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					                             HISTORICAL OVERVIEW


The Parkersburg Branch of West Virginia University (later to become Parkersburg
Community College), housed in a condemned and abandoned public school building,
began operations in the Fall of 1961 with 104 students and 6 faculty members. Student
enrollment at the "Branch" experienced steady growth with enthusiastic community
support. In 1964, the "Branch" initiated a two-year Associate in Arts Degree Program.

In 1965, the citizens of Wood County passed a bond issue which, together with federal
funds, supported construction of a new $3.6 million facility on land donated by the Wood
County Court. The building was completed in 1969.

In March, 1971, the West Virginia Legislature enabled the then West Virginia University -
Parkersburg Center to become the state's first community college in a planned statewide
community college system. The name of the college was changed to Parkersburg
Community College.

As a branch of West Virginia University, the college had concentrated its attentions on
providing college-parallel programs. The new community college began a transition to a
more comprehensive educational philosophy developing programs in vocational-
technical education, continuing education, community education and service, and with
programming more directly responsive to regional community needs.

The program in nursing was developed at the request of the administration and nursing
leadership of Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital of
Parkersburg. Both of these hospitals provided nursing educational programs, and had
been key suppliers of nurses for the region; however, they recognized the growing value
of relocating these education opportunities and responsibilities within an institution of
higher learning.

Through the leadership and hard work of hospital and college personnel, a smoother
transition from diploma nursing education to associate degree nursing education was
carried out. This new program was greatly strengthened and supported by the
experience, knowledge, and resources made available to it by the hospital programs.
This Associate Degree Nursing Program had its beginning in August 1967. The first
class of graduate nurses numbered 19 in 1969.

On July 1, 1989 the college became a part of the University System of West Virginia and
was renamed West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Since its beginning, over 1200
persons have received the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing.
Initial National League for Nursing accreditation was achieved in 1973 and has been
continued since that time. The next scheduled on-site visit of the National League of
Nursing Accreditation Commission is anticipated in the fall of 2011.




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                                  The Philosophy

Nursing is the art of caring for individuals, families, and communities to promote,
restore and maintain health. Nursing is an educated discipline with its
perspective the individual-health-environment process. The patient’s dynamic
interaction with the environment and response to internal and external stressors
is a complex process impacted by social, physical and psychological variables. It
is the response to stressors that impacts the patient’s health, throughout the life
span. Through critical thinking application of therapeutic interventions and
teaching, nursing supports the patient toward self-determined goals.


The discipline of nursing is taught in an academic setting that is dynamic,
responding to rapid changes in society and technology. The knowledge base for
nursing is grounded in the social and physical sciences and the humanities.


Faculty and students share the responsibility for creating and maintaining an
atmosphere that fosters critical thinking, systematic inquiry, caring, and self-
directedness. The teaching-learning process is continuous and active and is
enhanced in a climate of personal acceptance.


Associate degree nursing education prepares individuals capable of beginning
level professional nursing practice and provides a foundation for accountability,
dedication to nursing and a commitment to life-long learning.

                                   THE MISSION

The mission of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Department of
Nursing is to serve as a center for nursing education. The goal of the department,
which flows from the mission of the institution: is to provide a sound program of
study that fulfills the educational criteria for an associate degree in applied
science in nursing and prepares the graduate to meet the qualifying standards of
professional nursing practice.
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                           CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

   The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Nursing philosophy is founded in
defined, common concepts. The basic elements of person, health, environment,
and nursing serve as the organizational framework for the curriculum.


   Person           The individual, family, and community


   Health           A dynamic process reflecting the person’s genetic
                    predisposition, environment influence, and lifestyle choices

   Environment      A system of dynamic internal and external attributes of the
                    individual, family, community, and world systems

   Nursing          A process that assists the individual, family, and community
                    in the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health


Core Competencies

   Nursing Interventions
   Any treatment, based upon clinical judgment and knowledge, that a nurse
   performs to enhance patient/client outcomes.

   Critical Thinking
   The reflective process of clinical decision-making using problem-solving skills
   and involving inquiry, critical analysis, and synthesis to resolve or influence a
   situation.

   Communication
   A dynamic interaction between two or more persons in which ideas, goals,
   beliefs, values, and feelings are exchanged.

   Professional Role
   Internalization of values, beliefs, and leadership behaviors consistent with
   Standards of Nursing practice and ANA code of ethics.

   Caring
   An interhuman process in which there is communication of a sincere interest
   in and concern for well-being.


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    The basic elements of person, health, environment, and nursing are
integrated throughout the curriculum. Course organization, content, and learning
experiences are guided by the concept that an individual’s existence involves life
processes in constant change through interaction with the environment as an
individual, family member, and/or a member of a community. Nursing is
conceptualized as caring for the patient toward comfort or restoration of health.
Therapeutic nursing interventions, which include the application of the nursing
process, caring, communication, safe practice, critical thinking, professionalism,
and accountability, share a single purpose: the support of the patient to optimum
health.



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                   PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES


At the completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, graduates will be
prepared to

1. Utilize the nursing process to provide therapeutic nursing interventions that
   assist the individual, family, and community in the promotion, restoration, and
   maintenance of health across the life span.

2. Create a caring environment to protect the person’s dignity while honoring
   their values, customs, cultures, and spiritual beliefs.

3. Use therapeutic communication to collaborate with the individual, family,
   community, and health care team in promoting patient care.

4. Make sound clinical decisions in a reflective manner using reasoning,
   analysis, and research.

5. Manage patient care consistent with Standards of Nursing Practice and ANA
   Code of Ethics.




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    Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing
                                Programs

                             Professional Behaviors
Professional behaviors within nursing practice are characterized by a
commitment to the professional of nursing. The graduate of an associate degree
nursing program adheres to standards of professional practice, is accountable for
her/his own actions and behaviors, and practices nursing within legal, ethical,
and regulatory frameworks. Professional behaviors also include a concern for
others, as demonstrated by caring, valuing the profession of nursing, and
participating in ongoing professional development.

Upon completion of the associate degree nursing program, the graduate will:
  1.    Practice within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing
        and standards of professional nursing practice.
  2.    Report unsafe practices of healthcare providers using appropriate
        channels of communication.
  3.    Demonstrate accountability for nursing care given by self and/or
        delegated to others.
  4.    Use standards of nursing practice to perform and evaluate client care.
  5.    Advocate for client rights.
  6.    Maintain organizational and client confidentiality.
  7.    Practice within the parameters of individual knowledge and experience.
  8.    Describe political processes as they affect agency specific healthcare.
  9.    Participate as a member of professional organizations.
  10.   Serve as a positive role model within healthcare settings and the
        community at large.
  11.   Recognize the impact of economic, political, social, and demographic
        forces on the delivery of healthcare.
  12.   Participate in lifelong learning.
  13.   Develop and implement a plan to meet self learning needs.
  14.   Delineate and maintain appropriate professional boundaries in the
        nurse-client relationship.

