Iona University – Department of NursingNURSING STUDENT HANDBOOKAY 2022-20231

WELCOME TO THE IONA UNIVERSITY NURSING PROGRAMDear Students,Welcome to the Department of Nursing at Iona University! You have chosen a rigorous and excitingmajor which will lead you to a fulfilling and important career. Today’s professional nurse is at theforefront of health care, with the capacity to make authentic and lasting change in the lives ofindividuals, families, and communities.Nursing education is highly specialized. Department policies and procedures have been designed toassure that Iona University’s nursing program prepares intellectually prepared, clinical competent,empathetic, compassionate, morally reflective, and confident graduates. This handbook has beenprepared to provide you with a guide to the nursing program policies and procedures designed topromote student and patient safety and success. The Iona University Undergraduate Catalogue is theprimary source for information about the University. Some nursing policies may have stricterexpectations and guidelines, which will then supersede the University’s policies related to the samematter.The faculty and staff extend you our best wishes for success and utmost support while you pursue yournursing education. The future of nursing will be in your capable hands. Go GAELS!Sincerely,The Faculty, Staff and AdministrationDepartment of NursingNotices1. This handbook is subject to change without prior notice. Any policy changes will becommunicated through email and posted on BlackBoard courses. The Director of Nursing of theDirector’s designee is responsible for distributing any changes in policy.2. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided in this Handbook,accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Iona University reserves the right to make changes at any timewithout prior notice. The University provides this information in this Guide solely for theconvenience of the reader, who may not rely upon it as a promise or legal obligation. IonaUniversity expressly disclaims any liability based on the contents. The information contained inthis handbook apply for the 2022-2023 academic year but its contents do not constitute a contractbetween the student and University.Student Handbook 8/22/20222

Table of ContentsFaculty and StaffDepartment of NursingMission and GoalsNursing Baccalaureate Program Student Learning OutcomesCurriculum PlanAccreditationGeneral Information & PoliciesAdmissionAdvisement and RegistrationCommunication PracticesFaculty AvailabilityStudent RepresentationChain of CommandWriting PolicyAcademic IntegrityTechnology PolicyElectronic/Cell Phone Use PolicySocial NetworksVideo PolicyComplaint & Grievance ProcedureStudent Complaint & Grievance Policy & ProcedureNCLEX-RN ExaminationProgram Expectations, Requirements, and PoliciesCode of Academic and Clinical ConductProfessional BehaviorsCivility StatementPatient SafetyJust CultureGrading and Course CompletionGrade RoundingProgram Progression RequirementsMedication Math Proficiency PolicyIncomplete “I” PolicyLeave of Absence PolicyWithdrawal PolicyPerformance Standards for Admissions and Progression for Clinical CourseworkStudent Practice RequirementsEvaluation of Clinical ProgressAttendanceUniform RequirementExam Taking PolicyMissed Exam PolicyExam ConfidentialityExamSoftExamplify RequirementsATI Standardized Assessment PolicyImpaired StudentStudent Handbook 61717181819191921232325262727272828303

Exposure31Academic Standards Policy and Procedures31Departmental Warnings31Departmental Probation32Department Dismissal32Clinical Failure33Academic Standards Procedure33Contact Information34AppendicesWarning Report Form35Incident Report Form37Just Culture SPEET Tool40Confidentiality Agreement42Healthcare Provider Certification Form43Covid 19 Policy with Attachments45The Department of Nursing is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination based on race, color, creed, nationalorigin, ethnicity, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or economic status in theadministration of its educational, recruitment, and admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; and athleticor other college-administered programs. All institutional processes and policies are in compliance with Title IX ofthe 1972 Education Amendments and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, respectively.Department of NursingFaculty and StaffFacultyDeidra Brown, PhD, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, CNEClinical LecturerAssociate Director of NursingE-mail: [email protected] Haughey, DNP, MS, CPNP-PC, PMHS, RNClinical LecturerE-mail: [email protected] Krinsky, MS, RNClinical lecturerE-mail: [email protected] Matson, MSN, MBA, RN-CClinical LecturerE-mail: [email protected] Messina, MSN, RNLab InstructorE-mail: [email protected] Singh, MSN, RNClinical LecturerE-mail: [email protected] Solorio, PhD, MS, RN, CNE, CPNClinical LecturerE-mail: [email protected] San Jose, DNP, MS, RN, NPD-BC, CHSEDirector of Nursing Simulation & Laboratory LearningE-mail: [email protected] Handbook 8/22/2022Administrative StaffKathleen Appel, MA, RNDirector of Nursing ClinicalPartnershipsE-mail: [email protected] Crisp, BSAdministrative AssistantE-mail: [email protected]

