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Practical Nursing Program PN Student Handbook 2013 NCI Nursing Handbook 2 Table of Contents Mission... 4 Philosophy... 4 Program Outcomes... 5 Program Overview... 6 President s Message... 7 Program Expectations...
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Practical Nursing Program PN Student Handbook 2013 NCI Nursing Handbook 2 Table of Contents Mission... 4 Philosophy... 4 Program Outcomes... 5 Program Overview... 6 President s Message... 7 Program Expectations... 8 Code of Conduct... 8 Academic Integrity (Cheating and Plagiarism)... 8 Student Responsibilities... 8 Faculty Responsibilities... 9 Nursing Program Policies Drug Screening Policy and Procedure Credit Granting Policy Nursing Course Grading Guidelines Theory Courses Clinical Experience Retention / Progression Policy Non-Discrimination Policy Advising Dress Code Attendance Theory Attendance Absence from Examinations Clinical Attendance Clinical Tardiness Medical Release Form Clinical Preparation Impaired Nursing Student Professionalism... 15 NCI Nursing Handbook 3 Client Confidentiality Evaluation of Curriculum and Faculty Student Records Health, CPR, & Health Insurance Requirements Hepatitis B Vaccine Universal Precautions Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Clinical Performance Unsafe Clinical Practice Safety (actual and potential) Accountability Integrity and Honesty Exempting Students from Clinical Assignments Pregnancy NCLEX-PN Application Policy Computerized Testing Grade Grievance Policy IMMUNIZATION RECORD FORM Nevada Career Institute Medical Release Form to Return to Class, Lab, and/or Clinical Pregnancy Release Form and Documentation of Pregnancy Handbook Receipt... 27 NCI Nursing Handbook 4 Mission The mission of the Nevada Career Institute Nursing Program is to successfully educate students to become compassionate, competent nurses. The graduates will be prepared to safely practice entry-level nursing in a multicultural, urban environment. Philosophy The faculty believe that nursing is a profession practiced by knowledgeable, competent, caring individuals utilizing evidence-based knowledge to provide safe, ethical care to individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds. The individual is a unique being with inherent worth and dignity. They have the right to determine and participate in activities, which influence their health status and are responsible for their own actions and choices. The environment is a dynamic, interchangeable relationship between the individual and their external surroundings. Health is a complex concept influenced by genetics, environment and lifestyle. It is a reflection of the individual s physical, psychosocial, spiritual, developmental and cultural dimensions along the health-illness continuum. Learning is a dynamic process that includes the exploration of new knowledge and skills utilizing previous educational and life experiences. Education is the development of a mind open to new ideas and concepts ultimately leading to life-long learning. Nursing Education incorporates evidence-based practice, evolving technologies, and holistic caring which culminates in ethical, professional nursing practice. The nurse educator serves as facilitator, communicator, advocate, mentor, and role model during the teaching-learning process. Approved by Faculty NCI Nursing Handbook 5 Program Outcomes At the completion of the program, the student will: 1. Utilize the nursing process to deliver competent evidence-based care. 2. Function effectively in the multidisciplinary healthcare mileu demonstrating professional demeanor and accountability. 3. Adhere to ethical, legal, and moral standards within the practical nurse scope of practice guided by the Nevada Nurse Practice Act. 4. Integrate the necessary knowledge and skills within the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains to provide safe and culturally competent care. 5. Incorporate therapeutic communication techniques while fostering a caring and holistic healthcare environment. 6. Demonstrate evidence-based practice by integrating evidence, critical clinical judgment, inter-professional perspective, and patient preferences in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care. 7. Integrate personal goals for lifelong learning and for involvement in professional and community service. 