BSN Handbook

BSN Handbook
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
Student Handbook
Spring 2015
Table of Contents
Introduction ......................................................................................................................... 5
Mission and Philosophy Statement ..................................................................................... 6
Conceptual Model ............................................................................................................... 8
Assessment Goals of the University, Nursing Department, and BSN Programs................ 9
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing..……………………………………11
Bachelor Degree Curriculum Sequence……………… ...................................................... 12
Handbook Summary ........................................................................................................... 13
Admission Policy ................................................................................................................ 14
Retention and Progression Policy………………………………………………………….15
Readmission Policy............................................................................................................. 17
Check-off Policy for Returning Students ............................................................................ 18
Transfer Student with Nursing Credit Policy...................................................................... 19
Calculation of Nursing Curriculum Support Courses GPA ................................................ 20
Organization of Learning Experiences ............................................................................... 21
Course Grading Policy ........................................................................................................ 22
Classroom Responsibilities ................................................................................................. 23
Requirements for Assignments……………………………………………………………23
Academic Integrity Policy .................................................................................................. 24
Appeal Policy……………………………………………………………………………...25
Clinical Responsibilities ..................................................................................................... 26
Criminal Background Check & Drug Screening ................................................................ 28
Arkansas State Board of Nursing – Nurse Practice Act……………………………….….31
Student Clinical Evaluation ................................................................................................ 33
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TABLE OF CONTENTS cont’d:
Attendance Policy…………………………………………………………………………….35
Dress Code Policy…………………………………………………………………………….36
Other Departmental Policies.....................................................................................................38
Inclement Weather
CPR Certification
Hepatitis B Vaccination
Influenza Vaccination
TB Skin Test
Health Insurance
Equipment
Food and Smoking
Computer Lab
Body Substance Exposure Protocol
Social Media Policy……………………………………………………………………….....41
Technology Use Policy……………………………………………………………………….44
Math Policy...............................................................................................................................45
Policy on Inappropriate or Unacceptable Student Conduct……………….…………....……46
Substance Abuse Policy…………………………………………………………………..…...47
Nursing Fees and Expenses……………………………………………………………….…..48
Student Access to Resources.....................................................................................................49
General Student Support Services Web Links………………………………………………..50
Class Officer Positions and Descriptions of Duties…………………………………………..51
Student Nurse Excellence Award Descriptions……………………………………………….55
Student Nurses Association……………………………………………………………………56
SNA STAR Award……………………………………………………………………………57
Nursing Alumni Chapter………………………………………………………………………59
APPENDIX:
Validation for Student Handbook Form………………………………………………….…....61
Verification Understanding Nurse Practice Act…………………………………………….…62
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TABLE OF CONTENTS cont’d:
Release of Information Form……………………………………………………………....…63
Blackboard Use Statement Form………………………………………………………….…..64
Student Confidentiality Agreement Form…………………………………………….…….…65
Drug and Alcohol Testing Consent Form..................................................................................66
Behaviors Warranting Drug or Alcohol Screening…………….………….…………………..67
Mental and Physical Abilities Statement Form……………..…………………………………68
Health Insurance Policy……………………….……………………………….………………69
Hepatitis B Vaccination Declination Form…………………………………………………….70
Influenza Vaccination Declination Form………………………………………………………71
Update of Health Status……………………………………………………………………......72
Student Accident Form…………………………………………………………….…………..73
Report of Incident Form – Plagiarism and Cheating…………………………………………..74
Notification of Unsatisfactory Lab/Classroom Grade Form……………………………….......75
Notification of Inappropriate or Unacceptable Student Conduct………………………………76
List of Unacceptable and/or Inappropriate Behaviors………………………………………….77
HIPPA………………………………………………………………………………………….78
ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses………………………………………………………………..81
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INTRODUCTION
Welcome to Southern Arkansas University’s Nursing Program. We, the faculty, feel you
have selected the most challenging, rewarding, and versatile career available today.
We believe that a Nurse is one who possesses considerable knowledge of the basic
physical, biological, behavioral, and medical sciences, plus the ability and skill to apply this
knowledge in caring for patients with common nursing problems. This requires decision-making
ability and sound judgment.
We dedicate our time and effort to offer you those experiences that will assist you in
reaching this goal. SAU’s academic nursing programs are rigorous, yet accessible to those
willing to commit themselves to it. The learning experiences will be available; it is your
responsibility to take advantage of them.
SAU provides equal educational opportunities for all, and this policy is fully
implemented in all programs according to University guidelines.
Revised:May2011
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Mission Statement
The Department of Nursing at Southern Arkansas University supports the mission statement,
goals, and objectives of the University. The Department of Nursing is committed to
demonstrating our core values by providing students with opportunities for intellectual growth
through cultivating compassion, communication, and skill development for career preparation in
a global environment. We strive to meet regional health care needs by preparing graduates who
demonstrate basic competency as health care providers.
Core Values: Quality, Professionalism, Innovation, Caring
Philosophy of the Department of Nursing
The Department of Nursing clearly differentiates two types of nursing programs. They are:

Associate degree nursing education prepares the graduate to function as an entry level
registered nurse providing direct evidence-based care to persons as individuals and members
of family/groups in a structured and unstructured health care setting.

