Student Handbook& Course Catalog2021-2022Jefferson College of Nursing
THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITYJEFFERSON COLLEGE OF NURSINGThis student handbook and course catalog is property of:Student Name:Student Email Address:Program/Option:Faculty Advisor:Advisor Email Address:Advisor Telephone Number:The Jefferson College of Nursing reserves the right to amend any regulations, fees, conditions, and coursesdescribed herein as circumstances may require without prior notice to persons who might thereby beaffected. Amendments to the Jefferson College of Nursing Student Handbook and Course Catalog will beavailable in the online version of this document. Students will be notified of changes through their courseboards and through the Jefferson email system.2
THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITYJEFFERSON COLLEGE OF NURSINGTable of ContentsHISTORY . 8ACCREDITATION . 9ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF STUDENT HANDBOOK & COURSE CATALOG . 10ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITY CONTRACT . 11ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF NURSING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY ANDEXAMINATION POLICY . 12MESSAGE TO INCOMING STUDENTS FROM THE DEAN . 13JEFFERSON COLLEGE OF NURSING FACULTY AND STAFF . 14MISSION OF THE JEFFERSON COLLEGE OF NURSING . 20OUR MISSION . 20OUR VISION. 20OUR VALUES . 20PROGRAM PURPOSES . 20ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES . 22ACADEMIC ADVISING . 22ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2021- 2022 . 22ACADEMIC CREDIT . 23ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY. 23COLLEGE SANCTIONS FOR ACADEMIC DISHONESTY/PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT . 24ACADEMIC PROBATION AND DISMISSAL . 24ACADEMIC PROGRESSION . 25ACADEMIC STANDING . 29ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS . 29CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION COURSE COMPLETION . 29CHANGE OF GRADE . 29CHANGE OF INFORMATION . 29CHANGES OF SCHEDULE: DROPPING OR ADDING COURSES . 29CHANGE OF STATUS FORM . 30CLINICAL REMEDIATION, PROBATION, AND FAILURE . 30CLINICAL PRACTICE MAKE-UP FEE . 31CLINICAL PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS . 313
CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT RECORDS . 32COURSE WITHDRAWAL . 32CREDIT HOUR ASSIGNMENT IN ONLINE COURSES . 32CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK, CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE, DRUG TESTING AND FBIFINGERPRINTING FOR THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY NURSING STUDENTS . 34DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS. 35DISTANCE LEARNING . 35DISTANCE LEARNING INTEGRITY STATEMENT . 37DOCUMENTATION FOR JCN STUDENT FILES . 37EMAIL . 37FAILURE TO COMPLETE A COURSE . 38GRADE APPEAL PROTOCOL. 38GRADING SYSTEM . 38GRADUATION POLICY . 40STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE. 41GUIDELINES FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY (NU 499/NU 699) . 41PROPOSAL FOR NURSING 499 AND NURSING 699 . 43GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN COURSE ASSIGNMENTS . 44HEALTH REQUIREMENTS . 44IDENTIFICATION CARDS . 44INFORMATION SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGIES (IS&T) INFORMATION . 44LATENESS. 47LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR BSN STUDENTS . 47LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR MSN AND DNP STUDENTS . 48ONLINE EXAMINATION POLICY . 49PERSONAL DIGITAL DEVICES IN THE CLINICAL SETTING . 49POSTING OF EXAMINATION RESULTS AND GRADES . 50REGISTRATION . 50REQUEST FOR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION . 50SAFE CLINICAL PRACTICE POLICY . 50SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY . 50FINANCIAL AID REFUND . 52SPECIAL STUDENT STATUS . 53TECHNICAL STANDARDS REQUIRED FOR NURSING STUDENTS . 53TRANSCRIPTS . 554
TUITION REFUND POLICY . 55OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NETWORK FOR EMPLOYEES & STUDENTS . 55CONTINUITY OF INSTRUCTION IN EVENT OF EMERGENCY . 56WITHDRAWAL FROM THE COLLEGE . 57STATEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT/HONOR CODE . 58CODE OF CONDUCT . 60USE OF THE JEFFERSON COLLEGE OF NURSING NAME . 60USE OF THE UNIVERSITY LOGO . 60BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM . 60BACCALAUREATE NURSING CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK . 60BACHELOR OF SCIENCE PROGRAM ORGANIZING FRAMEWORK OF THE BACHELOR OFSCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN) PROGRAM . 60BSN PROGRAM OUTCOMES . 61BSN CURRICULUM PLANS OF STUDY . 63BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES . 66GRADING POLICIES FOR BACCALAUREATE STUDENTS . 66ATTENDANCE POLICY . 66BACCALAUREATE (UNDERGRADUATE) LABORATORY/SIMULATION ATTENDANCEPOLICY . 66BACCALAUREATE (UNDERGRADUATE) CLINICAL PRACTICE ATTENDANCE POLICY . 67DRESS CODE . 67PROFESSIONAL DEMEANOR . 68EXAMINATION POLICY . 68EXAMINATION REVIEW POLICY . 69CLASSROOM EXAMINATION PROCEDURES . 69ELECTRONIC-BASED EXAMINATION PROCEDURE . 70THE CLINICAL PRACTICE EDUCATION MODEL FOR ALL BSN STUDENTS . 71CLINICAL PRACTICE LABORATORY AND SIMULATION MODEL FOR ALL BSN STUDENTS72ACTIVE LEARNING STATEMENT . 73STUDENT ACADEMIC SUPPORT. 74PLAN FOR NCLEX-RN SUCCESS 2021-2022: ALL BSN STUDENTS. 75STATE BOARD OF NURSING REGULATIONS (PENNSYLVANIA) . 76NCLEX-RN APPLICATION . 76GRADUATE PROGRAMS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. 78GRADING SYSTEM . 785
