Health Sciences Nursing Programs

STUDENT HANDBOOK

Clinical Program Management 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. Furthermore, students must be in good health status and capable of meeting all Nursing Technical Standards 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.
 

Dress Standard - Clinical Experiences

The Shasta College Nursing student uniform will be worn to all off campus clinical assignments unless other wise directed by the course faculty (Student Dress Code Standards).

 
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 (space available) 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. (Attendance Policy)
 
Impaired Student Standard
 
Patient safety is an overriding principle in the delivery of healthcare.  For the healthcare professional to provide safe care, he/she 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  (Safe Clinical 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.