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BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF NURSING

Student Handbook

Academic Year 2011-2012

200 Mill Hill Avenue Bridgeport, CT. 06610

ACADEMIC CALENDAR ................................................. 3 OVERVIEW of PROGRAMS .............................................. 4 BHSN PHILOSOPHY ................................................... 6 MISSION STATEMENT & PROGRAM OBJECTIVES ............................ 7 ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY ............................................. 8 PROGRAM INFORMATION ............................................... 8 Curriculum Plan ............................................... 8 College Level Examination Program (CLEP) ...................... 8 Enrollment Requirements ....................................... 8 Enrollment Agreement .......................................... 9 Americans with Disabilities Act ............................... 9 Tuition and Fees .............................................. 9 Tuition Refund Policy ......................................... 9 Financial Aid ................................................ 10 ACADEMIC POLICIES & PROCEDURES ................................... 11 Progression Policy ........................................... 11 Grading System ............................................... 11 Value of Letter Grades & Quality Points ...................... 12 Cumulative Quality Point Average ............................. 12 Examination Policies ......................................... 12 Academic Integrity ........................................... 13 Academic Remediation ......................................... 14 Academic Warning ............................................. 14 Attendance Policies .......................................... 14 School Delays and Cancellations .............................. 16 Dress Code ................................................... 16 Clinical & Classroom Lab Practice Standards .................. 17 Electronic Communication ..................................... 18 Clinical Remediation ......................................... 18 Clinical Warning ............................................. 19 Criteria for Promotion ....................................... 19 Probation, Suspension & Dismissal ............................ 19 Channels of Communication .................................... 20 Grievance Procedure .......................................... 20 Complaints/Inquiries ......................................... 21 Leave of Absence ............................................. 21 Withdrawal ................................................... 21 Former Students Requesting to Return to Program .............. 22 Graduation Requirements ...................................... 22 Application for RN Licensure ................................. 23 Certification for Surgical Technologist ...................... 23 STUDENT SERVICES ................................................. 24 Guidance and Counseling Programs ............................. 24 Employment Placement ......................................... 24 Student Health Program ....................................... 24 Educational Facilities ....................................... 25 Student Representation ....................................... 26 Childcare, Meals, Transportation & Parking ................... 27 GENERAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES .................................. 27 Student Records .............................................. 27 Maintenance of Student Records ............................... 27 Procedure for Reviewing Records .............................. 28 Procedure for Release of Records ............................. 29 Smoking Policy ............................................... 29 Drug Policies ................................................ 29 Civility, Harassment, & Discrimination Policies .............. 30 POLICIES ON SAFETY AND SECURITY .................................. 31 Reporting Accidents, Emergencies, Unusual Incidents, Crime ... 31 BHSN/Hospital Photo Badge .................................... 31 Personal Safety .............................................. 31 Fire Safety .................................................. 32 Fire Procedure ............................................... 32

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NU 201 Ends SUMMER June 4 ..... Day-No Classes January 30……………………………………………Surg-Tech Term III Begins March 19 – 23 ……………………………………………………........................................ A student should discuss individual observance of religious holidays other than those specified with the Associate Director............ NU 202 (Accelerated) Begins June 21………………………………………………......................... Thanksgiving and Christmas.......................................................................NU 205 Begins November 24 & 25 ........NU 102 Begins November 14…………………………………………................ 3 .............................................................................. NU 201 Begins May 1 ................ Jr...............................ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2011-2012 FALL August 29 ………........…………….................................................. Martin L.................. Graduate Dinner Dance April 30 ........................ ……………………………………................................................................................... Rehearsal and Nursing Graduation May 7 – 11 ................... Jr........ Semester Ends -All Students SPRING January 3 ............................. Labor Day............ Independence Day...................................................... Martin L........... Memorial Day................. Memorial Day............. NU 202 (Accelerated) Ends July 2 .... NCLEX Review May 28 ............... King.................... Good Friday............................ NU 203 (Accelerated) Begins July 4 ............ *The academic calendar is subject to change....................................................................................... Academic Year Begins September 5 .............................NU 203 Begins October 26………………………………………………………........................................................ NU 203 (Accelerated) Ends Holidays Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing (BHSN) is closed on New Year's Day....................................................... All Programs Resume Classes January 16 ..... Independence Day Holiday – No Classes August 24 .. Surgical Technology Graduation June 29 ............. Labor Day.....................................................No Classes September 6…………………………………………All Programs Begin Classes October 11………………………………………………………. Good Friday.................. King......No Classes April 16………………………………………………Surg-Tech Term IV Begins April 18 – 20 .................. Semester Ends All Student Nurses April 28 .......................Spring Break March 26……………………………………………..........Surgical Technology Ends June 22 .......................................No Classes June 1 ...... Day........................................................Surg-Tech Term II Begins November 21……………………………………………………...................NU 105 & NU 205 Begins April 6 ...................................... Thanksgiving Holiday December 23 ...................................................................................................................................................NU 200 for LPNS April 27 .........

All classes (lectures) are conducted during the day time hours. An accelerated track of study is an option available at the end of the first year for those students who wish to graduate one semester early. Upon completion of the program. the student is eligible to take the certification examination for sterile processing. 4 . The traditional nursing program is 69 weeks in length over a two-year period with graduation in May of the second year. Upon completion of the program. the student receives a diploma in nursing and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX –RN).Overview of Programs Registered Nurse Program BHSN’s nursing program is based on the school’s philosophy. the student is eligible to take the certification examination for surgical technology. Sterile Processing Program The program of sterile processing is a 10 day course conducted over a four week period. Individuals are educated in sterile processing using the guidelines established by the Certification Board of Sterile Processing and Distribution. Upon completion of the program. Students enrolled in the partial evening program will attend clinical experiences in the evening for the first year (September – April). Surgical Technology Program The program of surgical technology is a full-time. and organizing framework. Clinical experiences may be offered on days or evenings based upon the needs of the program. 10 month accredited program divided into four ten week terms. Inc. objectives. The design of the curriculum is based on guidelines provided by the Association of Surgical Technologists.

Associate Director. Nursing Faculty Sally Maglione. Nursing Faculty Staff Florence La Croix. Admissions Coordinator 5 . C. Baird. Nursing Faculty Linda Podolak. Level II Nursing Edith Poidomani. The department is staffed by full-time and part-time faculty and staff. Nursing Faculty Maria Krol. Nursing Faculty Nezbile Thomas. Education Finance Specialist. Nursing Faculty Paula Gjerstad. Allied Health Faculty Suzanne Turner. Registrar Wanda Pirreca. Nursing Faculty Cheryl Ann Green. Nursing Faculty Deborah Margolies. DNP. and Staff The school of nursing is a department of Bridgeport Hospital which is overseen by the Director. Faculty. Admission Specialist Yolanda Torres. The department is comprised of nursing and allied health programs. Nursing Faculty Gail Tucci. Faculty: Diane Avery. Carol Papp. Department Secretary Jane Miravel. Nursing Faculty Charlotte Parniawski. Coordinator Allied Health Programs Susan Evancho. The BHSN main office number is 203-384-3205. Nursing Faculty Caren Silhavey. RN. Associate Director.Administration. Level I Nursing Katherine Casale. Nursing Faculty Dorothy Connolly. Nursing Faculty Catherine H. Nursing Faculty Marlene Beck.