GRADUATE TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY . 78GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS . 78GRADUATION: APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION, CAP, GOWN, AND HOOD . 79MASTER’S PROGRAM . 79ORGANIZING FRAMEWORK OF THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (MSN) PROGRAM 79MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (MSN) PROGRAM OBJECTIVES . 80EXAMINATION POLICY . 81CLASSROOM EXAMINATION PROCEDURES . 81GRADUATE ELECTRONIC-BASED EXAMINATION PROCEDURES ON CAMPUS . 82GRADUATE ELECTRONIC-BASED EXAMINATION PROCEDURES OFF CAMPUS . 83CLINICAL ATTENDANCE POLICY . 84THE CLINICAL EDUCATION MODEL FOR MSN STUDENTS . 84THE CLINICAL EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT . 84CLINICAL CALENDAR AND CLINICAL HOURS . 86CLINICAL LOGS (CLIENT ENCOUNTER LOGS) . 86CLINICAL PRACTICUM. 87SATISFACTORY CLINICAL PERFORMANCE IN MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (MSN)COURSES . 87MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (MSN) CURRICULUM PLANS . 87MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (MSN) CURRICULUM PLANS . 88POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATES: NURSE PRACTITIONER, COMMUNITY SYSTEMSADMINISTRATION, NURSING INFORMATICS . 105DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM . 106ORGANIZING FRAMEWORK OF THE DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP) PROGRAM . 106DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP) PROGRAM OUTCOMES . 107DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM OPTIONS . 108DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM CURRICULUM PLANS . 108POST-MSN TO DNP PROGRAM OPTION . 109CORE CURRICULUM COURSES . 109DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP) PRACTICUM SEQUENCE . 109POST-BACCALAUREATE TO DNP PROGRAM OPTIONS . 109DNP NURSE ANESTHESIA PROGRAM . 146DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP) NURSE ANESTHESIA PROGRAM PLAN OF STUDY(Classes of 2021 and 2022) . 147DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP) NURSE ANESTHESIA PROGRAM PLAN OF STUDY(Class of 2023 - forward) . 1486
PLAN FOR NATIONAL CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION (NCE) SUCCESS 2021-2022 . 149STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND AWARDS . 150STUDENT GOVERNMENT . 150NURSING STUDENT GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS . 150BACCALAUREATE NURSING AWARDS . 156MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING AWARDS . 156DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE AWARDS . 156NURSING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS . 158BACCALAUREATE CURRICULUM . 158GRADUATE CURRICULUM . 1637
FOREWORDSince 1891, when nursing education began at Jefferson, graduates of Jefferson nursing programs have beenleaders in education, research, health care delivery, and community service. The faculty and leadership ofthe Jefferson College of Nursing are committed to working with you, our students, to continue this richtradition.Jefferson continues its commitment to be responsive to the changing needs of the healthcare system. TheCollege continually makes innovative curricular changes aimed at preparing you to function as anoutstanding nurse professional in this dynamic environment. A crucial characteristic of today’s healthcaresystem is the interprofessional nature of practice as an integral part of a major academic health center,Jefferson College of Nursing affords our students the opportunity to interact with other students in an arrayof healthcare professions. The entire curriculum is based on a set of core competencies that your facultyand future employers believe are essential to effective practice.The vision statement of the College’s Strategic Plan commits to maintaining the Jefferson College ofNursing’s status as a premier educational institution in the nation for the education and clinical preparationof outstanding nurse leaders and professionals. The Jefferson College of Nursing can make this claimbecause it draws upon the rich array of resources within Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas JeffersonUniversity Hospitals, and Jefferson Health. This means that the College’s faculty achieves superior qualityscholarship in practice, research, and teaching, thereby providing the appropriate backdrop for excellenteducational experiences for the student body. And for the student, it means an educational credential thatopens exceptional access to employment in the healthcare practice setting. This fact is attested to by ourgraduates’ success