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Bachelors of Science in Nursing
First Professional Degree
Nursing Student Guide
2019-2020 Edition
Sacred Heart University First Professional Degree Nursing Student Guide
for Academic Year 2020
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WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE OF NURSING
Dear Nursing Student:
Welcome to Sacred Heart University College of Nursing! We are delighted you have
chosen to join our community of students, faculty and alumni. Together we will create a
vibrant community of learners, teachers, and scholars to prepare nurses for all aspects
of professional practice in an ever-changing and challenging world of health care.
The College of Nursing is committed to the success of each student. Your academic
advisor, course and clinical faculty will be partners in your academic journey, so please
always ask for the guidance and support you need.
The Nursing Student Guide is the official student handbook and provides essential
College of Nursing policies and procedures for academic progression and graduation.
This guide is intended to supplement the University Catalog and provide information
specific to the nursing programs. All students are expected to review and abide by the
current Nursing Student Guide accessed at:
http://www.sacredheart.edu/academics/collegeofnursing/resourceslinks/studentguidesa
ndguidelines/
Please be sure to read this document and use it as a reference during the school year.
If policies and/or procedures change during the academic year, they will be posted on
the College of Nursing website and via student Sacred Heart University email.
On behalf of the faculty and staff, we wish you all the best and much success.
Cordially,
Mary Alice Donius, EdD, RN
Dean, College of Nursing
Michelle A. Cole, DNP, MSN, RN, CPN
Program Director, FPD
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Notices:
1. This guide is subject to change with written electronic notification. Any
policy changes will be posted on the College of Nursing website at
http://www.sacredheart.edu/academics/collegeofnursing/
2. If any provision of this Guide is held by a legally binding authority to be
unenforceable, the remainder of the Guide shall remain in full force and
effect and shall in no way be impaired.
3. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided
in this Guide, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Sacred Heart University
reserves the right to make changes at any time without prior notice. The
University provides this information in this Guide solely for the
convenience of the reader, who may not rely upon it as a promise or legal
obligation. Sacred Heart University expressly disclaims any liability based
on the contents.
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Table of Contents
Bachelors of Science in Nursing First Professional Degree Nursing Student Guide ..................... 1
WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE OF NURSING ..................................................................... 2
Notices: ....................................................................................................................................... 3
Table of Contents ........................................................................................................................ 4
SECTION I: MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY ........................................................................... 8
1.1 ACCREDITATION .......................................................................................................... 8
1.2 MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY....................................................................................... 8
Mission of the College of Nursing ...................................................................................... 8
Philosophy of the College of Nursing ................................................................................. 8
The Faculty of the College of Nursing believe the following tenets of Nursing: ............... 8
1.3 ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE COLLEGE OF NURSING ................. 9
1.4 PROGRAMS OF STUDY ................................................................................................ 9
SECTION II: COLLEGE OF NURSING GENERAL INFORMATION ................................ 11
2.1 COMMUNICATION PRACTICES ............................................................................... 11
2.2 STUDENT SERVICES .................................................................................................. 11
Ryan Matura Library ......................................................................................................... 11
IT Support ......................................................................................................................... 11
Maureen Hamilton Wellness Center ................................................................................. 12
Sheila Hamilton Student Success Center .......................................................................... 12
2.3 COMPLAINT AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES .................................................... 13
The Policy and Procedure for Formal Student Complaints .............................................. 13
Complaints Against the Program Falling Outside Due Process ....................................... 14
Potential complaints against the program regarding CCNE accreditation: ...................... 15
Public comments or complaints against the program regarding regional NEASC
accreditation: ..................................................................................................................... 15
Public comments or complaints against the program regarding Connecticut Office of
Higher Education Accreditation: ...................................................................................... 15
2.4 GRADE GRIEVANCE POLICY ................................................................................... 16
2.5 WRITING POLICY ........................................................................................................ 16
2.6 CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY ..................................................................................... 16
2.7 VIDEOTAPING AND AUDIO RECORDING POLICY .............................................. 16
2.8 SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY............................................................................................. 17
2.9 FELONY CONVICTION ............................................................................................... 17
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2.10 UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE........................................................................................ 17
2.11 GLOBAL LEARNING PROGRAMS .......................................................................... 18
2.12 STUDENT ADVISORY REPRESENTATION ........................................................... 19
2.13 SELECTED UNIVERSITY POLICIES ....................................................................... 19
Academic Integrity ............................................................................................................ 19
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ........................................................................... 20
Sexual Assault Policy ....................................................................................................... 20
Procedures for Individuals Claiming Unlawful Discrimination/Harassment ................... 20
Accessibility Statement ..................................................................................................... 20
SECTION III FIRST PROFESSIONAL DEGREE PROGRAM SPECIFIC POLICIES ........ 21
3.1 PROGRAMMATIC STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES ........................................ 21
3.2 ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT ........................................................................................ 24
3.3 GRADING POLICY ....................................................................................................... 25
3.4 ADHERENCE TO PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS .................................................... 26
3.5 ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE COURSE PROGRESSION ....................................... 28
Program Retention Policy: ................................................................................................ 29
3.6 ACADEMIC STANDARDS .......................................................................................... 32
Program Warnings ............................................................................................................ 32
Academic Program Probation ........................................................................................... 33
Dismissal from the College of Nursing ............................................................................ 34
Academic Standards Committee Procedure ...................................................................... 34
Appeal Process for Probation and Dismissal .................................................................... 35
Probation and Dismissal Appeal Procedure ...................................................................... 35
3.7 CHAIN OF COMMAND ............................................................................................... 36
3.8 LEAVE OF ABSENCE .................................................................................................. 36
Leave of Absence Policy: ................................................................................................. 37
Leave of Absence Procedure: ........................................................................................... 37
3.9 ADMINISTRATIVE WITHDRAWAL ......................................................................... 37
3.10 ATTENDANCE POLICY ............................................................................................ 38
Attendance-Classroom Policy: .......................................................................................... 38
Attendance Procedure: ...................................................................................................... 39
3.11 TRANSFER CREDIT ................................................................................................... 40
3.12 STUDENT FEES .......................................................................................................... 40
3.13 TEST TAKING POLICY ............................................................................................. 41
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Behaviors Subject to Dismissal from the Exam: .............................................................. 43
Test Confidentiality: ......................................................................................................... 44
Test Analysis ..................................................................................................................... 44
3.14 ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES AND FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES ............................... 45
3.15 STUDENT PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS ................................................................ 46
Health Requirements Documentation ............................................................................... 46
CPR Certification .............................................................................................................. 47
Drug Screening Policy ...................................................................................................... 47
Criminal Background Check............................................................................................. 48
Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training ........................................................................... 48
3.16 MALPRACTICE INSURANCE .................................................................................. 49
Malpractice Insurance Policy: ........................................................................................... 49
3.17 LATEX/ ALLERGY POLICY ..................................................................................... 49
3.18 MOBILE ELECTRONICS ........................................................................................... 50
3.19 DRESS CODE POLICY ............................................................................................... 51
3.20 STUDENT ATHLETE MISSED CLASS POLICY ..................................................... 53
Policy for Regular Season Competition:........................................................................... 53
Policy for Post-Season / Tournament Play: ...................................................................... 54
3.21 CLINICAL AND SIMULATION LABORATORY PRACTICUM PERFORMANCE
............................................................................................................................................... 54
3.22 MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION POLICY .......................................................... 55
3.23 TECHNOLOGY POLICY ............................................................................................ 56
3.24 OUTCOME ASSESSMENT TESTING ....................................................................... 56
3.25 SPECIAL HEALTH CIRCUMSTANCES ................................................................... 57
3.26 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR STUDENTS ......................................... 58
3.27 RECOMMENDED WEBSITES ................................................................................... 59
APPENDIX A ........................................................................................................................... 60
Unusual Occurrence Report ......................................................................................... 60
Type of Occurrence: ........................................................................................................ 60
Student report complete each question thoroughly ........................................... 61
Instructor/Faculty Comments ....................................................................................... 62
APPENDIX B ........................................................................................................................... 63
GLOBAL LEARNING APPLICATION RUBRIC ........................................................... 63
FOR CLINICAL IMMERSIONS ONLY ........................................................................... 63
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APPENDIX C ........................................................................................................................... 64
APPENDIX D ........................................................................................................................... 73
STUDENT SUCCESS PLAN ............................................................................................. 73
APPENDIX E .......................................................................................................................... 74
Critical Incident Form ..................................................................................................... 74
APPENDIX F............................................................................................................................ 76
Request for Letter of Recommendation......................................................................... 76
APPENDIX G ........................................................................................................................... 77
APPENDIX H ........................................................................................................................... 79
Student Test Item Protest Form ............................................................................................ 79
References: (Cite three published course resources, including the page number, to validate
your protest) ................................................................................................................................ 79
APPENDIX I ............................................................................................................................ 80
APPENDIX J ............................................................................................................................ 81
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SECTION I: MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY
1.1 ACCREDITATION
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and
the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Sacred Heart University are accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750,
Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org.)
1.2 MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY
Mission of the College of Nursing
The mission of the College of Nursing at Sacred Heart University is consistent with the
mission of the University and as such seeks to integrate the Catholic Intellectual
Tradition in the philosophy, curricula, teaching activities, and scholarship of the College
of Nursing. This tradition aims to assist in the development of graduates who are
knowledgeable of self, rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart,
responsive to social and civic obligations, and able to respond to the ever-changing
world.
The faculty of the College of Nursing work together as a community of educators to
cultivate the personal and professional development of students. Faculty create formal
and informal learning environments that engage students in the synthesis of their
unique gifts, talents, and skills with the beliefs, values, and methods of professional
nursing. They are engaged in practice and in service to the community which is
reflected in innovative learning environments and curricula.
The College of Nursing prepares students at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral
levels. All programs recognize that nursing excellence is grounded in practice. The
baccalaureate-nursing curriculum prepares competent, ethical, caring practitioners to
function as generalists in any type of health care setting. Building upon the knowledge
acquired in undergraduate education, the masters and doctoral nursing programs
prepare students for advanced roles in leadership and clinical practice and clinical
education.
Philosophy of the College of Nursing
The Faculty of the College of Nursing believe the following tenets of Nursing:
The faculty and staff of the College of Nursing believe the philosophy of nursing is
expressed in the definition that nursing is caring with compassion, empathy, altruism
with the intention of healing body, mind, spirit.
Nursing
Nursing is an evolving professional discipline, based on research and grounded
in the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities. These disciplines support the
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science of nursing, providing the framework for scholarship, practice, and nursing
education.
Nursing practice is an art grounded in the science of nursing whose purpose is to
assist the person(s) sick or well, in the performance of those activities
contributing to health and healing, recovery from illness, or to a peaceful death.
Professional values that are representative of nursing include altruism,
autonomy, integrity, excellence, empathy, compassion, caring, ethics, respect,
communication, social justice, and accountability.
Health
Health is a dynamic state of being that can coexist with illness or disease.
Health is influenced by one’s history, as well as physical, developmental, cultural,
psychological, social, economic, environmental and spiritual factors.
Nursing Practice
The practice of nursing is relational, scientific, research oriented, and evidence
based.
Nursing’s clients are individuals, families, groups, aggregates, or populations to
whom care may be delivered through direct or indirect interventions using the
nursing process.
The nurse works with clients to identify strategies to maximize their health and
healing through interventions that promote maintain or restore health.
Nursing practice incorporates professional standards within an ethical framework.
The nurse must think critically and work collaboratively with clients and other
health professionals.
Nursing Education
Nursing education fosters the students’ understanding of the relationship
between nursing science and nursing practice, while building on prior knowledge.
Learning requires a shared expectation and commitment between faculty and
students resulting in positive affective, cognitive, and psychomotor changes.
Faculty must recognize diverse learning styles and provide a variety of assistive
and teaching strategies to meet the needs of students.
Nursing education is grounded in practice. This education promotes professional
behavior attitudes that result in nursing competence through the use of critical
thinking within an ethical and caring-healing context.
1.3 ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE COLLEGE OF NURSING
The organizational framework for each program is grounded in the AACN Degree
Program Essentials and identified as the program Student Learning Outcomes. Please
see Section III 3.1 for the specifics.
1.4 PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Specific information regarding the various degrees awarded at Sacred Heart University
will be found on the College of Nursing Website at
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www.sacredheart.edu/academics/collegofnursing/ or brochures available from the
College of Nursing. As of Fall 2017, the following options are available:
Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing-First Professional Degree
Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Completion *
RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) (NMEL, Nursing Education and
CNL) *
MSN Nursing Management & Executive Leadership (NMEL)*
MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)*
MSN Nursing Education*
MSN Family Nurse Practitioner *
Post-Baccalaureate Family Nurse Practitioner DNP**
Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) *
Home Health Care Management for RNs Certificate*
Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education*
Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nursing Management & Executive Leadership*
*Available for online study
**Approximately 50% or more of program available online.
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SECTION II: COLLEGE OF NURSING GENERAL INFORMATION
2.1 COMMUNICATION PRACTICES
Sacred Heart University email is the official method of communication. Students are
responsible for checking their Sacred Heart University email every 48 hours. Students,
faculty, and staff are expected to establish and maintain their email accounts so that
they will receive important communications in a timely manner. The University’s email
policy may be accessed through the Sacred Heart University webpage at Information
Technology Policies.
The College of Nursing uses several communication strategies to promote information
exchange and involvement. The Nursing website at
www.sacredheart.edu/academics/collegeofnursing/ and SHU email are the official
means of communication. Course-specific Blackboard sites where direct email
messages to individuals and groups are frequently used to communicate important
information to students.
Faculty schedule and post regular office hours each semester. Faculty will announce or
post procedures for contacting and/or scheduling appointments. Course faculty office
hours are posted on the syllabus and/or office door.
Students may request letters of reference from faculty by emailing the individual faculty
member.
2.2 STUDENT SERVICES
Information regarding all student services is located on the Sacred Heart University
website as well as in the university catalog. The most updated information is found on
the website under the respective area. The following services are highlighted to ensure
students are aware of these services:
Ryan Matura Library
Library services are an integral part of learning and many services can be accessed to
support and enhance learning. Local students can utilize the Ryan Matura Library on
campus. Students can go to: https://www.sacredheart.edu/officesservices/library/ to
access resources and obtain research assistance.
The College of Nursing has a designated Health Sciences Librarian, who can be
reached at (203)365-4873. Students may email a Reference Librarian at
reference@sacredheart.edu or call the Reference Desk at 203-371-7726.
IT Support
“The Factory” houses the Help Desk as well as the Information Technology (IT) Call
Center. They provide support for all IT related services and questions regarding general
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technical support, such as emails, Blackboard, etc. IT can be reached at 1-866-365-
7575/203-365-7575 or directly at ext. 7575 from any university phone.
In addition, students may initiate an online trouble ticket at
https://www.sacredheart.edu/officesservices/informationtechnology/technicalsupport/
If the trouble ticket cannot be resolved over the phone, it can be escalated either to on-
site support or to Level 2 IT support where a staff member responsible will address the
issue directly. The trouble tickets are added to a queue and are resolved on a first come
first serve basis unless it is deemed an emergency.
Maureen Hamilton Wellness Center
The Wellness Center is located at The Park Avenue House, 4980 Park Avenue,
Fairfield, CT 06825-1000. Office Hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00pm.
