GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY PERIMETER COLLEGE

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM

 

 

STUDENT HANDBOOK

SPRING/SUMMER, 2017

 

 

Ngozi O. Nkongho, Ph.D, RN

Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

 

Georgia Perimeter State University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sec, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability, national origin, or veteran status in employment or the administration of the program and activities conducted by Georgia State University or any of its several department now in existence or hereafter established.  Additionally, no chartered student organization may engage in discriminatory conduct whether collectively or through the actions of its individual members.  (See Code Section 1. Chartering Student Organizations.)

 

Members of the University community who believe they have been discriminated against by the University or a chartered student organization should contact the following offices to report the incident and for direction in filing a formal complaint:

 

a.       Discrimination by student organizations should be reported to the Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students, Suite 303, Student Center East, 404-413-1515.  deanofstudents@gsu.edu.

b.       Discrimination by faculty or staff should be reported to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, Office of Opportunity Development/Diversity Education Planning (ODDEP), 1 Park Place South, Suite 527, 404/413-2567.

 

 

 

1)      Each student is required to sign a statement indicating receipt of this handbook and that they are responsible for reading the contents.

 

2)      Information in this handbook is subject to change.  If changes occur, students will be provided with an addendum to the handbook and signature receipt of addendum will be required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I.                     PURPOSE OF THE HANDBOOK........................... ……………………………………………………5

II.                   THE NURSING PROGRAM......................... …………………………………………………………….5

A.                  Vision.............................................................................. …………………………………5

B.                  Mission............................................................................ …………………………………5

C.                  Philosophy....................................................................... …………………………………6

D.                  Nursing............................................................................ …………………………………6

E.                  Health.............................................................................. …………………………………6

F.                  Humans........................................................................... …………………………………6

G.                 Environment..................................................................... …………………………………7

H.                  Teaching and Learning...................................................... …………………………………7

I.                     Program Outcomes........................................................... …………………………………7

J.                   Organizing Structure of the Curriculum.................. ……………………………………………8

                    Conceptual Framework Model............................................................................... 8

K.                  Program of Study in Nursing........................................................................................ 9

L.                  Summer Courses...................................................................................................... 11

III.                 GENERAL INFORMATION AND POLICIES............................. …………………………………….12

A.                  Nursing Office........................................................................................................... 12

B.                  Faculty Tutorial and Advisement Hours....................................................................... 12

C.                  Announcements........................................................................................................ 12

D.                  Emails...................................................................................................................... 12

E.                  Lockers………………………………………………………………………………….…………. 12

F.                  Student Information and Records................................................................................ 13

G.                 Assignments............................................................................................................ .13

H.                  Use of Electronic Communication Devices........... ……………………………………………13

I.                     Children in Class, Clinical, or Skills Laboratory............................................................. 13

J.                   Employment While in the Nursing Program.................................................................. 13

K.                  Expenses Related to the Program.............................................................................. 14

L.                  Health Requirements and Responsibilities................................................................... 16

M.                 Student Concerns and Structure for Information: Chain of Command............................. 17

IV.                ACADEMIC INFORMATION AND POLICIES............................ ……………………………………17

A.                  Acceptance and Progression in the Nursing Program................................................... 17

B.                  Students with Disabilities........................................................................................... 17

                                 Performance Standards for Admissions and Progression........................................ 18

C.                  Grading Policies and Requirements............................................................................ 19

D.                  Standardized Test..................................................................................................... 19

E.                  Academic Advisement............................................................................................... 19

F.                  Class Attendance Requirements and Policies.............................................................. 20

G.                 Travel Between Campuses........................................................................................ 20

H.                  Course Examinations................................................................................................. 20

I.                     Drug Calculation Exam Requirement Policies.............................................................. 22

J.                   Evaluation of Students, Faculty, Clinical, Courses and Program.................................... 23

K.                  Use of Tape Recorders in the Classroom.................................................................... 23

L.                  Student Telephone/E-mail List.................................................................................... 23

M.                 Signing Roll to Indicate Reading Student Handbook and Course Syllabus...................... 24

N.                  Background Checks and Substance Abuse Policy........................................................ 24

O.                 Appeals/Complaints Process for Academic Matters...................................................... 24

P.                  Policy on Withdrawal from the Nursing Program........................................................... 24

Q.                 Access to Nursing Facilities and Organizations............................................................ 25

R.                  Re-entry to the Nursing Program................................................................................ 25

S.                  Graduation Requirements.......................................................................................... 27

T.                  RN Licensure............................................................................................................ 27

V.                  CLINICAL EXPERIENCES: INFORMATION AND POLICIES........................... ………………….27

A.                  General Information................................................................................................... 27

B.                  Attendance........................... ……………………………………………………………………28

C.                  Clinical Skill Deficiencies....... ……………………………………………………………………29

D.                  Clinical Dress Code................................................................................................... 29

VI.                CLINICAL PRACTICE LABORATORY INFORMATION AND POLICIES.................................. 30

A.                  General Information..................... ………………………………………………………………30

B.                  Requirements and Policies.................... ………………………………………………………31

C.                  Evaluation/Grading of Clinical Practice Laboratory Validations... ……………………………32

VII.              NURSING SIMULATION LABORATORY............................................................................... 32

A.                  General Information..................... ………………………………………………………………32

B.                  Hours and Attendance................. ………………………………………………………………32

C.                  Clinical Simulation Preparation..... ………………………………………………………………33

D.                  Clinical Simulation Dress Code..... ………………………………………………………………33

VIII.             STUDENT CONDUCT AND RESPONSIBILITIES............................. ………………………………33

A.                  Student Conduct Code.................... ……………………………………………………………34

B.                  Patient Confidentiality..................... ……………………………………………………………34

C.                  Academic Dishonesty................................................................................................ 34

D.                  Incivility...................................... ………………………………………………………………35

E.                  Classroom Behavior.................... ………………………………………………………………35

F.                  Smoking on Campus and at Clinical Agencies... ………………………………………………35

 

IX.                STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES........................... ……………………………35

A.                  Georgia State University Perimeter College Support Services...................................... .35

B.                  Student Activities.................... ………………………………………………………………….37

APPENDIX A – HIPAA Policy....................................................................... ……………………………39

APPENDIX B – General Conduct and Policy Procedures.............................. ……………………………40

APPENDIX C – Disruptive Policy.................................................................. ……………………………42

APPENDIX D – Alcohol and Other Drug Policy............................................. ……………………………43

APPENDIX F – Re-Entry Form...................................................................... ……………………………44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I.                     PURPOSE OF THE HANDBOOK
This handbook is designed to give entering student nurses an overview of the nursing program at Georgia State University Perimeter College, including its mission, vision, philosophy, goals, policies and procedures. The handbook contains information that should help students throughout the program, from the first day of class to graduation. Information is also provided to help prepare students to be successful on the NCLEX examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

The management of large groups of students and the coordination and implementation of the curriculum are complicated tasks.  Because of this, there are many policies and procedures that students must follow.  These policies and procedures are dictated not only by Georgia State University Perimeter College, and the hospitals and agencies used for clinical experiences, but also by its accrediting agencies:

Georgia Board of Nursing

237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858

 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326.

The faculty realizes that the students in the nursing program are a diverse group, with a variety of needs and personal circumstances.  However, all students are expected to be knowledgeable and adhere to the policies and procedures found in this handbook. Students are expected to meet all program requirements. It is the student's responsibility to make the department of nursing aware of any problems which might interfere with his/her completing these requirements. Faculty members are here to facilitate students’ successful completion of the nursing program.  The ultimate responsibility for learning belongs with the student.  The expectations and standards of the nursing program are high, but attainable.

II.                  THE NURSING PROGRAM

A.   VISION

The School of Nursing will be nationally recognized for innovative, learner-centered educational nursing programs focused on diversity, urban healthcare and vulnerable populations.  The school will be noted for expert practitioners, community partnerships and leading-edge research.

B.   MISSION

The mission of the School of Nursing is to create a premier multicultural learning environment that produces leaders, clinician, scholars and researchers who exemplify nursing excellence, life-long learning and professional advancement to enhance healthcare delivery to Georgia and beyond. 

C.  PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing is congruent with and flows from the mission of Georgia State University and the Burdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and health Professions.  The philosophy is reflective of the faculty’s belief about the concept of nursing meta-paradigm (nursing, health, human environment) band their beliefs about teaching and learning.  The philosophy is founded in and shaped by our core values: honest/integrity, professional excellence, collegiality/collaboration, cultural sensitivity/diversity, and creativity/innovation.  The faculty is dedicated to teaching, research and service and recognized and honors the value of interdisciplinary exchange.  The faculty members believe that education for nursing should be founded in the liberal arts and sciences.  Life-long learning and professional development are integral parts of nursing education, beginning at the entry level and continuing throughout the nurse’s professional career.  Both the associate and the baccalaureate programs of study prepare the generalist for entry into professional nursing practice.  Master’s level education prepares the graduate for advanced practice as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or as a leader in health care and/or informatics/technology.  Education at the doctoral level prepares nurse scholars in the areas of research, practice and education.

 

D.   NURSING

Nursing is a humanistic discipline that is grounded in the art of caring and the application of scientific principles.  The profession of nursing is accountable to the individuals, families, and communities it serves.  The faculty believe that honesty, integrity, knowledge, caring, and professional excellence are the pillars upon which nursing is anchored, each of which affects the outcome of care at every level.  Nursing incorporates education, clinical practice, political awareness, research, and technology to prepare health care providers to engage in critical thinking as they interact with individuals, families and communities.  Nursing emphasizes the importance of evidence-based clinical decision-making and scientific inquiry in evolving health care systems.  The profession of nursing is dedicated to the restoration of health, promotion of wellness, and support throughout the lifespan of all individuals through care that is comprehensive, culturally sensitive, ethically sound, and cost effective.  Furthermore, nursing has a responsibility to advocate for individuals, families, and communities with limited health care resources as well as minimize disparities in health care.

 

E.    HEALTH

Health is a dynamic state of adaptive functioning comprise of the biological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual wellbeing, and intellectual health of individuals, families, and communities.  Health is promoted an maintained in the context of individuals’, families’, and the communities’ beliefs, values, and perceptions of wellness.  Being culturally sensitive is essential as nurses collaborate with individuals, families and communities from diverse settings and cultures for health promotion and maintenance of wellbeing, and when health has been compromised, restoration to the individuals’, families’, and the communities’ full potential.

F.    HUMANS

Humans are complex biological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual beings. Humans are interdependent with their environment but value independence and autonomy.  Humans exist as individuals and members of families, groups, and communities.  Humans share commonalities but require respect for the diversity in order to grow and mature.  Humans deserve care by qualified, honest nursing professionals who assist them to reach their full potential across the lifespan.  

