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Student Orientation Manual

August 2006 – August 2007
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                                                   MSN Student Orientation Manual
                                                         Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    4
School of Nursing Faculty / Staff Phone Numbers and email addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                          5
Mailing Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        6
Frequently Accessed Web Sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  7
Brief History of Troy’s Graduate Nursing Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           9
Organization. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    9
Accreditation and Approval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             11
Philosophy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    11
MSN Program Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               12

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE MSN CURRICULUM
Progression through the MSN Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       13
       Program of Studies: Adult Health/Maternal Infant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                              14
       Program of Studies: FNP/ FNP Post-Master’s Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                    15
       Program of Studies: Nursing Informatics Specialist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                               16
Academic Regulations and Policies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    17
       Application for Candidacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 17
       Intent to Graduate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            17
       Incomplete Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               17
       Removal of Conditional Admission Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             18
       Request for Transfer Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   18
       CNS: Application for Candidacy form . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          19
       FNP: Application for Candidacy form. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        20
       NIS: Application for Candidacy form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         21
Academic Counseling / Advisement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      22
Planning Your Program of Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    22
       Semester Planner: CNS- Full Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           23
       Semester Planner: CNS- Part Time (Option 1).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                 24
       Semester Planner: CNS- Part Time (Option 2).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                 25
       Semester Planner: FNP-Full Time.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         26
       Semester Planner: FNP-Part Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          27
       Semester Planner: FNP Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         28
       Semester Planner: NIS- Full Time.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        29
       Semester Planner: NIS- Part Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         30
Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     31
       Registration Process: Early Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          31
       Registration Process: Late Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           31
       Registration by FAX or Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 32
       Add / Drop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        32
       Registration Online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             33
Distance Education Classrooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  34
Blackboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   35

CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS
Clinical Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          36
        Current RN Licensure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               36
        Student Professional Liability Insurance Coverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                36
        Student Physical Exam Requirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          37
        Serum Titers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         37
        Immunizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         37
        BCLS Certification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          37
        Verification of Completion of OSHA Infection Control Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                      38
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           Verification of Health Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 38
           Drug Screen Policy and Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     38
           HIPAA Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          38
           Disclosure of Legal Convictions and Arrests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        38
           Core Performance Standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   38
           Policy Statement: Hepatitis B Vaccinations and Documentation of Titers for                                                   39
           Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
           Guidelines for MSN Clinical Preceptorship / Internship Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                   40

RESOURCES
Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       41
      School of Nursing Web Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      41
      School of Nursing Laboratories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      41
      Computer Access. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                41
      Library Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               41
        Montgomery: Basic Library Information . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .                                   44


GENERAL INFORMATION                                                                                                                     45
       Comprehensive Exam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   45
       Course Syllabi and Blackboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     45
       Identification Cards . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            45
       Financial Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          45
       Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          46
              Research Requirement for Master’s Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                46
              Appeal of Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              46
       Grievance Process for MSN Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                46
       MSN Guide to Scholarly Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        46
       Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        47
       School of Nursing Pin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                47
       Student Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             47
       Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                        47
       Student Representation on Faculty Committees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                  47
       Textbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            47
       Writing Center . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            48
Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   48

APPENDICES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
       Appendix A: Disclosure of Legal Convictions and Arrest Policy                                                            50
       Appendix B: Standards of Conduct: Cheating, Plagiarism, and Falsification of                                             52
                    Patient Information Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
       Appendix C: Verification of Physical Exam Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           53
       Appendix D: LabCorp Sheet for Infectious Disease Profile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
       Appendix E: Hepatitis B Vaccination Verification Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            55
       Appendix F: OSHA Training Verification Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                              56
       Appendix G: Health Insurance Verification Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           57
       Appendix H: Drug Screen Policy and Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             58
       Appendix I: HIPAA Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                61
       Appendix J: TROY Email Policy                                                                                            62
       Appendix K: Instructions for TROY Email Accounts . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            63
       Appendix L: Grievance Process for the MSN Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
       Appendix M: MSN Guide to Scholarly Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           66
       Appendix N: Preceptor Information Form (CNS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             68
       Appendix O: Preceptor Information Form (FNP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             69
       Appendix P: Preceptor Information Form (NIS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             70
Please email questions and suggestions for improving this manual to priley@troy.edu Thanks!
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Dear MSN Student:

      The faculty, staff, and administration of the Troy University School of Nursing
welcome you to the Master of Science in Nursing Program. We hope that the MSN
Student Orientation Manual will facilitate your transition into the program. The policies
and procedures outlined herein do not override information published in the Troy
University Graduate Bulletin and the Oracle. In case of conflict, the applicable Bulletin
or Oracle applies. If you have suggestions or comments regarding the content of this
manual, please give them to your faculty advisor or one of the staff.

       We hope you will find the nursing program both challenging and rewarding.
Again, we are pleased that you chose the graduate nursing program at Troy
University, and we wish you much success.




                                          Dr. Geraldine Allen, DSN, FNP
                                          MSN Program Director
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                              Troy School of Nursing
                          Faculty/ Staff Contact Information

      Dr Edith Smith, Interim Dean
                                                    334-670-3712         esmith@troy.edu
      College of Health & Human Services

      Ms. Joyce Rogers, Secretary to the Dean       334-670-3712         jrogers@troy.edu

      Dr. Bernita Hamilton                          334-670-3745
      Director, School of Nursing                   334-670-3744 (fax)   bernitah@troy.edu

      Allison Oakes, Secretary
                                                    334-670-3428         aoakes@troy.edu
      Troy Campus

      Jennnifer Ventura, Secretary
                                                    334-670-3415         jventura@troy.edu
      Troy Campus

      Sheri Macomber, Secretary
                                                    334-241-8654         sheri@troy.edu
      Montgomery Campus

      Lindsey Haney, Secretary
                                                    334-241-8653         dwade32603@troy.edu
      Montgomery Campus

      Audrey Pearson, Receptionist                  334-834-2320
                                                                         alpearson@troy.edu
      Montgomery Campus                             334-241-8658

      Carol Vautrin, Secretary
                                                    334-448-5156         tsupcnsg@troy.edu
      Phenix City Campus

      Crystal Bishop, Director of Admissions
                                                    334-241-8631         cdgodwin@troy.edu
      Montgomery Campus Programs

      Jessica Hope, Admissions Office
                                                    334-241-8618         jlratliff@troy.edu
      Montgomery Campus Programs

      Darlene H. Schmurr-Stewart
                                                    334-448-5115         dstewart@troy.edu
      Registrar, Phenix City




Master's Degree Program

      Dr. Geraldine Allen, Associate Professor          334-241-8656         gallen@troy.edu
      Program Director (Montgomery)                     334-241-8627 (fax)

      Carolyn Andrews, Assistant Professor (Troy)       334-670-3433         candrews@troy.edu
      Dr. Glenda Avery, Associate Professor (PC)        334-448-5153         gavery@troy.edu
      Lisa Chappell, Assistant Professor (PC)           334-448-5160         hchappel@troy.edu
      Dr. Cindy McCoy, Associate Professor (Troy)       334-670-3434         cmccoy@troy.edu
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        Contact Information (cont’d)

        Dr. Janice Nelson, Associate Professor (Mtg)      334-241-8644     jnelson2@troy.edu
        Dr. Patsy Riley, Associate Professor (Mtg)        334-241-8642     priley@troy.edu
        Dr. Amy Spurlock, Associate Professor (Troy)      334-670-3437     alspurlock@troy.edu
        Dr. Diane Weed, Associate Professor (PC)          334-670-3428     lweed@troy.edu


                  Lab Coordinators
        Sharon Hamm-Wilson (Mtg)                          334-241-8629     shwilson@troy.edu
        Kelly Johnson (Troy)                              334-670-3429     kellyjohnson@troy.edu
        Faculty (PC)


         FAX Numbers (put to attention of : __)
        School of Nursing, Troy                           334-670-3744
        School of Nursing, Montgomery                     334-241-8627
        School of Nursing, Phenix City                    334-448-5206



Mailing Addresses

School of Nursing & Baccalaureate Degree Program

        Troy University School of Nursing
        400 Pell Avenue
        Troy, AL 36082

Masters Degree Program

        Troy University School of Nursing
        340 Montgomery Street
        Montgomery, AL 36104

Students at the Phenix City site should direct mail to:

        Troy University School of Nursing
        One University Place
        Phenix City, AL 36869
 A complete listing of School of Nursing faculty and staff is available at http://spectrum.troy.edu/~nursing)
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                              Frequently Accessed Web Sites


Most resources can be accessed from either the Troy University or School of Nursing home pages.

Troy University home page:       http://troy.edu

        Trojan Web express:      http://www.troy.edu/webexpress.htm
        Trojan email:            https://mail.troy.edu/


Blackboard:                      Course materials may be accessed on Blackboard after the student
                                 has registered for courses and after faculty have made the course
                                 available. To go to Blackboard:
                                          click on link on Troy University home page: http://www.troy.edu
                                          or School of Nursing home page:
                                          http://spectrum.troy.edu/~nursing

Graduate School:                 http://www.troy.edu/graduateschool/index.html
        Graduate Bulletin:       http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0607grad/index.html

Libraries:                       https://library.troy.edu/


Oracle (Troy Student Handbook): http://troy.troy.edu/oracle/oracle.pdf


School of Nursing home page: http://spectrum.troy.edu/~nursing
        Faculty and staff:       http://spectrum.troy.edu/~nursing/faculty.htm
        Faculty web pages:       http://spectrum.troy.edu/faculty/
        MSN documents:           http://spectrum.troy.edu/~nursing/resources.htm
        APA help:                http://spectrum.troy.edu/~sstokes/help/apa.htm
        SON technology help:     http://spectrum.troy.edu/~sstokes/help/
        Sigma Theta Tau         http://prism.troy.edu/~stt/
          ( Iota Theta Chapter)

Troy University, Montgomery Campus        http://montgomery.troy.edu/


Troy University, Phenix City Campus       http://phenix.troy.edu/


Troy University, Troy Campus              http://troy.troy.edu/
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TROY and School of Nursing Web Pages
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                                            Troy University
                                          School of Nursing
                                            MSN Program


                    Brief History of Troy University’s Graduate Nursing Program

The Master of Science in Nursing was organized by Troy University in 1983 to provide graduate study in
three clinical fields (Adult Health, Maternal / Infant, & Child Health) and two functional roles (Educator
and Administrator). In 1993, the Child Health clinical specialty was removed from annual offerings due
to a decrease in enrollment. In 1995, the Family Nurse Practitioner clinical area was added to the
degree program and a post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program was initiated. The
Nursing Informatics Specialist track was first offered Fall 2004.

Enrollment in the MSN program has steadily increased and is projected to be in excess of 125 students
in Fall 2005. Live classes are offered via full motion, 2-way interactive videoconferencing which allows
students to attend live classes simultaneously at the Montgomery, Phenix City, and Troy campuses.
The faculty member teaching the class is located at one of the three sites, but students at the all three
sites can hear, see, and talk to the faculty.

Beginning Fall 2004 all MSN courses were offered in online and live format, with the exception of the
Nursing Informatics Specialist track that is only offered online. Courses offered via the live format are
web enhanced and usually appeal to the more traditional learner. Online course offerings may better
accommodate the needs of the adult learner. Since 1999, through the first cooperative program of its
kind in Alabama, the MSN program at Troy University has offered graduate courses online to students
enrolled in the MSN Program at Jacksonville State University.

Our reputation for a quality graduate education geared toward the working nurse is well respected
throughout our region. Graduates of the clinical nurse specialist tracks serve as faculty in numerous
schools of nursing and in administrative and educator roles in clinical agencies. The family nurse
practitioner graduates have achieved a cumulative 98% pass rate on national certification exams, a rate
significantly above the national average. The MSN program enjoys a positive relationship with clinical
agencies scattered throughout Alabama, Georgia, and northern Florida.


                                              Organization

As shown in the organization chart on the next page, the School of Nursing is part of the Troy University
College of Health and Human Services. The School of Nursing offers ASN, BSN, an RN to BSN Track,
and MSN Programs. The ASN program is in Montgomery. The BSN program is located on the Troy
campus. The RN to BSN track is offered on the Montgomery, Troy, and Phenix City campuses. The
MSN program is based in Montgomery but available at all three campuses. The School of Nursing in
Montgomery is part of Troy University- Troy Campus, not the Montgomery Campus. Resources such as
the library, parking, etc. are shared with the Montgomery Campus.

Troy University has moved to “One Great University” (OGU) -- bringing all Troy campuses under one
administrative system. In 2004, the announcement was made that “State” was being dropped from the
name of the University to more accurately reflect our global mission. Troy University offers educational
programs not only within the state of Alabama but in 17 states and 10 countries.
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                                         Troy University

                                             TROY
                                          Troy Campus
                                      Montgomery Campus
                                        Dothan Campus
                                      Phenix City Campus
                                TROY Worldwide – University College


                                           Administration

                                          Board of Trustees
                                    Chancellor: Dr. Jack Hawkins
                         Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost: Dr. Ed Roach




Dean of College of Health and Human Services                  Deans of other Colleges
      Dr. Edith Smith (Interim)



Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion                          Chair, Social Work

Chair, Department of Human Services                  Chair, Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

Chair, School of Nursing: Dr. Bernita Hamilton




Director, ASN Program:          Director, BSN Program             Director, MSN Program
 Dr. Donna Bedsole                 Dr. Bernita Hamilton             Dr. Geraldine Allen



   Montgomery                                    Troy                                 Phenix City


MSN Faculty:                             MSN Faculty:                            MSN Faculty:
Dr. Janice Nelson                        Carolyn Andrews                         Dr. Glenda Avery
Dr. Patsy Riley                          Dr. Cindy McCoy                         Lisa Chappell
                                         Dr. Amy Spurlock                        Dr. Diane Weed
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                                      Accreditation and Approval

The Troy University School of Nursing is accredited by the:
     National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
     Address:     61 Broadway – 33rd Floor
                  New York City, NY 10006
     Telephone: 800-669-1656 (ext. 153) or 212-363-5555
     FAX:         212-812-0390
     Web site: www.accrediting-comm-nlnac.org

Troy University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the
       Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
       Address:          1866 Southern Lane
                         Decatur, GA 30033-4097
       Telephone:        404-679-4501