Sherylyn Watson, PhD, MSN, RN, CNEAssociate ProfessorDirector of NursingE-mail: [email protected] DEPARTMENT OF NURSINGMISSIONThe Department of Nursing will provide high quality, accessible educational experiences that challenge andempower students to become nurse leaders working at the forefront of healthcare. We are committed to preparingstudents who are liberally educated, clinically competent, and will be compassionate, empathetic and ethicalprofessionals. Iona’s nursing program, consistent with Iona University’s mission, will provide an educationalenvironment that embraces intellectual inquiry, commitment to excellence, service to others, and an appreciationfor inclusion and diversity.GOALSThe Department of Nursing Goals are to: Prepare competent nurses who are morally reflective and critical thinking professionals that arecontributing, collaborative members of the healthcare team.Promote excellence, innovation, and creativity in teaching, scholarship, and practice.Engage in service to the community and profession of nursing.Generate and disseminate knowledge through scholarly inquiry and research that advances nursingscience.Student Handbook 8/22/20225

NURSING BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMESThe BSN graduate is prepared to provide comprehensive care in a variety of settings- acute, community andrehabilitative. Program emphasis includes clinical nursing practice, health promotion, and maintenance, hands-onexperiences across the continuum of care, and preparation for assuming leadership roles and graduate study innursing.The graduate will be able to:1. Execute nursing decisions based upon knowledge from liberal arts and physical and social sciences intonursing theory and practice to assure safe, quality, evidence-based care.2. Demonstrate bold leadership in pursuit of safety, quality and best practices of care for individuals,families, the community and the profession of nursing.3. Translate research, evidence, and practice patterns into personal and innovative nursing practice.4. Utilize information technology within a health care team, to gather data, plan and implement care,evaluate outcomes, and develop quality improvement strategies.5. Assess the relationship between public policy, health care finance and health care regulation and itsinfluence on the health care system and individual, family and community health.6. Engage in high quality professional communication (written, oral, inter-personal, technologic) to providesafe, compassionate, and effective team-based care.7. Create nursing interventions designed to address health promotion, disease prevention and riskmanagement for population health within the health care team.8. Represent in practice, behavior and attitude the professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity,integrity, social justice, and life-long learning.9. Provide safe, high quality, ethical, cultural, and spiritually sensitive care to all individuals, families,communities seeking and in need of nursing care in all health care environments.10. Engage in human design thinking to initiate and implement changes that will promote quality patientcentered care.Student Handbook 8/22/20226

