2016 Student Handbook For Associate Degree Accelerated Lpn-rn Students

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Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015Dear Nursing Student,It is my privilege and honor to welcome you the Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing Program andthe Accelerated LPN-RN Program. I want to first congratulate you on this monumental achievement you havemade. Your selection into the program was based on the merit in which you exhibited in your past work andtesting abilities.For some of you, the journey has been short and for others long. I look forward to meeting each of you over thenext couple of years and hearing your stories and seeing you excel. As an alumnus of the same program you aregetting ready to start, I can relate to every emotion you may be feeling at this time. Some of you are nervous,scared and happy all at the same time. You may be excited and you may not know what to expect. There willbe times you will be sad, angry and may want to give up. Believe me, I have felt them all, sometimes in thesame day!As you move through the program, if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask. There are no stupidquestions. We have an open door policy in which you are welcome to meet with us at any time. My goal is foreach of you to be a successful nurse and help improve the health of our families, friends and neighbors in WestVirginia, the United States, and the World.My first piece of advice would be to sit back and read through this handbook carefully. Make sure youunderstand all of it and are able to abide by the policies.Again, congratulations and good luck as you begin this journey.Have a Healthy Day.Sandra Wynn, MSN, RN, APRN-BCDirector of AS Nursing/Accelerated LPN-RN ProgramsAssistant Professor of Nursing2

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015Nursing CreedI believe in using my nursing skillsand knowledge to assist,and my hands and heartto comfort and heal.I will strive to uphold the standardsof the nursing profession,to be compassionatein all that I do, and tocommit faithfully to good healthand the sanctity of life.1

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015TABLE OF CONTENTSCatalog Policy .4Associate Degree Nursing Program . 5-8Description .5Mission Statement.6Philosophy.6Student Learning Outcomes .7Provider of Care .7Manager of Care .7Member within Discipline of Nursing .7Descriptors of Student Learning Outcomes . 7-8Program Administrators, Faculty and Staff .9Program of Study .10School of Nursing and Allied Health Dress Code Policy . 11-13Program Requirements. 14-18Academic Honesty .19Student Honor Code .19Professional Conduct of Nursing Students . 20-21State of West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses Letter . 22-23Department of Health & Human Resources HIPPA Letter .24Sharps & Needles Disposal Policy 25Lab Policy and Procedures .26-27Criminal Background Check Policy .28Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy . 29-35Smoke Free Environment Student Responsibilities.32Consent Form for Alcohol, Drug, and Substance Testing .36Required Standardized Examinations, NCLEX Exam, and Kaplan Live Review . 37-39Accreditation .40Bluefield State College .40Associate Degree Nursing Program .40Release of Records .40Employer Evaluation .40TABLE OF CONTENTS CONTINUED2

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015Health Requirements .41Attendance Policy .42Reporting of Illness .42Occupational Exposure to Communicable Disease .42Telephone Utilization.42Grade Scale--Academic and Clinical .43Student Records .43Nursing Grading Scale .43Student Audiotaping Agreement. 44-45Test Review Policy .46ADN Nursing Course Test Results Form .46Record of Counseling Session .47Curriculum Policy .48Curriculum Policy Validation Form .48Exit Interviews .49Grounds for Dismissal .49Exit Interview/Termination Form .50Readmission Criteria . 51-53Leave of Absence Policy .54Personal Data Form.55Certified Backgrounds Documentation Policy .56Uniform Purchase Policy .56Online Services and Communication.56Computer Requirements .56Health Services .57State of WV Code and Legislative Rules (Series 9 and 10) . 58-653

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015CATALOG POLICYThe Associate Degree Nursing Faculty and Bluefield State College reserve the right to change,delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time the information, rules and policies contained hereinwithout prior notice. Changes shall go into effect whenever the proper authorities so determine, and shallapply to both present and prospective students. It is the student’s responsibility to secure a catalog, studenthandbook, and policy manual with said policies.4