                                              Philosophy

    The University seeks to provide an appropriate academic, cultural, and social environment for the
student. In accordance with the mission of the University, the School of Nursing serves a diverse
constituency linked through an environment supported by traditional and emerging technologies. Global
access to University resources facilitates educational mobility for students who may be geographically
bound. The School’s faculty serves the students, the community and the University through teaching,
public service, scholarship, research and other creative activities.
    The School of Nursing faculty believe that humanity consists of unique holistic beings with intrinsic
worth and dignity who have the right to self determination, well-being and equity. As part of various
groups, individuals interact according to individualistic and group needs in the community. These
interacting individuals and groups, with their cultural meanings and values, create the society within the
larger environment.
    The faculty believe that the environment, an aggregate of all internal and external dimensions, not
only influences individuals and groups, but is also influenced by them. The environment provides the
context for the development of individuals, the identification of health needs and the evolution of
nursing. Through an ongoing interactive process, the environment and nursing influence each other.
The nursing profession, therefore, serves the health needs and interests of society.
    The faculty believe that health, a dynamic state, is the observable manifestation of individual and
group adaptive responses to the environment. Health is the focus of the discipline of nursing. Since the
state of health is culturally defined, health seeking behaviors reflect cultural perceptions and values.
Although individuals have the right to make decisions about their health, their ability to make informed
decisions is influenced by knowledge, perceptions, and values.
    As an art and a science, nursing practice utilizes cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills in
meeting the health needs of individuals and groups. Nursing practice applies nursing theory as well as
knowledge from other sciences and the humanities.
    Nursing practice is the application of therapeutic nursing interventions in a caring environment to
assist individuals and groups to achieve their optimal state of health. The interventions are based on
assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation of human responses to internal and external environmental
dimensions that affect actual or potential health states. The elements used in nursing practice within a
multidisciplinary health care system are critical thinking, communication, collaboration, cultural and
ethical competence, and research.
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    Nursing practice includes the right and responsibility to establish and maintain legal and ethical
standards for professional excellence. Nursing practice utilizes lifelong learning and application of
research.
     The faculty believe that education, a process which is shared by the teacher and the learner, is the
exploration, utilization, and generation of knowledge through a spirit of inquiry and self motivation. The
learner and the teacher share the right and the responsibility to achieve educational goals through
participation in the education process. An organized setting with planned learning activities provides
opportunities to achieve these educational goals. The approach to teaching and learning varies with
individual needs, abilities, and experiences. Faculty and students are responsible for creating,
promoting and maintaining standards of academic and professional excellence through individual,
lifelong learning.
    The faculty believe that nursing education is the means by which students are prepared for
competent nursing practice at multiple levels. These levels of nursing practice are facilitated though
various educational opportunities that are best provided in a collegiate setting.
    Associate degree nursing education is preparation for practice as a registered nurse and serves as a
basis for further nursing education. The practice of the associate degree nurse includes functioning as
a provider of care, a manager of care, and as a member within the discipline of nursing. The associate
degree graduate is prepared to practice in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings where policies
and procedures are specified and guidance is available.
     Baccalaureate education in nursing is preparation for professional nursing practice and graduate
study. The practice of the baccalaureate degree nurse includes functioning as a coordinator of care,
member of the profession, provider of care and evaluator and consumer of research. The BSN
graduate reflects accountable decision-making environments where outcomes of health states may or
may not be predictable. The baccalaureate degree graduate is a generalist who provides
comprehensive nursing care for all ages of individuals, families, and communities in a variety of health
care settings.
    Master’s education in nursing is preparation for advanced practice in nursing and doctoral study.
Advanced practice encompasses the roles of expert clinician, educator, administrator, consultant, and
consumer of research. Decision-making and the ability to evaluate health policy are essential tools for
advanced practice. Learning at the graduate level emanates from an open collegial relationship
between faculty and students that allows for challenge of nursing knowledge and theories.
(TROY School of Nursing Philosophy, revised April, 2001)


                                       MSN Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MSN program, the student will be able to:

    1. Incorporate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into practice
       as an advanced practice nurse.

    2. Demonstrate clinical expertise in advanced practice in a specialized area of nursing.

    3. Evaluate research for the purpose of selectively integrating research findings into nursing
       practice.

    4. Integrate leadership, management, and teaching strategies into advanced nursing practice.

    5. Analyze the impact of health policy on health care for identification of areas needing
       improvement and development of appropriate strategies.

    6. Assume responsibility for contributing to the advancement of nursing as a profession.

Revised and approved, MSN Faculty Organization, 9/02
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                              Progression through the MSN Curriculum

Students in the clinical nurse specialist (CNS), family nurse practitioner (FNP), and nursing informatics
specialist (NIS) tracks achieve program outcomes as they progress through common core courses and
major-focused role and clinical courses. Most courses are taught once a year but scheduling supports
full-time and part-time study. Students engaged in full-time study are encouraged to begin courses in
the fall semester. A full-time load requires enrollment in a minimum of 9 semester hours of course
credit during a semester. Many courses have prerequisites; the student is referred to the Troy Graduate
Bulletin (http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0607grad/index.html)- click on Course Descriptions, click on
Master of Science in Nursing. Most core courses must be taken before beginning clinical courses or
concurrent with clinical courses in the CNS and FNP tracks.


Applicants whose applications are incomplete may be admitted on a temporary basis for one term only.
Admission is contingent on submission of all required documentation and on meeting admission
requirements. Temporary students may not enroll a second term in a temporary status.

Students who are admitted on a conditional basis must clear their conditional status by the end of
completion of nine semester hours of credit.

The Program of Studies for CNS, FNP, and NIS students are shown on the following pages. When
applying for admission to the CNS track, applicants declare a clinical focus (adult health or maternal
infant) and a role focus (educator or administrator). Full time CNS students can complete the program
in 4 terms (Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring). Most preceptorship courses require 135 clock hours of clinical
experiences with an approved preceptor. CNS students may enroll on a part-time or full-time basis.

FNP students may enroll on a part-time or full-time basis. Full time FNP students can complete the FNP
program in 5 terms (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring). The Program of Studies for the FNP student
follows the pages showing the CNS Program of Studies. For FNP students, clinical courses are
sequential and taken every term except the first fall semester. The first three clinical courses require
135 clock hours of clinical experiences per term. The last clinical course is the FNP Internship and
requires 300 hours of clinical experiences. The FNP Certificate program is offered to MSN-prepared
nurses. At the completion of the program, these students earn a certificate and not a second degree.
All students completing the FNP track are eligible to write the national certification exam.

NIS students are admitted each semester but mainly in the Fall. The Program of Studies for the NIS
student follows the page showing the FNP Program of Studies. Full time NIS students can complete the
program in 4 terms (Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring). The NIS Internship requires 240 hours of clinical
experiences.

Graduates are qualified to apply to take certification exams in their specialty areas after completion of
their Program of Study.
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                                                            Troy University
                                                     SCHOOL OF NURSING
                                                        MSN PROGRAM
                                      Program of Studies for Clinical Nurse Specialist Track
                                         (Adult Health or Maternal Infant Clinical Focus)
    A. Nursing Core (6 Hours)
                                                             SH*       C. Nursing Research (7 Hours)
       NSG 5504 Theories in Nursing                           2                                                             SH
       NSG 5505 Health Care Economics                         2            NSG 6691 Research Methodology                     3
       NSG 6660 Foundations of Advanced Practice              2            NSG 6692 Data Analysis Techniques in Research     2
                                                                           NSG 6696 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I            1
    B. Nursing Specialty (20 Hours)                                        NSG 6697 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II           1

       NSG 5512 Advanced Health Assessment                    3                                    Optional
       NSG 5515 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum          1
       NSG 6671 Advanced Pathophysiology                      3            NSG 6695 Thesis (1-4)                        Optional
       NSG 6649 Advanced Pharmacology                         3
                                                                       D. Nursing Role (5 Hours)
                        (Select One Series)
       Adult Health Nursing                                                                  (Select One Series)
                                                                           Educator
       NSG 6620 Advanced Acute Care Nursing of Adults         2
       NSG 6621 Advanced Acute Care Nursing                   3            NSG 6614 Role of the Nurse Educator               2
        Preceptorship                                                      NSG 6615 Nursing Education Internship             3
       NSG 6622 Advanced Long Term Nursing Care of            2
        Adults                                                                                       OR
       NSG 6623 Advanced Long Term Nursing Care of            3           Administrator
        Adults Preceptorship
                                                                           NSG 6616 Role of the Nursing Administrator        2
                                OR                                         NSG 6617 Nursing Administration Internship        3
       Maternal Infant Health Nursing
                                                                       E. Nursing Synthesis and Evaluation (1 Hour)
        NSG 6640 Advanced Maternal/Infant Health Nursing      2
        NSG 6641 Advanced Maternal Infant Nursing             3            NSG 6655 Synthesis and Evaluation of Advanced     1
         Preceptorship                                                       Nursing Practice
        NSG 6642 High Risk Maternal/Infant Health Nursing     2
        NSG 6643 High Risk Maternal/Infant Health Nursing     3     * Semester Hours
         Preceptorship                                              Revised 12/10/03
                                                                    Approved 1/20/04
Refer to Troy Graduate Bulletin for course descriptions.            Revised 8/10/06
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                                                       Troy University
                                                   SCHOOL OF NURSING
                                                      MSN PROGRAM
                                    Program of Studies for Family Nurse Practitioner Track
   A. Nursing Core (6 Hours for FNP or 1 Hour for FNP-PM)          D.   Nursing Role (6 Hours)**
                                                       SH*
       NSG 5504 Theories in Nursing                     2               **NSG 6670 Role Synthesis Seminar                   1
       NSG 5505 Health Care Economics                   2               **NSG 6680 Family Nurse Practitioner Internship     5
       NSG 6660 Foundations of Advance Practice         2
      *NSG 6659 Adaptation to the FNP Role              1          E. Nursing Synthesis and Evaluation (1 Hour)

   B. Nursing Specialty (27 Hours)**                                    NSG 6655 Synthesis and Evaluation of Advanced       1
                                                                          Nursing Practice
       **NSG 6649 Advanced Pharmacology                   3
       **NSG 6671 Advanced Pathophysiology                3    Refer to Troy Graduate Bulletin for course descriptions.
       **NSG 5512 Advanced Health Assessment              3
       **NSG 5513 Advanced Health Assessment              3    * Course required only for FNP-PM certificate students.
           Preceptorship
       **NSG 6665 Primary Care I                          3    ** The FNP Post-Master’s (FNP-PM) Certificate option requires 31
       **NSG 6666 Primary Care I Preceptorship            3    semester credit hours and includes all FNP clinical specialty and
       **NSG 6667 Primary Care II                         3    nursing role courses and NSG 6659.
       **NSG 6668 Primary Care II Preceptorship           3
       **NSG 6645 Family and Cultural Theories in         3
           Advanced Practice Nursing                           Revised 12/10/03
                                                               Approved 1/20/04
   C. Nursing Research (7 Hours)                               Revised 8/10/06

       NSG 6691 Research Methodology                       3
       NSG 6692 Data Analysis Techniques in Research       2
       NSG 6696 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I              1
       NSG 6697 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II             1

                               Optional

       NSG 6695 Thesis (1-4)                        Optional

* Semester Hours
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                                                              Troy University
                                                           SCHOOL OF NURSING
                                                             MSN PROGRAM

                                   Program of Studies for Nursing Informatics Specialist Track


    A. Nursing Core (6 Hours)                                          C.   Nursing Research (7 Hours)
                                                             SH*                                                            SH

       NSG 5504 Theories in Nursing                           2             NSG 6691 Research Methodology                    3
       NSG 5505 Health Care Economics                         2             NSG 6692 Data Analysis Techniques in Research    2
       NSG 6660 Foundations of Advanced Practice              2             NSG 6696 Scholarly Inquiry I                     1
                                                                            NSG 6697 Scholarly Inquiry I                     1
    B. Nursing Specialty (11 Hours)
                                                                                                    Optional
       NSG 6631 Computer Based Communication                  3
        Technologies                                                        NSG 6695 Thesis (1-4)                       Optional
       NSG 6632 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing            2
        Informatics                                                    D. Nursing Role (6 Hours)
       NSG 6633 Systems Analysis & Design                     3
       NSG 6635 Integration of Technology in Information      3             NSG 6634 Role of the Nursing Informatics         2
        Exchange                                                              Specialist
                                                                            NSG 6635 Nursing Informatics Internship          4

Refer to Troy Graduate Bulletin for course descriptions.
                                                                       E. Nursing Synthesis and Evaluation (1 Hour)
* Semester Hours
                                                                            NSG 6655 Synthesis and Evaluation of Advanced    1
                                                                              Nursing Practice

                                                                       F. Elective (3 Hours)

                                                                            5000/6000 Approved Elective                      3


                                                                    Revised 12/10/03
                                                                    Approved 1/20/04
                                                                    Revised 8/10/06
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                                TROY Academic Regulations and Policies


The TROY graduate nursing student is a member of the Troy University student body and is therefore
entitled to the same privileges enjoyed by other Troy University students. At the same time, they are
also subject to applicable Troy University regulations, policies and procedures. Because of the
cooperative educational relationship between private and public health agencies and Troy University,
students and staff are bound to comply with specific policies outlined in legal agreements. These
include, but are not limited to: dress codes; codes of conduct; and requirements for health, insurance
and academic status. The student’s responsibility for all University regulations and policies begins with
registration for classes.


TROY Bulletin and Handbook

Students are referred to the TROY Graduate Bulletin and the Oracle (TROY student handbook) for
policies, procedures, guidelines and current fees.

Note: any policy or procedure published in this manual does not override the information published in
the TROY Bulletin and the Oracle. Both of these publications are available upon request.

Application for Candidacy
After successful completion of the first 12 hours of courses and removal of a conditional admission
status, the student completes the multi-copy Application for Candidacy form for his or her major, listing
courses they have completed. The form can be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records.
The form is returned to that office and a copy returned to the student after the form is processed.
Copies of the CNS, FNP, and NIS Application for Candidacy forms follow this page. These forms are
only copies and may not be submitted. The Application for Candidacy form must be filed and processed
prior to filing the Intent To Graduate form.

Intent to Graduate
The semester before the semester the student plans to graduate, the student must file the Intent to
Graduate. The deadline is usually within the first 2 weeks of the term. The form is filed with the Office
of Admissions and Records, with a required processing fee, and a copy returned to the student after the
form is processed. Most students graduate in May. The Intent to Graduate form is a 2-page multi-
copy form available on each campus site from the Office of Admissions and Records. It is the student’s
responsibility to submit the Application for Candidacy and Intent to Graduate at the appropriate time.

Incomplete Grades

The instructor may report an “Incomplete (I)” for a student whose progress in a course has been
satisfactory (e.g. the student is passing the course), but who is unable to complete the course grading
requirements because of documented circumstances beyond his/her control. From the Troy University
Graduate Catalog 2006-2007 (http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0607grad/index.html , General Regulations
section:

        Time limit for removal of incomplete grade
        No incomplete may exceed ten weeks from the date it is assigned. It is the student’s responsibility to
        contact the instructor regarding the deadline for completing all course requirements. Any student who
        receives a grade of incomplete must adhere to the work completion deadline set by the instructor, not to
        exceed the end of the designated ten week period. This deadline applies whether or not the student re-
        enrolls for the semester or term following the assignment of the incomplete grade(s). Failure to clear the
        incomplete within the specified time period (not to exceed ten weeks) will result in the assignment of a
        grade of “F” for the course.
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Removal of Conditional Admission Status
Students who are admitted conditionally may take a maximum of nine semester hours per semester or
six semester hours per term until the ''conditions for admission'' are removed. Unless otherwise
specified, the student is under conditional admission status must attain a 3.0 grade point average at the
end of the term in which a total of 9 semester hours of credit has been attempted. For example, If the
student attempted 5 semester hours of credit one term and had a 3.0 GPA; then the student attempted
8 semester hours of credit the next term, the student must have a 3.0 GPA on all 13 hours attempted.