Baccalaureate nursing education prepares the graduate for entry into professional practice as
a generalist who provides evidence-based care for persons as individuals, members of
family/groups, and as communities in both structured and unstructured health care settings.
The complexity of decision-making and accountability increases in proportion to the
complexity of the client, the health care setting, and the preparation of the practitioner.
The different levels of nursing education imply education increases in complexity to
correspond with the expected competencies of each graduate.
PERSON
Each person is a physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual being, and is
therefore, unique and irreplaceable. The person is continually interacting and affected by the
internal and external environment. Each person is dynamic and distinct, because they have
unique and common basic human needs across the life span. The person within the context of
individual, family/group, or community is the recipient of nursing care.
ENVIRONMENT
The environment consists of internal and external elements, which are in constant interaction
with the person. The internal environment is composed of physiological, psychological,
sociocultural, and spiritual factors, which influence the person from within. The external
environment includes the physical and social elements that are external to and interactive with
the person. The internal and external environments interact to produce needs unique to each
person. The process the person chooses to meet those needs changes the health of the person.
HEALTH
Health is a dynamic state influenced by personal choices occurring in and across all
environments. The health of the person is dependent upon resources available within the internal
and external environment. Through collaborative efforts, health is promoted, maintained, and/or
restored until the end of life.
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NURSING
Nursing is a scientific discipline that provides holistic care for culturally diverse persons across
the life span. Nursing acknowledges the dignity, worth and the right of all persons to have their
health care needs provided in and across all environments through the use of nursing/research
process. The practice of nursing is based on knowledge, which incorporates critical thinking,
communication, therapeutic nursing interventions, professionalism, roles, and service.
NURSING EDUCATION
Nursing education requires a foundation in liberal education, which provides an effective base
of knowledge and cognitive skills upon which to build professional and personal growth.
Nursing education within the university setting offers the opportunity to interact with students
from diverse educational disciplines, which provides the individual an experience to build a
broader foundation, thus shaping their practice of nursing.
Nursing education is a life-long process that assists individuals in developing the potential to
function productively within an ever changing health care system. The use of technological
resources and innovative creative teaching strategies provides optimal learning experiences.
Learning occurs when the student perceives it as relevant and the information received has
concurrent application.
Faculty facilitate, create, and guide learning opportunities, thus enabling individuals to seek and
develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare them for practice within the nursing
profession.
Adopted: March 2009, Revised August 2013
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ASSESSMENT GOALS OF SAU, NURSING DEPARTMENT
A.D.N. PROGRAM AND B.S.N. PROGRAMS
SAU Goals
(North Central
Association)
Department of Nursing
Goals
1.
Communication:
Graduates will
communicate
effectively.
Involve patients and
families in the decisionmaking processes
Access and use
communications and
technology effectively and
appropriately.
Provide evidence-based,
clinically competent,
contemporary care.
2. Critical
Thinking:
Graduates possess
the knowledge and
skills to be
successful.
3. Technology:
Graduates use
technology
effectively.
4. Integrative
Learning
Graduates utilize
appropriate
quantitative skills in
making decisions.
5. Global
awareness:
Graduates
understand their
own and other
societies and
cultures.
Associate Degree
Program Outcomes
(Terminal Outcomes)
Demonstrate appropriate
communication
techniques with
colleagues, other
members of the health
care team, individuals,
and families.
Demonstrate the ability to
critically think using the
nursing process in the
delivery of health care to
individuals and family
across the life span.
Access and use
communications and
technology effectively and
appropriately.
Manage information.
Care for community’s
health.
Expand access of effective
care.
Develop outcome
measures to assure
comprehensive, safe, and
professional nursing care.
Demonstrate the use of
appropriate technology in
a variety of health care
settings.
Improve the healthcare
system operations and
accountability.
Understand the role of the
physical environment.
Participate in a racially and
culturally diverse society.
Provide culturally
competent care to diverse
individuals and families
across the life span.
Use appropriate
quantitative skills in
meeting the physiological,
psychological, spiritual,
and sociocultural needs
of individuals and families
across the life span.
Baccalaureate Degree
Program Outcomes
(Terminal Outcomes)
Communicate and
collaborate effectively with
colleagues, individuals,
families/groups, and
communities to provide cost
effective, quality nursing
care.
Engage in critical thinking,
independent judgment, and
decision making while using
the nursing/research
process to design and
evaluate the effectiveness of
culturally competent care to
individuals, families/groups,
and communities across the
life span.
Integrate technology to
critique and apply research
findings to improve nursing
care in a variety of health
care settings.
Apply appropriate
knowledge and skills
synthesized from the
humanities, social, physical,
and behavioral sciences in
meeting the physiological,
psychological, spiritual, and
sociocultural needs of
individuals, families/groups,
and communities across the
life span.
Utilize professional values,
standards, statutes, and
regulations governing the
practice of nursing to
enhance the delivery of
health care to individuals,
families/groups, and
communities.
Facilitate a culturally
competent environment for
the delivery of nursing care
to individuals,
families/groups, and
communities.
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6. Meaningful
Career
Preparation:
Graduates possess
the knowledge and
skills to be
successful.
Understand the role and
emphasize primary care.
Practice prevention and
wellness care.
Continue to learn and help
others to learn.
Act consistently to
continue life-long learning
to advance one’s own
nursing practice.
Exhibit accountability,
responsibility, and values for
own nursing practice and
lifelong learning.
7. Competencies
of Effective
Citizenship:
Graduates are
prepared to be
contributing
members of their
communities.
Promote healthy lifestyles.
Accommodate expanded
accountability.
Promote healthy lifestyles by assisting
individuals and families to
maintain and promote
healthy behaviors across
the life span.
Using leadership and
management skills and
knowledge of health policy
and health services, improve
interventions used to
promote and maintain
healthy life-styles of
individuals, families/groups,
and communities across the
life span.
Revised: May 2010
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Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
The Arkansas State Board of Nursing approves the Department of Nursing at Southern Arkansas
University. The Department of Nursing offers both Associate of Science (A.D.N.) and Bachelor
of Science (BSN) degrees in nursing. The Associate of Science in Nursing program is accredited
by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Bachelor of Science in
Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The
LPN-RN curriculum is a tract in the A.D.N. Program.
All interested parties (students, graduates, and other parties associated with the program) may
contact the ACEN to express any statement or concern at the following: Accreditation
Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia,
30326, telephone: 1-404-975-5000.
Curriculum
A.D.N. Curriculum is accredited until 2017.
LPN-RN Curriculum is a track in the A.D.N. program.
RN-BSN Completion Curriculum is accredited until 2019.
BSN Curriculum is accredited until 2019.
Revised: May 2010, December 2011; August 2013
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Curriculum Sequence for BSN Program
The purpose of the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Program is to provide both a general education in the
liberal arts and sciences and nursing. The B.S.N. program consists of eight academic semesters and
includes 35 hours of general education courses, 23 hours of other courses, and 60 hours credit in nursing
courses. Clinical laboratory experiences are based in selected community hospitals and allied health
agencies.
Fall Semester 1
GSTD 1002 Freshman Seminar
ENGL 1113 Composition I
Math 1023 College Algebra
HIST 2013 or 2023 U.S. History I or II
SPCH 1113 Speech
SOC 1003 Gen. Anthro OR
ECON 2103 Microeco. Princ. OR
GEOG 2003 Intro to Geography OR
PSCI 2003 Am. Gov. OR
SOC 2003 Intro. Soc.
Total Semester Hours
Fall Semester 3
ENGL 2213 Lit I or
ENGL 2223 Literature II
CHEM 1011/1013 College Chemistry
BIOL 2061/2063 Anatomy & Physiology
I
PSYC 2003 General Psychology
ART 2013 Art Appreciation or HUM
2003 Film Appreciation or
MUS 2013 Music Appreciation
Total Semester Hours
Fall Semester 5
NURS 3093 Techniques of Health
Assessment
NURS 3203 Pharmacology
NURS 3206 Nursing Care I –
Foundations
NURS 3083 Foundations of Mental
Health Nursing
Total Semester Hours
Fall Semester 7
NURS 4093 Contemporary Issues and
Ethics in Nursing
NURS 4207 Nursing Care III –
Childbearing/Pediatrics
NURS 4105 Foundations of Community
Health Nursing
Total Semester Hours
Degree hours: 120 hours
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3
3
3
3
Spring Semester 2
ENGL 1123 Composition II
HIST 1003 or 1013 World History I or II
PHIL 2403 Philosophy
Foreign Language
HS 1403 Health Science OR
PHED 1501 plus one semester hr
From PHED 1001-1491
3
3
3
3
2-3
3
17
Total Semester Hours
3
Spring Semester 4
BIOL 2003 Nutrition & Diet
4
14-15
3
4
4
BIOL 2071/2073 Anatomy & Physiology
II
SOC 3183 Statistics
3
3
BIOL 3022/3032 Microbiology
PSYC 3223 Developmental Psychology
4
3
17
Total Semester Hours
17
3
3
6
Spring Semester 6
NURS 3403 Nursing Research for
Evidence Based Practice
NURS 3303 Pathophysiology for Nurses
NURS 3103 Gerontological Nursing
3
3
3
3
15
NURS 3306 Nursing Care II – Acute
Care
Total Semester Hours
15
3
Spring Semester 8
NURS 4302 Nursing Informatics
2
3
7
5
15
NURS 4205 Leadership & Management
in Nursing Practice
NURS 4306 Nursing Care IV – Complex
Care
NURS 4012 Synthesis of Nursing
Concepts
Total Semester Hours
Revised: May 2010, February 2011, May 2011, May 2012, September 2012, December 2012; December 2013
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5
6
2
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SUMMARY
Every effort has been made to ensure that the Nursing Student Handbook covers all of the
policies that govern the nursing curriculum. It is your responsibility to know and abide by
each of these policies located on the following pages. Those items not specifically covered in
the student handbook will be addressed on an individual basis by the nursing faculty. Course
specific policies are located in EACH course syllabus. You will be informed in writing (i.e.,
email or Blackboard postings) of any changes or revisions to the student handbook or course
policy when they occur. Students are held accountable to the current policies of the student
handbook. Nursing students are encouraged to make helpful, positive suggestions to be included
in the handbook for themselves and future students.
Any variation from the policies in this handbook must be in writing and signed by faculty
making the agreement, the course coordinator and department chair.
______________________________
Name (Print)
_____________
Date
______________________________
Signature
Revised: May 2010, August 2013, September 2013
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
ACADEMIC POLICIES
The academic policies provided in the Department of Nursing Handbook relate primarily to the
BSN major. Students are also responsible for being familiar with other academic policies listed
in the University Student Handbook.
Admission Policy
Application Requirements for Admission to BSN Program:
To be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program the
student must:
1. Be admitted to SAU with regular or conditional admission status and maintain a 2.0 at SAU.
2. TEAS pre-admission examination
3. Transfer students currently enrolled in other universities at the time of application will be
considered for admission into the nursing program if the following documents are on file in
the SAU Office of Admissions: completed SAU application form; valid ACT or SAT scores;
completed high school transcript or GED scores; college transcripts through the previous
semester; and required immunization records. International students must contact the
International Student Services Office. Admission to the University does not mean automatic
admission to the Department of Nursing.
4. Recognize that priority ranking will be given to students who have successfully completed all
non-nursing support courses for the degree.
5. Have a minimum 2.6 GPA (Grade Point Average) in Nursing Curriculum Support Courses
(NCSCs). The GPA for admission to the department will be calculated based on NCSCs
completed at the time of application.
6. Complete NCSCs with a C or better. Students with Ds or Fs in these courses will not be
admitted.
7. Students repeating a (NCSC) more than 3 times will not be accepted into the program
8. Have proof of Hepatitis B vaccination, TB screening, and current American Heart
Association CPR certification.
9. Understand travel will be required to clinical sites in Southwest and Central Arkansas as well
as North Louisiana.
10. Realize if an injury occurs in the clinical setting, the student is responsible for all applicable
costs related to the injury. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain health insurance.
Information concerning health insurance available for SAU students may be accessed at the
following website: www.saumag.edu .
9. Submit a completed Department of Nursing Application Form. See www.saumag.edu\nursing
website for application deadlines.
10. Obtain application forms from the Department of Nursing or from our website
www.saumag.edu/nursing. Enclose a copy of all unofficial college transcripts.
Mail application and unofficial transcripts to SAU, Department of Nursing, Attn: BSNApplication, P.O. Box 9406, Magnolia, AR 71754-9406. Applications may be hand
delivered to Wharton Nursing Building, room 201A.
Created: October 2009 ; December 2013
Revised: May 2010, May 2012, December 2013
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Retention and Progression Policy
Once admitted to the nursing program, the student:
1.
Must make a “C” or better in ALL nursing and nursing support courses each semester to
progress to the next semester in nursing. Any student with a “D” in a course applying
toward the nursing degree will not be allowed to proceed until that specific course has
been repeated and passed with a “C” or better.
2.
Must perform satisfactorily in all clinical labs to progress to the next semester.
3.
Is limited to ONE re-enrollment into the program. A student who does not successfully
complete the course for any of the following reasons and then chooses to return to the
nursing program has utilized their ONE re-enrollment opportunity.
 Receives a grade of “D” or “F” in the nursing course and then chooses to
return to the nursing program.
OR
 Withdraws/drops from a nursing course prior to completion of the semester
and receives a “W” for any reason (See Returning Student Policy and Appeal
Policy).
If a student has withdrawn from a nursing course/nursing program because of a call to
active military duty, this student may return to the program when active duty is
completed by sending a letter requesting readmission to the Department of Nursing
(See Returning Student Policy). If at any time one of these students withdraws or fails
and then returns to the program, this is considered the student’s one re-enrollment as
outlined in the paragraph above.
5.
Is assured procedural due process as established by the Nursing Department and the
University.
6.
Standardized exams will be administered in courses throughout the curriculum with
weight to be determined by course faculty. Due to the nature of professional training in
the field of nursing, successful completion of academic courses provides only a partial
indication of student competency. Therefore, all students in the nursing program are
required to pass a standardized comprehensive computerized exam with a performance
score of 78% or higher in order to fulfill NURS 4012 Synthesis course requirements.
A. Students will have four (4) attempts to pass the computerized comprehensive
standardized exam with a minimum performance score of 78% and obtain a
final course grade of 78% or better.
B. The first exam will be administered to students enrolled in NURS 4012
Synthesis during the twelfth week of the course. The student’s standardized
exam score will be used as the student’s final exam grade for NURS 4012
Synthesis if the minimum performance score of 78% is obtained.
C. Students with performance scores below 78% on the first exam will be
required to retest. Retesting takes place during final exam week. The
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student’s computerized comprehensive standardized exam score will be used
as the student’s final exam grade for NURS 4012 Synthesis.
D. Students with performance scores less than 78% on the second attempt will
receive a “D” grade in the course and will not graduate. In order to take the
third exam, the student must present documentation of completion of a
NCLEX Review Course to the Department Chair within seven (7) weeks after
the end of the semester. The third exam must be scheduled within eight (8)
weeks after the end of the semester with the department Chair.
E. Students with performance scores less than 78% after the third attempt will be
required to complete the National Licensure Examination for Practical
Nursing and provide proof of employment as a LPN for at least three months
with additional remediation efforts prior to the fourth exam attempt.
Additional remediation efforts will be agreed upon by the department Chair
and the student.
F. Upon passing the standardized comprehensive exam, the course grade will be
recalculated. The student must reapply for graduation in order to graduate on
the next scheduled SAU graduation date.
G. Students who fail to achieve a passing performance score after four (4)