Health Services
Health Services provides accessible, comprehensive and cost-effective primary health
care and educational outreach. To call for an appointment: 203-371-7838
Counseling Center
The Counseling Center at Sacred Heart University is a free, confidential resource
providing individual and group counseling and other mental health support for students.
Services are available by appointment only. Call for an appointment: 203-371-7955 or
complete the online form at
http://www.sacredheart.edu/officesservices/wellnesscenter/counseling/contactus/
If you are experiencing or witnessing an emergency, please call Public Safety at
203-371-7911 or 911.
Sheila Hamilton Student Success Center
The Sheila Hamilton Student Success Center is located at 5060 Park Avenue, Fairfield,
CT 06825-1000. The Jandrisevits Learning Center (JLC) provides academic support for
all SHU students. JLC staff work with faculty to support course objectives and enhance
students’ skills and knowledge with the goal that each student evolves as a lifelong
learner. Academic support can play an instrumental role in student success by building
self-confidence and self-awareness, and promoting self-directed learning. JLC staff
recognizes that every student is a unique learner and strives to offer learning strategies
that respond to each student’s needs.
The JLC offers the following support services free of charge to all SHU students:
Academic Support Services include 1-on-1 tutoring with professional and peer tutors;
group study sessions for particular courses by Classroom Learning Assistants (CLAs);
monthly workshops on specific academic and life skills; specialized Learning Labs in
math, critical reading and writing, and online writing support (OWL).
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Special Learning Services provides instructional accommodations and services for
students with documented disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These services include
testing accommodations and assistive technology tools.
Students who have a disability or special learning need requiring reasonable
accommodations should contact the JLC at (203) 371-7820. Students with diagnosed
learning disabilities, which require course, laboratory, and/or examination modifications,
are required to meet with the JLC staff at the start of each course. Documentation of
any modifications must be provided to the course instructor 96 hours prior to the first
exam, and no later than one month after a course begins. It is the responsibility of the
student to coordinate testing arrangements (if necessary) with the JLC, and to confirm
such accommodations with the course instructor at least three (3) days prior to the first
exam. Please note: The JLC requires a 72-hour prep time for a student to test in the
Learning Center.
To schedule an appointment, visit the Jandrisevits Learning Center scheduling system
at
http://www.sacredheart.edu/officesservices/jandrisevitslearningcenter/jlcacademicsuppo
rtservices/makeanappointment/
2.3 COMPLAINT AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
Students are encouraged to raise issues and concerns regarding courses, policies,
procedures, or other activities of the College of Nursing. To achieve best results and
hasten the resolution process, students are asked to use the following guidelines. For
course related issues, students should first approach the course faculty and then the
course coordinator if applicable. If the issue cannot be resolved at this level, students
should next bring the matter to the attention of the Director of the program. If the issues
remains unresolved, the next step would be to address the concern with the Associate
Dean of Academic Affairs of the College of Nursing, and finally the Dean of the College
of Nursing.
If the topic of concern is a broader program or personal issue, students should first meet
with their faculty advisor who will assist in resolving the issue and/or deciding upon
appropriate next steps, including meeting with the Director of the program, Associate
Dean of Academic Affairs, or with the Dean of the College of Nursing.
The Policy and Procedure for Formal Student Complaints
The following complaints and formal resolutions are not covered by this policy as other
formal processes are available through the University and take precedence over this
policy including:
Academic issues of dismissal and integrity
Grade grievances
Sexual harassment
Disability issues
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Discrimination issues
The formal complaint procedure is designed to resolve problems for students who are
having difficulties with other students, staff, or faculty that cannot be resolved through
an informal resolution process or for which no other University process exists for
remedy.
Complaints Against the Program Falling Outside Due Process
The faculty and staff of the College of Nursing strive to demonstrate a high level of
ethical values and professionalism in all its activities. In some cases, a situation may
generate complaint for which no formal grievance process exists. The complaint should
be written, signed, include details about the complaint as well as documented evidence
and mailed to:
Program Director, College of Nursing
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825
Please include contact information so the Program Director can reach you in order to
resolve the complaint.
The following outlines the process for handling a complaint against the Program:
When possible, the Program Director will discuss the complaint directly with the
party involved within 14 business days. The expectation is that the complaint can
be satisfactorily resolved by this discussion. The Program Director will provide a
written description of the resolution to the complainant.
If dissatisfied with the outcome of the discussion with the Program Director, or if
the complaint is against the Program Director, the complainant may submit a
written complaint to the Dean of the College of Nursing. The Program Director
will provide the Dean with a written summary of previous discussions if
applicable.
The Dean will discuss the matter with the Program Director and complainant
separately and may schedule a joint appointment or conference call with the
Program Director and complainant in attempt to reach a solution.
The Dean will provide the complainant and the Program Director with a written
letter outlining the solution reached through this step.
If the complainant remains dissatisfied with the resolution provided, the last line
of complaint is to the Provost, who serves as the chief academic officer of Sacred
Heart University.
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Any letters or documentation associated with the complaint from the complainant,
the Program Director, Dean, or Provost will be kept in a confidential folder
marked “Complaints against Programs in the College of Nursing program’s file
for a period of five years”.
Potential complaints against the program regarding CCNE accreditation:
All programs within the College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on
Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A complaint against an accredited program may
be submitted by anyone, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, nurses,
patients, employee, or the public. The CCNE Board considers formal requests for
implementation of the complaint process provided that the complainant. Criteria for the
complaint are: a) illustration of the full nature of the complaint in writing, describing how
CCNE standards or procedures have been violated, and b) willingness of the complaint
to allow CCNE to notify the program and the parent institution of the exact nature of the
complaint, including the identity of the originator of the complaint. The Board may take
whatever action it deems appropriate regarding verbal complaints, complaints that are
submitted anonymously, or complaints in which the complainant has not given consent
to being identified. Complaints may be directed to:
CCNE Complaints Administrator
655 K Street, NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
202-887-6791 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)
Public comments or complaints against the program regarding regional NEASC
accreditation:
New England Commission of Higher Education’s (NECHE) Commission on Institutions
of Higher Education (CIHE) is the regional accrediting body for colleges and universities
in New England. CIHE receives both public comments and complaints. Public
Comments consist of observations about the quality of the University and its programs
based on an individual’s experience. Comments must be substantive but need not
include evidence and may be written or emailed. Complaints must be written, signed,
and meet CIHE’s criteria for complaints. CIHE’s complaint criteria, procedures for filing
complaints, and links may be found here:
https://www.neche.org/for-the-public-public/comments-complaints/
Public comments or complaints against the program regarding Connecticut
Office of Higher Education Accreditation:
The Connecticut Office of Higher Education is responsible for quality review of
independent colleges located in Connecticut. If you believe that the University or
College of Nursing has not fulfilled its promises, you may file a complaint with the Office
of Higher Education:
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Office of Higher Education
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510
Hartford, CT 06103-1841
(800) 842-0229
http://www.ctohe.org/studentcomplaints.shtml
2.4 GRADE GRIEVANCE POLICY
As noted in published policy, a student’s dissatisfaction with a course grade is, in
general, not sufficient grounds for warranting a grievance. Specific grounds for grade
grievances and procedures to be followed are specified in the policy and students are
reminded that a grade grievance must be presented within six (6) months after the
original grade was issued. The university catalog contains the grade grievance policy
and procedure and can be accessed on the Sacred Heart University website.
2.5 WRITING POLICY
Rationale: It is important to have consistency in writing standards for both students
and faculty. The American Psychological Association (APA) is the most commonly used
set of writing standards in nursing professional literature.
All nursing courses require use of APA standards for writing. In most cases, a number
of grading points will be allocated to a style category; thus, failure to use APA standards
will likely lower a student’s grade on written assignments. All assignments must comply
with the published University Academic Integrity Policy, including the College of Nursing
Policy regarding resubmission of prior written work.
2.6 CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY
Students must be aware and understand that the verbal or electronic disclosure of any
examination materials or simulation scenarios including the nature or content of
examination items, before, during, or after the examination is prohibited. Copying of
examination items and related rationales during test review is also prohibited. Students
who are aware of or have observed an attempt to compromise examination materials or
processes should report the incident to the faculty. The student who has violated the
confidentiality policy may face potentially serious consequences, up to and including
dismissal from the program.
2.7 VIDEOTAPING AND AUDIO RECORDING POLICY
Videotaping and audio recording of students of the College of Nursing may be a
required component for successful completion of courses offered in the nursing
programs. The videotaping and audio recording occur in the laboratory settings or other
places where learning occurs. The recordings may be viewed by course faculty and
peers as appropriate.
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2.8 SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
Nursing students have a responsibility to understand the benefits and consequences of
participating in social media. Social media in this context is defined as web-based and
mobile platforms for user generated content that create interactive and highly
accessible, and often public dialogues. It is imperative that student nurses maintain the
awareness they are contributing to the global image of nursing, and are representing
the nursing profession through intended or unintended outcomes of social media usage
both in personal and professional settings of the College, the University, and clinical
affiliating agencies. It is in this context that the student nurse may face potentially
serious consequences for inappropriate use of social media, up to and including
dismissal from the program.
Photographs, video, and any other digital media should demonstrate individual
professionalism and be consistent with Sacred Heart University’s mission and values.
Inadvertently or intentionally breaching patient confidentiality/privacy may occur through
a variety of situations and circumstances. Nursing students must be concerned with
HIPAA guidelines and maintaining confidentiality and a professional image.
Any breach of confidentiality, privacy, or posting of inappropriate or inflammatory
information may result in a professional warning sanction, probation, or dismissal.
At Sacred Heart University, the Marketing and Communications Division has developed
policies and guidelines to assist the student body in posting content and managing
social media sites. Refer to the Sacred Heart University’s Social Media Sharing
Guidelines on the university website.
2.9 FELONY CONVICTION
A felony conviction may affect a student’s ability to be placed in a clinical agency or
institution. Criminal background checks must be completed at the student’s expense.
The university and program will have no obligation to refund tuition or otherwise
accommodate student in the event that a criminal background check, fingerprinting or
drug screening render the student ineligible to complete required courses or clinical field
experiences.
Students should note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for
certification examinations and/or attain employment. Any concerns should be
communicated to the Program Director or the CT Department of Public Health for
advisement.
2.10 UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE
Prompt reporting of unusual occurrences in clinical/laboratory settings is necessary to
assure prompt administrative review and determination of appropriate actions, if any,
with the involved faculty or student(s). Aggregate data will also be used to improve
program aspects as appropriate though curricular revisions and policy clarifications.
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Students and/or faculty must complete an Unusual Occurrence Report (Appendix A)
form when any of the following events happen in a clinical setting:
Medication error (actual or near miss)
Treatment error (actual or near miss)
Needle stick or other exposure
Student illness/injury requiring medical attention
Issues with correct medication counts
Violation of confidentiality (HIPAA, compliance standards)
Allegations of discrimination or sexual harassment
Other events that may reasonably affect patient care quality or student safety
Procedure:
Student must inform the clinical faculty immediately in cases where the student or
patient has been injured or at high risk for serious consequences. Faculty will
telephone the Program Director immediately in cases of student or patient injury. The
Program Director will notify the Dean of the College of Nursing immediately if warranted
by the seriousness of the incident. In incidents that student or patient did not occur
injury or high risk for serious consequences, the student must inform the clinical faculty
by end of clinical day.
Occurrence reports must be completed, signed by student and faculty within one (1)
week of incident and submitted to the Program Director. The final report after the
Program Director’s review should be delivered to the Office of the Dean of the College
of Nursing within two (2) weeks of the incident.
2.11 GLOBAL LEARNING PROGRAMS
The College of Nursing supports global learning for all degree programs. The goals for
the global programs are to develop nursing competencies with greater awareness of
global health issues, cultural competency, and social justice issues within context of the
nursing profession. Global clinical field experiences and study abroad opportunities are
offered in collaboration with community partners at various sites.
Opportunities to apply to these programs are posted on the Sacred Heart University
Office of Global Affairs website and through College of Nursing email correspondence.
Interested students are required to complete the application for eligibility. Selection is
based on the College of Nursing global learning rubric available in the Nursing Student
Guides appendices. Students must be in good professional and academic standing in
order to be eligible for participation in these programs. From time of acceptance to day
of participation in these programs, any professional or clinical warning or academic
probation that arises will be discussed for continued eligibility for participation with the
faculty lead and program director.
Specific to the clinical immersion program: The clinical immersion program will take
place during the semester while classes are in session at the university. Students
participating in these experiences will be required to complete classes in an alternate
format for the portion of the classes held during the week(s) of the immersion. It is
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recommended that students who are accepted to participate in the clinical immersion
program discuss the impact of their participation on their academic success with their
academic advisor/instructor.
A degree program track may choose to limit the number of clinical hours a student may
accrue through global immersion experiences.
2.12 STUDENT ADVISORY REPRESENTATION
The College of Nursing offers opportunity for nursing students in each degree program
to be involved in the governance of the program and in the ongoing efforts to improve
program quality. Every nursing student is enrolled in the College of Nursing Student
Advisory Blackboard Organization. The organizational site serves as a central location
where information can be disseminated to the student body for the College of Nursing.
The College and each program post a formal presentation regarding the overall state of
the college and program twice a year, in January and August. Students are encouraged
to review the presentations and pose substantive inquiries and comments at the
programmatic level to their Program Directors and the Associate Dean of the College of
Nursing through the Blackboard site.
Students from undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are invited to participate
in the College of Nursing Faculty Assembly meetings to stimulate sharing of ideas with
the overall goal of promoting program excellence.
Inquiries regarding individual course and instructor issues should be submitted through
a different venue, private email with the Program Director or through end of course
evaluations.
2.13 SELECTED UNIVERSITY POLICIES
The following policies are located on the SHU website as well as in the University
Student Catalogs. The most updated information is found on the website. The
following policies are highlighted below.
Academic Integrity
Sacred Heart University defines academic integrity as a commitment to the fundamental
values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility on the parts of all
University constituents, including students, faculty, administrators, and staff. The
published policy statement defines in detail standards and penalties for violations,
noting that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken for violations of academic
integrity, including plagiarism, cheating, any use of materials for an assignment or an
examination that is not permitted by the instructor, and theft or mutilation of intellectual
materials or other University equipment. The University Academic Integrity Policy is
found in the University undergraduate and graduate student catalogs.
In addition, nursing students are not permitted to re-submit partial or entire work, which
has been assigned a grade value in a previous course. Doing so constitutes self-
plagiarism and violation of the Academic Integrity principle.