As supported in Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. body and spirit are subject to change as humans evolve and are in constant and dynamic interaction with the environment. Nurses have a professional. possessing self-worth. Core behaviors essential for nursing practice are reciprocal caring. and wholeness within and between individuals. and communities in diverse. The mind. ethical and social responsibility to understand and advocate for an environment that provides safe and effective care. civility. We believe: Nursing incorporates a scientific body of knowledge in the delivery of care for individuals. Individuals are holistic beings composed of mind. Environment of care encompasses the social. Teaching and learning are interactive processes that nurture and enhance personal and professional growth for each individual. critical thinking. Teaching and learning experiences in nursing education are designed to foster acquisition of theoretical and clinical knowledge with the ability to use a variety of technologies and resources that are essential to the practice of nursing. cultural and political context of health care and is a crucial component of healthcare delivery systems. nurses practice autonomously and collaboratively to empower individuals across the life span to attain optimal health outcomes or to support a dignified death. Learning is a life long dynamic process. dignity. families. educator. community and society.OUR PHILOSOPHY Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing faculty believe nursing is a unique and integrated profession which embraces art and science in the promotion. 6 . Health and healing are constantly changing experiences that are defined by individual beliefs and practices and influenced by family. and restoration of optimal health. advocate. the practice of nursing balances the technological and scientific aspects of care with the personal and interpersonal elements of care. multicultural societies. and leader. Each individual is unique. Watson’s theory addresses the importance of creating a healing environment that not only promotes healing but also emphasizes the integration of environmental concerns into nursing practice. Health and healing are unique expressions of harmony. Nurses value the limitless possibilities of learning. The scope of nursing practice is multifaceted and includes the roles of caregiver. Using the nursing process. Environmental conditions play a major role in the health of individuals and populations. The individual's ability to manage change affects physiological and psychosocial health integrity and ultimately health outcomes. Nursing embraces reciprocal caring with the highest level of commitment to self and individuals. professionalism. Health and healing are impacted by authentic connections between nurses and individuals. and adherence to legal and ethical standards. and an inherent right to make autonomous decisions. balance. maintenance. body and spirit. sound nursing judgment. accountability. Teaching enhances the ability to think critically and reflectively while developing new knowledge.

moral and cultural issues that impact upon patient care. and culturally and spiritually sensitive for diverse populations. manage and evaluate care for individuals. 6. 5. the Sterile Processing Technician student will: 1. Exercise civility and reciprocal caring as a member of a multidisciplinary team within the health care delivery system. 7 . Qualify for the national certification exam in sterile processing. Apply principles of anatomy and physiology. the Graduate Nurse will: 1. 2. social. the Graduate Surgical Technologist will: 1. Apply critical thinking. Synthesize knowledge from nursing theory and the biological. Promote. 3. environmentally sound. 7. Demonstrate accountability and professionalism within the framework of the nurse practice act and the legal and ethical standards of the nursing profession. Perform perioperative technical skills in a safe and effective manner. 8. 2. Demonstrate personal and professional growth. Function as an integral member of the surgical team. Deliver nursing care that is socially responsible. 7. Identify the role and responsibilities of the sterile processing technician. 3. Examine ethical. technologies. families and communities. 4. 6. affordable. 5. implement. microbiology and pharmacology to the care of the perioperative client. 3. BHSN PROGRAM OUTCOMES At the completion of the program of study. maintain and restore health integrity using a variety of teaching and learning strategies. 4. and behavioral sciences in the delivery of nursing care. At the completion of the program of study. Perform technical sterile processing skills in a safe and effective manner. Prepare the intraoperative environment appropriately based on surgical procedures. and sound nursing judgment in the delivery of competent and safe care. and resources for the achievement of optimum client outcomes. Sit for the national certification exam in surgical technology. 2.OUR MISSION To serve the educational needs of a diverse student population by providing quality academic programs that are accessible. At the completion of the program of study. Use the nursing process to design. and attainable. legal. Communicate effectively with patients and members of the health care team.

PROGRAM INFORMATION Curriculum Plan The Curriculum Plan for nursing and surgical technology programs outlined in BHSN’s website illustrates the required sequencing of courses. with or without prior notice. Students will be informed of any change or new policy. The policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook are subject to change along with readjustment of tuition. Failure to comply with the curriculum plan will prevent student progression in the program. Individual health insurance is strongly recommended for students. BHSN will deny a student’s admission if drug testing is positive. Students are responsible for submitting official CLEP transcripts to the registrar within the required sequencing of the curriculum plan. there is time to complete the required course(s) and receive official grade results in the appropriate semester. Enrollment Requirements Students must meet all enrollment requirements prior to entering any program. Students are responsible for submitting official college transcripts to the registrar as required. Each course is a pre-requisite to the next course in sequence. Each student is accountable for all the information outlined in the handbook. Nursing and surgical technology students must have proof of BLS certification for the health care provider/professional rescuer and malpractice insurance. tuberculin test. Background checks revealing criminal activity or other matters will be reviewed by the Admission’s Committee to determine the student’s eligibility for enrollment. drug test and security background check results by the established deadline. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Students may use the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examination process to fulfill BHSN’s course requirements except for the required biological sciences. Examinations should be scheduled by the student and taken early enough so that. An assigned faculty advisor is available throughout the program for academic guidance and program progression.ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY The Student Handbook serves as a resource for a student by describing current policies and procedures of Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing (BHSN). if unsuccessful. immunizations. Students should seek approval of the desired CLEP examination from the admission’s committee chairperson. All such decisions are at the sole discretion of the Admissions Committee. 8 . All students must submit proof of pre-admission physical. fees and schedules. Failure to comply with the curriculum plan including submission of official transcripts will prevent student progression in the program. An education contract is initiated for nursing students at orientation outlining the plan of study.

money order. MasterCard. Tuition and Fees All costs for program tuition and fees are paid directly to BHSN except for preadmission health/security fees. Disclosure of a documented disability will enable BHSN to plan for provision of reasonable accommodations. Institutional Refund Policy. tuition. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 BHSN’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Amendments is dependent upon the following requirement: students with a hidden or visible disability that may require classroom. March for the spring semester and July for the summer semester Payment arrangements can be made on a case by case basis for financial hardship Refund Policies Refunds are based on BHSN policy and the Return of Unearned Title IV Funds as required by the U. clinical or test-taking modifications must provide at the time of registration documentation of the disability. Refunds are granted if the student complies with the leave of absence (LOA). The agreement discloses program information such as class schedule. check.Enrollment Agreement Surgical technology and sterile processing students will be required to sign an enrollment agreement at orientation or prior to the first day of class.S. The same procedure applies if a student requests accommodation during the course of a program. The schedule of refunds 9 . An enrollment agreement is a document that defines the rights and obligations of the student and the school. Discover. Visa. or American Express prior to the start of each semester Payment of the remaining balance after financial aid is applied with a balance due is payable in October for the fall semester. and fees. BHSN is under no obligation to provide accommodations unless the student has disclosed the nature of the disability in writing and has made a written request for special accommodations to the Admissions Specialist. Tuition payment may be made in one of three payment options: Payment may be made in full by cash. withdrawal or dismissal procedures.for those students not participating in Federal Title IV Financial Aid only A student who completes registration and has paid in full for all prescribed tuition and fees for the semester and who then withdraws or is dismissed from BHSN within the first five weeks of the semester or less is entitled to a proportional refund. Department of Education. Documentation of the disability is required from an appropriate Health Care Provider.

Financial Aid To receive financial aid........................ All allowable educational expenses (direct and indirect) are considered when financial aid applications are reviewed.. BHSN will first calculate the Return of Title IV and then apply the Institution Refund Policy................... 0% Refunds take approximately 10-14 days to process..ed.... Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and Direct student loans............... registered for Selective Service..... Federal Pell Grants..... This is a proportional calculation based upon the student’s date of withdrawal.S.. 20% 5th week ........... Financial assistance to students includes need-based federal grants and loans as well as institutional scholarships............................. BHSN does not establish priority deadlines.... a student must complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to www................................. Therefore BHSN will calculate the unearned portion of monies received under any of the Title IV programs based on the parameters set forth in section 668......................................................................... In order for the financial aid office at BHSN to determine a student’s eligibility for aid...................22 (e)(1) of the Higher Education Act of 1965....... If a student participates in Federal Title IV Financial Aid... 80% 2nd week .... A student must be a U...... Federal Refund Policy – for students receiving financial aid under any of the Title IV programs which include. the student must enter BHSN school code: 006181 on the FAFSA application... To apply for financial aid........fafsa.... students must be accepted to BHSN and be registered for at least 6 semester hours (half time).... first-serve basis..... Federal guidelines require that any unearned Title IV funds be returned to the program(s)..... Students will be notified of any balance owed to the school as a result of the refund calculations........is as follows: Before classes start ............... citizen or eligible non-citizen............. if required and not in default on a previous student loan or owe a refund of any Title IV grant program at any institution before the student can apply for aid...................... as amended............................... 100% 1st week ...... The student is responsible for information and 10 .......... The school must return any unearned portion of monies received under any of the Title IV programs. Loans and merit-based scholarships are also given without regard to financial need........ 40% 4th week ...... Financial aid award letters are sent by the school to assist the student in meeting educational expenses............... Aid is based on availability of funds and is given on a first-come...... 60% 3rd week ..........gov for the year the student plans to enroll..........

