Oakland Community College
NURSING
STUDENT HANDBOOK
Department of Nursing
2020-2021
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Contents
Revisions ....................................................................................................................................................... 4
Section 1: College Policies ............................................................................................................................. 5
1.1 Appropriate Use of Information Technology ...................................................................................... 5
1.2 FERPA Notice ....................................................................................................................................... 5
1.3 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ................................................................................................ 5
1.4 Title IX ................................................................................................................................................. 6
1.5 Equal Opportunity/Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure ........................................................... 6
1.6 Public Safety ........................................................................................................................................ 6
1.7 Shared Governance ............................................................................................................................. 7
1.8 N Mark Non-Attendant Policy ............................................................................................................. 7
1.9 Mandated Reporter Status ................................................................................................................. 7
Section 2: Program Information ................................................................................................................... 9
2.1 Associate Degree Nursing ................................................................................................................... 9
2.2 Accreditation and Approval ................................................................................................................ 9
2.3 Program Costs ................................................................................................................................... 10
2.4 Program Goals/Outcomes ................................................................................................................. 10
2.5 Opportunities for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) ................................................................ 10
2.6 NUR Curriculum and Course Sequence Traditional Track, Fall-Start Cohort .................................... 12
2.7 NUR Curriculum and Course Sequence Traditional Track, Winter Start Cohort ............................... 13
2.8 NUR Curriculum and Course Sequence TPN Track ........................................................................... 14
2.9 Nursing Program Philosophy ............................................................................................................. 15
2.10 Leveled Student Learning Outcomes .............................................................................................. 15
Section 3: Pre-Nursing Application Requirements & Selection .................................................................. 17
Section 4: Nursing Program General Policies .............................................................................................. 19
4.1 Criminal History and Drug Screening ................................................................................................ 19
4.2 Physical Requirements ...................................................................................................................... 20
4.3 Pre-clinical Certification Requirements ............................................................................................ 22
4.4 Role of the Nursing Student Requirements, Expectations, and Standards ................................... 22
4.5 Employment ...................................................................................................................................... 23
4.6 Tuition and Financial Aid ................................................................................................................... 23
4.7 E-mail ................................................................................................................................................ 24
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4.8 Professional Behavior Policies .......................................................................................................... 24
4.9 Professional Recognition (Gifts) ........................................................................................................ 25
Section 5: Academic Policies ....................................................................................................................... 27
5.1 Academic Honesty ............................................................................................................................ 27
5.2 Grades and Passing ........................................................................................................................... 27
5.3 Theory Grading ................................................................................................................................. 28
5.4 Incomplete (I) Marks ......................................................................................................................... 28
5.5 Clinical Grading ................................................................................................................................. 29
5.6 Portfolio ............................................................................................................................................ 29
5.7 Progression ....................................................................................................................................... 30
5.8 Repeat Policy and Termination ......................................................................................................... 31
5.9 Drops or Withdrawals ....................................................................................................................... 31
5.10 Inactive Status ................................................................................................................................. 32
5.11 Criteria for Readmission ................................................................................................................. 32
5.12 Academic Appeals Policy ................................................................................................................. 32
Section 6: Classroom Policies ...................................................................................................................... 33
6.1 Theory Attendance and Make-Up Days ............................................................................................ 33
6.2 Cancellation of Theory Class Due to Weather .................................................................................. 33
6.3 Taping/Recording of Classes ............................................................................................................. 33
6.4 Disruptive Behavior ........................................................................................................................... 33
6.5 Exams ................................................................................................................................................ 33
6.6 Medication Calculation Testing ......................................................................................................... 34
6.7 Learning Environment ....................................................................................................................... 35
Section 7: Clinical Policies ........................................................................................................................... 37
7.1 Clinical Attendance and Tardiness .................................................................................................... 37
7.2 Cancellation of Clinical Due to Weather ........................................................................................... 37
7.3 NSA Conventions ............................................................................................................................... 38
7.4 Placements ........................................................................................................................................ 38
7.5 Transportation .................................................................................................................................. 39
7.6 Required Materials ............................................................................................................................ 39
7.7 Clinical Dress Code and Uniform ....................................................................................................... 39
7.8 Clinical Professional Dress Code ....................................................................................................... 40
7.9 Student Responsibilities in Clinical ................................................................................................... 41
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7.10 Medication Administration ............................................................................................................. 41
7.11 Clinical Quality and Safety Initiatives .............................................................................................. 41
Section 8: Resources ................................................................................................................................... 43
8.1 Academic Advisement ....................................................................................................................... 43
8.2 D2L .................................................................................................................................................... 43
8.3 MyOCC .............................................................................................................................................. 43
8.4 Tutoring Services ............................................................................................................................... 43
8.5 International Student Services .......................................................................................................... 43
8.6 Veterans Affairs ................................................................................................................................. 43
8.7 Student Organizations....................................................................................................................... 44
8.8 Graduation, Ceremonies and Honors ............................................................................................... 44
8.9 Directory ........................................................................................................................................... 47
Appendix A: Leveled Student Learning Outcomes...................................................................................... 49
Appendix B: Forms ...................................................................................................................................... 57
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Revisions
2020-21 Edition
The contents of this handbook are subject to change based on departmental decisions,
legislative changes, contractual obligations, or editorial corrections. The most current edition
will supersede any previous editions, unless otherwise indicated. In addition to this
handbook, nursing students are subject to all external agency policies and Oakland
Community College policies and procedures as listed in the Oakland Community College
catalog, schedule of classes, and student handbook.
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Section 1: College Policies
Current College policies, including the Academic Appeals policy, and the college-wide
Student Handbook are available online: https://www.oaklandcc.edu/college-
policies/default.aspx. (The numbering system below is strictly for ease of use in this Nursing
Student Handbook.)
1.1 Appropriate Use of Information Technology
Information technology resources (computers, voice and data networks, electronic data and
information) are provided by Oakland Community College to its faculty, administration, and
students in support of the college mission. OCC's Technology Appropriate Use Regulations
(TAUR) document outlines the appropriate use of college information technology resources:
https://www.oaklandcc.edu/TAUR/.
1.2 FERPA Notice
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 was established to protect
the privacy of student educational records.
Only certain employees of Oakland Community College, acting individually or collectively in
the educational interest of the student, are allowed access to educational records.
When the collection of personally identifiable information is specifically authorized by federal
law, any data collected by such officials shall be protected in a manner which will not permit
the personal identification of students and their parents by other than those officials, and
such personally identifiable data shall be destroyed when no longer needed.
Except as allowed and required by law, no personally identifiable information from a
student’s educational record will be disclosed to any third party (including parent, spouse or
other students) by an official or employee of the College without prior written consent of the
student.
In compliance with federal regulations, no information regarding a student’s grade or class
standing will be given out over the phone or via e-mail unless a statement of permission is
on file in the nursing office. Once a student files a statement of permission, the decision to
discuss student grades or class standing via e-mail or phone lies solely with the faculty.
1.3 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Oakland Community College (OCC) is committed to removing barriers to education that may
be experienced by students with disabilities by providing appropriate academic support and
accommodations. The Rehabilitation Act of 1073 (Section 504) and the American with
Disabilities Act (ADA) regulate the provision of services and accommodations for students
with disabilities in higher education. The Accessibility Compliance Center and Educational
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Support Services (ACCESS) offices are responsible for providing OCC students with
accommodations: https://www.oaklandcc.edu/access/default.aspx.
1.4 Title IX
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any program or activity including, but
not limited to: Educational programs or activities, e.g., student services, academic
counseling, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, athletics, admissions, recruitment,
financial aid, etc.
Members of the college community who believe that a Title IX violation may have occurred,
should discuss their concerns and/or file a complaint with the college’s Title IX coordinator.
Visit this page for the coordinator's contact information and information on the Title IX
training for students: https://www.oaklandcc.edu/publicsafety/title-ix.aspx.
1.5 Equal Opportunity/Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure
Oakland Community College, pursuant to the requirements of applicable law and these
policies, does not discriminate against applicants, employees or students on the basis of
race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, veteran status, sex, age, height, weight,
marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or handicap, nor
will sexual harassment or harassment based on other classifications mentioned herein, be
tolerated, in its employment practices and/or educational programs or activities.
Concerns about the above should be communicated to:
Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer
Oakland Community College
2480 Opdyke Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-2266
(248) 341-2027
1.6 Public Safety
Oakland Community College's Department of Public Safety is made up of sworn police
officers with the authority equivalent to that of any law enforcement agency. They are
trained to the same standards of any municipal police force with specialized training in basic
first aid and CPR, criminal law, investigative techniques, human relations, firearm skills and
defensive tactics. OCC’s Public Safety department works closely with local, county, state,
and federal agencies and regularly uses state and national law enforcement networks to
check records and enter information on stolen property. Website:
https://www.oaklandcc.edu/publicsafety/default.aspx.
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1.7 Shared Governance
The opportunity for shared governance is extended to the students of Oakland Community
College by the Board of Trustees and college administration. Students are invited to
participate in college, campus and Department of Nursing committees.
1.8 N Mark Non-Attendant Policy
This mark is awarded to students who, though registered, never attended class, did not
officially drop, and (if an online or hybrid class) have no gradable work. Marks of "N" do not
satisfy prerequisites and are non-transferable. This mark is not used in the calculation of
GPA, but it may affect eligibility for financial aid. Instructors confirm non-attendance by the
"N" Mark Report Date (found in MyOCC/Online Services for each section) and then submit
their "N" marks to the institution. Students who have received an "N" mark will not be
permitted to enter the class, nor will the student be able to drop the class. After the "N" mark
has been submitted, a change of grade will not be accepted for the student. College Grading
Policy: https://www.oaklandcc.edu/academics/grading-policy/default.aspx.
Revised April, 2018
1.9 Mandated Reporter Status
The Michigan Child Protection Law, 1975 PS 238, MCL 722.621 requires the reporting of
child abuse and neglect by certain persons called mandated reporters and permits the
reporting of child abuse and neglect by all persons. This includes persons who hold positions
as teachers and nurses. As such, student should be aware that mandated reporters are
required to report suspected child abuse and neglect to the Michigan Department of Health
and Human Services.
Revised May 2019
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Section 2: Program Information
2.1 Associate Degree Nursing
The Oakland Community College (OCC) Department of Nursing offers the Associate Degree
Nursing curriculum. The program leads to an Associate Degree in Applied Science and
prepares the graduates to provide direct nursing care at a beginning-staff-level in a variety of
health care settings. Successful completion of the program requirements qualifies the
students to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses
(NCLEX-RN). Satisfactory achievement on this examination qualifies the graduates for
licensure as Registered Nurses (RN).
The Oakland Community College nursing program prepares graduates to take the NCLEX
exam in the state of Michigan. Graduates who plan to practice in other states should review
those requirements via that particular Board of Nursing. Information regarding the individual
state board of nursing information can be obtained at https://www.ncsbn.org/
Revised June 2020
The nursing program is designed as a full-time program of study. There are two tracks
offered:
1. Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) - Traditional Track: The ADN track is a 64.5 65.5
credit-hour program, which is offered at the Highland Lakes Campus; however, theory
and lab courses may be held at other campuses. This track may be completed in 4 ½
semesters. Admission to the ADN track occurs through a selection process during the
winter semester of each academic year. Applicants who satisfy the admission
procedures and requirements, according to the Nursing Admission Guide, are eligible
candidates for selection for the fall or winter semester. Transfer students from other
institutions must meet the same selection criteria.