Curriculum PlanStudents must have completed all required Science Courses (General Chemistry; Anatomy and Physiology I andII; Microbiology) and Math Courses before progressing into the nursing coursesTraditional Undergraduate Program Nursing Courses (UG)Final Semester of Core CoursesSemester 1Course # and TitleNUR 301 Health AssessmentNUR 302 Evolving Issues in NursingCredits32NUR 320 Basics of Patient Care8NUR 310 PharmacologySemester 3Course # and TitleNUR 420 Research, Evidence, and Innovation3NUR 410 Nursing Care of Women and theChildbearing FamilyNUR 411 Nursing Care of ChildrenCredits366Semester 2Course # and TitleNUR 311 PathophysiologyNUR 315 Consideration in the Care ofAging AdultsNUR 316 Nursing Care of the Adultand Aging PatientNUR 300 Culture of HealthSemester 4Course # and TitleNUR 401 Care of Individuals andPopulations with Behavioral/MentalHealth ChallengesNUR 402 Population Health: NursingCare in the CommunityNUR 430 Leadership Development inTransition to Professional NursingCredits3282Credits666Accelerated Second Degree Program (ABS)Semester 1Course # and TitleNUR 302 Evolving Issues in NursingNUR 320 Basics of Patient CareCredits28NUR 310 Pharmacology3NUR 301 Health AssessmentSemester 3Course # and TitleNUR 420 Research, Evidence, and Innovation3NUR 410 Nursing Care of Women and theChildbearing FamilyNUR 411 Nursing Care of ChildrenStudent Handbook 8/22/2022Credits366Semester 2Course # and TitleNUR 311 PathophysiologyNUR 315 Consideration in the Care ofThe Aging AdultNUR 316 Nursing Care of the Adultand Aging PatientNUR 300 Culture of HealthSemester 4Course # and TitleNUR 401 Care of Individuals andPopulations with Behavioral/MentalHealth ChallengesNUR 402 Population Health: NursingCare in the CommunityNUR 430 Leadership Development inTransition to Professional NursingCredits3282Credits6667

Accreditation Iona University is accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) to awarddegrees at the baccalaureate and master’s levels.The Iona University’s Department of Nursing baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited byand registered with the New York State Department of Education, 89 Washington Ave, Albany, NY12234General Information & PoliciesAdmissionStudents are admitted to a specific program cohort. Once admitted students may not switch cohort groups withoutspecific permission from the Director of Nursing.Advisement and RegistrationAcademic advisors are designated nursing faculty member who will be assigned upon beginning nursing coursesto assist with course selections for each of the semesters and answer any questions or concerns regarding theprogram. The student should schedule at least 1 appointment per semester to discuss progress in the program andclass schedules. Once a student has met with their advisor, clearance will be granted for registration.Students are responsible for course registration and following-up on lifting holds placed on accounts. No studentwill be permitted to attend class, lab, or clinical unless registered through the University’s system.Communication PracticesIona University email is the official method of communication. Students are responsible for checking their IonaUniversity email at a minimum every 24 hours. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to establish and maintaintheir email accounts so that they will receive important communications in a timely manner.The Department of Nursing uses several communication strategies to promote information exchange andinvolvement.Course-specific Blackboard sites where direct email messages to individuals and groups are frequently used tocommunicate important information to students.Faculty schedule and post regular office hours each semester. Faculty will announce or post procedures forcontacting and/or scheduling appointments. Course faculty office hours are posted on the syllabus and/or officedoor.Students may request letters of reference from faculty by emailing the individual faculty member.Faculty AvailabilityEach faculty member schedules weekly office hours for student conferences. Students are encouraged to makeappointments with faculty members during their scheduled office hours. Electronic communication is alsoencouraged. Advising may occur in a face-to-face setting or virtually per the preference of the individual facultymember. All program leaders are available to meet with students by appointment. Although the administrators havean “open door” policy to meet with students, appointments are suggested so that adequate time is available toaddress student issues and concerns.Student Handbook 8/22/20228

