Bachelor Of Science In Nursing (BSN) Student Handbook PDF

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)Student Handbook2020-2021Physical Address: MCHC 700 First AvenueMailing Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11036Bowling Green, KY y 31, 20201

TABLE OF CONTENTSPROGRAM SPECIFIC INFORMATION- BACCALAURATE PROGRAMBaccalaureate (BSN) Education.5Organizing Framework.5BSN Program Outcomes.6Accreditation. 7Program Approval/Licensure. 7CURRICULUM AND ACADEMIC PROGRESSIONRequired Sequence of Courses for Officially Admitted (BSN) StudentsHealth Education Education Systems Inc.Academic Advisement.9.9Communication Via the List ServeGrading Scale.8.9.10Policy for Readmission to the BSN Program.10Policy for Completion of the BSN Curriculum.10Promotion, Retention and Withdrawal Policies. 11BSN Program Exit SurveyBSN Program Awards. 12. 12TESTING POLICIESAcademic Dishonesty Policy. 13BSN Testing Policies. 13Use of Exam Devices. 14. 15Student Absence from Examinations/TestFinal Grades and Time of Posting. 15Meeting with the Faculty, Program Coordinator or Director of SONAHADA Accommodation Statement. 16. 162

CLASSROOM AND CLINICAL POLICIESClassroom Rules. 16Laboratory Rules. 17Classroom and Clinical AttendancePersonal Illness and EmergencyMilitary Absence Policy. 17. 18. 19. 20BSN Dress CodeLab Coats/Dress Code for Obtaining AssignmentsAcceptance of GiftsClinical Travel. 21. 21. 22STUDENT PROFESSIONAL CONDUCTStudent Representative Guidelines.22Student Membership in Nursing OrganizationsStudent Employment. 22. 23National Student Nurses Association Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct .24HIPPA and Confidentiality Policy. 25Professional Conduct and Student Expectation PolicyDisrespectful or Inappropriate Behavior. 25. 26Dismissal for Non-Academic Reasons (Professional Misconduct)Disciplinary Action for Professional MisconductAcademic DishonestyPlagiarism. 26. 27. 27. 27Policy Drug and Alcohol UseDrug Screen ProceduresSocial Media Policy. 28. 28. 30APPENDICESAppendix A - Pre-Admission Curriculum and Policies.33 Admission Requirements for BSN Seeking Students Recommended Sequence of Courses for Pre-Nursing (BSN) Students .343.33

Guaranteed Nursing Admission Policy (GNA) English as a Second Language Proficiency Policy Drug Screen Procedures Criminal Background Check.35.36.37.37Appendix B - Core Performance Standards .39 Change in Ability to Meet the Core Performance Standards.41Appendix C - Requesting Reasonable Accommodations .42 Purpose, Policy and Procedure Document SARC Testing Accommodations ProceduresAppendix D - Health and Safety Policies Bloodborne Pathogens Policy Latex Sensitivity PolicySenior Portfolio Content.44.46.47.48Appendix E - BSN Portfolio Requirement .42.49.49Appendix F - Letter of Recommendation Guidelines.50Appendix G - Delegation of Clinical Learning Activities to Nursing Staff .51 Learning Agreement Form for Advanced Nursing Skills .53Appendix H - Simulation Policy.54Appendix I - New Faculty Simulation Orientation.55Appendix J - Fiction Contract and Confidentiality AgreementAppendix K - Student Clinical Release FormAppendix L - Assumption of Risk.58.60.614

Students at Western Kentucky University are expected to review and abide by policies within theUniversity Student Handbook. In addition to the University Student Handbook, students areexpected to read and abide by specific program policies pertaining to BSN students contained inthe BSN Student Handbook. The provisions of this document do not constitute a contract betweenthe student and the BSN program.BACCALAURATE PROGRAM CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKBaccalaureate (BSN) EducationThe faculty believe there are diverse pathways toward the achievement of the BSN degree. TheBSN faculty are committed to preparing students at the pre-licensure level. The purposes of theBaccalaureate Program in nursing are to:1. Prepare professional nurses who are generalists, and2. Provide the knowledge base for graduate study in nursingThe BSN curriculum is based on the philosophical beliefs of the faculty. The curriculumintegrates knowledge from the biological, behavioral, and physical and social sciences andliberal arts to provide a foundation for professional nursing practice. Learning experiences occurin a variety of health care settings and progress from basic to complex activities to achieveprogram outcomes.Organizing FrameworkThe BSN program curricula content upholds the nursing profession’s standards of practice.These standards are based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for ProfessionalNursing Practice of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2008), Code ofEthics for Nurses with Interpretation Statements (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015),Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (3rd Edition, American Nurses Association [ANA],2015), Guide to Nursing’s Social Policy Statement (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015),and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), (American Association of Colleges ofNursing [AACN], 2011).5