2. Transitional LPN to ADN Track (TPN): Licensed practical nurses can apply for selection
into the TPN track, which is offered at the Southfield Campus; however, theory and lab
courses may be held at other campuses. The TPN track is a 62 credit-hour program that
may be completed in 1 ½ years. Two and a half credit hours are granted for advanced
placement.
Revised July 2017
2.2 Accreditation and Approval
Oakland Community College is a fully accredited member of the North Central Association of
Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Nursing Program has been in operation since 1965
and received approval by the Michigan Board of Nursing (phone: (517) 335-0918) in 1976,
1986, 1989, 1998 and 2002. The program is an agency member of the National League for
Nursing (NLN) and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in
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Nursing, Inc. (ACEN): 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA, 30326. Web:
https://www.acenursing.org. Phone: (404) 975-5000. Fax: (404) 975-5020.
2.3 Program Costs
Please refer to the College Catalog or Schedule of Classes for tuition and fees. Additional
expenses include:
background check (including drug
screen and fingerprinting)
physical exam & immunizations
tuberculosis screening
certificate in Basic Life Support for
the Health Care Provider
ACEMAPP
complete uniform
stethoscope
books and supplies
Second year students can expect approximately $500 in additional expenses for the NCLEX-
RN application, licensure application, and school pin (optional).
2.4 Program Goals/Outcomes
The curriculum of the OCC nursing program fulfills the educational requirements to achieve
an Associate in Applied Science-Nursing Degree. The goals/outcomes are that the program:
Prepares the graduate to pass the NCLEX-RN licensing examination for registered
nurses (RN) upon their initial attempt,
Prepares the graduate to qualify for entry level employment in a variety of health care
settings, and
Provides a foundation for further academic endeavors
2.5 Opportunities for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Oakland Community College has developed nursing program articulation agreements with
several universities, designed to facilitate educational mobility for OCC ADN graduates and
provide opportunities for a BSN degree in an educationally sound, expeditious, and cost-
effective manner. More information about these programs can be obtained from the
Counseling Department.
Current articulations with colleges offering RN to BSN programs for OCC students:
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Concordia UniversityAnn Arbor
(in progress)
Davenport University
Eastern Michigan University
Ferris State University
Madonna University (in progress)
Michigan State University
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Oakland University (Bachelors of
Science)
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Michigan - Flint
University of Phoenix
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University (in
progress)
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2.6 NUR Curriculum and Course Sequence
Traditional Track, Fall-Start Cohort
FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester, 15 weeks
NUR 1290 Pharmacology for Nurses 2.0 credits
NUR 1410 Foundations of Nursing 7.0 credits
Total 9.0 credits
Winter Semester
1
st
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 1450 Clinical Nursing Skills 0.5 credit
NUR 1510* Nursing of Childbearing Family 4.0 credits
2
nd
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 1460 Integrated Physical Assessment and Decision Making Skills I 0.5 credit
NUR 1520* Nursing of Adults Mental Health and Maladaptive Behavior 4.0 credits
Total 9.0 credits
Summer Semester, first 7 ½ weeks only (May/June)
NUR 1470 Integrated Physical Assessment and Decision Making Skills II 0.5 credit
NUR 1530* Nursing of Adults I 4.0 credits
Total 4.5 credits
SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
1
st
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2510** Nursing of Children and Families 4.0 credits
2
nd
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2520** Nursing of Adults II 4.0 credits
Total 8.0 credits
Winter Semester
1
st
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2530** Nursing of Adults III 4.0 credits
2
nd
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2540 Transition to Graduate Role 4.0 credits
Total 8.0 credits
* NUR 1510, NUR 1520, and NUR 1530 may be taken in any order.
** NUR 2510, NUR 2520, and NUR 2530 may be taken in any order.
Revised July 2017
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2.7 NUR Curriculum and Course Sequence
Traditional Track, Winter Start Cohort
FIRST YEAR
Winter Semester, 15 weeks
NUR 1290 Pharmacology for Nurses 2.0 credits
NUR 1410 Foundations of Nursing 7.0 credits
Total 9.0 credits
Summer Semester, first 7 ½ weeks only (May/June)
NUR 1450 Clinical Nursing Skills 0.5 credit
NUR 1510* Nursing of Childbearing Family 4.0 credits
Total 4.5 credits
Fall Semester
1
st
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 1460 Integrated Physical Assessment and Decision Making Skills I 0.5 credit
NUR 1520* Nursing of Adults Mental Health and Maladaptive Behavior 4.0 credits
2
nd
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 1470 Integrated Physical Assessment and Decision Making Skills II 0.5 credit
NUR 1530* Nursing of Adults I 4.0 credits
Total 9.0 credits
SECOND YEAR
Winter Semester
1
st
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2510** Nursing of Children and Families 4.0 credits
2
nd
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2520** Nursing of Adults II 4.0 credits
Total 8.0 credits
Fall Semester
1
st
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2530** Nursing of Adults III 4.0 credits
2
nd
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2540 Transition to Graduate Role 4.0 credits
Total 8.0 credits
* NUR 1510, NUR 1520, and NUR 1530 may be taken in any order.
** NUR 2510, NUR 2520, and NUR 2530 may be taken in any order.
Revised July 2017
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2.8 NUR Curriculum and Course Sequence
TPN Track
Summer Semester, second 7 ½ weeks only (July/August)
NUR 1290 Pharmacology for Nurses 2.0 credits
NUR 1460 Integrated Physical Assessment and Decision Making Skills I 0.5 credit
Total 2.5 credits
Fall Semester
1
st
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 1470 Integrated Physical Assessment and Decision Making Skills II 0.5 credit
NUR 1811 Foundations for the Transition to the Registered Nurse Role 5.0 credits
2
nd
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 1520 Nursing of Adults Mental Health and Maladaptive Behavior 4.0 credits
Total 9.5 credits
Total
Winter Semester
1
st
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2520 Nursing of Adults II 4.0 credits
2
nd
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 1812 Childbearing Foundations for the Transition to the Registered 2.0 credits
Nurse Role
Total 6.0 credits
Summer Semester, first 7 ½ weeks only (May/June)
NUR 2510 Nursing of Children and Families 4.0 credits
Total 4.0 credits
Fall Semester
1
st
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2530 Nursing of Adults III 4.0 credits
2
nd
7 ½ weeks:
NUR 2540 Transition to Graduate Role 4.0 credits
Total 8.0 credits
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2.9 Nursing Program Philosophy
The nursing program philosophy reflects the overall mission of education at Oakland
Community College and includes the key values of accessibility, affordability, diversity and
inclusion, excellence, relevance, and social responsibility.
The nursing program philosophy focuses on the acquisition of knowledge within multiple
domains. The Nursing Domain emphasizes concepts that are fundamental to the provision
of nursing care for the multidimensional human being in a complex health care system. The
Human Domain reflects the holistic nature of the practice of nursing and provides the
foundation for exploration of the human being. The Health Care Domain is the context for
curricular application of the Nursing and Human Being concepts.
The curriculum of the nursing program, which incorporates principles of adult learning, is
designed for the successful development of key nursing values. These values are acquired
throughout the program as students are socialized to professional nursing practice within
the current health care arena.
The completion of the Nursing Curriculum ensures that graduates have the knowledge,
skills, and attitudes that are necessary for professional licensure, entry level employment,
and provides a solid foundation for further academic endeavors.
Revised April 2018
2.10 Leveled Student Learning Outcomes
Refer to Appendix A.
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Section 3: Pre-Nursing Application Requirements & Selection
Pre-nursing application requirements and selection information are currently available in the
Nursing Admission Guide on the nursing website.
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Section 4: Nursing Program General Policies
The following requirements are conditions of admission and continuation in the nursing
program. Any nursing student who does not comply with these regulations, prior to the start
of instruction will be denied entrance to the clinical component.
4.1 Criminal History and Drug Screening
1. Criminal Background Check: All selected nursing students must undergo a criminal
history check at the student's expense, including fingerprinting, to verify that they are
eligible for admission to the program.
Either of the following will preclude eligibility for admission:
a. A felony or any attempt to commit a felony within the fifteen (15) years immediately
preceding the date of the criminal history check; or
b. A misdemeanor within the ten (10) years immediately preceding the criminal history
check,
Moreover, any enrolled student in the program who is arrested for any felony or
misdemeanor (including, but not limited to, misdemeanor or felony traffic violations, i.e.
Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol – OUIL, Operating While Impaired – OWI, etc.)
must contact the Dean of Nursing and Health Professions at (248) 942-3335, within 72
hours of the arrest. Pending verification of the violation, the Dean of Nursing and Health
Professions will then decide further subsequent actions needed related to continued
status. A felony or misdemeanor conviction will preclude continued enrollment in the
nursing program.
a. Drug Screening: The Department of Nursing follows and enforces the Oakland
Community College and the clinical affiliated agencies' policy of maintaining a drug-
free campus and work place. Therefore, a negative result on a urine drug screen test
(no drugs found) is a requirement for admission into the nursing program.
All students selected for admission must have a urine drug screen test at their own
expense and must be drug free in order to be eligible for admission. If the result of the
drug test comes back indicating that the urine sample is positive, too dilute to measure,
not completed by the deadline or otherwise unreadable, the student must submit a hair
sample for testing at the student’s expense. Students with "conditional positive" or
"positive" results will be advised by the Dean of Nursing and Health Professions or a
designee appointed by the dean.
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2. Drugs, Intoxicants, and Mind Altering Substances:
Success in both nursing as a student and as a practitioner requires sound nursing
judgment and positive professional relationships with the community, the personnel and
the patient. Behavior that threatens these relationships or alters judgment will endanger
nursing effectiveness. For this reason, students are expected to abstain from the use of
illegal or mind altering substances before or during any contact with faculty, staff, or
patients. Although legal in the state of Michigan, this includes the use of recreational
and medically prescribed marijuana or other forms of ingestible tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC). Prior to and during clinical experiences students are expected to abstain from any
prescribed drug that could impair judgment or function.
Students who arouse the suspicion of the instructor may be subject to a drug screen for
any substance, at the student’s expense. Declining to submit to a drug screen may result
in dismissal from the program. There is zero tolerance for breaches of this policy.
Documented use of mind-altering or illegal drugs or substances will result in immediate
dismissal from the program and failure in the nursing course in which the student is
enrolled. Students will be ineligible for readmission to the program under these
circumstances.
4.2 Physical Requirements
1. A current health history and physical examination are required prior to starting the first
clinical nursing course of the program. The Physical Exam Form and Health History Form
are available from the nursing office. Students who drop out of the nursing program for
more than one year must have another physical examination and have the appropriate
forms on file prior to resuming clinical experiences.
