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					  ST. JOHN FISHER COLLEGE

WEGMANS SCHOOL OF NURSING

     GRADUATE STUDENT

               HANDBOOK

                 2008 – 2009




   Revised 2001, 8/02, 8/03, 8/04, 8/05,6/06,7/07,7/08



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       Attention: Graduate Students
This handbook describes policies and procedures
relevant to the Wegmans School of Nursing (WSON).
  • It is the responsibility of every student (full and
    part time to know and observe the material
    published in the
       o Graduate Nursing Handbook (WSON website)
       o College Graduate Bulletin (Admissions)
       o College Student Handbook (OAA)
  • The College Bulletin from the year you
    matriculated into the WSON should be kept in your
    permanent records, even after you graduate




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                   TABLE OF CONTENTS
Topic                                                    Page
Wegmans School of Nursing Structure                               4
Nursing Faculty & Staff Directory                                 5
Program Overview                                                      6
WSON Mission & Goals                                                  6
WSON Philosophy                                                       7
WSON Program Outcomes                                                 8
Graduate Nursing Curriculum
       Organizational Framework                                    9-10
       Curriculum plans                                              11
           • FNP                                                 12
           • CNS                                                     13
           • NE                                                  14
           • Post-Masters                                       15-16
Fast Track RN/BS to MS Program

http://home.sjfc.edu/nursing/undergrad/accelerated.asp

Academic Policies                                                     17
Progression Information                                               19
   •    Academic Honesty                                              21
   •    Code of Ethics for Nurses                                     20
   •    Policy on Written Assignments                                 21
Admission, Continuation, Graduation                              21
Competencies                                                     22
Clinical Performance: Policies and Guidelines
   ٠Disabilities Policy                                          24
   ٠Competencies                                                 24
Essential Behaviors of graduate students                         24
   • Retention & Dismissal                                       26
   • Guidelines for Graduate Clinical                            26
        Sites in Primary Care
   ٠Clinical hours for Graduate Nursing                          27
     Students
   ٠Master’s Clinical Practicum/                                 28
     Compliance                                                 28-30
                                                                 29
Certification Information                                        32
   •    State                                                   32-35
   •    National                                                     36
General Information                                              37




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                                             WSON STRUCTURE


                                                                         Dean
                         Asst to the                              Dr. Dianne Cooney
                           Dean                                         Miner



                                      Associate
                                        Dean
                                     Dr. Marilyn
                                      Dollinger


                                                                                                   MHC Grad
LRC: K. Shea            UG Chair                   Nursing Grad                                     Program
Clinical               Dr. Marilyn                   Program                                        Director
Coordinator:            Dollinger                    Director                                      Dr. Signe
T. Dody                                             Dr. Cynthia                                     Kastberg
                                                    McCloskey

                                                                                      Admin Asst
       Admin Asst                      Faculty


                                                                Track
                                                            Coordinators                                Faculty
       Jr & Sr Level               RN/BS                    FNP: M. Van
       Coordinators              Coordinator                    Cura
                                  C. Smith                 CNS: N. Bowllan
                                                             Nurse Ed.:
                                                            C. McCloskey




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             WEGMANS SCHOOL OF NURSING
                            NURSING FACULTY AND STAFF
                 Name                          E-mail             Room   Phone
                                                                    #
Nancy Bowllan EdD CNS RN                nbowllan@sjfc.edu          219   385-5217
CNS Track Coordinator
Mary Collins PhD RN FAAN                mscollins@sjfc.edu         205   385-8397
Glover-Crask Professor of Nursing
Dianne Cooney-Miner PhD CNS RN          dcooney-                  201F   385-8472
Dean, Wegmans School of Nursing         miner@sjfc.edu
Kathleen Dever MS RN                    kdever@sjfc.edu            322   899-3742
Trudy Dody, MS FNP RN                   tdody@sjfc.edu             319   385-7230
Clinical Placement Coordinator
Marilyn Dollinger DNS FNP BC RN         mdollinger@sjfc.edu       201D   385-8476
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,
Undergraduate Chair
W. Scott Erdley DNS RN                  werdley@sjfc.edu           321   899-3739
Rae Frachel MS RN                       rfrachel@sjfc.edu          218   385-8473
Pam Mapstone RN MSN CPNP                pmapstone@sjfc.edu         212   899-3835
Carolyn Martin, Assistant to the Dean   cmartin@sjfc.edu          201E   385-8468
Judy Martz, Administrative Assistant    jmartz@sjfc.edu            201   385-8241
Cynthia McCloskey DNS WHNP BC RN        cmccloskey@sjfc.edu        204   385-8471
Graduate Program Director
Education Track Coordinator
Christine Nelson DNS RNC PNP            cnelson-tuttle@sjfc.edu    203   899-3738
Lynn Nichols PhD CNS RN                 lnichols@sjfc.edu          223   385-8246
Karen Parker, MS, FNP                   kparker@sjfc.edu           216   385-7317
Karen Reifenstein PhD RN                kreifenstein@sjfc.edu      222   385-8395
Kathy Shea BS RN                        kshea@sjfc.edu            208C   385-8447
Learning Resources Coordinator
Charlene Smith DNS MSEd WHNP BC RN      cmsmith@sjfc.edu          201C   899-3877
RN/BS Coordinator
Sharon Stone MS RN                      sstone@sjfc.edu            221   899-3869
Maureen VanCura EdD FNP RN              mvancura@sjfc.edu          215   385-7229
FNP Coordinator
Nancy Wilk DNS WHNP BC                  nwilk@sjfc.edu             317   385-8062




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                                       Program Overview
                                                     WSON Mission

        Professional nursing education at the undergraduate and graduate level requires discipline to meet and exceed
professional standards, knowledge of liberal arts and sciences as well as nursing theory and scholarly practice, and
goodness in the sense of commitment to meeting societal nursing needs for diverse populations through accountable
practice.


         The Wegmans School of Nursing is dedicated to graduating professional and advanced practice nurses who will
provide expert, compassionate, ethical care, and be leaders in nursing and healthcare environments. To promote an
internalized standard of excellence in nursing practice, the School of Nursing fosters academic and clinical practice
environments for students that provide the opportunity for student and faculty to engage in:
         active involvement in the quest for knowledge;
         professional competence;
         collaborative relationships;
         ongoing personal growth;
         flexibility and openness to change;
         effective communication;
         modeling of professional behaviors;
         community involvement.

                                                      WSON Goals

    1. To prepare professional entry level and advanced practice nurses.
    2. To provide educational models that are sensitive to the needs of a diverse student body.
    3. To participate in local, state, national, and global healthcare and nursing education policy development
       and implementation in professional and civic venues.
    4. To provide a supportive, collegial environment that encourages excellence in teaching-learning,
       professional development, and faculty scholarship.

The WSON offers three graduate programs in nursing:
   • Family Nurse Practitioner, which qualifies the graduate to seek certification and employment as a Family
      Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
   • Clinical Nurse Specialist, which qualifies the graduate to seek certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist
      in a chosen clinical specialty (CNS). (Adult/Gerontology or Maternal/Child)
   • Nurse Educator, which qualifies the graduate to seek certification as a Certified Nurse Educator and
      practice in faculty roles and staff development. (NE)

Study of any of these programs prepares the student to continue on to doctoral study, if that is a career goal.




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                                    WSON PHILOSOPHY OF NURSING

                                                     Person

         Individuals are holistic beings with biopsychosocial, spiritual, cultural dimensions. Individuals are
rational and moral beings with an inherent dignity and worth which must be respected as they progress through
the life cycle, in all stages of health and illness. Individuals learn about health in the context of families as
health beliefs and values are transmitted to their members.

                                                     Health

        Health is the actualization of inherent and acquired human potential through goal-directed behaviors and
satisfying relationships with others. Health is a dynamic, multidimensional state that can be influenced by
health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration strategies.

                                                  Environment

The environment is comprised of both internal and external forces including technologic, legal, socio-cultural,
epidemiological, political, and economic phenomena. The person constantly interacts with and adapts to the
environment. The environment influences, and is being influenced by the health needs and decisions of
individuals, families, groups, and communities.

                                                     Nursing

         Nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to health and illness (ANA Social Policy
Statement, 1980, p 9). Caring is the essence of professional nursing practice. Nurses assist clients to achieve
their health potential by promoting adaptive responses to environmental challenges. Nurses utilize professional
communication to engage the client in a partnership focused on achieving health outcomes. The recipients of
nursing care can be an individual, a family, a group, or a community. When groups of clients share health or
illness related characteristics or needs, nurses can employ population-focused strategies to generate positive
changes in health.

       Nursing continues to evolve in response to the needs of society. In fulfillment of professional role
mandates, nursing realizes its sanction by accepting accountability for the ongoing development of nursing
science, nursing practice, and educational standards in order to assure quality nursing outcomes in society.


                                                    Learning

        The faculty and the student have a shared responsibility in the teaching-learning process, which occurs
in a context that builds on the liberal arts and supports self-development. Learning is a dynamic process that
integrates the cognitive, psychomotor, domains. Initiative, inquisitiveness and critical thinking support
successful socialization to the professional role.

        The faculty serves as role models for practice, teaching, and professional behaviors. They respect
student diversity in perspectives, experiences and learning strengths, and engage in flexible teaching strategies
that encourage self-directed, collaborative, and responsible student learning.




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                                              Graduate Education

         Baccalaureate education serves as the foundation for study at the master’s and doctoral level. Graduate
education expands the scope of the professional nurse’s practice by strengthening clinical expertise and
developing new skills to support advanced practice. Graduate education enhances ability to provide leadership
in complex and dynamic health systems by increasing the depth and breadth of nursing and related knowledge.
Scholarship at the graduate level is characterized by increased capacity for research utilization and participation,
critical inquiry and moral reasoning.




Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing program, the graduate is prepared to:

   1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate health
      services, educational offerings, program resources, and research. (Knowledge)
   2. Engage in multidisciplinary communication to facilitate intervention systems, scientific inquiry,
      education, and collaboration/negotiation that will positively influence healthcare outcomes.
      (Communication)
   3. Provide and advocate for compassionate, high-quality, cost-effective, holistic advanced practice nursing
      care in diverse settings within communities and health systems. (Holism)
   4. Use evidence-based intervention and educational strategies to promote, maintain, restore health or
      provide end-of-life care. (Praxis)
   5. Integrate into role implementation the legal principles, professional, and ethical values essential to
      advanced practice nursing. (Professional Values)
   6. Serve as a leader in advancing health care by promoting expert nursing practice, and education through
      collegial relationships. (Role)
   7. Promote practice and education models that are respectful of diversity and pluralism, and are based on
      knowledge of the policies and political issues that influence outcomes of care. (Diversity)
   8. Develop a personal advanced practice model which incorporates a commitment to lifelong learning and
      the advancement of the art and science of nursing. (Lifelong Learning)
   9. Engage in the development of contemporary nursing strategies and models which reflect emerging
      nursing practice. (Praxis)




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                                            Organizing Framework for the SJFC Graduate Nursing Program

                                                               Advanced Practice Nursing Core
                                                                      (20-22 credits)

• AACN’s The Essentials of                       • ANA’s Scope and Standards                              • NY State Education WSON’s
Master’s Education for                           for Advanced Practice                                    Regulations & Quality Indicators
Advanced Practice Nursing                        Registered Nursing                                       for nursing education




                                                             Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical
                                                                 Specialty Concentration



           NONFP                                              NACNS                                                        NLN
           ANCC                                               ANCC
              ↓                                                  ↓                                                         ↓
Family Nurse Practitioner                        Clinical Nurse Specialist                                          Nurse Educator
          24 credits                                         17 credits                                               17 credits
      700 clinical hours                                 500 clinical hours                                        300 clinical hours
Focus on the comprehensive primary               Focus on the care of either adult/aging or              Focus on teaching nursing at the collegiate
care of individuals and families across          maternal/child population of clients                    level or within a staff development
the lifespan within communities and              experiencing known or predicted complex                 program. Nurse educator students will
health care systems.                             health problems in specialized areas of                 select a content area (either maternal/child
                                                 practice across acute, ambulatory,                      or adult/aging) and teach in laboratory,
                                                 community-based, and home settings in                   classroom and clinical areas, utilizing
                                                 health care systems.                                    teaching-learning theories with varied
                                                                                                         populations.

                                                                             ↓
                                                                  Advanced Practice Nursing
                                                                      Role Preparation

               ↓                                                 ↓                                                         ↓
    Family Nurse Practitioner                         Clinical Nurse Specialist                                      Nurse Educator
Graduate of this concentration will be           Graduates of this concentration will be                 Graduates of this concentration will be
eligible for New York State                      eligible for national certification.                    eligible for national certification.
Certification and national certification.




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                                                   St. John Fisher College Graduate Programs in Nursing
              Nurse Educator                             Family Nurse Practitioner                        Clinical Nurse Specialist
                                    Credit                                            Credits                                       Credit
GNUR501 Scientific Inquiry 1           4     GNUR501 Scientific Inquiry 1                4    GNUR501 Scientific Inquiry 1             4
GNUR502 Scientific Inquiry 2           4     GNUR502 Scientific Inquiry 2                4    GNUR502 Scientific Inquiry 2             4
GNUR512 Health, Econ, Policy           4     GNUR512 Health, Econ, Policy                4    GNUR512 Health, Econ, Policy             4
GNUR543 Pathophysiology                3     GNUR543 Pathophysiology                     3    GNUR543 Pathophysiology                  3
GNUR518 Family                         3     GNUR518 Family                              3    GNUR518 Family                           3
C GNUR692 Master’s Thesis I            2     C     GNUR692 Master’s Thesis I             2    C     GNUR692 Master’s Thesis I          2
H GNUR693 Master’s Thesis II           2     H     GNUR693 Master’s Thesis II            2    H     GNUR693 Master’s Thesis II         2
O                                            O                                                O
I  GNUR690 Master’s Project I          1     I     GNUR690 Master’s Project I            1    I     GNUR690 Master’s Project I         1
C GNUR691 Master’s Project II          1     C     GNUR691 Master’s Project II           1    C     GNUR691 Master’s Project II        1
E                                            E                                                E
                      Core Total    20-22*                                 Core Total 20-22*                             Core Total 20-22*
GNUR670 Foundations                    3     GNUR570 Pharmacology                        3    GNUR570 Pharmacology                         3
GNUR671 Methods                        3     GNUR571 Diagnostic Reasoning                3    GNUR571 Diagnostic Reasoning                 3
                                             (50 hrs lab; 50 hrs clinical)                    (50 hrs lab; clinical optional)
GNUR673 Evaluation                     3     GNUR567 Adult Concepts                      3                       Adult Health
                                             GNUR680 Adult FNP Practicum                 1          GNUR566 Gero Concepts                  3
          Adult Health                       GNUR576 Women Concepts                      3      C GNUR684 Gero CNS Practicum               1
C    GNUR566 Gero Concepts             3     GNUR681 Women FNP Practicum                 1      H GNUR567 Adult Concepts                   3
H    GNUR567 Adult Concepts            3     GNUR577 Children Concepts                   3      O GNUR685 Adult CNS Practicum              1
O                                            GNUR682 Child FNP Practicum                 1      I
I      Maternal-Child Health                 GNUR566 Gero Concepts                       3      C           Maternal-Child Health
C    GNUR576 Women Concepts            3     GNUR583 Gero FNP Practicum                  1      E GNUR576 Women Concepts                   3
E    GNUR577 Children Concepts         3                                                            GNUR686 Women CNS Practicum            1
                                             GNUR529 Advanced Practice Roles             2
                                                                                                    GNUR577 Children Concepts              3
                                                                                                    GNUR687 Child CNS Practicum            1
GNUR672 Teaching Practicum I           1
GNUR674 Teaching Practicum II          1                                                      GNUR529 Advanced Practice Roles             2
                                                                                              GNUR688 Synthesis CNS Practicum             1
Program Total Credits                37-39   Program Total Credits                   44-46    Program Total Credits                       37
                                                                                                                                          39
*Students who select Master’s Thesis will take 22 core credits, while students doing a Master’s Project will take 20 core credits.
Each Clinical/Teaching practicum is 150 hours, except for GNUR571. Total hours for Educator Track are 300; FNP, 700, and CNS, 500.




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                     Graduate Nursing Program Study Plans

                                  Two years =full time
                           Three and four years = part time
*FT study involves approximately 24 hours of clinical per week in addition to 9 hours of class
                                        per week.
                                 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
               C = Core: 20-22 credits * credit variation d/t master’s project or thesis option
                         Cl = clinical: 5 courses with a total of 700 clinical hours
                                 Total program= 18 courses, 44-46 credits

                                  Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
               C = Core: 20-22 credits * credit variation d/t master’s project or thesis option
                         Cl = clinical: 4 courses with a total of 500 clinical hours
                                 Total program= 15 courses, 37-39 credits

                                         Nurse Educator (NE)
               C = Core: 20-22 credits * credit variation d/t master’s project or thesis option
                         Cl = clinical: 2 courses with a total of 300 clinical hours
                                 Total program= 14 courses, 37-39 credits


   Post-Master’s certificates are available in the Family Nurse Practitioner and the Nurse Educator Tracks




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                       Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Curriculum Plan
Two-Year Fulltime Study
                      Fall                         Spring                    Summer
Year 1  GNUR 501 Scientific Inquiry 1    GNUR 502 Scientific Inquiry 2   GNUR 570 Pharm
        GNUR 543 Pathophysiology*        GNUR 571 Diagnostic             GNUR 529 Roles
         Choose one:                     Choose one:
         GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy   GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy
         GNUR 518 Family                 GNUR 518 Family
         GNUR 529 Roles
Year 2   GNUR 567 Adult Concepts         GNUR 577 Child Concepts
         GNUR 680 Adult FNP Practice     GNUR 682 Child FNP Practice
         GNUR 576 Women Concepts         GNUR 566 Gero Concepts
         GNUR 681 Women FNP Practice     GNUR 683 Gero FNP Practice
         GNUR 690 Project 1 or           GNUR 691 Project 2 or
         GNUR 692 Thesis 1               GNUR 693 Thesis 2
Three-Year Plan of Study
Year 1   GNUR 501 Scientific Inquiry 1   GNUR 502 Scientific Inquiry 2   GNUR 570 Pharm
         GNUR 543 Pathophysiology*       GNUR 571 Diagnostic
Year 2   GNUR 567 Adult Concepts         GNUR 566 Gero Concepts          GNUR 529 Roles
         GNUR 680 Adult FNP Practice     GNUR 683 Gero FNP Practice
         GNUR 690 Project I or           Can choose one:                 Thesis and Project
         GNUR 692 Thesis I               GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy   seminars are offered
         Can choose one:                 GNUR 518 Family                 each summer
         GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy
         GNUR 518 Family
         GNUR 529 Roles
Year 3   GNUR 576 Women Concepts         GNUR 577 Child Concepts
         GNUR 681 Women FNP Practice     GNUR 682 Child FNP Practice
         Can choose one:                 GNUR 691 Project 2 or
         GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy   GNUR 693 Thesis 2
         GNUR 518 Family
         GNUR 529 Roles
Four-Year Plan of Study
Year 1   GNUR501 Scientific Inquiry 1    GNUR 502 Scientific Inquiry 2   GNUR 570 Pharm
         Can choose one:                 Can choose one:
         GNUR 518 Family                 GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy
         GNUR 529 Roles                  GNUR 518 Family
Year 2   GNUR 543 Pathophysiology*       GNUR 571 Diagnostic             Can choose One:
         GNUR 690 Project I or                                           GNUR 570 Pharm
         GNUR 692 Thesis I                                               GNUR 529 Roles
         Can choose one:
         GNUR 518 Family
         GNUR 529 Roles
Year 3   GNUR 567 Adult Concepts         GNUR 566 Gero Concepts          GNUR 529 Roles
         GNUR 680 Adult FNP Practice     GNUR 683 Gero FNP Practice
         Can choose one:                                                 Thesis and Project
         GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy                                   seminars are offered
         GNUR 518 Family                                                 each summer
         GNUR 529 Roles
Year 4   GNUR 576 Women Concepts         GNUR 577 Child Concepts
         GNUR 681 Women FNP Practice     GNUR 682 Child FNP Practice
         Can choose one:                 GNUR 691 Project 2 or
         GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy   GNUR 693 Thesis 2
         GNUR 518 Family
         GNUR 529 Roles
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                                       Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
                                               Curriculum Plan
Two-Year Fulltime Study
Year 1     GNUR 501 Scientific Inquiry 1       GNUR 502 Scientific Inquiry 2   GNUR 570 Pharm
           GNUR 543 Pathophysiology*           GNUR 571 Diagnostic             GNUR 529 Roles
           Choose one:                         Choose one:
           GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy       GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy
           GNUR 518 Family                     GNUR 518 Family
           GNUR 529 Roles
Year 2     GNUR 567 Adult Concepts             GNUR 566 Gero Concepts &
           GNUR 685 Adult CNS Practice or      GNUR 684 Gero CNS Practice or
           GNUR 576 Women Concepts &           GNUR 577 Child Concepts &
           GNUR 686 Women CNS Practice         GNUR 687 Child CNS Practice
           GNUR 688 Synthesis CNS Practicum    GNUR 691 Project 2 or
           GNUR 690 Project 1 or               GNUR 693 Thesis 2
           GNUR 692 Thesis 1