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAMDESCRIPTIONThe two year nursing program prepares individuals for nursing careers involving the delivery of direct client care in settingssuch as hospitals, physician offices, clinics, extended care facilities, and the client’s home. The curriculum includes abalance of nursing and non-nursing courses. Students must obtain a “C” grade or better in all nursing courses. Studentsmust have a combined average in both sections of Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 210/212) and Anatomy and Physiologylaboratory (BIOL 211L/213L) of at least a 2.0 or “C”. Students must have a combined average in Microbiology andMicrobiology laboratory of at least 2.0 or “C”. If a student makes an “F” in lab, they must repeat it, but will be allowed tocontinue in the nursing program if the average of the lecture and lab components of the course is “C” or better. However,the student must satisfactorily complete the lab course within one year. Students must make at least a “C” in lecturecomponent of all biological science courses. Nursing courses are designed to provide learning opportunities for acquiringthe necessary nursing knowledge and skills to practice nursing at the associate degree level. The focus is holistic healthpromotion and wellness. All support courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the curriculum course sequenceas listed in the catalog. Once accepted into the program all nursing (NURS) coursework must be completed within a three(3) year period for the associate degree and two (2) year period for the Accelerated LPN-RN.The Associate Degree Nursing Program is offered in Bluefield, on the main campus of the College, and in Beckley at theErma Byrd Higher Education Center located at 300 University Drive, Beaver, West Virginia. The nursing courses at theBeckley Center are taught by Bluefield State College nursing faculty. Students may elect to take the non-nursing programcourses at Bluefield State College or other area colleges. Courses taught at other colleges must have prior approval. Thesecourses must be equivalent to the program courses as judged by Bluefield State College.The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for RegisteredProfessional Nurses and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly knownas the (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326.Upon successful completion of the associate degree program in nursing, the graduate is eligible to apply to take theNational Council Licensure Exam – RN (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of this examination allows the graduate toapply for licensure as a registered nurse.5

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015MISSION STATEMENTThe mission of the associate degree nursing program at Bluefield State College is to providenursing students with a dynamic and multidimensional, educational experience in preparation forsuccessful completion of the state licensure examination. Utilizing the problem solving method inpromotion of critical thinking skills, this program provides its graduates to competently perform the rolesof the associate degree nurse in provision of care for individuals, groups, and communities.Adopted – May 2009, Reviewed May 2013PHILOSOPHYNURSING PRACTICENursing practice incorporates the physical, biological, psychological, sociological sciences, andnursing theory. The nursing process is utilized to identify human responses and to assist in meetingindividual human needs. Through research, education, counseling, supervision, administration andevaluation we focus on holistic health and wellness. Health is a dynamic process of physical, mental,social, and spiritual well-being as defined by the individual.This faculty identifies three levels of practice: Associate degree, Baccalaureate, and Advanced.Each of these levels practices individually and collaboratively, within the profession and as an advocateof the profession. Nursing professionals actively participate in continuing education and in themaintenance of core competencies, both of which must be incorporated with progressive technology forefficient delivery of care. Nursing provides care to individuals, groups, and communities inmultidimensional settings. The process of care recognizes uniqueness, promotes communication, andmobilizes resources to promote physical and mental health across the lifespan.NURSING EDUCATIONNursing education is an ongoing, active process, with the responsibility for learning being sharedbetween the student and the educator. This process focuses on the problem solving method and promotionof critical thinking. This faculty believes education should be conducted in a caring manner that cultivatescreativity, both within the student and the educator. Nursing education involves adult learners, andincorporates the three domains of learning: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. Learning occurs inclassroom settings, simulated learning sessions, computerized activities, and practice areas which providestudents with multiple experiences to develop ADN competencies.ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING GRADUATEUpon successful completion of the associate degree program in nursing and the state licensureexamination, the graduate is prepared for a career as a registered nurse.The graduate nurse will be competent in performing all the roles of associate degree nurse, whichare provider of care, manager of care, and a member of the discipline. As a provider of care, the associatedegree graduate is capable of thinking critically, competent in acute and long term care, and communitysettings, accountable for actions and committed to the value of caring. As a manager of care for a groupof clients, the associate degree graduate collaborates, organizes, and delegates care using effectivecommunication and evaluation skills. Accountability, advocacy, and respect characterize the qualities ofa nurse manager. As a member of the discipline of nursing, the graduate will participate in the healthpromotion of individuals and groups. The graduate nurse will be committed to professional growth,continuous learning and self-development.Adopted - 5/94Revised – 8/94, 5/96, 2/97, 2/98, 4/98, 10/98Reviewed – 1/97, 4/01, 11/04, 11/07, 3/09, 5/136

