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Critical Incident Policy
Policy

Document Number: NURS--122 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Health Sciences Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 01/10/2012

General Description
Description:

Information about the Critical Incident Policy for Nursing students which is in addition to university conduct policy.


Purpose:

Delineation of policy.


Scope:

Students


Responsibility: Academic Affairs
Deans
Faculty
VP for Academic Affairs

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Requirements
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

Suspension-student

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Policy Provisions
1.

Critical Incident Policy


Critical incidents (see Appendix C and D for Critical Incident Inventory) are defined as "violations of generally accepted professional practices" and are categorized as:

1. Unprofessional behaviors (inappropriate dress; tardiness; inappropriate cell phone use or conduct deemed inappropriate by Instructor and/or others; posting unprofessional comments/pictures on e-mail or social media sites; violation of agency, SON and/or Cumberland University policy. This includes: health requirements, CPR Certification, Drug Screen and Background Check.

2. Dependent nursing interventions, for example: failure to carry out physician orders safely and competently, failure to comply with instruction of agency staff or clinical instructor).

3. Independent nursing interventions, for example: failure to perform patient care safely and completely.

 


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Student Classroom Conduct Policy


School of Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty are responsible for determining when a student is unsafe to him/herself or others in the classroom. The student may be asked to leave the classroom and SON depending upon the gravity of the situation.

 

If alcohol or other drugs are suspected, the student will be asked to undergo immediate laboratory testing.  Positive laboratory results will result in immediate dismissal of the student from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.  Refusal to submit to laboratory testing will also result in immediate dismissal from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.  A student believed to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be required to leave the SON.

 

Within 24 hours of the incident, the Faculty member responsible for the student will submit a written report to the Dean.  The Dean will then notify the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Faculty member, Course Coordinator and Dean will schedule a conference with the student to be held within forty-eight (48) hours of the incident   At that time, the student will have the opportunity to explain or defend his/her behavior.

 


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Consequences


Grave incidents occurring in the SON or in any clinical agency such as (but not limited to) assault/battery of a staff member, student, or Faculty attempting to function while impaired by alcohol/drugs (as documented by various laboratory tests) will result in dismissal from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

 

Serious incidents which may result in disciplinary action by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences may also be subject to disciplinary procedures by the University.  Such policies are found in the current Cumberland University Student Handbook.

 


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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges
Suspension-student

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Attachments
Critical Incident Report
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Appendix C Critical Incident Inventory
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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Health Sciences

VP for Academic Affairs

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