2. Tuberculosis (TB) clearance must be completed annually in July and requires a negative
TB skin test or negative TB blood test. If the test result is positive, then additional
physician clearance is required and a TB Screening Questionnaire is required annually
thereafter. (TB clearance is good for one year from the date of clearance and must be
valid throughout the entire academic year— i.e. it must not be due to expire prior to June
30 of the following year.)
3. To remain fully active in the program, students must meet the standards as listed in the
Nursing Student Role Requirements and Expectations, section 4.4.
4. Immunizations: Nurses and those studying nursing are at risk for increased exposure to
certain preventable infectious diseases and other health hazards. It is important for
nurses to be immunized properly for protection against these diseases and for
prevention of spread among patients in the hospitals and clinics. In addition, nurses
must rigidly adhere to special precautions to minimize risks.
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Immunization documentation is required as follows:
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) – 1.) Birth date prior to 1957 OR 2.) Positive
titers for all three OR 3.) Proof of vaccination (series of two)
Varicella (Chickenpox) – 1.) Positive titer OR 2.) Proof of vaccination (series of
two) OR 3.) Proof of past diseases from treating physician at the time of disease
Tdap – Proof of vaccination in the last seven years for Pertussis, Tetanus, and
Diphtheria
Hepatitis B 1.) Positive titer and Student Release form OR 2.) Proof of
vaccination (series of three) and Student Release form OR 3.) Signed and
notarized Student Release form if declining vaccination
Influenza – Proof of seasonal influenza vaccination, completed annually
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.
5. A student with a history of chemical, latex or other sensitivities/allergies is responsible
for taking proper precautions and notifying the clinical and lab faculty.
6. Health insurance is strongly encouraged. The college, the health care facilities, and
Workman's Compensation do not cover the students against accidents or illness.
Students are responsible for the cost of any medical or emergency care.
7. Change in Health Status (rev. April 2018)
a) Any student experiencing any significant change in their health status from that
documented in the Health History and Physical Examination admission forms is
required to immediately notify the Department of Nursing.
b) Any student experiencing a significant change in health status (for example: surgery,
childbirth, or newly diagnosed illness) that necessitates significant interruption in
clinical coursework is required to submit a completed
Medical Clearance for Return
to Clinical Practice Session
s form prior to return to the clinical practice sessions.
c) The
Medical Clearance for Return to Clinical Practice Sessions
form may be found on
the D2L Nursing Student Resource Site or in the Nursing Student Handbook. The
form, completed by a physician, a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant
verifies that the student can perform the Role Requirements and Expectations,
section 4.4, and that the student can participate in clinical practice sessions fully and
safely without jeopardizing their own or others’ health and well-being.
d) The student who is unable to assume the Role Requirements and Expectations of a
Nursing Student, section 4.4, may not participate in clinical practice sessions. Clinical
agency policies regarding the health and “return to work restrictions” for clinical
personnel will supersede all others.
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e) If a student is unable to assume the responsibilities of a nursing student, it is the
student’s responsibility to discuss the following options with the theory faculty:
i. A withdrawal from the course (refer to academic policies on progression,
grades, and repeated courses)
ii. An incomplete contract for an “I” mark to complete the course by a specified
date
4.3 Pre-clinical Certification Requirements
1. Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (BLS-HCP): Evidence of current BLS
Healthcare Provider Certification through the American Heart Association or the
American Red Cross, completed in the month of July. (BLS certification is typically good
for two years (expiration will be shown on card) and must be valid throughout the entire
academic year— i.e. it must not be due to expire prior to June 30 of the following year.)
(Rev. July 2017)
2. Each student admitted to the nursing program is required to complete the HIPAA, OSHA,
and Blood Borne Pathogens assessments successfully, which are administered via
ACEMAPP (michigan.acemapp.org). These assessments must be renewed annually. The
annual fee is $50 (as of 2017). Additional clinical requirements (immunizations, CPR,
etc.) are entered into the ACEMAPP site by the nursing office staff shortly after they are
received from the student. All ACEMAPP requirements must be kept current.
3. All external agency-specific requirements must be completed in a timely manner, prior to
the start of
each
new clinical placement assignment.
4.4 Role of the Nursing Student Requirements, Expectations, and Standards
The role requirements and expectations of the nursing student are:
1. Mental, emotional and physical ability and stamina to plan and implement
care for patients.
2. Emotional maturity and stability to approach highly stressful situations in a
calm, safe and rational manner, to make timely clinical decisions such as
selecting the correct technique, equipment and safety measures, to assure
comprehensive and safe care of patients.
3. Physical abilities to competently perform activities that are essential to the
program curriculum and the profession:
a. Sufficient visual acuity for accurate assessment and nursing care, such as required in the
accurate preparation and administration of medications and for the observation of patients.
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b. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from members of the
health care team and to assess the health status of patients through monitoring
devices, such as stethoscopes, monitors, intravenous infusion pumps, fire alarms,
bed alarms, call lights, etc.
c. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement skills
required in meeting the health care needs of patients, including the manipulation of
equipment.
d. Sufficient physical abilities for prolonged standing and walking to successfully move
about in patient rooms, work and treatment areas, and to administer
cardiopulmonary procedures.
e. Sufficient physical strength and stamina to push, pull and transfer objects and persons
more than one-hundred pounds.
Revised April 2018
Students should note that certain clinical skills such as vital signs or basic physical
assessments will be performed on one another under the supervision of a faculty member. If
a student has a concern, the student shall notify the faculty as soon as possible.
Revised April 2019
4.5 Employment
The Nursing Program is very demanding. It is recommended that students limit employment
to a maximum of twenty-four (24) hours per week. Additionally, students may not work the
night shift prior to a morning clinical assignment or the morning shift prior to an afternoon
clinical assignment. Failure to comply with this rule will result in not allowing the student to
attend clinical.
4.6 Tuition and Financial Aid
Per college policy, students who do not pay tuition by the deadline will be deregistered.
Students are to sign up for payment plans, as well as explore scholarship opportunities in
order to avoid deregistration Nursing students who are deregistered due to non-payment will
not be registered again in the same semester. They will be registered in the next semester
contingent on available space. Students who have been deregistered and have not yet
started the program may lose their seat in the program.
Courses dropped in the second half of the semester may cause the student to owe a
balance for any financial aid that was awarded at the beginning of the semester.
Students who receive financial assistance have an ethical responsibility to repay their
student loans.
Revised April 2019
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4.7 E-mail
Due to FERPA, to maintain student confidentiality, nursing faculty will only communicate with
students using their OCC student e-mail addresses.
4.8 Professional Behavior Policies
Violations of any professional behavior policy or college policy may result in academic
discipline. Academic disciplinary actions range from a letter of reprimand to a failing course
grade and/or dismissal from the nursing program or college.
1. Student Responsibilities for Professional Behavior
Students must comply with the policies of the college, the nursing department, and the
assigned clinical agencies including those policies that involve:
Accountability
Academic honesty
Confidentiality
Ethical behavior
Professional conduct
2. Social Networking
The use of cell phones in the classroom or clinical lab is not allowed for personal use. The
use of cell phones in the clinical area for educational purposes is dependent on the
agency’s policy.
Privacy: The student is not to transmit or post online any individually identifiable information
about a student, faculty or patient. Students must behave responsibly and adhere to privacy
policies. OCC nursing students are held accountable to the rules and regulations of HIPAA,
other laws and the clinical agencies policies and procedures. Violations of the rules and
regulations may result in criminal and/or civil liability and academic disciplinary actions.
Academic disciplinary actions are taken for unprofessional behavior such as, but not limited
to:
Vulgar language
Display or use of language or photographs that imply disrespect
Posting potentially inflammatory or unflattering material
Fraudulently presenting oneself as college faculty or a representative of the college
Students should evaluate their postings with the understanding that they could potentially
be viewed by a patient, educational institution or employer.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has published guidelines in
professional behavior and social media use. Two brochures, “Professional Boundaries
Brochure” and “NSNA Social Media Guidelines,” are available on both the NCSBN website
(www.ncsbn.org) and the OCC Student Resource Site on D2L. Due to the severity of
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potential consequences for unprofessional behaviors, inappropriate social media usage,
and HIPAA violations, each OCC nursing student must read and abide by the guidelines
established in these publications.
4.9 Professional Recognition (Gifts)
Although appreciated, nursing faculty may not accept personal gifts from students. If you
wish to acknowledge a faculty member, we recommend a letter written to the instructor or a
small donation to the OCC Foundation Nursing Scholarship. All contributions are an act of
professional giving and recognition. Furthermore, contributions will support the education of
future nursing students and thereby support the future of the nursing profession.
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Section 5: Academic Policies
5.1 Academic Honesty
Academic honesty involves scholarship integrity, truth, honesty, the value of knowledge and
the production of independent work.
Violations of Academic Honesty: There are many different forms of academic dishonesty. A
partial list of violations follows, which are representative of unacceptable academic conduct.
Cheating: Copying or sharing exam answers; presenting false self-identification;
using study guides, notes or books that are unauthorized or at inappropriate times;
using unauthorized technology during exams; looking at other students’ work during
an exam or during an assignment for which collaboration has been barred; allowing
another to do work and submitting the work as one’s own; or intentionally
undertaking any activity that results in an unfair advantage over other students.
Plagiarism: Using an idea, phrase or other material from a source without proper
acknowledgement of the source or copying or submitting work done by another as
one’s own work. This can be done in the form of paraphrasing without reference to
the source, rearranging another’s words and using them as one’s own, or quoting
another without the use of quotation marks and reference to the source material.
Facilitating academic dishonesty: Aiding another in an act that violates academic
honest.
Misrepresentation/Fabrication: Falsifying information, citation or data; or
misrepresenting oneself or one’s status in the college.
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty may include a letter of reprimand, a failing grade on
a test or paper, a failing grade in the course, dismissal from the program or dismissal from
the college.
5.2 Grades and Passing
1. Successful completion of a nursing course (NUR) requires:
a. A passing grade, at least 80% (B- or above), achieved in the theory component
AND
b. In any NUR course with a clinical component, “satisfactory” achievement in this
component for all leveled student learning outcomes
If either requirement is not met (grade below 80% OR unsatisfactory in clinical), the
student will fail the course.
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2. Final Grade for the Course:
a. If SATISFACTORY achievement in the clinical component, the final grade will be
the letter grade earned in the theory component.
b. If UNSATISFACTORY in the clinical component and did not complete the theory
component of the course or sit for the final exam, the final grade will be a WS
mark, which may negatively affect any financial aid awards.
c. If UNSATISFACTORY in the clinical component and did complete the theory
component, the final grade will be “F” and will negatively affect the grade point
average. A grade of “F” may also affect any future financial aid awards.
For more information regarding F grades and WS marks, refer to the college grading
policies.