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMESThe Student Learning Outcomes are derived from the program’s philosophy and the organizingframework. The philosophy encompasses Nursing Practice, Nursing Education, and the Associate DegreeNursing Graduate. The organizing framework of the ADN program is the nursing process, the roles ofthe associate degree nurse and health. “Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate DegreeNursing Programs” (2000) the “PEW Health Commission Competencies for 2005” and the AmericanNurse Association’s Standards of Care for Nursing Practice (2010) are recognized as the standards forcontemporary nursing practice and guide the program’s philosophy and nursing educational unitoutcomes.PROVIDER OF CAREAs a provider of care, the graduate will demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration and clinicaldecision making based on the nursing process in providing nursing care to diverse clients acrossthe lifespan, while using a holistic approach and therapeutic communication to promote a caring,safe physical and psychological environment.MANAGER OF CAREAs a manager of care, the graduate will be capable of coordinating and prioritizing nursing care ina variety of setting for effective management and delegation of care, and exhibiting effectivenessas a member of the care team. This involves accountability for effective management anddelegation of care to move toward positive outcomes for individual clients and groups.MEMBER WITHIN THE DISCIPLINE OF NURSINGAs a member within the discipline of nursing, the graduate will exemplify professional behaviorsthat adhere to the ethical and legal frameworks of nursing and professional nursing standards toprovide culturally competent nursing care.Descriptors of Student Learning Outcomes:I.Provider of Care1. Uses a holistic approach to assess the client and significant support person(s) to identify humanneeds/responses.2. Collaborates with the client, significant support person (s), and other members of the healthcareteam to develop a culturally sensitive plan of care.3. Demonstrates caring behaviors and clinical and technological competencies while implementingthe plan of care.4. Provides a safe physical and psychological environment throughout the life span.5. Promotes participation by the client, family, significant support person (s), and members of thehealth team in the plan of care.6. Establishes and maintains therapeutic communication with clients, families, significant supportperson (s), and health team members.7. Modifies the plan of care as necessary to achieve client outcomes.8. Utilizes critical thinking, evidence-based information, nursing standards, and the nursing processas the basis for nursing care.7

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 20159. Uses teaching-learning process to facilitate achievement of client outcomes.II.Manager of Care1. Manages an environment that promotes clients’ self-esteem, dignity, safety, and comfort.2. Prioritizes and manages care for a group of clients in an appropriate, timely and cost effectivemanner.3. Follows the policies and procedures of the employing institution.4. Promotes effective team relationships by interacting creatively and openly with others to problemsolve and achieve desired client outcomes.5. Is accountable for providing assistive and licensed personnel with relevant instruction whendelegating aspects of client care.6. Seeks assistance when the situation encountered is beyond the nurse’s knowledge and experience.7. Utilizes appropriate channels of communication within and outside the organizational structure topromote achievement of client outcomes.8. Participates in evaluation of the client care delivery system.9. Advocates for client rights.10. Utilizes information technology to facilitate client care.III.Member with the Discipline of Nursing1. Practices within the ethical and legal framework of nursing and standards of professional nursingpractice.2. Recognizes a need for lifelong learning, and develops and implements a plan to meet those needs.3. Participates in self-evaluation and peer review to maintain quality of care.4. Uses appropriate channels of communication to report unsafe practices of healthcare providers.5. Participates in professional organizations.6. Participates in committees, conferences, and research conducted at the employing institution toimprove client outcomes.7. Recognizes the impact of economic, political, social, and demographic forces on the delivery ofhealthcare.8. Serves as a positive role model and mentor across healthcare settings within the community.Delineates and maintains professional boundaries in the nurse-client relationshipRevised 3/01, 11/04, 3/09Reviewed: 11/07, 5/138