 

G.   ENVIRONMENT

The environment is made up of internal and external factors that affect the health of a human being.  Internal factors include biological, genetic, and psychological influences that synergistically and dynamically impact an individual’s health.  External factors have broad effects on the health of an individual while simultaneously contributing to the health of a population.  These include such factors as family and community structure, sociocultural beliefs, spirituality, economics, health policy, and ecology.  Technological advances have broadened the environment, nationally and internationally to encompass global health issues.  The faculty recognizes the responsibility nurses have for advocacy to protect the environment and to promote a healthy environment for individuals, families and communities.

 

H.   TEACHING AND LEARNING

The faculty believes that teaching should be conducted in a civil and meaningful, environment with multifaceted, relevant experiences that enhance learning and honor diversity.  Teaching is aimed at encouraging students to develop the ability to influence and support individuals, families, and communities to improve their health outcomes.  Nursing education fosters student success through encouraging excellence, providing academic advisement, serving as mentors and role modeling expected behaviors.  Faculty use technological advances to integrate a variety of educational strategies such as didactic sessions, simulations, clinical and research mentoring in both face to face and web-enhanced environments

 

The faculty believes that learning is a process involving exchange of ideas for the purpose of advancing and facilitating the acquisition of knowledge.  Faculty members believe that learning takes place in a collective environment between teacher and learner aimed at challenging students to think in critical and creative ways to solve problems and generate nursing science.

 

I.      PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The expected outcomes of the Department of Nursing are to prepare graduates who are able to:

 

Ψ  Demonstrate clinical competence when providing safe and effective nursing care to clients in diverse healthcare settings.

Ψ  Apply the nursing process in the provision of culturally competent and cost effective nursing care.

Ψ  Adhere to ethical, legal, and professional standards of nursing practice.

Ψ  Demonstrate critical thinking and decision making in the provision of client care across the lifespan.

Ψ  Collaborate with other health care professionals to provide holistic care along the Health–Illness continuum.

Ψ  Use effective and therapeutic communication to foster caring and trusting relationships.

Ψ  Engage in lifelong learning to enhance professional growth and development.

Ψ  Use prioritization and delegation strategies to plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care. 

 

J.    ORGANIZING STRUCTURE OF THE CURRICULUM

 

The Nursing Process is utilized as a tool to educate nursing students about Safe Effective Care, Environment, Physiological Integrity, Health Promotion and maintenance, and Psychosocial Integrity of individuals with a focus on Health and Wellness across the lifespan.  Individuals, families and groups are cared for as students move towards becoming holistic, safe, effective, and culutally compentent professionals.

 

K.   PROGRAM OF STUDY IN NURSING                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Credits

BIOL 2110 & 2110L (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)*………….………………………..4

BIOL 2120 & 2120L (Human Anatomy and Physiology II) …………..……………………….4

BIOL 2300 &2300L (Microbiology)……………………………………………………………….4

SCOM 1500 (Introduction to Communication) *………….…………………………………….3

ENGL 1101 (Composition and Rhetoric I) *…………………………………………………….3

HIST 2110 (US History)……………...……………………………………………………………3

Humanities Elective (excludes Foreign Language)……………………….……………………3

MATH 1001 (Quantitative Skills and Reasoning)………………..…………………………….3

PHED 1101 (Choices for Life)……………………………………………………………………1

POLS 1101 (American Government)…………………………………………………………….3

PSYC 1101 (Principles of Psychology) *……………………………………………………….3

RSCH 1203 (Word Processing and Research Skills)…………………………………………1

TOTAL..................................................................................................................   35

         *or honors version

 

                                GENERIC PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM

NURS 1921 (Fundamental Concepts of Nursing) First Semester………………………….8

NURS 1930 (Intermediate Concepts of Nursing) Second Semester……………………….9

NURS 2922 (Childbearing Family Concepts of Nursing) Third Semester…………………3

NURS 2924 (Psychiatric/Mental Health Concepts of Nursing) Third Semester…...……..3

NURS 2927 (Childrearing Family Concepts of Nursing) Third Semester………………….4

NURS 2928 (Advanced Concepts of Nursing) Fourth Semester……………………………9

TOTAL..................................................................................................................   36

 

 

                                LPN-RN BRIDGE PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM

NURS 1926 (Bridge to Professional Level) First Semester………...……………………….9

NURS 2922 (Childbearing Family Concepts of Nursing) Second Semester………………3

NURS 2924 (Psychiatric/Mental Health Concepts of Nursing) Second Semester…...…..3

NURS 2927 (Childrearing Family Concepts of Nursing) Second Semester……………….4

NURS 2928 (Advanced Concepts of Nursing) Third Semester…………..…………………9

TOTAL..................................................................................................................   28

 

 

 

·         Any college-level math course at the 1001 level or above will meet requirements.

·         Each biology course and lab must have a minimum grade of “C.” (Admissions requirement is a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in the biology courses required for nursing).

·         Foreign Language cannot be used for the Humanities/Fine Art requirement.

·         All General Education courses must be completed before enrolling in NURS 2928.

 

 

The faculty reviews and revises the curriculum to incorporate recent and ongoing changes in health care delivery and to address evaluation data and suggestions from accrediting bodies. 

Fundamental Concepts of Nursing (NURS 1921) is offered in the first semester of the Generic Track in the nursing program.  NURS 1921 focuses on the introduction to the profession of nursing and the role of the nurse in the healthcare system. It introduces the framework for the program of study and provides a foundation for nursing practice in the promotion and maintenance of health, prevention of illness, and care of patients/clients experiencing alterations in meeting basic health needs. The nursing process and concepts of holistic care, diversity, critical thinking, basic human needs, psychosocial needs, growth and development, legal/ethical issues, pharmacological principles, therapeutic interventions, and communication skills are emphasized. Selected content, including pharmacology and math calculations, is presented using on-line modules. This course includes classroom, clinical lab simulations, clinical practice in diverse health care settings and on-line experiences.

 

Bridge to Professional Nursing (NURS 1926) (LPN-RN Bridge only) is offered in the first semester of the LPN-RN Bridge Track in the nursing program.  NURS 1926 introduces the advance placement student to framework of the program of study and provides the foundation for professional nursing practice in the promotion and maintenance of health, prevention of illness, and care of patients/clients experiencing alterations in physiological and psychobiological health.  The application of the nursing process and concepts of holistic care, diversity, critical thinking, basic human needs, psychosocial needs, growth and development, legal/ethical issues, pharmacological principles, therapeutic interventions, and communication skills are emphasized.  The role of the professional nurse is introduced and expanded to include patient/family education and collaboration with patients, families, the interdisciplinary team, and community agencies.  Selected content, including pharmacological principles and math calculations is presented.  This course includes classroom, clinical practice, clinical lab simulations and skills lab experiences.

 

Intermediate Concepts of Nursing (NURS 1930) is offered in the second semester of the nursing program. NURS 1930 focuses on the application of the nursing process in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health and prevention of illness for clients from diverse populations. The role of the nurse is expanded to include patient/family education and collaboration with patients, families, the interdisciplinary team, and community agencies. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of knowledge related to pharmacological principles and pathophysiological alterations in health. Principles of critical thinking are applied to clients with physiological disorders. Concepts introduced during the prior nursing course are expanded and integrated. This course includes class, clinical practice, clinical lab simulations, and on-line experiences.

 

Childbearing Family Concepts of Nursing (NURS 2922) is offered in the third semester of the nursing program. NURS2922 focuses on the application of the nursing process in the promotion of health and the prevention/management of illness in the child-bearing family. Emphasis is placed on the promotion of health and management of illness and complications during pregnancy, the birth process and the neonatal period.  Students will have the opportunity to utilize the nursing process in a variety of family and maternal/newborn settings. Concepts introduced in prior nursing courses will be expanded and integrated with diverse populations.  This course includes classroom, clinical practice and community experiences.  

 

Psychiatric/Mental Health Concepts of Nursing (NURS 2924) is a hybrid course offered in the third semester of the nursing program. NURS 2924 expands the student’s ability to apply the nursing process in the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of mental health for clients from diverse populations.  The role of the nurse is expanded to include collaboration with clients, families, the interdisciplinary team and community agencies as it relates to the mental health client.  Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of knowledge related to alterations in mental health and pharmacological principles. Principles of critical thinking are applied to the client with psychological distress and mental illness.  Psychosocial concepts introduced during the prior nursing courses are expanded.  This course includes classroom, clinical practice, and on-line experiences. 

 

Childrearing Family Concepts of Nursing (NURS 2927) is offered in the third semester of the nursing program. NURS 2927 focuses on the application of the nursing process in the promotion of health and the prevention/management of illness in the child-rearing family.  Emphasis is placed on the promotion of health and management of illness and complications during childhood.  Students will have the opportunity to utilize the nursing process in a variety of family and pediatric settings. Concepts introduced in prior nursing courses will be expanded and integrated with diverse populations.  This course includes classroom, clinical practice, clinical lab simulations, some on-line experiences, and community experiences.

 

Advanced Concepts of Nursing (NURS 2928) is the capstone course of the nursing program. NURS 2928 enhances the application of the nursing process in the management of nursing care, care to groups of patients/clients with multi-system problems, and enables role transition from student to professional nurse. Emphasis is placed on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and prevention of illness in groups of clients from diverse populations and settings. The management component focuses on critical analysis, independent judgment, and the application of the principles of leadership. Concepts introduced in prior nursing courses are expanded and integrated with classroom, clinical practice, clinical lab simulations, and on-line experiences. Students may be assigned preceptors for clinical experiences. NOTE: All General Education courses must be completed before enrolling in NURS 2928.

 

L.    SUMMER COURSES

The summer courses NURS 2922, NURS 2924, and NURS 2927 are for students enrolled in the LPN-RN Bridge Track.  If spaces are available, classes may opened for students who are enrolled in the generic track.  Spaces are not guaranteed for generic track students.

 

Requirements for the summer courses consideration if there are spaces available for the Generic Students:

a.                   Completion of NURS 1921 with a grade of A or B.

b.                  Completion of NURS 1930 first three exams with a grade average of A or B.

c.                   Must not have repeated NURS 1921 or NURS 1930 due to a grade of D or lower.

d.                  Completion of all general education courses.

 

Students with the highest grade point average, after the third exam in NURS 1930, will be selected to enroll in the summer courses until all spaces are filled.

 

If students are chosen and later their grade is a C or lower in NURS 1930 or they do not finish their general education courses, they will forfeit their privilege to enroll in the summer semester.  Their spaces will be opened for other students.

 

Note:  The Nursing Program summer semester is longer than the college summer semester and begins the week immediately after spring graduation.

 

III.                GENERAL INFORMATION AND POLICIES

A.           NURSING OFFICE

The main nursing office, CH-3180, is open between the hours of 8:30am and 5:15pm Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (678) 891-3840.  