Three-Year Plan of Study
Year 1     GNUR 501 Scientific Inquiry 1       GNUR 502 Scientific Inquiry 2   GNUR 570 Pharm
           GNUR 543 Pathophysiology*           GNUR 571 Diagnostic

Year 2     GNUR 567 Adult Concepts             GNUR 566 Gero Concepts &        GNUR 529 Roles
           GNUR 685 Adult CNS Practice or      GNUR 684 Gero CNS Practice or
           GNUR 576 Women Concepts &           GNUR 577 Child Concepts &       Thesis and
           GNUR 686 Women CNS Practice         GNUR 687 Child CNS Practice     Project seminars
           GNUR 690 Project 1 or               Can choose one:                 are offered each
           GNUR 692 Thesis 1                   GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy   summer
           Can choose one:                     GNUR518 Family
           GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy
           GNUR 518 Family
           GNUR 529 Roles
Year 3     GNUR 688 Synthesis CNS Practicum    GNUR 691 Project 2 or
           Can choose one:                     GNUR 693 Thesis 2
           GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy
           GNUR 518 Family
           GNUR 529 Roles

Four-Year Plan of Study
Year 1     GNUR 501 Scientific Inquiry 1       GNUR 502 Scientific Inquiry 2   GNUR 570 Pharm
           Can choose one:                     Can choose one:
           GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy       GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy
           GNUR 518 Family                     GNUR 518 Family
           GNUR 529 Roles
Year 2     GNUR 543 Pathophysiology*           GNUR 571 Diagnostic             GNUR 529 Roles
           GNUR 690 Project 1 or
           GNUR 692 Thesis 1                                                   Thesis and
           Can choose one:                                                     Project seminars
           GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy                                       are offered each
           GNUR 518 Family                                                     summer
           GNUR 529 Roles
Year 3     GNUR 567 Adult Concepts             GNUR 566 Gero Concepts &
           GNUR 685 Adult CNS Practice or      GNUR 684 Gero CNS Practice or
           GNUR 576 Women Concepts &           GNUR 577 Child Concepts &
           GNUR 686 Women CNS Practice         GNUR 687 Child CNS Practice
           Can choose one:
           GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy
           GNUR 518 Family
           GNUR 529 Roles
Year 4     GNUR 688 Synthesis CNS Practicum    GNUR 691 Project 2 or
                                               GNUR 693 Thesis 2
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                                Nurse Educator (NE) Curriculum Plan
Two-Year Fulltime Study
                         Fall                           Spring              Summer
Year 1    GNUR 501 Scientific Inquiry 1     GNUR 502 Scientific Inquiry 2
          GNUR 543 Patho                    GNUR 670 Ed Foundations
          Choose one:                       Choose one:
          GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy     GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy
          GNUR 518 Family                   GNUR 518 Family


Year 2    GNUR 567 Adult or                 GNUR 566 Gero or
          GNUR 576 Women Concepts           GNUR 577 Child Concepts
          GNUR 671 Ed Methods               GNUR 673 Ed Evaluation
          GNUR 672 Teaching Practicum 1     GNUR 674 Teaching Practicum 2
          GNUR 690 Project 1 or             GNUR 691 Project 2 or
          GNUR 692 Thesis 1                 GNUR 693 Thesis 2

Three-Year Plan of Study
Year 1    GNUR 501 Scientific Inquiry 1     GNUR 502 Scientific Inquiry 2   Thesis and
          GNUR 543 Patho                    Can choose one:                 Project
          Can choose one:                   GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy   seminars
          GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy     GNUR 518 Family                 are offered
          GNUR 518 Family                                                   each
                                                                            summer
Year 2    GNUR 567 Adult or                 GNUR 670 Ed Found
          GNUR 576 Women Concepts           GNUR 566 Gero or
          GNUR 690 Project 1 or             GNUR 577 Child Concepts
          GNUR 692 Thesis 1                 Can choose one:
          Can choose one:                   GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy
          GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy     GNUR 518 Family
          GNUR 518 Family

Year 3    GNUR 671 Ed Methods               GNUR 673 Ed Evaluation
          GNUR 672 Teaching Practicum 1     GNUR 674 Teaching Practicum 2
                                            GNUR 691 Project 2 or
                                            GNUR 692 Thesis 2


Four-Year Plan of Study
Year 1    GNUR 501 Scientific Inquiry 1     GNUR 502 Scientific Inquiry 2   Thesis and
          GNUR 543 Pathophysiology*         Choose one:                     Project
                                            GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy   seminars
                                            GNUR 518 Family                 are offered
                                                                            each
                                                                            summer
Year 2    GNUR 567 Adult or                 GNUR 566 Gero or
          GNUR 576 Women Concepts           GNUR 577 Child Concepts
          GNUR 690 Project 1 or             GNUR 670 Ed Found
          GNUR 692 Thesis 1
Year 3    GNUR 671 Ed Methods               GNUR 673 Ed Evaluation
          GNUR 672 Teaching Practicum 1     GNUR 674 Teaching Practicum 2
Year 4    Choose one:                       GNUR 691 Project 2 or
          GNUR 512 Health, Econ, Policy     GNUR 693 Thesis 2
          GNUR 518 Family

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           Post Masters Certificate Plan of Study for Specialty Nurse Practitioners
                                       Plans of Study
Process:
  1. Transcript from Specialty Masters program will be evaluated individually for evidence of Advanced
     Practice Core courses:
          • GNUR 543: Pathophysiology-                                  3 credits**
          • GNUR 570: Pharmacology-                                     3 credits**
          • GNUR 571: Diagnostic Reasoning & Health Assessment 3 credits**
     *The course must have a life span vs. specialty perspective
  2. Transcript will be reviewed for evidence of a Family Theory course;
      if not taken, post masters student will need to take
     GNUR 518 Advanced Practice Care of Families                        3 credits
  3. Transcript will be reviewed for evidence of a Roles & Leadership course;
      if not taken, post masters student will need to take:
     GNUR 529 Advanced Practice Roles & Leadership                      2 credits
                                                                       14 credits
  **Currency of knowledge base will be a factor in whether or not credit will be given for the advanced
  practice core courses
  4. Specialty NPs will need to take all courses outside of their specialty:
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioners will need to take:
           a.   GNUR 567 Advanced Concepts in Care of Adult-        3 credits       0 clinical
           b.   GNUR 680 Advanced Practice Care of Adults FNP       1 credit      150 clinical
           c.   GNUR 576 Advanced Concepts in Care of Women         3 credits       0 clinical
           d.   GNUR 681 Advanced Practice Care of Women FNP        1 credit      150 clinical
           e.   GNUR 566 Advanced Concepts in Care of Older Adults 3 credits        0 clinical
           f.   GNUR 683 Advanced Practice Care of Older Adults FNP 1 credit      150 clinical
                                                           Total: 12 credits      450 clinical
  •   Adult Nurse Practitioners will need to take:
           a.   GNUR 577 Advanced Concepts in Care of Children        3 credits     0 clinical
           b.   GNUR 682 Advanced Practice Care of Children FNP       1 credit    150 clinical
           c.   GNUR 576 Advanced Concepts in Care of Women          3 credits      0 clinical
           d.   GNUR 681 Advanced Practice Care of Women FNP          1 credit    150 clinical
           e.   GNUR 566 Advanced Concepts in Care of Older Adults 3 credits        0 clinical
           f.   GNUR 683 Advanced Practice Care of Older Adults FNP 1 credit      150 clinical
                                                              Total: 12 credits   450 clinical
  •   Gerontology Nurse Practitioners will need to take:
           a.   GNUR 577 Advanced Concepts in Care of Children       3 credits      0 clinical
           b.   GNUR 682 Advanced Practice Care of Children FNP       1 credit    150 clinical
           c.   GNUR 567 Advanced Concepts in Care of Adult-          3 credits     0 clinical
           d.   GNUR 680 Advanced Practice Care of Adults FNP        1 credit     150 clinical
           e.   GNUR 576 Advanced Concepts in Care of Women          3 credits      0 clinical
           f.   GNUR 681 Advanced Practice Care of Women FNP         1 credit     150 clinical
                                                            Total: 12 credits     450 clinical

