Section VI: Clinical Policies and Procedures

Section VI: Clinical Policies and Procedures jeff Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:04

Lakeview College of Nursing reserves the right to make appropriate revisions, amendments or corrections to policies and procedures at any time.

Clinical Placement

Clinical Placement jeff Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:04

During enrollment at Lakeview College of Nursing, a variety of clinical opportunities are provided to help students successfully complete course requirements.  Lakeview has extensive clinical affiliation agreements which include acute and extended care facilities and community service agencies. Enrolled students must be able to have independent means to travel to and from clinical assignments. Students traveling in private vehicles to and from clinical assignments assume all related risk and liability. Lakeview College of Nursing is not responsible for injuries or damages that may result.  Clinical opportunities are limited and students are assigned to a clinical time and site. Students who cannot attend the assigned clinical time and location can withdraw and re-enroll in the course the next time it is offered.  Clinical reassignments are not considered.

Clinical Confidentiality - HIPAA

Clinical Confidentiality - HIPAA jeff Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:04

In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), all information regarding patients or former patients is considered confidential and protected health information and is to be used solely for clinical purposes as part of the educational curriculum. Students may be required by their assigned clinical placement to complete HIPAA training.

Clinical Participation Requirements

Clinical Participation Requirements jeff Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:04

Student must:

  1. Provide evidence of good physical health (through evidence of a physical from a licensed healthcare provider during enrollment.);
  2. Provide evidence of meeting Lakeview’s immunization requirements and keeping them updated as required;
  3. Provide proof of certification in The American Heart Association-Basic Life Support (CPR & AED Program) or the American Red Cross – Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider and keeping it updated as required;
  4. Satisfactorily pass a background check prior to the start of classes; 
  5. Provide evidence of a negative drug screen (admissions, suspicion and random testing); and
  6. Provide proof of health insurance, as applicable.

Clinical Attendance/Lab Policy

Clinical Attendance/Lab Policy jeff Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:04

Attendance at clinical and lab is required.  If a student anticipates having to miss clinical or lab, the student must personally notify the clinical/lab instructor and course coordinator of absence prior to the start of a clinical experience. Depending on the course, students may be required to notify the agency as well.

 

Clinical/lab Instructor and Course Coordinator will follow policy to determine if the absence is excused or unexcused.

 

Failure to notify the clinical/lab instructor of absence in advance of the clinical/lab experience is an unexcused absence.

 

To maintain patient safety, the clinical instructor may dismiss the student from the clinical area if the student is not prepared for the clinical experience or if the clinical instructor determines that the student is not safe to provide care.  Such dismissal is an unexcused absence.

 

Absences, whether excused or unexcused, will have an impact on student’s success in the course, up to and including failure of the course.  Opportunities for making up missed clinical days or laboratory sessions may not be available.

 

If a student has two [2] unexcused clinical absences they will fail clinical for that course.

 

Students must attend all clinical orientations for their assigned agency.  Students, who are not present for clinical orientation or the first clinical, whether their absence is excused or unexcused, might not be allowed to continue in the course.  See General Attendance Policy.

 

Clinical instructors will follow up with course coordinators to discuss the student’s performance in the clinical setting.  Specifically, if the student needs to attend an alternative experience to make up for the experience missed and whether or not the clinical outcomes are still possible to achieve.  Clinical absences will be documented and the student may, at the discretion of the course coordinator, be required to make up the clinical hours missed.

 

If available and determined necessary by the course coordinator, clinical hours will be made up by simulation or demonstrating skills in the lab.  The course coordinator will notify the lab coordinator when a student is required to make up the clinical experience.

 

First Day of Clinical/Lab/Clinical Orientation

Students who miss the first day of clinical, lab, or clinical orientation may be immediately dropped from the course(s).  Students who are unable to attend the first day must have prior approval from the Dean of Nursing and Course Coordinator.

Refer to withdrawal policy.

Check with your clinical instructor if these symptoms apply: (a doctor's note may be required)

  • Fever > 100.4
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Diarrhea or Vomiting - lasting more than 12 hours
  • Group A Strep-culture confirmed or physician diagnosed
  • Jaundice - yellowing of the skin which might suggest viral hepatitis
  • Cold sores (herpes)
  • Active measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella or chicken pox
  • Upper respiratory infection (cold) if accompanied by fever and productive cough
  • Tuberculosis and/or positive TB skin test
  • Head lice, scabies (mites that burrow under the skin causing a rash)
  • Scabies (mites that burrow under the skin causing a rash)
  • Any draining wound such as Impetigo, Abscess or Boil must be covered
  • Mononucleosis

 

Clinical Dress Code

Clinical Dress Code jeff Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:04

Lakeview College of Nursing expects professional dress and appearance.  Students are to purchase a student uniform from the approved student uniform vendor designated by the College.  The vendor will be on the College campuses prior to the beginning of students attending clinical/laboratory settings to ensure proper fit. 

Dress Regulations/Uniform requirements:

  1. Identification
    Lakeview College of Nursing issued identification badge should be attached to the upper right collar area and worn at all times.
  2. Uniform
     
    Pants: Navy uniform pants. Style and number specified by the college. The waist of the uniform pants should not be rolled down.  The cuff of the pant should not be slit up the side for a flared look.
    Skirt: Navy uniform skirt. Style and number specified by the college. This is an option for the student who prefers not to wear pants.
    Shirt:

    (Students beginning N210 Spring 2018) Burgundy, short sleeved, scrub top specified by the College with the LCN patch sewn on the left side of the scrub top in order for the patch to sit just above the heart. Students may wear the pre-approved navy shirt, either long sleeve or short sleeve, purchased from the Student Government Association. This is a lightweight shirt with crew neck. The long sleeve shirt has the College name embroidered on the right sleeve. These undershirts are the only accepted top to be worn under the scrub top. A maternity style specified by the college is available for students who need this option.

