www.SOWELA.edu
ASN
Degree Program
STUDENT HANDBOOK
2019-2020
Admission Requirements to SOWELA Technical Community College…………………………………………………………………………….8
Admission to Clinical Nursing Sources at SOWELA Technical Community College ASN Program…………………………………9
Selection for Enrollment in Nursing Courses…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………9
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warding Credit Hours to LPN to RN Program………………………………………………………………………………………………..10
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Table of Contents
Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………4
Mission of the School of Nursing and Allied Health……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Program Learning Ou
tcomes…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………5
ASN Curriculum……
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….6
LPN to RN Program of Study………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………7
Admission, Progression, and Graduation Criteria……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….8
ASN Program……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………9
Admi
ssion to LPN to RN Program………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
LPN to RN Transitions Course
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………10
Clinic
al Application Procedure/Requirements……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..11
Criteria for Progression in the ASN and LPN to RN Pr
ograms………………………………………………………………………………………11
Criteria for Dismissal from the Associate of Science in Nursing……
………………………………………………………………………………12
ASN to BSN Models…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………13
ASN to BSN Mo
del with McNeese State University……………………………………………………………………………………………………..13
ASN to BSN Model with Northwestern State University Lou
isiana………………………………………………………………………………13
Grade/
Academic Appeals…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………14
Criteria for Graduation…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….14
Student Rights and Responsibilities…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………15
Students with Disabilities……
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15
Harass
ment/Sexual Harassment Policy……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….16
Student Grievance Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….16
Code of Conduct for the ASN Student………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………17
Definition of Expected Behaviors……
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..17
Student Responsibilities……
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………18
Polic
y on Ethics and Confidentiality…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….18
Social Media Policy……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..19
Personal Electronic Devices Policy………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………19
Testing/Assignment Policies……
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Sub
stance Abuse Policy……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….22
Health Policies…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………23
Physical Examination Requirements……
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………23
Significant Change in Health Status……
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..23
Latex Allergy Policy……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..24
Blood and Body Fluids Exposure Policy……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....24
Immunizations……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 25
Student Health Insurance Verification…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………25
Tuberculosis Policy………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………25
ASN Program Student Expenses..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….28
Student Representatives on SoNAH Committees…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….29
Student Organizations..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..29
Student Recognition……
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..29
Resources for Students……
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………29
Library and Learning Resource Center (LLRC)………………………………………………………………………………………………………………29
Canvas Learning Management System………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..29
Student Life at SOWELA Technical Community College……………………………………………………………………………………………….29
Student Employment in Healthcare Agency………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
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Clinical Guidelines……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………31
Student ASN Uniform………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….31
Official Uniform…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..31
Clinical Equipment...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………32
Clinical Absences…
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………33
Clinical Safety…
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………33
Service Learning/Volunteer Requirements………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….33
Clinical Skills and Simulation Labs…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….34
General Guidelines………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………34
Forms………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………36
Wh
y Get Vaccinated? Meningococcal Vaccine……………………………………………………………………………………………………………43
Waiver Form for Meningococcal Vaccine…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….44
Positive TB Test Report (PPD or IGRA)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………45
Intent to Return to Clinical………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….46
Clinical Student Incident Report………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….47
Clinical Dress Policy......……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….31
General Dress Code/Requirements……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..32
Student Supply Kits……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..33
Clinical Performance Evaluations...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..33
Simulation Lab Specific Policies......……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..34
ASN Student Handbook Acknowledgment…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..37
Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..38
Verification of Performance Duties……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..39
Significant Change in Health Status……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..42
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INTRODUCTION
Welcome
Welcome to the SOWELA Technical Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program. The program was approved by the
Louisiana State Board of Nursing and began accepting students fall 2016.
This nursing education program is nationally Accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org
The SOWELA Associate Nursing Student Handbook has been developed by the faculty to provide information for students
enrolled in the ASN Program.
The ASN Student Handbook contains policies and procedures specific to the program. It is meant to be a supplement to the
SOWELA Student Handbook https://www.SOWELA.edu/catalog . Adherence to program policies is required and policies are
updated as needed. The ASN Handbook may be found on the SoNAH website at
https://www.SOWELA.edu/Images/Interior/academics/asn%20student%20handbook%202016.pdf
Faculty and students share the common goal of learning. Registered Nurse education requires persistence and
conscientiousness along with participation in both classroom and clinical settings. Suggestions and feedback from students
are encouraged to provide improvement opportunities.
The faculty and staff look forward to assisting you in meeting your educational goals.
SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability,
or age in its program and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-
discrimination policies: Title: Compliance Officer Address: 3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Avenue Telephone: 337-421-6565
or 800-256-0483 Email: complainceofficer@SOWELA.edu
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MISSION OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH
The mission of SOWELA School of Nursing and Allied Health (SoNAH) is to serve and improve the health of individuals
entrusted in our care by providing excellence in education and to prepare graduates to pursue higher education to become
globally competitive citizens.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Graduates of the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program of the School of Nursing and Allied Health will be prepared to:
1. Provide safe care that is culturally and developmentally appropriate
2. Practice within the legal, ethical and professional scope of the registered nurse
3. Foster human flourishing in their clients, team members and self
4. Make clinical nursing judgements based on evidence based practice
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ASN CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
Semester 1 / Course Name
Credit Hour
CSSK 1010 College Success
1
English 1010
3
Math 1100 or Math 1105
3/5
Biol 2253 (AP 1) Biol 2251 (lab)
4
History 2010 or 2020
3
Total
14 hours
Semester 2 / Course Name
Credit Hour
English 1020
3
Biol 2263 (AP II) Biol 2261 (lab)
4
NURS 1100 Nursing Fundamentals
4
NURS 1110 Lab
3 (135 contact hours)
Total
14 hours
Semester 3 / Course Name
Credit Hour
NURS 1150 Pharmacology
3
NURS 2200 Nursing Concepts 1
4
NURS 2210 Lab
3 (135 contact hours)
Biol 2103 (Microbiology) Biol 2101 (lab)
4
Total
14 hours
Semester 4 / Course Name
Credit Hour
NURS 2300 Nursing Concepts 2
5
NURS 2310 Lab
4 (180 contact hours)
Psych 2335 Development
3
Math 2100 Elem Stats
3
Total
15 hours
Semester 5 / Course Name
Credit Hour
NURS 2400 Nursing Concepts 3
5
NURS 2410 Lab
5 (225 contact hours)
NURS 2500 Nursing Capstone
1
Arts 1200 or Thea 1013
3
Total
14 hours
PROGRAM TOTAL
71-76 HOURS – 675 CONTACT HOURS
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LPN to RN Program of Study
PREREQUISITE COURSES
Credit Hour
CSSK 1010 (College Success)
1
English 1010
3
Math 1100 (College Algebra)
3
Biol 2253 (AP I) Biol 2251 (lab)
4
History 2010 or 2020
3
English 1020
3
Math 2100 (Elem Statistics)
3
Biol 2263 (AP II) Biol 2261 (lab)
4
TOTAL HOURS OF PREREQUISITES
24
MUST COMPLETE ALL PREREQUISITE COURSES BY
END OF SPRING SEMESTER IN WHICH YOU ARE
APPLYING TO PROGRAM
NURS 1100 (Nursing Fundamentals) (AWARDED)
4
NURS 1110 Nursing Fundamentals Application
(AWARDED)
3
Total Awarded
7 hours
Semester 3 / Course Name / SUMMER
Credit Hour
NURS 1150 Pharmacology (AWARDED)
3
*NURS 1153 (LPN to RN Transitions) ONLINE
3
NURS 2200 Nursing Concepts I (AWARDED)
4
NURS 2210 Nursing Concepts I Application
(AWARDED)
3
Biol 2103 (Microbiology) Biol 2101 (lab) Coreq or
Prereq
4
Total Awarded
10 Hours
Total Credit Hours for Summer
7 Hours
Semester 4 / Course Name / FALL
Credit Hour
NURS 2300 (Nursing Concepts II)
5
NURS 2310 (Nursing Concepts II Application)
4
Psych 2335 (Developmental Psych) Coreq or Prereq
3
Total
12 Hours
Semester 5/ Course Name / SPRING
Credit Hour
NURS 2400 (Nursing Concepts III)
5
NURS 2410 (Nursing Concepts III Application)
5
NURS 2500 (Nursing Capstone)
1
ARTS 1200 (Intro to Visual Arts) Coreq or Prereq
3
Total
14 Hours
PROGRAM TOTAL
74 Awarded Hours Total
57 Actual
* Didactic and nursing clinical courses are co-requisites and must be taken simultaneously.
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ADMISSION, PROGRESSION AND GRADUATION CRITERIA
Both ASN and LPN to RN Programs share admission, progression and graduation criteria with exceptions noted where
necessary.
Qualified applicants shall be considered for admission without discrimination and in compliance with applicable state and
federal laws and regulations.
The ASN program at SOWELA Technical Community College reserves the right to make such changes and adjustments in its
curriculum as are educationally sound and are in keeping with the dynamic nature of its discipline and which do not extend
the program of studies listed in the official SOWELA Technical Community College catalog.
Applicants must receive approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) before being accepted into the ASN
program. Each applicant must disclose any “crime of violence” as defined in the PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL
STANDARDS from the LSBN.
If a student is admitted to the clinical component of the program, any disciplinary action, arrest, criminal charge or conviction,
addiction, or impairment shall be reported immediately to the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health and to the LSBN.
The ASN Program at SOWELA reserves the right to limit the number of students enrolled in nursing courses in order to make
the most effective use of the educational resources available. Selection criteria are delineated below.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS TO SOWELA TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Only one application can be processed per term. If you have submitted an application for admissions and would like to change
your major you must submit a “Change of Major Request” Form. Please visit the Registrar’s Office or the Information Desk in
the lobby of the Administration Building for a Change of Major Request Form.
Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended must be sent to the Office of the Registrar at SOWELA
Technical Community College.
Applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements to SOWELA Technical Community College prior to being
considered for the ASN program. This includes minimum ACT scores or equivalency exam scores. Please visit
https://www.SOWELA.edu/catalog for further explanation of entrance requirements.
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ADMISSION TO CLINICAL NURSING COURSES AT SOWELA TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ASN Program
Admission to SOWELA Technical Community College does NOT guarantee enrollment into nursing clinical courses. Selection
for enrollment in nursing courses is based on a competitive basis for available spaces. Applicants must meet the minimum
criteria to be considered for selection for enrollment in clinical nursing courses.
• Admission to the College and submission of all official transcri
pts to the Office of the Registrar
• All transfer/change of major/re-entry students must be enrolled and taking classes at SOWELA Technical Community
College during the semester of application for inclusion in the applicant pool for consideration for enrollment in
Nursing 1100/1110.