Request for Transfer Credit
Transfer credit is not automatically granted for courses taken at other institutions that appear to be
similar to courses in the MSN Program of Studies (CNS, NIS, FNP). No transfer credit will be
considered until the student is unconditionally admitted and has completed 6 semester hours of credit at
Troy University.

To request transfer credit the student must complete a “Petition for Transfer of Graduate Credit” form, a
copy of the official transcript showing the course(s) taken, a copy of the syllabus for the course(s) at the
time the course was taken, and a course description taken from the college catalog where the course
was taken. This information must be submitted to the MSN Program Director. The course(s) will be
considered for equivalency with a final recommendation made by the Troy University Graduate Council.
Officially accepted transferred graduate coursework will be posted on the official Troy University
transcript.
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Effective: F/04    Adult Health             Master of Science in Nursing                        APPLICATION OF CANDIDACY
                   Maternal/Infant            Clinical Nurse Specialist                         GRADUATION CHECK
                   Education                                                                                     SEMESTER
                   Administration                  Troy University
                                                    Troy, Alabama

STUDENT NAME

STUDENT SIGNATURE                                           SOCIAL SECURITY #

                                     CHECKSHEET GRADUATE DIVISION (39 HOURS MINIMUM)

                                                      SEM. HOURS             SEMESTER          CREDIT      GRADE         G.P.
A. CORE COURSES: (8 HOURS)
   NSG 5504 Theories in Nursing                              (2)
   NSG 5505 Health Care Economics                            (2 )
   NSG 6660 Foundations of Advanced Practice                 (2 )
B. RESEARCH: (7 HOURS)
   NSG 6691 Research Methodology                             (3)
   NSG 6692 Data Analysis Techniques                         (2 )
   NSG 6696 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I                    (1 )
   NSG 6697 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II                   (1 )
   OPTIONAL:
   NSG 6695    Thesis                                        (1-4)
C. NURSING SPECIALTY: (20 HOURS)
   NSG 5512    Advanced Health Assessment                    (3)
   NSG 5515    Adv. Health Assessment Practicum              (1)
   NSG 6649    Adv. Pharmacology                             (3)
   NSG 6671    Adv. Pathophysiology v                        (3)
   NSG 66--                                                  (2)
   NSG 66--                                                  (2)
   NSG 66--                                                  (2)
   NSG 66--                                                  (2)
D. NURSING ROLE COURSES (5)
   NSG 66--   Role of the Nurse Educator/Administrator       (2)
   NSG 66--   Nursing Education/Administration Internship    (3)
E. SYNTHESIS AND EVALUATION (1 HOUR)
   NSG 6655 Synthesis and Evaluation of Advanced Nursing
              Practice                                        (1)
                                                                                   TOTAL                         GPA

                  Required for Candidacy
                                                                                                Initials          Date
    First Enrolled Graduate School                                   1. Registrar, Mont.
    Date Admitted to Candidacy                                       2. Dean, Graduate School     XXX
    Date Degree Requirements to be completed                         3. Director of Academic
                                                                        Records - Troy
    GRE/MAT:         Score                 Date
                                                                                        File

    ADVISORS SIGNATURE                     DATE                      1.   Director of Academic Records (White)
                                                                     2.   Advisor (Canary)
                                                                     3.   Registrar, (Mont.) (Pink)
    DEAN, GRADUATE SCHOOL                  DATE                      4.   Student (Gold)
                                                                                                                                      20

Effective: F/04                            Master of Science in Nursing                          APPLICATION OF CANDIDACY
                                             Family Nurse Practitioner                           GRADUATION CHECK
     MSN-FNP                                                                                                      SEMESTER
     Certificate                                  Troy University
                                                   Troy, Alabama

STUDENT NAME                                              STUDENT ADDRESS

STUDENT SIGNATURE                                                     SOCIAL SECURITY #

  CHECKSHEET GRADUATE DIVISION (31 Hours Minimum – for certificate) (47 Hours Minimum – for MSN-FNP)
                                 ALL COURSES LISTED ARE REQUIRED FOR MSN-FNP

                                                                SEM. HOURS             SEMESTER          CREDIT      GRADE         G.P.
A. NSG CORE COURSES: (8 HOURS)
    NSG 5504 Theories in Nursing                                       (2)
    NSG 5505 Health Care Economics                                     (2 )
    NSG 6660 Foundations of Advanced Practice                          (2 )
  **NSG 6659 Adaptation of FNP Role                                    (1 )
B. RESEARCH: (7 HOURS)
    NSG 6691 Research Methodology                                      (3)
    NSG 6692 Data Analysis Techniques                                  (2 )
    NSG 6696 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I                             (1 )
    NSG 6697 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II                            (2 )
    OPTIONAL:
    NSG 6695       Thesis                                             (1-4)
C. NURSING SPECIALTY: (27 HOURS)
   *NSG 5512       Advanced Health Assessment                           (3)
   *NSG 5513       Adv. Health Assessment Preceptorship                 (3)
   *NSG 6645       Family and Cultural Thesis                           (3)
   *NSG 6649       Adv. Pharmacology                                    (3)
   *NSG 6665       Primary Care I                                       (3)
   *NSG 6666       Primary Care I Preceptorship                         (3)
   *NSG 6667       Primary Care II                                      (3)
   *NSG 6668       Primary Care II Preceptorship                        (3)
   *NSG 6671       Advanced Pathophysiology                             (3)
D. FNP ROLE COURSES (6 HOURS)
   *NSG 6670       Role Synthesis Seminar                               (1)
   *NSG 6680       FNP Internship                                        (5)
E. SYNTHESIS AND EVALUATION (1 HOUR)
    NSG 6655 Synthesis and Evaluation of Advanced Nursing
                  Practice                                              (1)
   *Required for certificate **Only required for certificate option                          TOTAL                         GPA

                   Required for Candidacy
                                                                                                   DISTRIBUTION
    First Enrolled Graduate School
    Date Admitted to Candidacy                                                                            Initials          Date
    Date Degree Requirements to be completed                                   1. Registrar, Mont.
                                                                               2. Dean, Graduate School     XXX
    Number of Residence Credits                                                3. Director of Academic
    GRE/MAT:           Score       Date                  ______                   Records - Troy


     ADVISORS SIGNATURE                                  DATE                                     File

                                                                               1.   Director of Academic Records (White)
    DEAN, GRADUATE SCHOOL                        DATE                          2.   Advisor (Canary)
                                                                               3.   Registrar, (Mont.) (Pink)
                                                                               4.   Student (Gold)
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Effective: F/04                      Master of Science in Nursing                      APPLICATION OF CANDIDACY
                                    Nursing Informatics Specialist                     GRADUATION CHECK
                                                                                                        SEMESTER
                                            Troy University
                                            Troy, Alabama

STUDENT NAME

STUDENT SIGNATURE                                           SOCIAL SECURITY #

                                     CHECKSHEET GRADUATE DIVISION (34 HOURS MINIMUM)

                                                       SEM. HOURS            SEMESTER          CREDIT      GRADE         G.P.
A. CORE COURSES: (6 HOURS)
   NSG 5504 Theories in Nursing                               (2)
   NSG 5505 Health Care Economics                            (2)
   NSG 6660 Foundations of Advanced Practice                 (2)
B. RESEARCH: (7 HOURS)
   NSG 6691 Research Methodology                              (3)
   NSG 6692 Data Analysis Techniques                         (2)
   NSG 6696 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I                    (1)
   NSG 6697 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II                   (1)
   OPTIONAL:
    NSG 6695 Thesis                                         (1-4)
C. NURSING SPECIALTY: (27 HOURS)
   NSG 6631    Computer-based Comm. Tech.                    (3)
   NSG 6632    Theoretical Foundations of Nsg. Inf.           (2)
   NSG 6633    Systems Analysis & Design                     (3)
   NSG 6635    Integration of Tech. Info. Exchange            (3)
D. NURSING ROLE COURSES (6)
   NSG 6634    Role of the Nursing Informatics Specialist    (2)
   NSG 6636    Nursing Informatics Internship                (4)
E. ELECTIVE: (3 HOURS)                                        (3)
F. SYNTHESIS AND EVALUATION (1 HOUR)
   NSG 6655    Synthesis and Evaluation of Advanced Nursing
                Practice                                      (1)
                                                                                   TOTAL                         GPA


                  Required for Candidacy
                                                                                         DISTRIBUTION
   First Enrolled Graduate School                  ______
   Date Admitted to Candidacy                                                                   Initials          Date
   Date Degree Requirements to be completed                          1. Registrar, Mont.
                                                                     2. Dean, Graduate School     XXX
   Number of Residence Credits                                       3. Director of Academic
                                                                        Records - Troy
   GRE/MAT:          Score           Date
                                                                                        File
   ____________________________________________
                                                                     1.   Director of Academic Records (White)
      ADVISORS SIGNATURE           DATE                              2.   Advisor (Canary)
                                                                     3.   Registrar, (Mont.) (Pink)
                                                                     4.   Student (Gold)
       DEAN, GRADUATE SCHOOL                DATE
                                                                                                         22

                                 Academic Counseling / Advisement

    1. Once formally admitted to the Graduate Program, each student is assigned a faculty member
       who will serve as his or her academic advisor.

    2. Each student should make an appointment with his/her advisor immediately following their
       formal admission to the program to discuss scheduling plans and options.

    3. Each student is advised to anticipate counseling needs and to make appointments with the
       assigned advisor as needed.

    4. Any Graduate Faculty member may assist the student with advisement during scheduled
       registration periods.

Students are assigned an advisor upon admission. Information on contacting faculty and staff of the
School of Nursing is given at the beginning of this manual. The registration process is discussed later in
this manual.


Planning Your Program of Studies
The next several pages are the Semester Planners for you to use in planning your course of study.
Most courses are only offered once a year in the terms indicated on the semester planners. Semester
planners follow in this order:

            •   CNS Full-time Students
            •   CNS Part-time Students (Option 1)
            •   CNS Part-time Students (Option 2)
            •   FNP Full-time Students
            •   FNP Part-time Students
            •   FNP Post Master’s Certificate Students
            •   NIS Full-time Students
            •   NIS Part-time Students

These semester planners reflect the Program of Studies documents included in this manual. Course
descriptions, prerequisites, and co-requisites may be found in the Troy University, Graduate Bulletin.

The Schedule of Classes will indicate the format of courses. IA indicates an online course. In live
interactive courses, a faculty member can be in Montgomery, Troy, or Phenix City and students at the
other sites can see, hear, and participate in class. Most live courses are enhanced to some degree with
the use of online resources. Beginning Fall 2004 all courses in the CNS, FNP, and NIS tracks were
available online. Online courses often require more independence and self-discipline to meet course
requirements. The School of Nursing web page provides information to assist students in online
courses ( http://spectrum.troy.edu/~nursing )


NOTE: CNS students only may take NSG 5512: Advanced Health Assessment during Fall semester,
either online or as a live course. The CNS must also register for NSG 5515: Advanced Health
Assessment practicum, a one-semester-hour course, as a co-requisite during the Fall term.

FNP students only may take NSG 5512: Advanced Health Assessment during Spring semester either
online or as a live course. The FNP student must also register for NSG 5513: Advanced Health
Assessment Preceptorship, a three-semester hour clinical course, as a co-requisite during the Spring
term. Prerequisites for NSG 5513 include NSG 6649: Advanced Pharmacology and NSG 6671:
Advanced Pathophysiology.
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                                                                Troy University School of Nursing
                                                                  MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
                                                                  Semester Planner – Full Time

                    Fall                                              Spring                        Summer

NSG 5504   Theories in Nursing              2      NSG 6691   Research Methodology             3
NSG 5512   Adv. Health Assessment           3      NSG 6660   Foundations of Advanced          2
NSG 5515   Adv. Health Assessment           1                 Practice
           Practicum                               NSG 66—    Clinical Theory                  2
NSG 6671   Advanced Pathophysiology         3      NSG 66—    Clinical Preceptorship           3
NSG 6692   Data Analysis Techniques in      2
           Research
                                            11                                                 10



                    Fall                                              Spring

NSG 6649   Advanced Pharmacology            3      NSG 66—    Role Theory                      2
NSG 5505   Health Care Economics            2      NSG 66—    Role Internship                  3
NSG 66—    Clinical Theory                  2      NSG 6655   Synthesis & Evaluation of        1
NSG 66—    Clinical Preceptorship           3                 Advanced Nursing Practice
NSG 6696   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I    1      NSG 6697   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II   1

                                            11                                                 7


      Total semester hours = 39
      Total clinical specialty clock hours = 300
      Total role clinical clock hours = 180
      Total scholarly inquiry clock hours = 60
      Total clinical hours = 540


      Revised 12/10/03
      Approved 1/20/04
      Revised 8/10/06
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                                                                Troy University School of Nursing
                                                                  MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
                                                              Semester Planner – Part Time (Option 1)

                    Fall                                              Spring                                                 Fall

NSG 5512   Adv. Health Assessment           3      NSG 6691   Research Methodology            3         NSG 6649   Advanced Pharmacology            3
NSG 5515   Adv. Health Assessment           1      NSG 6660   Foundations of Advanced         2         NSG 5505   Health Care Economics            2
           Preceptorship                                      Practice                                  NSG 6692   Data Analysis Techniques in      2
NSG 5504   Theories in Nursing              2      NSG 6671   Advanced Pathophysiology        3                    Research

                                            6                                                 8                                                     7


                  Spring                                               Fall                                                 Spring

NSG 66—    Clinical Theory                  2      NSG 6696   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I   1         NSG 6697   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II   1
NSG 66—    Clinical Preceptorship           3      NSG 66—    Clinical Theory                 2         NSG 66—    Role Theory                      2
                                                   NSG 66—    Clinical Preceptorship          3         NSG 66—    Role Internship                  3
                                                                                                        NSG 6655   Synthesis & Evaluation of        1
                                                                                                                   Advanced Nursing Practice

                                            5                                                 6                                                     7



      Total semester hours = 39
      Total clinical specialty clock hours = 300
      Total role clinical clock hours = 180
      Total scholarly inquiry clock hours = 60
      Total clinical hours = 540




      Revised 12/10/03
      Approved 1/20/04
      Revised 8/10/06
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                                                              Troy University School of Nursing
                                                                   MSN Clinical Specialist
                                                            Semester Planner – Part Time (Option 2)

                 Summer                                              Fall                                                 Spring

NSG 5504   Theories in Nursing              2   NSG 5512    Adv. Health Assessment         3          NSG 6691   Research Methodology            3
NSG 6692   Data Analysis Techniques in      2   NSG 5515    Adv. Health Assessment         1          NSG 6660   Foundations of Advanced         2
           Research                                         Practicum                                            Practice
                                                NSG 6671    Advanced Pathophysiology       3

                                            4                                              7                                                     5


                   Fall                                             Spring                                                 Fall

NSG 6649   Advanced Pharmacology            3   NSG 66—     Clinical Theory                2          NSG 6696   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I   1
NSG 5505   Health Care Economics            2   NSG 66—     Clinical Preceptorship         3          NSG 66—    Clinical Theory                 2
                                                                                                      NSG 66—    Clinical Preceptorship          3