                                   Communication
Communication in nursing is an interactive process through which there is an
exchange of information that may occur verbally, non-verbally, in writing, or
through information technology. Those who may be included in this process are
the nurse, client, significant support person(s), other members of the healthcare
team, and community agencies. Effective communication demonstrates caring,
compassion, and cultural awareness, and is directed toward promoting positive
outcomes and establishing a trusting relationship.

Therapeutic communication is an interactive verbal and non-verbal process
between the nurse and client that assists the client to cope with change, develop


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more satisfying interpersonal relationships, and integrate new knowledge and
skills.

Upon completion of the associate degree nursing program, the graduate will:

   1.     Utilize therapeutic communication skills when interacting with clients
          and significant support person(s).
   2.     Communicate relevant, accurate, and complete information in a
          concise and clear manner.
   3.     Report and document assessments, interventions, and progress
          toward client outcomes.
   4.     Protect confidential information.
   5.     Utilize information technology to support and communicate the
          planning and provision of client care.
   6.     Utilize appropriate channels of communication to achieve positive
          client outcomes.


                                    Assessment
Assessment is the collection, analysis, and synthesis of relevant data for the
purpose of appraising the client’s health status. Comprehensive assessment
provides a holistic view of the client, which includes dimensions of physical,
developmental, emotional, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, and functional status.
Assessment involves the orderly collection of information from multiple sources
to establish a foundation for provision of nursing care, and includes identification
of available resources to meet client needs. Initial assessment provides a
baseline for future comparisons that can be made in order to individualize client
care. Ongoing assessment and reassessment are required to meet the client’s
changing needs.

Upon completion of the associate degree nursing program, the graduate will:

   1.     Assess the interaction patterns of the individual client or significant
          support person(s).
   2.     Assess the impact of developmental, emotional, cultural, religious, and
          spiritual influences on the client’s health status.
   3.     Assess the client’s health status by completing a health history and
          performing a physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and functional
          assessment.
   4.     Assess client and significant support person(s) for learning strengths,
          capabilities, barriers, and educational needs.
   5.     Assess the client’s response to actual or potential health problems.
   6.     Assess the client’s response to interventions.
   7.     Assess the client for changes in health status and identified needs.
   8.     Assess the client’s ability to access available community resources.


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    9.    Assess the environment for factors that may impact the client’s health
          status.
    10.   Assess the strengths, resources, and needs of clients within the
          context of their community.


                             Clinical Decision-Making
Clinical decision-making encompasses the performance of accurate
assessments, the use of multiple methods to access information, and the
analysis and integration of knowledge and information to formulate clinical
judgments. Effective clinical decision making results in finding solutions,
individualizing care, and assuring the delivery of accurate, safe care that moves
the client and support person(s) toward positive outcomes. Evidence based
practice and the use of critical thinking provide the foundation for appropriate
clinical decision making.

Upon completion of the associate degree nursing program, the graduate will:

    1.    Make clinical judgments and management decisions to ensure
          accurate and safe care.
    2.    Analyze and utilize assessment and reassessment data to plan care.
    3.    Evaluate the effectiveness of care provided in meeting client
          outcomes.
    4.    Modify client care as indicated by the evaluation of outcomes.
    5.    Participate in problem identification and data collection for research,
          quality control, or improvement processes to meet client outcomes.
    6.    Use evidence-based information, collected electronically or through
          other means, to support clinical decision-making.

                                 Caring Interventions
Caring interventions are those nursing behaviors and actions that assist clients in
meeting their needs. These interventions are based on a knowledge and
understanding of the natural sciences, behavioral sciences, nursing theory,
nursing research, and past nursing experiences. Caring is the “being with” and
“doing for” that assist clients to achieve the desired results. Caring behaviors are
nurturing, protective, compassionate, and person-centered. Caring creates an
environment of hope and trust, where client choices related to cultural values,
beliefs, and lifestyle are respected.

Upon completion of the associate degree nursing program, the graduate will:

    1.    Protect and promote the client’s dignity.
    2.    Identify and honor the emotional, cultural, religious, and spiritual
          influences on the client’s health.



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   3.     Demonstrate caring behavior towards the client, significant support
          person(s), peers, and other members of the health care team.
   4.     Provide accurate and safe nursing care in diverse settings.
   5.     Implement the prescribed care regimen within the legal, ethical, and
          regulatory framework of nursing practice.
   6.     Perform nursing skills competently.
   7.     Provide a safe physical and psychosocial environment for the client.
   8.     Assist the client and significant support person(s) to cope with and
          adapt to stressful events and changes in health status.
   9.     Assist the client to achieve optimum comfort and functioning.
   10.    Prepare the client and significant support person(s) for intervention,
          treatment modalities, and self-care.
   11.    Support the client and significant support person(s) when making
          healthcare and end-of-life decisions.
   12.    Adapt care in consideration of the client’s values, customs, culture,
          and/or habits.


                             Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning processes are used to promote and maintain health and
reduce risks and are implemented in collaboration with the client, significant
support person(s), and other members of the healthcare team. Teaching
encompasses the provision of health education to promote and facilitate informed
decision-making, achieve positive outcomes, and support self-care activities.
Integral components of the teaching process include the transmission of
information, evaluation of the response to teaching, and modification of teaching
based on identified responses. Learning involves the assimilation of information
to expand knowledge and change behavior.

Upon completion of the associate degree nursing program, the graduate will:

   1.     Develop an individualized teaching plan based on assessed needs.
   2.     Provide the client and significant support person(s) with the information
          to make choices regarding health.
   3.     Teach the client and significant support person(s) the information and
          skills needed to achieve desired learning outcomes.
   4.     Evaluate the progress of the client and significant support person(s)
          toward achievement of identified learning outcomes.
   5.     Modify the teaching plan based on evaluation of progress toward
          meeting identified learning outcomes.
   6.     Provide assistive personnel with relevant instruction to support
          achievement of client outcomes.