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015ADMINISTRATION AND STAFFAngela Lambert, MRST(R), Ed.D.Dean, School of Nursing and Allied HealthSandra Wynn, MSN, RN, CFNPDirector of Nursing (Bluefield & Beckley)Associate ProfessorSusan ShraderProgram AssistantMary HarmonSecretaryFACULTYChristina Davidson, MSN, RN, CFNPAdjunct (Bluefield)Billy Davis, MSN, RN, CFNPAssistant Professor (Beckley)Bernadette Dragich, Ph.D, APRN, BCProfessor (Bluefield)Sheila Dunn Gates, MSN, RNAssistant Professor (Bluefield)Natalie Gauldin, MSN, RNAdjunct (Beckley)Tina Nicholson, RN ,MSNAssistant Professor (Bluefield)Julie Devor Orr, MSN, RNAssistant Professor (Bluefield)Patricia Lewis, MSN, RN, CFNPAdjunct (Beckley)Janet Lilly, MSN, RN, CFNPAssistant Professor (Beckley)Debbie Perkins, MSN, RNAdjunct (Bluefield)Kelli Sarver, MSN, RN, CFNPAssistant Professor (Bluefield)Deborah Surface, MSN, RNAssociate Professor (Bluefield)Debra Tonelli, MSN, RNAssistant Professor (Beckley)Debra Vest, MSN, RNAssistant Professor (Beckley)Sherri Williams, MSN, RN, CFNPAssistant Professor (Bluefield)Cheryl Winter, MSN, RN, CFNPAssociate Professor (Beckley)9

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGEAdvisor completes this form Courses Presently Taking*Courses Needed for GraduationRevised 5/2015NURSING-ASSOCAITE OF SCIENCE45 Hour Course EvaluationStudent’s NameSemester 1230L231LENGLNURSNURS102232L233LNURS234LACT Scores: EngUsage/Mechanics (Sub score)MathReadingSci ReasoningComp45 Hr. Evaluation SubmittedTotal Quality Points EarnedQuality Point Deficient Yes NoStudent ID NumberFirst Year-Fall TermTitleMath 101 or higherHuman Anatomy &Physiology IHuman Anatomy &Physiology Lab IFundamentals of NursingHealth Promotion & Maintenance across the LifespanHRS3316316GROP3136316438318338Total Hours211767Advisor SignatureThis document is not a contractbut for guidance in advising only.It does not supersede the collegeCatalog or other requirements.First Year-Spring TermHuman Anatomy and Physiology IIHuman Anatomy and Physiology Lab IIGen PsychologyPatient Centered Care OnePatient Centered Care of Women’sReproductive Health and NewbornsThird Semester 2nd Fall TermMicrobiology for Health ProfessionalsComposition IPatient Centered Care TwoPatient Centered Care of Mental Health ClientsFourth Semester 2nd Spring TermComputers and Society orBUSN 130 Microsoft Word & ApplicationsComposition IIPatient Centered Care ThreeNursing Management in the EvolvingHealth Care System SynthesisSynthesis of Nursing ConceptsDate10

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015SCHOOL OF NURSING & ALLIED HEALTHDRESS CODEStudents must be aware that when they wear the BSC uniform or lab coat with BSC name tag thatthey should always reflect a positive and professional image of the individual and the School ofNursing and Allied Health.Students need to remember that they are guests in the clinical agency, which may have more stringentrequirements that MUST be followed.The following regulations govern the Student Dress Code for clinical rotations as well as theclassroom setting in the School of Nursing and Allied Health.Clinical Dress Code: Acute Care Agencies/Clinical Education Settings in which uniforms are worn:Students must maintain a professional appearance at all times. A conservative appearance in groomingis mandatory.The approved BSC uniform must be worn in all acute care settings. The uniform should not be worn anyplace other than the clinical setting or the classroom. Students should not drink alcoholic beverages and/orsmoke while in uniform in a public place.Wearing one-half or part of the uniform in any situation is not permissible. (example: wearing a “hoodie”with the uniform pants) NO sweat shirts, sweaters or other bulky garments are permitted to be worn overand/or under the approved uniform. ONLY white t-shirts or turtlenecks that are plain with no writing ordesign may be worn UNDER the approved uniform top. Any shirt worn under the approved uniformMUST be tucked into the pants and not hang below the uniform top.The uniform should be clean and pressed. Pants should be properly hemmed as to not drag the ground.Low-rise scrub pants and rolling down the waist band of scrub pants is prohibited.Undergarments, bare skin &/or cleavage should not show when leaning or bending over. Uniforms shouldbe of proper size such that bare skin is not revealed during required clinical tasks.White shoes must be clean and freshly polished. Open toed or heel shoes; including clog, sandals, or flipflops are not acceptable. White socks with pants or white hose with dresses must be worn at all times.All potentially visible tattoos must be COMPLETELY COVERED with appropriate clothing at all timesduring clinic rotations, class related activities, labs in the clinical setting, and during volunteer hours whilerepresenting Bluefield State College and the School of Nursing and Allied Health. Tattoos should not bevisible underneath the uniform top or pants. If so appropriate white undergarments should be worn forcoverage.Good personal hygiene is mandatory. Unclean, unkempt appearance, unpleasant body or breath odors,including smoke odors and strong scents are not allowed. Due to patients’ possible sensitivity, the studentmust be free of strong odors such as those caused by perfume, aftershave, or smoking.11