B.           FACULTY’S TUTORIAL AND ADVISEMENT HOURS

         Office hours are posted on each Faculty/Advisor's office door at the beginning of each semester. Students should contact individual Faculty/Advisor for appointments.  Faculty may be contacted by GSUPC telephone or D2L Brightspace e-mail.  

C.           ANNOUNCEMENTS

Students are responsible for reading announcements and messages posted on iCollege.  Students should check D2L Brightspace at least twice every day (each morning and at night).  The lab instructors use D2L Brightspace for students to sign up for lab skills check-offs.

 

D.            EMAILS

Georiga State University Perimeter College (GSUPC) students are to obtain their GSUPC email address and must use their GSUPC email address as the official site for correspondence to the college. GSUPC faculty and staff are authorized to communicate with currently enrolled students only via GSUPC student email accounts for all College business that does not include restricted information.  Communication of grades and other FERPA-protected student education records data must be via a secure GSUPC provided system.  GSUPC’s learning management system uses D2L Brightspace to communticate grades.  If GSUPC faculty and staff members receive communications from students via third party accounts, those faculty and staff members will direct the students to use their GSUPC email account for offical communications of non-restricted information and must use a secure GSUPC provided system such as D2L Brightspace for FERPA-protected student education records.  GSUPC Department of Nursing will not be liable for student communication sent via any unofficial site.

 

E.            LOCKERS

Limited number of lockers located on the ground floor of the H Building on the Clarkston Campus are for use by Georgia State University Perimeter College Nursing students only and are available on a “first come, first served” basis.  They are not to be used for overnight storage.  Rather, they are for daily use.

 

Students must supply their own locking device.  At the end of each day, lockers must be emptied of all contents and the locks removed.  Locks left on the lockers overnight will be removed and contents forwarded to Public Safety lost and found.  GSUPC will not be liable for the replacement of locks if damaged during removal.

 

Contents placed in lockers will be the sole responsibility of the user.  Georgia State University Perimeter College Department of Nursing assumes no responsibility for any property contained in the lockers.  Any property removed from lockers will be forwarded to Public Safety lost and found.  No controlled or illegal substances or weapons may be stored in the lockers at any time.  Refer to the GSU General Conduct Policies and Procedures, Section A.  Your use of a locker will constitute acceptance of this policy and assumption of personal responsibility.

 

F.            STUDENT INFORMATION AND RECORDS

Any change in name, address, telephone number and e-mail address must be reported to the Administrative Coordinator and College Registrar in order to keep records current.

 

G.           ASSIGNMENTS

Each full-time faculty person has a file box located on his/her office door.  The location of part-time faculty file boxes is CH-3180.  Assignments may be handed in to the secretary, and will be returned to the student by the instructor.  Each course will have specific policies in the syllabus for times and dates assignments are due.  It is the student's responsibility to follow these policies.

 

H.           USE OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Electronic communication devices, i.e., pagers, two-way messaging devices, iPads and cellular mobile devices, are not allowed to be used in the clinical area or in the classroom.  If a student needs to use electronic communication devices for emergency situations, the student must do so outside the classroom and at designated clinical locations.  All electronic devices must be on silent mode at all times. Students may be allowed to use mobile devices in the clinical area for immediate access to learning resources (i.e. Nursing Central) as designated by the clinical facilities and the instructor.

 

I.              CHILDREN IN CLASS, CLINICAL, OR SKILLS LABORATORY

No visitors, including children, are allowed in the classroom during Clinical Practice, Simulation, Computer or Skills Labs.  Visitors, including children, may not accompany students to clinical facilities.

 

J.            EMPLOYMENT WHILE IN THE NURSING PROGRAM

The Nursing Program requires a great deal of time, concentration and productive commitment.  To enhance success in the program, it is highly recommended that students should not be employed for more than sixteen to twenty (16-20) hours per week.  Special considerations cannot be given because of working hours. Classes and clinical experiences under the professional curriculum occur on varying days and times of the week.

Patient safety in the clinical area is of primary importance.  Students who have worked a night shift prior to assigned clinical times are considered to be at high risk for providing unsafe nursing care.  Faculty who determine that a student's fatigue and lack of alertness is placing patients in jeopardy have the authorization to send the student home.  It is the student's responsibility to arrange working hours to avoid unsafe situations.

Students may not be employed as a "Georgia State University School of Nursing, Associate Program, Perimeter College Student Nurse" and may not wear their student uniform or name tag for any purpose other than a clinical experience that is a part of the Georgia State University School of Nursing, Associate Program, Perimeter College.

 

K.           EXPENSES RELATED TO THE PROGRAM

Each semester, students are required to pay fees related to being enrolled in the nursing program.  The amount of these fees is subject to change depending upon the vendor.  When the changes occur, students will be notified expeditiously.  Current fees are as follows:

 

a.             Nursing Fee: Nursing students will pay a laboratory fee of $165 each semester.  This fee also includes Liability Insurance, which covers problems that might result from services rendered by students in the clinical area. 

b.            Books: Each semester there will be required textbooks for each course plus optional supplemental textbooks. Most textbooks are used throughout the program.  Cost varies.

c.             Standardized Testing:  Service to support student learning is used by the nursing department. Students must pay for this service each semester through the bookstore.  Cost is $1000 for two years.

d.            Professional Nursing Journals: It is recommended that students subscribe to at least one professional nursing journal.  Journals are also available at no cost to students through the library. Cost varies depending upon personal choice.

e.             Background Checks and/or Drug Screening: All hospitals used for clinical experiences require yearly criminal background checks and drug screenings for students.  Cost may be per semester and can run $80 or more.  Students are responsible for these costs which vary.  Students must comply to be eligible to attend clinical. The criminal background check and drug screen are conducted at students' expense.

f.              Basic Life Support (BLS) Requirements/CPR: All hospitals used for clinical experiences require yearly criminal background checks and drug screenings for students.  Cost may be per semester.  Students are responsible for these costs which vary.  Students must comply to be eligible to attend clinical. The criminal background check and drug screen are conducted at students' expense. The results are sent to the agencies where the clinical experiences are scheduled, and the agencies determine who may and may not come to that facility.  Cost varies

g.            . Nurse Packs: Students must purchase a Nurse Pack which contains equipment for required skills practice and check-offs in the clinical skills laboratory.  This item is paid for through the bookstore. Cost varies $100-$150.

h.            Credentialing for hospitals: Students may be required to pay for hospital credentialing systems. $50 per hospital per year and any other fee required.

i.               Curriculum Products: All students are required to use V-Sim and Docu-Care. Each student will be required to purchase both products at a one-time cost of $100 per year, per item.

j.               Uniforms and other required nursing supplies: Upon acceptance into the Nursing Program, students are sent information concerning the purchase of uniforms. See clinical dress code for specific requirements and equipment.  Cost varies on personal choice.

Uniforms (must be ordered from school’s vendor) approximately $150, depending upon preference

White Lab Coat - $35 depending upon preference                                             

White Nursing Shoes- (with non-skid soles) $35 depending upon preference         

Blood Pressure Cuff-  $35-$55 depending upon preference                                  

Stethoscope- $15-$55 depending upon preference

Penlight/Flashlight- $5-$15 depending upon preference

Bandage Scissors- $5-$15 depending upon preference

Watch with second hand- $25-$55 depending upon preference                                     

Simple Function Calculator (no Texas Instrument calculators)- $1-$5 depending upon preference

#2 pencils (no mechanical pencils) -$1-$5 depending upon preference

Alcohol Prep Pads -$5-$15 depending upon preference

Examination gloves -$5-$15 depending upon preference

k.             Fingerprinting: Student may be required to provide fingerprint for clinical participation at a cost of $65 or more.

l.               Class Dues/Expenses: The amount of dues assessed is the responsibility and decision of each class and its class advisors.

m.          SNAPC: It is strongly recommended that students join Student Nurses Association at Perimeter College (SNAPC), the student nurse organization.

n.            Nursing School Pin: Pins may be purchased at any time prior to the pinning ceremony.  The Georgia State University Perimeter College Nursing school pin is the only pin used for the pinning ceremony.  The deadline for ordering and cost will be announced in the fourth semester.

o.            NCLEX-RN Examination/Georgia Board of Nursing Fee: Application is made through the Department of Nursing during the final semester prior to graduation.  There are two applications required:

·                        Georgia Board of Nursing Application..................... $40.00*

·                        NCLEX Examination Application………………... ……$200.00*

A list of graduates with the official graduation date must be verified by the Georgia Board of Nursing as part of the application process. *(Costs are subject to change)

 

L.            HEALTH REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

a.             Performance Standard: Each student is required to meet the performance standards for admission and progression.

b.            Physical examination/PPD or T-Spot /Chest X-Ray: Students entering the program must have a physical exam, required immunizations and lab tests.  In addition, a PPD or T-Spot test must be obtained prior to entering the first year of the program and annually thereafter while in the program in order for students to practice in the clinical facilities.  Students with positive PPD or T-Spot or who convert from negative to positive status must submit the results of a chest x-ray and proof of treatment if applicable. Some clinical facilities may require additional health information and copies of all health forms.  Any student missing health information will be prohibited from clinical attendance.                                                                                                                   

Students who have received BCG will continue to need an annual chest x-ray.  All students are required to protect themselves by getting the Hepatitis B Vaccine Series.  Students who have not completed the series must sign a waiver document stating that they assume responsibility.  You must also provide proof of immunization for MMR, Varicella and T-dap.

Immunizations must be completed by a qualified healthcare provider. Students can also receive immunizations and TB tests at the Georgia State University Perimeter College Student Health Clinic. Each student’s BLS, PPD or T-Spot, flu vaccine, and titers must remain current throughout the program.

Students who have an expired immunization date on the Health Form and/or an expired BLS card will have a hold placed on their registration and will not be allowed to register for nursing classes the following semester.  Once the health form is updated, the hold will be removed for the student to register. Please note that the original signed copy of the PPD/T-Spot, a copy of a current BLS card and immunizations, including influenza, if applicable, must be submitted with your health form.

Please be aware that holds may not be removed on the same day the updated information is received.  If information is received at the last minute or late, there is a possibility that a late registration fee will be incurred and some non-nursing courses/labs may be full.  No exceptions will be made.

Please provide all updated material to the Administrative Coordinator. The Department of Nursing must maintain an accurate record of this material.  Students must keep copies of all records for themselves.  Copies will be needed every semester for clinical facilities.  No materials will be removed from student’s records.  If a student does not have a copy of the health form, a new health form must be completed.

c.             Health Care Responsibilities: As a part of the contractual agreement between Georgia State University Perimeter College Department of Nursing and the facilities used for clinical experiences, students must assume financial responsibility for any injury received during their clinical experience.  Students are responsible for all expenses related to their own health care while they are students in the Nursing Program.

If a student has a change in health status, he/she is required to inform the faculty and sign a release waiver.  Student Health and Accident insurance are available through NSNA (National Student Nursing Association), or through the College's Office of Student Affairs and/or the Business Office.   