  •   Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners will need to take:
           a.   GNUR 577 Advanced Concepts in Care of Children      3 credits        0 clinical
           b.   GNUR 682 Advanced Practice Care of Children FNP     1 credit      150 clinical
           c.   GNUR 567 Advanced Concepts in Care of Adult-        3 credits       0 clinical
           d.   GNUR 680 Advanced Practice Care of Adults FNP       1 credit      150 clinical
           e.   GNUR 566 Advanced Concepts in Care of Older Adults 3 credits         0 clinical
           f.   GNUR 683 Advanced Practice Care of Older Adults FNP 1 credit      150 clinical
                                                            Total: 12 credits     450 clinical

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   •   Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners will need to take:
           a.   GNUR 577 Advanced Concepts in Care of Children         3 credits      0 clinical
           b.   GNUR 682 Advanced Practice Care of Children FNP        1 credit     150 clinical
           c.   GNUR 567 Advanced Concepts in Care of Adult-           3 credits      0 clinical
           d.   GNUR 680 Advanced Practice Care of Adults FNP          1 credit     150 clinical
           e.   GNUR 576 Advanced Concepts in Care of Women            3 credits      0 clinical
           f.   GNUR 681 Advanced Practice Care of Women FNP           1 credit     150 clinical
           g.   GNUR 566 Advanced Concepts in Care of Older Adults     3 credits      0 clinical
           h.   GNUR 683 Advanced Practice Care of Older Adults FNP    1 credit     150 clinical
                                                            Total:     16 credits   600 clinical



Post Masters Certificate Plan of Study for Nurse Educators
   •   Post Masters Nursing Education students will have a content area of either Women & Children
       OR Adult & Gerontology (choice will likely be based on previous masters degree).
   •   If content area courses are needed, students can take:
           a. GNUR 567 Advanced Concepts in Care of Adult-       3 credits
           b. GNUR 566 Advanced Concepts in Care of Older Adults 3 credits
                                  OR
           c. GNUR 576 Advanced Concepts in Care of Women        3 credits
           d. GNUR 577 Advanced Concepts in Care of Children     3 credits
                                                                 6 credits of content courses

   •   The following are the required education courses which build upon the previous masters content
       area

                     a.   GNUR 670 Educational Foundations            3 credits        0 clinical
                     b.   GNUR 671 Educational Methods                3 credits        0 clinical
                     c.   GNUR 672 Teaching Practicum 1               1 credit         150 clinical
                     d.   GNUR 673 Educational Evaluation             3 credits        0 clinical
                     e.   GNUR 674 Teaching Practicum 2               1 credit         150 clinical
                                                              Total : 11 credits       300 clinical



Fast Track option

Students in the traditional undergraduate or RN/BS program may apply to the graduate program after all 300-
level undergraduate courses have been completed. Students interested in the fast-track program should consult
with their advisor and the graduate program director during the spring semester of their junior year at the
Wegmans School of Nursing. Undergraduate students must have a 3.0 GPA or better in order to be accepted
into the fast track program. The application deadline for fast track students for graduate study is July1st for fall
admission. If accepted, students will substitute a graduate level course for an undergraduate senior level course
in each of the semesters of their senior year. Fast track students must earn a “B” or better in the fall graduate
course in order to take the second graduate course in the spring. Students may take one graduate course in each
of the fall and spring semesters.




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                            Academic Policies
     The faculty in the Wegmans School of Nursing view the teaching learning process to be a shared process in
which both the faculty and student are accountable for achieving educational outcomes which lead to
professional entry into advanced practice for graduates who successfully matriculate through the nursing
curriculum. Graduate students are viewed as self-directed adult learners who are vitally interested in achieving
their professional goals, and therefore are active participants in the learning processes associated with course
work. The faculty is committed to fostering a mutually satisfactory learning environment that stimulates
initiative, critical-thinking, curiosity, responsibility/accountability, and an ethical frame of reference. The
policies that follow are designed to communicate basic parameters that are operative in the Wegmans School of
Nursing at St. John Fisher College.

                                 Course Planning and Course Registration

Long-Range Academic Plan
        The purpose of the long-range academic plan is to guide the student’s selection of courses in a sequence
that best fits the student’s goals and the curriculum plan of courses for each clinical concentration. Nursing
faculty serve as academic advisors for matriculated students. Usually at the initial advisor meeting, the student
and academic advisor develop a long-range academic plan for progression through the curriculum.

Each student should meet with his/her academic advisor to develop a long-range plan during the first
semester of graduate work before registration for the next semester. The form is available from the
Wegmans School of Nursing.

   •   It is strongly recommended that the student consult with his/her advisor before registering each
       semester; however, once the plan has been developed and signed, the student may register for courses,
       according to the plan, without obtaining the academic advisor's signature on the registration. If the
       student wishes to alter the plan, a new long-range plan must be developed with the academic advisor.

Course Registration
        Students should note the dates of the Registration for each semester. This information is found on the
academic calendar, a copy of which can be picked up at the Registrar’s office. All matriculated students may
register on Fish’R’Net. If you would like, you may meet with your advisor and complete a WEB registration
form, but registration is paperless and is done via the web. The student is responsible to complete the course
selections according to the long-range academic plan. If the student deviates from the plan, (s)he must obtain
approval of the academic advisor. Failure to follow this procedure may result in the student not being able to
register for a course in the desired semester.

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Registering for Clinical Courses

    Students who are planning to take a clinical course in the following semester must submit a clinical
application one semester ahead of time. At that time students should be sure they are in compliance with
clinical requirements for immunizations, med tests, license and other expectations.
    • October 1 deadline for Spring clinical courses and March 1 deadline for Fall clinical courses.
 Additionally, it is essential that the student promptly registers for the course to confirm the need for a
clinical site placement. Obtaining clinical preceptors is a lengthy process.



Changing Track
        A student who wishes to change their track completes the GRADUATE ACADEMIC CHANGE
FORM. Only fully matriculated students are able to change concentrations within the School of Nursing. The
form is available from the Registrar’s office or the School of Nursing. The student obtains the signature of
her/his academic advisor, who adds any notes. The form is filed in the Registrar’s office. See the Graduate
Catalogue for further details.

Independent Study
        A student who wishes to complete an independent study should discuss this with her/his academic
advisor. The advisor will guide the student in selection of a professor with expertise to match the student's area
of study. The student discusses the request with the instructor. If the professor agrees to take on the assignment
the student completes the GRADUATE INDEPENDENT STUDY FORM. The form is available in The School
of Nursing or the Registrar’s office. The student obtains the signatures of the professor and Graduate Program
Director. All signatures must be obtained by the end of the first week of classes. The student submits the form
with most recent course syllabus to the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) along with a completed/signed Add
form. The OAA will obtain signature from the Provost or Provost designee, and will then forward the materials
to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office will register the student and send copies to the student and
advisor. See the Graduate Catalogue for further details.

Withdraw from Course After Drop/Add Period or Withdraw from All Courses Anytime After the Semester Has
Begun
        The student completes the GRADUATE STUDENT WITHDRAW FROM COURSE OR SCHOOL
FORM, including the last date classes were attended and the reason for the withdrawal. The form is available
from Registrar’s Office. The student submits the form to the Graduate Nursing Program Director. The
Graduate Program Director will sign the form and forward it to the Registrar. See the Graduate Catalogue for
further details.

Interruption in Course Work for One Year or More
        A student who has not taken a course at SJFC for one year or more must reapply for admission to
the college. Faculty reserve the right to require students to repeat previous course work based on the length of
time that has elapsed since their previous enrollment. See the Graduate Bulletin “continuous matriculation” for
further information regarding this policy.
Request to Transfer Credit from Another Institution Upon Admission
        A maximum of nine (9) credits may be transferred from another institution. Transcripts are reviewed by
the Nursing Graduate Enrollment Management Committee at the time of admission. A course description may
be requested by the committee for purposes of course comparison. Students will be notified which courses and
credit (if any) will be transferred at the time of their notification of their acceptance to graduate studies.

Request to Transfer Credit from Another Institution after matriculation

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         Matriculated graduate students who wish to receive transfer credit from another institution for a SJFC
course should seek pre-approval from the School of Nursing before registering for the course. A total of nine
credits may be transferred to the graduate program.
          The student should present a written request to the Graduate Nursing Curriculum Committee: indicate
the course desired, submit a copy of the syllabus or course description, and indicate the rationale for the request.
The committee will review the request for equivalence to the St. John Fisher course. The student will receive
written pre-approval or denial from the Graduate Nursing Curriculum Committee. When the student completes
the course, (s)he completes the TRANSFER REQUEST FORM. The student must attach the official transcript
and a copy of the syllabus or catalog course description to the form. The student directs the documents to the
Provost. The materials will be forwarded to the Graduate Nursing Program Director for approval, noting this on
the reverse side of the form. The materials will be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs.
         The student will receive the decision letter From Office of Graduate Studies. The materials will be
forwarded to the Registrar's Office, a copy retained in the Registrar’s Office, and a copy directed to the student
file in the Wegmans School of Nursing. See the Graduate Catalogue for further details.

Request to Change Advisor
        A student may request to change her/his advisor. The student completes the GRADUATE ACADEMIC
CHANGE FORM. The form is available in the Registrar’s Office. The student completes the demographic
information at the top of the form and the section "CHANGE ADVISOR". The student obtains the signature of
her/his academic advisor, who adds any notes. The student submits the completed form to the Registrar’s
office.