                                            5                                              5                                                     6


                       Spring

NSG 6697   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II   1
NSG 66—    Role Theory                      2
NSG 66—    Role Internship                  3
NSG 6655   Synthesis & Evaluation of        1
           Advanced Nursing Practice

                                            7

      Total semester hours = 39
      Total clinical specialty clock hours = 300
      Total role clinical clock hours = 180
      Total scholarly inquiry clock hours = 60
      Total clinical hours = 540
      Revised 12/10/03, Approved 1/20/04, Revised 8/10/06
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                                                              Troy University School of Nursing
                                                               MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
                                                                Semester Planner – Full-time

                    Fall                                            Spring                                           Summer

NSG 5504   Theories in Nursing              2    NSG 6691   Research Methodology             3    NSG 6665   Primary Care I                    3
NSG 6692   Data Analysis                    2    NSG 6660   Foundations of Advanced          2    NSG 6666   Primary Care I Preceptorship      3
NSG 6649   Advanced Pharmacology            3               Practice                              NSG 6645   Family and Cultural Theories in   3
NSG 6671   Advanced Pathophysiology         3    NSG 5512   Advanced Health                  3               Advanced Nursing Practice
                                                            Assessment
                                                 NSG 5513   Advanced Health                  3
                                                            Assessment Preceptorship
                                           10                                                11                                                9



                    Fall                                            Spring

NSG 5505   Health Care Economics            2    NSG 6670   Role Synthesis Seminar           1
NSG 6667   Primary Care II                  3    NSG 6680   Internship                       5
NSG 6668   Primary Care II                  3    NSG 6655   Synthesis & Evaluation of        1
           Preceptorship                                    Advanced Nursing Practice
NSG 6696   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I    1    NSG 6697   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II   1
                                            9                                                8


      Total semester hours = 47
      Total clinical clock hours = 705
      Total scholarly inquiry clock hours = 60
      Total clinical hours = 765




      Revised 12/10/03
      Approved 1/20/04
      Revised 8/10/06
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                                                            Troy University School of Nursing
                                                             MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
                                                              Semester Planner – Part-time

                   Fall                                          Spring                                           Summer

NSG 5504   Theories in Nursing             2   NSG 6691   Research Methodology             3    NSG 6645   Family and Cultural Theories in   3
NSG 6692   Data Analysis                   2   NSG 6660   Foundations of Advance           2               Advanced Nursing Practice
                                                          Practice
                                           4                                               5                                                 3

                   Fall                                          Spring                                           Summer

NSG 6649   Advanced Pharmacology           3   NSG 5512   Advanced Health                  3    NSG 6665   Primary Care I                    3
NSG 6671   Advanced Pathophysiology        3              Assessment                            NSG 6666   Primary Care I Preceptorship      3
                                               NSG 5513   Advanced Health                  3
                                                          Assessment Preceptorship
                                           6                                               6                                                 6

                   Fall                                          Spring

NSG 5505   Health Care Economics           2   NSG 6670   Role Synthesis Seminar           1
NSG 6667   Primary Care II                 3   NSG 6680   Internship                       5
NSG 6668   Primary Care II                 3   NSG 6655   Synthesis & Evaluation of        1
           Preceptorship                                  Advanced Nursing Practice
NSG 6696   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I   1   NSG 6697   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II   1

                                           9                                               8



      Total semester hours = 47
      Total clinical clock hours = 705
      Total scholarly inquiry hours = 60
      Total clinical hours = 765


      Revised 12/10/03
      Approved 1/20/04
      Revised 8/10/06
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                                                          Troy University School of Nursing
                                                         Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
                                                                 Semester Planner

                   Fall                                       Spring                                           Summer

NSG 6649   Advanced Pharmacology         3   NSG 6659   Adaptation to FNP Role        1      NSG 6665   Primary Care I                    3
NSG 6671   Advanced Pathophysiology      3   NSG 5512   Advanced Health               3      NSG 6666   Primary Care I Preceptorship      3
                                                        Assessment                    3      NSG 6645   Family and Cultural Theories in   3
                                             NSG 5513   Advanced Health                                 Advanced Nursing Practice
                                                        Assessment Preceptorship
                                         6                                            7                                                   9

                   Fall                                       Spring

NSG 6667   Primary Care II               3   NSG 6670   Role Synthesis Seminar        1
NSG 6668   Primary Care II               3   NSG 6680   Internship                    5
           Preceptorship
                                         6                                            6




      Total semester hours = 34
      Total clinical clock hours = 705




      Revised 12/10/03
      Approved 1/20/04
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                                                             Troy University School of Nursing
                                                             MSN Nursing Informatics Specialist
                                                               Semester Planner - Full Time

                    Fall                                           Spring                         Summer

NSG 5504    Theories in Nursing             2    NSG 6691   Research Methodology             3
NSG 6692    Data Analysis Techniques in     2    NSG 6660   Foundations of Advanced          2
            Research                                        Practice
NSG 6631    Computer Based                  3    NSG 6633   Systems Analysis & Design        3
            Communication
            Technologies
NSG 6632    Theoretical Foundations of      2
            Nursing Informatics
                                            9                                                8

                    Fall                                           Spring

NSG 5505    Health Care Economics           2    NSG 6634   Role of the Nursing              1
NSG 6635    Integration of Technology in    3               Informatics Specialist
            Information Exchange                 NSG 6636   Nursing Informatics              4
5000/6000   Approved Elective               3               Internship
NSG 6696    Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I   I    NSG 6655   Synthesis & Evaluation of        1
                                                            Advanced Nursing Practice
                                                 NSG 6697   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II   1

                                            9                                                7



      Total semester hours = 34
      Total clinical role clock hours = 200
      Total scholarly inquiry clock hours = 60
      Total clinical hours = 260


      Revised 12/10/03
      Approved 1/20/04
      Revised 8/10/06
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                                                             Troy University School of Nursing
                                                             MSN Nursing Informatics Specialist
                                                               Semester Planner - Part Time

                   Fall                                            Spring                                              Fall

NSG 5504    Theories in Nursing            2     NSG 6691   Research Methodology            2     NSG 6631   Computer Based Communication      3
NSG 6692    Data Analysis                  2     NSG 6660   Foundations of Advance          3                Technologies
                                                            Practice                              NSG 6632   Theoretical Foundations of        2
                                                                                                             Nursing Informatics
                                           4                                                5                                                  5

                  Spring                                            Fall                                             Spring

NSG 6633    Systems Analysis & Design      3     NSG 6696   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I   1     NSG 6697   Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II    1
5000/6000   Approved Elective              3     NSG 6635   Integration of Technology in    3     NSG 6634   Role of the Nursing Informatics   2
                                                            Information Exchange                             Specialist
                                                 NSG 5505   Health Care Economics           2     NSG 6636   Nursing Informatics Internship    4
                                                                                                  NSG 6655   Synthesis & Evaluation of         1
                                                                                                             Advanced Nursing Practice
                                           6                                                6                                                  8




      Total semester hours = 34
      Total clinical role clock hours = 200
      Total scholarly inquiry clock hours = 60
      Total clinical hours = 260


      Revised 12/10/03
      Approved 1/20/04
      Revised 8/10/06
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                                                 REGISTRATION

First time students must register in person at their respective class site during scheduled registration
periods. Students living in distant sites may fax or mail their registration to the Registrar’s office (see
instructions below). Troy students may register in Montgomery. Students often choose to do this because
graduate nursing textbooks may be purchased at the Troy bookstores in Montgomery and Phenix City.
The bookstore at Troy, main campus does not carry graduate nursing textbooks. Textbooks may also be
ordered online.

Only students who are currently enrolled in graduate courses at Troy may be eligible to register by fax,
email, or Internet during designated times.

You may not register by fax, mail, or Internet if you:

        1.      Are on academic hold for admission and/or academic purposes. Holds must be removed
                before a student is allowed to register.
        2.      Are indebted to the University.
        3.      Have been enrolled in another college or university since last enrolled in the Troy nursing
                program.

        If you are in one of the above NOT ELIGIBLE categories, you must come in to register at
        scheduled registration times.


REGISTRATION PROCESS

Early Registration
Early registration is held in March or April for summer and fall terms, and in October or November for
spring term and is scheduled for one or two days. The actual dates may vary among the campus sites.
The schedule of classes will give the registration dates.

        1.      You may make an appointment with your advisor. Each faculty has scheduled office
                hours. Faculty phone numbers are found at the beginning of this manual.
        2.      Pick up registration material in the Office of Admissions and Records prior to your
                appointment with your advisor or during registration periods.
        3.      During the scheduled early registration period, other graduate faculty may sign your
                registration form.
        4.      Complete the registration form according to your planned program of studies. You must
                sign your completed registration form.
        5.      Take the completed registration form to the Office of Admissions and Records to receive
                registration verification and tuition statement.
        6.      If you are currently enrolled as a student, you may register by fax, mail, or Internet.


Late registration
Late registration is scheduled shortly before the beginning of each term and is usually limited to 1 day,
depending on the site. The student should pick up necessary registration material, take the completed
form to an academic advisor (a graduate faculty member) for approval and signature, and then take the
completed form to the Office of Admissions and Records to receive registration verification and tuition
statement. This procedure may vary for Phenix City and Troy campuses.
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Students eligible to register for fax or by email:

        1.      Pick up mail/fax registration form from the Office of Admissions and Records.
        2.      Select only the course(s) for which you wish to register from the course listings in the
                class schedule.
        3.      Obtain your faculty advisor’s signature on the form.
        4.      Fax (334) 241-8626 or mail completed form to Registration Clerk, Troy College of Health
                and Human Services, 340 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL 36104 by the
                designated date. The Offices of Admissions and Records posts schedules and deadlines
                each term.
        5.      Within a few days following your mail or fax registration processing, you will receive two
                computer-generated copies of the registration form. Check all information on the forms
                carefully to ensure that all information is accurate. Sign and return one copy as
                instructed. If you do not receive your forms within four days after mail or fax registration,
                please call the Office of Admissions and Records at (334) 241-8617 or (334) 834-2320.
        6.      To be registered, you must sign the registration form and MAIL one copy to the
                Registration Clerk at the above address by the date indicated. Self-addressed envelopes
                will be mailed for your tuition payment with the registration form.


ADD/DROP
The schedule for add/drop is given on the schedule of classes and the Troy Academic Calendar. No
schedule changes or withdrawals may be made by mail or fax. To add or drop a course or to withdraw
from school, you must complete an official Schedule Change or Withdrawal form at the Office of
Admissions and Records, School of Nursing, Montgomery campus, the School of Nursing on the Troy
campus, and the Registrar’s office in Phenix City.

Deadlines for withdrawal without incurring penalties are given in the schedule of classes. The deadline
each term for withdrawing from a course without a grade being signed is also published in the schedule of
classes.




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                                Registration On Line

The information on online registration is extracted from the schedule of classes published by the
Office of Admissions and Records in Montgomery.

Online Registration Procedures

    1. Go to the Troy University home page: www.troy.edu and click on Trojan Express.
       Continue on to Trojan Web Express; wait 3 seconds and the menu appears.

    2. Log in to Trojan Web Express. All students have been assigned a Username and
       Password or PIN to access your personal information on the Trojan Web Express. If this
       is your first time logging in, your username will be the first initial of your first name, your
       last name, plus your six-digit-birthdate (month/day/year format). Your password is the
       last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

        For example, if your name is John Doe, your birthdate is 1/01/82, and your SSN is
        123-45-6789 then your username would be jdoe010182 and your password would be
        6789.

        Once you have successfully logged in to Trojan Web Express, you will need to change
        your password from the originally assigned SSN to something unique to you. Students
        who have previously accessed Trojan Web Express should have already completed this
        process and must use his/her chosen “unique” password. Failure to change the
        password could allow someone else to access your information on Trojan Web Express.

    3. After logging in to Trojan Web Express, click on Search for Classes, select the Term,
       scroll down to location, and select T08 for graduate courses. You may register for any
       course with a T08 location for which you are academically eligible.
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                                               Troy University
                                 Office of Information and Technology
                                           Distance Education
                                        Live Interactive Courses

        Electronic Classroom Locations:
                Montgomery campus: Room 327, Rosa Parks Library and Museum
                Troy campus: Room 305, Wallace Hall (enter through Journalism, not Library)
                Phenix City campus: Room 101 Higginbotham

Host Classroom Responsibilities:
1.    When speaking, talk clearly at a moderate volume with your head up. Signal, usually with a
      raised hand, when you are speaking so that the teacher will know who is talking.
2.    Alert the teacher if the picture transmitted to the distance site is in error.
3.    Display a high level of respect for presentations originating at the distance site. Practicing
      classroom etiquette is important in distance education.
4.    Watch the time carefully; classes are run on a tight schedule. Arrive at class on time.
5.    Each site has local rules regarding food and drink in the classroom. The following rule applies to
      all sites: no food or drink at the instructor’s console.
6.    Turn off or set to vibrate all cell phone or pagers prior to the beginning of class.


Distance Classroom Student Responsibilities
1.    When you want to speak to faculty, press the button on the microphone nearest you (the red light
      on the microphone will come on). Turning the microphone on will focus the class camera on you
      so that the faculty member will be able to see and hear you. Speak loudly and clearly. After you
      have finished speaking, you must TURN OFF the microphone by pushing the button again.
2.    Alert the faculty if the volume from the host site is not appropriate.
3.    Promptly report any transmission problems to the site technician.
4.    Display a high level of respect for presentations originating at the distance site. Keep noise to a
      minimum. Practicing classroom etiquette is important in distance education.
5.    Watch the time carefully; classes are run on a tight schedule. Arrive at class on time.
6.    Each site has local rules regarding food and drink in the classroom. The following rule applies to
      all sites: no food or drink at the instructors’s console.
7.    Turn off or set to vibrate all cell phone or pagers prior to the beginning of class.

Classroom Regulations
   1. Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas outside the buildings. TROY is a smoke-
       free facility.
   2. Classrooms are to be left neat and orderly. If desks were rearranged for class, they should be
       returned to their original place.
   3. The majority of the graduate classes are held in electronic classrooms. Because the temperature
       varies considerably in the electronic classrooms, students are encouraged to dress in layers to
       promote comfort.

In the Event of Technical Difficulties….

The method of class delivery in the electronic classroom is full motion, 2-way interactive
videoconferencing. Occasionally, technological difficulties may interfere with class delivery. In the event
of any problems with class delivery, faculty will make decisions as to the most appropriate way to handle
the situation.
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                                           Blackboard

       Troy University uses the Blackboard Learning System for delivery of online courses. The nursing
       graduate program also uses Blackboard to support live courses. For live and online courses,
       students will access Blackboard to obtain course syllabi and other materials and resources for
       each course.




1.   The student must be registered for a course to access that course on Blackboard.
     Go to the TSU School of Nursing web page: http://spectrum.troy.edu/~nursing
     and click on the link to Blackboard.