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                                    Collaboration
Collaboration is the shared planning, decision-making, problem solving, goal
setting, and assumption of responsibilities by those who work together
cooperatively, with open professional communication. Collaboration occurs with
the client, significant support person(s), peers, other members of the healthcare
team, and community agencies. The nurse functions as advocate, liaison,
coordinator, and colleague as participants work together to meet client needs
and move the client toward positive outcomes. Collaboration requires
consideration of client needs, priorities and preferences, available resources and
services, shared accountability, and mutual respect.

Upon completion of the associate degree nursing program, the graduate will:

     1.   Coordinate the decision making process with the client, significant
          support person(s), and other members of the healthcare team.
     2.   Work cooperatively with others to achieve client and organizational
          outcomes.
     3.   Collaborate with the client, significant support person(s), and other
          members of the healthcare team to evaluate progress toward
          achievement of outcomes.
     4.   Interact creatively and openly with others to solve problems to achieve
          client goals and outcomes.
     5.   Collaborate to bring about fair solutions that balance differing needs,
          values, and motivations for the purpose of achieving positive client
          outcomes.

                                  Managing Care
Managing care is the efficient, effective use of human, physical, financial, and
technological resources to meet client needs and support organizational
outcomes. Effective management is accomplished through the processes of
planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. The nurse, in collaboration with
the healthcare team, uses these processes to assist the client to move toward
positive outcomes in a cost efficient manner, to transition within and across
healthcare settings, and to access resources.

Upon completion of the associate degree nursing program, the graduate will:

     1.   Prioritize client care.
     2.   Coordinate the implementation of an individualized plan of care for
          clients and significant support person(s).
     3.   Facilitate the continuity of care within and across healthcare settings.
     4.   Delegate aspects of client care to qualified assistive personnel.
     5.   Supervise and evaluate the activities of assistive personnel.
     6.   Adapt the provision of client care to changing healthcare settings and
          management systems.


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    7.      Assist the client and significant support person(s) to access available
            resources and services.
    8.      Implement nursing strategies to provide cost efficient care.
    9.      Demonstrate competence with current technologies.


Educational Competencies for Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs
– National League for Nursing

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                          APPLICATION TO PROGRAM

Students requesting admission to the nursing program must first meet the
requirements for general admission to the college, including foundation
requirements in math, reading and English and be admitted to the college.

Applicants to the nursing program must be eligible to meet the requirements for
licensure in the state of West Virginia as stated in the West Virginia Code. These
conditions include:

        1. Be a high school graduate or equivalent
        2. Be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing

The Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses may deny testing to
any applicant proven guilty of certain infraction such as, but not limited to fraud,
felony, or moral misconduct. (Chapter 30, Article 7, Section 11, Code of West
Virginia.)

Additionally, the applicant must be able to engage in educational and training
activities in a manner that does not endanger themselves or others.

General Requirements
Students may qualify to be considered for admission in one of two ways:

     1. Be a high school senior or graduate with a grade point average of 2.5 or
        higher, have a composite ACT score of 23 or higher, and complete college
        Chemistry 111 with a grade of “C” or better or have completed or
        transferred in Biology 107 or Biology 108.

     2. Have an earned ACT composite score of 19, an overall college cumulative
        grade point average of 2.5 or higher and a 2.5 or higher grade point
        average in these required college courses: English 101, Psychology 101,
        Sociology 101, and Chemistry 111 with a minimum grade of “C” in each of
        these courses. Students who have completed or transferred to WVUP
        with an equivalent Biology 107 or Biology 108 do not have to complete the
        Chemistry 111requirement and the Biology grade will be used to calculate
        the prescriptive GPA.

Application to the Nursing Program
Applications will be accepted from March 1 to April 15 for admission in the
following spring semester. Applications will be accepted from October 1 to
November 15 for admission in the following fall semester. Application forms are
available in the Health Sciences Division Office and online at
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Each applicant must submit:
 Completed application to nursing
 High school transcript or GED certificate with a score of 56 or higher
 ACT score of 19 or higher or SAT of 910 or higher
 Transcripts of any college work from another college

Only completed applications submitted by the published deadline dates will be
considered.

Once a completed application is received in the nursing office, the applicant will
be notified of the schedule for the pre-nursing examination.

All qualified applicants must take the Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI)
Admission Assessment examination. The cost of the exam will be assumed by
the applicant (the current cost is $25). The examination measures general
aptitude for nursing.

An interview with applicants may be requested at the discretion of the Nursing
Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee.

It is important to note that completion of the application process does not imply
that the applicant will be admitted to the nursing program.


                        ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM

Applicants will be notified of admission status by March 15th for fall admission
and October 1 for spring admission. Students enrolled in CHEM 111 in the
Summer Session will be notified of final status in August.

Provisional Admission
All initial admissions to Nursing 111 will be provisional for one semester.

Full Admission
Upon successful completion of all course outcomes in Nursing 111 with a
minimum grade of “C”, the student will be fully admitted into the Nursing Program
and will progress to Nursing 112. Students who earn less than a “C” grade in
nursing will not be fully admitted and will not progress to Nursing 112.

Students who withdraw or do not earn the minimum grade of “C” in Nursing 111
will be required to reapply for provisional admission, again, the following year.
Students may meet with their assigned academic advisor to develop a plan.




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Admission Limitations
Due to space limitations, qualified applicants are ranked according to composite
ACT scores, by pre-nursing test scores, and both prescriptive and cumulative
grade point averages.

The highest ranked students who meet the qualification deadline dates are
admitted first; other qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list. The first
day of class, the waiting list is dissolved. Because of the competition for space, it
is possible qualified applicants may not be selected for admission.

Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses
Licensed Practical Nurses may apply for advanced standing in the nursing
program if they meet the following criteria:

(1) meet the admission criteria for the Associate in Applied Science in the
Nursing Program,

(2) hold a current unencumbered practical nurse license,

(3) submit a Practical Nursing School Transcript

(4) have been employed as an LPN 1000 hours in the twelve months preceding
admission to the nursing program. The work hour requirement may be waived for
new LPN graduates who enter the nursing program within one calendar year of
graduation from a state approved practical nursing program.

(5) college transcript must demonstrate completion of the following classes with
a minimum grade of “C”:
    Chemistry 111
    English 101
    Psychology 101
    Biology 107

Licensed practical nurses are required to complete the following courses:
    Nursing 116 – must earn a minimum grade of “C”; to be taken with
      Nursing 231 (spring semester only)
    Nursing 231 – must earn a minimum grade of “C”; to be taken with
      Nursing 116
    Biology 108 and Psychology 241 are pre-requisites or may be taken as a
      co-requisite to Nursing 116 and Nursing 231.