including grading criteria. ACADEMIC POLICIES & PROCEDURES Students are responsible for monitoring their own academic and clinical progress and for seeking appropriate assistance if needed. All course requirements must be met to receive a final course grade. Repayment of any loans taken for any program at BHSN is the student’s responsibility. students are required to maintain a minimum average of 75. who are not compliant with the progression policy. At the beginning of each course/term. which will contain general information such as goals and objectives of a course. Courses are sequential and have prerequisite and /or co-requisite non-nursing course requirements. BHSN’s refund policy meets the requirements of 21.conditions/terms of any awards. All course requirements must be successfully completed in the prescribed order according to the curriculum plan. clinical laboratory and classroom 11 . If the student is unable to meet course requirements in that period. the progression policy and update their Student Educational Contract. the grading/evaluation scheme and topics to be covered in order to complete the course. the incomplete grade becomes a grade of “F). Nursing students must meet with their assigned faculty advisor at least once a semester to review academic needs. It is the student’s responsibility to submit official transcripts immediately upon completion of all required non-nursing courses. Veterans: The federal government offers a wide variety of services to veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs. For non-nursing college courses. which is used in assessing expected clinical competencies for the course. This will result in action up to and including dismissal. a grade of “C” or higher must be achieved (a “C-“ is not transferable ). fees. For all courses. Please contact the registrar for additional information. Students will also receive a clinical evaluation form. Progression Policy Students must meet all course requirements to progress to the next course. Grading System Nursing course grades are based on academic. BHSN is approved for training for veterans’ educational benefits by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. and other charges for a portion of the course does not exceed the approximate pro-rata portion of the total cost. If course requirements have not been met due to extenuating circumstances. Under these circumstances. prerequisites.4254(c) (13) and provides that the amount charged for tuition. a grade of “I” (Incomplete) may be granted. Any request for a course extension must be submitted in writing to the level Associate Director and then brought to course faculty to determine the outcome of the extension. a student may be granted an extension to complete the course. Students. do not meet the criteria for promotion. All students must understand course information. students will receive a course syllabus.

Written assignments may be factored into the academic grade in selective courses. Value of Letter Grades and Quality Points (Q/P): Grade A+ A AB+ B BC+ C F Points Q/P (Student Nurses Only) 97-100 4.5. The student transcript will reflect all course grades required for completion of BHSN’s curriculum and will be used for computation of CQPA.00 Cumulative Quality Point Average (CQPA) Quality points are calculated by multiplying the number of points of each grade by the total number of credit hours assigned to that course. The average of all numerical grades must be 75 or greater to pass the course in all programs. Grade reports are given at the end of each semester or term.67 87-89 3. the Course Leader and/or Associate Director must be notified prior to the start of the exam. A passing grade must be achieved in both academic and laboratory areas. Individual components making up the final course grade are not rounded separately. assignments and skill performance. If a student misses an exam for any reason.00 Below 75 0. Academics are based on written test grades. The CQPA is determined by the total number of quality points accumulated in the program divided by the total number of credit hours completed.0 90-92 3. Examination Policies Students are required to take course exams on the date and time they are scheduled. A “Pass” will not be computed in the student’s QPA. Only the academic standard grades of A-F are used in calculating the QPA. For students who have missed an exam. the make-up must be taken upon return 12 .00 80-82 2.67 77-79 2. Laboratory performances must be satisfactory to pass the nursing course. Grades are recorded in letter grade on the transcript.33 75-76 2. The Quality Point Average (QPA) is obtained by dividing the total number of quality points earned in the semester by the total number of credit hours taken in the semester.33 83-86 3.0 93-96 4. Numerical grades will be based on written tests. Final course grades below 75 are not rounded.laboratory achievement. Final course grades of 75 or greater are rounded up to the next number if the decimal point is at or above 0. Surgical technology and sterile processing students will receive separate numerical grades for classroom and clinical laboratory courses.

The calculators may not be shared between students. grade less than 75). Take the exam within the remaining exam time left. prior to attending class. BHSN is not responsible for lost or stolen property. or b. books. or clinical classes. Students are expected to arrive to class on time and refrain from disruptive 13 . A make-up exam must be taken within one week of the initial exam date.e. laboratory. 4) All students are given one hour to take a 50-question exam. 7) For students with English as a secondary language (ESL).to school prior to attending any lecture. following a test may request to meet with faculty and review the test prior to the next test in the course. Students are required to arrange for the make-up exam with the course leader and will be charged a test administration fee of $50. Take the exam at the conclusion of the initial exam time. 9) Examination grades are made available within 5 days. a point penalty will be applied after the first missed exam in any nursing course or surgical technology term as follows: 1st missed exam within a course or term = 0 points 2nd missed exam within a course or term = 10 points 3rd missed exam within a course or term = 20 points 4th missed exam within a course or term = 30 points 1) Students are not allowed to bring personal belongings including: purses. 6) Students with questions should raise their hand and an instructor will come to them. These students will enter the examination room and sit in a designated area. cell phones or any electronic devices to the testing site. a primary language dictionary may be allowed with approval by proctoring faculty. 8) Requests for special accommodations during exams must be documented in the student’s file.e. hats. tests are not available for the student to review. Students may take an additional 30 minutes if they choose. 10) Students requiring assistance with remediation (i. 11) Students arriving late for an exam will have one of two options: a. In addition. Students may request a substitute calculator during an exam. Academic Integrity Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing (BHSN) expects academic integrity. drinks. 5) If a student needs to leave the exam room (i. Past this period. BHSN is not responsible for malfunction of calculators. 2) Personal belongings may be placed in a separate room but can not be left in hallways due to safety/fire regulations. For 100 item question exams. Lockers are available for surgical technology students upon request. a proctor will accompany the student. bathroom). Students may take up to 75 minutes if they choose. students are given 2 hours to complete the test. 3) BHSN will provide calculators (if needed for use) during exams.

assist nursing students to prepare more efficiently. monopolization of conversation. Attendance Policies Students are expected to attend all academic lectures. thus. classroom and clinical laboratories. Academic Warning At mid-course. All nursing students should use the ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) materials and remediation resources. The ATI tools. a student with a test grade average below 75 is placed on academic warning by the Program Coordinator or Associate Director. A written warning notifies the student to seek guidance from Allied Health Advisor or the Nursing Course Leader to identify strategies for academic improvement. Academic lecture: All students shall be given the opportunity to learn in an environment that is free from noise. and disruptions. intrusions. is mandatory. side conversations among students. sharing of information on exams. creating an appropriate learning environment for all.behavior during class/laboratory. At the end of the program. in combination with the nursing program content. Noise must be avoided and includes. Violation of academic integrity includes but is not limited to cheating on exams or quizzes. Faculty and students are mutually responsible for enforcing optimum classroom behavior. and frequent getting up and down while class is in session. Federal regulations mandate that students maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue receiving financial assistance. all nursing students are required to attend the ATI preparation course for the NCLEX-RN. The standards for satisfactory academic progress set forth for all students at BHSN will be used as the standard for Title IV recipients as well. Clinical absences place a student in jeopardy of failing. Clinical laboratory: Attendance at all clinical experiences. stealing or having unauthorized access to exams. Behaviors not compliant with the academic integrity policy will result in dismissal from BHSN. plagiarism. cell phones. Academic Remediation Students experiencing academic difficulties in a particular course are strongly urged to contact the course leader or their faculty advisor as soon as possible for guidance. Students should remain attentive to the activities of the classroom and behave in a manner that allows others to be attentive. all of the required clinical hours must be 14 . but is not limited to: beepers. including post-conference. unauthorized collaboration on academic or clinical preparation and falsification of data for clinical preparation or documentation. as well as increase confidence and familiarity with nursing content and test taking skills. In order to meet the course outcomes.