2.   Enter your Username and password. Your username is the same as your Trojan Web
     Express username. If you don’t know your username, look at item #1 in the Trojan
     Web Express box below the login area. Your initial password is the last four digits of
     your social security number. If your username is correct, but your password does not
     work, call the toll-free number in item #2 of the Web Express box to have your
     password reset.

3. Successful login will take you to a Blackboard screen that lists courses in which you
     are enrolled. Click on a specific course to access materials about that course. If the
     course is not available, check back later. Course materials will be available by the first
     day of class.

4. You should change your password in Blackboard after your initial login. Others who
     know the information listed above about you would be able to access your grades and
     other information on Blackboard if you do not change the password. When you are on
     a course page, click on tools in menu to left, click on personal information, click on
     change password and follow instructions.
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                                       Clinical Requirements

Because of the cooperative educational relationship between private and public health agencies and Troy
University, students and staff must comply with policies specific to these agencies outlined in legal
agreements. These include conduct and dress codes as well as with compliance with health, insurance,
and academic requirements. Students must report any arrests or legal convictions and may be subject
to background checks. See the Disclosure of Legal Convictions and Arrests Policy in Appendix A.

All MSN students enrolled in a clinical course must have written documentation of “up-to-date” clinical
certification on file in the School of Nursing. Explanations are given below, but the following must be
documented prior to beginning clinical courses:

        Current licensure as a Registered Nurse for the state in which you will be having clinical
        experiences
        Professional liability insurance
        Physical exam
        Serum titers
        BCLS
        Completion of OSHA program
        Health insurance
        Drug testing
        Disclosure of Legal Convictions and Arrests Statement for Nursing Students
        Core Performance Standards

It is strongly recommended that the student keep a copy of all documentation submitted. Most clinical
agencies accept a contract from Troy that states that we have this documentation on file. A few agencies
want copies of this documentation for their records.


1.      Current license as RN

        All students enrolled in MSN clinical courses at any of the Troy campus sites are required to be
        licensed in the state in which they plan clinical experiences. The license must be current. When
        your license is renewed, the copy of the new, current license must be submitted to clinical faculty.

        Out of state preceptor requests are not processed until evidence of licensure in that state is
        provided.


2.      Student Professional Liability Insurance Coverage

        CNS and NIS Students
        All TROY nursing students enrolled in nursing courses are required to carry professional liability
        insurance. TROY has blanket coverage in the amount of $1,000,000/3,000,000 for CNS
        students. Insurance must be purchased through Troy University. Students should remit a check
        for $17.50 to the School of Nursing secretary at your campus site. This provides coverage for
        one year.

        ALL FNP Students
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     Family nurse practitioner students and FNP certificate students require a separate, special policy
     to cover practitioner activities. The liability insurance must be purchased from a carrier
     designated by the MSN faculty. FNP students need to purchase this insurance before beginning
     NSG 5513, the first FNP clinical course, and renew it in one year. The student should contact
     their FNP faculty member for information on purchasing this insurance. This insurance is not in
     effect when TROY is not in session.

     Insurance coverage must be valid from the first day of the semester of registration
     through the last day of the semester.


3.   Student Physical Exam Requirement

     All Troy nursing students enrolled in clinical courses are required to have annual proof of a sound
     health on file. Results of an annual TB skin test (or Chest x-ray with history of previous positive
     TB skin test) must be documented. The required form is shown in the Appendix and is available
     at the front desk of the School of Nursing in Montgomery or from the School of Nursing secretary
     in Troy and Phenix City. Physical exam must be valid from the first day of the semester of
     registration through the last day of that semester.


4.   Serum titers

     All students enrolled in clinical nursing courses must have evidence of immunity (titers) to
     measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and Hepatitis B. Do not submit vaccination records for
     measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella. Processing these reports through Troy will take several
     weeks. The student should have the titers drawn no later than the beginning of the semester
     prior to the semester he or she plans to register for the first clinical course. Copies of titers
     showing immunization from other agencies are accepted. Students should have titer levels
     drawn as soon after admission as possible.

     Labcorp offers these tests to students at reduced cost, and has facilities in Montgomery, Dothan,
     and Selma. The form you must take to Labcorp is shown in Appendix and is available at the front
     desk of the School of Nursing in Montgomery or from the School of Nursing secretary in Troy and
     Phenix City (be sure to obtain the form with Dr. Geraldine Allen’s name near the top.) The report
     goes to the director of the program. The test prices are honored at the Student Health Center in
     Troy and the form is required. See the policy statement regarding titers at the end of these
     clinical requirements.

     The student must also comply with the policy statement regarding Hepatits B at the end of these
     clinical requirements prior to beginning clinical courses. The form to document vaccinations is
     shown in the Appendix .

5.   Immunizations

     The School of Nursing recommends that all immunizations be kept up-to-date for the safety of
     each student, including the tetanus vaccination.

6.   BCLS Certification

     Before students are registered for clinical nursing courses, they must qualify for health provider
     level certification in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation of adults and children. BCLS or ACLS
     certification is acceptable. The certification card must be presented to faculty. For MSN
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       students, a two-year certification period is acceptable, if stated on your card. Certification must
       be valid from the first day of the semester of registration through the last day of that
       semester.

7.     Verification of Completion of OSHA Infection Control Program

       Before students are registered for their first clinical nursing course, they must provide written
       verification of completion of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard Infection Control Program.
       The verification form is found in the Appendix. If the program was completed in the work setting,
       the student should request the trainer’s signature on the verification form. Students may access
       the OSHA program at any of the nursing program’s three sites. Arrangements should be made
       with the site lab coordinator in Troy and with faculty in Phenix City. The OSHA film is available in
       the TROY library in Montgomery – request library personnel to sign form. Verification forms
       should be turned in the faculty member teaching the first clinical nursing course in the student’s
       major. OSHA verification is required annually. OSHA verification must be valid from the first
       day of the semester of registration through the last day of that semester.

8.     Verification of Health Insurance Coverage

       Due to requirements of clinical agencies, all students must provide verification of current health
       insurance that is valid in Alabama prior to beginning clinical courses. If you do not have
       insurance, coverage is available from TROY underwritten by an insurance company. For more
       information, contact Becky Norsworthy, Director, Student Health Center. The form shown in the
       Appendix should be completed and submitted prior to registration for the first clinical course and
       must be resubmitted each semester you are enrolled in a clinical course.

9.    Drug Screen Policy and Procedure

       The Drug Screen Policy and Procedure may be found in Appendix (3 pages) and the student is
       advised to read the entire policy and procedure carefully. Only drug screens done through
       LabCorp are accepted. Due to the time involved in processing drug screens, the student should
       have this done at the beginning of the semester prior to the semester he/she plans to begin
       clinical courses.

10.   HIPAA Guidelines

       The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act became effective in April 2003. See the
       Troy University School of Nursing statement on HIPAA in the Appendix.


11.    Disclosure of Legal Convictions and Arrests

       Effective Fall 2005, all students enrolled in clinical courses must complete the Disclosure of Legal
       Convictions and Arrests Statement for Nursing Students (see Appendix A) and submit the
       completed form to the MSN Program Director (Dr. Geraldine Allen).

12.   Core Peformance Standards

       Core Performance Standards are those abilities needed by the nursing student to meet program
       objectives and requirements. Students must sign a copy of these standards and submit it to the
       MSN Program Director.
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                               Troy University School of Nursing
                                     POLICY STATEMENT

                                 Hepatitis B Vaccinations
                                            and
            Documentation of Titers for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella

All students registering for their first clinical nursing course must have present in their School of
Nursing files satisfactory proof of:

       1) vaccination for Hepatitis B within the preceeding 5 years OR
       2) a confirmed prior illness with Hepatitis B OR
       3) receipt of at least the first dose of the vaccine for Hepatitis B; proof that all three
          doses of the vaccine have been given must be submitted within 6 months of the first
          dose.
                                               AND
       4) documentation by titer of satisfactory Hepatitis B antibody level.

       5) documentation of titers for measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella zoster.

Serum titers may be obtained from personal physicians, the Student Health Center on the Troy
Campus or Labcorp. Labcorp sites are located in Montgomery, Selma, and Dothan. If you
choose to use Labcorp, you must obtain a copy of the form in Appendix C.


Procedure for Review of Titers:

       1. The School of Nursing receives the titer reports and submits them with a cover
          memorandum listing the students’ names to Student Health Services (SHS) in Troy.

       2. The physician will review the lab reports, noting this review by initialing the reports
          and making any recommendations deemed necessary for follow-up.

       3. The notation will be made in the student’s health record by SHS nursing personnel
          that a titer was reviewed; they will retain a copy of the titer report.

       4. The titer reports with listing of names will be forwarded back to the SON along with a
          communication of any follow-up needed. The Student Health Services will contact
          the student for any needed follow-up.

       5. A copy of the titer will be filed in the student’s SON file and the memorandum with
          the list of names will be retained by the SON secretary for quick reference.
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                                   Guidelines for MSN Clinical
                                Preceptorship/Internship Courses


1.   All clinical courses in the Master of Science in Nursing program include clinical hours with a
     qualified preceptor in an approved clinical setting. In general, preceptors are expected to be
     prepared at a graduate level and hold an MSN degree. Other preceptors are considered on an
     individual basis. Your clinical faculty must approve preceptors.

     Nurse practitioners who serve as preceptors must be licensed as nurse practitioners by the state
     in which they practice. Physicians, nursing faculty and, in some situations, physician’s assistants
     may also serve as preceptors for FNP students.

     Students contact prospective preceptors to ask them to serve in that capacity. Faculty can assist
     students by suggesting potential preceptors.

2.   Each CNS nursing clinical preceptorship is three semester credit hours and requires 135 clock
     hours during that term. The Role Preceptorship course also requires 135 clock hours of
     experience.

     Similarly, the first three clinical courses for FNP students are three semester hours each and
     require 135 clock hours of experience during that term. NSG 5513: Advanced Health
     Assessment Preceptorship is the first clinical course for FNP students. A preceptorship that will
     allow lifespan experiences is most appropriate for this course. NSG 6666: Primary Care I
     focuses on pediatrics and care of the childbearing woman (OB/Gyn focus). Usually students
     have two preceptors in NSG 6666. NSG 6668: Primary Care II focuses on adults and geriatrics.
     The last FNP clinical course is NSG 6680: FNP Internship and is a five semester credit hours
     course and requires 300 clock hours of clinical experience.

     Students enrolled in the NIS track will complete a 240-hour internship in the last term.


3.   Course faculty must approve the preceptor and clinical setting prior to any written agency
     agreements being finalized for a course.

     The student must submit a completed Preceptor Information Form. There is a form for CNS
     students, a form for FNP students, and a form for NIS students; these are Appendix L, M, and N
     respectively. The forms are also available through the SON web site. The difference in the forms
     is the list of clinical courses for each major. This form should be submitted by midterm of the
     semester preceding the anticipated clinical experience. An incomplete form or a delay in
     submission of the form will prolong the processing of the preceptorship agreement.

     Submission of the Preceptor Information Form initiates the process. Do not ask the preceptor to
     sign the form. If the faculty member approves, the faculty members gives the form to the School
     of Nursing secretary. A formal letter initiating a legal preceptor and agency agreement with Troy
     University is sent to the requested preceptor or agency. The preceptor and agency agreement
     must be signed and returned to the School of Nursing prior to the student beginning a clinical
     experience. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm receipt of these documents by the School
     of Nursing prior to beginning clinical.

     Clinical experiences are not allowed during semester breaks.

4.   The student should discuss with the preceptor the objectives for the clinical course in which
     he/she is enrolled. The student will submit a clinical schedule to faculty after obtaining approval
     from the preceptor.
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                                               RESOURCES


                                      School of Nursing Web Page
The School of Nursing web page provides access to most of the information in this orientation manual,
forms, information about all three nursing program (ASN, BSN, and MSN), Schedule of Classes,
Blackboard, and a wealth of other helpful information. There are online help pages that provides helpful
information and downloads. The SON’s web page is: http://spectrum.troy.edu/~nursing


                                      School of Nursing Laboratories

Each site has a clinical laboratory. In Montgomery the lab serves both ASN and MSN students, and the
Lab Coordinator is Sharon Hamm-Wilson. In Troy the lab serves BSN and MSN students, and the Lab
Coordinator is Kelly Johnson. The FNP program has scheduled lab sessions for assessment skills, but
students may arrange to go to the lab and practice skills independently. The Lab in Phenix City may be
used by arrangement with course faculty.


                                             Computer Access

Students in Montgomery and Troy have access to state-of-the-art computer labs within the School of
Nursing and access to computers in libraries. Phenix City students have access to computers in the
library on that campus. Sharon Hamm-Wilson coordinates the computer lab in Montgomery. Kelly
Johnson coordinates the computer lab in Troy.


                                             Library Resources

The Troy University Library (located on Troy Campus) and its associated regional libraries (located on the
Montgomery and Phenix City Campuses) provide students with a variety of printed and non-printed
materials, media, equipment and services. In addition to the to the traditional library holdings (books,
reference collections, periodicals, audio-visual materials, journals, etc) all three libraries offer cooperative
lending services through the Interlibrary Loan Program and Internet access to over 60 electronic
databases. The databases provide access to 556 full-text journals. Students may access the electronic
databases from either a computer at the library or from his/her home computer (if the computer has
Internet capabilities). The online catalog of the Troy Library system is known as WEBCAT.

A current student ID is required to check out books and other materials from the libraries. The ID must be
updated each term.

Locations and Operating Hours

Troy Campus: The TROY Library is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Lurleen Burns Wallace Hall. It is
open during the Fall and Spring semester on Monday – Thursday from 8am – 11pm, Saturday s from
10am – 5pm, and Sundays from 2pm – 11pm. Hours are subject to change. (334-670-3255).
Montgomery Campus: The Rosa Parks Library is located at 252 Montgomery Street, on the 2nd and 3rd
floors of the Rosa Parks Building. The library hours are Monday – Thursday from 8am – 9pm, Friday 8am
– 4:30pm and Sunday 2pm – 6pm. Hours are subject to change. Phone number (334) 241-9576.
Phenix City Campus: The library is housed at the Chattahoochee Valley Community College Learning
Center, College Drive, Phenix City. The library hours are Monday and Tuesday from 8am – 9pm,
Wednesday and Thursday 8am – 10pm, Friday 8am – 12noon, Saturday 10am – 3pm(every other
Saturday), and Sunday 2pm- 7pm. Hours are subject to change. Phone number (334) 291-4978.
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Accessing Library Resources
Go to the Troy University web site ( www.troy.edu ), and click on libraries or go to https://library.troy.edu/
The library web page is shown below. Click on Services to search for texts and other holdings. This is a
secure web site. If you are accessing the library from an off-campus computer, you will be prompted to
enter your Social Security Number.




To search online databases, click on Services, then Databases. On the Database screen, click the down
arrow to the right of the Database line, select Health and Medicine, and click go; this screen appears:
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You can access CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) and PubMed
(medical literature-MEDLINE) as well as many other health related databases. Databases vary in
resources provided—some give the article citation only, some include an abstract, and some provide the
full-text article. Student may use the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL) of the libraries to request copies of
articles. This may take 1-2 weeks or longer, so allow adequate time.