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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that
provides comprehensive civil rights protections for persons with disabilities. Among
other things this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a
learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If
a student believes that he/she has have a disability requiring accommodation please
contact the Jandrisevits Learning Center, Student Success Center, 5060 Park Avenue,
Fairfield, CT 06825-1000, 203-371-7820 or visit their website at:
http://www.sacredheart.edu./officesservices/jandrisevitslearningcenter/speciallearningse
rvices/
Sexual Assault Policy
Sacred Heart University is committed to maintaining a learning, living, and working
environment for the University community free of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault
Policy describes the University’s policy toward sexual assault and zero tolerance policy
towards rape. It also provides guidance for those who have been sexually assaulted,
outlines the University’s disciplinary response to alleged incidents of sexual assault, and
identifies the relevant organizations within the University responsible for managing the
policy and programs associated with it. Sacred Heart University’s policy is intended to
comply with relevant state and federal statutes and it applies to faculty, staff, and
students. The University’s Sexual Assault Policy can be accessed at:
https://www.sacredheart.edu/media/sacredheart/collegeofnursing/4302_shu_sexual_as
sault_policy.pdf
Procedures for Individuals Claiming Unlawful Discrimination/Harassment
A complaint procedure has been established to ensure prompt and effective
investigation into allegations of discrimination including harassment, under Title VI, Title
IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Age Discrimination Act. Claims of
harassment or discrimination are: (1) claims of violation of the University’s
nondiscrimination policy, and (2) claims of violations of the University policy in
opposition to harassment. The procedure for reporting unlawful discrimination or
harassment can be found under the Maureen Hamilton Wellness Center- Counseling &
Health Services webpage at:
http://www.sacredheart.edu/officesservices/jandrisevitslearningcenter/speciallearningser
vices/complaintprocedurefordiscriminationclaim/
Accessibility Statement
Sacred Heart University public-facing documents and course syllabi are accessible for
all students. If a student is having difficult accessing a required course document, the
student should communicate with the course faculty for assistance. All students are
welcome to submit information through the Sacred Heart University accessibility barriers
page, or by speaking with a Student Success Center staff member.
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SECTION III FIRST PROFESSIONAL DEGREE PROGRAM SPECIFIC POLICIES
3.1 PROGRAMMATIC STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
The Student Learning Outcomes are derived from the American Associates of Colleges
of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice.
I. Liberal Education-Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist
Nursing Practice
Integrates knowledge from the biological, behavioral, social, and nursing
sciences when providing care to patients with complex alterations in health.
Integrates knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nutrition
when providing care to patients, families, communities, and populations.
II. Leadership-Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality
Care and Patient Safety
Evaluate and provide safe, high quality health care based on an
understanding of organizational and systems leadership models.
Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making when coordinating
the healthcare team in a variety of settings.
Quality Improvement-Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for
Quality Care and Patient Safety
Evaluate and provide safe, high quality health care based on an
understanding of organizational and systems leadership models.
Participate in quality and patient safety initiatives that impact patient care
and system issues.
Safety-Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and
Patient Safety
Evaluate and provide safe, high quality health care based on an
understanding of organizational and systems leadership models.
Participate in quality and patient safety initiatives, recognizing that these
are complex system issues, which involve individuals, families, groups,
communities, populations, and other members of the healthcare team.
Apply quality improvement processes and safety enhancing technology to
effectively implement patient safety initiatives and monitor performance
measures, including nurse sensitive indicators in the microsystem of care.
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III. Evidence Based Practice-Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice
Provide professional nursing care that is grounded in current practice.
Discriminate between valid and invalid reasons for modifying clinical
practice based on clinical expertise or patient/family preferences.
Evaluate and propose changes based on evidence based practice to
structure the work environment to facilitate integration of new evidence
into practice.
Value the concept of evidence-based practice as integral to determining
best clinical practice.
IV. Informatics-Information Management and Application of Patient Care
Technology
Use computer information management systems and patient care technology to
evaluate the safety and effectiveness of patient care.
Use computer information systems to monitor and coordinate the care of
patients with complex alterations in health.
Integrate the use of technology and information systems to adapt patient
care based on an analysis of expected and actual patient outcomes.
V. Health Care Policy-Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory
Environments
Integrate knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory factors that
influence health care delivery and nursing practice.
Finance: Analyze the costs and availability of healthcare options for
individuals, communities, and select populations.
Healthcare policy: Analyze healthcare policies that impact the delivery of
healthcare, and make recommendations for change based on that
analysis.
Regulatory: Examine the state’s nurse practice act in relation to the scope
of practice of registered nurses in that state.
VI. Interprofessional Collaboration/Communication-Interprofessional
Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health
Outcomes
Provide effective patient-centered care as a member of the inter-professional
health care team by fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared
decision-making.
Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of
intra/inter professional community projects.
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Provide effective patient-centered care as a member of the inter-
professional health care team by fostering open communication, mutual
respect and shared decision making.
Acknowledge own potential to contribute to effective team functioning.
VII. Health Promotion Disease/Injury Prevention-Clinical Prevention and
Population Health
Support culturally competent health promotion and disease/injury prevention
activities across the lifespan at the individual and population level to improve
population health.
Perform population-based screenings to identify potential health related
risks and intervene as appropriate to minimize the risk of disease.
Collaborate with others to develop a plan of care that takes into account
determinants, available resources, and the range of activities that
contribute to health and the prevention of illness, injury, disability, and
premature death.
Advocate for social justice including a commitment to the health of
vulnerable populations and the elimination of health disparities.
VIII. Professionalism-Professionalism and Professional Values
Demonstrate the core values of professionalism that support achievement of
optimal health and wellness outcomes in patients, families, communities, and
populations.
Articulate the value of pursuing practice excellence, lifelong learning, and
professional engagement to foster professional growth and development.
Act to prevent, recognize, and intervene when unsafe, illegal, or unethical
care practices are being carried out by members of the health care team.
Promote the image of nursing by modeling the values and articulating the
knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the nursing profession.
IX. Patient Centered Care-Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice
Evaluate the effectiveness of patient-centered care as a member of the inter-
professional health care team.
Develop and evaluate care that reflects spiritual, cultural, ethnic and social
preferences, values, and needs of patients, families, communities, and
populations.
Respect the centrality of the patient/family as core members of any
healthcare team. (QSEN teamwork and collaboration attitudes)
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Clinical Judgment-Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice
Make individualized patient-care related clinical judgments that are based
on knowledge and evidence and developed through the process of clinical
reasoning.
Use evidence and clinical reasoning to support the management of
care based on an ongoing evaluation of patient outcomes.
3.2 ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT
Academic Advisement for all students in the FPD Program is guided by the following
policies and procedures. Students must initiate contact with faculty advisors on a
regular basis to assure they have accurate information for course planning as well as
access to faculty for consultation and advice. Consistent contact is essential for student
satisfaction and advisor accountability.
Nursing faculty advisors assist students with setting academic goals, ensuring program
and university requirements are met and understood by the student, and that
coursework is consistent with the program plan of study. Academic advisors also direct
students to appropriate offices or persons within the university when a faculty member
recognizes that a student needs professional assistance with problems of a personal
nature or resulting from academic skill deficiencies.
Academic Advisement Policy:
Each student will be assigned a nursing designated freshman faculty advisor beginning
the fall of freshmen year. Sophomore students will be re-assigned a faculty advisor for
the remainder of the program at the start of their sophomore year. All matriculated
nursing students must take responsibility for contacting their faculty advisor for a review
of their progress, academic advisement, and registration preparation at least once per
semester. Contact may be in person, via telephone, spoken/video conversation using
supporting software applications, or email with the assent of the faculty advisor. The
advisor has the right to decline registration authorization and ultimately delay
registration if plans of study have not been discussed per the guidelines of this policy.
FPD nursing students are expected to follow closely the published recommended plan
of study. Students may access their academic evaluation under “progressavailable on
Colleague Self Service.
Academic Advisement Procedure:
FPD students may schedule in-office or virtual advisement appointments as
directed by the faculty advisor. The method for scheduling advisement
appointments is determined by the faculty advisor.
Students may also email their faculty advisor to schedule an appointment,
being sure to allow several days for response time.
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Should an urgent issue arise when the faculty advisor is unavailable, students
will be referred to the FPD program assistant or the Director of the FPD
Program.
3.3 GRADING POLICY
Students in the FPD Program are required to meet specific criteria in order to remain in
good academic standing. A consistent, published approach to grading across the
nursing programs is important to establish required standards to successful course
completion, and to maximize likelihood of success on professional licensure
examination.
Sacred Heart University Undergraduate Grading System
GRADE
QP
GRADE
RANGE
A
4.00
93-100
A-
3.67
90-92
B+
3.33
87-89
B
3.00
83-86
B-
2.67
80-82
C+
2.33
77-79
C
2.00
73-76
C-
1.67
70-72
D+
1.33
67-69
D
1.00
60-66
F
0.00
0-59
P (Pass)
0.00 (for courses elected
as pass/fail)
NP (No Pass)
0.00 (for courses elected
as pass/fail)
W (Withdrawal)
0.00
I (Incomplete)
0.00
NG (No Grade)
0.00
Policy:
All course syllabi list the evaluative components for that course, with their relative
weighting related to the final course grade.
For undergraduate students, the weighted cumulative average of all
examinations within a course must be 77%. Those students who achieve a
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weighted cumulative exam average of 77% or above, will have the final course
grade calculated based on the remaining course evaluation components
identified in the syllabus including tests, papers, required lab demonstrations,
clinical, and other assignments. If the weighted cumulative exam average is
less than 77%, the final course grade will be calculated solely on the
cumulative exam grade, and the student will fail the course with a grade of C,
C-, D+, D or F.
Undergraduate students taking a non-exam based nursing course must
achieve a weighted course average of 77% or above. If the weighted course
average is less than 77% the student will fail the course with a grade of C, C-,
D+, D or F.
Failure of a clinical component of a nursing course results in course failure, and a
grade of F is awarded.
Matriculated undergraduate students are required to maintain a 2.8 GPA throughout
their studies and to meet the minimum required GPA of 2.8 for graduation.
Exam grades and course assignments are weighted per each course syllabus.
The faculty is under no obligation to accept late assignments. Late submissions will
be deducted 5 points for the first 24 hours and 1 point per day thereafter. After 5
days, the paper will be assigned a grade of F. Requests for late submission will be
considered in advance without penalty. Students habitually late will not be given
consideration.
3.4 ADHERENCE TO PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS
It is essential that students develop the professional values necessary for success in the
academic setting and their future professional roles.
Professional Behavior Standards Policy:
Professional behavior of students is required in the classroom and in all
practicum/clinical settings. Students enrolled in the program represent the College of
Nursing and Sacred Heart University.
SHU nursing students are expected to demonstrate consistently the professional
behaviors listed within the Responsibility, Accountability, Professionalism, and
Specific Standards for Clinical/Lab/Simulation sections listed below.
Faculty will complete a critical incident form and issue a professional warning to
students who fail to demonstrate one or more professional behaviors. Further
disciplinary action may be required if serious or subsequent violations occur.
Students’ questions regarding the SHU Nursing Professional Behaviors listed
below should be discussed with course faculty or faculty advisors.
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Students are expected to uphold the ethical standards of the nursing profession.
A copy of the Code of Ethics for Nurses can be found on the American Nurse
Association website at: http://www.nursingworld.org/codeofethics
Responsibility
The student:
Is punctual and dependable.
Completes responsibilities in a timely manner including following through with
assigned or accepted responsibilities.
Knows and abides by relevant policies and procedures.
Presents or discusses one’s own views in a way that demonstrates respect for
those with opposing viewpoints.
Accountability
The student:
Is prepared for class/clinical sessions and assignments.
Identifies learning needs and implements a success plan, if necessary, with
faculty assistance.
Asks relevant questions indicating interest as well as preparation for learning.
Pursues learning independently without being consistently dependent upon
others or over utilizing any one set of resources in a way that might limit access
to others.
Maintains appropriate body language and non-verbal cues that demonstrate
respect for others.
Professionalism
The student:
Is honest and demonstrates integrity in all situations.
Maintains professional and personal boundaries that are appropriate for the
situation.
Voices criticism and negative perspectives in an appropriate way and at
appropriate times.
Is attentive and respectful when others are speaking.
Respects those with opposing opinions.
Uses the established protocol as described in the Student Guide for resolving
academic questions/issues.
Respects, protects, and maintains confidentiality as well as privacy of patients
and patient data.
Engages in self-assessment and reflection on a regular basis to promote
professional growth and development.
Respects and responds appropriately to criticism. Uses critiques from faculty in
a positive way by developing a success plan for improvement.
Demonstrates sensitivity for interpersonal differences, including cultural, racial,
religious, gender, age, sexual orientation, and ability.
Dresses and presents an appearance appropriate to the situation.
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Utilizes an appropriate level and type of language for the person, group, and/or
situation.
Utilizes a tone and attitude that demonstrates respect for others and their roles.
Uses a volume and clarity of speech that is understandable to the listener or
audience.
Utilizes professional tone and language in all correspondences.
Specific Standards for Clinical/Lab/Simulation
The student:
Adheres to clinical practices, principles, and standards.
Reports clinical findings to instructor and registered nurse in a timely manner.
Engages in safe nursing practice.
Practices within the scope of the student nurse role.
Follows chain-of-command appropriately.
Failure to comply and demonstrate professionalism throughout the program may
result in a professional warning. (See section 3.6a). Graduation awards are granted
on merit and professionalism. Program warnings can affect a student’s likelihood of
award consideration.
3.5 ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE COURSE PROGRESSION
In order for students to progress in their program of study they must meet three criteria:
1. Academic Success
2. Safe, competent practice-based performance in clinical, simulation, and skills
laboratories settings
3. Adherence to Professional Role Behaviors
Academic Success:
Students must pass all of the evaluatory components of a nursing course in order to
receive a passing grade of C+ or higher. Evaluatory components include clinical,
simulation, skills laboratory, and didactic elements. Failure of one or more evaluatory
components will result in course failure. If the student fails any of the practice
components of the course, the student will receive a failing grade of “F” and will be
dismissed from the nursing program. If a student fails a nursing course containing a
practice component(s), based on didactic criteria, the student must retake all
components of the course. Students who need to retake a nursing course due to failure
must achieve an 80% or better for weighted cumulative exam average and a B- or
better for the final course grade in the repeated course.
Students failing to achieve a C+ in a pre-requisite course or nursing course may only
repeat the course once. If the repeated pre-requisite non-nursing course is taken at
another regionally accredited institution other than SHU it will be considered transfer
credit. Refer to the transfer credit policy (section 3.11).
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If a student receives an incomplete grade in a pre-requisite or required math or science
course, the incomplete course must be successfully completed prior to proceeding with
the next course to allow progression into subsequent nursing courses.
Note: Repeating a nursing course may affect a student’s ability to continue with his/her
original class cohort and delay the expected date of graduation.
Program Retention Policy:
After matriculation into the nursing program, students must remain in good standing in
order to progress in the curriculum. Students must achieve the following to maintain
their placement in Sacred Heart University’s Undergraduate Nursing program for FPD
students.
FPD Program Freshman Nursing Matriculation Guidelines
To matriculate to the sophomore year, freshman-nursing students must meet the
following general requirements:
Complete the following pre-requisite courses for the first time at Sacred Heart
University:
o Biology 126/127 (freshman fall semester)
o Biology 128/129 (freshman spring semester)
o Chemistry 117/119 (freshman fall or spring semester)
o Math 105 (or accepted equivalent as determined by the College of
Nursing). (freshman fall semester)
Note: Students who have completed a higher-level math course at another
institution may be awarded transfer credit upon transcript review by the
College of Nursing and Math department during freshman enrollment.
Achieve a C+ or better in all pre-requisite courses listed above.
