Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
Clinical Program Standards



Health & Safety Standards
Students must be officially registered in each nursing course prior to attending and participating in the clinical area. Students must meet all Clinical Requirements (see Clinical Requirements Practice Policy). Furthermore, students must be in good health status and capable of meeting all nursing Technical Standards (see Technical Standards – Nursing) related to physical strength, dexterity, and movement; visual and auditory acuity; and mental and emotional functioning.  In the clinical area, the student may be exposed to violence, chemicals, radiation, and infectious agents that could be life threatening.

The student must be able to perform the work required in the program without limitation.  The student will refrain from attending the clinical area if any illness or injury would interfere with patient safety.



Student Dress Code Standard

**ATTENTION - All ADN students entering their first semester of the program as of Spring 2018. There is a uniform policy change.  Please do not purchase uniforms until directed by the Health Sciences Office. The following ADN Dress Code Policy, applies only to students in the ADN program and will be in effect for all cohorts starting in Spring 2018 or later.


Dress code policy dated 12/2/16 and imbedded below is in effect for those students currently enrolled in the ADN program as of Fall 2017.

The Shasta College Nursing student uniform will be worn to all off campus clinical assignments unless otherwise directed by the course faculty. The uniform may be purchased at uniform shops, catalogs, or online.

The Shasta College Nursing uniform consists of a scrub top and pants or skirt in “hunter green”.  Students are required to have the appropriate Shasta College logo embroidered with white thread in the left upper chest area of the uniform top.  Students have the option of wearing a hunter green scrub jacket which is also required to have the white embroidery lettering affixed to the left upper chest area.  Students may also wear a white or black shirt (short or long-sleeved, crew cut or turtleneck) under the hunter green uniform top.  The neck line of the undershirt may be exposed at the top of the uniform only.

ADN Dress Code Policy

Absences – Illness, Injury, Surgical Procedures, Pregnancy

Students must have on file a note from their physician stating that they are physically able to participate fully without restrictions or limitations in the clinical area following an illness, injury, surgical procedure or during pregnancy and the post-partum period.  Full participation is necessary to meet the objectives of the program and to allow adequate evaluation of the student’s achievement of the objectives, therefore, limited assignments are not provided. It may be necessary for a student to withdraw from the program and return (depending on availability of space) when the physical restrictions or limitations are lifted.

Students concealing an illness or injury are jeopardizing patient safety and their own safety. A student found to have concealed an illness or injury will be subject to faculty review and possible permanent dismissal from the program.

Classroom, skills lab, and clinical attendance is expected of all students.  All absences are to be communicated directly by the student prior to class by contacting the instructor or the department secretary.  Any absences anticipated by the student are to be discussed with the instructor ahead of time.  Absences that are not communicated in this manner will be considered unexcused and are subject to disciplinary action including dismissal from the program.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain lecture notes, handouts, and assignments for the day(s) absent from class. (See Attendance Policy)


Impaired Student Standard

Patient safety is an overriding principle in the delivery of healthcare.  For the Healthcare professional to provide safe care, the healthcare professional must be able to make sound judgments. Thought processes and decision making can be adversely affected by excessive stress, sleep deprivation, poor mental and physical health, and the use of any drugs and/or alcohol. Impaired by the aforementioned factors, the healthcare professional can easily make unsafe decisions and, therefore, jeopardize patient safety.

The student whose thought processes and decision-making ability is impaired by excessive stress, poor mental or physical health, or the use of drugs and/or alcohol will be considered unsafe to provide healthcare services and will be removed from the clinical setting (see Safe Practices Policy). The student will be subject to faculty review and possible dismissal from the program. In addition, the student will be counseled about the importance of seeking voluntary aid for such conditions that could, if left unattended, lead to disciplinary action and may prevent them from being licensed to practice nursing in the State of California.

As healthcare professionals, we recognize that excessive stress, poor mental and physical health, and dependency on drugs and/or alcohol are conditions that can be treated by early recognition and rehabilitation. Rehabilitated students who voluntarily withdraw from the program to resolve their issue will be encouraged to reenter the educational process for successful completion of a healthcare program.


Clinical Requirements Practice Policy

Technical Standards - Nursing​

ADN Dress Code Policy​

Attendance Policy

Safe Practices Policy


ADN Student Handbook​


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