Clinical absences are to be made up on the scheduled date determined by the faculty. ABSENCES ARE STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. Absent time is accrued for those students who are held from clinical experiences due to noncompliance with mandatory requirements (e. is mandatory. he/she is expected to contact the appropriate laboratory instructor within one week of missing the lab to schedule a makeup assignment.). for any reason. Surgical Technology and Sterile Processing: Attendance at all classroom and clinical experiences. post conferences.00/make-up assignment. Students missing one lab per course will not incur a financial penalty. the student must leave a message on the instructor’s voice mail and if applicable. contact the 15 . Missed classroom laboratory experiences must be made up within 2 weeks. Failure to do so is grounds for dismissal. etc. A student who has been absent for a prolonged illness/condition (more than two consecutive clinical days). The need for clearance will be determined at that time. accrued absent time of 6 hours (combination of missed labs. However. Make-up assignments are required for all absences and are based upon meeting course objectives. In addition. accrued time does not require additional clinical make-up time. In the event of an absence.g. malpractice insurance. Successful completion of the assigned make-up learning experience is required to pass the course. If.00/missed lab thereafter.fulfilled. If a student’s health status should change in a way that would impact the student’s ability to perform in the nursing program. PPD. The accrued time is added to the student’s missed absent day(s) for clinical experiences and will be counted into the total for clinical absences. More than two clinical absences in courses less than six weeks and more than four clinical absences in courses longer than six may result in course failure. late arrival or early leave from clinical) will be considered the equivalent of one clinical absence. including postconference. Students need to be flexible in order to accommodate their clinical makeup. students are required to leave a message on the clinical instructor’s voice mail and call the clinical unit or agency at least 60 minutes prior to scheduled clinical hours. In the event of an absence. the student must notify the Program Coordinator. Missed post conferences must be made up within 2 weeks. The penalty for additional absences will be $25. is required to have clearance from a Health Care Provider and/or the Industrial Medical Center to return to class/clinical. a student needs to leave a clinical lab or clinical observational experience prior to the scheduled time. Classroom Lab: If a student is absent from classroom laboratory or is unsuccessful at competency assessment. Students will be assessed a fee of $50. Associate Director or Director of the program immediately. the instructor must be notified.

School Delays and Cancellations Classes and clinical experiences are delayed or canceled only under severe weather conditions.clinical unit. cleanshaven and fingernails less than ¼ inch are also required.ctweather. White water-resistant footwear 4. Surgical technology class make-up assignments must be submitted within 1 week of the absence. In the clinical areas. There is no such thing as an “excused” clinical or laboratory absence. A separate announcement may be posted for evening sessions. Class schedule and/or the academic calendar may change as a result of delays or cancellations. hair should be worn off the shoulders. Students should use discretion in determining whether to travel to and from school during inclement weather. chipped nail polish and nail decorations are prohibited. shoes-black. Uniform Requirements for Student Nurses 1. Minimal makeup. Three episodes of tardiness equal one absence in both academic and clinical settings and will be counted as an absence in the course. School Uniform is to be worn for all surgical technology classroom experiences 3. stockings or socks 4. No jewelry 7. Click on “IAN cancellations” and then “schools”. No visible tattoos or ornamental body piercing (including the tongue) 16 .com.00/make-up assignment. Hospital I. Wristwatch with an ability to count seconds 6. clean and pressed 2. Protective eyewear as required during patient care 6. Note: Students who sign another student’s name on the attendance form are in violation of policy on academic integrity. Students will be assessed a fee of $50. Protective eyewear as required during patient care Uniform Requirements for Surgical Technology and Sterile Processing 1. Socks/stockings. White undergarments. Delays or cancellations will be posted on www. brown. Dress Code Students must be dressed appropriately at all times whether in the hospital or in BHSN. pulled back and be of natural human color. No visible tattoos or ornamental body piercing (including the tongue) 8. small earrings) 7. no perfume/cologne. More than four clinical absences in a surgical technology term may result in course failure. School uniform. badge worn above waist level 5. artificial nails. Hospital laundered scrubs are to be worn for clinical experiences 2.D. or white 5. White water-resistant footwear 3. Look for message next to Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing. In addition. Minimal jewelry (wedding band.

Off-site and Observational Experiences Instructions regarding appropriate dress are given for each experience during the course orientation. In addition. or breaches of academic or professional codes of conduct. A student whose written work or clinical performance indicates a lack of preparation will not be allowed to give patient care and may be dismissed from the clinical experience by the instructor. Appropriate attire. the student receives an unsatisfactory on the Clinical Performance Evaluation form. Clean. will result in disciplinary action up to and including immediate dismissal from the program. Student clinical assignments are based on course objectives. If a student is dismissed from a clinical experience. Students must maintain confidentiality in the use of facility records of their assigned patient(s). Visible Hospital I. Students are responsible for maintaining patient confidentiality in accordance with the HIPAA Regulations and National Student Nurses’ Association Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct. 3. For classroom lab experiences. facility resources and patient availability. Additionally. 2. Students must be prepared to deliver safe care in the clinical area. badge worn above the waist. No denim clothing of any kind. Clinical and Classroom Lab Practice Standards In all courses with a clinical component. violations of clinical agency policies. It is not acceptable to view the medical records of patients not assigned to the student. If a student’s clinical practice does not meet course objectives. the student demonstrates unethical or unsafe practice. Students are prohibited from printing electronic patient health information (PHI). revealing clothing. The clinical grade is determined through the use of the Student Clinical Performance Evaluation form. the student may be dismissed at anytime during a clinical experience if. Students who receive scrubs from the Hospital Laundry must abide by the hospital policy. any student who is unable to pass a skill competency or medication calculation competency after two attempts will not be promoted and will receive a failing grade for the course resulting in dismissal from the program. the student will be at risk for receiving a failing grade for the course. The student should schedule remediation with the lab instructor prior to the second attempt. stretch leggings. Cell phones must 17 . sweats. or open-toed shoes.D. which has been designed to document the student’s competence at a specific level for each course. the clinical absence and the attendance policy will be enforced. in the instructor’s judgment. Violation of HIPAA regulations including printing of electronic PHI.Dress Code for Clinical Research 1. shorts. students must demonstrate “satisfactory” clinical performance in order to pass the course and continue in the program. pressed BHSN lab coat.

social networking sites. account or any other electronic presence using the BHSN or Bridgeport Hospital name and/or logo. A remediation plan is initiated when an instructor identifies a student who is not meeting clinical performance expectations. graphics. Bridgeport Hospital or the Yale New Haven Health System on an internet medium. Student “users” have the responsibility to use computer resources in an ethical and lawful manner. Communication resources may include (but are not limited to). the student must adhere to Bridgeport Hospital’s policy on social media (can be accessed through the intranet). listservs. No student or group of individuals may set up a Facebook or social media site. Consistent improvement must be demonstrated in order to 18 . chat rooms and other online communities as well as images. internet page. and videos and the like. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program and/or legal action. photos. If at any time it is deemed that the student’s social media communication does not adhere to policy and is not consistent with BHSN and Bridgeport Hospital Code of Conduct. BHSN respects the right of students to use online communications as a form of self-expression during their personal time. personal assistant (PDA) and electronic tablet devices. If a student chooses to be identified as related to BHSN. wikis. school and hospital computers.be inaudible at all times in the clinical facility and are prohibited from use in patient care areas. online forums or discussion boards. Users are responsible for safeguarding all transactions made under their I. personal websites. Clinical Remediation Students experiencing difficulty in meeting clinical performance expectations are encouraged to seek assistance from their clinical instructor and/or laboratory instructor. Posting content online or participating in online communities is a form of public conversation on the internet and has become a prevalent method of selfexpression. smart phones. The plan defines the deficit and prescribes learning activities to assist the student in improving clinical performance. and password and should adhere to institutional password standards. Social media may include but is not limited to personal Web logs (blogs). Electronic Communication All student “users” of computer and communication resources must abided by BHSN & Bridgeport Hospital’s (and other clinical institutions of clinical experience) policy related to electronic communication including social media. the school may request a cessation and deletion of such commentary and the student may be subject to disciplinary action.D. Users should use care in sending e-mail and other electronic documents as they would for any other written communication. cell phones.