attempts will have exhibited a lack of an appropriate level of preparedness for
taking the NCLEX - RN examination and will not pass the course. However,
students may reapply to the LPN to RN tract of the ADN program.
Created: October 2009
Revised: May 2010, May 2012, September 2012, December 2013
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Readmission Policy
Students are not automatically eligible to repeat a nursing course the next time a course is
offered.
Students who need to repeat any first-semester nursing course must
1. Re-apply to the BSN Program according to the deadline and application guidelines
posted on the Department of Nursing’s website, to be eligible for consideration to be readmitted to the fall class.
All BSN students who need to repeat a nursing class, after successfully completing the first
semester course(s), must to adhere to the requirements listed below.
1.
Write or email (preferred method) a letter of intent to the DEPARTMENT OF NURSING,
ATTN: Skills Lab Coordinator, by November 1st for spring semesters and by April 1st
for fall semesters. The number of returning students will be limited to available space.
The letter or email must include the following information:
a. Name (the one used while in the nursing program)
b. SAU Student ID number
c. Current mailing address and working phone number
d. Any resolution for the problem(s) that previously resulted in the need to withdraw
from or failure to achieve a satisfactory grade in the last nursing course or nursing
curriculum support course.
2.
Include with the letter or send directly to the Skills Lab Coordinator an updated
transcript of all college courses.
3.
Must repeat all BSN curriculum nursing courses over five years old.
4.
Provide documentation of completion of courses toward the nursing degree. This includes
all science courses (A&P I/Lab, A&P II/Lab, Microbiology/Lab, Chemistry/Lab,
Nutrition and Diet).
Have a “C” or better in all nursing and nursing curriculum support courses that apply
toward the nursing degree.
6.
Attend the pre-scheduled exam and check-off on the date and time assigned by the Skills
Lab Coordinator. A successful exam and check-off must be completed for continuation in
the program.
(See Check-off Policy for Returning Students)
5.
Created: October 2009
Revised: May 2010, May 2012, April 2013, may 2014
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CHECK-OFF POLICY FOR RETURNING STUDENTS
Students re-entering a BSN nursing clinical course must pass a comprehensive check-off prior to
being allowed to proceed to the clinical area as stated in the Readmission Policy (see pg. 17). A
skills packet with review materials will be provided to each student by the Skills Lab
Coordinator. There is a two (2) hour time limit for successful completion of both components of
the check-off.
The check-off contains two (2) components:
1. A written exam*
o Incorporates common medication information, medication dosage calculations,
medication administration skills, and general nursing skills. The written exam is
given first. Upon successful completion of the exam with a 78% or better, the
student may advance to the skills check-off component.
2. Skills check-off*
o Performance of any or all basic nursing skills included in the Skills Review
Packet. The Skills Lab Coordinator determines the skills to be performed;
therefore, the student should be prepared to perform all skills. A student advances
to this component ONLY AFTER successful completion of the written exam.
The skills must be adequately performed to the satisfaction of the Skills Lab
Coordinator, who determines whether the student has successfully passed or
failed the check-off.
*The student is only allowed one (1) failure of either of the two components. If two failures
occur, the student is considered unprepared for re-entry and will be administratively dropped
from the nursing program.
Examples:
(a) If the student fails the written exam on the first attempt, then both the second written
exam attempt PLUS the first skills check-off must be successful for the student to
remain in the program. In this situation, the “one fail” allowance occurs with the
written component.
(b) If the student passes the written exam on the first attempt, but fails the first attempt of
the check-off, the student must then pass the second skills check-off attempt to
remain in the program. In this situation, the “one fail” allowance occurs with the
skills check-off component.
Created: October 2009
Revised: December 2010
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Transfer Students with Nursing Credit Policy
Those students previously enrolled in another Registered Nurse program are considered to be a
Transfer Nursing Student. Transfer requests are considered on an individual basis. Applicants for
SAU’s Nursing Program must forward a letter requesting transfer, a Transfer Nursing Student
application, and attach copies of all unofficial college transcripts. Applicants who are requesting
transfer from another nursing program are also required to provide a letter from the program
dean/chair/director of eligibility to reenter their previous nursing program in order to be eligible
for consideration in the SAU nursing program. If an applicant has failed any nursing course(s)
the request for transfer is classified as an academic reentry request, and readmission policies
apply (See Readmission Policy, pg. 17). If an applicant has failed more than one nursing course
they are not eligible for consideration for entry into the SAU nursing program. Transfer
equivalency information for Nursing Curriculum Support Courses can be accessed through
www.saumag.edu/admissions.
Transfer students will be required to pass and perform a comprehensive check-off with a
pass/fail rate for entry into any clinical course. (Transfer students entering the first semester of
the nursing program are not required to complete a re-entry skills check-off.) Each student will
be allowed two (2) attempts to pass the skills check-off. If the student still has not passed, the
student will be offered the option of either enrolling in NURS 3206: Nursing Care Foundations,
NURS 3203 Pharmacology, NURS 3093 Techniques of Health Assessment, and NURS 3103
Gerontological Nursing to begin the program or to return again the next semester to attempt to
pass the check-off and be accepted into the program at the level last completed at the previous
school. A packet will be given to the student to review NECESSARY skills prior to the checkoff. (See pg. 18)
Created: October 2009
Revised: May 2010, December 2010
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Calculation of Nursing Curriculum Support Course (NCSC) GPA
A minimum 2.6 NCSC GPA is required to enter the applicant pool for the nursing program.
The following guidelines are used to calculate NCSC GPA:
1. Applicants who receive a course waiver will be noted as receiving an “A”. (Example:
The applicant who does not have to take Composition I due to a high ACT or SAT score
will record an A for Composition I.)
2. Transfer courses that are in compliance with SAU’s Articulation Agreement will be
calculated into the NCSC GPA. Courses not identified as transferable by the course title
and SAU’s Articulation Agreement will not be included in the NCSC GPA and will
require completion of a substitution form by the student’s nursing faculty advisor during
the first semester of nursing course work.
3. D and F grades in NCSCs are recorded and calculated.
4. The most recent grade in repeated courses will be used for calculation of NCSC GPA.
5. Applicants repeating a (NCSC) more than 3 times will not be entered into the applicant
pool.
6. The Department follows SAU policies regarding academic clemency.
October 2009 ; December 2013
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ORGANIZATION OF LEARNING EXPERIENCES
Each learning experience is designed to assist you in some way to meet the defined course
objectives. Throughout the nursing education experience you may be exposed to the following:
1.
General lecture sessions. These are large class meeting, which may include
general announcements, instructor lectures, group presentations, special guest
lecturers, and examinations/quizzes.
2.
Small group sessions. These are small group meetings utilized for theory discussion and
student participation.
3.
Computer sessions. Computer lab time will be assigned per the class coordinator
according to the class schedule. THE DEPARTMENT OF NURSING ADHERES TO
THE UNIVERSITY POLICY REGARDING COMPUTER WORK AND
PLAGIARISM.
4.
Clinical laboratory sessions. The amount of time spent in clinical lab varies according to
the nursing course. The laboratory facilities may include hospitals, mental health centers,
doctor’s offices, nursing homes, county health departments, and other designated health
agencies. Each faculty member has no more than ten students in the clinical setting. Each
clinical lab situation usually begins with a pre-conference, when general instructions are
given, the clinical focus is determined, and individual student preparation is defined. The
clinical lab session is usually concluded with a post-conference where students share
experiences of the day.
5.
Campus laboratory sessions. The amount of time spent in the campus lab varies
according to the nursing course. The campus lab is held in the nursing building. These
sessions are generally used to teach nursing techniques and skills. The sessions consist of
orientation, discussion, and demonstration of skills and techniques by the faculty, with
return demonstration by the student using patient care simulators.
6.
Exam sessions. Unit exams will be given covering material from lecture, group sessions,
campus labs, clinical labs, and computer sessions. Exams consist of, but are not limited
to, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, listing, discussion, and essay. Dosage
calculations are included on each exam. When using a computerized answer form,
students will not be allowed to make additions or corrections once the form is turned in to
the faculty member. Only the marks/answers provided on the computerized answer form
will be accepted. Marks that are omitted (e.g. left blank, skipped), mismarked (e.g.
student marks “A” instead of “B”), or improperly marked (e.g. circle not completely
bubbled in) are no exceptions.
7.
Independent Study: Students are expected to complete the reading and written
assignments as indicated in each unit of study. Additions and/or changes in these
assignments may be made from time to time when necessary.
8.
Distance Education: The Department of Nursing adheres to the University
policy.
Revised: May 2010
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COURSE GRADING POLICY
Grading* is as follows:
100%-90%
= A
89%-84%
= B
83% - 78% = C
77% -69%
= D
68%-below = F
*The course grade will be a composite of both components of theory and clinical and
CANNOT be taken separately. The clinical experience is based on satisfactory or
unsatisfactory performance; therefore, clinical will be pass/fail component of the course.
1. Grading:
All grades are final one week after which one of the following occurs on the latest date:
posting in the Blackboard Grade Center or concept review for the exam. After this time,
no grade changes will be made unless the faculty member has incorrectly entered the item
score.
A minimum grade of “C” is considered passing and is necessary in ALL nursing and
nursing support courses to enroll in subsequent nursing courses (Comp I and II, all
science courses ...). A “D” grade is NOT considered as passing in any nursing or nursing
support course. If a student makes “D” or lower in any nursing or nursing support course,
the course must be repeated and passed, prior to progressing in the program. ALL
NURSING COURSES MUST BE TAKEN IN SEQUENCE.
2. MAKE-UP EXAM POLICY: Format is dependent on individual faculty preference.
Exam questions may be multiple choice, essay, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, or
other format. Make-up exams will be given in the event of necessary absence (i.e.,
personal illness or death in the family) that occurs on the date of a regularly
scheduled examination. The student must:
 Notify the appropriate faculty prior to the scheduled exam, and
 Schedule the make-up exam with the appropriate faculty within 1
week of the missed exam.
Make-up exams will be completed within one week of the absence prior to the
start of the next class time. In the event the student does not schedule or complete
a make-up exam within one week’s time, a zero will be assigned for that exam.
The exam will be of equivalent credit to the exam missed.
Exam Review: Appointments to review an exam must be scheduled with the
instructor within five working days, not including the date of the exam. For
example, if the exam is taken at 9:00 AM Wednesday, the student must make
their request by 5:00 PM the following Wednesday. After that week, access to the
exam will not be allowed.
3. QUIZ POLICY: No make-up opportunities for quizzes, classroom assignments,
and/or projects toward quiz grade will be offered. In-class quiz opportunities missed due
to required attendance at official university functions (including but not limited to
participation in university sporting events, military service, and activities related to
scholarships) will be exempt from the grade.
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4. CLINICAL DISMISSAL: Any student who performs in an unsafe* manner may be
dismissed from the clinical laboratory setting. Permanent exclusion from the clinical
laboratory will result in FAILURE of the course, and the student will be dropped in
accordance with University policy.
*Unsafe is defined as any measure which the student does or fails to do that may result in physical
or psychological harm to the patient, the patient’s family, other personnel, or to the individual
student.
Created: October 2009
Revised: May 2010, May 2011, May 2013
CLASSROOM RESPONSIBILITIES:
Students must:
1. Participate in discussion; ask questions when unsure about major concepts.
2. Request clarification of any information presented in reading materials, learning labs, or lectures.
3. Perform on written and oral examinations and written materials at a minimum of 78% to
maintain acceptable standing in the course. All computerized answer forms and test booklets
must be turned in at the completion of the exam and /or test review. Failure to return the exam to
the instructor prior to leaving the classroom will result in the student receiving a “0” grade on the
exam.
4. Submit all written materials on time or before. Late work will not be accepted for a grade.
However, under extenuating circumstances, partial credit may be awarded at the faculty
member’s discretion.
5. Attend local and/or regional conferences and lectures as required. When appropriate and
available to enhance learning, students will be asked to attend such programs as part of the class
assignment and for their professional growth. You may be asked to pay a minimal registration
fee for some of these educational opportunities.
6. Demonstrate honesty and integrity including not altering or falsifying documents or cheating on
examinations/quizzes or other teacher-made assignments.
7. Accept responsibility and be accountable for his or her own conduct not limited to, but
including the following:
A. Cell Phones are to be turned OFF or turned to vibrate during class time. It is NOT
appropriate behavior to answer the phone during class. Appropriate breaks are given
during lecture time to return phone calls without interrupting fellow students and
faculty.
B. All caps/hats are to be removed IN THE CLASSROOM.
C. No children are to be brought to class or left unattended in Wharton Nursing Building
while the adult is attending class or participating in campus lab/skills lab. ONLY
THOSE WHO HAVE PAID FOR THE COURSE WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE
CLASSROOM.
D. Maintaining appropriate respect and boundaries for faculty, staff, and fellow students.
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REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSIGNMENTS:
The student will:
1. Exhibit a clear understanding of the guidelines for written work using APA FORMAT.
See www.apastyle.org for assistance.
2. Demonstrate organizational ability.
3. Express ideas with clarity. Spell correctly, punctuate properly, and write legibly and
neatly.
4. Exhibit scholarship by depth and breadth of content and extent of bibliography.
5. Show originality and creative thinking.
6. Demonstrate critical thinking, relate and correlate knowledge gained from resource
materials.
7. Complete projects on schedule.
Revised: May 2010
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY:
The faculty believes that honesty is a hallmark of professionalism, and academic dishonesty is
viewed in the nursing department as unprofessional conduct and will not be tolerated. The
faculty follows the University Student Handbook policy (p.34) for academic integrity. Excerpts
from this policy are below.
PLAGIARISM:
According to the SAU catalog, plagiarism is the act of taking and or using the ideas, work,
and/or writings of another person as one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable for any required
written work. Any student who plagiarizes maybe subject to receiving a zero on written work,
may fail the course, and may be dismissed from the program (See University Student Handbook).
Students should use the following guidelines when referencing material:
1. The use of exact words from the writings of another requires direct quoting and an
appropriate reference using scientific notations.
2. Paraphrasing is defined as a restatement of a text, passage or work, but not the use of the
original writer’s exact words. Paraphrasing requires an appropriate reference using
scientific notation.
3. Tables, photographs, models, figures, and illustrations as well as written text constitutes
“works of another” and must be footnoted.
4. Inaccurate information on footnotes and scientific notations, while not falling within the
definition of plagiarism, constitutes questionable writing methods and is negatively
sanctioned on grading.
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Discipline for Plagiarism or Cheating:
Each instructor will decide on a case-by-case basis what penalty will be given to the student for
his or her academic misconduct; such penalties are described in the table below.
Infraction
First
Second
Third
Automatic Penalties
Possible Penalties unless
exonerated by appeal
1. Referral to Academic
1. Permanent record in
Integrity Workshop
Registrar’s Office
2. Instructor sanction
2. Meeting with college
dean
1. All of the above
1. Permanent record in
2. Meeting with college
Registrar’s Office
dean
2. Referral to Academic
Integrity Council for
University sanction
1. Permanent record in Registrar’s Office
2. Referral to Academic Integrity Council for
University sanction
Instructor imposed sanctions for plagiarism or cheating may also include, but is not limited to:
1. Requiring student(s) to rewrite/retake a graded item. The grade may be lowered.
2. Giving the student(s) a failing grade on the graded item.