Other advanced placement options are available through credit transfer and
challenge examination.




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Updates
Students interested in pursuing admission in the next cycle should update their
applications by the published fall or spring deadlines. It is the responsibility of
the student to provide appropriate documentation of changes in his/her personal
and/or academic record.


                     CLINICAL PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

After acceptance into the nursing program, all students must provide
documentation of:

Physical Examination
After formal acceptance into the nursing program, all students must have a
physical examination and file the results of the physical examination in the Health
Sciences Division Office. The student must provide documentation of hearing
and visual acuity, Hepatitis B vaccination series with titer, and annual 2 step
mantoux tests, chicken pox and MMR Titers. Students born after 1957 will not
need titers if an immunization record is provided that indicates the varicella
vaccine was given at 12-18 months of age, and that two (2) MMR vaccinations
were given. Students may provide documentation by a physician indicating that
he/she has had the chickenpox, the mumps, and/or measles.

Requirements for Participation in Clinical Experiences
Each student admitted into the nursing program is required annually to maintain
current CPR certification, the American Heart Association, Health Care Provider
(with the use of a AED), as well as, in-service education as determined by the
faculty and affiliate health care agencies.

Drug Screening
WVUP is a drug free community. Therefore, all students admitted to and
enrolled in any program within the Health Sciences Division is subject to the
Health Sciences Divisions’ Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy which is found on the
Health Sciences Division’s website.

To that end, students in all Health Sciences Programs will be required to submit
to randomized, mandatory drug screening without notice. Failure to cooperate
will result in administrative dismissal from the program. Students who test
positive for alcohol, illegal usage of a controlled substance, or illicit drugs will be
immediately dismissed from the program and will not be eligible for readmission
to any Health Sciences Program.

Any student who demonstrates behaviors of reasonable suspicion or impaired
capacity (3a-q) will be required to undergo immediate drug/alcohol testing. All
costs incurred as a result of this action is the responsibility of the student.


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Background Check
Criminal background checks are required for all students entering the Health
Sciences programs. Cost associated with the state and federal criminal history
checks will be the responsibility of the student. A clinical facility has the right to
refuse a student access to clinical experiences based on results of the criminal
background check. The nursing program reserves the right to nullify a student’s
admission based on the results of his or her background check.

Confidentiality Statements and HIPAA Training
Students in the Health Sciences programs are subject to institutional, state, and
federal regulations. Completion of required documentation is necessary for
participation in clinical and community experiences.

Progression and Graduation
A student may repeat no more than one nursing core course. A student who
earns less than a grade of “C” in a second nursing course will be dismissed from
the nursing program. A student who is dismissed from the program has the right
of appeal. A grade of “C” or better is required in each course in the nursing
curriculum to qualify for graduation.

Students must demonstrate behavior consistent with the Department’s
Professional Standards and Safe Clinical Practice Standards. Failure to adhere
to the Standards may result in dismissal from the program.

Admission to and graduation from the nursing program does not guarantee that
the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses will
endorse the graduate as a candidate to sit for the licensure examination.

The WVUP administration reserves the right to amend this documentation, upon
recommendation of the Nursing Faculty Organization, without notice to insure the
integrity of the program and safety of the students, college, and community at
large.

The course of study describes courses required to complete AAS degree in the
Nursing Program at WVUP, it is not prescriptive or intended to replace counsel
from an academic advisor. Course availability may vary and students are
strongly encouraged to consult an academic advisor concerning sequence and
degree requirements.
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  PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE IN THE NURSING PROGRAM


1. Theory Performance

  a.    Student progress and performance in the theory portion of nursing
        courses will be made at mid-term, the end of each semester, and
        as indicated.

  b.    Students are admitted on a provisional basis to Nursing 111.
        Students receiving a "D" or "F" in Nursing 111 will not be admitted
        to the nursing program.

  c.    Students may not withdraw from Biology 107 and remain in Nursing
        111. If a student withdraws from Biology 107 they will lose
        provisional admission status. Students must earn a minimum
        grade of "C" in Biology 107 before proceeding to Nursing 112.

  d.    Students may not withdraw from Biology 108 and remain in Nursing
        112. Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" in Biology 108
        before proceeding to second level courses.

  e.    Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in Nursing 231 before
        proceeding to second level courses. This course is to be taken with
        Nursing 112.

  f.    Students receiving a “D” or “F” in Nursing 112 or 231 must repeat
        the course and earn a grade of “C” before continuing in the
        program.

  g.    Before a student enters the second year of the Nursing Program,
        the following criteria must be met:

        Completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:
             -Nursing 111, Nursing 112, Nursing 231
             -Biology 107, Biology 108
             -English 101,
             -Psychology 111, Psychology 241
             -Successful completion of Medication/Math exam with grade
             of 85%




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        h.       In the second year of the program, the following criteria must be
                 met:
                 Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 with a grade of
                 "C" or better in the following courses:
                        -Nursing 213, 216, 224
                        -Sociology 101
                        -Biology 200
                        -English 102

        i.       Students may not withdraw from any required general education
                 course and remain in the last nursing course of the program.

        j.       Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all
                 nursing major courses to qualify for graduation from the college. It
                 is the responsibility of the student to qualify and apply for
                 graduation.

        k.       Students may repeat no more than one nursing course. Students
                 who earn less than a grade of "C" in a second nursing course will
                 be dismissed from the nursing program.

                 Students who are dismissed from the program have the right of
                 appeal.

2. Clinical Performance (see Clinical Evaluation Guide)

        a.       Student progress and performance in the clinical laboratory portion
                 of the nursing courses will be evaluated at mid-term, the end of
                 each semester, and as indicated (see Clinical Performance
                 Evaluation pp. 19).

        b.       Students must also adhere to Safe Clinical Practice and
                 Professional standards at all times (see Professional Standards
                 and Safe Clinical Practice Standards p. 26). A violation of any of
                 these standards will result in a verbal warning and/or referral to the
                 APG Committee for disciplinary action.

        c.       Students receiving an unsatisfactory grade in clinical or college
                 laboratory will receive an "F" for the course.

        d.       A student who is unprepared for clinical laboratory assignments
                 may be sent off the unit. This will constitute a violation of standards
                 (see Professional Standards and Safe Clinical Practice Standards
                 pp. 26) and be considered a clinical absence.
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                    CLINICAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION


Students will be evaluated periodically on their performance of clinical behaviors
that reflect progress toward the achievement of the program outcomes. (see
Clinical Performance Evaluation) Each program outcome is listed on the
Evaluation with expected behaviors. Students will receive a formal graded
evaluation at mid-term and end-of-term for each semester of the program.
Students will be graded with an “E” for Excels, “S” for satisfactory
completion/progress of clinical objectives, or “U” for unsatisfactory progress in
the clinical objectives. The mid-term evaluation may have an “NI“ which
indicates a need for improvement to satisfactorily complete or show progress.
An unsatisfactory on a final evaluation will result in a clinical failure. Students
who receive a clinical failure will receive a grade of “F” for the course.

