Health Sciences Nursing Programs
Expected Student Behaviors

The students of the Health Sciences Nursing programs are expected to demonstrate professional behavior both in the classroom and in all clinical settings. Behaviors that are required of a registered nurse will be emphasized throughout the program.

Student Code of Conduct

Students are representative of Shasta College, the Health Sciences Nursing Programs, and the Nursing Profession.  Students are obligated to function within the framework of the professional Standards of Ethical Conduct and applicable Rules and Regulations governing professional nursing practice, the Shasta College Student Code of Conduct (College Catalog), and the policies and procedures of the Health Sciences division and Nursing Programs.

The clinical agencies and healthcare consumers expect the students of the Nursing programs to be well prepared and conduct themselves with professionalism and integrity. The expected standards of behavior are identified in the Student Behavior Chart along with examples of behavior that meet and do not meet the standards.

Students who exhibit unacceptable behaviors will meet with their faculty and will receive an Occurrence Form regarding the behavior and may receive a student contract identifying actions that must be completed to remediate behavior. 

There are behaviors that are serious enough to result in dismissal from the Nursing programs without possibility of return.  These include:

  • Gross negligence resulting in harm to client or family
  • Verbal threat of physical harm (assault)
  • Physical violence (battery)
  • Falsifying the medical record
  • HIPAA Violation (breach of confidentiality) 
  • Carrying a weapon or illicit drugs/drug paraphernalia
  • Stealing from clinical site, college, or faculty
  • Failure to satisfactorily complete any student contract
  • Failure to comply or remediate any issues addressed by Safe Clinical Practices Policy     

Professional Code of Ethics

Students are also representative of the profession of nursing.  There is a professional code of ethics that has been developed by the American Association of Nurses (ANA).  The Code of Ethics for Nurses was developed as a guide for carrying out nursing responsibilities in a manner consistent with quality in nursing care and the ethical obligations of the profession.  Your nursing education is preparing you to enter the profession of nursing.  As such, you should be familiar with this Code of Ethics and consider ways in which you will learn to integrate the principles into your practice.

To learn more about the creation of the Code of Ethics, purchase a copy of your own, or view the nursing Code of Ethics online,