• If enrollment in nursing courses is interrupted for a period of three years, the student must repeat all required
courses titled ‘Nursing’.
• A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 2.0 or higher
• A minimum grade of ‘C’ in all required biology, mathematics, and nursing courses
• Completion of prerequisite general academic courses toward the degree. (All courses listed in the first semester of
the curriculum pattern.)
• Minimum grade point average of 2.8 in all courses required for the degree. Grades earned in any required course
completed at the time of the application will be calculated in the GPA.
• A student will be permitted to repeat only one required non-nursing or nursing course. A student who fails or
withdraws (receives a grade of ‘D’, ‘F’ or ‘W’) again in that course or from a second required course will no longer be
permitted to apply to the ASN program at SOWELA Technical Community College School of Nursing and Allied Health.
• Completion of the required entrance exam for nursing and achieving at least the minimum score required. (Test of
Essential Academic Skills [TEAS VI test] is required with a minimum score of 64 %.) Further information and resources
concerning the TEAS test may be found at https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/pre-program/TEAS.aspx Only
SOWELA students will be allowed to take the TEAS at SOWELA.
• Completion of an application to enroll in clinical courses with attached required materials
o The clinical application packet may be picked up in the Nursing Faculty Suite or online
o Packets will be available in February and due in April for fall enrollment
• Students who transfer to the School of Nursing and Allied Health at SOWELA from another institution are also subject
to the rules listed above. Failure in nursing courses taken at another institution will be treated in the same way as
failures in required nursing courses and non-nursing courses at SOWELA.
• An application to enroll in clinical courses is valid for one semester only
• Incomplete applications to enroll in clinical courses will not be reviewed for selection
• No application to enroll in clinical courses will be accepted after the deadline.
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Faculty will review each clinical application packet and selection will be made based on students’ rank:
• TEAS exam – 50%
• GPA – 35%
• Curriculum
o SO
WELA student – 15% of a point (all curriculu
m courses take
n at SOWELA
o Transfer student – 7.5% of a point
• TOTAL Possi
ble =100%
• Additional points will be awarded if the student holds a de
gre
e/diplom
a/certificat
o Mas
ter +5
o Bachelor +4
Associate
+3
F
aculty decisions for admission to the ASN program are final. Appeals will not be considered.
ADMISSION TO LPN TO RN PROGRAM
Admission to SOWELA Technical Community College does NOT guarantee enrollment into nursing clinical courses. Selection
for enrollment in nursing courses is based on a competitive basis for available spaces. Applicants must meet the minimum
criteria to be considered for selection for enrollment in clinical nursing courses.
• Must have an unencumbered Louisiana License to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse
• Must have IV Therapy Certification
• Must score a 64% on the TEAS VI entrance exam. Completion of the required entrance exam for nursing and
achieving at least the minimum score required. (Test of Essential Academic Skills [TEAS VI test] is required with a
minimum score of 64 %.) Further information and resources concerning the TEAS test may be found at
https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/pre-program/TEAS.aspx Only SOWELA students will be allowed to take the
TEAS at SOWELA.
• The TEAS VI test may be taken only one time a semester and a total number of two times.
• Must score a 63.3% on the ATI RN Fundamentals exam. Students must pass the TEAS VI test to be eligible to take the
ATI RN Fundamentals exam. Further information and resources concerning the Fundamentals exam may be found at
https://www.atitesting.com/fundamentals
• The RN Fundamentals exam may be taken only one time a semester and a total number of two times.
• Must have all nursing prerequisites completed by summer enrolling in NURS 1153
• Must have a minimum of 2.8 GPA in prerequisite and co-requisite courses
• Must have minimum grade of ‘C’ in all required prerequisites and co-requisites
• Completion of an application to enroll in clinical courses with attached required materials
o The clinical application packet may be picked up in the Nursing Faculty Suite or online
o Packets will be available in October and due in January for summer enrollment
• An application to enroll in clinical courses is valid for one semester only
• Incomplete applications to enroll in clinical courses will not be reviewed for selection
• No application to enroll in clinical courses will be accepted after the deadline
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SELECTION FOR ENR
OLLME
NT IN NURSING CO
URSES
ASN Program
)
e:
o
o Diploma +2
o Certificate +1
CLINICAL APPLICATION PROCEDURE/REQUIREMENTS
An application for clinical courses must be completed and returned to the School of Nursing and Allied Health (SoNAH) the
semester prior to expected enrollment in clinical courses. The application must be completed in its entirety to be eligible for
review.
• ASN Program applications are accepted in spring for fall admission.
• LPN to RN applications are accepted in spring for summer admission.
In addition to the admission criteria, there are requirements that students must meet to complete the application. These
include:
• Current CPR card (must be American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or Red Cross Professional Rescuer)
• Health Insurance
• Health History and Physical Examination
• Immunizations/titers/testing
Faculty in the ASN program will review all completed applications and rank students based on the criteria for en
rollment into
the clinical courses. Up to fifty students with the highest rankings will be accepted for fall clinical courses in the ASN program.
Up to ten students with the highest rankings will be accepted for the summer Transitions Course in the LPN to RN program.
It takes faculty approximately 3 – 4 weeks to process and rank the applications. Grades for courses taken during the
application semester are considered.
Once faculty have determined which students will be accepted; letters from the SoNAH will be sent to all applicants notifying
them of acceptance or denial. Students who are accepted will need to return an enclosed letter stating their decision to enroll
or not enroll in clinical courses in the fall/summer. If a student decides not to enroll after being accepted; he/she will need to
reapply the following year.
Accepted students must also be approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to begin clinical nursing courses. This
application process will begin after acceptance into the nursing program. A mandatory meeting will be held with accepted
students to begin this process.
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AWARDING CREDIT HOURS LPN TO RN PROGRAM
S
eventeen (17) credit hours will be awarded toward the ASN degree only after a student has successfully completed NURS
2300/2310.
LPN TO RN TRANSITIONS COU
RSE
NURS 1153 LPN to RN Transitions will be taught online in the summer. Students must have the necessary skills and equipment
to enroll in the course.
Inform
ation for SOWELA Online ma
y be found at https://www.SOWELA.edu/student-life/SOWELA
-online/
CRITERIA FOR PROGRESSION IN T
HE ASN AND LPN
TO RN PROGRAMS
•
Complete pre and co requisites for courses outlined in the curriculum
• Earn at least a 2.0 GPA on courses reflected in the curriculum
• Earn a minimum grade of ‘C’ in all courses
• Earn a minimum grade of ‘C’ in all required nursing courses before progressing to the next required nursing course(s)
• A passing score on all required standardized examinations
o Students who fail to earn a passing score on course standardized examinations on their first attempt will
remediate and may repeat the exam one time
o
Failure to earn a passing score on the second attempt will result in a failing grade in the course. The student
will be required to repeat the course, if eligible to do so.
• Students will be permitted to enroll in any required nursing course only twice. Students will be permitted to repeat no
more than one required nursing course. On the second grade of ‘W’, ‘D’, or ’F’ in the repeated nursing course, the
student will not be permitted to continue with the nursing program at SOWELA Technical Community College School
of Nursing and Allied Health. This rule applies to courses with the department designation of ‘NURS’. Transfer
students are subject to these rules.
• A student repeating a nursing course must concurrently enroll in the co-requisite nursing
course;
regardles
s if the
student passed the co-requisite course.
o The re-enrollment in the co-requisite will not be counted as a repeated nursing course for the dismissal policy
o The most current grade earned will be the grade for the course
o Students repeating a first level clinical course in the ASN Program must submit an APPLICATION FOR CLINICAL
COURSE
o An “Intent to Return to Clinical Courses” must be submitted for students repeating 2
nd
, 3
rd
or 4
th
level clinical
courses
o All grades earned in courses required in the curriculum (including the failing grades in first level nursing
courses) will be utilized to rank the student
o Students approved to re-enroll will be accepted based on space available
• Clinical students must maintain current BLS and remain current with health form requirements throughout the
duration of the curriculum
• Students must have a declared major of Associate of Science in Nursing
• Student performance in the clinical setting will be evaluated as Pass or Fail based on clinical criteria for each co-
requisite lab. If a student earns a ‘Failure’ in the co-requisite lab; both the course and co-requisite lab will be graded
as failing. Students with a failing grade in the co-requisite lab must retake the course and co-requisite lab. Students
will be required to submit a new clinical application if a ‘Failure’ is earned in a first level clinical course. Students
failing subsequent level clinical courses must fill out an “Intent to Return to Clinical Form”. Selection for enrollment in
nursing courses is based on a competitive basis for available spaces.
CRITERIA FOR DISMISSAL FROM THE ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
A student is subject to dismissal from the ASN program for the following (but not limited to) reasons:
• Failure to earn a minimum grade of ‘C’ in more than two required nursing courses
• Failure to be successful after two enrollments in the same required nursing course, including a grade of ‘W’
• Any form of academic dishonesty that includes, but is not limited to the following:
o Submitting another student’s work as your own or allowing a student to submit your work as their own
o Copying from another student on assignments or during an exam or allowing a student to copy from your
assignments or exams
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o Receiving exam questions from a student who has already taken an exam or giving ques
tions to a student
who has not taken an exam
o Listing false references
o Making up research/assessment data
o Using an author’s work without proper credit and citation (plagiarism)
o Plagiarizing any part of an assi
gnment, essay or exam
o Using unauthorized
materials obtained from i
nstructors or students
o
Receiving unauthorized help on assignments or exams
o Altering grades
o Using a cell phone, pager, smart watch or any other technology during an exam
Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Any student found guilty of
dishonesty will receive a grade of 0 % for the work presented. In addition, faculty may also refer the student to the
appropriate administrator for further disciplinary action that could result in an ‘F’ in the course, dismissal from the
course, dismissal from the college, and/or possible legal action. Further information about academic dishonesty may
be found in the College Student Handbook https://www.SOWELA.edu/catalog
The SoNAH will strictly enforce this
policy.
• Unlawful or unauthorized use, abuse, possession, distribution, transportation, manufacture, concealment,
consumption, promotion or sale of alcohol, illegal drugs, legal drugs obtained illegally, or controlled substances
• Illegal possession of weapons
• Theft
• Lack of professional behavior or unsafe clinical practice as identified by the nursing and or allied health faculty or
LSBN
• Falsification of patient and or agency records
ASN to BSN
Models
ASN TO BSN MODEL WITH UNIVE
RSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE
In October, 2018, a formal concurrent enrollment model agreem
ent for ASN to BSN between SOWELA Technical Community
College and the University of Louisiana Lafayette was signed. This allows student to pursue the BSN degree at ULL upon
successful completion of the NCLEX-RN. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Lisa Broussard, RN to BSN Program
Director for further information.