Freshman nursing students may repeat a course listed below one time at Sacred
Heart University or another regionally accredited institution during the winter
intersession, spring, or summer sessions per Sacred Heart University’s Transfer
Request Permission Policy if a grade of C or C- is earned to achieve a grade of
C+ or better in the course. Students requesting transfer permission must adhere
to all policy guidelines and obtain approval from the corresponding science/math
department chairperson and the dean of the College of Nursing. A C+ in the
repeated course is required for successful completion.
o MA 105
o Biology 126/127
o Biology 128/129
o Chemistry 117/119
A grade of D+, D, F, or W in any prerequisite course will result in dismissal from
the College of Nursing. Withdrawal without CON authorization from a
prerequisite course will result in dismissal from the College of Nursing.
The College of Nursing honors the University policy of accepting a D for non-
nursing, and non-science/math courses taken at Sacred Heart University except
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for first year seminar (FYS-125). Freshman students are required to repeat FYS-
125 at Sacred Heart University, if a grade of C- or below is earned.
Any student who earns an initial grade of C or less in two or more pre-requisite
nursing courses will be dismissed from the College of Nursing.
Any student who earns a grade of C or C- in one pre-requisite nursing course
will be placed on academic programmatic probation in the CON for two
consecutive enrolled semesters starting sophomore year. Probation status is for
two semesters. At the end of the probation period, the student must meet the
professional and academic standards outlined in the Student Nursing Guide and
the requirements set forth by the Academic Standards Committee in order to
return to good standing. The student must successfully retake the pre-requisite
course and achieve a C+ or higher to progress in the curriculum.
Any student who earns an overall GPA of less than 2.8 by the end of the
freshman spring semester will be recommended for dismissal from the College of
Nursing.
Matriculated Sophomore, Junior and Senior nursing students
Complete the following pre-requisite course for the first time at Sacred Heart
University:
o Biology 161/162 (sophomore fall semester)
o Alternatively, a student may complete BI 161/162 in the summer prior to
the start of the sophomore year at Sacred Heart University, if the course is
offered.
Achieve a grade of C+ or better in all science (including associated labs),
math, and nursing courses. The College of Nursing honors the University
policy of accepting a D for non-nursing, and non-science/math courses
taken at Sacred Heart University.
Withdrawal without CON authorization from a pre-requisite course will
result in dismissal from the College of Nursing.
Complete successfully all pre-requisite courses.
Attain a weighted cumulative exam average 77% or higher in all exam based
nursing courses.
Receive a grade of “pass” on all end-of-semester nursing clinical evaluations.
Maintain a university cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.
Demonstrate maturity, integrity, and professionalism in all settings.
Achieve a medication math competency exam score of 90%. (Refer to the
medication math exam policy below).
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Meet the cognitive, affective, and physical qualifications of the program. (See
3.14 Essential Attributes and Functional Abilities).
Maintain compliance with all health and clinical agency requirements.
All students with a single, first time nursing course failure will be permitted to
continue, repeating the course the next time it is offered, unless presently on
probation. The student will not be allowed to continue taking additional nurses
courses until the repeated course is successful passed. This may result in a 5-
year plan of study.
All students with a first time, single course failure, will be placed on Program
Academic Probation by the Dean for two (2) consecutive enrolled semesters.
Students must prepare a well written Success Plan after a single course failure
and must meet with their advisor to review/approve the Success Plan and adjust
their plan of study.
Students must achieve an 80% or better for weighted cumulative exam average
and a B- or better for the final course grade in the repeated nursing course.
Courses taken a second time remain on the transcript (the failing grade in the
first course will be replaced by the repeated course grade). For the purposes of
progression, the failed/remediated nursing course will be considered one course
failure throughout the student’s program.
Students are not permitted to take more than two clinical nursing courses within a
semester.
Medication Mathematics Examination Policy
A medication math exam will be administered to all students starting in NU 300/330 and
each semester the student is enrolled in a clinical based nursing course. Clinical nursing
courses, may require students to administer medication. Therefore, competency must
be assured prior to that experience each semester. The process includes:
A medication math exam will take place by the second week of every semester.
A score of 90% is required to pass the exam.
Students are expected to pass the exam the first time, however, students have
three (3) attempts to pass the exam within two weeks of the initial exam.
Students will not be permitted to administer medication to patients until the exam
has been successfully passed with a 90% grade.
If a passing grade is not achieved after a total of three (3) attempts, the student
will fail the course.
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Incomplete “I”
The course faculty has the ability to grant an incomplete grade to a student in good
academic standing, with the approval of the FPD Program Director, when illness or
other extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control prevent completion of the
course. The student must be passing the course at the time he/she requests an
incomplete grade and the last day to withdraw from the course, according to the
published SHU academic calendar, must have passed. If a student receives an
incomplete grade in a pre-requisite or required math or science course, the incomplete
course must be successfully completed prior to proceeding with the next course to allow
progression into subsequent nursing courses. Incomplete grades must be completed
within the first week of the following semester in order to begin subsequent nursing
courses. If the unfinished coursework is not completed within the designated time
frame, the incomplete grade will revert to a failing course grade.
3.6 ACADEMIC STANDARDS
Students are solely responsible for adhering to the CON policies and procedures
set forth in the Nursing Student Guide and to all conditions identified in any
communication from the CON. Failure to comply may result in probation or
dismissal.
Professional behavior and academic standards are designed to uphold important values
and requirements of the nursing profession to assure safe, quality practice, and
protection of clients. Warnings, probation, and dismissal are applied to violations of
professional behaviors and academic standards as follows.
Program Warnings
There is a defined, progressive, and formalized system of communication and
documentation related to giving students warnings. The following behaviors or actions
will generally result in students being issued a professional/clinical warning:
Actions that could have or did result in serious injury to a patient.
Violations of accepted clinical/lab practices, principles, or standards.
Unsuccessful achievement in one or more clinical competency categories.
Failure to comply with student practice requirements.
Failure to meet course standards/expectations.
Excessive absenteeism such as missing two or more 2 to 3-hour block on-
campus classes or one week of non-participation in an online course.
Failure to adhere to one or more of the Professional Behaviors outlined in the
Professional Behavior Standards Policy or the Student Nurse Code of Conduct.
Students may receive a warning for violations related to professional and clinical
standards as outlined in this section of the program Student Guide. The warning will be
part of the student’s academic record. Students may receive a verbal warning which will
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be issued at the time of infraction or violation of accepted practices, principles, or
standards. The warning will be documented in the student’s record. A verbal warning
does not need to be issued prior to a written warning or probation.
Students are required to meet with their course faculty and/or faculty advisor to discuss
the violation within 7 days if appropriate. Failure to comply with this policy may result in
nursing programmatic academic probation.
A student may be placed on nursing programmatic academic probation after any
professional or clinical written warning. After two consecutive (defined as within the
same semester or sequential semesters) or three non-consecutive written warnings, the
student will be placed on nursing programmatic academic probation.
Nursing programmatic academic probation status is for two enrolled academic
semesters. At the end of the probation period, the student must meet the professional
and academic standards outlined in the First Professional Degree Student Nursing
Guide and the requirements set forth by the Academic Standards Committee in order to
return to good standing. While on nursing programmatic academic probation, if a
student incurs another incident that would result in being placed on nursing
programmatic academic probation, the student will be dismissed from the program.
Students with recurrence of behaviors that yielded warning(s) or nursing programmatic
academic probation and/or the first incidence of a serious violation may result in
dismissal from the program.
Academic Program Probation
The following behaviors or actions will generally result in students being placed on
programmatic academic probation. Probation period is for the next two enrolled
academic semesters.
Failure to achieve a weighted cumulative exam average of 77% or a cumulative
course average of 77% in one nursing course.
FPD students who receive a C or lower in one nursing course must repeat the
nursing course. If the student successfully repeats the course, he/she may
remain in the program.
Students whose cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) falls below the stated
standard of 2.8.
If the cumulative GPA remains below 2.8 at the end of the probationary period,
the student will be dismissed from the program.
Any serious professional or clinical written warning.
After two consecutive (defined as within the same semester or sequential
semesters) or three non-consecutive written warnings.
Students who are placed on programmatic academic probation must meet with their
respective course instructor and/or faculty advisor and complete a Student Success
Plan to plan for improved performance. The Student Success Plan must be submitted to
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the Program Director and course faculty. Failure to complete and comply with the
Student Success Plan will significantly increase the likelihood of clinical/course failure.
Dismissal from the College of Nursing
The College of Nursing reserves the right to dismiss a student who does not maintain a
satisfactory level of scholarship, who cannot remain in the Nursing Program without
detriment to the health of self or others, or who, in the judgment of the Academic
Standards Committee and Dean of the College of Nursing, fails to live up to University
and/or professional standards and regulations. For additional details, refer to policies
on Course Progression, Professional Role Behaviors and Warning, Probation, and
Failure. Recommendations are forwarded to the Dean for final determination. Specific
reasons for dismissal from the First Professional Degree Program are:
Failure of clinical portion, including practicum and lab components of the course,
which results in an F for the final course grade. Passing of the clinical aspect of
the course requires an overall average of 80% of the clinical objectives rated at a
3 (4 point scale) or above, and meeting/passing all clinical competencies and
completing the required number of clinical hours.
Failure to achieve a weighted cumulative exam average of 77% in two nursing
courses or a cumulative course average of 77% in two nursing courses
throughout the program.
Failure to achieve a weighted cumulative exam average of 77% or a cumulative
course average of 77% in one nursing course while on probation.
A cumulative exam average of F or a final grade of F in a single nursing course.
Failure to achieve an 80% (B-) or better for weighted cumulative exam average
and a B- or better for the final course grade in the repeated nursing course.
Failure to demonstrate medication math calculation competency at a level of 90%
after three (3) attempts in the same course.
Failure to achieve a 2.8 cumulative GPA after two consecutive semesters on
probation.
Failure to demonstrate professional behavior standards.
Failure to meet the Essential Attributes and Functional Abilities for nursing
students despite reasonable accommodations.
Failure to meet criteria set out in program emails.
Failure to meet criteria in official letters of warning and probation.
Incur an incident that would result in Program Academic Probation while on
Program Academic Probation.
Note: Students must achieve a final GPA of 2.8 or above in order to graduate.
Academic Standards Committee Procedure
There is a defined, progressive, and formalized system of communication and
documentation related to student academic, professional, and clinical progression.
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The Academic Standards Committee will be notified by course faculty of any academic,
professional, or clinical violations. Decisions and recommendations for nursing
programmatic academic probation and dismissal will be discussed by the Academic
Standards Committee. The entire academic and clinical record of the student will be
reviewed during deliberations. Recommendations regarding academic progression are
sent to the Dean for final review and decision.
Students will be notified, in writing, of any actions taken by the Academic Standards
Committee. Written notifications may include instructions for students related to their
status in the program, academic progression and/or conditions of probation.
Appeal Process for Probation and Dismissal
For a student’s appeal of a probation or dismissal to be considered, the appeal must be
based upon one or more of the following grounds and allegation that the grounds cited
influenced the probation decision or cause for dismissal: (1) arithmetic or clerical error;
(2) extenuating circumstances; (3) discrimination or harassment, based upon race,
color, gender, religion, national/ethnic origin, age, or disability.
The student may appeal the probation or dismissal decision in accordance with the
procedure outlined below. Such a request for appeal must occur within 14 business
days of the probation or dismissal notification.
For information regarding discrimination or harassment, please refer to the University’s
Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination.
(http://www.sacredheart.edu/campuslife/lifeonoffcampus/studentconductcommunitystan
dards/universitypolicies/procedureforindividualsclaimingunlawfuldiscriminationorharass
ment/ )
Probation and Dismissal Appeal Procedure
If the student chooses to appeal a decision related to academic standards, the student
must submit a written statement detailing the grounds for appeal based on the list
above. The student is responsible for preparing a written statement and setting forth
the facts and circumstances in support of the appeal. The request and statement must
be submitted to the Chair of Academic Standards Committee via email at
CON_FPD_academic_standards@sacredheart.edu no later than 14 business days from
notification of the probation or dismissal.
Upon receiving a timely request for an appeal, the Chair will convene the
Academic Standards Committee. The hearing is to be held within 14 business
days of receipt of a formal written appeal.
The Academic Standards Committee hearing is a closed hearing attended by
Academic Standards Committee members only.
The hearing is solely based on the question of whether the ground or grounds for
appeal as cited influenced the decision for probation or dismissal as alleged in
the student’s written statement of appeal. The burden is on the student to satisfy
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the Committee by clear, cogent, and convincing evidence that his or her
contentions are true.
At the beginning of the hearing, the Chair will outline the procedures to be
followed in the hearing. The Academic Standards Committee may consider only
such evidence that relates to the three possible grounds and need consider only
that offered which it considers fair and reliable. The conduct of the hearing is
under the control of the Chair.
Following the hearing, the Committee will deliberate and vote.
The Chair of the Academic Standards Committee will notify the Dean of the
recommendation of the decision of the appeal. The Dean of the College of
Nursing will either accept or deny the decision. The Dean’s office will notify the
student, Chair of the Program’s Academic Standards Committee, and the
Program Director in writing of the decision.
If the decision so indicates, the Dean’s office will contact the university’s registrar
to initiate a change in the decision of probation or dismissal.
Note: Incidences where the Dean of the College of Nursing is named, a designee
from the Office of the Dean may be substituted, i.e. Associate Dean.
3.7 CHAIN OF COMMAND
Plan of Study:
Students who have concerns related to their plan of study or courses should contact
their Academic Advisor. If further assistance is needed, the student and/or Academic
Advisor will contact the Program Director.
Courses:
Students who have any concern related to coursework should first discuss the identified
concerns with the course faculty. If further assistance is required the student and/or
course faculty will contact the Program Director.
Clinical:
Any non-urgent concerns related to clinical should first be addressed to the clinical
instructor, and/or to the assigned clinical advisor. If further assistance is needed, the
student, preceptor, and/or clinical faculty/advisor should contact the course
coordinator. Clinical issues of an urgent nature should be addressed immediately by
the clinical faculty/advisor. Any issues that are not resolved or in the event the student
needs immediate assistance and is unable to reach the clinical faculty/advisor or course
faculty should be addressed to the Program Director/Assistant Program Director.
If in any of the above cases the Program Director/Assistant Program Director is unable
to resolve the issue(s), the concern should be directed to the Associate Dean of
Academic Affairs and then finally the Dean of the College of Nursing.
3.8 LEAVE OF ABSENCE
The faculty support students who are experiencing events that may require a leave of
absence. At the same time, it is important for student achievement and program
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integrity that students complete their program of studies in a reasonable timeframe to
assure retention of prerequisite knowledge and skills.
Leave of Absence Policy:
A matriculated student who wishes to temporarily withdraw from a Nursing Program
may request a leave of absence from the Program Director and approved by the Dean
of College of Nursing for one or two semesters. While on leave, the student remains
enrolled in the College, although not registered for courses. Students will not be
required to reapply at the time of their re-entry, provided it is within the originally
requested timeframe.
Students who take a leave of absence must contact the Assistant Program Director or
Program Director of the FPD Program the semester prior to their planned reentry to
secure a space in the program. Students are not guaranteed a place in a specific
semester; however, reasonable attempts will be made to honor their request. Returning
students may be asked to demonstrate competency in prior nursing courses. This may
occur as a lab practicum or a content mastery examination. If the leave of absence was
in response to a medical condition, a physician note, specific to the condition, must be
provided to medically clear the student to return to clinical will be required.
Students who take a leave of absence will be expected to comply with any curricular
changes occurring within the degree program during their absence. Extensions to the
requested leave of absence timeframe will be considered on a case-by-case basis by
the Program Director and the Dean of the College of Nursing.