Exclusion from the clinical area is permitted by the University System Board of
Trustees Policy Bulletin No. 60, Section IV: "Academic Requirements and
Consequences of Failure to Meet Requirements."

        "4.1 The institution and its constituent colleges and schools shall
        define and promulgate the academic requirements, criteria, and
        standards…

        4.2 A student who fails to meet the academic requirements or
        standards, including those for academic honesty as defined by the
        institution and its constituent colleges and schools ..... may be
        subject to one or more of the following penalties:

        4.2.1 A lower grade or failure of the course or exclusion from
        further participation in the class (including laboratories or clinical
        experiences), all of which may be imposed by the instructor."

The complete Policy Bulletin No. 60 may be found in the WVUP Answer Book
located in the Library and online.

FORMATIVE EVALUATIONS

A Clinical Progress Report on attainment of clinical objectives will be initiated by
the students and completed by the instructor weekly. This is a formative
evaluation and is not graded. It is a tool to keep the student apprised of his
progress toward attainment of the program outcome behaviors. Specific
recommendations will be made to assist the student in improving performance so
that they may be successful.

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            WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY AT PARKERSBURG
                    DEPARTMENT OF NURSING

                      CLINICAL PROGRESS REPORT


Student Comments on Clinical Performance




Progress on Clinical Performance outcomes
Criteria                 Progress                 Recommendations




Accomplishment of Clinical Focus




Administrative Data




Student ___________________Faculty _________________ Date ________



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                                       DRESS CODE

The West Virginia University at Parkersburg School of Nursing expects students to
reflect professionalism and maintain high standards of appearance and grooming in the
clinical setting. While in uniform, the student must be clean, neat, pleasant, and reflect
good health. Clinical faculty has final judgment on the appropriateness of student attire
and corrective action for dress code infractions. Students not complying with this policy
will not be allowed to participate in clinical and will receive an unsatisfactory clinical day
for each incident. The WVUP student nurse logo/patch is not to be worn while
working in any other capacity.

     1.    The WVUP Nursing program has adopted a school uniform. This uniform will be
          purchased directly from Dove Professional Apparel at www.doveapparel.com or
          you may contact the Health Sciences Division office for more information.

     2. All students are required to maintain high standards of personal cleanliness. The
        student must report to clinical well-groomed with clean hair, clean teeth and fresh
        breath and absent of bodily odors. Deodorant/antiperspirant is a must. Students
        are not permitted to wear perfume, colognes or any body sprays in the clinical
        area. Makeup should conform to general body tones avoiding extreme colors.
        Severe skin problems must receive medical treatment.

     3. Students are expected to come to the clinical area in full uniform. Full uniform
        includes:
            a. A pressed and freshly-cleaned uniform
            b. Neutral colored undergarments
            c. White hose or socks (knee high length hose will not be worn with a dress
               uniform)
            d. White shoes
            e. 5 ½ inch bandage scissors
            f. A plain stethoscope (fabric stethoscope covers are not permitted)
            g. Watch with a second hand (digital watches are not permitted)
            h. Appropriate writing utensils to be used for documentation
            i. Student name tag on both the lab coat and tunic shirt
            j. WVUP Student Nurse patch

     4. Uniform shoes must be worn during the clinical experience. Shoes must be
        white, low-heeled, and clean. They must have a closed toe, closed heel and have
        a soft-sole. Canvas shoes, sandals, and flip flops are unacceptable.




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    5. Lab coats are to be worn over street clothing while the student is obtaining
       patient assignment information. Students may wear clean and pressed scrub
       tops and pants when picking up patient assignments. Jeans, shorts (including
       Bermuda shorts), Capri pants and mini-skirts are not permitted. Lab coats
       must be worn if uniforms must be worn to class, college lab and to simulation.
       Lab coats are NOT to be worn while administering direct patient care.

    6. The WVUP name tags are to be worn at all times during all clinical experiences
       and will be purchased through Dove Professional Apparel. The name tag must
       be present on both the lab coat and the student’s tunic shirt.

    7. Jewelry is limited to plain wedding bands. Rings with stones are not permitted
       and are an infectious risk to the patients and to you and your family members.

    8. Students may wear single stud earrings. Piercings of any area other than the
       lobes of the ear must be removed prior to the clinical experiences and/or not be
       visible to the public.

    9. Fingernails must be clean and not extend beyond the tips of the fingers. Nail
       polish and artificial fingernails are not permitted.

    10. Moustaches and beards must be neatly groomed and relatively close to the face
        to avoid contaminating the work environment.

    11. Hair must be kept neat and clean. Hair should be tucked behind the ear to avoid
        contaminating the work environment. If hair is shoulder length or longer, it must
        be restrained off of the collar. Hair should conform to natural hair colors and
        avoid extreme styles. Hair restraints must be of a neutral color and plain in
        design. Bows, ribbons, yarn or bandanas are not permitted.

    12. All tattoos must be covered anytime during the clinical experience. If the tattoo is
        in an area that cannot be covered with clothing, it must be covered by a
        bandage.

    13. For the Pinning Ceremony, students will be expected to participate in full uniform
        without name tags or the WVUP Student Nurse Patch or logo.

    14. The attire worn on all clinical areas must conform to the policies in the facility in
         which the clinical experience is being held. Select rotation settings may require
         clean, neat street attire as instructed by your instructor. Jeans or shorts are not
         acceptable. The student must wear the WVUP Student Nurse name tag. Shoes
         must be closed toe, low heeled and soft soled.

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                           Professional Standards
                                      and
                       Safe Clinical Practice Standards

Students in the Nursing Program at West Virginia University Parkersburg are
held accountable to uphold the Professional Standards and Safe Clinical
Practice Standards. The first violation of the Professional Standards and
Safe Clinical Practice Standards will be documented on the weekly progress
report and in the student’s file in the Health Sciences Division Office. The
second violation will result in a verbal warning to the student with written
documentation placed in student’s file. A third violation will result in a verbal
warning with written documentation and referral to the Admission, Progression,
and Graduation Committee (APG). Referral to the APG committee may occur at
any time, at the discretion of the faculty. The APG Committee may take
disciplinary action, including but not limited to, course failure, and/or dismissal
from the Nursing Program.