ASN TO BSN MODEL WITH NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY LOUISIANA
In August, 2018, a formal concurrent enrollment model agreeme
nt for ASN to BSN between SOWELA Technical Community
College and Northwestern State University Louisiana was signed. This allows students to pursue the BSN degree at
Northwestern State University upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN. Students are offered individualized plans with
online courses to complete the BSN degree. Dr. Danita Potter, R
N to BSN Program Director, may be contacted at
potterd@nsula.edu for further information.
GRADE/ACADEMIC APPEALS
In the ASN Program, a grade of ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ is given for satisfactory work. The grade of ‘D’ is unsatisfactory. The grade of ‘F’
is given for work failed. For the purpose of converting letter grades to a numeric expression, the following scale is used for
nursing courses: A = 100 – 92; B = 91 – 86; C = 85 – 80; D = 79 – 75; F = 74 – 0.
Grades will not be “rounded-up”, i.e., 79.9 will be recorded as a ‘D’.
For information on grade appeals, refer to the SOWELA College Catalog/Student Handbook under the ACADEMIC APPEALS
PROCEDURE. https://www.SOWELA.edu/catalog
A student who seeks to appeal a grade must follow the academic chain of
authority (Instructor – School Dean – Dean of Instruction – Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs – Chancellor). Grades may be
challenged within the first two weeks of the semester following the awarding of the grade. The student is responsible for
moving through the process as expeditiously as possible.
A student who seeks to appeal an administrative withdrawal must follow the academic chain of authority. An appeal of
administrative withdrawal must be initiated within 10 days of the notice provided to the student by the instructor that such
action has been made.
CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION
• Complete the College requirements for graduation https://www.SOWELA.edu/catalog
• C
omplete the approved curriculum within six (6) semesters after enrollment in the first clinical nursing cours
e
• A
minimum grade of ‘C’ in all required biology, mathematics and nursing course
s
• S
uccessful passing score on the comprehensive standardized exam given in the last clinical semester
.
o
S
tudents who fail to earn a passing score on the examination will remediate and may repeat it one time only
.
o F
ailure to pass the standardized exam the second attempt will result in a failing grade in the course and th
e
s
tudent will have to repeat the course if eligible to do so
.
• S
tudents must have their correct major on file with the registrar in order to graduat
e
• B
e free of debt to SOWELA Technical Community Colleg
e
• E
arn at least 25 % of the required hours in the program at SOWELA and at least one third of the major course wo
rk
r
equired in the program at SOWEL
A
• S
ubmit an application for graduation, accompanied by the appropriate fees, at the time of registration for the las
t
s
emester in which the candidate completes degree requirements for graduatio
n
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STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The faculty in the ASN Program has the fundamental assumption that every student who enrolls in the program has a right to
a student centered learning environment that fosters academic excellence and personal success. Students positively
contribute to this environment by maintaining high standards of integrity and ethical honor in all academic work and personal
conduct, familiarizing themselves with and adhering to all policies and regulations of the SoNAH and College.
The SoNAH follows the SOWELA Technical Community College’s policies protecting students’ rights. These policies may be
found online at https://www.SOWELA.edu/catalog
and include Students’ Rights, Safety and Welfare, and Guidance and
Counseling.
• Statement of non-discrimination
• Student educational records
• Family educational rights and privacy act (FERPA)
• Sexual assault policy
• Student conduct policy
o Suspension
o Expulsion
• Campus security
• Emergency procedures
• Personal property
• Disability services
• Advising services
• Career services
• Student counseling
• Student wireless accessibility
• Tutoring
Students with Disabilities
Disability Services works directly with all faculty and staff, providing in-service training and understanding of disabilities and
the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Services for students with disabilities include making reasonable accommodations necessary to eliminate discrimination on
the basis of disability. Students must self-identify and apply in the Office of Student Support Services to obtain
accommodations. Students must provide documentation from a board-certified physician or psychologist describing the
nature of the disability and how it affects an individual’s major life activity. The doctor should also recommend the types of
accommodations the student may need. We recommend requests for special accommodations/services be made at least four
(4) to eight (8) weeks prior to the first official day of classes each semester. For more information please contact (337) 421-
6969.
“If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Office of Disability Services for information on appropriate policies
and procedures. The Office of Disability Services is located in Magnolia Building – Student Success Center. You may contact
the office at ods@SOWELA.edu
or (337) 421- 6969.”
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Harassment/Sexual Harassment Policy
SOWELA Technical Community College’s Harassment/Sexual Harassment Policy will apply to students in the School of Nursing
and Allied Health programs and can be located in the student catalog/ handbook online pages 51-53 at:
https://www.SOWELA.edu/Images/Interior/academics/2015-16%20catalog%20addendum.pdf
Harassment is physical, verbal, and visual conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment, which
interferes with work/academic performance. This includes harassment because of race, sex, sexual orientation, religious
creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability or medical condition, age, or any other basis protected by federal, state or
local law, ordinance or regulation.
Any student who believes he/she is the subject of harassment or who has knowledge of harassing behavior by faculty or staff
must report such conduct to the Executive Director of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs or Designee. If the
student believes he/she is the subject of harassment or who has knowledge of harassing behavior by another student must
report such conduct to the Director of Student Support Services.
Student Grievance Policy
SOWELA Technical Community College’s Grievance Policy will apply to students in the School of Nursing and Allied Health
programs and can be located in the student catalog/ handbook online pages 56-59 at:
https://www.SOWELA.edu/Images/Interior/academics/2015-16%20catalog%20addendum.pdf
The purpose of this grievance policy is to provide an orderly and efficient method by which students may air and resolve their
complaints about the conditions and policies at SOWELA. The College defines a legitimate grievance as a circumstance that
can be substantiated and is regarded by the student as a just cause for complaint. A grievance can be relevant to any incident
involving another student, classroom instructor, faculty advisor, internship supervisor, administrator, or faculty member in the
College. A grievance may deal with academic issues or other circumstances involving alleged unfair or irresponsible behavior
including violations of department or college policies.
Step 1: Informal Process- Within five working days of occurrence
Students are encouraged to make every effort to resolve their problems and concerns with the faculty or other parties
involved. Students are to follow the chain of command when addressing the problem or concern within the School of
Nursing and Allied Health: faculty member, program coordinator of the program enrolled in, then the Dean of the
School of Nursing and Allied Health.
Step 2: Formal Procedures- Appeal to Grievance Committee
If the student’s problem has not been resolved during the first step of the policy, the student has the right to appeal within
ten working days following the decision rendered by the School Dean. The Dean will help direct the student in the process as
well as the student needs to follow the policy as stated in the student grievance policy found in the student handbook pages
56-59 as stated above.
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CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE ASN STUDENT
SOWELA Technical Community College’s Code of Conduct for Students https://www.SOWELA.edu/catalog will apply to
students in the ASN program.
A RN student must exhibit professional behaviors and practice safely both in the classroom and clinical setting. Students will
be held accountable for mature, professional and safe behaviors through an established code of ethics in addition to
professional standards of behavior such as the Code of Ethics developed by the American Nurses Association (ANA).
1. The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every
person
2. The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population
3. The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient
4. The nurse has authority, accountability, and responsibility for nursing practice; makes decision; and takes action
consistent with the obligation to promote health and to provide optimal care
5. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety,
preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth
6. The nurse, through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environment of
the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.
7. The nurse, in all roles and settings, advances the profession through research and scholarly inquiry, professional
standards development, and the generation of both nursing and health policy.
8. The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health
diplomacy, and reduce health disparities (American Nurses Association. [2015], Code of ethics for nursing.).
DEFINITIONS OF EXPECTED BEHAVIORS
Concentration - Student focus is on education as exhibited by attending classes and clinical. The student is consistently on
time for lectures and stays until the end of presentations. Participation in class is consistent. The appropriate person(s) is
contacted when situations occur causing tardiness or absence especially in the clinical setting.
Performance - the student has a positive, open attitude towards peers, teachers, and other professionals during the course of
nursing studies. The student maintains a professional attitude in interpersonal relations. The student functions in a supportive
and constructive fashion in group situations and makes good use of feedback and evaluations.
Reliability - the student functions as a responsible, ethical, law-abiding adult.
Teamwork - the student demonstrates his/her ability to work effectively in groups and with other members of the health
team, giving and accepting freely in the interchange of information.
Spirit of inquiry - the student exhibits an interest in his/her courses and curricular subjects, demonstrating individual pursuit
of further knowledge.
Accountability - the student is primarily committed to learning. Interpersonal relationships in the academic setting are carried
out in a reliable and trustworthy manner.
Respect - A student shows appropriate deference for those placed in authority over him/her both within the College and in
society.
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Personal Appearance - the student's hygiene and dress reflect the high standards expected of a professional nurse.
Communication - the student demonstrates an ability to communicate effectively verbally, nonverbally, and in writing with
peers, teachers, patients, and others.
Professional Role - The student conducts self as a role model at all times and in compliance with Louisiana State Board of
Nursing Professional and Occupational Standards (http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/NursingPractice/Laws,Rules.aspx
) and the ANA
Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (See above). The student demonstrates the personal, intellectual and
motivational qualifications of a professional nurse.
Judgment - the student shows an ability to reason regarding options, reflecting his/her ability to make intelligent decisions in
his/her personal and academic life.
Ethics - the student conducts self in an honorable and moral manner. The student respects the rights and privacy of other
individuals and does not violate the laws of our society.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Comply with rules and regulations that pertain to student conduct as presented in SOWELA Technical Community College
Student Handbook available https://www.SOWELA.edu/catalog
2. Comply with the policies and regulations of the clinical agencies.
3. Acquire a current course syllabus, required textbooks, and other required materials for each nursing course.
4. Utilize the policy on ethics and confidentiality in the School of Nursing and Allied Health.
5. Participate in student nursing organizations and academic committees.
6. Participate in the evaluation process for the College and SoNAH.
7. Know and use the lines of authority and channels of communications at SOWELA Technical Community College and School
of Nursing and Allied Health
8. Comply with the SOWELA Technical Community College and School of Nursing and Allied Health Alcohol and Drug Policy
9. SOWELA Technical Community College does not offer any form of health/liability insurance for students. It is solely the
student’s responsibility to acquire and maintain any form of personal health/liability insurance. In case of serious
accident, an ambulance may be summoned. Personnel in charge at the time of the accident will make that determination.
All medical expenses are the responsibility of the student. Clinical sites may require students to present proof of
health/liability insurance prior to attending clinical.
10. Comply with the social media and use of electronic devises policies of the SoNAH.
POLICY ON ETHICS AND CONFIDENTIALITY
All SoNAH students share the responsibility of observing a Code of Ethics. This code of ethics requires truthfulness, honesty,
and integrity in all human activities by the student including immediate reporting of any and all suspected or actual client
abuse.