Application for Reinstatement
         Graduate students may be removed from a class if (s)he is not financially registered or for academic
reasons. Once the issue has been resolved, the student must apply for reinstatement into the class. Two forms
must be completed.
         1. GRADUATE APPLICATION FOR REINSTATEMENT is a multi-part form. The form is available at
the Registrar's Office only. The student fills out the top part of the form and signs the form. A representative
at the Registrar's Office will sign the form, keeping one copy. The student must obtain the signature of the
Provost and return the form to the Registrar's Office with the following form:
         2. GRADUATE REINSTATEMENT FORM is a beige color form. The student completes the top of the
form and the course information at the bottom of the form. The student must obtain the signature of each
professor of each course. When completed, the student returns the form with the GRADUATE
APPLICATION FOR REINSTATEMENT to the Registrar's Office. See the Graduate Catalogue for further
details.

Graduation Procedures
       There are three graduation times: January, May, and August. There is one graduation ceremony per year
in May. The student must submit the GRADUATE PETITION FOR GRADUATION prior to the appropriate
deadline date. The form is available from the Registrar’s office. The student should refer to the Academic
Calendar for the deadline for submission of the form for the date (s)he intends to graduate. The completed form
should be returned to the Registrar’s Office.

                                        PROGRESSION INFORMATION

                    Grading Scale for the Graduate Programs at St. John Fisher College

       A       95 - 100                       B-      80-83
       A-      90 - 94                        C+      77-79
       B+      87 - 89                        C       74-76
       B       84 - 86 *                      F       73 and below
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*Students please note that graduate students are expected to maintain a “B” average overall. Failure to do so
will result in academic probation and monitoring by the Graduate Academic Standing Committee. No student
may receive more than one “F” grade and must repeat the course in which it was earned if it was a degree
requirement. Students who fail more than one graduate level course will be dismissed from the College.
Please refer to the Graduate Bulletin for further details regarding academic standards, academic standing,
progression and dismissal. The Graduate Bulletin also has information on leave of absence and transfer credits.


Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person's ideas or thoughts from an existing source, as one's own.
ALWAYS give credit to the person or author who said or wrote the idea.

Academic Dishonesty

        The College has a firm policy on cheating and plagiarism (Student Handbook & Calendar). Cheating
involves dishonesty in a test situation, and plagiarism involves dishonesty in the preparation of materials for
presentation in a term paper, written or oral report. The penalties involve the following options: mandatory
withdrawal from a course; a warning; reexamination or rewriting of the paper; an F for an examination or paper;
or an F for the course.
        Initial resolution of any difficulties should be handled in a conference between the student and the
faculty member. However, appeals procedures are also available.
        All students are expected to be familiar with the details of the Policy on Academic Honesty found in the
College Student Handbook and Bulletin. The following specific comments should assist students in avoiding
unethical practices when preparing their written work:

           1. A student's paper (examination, essay, theme, etc.) may not be prepared in whole or in part by
              someone else.
           2. Students should never attempt to pass off another’s work, statement, ideas, etc., as their own,
              whether they use an author’s actual words or paraphrase the author.
           3. Students may use the actual words of an author if they acknowledge that they are doing so.
              Quotations usually should be short and infrequent. Some purposes for including a quotation are
              the following: it contains important factual material; it most characteristically expresses the
              author’s point of view; it embraces the author’s fundamental premises and generalizations; it
              evidences the author’s inconsistencies; etc. An intelligent selection of quotations helps indicate a
              student's discriminative reading ability or critical insights into a work.
           4. For some homework and laboratory assignments, collaboration between students may be helpful
              and desirable. In these instances, instructors should specify clearly the nature and limits of
              collaboration in reports and other work. They should be certain that the students understand
              what constitutes unacceptable practice in their course.




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CODE OF ETHICS FOR NURSES
   1.      The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity,
           worth and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status,
           personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.

   2.      The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community.

   3.      The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.

   4.      The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate
           delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse's obligation to provide optimum patient care.

   5.      The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and
           safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth.

   6.       The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving healthcare environments and conditions of
           employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent with the values of the profession
           through individual and collective action.

   7.      The nurse participates in the advancement of the profession through contributions to practice, education,
           administration, and knowledge development.

   8.       The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national, and
           international efforts to meet health needs.

   9.      The profession of nursing, as represented by associations and their members, is responsible for articulating
           nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice, and for shaping social policy.


American Nurses Association (2001), Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, Washington,
D.C.: American Nurses Publishing.


                Admission, Continuation, and Graduation
        These policies are specific to students who are seeking admission or who have been admitted to the
Wegmans School of Nursing. Application to the Wegmans School of Nursing is required to enter the all
nursing programs. Application criteria are fairly applied to all students. Upon acceptance to the Wegmans
School of Nursing, all students must have a current history and physical exam by a licensed health care provider
documenting physical, emotional and psychological stability sufficient to meet the demands of an advanced
practice nurse. “The ability to function independently in a clinical practice setting is essential to the role of
professional nursing” (AACN, 2001).

                                           Policy on Written Assignments

The Wegmans School of Nursing has the following policies regarding written assignments:

1. Written work will be submitted on time and will reflect basic correctness and the students concern for
   quality.

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2. Faculty may request that work containing frequent grammatical errors or indications of careless editing and
   proofreading, be rewritten and resubmitted.
3. Two copies of each student paper may be required. Graded papers will be returned to the student and the
   faculty will retain the second copy.
4. The accepted style manual is the latest edition of the American Psychological Association Manual (available
   at the Lavery Library) that must be followed for preparation of papers in the Wegmans School of Nursing.


                                              Writing Requirements
        A central emphasis at the graduate level is the students’ written communication skills. Since advanced
practice nurses must be able to write, both from a scholarly and a technical perspective, the faculty require that
the students demonstrate adequate capability in both forms of writing before completion of the program. The
American Psychological Association is the writing standard utilized by the School of Nursing. Students should
use this format in all papers for their graduate courses. The core courses in which critical thinking and written
communication abilities are promoted, and the student learning activities used to evaluate these outcomes are
identified below:

                          Competencies Across the Graduate Nursing Curriculum

       The student's abilities in communication, critical thinking, and therapeutic interventions are measured at
various points throughout the curriculum. The following identifies selected student activities by course.

COURSE AND STUDENT ACTIVITY
GNUR 501 Scientific Inquiry 1 and GNUR 502 Scientific Inquiry 2
• Theory Critique and Application: Apply published standards/criteria for analysis and evaluation of nursing
  or other discipline's theory relevant to human health and behavior and to create an application of the theory
  to a specific clinical scenario.
• Problem Statement: Identify a nursing research question and create a testable hypothesis or answerable
  question. Demonstrate understanding of significance of problem to nursing knowledge and practice reality.
• Literature Review and Critique: Select at least eight research articles for critique related to one of the
  variables stated in a specific research questions or problems statement. Review the state of the research
  knowledge; decide which approach to inquiry (qualitative or quantitative) best fits the research question
  based on literature review.
• Statistics review: Use Excel (or other software) program to analyze a clinical data set, suggest and test
  hypotheses, and create graphs and charts to summarize findings.
• Expand abilities to read and understand clinical nursing and health-related research studies. Analyze
  published research for scientific merit and decide if the knowledge is practice ready.
• Plan, conduct and evaluate a clinical program or intervention. Formulate an evaluation question, design a
  systematic inquiry process, collect and analyze data, and prepare/deliver written and oral report of the
  program evaluation project. Write proposal in grant format.

GNUR 690 and GNUR 691- Masters Project I and II
This scholarly project provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired
throughout the graduate program. The master’s projects allows the student to chose an area of clinical interest
and create a project that includes program planning, grantsmanship or program evaluation.
Students may choose to implement and evaluate their intervention in their project if the intervention is focused
on health promotion and education.




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GNUR 692, GNUR 694: Masters Thesis I and II
This scholarly research activity provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and skills
acquired throughout the graduate program. Students will demonstrate research competencies, write and present
their research and findings and present it for faculty and student review. This scholarly activity prepares
students for the next level of scholarship at the doctoral level.

Overview: Student Process for MS Project and Thesis
Once finished with both GNUR 501 and GNUR 502, students must contact the Graduate Program Director to
determine the selection of a MS project/Thesis advisor. All WSON faculty may be approached to work with
students on Masters Projects. The Faculty who work with Thesis students are:

Dr. Collins, Dr. Cooney-Miner, Dr. Dollinger, Dr. McCloskey Dr. Nelson, Dr. Nichols, Dr. Reifenstein, Dr. Smith

You should initiate contact with your prospective advisor and ask if she is willing to work with you on your
thesis. If you don’t know the faculty person, it is wise to make an appointment to meet in person to discuss your
research.
Once an advisor is identified and agrees to work with the student, permission is granted to register for Project I
(GNUR690) or Thesis I (GNUR 692). A meeting with the faculty advisor should precede the initial thesis
/project seminar meeting. The milestones of the Thesis/Project I seminars are:
    • creation of a project/thesis proposal
    • submission of the IRB application

Student support for the thesis/project comes both from the Project/ Thesis seminars and also from the faculty
advisor. The seminars meet 4 times /semester. Students meet with his/her advisor as often as needed. Once
finished with the Project/Thesis I seminars and after obtaining the necessary IRB approval, student may begin
data collection. Students should continue to work with the project/thesis advisor during this time. Students sign
up for Project/Thesis II seminars when they are ready to do data analysis and write up their final paper. This can
be done any semester after completion of Thesis/Project I until the final semester of study. The milestone of
Project /Thesis II is the completed project.

Similarities and Differences between Masters Projects and Masters Thesis

A project is action-based and intended to address a clinical problem. It is based on robust planning for the
project based on theory, with a goal of determining the practical relevance of a potential solution to the clinical
problem. The planning is followed by delivery of the project, monitoring of its implementation, and evaluation
of outcomes. The project can assist the student in identifying the components of organizational change and
learning how to manage, deliver, and control change successfully, including effective engagement of
stakeholders. The student can develop an understanding of how and why things succeed (or not succeed) in the
work environment. The project could also focus on the development of a clinical resource needed in a
particular clinical practice environment. The completed project may be reported in different forms which
include a scholarly paper accompanied by descriptive or inferential statistics if appropriate; an educational
module, or a program evaluation or a grant.