Library Fact Sheets

Each library provides a fact sheet listing available services, library hours, and some policies. The library
fact sheet from the Troy-Montgomery Library is titled “Basic Library Information” and shown on the next
page. It is included in this manual as an indication of available services. Fact sheets may be obtained
from the Information Desk of all 3 libraries.

Other Resources
You can also access a wealth of information on the Internet without going through the library system’s
WEBCAT. Free medical journals can be accessed at www.freemedicaljournals.com . Virtual Hospital is
a web site that provides information for health professionals and for patients and can be accessed at
www.vh.org.
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                                 TROY , MONTGOMERY Campus
                                    Basic Library Information

Library Hours: Monday – Thursday          8:00 am – 9:00 pm
               Friday                     8:00 am – 4:30 pm
               Saturday                   10:00 am – 4:00 pm
               Sunday                     2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Phone numbers:           Circulation Desk—2nd floor        241-9576
                         Periodical Room – 3rd floor       241-9605

Current ID is required to:
                Use the computer lab on 2nd floor
                Watch TV class videos on the 2nd floor
                Use the computers on 3rd floor for database research
                Check out books

Bookdrop is located on the curb close to the side door of the building.

Two study rooms are available on the second floor and may be reserved.

Photocopier:
                 Available on both 2nd and 3rd floors
                 Costs 10¢ per copy
                 Will give change for $ 1.00
                 The Library cannot change $20.00 bills

Books:
         May be checked out for 2 weeks
         May be renewed once for an additional 2 weeks
         Incur overdue fines of 10¢ per day

Interlibrary Loan Service is available to borrow books or articles available at other libraries.

Reserve material is at the circulation desk on the 2nd floor.

Reference material is in the Periodical room on the 3rd floor.

Videos may be reserved for a specific time by phone or in person.

Gold sticker allows you to borrow books at other university libraries in Montgomery. Ask at the 2nd floor
circulation desk.

Help
         Ask a librarian – that’s what we’re here for
         Pick up the handout “Where do I Start” for help with databases and their subject strengths
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                                     GENERAL INFORMATION



Comprehensive Exams
All MSN students take a written comprehensive exam during the semester prior to graduation. The essay
exam requires the student to synthesize learning assimilated from core and clinical courses to respond to
two questions related to core course content and role. NSG 6655: Synthesis and Evaluation of
Advanced Practice Nursing assists the student in preparing for this exam. A passing score on each
question on this exam is required to successfully complete the program. If a student, on the first attempt,
does not receive a passing grade on each question, he/she has the option to take that part of the exam
again during the semester they are enrolled in NSG 6655. A similar but different question must be
written. A grade of incomplete is assigned if the student has not successfully written both questions on
the exam by the end of the semester. Students may attempt to successfully write the comprehensive
exam three times.

Course Syllabi and Blackboard

Course syllabi and other materials are available by Internet through Blackboard, a software program used
by Troy University. Blackboard can be accessed from either the Troy web page: www.troy.edu or the
School of Nursing web page: http://spectrum.troy.edu/~nursing Students enrolled in live courses should
print the course syllabus and bring to the first class. Syllabi will be available to students on Blackboard by
the first day of class.

Communication with Course Faculty (email)
Troy University provides each student with an email address so that every student receives timely
information regarding administrative processes. In fact, all official University communications with TROY
students will be sent through the Trojan (TROY) e-mail address assigned to them. The TROY Email
Policy is included in the Appendix of this manual.

All TROY students must use their TROY email address to send and receive email in each course – there
are no exceptions to this requirement. This does not mean that you cannot use your personal account
(AOL, hotmail, yahoo, etc) because you can set up your TROY email account to forward all TROY email
to that account. The Appendices contain the Troy University Email Policy (Appendix I)and the document:
Instructions for Troy Email Account (Appendix J) that details how to access your Troy email account; how
to update your email address in Blackboard, how to update information in Trojan web express, how to
check your Troy email through Troy web mail, and how to forward your Troy email to a different account.
Students must communicate with faculty using their Troy email account.

Identification Cards

Troy, Phenix City and Montgomery campuses require an identification card for the use of the library and
for other functions. Identification cards may be purchased at the student center (book store) in Troy. In
Montgomery ID cards are made in Room 312 of Whitley Hall (across the street from Rosa Parks Library
and Museum – where the electronic classroom is located). There is a charge for a replacement card.
Cards must be updated each term. Beginning Fall 2005, picture ID cards that students will wear in
clinical settings will be made by the secretaries in the School of Nursing.

Financial Aid

Information about available financial aid is available by calling 1-800-551-9716. Financial Aid packets
and loan applications are available from the Office of Admission and Records on the Montgomery
Campus and from the Financial Aid Offices on the Troy and Phenix City Campuses.
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A limited number of scholarships are available to registered nurses who are engaged in graduate study in
nursing. The Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) offers $1000 scholarships to registered nurse
members enrolled in full-time graduate study in nursing in Alabama. Inquiries should be addressed to the
ASNA office at (334) 262-8321. The Alabama Board of Nursing has offered limited scholarships for
graduate nursing study. Information on the Board of Nursing’s scholarships can be obtained by calling
(334) 262-4060 or obtained from their web site: http://www.abn.state.al.us/ . Due to budget limitations,
these scholarships were not offered last year.

The MSN Program receives funding for Federal Traineeships on a year-to-year basis. The traineeship
covers tuition and includes a book allowance for up to one year of graduate study in nursing. Applicants
must be full-time students (enrolled in at least 9.0 semester hours) in the graduate program and maintain
a 3.0 GPA (out of a possible 4.0 GPA). Applications for Federal Traineeships maybe obtained from the
MSN Program Director.

Federal funding for scholarships from the National Health Services Corps is determined annually. These
scholarships, when funded, are available to nurse practitioner students who agree to participate in a 160
hour primary care clinical experience in a federally-designated health provider shortage area or a
medically underserved area. Contact the Office of the School of Nursing Director at (334) 670-3428 for
information.

Grading
The MSN program of the School of Nursing uses the following grading scale:
       A = 90 –100
       B = 80 – 89
       C = 70 – 79
       D = 60 – 69
       F = < 60
TROY uses a 4.0 grade point average scale. Grades below a C are not acceptable for progression in the
School of Nursing. Students who earn more than 6 semester hours of grades below “B” are
automatically dropped from the Graduate School (see TROY Graduate Bulletin).

Research Requirement for the Master’s Degree
All Troy graduate programs require certification of the student's ability to do research in a specialization.
This requirement is met by achieving a grade of "B" or better in an approved research course in the
student's program (NSG 6691: Research Methodology). Students must repeat the research course if a
grade of “C” or below is attained.

Appeal of Grades
The procedures for appealing grades are detailed in the Troy Graduate Bulletin and the Oracle.

Grievance Process for the MSN Program
The process for academic and non-academic proposals, petitions, or grievances is shown in the
Appendix.

MSN Guide to Scholarly Writing
Most courses require at least one paper. The School of Nursing uses APA (5th ed.) format for formal
papers. The MSN Guide to Scholarly Writing was developed to help smooth your path through the MSN
program. This document is found in the Appendix and is also available online through the School of
Nursing web site. The TROY Writing Center provides a 9-page handout titled APA Documentation
Guide. The link to this document is given on the MSN Guide to Scholarly Writing. Each students should
own a copy of the APA Manual, 5th edition.
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Parking

Troy Campus students must purchase parking stickers from the TROY police at the Trojan Center.
These stickers are issued on an annual basis for $15 (not available per term). Students may park in any
parking area designated student parking on the Troy Campus. Montgomery Campus students may
purchase parking placards from the Registrar’s Office on the 1st floor of the School of Nursing Building for
$25 per year (price is subject to change). These placards allow the student to park in the parking deck
located on Catoma Street, approximately one block from the School of Nursing. Phenix City Campus
students are not required to purchase decals.

All students are encouraged to lock their cars and leave no valuables in their vehicles.

School of Nursing Pin
Troy University School of Nursing Pins are available for those graduating from the MSN program. See
secretaries at each campus.

Student Health

The Mary E. Rich Health Center, located in Hamil Hall on the Troy Campus, offers both in-patient and out-
patient health care services for students. The Health Center employs registered nurses and a physician
is on call. Hours of operation are listed in the Troy Oracle.

Except for the Student Health Center, Troy University does not contract with any physicians or health
care organization and is not responsible for students’ health care fees. Students at the Montgomery and
Phenix City Campuses may utilize the health care services available on the Troy Campus, if they wish to
do so. Emergencies arising while the student is in a clinical facility will be treated at the student’s
expense.

Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau is the International Honor Society for Nursing. The Troy Chapter is Iota Theta. The
chapter admits members twice a year, once during the fall semester and once during the spring
semester. BSN and MSN students from all three campus sites (Troy, Montgomery and Phenix City) are
eligible to apply for admission to the Troy Chapter.

Students, who wish to apply for membership, should: (1) make an application for admission, (2) meet
specified criteria and (3) obtain two recommendations from current members. Application and
recommendation forms maybe obtained from the faculty. Deadlines for application are usually early in
the term.

Specific criteria for a graduate student’s application to Sigma Theta Tau includes: (1) completion of at
least one-third of the graduate curriculum before applying, and (2) a GPA in graduate courses of at least
3.5 Forms are available on the web site – click on the link for Sigma Theta Tau on the School of
Nursing web page or go to http://prism.troy.edu/~stt/.

Student Representation on School of Nursing Committees

Student participation in the governance of Troy University School of Nursing is greatly valued. Graduate
students are invited to participate as a student representative on School of Nursing Committees. If you
are willing to be considered for appointment as a student representative please notify your advisor.

Textbooks

Textbooks may be purchased from the TROY Bookstores on the Phenix City Campus and the
Montgomery Campus. Students may also order their textbooks from online sources.
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Writing Center
The Writing Center on the Troy campus can assist you in improving your writing skills, vocabulary, and
articulation. The Writing Center is located in Wright Hall. The telephone number is (334) 670-3305. In
addition, many helpful documents are available online at the Writing Center’s web site:
http://troy.troy.edu/writingcenter/index.html. Click on Handouts, then Research and Documentation..

NOTES:
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                      APPENDICES
                                                        Page
A. Disclosure of Legal Convictions and Arrests Policy   50

B. Standards of Conduct: Cheating, Plagiarism, and      52
   Falsification of Patient Information Policy

C. Verification of Physical Exam form                   53

D. LabCorp Sheet for Infectious Disease Profile         54

E. Hepatitis B Vaccination Verification form            55

F. OSHA Training Verification form                      56

G. Health Insurance Verification form                   57

H. Drug Screen Policy and Procedure                     58

I.   HIPAA Information                                  61

J.   TROY Email Policy                                  62

K. Instructions for TROY Email Accounts                 63

L. Grievance Process for MSN Program                    65

M. MSN Guide to Scholarly Writing                       66

N. Preceptor Information Form (CNS)                     68

O. Preceptor Information Form (FNP)                     69

P. Preceptor Information Form (NIS)                     70
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 APPENDIX A: DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL CONVICTIONS AND ARRESTS POLICY (page 1)

                                         Troy University
                             College of Health and Human Services
                                        School of Nursing

                          Disclosure of Legal Convictions and Arrests
                                             Policy

        Students who are admitted to the Troy University School of Nursing must report any
arrests or legal convictions including, but not limited to, misdemeanors, felonies, sexual offender
convictions or governmental sanctions. The School of Nursing reserves the right to release
relevant information regarding a student’s criminal history to appropriate clinical agency
representatives. Failure to report arrests or legal convictions will result in dismissal from the
School of Nursing.

        Students enrolled in the School of Nursing clinical nursing sequence are subject to
background checks. Certain arrests or convictions which could jeopardize the health and safety
of patients may render students ineligible for placement in a clinical agency. Ineligibility for
placement in a clinical agency to perform nursing care for completion of clinical objectives will
result in course failure and dismissal from the ASN, BSN, or MSN programs. Students must
consent to background checks as required by contractual agreements with clinical agencies.
These background checks may include:
        1) Federal criminal background check
        2) State criminal background check
        3) Sexual offender check
        4) Office of Inspector General check

       At such time a nursing student is arrested, the student has 24 hours to report this arrest to
the appropriate Program Director. Failure to report the arrest will result in automatic dismissal
from the School of Nursing. Students may not report to clinicals until the issue is resolved.

       Students in the School of Nursing must comply with the legal, moral and legislative
standards in accordance with the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code. A student
may be denied permission by the Alabama Board of Nursing to write the licensing examination
to become a registered nurse (RN) if he/she has been convicted of a felony.
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 APPENDIX A: DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL CONVICTIONS AND ARRESTS POLICY (page 2)

                              Troy University School of Nursing
         Disclosure of Legal Convictions and Arrests Statement for Nursing Students

As a precursor to participating in clinical learning activities, nursing students in the School of
Nursing at Troy University must have completed and signed this “Disclosure of Legal
Convictions and Arrests Statement for Nursing Students” which indicates understanding of the
following statements and reporting of legal convictions.
I understand that it is a requirement for students enrolled in the School of Nursing to provide a true and
accurate, signed statement indicating any legal convictions including but not limited to legal misdemeanor
convictions, felony convictions, sexual offender convictions or governmental sanctions.
I understand that history of legal convictions or arrests while enrolled in the School of Nursing may prevent
my participation in clinical activities and result in dismissal from the School of Nursing.
I understand that I have 24 hours to report any arrest to the appropriate Program Director and that I will
unable to participate in clinical activities until the issue is resolved.
I further agree to, and hereby authorize, the release of my disclosure of legal convictions and arrests
statement to an appropriate representative of the agency for the sole purpose of determining eligibility to
participate in clinical activities within the agency.
I hereby consent to submit to a criminal background check as required by contractual agreements with
clinical agencies.
For each of the statements below indicate your legal convictions by circling the appropriate
response.
I (have been) (have not been) convicted of a misdemeanor crime within the last 7 years (repeated
misdemeanor convictions). If yes please give date(s) and explanation:
_____________________________________________________________________________________________

I (have been) (have not been) convicted of a felony. If yes, please give date(s) and explanation:
_____________________________________________________________________________________________

I (have been) (have not been) convicted of a sexual offender crime. If yes, please give date(s) and explanation:
_____________________________________________________________________________________________

I (have been) (have not been) sanctioned by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). If yes, please give
date(s) and explanation: _______________________________________________________________________

(Additional explanation information may be provided on the reverse side.)
I do hereby swear or affirm that I have read and understand the requirements of this policy, I
have reported true and accurate information regarding legal convictions, and I will comply with
the requirements of this policy.
Date: ______________________

Student Printed Name: ____________________________________________________

Student Signature: _______________________________________________________
                       (This signed copy is to be given to the Program Director.)
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                        APPENDIX B: STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

                            STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

       Cheating, Plagiarism & Falsification of Patient Information Policy


It is a requirement that each student review the “Standards of Conduct” published in the
Oracle (Troy University Student Handbook). Be aware that students will be held
accountable for these provisions.