Information regarding clients is highly privileged and confidential. Information about clients should never be discussed
casually or released to anyone. Persons inquiring whether someone is a client should be informed that you cannot release
such information. Students on their psychiatric/mental health rotation are bound from releasing this information by Federal
mandate. Breach of confidentiality may result in dismissal from the program and college.
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Clients are not to be burdened with the students’ personal problems. SOWELA nursing students must maintain a professional
relationship with clients. Associating, dating, or fraternizing (including exchanging phone numbers, addresses, email addresses
or social networking information) with clients while they are in treatment, either inpatient or outpatient is unprofessional and
strictly prohibited. Any attempt, by words or conduct, to engage a client in sex or intimate relationship may result in dismissal.
The student is required to read the Policy on Ethics and Confidentiality and sign an agreement to abide by this policy. Failure
to comply may result in immediate dismissal from the SOWELA ASN Program. This agreement may be found in the “Forms”
section of the Handbook.
In compliance with HIPPA regulations, all students are required to view a HIPPA video and take an examination over the
material viewed. This will be done in the first clinical course along with OSHA requirements for handling of blood and body
fluids.
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
Students are personally responsible for the content they publish on blogs, wikis, social networks, forum boards, or any other
form of user-generated media. Additionally, students should remember that all content contributed on all platforms become
immediately searchable and can be immediately shared. This content immediately leaves the contributing individual’s control
forever and may be traced back to the individual after long periods of time.
Purpose: To provide guidelines for students in the SoNAH at SOWELA regarding the expectations related to the use of social
media when identified as a student in the ASN Program.
Definition:
Social media platforms – Technology tools and online spaces for integrating and sharing user generated content in order to
engage constituencies in conversations and allow them to participate in content and community creation. Examples include,
but are not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
Guidelines for Online Professional or Personal Activity:
These guidelines apply to SOWELA ASN students who identify themselves as a SOWELA ASN student and/or use their SOWELA
email address in social media venues such as professional society blogs, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. for deliberate professional
engagement or casual conversation.
Adhere to the Policy on Ethics and Confidentiality, HIPAA regulations, and general civil behavior guidelines; respecting
copyrights and disclosures, and not revealing proprietary financial, intellectual property, patient care or similar sensitive or
private content inclusive of the posting of client or other student’s pictures.
PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICY
Personal electronic devices consists of any device that electronically communicates, sends, receives, stores, reproduces or
displays voice and/or text communication or data. These include, but are not limited to cellular phones, pagers, smart
phones, music and media players, gaming devices, tablets, laptop computers, video cameras, programmable calculators,
personal digital assistants, smart watches and personal scanners.
Using personal electronic devices in the classroom setting can hinder instruction and learning, not only for the student using
the device but also for other students in the class. To this end, the School of Nursing and Allied Health establishes the right of
each faculty member to determine if and how personal electronic devices are allowed to be used in the classroom/clinical.
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Due to HIPAA regulations, the use of these devices must be used only to access resources as approved by faculty. Academic
integrity is a concern to the college of nursing; therefore, utilizing cell phones and other programmable devices/calculators
are not permitted during testing.
General rules:
1. Faculty may restrict or prohibit the use of personal electronic devices in his or her classroom, lab, or any other
instructional setting. The use of these devices is prohibited in patient care areas unless permission is given by the
clinical instructor prior to the start of clinical.
2. Faculty may allow students to use laptops or other devices for taking notes or class work.
3. Cell phones or other programmable devices may not be used by the student during testing. Only basic,
nonprogrammable calculators will be permitted for use during classroom or laboratory testing.
4. Individual students may be directed to turn off personal electronic devices if the devices are not being used for class
purposes. If the student does not comply, the student may be asked to leave the classroom.
5. In establishing restrictions, faculty must make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities in working
with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.
6. Students are not permitted to record (whether audio or visual or both) any part of a class/lab/other session unless
explicitly granted permission to do so by the instructor or have received such accommodations from the Office of
Services for Students with Disabilities. Students must also comply with the Ethics and Confidentiality Policy of the
School of Nursing and Allied Health.
7. Students may not take pictures in the clinical setting.
8. Students are expressly forbidden to video, use camera or voice recordings without the express consent of the
subject(s) being photographed or recorded. Any student whose use of their cellular phone violates another’s
reasonable expectation of privacy or produces any media as a result of the cellular phone capabilities without express
consent may be found in violation of this policy. Violations of this policy may lead to disciplinary action that may result
in confiscation of the cellular phone and referral to Student Services.
9. Students who fail to comply with a faculty member’s restrictions or prohibition will be asked to leave the class.
10. Surveillance equipment is in use inside and outside the building.
TESTING/ASSIGNMENT POLICIES
• ALL EXAMS AND ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE INDIVIDUALLY DONE UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY FACULTY.
• All assignments are to be typed in Microsoft WORD format or compatible.
• All exams will be proctored by faculty in the computer lab or library.
• The time allowed for testing will be announced at the beginning of each test. Students arriving late will not be given
additional time to complete the test.
• All personal belongings must be stored out of reach.
o This includes coats, jackets, hats and sunglasses, phones and smart watches, with discretionary allowances for
religious apparel.
• Students may bring two #2 pencils. Students are not allowed to have any other personal materials at their testing
station.
• Students may use the calculator that is available as a pop-up during the test and can be launched from the Web page.
If using Canvas, faculty will provide calculators.
• Food and drink, unless predetermined as medically necessary, are not allowed in the exam room.
• Students must close any applications they might have opened before testing begins. Students may not click outside of
the test or open any other application during testing.
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During the Exam
• Read the question and options entirely before you answer. Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect.
• No two exams have the same order of questions and answers.
• You will not be allowed to communicate with any other examinee during the exam in any manner. This includes
talking and gesturing. If you have a question or problem, raise your hand to alert the proctor. The proctor will not
answer questions concerning the content of the exam.
• If scratch paper is allowed for your exam, you may only use the scratch paper provided by the proctor, and the scratch
paper must be turned in to the proctor before leaving.
• You are not allowed to memorize, discuss or share questions on the exam in any way during or after the exam. No
printing is allowed during or after the exam.
• Any student found participating in academic dishonesty in any way by the faculty, will be dismissed from the exam
room and given a zero “0”. This will be followed by a written report of the incident forwarded to the Dean of the
School of Nursing and Allied Health with recommendations for any further disciplinary action(s). Discipline may
include an “F” in the course, dismissal from the course, or dismissal from the college. (See the Academic
Catalog/Student Handbook for further information and appeals procedures).
• Test review time and location will be up to the discretion of the faculty.
• Any student with a disability which requires special testing conditions should notify faculty at the beginning of the
semester. If this need arises during the semester, the student must inform faculty the week before the test to allow
time for arrangements to be made. Please refer to the Office of Student Services for further policies and procedures.
ATI Testing Policies (Standardized Exams)
• NURS 1100
o RN Fundamentals Exam will be given at the end of the semester. The proficiency level for this exam is 63.3%.
• NURS 1150
o RN Pharmacology Exam will be given at the end of the semester. The expected proficiency level for this exam
is 70.0%.
o Students scoring below the proficiency level (56.7% - 69.0%) will be required to remediate and retest.
o If the student is not passing the course with at least an 80 (C); the retest will not be given.
o If, on the second attempt, the student does not score the minimum Proficiency Score; he/she will not pass the
course. A grade of ‘D’ will be earned in the course
o Any student scoring below a 56.7% on the first exam will fail the course with a grade of ‘F’. No remediation or
retesting will be allowed.
o Students are encouraged to take the practice exams prior to the proctored exam. It is recommended that
you score a 95% on your practice exam prior to taking the proctored exam.
• NURS 2200
o RN Fundamentals Exam will be given during the course. The expected proficiency level for this exam is 63.3%
o Students scoring below the proficiency level (51.7% - 61.7%) will be required to remediate and retest. The
cost of the retesting will be the responsibility of the student.
o The grade the student receives on the first attempt will be what is used for the ATI 5% of grade.
o If the student is not passing the course with at least an 80 (C); the retest will not be given.
o If, on the second attempt, the student does not score the minimum Proficiency Score; he/she will not pass the
course. A grade of ‘D’ will be earned in the course
o Any student scoring below a 51.7% on the first exam will fail the course with a grade of ‘F’. No remediation or
retesting will be allowed.
o Students are encouraged to take the practice exams prior to the proctored exam. It is recommended that
you score a 95% on your practice exam prior to taking the proctored exam.
• NURS 2300
o Two ATI proctored standardized exams will be given in the course: Maternal Newborn and Mental Health.
o The student must pass each proctored test with the following proficiency levels in order to pass the class.
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 Maternal Newborn Level 2 Score = 66.7%
 Mental Health Level 2 Score = 66.7%
o The grade the student receives on the first attempt will be what is used for the ATI 5% of grade. (Each exam is
0.25%)
o Students scoring within the Level 1 Proficiency Levels (Maternal Newborn 55.0% - 65.0%) or (Mental Health
56.7% - 65.0%) will be required to remediate and retest.
o If the student is not passing the course with at least an 80 (C); the retest will not be given.
o If, on the second attempt, the student does not score the minimum Level 2 Proficiency Score; he/she will not
pass the course. A grade of ‘D’ will be earned in the course
o Any student scoring below 55.0% on the first Maternal Newborn exam or below 56.7% on the first Mental
Health exam will fail the course with a grade of ‘F’. No remediation or retesting will be allowed.
o Students are encouraged to take the practice exams prior to the proctored exam. It is recommended that
you score a 95% on your practice exam prior to taking the proctored exam.
• NURS 2500
o The RN Comprehensive Predictor will be given prior to the end of the semester.
o Students must pass the exam with 66% to pass the course and be eligible to graduate.
o Any student scoring below 66% will be required to remediate and retest.
o If the student is not passing the course with at least an 80 (C); the retest will not be given.
o If, on the second attempt, the student does not score a 66% Proficiency Score; he/she will not pass the course
and not graduate. A grade of ‘D’ will be earned in the course
SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY
• The School of Nursing and Allied Health follows SOWELA Technical Community College’s policy prohibiting the
unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students. Violators will be subject to disciplinary
action by the College.
• The nursing faculty defines the chemically impaired student as a person who, while in the academic or clinical setting,
is abusing, either separately or in combination: alcohol, over-the-counter medications, illegal drugs, prescribed
medications, inhalants, or synthetic designer drugs. Abuse of substances includes episodic misuse or chronic use that
has produced psychological and/or physical symptoms.
• The faculty in the School of Nursing abides by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) regulations that pertain to
chemically dependent students. These regulations will be communicated to students upon application to clinical
nursing courses and prior to licensure as a new graduate. Students who indicate prior or current substance abuse use
will be directed to the LSBN if their usage resulted in a legal arrest and/or court action.