The thesis is a formal and lengthy research paper which is organized by chapters. It is the culmination of a
research process that includes appropriate descriptive and inferential statistics. The thesis reports on a research
problem, an area of clinical concern where there is a knowledge gap in what is needed for informing nursing
practice around the problem, or replication of a previous study. Quantitative (descriptive, quasi-experimental,
and other) designs or qualitative (phenomenological, historical, and other) approaches may be utilized to
investigate the questions or hypotheses and an intervention may or may not be tested.


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Institutional Review Board (IRB)
        The student is responsible for knowing the College’s Policy and Procedures for Protection of Human
Subjects of Research. A copy of the IRB policy and procedures is available on the college intranet. Since some
of the graduate nursing student’s projects may involve human subjects, the student must consult with faculty
regarding the IRB policies and procedures in relation to her/his selected topic. Students should have an IRB
packet when they begin to write their project proposal. Students should review the packet and determine which
level of review their project requires: exempt from review, expedited, or full review (MS project advisors can
assist with this determination). Review & approval from IRB must be obtained prior to data collection
from human subjects.


                               Clinical Performance
                              Policies and Guidelines
                           Guidelines for Accommodating Students with Disabilities
                                      In the Wegmans School of Nursing

        The Wegmans School of Nursing policies support the college policies related to students with
disabilities in the college bulletin and clarify unique situations related to professional nursing practice.
        The faculty in the Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College values the process by which
individuals achieve their highest level of healthy functioning. The faculty also is “interested in attracting the
widest possible group of talented individuals who can successfully enter the profession if appropriately
supported. These values are balanced by the responsibility to the public to prepare only those professional
nurses who will provide safe and effective care. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides the legal
framework to guide these responsibilities” (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2001).

        Competencies necessary for the professional practice of nursing include the functions listed below. The
functions, with or without reasonable accommodation include, but are not restricted to the specific examples
listed.
1.      Sensory: ability to see, hear, touch, smell and distinguish colors (National Council State Boards of
Nursing of [NCSBN], 1999).
        Examples:
           •   Visual acuity must be sufficient to observe and assess client behavior, prepare and administer medications
               and accurately read monitors; accurately read gauges and calibrated equipment having fine lines and read
               client records including graphs.
           •   Auditory acuity must be sufficient to hear instructions, requests, and monitor alarms at a distance of 30
               feet and to auscultate heart tones, breath sounds and bowel sounds.

2.     Interactive: interpersonal and communications skills (NCSBN, 1999).
       Examples:
           •   The ability to speak, write and comprehend the English language proficiently.
           •   Communicate orally and by telephone.
           •   Speak and write with accuracy, clarity and efficiency.

3.     Physical: gross and fine motor skills, physical endurance, strength and mobility
       (NCSBN, 1999).
       Examples:
           •   The ability to lift weights of up to 35% of recommended body weight independently.
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           •   The motor ability necessary to manipulate equipment and supplies and to utilize palpation and percussion
               in client assessment.
           •   Sufficient manual dexterity to open doors, perform CPR, maneuver in client areas such as multiple
               occupancy rooms, access storage at heights of six feet, move a medication cart or emergency cart along a
               hall, manipulate sphygmomanometers and stethoscopes, electric and manual beds and electronic fluid
               pumps and thermometers.
           •   Be at a correct height to perform physical care activities such as bed bath, positioning, transferring,
               dressing changes, sterile technique, IV administration, placing a bedpan, emptying a urine drainage bag
               and applying protective clothing.
           •   Perform isolation techniques in a client’s room.
           •   Dispose of sharps in a client’s room.
           •   Operate client-lifting devices.

4.     Cognitive: reading arithmetic, analytic and critical thinking (NCSBN, 1999).
       Examples:
          • Ability to learn, think critically, analyze, assess, solve problems.
          • Set priorities and reach judgments.
          • Communicate in a professional manner.
          • Establish rapport with clients and colleagues.
5.     Emotional stability and ability to accept responsibility and accountability and
       function effectively under stress (AACN, 2001).

Reasonable Accommodation

        Students who will require special accommodation or services must document
the requirements as outlined in the college bulletin and contact the Office of Academic Affairs, Kearney
Hall Room 202, (585) 385-8034. Students are also required to contact the Associate Dean or the
Graduate Program Director of the Wegmans School of Nursing to discuss reasonable accommodations
requested to perform activities for the professional nursing role and the clinical setting.
        Students with documented special needs may require reasonable accommodation in the clinical setting.
However, “there are some impairments that preclude participation in professional nursing. An individual may
be able to master content and pass classroom examinations but possess certain limitations or conditions that
cannot be surmounted with present technology” (AACN, 2001). All requests for reasonable accommodation are
handled on an individual case-by-case basis.
        Once admitted to the Wegmans School of Nursing, all students are measured by the same academic
standards (AACN, 2001). Regardless of disability and reasonable accommodation, a student must maintain a
grade average of “B” or higher and achieve a passing grade (B) in all required clinical competencies in order
to progress in the graduate nursing curriculum.
        The Wegmans School of Nursing will review each case on an individual basis for students who
experience a change in health status affecting their physical, mental and/or emotional status while in the
Wegmans School of Nursing. During this review, faculty in the Wegmans School of Nursing will determine the
student’s ability to continue in the program and progress in nursing courses. For this review, students must
resubmit a health form completed by a licensed health care provider, which documents the changes in status,
certifying their ability/lack of ability to meet the demands of the professional nursing roles documented in this
policy.
                                                       References

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2001, January). Guidelines for
      accommodating students with disabilities in nursing. Retrieved from
      www.aacn.nche.edu/education/ada.htm

National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (1999, July). Uniform core licensure
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        requirements-A supporting paper. Retrieved from
        www.ncsbn.org/files/publications/positions/uniformcorepaper.asp


                                Essential Behaviors for all Graduate Students

       The following behaviors reflecting for professional conduct and accountability are expected of all
students. Failure to comply with these essential behaviors will affect progression and may result in student
dismissal from the program.
    1.       Emotional Stability
            • Students must possess the emotional health required for the full utilization of intellectual
               abilities, the exercise of sound judgment, and the timely completion of responsibilities in their
               programs/areas of study.
            • Further, students must be able to maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with
               patients, students, faculty, staff, other professionals, and agency personnel under all
               circumstances including highly stressful situations
            •       Students must have the emotional stability to function effectively under stress and adapt to
               environments that may change rapidly without warning and/or in unpredictable ways as relevant
               to their programs or areas of study.
            •       Students must be able to demonstrate empathy for the situations and circumstances of others
               and appropriately communicate that empathy.
            •       Students must acknowledge that values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and experiences affect
               their perceptions and relationships with others.
            •       Students must be able and willing to examine and change behaviors when they interfere with
               productive individual or team relationships.
            •       Students must demonstrate effective and harmonious relationships with the diverse academic,
               professional, and community environments relevant to their chosen programs of study.

   2.      Professional Conduct.

           •   Students must possess the ability to reason morally and practice nursing in an ethical manner.
           •    They must be willing to learn and abide by professional standards of practice as well as
               regulations for professional licensure.
           •    Students must demonstrate the attributes of compassion, integrity, honesty, responsibility, and
               tolerance.

Retention and Dismissal: Implementation of the Essential Behaviors for Continuation and Graduation

        All students will be advised of the Essential Behaviors for Continuation and Graduation during program
orientation, and via the Graduate Handbook.
If and when a student does not meet these expectations for essential behaviors, the following will occur:
    1. Problematic behavior documented: Problematic behavior will be documented by faculty in the student’s
        record.
    2. Problematic behavior results in a contract: If a pattern of problematic behavior or a single, very
        serious lapse in the essential behaviors becomes evident, the steps below should be followed so that the
        student is informed that the student’s continuation in the program is in jeopardy.

           a. Composing contract: The student’s instructor and/or appropriate track coordinator in
              consultation with the Graduate Program Director or the Associate Dean, Wegmans School of

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               Nursing, will prepare an individual student contract, identifying what needs to be demonstrated
               in order to meet the essential behaviors and thus remain in the program.

           b. A Nursing Faculty Committee (composed of the Graduate
              Program Director, Track Coordinator and the course faculty) approves contract: The
              individual student contract is reviewed and approved by the Nursing Faculty Committee. The
              documentation of lapses in the essential behaviors must accompany the contract.

           c. Student Conference: The Graduate Program Director, instructor and/or appropriate track
              coordinator meet with the student to present the individual student contract. After the student
              reads and signs the contract (signature indicates that the student has read it), the contract is
              placed in the student’s academic file.

   3. Contract monitored each semester by nursing faculty committee (defined above): If the stipulations of
      the contract are not upheld by the student, the student will be subject to dismissed.

   4. Campus Resources: Students may access campus resources including:

           a. Fisher Counseling Resources: Fisher recognizes that personal or academic issues may impede a
              student’s progress in school. Short-term personal counseling is offered in a supportive and
              confidential environment. For more information or to make an appointment contact the Wellness
              Center office: (585) 385-8280.
           b. Academic skills enhancement, student support groups are also available through the Writing
              Center (385-8151) and the Math Center (385-8407).
           c. A College Grievance process is outlined in the Student Handbook. The student may grieve the
              outcome of this contract if she/he desires.


                             Guideline for Graduate Clinical Sites in Primary Care

       Responsible Party: Graduate Program Director
                   Family Nurse Practitioner Track Coordinator

Initial Approval: 10/13/00                           Approval of Revisions: 9/11/01

Policy: A minimum of 50% of the total clinical hours for graduate clinical courses (excluding GNUR 571) in
the Primary Health Care of Families track must be in a non-acute primary care setting. Over the course of the
program, each student should be placed in at least one family practice site.
Procedures:
1. The student’s clinical sites will be tracked in the preceptor data base for each FNP clinical course by the FNP
Track Coordinator and the Clinical Placement Coordinator.




