Student Placement & Education

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Student Placement & Education

Our commitment for setting a new standard for community hospital care makes Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) the ideal learning environment.

Other SMH advantages include:

• Our learning environment is committed to the pursuit of perfection
• SMH has exemplary standing from accreditation Canada (2022)
• We have established affiliation agreements with reputable academic institutions and offer placements for many disciplines


Professional disciplines accepted for placement:

• Laboratory – MLA/MLT
• Nurse – PN, BScN
• Pharmacy
• Physiotherapy/Physiotherapy Assistant
• Pharmacy technician
• Midwifery (with physician)
• Medical students for observation

Requesting a professional healthcare student placement

• Placement requests are only accepted when made through the School’s student placement offfice/officer.
• Complete this form and submit to the Student Placement Coordinator
• Criminal reference checks – all students requesting a placement must have a valid CRC.

Placement Information:

Documents to be completed
• Surge Learning
SMH uses an online learning management system, called Surge Learning. All students will be given access to complete mandatory learning modules prior to their first clinical experience at SMH. Access information will be provided by the Student Placement Coordinator once a placement request has been confirmed and finalized.
• Instructor/Student Guidelines
Please review this handbook to familiarize yourself with SMH. While the handbook was  prepared for nursing students, most sections provide important information for all healthcare professional students.
• Nursing students Roles & Responsibilities
As described in the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) practice standard, Supporting Learnings (2017)


 Students will:

  • respect the safety and well-being of the clients in the learning experience;
  • recognize her/his knowledge, skills and judgment, limits of responsibilities, legislative authority and supervision requirements;
  • contribute to the development of objectives for the experience;
  • understand and clarify her/his role in the provision of care with the educator/preceptor;
  • use clear, accurate and effective communication skills in professional interactions;
  • identify the need for, and acts to obtain, appropriate supervision;
  • is aware of her/his responsibility to notify the educator if she or he is not achieving objectives due to the setting and/or preceptor relationship;
  • is accountable for the quality of care she/he provides within the established objectives; and
  • become familiar with and follow the agency’s policies, procedures and principles.


Nursing students are permitted to perform controlled acts authorized to nursing if they meet all three criteria:

  • Have been taught by their faculty, preceptor or Nurse Educator
  • Have the knowledge, skill and judgment to perform them as determined by their preceptor or faculty member
  • Are supervised by a member of the nursing staff at SMH or their faculty member


Students are NOT permitted to:

  • Perform delegated medical acts
  • Act as a witness under any circumstances or for any purpose
  • Provide second signature/check for controlled drugs, blood products,  and medications listed as requiring independent double checking, double signing and documentation
  • Provide telephone advice for discharged families
  • Perform controlled acts without close supervision by an RN
  • Take verbal or telephone orders
  • Be left in sole charge of the unit or any patient
  • Transport patients alone when the presence of an RN is required



Student Placement Coordinator