Brief History of the BSN Program at WKUIn 1988, the faculty of the Department of Nursing identified the need to develop and implement atraditional BSN program. The traditional BSN program admitted 40 students once a year.However, due to the high level of student demand for the program, the program began admitting40 students each semester in Spring 2006. In Fall 2012, due to continued high demand for BSNprepared nurses, the program received approval to double in size and admit 80 students eachsemester. The BSN program relocated from the main campus to the new WKU Health SciencesComplex in Fall 2013. In Fall 2017, the program expanded to admit 120 students each semesterto meet the growing demand for BSN graduates.BSN Program – Program Outcomes1. Apply knowledge from the behavioral, biological, physical and social sciences, andthe liberal arts to provide holistic patient-centered care.2. Use the nursing process and quality improvement to provide professional nursing careto promote the health and wellness of culturally diverse patients across the lifespan in avariety of settings.3. Demonstrate leadership in the practice of professional nursing.4. Use critical thinking skills in professional nursing practice.5. Use inter-and intraprofessional communications and collaborative skills inprofessional nursing practice.6. Demonstrate the role of teacher in professional nursing practice.7. Integrate informatics skills in the selection of evidence-based interventionsin professional nursing practice.8. Adhere to the nursing code of ethics and standards of professional nursing practice.9. Function as a safe and accountable member of the nursing profession.Revised & Approved 9/20/2013 – BSN Program Faculty6

AccreditationThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Western Kentucky University is accreditedby the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE):CCNE655 K Street NW, Suite 750Washington, DC 20001(202) 887-6791http://ccneaccreditation.org/Program Approval/LicensureThe Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN) is approved by the Kentucky Board ofNursing. The BSN Program meets the educational requirements for Registered Nurse (RN)licensure in all 50 of the United States. Once licensed in any state within the U.S., the applicantmay choose to apply for licensure in any other state. This process requires application to theapplicable state and payment of licensure fees to the new state. For application forms and feeinformation to transfer a RN license to another state, please refer to the licensure Board ofNursing (BON) website for the applicable state.Ky Board of Nursing312 Whittington ParkwaySuite 300Louisville, KY 40222www.kbn.ky.govApplying for licensure is discussed in NURS 403. Policies and procedures related to licensurevary from state to state. Students should review the website of the Board of Nursing in the statethey wish to be licensed for specific information.KRS 314.031 (4) requires that all misdemeanor and felony convictions occurring in Kentuckyor any other state, regardless of when they occurred, must be reported to the KBN. For moreinformation, refer to the KBN brochure “Mandatory Reporting of Criminal Convictions” whichis available on the KBN website: http://www.kbn.ky.gov/ or you may call KBN at 502-4293300.7

Upper Division Nursing Course Sequence (Officially Admitted)1st Semester NursingHours2nd Semester NursingHoursNURS 337 (Health Promo)NURS 335 (Assessment)NURS 336 (Assessment Lab)NURS 333 (Fundamentals)NURS 334 (Fund. Clinical)33132NURS 329 (Pharm. I)NURS 341 (Med-Surg I)NURS 342 (MS I Clinical)NURS 343 (Mental Health)NURS 344 (Mental Health Clinical)NURS 413 (Evidence Based Practice)233313Total Hours12Total Hours153rd Semester NursingHours4th Semester NursingHoursNURS 429 (Pharm II)NURS 432 (Med-Surg II)NURS 433 (MS II Clinical)NURS 444 (OB-Peds)NURS 445 (OB-Peds Clinical)23342NURS 403 (Prof Issues/Leadership)NURS 421 (Complex Nursing)NURS 422 (Senior Practicum)NURS 448 (Community Health)NURS 449 (Com Health Clinical)43432Total Hours14Total Hours16 A grade of C or better is required in all nursing courses. Students must pass both the class and clinical portion of each linked clinicalnursing course simultaneously in order to progress in the program. If one part isnot passed, both parts must be repeated. Failure of both parts of a linked coursewill count as one course failure. Clinical courses may require students to go to the hospital the evening beforetheir actual clinical day. NURS 422 consists of 120 hours of clinical over a bi-term in the final semester of theprogram. Total clinical contact hours in the program: 750 Pre-Nursing credit hours 63; BSN curriculum credit hours 578

Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI)The BSN Program utilizes HESI products (exams, case studies, practice tests) throughout thecurriculum to promote student success on the NCLEX-RN. The exams include theFundamentals (1st semester), Psych (2nd semester), Med-Surg & OB/Peds (3rd semester), andExit exams (4th semester). Students participate in a HESI NCLEX-RN review during the lastsemester of the nursing program.Academic AdvisementAll students are assigned a faculty advisor who will assist in planning a program of study consistentwith the student’s interests and abilities. Each student assumes responsibility for initiating anadvisement conference each semester and as needed.All students must use their WKU EMAIL ADDRESS and are responsible for checking theiremail on a regular basis for updates and instructions from their course and clinical faculty.Communication Via the List ServeThe list serve provide

NURS 333 (Fundamentals) NURS 334 (Fund. Clinical) 3 3 1 3 2 NURS 329 (Pharm. I) NURS 341 (Med-Surg I) NURS 342 (MS I Clinical) NURS 343 (Mental Health) NURS 344 (Mental Health Clinical) NURS 413 (Evidence Based Practice) 2 3 3 3 1 3 Total Hours 12 Total Hours 15 3rd Semester Nursing Hours 4th Semester Nursing Hours NURS 429 (Pharm II)