M.           STUDENT CONCERNS AND STRUCTURE FOR INFORMATION:  CHAIN OF COMMAND

Concerns that affect large numbers of students should be addressed to the Department of Nursing Student Affairs Committee.

Individual students who have concerns need to follow the Department of Nursing procedure. All issues related to any course must first be directed to the course facilitator in writing (download form from D2L Brightspace.  The course facilitator will address your concern(s) in writing and provide a copy to the department chair.  If the student is not satisfied, he or she should request a meeting with the department chair.

 

IV.                ACADEMIC INFORMATION AND POLICIES

A.           ACCEPTANCE AND PROGRESSION IN THE NURSING PROGRAM

Acceptance into the nursing program does not guarantee completion of the program.  Completion of the program depends upon satisfactory academic and clinical performance each semester and adherence to all college/department policies. Students will be assigned a course advisor for each course he or she enrolls in.  Students will be assigned a new course advisor in each course.

B.           STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Students with disabilities who need support or specialized equipment to meet performance standards must self-identify with Disability Services prior to beginning the nursing program by completing a Request for Academic Accomodations. The Department of Nursing will need verification of a disability from Disability Services at the beginning of each semester, if applicable. 

Each student is required to meet the performance standards and examples of necessary activities that are on page 18.

 

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION AND PROGRESSION

 

ISSUE

STANDARD

SOME EXAMPLES OF NECESSARY ACTIVITIES (NOT ALL INCLUSIVE)

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, use the nursing process and calculate drug dosages.

Communication

Communication/interpersonal abilities sufficient for interaction with others from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds in verbal, non-verbal and written form

Establish rapport with patients/clients & colleagues, explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, obtain information, document & interpret nursing actions & patient/client responses.

Behavioral

Emotional health, adaptability, flexibility and physical tolerance sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care

Possess emotional health required for total utilization of intellectual ability, function effectively during stressful situations, capable of adapting to ever-changing environments & display flexibility, interact appropriately with others & tolerate physically taxing workloads.

Mobility

Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces

Move around in the work place, patient's room, and treatment areas, administer CPR, perform ROM, and ambulate patients.

Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care

Calibrate & use equipment, administer treatments and medications, perform activities of daily living, position patients properly.

Hearing

Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs

Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, listen to breath, heart sounds and blood pressures, heart and understand auditory responses of patients, hear cries for help.

Visual

Visual ability sufficient for observations and assessment necessary for nursing care

Observe physiological changes in patient's condition, such as cyanosis & appearance of wounds, observe nonverbal responses, read calibrations, read patient records and related hospital records.

Tactile

Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment

Perform palpation, detect pulses, detect temperature, and perform other functions of physical examination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GRADING POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS

a.          Grading Scale for the Nursing Program is as follows:

               

90 - 100

A
80 - 80.99 B
75 - 79.99 C
60-74.99 D
< 59.99 F

 

b.         A student must receive a "C" or better in all nursing courses.

c.          In order to receive a grade of “C” in any nursing course, a student must:

·         Maintain an average of 75% or better on all graded course requirements.

·         Demonstrate satisfactory clinical performance.

·         Meet all clinical requirements.

·         Fulfill all course requirements within the specified time.

·         Complete standardized test attached to each course.

·         Successfully complete a math dosage calculation test each semester.

d.         Clinical Performance Grading System:  Clinical performance will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  The clinical grade is based on the student's ability to meet the clinical objectives of the course.  The student's performance is graded on the following scale:

·         S - Satisfactory/Pass

·         U - Unsatisfactory/Fail

The student must have a grade of "S" in all learning outcomes at the end of the rotation in order to pass the clinical portion of the course.  If a student fails in the clinical learning outcomes, he/she will be withdrawn by the faculty from the course and receive a grade of “D”.

e.          Course Audits:  Students are not allowed to audit nursing courses.

 

D.                 STANDARDIZED TEST

Selected, standardized comprehensive examinations may be used at the completion of each course.  Information about the required examinations and how they contribute to the course grade will be clearly delineated in the course syllabus.

E.      ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT

a.          Faculty will be assigned student advisees each semester within the assigned course. 

b.         Appointments will be scheduled between faculty and student when exam scores fall below 75 percent. Students who score greater than 75 on the exam may request to meet with faculty for exam performance review.

c.          During academic advisement, faculty will assess the student’s test-taking skills and knowledge level.  A written success plan for the student will be developed and recorded.  Both faculty and student will sign and date the report.  A copy of the signed report will be given to the student.

d.         The original copy of the student report will be kept by the faculty advisor until the end of the semester, then returned to the course facilitator and becomes a part of the student’s permanent record.

F.      CLASS ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES

a.          Attendance in all Nursing Classes is Mandatory: It is the policy of the Nursing Program to withdraw a student from the classroom roll for absences of 20% or more.  It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to the attendance policy.  Refer to the current Schedule of Classes for withdrawal dates.

b.         Signing the Class Roll: The student’s signature on the class roll is the sole factor used to determine the percentage (%) of class absences.  It is the faculty’s responsibility to ensure that students sign the class roll upon arrival to class.  Signing the roll for another student is considered academic dishonesty.  Any student found guilty of academic dishonesty in college court will be dismissed from the nursing program and will be ineligible to return.

c.          Class Schedule:  Class days and time are listed in Banner.  Preclinical activities, such as hospital orientations, may be scheduled at times other than regular class time.

d.         College and Nursing Policy Regarding Closure for Weather: The College's policy is that the College will announce its closure on most of the major radio and TV stations. Panther Alerts are also posted via communication devices by GSUPC administration as necessary.  Students are expected to listen to the radio/TV and check GSUPC home page on mornings when weather conditions are poor. 

e.          Nursing Class/Skills Lab Closure Policy: If the college is closed on a class day or Skills Lab Check-off, the students should not come to class or lab. Students will be notified via icollege the date and time of make-up classes or labs.    

f.           Nursing Clinical Closure Policy:  College closure due to snow or poor weather conditions will result in cancellation of clinical experiences The instructor will notify students regarding make-up of clinical.  When the college closure is due to reasons other than hazardous driving conditions, for example, lack of heat or electricity, students should proceed to clinical as scheduled.

G.           TRAVEL BETWEEN CAMPUSES

Students will be required to travel from their primary campus to other campuses for selected activities.  Students are required to provide their own transportation or carpool.

H.           COURSE EXAMINATIONS

a.       Attendance/Lateness: Each student is expected to attend all exams as scheduled.  A student who will be late or absent must notify the course facilitator or the nursing secretary before the scheduled exam time.  Students may leave a message on the voice mail in the nursing office, (678) 891-3840.  Refer to course syllabus for additional exam policies.

Students who are more than ten minutes late for an exam will not be permitted to sit for the exam.  If a student misses a regularly scheduled exam, the value of that exam will be added to the value of the final exam.  If a student misses a subsequent exam, a grade of zero will be awarded.

b.       Procedure for Taking Exams: These procedures cover students taking exams in regular classrooms or in Disability Services.  Examinations in some courses are administered via the computer. Refer to the course syllabus for computer exam policies.

·         Photo ID: Students will be required to present their GSUPC or Georgia photo ID for   

     entrance to a test.

·         Seating: Students may be assigned to specific seats and classrooms for exams.  It is the responsibility of the student to sit in the correct room and/or seat.  Students arriving in the classroom while the exam is being distributed will be seated by the faculty.

·         Students must furnish their own #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils) to be used with all scan sheets and a simple function calculator (no Texas Instruments or comparable calculators).

·         Placement of Personal Items: Students are not allowed to have personal belongings, notebooks, cell phones, or other electronic devices, etc., in the room during the test or test review.

·         Talking and Disruption: There will be no talking or disruptions while exams are handed out or during the exam period.

·         Questions/Problems: Students are expected to remain in their seats for the entire test and until all tests are collected and accounted forIf a student has a problem during a test, the student should raise his/her hand for assistance.  If a student must leave the room during a test, the student’s papers will be taken up by the instructor and temporarily held until the student returns.

·         Time Allowed for Test: Those arriving in the classroom after students have begun answering exam questions should approach an instructor, who may deny the student permission to take the exam at that time.  Refer to attendance/lateness policy.  Time allotted for exams is 1 ½ minutes per multiple choice question.  Any student taking the exams through Disability Services must follow the procedure for taking exams as described in Nursing Student Handbook and course syllabus.

·         Illegal reproduction of Exam or Standard Test Items: Test questions from course exams or standardized tests may not be written down or reproduced in any way.  Such a reproduction of test items represents academic dishonesty and will result in failure of the course associated with the exam/test, and possible permanent expulsion from the nursing program.  Standardized testing companies will be notified of students who violate this policy.

·         Each semester students will be provided with a passcode to access tutorials, skills modules, and standardized practice exams. Unauthorized use of pass codes from another course or nursing program may result in failure of the course and possible permanent expulsion from the nursing program. 

c.       Classroom Exam Review: A 15 minute classroom exam review is conducted immediately following examination.  No exam review will be conducted on final exams or standardized exams.  Answers for each question will be given during the review.  Students will have the opportunity for a brief discussion with faculty about the questions or their concern.  If a detailed discussion is needed, students should schedule an individual review of exam with their course advisor. 

No answer sheets or grades will be changed during the Classroom Exam Review.  The faculty will evaluate possible errors or questions about grades at a separate time after the exam review.

d.      Individual Exam Reviews:  Individuals can make an appointment with their courses advisor to see their exam results.  This appointment should be scheduled with the course advisor within one week after the exam grade is posted.  Students making less than 75% on any exam must schedule an appointment within one week to meet with their course advisor.  The scantron is not available during this meeting with the advisor.  Instead, the analysis sheet will be used so the student will know his or her performance on the exam.

e.       Posting of Exam Grades:

·         Exam grades will be posted on D2L Brightspace within 2 days.   Students should check D2L Brightspace for their grades.

·         Procedure to Receive Non-Posted Grades: If a student’s grade is not posted, it is the student’s responsibility to get the exam grade(s) from his/her faculty for the course.

f.        Standardized Testing: All students must purchase Kaplan via the bookstore.  Any student that does not purchase the product will be unable to successfully complete from the enrolled course.  Kaplan must be purchased each semester the student is enrolled in the Generic Track (four semesters) or the LPN-RN Bridge Track (3 semesters). 

Each student must complete the designated standardized test. Students who pass Kaplan with a national average score is awarded 1 point.  Students who do not meet the national average will not be awarded a point.

g.      Remediation Policy

·         The faculty member preparing the lecture will identify appropriate resources to be used for remediation i.e. specific parts of Kaplan, V-Sim or DocuCare, case studies, additional readings from sources other than the text etc. If resources are used from other texts, the information must be uploaded as a PDF into D2L Brightspace for the student to access.  This should be done when the lecture is being prepared, so it will be available to all faculty teaching in the course.

