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Unsafe or Unacceptable Nursing Practice Policy
Policy

Document Number: NURS--119 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 unsafe or unacceptable Nursing practice policy and its consequences.


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:
Standard company policies
Standards of good practice
Current University policy

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions
1.

Unsafe or Unacceptable Nursing Practice Policy


School of Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty are responsible for determining when a student is unable to function at a safe level in the clinical area.  The Faculty member is responsible for notifying the student of all incidents of unsafe nursing practice. The student may be asked to leave the clinical site, 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 clinical facility.

 

Within 24 hours of the incident, the Clinical Instructor responsible for the student will submit a written report to the Dean.  The Dean will then notify the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Clinical Instructor, 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 such as (but not limited to) assault/battery of a client, staff member, student, or Faculty, nursing practice that is not within the Standard of Care;  or attempting to deliver care 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

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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

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