5.3 Theory Grading
Theory grades are based on the total number of points achieved through quizzes, exams and
other course requirements. Each course syllabus includes a point-to-percentage scale and
states the minimum number of test points and other requirements needed to achieve a
cumulative passing grade at 80% on theory exams points. Once a student has achieved the
required 80%, then the student must achieve 80% on each course assignment. There is no
rounding up of points. The following is the basic percentage scale used for all theory NUR
courses:
Passing Grades
A 92 100%
A- 90 91%
B+ 87 89%
B 83 86%
B- 80 82%
Unsatisfactory Grades
C+ 78 79%
C 75 77%
C- 73 74%
D+ 71 72%
D 68 70%
F 67% and below,
or clinical
unsatisfactory
Unsatisfactory Marks
W Student-initiated
Withdrawal
WS Stopped attending
N Never attended
5.4 Incomplete (I) Marks
This mark will be used sparingly and only when an emergency prevents a student from
completing course work during the regular college session. Before the faculty assigns an
incomplete, the student is responsible for completing a written agreement with them. This
agreement details the requirements to be met for the completion of the incomplete. The
student will not be registered for a course in which he or she has a current mark of I.
Without prior faculty-initiated action to change the Incomplete, this mark will become a WS
one year subsequent to its original issue.
Students returning to complete an I mark must successfully complete the Medication
Calculation Proficiency Test by the third theory course meeting. With the exception of the
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Medication Calculation Proficiency Test, all other previous grades are counted and the
student may not be rescored on any previously taken exams or assignments.
For more information about incomplete marks, refer to the college grading policies.
5.5 Clinical Grading
1. Continued Progress and Improvement in Clinical: Continued observation of the student
will be made and any remediation will be provided and documented. The student is
expected to continue to demonstrate satisfactory performance in all student learning
outcomes from prior nursing courses and to demonstrate improvement as the semester
progresses. Students will also be expected to utilize skills and knowledge learned in all
prerequisite, co-requisite, general education, supportive, and nursing courses.
2. Unsatisfactory Performance in Clinical: If the student continues to demonstrate
unsatisfactory clinical performance, they will fail the clinical component and
subsequently fail the course. Continued unsatisfactory performance may necessitate, at
the recommendation of the clinical faculty, an assignment other than direct patient care.
The student has the right to continue to attend the theory component until the end of the
semester. Consistent with agency affiliation agreements, the hospital or clinical agency
has the right to request the college to remove any student whose work or conduct may
be unsatisfactory to the hospital or clinical agency.
3. Communication of Student Progress in Clinical: Ongoing open communication between
the faculty and student will provide the student with information about their progress
and suggest areas that need improvement. Communication Records are used as a tool
to facilitate this communication. These forms are completed by faculty and signed by the
student, and the student will receive a copy. The faculty will inform the student when
performance is unsatisfactory or student learning outcomes are not being achieved in
the clinical area. The instructor and the student will arrange an individual conference to
specify a written remediation plan.
4. Final Evaluation: At the conclusion of each clinical rotation, faculty will complete a
Clinical Evaluation, which reflects the leveled student outcomes for each course. (A copy
of this form is included in the course syllabus.) A clinical evaluation of “satisfactory” on
each student learning outcome is required to pass the course. Faculty will also prepare
an Evaluation Action Plan (E.A.P.) with strengths and areas for growth. It will be reviewed
with the student who will then develop an action plan. Each student will receive a copy of
their E.A.P and is responsible for submitting this plan to the clinical faculty of the next
course. (Rev. April, 2018)
5.6 Portfolio
Each student in the nursing program is required to develop and maintain a portfolio. This
program requirement is to assist the student in assuming responsibility for professional
growth and to value learning as a lifelong process. The syllabus for each course that
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contains a clinical component will identify the portfolio guidelines and the required content.
Portfolios are reviewed by the clinical faculty with each clinical rotation.
5.7 Progression
Nursing courses are sequenced and must be taken in order indicated in the Nursing
Curriculum, and in accordance with published prerequisites and co-requisites. The
prerequisites and co-requisites for each nursing course are listed in their course
descriptions in the College Catalog. Therefore:
1.
Students must successfully complete the Level I courses—NUR 1290 and NUR
1410—in the sessions in which they are offered, before progressing to the Level II
nursing courses.
2.
Students must successfully complete Level II lab courses—NUR 1450, NUR 1460 and
NUR 1470in order and in the sessions in which they are offered.
3.
Students must successfully complete the Level II courses—NUR 1510, NUR 1520
and NUR 1530—in the sessions in which they are offered, concurrently with NUR
1450, NUR 1460 or NUR 1470.
4.
Students must successfully complete all designated first year NUR courses (Level I
and Level II) before progressing to Level III of the second year nursing courses.
5.
Students must successfully complete the Level III courses—NUR 2510, NUR 2520,
and NUR 2530—in the sessions in which they are offered, before progressing to NUR
2540 (Level IV).
Students who are out of sequence due to one (1) unsuccessful attempt, or for personal
reasons, will return based on a revised sequence of courses developed by the faculty and
dean. The semester and course to return is contingent on availability of space and course
offerings. The student’s input and financial situation (e.g. financial aid status) will be taken
into consideration.
Students who do not successfully complete a NUR course must drop any and all NUR
courses for which they are registered, and which have not started:
a)
If the prerequisites for the upcoming courses have not been met. (For example, if the
student does not pass the last course in the first year sequence, they must drop any
second year courses. If the prerequisites have been met, then the student may
continue to the next course.)
b)
If it is the second unsuccessful attempt and the student is no longer eligible to
continue in the program.
Courses dropped in the second half of the semester may cause the student to owe a
balance for any financial aid that was awarded at the beginning of the semester.
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5.8 Repeat Policy and Termination
A student may repeat a NUR course only once (registration and attendance of one or more
class meetings constitutes repeating the course). When a student must repeat a course due
to a failing grade or mark, all course requirements must be repeated, including all clinical
days.
If the student fails or withdraws twice from any NUR course, the student will be ineligible to
continue in any of the OCC nursing programs. If the student accrues any two of the following
grades or marks, or combination thereof, in any NUR courses, the student will be ineligible
to continue or seek admission in any of the OCC nursing programs: W, WS, or theory grade
below 80% (C+ and below).
A course that is dropped
prior to the first day of class
and does not receive a grade or mark
will not count toward the repeat policy.
A grade below passing in NUR 1290 Pharmacology for Nurses will count toward the repeat
policy. Additionally, nursing courses taken simultaneously in the same session will each be
counted individually. For example, NUR 1450 and NUR 1510 taken in the same 7-1/2 week
session, each with a withdrawal or grade below passing will both count toward the repeat
policy.
5.9 Drops or Withdrawals
Students who decide to drop a required course or withdraw from the nursing program for
personal or academic reasons should notify their nursing faculty at the time of their decision
before taking an official action.
1. If becoming inactive, an Inactive Status Form must be completed in the nursing office to
be eligible for readmission. If exiting the program, an Exit Form must be completed in the
nursing office.
2. No student will be considered for readmission unless a complete Inactive Status Form is
on file.
3. The Department of Nursing Inactive Status Form does not constitute an official drop from
a course, nor is a substitution for it.
4. The student is responsible for reporting to Enrollment Services to officially drop a course.
Students must follow the guidelines published in the college catalog and schedule of
classes with regard to withdrawals and refund policies.
5. Any student who drops an NUR course will not be registered again without first notifying
the nursing office of their intent to remain in the program. Furthermore, a return to the
program must be consistent with all policies, including but not limited to sections 5.7,
5.8, 5.10 and 5.11. (Rev. April 2018)
6. A student who drops NUR 1410 must request permission, in writing, from the Dean of
Nursing to remain in the program without needing to reapply. The dean will only consider
the request if the student has had no previous unsuccessful attempts in a nursing
course –refer to section 5.7, a and b. (Rev. April 2018)
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5.10 Inactive Status
The student may maintain inactive status in the Department of Nursing for up to one year.
Before assuming inactive status, the student must meet with the course facilitator or theory
faculty to develop a specific written remediation plan within two weeks of declaring the
intent to become inactive. The student must then submit the written remediation plan to the
nursing office and complete an Inactive Status form in the nursing office.
Students who have not yet attended their scheduled first day of NUR 1410—which is the
official start date of the program—and choose not to begin the program as scheduled are not
eligible for inactive status and must reapply. Exceptions may be granted at the sole
discretion of the Dean of Nursing under extreme circumstances only. (Rev. April 2018)
5.11 Criteria for Readmission
Returning to the nursing program is contingent upon availability of space in the program.
The following requirements must be met by the returning student:
1. Student must indicate in writing intention to return to the nursing program at least
one semester prior to the anticipated date of return to the program.
2. The student must comply with all Oakland Community College and Department of
Nursing policies and requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
3. Nursing students are required to complete the Associate Degree program within four
(4) years of taking the first NUR course.
5.12 Academic Appeals Policy
The Department of Nursing is committed to educational excellence. Further, the department
is committed to the equal treatment to all nursing students. Thus, the individual course
syllabi and The Nursing Student Handbook provides the essential framework for consistent
course and program processes. Course grades are assigned consistent with College policy,
program policies and course syllabi.
The Nursing Faculty recognize their ethical responsibility for consistent application of course
and program policies thus, these are non-negotiable and may not be altered for or by
specific individuals.
College-wide Grade Appeal Process: The College website states that a student may appeal a
final course grade if the grading procedure or result a) did not match the standards
communicated in the course syllabus or assignment or b) violated a Board of Trustees
policy. If a nursing student can demonstrate either circumstance within the published
timeframe, then a grade appeal may be initiated.
The College process to resolve academic concerns is available to students and will be
adhered to by the Department of Nursing. This process is explained on the college website.
A form is needed for this process, which is available in any dean’s office. (Rev. April, 2018)
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Section 6: Classroom Policies
6.1 Theory Attendance and Make-Up Days
Students are required to attend all theory classes, including make-up days for holiday or
emergency closings. Any student absent from an exam must notify the faculty.
Religious Days
The student is responsible for meeting with the theory and clinical faculty at the start of the
course to discuss adjustments in their schedule to allow for observance of a religious days.
6.2 Cancellation of Theory Class Due to Weather
Official notifications of college or campus closings are available through the Emergency
Notification System. Registration is required to receive this notification.
If there is official notification of a college-wide closing or closure of your course-specific
campus (HL or SF), the theory and lab classes will be cancelled and rescheduled. At the
earliest possible date and time, the nursing faculty will meet to develop a rescheduling plan
that optimizes student success. This plan will be posted to the D2L student resource site as
soon as possible.
6.3 Taping/Recording of Classes
Students are to request permission from the theory faculty to record lectures/classes. The
recordings are to be used only by class members during the current term. The recordings are
not to be forwarded to other students in following terms.
6.4 Disruptive Behavior
Students should refrain from any behavior that disrupts the learning experience. This
includes the use of perfumes, scented lotions, and aromatherapy oils. Clothing and bags
must also be free of odors, including cigarette odors. (Per college policy, smoking is not
permitted on college property.) (Rev. July 2017)
6.5 Exams
The Department of Nursing faculty develop exams derived from a large pool of valid and
reliable test questions that are consistent with the NCSBN NCLEX plan blueprint.
A student may take a specific exam once only. There are no exam re-takes.
Missed tests must be made up prior to the next theory class. Students must contact the
faculty to arrange time for the make-up test plan. Scores on tests administered at any time
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other than the scheduled date and time will be reduced by 10% of the exam points. This
deduction can be appealed to the Department Chair.
Scantron forms used by the student to record answers to test questions will be provided by
the faculty. A No. 2 Pencil is required to complete the form.