·         After each exam, course faculty members will review exam statistics and post grades within two days of the exam. 

·         A student may seek additional resources other than what was provided related to the exam.  The student would make an appointment with the Nursing Department Student Success Resource Center

I.       DRUG CALCULATION EXAM REQUIREMENT POLICIES:

Nursing students must demonstrate the ability to correctly calculate drug dosages. A drug calculation exam is administered in all clinical nursing courses except NURS 2924, Psychiatric/Mental Health Concepts of Nursing.  Students who do not pass the drug calculation requirements of equal or greater than 80% on the first attempt must remediate.  After remediation, student will retake an equivalent exam.  Student must pass second exam.  If they are unsuccessful, student will fail the clinical portion of the course.

All students must demonstrate competency with drug calculations in skills lab and during exams.

 

J.      EVALUATION OF STUDENTS, FACULTY, CLINICAL, COURSES AND THE NURSING PROGRAM.

a.       Evaluation of Students: The learning outcomes for each nursing course are noted in each course syllabus. Clinical learning outcomes are derived from the program and course learning outcomes. Students are evaluated each semester by their clinical instructor based on these outcomes.

b.      Evaluation of Faculty and Courses: Students are required to submit thoughtful evaluations of the following: (a) faculty and lab Instructors; (b) clinical and skills lab experiences; (c) clinical facilities, and (d) nursing courses.  These evaluations are submitted anonymously and results are used to identify strengths and weaknesses for a basis to review and change.  Faculty and course evaluations will be submitted from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning via student GSUPC emails.

c.       Evaluation of the Nursing Program:

                                                               i.      Evaluation at the Completion of the Program: At the completion of the nursing program, students are asked to evaluate the total nursing program.  This evaluation, along with all evaluations, is used as a way to assess the program and to determine its effectiveness.

                                                             ii.      Evaluation at Six (6) Months to One (1) Year Following Graduation from the Program: The Department of Nursing must assess the performance of graduates.  Six months to one year following graduation, graduates will be asked to evaluate their progress and status as Registered Nurses.  Current employers will also be asked to evaluate program performance.  The Department of Nursing encourages graduates to take the time to fill out these graduate surveys and return them as directed.

K.      USE OF TAPE RECORDERS

Students must receive permission from the faculty member who is teaching to audiotape during class time.  No taping is allowed during the times that copyrighted materials (such as video tapes) or exam reviews are presented.  Permission to tape does not imply permission to sleep or be absent from the classroom.

L.      STUDENTS’ TELEPHONE/E-MAIL LIST

At the beginning of the semester, a roll will be passed in each course, and students will be asked to give a telephone number, emergency contact person, and their GSUPC student email where they may be reached in case of a change in their schedule or some other emergency situation.  These lists are for the use of the course instructors.  On occasion, class representatives may ask for these lists.  If a student's number is unlisted or he/she wishes it to be unlisted for other students, the student should give the number directly to the advisor and indicate this on the class telephone list.  It is imperative that the Nursing Program has a current telephone number and e-mail address or a way to reach each student.  Addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail address must be updated at the registrar’s office and with the Administrative Coordinator.

M.     SIGNING OF CLASS ROLL TO INDICATE READING OF STUDENT HANDBOOK AND COURSE SYLLABUS

It is required by GSUPC and by the Nursing Program that students indicate that they have received and read their course syllabus.  The Nursing Program also requires that students sign indicating that they have received the Georgia State University School of Nursing, Perimeter College Student Handbook and are responsible for reading it.  Many nursing policies and requirements are in this document.  A roll will be passed at the beginning of each semester and students must sign their name indicating they have read both the course syllabus and the handbook.

N.      BACKGROUND CHECKS AND DRUG SCREENING POLICY

All clinical facilities require a drug screening test and/or a background check.  This information is not shared with the nursing department, but is transmitted directly to clinical facilities by a third party.   The results are sent to the agencies where the clinical experiences are scheduled, and the agencies determine who may and may not come to the facility.  If a student cannot get cleared to attend an assigned clinical site due to background check issues, the student CANNOT be assigned to a clinical and will receive a clinical failure. Georgia State University Perimeter College has no way of knowing or controlling who will be permitted to have clinical experiences in the agencies. Students are responsible for monitoring their background check and if it will hinder their progress through the program.

Students should be aware that the Georgia Board of Nursing has the authority to deny applications for licensure even if all program requirements have been met when violations to this policy have occurred.

 

O.     APPEALS/COMPLAINTS PROCESS FOR ACADEMIC MATTERS

The Nursing Program follows the Georgia State University School of Nursing appeals policy for course failures.  Students should begin the appeals process with the course facilitator.  If the matter is not resolved with the course facilitator, students should contact Director for resolution. 

P.      POLICY ON WITHDRAWAL FROM THE NURSING PROGRAM

Students must see their course facilitator before withdrawing. 

a.       A student who fails clinically will be assigned a grade of “D” for the course and may not withdraw themselves from the course.  A clinical grade of “D” is a failure and will count as one unsuccessful attempt in the nursing program.

b.      Students who withdraw or fail a course in the nursing program for the first time are required to have an exit interview with their course advisor to discuss the student’s individual concerns in the re-entry process.

c.       Students who withdraw with a passing grade from one nursing course will be eligible to be considered for a re-entry and will not be penalized for having one withdrawal to count toward eligibility for re-entry.  (One time only)

d.      Students who withdraw once will be considered for re-entry.

e.       Students who withdraw twice may be deemed ineligible for re-entry.

f.        Students who withdraw from one course and fail one course may be deemed ineligible for re-

       entry.

g.      Students who violate the conduct code of the college (Appendices) could result in an administrative withdrawal from the nursing program.

Q.     ACCESS TO NURSING FACILITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

         Only students who are enrolled in professional level nursing courses have access to the clinical skills labs, simulation lab, computer labs, classrooms, clinical facilities and conference rooms.  Students who are not enrolled in nursing courses cannot hold an office on the board in the nursing student organization (SNAPC).  However, they may still be a member of the SNAPC and NSNA.  They also cannot participate on any Nursing Program committees.

        

R.      RE-ENTRY TO THE NURSING PROGRAM

a.       Re-entry Policies Pertaining to All Students:

·         Re-entry to the Nursing Program is not guaranteed.  Students will be considered on a case by case basis.

·         Any student found guilty of academic dishonesty after departmental review and GSUPC college review, will be immediately dismissed from the nursing program and will be ineligible to return.

·         A student who receives one grade of “F” or “D” may apply to return to the nursing program based on the Re-entry Policy for each level of the program.

·         Students who receive two grades of “F” or “D” while in the nursing program is deemed ineligible to return to the nursing program.  This policy applies to students who fail the same course two times, to students who fail two different courses while in the program, and to students who fail two courses during the same semester. 

·         The Nursing Program has the right to require any student who fails a course, withdraws or leaves the program to repeat final exams and/or skills/simulation labs. 

b.         Re-Entry into the NURS 1921:

·            Students will follow the admission procedures and policies as those students who are applying as new students.

·            Students will need to compete for the selected number of spaces in the nursing program.

c.       Re-entry into NURS 1930, NURS 2922, NURS 2924, NURS 2927 or NURS 2928:

·         Students planning to return to the program after a lapse of one semester must send a Re-Entry Form to the Nursing Program before the following deadlines: 

§    Students wanting to reenter in the Fall Semester              May 15

§    Students wanting to reenter in the Spring Semester          August 1

§    Students wanting to reenter in the Summer Semester       December 15

·         Students planning to return to the program for a consecutive semester must send a Re-Entry Form to the Nursing Program immediately after the withdrawal or failure.

 

A Re-Entry Form is located at the back of the Nursing Student Handbook. Re-entry to the Nursing Program is not guaranteed.

Send form to:    Administrative Coordinator                                   

                        Georgia State University

                        School of Nursing                                                                                           

                        Perimeter College      

                        555 N. Indian Creek Drive

Clarkston, GA 30021

·         Any student who has been readmitted after failing or withdrawing from a course must complete an established predetermined number of practice hours in the skills lab and successfully validate on selected skills before being cleared for re-entry.  Student is responsible to provide own supplies for practice.  If this is not completed in accordance with assigned dates and times, the student will be denied re-entry.  If a student wishes, they will need to restart the program.  Re-starting the program will include following the admission requirements and going through the selection process as if they were a new student.  The student must meet current CPR requirements and submit a completed health form at the time of his/her return.  

·         A student who has been out of the nursing program for two or more semesters must validate knowledge of previous nursing courses by successfully completing final exam of last successfully passed course, the skills of NURS 1921 and or NURS 1930 and by successfully completing any other prescribed remedial activities. If this is not completed in accordance with assigned dates and times, the student will be denied re-entry.  If a student wishes, they will need to restart the program.  Re-starting the program will include following the admission requirements and going through the selection process as if they were a new student.  The student must meet current CPR requirements and submit a completed health form at the time of his/her return. 

·         Any student required to complete an exam for readmission validation of course content will be required to review all material from the previous course.  A syllabus will be provided to review.  Additional information for skills and simulation lab may be requested.

·         A student will have only one opportunity to pass all requirements as indicated by the Admission and Progression Committee. 

·         A student who has been out of the program for two years or more is required to reapply.

·         Students who fail or withdraw from a course and use supplies from the nurse pack must repurchase a new nurse pack.

·         Summer semesters and semesters a course is not offered count in the number of semesters a student has not been in the program.

·         Students who re-enter the program for any reason will be governed by the current policies of the Nursing Program.

·         Other re-entry requirements may be designated by Admission and Progression committee.        

·         If a student does not attend the semester in which they were readmitted, they forfeit their reentry decision.

S.      GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students are to apply for graduation at least two semesters before graduation.  Students must apply for graduation online via their PAWS account.    All general education courses must be completed before enrolling in NURS 2928.  For more information refer to registrar.gsu.edu/graduation/.

T.      RN LICENSURE

After a nursing student successfully completes the nursing program, he/she is eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN Exam in Georgia according to the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Board of Nursing.

The Department of Nursing will assist students in the application process.  Students must assume responsibility for completing the forms correctly and completely.