3. Giving the student(s) a failing grade on the graded item and filing documentation of the
offense in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
4. Giving the student(s) a failing grade in the course (F or W) and filing documentation of the
offense in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
5. Recommending University sanctions, including disciplinary suspension, dismissal, or
expulsion from the University.
Appeal Policy
Students may appeal an action of a faculty member under the Academic Integrity Policy if the
penalty involves a course grade reduction or a recommendation for academic suspension from
the University. The appeal will be filed with the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The
respective school Grade Appeals Committee will review appeals involving grades. The
Academic Suspension Appeals Committee will review appeals involving suspension.
Created: October 2009
Revised: May 2010; December 2013
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CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
The student must:
1.
Maintain professional ANA Code of Ethics standards.
(http://www.nursingworld.org/ethics/ecode.htm) Keep patient information confidential (See
HIPPA policy).
2.
Perform safely in all areas of patient care. Discuss areas of uncertainty of nursing care
with the faculty PRIOR to entering the patient care area.
3.
Appear in clinical area on time and follow the Uniform Regulations Policy.
4.
Secure clinical assignment per course instructions and come to the clinical experience with the
required written work and be prepared to administer the anticipated nursing care.
5.
Be responsible for his or her own nursing care behavior. Each student is expected to be able to
perform all activities taught in the nursing course.
6.
Secure the consultation and/or assistance of the clinical instructor in the nursing care situations
where you are unsure and/or inexperienced. Make a specific time arrangement with the faculty
member.
7.
Realize that the clinical laboratory is a learning experience rather than a work experience. As
with any learning experience the process must occur within the learner. Students are encouraged
to seek out learning opportunities in the clinical setting.
8.
Demonstrate an appropriate knowledge base in implementing patient care by integrating and
applying theoretical and general educational content.
9.
Share learning experiences in post-conference. Fellow students rely on learning from each
other’s experiences.
10.
Evaluate own learning experiences and progress. Students are expected to take initiative in
seeking learning experiences.
11.
Share information at regular intervals with fellow students when multiple assignments are made.
12.
Arrange for an individual conference time with the appropriate faculty member for assistance in
problem areas.
13.
Provide care with respect for human dignity and uniqueness of the client without regard
to social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of the health problem.
14.
Not misrepresent educational or professional status.
15.
Sign name within chart as required by facility protocol. Student Ashley Pratt would sign
her name as A. Pratt, NS. Students will be instructed by clinical facility regarding the
requirements of each clinical site to add the SAU initials to the student signature. If the
facility requires the school initials to be added to the student signature the required
signature would be A. Pratt, NS, SAU.
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CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES (cont.):
16.
Complete the Certified Background Check and Drug Screening. (See next page.)
17.
Purchase and maintain personal health insurance.
18.
Adhere to the Technology Use Policy.
Created: October 2009
Revised: May 2010, December 2010
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Information
To comply with mandates from clinical agencies utilized by the SAU Department of Nursing (DON), students
enrolled in all DON programs are required at the initial semester of enrollment in a clinical course and yearly
thereafter to have criminal background checks, driving history record checks, and urine drug screens in order to
remain enrolled in any DON course. Failure to comply with background and drug screening mandates will
result in immediate administrative dismissal from the program. Re-entry into the program is based upon
evidence of drug counseling and/or rehabilitation, negative drug screen, and agreement to submit to drug
screening at random times at the student’s expense.
Fall semester: September 1st is the deadline for providing proof, to the clinical course
coordinator, of starting the process of the background check and drug screen (unless
otherwise specified in a course syllabus/calendar). September 15th is the deadline for
providing proof of completion of background check and drug screen to the clinical course
coordinator. Spring semester dates respectively are February 1st and February 15th.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK and DRUG SCREENING
FOR A CLINICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Southern Arkansas University Nursing Background Check and Drug Screen
Background checks and drug screening are required on incoming students to ensure the safety of the
patients treated by students in the clinical education program. You will be required to order your
background check and complete the drug screening in sufficient time for it to be reviewed by the
program coordinator or associated hospital prior to starting your clinical rotation. A background check
typically takes 3-5 normal business days to complete, and turnaround time of the drug screening results
is determined by a variety of factors. The background checks are conducted by PreCheck, Inc., a firm
specializing in background checks for healthcare workers. The drug screening service is conducted
through eScreen/Pembrooke. Your order must be placed online through StudentCheck.
Go to www.mystudentcheck.com and select your School and Program from the drop down menus for
School and Program. It is important that you select your school worded as below and choose the
appropriate program.
Arkansas Residents – Magnolia, Camden, El Dorado, etc., should select – Southern Arkansas University
Nursing Arkansas Students Only
Louisiana/Texas Residents – Louisiana and Texas should select – Southern Arkansas University Nursing
Texas and Louisiana students
Complete all required fields as prompted and hit Continue to enter your payment information. The
payment can be made securely online with a credit or debit card. You can also pay by money order, but
that will delay processing your background check until the money order is received by mail at the
PreCheck office. Texas residents will pay $122.86 and New Mexico residents will pay $121.92.
Residents in all other states will pay $113.50. For your records, you will be provided a receipt and
confirmation page of background check and drug screening through PreCheck, Inc.
Drug Screening Instructions:
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For students in Magnolia, Camden, & El Dorado (Paper Chain of Custody)
1. You must provide a copy of the receipt to your school to receive a chain of custody form to
submit for drug testing at one of the collection sites listed below:
Magnolia Regional Medical Center
101 Hospital Dr.
Magnolia, AR 71753-2415
Ph. 870-235-3410
Occupational Medicine
101 Thompson Ave
El Dorado, AR 71730
Ph. 870-864-9661
Ouachita County Medical Center
638 California Ave SW
Camden, AR 71701-4604
Ph. 870-836-1289
For student in Texas or Louisiana Using eCOC (Online Chain of Custody)
You must pre-register for a drug screen and generate your Chain of Custody Form before heading to a
collection lab.
 If you pay by credit card, you will complete this process during the ordering process and will be
directed to choose the collection site closest to your location.
 If you are paying by money order, you will be emailed instructions to generate your Chain of
Custody Form and obtain your drug screen once payment has been received.
Note on Drug Screen Collection Appointments: Collection sites have different policies on setting up
appointments for drug screening. For your convenience, we recommend calling your chosen collection
site ahead of time to set up an appointment. It is also your responsibility to obtain necessary forms (if
applicable), pre-register, and complete the drug screen within the time frame required by the school.
PreCheck will not use your information for any other purposes other than a background check. Your
credit will not be investigated, and your name will not be given out to any business.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
 Does PreCheck need every street address where I have lived over the past 7 years? No. Just the
city and state.
 What do I do if I selected the wrong school, program, or need to correct some other information
entered? Please email [email protected] with the details.
 How long does the background check take to complete? Most reports are completed within 3-5
business weekdays.
 How long does the drug screening take to complete? Screening can be impacted by a variety of
factors.
 Do I get a copy of the background report? Yes. Log on to www.mystudentcheck.com and click on
“Check Status”, and enter your SSN and DOB. If your report is complete, you may click on the
application number to download and print a copy. This feature is good for 90 days after
submittal. After 90 days, you will be charged $14.95 for a copy of your report, and will need to
contact PreCheck directly to request this.
 Do I get a copy of the drug screening? Your school or clinical site may have a designated
administrator who receives results via fax or through e-results; however, if they direct you to
contact PreCheck please email your name, request, and the last 4 digits of your SSN to
[email protected] We will advise you of whether we house the results.
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
Where should I call if I have been advised that I am being denied entry into the program
because of information on my report and that I should contact PreCheck. Call PreCheck’s
Adverse Action hotline at 800-203-1654. Adverse Action is the procedure established by the Fair
Credit Reporting Act that allows you to see the report and to dispute anything reported.
If you need further assistance, please contact PreCheck at [email protected]
Arkansas State Board of Nursing Criminal Background Check
The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) requires a criminal background check for all graduates
applying for licensure. Graduating from a nursing program does not assure ASBN’s approval to take the
licensure examination. Eligibility to take the licensure examination is dependent on meeting standards in
the ASBN Nurse Practice Act and Rules. You will be required to sign a statement, before beginning the
nursing program, that states you have read and understood ACA §17-87-312 and the specific offenses
which, if pleaded guilty, nolo contender, or found guilty of will make an individual ineligible to receive or
hold a license in Arkansas. You can access the information at
http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/lawsRules/Pages/nursePracticeAct.aspx
Adopted: Fall 2009
Revised: May 2010, Fall 2012, September 2012
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ARKANSAS STATE BOARD OF NURSING
NURSE PRACTICE ACT
ACT 1208 – AC 17-87-312
17-87-312. Criminal background checks.
(a) Each first-time applicant for a license issued by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing shall apply to the
Identification Bureau of the Department of Arkansas State Police for a state and national criminal background
check, to be conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(b) The check shall conform to the applicable federal standards and shall include the taking of fingerprints.
(c) The applicant shall sign a release of information to the board and shall be responsible to the Department of
Arkansas State Police for the payment of any fee associated with the criminal background check.
(d) Upon completion of the criminal background check, the Identification Bureau of the Department of Arkansas
State Police shall forward to the board all information obtained concerning the applicant in the commission of
any offense listed in subsection (e) of this section.
(e) Except as provided in subdivision (l)(1) of this section, no person shall be eligible to receive or hold a license
issued by the board if that person has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or been found guilty of any of the
following offenses by any court in the State of Arkansas or of any similar offense by a court in another state or
of any similar offense by a federal court:
(1) Capital murder as prohibited in § 5-10-101;
(2) Murder in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-10-102 and murder in the second degree as prohibited in § 5-10103;
(3) Manslaughter as prohibited in § 5-10-104;
(4) Negligent homicide as prohibited in § 5-10-105;
(5) Kidnapping as prohibited in § 5-11-102;
(6) False imprisonment in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-11-103;
(7) Permanent detention or restraint as prohibited in § 5-11-106;
(8) Robbery as prohibited in § 5-12-102;
(9) Aggravated robbery as prohibited in § 5-12-103;
(10)Battery in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-13-201;
(11) Aggravated assault as prohibited in § 5-13-204;
(12) Introduction of controlled substance into the body of another person as prohibited in § 5-13-210;
(13) Terroristic threatening in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-13-301;
(14) Rape as prohibited in §§ 5-14-103;
(15) Sexual indecency with a child as prohibited in § 5-14-110;
(16) Sexual assault in the first degree, second degree, third degree, and fourth degree as prohibited in §§ 5-14-124 –
5-14-127;
(17) Incest as prohibited in § 5-26-202;
(18) Offenses against the family as prohibited in §§ 5-26-303 - 5-26-306;
(19) Endangering the welfare of an incompetent person in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-201;
(20) Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-203;
(21) Permitting abuse of a child as prohibited in § 5-27-221(a)(1) and (3);
(22) Engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print media, transportation of minors for
prohibited sexual conduct, pandering or possessing visual or print medium depicting sexually explicit conduct
involving a child, or use of a child or consent to use of a child in a sexual performance by producing, directing,
or promoting a sexual performance by a child as prohibited in §§ 5-27-303 - 5-27-305, 5-27-402, and 5-27-403;
(23) Felony adult abuse as prohibited in § 5-28-103;
(24) Theft of property as prohibited in § 5-36-103;
(25) Theft by receiving as prohibited in § 5-36-106;
(26) Arson as prohibited in § 5-38-301;
(27) Burglary as prohibited in § 5-39-201;
(28) Felony violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act §§ 5-64-101 – 5-64-608 as prohibited in § 5-64401;
(29) Promotion of prostitution in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-70-104;
(30) Stalking as prohibited in § 5-71-229;
(31) Criminal attempt, criminal complicity, criminal solicitation, or criminal conspiracy as prohibited in §§ 5-3-201,
5-3-202, 5-3-301, and 5-3-401, to commit any of the offenses listed in this subsection;
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(32) Computer child pornography as prohibited in § 5-27-603; and
(33) Computer exploitation of a child in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-605.
(f)(1)(A) The board may issue a nonrenewable temporary permit for licensure to a first-time applicant pending the
results of the criminal background check.
(B) The permit shall be valid for no more than six (6) months.
(2) Except as provided in subdivision (l)(1) of this section, upon receipt of information from the Identification
Bureau of the Department of Arkansas State Police that the person holding the letter of provisional licensure has
pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or has been found guilty of, any offense listed in subsection (e) of this
section, the board shall immediately revoke the provisional license.
(g)(1) The provisions of subsections (e) and subdivision (f)(2) of this section may be waived by the board upon the
request of:
(A) An affected applicant for licensure; or
(B) The person holding a license subject to revocation.
(2) Circumstances for which a waiver may be granted shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(A) The age at which the crime was committed;
(B) The circumstances surrounding the crime;
(C) The length of time since the crime;
(D) Subsequent work history;
(E) Employment references;
(F) Character references; and
(G) Other evidence demonstrating that the applicant does not pose a threat to the health or safety of the
public.
(h)(1) Any information received by the board from the Identification Bureau of the Department of Arkansas State
Police pursuant to this section shall not be available for examination except by:
(A) The affected applicant for licensure, or his authorized representative; or
(B) The person whose license is subject to revocation or his or her authorized representative.
(2) No record, file, or document shall be removed from the custody of the Department of Arkansas State Police.
(i) Any information made available to the affected applicant for licensure or the person whose license is subject to
revocation shall be information pertaining to that person only.
(j) Rights of privilege and confidentiality established in this section shall not extend to any document created for
purposes other than this background check.
(k) The board shall adopt the necessary rules and regulations to fully implement the provisions of this section.
(l)(1) For purposes of this section, an expunged record of a conviction or a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to an
offense listed in subsection (e) of this section shall not be considered a conviction, guilty plea, or nolo
contendere plea to the offense unless the offense is also listed in subdivision (l)(2) of this section.
(2) Because of the serious nature of the offenses and the close relationship to the type of work that is to be
performed, the following shall result in permanent disqualification:
(A) Capital murder as prohibited in § 5-10-101;
(B) Murder in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-10-102 and murder in the second degree as prohibited in § 510-103;
(C) Kidnapping as prohibited in § 5-11-102;
(D) Rape as prohibited in § 5-14-103;
(E) Sexual assault in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-14-124 and sexual assault in the second degree as
prohibited in § 5-14-125;
(F) Endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-203 and endangering the
welfare of a minor in the second degree as prohibited in § 5-27-204;
(G) Incest as prohibited in § 5-26-202;
(H) Arson as prohibited in § 5-38-301;
(I) Endangering the welfare of incompetent person in the first degree as prohibited in § 5-27-201; and
(J) Adult abuse that constitutes a felony as prohibited in § 5-28-103.