• All students accepted into the clinical nursing sequence will undergo drug testing. Thereafter, students will be
randomly selected throughout the curriculum for drug testing. Any student who is suspected of being under the
influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be sent immediately for drug screening for which the student is responsible for
payment.
• Students who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs may not return to class/clinical until
a negative report is received in the SoNAH.
• All drug screens are verified by a Medical Review Officer. If a student has a positive test he/she will be immediately
dismissed from the program and a report sent to the LSBN. The student will be sent to the Counseling Center for
further evaluation and treatment.
• Students who have been dismissed for alcohol and/or drug problems will only be admitted with LSBN approval and
must apply to the program and clinical nursing courses.
• Refusal to submit to any drug screening is grounds for dismissal from the School of Nursing.
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HEALTH POLICIES
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS
A complete physical examination is required as a part of the application process for entrance into the clinical nursing courses.
The physical examination form must be completed in full before it is turned into the School of Nursing. A copy of the student's
immunization/titer record and PPD test for tuberculosis must accompany the physical examination form. An incomplete
physical examination form will not be accepted and may delay the student's entrance into the nursing courses. Tuberculosis
testing (PPD) and flu vaccination is required annually by the School of Nursing.
SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN HEALTH STATUS
Students must report any significant change in their health status that impacts their ability to meet the SOWELA Nursing
Program technical standards or be in compliance with the health requirements outlined on the “Verification of Performance
Duties” form. By definition, any situation that curtails clinical performance activities for more than one clinical absence or
creates a pattern of absences (e.g. every other week), and/or involves a hospitalization/medical observation will be considered
a “Significant Change in Health Status”.
The following are common examples (not an exhaustive list) of changes in health status: diagnosis of mononucleosis or other
infectious/communicable illnesses/diseases, disabling headache lasting more than one clinical week, fractures or other
injuries affecting physical ability, hospitalizations, behavioral health issues or other emergency events.
A variety of factors, including length of time (more than one clinical absence or a pattern of absences), hospitalization/medical
observation, clinical agency policies, and adherence to the usual standard of medical care, will enter into the determination of
what kind of documentation is required before a student can return to clinical experiences.
1. The Length of Absence from Clinical. If the resolution of the health problem requires more than one clinical absence,
the Change of Health status will be deemed significant, and will require documentation and signature by a provider
stating that the student is able to continue the performance duties.
2. Hospitalization/medical observation will be considered a significant change in health status and will require
documentation and signature by a provider stating that the student can meet the required performance duties.
3. Compliance with Clinical Agency Policies. SOWELA Nursing students and faculty must meet the health requirements
of our clinical affiliates. If a student has had a significant change in health status as determined above, documentation
and signature by a provider stating that the student can meet the required performance duties will be required.
4. Adherence to the usual Standard of Care. If medical, psychological, and other types of interventions are ordinarily
part of care, [e.g., rest, limitation of weight-bearing, use of casts/boots, crutches, restrictions on lifting, medications
that alter cognition, etc.], students may not return to clinical until they provide documentation and signature from a
provider stating that the student can meet the required performance duties.
Clinical instructors will assess the situation regarding student clinical participation. The instructor, in consultation with the
Program Coordinator and the Dean, will make the decision as to whether the student has had a “Significant Change in Health
Status and the kind of documentation needed prior to returning to clinical.
Student Responsibilities
The student must be aware that:
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1. Suspected changes in health status must be reported to clinical instructors.
2. Clinical agency policies regarding health requirements may vary widely from location to location and by the
population served e.g. policies for working with pregnant women, infants, and children are generally stricter.
3. After a “Significant Change in Health Status”, a new, updated “Verification of Performance Duties” form must be
completed and signed by a licensed health care provider indicating that the student is safe to return to clinical
experiences.
4. Clearance to return to clinical experiences will not be granted until all medical documents have been received and
evaluated by faculty.
LATEX ALLERGY POLICY
Any student developing, having, or describing symptoms consistent with latex allergy/sensitivity is advised to consult a
qualified allergist for evaluation. Such evaluation is at the student's expense. It is the responsibility of the student found to
have a latex sensitivity to understand and acknowledge:
1. The risks of continued clinical education and a healthcare career, even when reasonable accommodations are
made and
2. The recommendations of their personal healthcare provider.
Students with concerns should contact the Coordinator/Dean and the student’s own healthcare provider to discuss the
ramifications of a latex allergy. If a qualified practitioner determines a clinical nursing student is latex sensitive/allergic, the
only accommodations available are use of latex free gloves. The School of Nursing cannot guarantee a latex-free environment.
If such a student elects to continue in training, the student must realize he/she assumes any responsibility and risk posed by
allergic reactions, which can range from mild symptoms to anaphylaxis and death. In the event such an allergy is present,
either intentional or inadvertent exposure to latex and related products may lead to these consequences. Latex sensitive
students are responsible for notifying course instructors/clinical faculty or preceptors in writing of the need to use latex free
gloves in every clinical experience where potential latex exposure is possible.
BLOOD AND BODY FLUIDS EXPOSURE POLICY
Purpose: To provide direction to the faculty and/or student involved in a blood or body fluid exposure. Blood and body fluid
exposure should be considered an urgent medical concern.
Procedure: The student/faculty involved in the incident must comply with the following:
1. Seek immediate care to exposure site by washing with soap and water.
2. Inform faculty member and agency infection control officer (if any) of the incident and follow agency blood and
body fluids exposure policies.
3. In order to ensure timely post exposure management, the student must seek immediate treatment in a local
Emergency Department within one hour of the exposure.
4. The student will receive a Blood and Body Fluid Exposure packet containing:
• The CDC Guidelines for Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV
• A copy of the Blood and Body Fluids Exposure policy
• A Change of Health Status Form
5. The student must submit to the Dean of SoNAH:
• Emergency physician’s report
• Initial post-exposure lab results on self
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• Post-exposure lab results on source (patient). Source protected health information is not required.
• Follow-up post-exposure lab results at 6 weeks, 12 weeks, and 6 months on self for an unknown or
positive source exposure
• Change of Health Status form in the event of a positive lab result indicating seroconversion
• Note: student is responsible for all medical expenses related to blood or body fluid exposure.
6. Any student who fails to submit Change of Health Status or required lab work may jeopardize progression in
clinical nursing courses.
7. A SoNAH Clinical Incident Report must be completed by student and faculty. The report may be found in the
“Forms” Section of the Handbook.
IMMUNIZATIONS
Proof of up-to-date immunizations is required as a part of the physical examination before entry into clinical nursing courses.
These immunizations include Tdap within past 10 years (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussus), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
[documented administration of 2 doses or lab evidence of immunity], Hepatitis B, and the meningococcal vaccine. Louisiana
requires that all on-campus college students must have the vaccination or sign a waiver refusing the vaccine. Students must
be aware that they take responsibility for the risks associated with acquiring meningitis when refusing the vaccination. The
waiver may be found in the “Forms” section of the Handbook. Important information concerning the vaccination may be
found at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening-serogroup.html
STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE VERIFICATION
All students in the School of Nursing are responsible for health care costs sustained while enrolled in clinical nursing courses.
As School of Nursing students may be exposed to a number of communicable diseases while caring for clients in clinical
settings, they may be at a higher risk than other college students for contracting a communicable disease. For this reason, the
SoNAH REQUIRES all students enrolled in clinical nursing courses retain a personal health insurance policy, and that this is
verified by attaching a copy of the insurance card/policy with the clinical application.
In order to meet this requirement, students should consult their local telephone directory for names of insurance companies
that provide hospitalization insurance in their area.
TUBERCULOSIS POLICY
Policy: It is the policy of the SoNAH that students be free of communicable disease and abide by all Federal and State laws and
regulations concerning health care workers in the health care environment.
Initial Screening
1. All students entering clinical course work must provide evidence of PPD skin testing. For persons who have never had
a PPD skin test or who have not had a negative PPD test within the past 12 months, the State of Louisiana requires the
Mantoux PPD be conducted in two steps. The second PPD test must be administered 1 to 3 weeks after the first test.
Or, you may elect to get one QuantiFERON-TB Gold (QFT
)
2. The PPD skin test is valid for one year from the date the results are read.
3. After the initial two-step method, the annual PPD can be a single PPD skin test applied as long as it has not been
greater than 12 months since the last PPD
4. PPD skin test is NOT contraindicated in pregnancy.
5. Documentation:
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a. Students will be required to submit a copy of the original documentation of PPD skin test results with their clinical
application.
b. Documentation must include the following:
1. PPD results (recorded in mm of induration—not “negative” or “positive”).
2. Date of the test results
3. Signature and credentials of person reading and interpreting the results. Signed and printed name are
required.
Ongoing Screening
1. Active clinical students must maintain an annual PPD. Students will be required to submit to their clinical instructor at
the beginning of each semester documentation of their PPD status.
2. Students who allow their PPD skin test to lapse will be prohibited from attending clinical until they have been retested
and documentation provided to their clinical instructor.
3. Students who travel outside of the United States anytime during clinical nursing courses must be retested for
Tuberculosis. A PPD skin test must be performed upon return and documentation submitted to the SoNAH or clinical
instructor. There is no contraindication to repeating the PPD.
Positive PPDs
Initial determination of positive PPD:
1. A
LL Positive PPDs will be referred to the Office of Public Health for further evaluation (whether or not there is a history
of BCG vaccination); after evaluation by the Office of Public Health, students must return to the SoNAH with any
recommendations/documentation concerning proposed treatment and/or further follow-up required.
2. Information from students’ Primary Care Providers (PCP) will NOT be considered until AFTER the student with a
positive PPD has been evaluated by the Office of Public Health (OPH)
3. All students entering clinical who are determined to have a positive PPD MUST be evaluated by the Office of Public
Health. Students who test positive by a private physician or PCP must also be evaluated by the OPH.
4. The Office of Public Health will determine the course of treatment for the student. Students must comply with
treatment guidelines. Failure to comply with treatment and/or provide documentation will result in the student being
barred from enrollment/participation in clinical laboratory experiences until the person can be evaluated as not being
a hazard to the health of the public.
5. The OPH will provide documentation to the student of prophylactic treatment:
a. The prophylactic letter which indicates that the student is currently being treated and is not contagious or
infectious!
b. The TB-29 card from the Public Health Unit which is issued after the completion of treatment; this card reflects
past treatment.
6. This documentation is very important and will be required from the student at various times during clinical
coursework. DO NOT LOSE IT!
7. Any person receiving treatment for active TB is required to provide a written medical statement from the Office of
Public Health allowing them to work with patients in a clinical setting. After the documentation is provided, the School
of Nursing will allow students to remain in the course or to enroll in the next course.
8. The School of Nursing reserves the right to require a T-Spot Blood test or QuantiFERON –TB Gold Test of any student
with a positive PPD skin test.