V.                  CLINICAL EXPERIENCES: INFORMATION AND POLICIES

A.        GENERAL INFORMATION

a.       Health Care Responsibilities: As part of the contractual agreement between Georgia State University School of Nursing, Perimeter College and the facilities used for clinical experiences, students must assume financial responsibility for any injury received during their clinical experience. Students are responsible for all expenses related to their own health care while enrolled in the Nursing Program. If a student is exposed to a blood or biohazard exposure while completing GSUPC program activities, institutional policies will be followed on and off campus. Students will be responsible for the costs associated with exposures. Health and Accident insurance for students is available through NSNA (National Student Nursing Association) or through the college's Office of Student Affairs.

b.   Taking Valuables to Clinical: Do not take valuables to clinical.  There are no storage facilities available at clinical agencies. You may wish to carry some money in your pocket for lunch or breaks.  Weapons are not allowed on the properties of clinical agencies.

c.    Transportation to and Parking at Facilities: All transportation to clinical facilities is the responsibility of the student.  Students will park in designated parking areas only.  Some hospitals require that students ride with three or more students per car.  Parking is provided free by some hospitals, others charge for parking. (Specifics will be announced in each course.)

d.   Time Allowed in Clinical Agencies/Hospitals/Facilities: Students are not allowed in the clinical agencies, hospitals or facilities except during assigned hours.

e.    Notifying Family of Clinical Schedule: It is the student’s responsibility to notify family, child's school, etc., of their clinical schedule and agency/hospital information. This information should include telephone number and extension number for the floor to which the student is assigned.  The student must keep this information current.  The Department of Nursing does not give out this information.

Each clinical instructor will have emergency contact information readily available on each student while in clinical facilities.

f.     Hospital Property:  Students will not remove property from the hospital.

g.   Medication Administration Policies: To encourage safe and correct administration of medications, all students with nursing faculty or nursing staff are required to check all medications prior to administration by students.

 

To encourage safe and correct administration of medications and the education of nursing students, the Nursing Program requires that nursing students enrolled in all nursing courses have direct faculty supervision in medication administration.  Direct faculty supervision means the faculty member or nursing staff must be present in the same room with the patient and student and visualize the student administering the medication to the patient and document per hospital policy.

 

It is the responsibility of each student and faculty to ensure that the program and agency guidelines are followed (hospitals may have additional policies and guidelines).

 

h.   Patient Confidentiality:  Patient information should be handled according to The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information of the Health Insurance Portable and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA). Violations of this act may result in failure of the course and/or termination in the nursing program. No records, paper or electronic, are to be photocopied or taken from the legal chart. Students may retrieve the minimal necessary patient information needed to care for the patient; however, NO PATIENT IDENTIFIERS (name, picture, medical record number, room number, social security number, and birth date) may be on the information used to prepare for clinical experiences.

B.           ATTENDANCE

a.    Expectation: Students are required to be in clinical on each assigned day.  Students are required to arrive to clinical (simulation, skills lab, community clinical or clinical agency) on time.  Any student who must be absent or tardy to clinical because of emergency situations or illness must notify the clinical instructor at least one hour prior to the beginning of the assigned clinical. Only the student can notify the clinical instructor.  If a student arrives 10 minutes late for clinicals, he/she may be sent home and the missed day will be counted as a clinical absence.  

If a student misses a clinical day, a written request (downloaded from D2L Brightspace) to makeup the day must be presented to the Course Facilitator within 24 hours. Student must submit evidence to support extenuating circumstances.  The Course Facilitator along with the Director will determine if the clinical makeup, based on the evidence provided, is permitted. If the request to makeup the day is denied, the student will receive a clinical failure for that day. 

 

There will be no makeup days for missing clinical due to the following but not limited to working, babysitting, attending wedding and other special events, transportation issues, etc.  Illness, surgery, childbirth, etc., a doctors clearing the student to return to clinical without any restrictions must be presented to the clinical facilitator for the course prior to returning to nursing classes.  Failure to attend clinical (no call, no show) without notifying the clinical instructor will result in a clinical failure for that day. 

 

Pregnant students enrolled in nursing courses must present a physician’s note clearing them for participation in all class and clinical learning experiences, including skills and simulation lab experiences.

 

b.   Infectious/Contagious Diseases: Students who have a contagious disease, elevated temperature, infectious condition and/or other health condition which jeopardizes the health of patients and co-workers must not attend clinical experiences.  These students must contact the clinical instructor regarding make-up.

 

C.        CLINICAL SKILLS DEFICIENCIES:

If a student does not demonstrate proficiency in a skill, a referral will be made to the skills lab by the faculty member.  The student must take the referral to the skills lab, practice, and return the form to the referring faculty member.  If the student fails to practice the deficient skill(s), cannot achieve proficiency in the skill(s), he or she will not be permitted to continue in the clinical and a clinical failure will occur.

D.           CLINICAL DRESS CODE:

Uniform regulations of individual clinical facilities have been adopted by the faculty and students of Georgia State University Perimeter College Department of Nursing.  Specific rules concerning uniform regulations are as follows:

a.    Identification: Many clinical facilities now require picture IDs to be worn while students are in their facility.  The Georgia State University Perimeter College picture ID is to be used in most facilities.  If additional ID is required by clinical facilities, students will be required to obtain them.  ID badge with a clip must be used to hold the picture ID on the student’s collar.  These should be purchased from the Georgia State University Perimeter College Bookstore prior to clinical

b.   Appropriate dress for most clinical rotations is the Georgia State University Perimeter College uniform.  (See course syllabus for specific information.)

Sweaters must not be worn over uniforms in the clinical area.  A lab coat with push up sleeves and the Georgia State University Perimeter College Nursing Program insignia/emblem on the left upper sleeve may be worn except when giving personal care to patients or at the discretion of the instructor.  If a tee shirt or long sleeved shirt is worn under the uniform, it must be white.

Knee-high and sports socks may be worn with pants uniforms and must reach high enough on the calf to prevent skin from showing when sitting. Stockings or socks must be white, clean and without runs.  All uniforms must be clean, pressed, and in good repair at all times.

Female students who cover their head/hair for religious or ethnic reasons must wear a short, white cover for clinical experiences. 

For pediatric acute care setting, the student nurse may wear colorful scrubs.  Do not wear red, black, denim or camouflage scrubs.

                                    Business casual attire is the dress for psychiatric mental health nursing.

                                    Undergarments should be white or skin tone to avoid transparency.

c.       Types of Shoes Worn with Uniforms: Shoes must be solid white leather-type nursing or sport/walking shoes.  Clogs, canvas tennis shoes, high tops, shoes with brightly colored trim, and open toes are not acceptable.  Shoes and laces must be clean.

 

d.      Cleanliness/Odors: Cigarette odors or other ill-smelling odors on a nurse's breath, body, or uniform are unprofessional and unacceptable.  Students must take measures to avoid such negative presentations. Do not wear cologne, aftershave or perfume.  If offensive odors are noticed, the student may be asked to leave the clinical facility.

 

e.       Hair/Makeup/Nails: Hair must be clean, neat, appropriately styled, worn off the face and collar and also must be a natural human hair color.  Male students are expected to keep beards and mustaches trimmed, neat, and clean. Hair ornaments are not to be worn in the clinical areas.  Make-up should be minimal and in good taste.  Nails must be short.  Fingernail polish and artificial nails are prohibited.

 

f.        Wearing of Jewelry: Bracelets of any kind are not acceptable while in uniform.  Necklaces must be concealed by the uniform.  Only one ring is allowed (i.e. wedding rings). Some facilities may require removal of all rings and/or watches.  If a student has pierced ears, only one set of stud style earrings are permitted to be worn at the hospital (no loop earrings are allowed).  No other body piercing jewelry may be visible. This includes tongue rings, nose rings, lip or brow rings.

 

g.      Chewing of Gum: Chewing of gum during hospital clinical time is not permitted.

 

h.      Most agencies/facilities do not allow eating or drinking on the clinical units/floors.  Eating and drinking should be confined to designated areas.

 

i.         Tattoos/Body art: All visible body art of tattoos must be covered.

 

VI.                CLINICAL PRACTICE LABORATORY INFORMATION AND POLICIES

A.        GENERAL INFORMATION

a.       Purpose of the Clinical Practice Laboratory: The purpose of the Clinical Practice Lab is to provide an opportunity for all students to learn the skills necessary to provide safe competent nursing care within the scope of the student learning experience.  Each student must meet the skills lab requirements for each course.  It is the responsibility of each student to use the Clinical Practice Lab to practice and learn the skills required to give direct care to the patients in the clinical settings. 

b.      Clinical Practice Lab Hours: Hours of operation will be posted at the beginning of each semester and may vary between semesters based on the course requirements.  Students may practice during the posted hours of operation.  Students may not practice during scheduled class, clinical, or simulation times.

c.       Clinical Practice Lab Telephone Numbers:

(678)891-3846 (Lab Coordinator)

(678)891-3865 (H Building Lab)

d.      Clinical Practice Lab Environment: The lab is an area designated for learning; therefore, if the environment becomes too crowded or noisy, students not being checked off may be asked to leave.

e.       Eating and Drinking in the Clinical Practice Lab: There will be no eating and/or drinking in the lab.

f.        Cleaning up Laboratory Areas: Students must clean lab units after completion of practice or check-offs.

g.      Dress Code: During practice and check-offs validation, students must follow all clinical dress code requirements.  This includes regulations regarding identification, uniform, shoes, hair/make-up/nails, jewelry, tattoos, and piercings.

ID Badges must be worn in the lab.

h.      Hand Washing Policy: Students must wash hands using the aseptic technique before starting and upon completion of any and all procedures.

i.         Universal/Standard Precautions: Universal/standard precautions are observed in all nursing skills lab procedures.

j.         Taking Supplies From the Lab Area: No supplies should be taken from the Lab.

 

B.        REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES

a.       Course Requirement: NURS 1921, NURS 1930 and NURS 2928 courses have clinical practice lab skills assigned.  Second year courses require attendance at a Skills Validation Day to be scheduled with consideration given to course calendars.

b.      Preparation for Laboratory Validations: Students are expected to be prepared for each skills validation and Validation Day.  Preparation for each skill includes the following: completion of assigned readings, podcasts, computer-based modules, and practice time.

c.       Nurse Pack Requirements: Students must use the Nurse Pack to satisfactorily complete all required lab check-offs.  A student arriving at the scheduled check-off without a Nurse Pack or required supplies will be assigned a grade of unsatisfactory for that check-off, and this will count as one attempt. Earning a grade of unsatisfactory is recorded as an unsuccessful attempt.

d.      Required Laboratory Supplies: Students are required to purchase a box of examination (clean) gloves and alcohol prep pads to use during skills practice and check-offs. These supplies are not included in the Nurse Pack and will not be supplied by the clinical practice lab.

e.       Assigned Learning Activities: It is the student’s responsibility to view/complete assigned learning activities for each skill.  Learning activities may include videos, podcasts, online computer modules, and online quizzes.

f.        Validation Times:   Skill check off days will be scheduled with consideration given to clinical group assignments.  Times for check off will be available in D2L Brightspace.

g.      Validation Day:  Students unsuccessful or needing improvement in a skill will be required to attend the Validation Day skills review scheduled for that skill.  Validation Day skills review will also be a requirement in the second year as identified in the syllabus.

h.      Clinical Referrals for Lab Remediation:  Students referred to the clinical practice lab due to a documented clinical deficiency will be required to remediate with a faculty member.

