Program nameBasic BSNStudent HandbookAcademic Year2021-2022

TABLE OF CONTENTSIntroduction . 1Welcome from the Dean . 1Section 1: Overview . 2Mission . 2Vision . 2Values . 2Governance. 3Accreditation . 3Section 2: Communication . 4Communication System. 5Appropriate Channels in Problem Solving Difficult Situations . 5Student Course of Action . 5Section 3: Professional Behavior . 6Professional Conduct Code for Students Enrolled at the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing . 6Code . 6Procedures for Violations of the Professional conduct code . 7Academic and Clinical Performance Policy . 10Academic and Clinical Performance Learning Plans . 11Technical Standards for Admission . 14Standards . 14Reasonable Accommodations . 15Confidentiality . 15Student Drug-Screening and Impaired Student Policy and Procedures . 16Grade Appeal Process. 18FWWSON Appeal . 18College of Health Sciences Guidelines for Student Academic Appeals. 20EXCEPTIONS TO SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS . 24Section 4: General Information . 25Advisers . 25APA Manual . 25Course Syllabi . 25Student Files . 25Safety . 25Incident Reports . 25Workers’ Compensation . 26COVID-Related Precautions . 26ii

Exposure Control Plan . 28Readmission Policy . 28Degree Checks . 30Continuous Enrollment and Leave of absence . 31Section 5: Resources . 32Computer Resources . 32Clinical Simulation Center (CSC) . 32Library . 32Library Outreach Services . 32Nursing Organizations . 32Writing Center . 33Other Resources . 34Section 6: Basic BSN Freshman/Non-Freshman Admission to the Nursing Major Policies &Requirements. 35BSN Program Expected Student Learning Outcomes . 35The Nightingale Pledge for Nursing Students . 36The Nightingale Pledge . 36Scholastic Requirements . 37Basic BSN Program Scholastic Requirements . 37Grading Policy . 37Late Assignment Policy Nursing (NURS) Courses . 38Assignment of Grades (UW Regulation 2-106) . 38University of Wyoming Final Examinations Policy . 38Orientations/Events . 39Basic BSN Student Compliance and Admission/Progression Policy . 39Freshman . 39Sophomores . 39Juniors/Seniors. 39Phones and Electronic Devices Policy . 40Clinical Policies & Requirements. 40Health Insurance Requirement . 40Clinical Time Requirements . 40Travel . 40Student Pledge for Responsibilities in COVID . 41Professional Appearance Policy . 42Dress Code . 42Basic BSN and BRAND Program Standardized Testing and Remediation Policy . 44Standardized Testing . 44The Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) . 44Remediation . 44iii

Benchmarking . 45List of HESI Exams Based on Program Type . 46Student Prep Prior to Assessment . 46Formal Remediation Plan . 47References . 48Preceptor Selection, Orientation, and Evaluation . 49Selection . 49Orientation . 49Preceptor Evaluation of Students . 49Evaluation of Preceptors and Clinical Agencies . 50Independent Study . 50Guidelines for Independent Study . 50Externships . 50Senior Capstone Practicum Experience . 51Preparation for Graduation . 52Composite Pictures . 52National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) . 52iv

INTRODUCTIONWelcome to the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing and welcome to the world of professional nursing!All students in the school are provided with a student handbook that contains information about the school,professional expectations, resources, and specific policies and procedures that are of concern to student academiclife. The handbook serves as a companion to the University Catalog that contains university academic policies.Please become familiar with this handbook. The handbook serves as a guide for academic andnonacademic policies. Students are responsible for using the handbook as a resource when issues and questionsarise.The information in this handbook is updated annually. In addition, changes may be made during theacademic year. Any changes to the current version of the handbook will be posted on the School’s website, and students will be informed of these changes via email. Both the handbook and theUniversity Catalog are available electronically and can be printed.WELCOME FROM THE DEANOn behalf of the faculty and staff at the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, I welcome you to this nextadventure in your academic journey. The year 2020 was certainly a memorable one. However, as we approach theFall of 2021, we are reminded that the COVID pandemic continues. So, please remain vigilant and continue tofollow any COVID protocols in place as we continue to navigate the continuing pandemic.We have continued to see how important nurses are during the pandemic and we are so pleased you havechosen the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing to meet your nursing career goals. The faculty have spent the lastyear making many updates to programs of study to support your learning and provide you the most up-to-dateknowledge and experiences to prepare you for today’s complex healthcare environment. I encourage you all totake advantage of the dynamic learning community offered to you, where you will encounter challenging activelearning experiences along with an environment where teacher-student partnerships, scholarly practice,interprofessional education and practice, and rural health care are valued.As you embark on this exciting and challenging journey, this handbook will provide a variety of resourcesto guide your success in the school, college, and university. Please take the time to explore this handbook andbecome familiar with resources and the policies that govern our nursing community. Even if you have been in thenursing program prior to this year, please be sure to review the handbook carefully with updates in policies,including those related to the COVID-19.Best of luck in your nursing program and feel free to reach out to your faculty or my office if you haveany questions or concerns. The world needs more nurses now more than ever—especially if they are a UWnursing graduate. Go Pokes!Sherrill J. SmithDean and Professor1