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STUDENT CLINICAL EVALUATION
1.
The students will be evaluated daily on the following aspects:
a. Administering safe* and therapeutic nursing care as evaluated by faculty and/or
other nursing personnel.
b. Acceptance of responsibility for care of patient assigned. This includes:
I.
Adequate preparation prior to coming to unit in order to give safe care.
II.
Honesty and responsibility for admission of error and seeking assistance
from instructor as needed.
III.
Continual communication between the student and instructor/staff as it
relates to patient care.
c. Acceptance of responsibility for meeting specific learning focus for the day by:
I.
Meaningful contributions and sharing of ideas with others in pre and post
conferences.
II.
Adequate daily preparation related to focus.
III.
Demonstration of interest and inquiry related to focus.
d. Adherence to nursing policies/implications when administering medication.
e. Adherence to the basic safety principles in the care of any patient when carrying
out procedures such as adequate assessment, recognizing signs/symptoms of
disease processes, appropriate priority setting skills, adequate patient supervision,
appropriate intervention, and effective evaluation of care.
f. Following appropriate guidelines for physical restraints, side rails, etc.
g. Evidence of professional behavior by accountability, excellence, duty, service,
honor, integrity and respect for others.
2. A student who is not meeting the required course objectives will be given special assistance
by the clinical lab faculty. If the student does not show satisfactory progress within a period
of time designated by the faculty, the student will be advised to drop the course in
accordance with University policy. Students who fail to remove a deficiency from the clinical
evaluation tool for the specific course by the final evaluation will fail the course.
3. Clinical Dismissal: Any student who performs in an unsafe* manner may be dismissed from
the clinical laboratory setting. Permanent exclusion from the clinical laboratory will result in
FAILURE of the course, and the student may drop in accordance with University policy.
*Unsafe is defined as any measure which the student does or fails to do that may result in
physical or psychological harm to the patient, the patient’s family, other personnel, or to
the individual student.
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Clinical Evaluation cont'd.:
D.
Anytime the student makes an error that could or does result in harm to the patient, the
Clinical instructor and student are required to fill out a “Notification of Unsatisfactory
Lab/Classroom Grade” form (See Appendix), which will be filed in the student’s
folder. This following information should be included:
1. Hospital name
2. Date and time
3. Student’s name
4. Instructor’s name
5. Patient’s initials, age, and diagnosis if applicable
6. Description of the incident
7. Action by the instructor
8. Action by the student
9. Environmental factors contributing to the error
10. Steps taken to prevent recurrence of error, if applicable
11. Additional comments or remarks as needed
12. Signatures of instructor and student
E.
If a student’s behavior results in an unsafe act, it is the responsibility of the student to:
1. Notify the instructor, staff, and patient’s physician of the error.
2. Fill out the hospital’s standard incident form.
3. Fill out the “Notification of Inappropriate or Unacceptable Student Conduct”
form.
After this action, the student is dismissed from the clinical area and must appear before
the nursing faculty for a review of the situation. The faculty will then decide whether the
student will be reinstated or permanently dismissed from the clinical lab. Permanent
dismissal will require the student to be administratively dropped from the current clinical
course.
October 2009
Revised: May 2011
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DRESS CODE POLICY
Uniforms: (Female and Male) Black top and pants with black jacket. Uniforms may be
purchased at the SAU Bookstore or at any uniform supply store.
Emblem: To be sewn or applied as a button on the left upper chest of uniform. Available for
purchase at the SAU Bookstore.
Name Pins: Students are responsible for ordering official name pins through the SAU
Bookstore. The cost of the pin is approximately $6. The name pin is to be placed on the uniform
under the school emblem.
Stethoscope: It is required that you purchase your own stethoscope. It should have two heads
(diaphragm and bell type).
Nursing Shoes: Nursing Shoes: Only white or black nursing shoes that cover the entire foot will
be allowed. The following will not be allowed: Shoes with holes, cloth tennis shoes, slides,
sandal-type, Mary-Jane type, open toes/heels, or clogs.
Other: Bandage scissors, watch with a second hand, a pen light, and black and red ink pens.
(Charting cannot be done in other colors such as purple, pink, green, etc.)
Uniform Regulations:
1.
It is expected that all clothing including shoes, shoestrings, and hose/socks will be clean and neat
at the beginning of each clinical session. All parts of the uniform must be clean and pressed. As a
nursing student, you are an ambassador of the Nursing Program and the University at all times
and judged not only as an individual, but also as a typical student representing the entire student
body. The student uniform must be worn with dignity and pride reflecting credit on the
University, the Nursing Program, and the nursing profession. Because the nursing student is
embarking in a profession that promotes health, the student uniform must be impeccably clean at
all times. Students are only allowed to wear short-sleeved t-shirts for coverage of chest hair or
cleavage as long as the sleeves are not visible past the sleeves of the scrub shirt and that the shirt
hem is not visible from underneath the scrub shirt.
2.
All students must wear appropriate undergarments for professional appearance.
3.
Neat, careful grooming is considered to be a part of the uniform. Inappropriate and
unusual methods of grooming are to be avoided. Make-up should always be kept at a
minimum and be appropriate for the clinical setting. No nail polish or artificial nails
(including acrylic) are permitted; nails must be kept to the tip of the finger. A daily bath
and the use of an effective deodorant are necessary requirements of good grooming.
Perfume or aftershave should NOT be worn.
1. White or black hose or socks must be worn over the ankle. No runs or patterns in hose are
acceptable. White shoes with white socks/hose or black shoes with black socks/ hose are the
acceptable combinations.
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Dress Code Policy (cont.):
5.
Hair styles for male and female students must be worn off the collar. Hair must be clean and a
natural color. No decorative hair ornaments are allowed. Long hair must be securely tied back
and should not fall in face.
6.
A wedding ring, solid band without stones, is the only article of jewelry permitted while in the
clinical lab, except small silver or gold colored stud earrings. Wearing of rings in the operating
room, nursery, labor section and the delivery rooms is not permitted in some of the hospitals used
for clinical lab experience, and the student will be required to comply with hospital policy. No
other visible body tattoo or piercing is acceptable (including pierced tongues). Visible tattoos
will be addressed on an individual basis and will be required to be covered at the discretion of the
clinical faculty. All nursing students must wear a watch with a second hand for the purpose of
taking vital signs. A medic alert bracelet or necklace may be worn while in uniform.
7.
Name pins are to be worn by all students in the clinical area.
8.
Students in the operating room, labor section, delivery room, and nursery will wear the uniform
designated by the department in that hospital. Also, students in the operating room and delivery
room will wear special conductive shoes or shoe coverings, caps and/or masks in accordance with
hospital policy.
9.
Smoking is not permitted in the clinical area. All facilities in Arkansas are now smoke-free.
Follow individual facility policy for smoking regulations. Students are not allowed to smoke en
route to clinical or during any breaks.
10.
At no time will gum chewing be permitted in the clinical area.
11.
When appearing in the hospital or at educational conferences, in a student role, appropriate attire
must be worn with lab coat and name pin. (No jeans, shorts, flip-flops etc.). Clothing should be
free of stains, tears and wrinkles. Students should not wear the uniform to any healthcare facility
without faculty approval.
12.
Facial Hair Guidelines: A clean, neatly trimmed mustache may be worn IF it does not hang over
the upper lip into the mouth, extend below the corner of the lips, or can be twisted or curved at
the ends toward the upper cheekbone. Male students in uniform may not wear flared sideburns,
sideburns below the earlobes, or beards.
13.
Lab Jackets: To be worn when the student is away from the patient care unit. Jackets should be
removed when giving direct patient care.
Any violation of the uniform regulations will result in an unsatisfactory lab grade for the day
for the first offense; thereafter, repeated offense will result in dismissal from clinical lab for
that day.
Classroom Attire: No revealing clothing, such as low cut shirts, short-shorts, or short skirts, is
allowed. THE CLASSROOM IS WHERE PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR SHOULD BEGIN,
INCLUDING TYPES OF CLOTHING.
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OTHER DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES
INCLEMENT WEATHER:
Southern Arkansas University recognizes that transportation problems result from inclement
and hazardous road conditions; however, the campus may not close. When conditions dictate,
excusing late arrivals or permitting early departures may revise the normal work schedule.
Decisions will be made on an individual case basis (each incident of bad weather or hazardous
road conditions). Call the faculty member for your course for final instructions. To verify
closure of SAU, call the MULERIDER FORECAST LINE at 870-235-5000.
CPR CERTIFICATION:
All nursing students are required to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to
going to the clinical facility. Students are to be re-certified every two years, as indicated on each
CPR card. The CPR Certification is to be the American Heart Association for Health Care
Providers BLS course. Students must provide proof of certification (COPY not the original) to
the course faculty.
HEPATITIS B VACCINATION:
All students must present evidence (COPY, not the original) to the department of having begun
the Hepatitis B Vaccine series before going to the clinical facility. The student should have the
series completed by the beginning of the third semester of the nursing program and present
documentation of such. The only allowed vaccination exemption is documentation from a
student’s primary healthcare provider regarding an allergy or other medical or religious reason.
Students who qualify for the allowed exemption must provide a declination form signed by the
student’s primary healthcare provider to the applicable course coordinator by November 1st of
each fall semester. The declination form can be found in the appropriate Student Handbook
appendix. Students who fail to provide documentation of vaccination or declination form by the
deadline will be administratively dropped from clinical courses.
INFLUENZA (FLU) VACCINATION:
All students must provide documentation (a COPY, not the original) of an annual influenza (flu)
vaccination to the applicable course coordinator by November 1st of each fall semester. This is
in accordance to influenza vaccination policies set forth by clinical affiliates. The only allowed
vaccination exemption is documentation from a student’s primary healthcare provider regarding
a medically verified allergy to the flu vaccine, verified history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or
other significant adverse reaction to the flu vaccine. Students who qualify for the allowed
exemption must provide a declination form signed by the student’s primary healthcare provider
to the applicable course coordinator by November 1st of each fall semester. The declination
form can be found in the appropriate Student Handbook appendix. Students who fail to provide
documentation of vaccination or declination form by the deadline will be administratively
dropped from clinical courses.
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TB SKIN TEST:
All students are to be tested for tuberculosis before going to the clinical facility. Proof of test
results (COPY not the original) should be presented to the department each year that the student
is enrolled in nursing. Retesting is required annually.
HEALTH INSURANCE:
Southern Arkansas University and the Department of Nursing strongly recommend the student
purchase and maintain personal health insurance. The clinical agencies agree to provide first aid
for clinical lab related accidents and illnesses, such as blood and body fluid exposures, to
students. The charges for such medical services shall be billed to the student or their insurance
carrier. The University and clinical agency assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise,
beyond the initial first aid provided immediately after the injury, and any services or other
liability shall not be borne by the University or clinical agency, but shall be the responsibility of
the individual student regardless of whether these services are covered by the student’s
insurance.
EQUIPMENT POLICY:
Nursing students are not allowed to take equipment and/or audiovisual resources out of the
Wharton Nursing Building for any reason.
FOOD AND SMOKING POLICY:
The student lounge has a microwave oven to allow commuting students to heat up food. There is
also a recycling bin for empty soft drink cans. A refrigerator is also supplied in the lounge. Only
drinks with lids are allowed in the classrooms. Wharton Nursing Building, in following with
University policy and state legislation, is smoke free. There is no smoking allowed on
University property.
COMPUTER LAB:
The Nursing Department adheres to the University policy regarding use of the computer lab
located in Wharton Nursing Building. Food and drink are not allowed in the computer lab
next to the equipment (computer, printer) under any circumstances by students, faculty,
staff, or visitors. Games and other software not licensed to be on the computers in the lab are
not to be downloaded. Student projects and assignments should be saved to a personal data
storage resource, not the computer hard drive. Any student found in violation of computer lab
policies will not be permitted to use the lab for the remainder of the semester.
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BODY SUBSTANCE EXPOSURE PROTOCOL:
Health care providers are at risk for body fluids that may carry blood borne pathogens.
Conversely, the provider may be a host for pathogens that may be transmitted to patients and
others. Pathogens at risk for transmission in health care environments include the tuberculosis
bacilli; staphylococcus; hepatitis B, C, D; and the human immunodeficiency virus, as well as
others. All health care agencies have specific policies and it is the student’s responsibility to be
informed of such policy for each clinical site you attend.
Exposure Guidelines: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) implemented
federal legislation in 1991 to reduce risks to health care workers from blood-borne pathogen
exposure. All health care facilities are required to have a policy that complies with the
Department of Labor guidelines. There is a protocol for reporting any needle stick or cut that
must be followed in the clinical facility. Students will be required to follow the institutional
protocol. If an exposure occurs, the student will complete an Accident Form as soon as possible
and submit the form to their clinical faculty. The student may choose to follow up with
University Health Service or their personal physician if an exposure occurs.
The Department of Nursing will NOT be responsible for original documentation. Only
COPIES are to be provided for the student’s folder. For CPR Certification, Hepatitis B
Vaccination, TB skin test, and Flu Vaccination, the student is responsible for providing a copy of
this information every semester to course faculty.
Created: October 2009
Revised: May 2010, Fall 2012
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SAU Department of Nursing
Social Media Policy
Introduction: The faculty and staff of the SAU Department of Nursing recognize two guiding principles:
1) Nurses have an ethical and legal obligation to maintain patient privacy and confidentiality at all times
and 2) there is no such thing as privacy in social media. While most social media policies only apply to
nursing programs and clinical settings, this document strives to offer guidelines for assisting students to
use social media responsibly, acknowledging that inappropriate use may result in personal and
professional consequences punishable by law and the inability to attain or maintain licensure.
The faculty and staff of the SAU Department of Nursing also recognize the benefits of social media for
nursing students in a rural setting. It allows student nurses to interact with friends and other student
nurses separated by geography or other factors. It is an excellent tool for exchanging knowledge among
peers and classmates. It builds relationships, develops a professional presence online, and promotes
timely communication. It can bring healthcare issues to individuals not familiar with current nursing and
healthcare trends and is a wonderful platform for sharing research and best practices.
Because social networking offers the potential for both positive and negative consequences, nursing
students should consider a number of principles when functioning within the virtual world of social
media in order to maintain their own reputation, the reputation of SAU’s nursing programs and the
parent institution, and, ultimately, the image of the nursing profession.
Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to define social media (SM), describe the acceptable use of SM
within the SAU Nursing program, offer guidelines for appropriate SM behaviors and consequences for
violations of this policy.
Definitions:
Social media: Media designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly
accessible and easily manipulated publishing techniques. Examples include but are not limited to
LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and MySpace.
Social Media Content: Including but not limited to: text, files, profiles, concepts, opinions, images,
photos, videos, sounds or other materials that are transmitted, communicated, share, submitted,
displayed, published, broadcast or posted.
Types of Social Media:
Social medial platforms may include but are not limited to the following:
 Blogging – Blogger, LiveJournal,Xanga