Ongoing positive PPD’s:
1. S
tudents who have a history of a positive PPD or disease will be required to present, in lieu of annual PPD testing, each
of the following every semester to their clinical instructor or course coordinator:
a. The SoNAH PPD Positive Reporting Form which can be obtained in the “Form” section of the Handbook.
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b. Copy of the prophylactic letter or TB-29 card and/or a T-Spot negative letter with the T-Spot lab report. A
QuantiFERON Gold test may also be submitted.
2. Students who become symptomatic for Tuberculosis at any time will be required to seek immediate medical evaluation
and treatment from OPH. Students will not be allowed patient contact until they have been medically cleared.
3. The School of Nursing reserves the right to require a chest radiograph and Health Department release if symptoms
are observed or health history indicates that others may be at risk, regardless of PPD status.
S
pecial Considerations
1. Al
lergy to PPD - Students who are deemed allergic to the PPD skin test and cannot submit to an annual skin test will be
required to have a yearly chest X-ray and submit the following documentation to the clinical instructor:
a. Positive PPD Reporting Form
b. Copy of the results of the chest –x-ray.
Bacille Calmette Guérin (BCG) Vaccination – Students with a history of BCG vaccination, will have baseline PPD testing
regardless of when the vaccine was received. Students with a reaction greater than or equal to 10mm with a history of
BCG vaccination will be considered positive and NOT due to BCG, but due to TB infection. Students will be referred to
the OPH for evaluation and treatment.
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ASN PROGRAM STUDENT EXPENSES
ASN students are required to pay several fees in order to maintain quality supplies and technology for training. Testing and
review fees are also necessary to prepare students for the RN licensure examination and Louisiana State Board of Nursing
approval to train and practice. Examples of expenses are listed; however may change as technology and testing progress. This
is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but to give ASN students a general idea of necessary expenses.
• Uniforms
• Physical examination
• Immunizations/PPD testing
• Health insurance
• CPR certification
• Background check/fingerprints
• Drug testing
• Nursing lab fees/progression fees
• Nursing software such as DocuCare and vSim
• Supply kit
• Stethoscope
• Pen light
• TEAS testing
• ATI testing
• Live NCLEX review
• Nursing pin
• Graduation fee
• Pictures
• LSBN licensure fee
• NCLEX exam
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STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES ON SoNAH COMMITTEES
Students are encouraged to participate in the teaching/learning process of the ASN program through committee membership.
One ASN student representative will participate in Learning Resource Center, Curriculum and Student Committees. Purposes
of student representation on these committees is to allow students a voice in decision-making, to enhance communication
and to provide opportunities for continued growth and improvement. Student representatives will have one vote per standing
committee and may serve no longer than two years.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
SOWELA ASN students are encouraged to become involved with both campus organizations and professional organizations.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is designed to facilitate student involvement within the college. Senators are
chosen by each department for representation.
Registered nursing students are encouraged to join national nursing organizations that promote and pursue the betterment of
the nursing profession such as the Organization of Associate Degree Nurses.
STUDENT RECOGNITION
Pinning Ceremony
T
he School of Nursing and Allied Health hosts a pinning ceremony to honor graduates. The ceremony for ASN graduates will
take place in May.
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
Library and Learning Resource Center (LLRC)
T
he LLRC is located in the Arts and Humanities Building. The center supports teaching and learning through its many resources
and commitment to service. The facility provides study areas for students, as well as computers with internet access,
photocopy machines. Online services for the library are available as well and may be accessed anywhere there is an internet
connection. Online resources include searchable databases, journals, images and e-books. The online link to the library and
sign-on instructions may be found at https://www.SOWELA.edu/resources/Library
C
anvas Learning Management System
A
ll students are required to maintain an active e-mail and Canvas account while enrolled at SOWELA. Canvas can be accessed
at the following link or through the homepage at SOWELA. https://www.SOWELA.edu/resources/elearning
Students must learn to use Canvas by reviewing the training materials provided. The ASN program uses Canvas for each
course.
Student Life at SOWELA
S
tudents at SOWELA
are offered a comprehensive program of support services designed to provide academic support and
personal achievement. These services include the following and may be found online through the links provided (underlined
words).
• The Office of 1st Year Experience will lay the foundation for student success during the first year of attendance at
SOWELA. This office oversees orientation, testing, and student success.
• The Office of Student Support Services is a multifaceted office providing services for students with disabilities, career
guidance, personal & life counseling services, and student organizations and enrichment activities.
• SOWELA is honored to provide service to our military and veteran students.
• Students are offered opportunities to grow socially, personally, and intellectually outside of the classroom through
participation in student organizations and activities.
• Job placement services are offered to students while attending school and upon graduation.
• The Library provides access to information in various formats and has computers available for students' use.
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S
tudent Employment in Healthcare Agency
S
tudents may be employed in healthcare agencies performing functions for which they have been trained by the agency and
for which the agency has a clear policy in writing that defines the scope of functions. Be aware that any individual not licensed
in the State of Louisiana to practice nursing and who engages in such practice, is doing so illegally and may be prosecuted
accordingly. Supervision by a professional, licensed nurse does not provide protection to the student or make the student’s
actions legal.
Students who are employed by healthcare agencies with titles such as Nurse Assistant, Care Tech, or Extern should be aware
of the following:
1. SOWELA Technical Community College assumes no responsibility or authority for activities as an agency employee.
2. Students are personally responsible and liable for any action performed or participated in as an agency employee.
3. Malpractice insurance coverage provided by the State of Louisiana applies only to student performance during
scheduled clinical time within a specific course that is supervised by a SoNAH faculty member.
4. Individuals who practice illegally may jeopardize their future as a professional nurse as those persons may be found in
violation of the Nurse Practice Act and may not be eligible to write for examination and denied licensure.
5. While on duty as an agency employee, students shall not be identified as SOWELA Technical Community College
students. For example, monogrammed uniforms and name tags identifying SOWELA shall not be worn.
6. Students are discouraged from working hours that will interfere with their clinical and/or scholastic performance.
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CLINICAL GUIDELINES
Student ASN Uniform
Student ASN uniforms will be worn on days of clinical assignments unless otherwise directed by the instructor. Students risk
consequences at the discretion of the faculty if not wearing the proper uniform.
Official Uniform
Uniforms should be purchased through SOWELA’s Bookstore located in the Sycamore Building. Fitting rooms are available to
try the different sizes. Scrubs may take up to 3 weeks to arrive after ordering; so students need to order by July 15 to ensure
they arrive by the first day of clinical.
Uniform top and lab jacket must have the approved logo monogrammed on the front left along with the student’s First Name,
ASN, SN.
RN Uniform-Pewter
• Cherokee Revolution Brand scrub top, pant, and jacket.
• Pewter top and pant.
• White jacket.
• Tops and Jacket must be embroidered with school logo and student's legal first name.
WOMEN
• Cherokee Revolution Brand
• Top-WW620 Pant-WW120 Jacket-WW310 in white
• Maternity scrubs are also available:
• Cherokee Professionals Brand
• Top-WW685 Pant-WW220 Jacket-WW310 in white
MEN
• Cherokee Revolution Brand
• Top-WW690 Pant-WW140 Landau Brand Jacket-7551 in white
Embroidered Logos
Clinical Dress Policy
During clinical experiences, students are required to wear the school uniform unless otherwise instructed by faculty. This
includes clinical experiences on campus in the simulation labs. Students are responsible for the purchase and upkeep of their
uniforms during the program. Shabby or stained uniforms are unacceptable and students risk being sent home and missing a
clinical day. As representatives of the College and School of Nursing, students are expected to present themselves (dress and
demeanor) in a professional manner at all times.
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Clinical Equipment
• Watch with second hand – (no jewels)
• Stethoscope – any color
• Bandage scissors – any color
• Black ink pen
• Penlight – any color
• Small metric ruler marked in millimeters and centimeters
• Barrier device for CPR with one-way valve
General Dress Code/Requirements
• Gray or black closed toe and closed back shoes. Plain leather tennis shoes are acceptable with no colored logo
markings. Shoes must be clean and used only for clinical.
• Gray, Black or white socks, knee highs, or hosiery must be worn.
• White or skin-colored under garments should be worn and must not be visible through the uniform.
• Under the uniform skirt/dress, a white half or full slip must be worn and the student must wear hosiery. Female
students may choose the skirt option in observance of cultural/religious beliefs.
• Undershirts may be worn. The undershirt must be white and have no logos or wording. The undershirt may be tank,
sleeveless, or short sleeve in style with a crew neck. If the short sleeve option is preferred, the white undershirt sleeve
must not show under the uniform sleeve. If a long sleeve option is preferred, the undershirt must be white in color
(see the official uniform table).
• The uniform and lab jacket should be washed after each wearing, wrinkle free, and in good repair.
• Students must maintain a professional and well-groomed appearance.
• The SOWELA name tag should be visible in all clinical settings.
• Chewing gum and tobacco products are not allowed in the clinical setting.
• Hair must be no longer than collar length. Longer hair must be worn up and secured. Male students must be clean-
shaven or beard/mustache must be neatly trimmed. Hair color should be a color naturally occurring in humans. The
student will be allowed to wear elastic hair bands and bobby pins that coordinate with his/her hair color. No other
hair ornaments should be worn.
• Jewelry: One ring without a raised setting is permitted. No bracelets, hair ornaments, or necklaces (except medic
alert) can be worn. Pierced earrings should be studs only, one earring per ear lobe. No jewelry in any other visible
body piercings is allowed. No clear studs allowed for the nose, upper lip, helix (upper part of the ear) or any visible
part of the body.
• Tattoos must be covered with clothing, Band-Aid, or make-up (unless otherwise directed by the instructor.
• Nails should be trimmed and not extend beyond the end of the finger. Clear or natural nail polish may be allowed in
some areas; however, in most areas none is permitted. No acrylic or artificial nails are allowed.
• Cosmetics should be applied conservatively to present a professional appearance. Avoid perfumes, aftershave lotions,
or perfumed body/hand lotions. Eating, drinking, or chewing gum is not acceptable in patient care areas.
• When going to the assigned clinical site to obtain information in preparation for the clinical week, the student must
wear the approved uniform.
• Instructors have the final decision in all dress code matters and may alter the dress code based on the clinical
situation/setting
• Faculty may restrict or prohibit the use of personal electronic devices in lab, or any other instructional setting. The use
of these devices is prohibited in patient care areas unless permission is given by the clinical instructor prior to the
start of clinical.
