AUSU has been actively advocating for changes to clinical practice procedures on behalf of students in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at AU for over a year. We are pleased to say the Faculty just announced some of the positive changes we have been advocating for!
One of the primary concerns was that the clinical signups were based on an online sign-up sheet that opened at midnight MDT, and required students to compete for a limited number of spaces. At times, the sign-up sheet was full only moments after it opened, which has had a detrimental effect for many students, some of whom ended up having to extend their programs to wait for the next clinical sign up opportunity, with no guarantee that they would be granted a spot on a future list.
In addition, students starting a clinical placement were required to write the NURS 401 Medical Math Exam on the first day of their placement, which for some students meant a significant cost for travel and accommodations. If the math exam was not passed, the placement was cancelled, and students who travelled were out their travel costs.
This past week, the Faculty of Health Discipline announced some program changes, including a new system for certain clinical placements which factor in prerequisite course completion dates, number of previous sign-up attempts, and program end date. They will also be administering the medical math exam before the clinical portion of the course.
Read more about this online here.
AUSU is proud and excited to see some positive changes for students, and will continue to actively advocate on behalf of all undergraduate students at AU!
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