The “Standards of Conduct” are applicable to behavior of students on and off the
university campus if that behavior is deemed to be incompatible with the educational
environment and mission of the university. A student may be disciplined, up to and
including suspension and expulsion, and is deemed in violation of the “Standards of
Conduct”, for the commission of or the attempt to commit various offenses. This
includes dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false
information to the University or faculty.


There will be no toleration of plagiarism of any person’s work, including that of another
student. Work turned in to faculty must be the original work of that particular student.
This also includes giving false information to the faculty about a student’s clinical
activities, i.e., patient information or clinical hours. If a student knowingly submits false
information, he or she, will receive a failure from the course, up to and including
suspension or expulsion. In addition, any form of cheating will not be permitted. If a
student is found to be cheating during testing or on a required activity, he or she will
receive a “zero” for that activity, up to and including suspension or expulsion. These
“Standards of Conduct” apply to all students regardless of their mode of learning
(inclusive of online students also).
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                  APPENDIX C: VERIFICATION OF ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAM


NOTE:      The use of white-out@ or other correction fluid is not acceptable on this form.


            VERIFICATION OF ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMINATION


I certify that of this date,                                                      , I have examined

______________________________________________ and found this person to be free of

communicable diseases and physically able to carry out nursing functions in a clinical setting.

*Tuberculin skin test within last 12 months
                                                              (date)

Results:
*If TB skin test results were positive, a chest x-ray will be required at the time of admission to
clinical nursing courses, and every two years thereafter. If TB skin test results were positive,
another TB skin test is not required.

Chest x-ray date:

Current Health Problems:



        _____________________________________

                                                                       Signature

                                                    Name of Physician or Qualified RN (i.e.,
                                                    Certified Nurse Practitioner or Employee
                                                    Health Nurse)

                                                                       Address:


NOTE:

The School of Nursing requires that the physical include a tuberculin skin test or chest x-ray.
The School of Nursing should be notified if findings represent a hazard to clients with whom the
student would come in contact. Providing any false information will be grounds for denial of
admission to the program or grounds for dismissal.
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     APPENDIX D: LABCORP “BRING IN” SHEET FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROFILE


 Dear Student:

 This sheet is to be given to the collector when you appear at a Labcorp Laboratories location or at
 the Troy University Student Health Center in Troy.

 These prices will be honored ONLY when blood is collected at a Labcorp location or the Troy
 University Student Health Center (in Troy) AND the tests are being paid for at the time of collection.

  If you have questions, please call the MSN Office, Troy University School of Nursing (Montgomery,
  Alabama), at 334-834-2320.


Dear Collector:

  Please collect samples needed along with payment for each test requested.


TEST OPTIONS (Please mark all tests needed before arriving at the lab.)


                                      LabCorp Clinical Account # 01210299


       Test Name and Number                                                                Test Price*

       _____ # 243766 Infectious Disease Profile (Meas. Mum. Rub. & Var)                   $79.80

                  ____ #096560 Measles Antibody-IgG                               $24.50

                  ____ #096552 Mumps Antibody-IgG                                 $23.40

                  ____ #006197 Rubella IgG Titer                                  $23.40

                  ____ #096206 Varicella Zoster-IgG                               $23.40

       _____ #096395 Hepatitis B Surface Antibody (not included in Inf. Dis.Prof.          $18.50
              (Only have this titer drawn if you have had the 3 injection series)



          * There will be a $4.00 collection fee added to the total charge of the blood work LC #998807
                             TOTAL COST IS TESTS RUN PLUS COLLECTION FEE.

____________________________________________________________________________

                                             LabCorp Collection Sites

        Please refer to www.LabCorp.com for your closest LabCorp location, hours, and phone number.


Updated July 12, 2006
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             APPENDIX E: HEPATITIS B VACCINATION VERIFICATION FORM


                         HEPATITIS B VACCINATION VERIFICATION

Please read the following carefully and provide all the information requested. When the form is
completed, please return to your respective School of Nursing Program Director.

                                                ****


I understand that I must have three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine to confer immunity.
However, as with all medical treatment, there is no guarantee that I will become immune or that
I will not experience an adverse side effect from the vaccine. I understand that my signature
releases the School of Nursing, its Faculty, Program Directors, Directors, Deans, and
Chancellor, Board of Directors, and all employees of Troy University of and from legal and
financial responsibilities in the event I contract Hepatitis-B or experience any side effect from
having received the vaccine while a student/faculty at Troy University.


                              Date Vaccinated          Lot #

                      (1)
Date/Time

                      (2)
Date/Time

                      (3)
Date/Time


I signify by my signature below that the above information is true and accurate.


Signature of Person Receiving Vaccine                              Date



Social Security Number

       Documentation from you physician will be necessary if you have a medical
       contraindication for receiving this vaccine. This documentation must be on physician’s
       letterhead.
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                 APPENDIX F: OSHA TRAINING VERIFICATION FORM


                    TROY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NURSING
                        STUDENT TRAINING CONTRACT
                       OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN
                   STANDARD INFECTION CONTROL PROGRAM




I, _____________________________ verify that I have received training on the

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard on _______________ (insert date).

Training Information was provided on the following:

   1.     Purpose and requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

   2.     Epidemiology, symptoms, and modes of transmission of HBV and HIV

   3.     Infection Control

   4.     Universal Precautions

   5.     Personal Protective Equipment

   6.     Engineering and Work Practice Controls

   7.     Hepatitis B vaccine



I was provided the opportunity to ask questions.



_______________________________________               _____________________
Student Signature                                     Social Security #



Trainer’s Signature: _____________________________________

                     _____________________________________
                     Title
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                      APPENDIX G: HEALTH INSURANCE VERIFICATION


                                           Troy University
                                          School of Nursing



                            Health Insurance Verification

I hereby declare that I have current health care insurance that is valid in Alabama. The

health care insurance company with which I have coverage is



The contract number of my health care insurance is:

                                         ___________




Student Name: (Print)



Student Signature:



Date:




This form must be submitted each term you are enrolled in a clinical nursing course.

NOTE: Falsifying information on this form may result in dismissal from the School of Nursing.
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               APPENDIX H: DRUG SCREEN POLICY AND PROCEDURE (page 1)

            Approved by Troy University School of Nursing Administrative Council
                                      Troy University
                                              School of Nursing

                                      Drug Screen Policy and Procedure

The purposes of the School of Nursing Drug Screen Policy are to comply with regulations of area health care
agencies, to provide optimal care to patients, and to support the university zero tolerance policy related to illicit
use of substances as stated in the Troy University Oracle Student Handbook and the Troy University Faculty
Handbook. Students must abide by the drug screen policies of each health care agency in which a student is
assigned for clinical practicums. Area agencies require that students not be involved in the sale, manufacture,
distribution, purchase, use, or possession of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs. Also, students may not use
prescription drugs illegally.

Students will submit authorization allowing either the medical office of Dr. Peter DiChiara or LabCorp
Laboratories to collect and test body fluids for the presence of illicit drugs and verify results through Dr. Peter
DiChiara or CertifiedBackground.com, respectively. In addition to initial screening that will occur when the
student is admitted to the School of Nursing, students may be subject to testing for cause, such as, slurred
speech, impaired physical coordination, inappropriate behavior, or pupillary changes. Test results are
confidential with only the School of Nursing director, appropriate program director, and clinical faculty of the
student’s clinical courses notified.

In the event that a student is suspected of illicit use of substances while participating in clinical practicums, the
director of the program must be notified immediately and the behavior indicating that a student may be under
the influence of drugs must be validated by two professional persons (faculty, nurses, physicians, etc.). The
suspected individual will be asked to have a drug screen done immediately at his/her own expense and to have
a report sent to the director of the program as soon as possible (within 24 hours). The person will be dismissed
from all School of Nursing activities until the issue is resolved. Permission to make up work, such as clinical
experiences, will be granted based on the drug screen report. If the test is positive for the use of medication
that has been prescribed for the student, the student may be allowed to make up clinical practicums. If the test
is positive for the use of medication that has not been prescribed for the student, the student will not be allowed
to make up clinical practicums.

Student failure to submit to a drug screen, attempting to tamper with, contaminate, or switch a sample will
result in the student not being allowed to meet course objectives for clinical practicums; therefore, progression
in the program will not be permitted.

Students who test positive for one or more illicit drugs may not continue in clinical practicums and therefore
cannot meet objectives for clinical courses. Students who test positive for illicit drugs (in their first drug screen
required by Troy University School of Nursing) are notified by their program director. If the student denies
having used an illicit drug, the student will be given the option of re-testing at his/her expense within the
following 24 hours of the notification – the student must provide proof of the date and time of the drug screen
re-test to the program director. HOWEVER, A STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN A
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE AT ANY TIME A DRUG SCREEN RESULT IS POSITIVE! If the second drug screen
is also positive, the student must withdraw from the program and may apply for readmission. In order to be
considered for readmission, the student must submit a letter from a treatment agency verifying completion of a
drug treatment program. Readmission is not guaranteed. If the student is readmitted and tests positive for
substance abuse a second time, the student is not eligible for continuation or readmission to the School of
Nursing. If the second (re-test) drug screen is negative, the student will be allowed to continue in the nursing
program, BUT THE STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE RANDOM DRUG SCREEN
AT HIS/HER EXPENSE DURING THE TIME HE/SHE CONTINUES IN THE NURSING PROGRAM. (This
random drug screen will be at a time determined by the student’s instructor/program director, and proof that the
drug screen was conducted within 24 hours of written notification to the student must be submitted to the
program director within the 24 hours.) If the random drug screen is positive, the student must withdraw from
the nursing program, and he/she is not eligible for continuation or readmission to the School of Nursing.
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If a student tests positive for a prescribed drug, the student must contact the (Medical Review Officer)
University physician and the physician must give the student approval to practice in the clinical area and the
physician will notify the School of Nursing director. All test results will be filed in the School of Nursing and
shall remain confidential.

                                                        Procedure

1.   Students will be notified by the School of Nursing in advance of the date and time for the initial screening.
2.   Students will be required to sign a consent form allowing testing of body fluids for illicit drug content. The
     consent form will be filed in the School of Nursing.

3. LabCorp Laboratories (www.LabCorp.com) and the Troy University Student Health Center on the Troy
   campus or the office of Dr. Peter DiChiara in Troy are the approved labs for processing School of
   Nursing drug screens.

     Montgomery (ro72) and Phenix City (ry24) and Norfolk, VA (ry59) Campuses

     Students on the Montgomery and Phenix City, AL and Norfolk, VA campuses must go to a LabCorp
     Laboratory(www.labcorp.com lists location of labs) for drug testing before attending their first clinical
     practicums (a deadline date will be announced by the faculty member.) Before goingto a LabCorp office,
     students must go online to www.CertifiedBackground.com and click on “Students”. In the Package Code
     Box, students must enter the package code noted above in parentheses based on campus location
     and select a method of payment and pay the fee for drug testing. After paying for the drug test, students
     should submit the verification of payment to the secretary for the nursing program and obtain a “chain of
     custody” form. Students must take the chain of custody form to the LabCorp Laboratory and have the drug
     test. Advance payment is required through CertifiedBackground before completing the drug test at a
     LabCorp Laboratory

     Troy Campus

     Students on the Troy campus have the option of going to the office of Dr. Peter DiChiara, 1350 Hwy
     231 S., Suite B, Troy, AL or a LabCorp Laboratory for testing before attending their first clinical
     practicums (a deadline date will be announced by the faculty member). Students going to Dr. Peter
     DiChiara will pay his office for the drug test at the time of testing and will NOT pay online to Certified
     Background.

4.   The student will pay the cost of the initial drug screen and all future drug screens.

5.   The student shall provide photo proof of identification upon arriving at the specimen collection site.
     LabCorp Laboratory will provide instructions for specimen collection.

6.   LabCorp Laboratory will report results to CertifiedBackground.com for processing by their Medical Review
     Officer and reporting to the TROY School of Nursing program. Dr. Peter DiChiara as the Troy University
     Medical Review Officer will review and report drug tests processed through his office. Results of all drug
     tests are reported to the Director of the School of Nursing and Program Directors.

7.   If the results are positive, the student, the director of the program, and the director of the School of Nursing
     will be notified and the student will not be allowed to attend clinical practicums. The student will be referred
     to appropriate resources for assistance in dealing with substance abuse.

8.   If the student is not allowed to attend clinical practicums and therefore cannot meet course requirements,
     he/she must withdraw from the program and may apply for readmission (IF the positive result was with the
     initial screening).

Revised 12-04-02, 04-16-04, 06-09-04, 07-15-05, 08-02-06
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                       Student Nurse Drug Screening Policy and Procedure Agreement

I have read, understand, and agree to the Troy University School of Nursing Substance Abuse, Drug Screen,
Policy and Procedure. I hereby release Troy University, Troy University School of Nursing,
CertifiedBackground.com, LabCorp Laboratories, and the office of Dr. Peter DiChiara from any claim in
connection with the Drug Screen Policy and Procedure.

I understand that should any legal action be taken as a result of the Drug Screen Policy and Procedure, that
confidentiality can no longer be maintained.

I hereby consent to submit to a urinalysis and/or other tests as shall be determined by the Troy University
physician in preparation for participation in clinical practicums for the purpose of determining substance use.

I agree that specimens for the tests will be collected by personnel in the office of Dr. Peter DiChiara or by
employees of LabCorp Laboratories and that LabCorp Laboratories will analyze the specimens.

I further agree to, and hereby authorize, the release of the results of said tests to the Troy University
designated Medical Review Officer (MRO), and from the MRO to the Director of the School of Nursing and to
the Program Director (ASN, BSN, or MSN). Positive results will be reported to the School of Nursing Director
by the MRO.

I understand that the current use of drugs and/or alcohol shall prohibit me from participating in clinical
practicums. I understand that clinical practicum courses are required in order to graduate from the nursing
programs at Troy University. I further understand that I will be subject to the same rules as the health care
employees in the facilities where I will be participating in clinical practicums. I understand that prior to
participation in clinical practicums, I must submit to a drug screen by LabCorp Laboratories or to the office of
Dr. Peter DiChiara and provide a certified negative result to the program (ASN, BSN, MSN) in which I am
enrolled.

I further understand that if I fail to provide such a certified negative drug result I will be unable to participate in
the clinical portion of the School of Nursing program in which I am enrolled.

I further understand that in addition to initial screening that will occur when I am admitted to the School of
Nursing, I am subject to testing for cause should I exhibit signs/symptoms of substance abuse (such as slurred
speech, impaired physical coordination, inappropriate behavior, pupillary changes, or other signs/symptoms).

I further agree to hold harmless Troy University, Troy University School of Nursing, CertifiedBackground.com,
LabCorp Laboratories, the office of Dr. Peter DiChiara and the MRO from any liability arising in whole or in part
from the collection of specimens, testing, and use of the results from said tests in connection with excluding me
from participation in clinical practicums.

I have carefully read the foregoing and fully understand its contents. I acknowledge that my signing of this
consent and release form is a voluntary act on my part and that I have not been coerced by anyone to sign this
document.

