RN-BSN Nursing Student Handbook 2017-2018

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RN-BSNNursing Student Handbook2017-20181

ContentsINTRODUCTION . 5PREFACE . 5DISCLAIMER . 5STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY . 5WELCOME LETTER . 6HISTORY . 7APPROVAL AND ACCREDITATION . 7SCHOOL OF NURSING FACULTY . 7ADMINISTRATIVE FACULTY . 8FACULTY . 9NURSING PROGRAM . 9VISION . 9MISSION . 9VALUES . 10PROGRAM/STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE BSN PROGRAM. 11PROGRAM OUTCOMES (ACEN) BENCHMARKS . 12PLAN OF STUDY FOR THE RN-BSN PROGRAM. 12GENERAL INFORMATION . 12ADDRESS/NAME CHANGE . 12STUDENT EVALUATION OF COURSE AND FACULTY . 12COMMUNICATION . 13GUIDELINES FOR RESOLVING STUDENT ACADEMIC CONCERNS ORCOMPLAINTS . 13STUDENT CONDUCT . 13PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR & CLASS CONDUCT . 141.Begin with a greeting . 152.State your purpose . 153. Add your closing remarks . 154.End with a closing . 15SOCIAL MEDIA . 16SCHOOL OF NURSING SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY . 17PURPOSE . 17GENERAL INFORMATION . 17RN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/20172

POLICY: . 18PROCEDURE/CONSIDERATIONS . 19CONSEQUENCES . 19TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS WITH BRIGHTSPACE/D2L: . 20COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS . 20PRIVACY OF RECORDS . 21GIFTS OF APPRECIATION . 21POLICY ON CELL PHONES AND OTHER PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES . 21IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION . 22ADMISSION AND PROGRESSION POLICIES . 22ADMISSION CRITERIA . 23PROGRESSION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS . 23WITHDRAWAL PROCESS . 23LEAVE OF ABSENCE . 23LEAVE OF ABSENCE GUIDELINES . 24REPEATING A COURSE . 24READMISSION . 24PROGRAM DISMISSAL . 25COURSE/CLASSROOM POLICIES AND INFORMATION . 25ILLNESSES . 25CLASS ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY. 25TESTING . 26TESTING – MAKE-UP EXAM POLICY . 27TESTING PROCESS. 27TEST REVIEW . 28LATE ASSIGNMENTS . 28LEARNING ACTIVITIES . 29SERVICE-LEARNING . 29PORTFOLIOS . 29GRADING . 30POSTING GRADES . 30GRADE APPEAL. 31ACADEMIC INTEGRITY . 31INTRODUCTION: . 31RN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/20173

DEFINITIONS:. 31PROCEDURE:. 32ACADEMIC ALERT AND WARNING . 34ACADEMIC ALERT . 34ACADEMIC WARNING . 35CLINICAL/LABORATORY POLICIES . 35BACKGROUND CHECK . 35PREPARATION, ATTENDANCE, AND PUNCTUALITY . 36LABORATORY . 36CLINICAL . 37CLINICAL AGENCY REQUIREMENTS . 37HIPAA (HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT) . 38UNIFORMS AND DRESS CODE . 38CLINICAL EXPECTATIONS . 39CLINICAL PROGRESSION. 40STUDENT INJURY OR ILLNESS. 40BODY FLUID EXPOSURE . 41CLINICAL ALERT AND WARNING . 41CLINICAL ALERT . 41CLINICAL WARNING. 41CLINICAL FAILURE . 42GRADUATION POLICIES . 42GRADUATION . 42STUDENT RESOURCES/ORGANIZATIONS . 43REPRESENTATION ON CCGA AND SCHOOL OF NURSING (SON) COMMITTEES . 43PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT . 43ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT . 44STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES . 44FINANCIAL AID . 45STUDENT AWARDS AND HONORS . 45COLLEGE OF COASTAL GEORGIA . 46CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS . 46STUDENT SIGNATURE PAGE . 47RN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/20174