Prior to testing, students are required to remove any hats, caps or scarves; turn off
electronic devices (cell phones, recorders, smart watches, etc.) and place these items, along
with any book bags, purses or coats, at the front of the classroom. No food or drink is
permitted on the desk during testing. At the discretion of the faculty, students may be
directed to remain seated after turning in testing material until all students have completed
the test.
The student is required to carefully record answers to exam questions on the scantron form.
Tests scores are based on the scantron exam form that is completed by the student. Test
scores are not derived from test booklets. The only accepted score is the score from the
scantron form.
The nursing faculty encourage timely exam review as a method to strengthen knowledge and
test taking skills. Exam review is designed to optimize course-specific outcomes and NCLEX
success.
A student who fails an exam (achieves less than 80% of the points) or drops below the 80%
cumulative course grade is responsible for initiating a conference with the faculty for exam
review and recommendations. Exam review shall occur in accordance with the following
policies:
Nursing students will receive their individual exam specific computer generated
scantron feedback sheet. This form should be brought to the exam review.
Exams may be reviewed with the faculty outside of the classroom time by
appointment only, but no later than one week following exam feedback to the class.
Nursing test questions, test booklets and completed scantrons remain the property
of the Department of Nursing.
Nursing exam booklets are destroyed following the exam.
Completed scantrons (or copies of completed scantrons) may not be given to
students.
Revised April, 2018
6.6 Medication Calculation Testing
Students must successfully complete the 10-question Medication Calculation Proficiency
Test at the start of each 7-1/2 week session for each course, with the exceptions of NUR
1290 and NUR 1410. This includes students who are returning to complete an incomplete
mark. For successful completion, the student must score 90% or better. This requirement
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must be met by the third theory class to be able to meet the clinical objectives of the nursing
courses. A maximum of two retake exams are offered.
The student is not to administer medications in each new clinical rotation until successfully
completing the Medication Calculation Proficiency Test for the course in which they are
enrolled. Furthermore, the student is responsible for informing the assigned clinical faculty
of their status.
6.7 Learning Environment
The Oakland Community College nursing program reserves the right to alter the learning
format to include online, remote or hybrid instruction for classroom, laboratory or clinical
experiences.
Revised July, 2020
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Section 7: Clinical Policies
7.1 Clinical Attendance and Tardiness
Attendance at clinical is required. Students are expected to report by phone any absence
from clinical. Individual faculty will discuss the mechanics for reporting absences. All clinical
absences will be made up.
A simulation experience may be offered in lieu of a clinical make-up day. These experiences
may only be used a limited number of times throughout the entire program, and are strictly
available only at the discretion of faculty.
In the event of an absence from clinical due to illness or serious family problems, the faculty
and unit should be notified at least one half hour prior to the scheduled session. Failure to
report the impending clinical absence shall be considered a lack of accountability for the
purpose of clinical evaluation. (Rev. April 2018)
Attendance at On-Campus Clinical Lab is required during the first year of the nursing
program. The on-campus nursing clinical laboratory provides students with the opportunity
to practice psychomotor, communication, and interpersonal skills in a simulated health care
setting. Students are expected to report by phone any absence from lab. Faculty will discuss
the mechanics for reporting absences. An alternative assignment related to the course
content may be required for an absence.
Clinical Tardiness
Students are expected to be prompt to all scheduled activities. An accumulation of two
clinical tardies will be considered an absence and treated as such. For a first tardy, the
student will receive a communication record. For a second tardy, at the discretion of the
clinical faculty, student may be sent home without a clinical assignment.
Religious Days
The student is responsible for meeting with the theory and clinical faculty (at the start of the
course to discuss adjustments in their schedule to allow for observance of a religious day(s).
7.2 Cancellation of Clinical Due to Weather
Official notifications of college or campus closings are available through the Emergency
Notification System. Registration is required to receive this notification.
If there is official notification of a
college-wide
closing due to weather or otherwise, clinical
classes will also be cancelled.
If there is a
campus-specific
closing, off-campus clinical classes will be held.
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7.3 NSA Conventions
In order to attend conventions, students may request prior approval from the clinical faculty
to be excused from assigned clinical days. This may include travel to the convention.
Approval is at the clinical faculty’s discretion and the student must be meeting all clinical
objectives. Upon return, attendees are expected to share the information gained with their
clinical group, which can be done during a post conference.
National Student Nurse Association (NSNA) conventions are held in the fall (mid-annual) and
spring (annual). Michigan Nurse Student Association (MNSA) conventions are held yearly in
the winter.
7.4 Placements
The Department of Nursing assigns theory sections every semester and clinical experiences
every 7 ½ weeks for each student. Students are placed in clinical agencies beginning in the
first course and continuing throughout the program. The clinical setting provides real life
situations where there are opportunities to apply nursing theory to practice working with
individuals and families. The clinical assignment changes with each new course. This allows
for a variety of experiences, schedules, and locations. Students are expected to be flexible
and may be scheduled for morning shifts, evening shifts and weekend shifts. Agencies that
provide clinical placements for Oakland Community College nursing students include but are
not limited to:
Ascension: St. John Macomb-Oakland,
Providence Hospital and Providence
Park Hospital,
Southfield, Madison
Heights and Novi, Crittenton Hospital,
Rochester and Genesys Regional
Medical Center,
Grand Blanc
Beaumont Hospital: Farmington Hills,
Royal Oak, and Troy
DMC (Detroit Medical Center):
Commerce, Detroit, and Madison
Heights (Children’s Hospital, Detroit
Receiving Hospital, Harper University
Hospital, Huron Valley Sinai Hospital,
Commerce, Hutzel Women's Hospital,
Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan,
Sinai Grace Hospital, and DMC
Surgery Hospital)
Evergreen Health and Living Center,
Southfield
Havenwyck Hospital, Auburn Hills
HCR Bloomfield Hills
Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit
and West Bloomfield
Henry Ford Kingswood Hospital,
Ferndale
Lake Orion Nursing Center, Lake Orion
Lourdes Nursing Home, Waterford
Marvin and Betty Danto Family Health
Care Center,
West Bloomfield
McLaren Oakland, Pontiac
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac
West Bloomfield Nursing Center, West
Bloomfield
Woodward Hills Nursing Center,
Bloomfield Hills
Each new clinical assignment will be available to view on each student’s ACEMAPP account
approximately two weeks prior to the start of the next course. The on-campus clinical lab
assignments will be posted to the D2L Student Resource Site within a few days after the
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clinical assignments have been posted to ACEMAPP. (Labs are located at both the Highland
Lakes Campus and the Southfield Campus. Students may be assigned to either location.)
During the scheduling period, students must not contact the office to ask when assignments
will be posted because it severely delays the process. Assignments are posted over the
course of a week, one student at a time. Additionally, the nursing office will not give
schedules to students early, nor does the office give schedules over the phone or in person.
Schedules are only available online. However, any inconsistency should be reported to the
nursing office promptly, via email to HLNursing@oaklandcc.edu.
The nursing department reserves the right to make changes to the posted schedules at any
time, but will only do so when unavoidable. Student requests to change placement
assignments are not permitted. A student who is unable to adapt to a clinical schedule or
assignment has the option to become inactive for that session and should contact the
nursing office promptly to do so.
The nursing department recommends that students show the above placement policies to
their employers, so that they will be aware of the restrictions and limitations of the nursing
program.
7.5 Transportation
Transportation to and from the clinical agency and off-site experiences is the responsibility
of the student.
7.6 Required Materials
All nursing students are required to have the following items for clinical:
School patches
Name badge (Raider One Card)
Stethoscope
Bandage scissors
Nursing drug book
Watch with second hand
Black ballpoint pen
Calculator
Pen light
7.7 Clinical Dress Code and Uniform
As a representative of the OCC Nursing Department, students are required to adhere to a
dress code. An OCC clinical uniform is not to be worn on campus or during non-OCC nursing
activities. The dress code of the assigned agency will also be applicable.
The designated OCC uniform consists of an olive green jacket, olive green slacks/trousers or
skirt and a white top. Uniforms (including the school patch and Raider One Card used as a
name badge) may be ordered and purchased through the OCC Bookstore at the Highland
Lakes or Southfield Campus.
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Clinical Uniform Requirements:
Must include a school emblem/patch on the left arm of the jacket and top
Must be appropriately sized, clean and in good repair
Must be worn with appropriate undergarments
Must be free of odors, including but not limited to cigarette smoke, perfumes or
colognes
Shoes must be white, clean, polished and in good repair. An athletic shoe without a
logo or a nurse’s shoe is appropriate. Shoes may not be clogs or have open toes or
heels. Socks or hose must be worn with appropriate footwear.
Jewelry, if desired, is limited to a wedding band and one pair of small post earrings.
No other jewelry is allowed. Additional body piercings, such as nose, eyebrow, tongue
or lip piercings are not allowed. Visible tattoos are not allowed; therefore, they may
require coverage with makeup, clothing, or a bandage.
Hair must be clean, neat, well-groomed and off the shoulder. Facial hair should be
neatly trimmed and cosmetics should be tasteful and suited to the situation.
Nails should be maintained at a working length, less than ¼ inch. Rhinestone or
appliques, artificial nails, gels, nail wraps, or bond nails are not permitted in patient
care areas due to infection control issues. Polish, if worn, must be a light, natural
shade.
The OCC clinical uniform includes a bandage scissor, stethoscope, calculator,
penlight, black pen and a watch with a second hand.
Revised June, 2016
7.8 Clinical Professional Dress Code
As a representative of the OCC Nursing Department, students may at times be required to
adhere to a professional dress code. For example, students are required to adhere to a
professional dress code during mental health clinical rotations and other community events.
Professional Dress Code Requirements:
Professional clothing includes well-fitted slacks or trousers and a collared dress shirt
or polo shirt over a white undershirt. Additional professional clothing includes a skirt
or dress (worn with hose) that is not shorter than one inch above the wearer’s knee
when standing. Dressy shorts, jeans, denim clothing, tight fitting clothing, yoga pants,
sleeveless tops or tops revealing cleavage are not permitted.
Well-fitted, flat shoes with a closed toe and a closed heel are required. High heels
and sandals are not permitted.
Allowable jewelry is noted above. Bracelets, long earrings, and long dangling
necklaces are not permitted.
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7.9 Student Responsibilities in Clinical
Students will be responsible for meeting the clinical student learning outcomes for each
course. Evaluation tools developed for each course will be available to each student at the
beginning of the course. Student clinical performance will be evaluated by the faculty
throughout the term.
Students are responsible for compliance with the clinical agencies' policies and procedures,
including, but not limited to: disaster, cardiac arrest, incident reporting, and infection control
including standard precautions. Students will be supervised in all new procedures while in
the clinical area until the faculty determines the student can do them safely without
assistance.
Students will be responsible to their faculty and to the clinical staff for:
care given to the patient
prompt reporting of all urgent patient needs
reporting on the patient condition before leaving the clinical area
following the faculty-established procedure for breaks
arranging for nursing supervision of the patient when he or she is off the assigned
unit
demonstrating safe quality care, and maintaining professional behaviors in
interactions
attending pre- and post-clinical conferences to discuss the care of selected patients
In addition, the following OCC Department of Nursing policies must be observed at all clinical
agencies:
1. Valuables and study materials are your responsibility. (Locker space may be provided
by the agency when available. However, space is limited.)
