In fourth year, students have a variety of different study options to satisfy the theory and/or elective requirements for their degree. Students will have an opportunity to gain great depth in Nursing subject matter that will support their future careers as RNs.
Advanced Topics Courses Advanced topic courses are the 4th year theory courses that students must complete for their degree. Students must obtain 1 course from the group 1 category (4100 level) and 1 course from the group 2 category (4200 level). Alternatively, a student could complete a thesis and this would satisfy the advanced topics requirement. There are a variety of courses to choose from that will rotate semester to semester. Review the academic calendar (http://www.trentu.ca/calendar/) for a complete list and course descriptions. Group 1 topics are topics that can apply to a wide variety of practice environments. For example, NURS 4105H is "Leadership in Contemporary Nursing". Group 2 topics tend are topics that are more specific types of practice environments. For example, NURS 4203H is "Rural Nursing Practice".
Thesis Option An alternative to the advanced topics requirement is the thesis options (NURS 4011H and NURS 4012H). A thesis is a great choice for students who have an interest in research or in moving on to post-graduate education. It is also a good choice for individuals who have a specific question that they would like answered to support their future practice or who enjoys the independent environment. A thesis is a research-informed course based upon independent study, guided by a least one faculty advisor. It can be a research project or it can involve a systematic or realist review of a key area in literature related to nursing practice. If you choose a research project, you can design your own research question or work with a faculty member or team whose research interests intersect with yours. Below are a couple of examples of past thesis courses:
Realist Review project: "Health and Homelessness in Rural Canada: A Realist Review". This realist review examined what is known about the lived experience of homelessness in rural settings and the effectiveness of current interventions.
Research project: "Critical Assessment and Interventions for the Unresponsive Patient." This project introduced a high-fidelity simulation module into an undergraduate nursing health assessment course. The student joined an established research team and analyzed one piece of the data sets for this large project.
Reading Course Students have an option of pursing an independent study course (NURS 4900H). This is an excellent option for students who require a 3000 level elective, or for a student who wishes to follow-up on an area of study that is not present in detail in any of the other NURS courses. The student selects a topic that they would like to investigate under the supervision of a faculty member. The content must not overlap content of other NURS courses. Typically, a student would write 2 major papers to answer the question. The exact course of study and marking scheme are developed by the student and the instructor together.
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