    (Students beginning N210 Fall 2017) Navy, short sleeved, scrub top specified by the College with the LCN patch sewn on the left side of the scrub top in order for the patch to sit just above the heart. Students may wear the pre-approved navy shirt, either long sleeve or short sleeve, purchased from the Student Government Association. This is a lightweight shirt with crew neck. The long sleeve shirt has the College name embroidered on the right sleeve. These undershirts are the only accepted top to be worn under the scrub top. A maternity style specified by the college is available for students who need this option.


    (Students who entered program before Fall 2017) White, short sleeved, V neck scrub top specified by the College with the LCN patch sewn on the left side of the scrub top in order for patch to sit just above the heart.  Students who prefer a long sleeve may wear the pre-approved navy shirt purchased from the Student Government Association.  This is a lightweight long sleeved shirt with crew neck and the College name embroidered on the right sleeve.  This is the only accepted top to be worn under the scrub top.

    Lab Coat: White lab coat specified by the college with LCN patch sewn on the left sleeve.
    Socks: White/neutral stockings or white socks (mid-calf or knee length). Socks must fully cover ankle. If the skirt option is chosen then hose must be worn.
    Shoes: White nurse’s shoes or white leather tennis shoes must be worn (closed heel and toe, solid construction, no mesh). Shoes worn in clinical areas must cover the entire foot and be clean/polished.
  3. Watch with a second hand.
  4. Stethoscope with bell and diaphragm.

Additional required supplies:

  • Penlight
  • Bandage scissors
  • Small Notepad
  • Black ball-point pen

Students are expected to dress and present themselves professionally whenever they are in the clinical area.  Whenever students are representing the College, student should be in uniform.   Professional attire and appearance is an expectation not an option.  Clinical Instructors have the authority to ask you to leave the clinical setting if you are not properly attired. This will be counted as a clinical absence.

Additional Requirements:

Nails:  Natural nails may not extend beyond fingertips/nail polish and artificial nails are not permitted.

Hair:  Hair must be kept off the face and above the collar or pulled back neatly (tight pony tail, braid, or bun). Decorative clips, bows, bun pins, hair extensions and other ornate hair accessories are not permitted in clinical settings.  Tousled/disheveled hairstyles and hair color that cannot be grown naturally is not permitted. Mustaches and beards are permitted but must be clean, trimmed, and well-groomed.

Headgear: Religious dress/headwear (free of decorative items – solid white or black) is permitted but must allow the student to use a stethoscope and other medical instruments and must not interfere with patient exams or etc. Other caps, hats, bandanas, and headwear are not permitted in clinical settings.

Cosmetics: Make-up may be worn in moderation, applied lightly and in a non-threatening manner. Scented products and products containing glitters should be avoided.

Jewelry/Accessories:  These are the only acceptable accessories;

  • One pair of stud earrings, in each ear lobe.
  • One plain ring/ring set on one finger...In some clinical areas all jewelry must be removed.
  • Watch with second hand.

Undergarments:  No garments or markings on garments should be visible underneath any part of the uniform.  This includes short sleeved and long sleeved T-shirts or camisoles worn under the shirt.

Perfume or Cologne:  No perfume or cologne or smell of smoking is permitted during clinical time.

Certain clinical agencies may have additional dress regulations and uniform requirements. The policies of an affiliated clinical agency hosting students for rotation may be different and always supersede Lakeview College of Nursing’s dress code. However, if the agency allows staff to wear jeans, shorts, mini-skirts, t-shirts, or sweatshirts, it is never acceptable for BSN students to wear these items during a clinical experience.

Clinical Injuries/Illness

Clinical Injuries/Illness jeff Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:04

Students injured during clinical and need immediate attention should be taken to the Emergency Services for care. Any expense that is incurred is the student's responsibility.  If the injury does not need immediate attention, the student should see their own physician. Students are responsible for carrying their own health insurance.  Faculty are required to complete an Incident Report, http://www.lakeviewcol.edu/incident_report/form, for Lakeview as well as the clinical agency where the accident occurred.

Needlestick Injury
Needlestick or any other injuries are required to be reported and investigated by the agency (where the incident occurred). When a needlestick occurs, the student should be taken to the nearest emergency room.  The emergency room's policy/procedure on needlestick injuries should be followed.  Any expense that is incurred is the student's responsibility. 

In addition to the clinical sites procedure the Lakeview College of Nursing’s form, http://www.lakeviewcol.edu/incident_report/form is required to be completed. In case of an emergency, members of the College community will be transported by car or ambulance to the nearest appropriate facility.

Nursing Clinical Lab Expectations and Evaluation

Nursing Clinical Lab Expectations and Evaluation jeff Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:04
  1. Expectations - It is understood that throughout the courses in the program nursing care will be given:
    1. Safely - so that the patient is not endangered by: environment; treatments and medications; by lack of knowledge of the student; or by disregard of agency policies.
    2. Honestly - so that in every interaction between student and patient, health care team member, and instructor, the student’s communicates ethically and truthfully.
    3. Professionally so that in all actions a student follows policies and procedures.  Maintains appropriate boundaries and communicates clearly and effectively.
  2. Evaluations
    1. Each student will receive a weekly written evaluation of clinical performance.
    2. Each student will receive a mid-term and final evaluation of clinical performance.
    3. Each student will have the opportunity to discuss the evaluation with the clinical instructor.
    4. Each student who receives an unsatisfactory final clinical/lab evaluation will fail the clinical portion of the course.
  3. Remediation
    1. An AIP will be completed for any student who has unsatisfactory weekly or mid-term evaluations for future clinical settings.
    2. It is the student’s responsibility to follow through with remediation recommendations on the AIP.