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Student Supply Kits
Students accepted into the clinical courses will need to purchase a supply kit at the SOWELA Bookstore prior to the beginning
of Fundamentals (NURS 1100/1110) for use to complete practicums during the semester, as well as skills lab competency each
semester. The kit will contain non-sterile items that are intended for practice purposes only and not to be used on people. It is
the student’s responsibility to maintain these supplies for the duration of his/her nursing program. The supply kit will only be
dispensed one time. If any part of the kit is lost or damaged; it is the student’s responsibility to obtain a replacement for that
item(s).
Clinical Performance Evaluations
Student performance in the clinical setting will be evaluated as Pass or Fail based on clinical criteria for each co-requisite lab.
If a student earns a ‘Failure’ in the co-requisite lab; both the course and co-requisite lab will be graded as failing. Students
with a failing grade in the co-requisite lab must retake the course and co-requisite lab. Students will be required to submit a
new clinical application if a ‘Failure’ is earned in a first level clinical course. Students failing subsequent level clinical courses
must fill out an “Intent to Return to Clinical Form”. Selection for enrollment in nursing courses is based on a competitive basis
for available spaces.
Clinical Absences
Clinical time cannot be made up, but alternate learning methods may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor.
If the student has any health problems (mental, emotional, or physical, especially an elevated temperature) or is taking any
medications for any reason during clinical, he/she is to inform his/her clinical instructor. It is the responsibility of the clinical
instructor to decide if such problems may interfere with the student's care of the patient, judgment or performance.
Clinical Safety
Students are required to complete training prior to attending any clinical experience. The training must be completed upon
admission to the program and then yearly while in the program. The required test(s) must be completed and turned in to
faculty in the clinical course in which the student is enrolled for the due date of training. For example: Admission fall semester
– Turn test(s) in to faculty for NURS 1110 and then the following fall – NURS 2310
• OSHA video and test
• HAZCOM
Service Learning/Volunteer Requirements
Each clinical course in the ASN curriculum requires at least two hours of service learning or volunteer work. The purpose of
the requirement is to promote volunteerism as an important contribution of being a health professional. Voluntary service is a
non-paid contribution. Consult each course syllabus for specific requirements.
• Nurses often have specialized skills and knowledge that can benefit a wide array of people.
• If you lose your job or are just starting out as a nurse, what better way to improve your nursing resume’ than serving
others? If you are a new nurse, a volunteer opportunity offers the "experience" that hiring personnel are looking for.
• A sense of self-satisfaction.
• You can make a positive impact on the community as a whole.
• Teach young ones. Demonstrate to your children the importance of giving to others.
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CLINICAL SKILLS AND SIMULATION LABS
SOWELA Technical Community College School of Nursing and Allied Health has state-of-the-art simulation laboratories that
will be used throughout the ASN program for clinical experiences. Students may use the many resources to enhance their
individual learning needs by practicing in the various labs. Available practice times will vary according to courses scheduled in
the labs each semester. A schedule of practice times for each lab will be posted on Canvas. All clinical simulation laboratories
will be locked when not in uses and after scheduled hours. Food, beverages, sitting on beds, and cell phone calls are not
allowed at any time within any of the labs.
General Guidelines
• Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner when in the nursing lab(s). Specific rules are in
place to ensure student safety as well as the preservation of the nursing lab(s) resources.
• Students must wear the SoNAH approved clinical uniform when in the lab(s). For specific dress code guidelines please
refer to the SoNAH ASN Student Handbook.
• Students should bring their clinical equipment to each lab session.
• Students are expected to follow standard precautions. Proper hand hygiene is also expected when in the lab(s).
• Sharps are to be placed in sharps boxes after use. No re-capping or re-using needles of IV catheters.
• Children, friends and family members are not allowed in the lab(s). Only SoNAH students enrolled in clinical courses
are allowed to practice in the lab(s).
• No students are permitted in the lab(s) without lab staff or faculty/instructor present.
• No products in the lab are safe for human ingestion, injection or infusion (via skin, oral, vaginal or rectal routes).
Products and supplies in the labs are intended for teaching purposes ONLY and are not safe for human or animal use.
• Anyone with a latex allergy must notify the faculty and follow the latex allergy policy found in the ASN Student
Handbook.
• No cell phones or smart watches are allowed in the labs. These items must be switched off or to silent.
• Body piercings and or tattoos should not be visible.
• No eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking is allowed in any of the labs.
• Students need to bring their own supply bags each time they come to lab for class or to practice.
• Students are expected to leave the lab in clean and good condition. Please return items to where you found them.
Make any beds you have used. Properly dispose of all sharps and trash.
• Mannequins in the labs should be treated like “real” patients.
• Mannequins should be covered after use and left in the bed that they occupy.
• Students are not allowed to use ink pens or markers in the lab because ink will permanently stain the mannequins.
Pencils only may be used in the labs.
• Chloraprep and providone iodine (Betadine) swabs will not be allowed for use in the labs even though some of these
items are included in the students’ lab kits. Please simulate use of these items as real use of the solutions will
permanently stain the mannequins.
• Neither equipment nor supplies may be removed from any of the labs.
• Any damage to the equipment or supplies should be reported immediately to the faculty.
• Misuse of any equipment by any student will result in dismissal from the lab(s).
• Gloves should be worn for all patient care procedures.
SIMULATION LAB SPECIFIC POLICIES
• Students must follow the above general lab policies in the simulation lab(s).
• Students must sign the SoNAH HIPAA policy prior to working in simulation labs.
• Students are not permitted to touch any equipment in the simulation lab except for equipment with which they are
directly working.
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• The manikin chest must be kept dry. Care should be used when simulation involves fluid (i.e. blood, urine, etc.).
• IV fluids can only be administered via IV arm (i.e. Sim JR right arm is IV arm). First verify with instructor regarding use
of IVF’s.
• Do not introduce any fluids except airway lubricant in small amounts into the manikin’s esophagus or trachea. Must
simulate oral medications.
• Students will be held responsible for damage to the equipment as a result of not following the simulation lab policies
and procedures.
• Students must maintain confidentiality regarding the performance of other students in the simulation labs.
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School of Nursing and Allied Health
ASN STUDENT HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEGMENT
I have received a copy of the ASN Student Handbook. I have read and understand the policies and procedures contained in the
handbook. This includes the statement that video surveillance is used both inside and outside buildings at SOWELA. My
signature indicates that I agree to adhere to all of the policies and procedures within the handbook.
(Printed Name) (Signature)
(Date)
Please sign and return to the School of Nursing and Allied Health office
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SCHOOL OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH
CONFIDENTIALITY AND NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT
Student
This Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement (this “Agreement”) is entered into by and between
SOWELA Technical Community College School of Nursing and Allied Health (“SoNAH”) and the student named below
(“Student”).
1. The Student is participating in clinical experiences within contracted facilities with SoNAH and may have access to
confidential and proprietary information of those facilities and its patients, including but not limited to medical records,
financial records, policies, procedures and strategic plans (the “Confidential Information”).
2. SoNAH requires assurances that the Confidential Information will not be used or disclosed by Student as a condition of
participation.
3. Student acknowledges the value and importance of protecting the confidentiality of the Confidential Information and
agrees to use his/her best efforts to protect the Confidential Information.
4. Student further agrees that he/she will:
(a) Hold the Confidential Information in the strictest confidence and will exercise at least the same care with respect
thereto as he/she exercises with respect to his/her own most confidential or proprietary information;
(b) Not, without the prior, written consent of SoNAH copy the Confidential Information other than as directly
necessary for the achievement of the purposes of the clinical experience or disclose any portion of the Confidential
Information or any information derived from the Confidential Information to any person (including family members)
who is not directly involved in the matters related to the Confidential Information; and
(c) Not use any portion of the Confidential Information or any information derived from the
Confidential Information except for participation in the clinical experience.
5. Any violation of this Agreement will result in the immediate termination of clinical experiences and may result in
termination as a student at SOWELA Technical Community College.
This Agreement is entered into as of the day of , 20 .
I affirm that I have read and understand the terms of this Agreement.
(“Student” Signature) (“Student” Printed Name)
(SoNAH Representative Signature) (Title)
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SCHOOL OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH
VERIFICATION OF PERFORMANCE DUTIES
STUDENT NAME: ________________________________________ STUDENT ID #: _________________________
REASON FOR VERIFICATION FORM:
Purpose:
SOWELA Technical Community College nursing students are expected to be able to perform duties associated with those of a
registered nurse, which means able to perform their clinical care responsibilities in a safe, appropriate, and effective manner
free from the adverse effects of physical, mental, emotional, and personal problems.
Physical Requirements:
Nursing is a physically demanding profession. Clinical experiences may be up to twelve hours in duration in a hospital, health
care, or community setting and students may be on their feet for extended periods of time. Clinical experiences may also be
required on weekends and unusual hours of the day (e.g. until 11 p.m.). Nursing students are required to lift and transport
patients and use equipment which may require some degree of physical strength. Considerable manual dexterity is also
required for many nursing skills and activities.
Students must be able to hear equipment alarms from a distance and distinguish subtle changes in breath sounds, heart
sounds, and other assessment data. Patients are often observed from a distance and heart monitors must be accurately read
from at least the end of a patient’s bed, approximately six (6) feet away. Students must also be able to accurately read small
print on the barrel of a syringe. Students may be exposed to cleaning materials, as well as biological (i.e., blood, mucous),
infectious/communicable diseases, and chemically hazardous materials in the clinical setting.
Emergency situations frequently occur that require immediate response and action by the student, including situations
involving agitated patients who may be physically or verbally combative. Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling
and crouching are also required. Students must have the ability to judge distance and space relationships, see peripherally,
and, distinguish and identify different colors.
Students with physical health conditions must be considered to be under control and able to function safely in a clinical
setting.
Psychological Requirements:
Nursing students must be emotionally stable in order to provide safe care to patients. Students on medication for
psychological/psychiatric conditions must be considered to be on a stabilized dose in order to function safely in a clinical
setting.
The following are examples of the everyday demands of clinical nursing courses:
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PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Strength Requirements Approximate frequency
Standing 45% of time
Walking 45% of time
Sitting 10% of time
Lifting 40-50 lbs Frequently
Carrying 20 lbs Occasionally
Pushing < 200 lbs Frequently
Pulling 45-50 lbs Frequently
Pushing with Assist > 200 lbs Frequently
Climbing Occasionally
Stooping Frequently
Balancing and Kneeling Occasionally
Sensory Demands
SIGHT REQUIREMENTS Approximate frequency
Acuity, Near and Far Frequently
Depth Perception Frequently
Color Vision Frequently
Field of Vision Frequently
HEARING REQUIREMENTS
Ordinary Conversation Constantly
Other Sounds Frequently
MENTAL DEMANDS and DISCIPLINE
Reading Frequently
Reasoning and Problem Solving Constantly
Organization Constantly
Math Frequently
Language Constantly
Detailed Work Constantly
Multiple Concurrent Tasks and Interruptions Constantly
Stress Constantly
Confidentiality Constantly
Training classes Frequently
Potential Environmental Exposures - Approximate frequency
Exposure to radiation and chemicals Occasionally
Exposure to blood/body fluids, infectious agents, and airborne pathogens Frequently
Exposure to needle/syringes and waste handling Frequently
Description of Terms:
Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time)
Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time)
Constantly (activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of the time)
The student meets the physical and mental demands described above.