8. Manage patient care technologies and information management systems when delivering care. 9. Integrate leadership principles and processes to ensure safe, quality outcomes of patient care. Approved by Faculty NCI Nursing Handbook 6 Program Overview The Practical Nursing program consists of four terms. Each term includes theory instruction, skills lab and clinical experience practice. Term 1 PNSOS - Seminar of Success/ Introduction to Nursing PNAP - Anatomy and Physiology PNFN - Fundamentals of Nursing PNPH - Pharmacology Term 2 PNMS I - Medical Surgical Nursing I Pain Management Pre/Post Op Oncology Immune and Communicable Disorders Respiratory System and Disorders Muscular/Skeletal System and Disorders Gastrointestinal System and Disorders Blood/Lymphatic System and Disorders Term 3 PNMS II - Medical Surgical Nursing II Cardiovascular System and Disorders Integumentary System and Disorders Endocrine System and Disorders Nervous system & Sensory Organs disorders (includes Geriatrics) Renal/Genitourinary System and Disorders Reproductive System and Disorders Term 4 PNMH - Mental Health PNOB - Maternal/Child Obstetric Nursing PNCH - Peds Pediatric Nursing PNLDR - Professional Development/Team Leading NCI Nursing Handbook 7 President s Message Welcome to Nevada Career Institute s Practical Nursing Program. We re glad you chose to attend our institution. You have embarked on a journey that will change the rest of your life. The faculty and staff will help you achieve your goals but you are the one that will choose to succeed. You must spend your time focused on your education in order to do well. If you have any problems/concerns please discuss them with your instructor, the program director, or the campus director. The desire to succeed comes from within you. You must do your part and study, attend class and clinical and achieve the objectives of each. After completion you will need to take and pass the National Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) in order to obtain your license. We will provide you with the information you need to know but we cannot make you learn. Mitchell Fuerst Always Believe In Yourself! NCI Nursing Handbook 8 Program Expectations As you enter the nursing profession our goal is to help you learn what you need to know. One measure of student professionalism is getting your required documents to the appropriate office on time and completing your assignments on time. Another measure is your appearance. We enforce our school dress code because presenting a professional image during your educational period prepares you for your career. We expect you to be on time, clean, neat and mentally and physically prepared to learn and perform. You never know when a prospective employer may visit the campus or see you in the clinical area. Dishonesty of any type in the program, including cheating on examinations or plagiarizing materials, will result in a grade of F and may be cause for suspension or dismissal. Plagiarism includes passing off or attempting to pass off the ideas or writing of another person as one s own. Homework is part of the learning process. It may consist of reading chapter(s) in your book(s), working in a workbook, writing a paper or doing a project; whatever the instructor feels is beneficial to your learning. It is expected that all homework assigned will be completed and will be included in your final grade. Each instructor will inform you when it is due and where to turn it in. It is your responsibility to obtain this information, including assignments missed due to an absence. Code of Conduct Academic Integrity (Cheating and Plagiarism) See the Nevada Career Institute Catalog (pp ) for the Code of Conduct, which addresses academic integrity, cheating, and plagiarism. Student Responsibilities Attend class regularly, arrive on time and never leave early without having previously informed the instructor. See the instructor during office hours rather than trying to engage in conversations about your performance and assignments as the instructor is entering, leaving or on break. Ask questions, solicit clarification and make contributions related to the topic being presented in class. Be attentive in class. Do not eat, drink, chat, apply make-up, do homework, or chew gum in class. Do not fall asleep in class. Be polite, gracious and considerate at all times. Complete all work, turn in assignments that follow academic guidelines and take the time to produce a product that looks professional and reflects pride in your work. Considerate students do not, in any way, interfere with the learning environment of classmates by engaging in juvenile behavior. The right to be in a professional program NCI Nursing Handbook 9 requires both civility and maturity. Threatening the welfare of any faculty, staff or student may be grounds for expulsion from the nursing program. Be sure to sign in. Do not sign in for another student! Talking to another student during lecture, quizzes or exams is not allowed and is very disrespectful to the instructor and other students. In case of an emergency, the individual wishing to talk to the student should call the school and speak to the Director of Nursing or another staff member. This person will notify the student of the emergency. Students should report to class every day in uniform. There should be no food in the classroom. Only drinks will lids are permitted in the classroom. No food or drink is allowed in the computer room. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas of the school and clinical area. Dispose of smoking materials appropriately. Assure that clothing does not smell of smoke. Children and/or guests of enrolled students are not allowed on campus, in the parking lot or in classrooms during class hours. NO cellular phone calls or texting during class time Faculty Responsibilities Be prepared for all student sessions both in the classroom and in the clinical setting by arriving on time and never leave early without having previously informed the Director of Nursing. See students during official office hours rather than trying to engage in conversations about student performance and assignments when entering or leaving the classroom or during break periods. Anticipate student questions, provide clarification and make contributions related to the topic being discussed in class. Help to foster a positive learning experience for all by being polite, gracious and considerate at all times. Provide students with timely written feedback on all assignments per academic guidelines. Track student attendance in both classroom and clinical session by monitoring the student sign in sheet. Provide the completed, original sign in sheet to administration. In case of an emergency during assigned classroom or clinical time, direct that the individual wishing to speak to you should call the school and speak to the Director of Nursing or another staff member. This person will notify the faculty member of the emergency. NCI Nursing Handbook 10 Nursing Program Policies Drug Screening Policy and Procedure All students admitted to the PN Program at NCI are required to submit to a drug test shortly after the SOS course is completed. Each student will report to a Quest Laboratory for drug screening. The student will have 48 hours to complete the drug screening from the time you are given instructions by a NCI representative. NCI will be provided with electronic confirmation that you have reported for the drug screen as well as the results of the test. This is MANDATORY information that will be placed in each student s file prior to being allowed into the clinical setting. A random drug test may also be required at any time during the program if the situation is warranted. The school may send you to a designated testing facility at the expense of the student, or the clinical facility may test you themselves. Failure to comply with this requirement may lead to suspension and/or termination from the program. In addition, the NCI clinical facilities may require students to submit to an additional urine drug screening. Further instruction will be provided by the Assistant Director of Nursing Clinical. Credit Granting Policy Transfer credit may be granted to those applicants who have completed courses at an accredited school which are comparable to the courses taught in this nursing program. The courses must have been completed within the past five years with a grade of 80% (B grade) or better. They will be required to take a written and practical exam in order to identify any areas that need remediation. The remediation will be scheduled when the student is not in class. The application/request must be made to the school at least two weeks prior to the desired entrance date. Official, sealed transcripts from the previous school attended must be presented at the time the request is made. Written and/or performance assessment may be required. The Director of the Program and the Director of the School must verify approval. Nursing Course Grading Guidelines The Nevada Career Institute of Practical Nursing Program uses the following grading system to evaluate the student s performance. Grading criteria for the successful completion of each course are found in each course syllabus. Weighting of exams, papers, presentations, and other assignments will be determined by each instructor and posted in the syllabus. NCI Nursing Handbook 11 Theory Courses A % B 80-89% F 79% and below Clinical Experience Pass/Fail Retention / Progression Policy To be eligible to progress within the nursing curricula, students must meet the following requirements: Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and achieve grades within nursing courses of no less than a B. Demonstrate safe clinical practice (refer to Safe/Unsafe Clinical Practice policy in this handbook). Remain in good standing with Nevada Career Institute and the Practical Nursing Program policies. Non-Discrimination Policy Nevada Career Institute nursing students will promote a positive image and be nonjudgmental in their attitudes in all interactions with clients, community and clinical agencies, each other, and NSC faculty and staff. Students will not refuse clinical assignments solely based on the race, gender, cultural origin, religion, or medical condition of the clients. Advising Beginning December 1, 2012, each nursing student will be assigned a nursing faculty advisor. The student and advisor will meet each semester to verify health documents, and review program requirements. It will be the student s responsibility to make a minimum of one an appointment per semester with their advisor. Dress Code The student must wear an official NCI uniform when in the clinical area or on home visits. Students must also wear the official NCI name badge that indicates he or she is a student