Microblogging – Dailybooth, Foursquare, GoogleBuzz, Posterious, Tumblr, Twitter

Postcasting – Blubrry

Social Networking - Bebo, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, MySpace, Orkut

Social News sharing – Digg, Reddit

Social Bookmoraking/social tagging: Delicious, Diigo, Goodle Reader, StubleUpon

Video hosting – Vimeo, YouTube
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Rules for Acceptable Use of Social Media within SAU Nursing Programs
Student Nurses will not:
 Take photos or videos of patients on personal devices, including cell phones and will follow
clinical facility policies at all times.

Share, post or otherwise disseminate any information that can identify a patient, or in any way
violate a patient’s rights or privacy. Limiting access through privacy settings of social media
platforms is not sufficient to ensure privacy of self or patients.

Refer to anyone in a disparaging manner, even if the person cannot be identified with the
information stated.

Make threatening, harassing, sexually explicitly, or derogatory statements regarding any
person’s race ethnicity, gender, age, citizenship, national origin, sexual orientation, disability,
religious beliefs, political views, or educational choices.

Make disparaging remarks about any college, university, school of nursing, or clinical site,
including the students, faculty members and staff.

Post content or otherwise speak on behalf of any college, university, school of nursing, or clinical
site unless authorized to do so.

Record lectures unless a written agreement is signed by the professor/lecturer. Once permission
is obtained from the professor/lecture, the student may record the lecture for personal use
only. A lecture is not to be posted to social media.
Violations: Violations of this policy can result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from
the nursing program.
Guidelines for Appropriate Social Media Use by Nursing Students
The nursing student must be aware that academic, professional, and personal social media sites are not
independent of each other. What is posted on one is easily transferrable to another creating a potential
for irreparable damage to all. While nursing students may think their personal lives are their own and
bear no reflection on their competence in nursing school and patient care rendered in the clinical
facilities, they must recognize that social media sites are public forums. Those who use these forums
privately for personal purposes may not realize the decree to which their activities are visit to the
general public; It is advisable to refrain from making any statement on social media sites that you would
not be comfortable saying out loud in public. Employers and recruiters are looking for social media
activity when reviewing résumés for job opportunities. Therefore, it is best to observe the following
rules.
Think twice before posting. Search engines can turn up posts years after they are created, and
comments can be forwarded or copies. If you are unsure, don’t post it.
Strive for accuracy. Get the facts straight before posting them on social media. Review content for
grammatical and spelling errors as this may negatively impact your professional image. Remember that
potential employers review social media sites before hiring prospective candidates.
Be respectful. Understand that content contributed to a social media site could encourage comments or
discussion of opposing ideas. Responses should be considered carefully in light of how they would
reflect on the person, profession and academic institution of affiliation.
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Remember your audience: As well as being respectful, be aware that anything posted can be available
to the public at large. This includes prospective nursing students, current students, current employers
and colleagues and peers. Consider this before publishing to ensure the post will not alienate, harm, or
provoke any of these groups.
On personal sites, identify your views as your own and make it clear that the views expressed are not
necessarily those of the nursing program or student group with which you are affiliated.
Photographs: Photos posted on social media sites can be easily appropriated by visitors and passed
along. Adhere to the guidelines above before posting any images that may be harmful or damaging to
anyone and the institutions they are affiliated with. Remember that HIPAA not only applies to the
written word but also images.
References
Ball State University Marketing and Communications (2009). Ball State University Social Media Policy.
https://cms.bsu.edu//media/WWW/DepartmentalContent/UMC/pdfs/BallState_SocialMediaPolicy.pdf
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) (2011). White paper: A nurse’s guide to the use of
social media. https://www.ncsbn.org/Social_Media.pdf
National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. (201?). Recommendations for: Social media usage and
maintaining privacy, confidentiality and professionalism.
https://www.ncsbn.org/NSNA_Social_Media_Recommendations.pdf
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY
Department of Nursing
Technology Use Policy
Overall Goal: To support the infusion of technology into the nursing curriculum which will allow
enhanced evidenced-based information and data usage.
Students will be able to utilize handheld and computerized technology rapidly and efficiently to
access course content and pertinent nursing data upon which to provide safe and appropriate
classroom and clinical judgments. When in clinical sites, students will be expected to follow the
stricter policy regarding technology use. Technology is the use of any and all electronic devices,
including but not limited to cell phones, PDAs, tape recorders, digital recorders, laptop
computers, or any other device that would maintain photographs, video recordings, or a written
record of persons and/or conversations. Violation of this policy is considered a breach of
confidentiality, a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
(HIPAA), and unprofessional conduct.
1. Cell phones will be kept on silent or vibrate mode during class and clinical times.
Personal phone calls should be limited to scheduled breaks and meal times. Only calls of
an emergency nature should be responded to by the student during clinical or class.
Students will not make personal calls or text in the classroom or clinical setting.
2. Laptops are allowed in the classroom only for the purpose of the current class related
discussion and lecture. Students are not allowed to access email, social networking
websites, or any other internet website(s)/activities not related to the current course
content.
3. Recording of lectures in the classroom is at the discretion of each faculty member and
permission must be granted by the course faculty member prior to recording any portion
of class.
4. Students shall not remove, download, or copy confidential patient information on to their
device. Only patient data that is non-indentifying (e.g., age, race, height, weight) may be
input into the device (i.e., for formula/drug calculations).
5. Students will not store passwords, verification codes, or electronic signature codes on to
their device.
6. Students will not use any device to send individually identifiable health information via
email or text messaging, as electronic messages may be intercepted by others.
7. Taking of pictures or video and audio recordings in the clinical setting is absolutely
forbidden as a violation of client privacy. Students are strictly prohibited from taking
photos or videos of the clinical area, patients, patient records, staff, faculty, or peers.
8. Students will not use any device in the presence of patients/clients or family members.
9. Faculty reserve the right to dismiss a student from the classroom or clinical setting if the
use of electronic devices becomes disruptive and/or for any inappropriate use of such
devices.
10. Students not following this policy, or the policy of the clinical site as applicable, will be
subject to disciplinary action up to and/or including being dismissed from the nursing
program.
Created: December 2010
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
MATH POLICY
Students enrolled in NURS 3206: Nursing Care I - Foundations will be given two (2) attempts
to pass the math exam given at the end of the math portion of the NURS 3203: Pharmacology
course. Students who do not pass the math exam will be administratively dropped from NURS
3206.
All clinical nursing courses require successful completion of a math exam with a 90% or better
prior to the beginning of clinical lab experiences. Students in all other clinical courses will be
given two (2) attempts for completion of a math exam with a 90% or better prior to the
beginning of clinical lab experiences. The math exams may be given before or after regularly
scheduled class time as indicated on the course calendar.
Each math exam consists of 10 math problems. Students will have one hour to complete the
exam. Grades will be posted on Blackboard but are not calculated into the overall final course
grade. Simple function calculators will be allowed during the math test. Students are responsible
for providing their own calculator. (Calculators that store formulas, etc. will not be allowed.)
Students will be provided a simple calculator, paper, and pencils from the Department of
Nursing. These items must be turned in with the completed math exam before leaving the testing
room.
A student who does not score a minimum of 90% by the final math exam attempt must drop the
clinical nursing course(s). Any student wishing to return to the nursing program after dropping
a course because of the failure to successfully complete the required math exam must utilize the
Readmission Policy as instructed in the B.S.N. Student Handbook.
Adopted: October 2009; Revised: Spring 2015
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Policy on Inappropriate/Unacceptable Student Conduct
Certain behaviors are considered INAPPROPRIATE when exhibited by nursing students. This includes
behaviors both in Wharton Nursing Building and at the clinical sites or anywhere the student is
representing the SAU Department of Nursing. Inappropriate student conduct which will not be tolerated
by the nursing faculty includes but is not limited to: showing disrespect or contempt of clients, hospital
personnel, other students, or nursing faculty; being loud, argumentative, and disrupting the classroom or
clinical setting; failing to comply with the written or oral directions of the nursing faculty; inappropriate
e-mails, phone calls, messages. THE STUDENT WILL RECEIVE AN UNSATISFACTORY
CLINICAL DAY IF THIS OCCURS. If impairment by either alcohol or medication is suspected during
time at the clinical setting, the student can be DISMISSED FROM THE FACILITY AND SENT TO
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES for testing. If a student refuses to be tested, they are to be removed
from the clinical area and are not allowed to return.
The first time inappropriate conduct occurs, the instructor who is involved in the incident will confront
the student and the incident will be discussed privately between the faculty member and the student.
Documentation of the incident will be placed in the student's nursing department record. The second time
inappropriate conduct occurs, the faculty member involved, the course coordinator, and the department
chair will confront the student. Documentation of this incident also will be placed in the student's nursing
department record. If a third incident of inappropriate conduct occurs the student will be referred to the
Dean of the College of Science and Technology and Vice President for Academic Affairs with the
recommendation that he/she be dismissed from the program.
Any inappropriate conduct may result in immediate dismissal from the classroom or clinical lab for the
day. The student who is dismissed from clinical lab will receive an Unsatisfactory for the clinical lab day.
The behavioral incidences are cumulative over all four semesters while in the nursing program.
Some behaviors are considered totally UNACCEPTABLE and may result in recommending to the Dean
of the College School of Science and Technology and Vice President for Academic Affairs with
immediate dismissal from the nursing program. Such behaviors would include but are not limited to:
plagiarism, cheating, or forgery; alteration of University records, documents, or identification; putting in
jeopardy the physical safety of another person; attempting or threatening to strike, kick, or otherwise
subject another person to nonconsensual physical contact; drug and alcohol abuse; making obscene or
threatening remarks, gestures, or displays; threatening phone calls or e-mails, addressing harassing,
slanderous, or libelous language to a person; engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing
acts that are disorderly; and violations of state and federal criminal statutes.
Should such unacceptable behavior occur, the student would be given a hearing before a quorum of the
nursing faculty, who will review the facts. The majority of the nursing faculty will then determine
whether the student will be recommended to remain in the program. Based on appropriate measures
regarding the circumstances and the seriousness of the incident, the student may be recommended for
dismissal, suspension, or expulsion from the University.
October 2009
Revised: Fall 2012
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Substance Abuse Policy
The Nursing Department of Southern Arkansas University will endorse a Drug Free School/Workplace Policy. The
Department recognizes the need to protect individual student’s rights granted by state or federal law and to set
professional standards leading to education and clinical success. At the same time, the individual student providing
care for patients in the clinical lab must respect the patient’s rights to receive care according to standards of nursing
practice. In order to maintain ethical and legal standards, it is necessary to comply with the substance abuse policies
as established by the University, Department of Nursing, and individual clinical agencies. Individuals not in
compliance shall be subject to sanctions, which may range from required enrollment in a drug and alcohol course to
expulsion from the University. Evidence of serious offenses such as manufacture, sale, or distribution will be
referred to state and/or federal enforcement authorities, in addition to dismissal from the nursing program. Students
will submit to testing upon admission into the program and yearly thereafter. Students will also sign the consent for
random drug screening at the beginning of EVERY SEMESTER.
CONFIDENTIALITY
Southern Arkansas University is committed to protect the individual student’s privacy rights. Positive drug testing
and other incidents involving drugs or alcohol will be kept confidential unless there is a statutory requirement for
mandatory reporting. Confidentiality will be maintained under the supervision of the department chair. The Chair
HAS the right to notify the student’s CLINICAL FACULTY, THE APPROPRIATE STATE BOARD OF
NURSING, COURSE COORDINATOR, AND UNIVERSITY of the results of the drug and/or alcohol test.
RANDOM SCREENING PROCEDURE
The Nursing Department will conduct drug testing of students by random selection including up to ten students each
time. Special request testing may be required as well. Certain students may have testing stipulations ordered by
different jurisdictions and these students will be tested in addition to the ten random students. The testing will also
be performed upon reasonable belief by an instructor that a student has a substance abuse problem. The nursing
FACULTY will provide written document of any concerns of a student drug/alcohol problem. It will be the
responsibility of the chair or a representative to coordinate and maintain accuracy in drug testing. The student will
be notified to report for testing by written letter and verbal communication and will be identified by a photo ID. (See
copy of letter.) The preliminary urine drug test is performed at University Health Services. A private lab provides
confirmation testing on positive preliminary urine samples.
PENALTY
Failure to present as instructed to University Health Services for testing will be treated as a positive drug screen
and will require dismissal from the nursing program. From the time of notification the student will have 3 hours to
report to University Health Services. If a student tests positive regardless of route of consumption without
prescription documentation, he/she will be dismissed from the program. Students who have documentation for
medications (INCLUDING LETTER FROM PRESCRIBING PHYSICIAN STATING THAT THE FUNCTIONS
OF A NURSE CAN STILL BE FULFILLED WHILE TAKING THE MEDICINE) showing positive results during
drug screening will be allowed to continue in the program, but will be subject to retesting as faculty requests. The
nursing faculty may require counseling, and documentation of adhering to request will be required. The Nursing
Program adheres to University policy regarding manufacture, sale, or distribution of drugs/alcohol.
A student suspected of being under the influence of alcohol/drugs will be dismissed from the classroom/clinic
and, subsequently, a hearing with a faculty quorum will be held. Another person will witness the verbal
warning, and documentation will be added to the student’s file. Southern Arkansas University offers students
a drug free awareness program that provides information and education about the dangers of drug abuse
through ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team).
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION EFFECTS
IF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION IMPAIRS CLINICAL JUDGMENT, THE STUDENT WILL BE DISMISSED
FROM THE CLINICAL SETTING WITH AN UNSATISFACTORY GRADE FOR THAT DAY.
October 2009, Fall 2012
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BSN NURSING FEES AND EXPENSES
See “Fees and Expenses” sheet in University Handbook/Catalog for tuition, etc.
Expenses may vary with your choice of products, style, color, etc., making the following list an
estimated cost.
ALL PRICES ARE APPROXIMATE and ARE NOT GUARANTEED.
Nursing Lab Fee (each semester)
Hepatitis Immunization (available at University Health Services; 3 injections)
TB Skin Test (available at a variety of locations, required yearly)
CPR American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider BLS course (offered
before each fall / spring semester).
Student Nurses Association (SNA) Membership (optional and subject to
semester of enrollment changes)
Uniforms and lab coat
Nursing shoes
Watch with second hand
Stethoscope
School Patch for Uniform
Name Pin
Travel to and from Clinical Sites (DEPENDANT ON GAS PRICES and
DISTANCE TRAVELED)
Books - Prices are for students purchasing new books and differ according to
nursing program and current course level.
$ 100.00
$ 90.00
$ 5.00
$ 80.00
SAU Nursing Pin with or without Pin Guard (optional for final semester)
$ Price varies
State Board Application Fee (final semester – subject to change)
$ 75.00 (AR)
$100.00 (LA)
$ 25.00
Temporary License Fee (Arkansas –final semester)
Background Check and Drug Screening Fee by area
NCLEX Fee (final semester – subject to change)
Syllabus each semester (available at SAU Bookstore-varies according to course)
NCLEX Review Course
Created: October 2009
Revised: May 2010, May 2011, May 2012
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$ 30.00
$100.00 - $150.00
$ 30.00 – $ 75.00
$ 15.00 – $ 50.00
$ 40.00 – $180.00
$ 5
$ 6.00
$200.00 $500.00/Semester
$200-800
$100-150
$200.00
$ 1 to $20
$375
STUDENT ACCESS TO RESOURCES
Academic Advising and Assistance Center
Located in Overstreet 2nd floor, the Academic Advising and Assistance Center provides
continuous support for all freshman students (with the exception of those already admitted to the
nursing and the B.S.I.T. programs) and students with less than 60 hours who are undecided about
a major field of study. Students are encouraged to visit with personnel in the Academic
Advising and Assistance Center in order to plan their academic schedules for subsequent
semesters.
Magale Library
All students at SAU may use the University library. The Web homepage is
www.saumag.edu/library. The Magale building also houses the Teaching/Learning Center and
the Writing Center.
Office of Counseling and Testing
The University provides confidential professional counseling assistance to all students free of
charge. The Office of Counseling and Testing is located in Reynolds Center 216, and
appointments may be made in person or by telephone Monday through Friday by calling
235-4145. Services include personal counseling, educational counseling, planning activities,
minority affairs, career counseling, and testing services.
Scholarships and Financial Aid to Students
Recognizing that many students need help in meeting their post-secondary expenses, the
University makes every effort to encourage and assist students by providing scholarships, grants,
loans, and employment to those who meet established criteria. Contact the Office of Financial
Aid, Room 204, Nelson Hall, or call 235-4023 for information.
Student Employment Office
The Student Employment Resource Center assists currently enrolled students in finding oncampus employment. Students may review descriptions of current job openings submitted by
faculty and staff and receive training through the Partners in Training program. Students register
with the office by completing an application form. The Office is Reynolds Center 217, and is
open during the fall and spring semesters. For more information, call 235-5115.
Student Housing
Southern Arkansas University operates six residence halls on campus. Applications and
information about student housing are available in the Office of Student Life, Reynolds Center.
Call 235-4041 for more information.
University Health Services
Located Reynolds Center 215, the University Health Services Office is open Monday - Friday