Leave of Absence Procedure:
Students contemplating a leave of absence should first discuss this with their
faculty advisor, if possible.
A written request for a leave should be submitted specifying the general reason
for the request and whether one or two semesters of leave time are desired to the
FPD Program Director.
Students will be notified in writing that their leave has been granted or denied.
Students should contact the Assistant Program Director or the Director of the FPD
Program and their faculty advisor at the end of the semester prior to their return.
A formal written request for extension of the leave is required and will be
considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students should follow the university policy on leave of absence outlined in the
university catalog.
3.9 ADMINISTRATIVE WITHDRAWAL
If certain conditions warrant, a course faculty, faculty advisor, or program director may
recommend or require a student to withdraw from a course and/or request a leave of
absence. These conditions may include but are not limited to the student’s health or
personal circumstances that may impede or prevent academic success.
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Administrative Withdrawal Policy:
Enrolled students who have not registered for two semesters and who have not formally
notified the program director and/or the Dean of the College of Nursing of their
intentions may be administratively withdrawn from the program. Students who have
been administratively withdrawn from the program will be required to apply for re-
admission.
Administrative Withdrawal Procedure:
The FPD Program Assistant will notify the program director and the Dean of
College of Nursing regarding students who have not registered for two
semesters.
After reviewing files and consulting with the appropriate faculty advisors, the
Dean of the College of Nursing will send a letter to students to be administratively
withdrawn.
Students will be a given a 30 day period to respond to the letter to allow for
unusual circumstances.
3.10 ATTENDANCE POLICY
The faculty values an active and engaged learning environment and believes that
student participation is important for growth as well as the enrichment of others.
Attendance-Classroom Policy:
Students are expected to attend all scheduled classroom and related activities.
This includes regular participation in course discussions/activities for online
learning.
Per Sacred Heart University policy, class attendance will be taken each session
that the class meets or weekly for online/hybrid classes.
Faculty may evaluate student participation. Refer to the course syllabus for
evaluating processes (if applicable).
Students are responsible for all material presented in their absence and for
meeting all course requirements (e.g. quizzes or presentations) that occurred in
their absence. Students who will be absent from any class or related activities
must notify the course instructor prior to the class start time. Failure to do so
could result in a professional warning.
Student-athletes who anticipate missing class or clinical must present a written
request for travel to the course faculty at the beginning of the semester or when
identified to the student (see University Policy re: Class Attendance Policy for
Student Athletes).
In cases where the absence was not previously approved or extenuating
circumstances exist, opportunities to make up activities will be at the discretion of
the faculty.
Prolonged or frequent absences may make it impossible for students to achieve
program and class objectives, which may result in a course failure.
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Failure to comply with course standards/expectations may result in a completion
of a critical incident form and may result in being issued a professional warning.
Refer to the Critical Incident Report (Appendix E) for a list of course expectations.
Attendance Procedure:
Students who anticipate an absence should discuss it with the appropriate faculty
as soon as possible.
Students are expected to take responsibility for their learning
Clinical and Simulation Laboratory attendance
Students are expected to attend all scheduled laboratory, clinical, and simulated
activities. Some clinical rotations may include weekends and “off shift
scheduling.
Each missed experience places the student at risk for not being successful
meeting the clinical outcomes, resulting in a possible course failure.
The first missed clinical experience may be allowed to be made up at the
discretion of the clinical course coordinator.
Second missed clinical experience for the same course requires the student to
pay a fee of $100 and mandatory attendance at a scheduled make-up day by the
FPD Program.
Greater than 25% of missed clinical hours for a specific course or 3 or more
missed clinical days for a specific course results in a failure for the clinical portion
of the class.
Payment of $100 is due to the FPD Nursing Program within 7 days of the second
absence. If no payment is made within 7 days, a professional warning will be
issued.
Students who will be absent from any clinical or lab experience must notify the
agency/preceptor and the clinical coordinator at least one hour prior to start time
(or if impossible, as much before start time as possible). Messages of absence
should not be relayed through peers.
Student athletes must follow the student athlete missed class policy. (See
University Policy). Missed clinical days must be made up.
Specific guidelines related to reporting absences from clinical or simulation lab
assignments may be introduced by course or clinical faculty, in which case,
students are expected to meet these standards.
Failure to comply with professional standards/expectations will result in a
completion of a critical incident form and placement on professional warning.
Refer to the Critical Incident Report (Appendix E) for a list of clinical and lab
expectations.
Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated expenses to and
from clinical/lab experiences. Students with financial hardship may qualify for iFun
monies to subsidize costs. For further information on iFun, call the College of Nursing
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Assistant to the Dean of the College of Nursing at (203) 365-7578. The iFun application
is online.
3.11 TRANSFER CREDIT
All matriculated students are expected to fulfill course requirements for their degree at
Sacred Heart University. Under special circumstances, a student may appeal to take a
non-nursing course at another regionally accredited institution during the winter or
summer sessions only.
Transfer Credit Policy:
The FPD courses are in required sequence as indicated in the plan of study and by the
student’s academic advisor. Academic advisor approval must be obtained prior to
completing the transfer request form. Guidelines for determining approval (and
restrictions) for taking courses at other institutions are found in the Transfer Request
Permission form located on the Registrar’s website and in the Academic Standards,
Policies and Procedures section of the Sacred Heart University Course Catalog and
should be reviewed before scheduling an advisor approval meeting.
Transfer Credit Procedure:
Matriculated students seeking to take non-nursing courses at other colleges must
download and complete a transfer request permission form (available on the
registrar’s website). No nursing course may be transferred from another college
or university.
Forms must be completed and submitted for signature at least 2 weeks prior to
the end of a semester.
Final approval must be given by the student’s academic advisor and the Dean of
the College of Nursing or designee. Credit will not be awarded without prior final
approval by the Dean. Requests must be processed and approved in advance of
course offerings.
It is the student’s responsibility to have an official transcript sent to the
Registrar’s Office to receive credit for the course. Refer to the course
progression policy in this nursing student guide. (Section 3.5 Academic
Performance Course Progression).
3.12 STUDENT FEES
Differential Tuition
Sacred Heart University has implemented a differential tuition for the FPD Nursing
program. The cost of nursing education is increased relative to other majors due to
intensive clinical laboratory courses and clinical supervision required to maintain the
professional standards of nursing education in addition to the associated expenses of
clinical education. This charge will be reflected as a program fee each semester in
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addition to undergraduate tuition and fees. The fee will be initiated for nursing students
beginning in their sophomore year. Fees are non-refundable.
Lab Fees
Clinical laboratory fees are attached to courses that involve laboratory activities,
simulation, or practical exams. These fees are used to offset expenses associated with
these learning activities.
Nursing Assessment Fee
A one-time assessment fee is levied in the sophomore year for individualized testing
and evaluation that occurs throughout the nursing major courses. Students receive
supplemental and remedial study materials in addition to individual feedback on tests
and recommendations for improvement. Senior students will be required to participate in
an NCLEX review course toward the end of the final semester. The fee is independent
of the nursing assessment fee and is the responsibility of the nursing student. Questions
about these fees and activities should be directed to the Director of the FPD Program.
Nursing Verification/Health Requirements Documentation Fee
All clinical educational sites require the University to verify that each student placed in a
clinical setting has met the necessary health requirements as designated by the clinical
site. The University uses an outside vendor to collect and verify this information. There
is a one-time fee associated with this process, which the student must pay directly to
the assigned vendor. On or before the Fall term, freshmen students in the FPD Program
must submit completed and approved Health Documentation to the vendor for
verification. Annual health documents are required before the start of the fall term in the
sophomore, junior and senior year, due dates are outlined in email communications. A
listing of these requirements is available through the vendor or the Contract
Coordinator. Students should keep copies of all health documents for their files.
Students may not attend clinical or lab activities without health clearance provided in the
correct format. Students who miss clinical due to non-compliance are at risk for not
meeting clinical objectives which may result in professional warning, probation, course
failure, and/ or recommendation for dismissal from the program. Health care agency
placement agreements and patient safety needs require strict compliance with health
screening requirements.
3.13 TEST TAKING POLICY
The test taking policy ensures all student examination results are earned under
comparable conditions and represent fair and accurate measurement. The following
regulations are designed to help ensure a standardized testing environment and will be
used by all faculty in the FPD.
The following items may not be accessed at all during the exam/exam review and
until leaving the testing room at the conclusion of the exam/exam review.
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Students must keep the following items away and store them on the perimeter of
the room until the faculty member instructs the students the exam/exam review
session is over.
o Educational, test preparation, or study materials (including textbooks,
notebooks, classroom notes, etc.)
o All bags, purses, wallets, and watches.
o All electronic devices (cell/mobile/smart phones, tablets, smart watches,
MP3 players, fitness bands, jump drives, cameras, or any other electronic
devices. All electronics must be in the off mode.
o Coats, jackets, hats, scarfs, gloves, and hoodies.
o Food or drink.
Faculty will distribute authorized scrap paper to be utilized during an exam as
needed. Upon receipt students should promptly write their name on the scrap
paper. A student may not write notes on paper until exam officially begins and
has successfully logged in to the testing platform. Scrap paper must be handed
in before leaving the testing room even if scrap paper was not used. Scrap paper
or any other note taking may not be used during exam review.
Students who prefer to wear earplugs for testing must discuss that request with
their course instructor before using.
Students may not leave the testing room without faculty permission. Students
needing to use the bathroom emergently during an exam will be escorted to the
lavatory by a test proctor.
The exam clock will not stop during any break in testing.
You may not take the exam for somebody else.
Each exam can only be taken once. (Unless otherwise authorized by the
Director of FPD Program, if extenuating circumstances are presented).
If you experience hardware or software problems during the exam, notify the
exam proctor immediately by raising your hand.
Students who opt out of a test or exam due to illness must obtain a note from a
Health Care Provider such as an MD, APRN, or PA; the absence from the exam
must be communicated with course faculty prior to the start of the test or exam.
Students who opt out due to an emergency must contact course faculty prior to
the start of the test or exam.
If a student opts out of an examination due to illness or emergency, the final
exam score will be substituted for the missed unit exam score.
If a student is absent from an exam that is not related to an emergency or illness,
and/or have incorrectly reported an absence as described above, a zero will be
given for the missed exam.
A student may take an exam only during the scheduled course exam time. If the
student misses the scheduled exam time, a zero will be given for the missed
exam.
If two (2) unit exams are missed regardless if the reason provided for the missed
exam follows above policies, an incomplete will be awarded.
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Any student who has three (3) or more final exams scheduled on the same day
may petition in writing to the course faculty to take an exam at an alternate
day/time. The student must provide documentation of scheduled exam times
identifying the conflict with faculty signatures. Any change to the student’s final
exam schedule must be approved by the FPD Program Director in advance of
the scheduled exam times.
If the final exam is missed for an approved reason as stated above and
communicated in advance to the course faculty, an incomplete may be awarded
after discussion with course faculty and Director of the FPD Program. If a
student receives an incomplete grade, the student will have the opportunity to
make up the final exam at the discretion of the course faculty in conjunction with
the Director of the FPD Program no earlier than 14 days post the Academic
Standings end-of-the-semester meeting.
Incomplete grades must be completed within the first week of the following
semester in order to begin subsequent nursing courses.
Behaviors Subject to Dismissal from the Exam:
Any student who engages in unprofessional and improper behavior and/or does not
follow and adhere to faculty’s warning to discontinue this disruptive behavior will be
dismissed from the exam and not allowed to retest. The exam will be graded as a ZERO
(0). The behaviors listed below are considered to be improper and unprofessional
behavior.
Giving or receiving assistance of any kind.
Using any prohibited aids such as handheld calculators, conversion tables,
electronic devices, etc.
Accessing or attempting to access any study materials (textbooks, notebooks,
classroom notes, websites, blackboard, etc.) at any time after the start of the
examination administration (including break times).
Failing to follow the test taking policy or the instructions of the faculty/proctor.
Offering assistance of any kind to another student without the instruction of the
faculty.
Seeking assistance from any other party in answering items (in person, by
phone, text or by email) during your examination (including breaks).
Creating a disturbance of any kind.
Copying, reconstructing, or removing examination items and/or responses (in any
format) or notes about the examination from the testing room or attempting to do
the same.
Tampering with the operation of the computer or attempting to use it for any
function other than taking the examination. All computer applications must be
closed prior to testing.
Attempting to leave the classroom anytime during or after the exam before the
class is dismissed.
Using the computer for non-testing purposes during the testing period.
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If a student accesses any software program other than the test (including but not
limited to e-mail, Social Media, Internet Explorer, Word, Excel, etc.) there will be a
presumption that the student is engaged in cheating and subject to the same
penalties as unprofessional and improper behavior noted above.
Test Confidentiality:
You may not copy, disclose or discuss with anyone, any information about the
items or answers seen in your examination/exam review (this includes copying,
posting or discussing questions on the internet and social media websites).
You may not copy or reconstruct exam items using your memory of your
exam/exam review or the memory of others during or following your exam/exam
review for any reason. Students protesting an exam question/response should
schedule an appointment to meet with their course faculty.
You may not remove examination items and/or responses (in any format) or
notes about the examination from the testing room.
Violation of the Test Confidentiality policy may result in a ZERO for the exam or
course failure.
Note: If you witness any of the above behavior, or any irregular behavior that is in
violation of Sacred Heart University and the College of Nursing Testing Guidelines, you
are required to report it and comply with any follow up investigation.
Adapted from the National Council of State Board of Nursing (2019). NCLEX
rules: Confidentiality. Retrieved from https://www.ncsbn.org/1268.htm
Test Analysis
Course faculty will perform a thorough test analysis and post exam grades within 7 days
of the exam. Faculty will provide time for students to review their incorrect exam items
with rationales during a scheduled exam review. Students who are absent for the exam
review may make an appointment to meet with the course instructor to review their
exam prior to the next scheduled exam. Once another exam has been administered,
students will not be allowed to review previous course exams. All test taking policies are
in effect for exam review sessions.
Test items, responses, and rationales are the property of Sacred Heart University and
cannot be copied for any reason. A student who feels a test item answer is incorrect
should meet with their course faculty and can complete/submit a test item protest form
(See Appendix H) within 7 days of exam review to their course faculty for consideration.
Course faculty will review the protest form and render a decision within one week of
receipt.
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3.14 ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES AND FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES
Policy:
Students in the College of Nursing (CON) are expected to demonstrate skills in a variety
of clinical and simulation settings in a manner that promotes overall patient safety and
welfare. The Essential Attributes and Functional Abilities for College of Nursing
Students document details the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills determined
to be essential for full participation in teaching/learning activities of the CON programs
and critical to providing safe and competent care to patients/clients in a clinical and
simulated learning environment. SEE APPENDIX C for document.
All students are expected to demonstrate academic ability as well as the competencies
stated in the Essential Attributes and Functional Abilities throughout the length of the
program until successful fulfillment of all course requirements for graduation. Individual
requests for reasonable and necessary accommodations will be reviewed by the
Program Director, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Director for Student
Success as appropriate. Students must make their request for academic
accommodations known to the CON. An accommodation cannot result in lowering
academic standards or requiring substantial program alteration. In addition, requests
for accommodations for clinical practice must be reviewed and accepted by the
affiliating clinical agency providing clinical learning opportunities for the student. If the
affiliating agency is unable to offer or approve the requested accommodation(s), then
the student may be unable to complete a clinical course successfully or progress
through the academic program.