at NCI Nursing Handbook 12 NCI. Students are expected to maintain appropriate levels of personal hygiene including cleanliness and neatness of uniforms and shoes. Student uniforms in class, lab, and clinical will consist of the appropriate NCI approved uniform top and pants. Pant ties must be tied and not appear below the uniform top. Hair must be clean, neat, contained and off the collar. Men without established beards will be clean-shaven. Beards must be short and neatly trimmed. In most clinical situations only the following jewelry is allowed: plain wedding band, watch, and one pair of stud earrings. No jeans or shorts of any color or type. No t-shirts, tank tops, halter tops, midriff, or sleeveless tops. No athletic or exercise sweat shirts, hoodies, or pants of any type. No open toe shoes, sandals, thongs or shoes with open backs. All clothing must be freshly laundered and pressed. Undergarments must be worn and not be visible through outer clothing. All dresses, skirts and culottes may be no shorter than 1 inch above the knee. White socks will be worn with uniforms. Stringent personal and oral hygiene is expected. Any scent with a strong odor is not permitted. This includes cigarette smoke smell and any perfume or cologne. No gum chewing. Nails must be clean, trimmed and short. No nail polish or false nails of any kind. No visible body piercing or tattoos. Attendance Students must attend classes according to their established schedules. Frequent absences and/or tardiness are cause for disciplinary action such as probation or termination. Theory Attendance The attendance policy is designed to ensure that Nevada Career Institute graduates the highest quality practical nurse. When a student is absent from theory, valuable information is missed that is part of the total learning experience. Every absence impacts on the gathering of information that allows a nurse to make educated decisions based on knowledge learned. The decisions you make regarding your patient care can result in a positive or a negative patient outcome. It is the belief of the PN Nursing Program that classroom attendance is important to academic achievement and professional development. Since nursing is a practice discipline, safe performance requires that learning in theory class be transferred to clinical decisionmaking. NCI Nursing Handbook 13 Students should review the course syllabus for specific details/regulations for each course. Students are expected to show courtesy toward others in the classroom. This includes being on time to class. Beepers and cell phones can be disruptive to the class and should be turned off during class. Students who are tardy for class must obtain a Tardy Slip from the administrative offices before reporting to the classroom. Students will be advised after the second tardy and monitored regularly for improved attendance. Excessive theory class absences or habitual tardiness will not be tolerated. Students having excessive absences will receive a Success Contract when absences and tardiness reaches three episodes of absence and/or tardiness during a term. Students whose theory attendance falls below 85% will be counseled regarding excessive absences and the student will receive an Attendance Success Contract. Students who are placed on an Attendance Success Contract are given thirty (30) days to raise their attendance to meet the required percentage. If the student s attendance is still below the minimum required at the end of the thirty-day period, a meeting with the Assistant Director of Nursing - Academic will be schedule with possible suspension from the program. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor, by telephone, if tardy or absent. Absence from Examinations Students are expected to take examinations at the time scheduled. A student who is absent from an examination because of illness or other imperative reason should contact the responsible faculty for permission to postpone the examination prior to the examination. Students should refer to the individual course syllabus for specific details/regulations for each course. Students who are absent at the time of a scheduled examination will receive a Success Contract outlining the conditions under which an alternative but equivalent examination can be undertaken. If a student fails to contact the faculty member to schedule the examination make-up or refuses to meet the conditions of the Success Contract shall then be required to meet with the Assistant Director of Nursing Academics or the Director of Nursing to discuss possible actions. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor, by telephone, if tardy or absent. Clinical Attendance Attendance is MANDATORY. Students will attend all clinical activities, pre-conferences and post-conferences. In the case of illness or other problems, students will notify their clinical instructor and/or the Assistant Director - Clinical or designee that they will be absent at least one hour before the scheduled experience. Activities missed
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