Practice Placements in Nursing

Practice placements are an integral part of the curriculum in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. Placements occur in years 2, 3 and 4 of the Collaborative program and levels 3, 4 and 5 of the Compressed Time Frame (CTF) program. This timing allows students to gain knowledge, develop and practice skills in the lab and through simulated learning, prior to engaging with clients and patients.

The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing strives to offer a variety of placement opportunities for students, however experiences in specialty areas (e.g. obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health) are limited and not guaranteed for all students. Detailed placement information is available year-by-year on the curriculum web pages for our Collaborative and CTF programs. See below and consult the FAQ section for more information about practice placements.

Map of SW LHIN

Ontario's health network is divided into 14 distinct regions.

Practice Partners & Settings

The practice settings accessed by nursing students in both BScN programs are located in the southwestern Ontario geographic area. This area offers rewarding learning opportunities in a variety of rural, community, and urban settings with diverse client populations across the life span. Placement opportunities within the southwestern Ontario geographic area may vary from term to term, depending on availability. Although students may not have the exact same placement experiences as their classmates, each practice setting will provide a unique opportunity for students to apply and develop their knowledge and skills in a practice setting.

Placements are arranged by the School of Nursing within London and the entire southwestern Ontario geographic area. Students can expect to receive at least one placement outside the city of London. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from placements (e.g. vehicle, public transit, carpool, car share, etc.) and for any associated costs of travel and accommodation (if required).

Practice Settings (not inclusive and subject to change)

Children's Treatment Centres

  • Child and Parent Resource Institute
  • Thames Valley Children’s Centre

Community Support Services

  • Boys’ and Girls’ Club of London
  • Care Partners (Oxford and Elgin)
  • Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
  • Dale Brain Injury Services
  • Hospice of London
  • John Gordon Home (London Regional AIDS Hospice)
  • London Cross Cultural Learner Centre
  • London InterCommunity Health Centre
  • LUSO Community Services
  • McCormick Home
  • Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre
  • South London Neighbourhood Centre
  • Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada of Middlesex-London (London Office)
  • Youth for Christ

Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Amica
  • Chateau Gardens
  • Chelsey Park Retirement Community
  • Kensington Village Retirement and Nursing Home
  • Masonville Manor
  • McCormick Home
  • Windermere on the Mount

Mental Health

  • Can Voice
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
  • Grey Bruce Health Services
  • London InterCommunity Health Centre
  • Mission Services of London
  • St. Joseph’s Health Care
  • St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

Primary Care Clinics

  • Healthzone Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic
  • London Family Health Team
  • Thames Valley Family Health Team

Public Health Units

  • Elgin St. Thomas Public Health
  • Huron County Health Unit
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • Perth Health Unit

Teaching/Community Hospitals

  • Alexandra Hospital (Ingersoll)
  • Alexandra Marine & General Hospital (Goderich)
  • Grey Bruce Health Services
    • Lion’s Head Hospital
    • Markdale Hospital
    • Meaford Hospital
    • Owen Sound Hospital
    • Southampton Hospital
    • Wiarton Hospital
  • Hanover & District Hospital
  • Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
    • Clinton Public Hospital
    • Seaforth Community Hospital
    • St. Mary's Memorial Hospital
    • Stratford General Hospital
  • Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance
    • Listowel Memorial Hospital
    • Wingham & District Hospital
  • London Health Sciences Centre
    • Byron Family Medical Centre
    • Victoria Family Medical Centre
    • University Hospital
    • Victoria Hospital and Children's Hospital
  • Middlesex Hospital Alliance
    • Four Counties Health Services
    • Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital
  • Norfolk General Hospital
  • South Bruce Grey Health Centre
    • Chesley and District Memorial Hospital
    • County of Bruce General Hospital (Walkerton)
    • Durham Memorial Hospital
    • Kincardine and District General Hospital
  • South Huron Hospital and Medical Centre
  • St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
    • Lawson Health Research Institute
    • Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care
    • Parkwood Hospital
    • Regional Mental Health Care London
    • Regional Mental Health Care St. Thomas
    • St. Joseph's Hospital
    • St. Joseph’s Family Medical Centre
  • St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital
  • Woodstock General Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I find my own placement?

The Placement Office acts on behalf of students to work with all clinical partners to coordinate placements. Affiliation agreements with placement partners indicate that all requests come from the Placement Office. Students are not permitted to find clinical placements on their own due to detailed negotiation and legal processes involved with securing placements. Students should follow-up with the Placement Office if there is a placement that is of interest to them within the South West LHIN.

Can I find my own preceptor?

Preceptor assignment is decided by the destination contact at the placement site. The potential preceptor can express their interest to precept to the destination contact. All parties involved need to ensure that it is not a conflict of interest.

What is a conflict of interest?

A conflict of interest exists if there is any form of pre-established relationship with the placement site that will interfere with carrying out professional/academic responsibilities (e.g. having family or friends working in the placement site, recent work/volunteering experience in the placement site or recent admission or treatment within the placement site).

Can I complete my placement outside the South West LHIN?

With the exception of the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, placements at the present time are within the South West LHIN. Please see the South West LHIN map on the Practice Placements main page.

Can I choose my own placement assignment?

All clinical group placements (groups of 8) are assigned to ensure students receive a diverse placement experience. The initial placement in acute care is randomly assigned and follow-up placements are assigned based on the following factors:

  • Initial placement (medicine, surgical)
  • Out-of town vs in-town placement
  • Large teaching hospital vs. community hospital experience

Pre-Placement Requirements

Nursing students are required to meet specific health and safety standards as outlined by Ontario law. The Government of Ontario and the organizations offering practice placements, mandate specific medical and non-medical requirements that must be met by students before beginning a practice placement. These measures are in place to protect students, co-workers and patients.

The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing is committed to meeting these standards of practice in nursing by ensuring that students attain and maintain required certifications and meet recommended immunization standards.

Students are not required to complete pre-placement requirements for Year 1 (Collaborative program) or Level 1 (CTF program). Detailed information will be circulated and presented to students approximately six months before agency placements begin. This information is also available to students by logging into the Undergraduate Student Information site in OWL.