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

1.    Interact with others with respect.
2.    Provide nursing care with respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of
      the individual without discrimination.
3.    Insure the patient's right to privacy and confidentiality.
4.    Report immediately to instructor incompetent, unethical or illegal
      behaviors.
5.    Accept responsibility for yourself:
      a.     Arrive on time for scheduled classes/activities.
      b.     Arrive prepared for all scheduled classes/activities with required
             assignments completed.
      c.     Complete written assignments and submit on time.
      d.     Participate in and be attentive to group discussions.
      e.     Refrain from activities that are disruptive and interfere with the
             learning of others.
      f.     Comply with established departmental absence policy, notifying
             faculty prior to absences or tardiness.
      g.     Utilize learning enhancement opportunities as they arise.
6.    Adhere to the dress code as stated in the WVUP Student Handbook.
7.    Adhere to the College and Division's Academic Standards of Honesty.
8.    Adhere to the Policies and Procedures of the Health Sciences Division as
      outlined in the college catalog and The Student Nurse Handbook.




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SAFE CLINICAL PRACTICE STANDARDS

1.      Practice safely within the legal limits of the state Nurse Practice Act.
2.      Practice within the framework of the ANA's Code of Ethics.
3.      Accept responsibility and accountability for own decisions and actions.
        a.     Accept responsibility for maintaining and applying knowledge
               previously learned.
        b.     Adhere to the standards of care when administering nursing care,
               medications, and treatments.
        c.     Acknowledge limitations and seek instructor assistance when
               having difficulty or unsure of a task assigned.
        d.     Accept and use constructive criticism to improve clinical practice.
4.      Communicate truthfully verbally and in writing at all times.
5.      Adhere to the policies and procedures of the clinical agencies.




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                           ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES

A.      Clinical

Attendance at clinical and college laboratory experiences in nursing courses is
essential for the mastery of clinical objective.

Students are expected to fulfill all clinical hours required for this course. Any
missed clinical hour will be made up. Arrangements will be made with the course
coordinator for all make up time. Any student missing in excess of 18 clinical
hours will be required to repeat the course.


        Student Responsibilities

1. If a student is unable to attend scheduled clinical experiences, the student is
   expected to notify the clinical instructor prior to the scheduled time.

2. The student must contact the course coordinator to discuss the absence and
   possibility of make-up experiences.

3. Failure to attend a prearranged make-up experience counts as another
   clinical absence.

B.      Theory

             Students are expected to be in the classroom at the hours scheduled.
             Excessive absences are defined as any number of absences that
             exceeds the number of class meetings that are scheduled in one week.
             Excessive absences may result in a grade reduction.

             The faculty for each nursing course will determine if an absence is
             excused or unexcused. The number of hours per course which can be
             missed without jeopardizing the student status in the course will be
             written in each course syllabi.



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                                 TESTING POLICY

It is the expectation that tests be taken at the scheduled time. Students unable
to take exams when scheduled must notify the faculty by phone or email prior to
the scheduled start time of the exam and must make arrangements to take the
exam within 24-48 hours. Failure to do so will result in a 10% reduction of the
test grade. If a test is not made up within 48 hours, the student may receive a 0
on the exam, at the discretion of the instructor. Make up tests may not be given
in the same format as the original test.

A second missed exam will result in a 10% reduction in grade. No make up will
be given for a 3rd missed test date.


                              CELL PHONE POLICY


All cell phones must be turned off in all class, lab, and clinical settings. No cell
phone or electronic devices are to be accessible or used by students in testing
situations.


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                              SIMULATION POLICY

Simulation Lab
Clinical instruction will include scheduled time for simulation in the nursing
simulation lab. A schedule will be provided at the beginning of the semester.
You will be held to the same standards, policies, and procedures as clinical time.
You will be expected to arrive on time and be prepared as indicated or you are at
risk of receiving a clinical unsatisfactory day.

Dress Code
All dress code criteria will apply while in your simulation experience. You must
come in your complete student uniform with name tag, scissors, stethoscope,
and watch. Jewelry, shoes, and hair will be in compliance as well.

Absences/Tardiness
The clinical absence policy will apply. If you do not notify the simulation
instructor of an absence prior to the simulation experience you will receive a
clinical unsatisfactory. The hours that you are absent count toward your total of
18 maximum hours before you must withdraw. Simulation absence time must be
made up in simulation. In addition, a copy of the preparation sheet for the
missed cycle must be turned in to the simulation instructor at the time of your first
arrival back on campus or electronically the day of your simulation. You may
miss no more than one simulation session. Any student missing more
than one simulation session will be required to repeat the course

Although the simulation experience is a learning experience and is not graded as
such, feedback will be provided to your course coordinators that may be
incorporated into your clinical evaluations at midterm and final.

Contacts
Mrs. Murphy - 424-8399 and/or Mrs. Straight (in the lab) – 424-8252.
These are the only people to which you may report an absence. You may also
reach them through GroupWise email and eCampus email.


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                      Community Service Guidelines
                   West Virginia University at Parkersburg
                          Health Sciences Division

It is the student’s responsibility to complete 6 hours of community service per
semester. Each 6 hours must be completed before the next semester. The
service must be completed, documented and verified before graduation.

Description of Community Service Requirement
The students may satisfy this graduation requirement by (1) selecting volunteer
opportunities that are posted or that they find in the community or (2) by
participating in activities that the SNA is involved in or (3) a combination of
volunteer time and SNA community projects.

The goal of the community service is to make the student more aware of their
role as a professional nurse in the community. Each student will explain how the
community service activity supports their role as a professional nurse in the
community.

Guideline:
   1. Do a quick survey. Find out what types of service activities are available
      or needed in the community.
   2. Look into the community resources.
   3. Make a plan.
   4. The student must have the community service activity pre-approved by the
      full-time faculty of each course.

List of community service opportunities in the area – found on bulletin board
outside of Health Sciences Division Office.

Documentation Form – available in the Health Sciences Division Office.

What counts as off campus service –
   Volunteer Activity – not earning money, is not doing service as part of a
      regular job, not earning credit (taking a course)
   Serving people in most need – Goal is to serve and learn from people
      themselves, particularly people who are homeless, poor, or hungry.
   Working with recognized non-profit community agencies - the objective is
      to move beyond the activities which benefit one’s own immediate
      environment and serve the needs of people in the broader community.