unsafe occurrence and/or unacceptable clinical practice. The student will be informed of the faculty’s impending meeting. he/she is encouraged to submit a written statement prior to the meeting. 7. Students should seek guidance from their clinical instructor to develop a plan for remediation and strategies for improvement. unethical. The faculty considers all information when deciding whether or not the student meets all of the clinical objectives. Successful completion of prescribed remedial work may not be sufficient to ensure a passing grade. administrative or other 19 . Clinical Warning A student will be placed on Clinical Warning for failure to meet the clinical performance expectations or for a single. In the event the student chooses not to attend the meeting. the student may be dismissed from the clinical area and/or the program without a prior Clinical Warning. Failure in meeting clinical performance expectations will result in a clinical failure and a grade of “F” for the course. clinical. suspend or dismiss a student for academic. Suspension and Dismissal BHSN reserves the right to place a student on probationary status. 3. The student has the option to attend the meeting and make a verbal or written statement relating to his/her clinical performance. Probation. 2. behavioral. a course team meeting is held. Exceptions to the Clinical Warning policy may occur if a student demonstrates inappropriate. Clinical Warning will not exceed the length of the course. or unsafe behaviors or places a client in imminent danger during the clinical experience. Course faculty (excluding the clinical instructor). Criteria for Promotion The following criteria must be met to be promoted to the next course: 1. The clinical instructor presents to the team a summary of the student’s performance. then make a decision regarding a student’s promotion. A clinical instructor can place a student on Clinical Warning at anytime during the course. 5. 6. Those students not meeting plan objectives or who continue not meeting course expectations will be placed on Clinical Warning. A minimum course grade of 75 (C) Satisfactory completion of all course work Satisfactory classroom/clinical laboratory performance Completion of required clinical hours Completion of standardized testing Verification of successful completion of required college co-requisites Financial obligations to BHSN & Bridgeport Hospital have been satisfied If a student’s classroom/clinical laboratory performance is unsatisfactory and the clinical instructor has reason to believe that a student is not meeting course objectives.meet clinical objectives. Should this situation occur. 4.

but may include. failure to meet: 1. 3. If resolution is unsuccessful. professional and/or unlawful conduct.appropriate reasons. the Director’s decision is presented to the student in writing within 5 business days. The student may bring a support person to the meeting. The student first discusses the issue with the involved person rather than non-involved faculty members or administration. concerns or resolution of issues. program requirements. course requirements. The nursing student will meet with the level Associate Director if the course leader determines it necessary or the student does not feel the issue was resolved. the student is encouraged to meet with the appropriate Program Coordinator or Associate Director. the student may use the formal grievance procedure. Channels of Communication Open and appropriate channels of communication among students. Grievance Procedure When issues about a student cannot be resolved through the established channels of communication and a student is dismissed. the nursing student is expected to discuss the issue with the course leader. a thorough exploration of all possibilities for resolution or compromise should occur. If a situation occurs that results in disagreement or difficulty between a student and a faculty/staff member. Surgical technology and sterile processing students meet with the Program Coordinator for questions. Reasons are not limited to. 2. The student initiates the grievance process following dismissal. If the student still feels the need to discuss the situation further. either academic or clinical. 3. financial obligations to BHSN or Bridgeport Hospital. the next step is to meet with the Director of BHSN for final resolution. civil. The student may be allowed to return to class and clinical only with permission from the Director. 5. If there are questions or concerns directly related to a course. All students directly meet with the appropriate Program Coordinator or Associate Director for any questions or concerns directly related to program dissatisfaction. A student’s appeal of the Director’s decision must be submitted in writing 20 . BHSN recommends that the student follows appropriate steps when communicating: 1. 2. 2. The student must submit a written request to meet with the Director of BHSN within 48 hours following dismissal. 1. is not allowed to participate in the discussion. 4. however. 6. legal and ethical standards of practice. standards of safe and competent care. This person. faculty and administration are encouraged. standards of moral. After considering background material and facts.

a grade of “W” will be assigned to the student’s transcript. Hartford. Georgia 30326. When a student withdraws. If eligible. withdrawal must occur prior to the administration of the final exam and prior to the final evaluation of the student’s clinical performance (including prior to course team meeting regarding student performance) to receive a grade of “W” on the transcript. concerns or resolution of issues. An exit interview and completion of a Student Clearance Form are required with the Director and the Education Finance Specialist. If the withdrawal occurs during a course. Policy #20) Leave of Absence (LOA) A student considering a LOA must address concerns with the appropriate Program Coordinator or Associate Director.org Nursing students would direct inquiries regarding program dissatisfaction (program quality and non-compliance with accreditation standards) to the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission. Vice President for Patient Care Operations within 48 hours of the decision or the student loses the right to appeal. Complaints/Inquiries BHSN does not prohibit any student from filing an inquiry or complaint regarding the school’s operation. Schedule and complete an exit interview with the Director and the 21 .ctdhe. 2. Suite 850. (404) 975-5000. Associate Director or the Director of BHSN. Submit a written letter of intent to the Program Coordinator. Atlanta. the student submits a written request to the Director for approval.to the Sr. The Sr. If the LOA is requested during a course. The student meets with the appropriate Program Coordinator or Associate Director to discuss factors precipitating withdrawal. Withdrawal Students may elect to withdraw from a program. CT 06105. www. A one-year LOA may be granted only once to the student. A $50 non-refundable matriculation fee must be paid in order to hold a place in the class. www. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Admission’s Chairperson at least 60 days prior to the start of the course to discuss re-admission requirements. the student should: 1. VP for Patient Care Operations then makes the final decision in writing. (860) 947-1816.nlnac. 3343 Peachtree Road NE. Inc. Students meet with the appropriate Program Coordinator or Associate Director for questions. surgical technology and sterile processing students would direct inquiries with the Commissioner of Higher Education 61 Woodland Street. After following appropriate channels of communication and/or the school’s grievance policy. (NLNAC).org (refer to Accreditation Manual. The student must be in good academic and clinical standing in order to eligible for a LOA.

6. who have a one time withdrawal or failure (academic or clinical) from the program. The Admissions Committee will review the student’s file and make a decision regarding approval to return based upon: 1. and PPD. Any student who has been dismissed for moral. Completion of all course requirements. Once students’ requests are denied. Students re-entering the program must have a repeat drug screen and be compliant with program requirements of a current BLS certification. including submission of non22 . malpractice insurance. If the request to return is accepted. For a request to return to the program within one year. 4. Additionally. Placement in the program and availability of space in the course. Requests to return must be sent in writing to the Admissions Committee along with updated transcripts at least 6 weeks prior to the first day of the course. a student must complete the following: 1. are not eligible to request to return to the program. 7. Graduation Requirements Before graduation. students must follow the policy on Students Requesting to Return to Program. The faculty and administration of BHSN reserve the right to refuse re-entry to a former student if it is felt to be in the best interest of BHSN or the applicant. civil. they are not eligible to return or re-apply to the program. Academic and personal achievements since leaving BHSN. may submit a request in writing to return within one year. who have left the program twice for an academic failure. 5. Former Students Requesting to Return to Program Former students. Documented reason for leaving BHSN. Students should contact the Program Coordinator or Associate Director to identify student needs and where appropriate formulate a remediation plan to assist them upon returning to the program. clinical failure and/or withdrawal from the program.Education Finance Specialist for completion of the Student Clearance Form. Former students then have the option to re-apply to the program as a new applicant. professional and/or unlawful conduct is not eligible to return. The Admissions Committee will consider the identified factors and recommendations in the decision-making process. a non-refundable $50 matriculation fee must be paid to hold a place in the course. 2. 3. Students. Outstanding financial obligations to BHSN or Bridgeport Hospital. absences from the program for more than one year require re-application. Review of student’s academic and clinical performance while attending BHSN Successful completion of any requirements specified on the Student Clearance Form or by the Admissions Committee. Achievement score(s) on the standardized examination.

