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Critical Incident Policy
Policy

Document Number: NURS--122 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 08/31/2015
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions 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


The critical incident inventory presented in Appendix C applies to all class, clinical, and laboratory settings of the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing at Cumberland University. Critical incidents are defined as “violations of generally accepted professional practices” and are categorized as and not limited to:

 

1. Unprofessional behaviors, such as: inappropriate dress; excessive or frequent episodes of tardiness; inappropriate cell phone use; inappropriate use of social media; violation of agency, school of nursing, and/or Cumberland University policy.

2. Failure to perform patient care safely and completely, such as medication errors, being unprepared for clinical assignments, inadequate skill performance.

3. Failure to submit health requirements, CPR documentation, drug screen, background check information, and proof of major medical insurance by the designated deadline.

 


2.

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.

 


3.

Penalties


1. The student receiving any critical incidents during the course of the program will be denied application into any internship or externship programs including the Vanderbilt Experience: Student Nurse Internship Program (VESNIP), the Geriatric Nurse Externship (GNE) Program, as well as Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society.

2. If the student accumulates a total score of two (2.0) points worth of critical incidents in a course, the student will fail that course.

3. The student will be dismissed from the nursing program when a total score of four (4.0) points or more of critical incident points are accumulated during the nursing program.

 

 


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

VP for Academic Affairs

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