Student RepresentationStudents have representation on the Department of Nursing Faculty Council. The student representatives areexpected to attend all meetings. Faculty will select one student from volunteers in each nursing class tocommunicate information among students, faculty, and administration. Designated periods of time during facultymeetings will be allowed for student participation.The representative(s) will:1. Demonstrate an interest and willingness to participate in faculty/curricula committee activities.2. Accept personal responsibility for attending faculty/curriculum meetings.3. Ensure confidentiality is maintained when necessary.4. Provide faculty with constructive input from students.5. Serve as a liaison to faculty and/or the Director of Nursing concerning student issues.6. Demonstrate a positive professional manner and attitude inside and outside the college.7. Present accurate information to the students and faculty that is representative of the nursing student bodyand not of one individual’s perspective.Chain of Command1. Any student having course/clinical problems or issues must first approach the appropriate instructor. Ifthe student feels the problem was not resolved appropriately, the student should then make anappointment to see the next individual in the chain of command, the course coordinator if clinical. If thematter remains unresolved, the student should then make an appointment to meet with the Director ofNursing.2. Students should contact their academic advisor for guidance and support throughout this process.3. Any student failing to follow this chain of command as stated will be sent back to the initial instructoruntil the procedure has been followedWriting PolicyThe American Psychological Association (APA) is the most commonly used set of writing standards in nursingprofessional literature. All nursing courses require use of the most recent edition of APA standards for writing. Inmost cases, a number of grading points will be allocated to a style category; thus, failure to use APA standardswill likely lower a student’s grade on written assignments. All assignments must comply with the publishedUniversity Academic Dishonesty Policy. Students are not allowed to resubmit personal work from a previousclass or if repeating the course. The Department of Nursing enacts the academic dishonesty policy for any worksubmitted previously if done by the student themselves or by another person.Academic IntegrityIona Department of Nursing Faculty expects students to demonstrate integrity in the classroom and clinicalsetting. Submitting someone else’s work as your own, using resources other than your own knowledge duringexaminations, misrepresenting your performance in patient care areas are examples of dishonest behavior that willnot be tolerated. The faculty expects all students to promote among themselves the highest standard of ethicalbehavior. Sanctions for academic dishonesty may also include but not be limited to re-doing an assignment, retaking an examination, undertaking an additional assignment, receiving a reduced grade, warning, suspension, orexpulsion. See University’s published policy.All members of the nursing community- faculty, administrators, staff, and students have a responsibility to reportany reasonable suspicion that academic dishonesty has occurred. A report is made to the faculty member if itrelates to a specific course, if not to the Director of the Nursing program. All student reports of suspectedacademic dishonesty are kept confidential to the greatest extent possible. An investigation is completed and adecision on a sanction is rendered after collaboration between the Director of Nursing and the faculty member.Student Handbook 8/22/20229

Technology PolicyA laptop computer is needed for all nursing exams. Nursing students should purchase a laptop as all nursingexams are computerized. PCs and Mac computers are compatible with the testing platform. To date, Chromebooks are incompatible with some applications. Technology must meet standards and capabilities for requiredplatforms utilized for purposes of testing and completion of course requirements, including but not limited tofunctional camera and microphone. Use of technology tools in the classroom may include YouTube, iTunes,Exam Soft, ATI, Simulation, Case Studies, Zoom, and podcasts. All technology must be used appropriately.Students are prohibited from transferring course materials to electronic or social media websites without specificapproval from the course faculty. Examplify, ATI proctored testing, and Simulation platforms may be accessedonly at times specified by the faculty in the classroom.Electronic/Cell Phone Use Policy1. Electronic technology including laptops, tablets, and cellular phones, and/or personal communicationdevices should only be used for academic purposes and MUST be on “silent” or “vibrate” to preventdisruptions. During class times, (lecture, laboratory, clinical) the use of electronic communication devicesfor the purpose of “text messaging” communication is prohibited. In case of an emergency and use of thecellular phone is necessary, the student is expected to leave the class, lab, or clinical patient care area withpermission from the faculty. Any information missed during that period is the responsibility of thestudent. In the event a student is using the cellular device excessively, the student will be asked to leavethe class/lab/clinical and marked as an absence and incur a professional warning. Students whoconsistently use electronic technology in the classroom for other than academic purposes may beprohibited from bringing electronic media into the classroom for the duration of the Nursing program.2. No student is to use cell phone cameras in any area of any clinical agency. It is a violation of the federalHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) law. Enforcement of HIPAA rests primarilywith the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights and violationscan result in various penalties. For further information on HIPAA, you may nalties-for-hipaa-violations-7096/Social NetworksProfessional conduct extends to all forms of social network platforms and other means of communication. Studentsmust follow HIPAA guidelines when dealing with information about clients and patients within social networks; nopictures or sharing of protected patient information health information of any kind may be posted on social media.Students must follow all applicable University policies and privacy laws regarding information about other students,faculty, and staff met during their time at the Department of Nursing.Video PolicyIn addition to the Iona’s photo/video policy, this policy specifically addresses the use of video by the Nursingfaculty and staff in the laboratory and simulation setting. The Department of Nursing uses videoing foreducational and quality improvement purposes only. The videoing is conducted using Sim Capture and housed ina password-protected cloud storage system. Only Nursing faculty and staff related to the instructionalenvironment has access to the videos. Refer to University video policy for other uses.Complaint and Grievance ProcedureStudents are encouraged to raise issues and concerns regarding courses, policies, procedures, or other activities ofthe Department of Nursing. To achieve best results and hasten the resolution process, students are asked to followthe chain of commands (see second of chain of command).Student Handbook 8/22/202210

