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  • Nursing Program Undergraduate & Graduate

    NURSING STUDENT HANDBOOK 2017-2018

  • This Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Student Handbook are not intended to nor does it contain all regulations relating to the students or replace STU Student Handbook. This information in this Nursing Student Handbook is subject to change without notice.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS NURSING TEAM’S WELCOME 1 HISTORY OF THE NURSING PROGRAM 2 PURPOSE OF THE NURSING STUDENT HANDBOOK 3 ACCREDITATION 2 SCOPE OF PRACTICE 2

    American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics 2 American Nurses Association’s Standards of Nursing Practice 3

    2017-2018 ACADEMIC CALENDAR 4 STU NURSING PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 10 Basic Access Information 10 Administrative Team Contact Information 10 ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY OFFICES AND DEPARTMENT CONTACT 11 INFORMATION Office of Financial Affairs (Business Office) 11 Office of Admissions 11 Office of Financial Aid 11

    Student Success Center 11 Office of Academic Enhancement Center 11 Bookstore 11 Campus Ministry 11 Chapel of Saint Anthony 11 St. Thomas University Library 12 Student Health Center 12

    ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY 12

    Mission Statement 12 Vision Statement 12 Core Values 12

    STU NURSING PROGRAMS 13 Mission Statement 13 Vision Statement 13 Core Values 13 Diversity Statement 13 Philosophy 13 Nursing Program Objectives 15

  • This Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Student Handbook are not intended to nor does it contain all regulations relating to the students or replace STU Student Handbook. This information in this Nursing Student Handbook is subject to change without notice.

    PROGRAMS LEARNING OUTCOMES 15 Undergraduate Nursing Student Learning Outcomes 15

    Graduate Nursing Student Learning Outcomes 16 Program Congruence Statement 17

    PROGRAMS LEARNING OUTCOMES 17 Undergraduate Nursing Programs Learning Outcomes 17 Graduate Program Learning Outcomes 17 NURSING PROGRAMS ACADEMIC POLICIES 17 Academic Standards and Code of Conduct 17 Academic Honesty Policy 17

    Academic Dishonesty Policy 18 Class and Clinical Attendance Policy 18 Disability Statement 19 ACADEMIC ADVISING 20 Academic Adviser 20 UNDERGRADUATE NURSING PROGRAM CURRICULUM 20

    General Education Requirements 20 Traditional BSN Program Academic Plan 21 RN to BSN Program Academic Plan 22

    GRADUATE NURSING PROGRAN CURRICULUM 23

    MSN, FNP Specialization Program Plan 23 CLINICAL COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS 24

    Compliance Requirements 24 Criminal Background Check 24 Drug Screening 24 Basic Life Support (BLS) 24 Student Consent for Release of Information to Authorized Third Party 25 Annual Physical Examination 25 Influenza Immunization 25

    CLASS AND CLINICAL POLICIES 25

    Preclusion 25 Impaired Student Nurse Policy and Procedures 25 Purpose and Intention Statement 26 Definitions of Terms 26 Drug and Alcohol Possession and Use Policy 27 Post-Surgical Return to Clinical 28 Student Pregnancy Policy 28 Professional Demeanor 28 BSN Students Classroom and Clinical Dress Code Policy 29

  • This Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Student Handbook are not intended to nor does it contain all regulations relating to the students or replace STU Student Handbook. This information in this Nursing Student Handbook is subject to change without notice.

    Use of Electronic Devices/ Social Media Policy and Procedures 30 Undergraduate Nursing Clinical and Course Failure Policy 30 Class and Clinical Cancellation Policy 31 Missed Classroom Time 32

    GRADUATE NURSING COURSES AND CLINICAL POLICY 32 MSN, FNP Students Dress Code Policy 32 Exit Exam 33 Selection of Preceptor 33 Course Failure 33 Course Progression 33 FNP Student Responsibilities 33 ACADEMIC SUCCESS 34 Class Preparation/Self Study 34 Expectations 34