A copy of this signed and dated document will constitute my consent for Certified Background.com and
LabCorp Laboratories or the office of Dr. Peter DiChiara to perform the drug screen and to release the results
of any drug screen to Troy University. I direct that LabCorp hereby release the results to Troy University.


Signature                            Printed Name                         Date


Witness’ Signature                   Printed Name                      Date
                             (This signed copy is to be given to the Program Director.)
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                                     APPENDIX I: HIPAA INFORMATION

                                           HIPAA
                     (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

         This legislation was designed to protect the rights of individuals related to
continuity of healthcare coverage. Congress wanted to protect healthcare coverage for
employees who change jobs and allow them to carry their existing plans with them to
new jobs.
         There are three major components of the HIPAA legislation. One of the
components that is applicable to students during clinical experiences is related to
protection of patient privacy. HIPAA regulations require providers to protect patient
confidentiality in all forms – oral, written, and electronic.
         Under HIPAA regulations you can only discuss patient information if it is directly
related to treatment and even then you must limit the disclosure of any patient
information to the minimum necessary for the immediate purpose. Many healthcare
workers have been far too willing to talk casually about their patients without thinking
how this violates their confidentiality.
         There are now stricter rules covering conversation and whom you can talk to
about patient information. This may involve lowering your voice levels so you are not
overheard discussing patient information.
         HIPAA regulations provide serious civil and criminal penalties for violation. Civil
penalties can run as high as $25,000 per violation. Even unintentional disclosure can
involve serious penalties, so it is crucial that all healthcare workers learn their HIPAA
responsibilities and make them a part of their daily practice.
         Remember that the rules came about in the first place because of casual
breaches of confidentiality, many of which have occurred in public or semi-public areas,
such as lunchrooms, restaurants, elevators, and parking lots. These HIPAA privacy
requirements apply just as much outside your institution, as they do within the
institution.
         Remember, follow the HIPAA policy of the institution in which you are
performing your clinical experience!!
Adopted from: Mecom Trainex HIPAA – A Guide for Healthcare Workers, 2003.
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                           APPENDIX J: TROY EMAIL POLICY



                                     TROY E-mail Policy



Below is the Troy University policy regarding e-mail delivery of official student University
communications:


All official University communications with TROY students will be sent through the
Trojan (TROY) e-mail address assigned to them. All official information, including but
not limited to student billing, faculty-student communications, registration changes, and
financial aid information, sent to students’ assigned Trojan e-mail addresses will
constitute official notice. The University students may choose to undertake from their
official Trojan e-mail accounts. The University is only responsible for ensuring that
official e-mail is sent out to those student e-mail accounts that are maintained by the
University. All students are responsible for monitoring their Trojan e-mail accounts
frequently. Students can access their e-mail by visiting www.troy.edu and selecting the
Trojan E-Mail link.


The policy went into effect 1 July 2005. A copy of the policy is available at
https://it.troy.edu/Policies/email_policy.htm
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                APPENDIX K: INSTRUCTIONS FOR TROY EMAIL ACCOUNTS



                  _____________________________________________________________________________________

                  Troy University School of Nursing
                  Master of Science in Nursing Program 340 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
                  _____________________________________________________________________________



                                 Instructions for TROY Email Accounts

Communication is a key to success in all of your courses. Troy University provides each student with an
email address so that every student receives timely information regarding administrative processes. All
TROY nursing students must use their TROY email addresses to receive email in each course – there are
no exceptions to this requirement. This does not mean that you cannot use your personal account (i.e.,
hotmail, yahoo, msn, etc.) since you can forward all TROY email to that account. This does mean,
however, that you must update your personal information in Blackboard and Trojan Web Express to
reflect your TROY email account, and that you must check your TROY email regularly. Below are
instructions for updating your personal information and using TROY email. The update process takes less
than 5 minutes. Please do not delay in making the updates.

1. Your email address is your username@troy.edu
      a. Your username for email the same as your Trojan Web Express username.

           To find this username, go to the TROY web site (www.troy.edu ), click on Trojan Web
           Express. Click on “What’s my User ID?” You will enter some information and then be shown
           your User ID or username. Your username must be unique to you (e.g., priley); because
           there is usually more than one person in the Troy system with your first initial and last name
           your username may include several numbers to make it unique to you. Be sure to always
           include these numbers if this applies to you.

           The next step is to update your email address in Blackboard.

2. Update your email address in Blackboard:
      a. Enter any course in which you are enrolled; updates made in one course will automatically
          appear in all courses.
      b. Select the User Tools link on the left side of the screen.
      c. Select Personal Information.
      d. Select Edit Personal Information.
      e. Enter your Troy email address in the “E-mail” textbox. If another email address shows in this
          box, delete it and enter your Troy email address here.

3. Update your information in Trojan Web Express.
      a. Login to TWE; the TWE link is from the TROY home page, www.troy.edu
          Your TWE username is the same as your Blackboard username and your TROY email
          username. If you have not logged in to TWE before, read the instructions given and you
          should have no problems.
      b. Select WebAdvisor for Students.
      c. Select User Account.
      d. Select Address Change.
      e. Update your email address with your complete TROYemail address – don’t forget to enter
          the ___@troy.edu part of the address.
      f. Update your phone number/s and current mailing address.
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        g. Click submit.

4. Check your TROY email through TROY WebMail:
      a. Go to http://mail.troy.edu. This link is near the top of the TROY home page, www.troy.edu.
      b. Login – your user name is the same as your TWE username and your Blackboard username.
          Your password is your birthday as 8 digits. For example, if you were born August 25, 1972,
          your password is 08251972.
      c. Set your preferences by choosing the Preferences link.
          ♦        Enter your full name by Full Name.
          ♦        Enter your TROY email address in the “Reply To” box. Be sure to enter your
                     complete TROY email address (username@troy.edu) -- don’t forget the
                     ___@troy.edu part of the address.
          ♦        Scroll down to Reply: and chose the center button, Include Original Inline.
          ♦        Scroll down to near the bottom and set the Time Zone as
                     GMT-05:00 America/Chicago if you are in the Central time zone, or
                     GMT-04:00 America/Detroit if you are in the Eastern time zone.
          ♦        Click OK.

5. To forward your TROY email to a different account (e.g., AOL, yahoo, etc) remain in TROY
   WebMail.
       a. Choose the Options link.
       b. Select Forwarding.
       c. Enter your other email account information in the Forward to: area.
       d. Usually “No” is the answer to “keep a copy” – keeping copies on the TROY email server will
          result in your mailbox getting full and rejecting future emails.
       e. Click Start.

6. WebMail help is available through the link on the login screen.

Students who experience problems with the TWE login may contact Dr. Stokes. However, if the problem
is with passwords, call the toll-free number on the login screen instead of contacting Dr. Stokes. She
cannot reset a TWE password. If you are logging in for the first time, you will be prompted to change your
password. Again, read the instructions – most mistakes result from failure to read instructions. Be sure to
give a password hint – this is your reminder of your TWE password in the event you forget it.

Questions regarding these updates should be directed to Dr. Susie Stokes, sstokes@troy.edu. When
communicating with Dr. Stokes, provide your full name, your social security number, and at least one
class in which you are enrolled.
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               APPENDIX L: GRIEVANCE PROCESS FOR MSN PROGRAM




GRIEVANCE PROCESS FOR MSN PROGRAM


The MSN Program adheres to the Student Grievance procedures published in the
Oracle. As described in the Oracle (2003-2004), “student grievances are handled
through one of two procedures depending on the nature of the grievance” (p. 64). The
procedures for student grievance of an academic or non-academic nature are described
in the Oracle (2003-2004, p. 64).

       The channels of communication for filing a proposal, petition, or grievance for
exception or change of a published policy or procedure for the MSN Program are as
follows:

Proposals, Petitions, or Grievances of an Academic Nature

   1. Submit said proposal, petition or grievance in writing and signed by the
      concerned parties to the appropriate faculty. (Grievances should be
      accompanied by suggestions for solutions).
   2. If no satisfactory resolution, student(s) may submit the written proposal, petition,
      or grievance to the MSN Program Director. A response shall be given to
      concerned parties within 14 days.
   3. If no satisfactory resolution, student(s) may submit the written proposal, petition,
      or grievance to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. A
      response shall be given to concerned parties within 30 days.
   4. If the matter is not resolved, the proposal, grievance, or petition may be
      submitted to the Provost’s Office.

Proposals, Petitions, or Grievances of a Non-Academic Nature

   1. Submit said proposal, petition, or grievance in writing and signed by the
      concerned parties to the MSN Program Director. A response shall be given to
      concerned parties within 14 days.
   2. If the matter is not resolved, the non-academic grievance may be submitted to
      the Vice President for Student Affairs Office.
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                  APPENDIX M: MSN Guide to Scholarly Writing (page 1)
                               Troy University School of Nursing
                               MSN Guide for Scholarly Writing

         This guide is to assist the MSN student in utilizing the American Psychological
Association (APA) format and writing in a professional style. It is not meant to replace the APA
publication manual. The focus of this guide is to help the MSN student in areas students have
historically had difficulty. For additional assistance in writing the student is directed to the
Writing Center at http://troy.troy.edu/writingcenter/index.html and for the Troy University APA
documentation guide the student is directed to the Writing Center handouts section at
http://troy.troy.edu/writingcenter/research.html. Students are expected to use the fifth edition
APA publication manual.

Solutions for problem areas:

1.     Paraphrase information , and avoid long quotes. This will require time and effort.
       [see pp. 117-122, 292-293.]

2.     Paragraphs that are paraphrased from one reference require only one citation
             at the end of the paragraph.

3.     As a general rule, direct quotes comprise 10% or less of a professional paper.

4.     For an example of a title page, see pp. 296-298 and 306.

5.     Students are responsible for proofreading the final draft of the paper. Students must
       use the software required by the Troy University School of Nursing. Other software
       frequently changes the format resulting in incorrect formatting.

       Software: Word processing software compatible with Microsoft Office 97 or Office 2000
       and Acrobat Reader (downloadable free from internet)

6.     The formal papers, required in graduate courses, must be written using
       professional resources for references, such as professional journals, professional
       books and professional or government web sites such as American Nurses Association,
       National Institute of Health, and Healthy People 2010. Usually personal or public web
       sites, special interest websites, newspapers, or magazines are not considered
       professional publications and may not be used without special permission from the
       instructor.

7.     Every citation in the body of the paper must have a corresponding reference listed
       on the reference list, except personal communication from an expert.

8.     Every reference in the reference list must be cited in the body of the paper.

9.     For correct use of et al. see pages 208 and 307.
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                  APPENDIX L: MSN Guide to Scholarly Writing (page 2)



10.    For correct use of abbreviations, see pages 103-111.

11.    APA recommends not using third person, see page 37.

12.    Examples of electronic references. Students are reminded to refer to the APA
       textbook for other types of electronic references.

13.    For correct use of headings see pages 113-114, and 289-290.

14.    For correct use of numbers see pages 122-130.

15.    Examples of Electronic Resources

American Heart Association. (2002). ATP III Final Report: Rationale for intervention.

       Retrieved November 15, 2004, from

       http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/106/25/3163?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&.

Baldwin, D. (2003). Disparities in health and health care: Focusing efforts to eliminate unequal

       burdens. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 8(1). Retrieved March 4, 2003, from

       http://www.nursingworld.org/ojin/topic20/tpc20_1.htm.

*Bedinghaus, J., Leshan, L., & Diehr, S. (2001). Coronary artery disease prevention: What’s

       different for women? American Family Physician, 63(7), 1393-1400.

Blanchard, J. & Lurie, N. (2004). R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Patient reports of disrespect in the health care

       setting and its impact on care. Journal of Family Practice, 53(9). Retrieved October 9,

       2004, from http://www.jfponline.com/content/2004/09/jfp_0904-00721.asp.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2000). Healthy People 2010:Understanding

       and Improving Health (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.



* = reference from a journal article that was obtained via electronic database with exact
information as found in paper journal.

A 9-page APA Documentation Guide is available through the TROY Writing Center at:
http://troy.troy.edu/writingcenter/pdfhandouts/APA.pdf
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                      APPENDIX N: PRECEPTOR INFORMATION FORM (CNS)

                                          Troy University
                    Preceptor Information Form (CNS)
Students:           Please complete entirely and return to your instructor. This form will not be processed if
                    not complete. Please be sure to print all information.

Course Number:               NSG 6621 Advanced Acute Care Preceptorship
(Check one)                  NSG 6623 Advanced Long-Term Nursing Care of Adults Preceptorship
                             NSG 6641 Advanced Maternal/Infant Health Nursing Preceptorship
                             NSG 6643 High-Risk Maternal/Infant Health Nursing Preceptorship
                             NSG 6615 Nursing Education Preceptorship
                             NSG 6617 Nursing Administration Preceptorship

Semester/Year: Fall _______             Spring _________        Summer


Student Name:                                                                         @
                                                                                          email address
Phone: Work (         )                               Home (      )

Agency Name:

Address:

City, State, Zip:

Contact Person:                                                                       @
                                                                                          email address
Title:                                                                       Phone:


Preceptor:                                                                            @
                                                                                          email address
Title:                                                                       Phone:

Preceptor Unit:


Instructor:                                                           Approval:




 Office Use Only

 Received:

 Letter Sent:

 Agency Agreement Received:
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                       APPENDIX O: PRECEPTOR INFORMATION FORM (FNP)

                                          Troy University
                    Preceptor Information Form (FNP)
Students:           Please complete entirely and return to your instructor. This form will not be processed if
                    not complete. Please be sure to print all information.

Course Number:               NSG 5513 Advanced Health Assessment Preceptorship
(Check one)                  NSG 6666 Primary Care I Preceptorship
                             NSG 6668 Primary Care II Preceptorship
                             NSG 6680 FNP Internship

Semester/Year: Fall _______             Spring _________        Summer


Student Name:                                                                         @
                                                                                          email address
Phone: Work (         )                               Home (      )

Agency Name:

Address:

City, State, Zip:

Contact Person:                                                                       @
                                                                                          email address
Title:                                                                       Phone:


Preceptor:                                                                            @
                                                                                          email address
Title:                                                                       Phone:

Preceptor Unit:


Instructor:                                                           Approval:




 Office Use Only

 Received:

 Letter Sent:

 Agency Agreement Received:
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                          APPENDIX P: PRECEPTOR INFORMATION FORM (NIS)

                                          Troy University
                     Preceptor Information Form (NIS)
Students:           Please complete entirely and return to your instructor. This form will not be processed if
                    not complete. Please be sure to print all information.

Course Number:               NSG 6636 Nursing Informatics Internship


Semester/Year: Fall _______             Spring _________        Summer


Student Name:                                                                         @
                                                                                          email address
Phone: Work (         )                               Home (      )

Agency Name:

Address:

City, State, Zip:

Contact Person:                                                                       @
                                                                                          email address
Title:                                                                       Phone:

Preceptor:                                                                            @
                                                                                          email address
Title:                                                                       Phone:

Preceptor Unit:

Instructor:                                                           Approval:




 Office Use Only

 Received:

 Letter Sent:

 Agency Agreement Received:

				
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