If the topic of concern is a broader program or personal issue, students should first meet with their faculty advisorwho will assist in resolving the issue and/or deciding upon appropriate next steps, including meeting with theDirector of Nursing.Grade grievance and academic decision appeals are addressed in the section of Academic Standards.Student Complaint & Grievance Policy and ProcedureThis policy is meant to address conduct toward a student that violates ethical or professional nursing standards.The following complaints and formal resolutions are not covered by this policy as other formal processes areavailable through the University and take precedence over this policy including: Academic standards (i.e. dismissals) Academic integrity issues Grade grievances Sexual harassment Disability issues Discrimination issuesIf a student has a non-academic formal complaint against the University, a defined published policy is located inthe University Student Handbook and website titles Student Complaint & Grievance Policy and Procedure. Thispolicy and procedure should be followed.NCLEX-RN ExaminationThe New York State Education Department requires that to be licensed as a registered professional nurse,candidates must be of good moral characters as outlined in Article 139 of New York States Education Law andPart 64 of the Commissioners Regulations. Successful graduation from Iona University with a major in Nursingdoes not ensure that candidates will be approved by the State Education Department to take the licensing exam.The New York Board of rules can be accessed at http://www.op.nysed.govUpon successful completion of the academic course work in Iona University’s Bachelor of Science degree inNursing program, students become eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination- RN (NCLEXRN). Students must meet eligibility requirements for licensure as determined by the individual state in which thestudent chooses to apply to as well as complete necessary additional requirements. New York State EducationDepartment’s applications can be accessed at the following: and also must complete an application with Pearson Vue, the company that works with NCSBN toadminister the exam. During the final course of the program detailed instructions, explanations and otherrequirements are discussed.Students are responsible to: (a) file the application with appropriate fees, (b) make an appointment to take theexam, and (c) provide required identification information prior to taking the exam.Students who plan to take the NCLEX-RN exam in another state other than New York should contact theindividual state’s board of nursing webpage and follow the application guidelines. Each state has specificguidelines that the applicant must adhere to and it is the student’s responsibility to apply and complete theapplication. If there is an additional form required that the Nursing Department must complete, it is the student’sresponsibility to notify the Director of Nursing about the form, include the form in a timely manner to facilitateprocessing.Program Expectation, Requirements, and PoliciesCode of Academic and Clinical Conduct*Students of nursing have a responsibility to society in learning the academic theory and clinical skills needed toprovide nursing care. The clinical setting presents unique challenges and responsibilities while caring for humanStudent Handbook 8/22/202211