    Nursing Program Grading Scale 34 STU Undergraduate Nursing Programs Grading Scale 35 STU Graduate Nursing Program Grading Scale 35 Nursing Course Examination and Grading Policy 35 Examination Policy 35 Exam Make-up Policy 36 Academic Progression Policy 36 Undergraduate Nursing Academic Success Plan Policy 37

    APPENDICES 38 Student Handbook Confirmation Receipt 39 Student Consent for Release of Information to Authorized Third Party 40 Foundations of Nursing Clinical Evaluation Tool 41 At-Risk Performance Improvement Agreement 46

    Nursing Student Academic Success Plan 47

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    This Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Student Handbook are not intended to nor does it contain all regulations relating to the students or replace STU Student Handbook. This information in this Nursing Student Handbook is subject to change without notice.

    NURSING TEAM’S WELCOME

    Welcome to St. Thomas University (STU) School of Science and Nursing Program. At STU, future nurses are uniquely prepared to be leaders for life! At STU, each student is a unique, integrated, holistic human being who is influenced by the complex interaction of biological, psychological, developmental, sociological, economic and cultural elements as part of a multicultural society. As a nursing student, you will be challenged to acquire scientific knowledge base and critical thinking skills of the discipline of nursing, incorporate professional nursing behaviors, develop technical and decision-making skills, embody ethics into your practice, and gain awareness of self and others’ value systems as part of STU’s faith-based professional education. This will require hard work and commitment on your part, but it will be a remarkable and rewarding journey that you will treasure for a lifetime. We are excited that you have chosen St. Thomas University for that journey, and we, the nursing team, are committed to doing everything we can to support your success as we take the journey alongside you. The Nursing Program Administrative Team and the Faculty wish you a wonderful and a blessed academic experience at St. Thomas University. The Nursing Team School of Science and Nursing Programs 16401 NW 37th Avenue Miami, FL 33054 (305) 625-6000 www.stu.edu

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    This Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Student Handbook are not intended to nor does it contain all regulations relating to the students or replace STU Student Handbook. This information in this Nursing Student Handbook is subject to change without notice.

    History of St. Thomas University’s Nursing Program In 2003, St. Thomas University (STU) was contacted by University of Miami regarding the possibility of starting a 2+2 Nursing Program. At that time University of Miami wanted to expand its BSN enrollment. With the sponsorship of the North Dade Medical Foundation and Florida Blue, St. Thomas University launched a collaborative 2+2 Nursing Program with University of Miami in 2004. Nursing students would do their first two years of core classroom requirements at St. Thomas and then complete their more advanced classwork and clinical rotations at University of Miami. Their BSN degree would be awarded by University of Miami. By 2009, the university dedicated the Carnival Cruise Lines Science and Technology Building. This building was designed with undergraduate research in mind and has ten laboratories. Capitalizing on the success of the University’s STEM programs and STU Summer Research Institute, the University decided to go beyond its 2+2 nursing program into a four-year Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program. This was in response to two critical needs identified in the South Florida Community: 1) According to the Florida Center for Nursing (2014) over 40% of Florida’s nurses are approaching retirement age within the next ten years, and they are not being replaced with an increase in young nurses. This is partly due to a lack of nursing programs to prepare new nurses; 46,000 applicants nationwide have been turned away from nursing schools because of lack of educational capacity. 2) There is a lack of healthcare parity in South Florida. The Miami-Dade County Department of Health has identified geographical areas that have Prevention Quality Indicators that reveal disparity in minority healthcare. The American College of Physicians attributes these gaps to a healthcare workforce that does not reflect the local communities. STU’s nursing school graduates will bridge this healthcare divide because of their backgrounds and the comprehensive education they receive through the university’s program. STU’s pre-licensure BSN program and the online post-licensure RN to BSN started in spring 2017. Prior to the BSN program in spring 2016, STU launched a Master in Science of Nursing degree with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner. The response from the community has been enthusiastic. By fall 2017, the enrollment in the traditional BSN program has grown tremendously. Current enrollment in the nursing program consists of 35 pr

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