All reasonable efforts will be made to assist the student to obtain the necessary and
reasonable accommodations.
Procedure:
If a student is unable to meet the requirements of the Essential Attributes and
Functional Abilities, he/she must address the issue(s) in writing to the appropriate
Program Director.
1. The student must submit in writing a detailed description of the inability to meet
one or more of the elements listed in the Essential Attributes and Functional
Abilities.
2. The student must submit supporting documentation from appropriate medical
personnel indicating the need for reasonable accommodations for meeting the
requirements and successfully completing course and/or program requirements.
3. The Program Director will review the request and consult with the appropriate
members of the CON, Student Success department, and clinical institutions to
present the request and determine if the requested accommodations can be
made.
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4. The Program Director will notify the student of the decision in writing.
3.15 STUDENT PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS
Student practice requirements include Health Requirements Documentation,
Background Checks, Drug Testing and Sexual Misconduct Training. Health care agency
placement agreements and patient safety needs require strict compliance with health
screening, background checks, sexual misconduct training and drug testing
requirements
Students are required to maintain full compliance with their student practice
requirements for the duration of their matriculation at Sacred Heart University. Students
may not attend clinical without health and student practice requirements clearance.
Students who miss clinical due to non-compliance with required clearance are at risk for
not meeting clinical objectives which may result in professional warning, course failure,
probation, and/or recommendation for dismissal from the program.
Health Requirements Documentation
All Nursing students must enroll in and activate a CastleBranch account. Required
health forms may be found on the CastleBranch website within individual accounts.
Health forms are also located on Blackboard under the Nursing Clinical Placement
organization.
The College of Nursing will not accept copies of medical information. Utilizing and
completing the required health forms will ensure that students meet agency
requirements for clinical practice. Students are responsible for submitting
documentation directly to CastleBranch. The procedure includes the flowing steps:
All matriculated freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior FPD nursing students
must provide a completed and approved Annual Health Assessment, PPD Form,
and current Statement of Responsibility to CastleBranch on or before July 15
th
for
that academic year.
All matriculated sophomore, FPD nursing students must complete the
Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) Health and Safety Test prior to
beginning clinical. The CHA Health & Safety course is posted on Blackboard
under the Nursing Clinical Placement organization. A passing score of 85 or
better must be achieved.
All matriculated FPD nursing students must have a seasonal Influenza
vaccination for the current flu season no later than October 15th, or earlier if
required by the assigned clinical site for that academic year.
Students should keep copies of all health documents in their personal files.
The College of Nursing will not provide copies of health documents
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CPR Certification
All junior and senior matriculated Frist Professional Degree nursing students must
provide evidence of certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). CPR
certification is a clinical agency requirement. Documentation of CPR certification is to
be submitted directly to the student’s CastleBranch account.
Only two types of CPR certification are acceptable: the American Heart
Association (AHA) for the BLS Provider OR the American Red Cross (ARC) BLS
for Healthcare Providers.
Courses for initial certification or recertification may be available on-campus during the
academic year or may be completed off campus with an American Heart Association
(AHA) or American Red Cross (ARC) approved instructor/course.
CPR Certification Procedure
FPD junior and senior students must provide evidence of current CPR certification to
CastleBranch by July 15th along with other clinical requirements.
If CPR certification will expire during the time when students have clinical
experiences, it is the student’s responsibility to plan for timely recertification.
Students are also responsible for providing written documentation of their
recertification before their certification expires. Failure to maintain current CPR
certification will prevent students from attending clinical experiences and could
lead to course failure.
Drug Screening Policy
The majority of the clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screening prior to
participating in clinical rotations. To be in compliance with the requirements as outlined
in the affiliation agreements with these clinical agencies, nursing students are required
to complete a drug screen.
Drug Screening Procedure
One drug screen is required for the start of the fall semester for the junior FPD
nursing students.
Two drug screens are required for the senior FPD nursing students; first one
prior to the fall semester and the second one prior to the spring semester.
The drug test and results must be completed within 30 (thirty) days prior to the
start of the semester(s). If the student’s clinical site requires additional testing,
students must comply with the clinical site requirements. Specific dates will be
determined yearly by the compliance officer.
The drug test will be completed at the student’s expense and the University and
program will have no obligation to refund tuition or otherwise accommodate
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students in the event that a drug test renders the student ineligible for clinical
placement.
Students who refuse to be tested or with a test result indicating the use of an
illegal drug or controlled substance without a legal prescription will be referred to
the Program Director or designee and are subject to disciplinary action and/or
dismissal from the program.
Students who are taking prescription medication may provide a copy of the
prescription or a doctor’s verification, which will be considered in determining
whether a “positive” test has been satisfactorily explained by the specific
agencies policy. The drug tests should be completed using the CastleBranch
protocol for compliance with documented health requirements.
If a clinical instructor or preceptor suspects a student exhibits impaired behavior
or judgment in the clinical setting, the instructor/preceptor reserves the right to
dismiss the student from the clinical agency and follow the agency policy. The
instructor/preceptor should then contact the clinical course coordinator, who will
subsequently continue with the follow-up with the Program Director.
Criminal Background Check
All FPD nursing students must satisfactorily complete an initial criminal background
check 30 days prior to the start of spring semester of sophomore, junior and senior
year. Clinical sites vary with time requirements, from one month to twelve months prior
to the start of the clinical rotation. Therefore, repeated updated background checks are
necessary 30 days prior to the start of the spring semester (first day of class) annually
until the completion of the program. Specific dates will be determined yearly by the
compliance officer. Additional checks may be required in order to be compliant with
certain clinical agencies and students are expected to repeat as necessary.
Please note, the College of Nursing has the responsibility to disclose results of the
background check to our clinical agency partners for placement.  If a result precludes
the student’s placement in the clinical agencies, the student’s ability to complete the
degree requirements may be impeded and may result in a recommendation for
dismissal from the program. The Program Director will be notified and discussion and
decision made in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and
recommendation(s) made to the Dean. The criminal background check will be
completed at the student’s expense and the University and program will have no
obligation to refund tuition or otherwise accommodate students in the event that a
criminal background check renders the student ineligible for clinical placement.
Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
All FPD nursing students are required to complete sexual misconduct prevention
training.
Only two types of sexual misconduct prevention training are acceptable:
SHU onsite sexual misconduct prevention training is an in-person, one-time
training for Sexual Misconduct Prevention. There are multiple sessions offered
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on campus throughout the year organized by our Title IX Coordinator, Leonora
Campbell. Students are responsible for signing and uploading the certificate of
completion to their CastleBranch account.
VIRTUS Training through the Diocese can fulfill this specific requirement if
verified by the Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Leonora Campbell prior to
attendance. Visit www.virtus.org for a schedule of the Diocese VIRTUS
trainings being offered. Once verified, the certificate must be uploaded to the
student’s CastleBranch account.
Sexual misconduct prevention training must be completed by July 15
th
prior to the FPD
student’s junior year.
3.16 MALPRACTICE INSURANCE
Individual malpractice liability insurance is a general nursing standard.
Malpractice Insurance Policy:
The University provides coverage for FPD nursing students under a general
liability policy; however, this coverage is specific to curriculum activities defined
as official classroom, clinical, and professional activities. This policy in no way
provides coverage for any other clinical practice not part of SHU nursing
programs.
FPD nursing students may choose to carry individual malpractice liability
insurance and is recommended by the program
3.17 LATEX/ ALLERGY POLICY
While latex allergy is recognized as a serious concern, most if not all healthcare
environments have been unable to create latex free environments; thus, students with a
latex allergy will be at some risk while completing the program.
Nursing students who suspect or have a confirmed latex allergy must have an
evaluation by an allergist or immunologist, resulting in a classification of irritant
contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis or IgE histamine mediated allergy.
A note from this medical provider must be sent to the Director of the FPD Nursing
Program before clinical assignments are given.
Students with latex allergies will be required to sign a waiver, acknowledging
their risk and responsibility for avoiding latex or other products whenever
possible.
Students who decide to continue in the Nursing Program acknowledge the above
notice and agree to assume the risk and continue at their own risk.
The College of Nursing will make reasonable efforts to establish and maintain a
clinical laboratory as free from latex as possible.
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Efforts will be made to assign allergic students to clinical placements that limit
latex exposure, if this information is reasonably available and can be determined.
Students with a latex allergy must access the latex policy of the clinical agency to
which they are assigned and follow said policy while in the clinical setting,
Students with latex allergy are not excused from meeting requirements of the
FPD Nursing program.
The College of Nursing reserves the right to exclude the student from
participation in optional experiences, including but not limited to, observations,
international field experiences, and community service learning experiences in
which a latex free environment cannot be assured.
Students agree to allow communication of their latex allergy status to appropriate
clinical agencies and clinical personnel by the College of Nursing to facilitate
placement and planning.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all emergency medications
prescribed are carried to the clinical/lab setting and that a medic alert bracelet is
worn at all times while in these settings.
Students with other health care product(s) allergies should use the
aforementioned process for notification, risk acknowledgement acceptance of
possible risk in the clinical setting.
Latex/Allergy Procedure
Students with concerns regarding a possible Latex allergy should bring this to the
attention of the clinical coordinator, course faculty, course coordinator, and
Director of the FPD nursing program as soon as possible upon entry into the
program, registration for each new course and/or upon diagnosis.
The Director of the FPD nursing program will advise students of how to proceed
with testing, documentation, and waiver processes.
Students must notify each clinical coordinator of the latex allergy prior to the start
of the semester.
Students are responsible for notifying the Clinical Instructor of their allergy at the
beginning of each clinical experience.
Clinical faculty will meet with the student to determine a plan for avoidance of
allergen and for emergency management of exposure. This document will be
updated with each new clinical placement and placed in the student’s record
3.18 MOBILE ELECTRONICS
Clinical
Use of cellular devices will vary by clinical agency. If the clinical supervisor
confirms that such devices are permitted, the student may use the device, if
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approved by the clinical faculty, for accessing resources related to the
clinical experience. Patient photos are prohibited at all times. Use of
text/email/MMS/web access for non-related or personal purposes is a violation of
Professional Role Behaviors that will result in a Professional Warning and may
be subject to further consequences. Faculty may carry phones and are expected
to abide by agency regulations.
Classroom/Lab
Cellular devices may not be used during class unless it is part of an engaged
learning activity. Faculty reserve the right to ask students to silence or shut off
the device.
For on-ground course meetings, all cell phones and other electronic devices
(including but not limited to i-watches, ipads) must be in the non-audio mode
during class. Texting during class is prohibited
3.19 DRESS CODE POLICY
Nursing students are ambassadors for Sacred Heart University’s nursing programs in a
variety of clinical settings. Appropriate clinical attire aids in proper identification of SHU
nursing students by agency staff and patients and distinguishes the function of the
caregiver.
Nursing students are expected to follow the established dress code and uniform policy
detailed below as part of their demonstration of Professional Role Behaviors (see policy
under this name).
The SHU uniform and badge are only to be worn by students in structured clinical, lab,
volunteer experiences, or special events determined and approved by the College of
Nursing. Students are only allowed at their assigned agency during approved clinical
hours or CON sanctioned events when representing SHU CON.
Clinical/lab faculty has the responsibility to inspect and approve uniforms. Students who
fail to abide by the uniform guidelines will be asked to leave clinical and return
appropriately dressed. Upon return, a critical incident form must be submitted by the
student to the assigned course instructor for failing to meet this required professional
expectation. Questions or concerns regarding these guidelines should be addressed
with the clinical course faculty prior to attending the clinical, lab, or professional activity.
Note: These policy statements are superseded by agency policy if it is more stringent.
Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors Basic Uniform:
Students are responsible for purchase and maintenance of the SHU approved uniform.
Sacred Heart University approved uniforms should be purchased at the University’s
bookstore. The basic uniform consists of a red scrub set (unisex pant and V-neck shirt).
A solid white long sleeved cotton shirt or turtleneck may be worn under the red scrub
top. See the general uniform guidelines section below for additional information. A
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stethoscope, black ink pen, and small notebook are also required. Additional equipment
(bandage scissors, forceps, penlight) are recommended for upperclassmen.
Juniors/Seniors Lab Coat:
A white lab coat (short length) or scrub jacket may be purchased at the bookstore and
worn to assigned clinical settings, laboratory activities, and SHU nursing program
events. Lab coats are embroidered with the SHU logo. Name pins are worn on the
upper left side of the lab coat. Name pins may be purchased at the SHU bookstore.
Pre-clinical uniform:
Unless otherwise instructed, lab coats or scrub jackets must be worn over business
casual attire to the assigned agency when obtaining the next day’s clinical assignment,
attending agency orientation programs, or attending observational experiences.
Business Casual Clothing: (adapted from NSNA professional meeting attire
guidelines)
The following suggestions are provided as guidelines for business casual clothing. Tops
may include: shirts with a collar or polo style, blazer or sweater, dress shirts, and
turtlenecks. T-shirts, bare midriffs, low cut garments (back or front), sweatshirts, and
tank tops are not permitted. Pants and skirts may include: Chinos or Dockers style
pants (pressed), dressy capris, nice looking synthetic pants, and skirts that sit at or
below the knee. Jeans, shorts, mini or tight fitting skirts, athletic wear or leggings are not
allowed. Loafers, lace up shoes, low heeled closed toe shoes or boots are acceptable
footwear. Sneakers, flip flops, or sandals are prohibited. Simple jewelry may be worn.
Community and Public Health Nursing Dress Code:
Community health/home care clinical attire consists of SHU CON scrubs or business
casual including Chino or Docker style pants, shirts with collar, dress shirts, sweaters.
No leggings or capris. Shoes must be low heeled, closed toe. Clothing and shoe color
should be neutral. Attire may vary by home health agency.
Business casual clothing may be worn for public health clinical. Proper identification is
required (see below.) Note: Some clinical sites and public health activities (ex. flu
clinics) may warrant changes to the attire worn.
Proper Identification:
Name pins and/or ID badges are required for any activities where students are
participating and representing SHU’s Nursing Program.
Picture ID’s are required for all clinical settings and must be visible at all times. Students
can place his/her SHU ID in a plastic sleeve or badge holder if a badge or ID has not
been issued by the clinical agency.
Students may be asked to leave the clinical area if proper identification is not displayed.
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For clinical experiences not requiring the approved SHU uniform, students must identify
themselves as a SHU student to agency staff and patients.
General Uniform Guidelines:
Footwear: Solid-colored nursing shoes are preferred. White sneakers and closed back
clogs are permitted. Open toe or open back shoes are not permitted.
Jewelry: A simple wedding band or ring without sharp protruding edges may be worn.
One small post-style earring may be worn in each ear. All other visible facial, body, or
tongue piercings are prohibited. A wrist watch with a second hand is recommended.
Tattoos: Any tattoo or body art must be covered or concealed with clothing in
adherence to uniform guidelines.
Nails: For infection control purposes, fingernails must be short (no longer than ¼ inch
beyond the tip of the finger) and filed. Unpolished nails are recommended. If polish is
worn, only clear or sheer neutral colors free of chips, cracks, or peeling are allowed.