beings in a variety of health care environments. The Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct is based on anunderstanding that to practice nursing as a student is an agreement to uphold the trust with which society hasplaced in nurses and an expectation for the role of the professional nurse. . The statements of the Code provideguidance for the nursing student in the personal development of an ethical foundation and need not be limitedstrictly to the academic or clinical environment but can assist in the holistic development of the person. Some ofthe principles adopted by the National Student Nurse Association, American Nurses Association, and the IonaUniversity Department of Nursing Faculty are outlined below.As students are involved in the clinical and academic environments, we believe that ethical principles are anecessary guide to professional development. Therefore, within these environments, the expectation is that allstudents and faculty:1.Advocate for the rights of all patients.2.Maintain patient confidentiality.3.Take appropriate action to ensure the safety of patients, ourselves, and others.4.Provide care for the patient in a timely, compassionate, and professional manner.5.Communicate with patients in a truthful, timely and accurate manner.6.Actively promote the highest level of moral and ethical principles and accept responsibility for our ownactions.7.Administer medication under the direct supervision of an University faculty member or designated IonaUniversity preceptor being present.8.Promote excellence in nursing by encouraging lifelong learning and professional development.9.Treat others with respect and promote an environment that respects human rights, values, and choiceof cultural and spiritual belief.10.Collaborate in every reasonable manner with the academic faculty and clinical staff to ensure thehighest quality of patient care.11.Use every opportunity to improve faculty and clinical staff understanding of the learning needs ofnursing students.12.Encourage faculty, clinical staff, and peers to mentor nursing students.13.Refrain from performing any technique or procedure for which the student has not been adequatelytrained.14.Refrain from any deliberate action or omission of care in the academic or clinical setting that createsunnecessary risk of injury to the patient, ourselves, or others.15.Assist the staff nurse or preceptor in ensuring that there is full disclosure and that proper authorizationis obtained from patients regarding any form of treatment or research.16.Abstain from the use of substances in the academic and clinical setting that impair judgment.17.Strive to achieve and maintain an optimal level of personal health.18.Support access to treatment and rehabilitation for students who are experiencing impairments relatedto substance abuse and mental or physical health issues.19.Uphold school policies and regulations related to academic and clinical performance, reserving theright to challenge and critique rules and regulations as per school grievance policy.*The NSNA discussed the Code at the Forum on the Code of Ethics and voted on revisions and amendments to the Code of Ethics on April7, 2017.Professional BehaviorsThe actions expected of all nurses and nursing students reflect the values, rules, and practices of nursing.These must be demonstrated throughout each course and throughout the program in the classroom,laboratory, and clinical settings. Deviations will result in a professional warning, and/or failing clinicalStudent Handbook 8/22/202212

grade, and/or dismissal from the program.All students are expected to:1. Follow the policies and guidelines of the University, Program, and the affiliating agency.2. Be honest and demonstrates integrity in all situations.3. Practice nursing using legal/ethical principles that demonstrate cultural sensitivity.4. Provide patient care with instructor’s approval.a.Students will perform only those procedures and administer medications that are approved by theinstructor.b.Students will adhere to accepted guidelines when performing any procedure.c.Students will assess the patient’s condition and response to therapy.d.Students will ensure the safety and comfort of the patient during and after procedures.5. Maintain personal appearance according to program policies.6. Maintain confidentiality.7. Be punctual and dependable.8. Attend all clinical sessions.9. Report to instructor and assigned staff member when coming on and leaving the clinical area.10. Prepare for clinical experience by collecting patient data, researching, and developing a preliminaryplan of care.11. Collaborate with others on the health care team with respect and professionalism.12. Report all pertinent information, including abnormal findings, to the clinical instructor and staffmember or designated person.13. Participate in pre- and post- conference and share learning experiences with others.14. Accept responsibility for assignment (e.g., complete assignment, complete own work, perform ongoing chartreview for changes).15. Seek instructor’s guidance before performing new or invasive procedures, administering amedication, or when changes occur in the patient’s status.16. Apply knowledge from previous courses.17. Support an inclusive learning environment that embraces diversity of peers, faculty, and patients18. Present or discuss one’s own views in a way that demonstrates respect for those with opposing viewpoints.19.Pursue learning independently without being consistently dependent upon others or over utilizing any one setof resources in a way that might limit access to others.20.Maintain appropriate body language and non-verbal cues that demonstrate respect for others.2

Iona University reserves the right to make changes at any time without prior notice. The University provides this information in this Guide solely for the . The BSN graduate is prepared to provide comprehensive care in a variety of settings- acute, community and rehabilitative. Program emphasis includes clinical nursing practice, health .