SECTION 1: OVERVIEWThis section provides a brief introduction to the University of Wyoming, Fay W. Whitney School ofNursing, hereafter referred to as the School of Nursing or FWWSON. Legislation to initiate the Bachelor ofScience in Nursing (BSN) program at the University of Wyoming was passed in 1951 with students admitted thatfall. The program received initial accreditation from the National League for Nursing (NLN) in 1955 and hasmaintained accreditation since that time. Currently, all the FWWSON undergraduate and graduate programs areaccredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2029The FWWSON has a well-established undergraduate program with three options to obtain the BSNdegree: Basic BSN – a four-year, on-campus BSN option for students wishing to become registered nurses at thebaccalaureate level; Bachelors Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree (BRAND) – an accelerated BSN option forstudents who have already achieved a previous non-nursing baccalaureate degree and wish to become a registerednurse at the baccalaureate level; RN-BSN Completion – a BSN completion option for registered nurses orWyoming associate degree nursing students who wish to further their education to the baccalaureate level (onlineprogram).The FWWSON has two graduate options: a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse practitioner and MSin nursing with an emphasis in either Nurse Education or Nurse Leadership.MISSIONThe Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing educates, conducts research and provides service and practice toimprove, protect and promote health.Mission approved FWWSON All-Faculty and Staff Meeting 10-2-2013; reviewed and revised 2-28-2018VISIONIn the ever-changing education and health care environment, the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursingshapes the profession of nursing and health care, especially rural health care, and promotes a culture of health.Vision approved FWWSON All-Faculty and Staff Meeting 10-2-2013; reviewed and revised 2-28-2018VALUESThe Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing upholds the University of Wyoming values. Exploration and Discovery: Free, open and unfettered exploration and discovery supported by rigorouspeer review and the communication and application of that scholarship, constitute the core principles andpractices of this university.Innovation and Application: Creative thinking leads to new knowledge, inspires student achievement andbrings practical innovation to our communities.Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity: Knowledge advances through intense and focused study and also inthe intersection of ideas and disciplines. UW cultivates the energy of individual and collaborativeadvances.Integrity and Responsibility: Outstanding teaching, learning and scholarship rely on the principles ofintegrity, responsibility and trust throughout our community.2

Diversity and Internationalization: A diverse and international community that includes and respectsdifferent ethnicities, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures and worldviews multiplies our capacity toexplore, innovate and educate.Engagement and Communication: Engagement with local, state, tribal, national and global constituenciesinspires our daily work. We are committed to active outreach and clear communicationValues approved FWWSON All-Faculty and Staff Meeting 10-2-2013; reviewed and revised 2-28-2018GOVERNANCEThe bylaws of the FWWSON provide overarching guidance for shared governance in the school. Basedon the bylaws, the Faculty/Staff Assembly provides advisement to school administration in terms of SONbusiness, programs, and curriculum. Three standing committees report to the Faculty/Staff Assembly composedof faculty and staff. The school standing committees are: Curriculum and Evaluation, Student Affairs, andScholarship and Learning. Students may volunteer or be invited to serve on the school committees. The studentrepresentative serves as a liaison between the students and the faculty. The College of Health Sciences, which theschool is one of the academic units, provides opportunities for students to participate in governing processes. Theby-laws of the College designate which committees have students as members.ACCREDITATIONThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program, and the Doctor of NursingPractice program at the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing are accredited by theCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education as well as approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing.Additional information about accreditation and state approval are available on the FWWSON website.3

SECTION 2: COMMUNICATIONAdministration . 307-766-6569Dean: Sherrill J. Smith ([email protected]) . 307-766-4312Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs: Janet Willhaus ([email protected]).307-766-6566Assistant Dean for Student Affairs: Paula Kihn ([email protected]).307-766-4312Business Manager: Jo Marie Paintin ([email protected]). 307-766-6569Financial Aid/ScholarshipsNursing Scholarships ([email protected]) . 307-766-6569General Financial Aid Information ([email protected]) . 307-766-2116Nursing Academic ProgramsBSN DirectorDavid Bodily ([email protected]).307-766-4312Basic BSN ([email protected]) . 307-766-4312Basic BSN Support TBDCredentials Analyst/Academic Advisor: . 307-766-4312BRAND – Accelerated BSN ([email protected]) . 307-766-6565BRAND SupportCredentials Analyst/Academic Advisor: Dawn Carver ([email protected]) . 307-766-6565BSN Completion ([email protected]; [email protected]) . 307-766-6574BSN Completion SupportCredentials Analyst/Academic Advisor: LeAnn Amen ([email protected]) . 307-766-6574Graduate Programs ([email protected]) . 307-766-6568Nurse Educator / Leader Options (MS) Director: Janet Willhaus ([email protected]).307-766-6566Nurse Practitioner (DNP) Director: Ann Marie Hart ([email protected]) . 307-766-6564Graduate Program SupportCredentials Analyst/Academic Advisor: Dawn Carver ([email protected]) . 307-766-6565Additional Program/Student Support StaffReceptionist, Course Support, Clinical Contracts / Office AssociateAndy Garcia ([email protected]). 307-766-4312General School Inquiries, Web Master / Office AssociateClaire Hitchcock ([email protected] or [email protected]) . 307-766-4291Clinical Simulation Center CoordinatorDenise Gable ([email protected]). .307-766-65734