from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some of the services provided include emergency and first aid
treatment, blood pressure checks, allergy injections, T.B. testing, Hepatitis immunization
injections, general health evaluations, and assisting in scheduling doctor’s appointments. Most
of the services are free to all students. Call 235-5237 for more information.
REVISED: May 2010, May 2012
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General Student Support Services Web Links
Support Services
Web Links
Alcohol and Drug Abuse http://www.saumag.edu/adapt
Prevention
Alumni Association
http://www.saumag.edu/alumni
Application for Federal
Student Aid
http://www.fafsaonline.com
Bookstore
Counseling and Testing
Center
http://www.sau.bkstr.com
http://www.saumag.edu/student_affairs/counseling_and_testing
Disability Support Services http://web.saumag.edu/ct/disability-support-services/
Employment Resource
Center
http://www.saumag.edu/student_affairs/employment_resource_center
International Students
http://www.saumag.edu/international
Magale Library
Multicultural Services
Publications
Registrar
Student Accounts
http://www.saumag.edu/library
http://www.saumag.edu/multicultural
http://www.saumag.edu/newspaper
http://www.saumag.edu/registrar
http://www.saumag.edu/student_accounts
Student Support Services http://www.saumag.edu/tutor
University Health Services http://www.saumag.edu/student_affairs/university_health
University Food Service
University Police
Writing Center
http://www.saumag.campusdish.com
http://www.saumag.edu/police
http://www.saumag.edu/writingcenter
Created: October 2009
Revised: May 2010
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BSN Student Class Officers Responsibilities and Guidelines
Class Officers represent their class and are supervised by Faculty Sponsors. Class Officer
Meetings are held every other week and as needed during lunch break as scheduled by the
Faculty Sponsor and Class President.
TERM:
All officers shall serve a term of one year, from the time that school ends in the school
year they are elected until elections at the end of the next school year. If for any reason an
officer cannot fulfill the duty of office, election(s) will be held within one week of the vacancy
and the elected individual will serve only the remainder of the current year of service.
ELIGIBILITY:
1. All elected class officers shall be members of the class in which they serve.
2. All elected officers shall not hold an officer position in any other nursing or on-campus
organization.
3. All elected officers shall have a GPA or 2.5 or higher with their most recent semester
grades.
4. All elected officers are expected to attend all meetings during the year of their elected
service. Reason(s) for absences must be provided to and approved by the Class Faculty
Sponsor.
5. Any elected officer who no longer complies or meets any on the eligibility rules and/or
commits an act in violation of the Southern Arkansas University Student Conduct Codes
and Regulations and/or the Department of Nursing Student Handbook is subject to
removal from office without replacement by judgment of the Class Sponsor and/or
Program Director.
POSITION RESPONSIBLITIES:
President
The Class President shall serve as an advocate for all students and perform the functions
of this office.
1. Work closely with the other class officers for planning and scheduling events,
fundraisers, and other activities to ensure the success of all activities.
2. Oversee all meetings, including fundraising planning and events. Present agenda.
3. Delegate responsibility in democratic manner.
4. Work with other class officers to model and reinforce appropriate student conduct
in the classroom and clinical settings.
5. Approve expenditures using class funds.
6. Attend and facilitate all officer meetings. (continued on the next page)
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7. Serve as a liaison with the Faculty Sponsor(s) and Department of Nursing Faculty
regarding class issues.
8. Responsible for developing, managing, and executing the pinning ceremony every
spring semester.
Vice-President
The Class Vice-President shall serve to assist the Class President in advocating for all
students and assisting in maintaining cohesiveness within the class officers
1. Assume all duties of President in the President’s absence.
2. Attend all meetings and work closely with all other Class Officers to ensure the
success of all activities.
3. Maintain records regarding student attendance and participation in fundraising
events.
4. Maintain calendar of all class activities and meeting dates.
5. Work to create an inclusive atmosphere and ensure that class activities reach a wide
range of students.
6. Collect pictures reflecting activity involvement by class members.
7. Responsible for developing, managing, and executing the pinning ceremony every
spring semester.
Treasurer
The Class Treasurer shall serve to ensure that all class finances are soundly and wisely
used for class activities.
1. Report directly to the Class President providing a monthly budget sheet and financial
report for officer meetings.
2. Attend class fundraisers and is present to aid in collecting and counting funds with
the Class Faculty Sponsor.
3. Schedule at least 3 fundraisers for the class per year.
4. Attend all meetings and work closely with all other Class Officers to ensure the
success of all activities.
5. Seek information regarding potential donors to contribute to class fundraising
efforts.
6. Oversee expenditures of class money.
7. Responsible for developing, managing, and executing the pinning ceremony every
spring semester.
Secretary
The Class Secretary shall serve to improve the communication between class officers
and the students of their class.
1. Report directly to the Class President.
2. Record minutes for Class Officer Meetings. Provide copy of minutes to Class Faculty
Sponsor.
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3. Work to keep all information for the class posted in a central, easily accessible
location.
4. Assist with working on advertising fundraisers through creation of announcements,
flyers, etc.
5. Organize poster-making committees.
6. Assist Class Faculty Sponsor in collecting registration forms for required
events/programs.
7. Attend all meetings and work closely with all other Class Officers to ensure the
success of all activities.
8. Responsible for developing, managing, and executing the pinning ceremony every
spring semester.
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Class Officer Contract
I, ___________________________________, in the position of
______________________________,
agree to the Class Officer Responsibilities and Guidelines and pledge to work to the best of my
ability to ensure that they are fulfilled. I agree to represent my class through hard work,
integrity, faithfulness, and will adhere to the Southern Arkansas University Student Conduct
codes and to the Department of Nursing’s Student Handbook policies and procedures. I
understand that if I do not meet the requirements of my office as outlined in the position
description, I may be removed from office at any time.
_____________________________________
Officer Signature
_________________________________
Date
____________________________________
Faculty Sponsor Signature
_________________________________
Date
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Student Nurse Excellence Award Descriptions
Associate Degree Nurse Excellence Award
Awarded annually by nursing faculty to a graduating associate degree nursing student who has
demonstrated scholastic and leadership ability and exemplifies an enthusiastic commitment to
professional nursing. This student consistently:
 Demonstrates outstanding class and clinical preparation
 Commits to the ideals of the nursing profession
 Demonstrates competence in nursing situations
 Participates in extracurricular activities that promote nursing
 Communicates professionally with other students and faculty
 Supports classmates as a role model with positive attitude
 Portrays compassion and empathy
RN-Bachelor’s Science Nurse Excellence Award
Awarded annually by nursing faculty to a graduating RN-BSN degree student who has demonstrated
scholastic and leadership ability and exemplifies an enthusiastic commitment to professional nursing.
This student consistently:
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Demonstrates outstanding class and clinical preparation
Commits to the ideals of the nursing profession
Demonstrates competence in nursing situations
Participates in extracurricular activities that promote nursing
Communicates professionally with other students and faculty
Supports classmates as a role model with positive attitude
Portrays compassion and empathy
Bachelor’s Science Nurse Excellence Award
Awarded annually by nursing faculty to a graduating bachelor’s degree nursing student who has
demonstrated scholastic and leadership ability and exemplifies an enthusiastic commitment to
professional nursing. This student consistently:
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Demonstrates outstanding class and clinical preparation
Commits to the ideals of the nursing profession
Demonstrates competence in nursing situations
Participates in extracurricular activities that promote nursing
Communicates professionally with other students and faculty
Supports classmates as a role model with positive attitude
Portrays compassion and empathy
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Student Nurses’ Association
The SAU Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) is the local chapter of the Arkansas
Nursing Student Association (ANSA) and the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA).
The NSNA defines the membership and purpose of the organization as “a nonprofit organization
for students enrolled in associate, baccalaureate, diploma, and generic graduate nursing
programs. It is dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students.”
The purpose of the SAU SNA chapter is to improve health care of all people by
promoting development of the individual student nurse as a future health care professional;
to provide programs representative of fundamental and current professional concerns; to form a
network of contacts consisting of, but not limited to, students, faculty, and professional
associates; and to aid in the development of the whole person, his/her professional nursing role,
and his/her responsibility for the health care of people in all walks of life.
The SAU SNA is actively involved on campus and in the community, participating in
hundreds of service hours each academic year. ANSA State Convention is held in the fall,
Midyear Conference follows, and NSNA National Convention occurs each spring.
Students who join NSNA are eligible to run for an officer, director, or class
representative position at the chapter level during the annual election. Members are also eligible
to run for positions on the state and national level. The SAU SNA chapter conducts monthly
meetings for chapter business.
SAU Student Nurses’ Association http://web.saumag.edu/nursing/sau-sna/
National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) www.nsna.org
Arkansas Nursing Student’s Association (ANSA) www.arknursingstudents.com
Find us on Facebook
Revised: May 2010, Spring 2012, September 2012, October 2013
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Student Nurses’ Association STAR Award
SAU Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) members are privileged to have the opportunity
to earn the SNA STAR Award when enrolled in nursing courses with a clinical
component.
STAR
S – Service
T – Teamwork
A – Achievement, Awareness, & Action
R – Resourcefulness & Responsibility
The STAR award is above and beyond what is involved in the nursing curriculum and is
accomplished by membership and participation in the SAU SNA chapter. Involvement
by SNA members towards a STAR Award is voluntary and requirements for active
participation are listed below.
Requirements to receive the SNA STAR Award:
1.
Membership in the SAU Student Nurses’ Association. Students may start a new
membership or renew an existing membership online at https://nsnamembership.org/ or
by mail-in application form with payment to the National Students Nurses’ Association
(NSNA). Members are responsible for maintaining current membership by renewing
before their expiration date. SNA officers and faculty advisors do not collect membership
dues and are not responsible for notifying students when a membership expires.
Acceptable membership proof includes an online confirmation print-out or a copy of the
mail-in application. The deadline to provide membership proof to SNA Faculty Advisors
is Friday, September 13.
2.
Attendance at 2 SAU SNA Chapter Meetings per semester. Monthly chapter
meetings are held in the Nursing Department and rotate days of the week to
accommodate nursing student schedules. SAU SNA Chapter meetings are scheduled
during lunch hour and announced in advance (via Blackboard, email, flyers, and the SNA
board in the Nursing Department). Members must sign-in at SNA Chapter meetings to
verify attendance.
3.
Participation in at least 1 SAU SNA activity/event per semester or hold an SAU
SNA Officer position. Only activities/events sponsored by SAU SNA are applicable to
the STAR Award requirement. Sign-in sheets are filed for every SAU SNA activity/event
by the chapter Secretary and submitted to the SNA Faculty Advisors. The deadline to
participate in an SNA activity/event for the STAR Award is Friday, November 22.
Examples of SNA member participation for the STAR Award:
a.
SNA Relay for Life Team, SNA Race for the Cure Team, Red Cross Disaster
Training, etc
b.
Attendance at a state (ANSA) or national (NSNA) conference
c.
Serving as a chapter, state or national officer in NSNA
d.
Chairing a standing committee (i.e., Breakthrough to Nursing)
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The service activities may not be used for any other purpose or be connected to
professional development points for any academic courses.
Students who receive the STAR AWARD every semester while attending the SAU
Department of Nursing will be presented an SNA STAR to be worn during graduation
ceremonies representing the meaning of the award. Service, Teamwork, Achievement,
Awareness, & Action , and Resourcefulness & Responsibility are attributes that
characterize the essence and heart of nursing. It is the hope of the SAU Student Nurse’s
Association that all students will continue to work toward this goal.
Student Nurses’ Association STAR Award
My signature below acknowledges I have received and understand the requirements for
the SAU SNA STAR Award. Submit the completed form to an SNA Faculty Advisor by
Friday, September 13.
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SIGNATURE
____________________________
DATE
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PRINTED NAME
____________________________
PROGRAM & LEVEL
2/2015 PVD
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Nursing Alumni Chapter
Founded in November of 2011, the Nursing Alumni Chapter is an umbrella chapter of the
Southern Arkansas University Alumni Association. The chapter provides graduates of the
Nursing Department an avenue to network with other nursing professionals while remaining
connected to Southern Arkansas University. As the Nursing Alumni Chapter grows,
opportunities for professional development, scholarship, and fundraising will be available.
For membership information or a copy of the latest newsletter, contact Heather McKnight or
Ginger Covington
Contact us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Arkansas-University-Nursing-AlumniChapter/302010676489616
Created: Fall 2012
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APPENDIX
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Magnolia Campus
VALIDATION FORM:
This is to certify that
I,
, a nursing student at Southern Arkansas
University have received the Nursing Department Student Handbook. My signature
indicates receipt of this book and the responsibility for reading all policies enclosed. This
form must be completed and turned in to the Course Coordinator within two (2) weeks
from the FIRST DAY OF CLASS. I UNDERSTAND THAT IF CHANGES REGARDING
THE STUDENT HANDBOOK OCCUR DURING MY COURSE OF STUDY, I WILL BE
NOTIFIED AND WILL BE EXPECTED TO ABIDE BY THE CHANGES AS THEY
APPLY.
(Signature of Student)
(Date)
October 2009
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF NURSING
VERIFICATION OF UNDERSTANDING
ARKANSAS STATE BOARD – NURSE PRACTICE ACT
My signature below verifies that have I have received a copy of the Arkansas State Board of
Nursing’s Nurse Practice Act as available in the appropriate student handbook for my course of study
within the Department of Nursing. I have read and understand the information presented or will contact
the Arkansas State Board of Nursing regarding any questions about the information presented in the Act.
Circle the appropriate semester:
FALL
SPRING
Fill in the blank: Year ______________
SIGNATURE
DATE
Created: March 2012
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Release of Information Form
I authorize the release of documentation of a current TB skin test (or chest x-ray),
Hepatitis vaccination, Influenza vaccination, CPR certification, drug screening,
criminal background screening, and driving history screening to the clinical facility
being used for my clinical lab rotation.
Name
Date
October 2009
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING
REGARDING NEED TO UTILIZE BLACKBOARD AS A LEARNING TOOL
I understand that it is my responsibility to check the Southern Arkansas University Blackboard
Web site for class announcements, course materials, class information, assignments, due dates, e-mail,
lecture notes, grades, and other classroom information, as instructed by the faculty. I understand that
it is also my responsibility to check Blackboard e-mail for information that may only
pertain to me.
I also understand that should I fail to retrieve needed classroom information from Blackboard that
could hinder my receiving a passing grade, the faculty is not responsible. This form applies to all courses
I am currently enrolled in this semester in the Department of Nursing.
Circle the appropriate semester:
FALL
SPRING
Fill in the blank: Year ______________
SIGNATURE
DATE
October 2009
Revised: May 2010, Fall 2012
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SUMMER
Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
STUDENT CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT
GENERAL CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT – I, the undersigned, reviewed and understand the following
statements:
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All patient, employee, student, and proprietary information are considered confidential and
should not be used for purposes other than its intended use.
I have an ethical and legal obligations to protect confidential information used or obtained in the
course of delivering healthcare or performing other duties and understand that all policies on
confidentiality apply equally to data stored both in the computer and on paper records.
Authorization to disclose information is made only by managers and only on a need-to-know basis as
part of healthcare delivery, education, or research.
Media contacts concerning any patient, employee, student, or research project must be referred to
the office of the appropriate dean, Vice-President of Administration and General Counsel, or
department chair.
Education administrators are responsible for communicating SAU's confidentiality policy to their
students.
Unauthorized use of, or access to, confidential information may result in discipline up to and
including termination of employment and/or dismissal from an academic program. Violation of
confidentiality may also create civil and criminal liability.
COMPUTER ACCESS CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT - Persons with Computer Access
I, the undersigned, acknowledge that in the course of my study at SAU or during clinical lab/practicum, I will be
privileged to information confidential to SAU or to an individual patient, employee, or student. I acknowledge
receipt of my sign-on code to the facility and understand the following:
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My application systems (any patient record, student record, or financial record systems) sign-on
and password code(s) are equivalent to my signature.
I will be responsible for any use or misuse of my network or application system sign-on code(s).
I will not attempt to access information on the SAU or clinical facility's network except to meet
learning needs to my job/position.
I, the undersigned, further understand and agree that the consequences of a violation of the
above statements may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination, dismissal
from an academic program, loss of privileges, or termination of the relationship.
Signed: ____________________________ SS#: _______________________ Date: __________________
Print Name:
First Name
Middle Initial
Last Name
THIS AGREEMENT IS TO BE SIGNED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH SEMESTER AND TURNED IN
TO THE COURSE COORDINATOR AS REQUIRED.
October 2009
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Drug/Alcohol Testing Consent Form
The Southern Arkansas University Department of Nursing is hereby granted permission to test
for drugs/alcohol during my enrollment in the nursing program at Southern Arkansas University.
I agree to cooperate by providing a specimen for testing and I understand that should the test
prove positive, I would be subject to dismissal from the nursing program. Failure to submit to
testing will result in dismissal from the nursing program.
Please print:
Name
(LAST)
(FIRST)
(MIDDLE)
Address
Social Security Number
Student ID Number_________________________________________________________
I hereby declare that I have read the Drug/Alcohol Testing Consent Statement above and fully
understand the policy of the SAU Nursing Department in regard to substance abuse and testing.