5. 6. Sterile processing students receive a certificate.2. Completion of the Graduate Exit Survey. the nursing diploma or surgical technology certificate and pin are awarded at graduation ceremonies. endorsement or reciprocity if the Department determines that the applicant has (i) violated any laws or regulations governing the nursing profession. IMPORTANT: BHSN official transcript and/or references will be withheld if graduation requirements are not met. 23 . Upon satisfactory completion of all the aforementioned requirements. 3. healthcare professionals and colleagues that the student has been educated and trained to provide safe and competent care in the operating room. nursing official transcripts Standardized tests that help to evaluate a student's ability to apply essential knowledge in clinical situations. Students who pass the certifying exam use the initials CST to designate their status as Certified Surgical Technologists. It also demonstrates mastery of knowledge in the field of surgical technology. Certification as a surgical technologist by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) provides evidence to employers. Certification for Surgical Technologists At BHSN program completion. 7. (iv) has committed an act which does not conform to the accepted standards of practice of the nursing profession. official transcripts to the State Board of Examiners are held for nursing graduates who have completed the program but do not meet graduation requirements. An exit interview with the Education Finance Specialist. (ii) has been found guilty or convicted of a felony. In addition. (iii) is subject to a pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint before the professional disciplinary agency of any state. Connecticut Public Act 86-365 provides that the Department of Public Health of the State of Connecticut may deny any applicant's eligibility for a permit or licensure by examination. Payment of outstanding financial obligations to BHSN and Bridgeport Hospital. Application for RN Licensure Licensure applications and fees must be submitted to insure eligibility for the RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). surgical technology students take a certification examination. 4. or (v) has a condition that would interfere with the practice of the nursing profession. Completed Student Clearance Form An exit interview with the Director of BHSN.

consultation service and medical attention for injuries incurred 24 . Guidance and Counseling Programs Student Advisement The faculty believes that guidance and counseling are integral parts of the educational program at BHSN. This service can be accessed by phone at 866384-2784 or email at www. the faculty and administration of BHSN reserve the right to mandate a student’s active participation in the “Careers for Life” EAP. If it is in the best interest of the student and the safety of others. Students in all programs are assigned to faculty advisors at the beginning of their academic program. health counseling. “Careers for Life” EAP Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a part of Bridgeport Hospital's “Careers for Life”. treatment and referral services for issues such as and not limited to: Drug/alcohol abuse Financial/legal issues Marital/family problems Spouse or child abuse Stress/anxiety Information regarding this service is available from the appropriate Program Coordinator or Associate Director. Student Health Program Bridgeport Hospital’s Industrial Medical Center (IMC) provides students with initial medical treatment for minor illnesses. This confidential service provides information.STUDENT SERVICES The faculty recognizes students as unique and complex individuals whose needs differ.bpthospcareersforlife. EAP is a resource for counseling and solution assistance for students with personal and school related challenges. Students are encouraged to make appointments with their faculty advisor for academic counseling at least once a semester/term to facilitate optimum progression through the program. Employment Placement BHSN does not provide employment placement. health instruction. Housatonic Community College (HCC) Students enrolled at HCC are entitled to participate in the Academic and Student Services programs as outlined in the HCC catalog or contact services at (203) 332-5000. The focus of concern is the student's personal and professional growth and development of his/her potential. It is the student’s responsibility to verify state regulations and institution requirements for employment. There may be barriers to the employment process that the school has no control over.com.

CT. students may be seen in the Emergency Department for care. (203) 384-3290. The Library has books. and videotapes that can be borrowed. BHSN’s affiliation with a 425-bed teaching hospital provides extensive clinical opportunities for students. The Industrial Medical Center is located at 226 Mill Hill Ave. electronic resources are available through the Hospital-wide Intranet. Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing is not responsible for the cost of emergency care. consists of individual and group study areas with computers and educational software to augment instruction. Bridgeport. Additionally. surgical technology and sterile processing skills. to 4:30 p.during student clinical experiences.m. The Reeves Memorial Health Sciences Library is located on the fourth floor of the hospital. The student Leaning Resource Center (LRC). 25 . This immunization is provided by the Industrial Medical Center at cost to students. Licensed health care personnel provide these services. 8:00 a. Students are encouraged to utilize the labs. located in BHSN. specialized diagnostic procedures and/or treatments provided for a student. The hours are Monday through Friday. Mantoux Tuberculin testing (PPD) is required annually or a physician documented chest X-ray report.m. journals. Educational Facilities The classrooms. If an illness/injury occurs during a student’s clinical experience when the Industrial Medical Center is closed.m. The LRC is accessed using their hospital ID badge. Annual influenza immunization is also strongly recommended and is offered by the Industrial Medical Center. lecture halls and skills laboratories are designed and furnished with contemporary equipment. to 4:30 p. A declination form must be signed and returned to IMC by the student who does not complete this immunization. Hepatitis B immunization is optional but strongly recommended. Skill laboratories that include simulation experiences provide students with the facilities to practice and become proficient in nursing.m. Students are encouraged to seek additional care for illness by their private health care provider. Drug testing is required prior to entry and re-entry into BHSN. All required incident/injury documentation must be completed. emergency and hospital care. It is highly recommended for students to have insurance that will cover medical. In addition. A copy of the incident/injury will be given to the Director of the School of Nursing. hospital care. All drug testing must be done at the Industrial Medical Center for a fee. Students can obtain access to the library during other hours by using their hospital ID badge. The facility is available to students with the assistance of a qualified librarian Monday through Friday from 8:00 a. Training on these resources is available through the library staff at (203) 384-3254. a variety of community facilities are selected to provide students with a wide range of learning experiences in nursing.

As part of membership benefits. The program faculty will assist the class with the membership process. training. As part of membership benefits. Nurse Manager of the Industrial Medical Center. After class officers are elected. All students are members and each class has representation on the committee (2 from each nursing class and one from each allied health program). implementation and evaluation of student services and curriculum. Associate Directors and School Administrators. As members of the NSNA. The Student Council/Services Committee. which meets once each semester. provides a democratic forum of student functioning. The AST plays a vital role in establishing consistent standards for education. students receive a subscription to Imprint.Student Representation Opportunities for involvement in activities that encourage the personal and professional growth of students are available at BHSN. School Committees Students are represented on the Student Council/Services Committee. students receive reduced fees when applying for certification and a subscription to The Surgical Technologist. All students are required to become members of the NSNA in the fall semester of their first year. Class Organization Each class has student representation. Membership also includes class advisors. and practices related to surgical technology. student nurses in each class will be elected by their peers to serve as the Student Nurses’ Association President. The Program of Surgical Technology has an elected student representative that consults with the program faculty about class activities. a Class Advisor will meet with the officers to help them carry out their roles. Surgical technology students are required to become members of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). The Class Advisor attends student meetings and assists the class in various activities that provide personal and professional growth. The Class Advisor will assist the class with the membership process through the School. 26 . Secretary. Meetings provide opportunities for student participation in the planning. Professional Organizations Professional organizations play a vital role in strengthening the nursing profession. and Treasurer. Vice President. Allied Health Program Coordinator. BHSN is a chartered member of the National Student Nurses' Association. The Journal for Student Nurses.

a day care facility owned and operated by Bridgeport Hospital. CT. GENERAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Student Records BHSN conforms to the regulations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 which protects the privacy of student educational records. security background check. References submitted in confidence and for which the student had waived their right to see are not available for student review. Student parking is available on a fee basis at Bridgeport Hospital’s parking garage.Childcare. has withdrawn or has been dismissed from the program. personally identifiable information from the student’s education records to the representative of the Attorney General of the United States in response to an ex parte order in connection with the investigation or prosecution of terrorism crimes. essay. include: 1. references. Transportation and Parking Childcare services are offered to students of BHSN through Childport. TEAS report and other official correspondence. Students with their ID badge can purchase meals at a discount in the Hospital cafeteria or coffee shop. Childport provides Monday through Friday care to children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years. without the consent or knowledge of the student or parent. Students are not allowed to park in the school’s Elizabeth Oliver Hall parking lot (violators will be towed). Student Nurse Files Materials maintained in active student files. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to classes or clinical assignments and for parking fees outside of Bridgeport Hospital. Based on revisions of this act institutions are permitted to disclose. Childport is located one block from the School of Nursing at 368 Ridgefield Avenue. Maintenance of Student Records An active file is a record of a student who is currently enrolled or on an official leave of absence. Bridgeport. Lounge areas are available to students. An inactive file is a record of a student that has graduated. Discounted parking vouchers are available through the Security Department (384-3457). Snacks and refreshments from vending machines are available in Elizabeth Oliver Hall. proof of citizenship. 27 . For information on available openings or to arrange a tour. BHSN does not provide housing. high school transcript or equivalent. Lockers are available to Surgical Technology students. establishes the right of students to inspect and review their educational records and provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data. call the Childport Program Manager at 203-336-2258. *except for the official college transcripts. Meals. All application materials: application.