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Clinical Hours for Graduate Nursing Students

       Students are expected to fulfill the required clinical hours for each course in her/his concentration.
Clinical courses are associated with a designated concepts course.

Family Nurse Practitioner
GNUR 571 Diagnostic Reasoning in Primary Care Nursing: Assessment:             100 hours
GNUR 680 Primary Care of Adults                                                150 hours
GNUR 681 Primary Care Nursing of Women                                          150 hours
GNUR 682 Primary Care of Children & Adolescents:                               150 hours
GNUR 683     Primary Care of the Elderly                                        150 hours
                                                                               700 hours
Clinical Nurse Specialist
GNUR 571 Diagnostic Reasoning in Primary Care Nursing: Assessment:              50 hours
                          AND EITHER
GNUR 684      CNS Gerontology practicum                                        150 hours
GNUR 685 CNS Adult practicum                                                   150 hours
                          OR                                                     Or
GNUR 686 CNS Women practicum                                                   150 hours
GNUR 687 CNS Child practicum                                                   150 hours
                          PLUS
GNUR 688 CNS Synthesis Practicum                                               150 hours
                                                                               500 hours

Nurse Educator
GNUR 672 Teaching Practicum I                                                150 hours
GNUR 673 Teaching Practicum II                                               150 hours
                                                                             300 hours

Students must be actively registered in a course in order to be allowed in a clinical setting

                                 Master’s Clinical Practicum / Preceptorship

        The clinical practicum / preceptorship provides the student with an opportunity to apply theory and
principles learned in the classroom setting to clinical practice. The student develops the skills essential for
integrating theory and practice related to their area of concentration. The student’s personal learning objectives
are used to guide the selection of the preceptor and clinical site for development of clinical skills. The Master’s
clinical practicum / preceptorship is an activity in which the student, the agency / setting, and the faculty have a
shared interest and responsibility.

        The graduate nursing student is required to submit an application for the clinical practicum /
preceptorship one semester prior to taking a scheduled clinical course. The student should refer to the graduate
bulletin and / or their Long-range Plan to determine the clinical courses.
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        The WSON Administrative Assistant must receive the application and required documents no
later than October 1 for the spring semester and no later than March 1 for the fall semester.

Student Responsibilities

1. Submit required documents with the application for Clinical Practicum / Preceptorship in accord
   with the due date.
   • This includes verification of compliance with immunizations and an updated health appraisal.
   • It is critical that students submit the required health history form, immunization history, CPR
      certification, etc, in a timely manner so plans can be completed for clinical assignments. This may
      require moving up yearly physicals, health updates, PPDs, etc, in order to be compliant before the start
      of clinical.
   • Please review the following list of requirements. If anything is missing, the following form will be
      marked off and needs to be completed ASAP.
   •
                                     Compliance Form
Missing Requirement
        Current CPR card                       Send copy of both sides of card
        Physical examination                   We need a baseline physical on file in the
                                               Wellness Center.
           Annual Health Update                This can be used only after a baseline physical is
                                               on file in Wellness Center.
           Annual Tuberculin Skin test (PPD) For students with a positive PPD, a chest x-ray
                                               report must be submitted.
           Immunizations (measles, mumps,
           rubella, polio, and tetanus.
           Hep B series must be documented. If your Hep B series has been started, please
                                               provide evidence for this.
           Current resume                      Send copy
           Current NYS RN license              Send copy
           Med score                           Send copy of scores for CNET or NLN test.
           Hospital orientation packet         Send in copy of completed post test.
•   If you get tuition reimbursement through your employer, please fill out and return the enclosed form:
           Verification of employment          For tuition reimbursement – to be filled out
                                               annually.

Documentation must be sent directly to: St. John Fisher College
                                       Wegmans School of Nursing
                                        3690 East Avenue
                                        Rochester, NY 14618



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• Your medical information will be logged in and forwarded to the Wellness Center to keep on file. You
  will not be informed of your clinical placement until the required information is
  received in the Wegmans School of Nursing, so it is important to get this in ASAP.
2. Learn as much as possible about the agency / setting before beginning the clinical, as well as while
completing the clinical experience, e.g., meet with the preceptor to review your learning objectives.
3. Seek out information regarding the policies, procedures, and practices of the agency / setting and adhere to
them.
4. Seek the advice and assistance of the agency preceptor when uncertain about assigned tasks.
5. Confer regularly with the agency preceptor regarding achievement of learning objectives.
6. Perform tasks assigned as efficiently and effectively as possible, contributing to the programs and activities
of the agency / setting.
7. Complete written reports / documentation in accord with the timelines of the agency /setting in collaboration
with the agency preceptor.
8. Participate in evaluation of the clinical performance with the agency preceptor and faculty.
9. Maintain confidentiality of client and agency information, including assurance of anonymity of clients /
agency in written or oral reports outside of the agency / setting.
10. Demonstrate professional behavior in the clinical setting. Professional behavior includes wearing business
clothes to clinical with identification of student status, attendance at each scheduled clinical day, and thorough
communication with preceptors and course faculty.

Preceptor Responsibilities

1. Review the student's learning objectives.
2. Provide orientation to the agency / setting, including provision of information
   regarding policies, procedures, and practices of the agency / setting.
3. Plan specific activities with the student that will provide maximum opportunity for the student to meet
her/his learning objectives.
4. Assist the student to identify additional opportunities for learning and / or career development.
5. Confer with student throughout clinical experience regarding progress and provide feedback to him/her to
improve competencies appropriate to anticipated role.
6. Contact faculty with concerns / feedback about students throughout semester, as needed.
7. Complete " MASTER'S CLINICAL PRACTICUM / PRECEPTORSHIP" evaluation form and return to
faculty.

Track Coordinator Responsibilities

1. Contact potential preceptors in agencies / settings consistent with the learning needs of students for selected
clinical course.
2. Identify preceptor in the agency / setting who is able to assist in meeting the student's learning objectives.
3. Verify preceptor's credentials in accord with Wegmans School of Nursing guidelines for selection of
preceptors and place current vitae on file in Wegmans School of Nursing office.
4. Direct Wegmans School of Nursing Secretary to send Letter of Agreement to preceptor with a copy of "
MASTER'S CLINICAL PRACTICUM / PRECEPTORSHIP", the student's learning objectives, a copy of
"Preceptor Evaluation of Students", and the student's vitae.
5. Communicate with preceptor about student placement during semester and conduct site visits as necessary.
6. Evaluate student performance with input from student and agency preceptor.


Clinical Faculty: Site/ Student Visit Responsibilities
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1. If adjunct status, send in C.V., social security number and copies of RN license, NP certification and CPR
   certificate to Wegmans School of Nursing Administrative Assistant and forward health form with PPD date
   to the college Wellness Center.
2. Obtain student list and clinical preceptor assignments (6 students/clinical group) from the track coordinator.
3. Coordinate date and time of the 2 clinical visits with each student, one before mid
   term and one near the end of the clinical hours.
4. Conduct the site visit and complete the following evaluations:
       • Student competency evaluation (one/visit)
       • Preceptor evaluation (one/preceptor)
       • Clinical site evaluation (one/site)
5. Thank the preceptor for their service to the student and the college.
6. Notify the course faculty and track coordinator of any problems in the clinical area noted during the site
   visit related to
   • suitability of the site to support student learning
   • ability of the preceptor to work effectively with the student, or
   • concerns about the student’s performance, skills, professional behavior or ability to progress in the
       course

Preceptor Evaluation of Student Performance
        In addition to the adjunct clinical faculty visit and evaluation of student competency, the advanced
practice nursing student is evaluated by their preceptor at midterm and the end of the semester for all of the
clinical courses. The evaluation is reviewed with the student and the course coordinator and is maintained in
the student's file. All preceptors complete a rating form for the student’s progress. Course coordinators may
schedule an evaluation conference with the student if progress is not satisfactory.

Evaluation of Master's Clinical Practicum / Preceptorship
Faculty evaluate the student's performance according to
1. Written reports, oral presentation, conduct and behaviors in meetings
   • The agency preceptor in collaboration with the student and faculty, evaluates written and verbal
       communication skills throughout the clinical experience. The student's ability to master the required
       skills is incorporated into the clinical evaluation.
2. Written report by the student of her/his experience, if indicated in the course
   objectives.
3. Input from preceptor's evaluation, student self-evaluation, and faculty evaluation.

Clinical Summary Form
         One clinical summary form signed by all of the student’s clinical preceptors in each clinical course must
be submitted to document fulfillment of the required clinical hours. This form generates the thank-you note and
honorarium for preceptors. Additionally, this form is utilized to verify clinical hours for student applications for
national certification exams and credentialing processes by institutions. Students should keep a copy of the form
in their files.




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                                          Certification Information
State Certification

For FNP
1. Application for NY State certification required

2. For national professional certification do ONE of:
      • Application to American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
      • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
For CNS
1. No NY State Certification

2. For national professional certification
       • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
For NE
1. No NY State Certification
2. For national professional certification
   • National League for Nursing

Application for New York State Certification of Nurse Practitioners

       The student should go to http://www.op.nysed.gov/nurseformsnp.htm . There you will find “Form 1
which is a four page document. This needs to be filled out and notarized!
Fees: Do not send cash. Make a check or money order for $80.00 payable to the
New York State Education Department (NYSDOE). Mail appropriate forms (found on-line) & fee to:
       Send this form, along with $80 to:

       New York State Education Department
       Office of the Professions
       PO Box 22063
       Albany, NY 12201

       Read the on-line NYS education manual, ‘Certification of Nurse Practitioners’, before beginning
this process. The following summary outlines the procedure and forms required to help facilitate this process
should guide the Primary Care of Families students. This procedural outline is not a replacement for reading
the manual. Any student that has completed a graduate pharmacology course elsewhere should discuss
additional requirements with their advisor or the Primary Care of Families Coordinator.