rates on required licensure and certification examinations, consistently above thenational average. Jefferson College of Nursing programs are designed not only to assist you in developingthe knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to enter or advance in the nursing profession but to helpyou develop confidence in your professional roles, positive attitudes, critical thinking, and problem solvingstrategies, as well as strong professional ethic. We expect you to leave Jefferson College of Nursing a proudand confident graduate who will bring credit to our profession and alma mater.HISTORYThe roots of nursing education at Jefferson date back to 1891 when the Jefferson Hospital Training Schoolfor Nurses was established as a diploma program. Later renamed as the Jefferson Medical College HospitalSchool of Nursing, the School became a part of the newly organized School of Allied Health Sciences in1968. On July 1, 1969, Thomas Jefferson University was established and was comprised of JeffersonMedical College, the College of Graduate Studies, and the College of Allied Health Sciences. TheDepartment of Baccalaureate Nursing was opened in 1972, and the Diploma School of Nursing closedoperations in 1982. When graduate degree programs were added in 1986, the name was changed to theDepartment of Nursing. The College of Allied Sciences was renamed the College of Health Professions onDecember 2, 1996. On February 2, 2002, the College name was changed to the Jefferson College of HealthProfessions. On July 24, 2006, the College was reorganized to include three schools: the Jefferson Schoolof Health Professions, the Jefferson School of Nursing, and the Jefferson School of Pharmacy. TheUniversity reorganization on July 1, 2009 dissolved the Jefferson College of Health Professions resultingin the creation of the Jefferson School of Nursing. On July 1, 2015, the Jefferson School of Nursing becamethe Jefferson College of Nursing.The Jefferson College of Nursing maintains a strong relationship with the Jefferson College of BiomedicalSciences, Jefferson College of Health Professions, Jefferson College of Pharmacy, Jefferson College ofPopulation Health, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and other units of Thomas Jefferson University. TheJefferson College of Nursing is distinct from these entities in administration and responsibilities.8
ACCREDITATIONJefferson is proud of its academic accreditations: Thomas Jefferson University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges andSchools.The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing, the Master's Degree Program in Nursing, and theDoctor of Nursing Practice Program at Thomas Jefferson University are accredited by theCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC20001, 202-887-6791.The Entry Level Nurse Anesthesia DNP program was awarded a maximum re-accreditation of 10years, through 2029, by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs.Our college’s educational partner in clinical skills and patient care, Thomas Jefferson UniversityHospital is designated as a Magnet for nursing excellence by the American NursesCredentialing Center. The ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialingorganization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.Graduates are prepared to take the licensing examinations of the state and/or national licensing or registrybodies and to become members of the appropriate professional organizations.9
THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITYJEFFERSON COLLEGE OF NURSINGACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF STUDENT HANDBOOK &COURSE CATALOGAll StudentsThe Jefferson College of Nursing (JCN) Student Handbook and Course Catalog provides information onacademic policies and procedures, accreditation, credit hour assignment, academic standing, technicalstandards required for nursing students, and nursing course descriptions within the Jefferson College ofNursing, but it does not stand alone. Important university-wide policies, including the CommunityStandards, are found on the Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) Student Handbook website atJefferson.edu/Handbook.My signature below confirms I have been informed of the TJU Student Handbook website located atJefferson.edu/Handbook and acknowledges receipt of the JCN Student Handbook and Course Catalog. Iunderstand that I am responsible for reading and abiding by the materials contained within the TJU StudentHandbook website and the JCN Student Handbook and Course Catalog, both of which contain importantinformation needed during my student experience here.SignatureDatePrinted Name:10
THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITYJEFFERSON COLLEGE OF NURSINGACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITY CONTRACTThis contract is designed to promote a positive educational environment that facilitates learning.Students have a right to expect: A complete syllabus on the first day of class which clearly states student learning outcomes, atopic schedule for the semester, a fair grading policy, and a well-defined attendance policy. That classes start and end on time. The opportunity to make an appointment to discuss the course content outside of class with theprofessor. The return of examinations and assignments in approximately two weeks. The opportunity to review examination content with the faculty.The faculty has the right to expect that students will: Arrive on time and be prepared for class/clinical and stay for the entire class/clinical or untilassignments are completed. Inform the professor of any extenuating circumstances affecting attendance. Be actively involved in creating a successful course/clinical experience. Ask for clarification or assistance when needed. Turn in assignments on time. At all times observe the community standards as outlined in the University Community Standardspolicy and the JCN Student Handbook & Course Catalog. Share any concerns about the class/clinical in a timely fashion. Conduct themselves in a professional manner.Human Rights and Responsibilities: I will listen to others respectfully and not speak while others are speaking. When I disagree with someone, I will critique his or her ideas in a respectful and constructivemanner. I will try to understand other people’s behavior and perspectives rather than simply criticizingthem. I will respect other people’s desire to learn and not interfere with the learning process. I will ensure that my cell phone and other electronic devices do not interfere with the classroom,clinical or testing processes.StudentDate11
THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITYJEFFERSON COLLEGE OF NURSINGACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF NURSING ACADEMICINTEGRITY POLICY AND EXAMINATION POLICYName (print)My signature below acknowledges receipt of the Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson College ofNursing Academic Integrity Policy and Examination Policies. I understand that I am responsible for readingand abiding by the policies. I understand that failure to abide by the Academic Integrity Policy andExamination Policies can result in academic sanctions or adjudication by a panel established through theCommunity Standards Board.SignatureDate12
MESSAGE TO INCOMING STUDENTS FROM THE DEANDear New and Returning Students:At Jefferson College of Nursing, we are honoring our tradition and igniting innovation. For more than130 years, the College of Nursing has established itself as an outstanding academic institution and a vitalcontributor to building a better Philadelphia and beyond. Our future-focused strategic plan is propellingus to new heights, directing the course of 21st century nursing. We are aspiring to a new vision - toreimagine and disrupt the way nurses lead and impact society. We are fierce advocates for having nursingat the table when complex problems need solutions and, as a college, we are preparing our graduates withthe real-world skills needed to meet these challenges head on.For more than a year, the global COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to quickly adopt unprecedented waysof teaching, learning, and practicing nursing. Two major factors were responsible for us thriving: ourinterface with technology and our relationship with Jefferson Health. Technology is driving everything,and we are embracing new technologies and exploring fresh approaches to teaching that are aligned withthe diverse needs of our learners. To us, it is critical to prepare nurses at all levels to excel in highlytechnological environments. The Jefferson College of Nursing has engaged with Apple to provideexpanded opportunities for our faculty to engage learners, infuse the curriculum with academictechnologies, and simulate the technology demands of real-world settings. This has and will continue toserve us well as we continue to meet the unfolding challenges being placed upon us.Our enhanced partnerships with our clinical partners, particularly Jefferson Health, will continue to bringthe assets and talents of the college to bear on the transformation of health care for individuals, families,and populations. Our faculty and students are influencing tomorrow by pushing the notion of communityengagement to even greater heights. More than ever before, we are diving into even deeper trenches,gaining expanded access to the most difficult to reach communities, and expanding our impact so thatJefferson Nursing's influence can be felt by all who need it. At Jefferson, we recognize our responsibilityas a College of Nursing in this city and in every city where our students live, study, and work.Thank you for selecting the Jefferson Co
The Jefferson College of Nursing reserves the right to amend any regulations, fees, conditions, and courses described herein as circumstances may require without prior notice to persons who might thereby be affected. Amendments to the Jefferson College of Nursing Student Handbook and Course Catalog will be
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