g. Matriculation/Disability form and any documentation related to the disability *Official college transcripts are maintained in the Registrar office. Malpractice insurance. essay. clinical evaluations. permanent records of all students will consist of the final BHSN transcript and any contractual agreement. e. All application materials: application. Copy of the graduate’s BHSN transcript Health records on all students are maintained by Bridgeport Hospital’s Industrial Medical Center. Active Allied Health students are kept in the Allied Health Faculty Office.g. Documents related to the student's academic progress. References submitted in confidence and for which the student had waived their right to see are not available for student review. Enrollment agreement 4. high school transcript or equivalent. Matriculation/Disability form and any documentation related to the disability Materials maintained in inactive student files include: 1. All of the above materials in the active student file 2. CT Hospital Association (CHA) mandatories including HIPPA 5. confidential files in the Admissions Office. Program Requirements: Proof of BLS certification. Procedure for Reviewing Records Active nursing student records are kept in locked. 2. Official college transcripts 3. completed student assessment tools. TEAS report and other official correspondence. Program Requirements: Proof of BLS certification. references. clinical /academic warning letters. CT Hospital Association (CHA) mandatories including HIPPA 3. All of the above materials in the active student file 2. To 28 . clinical experience logs. proof of citizenship.2. After 7 years. Official college transcripts 3. Copy of the graduate’s BHSN transcript Allied Health Files Materials maintained in active student files include: 1. security background check. e. student grade book 6. Documents related to the student's academic progress. clinical evaluations. clinical /academic warning letters 4. requests for change in status. The Registrar/Education Finance Specialist maintains financial records for all students and official college transcripts for nursing students. student education contract. Malpractice insurance. requests for change in status. Materials maintained in inactive student files include: 1.

the following procedure is used to request records: 1. Requests for written information. Procedure for Release of Records Students must meet financial obligations to BHSN and/or Bridgeport Hospital and complete the Student Clearance Form before any written information in the student’s file. or receive personal copies upon completion of the "Transcript Request Form" available at the office of the Registrar. 3. 2. 3. use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. 2. the Registrar must be contacted during posted business hours. The fee for obtaining such information is 50 cents per page.100 to distribute annually in writing this policy to each student: 1. At the arranged time. it is the policy of this institution in accordance with 34 CFR 86. official transcripts or references are released. authorized agencies.00 per transcript. Smoking Policy Smoking is prohibited on school and hospital premises.protect students’ rights. he/she will be referred to the appropriate personnel for resolution. grades. or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by any student on the campus or at a School activity. Standards of conduct at this institution prohibit the unlawful possession. Students may have official transcripts sent to other institutions. use or distribute illicit drugs and alcohol. No record may be removed from the office. other than transcripts. State or Federal law to prevent and uncover those who would unlawfully possess. their students and employees certify that they have adopted and implemented practices that prevent the unlawful possession. the record is reviewed in the Admissions Office or Allied Health Office as appropriate. faculty and or hospital officials who have a legitimate educational interest. The fee is $3. that pertain to the program must be made in writing to BHSN. Legal sanctions will be taken under Local. A handbook with information will be provided for students each year as a reminder of this policy. 29 . Personally identifiable information contained in the student record will be furnished to the following authorized persons: school officials. prospective employers. Therefore. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action. If a student has any questions concerning a record. Drug Policies The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and the Drug Free Work Place Act of 1988 requires that schools. If a student wishes to review his/her record. use.

Any form of sexual harassment of or by a student. Illicit drug or alcohol use by students is in direct conflict with the philosophy of BHSN. Biennial review will be made by BHSN's Director to determine this policy's effectiveness. treatment and rehabilitation services are available to students. Harassment and Discrimination Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing is a community of students. and the need for changes. Any type of uncivil act will be taken seriously and will be dealt with promptly and appropriately. completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program. marital status or any other class protected by applicable law.4. Policies on Civility. rehabilitation staff and others depending on each individual situation. and Federal Law. the professions of nursing and surgical technology. arrest records and convictions. Department of Education. requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. sexual orientation.S. Unlawful possession. Acknowledging that uncivil acts may fall on a continuum ranging from lack of respect through physical violence. religion. be it physical. unauthorized possession. That has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating. gender. color. physical or mental disability. hostile or offensive work environment. Harassment on the basis of protected class is strictly prohibited.” Sexual harassment in any form is grounds 30 . Our belief is that learning and work can exist when the environment is free from any type of uncivil acts. State. Every effort will be made to prevent such harassment from occurring at BHSN. the School of Nursing requires that all members of our community value and respect each other. U. Vice President for Patient Care Operations. faculty and staff that are committed to a respectful. Continuation as a student will depend on factors that include but are not limited to the severity of the offense. frequency of the violation. ancestry. safe and protected environment. 6. The Director will determine the sanction after consultation with the Sr. use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol will result in dismissal and is punishable to the fullest extent of the law. Each instance will be treated on an individual basis. or implied will not be tolerated. updates and revisions. the faculty of BHSN does not sanction the indiscriminate use. Students who need help will be referred to these sources either by the Director or the Senior Vice President for Patient Care Operations. Sexual harassment is defined as "Unwelcome sexual advances. use or exchange of drugs and/or alcohol. Verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race. 5. sex. law enforcement officials. and 2. national origin. age. This institution will impose disciplinary sanctions consistent with Local. verbal. Drug and alcohol counseling. Therefore. Harassment includes: 1.

gender. which requires schools to publish annual specific. . admission policies. Emergencies. nor will it tolerate discrimination on the basis of race. any form of harassment. BHSN is strongly committed to enforcing the provisions of the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1999. marital status. near the Nursing Arts Lab and at the far end of the Ridgefield Dorm. unusual incidents. BHSN/Hospital Photo Badge Student identification badges are issued from the Security Department to incoming students the summer prior to Level I. Emergency phones require no dialing and are a direct line to Security. Complaints of any form of harassment or discrimination should be submitted by the student to the Director of the School. In the case of an injury on campus. Retaliation against an individual for reporting harassment or discrimination or for participating in an investigation of a claim of harassment or discrimination is a serious violation. religion. crime prevention programs and campus security statistics of the institution for the preceding academic year.m. A closed circuit 31 .for dismissal. Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing does not discriminate. Personal Safety Photo identification badges are used to gain entrance to BHSN. in the classroom area directly across from Classroom C. The replacement fee for a lost or damaged badge is $10. or Crime In an emergency. There are also emergency phones (red phones) located at the tunnel gate. scholarship and loan programs and other programs administered by BHSN.00. students are referred to the Industrial Medical Center (7 a. crime-related information. or sexual orientation. Complaints should be submitted in writing if possible. SAFETY AND SECURITY POLICIES Reporting of Accidents. This information is available upon request. age. or with regard to the bases outlined in the Veterans Readjustment Act and the American’s with Disabilities Act in the administration of its educational policies. A lost or stolen badge should be reported immediately to the Security Department of the hospital.) where an injury report is completed and appropriate follow-up initiated. Unusual Incidents.) or to the Emergency Department (after 4 p. national/ethnic origin.m. or crimes committed on Bridgeport Hospital property must be reported to the office of BHSN (384-3926) and the Security Department (384-3466). The report includes information about BHSN’s security policies and procedures. dial 555 from any school or hospital phone to reach the Security Department immediately. This badge must be visible and be worn above waist level at all times on School and Hospital property. to 4 p. or discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the School. color. Individuals who commit acts of retaliation. Injuries.m.