(SIGNATURE)
(DATE)
Created: October 2009
Revised: May 2010
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Behaviors Warranting Drug or Alcohol Screening Request by Faculty (not a conclusive list):
-Deteriorating job performance.
-Decreased responsibility; withdrawal from activities.
-Dismisses details; forgetfulness in routine duties; cuts corners.
-Decline in quality and quantity of documentation.
-Ineffective use of work time.
-Irritable, unpredictable mood swings.
-Social isolation.
-Inability to get along; receive complaints about performance from patients, nurses, families
and/or fellow students.
-Challenges departmental policies and procedures repeatedly.
-Solicitous of patients, families, supervisors, and clinical site staff.
-Rationalizes negative feedback.
-Defensive beyond expectation when questioned about errors/poor patient care.
-Decline in grooming and care of clothing.
-Weight gain or loss.
-Skin changes in tone and integrity around face and arms.
-Slight, noticeable hand tremors.
-Sluggish pupillary size change and/or bloodshot eyes.
-Increase in pain medications administered during the student’s clinical time.
-Patient’s complain that pain medication is ineffective when previously relieved by the
same medication.
-Preoccupied with medications/narcotics.
-Frequent checks narcotic supply.
-Frequently asks physicians on unit for prescriptions.
-Frequently visits the emergency room for prescriptions during clinical rotation.
-Frequently visits the emergency room for problems and/or injuries occurring during the
clinical day.
-Waits for other personnel to leave and enters narcotic area alone and unsupervised.
-“Disappears” unexpectedly or without notifying supervisor, team leader, or nursing
faculty.
-Takes a break or visits the restroom immediately after visiting medication room or assessing
narcotics.
-Excessive tardiness at first of shift or after breaks.
-Volunteers to give narcotics to patients not assigned to the student’s care.
October 2009
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES STATEMENT
Students enrolled in the Department of Nursing must possess those intellectual, ethical, physical,
and emotional capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the level of
competence required for safe professional practice. The student must have the mental and physical
abilities necessary to perform at each level within the nursing curriculum. Certain technical abilities and
expectations are expected of all students admitted to the nursing program. In the event a student is unable
to fulfill these technical standards, the student will not be allowed to continue in the nursing program. The
student must:
1. Be able to work in a standing position and walk frequently in campus/clinical lab setting.
2. Have physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces.
3. Be able to lift and transfer clients up to six inches or more from a stooped position, then push/pull
weight up to three feet (e.g., bed to stretcher; wheelchair).
4. Be able to lift and transfer patients from a stooped to an upright position to accomplish bed-tochair and chair-to-bed transfers.
5. Have gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care.
6. Be able to apply up to 10 pounds of pressure to bleeding sites or in performing CPR.
7. Have auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs; respond and react
immediately to auditory instruction, request, and or monitor equipment; perform auditory
auscultation without auditory impediment.
8. Perform up to twelve hours in a clinical laboratory setting.
9. Have visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care. Perform
close and distance visual activities involving objects, people, and paperwork, as well as
discriminate depth and color perception.
10. Have tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment; discriminate between sharp/dull and
hot/cold.
11. Perform mathematical calculations for medication administration and be able to reason, analyze,
and synthesize information.
12. Have interpersonal abilities sufficient for interaction with individuals, families, and groups from
various social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds; and communicate effectively,
both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and word usage.
13. Have critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment; make quick decisions under
stressful situations; and respond and act immediately to emergency situations.
My signature below reflects my understanding of the required performance of these
mental and physical expectations during the nursing program.
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Student Signature
_______________________
Date
October 2009
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY
Department of Nursing
Health Insurance Policy
Southern Arkansas University and the Department of Nursing strongly recommend the student
purchase and maintain personal health insurance. Clinical agencies agree to provide first aid for
clinical lab related accidents and illnesses, such as blood and body fluid exposures, to students.
The charges for any medical services shall be billed to the student or their insurance carrier. The
University and clinical agency assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, beyond the
initial first aid provided immediately after the injury, and any services or other liability shall not
be borne by the University or clinical agency, but shall be the responsibility of the individual
student regardless of whether these services are covered by the student’s insurance.
Please print:
Name
(LAST)
(FIRST)
(MIDDLE)
I hereby declare that I have read the Department of Nursing personal health insurance statement
and fully understand the policy of the SAU Nursing Department in regard to health care
insurance.
(SIGNATURE)
(DATE)
Adopted: Spring 2010
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HEPATITIS B VACCINE DECLINATION FORM
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF NURSING
Student Name: _________________________________
Student ID#: ____________________________________
I, ______________________________________, understand that due to my
potential exposure, to blood and/or other potentially infectious materials, I may be
at risk of acquiring hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection during activities related to
my enrollment in nursing courses. However, with this knowledge, I decline the
Hepatitis B vaccination series at this time. I understand that by declining this
vaccine, I continue to be at risk of acquiring Hepatitis B, a serious disease. I also
understand that by refusing this vaccine I may be denied access to a clinical site.
I agree to provide proof of vaccination to my clinical course coordinator if I decide
at a later date to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine series through my selected primary
care provider. I understand that it is my responsibility to provide proof of starting
the vaccination series to the appropriate course coordinator.
If I fail to provide proof of documentation or the completed Declination Form by
the announced course deadline I understand that I will be administratively dropped
from my clinical nursing courses.
Student’s Signature: __________________________________________
Date: ______________________________________________________
Semester and Year: ___________________________________________
Approved: Fall 2012; Reviewed: February 17, 2015
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INFLUENZA (FLU) VACCINE DECLINATION FORM
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF NURSING
Student Name: _________________________________
Student ID#: ____________________________________
All nursing students are required to receive the flu vaccine. If you decline the vaccine you must
provide proof of a medically verified allergy to the flu vaccine, verified history of Guillian Barre
Syndrome, or other significant adverse reaction to the flu vaccine. Students who qualify for the
allowed exemption must provide a declination form signed by the student’s primary healthcare
provider to the applicable course coordinator by November 1st of each fall semester. Request
for declination of the vaccine will be considered by nursing program administration and/or the
medical facility administration where the student assigned clinical experience is scheduled.
Student signature: ______________________________________________________
Date: ____________________________________
Reason for declination (may attach documentation)
_______________________________________________________________________
Primary Health Care Provider Name (printed)
________________________________________________________________________
Primary Health Care Provider Signature
Approved: October 2009; December 2013; Reviewed February 17, 2015
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Southern Arkansas University
Department of Nursing
Update of Health Status
This is to certify that I,
, a nursing
student at Southern Arkansas University, have recently had a change in my health status or
medication since completing my original health condition form.
I have been informed by my physician of the risks that may be involved to me
under my new treatment/medication, and hereby release the faculty of the Nursing
Department and the University from any ill effects, which may result from
performing the required functions in order to meet the objectives of the course.
I understand that the faculty may require me to show documented evidence of my new
prescriptions and that I may be required to submit a letter from my physician stating that I am
physically able to participate in my clinical assignment and am able to perform while under the
influence of my new medication.
New physical conditions, limitations and/or disorders including medications currently
prescribed and in use:
Signature of Student
Date
Adopted: May 2005
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Department of Nursing
STUDENT ACCIDENT FORM
Date
Name
Date of Occurrence________________________________Time
Place of Occurrence
Type of Accident
Specific Activity Engaged In
Summary of Accident
___________________________________________________________________________
Witnesses: (Name, Address, Phone Number)
______________________________________________________________________________
Health Care Provider__________________________________________________________
Action Taken:
___________________________________________________________________________
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Department of Nursing
Notification of Unsatisfactory Lab/Classroom Grade
INSTRUCTIONS: This report is to be completed by the instructor when a student is given a grade of unsatisfactory
laboratory or classroom performance. A copy of this report is to be included in the student’s file. An example of
unsatisfactory classroom performance includes, but is not limited to sleeping in classroom, failure to complete
assignments on time, etc. An example of unsatisfactory laboratory performance includes but is not limited to
medication errors, lack of preparedness for laboratory experience, dress code violations, etc.
A STUDENT WHO ACCUMULATES A TOTAL OF THREE UNSATISFACTORY LABORATORY/
CLASSROOM PERFORMANCE GRADES WHILE IN THE NURSING PROGRAM WILL APPEAR
BEFORE FACULTY AND MAY BE DISMISSED FROM THE PROGRAM.
1.
2.
3.
Student
Instructor
Date
4.
Description of Incident
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
5. Action by Instructor _____________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
6. Action by Student _______________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
7. Remarks _______________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________
Instructor’s Signature
____________________________________
Date of Signature
Student’s Signature
Date of Signature
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Department of Nursing
Notification of Inappropriate or Unacceptable Student Conduct
Student's Name _____________________________
Date of Incident _____________
Location of Incident __________________________
Time of Incident _____________
Check:
Unacceptable Conduct
Inappropriate Conduct
Objective Details of Incident
Any witnesses of the incident: ________________________________________________
Circumstances surrounding the incident: ________________________________________
Behavior exhibited by the student: _____________________________________________
Response of instructor; actions taken: __________________________________________
Interpretation of the Incident
Student Comments: _________________________________________________________
Instructor Comments: _______________________________________________________
Significance of the Incident to the Student
_____ I am aware of the Nursing Department's policy regarding inappropriate and unacceptable
conduct as stated in the Nursing Student Handbook.
_____ I understand the serious nature of this incident and that I am in jeopardy of being
dismissed from the Nursing Program and the University.
Signatures
Date
Student
_______________________________
______________
Instructor
_______________________________
______________
Course Coordinator
_______________________________
______________
Program Director
_______________________________
______________
Department Chair
_______________________________
______________
October 2009
Revised: Fall 2012
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List of Unacceptable and/or Inappropriate Behaviors (not a conclusive list):
- More than one medication error in the same clinical day.
-Offensive comments to patient, patient’s family, clinical site staff, SAU faculty, or fellow
students.
-Unwilling to perform tasks according to accepted protocol or routine.
-Decline in quality and quantity of documentation.
-Ineffective use of work time.
-Does not follow medication administration protocols.
-Refuses to ask for assistance when performing a task or skill unfamiliar to student.
-Irritable; unpredictable mood swings; social isolation.
-Receive complaints about performance from patients, nurses, patient’s family, and/or fellow
students.
-Challenges departmental policy and procedures repeatedly.
-Solicitous of patients, families, supervisors.
-Rationalizes negative feedback.
-Defensive beyond expectation when questioned about errors/poor patient care.
-Rudeness to patient, patient’s family, clinical site staff, SAU faculty, and/or fellow students.
-Questionable integrity/truth of charting/assignments.
-Does not follow appropriate guidelines for use of physical restraints, side rails, or other safety
issues.
-Communicates poorly and/or ineffectively with patient, patient’s family, clinical site staff, SAU
faculty, and fellow students.
-Frequently not prepared for daily-expected activities.
-Refuses to admit mistakes or errors in judgment.
-Continually disappearing from assigned unit without appropriate notification to instructor.
-Repeatedly does not bring required paperwork to clinical areas.
-Procrastination of assigned duties during the clinical day.
-Unwillingness to assist fellow students with tasks when asked.
-Inappropriate use of terms and abbreviations.
-Inappropriately dressed or not dressed according to policy established by nursing department at
SAU.
-Refuses to adhere to clinical site policy regarding smoking.
-Sleeping during clinical or pre/post conference.
- Copying chart materials without the explicit consent of the facility and clinical lab faculty.
- Violating HIPAA policies from either the university and/or clinical agency.
Adopted: May 2009
Revised: December 2009, May 2010, Fall 2012
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What does the HIPAA Privacy Rule do?
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HIPAA provides national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health
information.
HIPAA gives patients more control over their health information.
HIPAA establishes appropriate safeguards.
HIPAA holds violators accountable with civil and criminal penalties that can be imposed if they violate
patients’ privacy rights.
PRIVACY regulations were written to protect every patient’s health
information in any form:
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WRITTEN
ORAL
ELECTRONIC
SECURITY regulations were written to ensure integrity and protect health
information from:
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Alteration
Destruction
Loss
Disclosure to unauthorized persons
HIPAA Terms
Protected Health Information (PHI) applies to individually identifiable health information
transmitted or maintained that relates to:
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past, present, or future health conditions
health care provided
payment for health care
Protected Health Information (PHI) is any health information by which an
individual patient could be identified. There are currently 18 elements of
PHI.
Names
All Geographics
All Dates
Telephone numbers
Fax Numbers
E-mail Addresses
Social Security numbers
Medical Record numbers
Health Plan numbers
Account numbers
Certificate/License numbers
Vehicle IDs and Serial numbers
Device Identifiers
URLs
Internet Protocol Address numbers
Biometric Identifiers
Photographic Images
Any other unique numbers or code
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More HIPAA Terms
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USE is sharing of PHI within the hospital.
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DISCLOSURE is the release of PHI outside the hospital.
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AUTHORIZATION is required for the use and disclosure of health information for reasons
other than treatment, payment, and health care operations, or when required by law.
Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP)
The hospital must provide patients with a notice that describes privacy practices and includes:
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How they use and disclose PHI
Patients’ rights
Their responsibilities under HIPAA
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Minimum Necessary
HIPAA requires hospitals to use or disclose the least amount of information necessary to
accomplish their job functions.
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Hospitals may designate job classifications for electronic patient folder access.
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“Need-to-Know” Rule
Before looking at a patient’s PHI, ask yourself this question, “Do I need to know this to do
my job?”
Even doctors and nurses don’t have the right to look at every patient’s medical record.
If you need to see patient information to perform your job, you are allowed to do so.
Business Associates
 Business Associates (BA) are companies or individuals that provide services to hospitals or
who perform, or assist with, a function of the hospital. Nursing schools qualify as “Business
Associates” under HIPAA regulations.
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The hospital may disclose PHI to BA without patient authorization if satisfactory assurances
are obtained through written contract that the BA will appropriately safeguard the
information, referred to as a Business Associate Agreement.
The focus for nursing programs is security and privacy of patient information.
Enforcement
 Patients cannot sue for violations.
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Civil Money Penalties - $100 per violation with a $25,000 annual cap on violations of any
one single requirement. This is enforced by the Office of Civil Rights.
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Criminal Penalties - $50,000 to $25,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison enforced by the
Department of Justice.
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HIPAA Resources
and Web Sites
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DHHS Administrative Simplification
http://aspe.hhs.gov/admnsimp
Office of Civil Rights Privacy (OCR)
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa
Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)
http://www.wedi.org
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
www.arsbn.org
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
www.aacn.nche.edu
“Confidentiality is everyone’s job, not everyone’s business”
Source: HIPAA-The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of
1996
By Pat E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 2003.
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ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses
1. The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the
inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of
social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.
2. The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or
community.
3. The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the
patient.
4. The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the
appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse's obligation to provide optimum patient
care.
5. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve
integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth.
6. The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving health care environments
and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent
with the values of the profession through individual and collective action.
7. The nurse participates in the advancement of the profession through contributions to practice,
education, administration, and knowledge development.
8. The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting
community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs.
9. The profession of nursing, as represented by associations and their members, is responsible
for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice,
and for shaping social policy.
Copyright: American Nurses Association, (2001). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive
statements, American Nurses Publishing. Silver Spring, MD.
Approved: May 2011
Revised: Fall 2012
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