Some recommended options are: United Way, Eve, Inc., Salvation Army, Easter
Seal Society, Good Samaritan Clinic, American Heart Association, Health Fairs,
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                    West Virginia University at Parkersburg
                   Community Service Documentation Form
                              (please print in ink)

I.     Student Information:

       Full Name _________________________    ID ____________________
       Semester ______________    Nursing Course ____________________

II.    Service Information:

       Name of Agency/Service Provided _______________________________
       ___________________________________________________________
       ___________________________________________________________

       Population Served ____________________________________________
       Date of Service ___________________ Total Hours of service ________

       How does this volunteer activity support your role as a professional nurse
       in the community? ___________________________________________
       ___________________________________________________________
       ___________________________________________________________
       ___________________________________________________________

       Faculty Approval: ______________________ Date: _________________

III.   Core Competencies:

       Describe five things you learned from your activity that you will be able to
       incorporate into your nursing practice related to the core concepts of the
       program.

       1. Nursing Intervention


       2. Caring


       3. Communication


       4. Professional Role


       5. Critical Thinking


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IV.   Community Service Verification:

      Supervisor Name (Please Print) _________________________________
      Title ____________________________ Phone #___________________
      Organization/Agency __________________________________________
      Street Address ______________________________________________
      City ___________________________ State ______ Zip ____________




I acknowledge that to the best of my knowledge the above information is correct.

Supervisor Signature ___________________________          Date______________



………………………………………………………………………………………………


*****To student: Return this form, completed to the Health Sciences Division
Office. Make a copy for your records. This form must be submitted by the end of
each semester to recognize these service hours as part of the requirements for
graduation. Documentation must be on file when the student applies for
graduation.

                        Health Sciences Office Use Only

Date Received _____________ Received By____________________________




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                                  HEALTH STATUS

For the protection of the student, the patients, and WVUP, the following will be
observed:

     1. Maintenance of personal health is the responsibility of each student.

     2. In the event that a student has a change in their health status, the Health
        Sciences Director of Nursing or the Chairperson must be notified as soon
        as possible. The student will not be permitted in the clinical area until they
        submit a Health Sciences Division Medical Release Form from their health
        care provider that states the student is able to participate without
        restrictions and can provide direct patient care safely with regard to
        themselves and to their patients in the clinical setting as a WVUP nursing
        students.




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              West Virginia University at Parkersburg
                     Health Sciences Division
                      Medical Release Form




Date:__________________

________________________ has been under my care and is able to
   (name of student nurse)
participate without restrictions and can provide direct patient care

safely with regard to themselves and to their patients in the clinical

setting as a West Virginia University at Parkersburg nursing student.



________________________________
Health Care Provider’s Printed Name

________________________________
Health Care Provider’s Signature




**You must submit this form to the Health Sciences Division Office no later
than 4:00 pm the day prior to your scheduled clinical day. It may be
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                                  EMPLOYMENT
Students are encouraged to limit work while they are enrolled in health science
programs. Students will not be excused from scheduled classroom, campus lab,
or clinical experiences to go to work. Remember that if you will be late arriving to
any scheduled learning experience, it is your responsibility to contact the faculty
member who is supervising that activity.

Students in a scheduled clinical experience are not used in place of paid health
care personnel. If a student is hired by an affiliating health care agency, it is the
student’s responsibility to schedule work hours that do not interfere with assigned
clinical experiences.
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Health Sciences Division
Department of Nursing



                                Informed Consent

I, _____________________, understand that as a student in the Health Sciences
Division at West Virginia University Parkersburg I will be required to care for
patients in a variety of healthcare settings and may be exposed to blood or body
fluids that potentially transmit infectious diseases, including Hepatitis B.

I understand that failure to complete the recommended immunizations prior to
patient contact may put me at greater health risk. I do agree to complete the
recommended immunization series and titer to demonstrate immunity.

I also agree to inform my clinical instructor and the division chairperson should
any exposure to blood or body fluids occur, so that appropriate testing and
treatment can be initiated.


________________________________________________________
Signature                                  Date




Received in Health Sciences Office _________________________________
                                       Date                 Signature




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                      DISMISSAL FROM NURSING PROGRAM

Reasons for dismissal from the Nursing Program include but are not limited to
the following:

        1.       Academic or clinical dishonesty (e.g. plagiarism, cheating, falsifying
                 records, etc.)

        2.       Infractions of academic standards, rules, and regulations (e.g.
                 behavioral expectations, required grade point average, etc., as
                 stated in Student Handbook and school catalog.)

        3.       Failure to meet clinical objectives by conducting oneself in a
                 manner considered harmful and/or unsafe in regard to patient
                 safety.

        4.       Failure to uphold the standards for professional nursing practice as
                 identified in Series 9 and 10 of the Legislative Rules for the West
                 Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

        5.       Violation of the Professional Standards and Safe Clinical
                 Practice Standards.



Procedures
Recommendation to dismiss a student from the Nursing Program may be made
by a faculty member or members. This recommendation should be forwarded to
the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee for review. The
Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee shall then forward a
recommendation in writing to the Chairperson of the Nursing Department, with a
copy to the student. Final decision for program dismissal shall be made by the
Chairperson. Written notice shall be sent to the student, to the faculty making
the initial recommendation, and to the Academic Dean.

When the decision to dismiss a student from the Nursing Program has been
made, the student may choose to institute an academic appeal. The appeal is
begun in the office of Academic Affairs. The procedure for an academic appeal
is outlined in the West Virginia University Board of Governors Policy 47, "Student
Academic Rights and Responsibilities," which may be found in the WVU at
Parkersburg Student Handbook.
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       ACADEMIC STANDARDS OF HONESTY AND PROFESSIONALISM

It is expected that students will uphold academic standards of honesty and
professionalism. If it is determined that cheating has occurred in any way before,
during, or after testing situations the student's answer sheet will not be scored or
recorded.

Student access to tests and answer sheets is limited to the periods of testing and
scheduled reviews. Tests and answer sheets are SECURE materials and the
property of the Nursing Department. It is illegal to reproduce these materials in
any form, to have access to secure materials outside the classroom, or to release
secure materials to students or any other individual or group. If it is determined
that a student has violated test security, dismissal is a consequence.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Institution. WVU at Parkersburg does not discriminate on the basis of
race, sex, age, disability, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation, color, or
national origin in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities,
or with respect to admission or employment. Further, faculty, staff, students, and
applicants are protected from retaliation for filing complaints or assisting in an
investigation under the WVU at Parkersburg Equal Opportunity Policy/Affirmative
Action Plan. Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy may be directed to
the President’s Senior Administrative Assistant who serves as the Affirmative
Action Officer for the campus of West Virginia University at Parkersburg.