INTRODUCTIONPREFACEThis handbook provides information about major policies, procedures, and guidelines for theRN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program in the School of Nursing (SON). Thishandbook is also available on your nursing courses’ Brightspace/D2L sites.Please become very familiar with the handbook. However, remember that this handbook is not asubstitute for the advising and mentoring available through the SON faculty advisors.In addition, please read the CCGA Student Handbook and Student Affairs Policies on the Collegewebsite. These references provide information for all CCGA students on the structure, policy,regulations, and procedures of the College.DISCLAIMERThe RN-BSN Nursing Student Handbook is neither a contract nor an offer to make a contract.While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information enclosed, the RNBSN Nursing Student Handbook is updated only once a year prior to the start of the fallsemester. CCGA SON reserves the right to make changes at any time with respect to courseofferings, degree requirements, services, policies, or any other subject addressed in thisdocument. The information enclosed is provided solely for the convenience of the reader, andCCGA SON expressly disclaims any liabilities that may otherwise be incurred.This RN-BSN Nursing Student Handbook supersedes all previous versions of the NursingStudent Handbook. Students are accountable for familiarizing themselves with its contents andfor compliance with the policies and procedures contained herein.STUDENT RESPONSIBILITYEach student is responsible for the proper completion of his/her academic program, forfamiliarity with the CCGA Catalog, the CCGA Student Handbook, and the RN-BSN NursingStudent Handbook. Each student is responsible for maintaining the grade point average required,and for meeting all degree requirements. The academic advisor will counsel, but the finalresponsibility for a successful college career rests with the student.RN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/20175

WELCOME LETTERSchool of Nursing and Health SciencesDear Student:Welcome to the College of Coastal Georgia Nursing Program. We are pleased that you havechosen a career in nursing. For many of you this has been a lifelong goal. Nursing is a respectedprofession and one that is valued by society. We are pleased that you are ready to begin orcontinue preparation for your professional Registered Nursing career with us.This is a challenging time for the nursing profession. Provision of health care is becoming moreand more complex requiring a nurse who is able to critically think and problem solve. A nursewho appreciates the uniqueness of each person can care for patients/clients in a variety ofsettings. Changes in the systems of delivery of health care and the nursing shortage have resultedin new opportunities for the nursing profession. A variety of options and new career choices areemerging every day.This program requires a high level of motivation, energy, good health, good study habits andorganizational skills. The faculty takes pride in its reputation for providing tutorial assistance forall students. Please read this booklet carefully and feel free to ask questions. It is yourresponsibility to know what is contained in this handbook.Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you.Sincerely,Patricia A. Kraft, EdD, MSN, RN, CNESoutheast Georgia Health System DistinguishedDean of Nursing and Health SciencesProfessor of NursingRN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/20176

HISTORYThe nursing unit at the College of Coastal Georgia (formerly Brunswick College, BrunswickJunior College, and Coastal Georgia Community College) was established in 1967 offering anAssociate of Science in Nursing degree. Thirty-nine students were in the first graduating class inJune of 1969. The ASN program has graduated over 2,000 persons from the spring of 1969 to thepresent. In November 2010, the College structure moved from departments to schools with theDepartment of Nursing and Health Sciences becoming the School of Nursing and HealthSciences.Following a study of the need for expanded degree program access in the region, in July 2008,the College of Coastal Georgia was designated as a state college and authorized to offerbaccalaureate degrees. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved ofthe Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the College in October 2008. The GeorgiaBoard of Nursing granted developmental approval for the Bachelor of Science in NursingProgram in May 2009 for pre-licensure BSN and RN–BSN programs. The first students beganthe program in January 2010. Sixteen students were in the first BSN graduating class in May2011 including one RN to BSN student.The average licensure examination first-time pass rate over the past 40 years has consistentlybeen above the national average for all program types. Graduates of the program have gone on toearn higher degrees in nursing and have careers in all areas of the nursing profession.APPROVAL AND ACCREDITATIONThe ASN, BSN and the RN-BSN programs are fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing,237 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31217-3858 (478-207-1640).The ASN, BSN and RN-BSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission forEducation in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (1-800669-1656).SCHOOL OF NURSING FACULTYThe faculty in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences are committed to providing the bestpossible preparation for entry into the nursing profession. Faculty members are educated innursing specialty areas as well as in advanced methods of teaching and learning. The RN-BSNfaculty have received additional education and training in online education and teaching. Theteaching methods used in this program may be different from what you are used to. They havebeen selected carefully in order to maximize your learning experience and prepare you fornursing in the "real world".RN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/20177

The Lab Coordinator/Simulation Specialist is a full-time nursing faculty member designated tothe role of educating in the lab setting. With a nursing background and knowledge aboutsimulation and technology in the lab setting, this faculty member can significantly assist instudent learning.Part-time clinical faculty (Clinical Instructional Assistants, CIAs) work with the full time facultyin clinical/lab teaching to maintain faculty-student ratios at an optimal level. The faculty willalso assist you with skills acquisition in the Nursing Laboratories located in the Health andScience Building, Miriam and Hugh Nunnally Center for Nursing Education (Second Floor).ADMINISTRATIVE FACULTYPatricia A. Kraft, EdD, MSN, RN, CNESoutheast Georgia Health System DistinguishedDean of Nursing and Health SciencesLydia Watkins, DNP, MSN, RN, CPNPChair of School of NursingBrandy Chambers, MSN, RN, CNEBSN Program CoordinatorNicole Masano, MSN, RN, CNM, CNERN-BSN Program CoordinatorDawana Gibbs, MSN, RN, CNEASN Program CoordinatorRN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/20178