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015Jewelry should be kept to a minimum. Only small, post earrings (3-4mm in size and one earring in eachear lobe nearest the jaw line), and wedding band are allowed. No jewelry in the nose, eyebrow, tongue,tragus of the ear or cartilage of the ear will be allowed. Ear gauges are STRONGLY discouraged. Astudent having gauges upon entering a program in the school of nursing and Allied Health must wearONLY flesh colored plugs. Gauges in areas other than the ear will not be permitted. Medical alert jewelrymust be approved by the clinical instructor and/or clinical coordinator (RADT). A wrist watch, with asecond hand, is mandatory. The watch must be plain and small in size, without embellishments such asrhinestones, beads or other decorative items.Fingernails should be neat and short in length. Polish must be neutral/clear in color but no polish ispreferred. NO ARTIFICIAL NAILS OF ANY KIND are to be worn in the clinical setting.Chewing gum is not allowed.Students who have long hair must wear it all pulled back. If men have beards these must be kept neat andclean. Hair color must be conservative and no unusual colors and/or styles will be permitted.Radiologic Technology Students Only: Film badges MUST be worn at all times when in the clinicalsetting. Lead Markers MUST be with the student in clinic at all times. All lead markers that are utilizedduring the educational training must have first, middle, and last initials only.Lab Coat: Pre-Planning/Community Rotations:Students should wear long-sleeved, mid-thigh white lab coats for any pre-planning and community clinicalrotations. This lab coat should be cleaned and pressed. The lab coat should not be worn overinappropriate street clothes such as: jeans, sweat pants, shorts, muscle shirts, or thin “see through”materials. Appropriate clothes to wear with the lab coat include: black, navy, or brown dress pants or askirt that touches the knee. Pants should be properly hemmed and not drag the ground. The street clothesmust be visible below the lab coat.BSC name badge with picture must be worn with the lab coat.Close-toed and heel shoes must be worn in all clinical settings: no high heels, flip flops, clogs or canvasshoes will be permitted.Chewing gum is not allowed.Appearance that concerns: hygiene, fingernails, tattoos, jewelry, smoking, and hair are the sameas for the Clinical Dress Code above.For Nursing Students: If a student does not adhere to the dress code, she/he will not be allowed in theclinical setting and will receive a zero for the day and an unexcused absence.Polo: All students must purchase, from the BSC Bookstore, a polo shirt for pre-planning, observationalrotations and volunteering (nursing), volunteering (RADT) and/or activities that students are required toattend representing BSC. This shirt will be worn with khaki or black pants. As a representative of BSCyou must be professional at all times.12

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015Class Dress Code:Nursing and Rad Tech students should be dressed appropriately for classes. Students must wear clothingthat protects against indecent exposure. Dress bodices or blouses may not be excessively bare as backless,strapless, spaghetti strap, midriff, or low-cut. Any clothing which exposes a bare midriff, back, chest orunderwear is prohibited.Shorts and skirts should be an appropr

Bluefield State College LPN-RN Nursing Handbook 2015 2 Dear Nursing Student, It is my privilege and honor to welcome you the Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing Program and the Accelerated LPN-RN Program. I want to first congratulate you on this monumental achievement you have made.

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