elections to see all of the information! If you have any questions please email [email protected] December 2nd – After 9am Election information goes out January 20th – 11am  Election Nomination Package is to be sent to [email protected] This includes: nomination form, platform, headshot, 1-2 square graphics and 1-2 Instagram story graphics January 25th-February 3rd – All day Campaign period February 1st-3rd – 9am-11:59pm Voting period February 4th or 5th – After 9am  Election results

Welcome To Our New Website!

Over the Summer we have been working on updating our website to make things even easier for you! You can sign up for our monthly newsletter (starting November 2020), find out more about clubs and see updates from our student centre. We are currently still working from home so feel free to email us if you have questions, concerns, ideas or just want to touch base! Thank you to Sofa Communications for putting this website together, especially Ben and James. We hope you enjoy! - NUSU Team

‘See It Before You Sign It!’

‘See It Before You Sign It!’ Off-Campus Student Housing Fire Safety We are working in partnership with North Bay Fire & Emergency Services to help ensure the fire safety of our students. Every fall, supporters help their students move into off-campus houses and apartments.  And so often, this is the first time that the supporters have seen where their students will be living. What’s important to students when it comes to picking off-campus housing might not include things such as smoke alarms or two ways out. Before a lease gets signed, whether you are a co-signer or not, help your child make a fire safe – fire smart choice,  ‘See It Before You Sign It.’  If you can’t do it in person, have them give you a virtual tour. This ‘Safe Student Housing Fire Safety Checklist’ will help to make a wise choice:

COVID-19 UPDATES

Hello Lakers, We wanted to update all of our members that the NUSU office will be closed until a tentative date of April 6th. However, all staff and executives are working from home, and will be accessible by email.  During the next few weeks the office will be open for food bank operations only on:  - Wednesday, March 18th (8:30am-4:30pm) - Wednesday, March 25th (8:30am-4:30pm) - Wednesday, April 1st (8:30am-4:30pm) For questions regarding the food bank, please contact [email protected] For any health plan related questions, please contact [email protected] or call 1-800-315-1108 For any other questions or concerns, please contact [email protected] Please ensure that you are regularly checking your student emails for updates and information. We recognize these can be stressful times, so please remember to educate yourselves, check in on your friends and family, and practice good self-care. For mental health services (phone and online) please go to: https://nusu.com/mentalhealth/ For updates from the university, please go to https://www.nipissingu.ca/coronavirus The safety of our students and our team is our highest priority. Everyone stay safe out there, and be kind to one another. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.   Regards, NUSU Team

NUSU Statement on Nipissing University Faculty and Administration Bargaining

Within the last forty-eight hours, NUSU has been contacted by multiple students concerning a recent statement to the media from the Nipissing University Faculty Association (NUFA). On Thursday, August 22nd, NUFA released a statement to the media regarding current negotiations surrounding the contracts of full-time academic staff.  NUFA stated that the Nipissing University Administration has "filed with the Ministry of Labour to send in a conciliator" and that negotiations are at a “standstill until mid-September".  While bargaining has been taking place, NUSU has met with both the University Administration and the Faculty Association. We have appreciated the transparency and communication from both sides.  We would like to publicly remind the Faculty Association and University Administration that it is imperative that an agreement is reached and that the academic and financial welfare of students are kept in mind. We are concerned about the stress this adds to students with other government changes, and funding constraints, which is why we are hoping for a quick resolution. Our students, both on campus and long distance, remain our number one priority and we will continue to advocate that Nipissing University remains an institution committed to quality education.  We understand that this information can be alarming to our membership; however, we are dedicated to ensuring that student voices and concerns are heard. At this moment there is no other information until talks resume in mid-September. We will continue to communicate with the student body should there be any updates.                                                                                                        - 30-  NUSU Statement re_ Bargaining 2019

NUSU Statement on Education

The Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU) has expressed disappointment in the recent news of changes to education from the provincial government.   Since the announcement in January regarding the new tuition framework for Ontario universities, many student unions and students have been concerned about the future of education. This matter was furthered by the changes to elementary and secondary education. Of particular concern for our students is the removal of the interest-free grace period, the changes to OSAP, services fees opt-out, as well as the grant to loan ratio. By significantly lowering the qualifying family income threshold, and shifting the focus from grants to loans, the provincial government is limiting accessibility and imposing a greater burden of debt on students. Many of our students have expressed that they feel they are no longer able to pursue a postgraduate degree due to the lack of grants now offered. Minister Fullerton has stated that her ministry has heard directly from numerous groups regarding the changes to elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools. We have been unable to find which groups have been consulted and in what format their feedback was received. We are worried that the voice of the north has been muted and the difference in needs to our southern counterparts has not been considered. We stand with the high school students voicing their concerns about the proposed changes. A large portion of Nipissing University’s population are concurrent, consecutive, or Faculty of Education students. These individuals are hoping to spend their lives working with youth and positively contributing to this province, yet their future is now uncertain as there will be a reduction in jobs as well as support through educational assistants. The increased class sizes and mandatory online courses will not only impair learning for students that require one-on-one interaction, but it will also severely lower the number of teaching positions available. This will lead to fewer extra-curricular activities being offered both in sports and in the arts. These changes also impact those of our students who are parents. The mandatory online classes will increase the financial barrier that many have when it comes to education. Although these classes will still be part of the high school curriculum, those who do not have access to personal computers or internet at home, will struggle to complete the assignments. To see funding being taken away from schools, the very institutions that support and shape the future of this province, is a concern. This is exacerbated by the fact that millions of dollars are now being funnelled into programs such as horse racing. This is telling the youth of Ontario that their education and future is less important than these programs. Although we understand that cuts must be made to lower the deficit, these cuts should not be made on the backs of educators or students. We implore Minister Fedeli and Minister Fullerton to engage with educational bodies, students and parents in an open and transparent forum, to see the long-term effects of their changes. -NUSU Executive