        When the NYS Department of Education approves eligible candidates for certification, a certificate
number and an effective date are issued. Approved candidates will become credentialed and entitled to practice
in NYS as of that date. Written confirmation of certification by the Department of Education (the registration
certificate) is mailed to the candidate within two to three weeks following the effective date. Candidates who
have reason to believe they have fully met the requirements for certification are welcome to use the Division’s
telephone verification service by calling (518) 474-3817. The certificate number, once issued, and the effective
date will be confirmed by telephone.

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Procedure: Application for New York State Certification of Nurse Practitioners
Note: this procedure applies to graduate students who have completed pharmacology (GNUR 570) at St. John
Fisher College.



General Provisions:
It is advisable that any correspondence that is of importance be sent return receipt or registered mail. In
addition, always make a copy of all forms for your records and future reference.
This process may be initiated the last semester of your graduate program. The Wegmans School of Nursing
cannot send the completed verification of Form 2 until all your course work is completed and grades are
submitted. Lastly, the Registrar must enter in the computer that the student has graduated. The Registrar
requires two weeks to finalize the form after the semester is completed. Please allow four weeks for the entire
process.



NYS Department of Education Process:

         The following forms may be sent to the NYSDOE with the fee listed above the last semester of your
graduate program. The four forms should be sent as a complete package. It is recommended that you wait until
the last month prior to graduation. Form 1, 1CS, 1D, 1SL are to be completed by ALL NP candidates.
Form 1 - Application for Certification & First Registration - (np1.pdf; 42K; 4 pages)

All applicants must complete this form and submit it with the $80 certification fee directly to the Office of the
Professions at the mailing address on Form 1. Make checks payable to the New York State Education
Department. NOTE: Your cancelled check is your receipt.

You must answer all questions and provide all information requested unless otherwise indicated. Failure to
complete all parts of the application will delay its review. Your signature on Form 1 must be notarized by a
Notary Public. Upon receipt of your completed certification application, we will send you an
acknowledgement letter.



Address/Name Change Form - Optional (anchange.pdf; 16K; 2 pages)
You are required to notify us within 30 days of any name or address changes. Please read the instructions and
complete the appropriate sections of this form.

If you are certified by a national association, attach a copy of your most current certification which shows the
expiration date.

Form 1CS -Child Support Obligation.

Form 1D -Candidate Data Record.

Form 1SL - Student Loan Disclosure.

Miscellaneous Forms:

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Form 1A -Name & address change. This form is to be sent to the NYSDOE whenever your name or address
changes.
*Make multiple copies for future use.

Form 2-This form is completed by graduates of NYS NP programs or their equivalent.
Complete Section 1 (Verification of Program) & submit to the FNP Coordinator the last semester of your
graduate program.
        St. John Fisher Process: Include a check for $7.00 made out to St. John Fisher College & a completed
transcript request form for an official transcript. This written request should include directions to have the
transcript sent to the FNP Coordinator @ the Wegmans School of Nursing. The Coordinator will forward Form
2 for the official college seal, the transcript request, and check for $7.00 to the Registrar after she has received
your complete packet. The Registrar will send the completed Form 2 & your transcript to the NYSDOE after
your completion of the program has been verified by the Registrar and entered into the computer.

Form 2 - Certification of Professional Education - (np2.pdf; 23K; 2 pages)

For applicants who have completed a licensure qualifying program registered by the State Education
Department or a program determined by the Department to be equivalent.

This form must be submitted directly to the Office of the Professions from the professional school you attended.

Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to your school.

Section II: The Registrar must complete this section and return the form directly to the Office of the Professions
at the mailing address on the form.



Form 2B - Verification of Instruction in New York State and Federal Laws Related to Prescriptions and Record
Keeping - (np2b.pdf; 22K; 2 pages)

For applicants who have completed a program other than a New York State registered, licensure qualifying
program.

Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to the academic institution or professional
association where you completed instruction in New York State and federal laws relating to prescriptions and
record keeping.

Section II: The Registrar or appropriate official must complete this section and return the form directly to the
Office of the Professions at the mailing address on the form.


Form 2C - Verification of Pharmacotherapeutics Course - (np2c.pdf; 21K; 2 pages)

For applicants who have completed a program other than a New York State registered, licensure qualifying
program.

Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to the academic institution or professional

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association where you completed the required pharmacotherapeutic course.

Section II: The Registrar or appropriate official must complete this section and return the form directly to the
Office of the Professions at the mailing address on the form.



Form 3 - Verification of National Nurse Practitioner Examination - (np3.pdf; 23K; 2 pages)

For applicants using national certification route.

Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to the national certifying organization to verify
your passing of the nurse practitioner certification examination.

Section II: The national certifying organization must complete this section and return the form directly to the
Office of the Professions at the mailing address on the form.



Form 4 - Verification of Experience - (np4.pdf; 24K; 2 pages)

For applicants following alternative certification requirements.

This form is required within 90 days after commencement of practice.

Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to the physician who supervised your experience
within the specialty for which you are seeking certification.

Section II: The supervising physician must complete this section and return the form directly to the Office of the
Professions at the mailing address at the end of the form.



Form 4NP - Verification of Practice Protocol - (np4np.pdf; 21K; 2 pages)

For all applicants.

Section I: Complete this section of the form.

Section II: You and the collaborating physician with whom you have a practice agreement and practice protocol
must complete this section and return the form to the Office of the Professions at the mailing address at the end
of the form.
Protocols must be filed with the NYSDOE within 90 days of the commencement of practice. You may utilize a
standard published protocol(s), provide the title, publisher, & publication date. A list of approved protocol texts
can be found on page 19 & 20 of the NYS certification manual.

Whenever you change practice, collaborating physician, and/or dissolve your current collaborative agreement, a
new Form 4NP must be re-submitted. If the collaborative agreement is dissolved, the NP may not practice until
a new practice agreement has been executed.
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To remove a collaborating physician from your NYSDOE file, you must send a written request to do so.
If currently practicing in more than one setting, you must submit a Form 4NP for each setting. Make multiple
copies for future use.



2. Application for National Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist or
Nurse Educator

        Becoming nationally certified is one of the most important career advances you can make. National
certification indicates that you meet standards set by your peers in your area of practice, and it demonstrates
your commitment to yourself and to your career and competence in your profession. New York State does not
currently require national certification for NYS certification as a family nurse practitioner. However, since
there is variation among states concerning the need for and procedures utilized in recognition of national
certifying examinations, you are encouraged to seek national professional certification. Most state boards of
nursing require a national certifying exam for state certification.

         National certification is reserved for those nurses who have met requirements for clinical or functional
practice in a specialized field, pursued education beyond basic nursing preparation, and received the
endorsement of their peers. After meeting these criteria, nurses take certification examinations based on
nationally recognized standards of nursing practice to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities within
the defined specialty. The certification examinations are objective tests that cover knowledge, skills and
abilities of specialty nursing practice.

      FNP, CNS and NE students should apply for national certification as soon as possible after
graduation. Reimbursement for NP & CNS services is often linked to national certification. This
credential can provide an effective edge during interviews and is required by many employers.

      The organizations that currently offer these national competency based certification examinations are
For FNP & CNS:
   • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
   • ANCC at 1 (800) 284-2378 or at the American Nurse’s Association’s website HYPERLINK
      http://www.nursingworld.org

For FNP only:
   • The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
   • The AANP at 1 (512) 442-4262, ext. 14. or www.aanp.org

For Nurse Educators:
   • Application to the NLN for the certified nurse educator exam http://www.nln.org/faculty/certification

Current brochures for both are typically available in the nursing office suite.
For any questions regarding national certification, contact your track coordinator.




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                              General Information
                                               Student Mailboxes
       Every matriculated student should have a mail folder located in Primary Care Lab Room 208. Please
check your mail folders routinely during the academic year, as important communications and registration
information is placed there. A listing of graduate student advisors is posted in the mailroom.

                            Student Involvement in the Wegmans School of Nursing
        The faculty welcomes student participation in the functions of the School of Nursing. To help the
WSON gather data for decisions, faculty encourages students to share problems, needs concerns, and
suggestions. Numerous mechanisms have been implemented to obtain student input or information, ideas and
opinions prior to making decisions. These include student participation on WSON committees, direct
interaction with faculty, and written evaluations. Committees having student membership include the
following:
                       * Graduate Curriculum
                       * Teaching/ Learning Resources
                       * Program Evaluation
                       * Student Well Being

The Wegmans School of Nursing (WSON) holds regular WSON and committee meetings. Students are
welcome to attend open portions of these meetings.

                                   Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

        Membership in Sigma Theta Tau International is an honor and offers students an opportunity to
strengthen their commitment to the ideals and goals of the nursing profession. The St. John Fisher College
chapter, Delta Sigma, sponsors annual workshops and publishes a newsletter. Membership in the nursing honor
society recognizes excellence among undergraduate and graduate student chapter members. Sigma Theta Tau
International sponsors conferences at the regional, national, and international levels that provide a stimulating
exchange of information with nurse leaders. Two publications, Reflections and Image: The Journal of Nursing
Scholarship are benefits of membership.
        The honor society of nursing recognizes superior achievement and leadership potential, high
professional standards, excellence and creativity. Students who have completed 9 credits may be invited to
join STTI based on their class rank and a nursing GPA of 3.5 or higher. Induction into the society is scheduled
in October.
                                                  Accreditation

       St. John Fisher Wegmans School of Nursing received full accreditation for all programs from the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body of the American Association of
Colleges of Nursing in 2003. ). www.aacn.nche.edu
Previously the nursing programs were fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting
Commission (NLN-AC)

     All St. John Fisher College nursing programs are also approved by the State Education WSON.
www.op.nysed.gov
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The State Education WSON
Office of the Professions
Albany, N.Y. 12230
(518) 474-3862.




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