2. Gum chewing, use of tobacco products, and use of electric cigarettes are not allowed
in clinical.
3. Smoking is prohibited on hospital property.
4. Students must observe the parking policies of each agency.
7.10 Medication Administration
Students must adhere to agency policy regarding medication administration and under no
circumstances are they authorized to administer medications without direct supervision by
the clinical instructor or the agency registered nurse. (Rev. July 2017)
7.11 Clinical Quality and Safety Initiatives
In an effort to establish a culture of safety in the OCC nursing program, the Quality and
Safety Committee has developed the Quality and Safety Reporting Tool and the Good Catch
Program. These programs facilitate the reporting and analysis of quality and safety concerns
that occur during clinical rotations. The data from both programs is used to identify trends
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and provide direction for process improvement, with the overall goal of improving the quality
and safety of the clinical practice of students and faculty.
To report incidents, complete and submit the appropriate form.
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Section 8: Resources
8.1 Academic Advisement
Nursing course facilitators and the department chair serve as nursing program advisors.
They can be reached via e-mail, at their offices during scheduled office hours, by
appointment, or through a message left with the secretaries in the nursing office to assist
with concerns related to nursing courses, clinicals, grades, progression in the program or
future goals.
8.2 D2L
D2L is the online learning management site used by the college. The Department of Nursing
uses the D2L Nursing Student Resource Site to communicate important information such
as:
Important dates, such as tuition deadline and holiday closings, are posted on the
calendar
Simulation and lab assignments
Information about the first day of your next clinical assignment, including the address
of the hospital
Materials for your course, such as PowerPoints, Nursing Care Plan forms, APA
Guidelines, and Medical Calculation practice problems
Notices of events or opportunities, such as scholarships and OCC NSA fundraisers
Only currently admitted nursing students have access to this course site.
8.3 MyOCC
Online via the college website for:
registration, payment and refund
information, payment deadlines, and
important links
8.4 Tutoring Services
Tutoring Services are offered through the
Academic Support Center.
8.5 International Student Services
Royal Oak Campus, Building B, Room 102
(248) 246-2563
8.6 Veterans Affairs
Auburn Hills Campus, Room B227
(248) 232-4342
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8.7 Student Organizations
Nursing students are encouraged to join any OCC student organization in which they are
interested. Participation in student organizations can be a valuable experience that may be
included on a resume. Contact the campus Student LIFE office for more information about
joining these organizations.
Oakland Community College Alumni Association
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is a national honor society organization for community college
students. To join, students must pay a fee and have completed at least twelve credit
hours, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. PTK membership offers many benefits,
including exclusive access to scholarships.
The Oakland Community College Nursing Student Association (OCC NSA) is the pre-
professional organization for nursing students. The OCC NSA is affiliated with both the
State Student Nurses Association and the National Student Nurses Association. The
purpose of the OCC NSA is to "develop members as professional nurses through
professional networking, community outreach, college and social activities, education and
leadership." Benefits to members are numerous and include exclusive access to
scholarships and discounts on nursing textbooks, low cost group health insurance, and
malpractice insurance. Members also receive Imprint, the National Student Nurses
Association official magazine published by and for nursing students.
All students admitted to the OCC nursing programs will be automatically enrolled as
members of the NSA. Enrollment will be completed by the nursing department on an
annual basis. While in nursing school, the OCC NSA provides opportunities for students to
maximize their leadership potential and management skills. After graduation, these skills
can be transferred to the work environment. Potential employers seek graduate nurses
who have demonstrated these skills during their education.
8.8 Graduation, Ceremonies and Honors
Outstanding Achievement Awards
The outstanding achievement award is offered each year to a second year nursing student
who has demonstrated outstanding service to the Department of Nursing, to the campus, to
the community and to the nursing profession. The recipient of this award and his/her family
are recognized in a special ceremony.
Honors Convocation
Minimum criteria for Oakland Community College honors include an overall grade point
average of 3.5. College honors are awarded according to the criteria published in the
College Catalog. Early in May, recipients and their families are invited to attend a special
ceremony.
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Application for Degree
During the last semester of the program, the student must make an appointment with a
Highland Lakes counselor to complete an Application for Degree. The student must have
completed all required course work, earning a grade of B- or above in each required course.
(Rev. July 2017)
Commencement
Commencement refers to the formal ceremony during which graduated students receive
their diplomas. Commencement occurs only once per year in the spring, therefore graduates
may attend the nearest commencement date that occurs after completion of the program.
Details of Commencement, including the date and location, will be available on the College
website once they are established by the college.
Nursing Recognition Ceremony
During the final course, NUR 2540, students receive information about the Recognition
Ceremony. This is an exclusive event for nursing students and their guests. During this
ceremony, all nursing graduates are recognized for their success. Those graduates who
purchase the school pin, which can be ordered through Herff Jones, will receive their pin
during the ceremony. The Recognition Ceremony is not a substitute for Commencement.
NCLEX and Michigan Licensure
During the final course, NUR 2540, students receive information about application for the
NCLEX and Michigan Licensure. The NCLEX-RN code for OCC is US 09408700. Specific
questions regarding the background check and fingerprinting for Michigan licensure should
be directed to the Michigan Board of Nursing.
Career Opportunities
OCC’s Career Services office is located at the Auburn Hills Campus. They offer services to
OCC students and alumni in resume writing and employment related workshops, and hold
job fairs. They also utilize the College Central Network’s job database. For more information
call (248) 522-3501.
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8.9 Directory
Department of Nursing
Main (248) 942-3333
Fax (248) 942-3338
Website https://www.oaklandcc.edu/health/nursing
Email HLNursing@oaklandcc.edu
Highland Lakes Campus
7350 Cooley Lake Road, WH 320
Waterford, MI 48327
Southfield Campus
22322 Rutland Drive, A202
Southfield, MI 48075
Dean’s Office
The Dean of Nursing’s primary office is located in room WH 320 of the Highland Lakes
Campus. An additional office is located at the Southfield Campus in room A-208B. For
appointments with the dean or associate dean, contact the administrative specialist.
Dean of Nursing and Health Professions Dr. Mary Miles
Administrative Specialist Randy Huff (248) 942-3328
Associate Dean of Nursing Lynn Cherry
Administrative Specialist Sue Henke (248) 942-3335
On-Campus Nursing Labs
Highland Lakes, Levinson Hall Room
419/420
(248) 942-3339
Southfield, Room A217/218
(248) 233-2927
Department of Nursing Faculty Secretaries
Highland Lakes Campus, room WH 320
Vacant (248) 942-3330
Mary Thomas (248) 942-3336
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Department of Nursing Faculty
Highland Lakes Campus, Woodland Hall
Department Chair Room Phone
Brooke Wanshon WH 346 (248) 942-3349
Faculty Room Phone
Dawn Baker WH 336 (248) 942-3329
Nina Barkell WH 340 (248) 942-3346
Retha Bragg WH 340 (248) 942-3340
Michelle Compton WH 342 (248) 942-3343
Teresa Garcia WH 342 (248) 942-3332
Carol Ann Laverne WH 346 (248) 942-3347
Angela Magolan WH 346 (248) 942-3348
Kathy Schulte WH 334 (248) 942-3353
Susan Snyder WH 334 (248) 942-3341
Brooke Wanshon WH 338 (248) 942-3349
Student Services Highland Lakes Campus Southfield Campus
OCC Main Switchboard (248) 341-2000
Academic Support Center (ASC) WH 20 (248) 942-3035 A212 (248) 233-2735
Business Office WH 271 (248) 942-3025
Counseling WH 230 (248) 942-3050 A240 (248) 233-2750
Dental Clinic WH 310 (248) 942-3260
Disability Services (ACCESS) WH 220 (248) 942-3080 A211 (248) 233-2780
Enrollment Services WH 263 (248) 341-3100
Financial Assistance WH 260 (248) 341-2240
& Scholarships
Library WH 28 (248) 942-3125 A230 (248) 233-2825
Public Safety SC 201
(248) 858-4911
or 5555
Raiders Bookstore WH 250 (248) 942-3020 A111 (248) 233-2720
Student LIFE SC 102 (248) 942-3242
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Appendix A: Leveled Student Learning Outcomes
Leveled Student Learning Outcomes
Each leveled outcome builds upon the previous levels’ outcome; it is inclusive of the previous levels’ requirements. To achieve
the outcome for each level, the student must continue to demonstrate the criteria identified in the previous levels.
Student
Learning
Outcome (SLO)
Level 1
(NUR 1290, 1410)
Level 2
(NUR 1450, 1460, 1470,
1510, 1520, 1530, 1811,
1812)
Level 3
(NUR 2510, 2512, 2520,
2530)
Level 4
(NUR 2540)
SLO 1: The
student will
accept
accountability
for the
provision of
nursing care,
professional
growth and
lifelong
learning.
Identify personal learning
needs and demonstrates
accountability.
1.1.1. Follows directions (e.g.
college student handbook,
nursing handbook,
syllabus, instructors, etc.).
1.1.2. Adheres to professional
qualities of timeliness,
appearance, and honesty.
1.1.3. Recognizes personal
responsibility for learning.
1.1.4. Accepts responsibility
for the assigned nursing
care for one patient.
1.1.5. Attends clinical during
the assigned time.
1.1.6. Demonstrates
preparation for the clinical
assignment.
1.1.7. Seeks assistance from
faculty appropriately.
1.1.8. Initiates the student
portfolio.
Demonstrate accountability in
the provision of nursing care
and professional growth.
2.1.1. Engages in reflection of
the caring component of
nursing practice provided.
2.1.2. Compares own nursing
practice to acceptable
standards.
2.1.3. Identifies areas for
professional growth.
2.1.4. Accepts responsibility
for the assigned nursing
care for one-two patients.
2.1.5. Demonstrates optimal
use of clinical time by
seeking out learning
opportunities.
2.1.6. Maintains the student
portfolio.
Accept accountability for the
provision of nursing care and
professional growth.
3.1.1. Engages in strategies to
enhance the caring
component of nursing
practice provided.
3.1.2. Compares nursing
practice delivered to
acceptable standards.
3.1.3. Determines areas for
professional growth.
3.1.4. Accepts accountability
for the assigned nursing
care for a minimum of two
patients.
3.1.5. Maintains professional
records that are organized
and reflective of
professional growth.
Accept accountability for the
provision of nursing care,
professional growth and
lifelong learning.
4.1.1. Engages in self-
evaluation of the
knowledge, competence,
and caring components of
nursing practice to identify
areas for growth and
lifelong learning.
4.1.2. Assesses needs related
to successful completion
of NCLEX-RN.
4.1.3. Accepts accountability
for the assigned nursing
care of a group of
patients.
4.1.4. Maintains professional
records that are organized
and reflective of
professional growth,
continued learning,
competency and self-
development.
4.1.5. Verbalizes the need to
plan for BSN completion.