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______________________________
Print Name of Healthcare Provider
Provider:
In your opinion, is there any reason why the student could not withstand the physical or mental exertions related to the
requirements of the SOWELA Technical Community College Nursing program? ___YES ___NO If YES, please explain:
I find the above-named individual able to perform the applicable duties of a student registered nurse and free from
communicable disease: ___YES ___NO
_________________________
Date
________________________________________
Signature of Health Care Provider
______________________________________
Address stamp (including phone #)
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SCHOOL OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH
SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN HEALTH STATUS
Students must report any significant change in their health status that impacts their ability to meet the SOWELA Nursing
Program technical standards or be in compliance with the health requirements outlined on the “Verification of Performance
Duties” form. By definition, any situation that curtails clinical performance activities for more than one clinical absence or
creates a pattern of absences (e.g. every other week), and/or involves a hospitalization/medical observation will be considered
a “Significant Change in Health Status”.
The following are common examples (not an exhaustive list) of changes in health status: diagnosis of mononucleosis or other
infectious/communicable illnesses/diseases, disabling headache lasting more than one clinical week, fractures or other
injuries affecting physical ability, hospitalizations, behavioral health issues or other emergency events.
A variety of factors, including length of time (more than one clinical absence or a pattern of absences), hospitalization/medical
observation, clinical agency policies, and adherence to the usual standard of medical care, will enter into the determination of
what kind of documentation is required before a student can return to clinical experiences.
1. The Length of Absence from Clinical. If the resolution of the health problem requires more than one clinical absence,
the Change of Health status will be deemed significant, and will require documentation and signature by a provider
stating that the student is able to continue the performance duties.
2. Hospitalization/medical observation will be considered a significant change in health status and will require
documentation and signature by a provider stating that the student can meet the required performance duties.
3. Compliance with Clinical Agency Policies. SOWELA Nursing students and faculty must meet the health requirements
of our clinical affiliates. If a student has had a significant change in health status as determined above, documentation
and signature by a provider stating that the student can meet the required performance duties will be required.
4. Adherence to the usual Standard of Care. If medical, psychological, and other types of interventions are ordinarily
part of care, [e.g., rest, limitation of weight-bearing, use of casts/boots, crutches, restrictions on lifting, medications
that alter cognition, etc.], students may not return to clinical until they provide documentation and signature from a
provider stating that the student can meet the required performance duties.
Clinical instructors will assess the situation regarding student clinical participation. The instructor, in consultation with the
Program Coordinator and the Dean, will make the decision as to whether the student has had a “Significant Change in Health
Status and the kind of documentation needed prior to returning to clinical.
Student Responsibilities
The student must be aware that:
1. Suspected changes in health status must be reported to clinical instructors.
2. Clinical agency policies regarding health requirements may vary widely from location to location and by the
population served e.g. policies for working with pregnant women, infants, and children are generally stricter
3. After a “Significant Change in Health Status”, a new, updated “Verification of Performance Duties” form must be
completed and signed by a licensed health care provider indicating that the student is safe to return to clinical
experiences.
4. Clearance to return to clinical experiences will not be granted until all medical documents have been received and
evaluated by faculty.
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Why get vaccinated?
Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by a type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. It can lead to
meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and bacteremia or septicemia (infections of the blood).
Meningococcal disease often strikes without warning – even people who are otherwise healthy.
Meningococcal disease can spread from person to person through close contact (coughing or kissing) or lengthy contact,
especially among people living in the same household.
There are at least 12 types of Neisseria meningitidis, called "serogroups." Serogroups A, B, C, W, and Y cause most
meningococcal disease.
Anyone can get meningococcal disease but certain people are at increased risk, including:
• Infants less than one year old
• Adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years old
• People with certain medical conditions that affect the immune system
• Microbiologists who routinely work with isolates of N. meningitidis
• People at risk because of an outbreak in their community
Even when it is treated, meningococcal disease kills 10 to 15 infected people out of 100. And of those who survive, about
10 to 20 out of every 100 will suffer disabilities such as hearing loss, brain damage, amputations, nervous system
problems, or severe scars from skin grafts.
Serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccine can help prevent meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B. Other
meningococcal vaccines are recommended to help protect against serogroups A, C, W, and Y.
Obtained from: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening-serogroup.html
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WAIVER FORM FOR MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINATION
My signature below indicates that I have elected NOT to receive the meningococcal immunization at this time. I understand
that I may be at risk for acquiring meningitis by refusing this vaccine. I accept the responsibility of this risk by refusing the
meningococcal vaccine.
Student Signature Date
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Address: _
Date of IGRA: ______/_____/______
Date of PPD: ______/_____/______
_________________________________________________________________________
Treatments received:
SCHOOL OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH
Positive TB Test Report (PPD or IGRA)
Student: _______________________________________________ Date: _
Phone: ( )
_____ - _______ Home: ( ) _____ - _______ Cell: ( ) _____ - _______
____/____/______
D.
O.B: _____/_____/_____
QFT o
r T-spot Result: _
PPD Read: ______/______/______ Result: _
D
ate of Previous Test: _____/_____/_____ Result: ______ (mm)
_______ (mm)
___________________
SYMPTOMS (Circle all that apply)
Cough H
emoptysis Productive Cough Fever Chills Night Sweats Weight Loss (>10%)
No S
ymptoms Other: ____________________________________
Date of CXR: ______/______/______
CXR R
esults (Circle one): Normal Abnormal
Have you been screened by the Office of Public Health? (Circle one) Yes No
I u
nderstand that if I have any symptoms of tuberculosis, I will seek immediate medical attention from the Office of Public
Health and notify clinical faculty.
Student Signature Date
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Spring 2020
Spring 2021
Spring 2022
INTENT TO RETURN TO CLINICAL COURSES
St
udent: Courses Repeating:
Semester/Year course taken:
***Note that first level clinical students wishing to retake the clinical course must complete an application packet and go
th
rough the application process outlined in the ASN Student Handbook***
Approval to retake any clinical course will be based on seat availability.
I intend to retake the following clinical courses:
NURS 2200/2210
NURS 2300/2310
NURS 2400/2410
I i
ntend to return (which semester):
Fall 2019
Fall 2020
Fall 2021
Student Signature Date
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School of Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Student Incident Report
Report any exposure to potentially infectious diseases and environmental hazards to your clinical instructor,
immediate supervisor, or appropriate personnel. Report within 1-2 hours of exposure to the appropriate individual
or office, based on clinical settings. This form must be completed by faculty and the involved student, then retained
in the student’s health records. The office of the Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health should be notified
immediately and a copy of this report submitted to the office of SoNAH within 2 business days.
All students and faculty should follow these steps when an incident occurs:
1.
Report to the preceptor, staff, and/or department supervisor immediately.
2.
Report to the Clinical Instructor at the site. If he/she is not available, contact the program faculty/ program
coordinator immediately.
3.
Refer to EMPLOYEE HEALTH DEPARTMENT/RN to follow facility protocol.
4.
Assist in completing reporting and required documentation for the facility and SoNAH.
5.
All faculty should consider any risk reduction strategies that can be evaluated and /or implemented to
prevent occurrence, whenever possible.
Today’s Date: Date of Incident: Clinical Site:
Student Information
First Name: Last Name:
Student ID: Clinical Level: Semester I II III IV
Contact Number: Alternate Number:
Email Address:
Immunization Status:
☐
MMR, Rubella, Varicella
☐
Tetanus
☐
Hep B
☐
Influenza
☐
PPD
☐
Up To Date
☐In Progress ☐Expired ☐Incomplete ☐Other
Unknown
Incident Information:
Date of Incident: Time of Incident:
Location of Incident:
☐
Campus
☐
Hospital Floor/Dept. Other
Type of Exposure:
☐
Aerosol Exposure
☐
Mouth
☐
Nose
☐
Eyes
☐
Mucous Membrane
☐
Intact
☐
Broken
☐
Skin/Tissue
☐
Intact
☐
Broken
☐
Abrasion
☐
Surface/ equipment involved:
☐
Needle/Sharp
☐
Hypodermic
☐
Suture
☐
Blade
☐
Instrument
☐
Other
☐
Laceration
☐
Blade
☐
Equipment
☐
Other
☐
Fluid/ Splash
☐
Blood
☐
Urine
☐
Saliva
☐
Wound Drainage
☐
Chemical
Please provide a description of the exposure: (photos attached- if taken)
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Was a facility incident/accident report completed?
☐
YES (please provide copy)
☐
NO
What personal protective equipment was being used at the time of the incident/exposure?
☐
Gloves ☐Face Shield
☐Mask/Respirator
☐
Eye Protection
☐Isolation Gown
☐
Surgical Gown
☐Radiology Vest/Apron ☐Shoe Covers/ Boots
☐Other
☐
None
Explain if recommended PPE was not used:
Faculty Observation
Contributing Factors:
☐No contributing factors
☐
Emergency situation/ case
☐Disorientated patient
☐
Combative patient
☐
Anesthetized/Sedated Patient
☐Environmental hazards
☐
Inadequate supplies/ staff
☐
Equipment failure
☐
Reported
☐Suspected student impairment
☐
Drug
☐
Alcohol
☐
Action taken:
☐Injury occurred due to no fault of the student: (Explain)
☐Other: (Explain)
☐Witnesses: (provide contact information if possible)
Action Report
☐Hospital/facility policy and PEP followed
☐
Student referred to PCP, ER, or Urgent Care
☐First aid provided
☐
No action required
☐Source Known
☐
Known History
☐Source Labs Drawn: Rapid HIV Hep B Other Results:
☐Source Unknown
☐Student Baseline Drawn: Rapid HIV Hep B Other Results:
☐Student refused treatment/testing ☐ Student refused counseling
☐Student provided consultation/ counseling by: (copy of report if provided by student)
Student Status Report
☐No follow up recommended/ required
☐
Student referred to PCP for Follow up
☐No restrictions for clinical duties
☐
No clinical duties allowed until _________
☐Minimal restrictions for clinical duties include: ________________________________________
☐Extensive restrictions for clinical duties include: ________________________________________
☐
Anticipated Duration of restriction:
Student Signature: Date: College Signatures (Program
Coordinator and Dean of SoNAH should be notified as soon as possible)
Clinical Faculty: Date: _
Clinical Facility Staff/ Management: Date: _
Program Coordinator/ Director: Date: _
Dean, School of Nursing and Allied Health: Date: _
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