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMThe primary source of communication with nursing students is through UW email accounts andWyoCourse shells. Students are responsible for all information sent out via these resources. Some student contactsmay be made by phone or through the U.S. Mail service. Please keep both your mailing (school) and permanentaddress and phone information current at all times on WyoWeb.APPROPRIATE CHANNELS IN PROBLEM SOLVING DIFFICULT SITUATIONSThe following process is based upon these assumptions: Students experience problems that need to be discussed with faculty in various contexts.Students approach trusted faculty with their problems in order to obtain assistance in solving them.Students experience anxiety and stress when they are not empowered to use appropriate problemsolving strategies.Learning to use appropriate problem-solving strategies is empowering.Based upon these assumptions, the following process should be used in the FWWSON by both studentsand faculty. The purpose of the process is to facilitate student learning of a problem-solving strategy that willempower them to cope with significant issues in their academic life. This process will also be useful to them asgraduate nurses in future employment situations.STUDENT COURSE OF ACTIONThe steps below are to be followed when a problem arises. Should a student skip any of the steps bytrying to contact a higher authority, that authority figure will ask the student to go back and follow the process.THEN, if that person is not able to help, the student may progress to the next level of authority.1. Go directly to person (student, faculty) involved first.If this is difficult, the student may speak directly to his/her advisor or a trusted faculty member firstfor assistance in planning how to approach this person. Students may also contact the Dean ofStudents Office (307-766-3296) at any time for help in addressing tough issues.If speaking directly to the student/faculty member involved did not resolve the situation, thenproceed to the next level of authority 2. Go to the course instructor (if that is not the person in #1).If speaking to the course instructor did not resolve the situation, then proceed to the next level ofauthority 3. Go to the course coordinator (if that is not the person in #2).The course coordinator will be listed as such on the course syllabus.If speaking to the course coordinator did not resolve the situation, then proceed to the next level ofauthority 4. Go to the program director (if that is not the person in any of the prior steps).If speaking to the program director did not resolve the situation, then proceed to the next level ofauthority 5. Go to the School of Nursing, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs6. Go to the Dean of the School of Nursing5

SECTION 3: PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT CODE FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED AT THEFAY W. WHITNEY SCHOOL OF NURSINGCODEIntroductionThe Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON) at the University of Wyoming has an obligation toeducate students who are accountable to the highest ethical and professional standards. The Professional ConductCode has been developed to guide students who are enrolled at all levels in the FWWSON. This Code has beendeveloped in accordance with the American Nurses’ Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and theAmerican Association of Nurse Practitioner Standards and Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners.The FWWSON Professional Conduct Code provides guidance to students about expected professionalbehaviors in nursing. In addition, the university has other codes of conduct that nursing students are accountableto including the University of Wyoming Regulation (UW Reg 2-114 which focuses on academic dishonesty) andthe UW Student Code of Conduct provided to students upon admission or available on the UW Dean of Studentswebsite.The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing is a part of the University of Wyoming community of scholarsand learners, committed to the principles of honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, and respect of others. Studentsshare with faculty and staff the responsibility for promoting a climate of integrity. The purpose of the ProfessionalConduct Code is to uphold these fundamental values. As citizens of the university community, each student isresponsible for upholding the spirit as well as the letter of the Professional Conduct Code during his/her tenure inthe Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. The Professional Conduct will be directed and enforced by the Fay W.Whitney School of Nursing.Professional ConductThe FWWSON is committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic performance, professionalbehavior, personal integrity, and respect for each other as individuals. The following are ethical principles thatprofessional nurses embrace. Brief descriptions of each are included.IntegrityStudents are expected to demonstrate honesty and integrity in all aspects of their interaction with fellowstudents, faculty, staff, clients, and community partners, including assuring accuracy and completeness in theiractions and communication. Students are expected to promote ethical behavior and report unethical behavior.Responsibility, Accountability and Professional GrowthStudents accept individual responsibility and accountability for their actions. Students will work tosafeguard the lives, health and welfare of others. Students must assume personal responsibility for their ownphysical and mental health and maintain commitment to the highest professional and academic standards of thenursing profession.RespectStudents will treat fellow students, faculty, staff, clients, and community partners with dignity and respectwhile taking into consideration diversity in values and beliefs without discrimination.6

Confidentiality and PrivacyConfidentiality is a fundamental tenet of health care. Students shall respect the rights and privacy offellow students, faculty

The FWWSON has a well-established undergraduate program with three options to obtain the BSN degree: Basic BSN - a four-year, on-campus BSN option for students wishing to become registered nurses at the baccalaureate level; Bachelors Reach for Accelerated Nursing Degree (BRAND) - an accelerated BSN option for