Student
Learning
Outcome (SLO)
Level 1
(NUR 1290, 1410)
Level 2
(NUR 1450, 1460, 1470,
1510, 1520, 1530, 1811,
1812)
Level 3
(NUR 2510, 2512, 2520,
2530)
Level 4
(NUR 2540)
SLO 2: The
student will
integrate
professional
values within
the ethical and
legal
framework of
nursing
practice.
Identify professional values
and legal and ethical issues
that affect the practice of
nursing.
1.2.1. Maintains confidentiality
within legal and
institutional parameters.
1.2.2. Serves as a patient
advocate to protect
patient autonomy, dignity,
and rights.
1.2.3. Develops a personal
philosophy of nursing.
1.2.4. Demonstrates the
professional values of
caring, honesty, integrity
and respect.
Recognize professional values
within the ethical and legal
framework of nursing.
2.2.1. States awareness of
legal and regulatory
agency policies.
2.2.2. Demonstrates caring
through the advocacy of
patient autonomy, dignity,
and rights.
2.2.3. Notifies clinical
instructor of quality of care
concerns.
2.2.4. Practices self-care and
manages stress
effectively.
Apply professional values
within the ethical and legal
framework of nursing.
3.2.1. Maintains legal and
regulatory agency policies.
3.2.2. Values caring through
the consistent advocacy of
patient autonomy, dignity,
and rights.
3.2.3. Notifies clinical
instructor and staff nurse
of quality of care concerns.
Integrate professional values
within the ethical and legal
framework of nursing practice.
4.2.1. Ensures adherence to
legal statutes, rules and
regulations, and regulatory
agency policies.
4.2.2. Assimilates and models
patient advocacy and
caring behaviors by
safeguarding patient
autonomy, dignity, and
rights.
4.2.3. Reports instances of
illegal, unethical, and
quality of care concerns
utilizing the chain of
command.
4.2.4. Examines the effect of
current legal, ethical,
economical, legislative,
and political issues
impacting nursing
practice.
4.2.5. Examines major trends
and issues in
contemporary nursing and
the impact of historical
events on nursing practice
and nursing education.
Student
Learning
Outcome (SLO)
Level 1
(NUR 1290, 1410)
Level 2
(NUR 1450, 1460, 1470,
1510, 1520, 1530, 1811,
1812)
Level 3
(NUR 2510, 2512, 2520,
2530)
Level 4
(NUR 2540)
SLO 3: The
student will
collaborate
through
effective
communication
with
individuals,
families,
groups and the
interdisciplinary
health care
team members
to optimize
health
outcomes.
Demonstrate the use of
effective communication
techniques with diverse
populations and select
healthcare team members to
optimize health outcomes.
1.3.1. Communicates with a
patient in a therapeutic
and caring manner.
1.3.2. Obtains report from RN
prior to assuming care;
gives report to the RN at
the end of the clinical day.
1.3.3. Reports significant
changes in patient’s
condition to instructor and
staff RN in a timely
fashion.
Demonstrate the use of
therapeutic and professional
communication with patients
and the interdisciplinary health
care team members to
optimize health outcomes.
2.3.1. Demonstrates caring
behaviors through
professional
communication with
patients.
2.3.2. Uses technology to
document and
communicate relevant and
accurate information.
2.3.3. Communicates patient
care information to peers,
health care
colleagues/staff, and
instructor in a concise,
timely and organized
manner.
2.3.4. Participates, actively, in
clinical conferences.
2.3.5. Maintains a positive
working alliance with
peers and clinical faculty.
Communicate effectively with
individuals, families, groups
and the interdisciplinary health
care team members to
optimize health outcomes.
3.3.1. Collaborates using
caring behaviors in a
professionally appropriate
format with individuals,
families, groups and
interdisciplinary health
care team members.
3.3.2. Documents the relevant
and accurate assessment,
outcomes,
implementation, and
evaluation of care in an
organized and timely
manner.
3.3.3. Communicates relevant
and accurate data when
reporting off.
3.3.4. Reports to RN in a
concise, organized and
thorough manner.
Collaborate through effective
communication with families,
groups and the
interdisciplinary health care
team members to optimize
health outcomes.
4.3.1. Communicates with
patient, family and health
care team through caring
behaviors to facilitate the
patient’s transition in care.
4.3.2. Participates in conflict
resolution with peers,
health care
colleagues/staff, and
instructor.
4.3.3. Conducts shift reports in
a concise, organized and
thorough manner.
Student
Learning
Outcome (SLO)
Level 1
(NUR 1290, 1410)
Level 2
(NUR 1450, 1460, 1470,
1510, 1520, 1530, 1811,
1812)
Level 3
(NUR 2510, 2512, 2520,
2530)
Level 4
(NUR 2540)
SLO 4: The
student will
promote
culturally
competent care
with diverse
individuals,
families and
groups.
Recognize the influence of
culture.
1.4.1. Maintains
compassionate and caring
relationships with all
individuals.
1.4.2. Identifies healthcare
related cultural influences.
1.4.3. Selects culturally
appropriate
communication
techniques.
1.4.4. Selects culturally
appropriate nursing
activities.
Practice culturally competent
care with patients from diverse
populations.
2.4.1. Identifies healthcare
related cultural influences
within diverse populations.
2.4.2. Applies caring behaviors
that reflect cultural
awareness.
Practice culturally competent
care with diverse individuals,
families and groups.
3.4.1. Prioritizes healthcare
related cultural influences
for diverse individuals,
families and groups.
3.4.2. Utilizes nursing activities
and caring behaviors that
are culturally appropriate
nursing activities for
diverse individuals,
families and groups.
Promote culturally competent
care with diverse individuals,
families, and groups.
4.4.1. Consistently integrates
culturally competent
caring behaviors reflecting
values and beliefs of
individuals, families, and
groups.
4.4.2. Advocates for culturally
sensitive care.
Student
Learning
Outcome (SLO)
Level 1
(NUR 1290, 1410)
Level 2
(NUR 1450, 1460, 1470,
1510, 1520, 1530, 1811,
1812)
Level 3
(NUR 2510, 2512, 2520,
2530)
Level 4
(NUR 2540)
SLO 5: The
student will
apply the
nursing
process to
manage the
delivery of care
for a group of
individuals in a
variety of
health care
settings.
Develop a nursing care plan
using standardized language
for an individual in extended
care and acute care settings.
1.5.1. Collects accurate data
using the functional health
patterns.
1.5.2. Determines nursing
diagnoses (NANDA) based
on assessment data.
1.5.3. Identifies outcomes
(NOCs) based on
assessment data.
1.5.4. Develops an
individualized plan of care
including nursing activities
(NICs) with rationale.
1.5.5. Safely implements an
individualized plan
demonstrating caring.
1.5.6. Collects relevant data to
evaluate patient’s
progress toward obtaining
the outcomes.
1.5.7. Identifies needed
modification in the plan of
care as indicated.
Apply the nursing process in
the delivery of care with
individuals and families.
2.5.1. Collects data from
multiple sources using the
functional health patterns.
2.5.2. Selects appropriate
priority nursing diagnoses
(NANDA) based on
assessment data.
2.5.3. Identifies priority
outcomes (NOCs) based
on assessment data.
2.5.4. Develops an
individualized plan of care
using comprehensive
activities (NICs).
2.5.5. Implements caring
behaviors and nursing
activities in an organized
and safe manner.
2.5.6. Evaluates the patient’s
progress toward obtaining
the outcomes.
2.5.7. Modifies plan of care as
indicated.
Apply the nursing process in
the delivery of care with
individuals, families, and
groups in a variety of health
care settings.
3.5.1. Uses appropriate
assessment and evidence
based techniques when
collecting a
comprehensive database.
3.5.2. Establishes a relevant
master problem list
(NANDAS/NOCs/NICs) for
the delivery of care.
3.5.3. Implements nursing
strategies and caring
behaviors that are
organized, safe and timely.
3.5.4. Evaluates the patient’s
response to the plan of
care in a timely manner.
3.5.5. Incorporates feedback
from patient, family and
health care providers to
modify plan of care.
Apply the nursing process to
manage the delivery of care for
a group of individuals in a
variety of health care settings.
4.5.1. Advocates for timely and
evidenced based
modifications in plans of
care with patients, families
and health care providers
in a variety of health care
settings.
4.5.2. Analyze professional
caring behaviors as they
relate to the management
and delivery of care for a
group of individuals.
Student
Learning
Outcome (SLO)
Level 1
(NUR 1290, 1410)
Level 2
(NUR 1450, 1460, 1470,
1510, 1520, 1530, 1811,
1812)
Level 3
(NUR 2510, 2512, 2520,
2530)
Level 4
(NUR 2540)
SLO 6: The
student will
integrate
concepts of
quality and
safety in the
provision of
nursing care
that minimizes
the risk of
patient harm
and achieves
optimal patient
outcomes.
Adhere to safety initiatives in
the provision of nursing care.
1.6.1. Identifies the role of the
nurse in promoting a
culture of safety.
1.6.2. Implements basic safety
initiatives such as patient
identification, asepsis,
infection control, fall
prevention, hand offs,
SBAR and collaborative
communication.
1.6.3. Uses evidence-based
risk assessment tools
during patient assessment
(e.g. skin, falls, VTE, pain,
etc.).
Provide nursing care that
minimizes the risk of patient
harm and achieves optimal
patient outcomes.
2.6.1. Identifies high alert
medications.
2.6.2. When applicable,
calculates and
administers medications
safely and accurately.
2.6.3. Identifies the “Rights of
Medication”
administration.
2.6.4. When applicable,
minimizes interruptions
during medication
administration.
2.6.5. Verbalizes knowledge of
actions, side effects and
related nursing
implications of
medications.
2.6.6. Implements evidence
based nursing activities to
decrease risk of patient
harm.
2.6.7. Maintains a safe milieu.
Provide nursing care that
minimizes the risk of patient
harm and achieves optimal
patient outcomes.
3.6.1. Uses indicators to
monitor quality, safety and
effectiveness of nursing
care.
3.6.2. Uses new knowledge
and innovation in nursing
practice to improve care
delivery.
3.6.3. Implements nursing
care that is safe, timely,
effective, efficient,
equitable, and patient-
centered (STEEEP).
Integrate concepts of quality
and safety in the provision of
nursing care that minimizes
the risk of patient harm and
achieves optimal patient
outcomes.
4.6.1. Demonstrates the
effective use of technology
and standardization
practices to support safety
and quality initiatives.
4.6.2. Analyzes factors related
to quality, safety and
effectiveness of nursing
care.
4.6.3. Uses results of evidence
based practice/quality
improvement activities to
initiate change.
4.6.4. Discusses the
importance of nursing
research as it contributes
to the advancement of
nursing practice.
Student
Learning
Outcome (SLO)
Level 1
(NUR 1290, 1410)
Level 2
(NUR 1450, 1460, 1470,
1510, 1520, 1530, 1811,
1812)
Level 3
(NUR 2510, 2512, 2520,
2530)
Level 4
(NUR 2540)
SLO 7: The
student will
maximize
critical thinking
to optimize
clinical
decision-
making.
Recognize the relationship
between patient needs and
clinical decision-making.
1.7.1. Demonstrates the
critical thinking
characteristics: integrity,
logical reasoning, and
information seeking.