FACULTYFULL TIME FACULTYCLINICAL FACULTYAshley Barnes, MSN, RN, CNELauren Boardman, DNP, RN, CCRN, CNLBrandy Chambers, MSN, RN, CNEDawana Gibbs, MSN, RN, CNELaura Grantham, MSN, RNNevada LeCounte, MSN, RN, CNENicole Masano, MSN, RN, CNM, CNEGinger Matti, MSN, RNTara Mosher, MSN, RNAmanda Black, BSN, RNRobert Brant, BSN, RNJill Gregory, BSN, RNMarodta Owens, MSN, RNNikki Pope, BSN, RNRebecca Roddenberry, BSN, RNJulie Smalls, MSN, RN, FNP-CJulianne Temples, MSN, RN, CPNPChris Chambers, BSN, RNDavid Fernwalt, BSN, RNNiki Shupe, BSN, RNNicole Alba, MSN, RN, NP-CJessica Poe, BSN, RNCharity Boree, BSN, RNChristie Sulkowsky, BSN, RNJessica Matheny, BSN, RNGabrel Crabb, BSN, RNBecky Samitt, MSN, RNWilliam Reed Reynolds, BSN, RNCandice Overholser, MSN, RNBeverly Rowe, MSN, RN, CNEMaryanne Sandberg, EdD, RNDonna Turner, MSN, RNLydia Watkins, DNP, RN, CPNPNURSING PROGRAMVISIONThe School of Nursing will provide an outstanding education for tomorrow’s nurses, who willdemonstrate excellence in practice, leadership in the evolving health care environment, andenthusiastic commitment to the profession of nursing.MISSIONThe School of Nursing supports the mission of the College of Coastal Georgia and is committedto: A respectful and caring learning environment Quality, evidence-based nursing education Providing excellent practitioners for healthcare in Georgia and beyond Leadership, service, and expertise in response to needs identified by communities ofinterest An enthusiastic commitment to the profession of nursing Development of the professional identity as a nurse Integrity in nursing practice A passion for the pursuit of continued educationRN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/20179

VALUESIn our commitment to creating a culture which supports the mission and implements the vision ofthe School of Nursing, we promote the following values:Quality Scholarship ExcellenceCompetenceSafetyEvidence-based practiceLifelong learningApplication, integration, and transmission of knowledgeDevelopment of evidence-based nursingCritical thinkingHolistic Health Individual Family Community Relationship Life span Diversity Spirituality Health-illness-death continuum Global awarenessCaring Culture of fessionalism Integrity Accountability Responsibility Passion Steadfastness Autonomy Social justiceRN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/201710

Service LeadershipCollaborationTeam workPROGRAM/STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE BSN PROGRAMThe graduates of the School of Nursing will be prepared to promote and enhance humanflourishing for patients, families, communities, and themselves; to show sound nursingjudgment; to continually develop their professional identity; and to maintain a spirit of inquiry asthey move into the world of nursing practice and beyond (NLN, 2017).The RN-BSN graduate will be prepared to:1. Integrate knowledge and skills from nursing, the arts, and sciences to help self, patients,families, and communities progress toward fulfillment of human potential.2. Formulate clinical judgments supported by evidence from nursing science and knowledgefrom other disciplines in the delivery of competent, safe, compassionate, holistic, qualitycare to patients across the lifespan in a variety of settings.3. Promote health and disease prevention by providing strategies to individuals, families,and communities.4. Exhibit professional behaviors that reflect integrity, altruism, autonomy, social justice,respect for diversity and human dignity, commitment to safe, quality, evidence-basedpractice, and caring for diverse patients, families, and communities.5. Provide leadership in improving care and oversight of nursing practice while advocatingfor equitable health care as a member of the profession.6. Demonstrate scholarship that contributes to the development of the science of nursingpractice by identifying questions for inquiry, critiquing published research, and usingevidence to propose creative, innovative, or evidence-based solutions to clinicalproblems.RN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/201711

PROGRAM OUTCOMES (ACEN) BENCHMARKS Goal 1: Graduates will report advancement in work responsibility in current job. Goal 2: Graduates will report advancement in new job that requires BSN degree. Goal 3: Graduates will report starting a graduate nursing program. Goal 4: 85% of graduates from the program responding to student surveys will indicatesatisfaction with the program. Goal 5: 85% of employers who complete “Employer Survey” will indicate satisfactionwith graduates from the program.PLAN OF STUDY FOR THE RN-BSN PROGRAMRefer to the current edition of the CCGA Catalog. Contact your academic advisor with anyquestions or concerns.GENERAL INFORMATIONADDRESS/NAME CHANGEIt is the student’s responsibility to notify the registrar and the School of Nursing of any changesin name, address, and telephone number.STUDENT EVALUATION OF COURSE AND FACULTYEach semester students are provided the opportunity to anonymously evaluate each course andits faculty so that educational quality may be maintained and enhanced. All students areencouraged to respond to the evaluation with honesty, sincerity, and a sense of confidentiality.While classes are taught asynchronously online, student feedback is critical for course andprogram improvements. The School of Nursing will adhere to the College guidelines inadministering the evaluations.RN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/201712