 

C.          EVALUATION/GRADING OF CLINICAL PRACTICE LABORATORY VALIDATIONS

Please refer to the Clinical Practice Manual for specifics related to each course.    

 

VII.              NURSING SIMULATION LAB
A.        GENERAL INFORMATION

a.       Location:  Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road Building D Room 1160, Dunwoody, GA 30338-4497.

b.      Telephone Numbers:

·     Clinical Simulation Lab Main Number:  (770) 274-5525

·     Director Simulation Lab: (770) 274-5526

 

B.        HOURS AND ATTENDANCE

Clinical Simulation is a required clinical experience.  Students are required to attend all clinical experiences as scheduled.  Due to the large number of students rotating through the simulation lab there are limited slots for repeating simulations at the end of the semester.  Students are required to arrive to clinical (simulation, skills lab, community clinical or clinical agency) at the assigned time.  Any student who must be absent or tardy to clinical because of emergency situations or illness must notify the clinical instructor one hour prior to the beginning of the assigned clinical.  This call should be made by the student unless the student is incapacitated or unable to make the call.  If a student arrives 10 minutes late for clinicals, he/she may be sent home and the missed day will be counted as a clinical absence.  

If a student misses a clinical day, a written request (downloaded from D2L Brightspace) to makeup the day must be presented to the Director within 24 hours, who will determine if the request will be granted based on the presence of extenuating circumstances.  The Director along with the course facilitator and clinical facilitator will determine the clinical makeup required. If the request to makeup the day is denied, the student will receive a clinical failure.  There will be no makeup days for missing clinical due to the following but not limited to working, babysitting, attending wedding and other special events, transportation issues, etc.  A doctor’ s note clearing the student to return to clinical without any restrictions after illness, surgery, childbirth, etc. must be presented to the clinical facilitator for the course prior to returning to nursing classes.  Failure to attend clinical (no call, no show) without notifying the clinical instructor will result in a clinical failure. 

 

The traffic around the Dunwoody Campus is extremely congested; therefore, students should plan travel time accordingly.   

Lunch is typically scheduled between 12:00 and 12:45, away from the simulation lab.  Students will not have time to pick up lunch due to the traffic congestions around the Dunwoody Campus.  It is best that students bring their own lunch or purchase food items from the vending machines in the C/D buildings’ atrium area or in the upper level of the B building (location of the campus cafι, the campus bookstore, as well as a drink and snack vending machines).  Lunch can be eaten either in the atrium between the C/D building or in the seating area in the upper level of the B building.  Under no circumstances will food or drinks be allowed in the simulation computer room (ND1140) or the simulation area (ND1200).

 

C.        CLINICAL SIMULATION PREPARATION

   Preparation for simulation is a requirement.  Preparation consists of submitting a complete form all pre-assigned simulation preparation work, medication forms assigned to each course at the beginning of the day, and being prepared to fully participate in all simulation activities.   A student who is unprepared to participate in simulation activities and/or does not submit the completed assignments will be required to repeat the simulation for reasons stated in the paragraph above.  In keeping with sound education practice, preparation prior to attending the simulation provides the student with an opportunity to become more proficient in critical thinking and performance of specific nursing skills. 

 

D.        CLINICAL SIMULATION DRESS CODE

Those requirements can be found in this student handbook under V Clinical Experience: Information and Policies.

Taking into consideration the various allergic properties of vinyl or latex gloves the Simulation Lab is unable to provide multiple types of gloves. Students are required to bring their own “clean” gloves for simulation activities.

 
VIII.            STUDENT CODE OF PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR

A.           STUDENT CONDUCT CODE

a.       Georgia State University Perimeter College:  The policies of Georgia State University Perimeter College regarding student conduct, regulations and responsibilities are listed in Appendix B of this Nursing Student Handbook and are published in the Georgia State University Perimeter College Student Handbook.  It is expected that by filing an application for admission the applicant intends to abide by the standards and regulations of Georgia State University Perimeter College.  Students forfeit their right to remain enrolled if they fail to comply with such standards and regulations. Unfamiliarity with policies does not excuse students from carrying out their responsibilities as members of the college community.

 

b.      The Nursing Program: The Nursing Program expects the student to follow the conduct, regulations, and responsibilities as stated in the Georgia State University Perimeter College Nursing Program Student Handbook while on campus, in uniform, and in the hospitals/agencies/facilities used by the students for classroom and clinical learning experiences.

The Nursing Program policy regarding alcohol and other drug use goes beyond the College's policy.  Any student who is suspected - by appearance, actions, drug screening and/or odors - of using drugs and/or alcohol prior to and/or during classroom or clinical learning experiences may be asked, by the faculty, member to leave the classroom or clinical setting.  In addition, the clinical facility may require additional random screening.

A later conference will be scheduled with the student to discuss and hopefully resolve the problem.  It is not the intention of the faculty to fail the student, but to refer the student, if needed, to the proper resources for help.  If, however, the problem is not resolved so that course objectives and requirements can be met, the student will be withdrawn from the nursing program.  (Refer to Appendix D.)

B.           PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY

HIPAA and confidential patient information must be handled cautiously.  Students are not to access confidential information for which they have no legitimate need to know.  Students will not in any way divulge, copy, or destroy any confidential information except as properly authorized within the scope of the student role.  Students will not misuse or carelessly handle confidential information.  No unauthorized identification of patients may be made for example; name, picture, medical record number id, room number, birthdate or social security number. Students should not use any form of social media to communicate any information concerning patients, clinical facilities, or any clinical partner. Any violation of this Conduct Policy can result in failure of a course or dismissal from the program.

         Students are not allowed to take pictures on the clinical facilities’ property without the written consent from hospital authority.

C.      ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Georgia State University Perimeter College Student Handbook addresses dishonesty, cheating and plagiarism.  In the Nursing Program, "academic dishonesty" will not be tolerated. 

Any student caught cheating on an exam or assignment will receive a failing grade on the assignment or exam and may fail the course.  Student may be sent to College Court for further sanctions. 

Any student suspected of academic dishonesty, will be referred to the Campus Dean of Student Affairs for a hearing before the College Court.  Some examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to:

·      Signing the class roll for another student.

·      Copying another student's written work such as the nursing process/care plan paper, community visit reports, teaching papers, written assignments and/or exams.

·      Removing another student's paper from the in/out boxes on the faculty office doors.

·      Possession of electronic devices (tape recorders, cameras, cellphones, iPod, iPads etc.,) or writing during post exam reviews.

·      Falsifying documents.  

·      Cheating on exams in the classroom or computer lab.

·      Unauthorized access of electronic materials (including but not limited to coursework, textbook, and testing companies).

·      Multiple submissions.  It is a violation of academic honesty to submit substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once.

Any student found guilty of academic dishonesty may receive a failing grade for a particular assignment or for the course itself determined by the faculty member in consultation with the Program Director.  Disciplinary penalties can include suspension or dismissal from the program.

D.         INCIVILITY

            In addition to the college’s policy on incivility, the nursing department has adopted the ANA’s position on incivility which is uploaded in D2L Brightspace.  Any violations will be deemed seriously and may result in dismissal from the program.

 

E.                  CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR

a.       EATING AND DRINKING DURING CLASS TIME:  NO FOOD OR DRINKS, with the exception of water, will be allowed during class times.  Any student bringing food or drinks will be asked to dispose of the food or drinks and/or leave the area.  Food or drinks for sanctioned activities may be allowed in classrooms at the discretion of the faculty.  All trash must be disposed of properly.  Absolutely NO FOOD OR DRINKS of any kind are allowed in Cole Auditorium and Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center (JCRLC) Auditorium.

b.      CLASS BREAKS: Students are expected to take breaks during instructor’s designated times.  Students disrupting class by entering and exiting during non-designated times violate the program’s student conduct code and will be asked to leave the classroom.

Nursing class breaks do not always occur when the college's classes end and begin. Students should refrain from standing and talking in the halls, especially near other classrooms.

c.       TALKING: Classes in the Nursing Program can be large and unnecessary noise interferes with concentration on class material.  Students who disrupt class by talking may be asked to leave the classroom.

F.                  SMOKING ON CAMPUS AND IN CLINICAL AGENCIES

Georgia State University Perimeter College campuses are SMOKE FREE FACILITIES and smoking is prohibited in all buildings.  This includes any electronic smoking devices.  Most clinical facilities are SMOKE FREE FACILITIES and do not allow smoking in the buildings and within 20 feet of all main entrances.  Clinical facilities may deny the use of their agency due to the fact of second hand smoke on their clients.

IX.                STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES

A.           GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY PERIMETER COLLEGE SUPPORT SERVICES

There are many support services available to Georgia State University Perimeter College students. These are listed in the Georgia State University Perimeter College Catalog and the Georgia State University Perimeter College Student Handbook.  Some of these services are listed below.

a.       Financial Aid: Financial aid is available for nursing students, if eligible.  See the Georgia State University Perimeter College Catalog for detailed information.  For applications, see Financial Aid.  Information concerning additional loans and scholarships will be sent through D2L Brightspace.

b.      The Learning Resource Center: Learning Resource Center located on each campus.  The Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center (JCLRC) on the Clarkston campus provides the following services:

                                                            iii.      The Library has a collection of nursing books as well as books on related subjects, such as pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, and nutrition.   The library also subscribes to nursing periodicals.

                                                            iv.      The Non-print Viewing Lab serves as a source for viewing audio-visual materials.  Some courses assign videos to view for class content purposes.

                                                             v.      The Open Computer Labs are located on the second floor of the JCLRC and the C building.  All campuses have open computer labs, but most nursing materials you need may not be on these computers.

                                                            vi.      The Instructional Support Services (ISS) provides help with Reading, Writing, and Math Skills.

c.       University Advisement Center: The center helps with the student's orientation to the college and academic success. Centers are located on Alpharetta, Clarkston, Dunwoody, Newton and Decatur Campuses.

d.      Nursing Computer Labs are located in CH 1220, CI 1300, and CI 1600 and are for the exclusive use of nursing students.  These computer labs may be temporarily closed during testing.

e.       Nursing Student Success Resource Center: This center provides an array of life management skills, such as time management, note taking and organizational skills to nursing students. In addition, this center guides students’ learning of key health related and nursing concepts, through coordination of tutorial assistance and communication with nursing faculty. 

·   The Nursing Student Success Resource Center is located on the Clarkston Campus in CH-1140, 678-891-3869.  There are many educational resources available in the center to strengthen student learning.  The staff is there to provide guidance, support and tutoring to both pre-nursing and nursing students.  Students may use the resources available in the center. Hours of operation vary slightly from semester to semester and are posted on the door or the center website: http://www.gpc.edu/~gpcnurs/tutorpre.html .