Artificial nails (any material added to natural nails to strengthen or lengthen), nail
piercings, and nail jewelry are strictly prohibited.
Makeup: Makeup application should be subtle using natural tones.
Personal Hygiene and Habits: Hair should be clean, neat, and a “natural” color.
Shoulder length hair should be pulled back and away from the face. Male students
should be clean shaven, or have mustaches, sideburns, and beards that are clean and
neatly trimmed.
Meticulous personal hygiene is mandatory. Daily showering or bathing is expected.
Offensive body odor, colognes, perfumes, after-shave lotions, or other scented body
products may cause discomfort to others and should be omitted.
Gum chewing is not allowed.
Smokers should not smell like smoke upon arrival to or during clinical
3.20 STUDENT ATHLETE MISSED CLASS POLICY
Policy for Regular Season Competition:
Student-athletes shall not miss any regularly scheduled classes or clinical for any
practice activities except when a team is traveling to an away-from-home contest
and the practice is in conjunction with the contest.
For home competition, student-athletes shall not miss any classes or clinical prior
to two hours before the scheduled competition time.
For away competition with same day travel, student-athletes shall not miss any
classes or clinical prior to 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.
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Student-athletes will continue to present individual, written notifications, provided
by the Athletics Department, to their instructors during the official add/drop
period.
Missed class time by student-athletes for competitions may not be excessive.
For purposes of this policy, excessive is defined as:
o For a class that meets once per week, more than one absence
o For a class that meets two or more times per week, more than three
absences
It is expected that student-athletes will be responsible for submitting all
assignments on time.
It is expected that faculty members will not penalize student-athletes for missing
classes due to conflicts with contractually scheduled athletic contests and related
travel.
All missed clinical days will require clinical make-up as directed by the Course
Coordinator.
Policy for Post-Season / Tournament Play:
Student athletes should contact faculty regarding post-season and tournament play
travel schedules at the earliest opportunity. Student-athletes will be required to
complete all academic requirements
3.21 CLINICAL AND SIMULATION LABORATORY PRACTICUM PERFORMANCE
A Clinical Warning may be issued for a one time or episodic minor infractions or
violation of accepted clinical practices, principles or standards. A Critical Incident Form
may also be completed. Students receiving a clinical warning are required to meet with
their clinical or lab faculty member to discuss the violation and develop a success plan
to remediate the infraction.
Students will be subject to additional consequences for any repeated minor infractions
or a major infraction or violations of accepted clinical practices, principles, or standards.
Refer to Nursing Student Guide section 3.6 for further information regarding program
warnings and academic probation.
Students may be recommended for program dismissal for serious actual or potential
violation of safe medication administration or practices that jeopardize the safety of
patients.
The course faculty will review the clinical evaluation for completeness and will assign
the pass/fail determination. If a student’s clinical performance for any nursing course is
deemed unsatisfactory and awarded a Fail in the Pass/Fail system, the grade for that
course will be an F regardless of any grades earned in other components of the course.
A clinical failure in a course will result in recommendation for program dismissal.
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Students who fail to achieve a passing grade on any simulated laboratory (including but
not limited to: skills demonstration, formative practical scenarios, objectivity plus) will be
required to remediate any identified deficiencies. The student may be required to meet
with the grading instructor to review the deficiencies prior to remediation if necessary.
All re-demonstrations/remediation of skills must be completed by date determined by
course or clinical faculty for successful completion of the course. If remediation has not
been demonstrated prior to the end of the semester an incomplete will be issued for the
course.
3.22 MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION POLICY
Medication administration errors are a significant cause of patient safety standards, thus
extraordinary care in supervising student performance in this area is prudent.
Policy:
Students must have passed the course medication math exam per the First Professional
Degree Nursing Student Guide policy prior to administering medications in the clinical setting.
Total supervision is required for the administration of all medications regardless of the
route prescribed. Total supervision means that clinical faculty will verify and/or observe
each step in the Medication administration process, from order verification through
administration and Documentation. Students must follow agency policies and procedures
related to medication Administration.
Correct medication dosage must be verified at all levels in all settings.
The following additional conditions must be upheld:
Students may not accept verbal orders.
Students may not be supervised by staff nurses unless on-site faculty
approves.
Students must be aware of the parameter on specific units/sites for what is
defined as a late medication.
Medication administration documentation must be verified by the clinical
faculty immediately following medication administration.
Clinical faculty must observe controlled (e.g. Narcotics) medication
preparation and counter sign the appropriate documentation.
The specifics listed below apply in NU 395 preceptorship or NU 381 community
experiences:
Students may not administer enteral or parenteral medications in the
home setting.
Students may not pre-fill medications for patients within the home setting.
Students may not administer medication in schools, industries, day care or
clinics without supervision of clinical faculty.
Students may administer medications if supervised by clinical faculty or
clinical preceptor ONLY and if the agency policy allows for this practice.
The above policy statements are superseded by agency policy if it is more stringent.
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A Critical Incident is defined as any potential or actual violation of the five rights of
medication administration and will be factored into clinical performance evaluations.
Refer to the Unusual Occurrence Report policy for other reporting requirements should
a medication related error or critical incident occur. Any actual or potential medication
error will require completion of both an unusual occurrence report and critical incident
report. Medication errors in simulation should be reported to the clinical coordinator for
investigation and success plan.
Procedure:
Clinical faculty will orient all students to the Medication Administration
Policy and related policies and standards each semester prior to
permitting medication administration.
Students will be held responsible for compliance with this policy and
procedure
3.23 TECHNOLOGY POLICY
A lap top computer is needed for all nursing exams. Nursing students should purchase
a laptop as all nursing exams are computerized. PCs and Mac computers are
compatible with the testing platform used by the FPD nursing program.
Use of technology tools in the classroom may include YouTube, iTunes, Exam Soft,
ATI, Simulation, Case Studies, and podcasts. All technology must be used
appropriately. Students are prohibited from transferring course materials to iTunes or
Social Media websites without specific approval from the course instructor. Examplify,
ATI, and Simulation may be accessed only at times specified by the instructor in the
classroom.
The College of Nursing uses social media to inform students about nursing related
events, general nursing related information, scholarships, and job postings. Any
comments should be appropriate and professional in nature. Violations of the
technology policy will result as follows: The first violation will result in an emailed
warning. The second violation will result in a ban from the site. Students may incur a
professional warning if behavior/comments are unprofessional in nature
3.24 OUTCOME ASSESSMENT TESTING
Students who fail to demonstrate mastery of course content areas will benefit from
identifying areas of weakness and by participating in the remediation process
throughout their program of study in nursing. Review and remediation efforts will allow
the student to take responsibility for promoting their academic success in future nursing
courses and in preparation for the NCLEX examination.
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Policy:
Nursing students will participate in a comprehensive, internet based,
standardized outcomes assessment program provided by a faculty-selected
vendor.
Note: Students with documented learning disabilities will be eligible to test
according to accommodations provided by the Director of Learning Services.
Students who score below parameters established by the faculty are required to
take part in a non-proctored focused review. (See ATI Accountability and
Benchmarking in the Appendix).
Scores achieved will be included in course grade evaluation as per course policy.
3.25 SPECIAL HEALTH CIRCUMSTANCES
The faculty wishes to support students experiencing events that require treatment. The
University has obligations to the student, the university, and the clinical site that require
it to meet certain standards of care in placing students. As such, it is necessary for
students to provide a letter from their treating provider stating she/he is fit to return to
classes and fit to return to the clinical site and perform the nursing assignments as
expected.
Matriculated students who have a significant illness, injury, hospitalization, or surgery
must be cleared to return to class and clinical activities by their health care provider.
The essential skills and functional abilities for nursing students’ policy (Appendix C)
should be reviewed by the health care provider. Students who are temporarily unable to
perform the essentials skills or functional abilities (Appendix C) should notify their
course instructor in writing at the earliest possible date. A written medical release from
a health care provider outlining any specific classroom or clinical limitations must be
submitted for review by the course instructor in advance of the scheduled return.
Special circumstances may include but are not limited to pregnancy, a condition causing
immunosuppression, mental health issues, and traumatic brain injury. In some
circumstances students may be prohibited from attending class or clinical activities due
to environmental risks (ex. radiation, communicable diseases).
It is the responsibility of the student to communicate injury/illness to faculty and to
follow-up on documentation to return. If a student needs temporary learning
accommodations, including modifications for exam taking, the student must meet with
the JLC Student Success Center. Faculty are under no obligation to create alternate
learning/testing environments without proper documentation requested through the JLC
Student Success Center (see Section 2.13 b).
Prolonged or frequent absences may prohibit academic and/or clinical success. Failure
to meet all course and clinical objectives may result in course failure. Students with
prolonged absence may need to request a leave of absence. Refer to policy 3.8 to
review the procedure for requesting a leave of absence.
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3.26 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR STUDENTS
It is important that nursing students experience a professional association as part of
their socialization into the profession. In addition, the SNA promotes the University
goals of service to the community and consideration of social justice issues.
Student Nurses Association (SNA) Membership
Policy:
All sophomore, junior, and senior FPD nursing students are expected to join the
Student Nurses Association and participate in activities.
Freshman nursing students may join the SNA without cost and are also
encouraged to participate in SNA meetings and activities.
SNA Code of Conduct documents are available to students in the program. An
electronic link to the FPD Nursing Student Guide with supporting documentation
can be found in Appendix J of this Guide.
Procedure:
SNA officers and class representatives will communicate with all FPD nursing
students to provide information about the SNA and solicit input and involvement
in the annual goals and activities.
FPD nursing students will establish themselves as active, dues paying members
of the SNA, with a choice of activities that reflect their beliefs and interests.
SNA officers and class representatives are encouraged to become members of
the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA). A minimum of ten (10) NSNA
members grants Sacred Heart University, SNA constituency status which entitles
Sacred Heart University one voting delegate and one alternate at the annual
convention.
SNA dues amounts are set annually by the Dean of the College of Nursing and
are added to the differential tuition fee. Monies will be used to support SNA
initiatives and community service projects. All sophomore, junior, and senior
undergraduate nursing students are mandatory members.
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Mu Delta Chapter
Sacred Heart University is affiliated with Mu Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the
International Nursing Honor Society. The purposes of this society are to recognize
superior scholastic achievement and leadership, to foster high standards of professional
development, to encourage creative work, and to strengthen commitment to the ideals
and purposes of the profession. Students from all programs of study who have
demonstrated superior scholastic achievement, evidence of professional leadership
potential, and/or marked achievement in the field of Nursing may be considered for
membership. Invitations are extended annually based on criteria set forth by STTI and
the Sacred Heart University College of Nursing.
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3.27 RECOMMENDED WEBSITES
www.sacredheart.edu/nursing
Nursing students are encouraged to access this website for specific information on
degree program requirements; certificates; nursing organizations (including the Student
Nurses Association (SNA) and the Mu Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
(STTI), the honor society of nursing; financial aid and scholarships; and other student
resources.
http://www.sacredheart.edu/officesservices/registrar/
The Registrar’s site includes access to WebAdvisor, undergraduate and graduate
catalogs, academic policies, course listings, and multi-year academic calendars.
www.sacredheart.edu
Visit the main SHU website to access other University information.
Castlebranch
https://www.castlebranch.com/
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/index.html
American Nurses Association (General plus standards of nursing practice and code for
nurses)
http://nursingworld.org/
American Nurses Credentialing Center
http://www.nursecredentialing.org/
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
www.aacn.org
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
www.aacn.nche.edu
National League for Nursing
www.nln.org
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
www.nlnac.org
National Student Nurses’ Association
www.nsna.org
National Student Nurses’ Association Code of Conduct
Professional Conduct
http://www.nsna.org/nsna-code-of-ethics.html
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APPENDIX A
Unusual Occurrence Report
Date/Time of Report:
Date/Time of Incident (AM/PM):
Student(s) Involved:
Clinical Instructor:
Course: Clinical Site:
Specific Unit and Area incident occurred:
Type of Occurrence:
Medication Error Needle Stick/Exposure
Incorrect Medication Count Student Injury
Treatment Error Near Miss
Confidentiality Violation Other:
Please Explain:
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Student report complete each question thoroughly
State exactly what happened including precipitating factors that you believe is
why the situation occurred.
If patient(s) involved:
Patient age:
Patient Gender:
Diagnosis:
What harm could have occurred as a result of this situation?
Medical Treatment necessary? (student) (Y/N)
If yes, give nature of treatment:
Follow up treatment if necessary:
How could this event have been prevented?
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Instructor/Faculty Comments
Course Coordinator Notified: Yes/No
Date Notified:
Time Notified: (AM/PM)
Method (i.e., phone, email, text, etc):
Required Remediation or Follow-up Action:
Student Signature:
Date:
Course Coordinator Signature:
Date:
Program Director Signature:
Date:
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APPENDIX B
GLOBAL LEARNING APPLICATION RUBRIC
Applicant (name/number):
Program:
Essay double spaced, 12 point font, 3 pages or less.
o 1 point
Questions answered (2 program specific underscored with AACN Essentials)
o 3 points if both questions are addressed in-depth and well connected with experiences
o 2 points if both questions are addressed with insight
o 1 point if both questions are addressed with limited insight or if only one is answered
Prior academic/clinical/professional warnings/probation indicated and how rectified
addressed.
o 3 points no prior warning/probations
o 1 point if explains academic/clinical/professional infraction and resolution is attained
o 0 point if not described/unresolved
Identify 3 goals for participation related professional nursing practice
o 3 points if goals are relevant, applicable, and have depth
o 2 points if goals demonstrate minimal depth
o 1 point if goals identified do not connect with specific experience
Overall GPA
o 1 points GPA >3.5
FOR CLINICAL IMMERSIONS ONLY
Example of a clinical experience that shows actions as self-directed and reflective of an
engaged, active learner included. (for Clinical Immersions only)
o 3 points if examples are relevant, applicable
Other SHU CON global clinical immersion experiences.
o 1 point for no prior immersion experiences.
*Professionalism, flexibility, and positive attitude will be considered in all applicants
prior to acceptance. The specific program committee will finalize the selection.
Note: professional behaviors are outlined in the programmatic student guides.
Final score: Accepted: Declined:
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APPENDIX C
Essential Attributes and Functional Abilities for College of Nursing Students
FPD & RN-BSN-MSN Programs
Students are expected to demonstrate skills in a variety of clinical and simulation
settings in a manner that promotes overall patient safety and welfare. The list below
outlines cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills deemed essential in providing care
and to allowing full participation in the College of Nursing programs. Students who
believe they cannot meet the essential attributes and functional abilities listed below
without accommodations are required to contact the Director of their Nursing Program
to determine if individual, reasonable accommodations can be made and that all
accommodations are in agreement with our clinical partners. Along with demonstrated
academic ability, the Essential Attributes and Functional Abilities must be demonstrated
throughout the program until graduation.
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Functional Ability Standard
Examples of Required
Activities
Motor Abilities
Physical abilities and
mobility sufficient to
execute gross motor skills,
physical endurance, and
strength, to provide patient
care.
Mobility to allow movement
throughout the
classroom/clinical site and
stand for prolonged periods
of time to carry out patient
care procedures such as
assisting with ambulation of
clients, administering CPR
without assistance,
assisting with turning and
lifting patients, and
providing care in confined
spaces such as treatment
room or operating suite.
Ability to manipulate
devices used in providing
care.