COMMUNICATIONAll students are required to maintain current and accessible phone numbers and mailingaddresses and to notify the School of Nursing office of any changes. Students should checkcollege email and Brightspace/D2L e-mail and postings frequently. E-mail accounts are availablethrough the College’s website (www.ccga.edu). Students should email faculty through collegeemail accounts as opposed to personal email accounts such as yahoo, Gmail, etc.GUIDELINES FOR RESOLVING STUDENT ACADEMIC CONCERNS ORCOMPLAINTSStudents experiencing academic difficulty should schedule an appointment with the classroom orclinical faculty for assistance. If students are unable to resolve academic issue with the faculty,they should consult individuals in the following order:Course coordinator (if different from above)Program coordinator (if different from above)Chair of School of Nursing and Health Sciences (if different from above)Dean of School of Nursing and Health SciencesOffice of Academic Affairs (Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs)(Refer to College Student Handbook for Policy)STUDENT CONDUCTStudents at the College of Coastal Georgia are expected to conduct themselves responsibly andto pursue their studies with integrity. By enrolling at the College of Coastal Georgia, studentsagree to comply with the College's rules and regulations as described in the CCGA StudentHandbook.The students of the College of Coastal Georgia have established a precedent of exemplarybehavior as members of the college and civic community. Individuals and groups are expected toobserve the tradition of decorum and behave in no way which would precipitate physical, social,or emotional hazards to other members of the college community.Any student, faculty member, administrator, employee, or visitor acting individually or inconcert with others, who clearly obstructs or disrupts, or attempts to obstruct any teaching,research, administrative, disciplinary, cultural or public service activity, or any other activityauthorized to be held on the College of Coastal Georgia campus is considered by the College tohave committed an act of gross irresponsibility and shall be subject to disciplinary procedures,possibly resulting in dismissal or termination of employment.RN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018;Revised: 9/29/201713

Students may be accountable to both civil authorities and to the College for acts which constituteviolations of law and the CCGA Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the CCGA StudentHandbook.The College reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety andwell-being of the campus community.(Refer to College of Coastal Georgia Student Handbook).PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR & CLASS CONDUCTNursing is considered one of the most highly trusted roles and therefore professionalism in dress,speech, and actions must be upheld. Students are expected to adhere to the RN-BSN NursingStudent Handbook and American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Practice.Professionalism will be reflected in classroom, lab, and clinical behaviors. Civility is arequirement and must be maintained in all college/clinical/community settings. The Facultyexpect adherence to the College Conduct Code. Respect for the points of view of others, activelistening, attentiveness, and lack of interruption will be the expected norm. Student feedback willbe welcomed, but the instructor’s need to maintain an orderly atmosphere must be respected.Students are responsible for keeping up with faculty announcements, college e-mail accounts andBrightspace/D2L postings.As a student member of the nursing profession, nursing students are expected to exhibitprofessional appearance and behavior at all times during school related activities. This policy isbased upon the fundamental principle of behavior that reflects courtesy and respect for others.Accountability for your actions is an expectation. Students should be respectful and be honest.Bullying, hostility, complaining, cheating, and insulting others are disrespectful, unprofessional,and unacceptable. In addition, being intolerant to feedback is counterproductive to the studentslearning and professional growth. If a student perceives they are a victim of incivility orbullying, the student is encouraged to report the situation to the course faculty and the Dean ofStudents as appropriate.Students are expected to be active in class. This includes actively participating in discussions,activities and projects. Participation should be timely and thought provoking. Please seespecific assignment rubrics for expectations regarding participation. Generally, students areexpected to log into class a minimum of twice a week with three to four times preferred. Themore active a student is in an online class, the greater the learning experience will be.Student must be awake, alert, and able to carry out essential functions (faculty warn againstworking the night before clinical in order to maintain clear thought processes and patient safety).Faculty reserve the right to exclude a student

The academic advisor will counsel, but the final responsibility for a successful college career rests with the student. RN-BSN Student Handbook, 2017-2018; 6 . MSN, RN, CNM, CNE Ginger Matti, MSN, RN Tara Mosher, MSN, RN Candice Overholser, MSN, RN Beverly Rowe, MSN, RN, CNE Maryanne Sandberg, EdD, RN Donna Turner, MSN, RN Lydia Watkins, DNP .

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