Pre-requisites for final preceptorships on Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU).

What's happening?

It has been brought to the attention of our Student Practice Team that there are inconsistent messages around pre-requisites for final preceptorships on Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). On behalf of our NICU Clinical Nurse Educators (CNE), we would like to remind you that all Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students must have successfully completed the following pre-requisites for NICU final preceptorships:

  • BCIT’s Neonatal Theory I course,
  • BCIT’s Neonatal Theory II course, and
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NPR) certification.

Placing Coordinators must upload a resume demonstrating successful completion of these requirements on each student’s profile in the Health Sciences Placement Network (HSPnet; under the “Students” tab) before sending your placement requests (PR) to Fraser Health. These requirements can also be found under the “Pre-requisites” tab in the NICUs’ HSPnet destination profiles.

Why is this important?

The NICU is a Specialty Nursing area that requires a specific knowledge base and skillset. These courses and NPR certification are a requirement for Specialty Nursing training, and which would make students eligible for hire on NICUs post-graduation.

How will these impact students and faculty instructors?

  • BSN students who have successfully met these pre-requisites are considered practice-ready for the NICU.
  • Fraser Health’s Receiving Coordinators will condition PRs that are missing resumes in HSPnet and hold the request until the condition is met.
  • Destination Coordinators may decline your PR if the student does not meet or fails to demonstrate fulfillment of these requirements.


Please contact the Student Practice Team at

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