Manual Dexterity
Demonstrate fine motor
skills sufficient for providing
safe nursing care.
Motor skills sufficient to
handle small equipment
such as insulin syringe,
administer medications by
all routes, perform
tracheostomy suctioning,
and insert urinary catheter.
Ability to use electronic
health records or handwrite
legible charting notes.
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Perceptual/
Sensory Ability
Sensory/perceptual ability
to monitor and assess
clients.
Sensory abilities sufficient
to hear alarms,
auscultatory sounds, cries
for help, etc.
Hears and differentiates
tonal variances or do so
with the assistance of
technology such as an
amplified stethoscope.
Visual acuity to read
calibrations on syringe and
differentiate and assess
color (cyanosis, pallor, blue
versus green)
Sees and accurately reads
print, computer screens
and hand writing.
Tactile ability to feel pulses,
temperature, palpate veins,
texture, moisture, with or
without gloves.
Olfactory ability to detect
smoke, odor, and bodily
fluids.
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Affective Skills and
Behavioral/Interpersonal/
Emotional
Ability to relate to
colleagues, staff and
patients with honesty,
civility, integrity and
nondiscrimination.
Capacity to demonstrate
ethical behavior, including
adherence to the
professional nursing and
student honor codes.
Capacity for development
of mature, sensitive and
effective therapeutic
relationships.
Interpersonal abilities
sufficient for interaction with
individuals, families and
groups from various social,
emotional, cultural and
intellectual backgrounds.
Ability to work
constructively in stressful
and changing environments
with the ability to modify
behavior in response to
constructive criticism.
Negotiate interpersonal
conflict effectively.
Ability to demonstrate
cultural sensitivity and
awareness.
Establishes professional
rapport with patients/clients
and colleagues.
Works with teams and
workgroups.
Emotional skills sufficient to
remain calm in an
emergency situation.
Behavioral skills sufficient
to demonstrate good
judgment and prompt
completion of all
responsibilities attendant to
the diagnosis and care of
patients.
Adapts rapidly to
environmental changes
and multiple task demands.
Self-regulates their own
behaviors and attitudes, to
ensure professional
practice, and delivery of
care.
Maintains sufficient
mental/emotional stability
to tolerate stressful
situations, adapt to
changes, respond to the
unexpected, and maintain
objectivity consistent with
safe clinical practice.
Sustains safe nursing
practice without
demonstrated behavior of
addiction to, abuse of or
dependence on alcohol or
other drugs that may impair
behavior or judgment.
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Affective Skills and
Behavioral/
Interpersonal/Emotional
Continuously exhibits a
functional state of alert,
self-aware, and respectful
behavior during classroom
and clinical experiences.
Tolerates the mental
demands of differing shifts,
body rhythm changes,
increasingly difficult patient
workloads, and fatigue.
Demonstrates respect for
individual differences such
as cultural, ethnic,
religious, gender, age and
sexual orientation.
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Safe environment for
patients, families and co-
workers
Ability to accurately identify
patients.
Ability to effectively
communicate with other
caregivers.
Ability to administer
medications safely and
accurately.
Ability to operate
equipment safely in the
clinical area.
Ability to recognize and
minimize threats to patient
safety.
Ability to recognize and
minimize hazards that could
increase healthcare
associated infections.
Ability to recognize and
minimize accident hazards
in the clinical setting
including hazards that
contribute to patient, family
and co-worker falls.
Prioritizes tasks to ensure
patient safety and standard
of care.
Maintains adequate
concentration and attention
in patient care settings.
Seeks assistance when
clinical situation requires a
higher level or
expertise/experience.
Responds to monitor
alarms, emergency signals,
call bells from patients, and
orders in a rapid and
effective manner.
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Communication
Ability to communicate in
English with accuracy,
clarity and efficiency with
patients, their families and
other members of the
health care team (including
spoken and non-verbal
communication, such as
interpretation of facial
expressions, affect and
body language).
Ability to communicate
accurately with non-English
speaking patients and their
families using interpreters
or appropriate technology.
Possesses required
communication abilities,
including speech, hearing,
reading, writing, language
skills and computer literacy.
Communicate
professionally and civilly to
the healthcare team
including peers, instructors,
and preceptors.
Ability to listen attentively to
individuals and groups.
Gives verbal directions to
or follows verbal directions
from other members of the
healthcare team and
participates in healthcare
team discussions of patient
care.
Elicits and records
information about health
history, current health state
and responses to treatment
from patients or family
members.
Conveys information to
clients and others to teach,
direct and counsel
individuals in an accurate,
effective and timely
manner.
Establishes and maintains
effective working relations
with patients and co-
workers.
Recognizes and reports
critical patient information
to other caregivers.
Ability to process non-
verbal communication (i.e.
body language/facial
expressions) and how it
pertains to current
situation.
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Cognitive/Conceptual/
Quantitative Abilities
Ability to read and
understand written
documents in English and
solve problems involving
measurement, calculation,
reasoning, analysis and
synthesis.
Ability to gather data, to
develop a plan of action,
establish priorities and
monitor and evaluate
treatment plans and
modalities.
Ability to comprehend
three-dimensional and
spatial relationships.
Ability to react effectively in
an emergency situation.
Exhibit sufficient knowledge
and clarity of thinking to
process the information and
apply it appropriately to
situations in the classroom
and clinical experiences.
Calculates appropriate
medication dosage given
specific patient parameters,
includes applying
ratio/proportion concepts,
use of conversion tables,
and calculation of drug
doses and solutions.
Analyzes and synthesizes
data and develops an
appropriate plan of care.
Collects data, prioritize
needs and anticipate
reactions.
Comprehends spatial
relationships adequate to
properly administer
injections, start intravenous
lines or assess wounds of
varying depths.
Recognizes an emergency
situation and responds
effectively to safeguard the
patient.
Ability to use a computer
for long periods of time,
including testing for 3 hour
time blocks.
Learns effectively through
a variety of modalities
including, but not limited to,
classroom instruction,
small group discussion,
group assignments,
individual study materials,
preparation and
presentation of written and
oral reports, and use of
computer based
technology.
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Punctuality/
work habits
Ability to adhere to Sacred
Heart University College of
Nursing policies,
procedures and
requirements as described
in the Student Nurse
Handbook, college catalog
and student handbook and
course syllabus.
Ability to complete
classroom and clinical
assignments and submit
assignments at the required
time.
Ability to adhere to
classroom and clinical
schedules.
Attends class and
clinical/lab on time.
Reads, understands and
adheres to all policies
related to classroom and
clinical experiences.
Contacts instructor in
advance of any absence or
late arrival.
Understands and
completes classroom and
clinical assignments by due
date and time.
Environment
Recognize the personal risk
for exposure to health
hazards.
Appropriately use
equipment in laboratory or
clinical settings needed to
provide patient care.
Tolerate exposure to
allergens (latex, chemical,
etc.)
Tolerate wearing protective
equipment (e.g. mask,
gown, gloves)
Takes appropriate
precautions for possible
exposures such as
communicable disease,
blood borne pathogens,
and latex.
Uses person protective
equipment (PPE)
appropriately.
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APPENDIX D
STUDENT SUCCESS PLAN
Course: Date:
Student Name: Academic Issue:
Clinical Issue: Professional Issue:
Due Date:
Problem/Contributing Factors:
Behavioral or Learning Specific Activities (in order to achieve objectives)
Outcome Measurement/Date (what student & faculty will see, hear, or feel to verify
accomplishment)
A smart objective is: Realistic, Understandable, Measurable, Behavioral, Achievable
Date:
Student Signature: Faculty Signature:
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APPENDIX E
Critical Incident Form
Student Name: Course:
Faculty Name: Course coordinator:
Failure to meet professional standards/expectations
Unprepared for clinical
Consistently late for clinical
Missed clinical/lab without appropriate notification of instructor
Left clinical/lab unit site without notifying instructor/staff
Failed to report significant change in patient’s condition
Failed to follow hospital/agency policy
Engaged in unsafe practice
Displayed inappropriate/disruptive/disrespectful behavior towards
client/staff/instructors/peers
Violated uniform dress code/policy
Displayed inappropriate/disruptive/disrespectful behavior/communication towards
professor/peers
Other:
Failure to meet course standards/expectations
Consistently unprepared for class
Unexcused absences from class (>2 per semester)
Consistently tardy in submitting assignments
Displayed inappropriate/disruptive/disrespectful behavior/communication towards
professor/peers
Violated University Academic Honesty Policy (including but not limited to
plagiarizing, cheating colluding, falsifying or fabricating, using previously prepared
materials, destroying or altering another’s work, or submitting the same paper or report
in more than one class.
Other:
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Lab Referral
Referred to Skills Success Lab
Skills review needed
Other:
Description of Incident:
Outcome of Incident:
Clinical Warning
Professional Warning
Verbal Warning
Recommend Probation
Recommend Dismissal
Plan of Action
Faculty Signature:
S
tudent Signature:
Course Coordinator Signature:
Date:
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APPENDIX F
Today’s Date:
Attach CV
Per agency request, please mail letter electronically
Per agency request, please mail hardcopy directly to health care agency
Print hardcopy for student pickup
Email PDF copy to student
Request for Letter of Recommendation
Your Name: Email Address:
Faculty member you are requesting a letter from:
What courses have you taken with this faculty member? NU: NU:
Nursing Advisor:
If you participated in a Global Program, tell us which one and when:
Date Letter of Recommendation is needed:
Letter addressed to (or note if generic):
Title or position in organization:
Complete street address and/or email address:
Reason for letter:
What about you would you like in this letter? (Accomplishments, Extracurricular
Activities, Short and Long Term Goals, what do you hope to glean from this position?
Anything else we need to know?
*Please allow fourteen (14) days to process your request.
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APPENDIX G
ATI Accountability and Benchmarking Plan
Practice
Assessments
Proficiency on
Proctored
Assessment
Points
Awarded for
Achievement
on Proctor
Exams
Time in
Focused
Review
Total Points
Awarded out of
Ten
*Take Practice
Assessment to
obtain 2 points.
Required to
receive 55% or
above in order
to receive
practice
assessment 2
points.
Proficiency
Level 3
8
(none required)
10
Proficiency
Level 2
5
1 hour = 2
Points
9
Proficiency
Level 1
4
2 hours = 2
Points
8
Proficiency
Below Level 1
3.7
2.5 hours = 2
Points
7.7
1. By testing, students acknowledge SHU and the RN Program’s Academic Integrity
Policy and agree to uphold it.
2. ATI Help line is 1-800-667-7531
3. *Grading Guidelines are as follows: Students who take the Practice ATI test will
earn 2 points towards their ATI Total Score. Students are required to complete
the practice test and receive a 55% or better by the deadline as indicated by the
course syllabus. Re-take as needed to achieve the required proficiency level
noted. Doing so allows the student to review missed concepts.
4. Remediation is suggested and rewarded. This involves:
a. Spend time completing the Focused Review Outline that can be
accessed after completion of an assessment.
b. Students may be required to hand in their “transcript”, which shows the
total composite time spent reviewing as proof.
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c. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the correct amount of time is
logged in on ATI.
d. Focused review must be completed before the final exam is
administered or no additional points will be awarded.
5. ATI Content Books are distributed in the Spring of Sophomore year and it is the
student’s responsibility to retain these materials through their Senior year. ATI
Subject Content is also available electronically through the ATI website.
Proficiency Level Definitions:
Below Proficiency Level One: Not currently meeting NCLEX standards in this content
area.
Proficiency Level One: Likely to just meet NCLEX standards in this content area.
Proficiency Level Two: Fairly certain to meet NCLEX standards in this content area.
Proficiency Level Three:
Very likely to exceed NCLEX standards in this content area. Only Content Mastery
Series® tests (Medical-Surgical, Pharmacology, etc.) have proficiency levels assigned
to them. The RN Comprehensive Predictor® will assign an “expected probability of
passing NCLEX-RN®”.
Students can see their Focused Review time (total composite time spent) on their
Transcript.
As soon as they close, stop, or leave their Focused Review they will see a transcript
button on their results page. If they hit the button they see their time.
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APPENDIX H
Student Test Item Protest Form
Name:
Class:
I am protesting the test item:
Reason for protest:
(Explain why you believe the test item is incorrect)
References: (Cite three published course resources, including the page number,
to validate your protest)
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APPENDIX I
I, hereby acknowledge that I have an allergy or
sensitivity to , which may be encountered in a clinical setting
and may adversely affect my placement in the clinical setting.
The incidence of allergies to latex and other products used in the healthcare industry is
a growing health care concern in recent years. Individuals with an allergy or sensitivity
to a product used in healthcare settings may not be able to meet the objectives required
to complete a given program successfully or find employment in health care.
I understand that, should Sacred Heart University suspect that I am latex sensitive, it is
MY RESPONSIBILITY to pay the cost of any test to confirm sensitivity. I also
understand that if I suspect or know that I may be or that I have an allergy, that it is MY
RESPONSIBILTY to inform the clinical instructor/advisor, course faculty, and course
coordinator.
I agree to allow disclosure of my allergy status to appropriate clinical agencies by the
College of Nursing to facilitate placement and planning.
I acknowledge the above notice and agree to continue in the Nursing Program at my
own risk. Furthermore, I understand that it is MY RESPONSIBILITY to be aware of the
risks involved and avoid the stated allergen.
I hereby release Sacred Heart University, its employees, and teaching affiliates from
any and all liability which may be incurred as a result of participating in educational
experiences in the nursing program.
Student Name:
Program:
Student Signature:
Date:
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APPENDIX J
Nursing Simulation & Skills Laboratories
Code of Conduct
1. A
s a member of the Sacred Heart College of Nursing, it is expected that all
students will exhibit professional conduct and respectful communication in the
simulation and skills laboratories at all time. Situations simulated in the lab are
to be used as a learning tool and not to be used for the humiliation of fellow
learners.
2. Students must have been adequately oriented to the simulation & skills labs,
equipment, and the simulated patient capabilities in order to ensure a successful
experience. Use of equipment without proper training can result in serious injury
and/or death.
3. It is expected that students will come to the labs having completed any assigned
work, with a responsible, accountable, and professional (RAP) attitude, and a
desire to actively participate in the learning experience.
4. The simulation & skills laboratories are to be treated as clinical settings at all
times. Please treat the manikins and the equipment with respect and courtesy.
Do not write on or modify the manikins or equipment in any way.
5. Students must wash their hands before any contact with the manikins and/or
equipment. Natural oils on hands can destroy the "skin".
6. Manikins are to remain on the beds at all times. If equipment is
relocated/removed it will be under the direction of authorized persons and
returned to the original place before leaving the lab.
7. Students may not sit or lay on the beds unless it is part of the lesson and/or
scenario.
8. All medications used in lab scenarios are either expired or simulated. They are
not to be removed from the lab under any circumstances.
9. Students using sharps/needles in the labs are responsible for safe disposal of
items in designated needle boxes and never into the regular trash.
10. For the benefit of learning, students may not share scenario information with
anyone, except those in the room.
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11. Faculty may video and/or audio record during simulated scenarios to use for
debriefing
and other learning opportunities.
12. Pictures or audio/video-taping by students is not permitted without faculty
permission.
Please leave the labs as you found them. Before leaving the lab, students
must return all equipment to its appropriate location and identify damaged
or missing equipment immediately to the faculty member present.
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