knowledge and precautions taken. Fire Procedure R= RESCUE Evacuate the area immediately. 3466) as necessary. this may save a life. When a room smoke detector is activated.3200 and give the exact location of the fire. A= ALARM Pull the fire alarm box. fire extinguishers and exits. call ext. go to the parking lot of Elizabeth Oliver Hall (EOH). Students should take an active part in protecting their environment by: reporting suspicious activity to the Security Department (ext. try to control the fire until help arrives. 3. dangerous floors. Do not obstruct fire alarm boxes. Safety depends on exercised care. Once out of the building. A discounted monthly parking ticket is available at the main desk in the hospital lobby. E= EXTINGUISH If possible. Use only CO2 and dry chemical ("B" or "C") extinguishers for electrical and flammable liquid type fires. When a fire alarm sounds. Elizabeth Oliver Hall Evacuation Plan Upon hearing the fire alarm. Do not use a water type "A” fire extinguisher on an electrical fire. walking with others and using the security escort service (ext. 5. being alert to surroundings. turn off all appliances. 32 . securing personal belongings in a safe location. call Security immediately at 555. go to the nearest fire exit and leave the building. It is easier to prevent a fire than fight one. but life and safety come first. or any hazard that might cause fire or injury. a student must evacuate EOH whether he/she thinks it is a false alarm or not. fire extinguishers or exits. Lockers are provided at BHSN upon request. close doors and windows. registering vehicles with the Security Department (ext. 555). 3572). C= CONFINE Close doors and windows to prevent smoke spread and cut off oxygen supply to the fire. all conditions such as exposed wire. Smoke detector alarms in EOH corridors connect to the municipal alarm system that notifies the Fire Department. Please study all instructions carefully so that you will be prepared to function properly in case of an emergency.TV system provides 24-hour surveillance of EOH (Main and Tunnel Entrances). 2. Remain there until notified that it is safe to return to EOH. parking in the Hospital Garage. 6. faulty electrical equipment. Report at once. Report any obstructions or unsafe conditions to the office at BHSN. Fire Safety All students must review fire safety annually and learn the following fire prevention and safety precautions: 1. 4. Know the exact location of fire alarm boxes.

... (203)384-3926 Level I Associate Director...... they are instructed regarding the OSHA Hazard Communication Standards annually and before any assignment which involves handling hazardous substances............................. Ext................... IMPORTANT NUMBERS BHSN Main Office . (203)384-3000 Industrial Medical Unit ........................com 33 .................... (203)384-3290 Emergency Assistance In-house...................... Information is updated as needed............... (203)384-3695 Education Finance Specialist/Registrar ................. (203)384-3202 Admissions Office ................ (203)384-3205 FAX # ....... 3200 Weather Cancellations ....................................................... (203)384-3046 BHSN Web-site .....................bridgeporthospital...........Emergency Preparedness Bridgeport Hospital has created a web page to provide resources for you about emergency preparedness...............org/bhsn Director....................... (203)384-3022 Bridgeport Hospital Main Number................................ To access this information at Bridgeport Hospital go to the intranet and click on the application labeled “emergency preparedness” at the top of the page............................ Communication of OSHA Standards To insure that students receive information about the known and suspected health hazards of toxic substances to which they may be exposed to in the normal course of clinical experiences........................................... Ext.... 3466 DRILL (fire emergency) In-house ................................................. www. BHSN ................... ctweather.................................. 555 Security In-house ....................................................................................................................... (203)384-3437 Level II Associate Director .............. Ext............

18. or its objectives and philosophy. student membership or representation on faculty committees. Texas adopted the following updated version in 1991. or economic status. The institution has an obligation to clarify those standards of behavior which it considers essential to its educational mission. for example. Disciplinary proceedings should be instituted only for violations of standards of conduct formulated with significant student participation and published in advance through such means as a student handbook or a generally available set of institutional regulations. and its community life. age. 16. students are subject to the obligations which accrue to them by virtue of this membership and should enjoy the same freedoms of citizenship. Grading systems should be carefully reviewed periodically with students and faculty for clarification and better student-faculty understanding. Adequate safety precautions should be provided by nursing programs. Each institution has a duty to develop policies and procedures which provide and safeguard the students' freedom to learn. 2. disability. 13. Students should have a clear mechanism for input into the evaluation of nursing faculty. through a facultystudent council. Maryland (2006). thereby taking the responsibility of furthering their education. and other safety measures deemed necessary by the environment.THE STUDENT BILL OF RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES The National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities was initially adopted in 1975. ethnicity. 34 . 20. 4. creed. Students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and engage in a sustained and independent search for truth. locks. Grievance procedures should be available for every student. or sexual orientation which instructors acquire in the course of their work or otherwise should be considered confidential and not released without the knowledge or consent of the student. Students should have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. 3. adequate street lighting. national origin. 17. 6. should be established with student input in conjunction with the school director and faculty so the highest professional standards possible are maintained. and political ideation. 11. e. Students have the right to belong or refuse to belong to any organization of their choice. 15. The NSNA House of Delegates in San Antonio. Students should be allowed to invite and to hear any person of their own choosing within the institution's acceptable realm. Under no circumstances should a student be barred from admission to a particular institution on the basis of race. 8. 7. and item #4 was revised by the NSNA House of Delegates in Baltimore . but they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled..g. 14. Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion. beliefs. Information about student views. Students and student organizations should be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them. life style. if present in school. The student should have a right to have a responsible voice in the determination of his/her curriculum. marital status. It is the responsibility of the student to know these regulations. 19. color. Dress code. but also taking into consideration points of comfort and practicality for the student. 5. or used as a basis of evaluation. and to express opinions publicly and privately. gender. The student body should have clearly defined means to participate in the formulation and application of institutional policy affecting academic and student affairs. Institutions should have a carefully considered policy as to the information which should be a part of a student's permanent educational record and as to the conditions of this disclosure. The freedom to teach and the freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom: students should exercise their freedom in a responsible manner. 1. As citizens and members of an academic community. 12. 9. 10. but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.

Therefore within these environments we. clinical staff. values and choice of cultural and spiritual beliefs. Strive to achieve and maintain an optimal level of personal health. or others. 17. Provide care for the client in a timely. INC. 16. Take appropriate action to ensure the safety of clients. 2. 18. 13. Refrain from any deliberate action or omission of care in the academic or clinical setting that creates unnecessary risk of injury to the client. 1. 5. TN. Nashville.NATIONAL STUDENT NURSES’ ASSOCIATION. 7. Encourage faculty. 9. 4. Refrain from performing any technique or procedure for which the student has not been adequately trained. Abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages or any substances in the academic and clinical setting that impair judgment. Maintain client confidentiality. 2001. Assist the staff nurse or preceptor in ensuring that there is full disclosure and that proper authorizations are obtained from clients regarding any form of treatment or research. and others. on April 6. 12. self. Adopted by the NSNA House of Delegates. Use every opportunity to improve faculty and clinical staff understanding of the learning needs of nursing students. 6. 3. Support access to treatment and rehabilitation for students who are experiencing impairments related to substance abuse and mental or physical health issues. CODE OF ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL CONDUCT As students are involved in the clinical and academic environments we believe that ethical principles are a necessary guide to professional development. Uphold school policies and regulations related to academic and clinical performance. Actively promote the highest level of moral and ethical principles and accept responsibility for our actions. timely and accurate manner. and peers to mentor nursing students. Advocate for the rights of all clients. Promote excellence in nursing by encouraging lifelong learning and professional development. Collaborate in every reasonable manner with the academic faculty and clinical staff to ensure the highest quality of client care. reserving the right to challenge and critique rules and regulations as per school grievance policy. 11. 15. 8. compassionate and professional manner. 35 . 14. self. Treat others with respect and promote an environment that respects human rights. 10. Communicate client care in a truthful.

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Student Copy (For your files) I have read and understand the information in the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing Student Handbook. I agree to abide by the policies described in this Handbook. keep the above copy intact) Department Copy (Please return this section of the form to the Admission Coordinator to be filed in your school record) I have read and understand the information in the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing Student Handbook.BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT HANDBOOK SIGNATURE FORM For Academic Year 2011 – 2012 STUDENT SIGNATURE FORM Two copies are provided. Student Name: _______________________________________________ (Print) Student Signature: ____________________________________________ Today’s Date: _______________________________________________ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(Cut on the above line. Student Name: _______________________________________________ (Print) Student Signature: ____________________________________________ Today’s Date: _______________________________________________ 37 . I agree to abide by the policies described in this Handbook.