Demonstrate elements of
critical thinking/decision
making in the application of
the nursing process.
2.7.1. Demonstrates the
critical thinking
characteristics:
inquisitiveness and
perseverance.
2.7.2. Provides scientific
rationale for practice
decisions.
2.7.3. Utilizes evidence based
practice findings.
Apply critical thinking to
optimize clinical decision-
making.
3.7.1. Demonstrates the
critical thinking
characteristics: flexibility,
open-mindedness,
analysis, and
discrimination.
Maximize critical thinking to
optimize clinical decision-
making.
4.7.1. Demonstrates the
critical thinking
characteristics: intuition,
confidence, prediction,
perspective, creativity, and
reflection.
4.7.2. Analyzes clinical care
and decision making
relative to policy and
standards.
SLO 8: The
student will
teach groups of
individuals with
complex health
care needs to
promote,
maintain, and
restore optimal
health.
Assess patient healthcare
knowledge deficit(s).
1.8.1. Assesses for learning
preferences and learning
barriers.
1.8.2. Incorporates principles
of teaching-learning into
nursing plan of care.
1.8.3. Implements appropriate
teaching strategies.
Teach individuals and families
to promote, maintain, and
restore optimal health.
2.8.1. Participates in health
promotion activities both
in community based
and/or acute care
settings.
2.8.2. Identifies lifestyle risk
factors.
2.8.3. Utilizes informal
teaching opportunities and
documents.
2.8.4. Identifies discharge
needs.
Teach individuals and families
with complex health care
needs to promote, maintain,
and restore optimal health.
3.8.1. Analyzes lifestyle risk
factors to develop an
individualized health
promotion teaching plan.
3.8.2. Documents,
consistently, patient
education per agency
format and regulatory
guidelines.
Teach groups of individuals,
with complex health care
needs to promote, maintain,
and restore optimal health.
4.8.1. Participates actively in
discharge planning to
enhance timely discharge.
4.8.2. Contributes to the
agency designed
discharge/transfer
summary.
Student
Learning
Outcome (SLO)
Level 1
(NUR 1290, 1410)
Level 2
(NUR 1450, 1460, 1470,
1510, 1520, 1530, 1811,
1812)
Level 3
(NUR 2510, 2512, 2520,
2530)
Level 4
(NUR 2540)
SLO 9: The
student will
integrate
leadership and
management
skills in nursing
practice.
Identify the leadership skills of
the nurse in the management
of patient care.
1.9.1. Observes the role of the
RN in the health care
setting.
1.9.2. Utilizes the electronic
medical record for data
gathering and accurate
basic data entry.
1.9.3. Treats colleagues with
respect, trust and dignity.
1.9.4. Attains clinical skills and
knowledge base.
1.9.5. Participates in the
Nursing Student
Association (OCCNSA).
Assess leadership roles of the
nurse in the management of
patient care.
2.9.1. Observes the role of the
RN as the manager of a
group of patients.
2.9.2. Ensures accurate and
timely electronic
documentation.
2.9.3. Seeks out learning
materials relevant to
course content and
patient care.
2.9.4. Works effectively within
a group to achieve
assignment goals.
2.9.5. Functions as an
effective member of the
health care team.
Utilize leadership and
management skills in nursing
practice.
3.9.1. Abides by the health
care organizations overall
vision, mission and goals.
3.9.2. Utilizes the electronic
data base to analyze
trends and prioritize care.
3.9.3. Contributes to resolution
of clinical problems.
Integrate leadership and
management skills in nursing
practice.
4.9.1. Participates in problem
identification and data
collection for research,
quality control or
improvement processes to
meet patient outcomes
4.9.2. Contributes as a role
model and/or mentor in
nursing.
4.9.3. Participates in problem
resolution regarding
clinical issues.
4.9.4. Manages a team of
patients.
4.9.5. Delegates tasks based
on the rights of delegation.
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Nursing Student Handbook 2020-21
Appendix B: Forms
The following forms are included in this handbook and may also be available on the D2L
Nursing Student Resource Site:
Medical Clearance for Return to Clinical Practice Sessions
Recommendation Letter Request
Quality and Safety Reporting Tool
Good Catch Form
NSA Bonus Point Record
MEDICAL CLEARANCE FORM
FOR RETURN TO CLINICAL
PRACTICE SESSIONS
Student Name
Date
The student nurse role requires:
mental, emotional and physical abilities to plan and implement safe care in highly
stressful health care environments
physical strength and stamina necessary for prolonged standing, walking and heavy
lifting in patient care areas
physical strength to push, pull and transfer objects or people weighing more than
one-hundred pounds
The student can participate in clinical practice sessions fully and safely without jeopardizing
their own or others’ health or well-being. Check one:
YES
The above student is FULLY CAPABLE
of fulfilling the Role Requirements and
Expectations of a Nursing Student as
noted*. The student may fully
participate in clinical practice
sessions.
NO
The above student is NOT FULLY
CAPABLE of fulfilling the Role
Requirements and Expectations of a
Nursing Student as noted*. The
student may not participate in clinical
practice sessions.
Physician Signature
Print Physician Name/Company
Address
City/State/Zip
Physician Office Phone Number
* Role Requirements and Expectations can be found in the OCC Nursing Student Handbook,
Section 4.4, https://www.oaklandcc.edu/health/nursing/docs/NursingStudentHandbook.pdf and
should be printed on the reverse side or attached to this form.
License Number
Role of the Nursing Student: Requirements and Expectations
The role requirements and expectations of the nursing student are:
1. Mental, emotional and physical ability and stamina to plan and implement care for
patients.
2. Emotional maturity and stability to approach highly stressful situations in a calm, safe
and rational manner, to make timely clinical decisions such as selecting the correct
technique, equipment and safety measures, to assure comprehensive and safe care of
patients.
3. Physical abilities to competently perform activities that are essential to the program
curriculum and the profession:
a. Sufficient visual acuity for accurate assessment and nursing care, such as required
in the accurate preparation and administration of medications and for the
observation of patients.
b. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from members of the
health care team and to assess the health status of patients through monitoring
devices, such as stethoscopes, monitors, intravenous infusion pumps, fire alarms,
bed alarms, call lights, etc.
c. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement
skills required in meeting the health care needs of patients, including the
manipulation of equipment.
d. Sufficient physical abilities for prolonged standing and walking to successfully move
about in patient rooms, work and treatment areas, and to administer
cardiopulmonary procedures.
e. Sufficient physical strength and stamina to push, pull and transfer objects and
persons more than one-hundred pounds.
Section 4.4 of the OCC Nursing Student Handbook, Revised April 2018
REQUEST FOR RECOMMENDATION
PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY OR TYPE.
Student Name
I.D. Number Phone
Course Semester and Year
Must submit request to WH 320 within two weeks of the end of the course.
Clinical Faculty Instructor
Contact the faculty directly prior to completion of the request form. Requests for letters of
recommendation will be fulfilled at the discretion of the nursing faculty. Allow at least four weeks for
arrival. If the letter does not arrive, contact the instructor directly. In the event that a student needs a
letter for prospective employment, but is unable to obtain one from previous faculty, the student may
request a letter from the dean’s office indicating that the student met the objectives of the NUR
course.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, I authorize Oakland Community
College to release or disclose a recommendation on my behalf, written to the attention of:
(check all that apply):
Institution
Contact Person
Address
City/State/Zip
No specific institution (general letter of recommendation)
Indicate number of original letters requested (maximum of five):
I will pick up the letters
Please send a copy to my OCC email
Please send the copies to my home address:
Address
City/State/Zip
Phone recommendation
Student Signature Date
Office Use Only:
Reset Form
QUALITY AND SAFETY REPORTING TOOL
Date of Event Date Submitted
Course Student or Faculty
Purpose
The purpose of the Quality and Safety Reporting Tool (QSRT) is to facilitate reporting of quality and
safety concerns. No patient health care data or any data that would identify specific patients,
faculty, or students will be collected. The data collected is used to identify trends and provide
direction for process improvement, with the overall goal of improving the quality and safety of the
clinical practice of students and faculty. The tool was developed to mirror those used in the health
care facilities with which our students affiliate and the process is consistent with establishing a
culture of safety in health care organizations.
Reports will be reviewed monthly by the members of the Quality and Safety Committee. The
committee will make recommendations to the department based upon the monthly review. This tool
does not take the place of the Communication Record, which is intended for individual student
performance and remediation plans.
Type of Event
Adverse Event any undesirable experience associated with the use of a medical product in a
patient
Close Call/Near Miss an event, situation, or error that took place but was captured before
reaching the patient
Error failing to provide care or providing the wrong care
Hazard dangerous situation that has the potential to cause harm
Did this event actually “reach” the patient?
Yes No, it was intercepted by: Student faculty other
Type of Incident
Care and Treatment
Fall
Food and Nutrition
HIPAA Violation
Infection Prevention
Knowledge Deficit
Lab Event
Medication Error
Professional conduct
Security and Safety
Other
Affected Individual
Instructor Student
Patient Other
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QSRT Page 2
Narrative of Event
Potential or actual consequences of the error
Nursing action taken to address the issue
Submit report to one of the following locations: HL library, nursing office, nursing lab, or email to the
Quality and Safety Committee Chairperson.
GOOD CATCH FORM
Name of Submitting Student Date
Definition
A “good catch” is an action that saves a patient from harm. This may also be referred to as a “close
call” or “near miss,” which is an event, situation, or error that took place, but was captured before
reaching the patient.
Purpose
To promote quality and safety in the clinical practice of students and faculty
To promote a Culture of Safety within OCC’s nursing program
To recognize an event or circumstance that had a potential to cause an incident, but
which did not occur due to corrective action or other timely intervention following its
recognition
Student Date of Good Catch
Clinical Faculty
1. Describe the situation. Please provide a thorough, but concise summary.
2. Was a medication involved? (Check one) Yes No
If “Yes,” name of medication(s)___________________________________________
3. Briefly describe how your actions prevented patient harm.
4. Suggestions for improvement.
Submit report to one of the following locations: HL library, nursing office, nursing lab, or email to the
Quality and Safety Committee Chairperson.
Reset Form
OCC NSA BONUS POINT RECORD
Name Term
Row
Detailed Description of Meeting, including topic,
or Detailed Description of Service Provided
Date of
Meeting or
Service
Service
Hours
Points
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Total
Maximum 7 pts per term or 11 points for 15
week NUR 1410 and cannot exceed 4% of the
total course points
Attendance at meetings or approved service hours must be verified by sign-in sheet or other
appropriate documentation. Must be a NSA member to earn NSA Bonus Points. Points are
awarded as follows:
Activity Points Per Activity Maximum
Meeting attendance 1 point 4 points per 7.5 week session
(8 points per 15 week NUR 1410 course)
Service Learning 1 point per hour 3 points per activity and per 7.5 week session
(Volunteer Activity) (3 points per 15 week NUR 1410 course)
Convention Attendance No points are awarded for general attendance
Convention Delegate 5 points
Service
Convention Breakout 1 point per hour 10 points
Sessions
MAXIMUM 7 points per 7.5 week session
(11 points per 15 week NUR 1410 course)
–OR—
4% of the total course points
whichever is less
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