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General Description
Policy Provisions
Performance Evaluation
Subject Experts
Clinical Experience Policies

Document Number: NURS--116 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Date Last Updated: 11/03/2015
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 01/05/2012

General Description

Information about clinical experience policies relative to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.


Delineation of policy.



Responsibility: Academic Affairs
VP for Academic Affairs

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Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Current University policy
Standard company policies
Standards of good practice

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions

Clinical Experience Policies

Clinical outcomes must be satisfactorily met as outlined in each individual course syllabus. Students must earn a passing grade in the clinical experience component of each course in order to receive a passing grade for the course.




Preclinical Expectations

Students must notify the Director of Operations of regularly scheduled performance activities at least two months prior to the beginning of the semester.


Refer to Submission of Student Documentation policy for requirements prior to each semester.



Clinical Experience Expectations

The following expectations pertain to the clinical experience component of all clinical courses (more specific requirements may be addressed in individual course syllabi):


1.      Students are expected to be prepared for the clinical experience as directed by the instructor.  Preparation usually includes an advance visit to the agency for the purpose of obtaining patient data, preparing a plan of care, and/or researching information pertinent to the assignment.

2. Students are expected to meet each clinical experience in a punctual manner. Any absence must be cleared with the clinical instructor and reported to the clinical agency in advance of the time the student is to report to clinical.

3. Students are expected to adhere to the dress code described in this handbook.

4. Students are required to follow the facility’s Smoking Policy.

5. Students are assigned to clinical groups by the Director of Operations.  Assignments are made randomly and will not be changed except for University sanctioned events or classes.



Clinical Absence Policies

1. Absence from clinical experience must be cleared with the clinical instructor in advance of the time the student is to report to a clinical experience.

2. Students are expected to complete all orientation requirements for their respective clinical agencies. Copies of all orientation forms must be submitted to the Director of Operations

3. Unreported and unexcused absences are regarded as unsatisfactory and will result in a grade of the same for that particular clinical experience.

4. Any nursing student returning to clinical experience following certain physical symptoms or illness is required to be cleared by a health care provider* who provides  a written release for "return to a clinical experience," if any of the following have occurred:

a. Elevated oral temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or more within 24 hours of clinical experience.

b. Clinical symptoms such as headache, sore throat, productive cough, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea within 24 hours of clinical experience.

c. Known or suspected exposure to an infectious disease such as (but not limited to) tuberculosis, hepatitis, chicken pox, shingles, meningitis, streptococcus infection, or Haemophilus Influenza.

d. Travel out of the country.

5. Students may be referred to a health care provider at the discretion of the clinical Faculty member working with the student that day for clearance for symptoms and/or Illnesses not previously described.

6. Clinical make-up time is at the discretion of individual course instructors.


*The Health Care Provider written release for “return to a clinical experience” must be submitted to the clinical instructor before the student may be cleared by the School of Nursing to return to a clinical experience.


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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions

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