·    Students can be referred to the center by nursing faculty or may seek assistance on their own.  Depending on assessed needs, students may receive assistance in such areas as college survival skills: test-taking strategies, time management, stress reduction and individual as well as group study skills.  Review sessions in specific content areas will also be provided as needed.  There are opportunities for both individual and/or small group tutoring sessions with nursing or science tutors. 

f.        Nursing Program Counselor/ Counseling Locations:  Personal counseling is available to nursing students who are experiencing stress and personal problems. The Nursing Program counselor’s office is located on the Clarkston Campus in CH-3116.  The contact number for the Nursing Program Counselor is 678-891-3876. 

g.      Disability Services: This center is located on Clarkston Campus and coordinates and provides support to students identified as disabled.  Specialized equipment is available to the student who is disabled.  Any student who is disabled should self-identify by meeting with a counselor in the center to prepare an individualized assistance plan.

B.           STUDENT ACTIVITIES

a.    Georgia State University Perimeter College: Nursing students are encouraged to participate in all campus activities and clubs and to become an active participant in campus life. 

b.   Nursing Clubs and Organizations:

·   Student Nurses Association at Perimeter College (SNAPC). This is an organization for nursing students which helps to promote professional and social unity among the nursing students of Georgia, keep nursing students aware of current issues and trends in nursing and health care, and promote understanding of professional responsibilities. GANS is a statewide organization.  Yearly membership dues are paid through the SNAPC Club.  Officers and faculty advisors are elected each year.

·   Georgia State University Perimeter College Nursing Students Christian Fellowship: The purpose of this organization is to merge the professional needs and the spiritual needs of nursing students through Christian fellowship.  Membership is open to all students and faculty. The club has an elected president and a faculty advisor.

·   Georgia State University Perimeter College Men in Nursing: This organization is an official Georgia chapter of the National American Assembly for Men in Nursing.  The national goal is to have 20% of RNs be male by 2020.  Meetings are opened to all nursing and science students and are on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the Nursing Auditorium CH 1100.

c.       Student representation on nursing department committees: Some nursing department committees have positions for student representation.  Students for these positions will be solicited and approved by faculty.

d.      Nursing Program Guidelines for students running for or holding a club office or committee position:

·         Grade Requirements: Any student running for or holding an office must meet the following criteria:

1.       GPA of Courses Required for the Nursing Program: A 2.75 GPA in nursing and general education courses that apply toward graduation from the nursing program.

2.    Nursing Course(s) Average Required: A nursing course grade of 80% or above in the semester prior to the election. This student must maintain a course grade of 80% at the end of each semester after being elected to an office.

·         Resignation Requirements: Any student whose nursing course grade falls below 80% at the end of any semester during his/her term in office will be placed on probation until the end of the next semester.  If the course grade remains below 80%, the student must resign from office.  Any student who fails academically and/or clinically must resign from office immediately.

·         Enrollment Requirements: A student must be actively enrolled in a nursing course to seek an elected office.

·         Limit of Number of Offices Held: A student may hold only one elected office at a time while in the nursing program.

·         Procedure for Filling Vacated Office and/or Representative Positions: When a student is required to resign from an elected office or committee position, the position will be filled by a special election, appointed by the faculty advisor, or as indicated in the by-laws of the organization.

 

 

APPENDIX A

Georgia State University Perimeter College

Department of Nursing

HIPAA Policy

 

See this website for additional information on HIPAA:  http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/index.html

 

Background: Congress recognized that health care providers who conduct certain health transactions electronically could erode the privacy of health information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) set national standards that set limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures of personal health information made without patient authorization.

The HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) creates national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and health information. As a student, you will have access to privileged and confidential information. As a learning experience, students share verbal and written reports. Students must assure that all use of the patient’s name or other identifiers is avoided. Only the minimum necessary amount of information should be disclosed.

 

Students will abide by the established HIPAA policies and procedures in their clinical facilities.  Confidential patient information must be handled cautiously.  Students are not to access confidential information for which they have no legitimate need to know.  The following guidelines are to be observed at all times.

 

(1). Students will not in any way divulge, copy, or destroy any confidential information except as properly authorized within the scope of the student role.  Students will not misuse or carelessly handle confidential information.

 

(2). ANY PHOTOS TAKEN OF ANY PATIENT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE WILL RESULT IN  immediate dismissal from the nursing program and the student will not be permitted to apply for readmission for a period of five years. 

 

(3). No unauthorized identification of patients may be made by name, picture, id number or social security number. 

 

(4). All documents with patient identification information must be shredded and will not be removed from the facility.

 

(5). Students will log out or minimize computer screens after use when patient information is visible.

 

(6). Students will not post any patient information or hospital identification on any social media including but not limited to (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube etc.)

 

Any breach [an impermissible use or disclosure under the Privacy Rule that compromises the security or privacy of protected health information] of this conduct policy will result in immediate dismissal from the nursing program and the student will not be permitted to apply for readmission for a period of five years.  The student’s signature below, is in effect from the date signed until the student graduates from the nursing program.  If the student fails a course and is readmitted, this form must be signed upon reentry.

 

 

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Signature of Student                                                                                                             Date

 

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Student Name (please print)                                                                                                 Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B

Georgia State University Perimeter College

General Conduct Policies and Procedures

 

It is a basic and fundamental responsibility of a college to maintain order through reasonable policies and procedures.  The filing of an application for admission shall be regarded as evidence of the applicant’s intention to abide by the standards and regulations of Georgia State University Perimeter College.  Students forfeit their right to remain enrolled if they fail to comply with such standards and regulations.

 

The following is a statement of the regulations and responsibilities of students, both as individuals and as groups, at Georgia State University Perimeter College.  Additional rules or regulations may be initiated under established procedures during the year.

 

1.                Firearms, explosives, fireworks, or weapons of any kind are not to be brought onto the college premises or to college-sponsored events except as authorized by the proper officials of the College.

2.                The manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, controlled substances, or dangerous drugs on the campus and at institutionally-approved events off campus is prohibited.

3.                No person shall physically abuse, threaten, or intimidate any member of the faculty, staff, student body, or any official visitor to the College.

4.                The taking, damaging, or malicious destruction of property belonging to the college, to the visitors to the college, or to any member of the college community is prohibited.

5.                No persons shall assemble on campus for the purpose of creating a riot or disruptive or disorderly diversion which interferes with the normal educational processes and operations of the College.  This policy shall not be construed as the denial of any student’s right to peaceful assembly.

6.                Gambling on the campus premises is prohibited.

7.                No person shall interfere with, fail to cooperate with, or fail to identify himself or herself to any properly identified administrator or staff person while that person is in the performance of his or her duties.

8.                Unauthorized entry into, use, or occupation of college facilities which are locked, closed to student activities, or otherwise restricted as to use, or which have not been reserved for use through the proper college authorities, is prohibited.

9.                Falsification, alteration, fabrication, or misuse of college forms, documents, records, or identification cards is prohibited.  This policy includes any documents submitted in support of official college purposes. 

10.            The operation on campus of student organizations not properly registered with and recognized by the Student Life Office is prohibited.

11.             The dissemination on campus of publications which do not bear the name of the originator or which are not done in accordance with college rules and regulations is prohibited.

12.             Students shall not attempt to defraud, deceive, or mislead an instructor in arriving at an honest grade assessment.

13.            Hazing is not permitted.  Hazing violations include, but are not limited to, abusive initiation requirements for entrance into a club or organization.

14.            Unauthorized use of college property or services is prohibited. 

15.            Behavior that is disruptive or that interferes with the campus learning process in the classroom or on campus is not permitted. Students accused of Student Conduct Code violations can be assured adequate due process through administrative procedures and the College Court.  Violations can be adjudicated through an informal hearing with the Campus Dean of Student Services and/or through a formal hearing through the College Court.

16.            Conduct which is obscene or indecent

17.            Threatening physical abuse, intimidation coercion, retaliation, and/or conduct which threatens the health or safety of others.

18.            Physical abuse, intimidation, coercion, and/or other conduct which endangers the health or safety of others.

19.            Possession of property the student knows or has reason to believe may be stolen or misappropriated.

20.            Public intoxication or use, possession, consumption, distribution or sale of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by the University’s Alcoholic Policy (see Alcoholic Policy).

21.            Providing any false statement or misleading information, including by omission, to or about the University.

22.            Engaging in any Sexual Misconduct, including but not limited to, sexual assault and sexual harassment (see the Sexual Misconduct Policy).

23.            Commission of any offense prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

24.            Knowingly filing a complaint comprised in whole or part of false accusations.

25.            Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed for an earlier violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

 

 

More information concerning the General Conduct Policies and Procedures can be found in the Georgia State University Student Code of Conduct and Administrative Policies (July 2016) page 8.

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX C

Georgia State University Perimeter College

Disruptive Policy

 

Disruptive student conduct is student behavior in a classroom or other learning environment (to include both on and off campus locations), which disrupts the educational process.  Disruptive class behavior for this purpose is defined by the instructor.  Such behavior includes, but is not limited to:

 

1.             Verbal or physical threats

2.             Repeated obscenities

3.             Unreasonable interference with class discussion

4.             Making or receiving personal phone calls, text messages or pages during class

5.             Excessive tardiness

6.             Leaving and entering class frequently without notification to the instructor of illness or other extenuating circumstances.

7.             Persisting in disruptive personal conversations with other class members

For the purpose of this policy, it may also be considered disruptive behavior for a student to exhibit threatening, intimidating, or other inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates outside of class.  If the instructor believes that the disruptive behavior poses a threat to the safety of the instructor or students; immediately contact Public Safety at 678-891-5511.

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX D

Georgia State University Perimeter College

Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

 

Policy

In compliance with Federal and State Laws and as a recipient of Federal funds, Georgia State University Perimeter College is committed to establishing and maintaining a drug-free workplace.

 

Alcoholic beverages may not be sold, used, distributed or possessed by employees or students of Georgia State University Perimeter College in violation of state or local law or inconsistently with University System Policy or the Campus Alcohol Policy.

 

Penalties

Penalties, which may be imposed by Georgia State University Perimeter College for violations of these policies, include:

 

·   Requirement of drug abuse treatment and education programs

(not to be paid for by Georgia State University Perimeter College)

·   Suspension

·   Terminatio

 

APPENDIX E

Georgia State University Perimeter College

NURSING PROGRAM

RE-ENTRY FORM

 

Student Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________Date:__________________________________________

 

College ID #_______________________________________________________Telephone:_________________________________________________

 

Address______________________________________________________________________________

 

Student GSUPC Email Address: __________________________________________________________________

 

 

Course Number_____________ Returning Semester________________ Returning Year______________

 

Personal Action Plan (Must be completed) (Attach documentation if needed) _______________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I understand that due to a previous withdrawal from and/or failure in the Nursing Program, I must meet the requirements and pass all of my remaining nursing courses.  I further understand that if for any reason I am unable to complete or pass any of my nursing courses, I will not be eligible for readmission to the Nursing Program at any future time.

 

 

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Student Signature                                                                      Date