Students and Faculty must follow HIPAA guidelines with all communications.




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                            WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE

Once a student is admitted to the Nursing Program at West Virginia University at
Parkersburg, it is expected that the program be completed in the prescribed two
years. The maximum length of time to complete the program can be no longer
than four calendar years from the date of initial admission to nursing.

Any student contemplating withdrawal must meet with his/her academic advisor
and the Chairperson of the Nursing Department at which time a conference note
will be entered into the student's file.

If a student withdraws from the Nursing Program he/she may apply for re-
admission. The student must submit a written request for re-admission three
months prior to the intended date of return. The request should be addressed to
the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee, Health Sciences
Division, WVUP, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV, 26104.

Students who withdraw from the nursing program for more than one year must
demonstrate proficiency of behavioral outcomes of the nursing course they most
recently successfully completed. This will include the following:

     1.      Pass a proficiency exam with a score of 80% or better in theory and
             pharmacology.
     2.      Demonstrate mastery of technical skills.
     3.      Demonstrate proficiency of clinical performance evaluation behaviors
             in the acute care setting.

Re-admission to the Nursing Program is based on availability of space, a review
of past records, and evidence that the student difficulty has been resolved.

Students may repeat no more than one nursing course. Students who earn less
than a grade of “C” in a second nursing course will be dismissed from the nursing
program.

Withdrawal Periods

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              WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY AT PARKERSBURG
                      HEALTH SCIENCES DIVISION
                         WITHDRAWAL FORM

STUDENT NAME__________________STUDENT NUMBER____________________

PERMANENT ADDRESS_________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________

PHONE NUMBER ______________________

REASON FOR WITHDRAWAL:
  PERSONAL REASONS:               ACADEMIC REASONS:
  ____CAREER CHANGE               ____THEORY FAILURE
  ____HEALTH                      ____CLASS ABSENCE
  ____FAMILY                      ____CLINICAL FAILURE
  ____STRESS                      ____CLINICAL ABSENCE
  ____FINANCES                    ____TRANSFER
  ____JOB
  ____OTHER ________________________________________________

WITHDRAWAL FROM COURSE: (Circle) N111   N112   N116    N213 N216 N224

DATE OF WITHDRAWAL _______________________
DO YOU PLAN ON RETURNING TO PROGRAM? ____YES          ____NO

ACTION PLAN FOR RETURN TO PROGRAM:
________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________

PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST NOTIFY THE PROGRAM IN WRITING AT LEAST THREE
            MONTHS PRIOR TO INTENDED DATE OF RETURN

DATE OF NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO RE-ENTER PROGRAM
_____________________

I UNDERSTAND THAT I MUST APPLY FOR READMISSION TO THE PROGRAM BY
THE REQUIRED DATE AND THAT READMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM IS
BASED ON AVAILABILITY OF SPACE AND A REVIEW OF MY RECORDS.

SIGNATURES:
                       STUDENT__________________________________
                       DIRECTOR_________________________________
                       DATE _____________________________________


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                 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR
            WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY AT PARKERSBURG


1.   Complete 70 credit hours as outlined in the Course of Study. (Courses
     below the 100 level may not be used to satisfy the minimum hour
     requirement.

2.   Maintain a minimum (2.0) cumulative grade-point average.

3.   Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all nursing courses
     (courses with a NURS prefix.)

4.   Complete the following courses in the curriculum with a grade of “C” or
     better.

5.   Complete a minimum of 16 credit hours at WVU-P.

6.   Complete the Critical Thinking Exam, Comprehensive Exit Exam, and the
     NCLEX Review Course.

7.   File application to receive a degree within stated deadline dates at
     Records and Admissions Office.




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                                             COURSE OF STUDY

                      Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing

Prerequisite:                                                                           Credit
Chemistry 111                   Intro to General Chemistry                                 4

First Year
FIRST SEMESTER
                                                                                        Credit
Nursing 111                    Medical-Surgical Nursing 1                                  9
English 101                    Composition 1                                               3
Psychology 101                 Introduction to Psychology                                  3
Biology 107                    Anatomy and Physiology 1                                    4
                                                                                           19

SECOND SEMESTER
Nursing 112    Medical-Surgical Nursing 2                                                       9
Psychology 241 Introduction to Human Development                                                3
Biology 108    Anatomy and Physiology 2                                                         4
Nursing 231    Physical Assessment                                                              1
                                                                                                17

Second Year
THIRD SEMESTER
Nursing 213    Family Centered Nursing                                                          9
English 102*   Composition 2                                                                    3
Sociology 101* Introduction to Sociology                                                        3
                                                                                                15

FOURTH SEMESTER
Nursing 216   Medical-Surgical Nursing 3                                                        9
Nursing 224   Perspectives of Nursing                                                           2
Biology 200*  Microbiology                                                                      4
                                                                                                15
                                                    Total Credit Hours                          70

LPN FIRST SEMESTER
Nursing 116    Enrichment Course for LPNs                                                       2
Nursing 231    Physical Assessment                                                              1

                                                    Total Credit Hours                          72
*All required general education courses are pre or co-requisite of the final nursing courses.

This course of study describes courses required to complete AAS degree in the Nursing Program at WVUP, it is not
prescriptive or intended to replace counsel from an academic advisor. Course availability may vary and students are
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**NOTE**

The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Associate Degree Nursing Program
is approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional
Nurses and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting
Commission. The curriculum requirements are to include the biological, physical
and behavioral sciences consisting of medical-surgical nursing and mental health
concepts and psychiatric nursing. The Board requires the graduate to meet all
requirements of the college, department, or school of nursing granting the
diploma or degree.

The Associate Degree Program in Nursing at West Virginia University at
Parkersburg is designed to guide qualified students through structured learning
experiences in health care settings to meet eligibility requirements for the
National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The Nursing Program reserves the right to change, amend, or delete
policies contained within this handbook, and with notice, modify the
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                           GRADUATION CHECKLIST

When you reach your final semester of coursework, there are a number of
important tasks you will need to be responsible to complete. For your
convenience the following checklist was created. It is your responsibility to
insure you complete each step.

1.      APPLY FOR GRADUATION
              $25.00 Graduation Fee (non-refundable)
        The application forms for graduation are available in the Record's office.
        Deadline for December graduation: (See Records Office).
        Deadline for May graduation: (See Records Office).
        Failure to apply for graduation by the deadline will result in a delay
        of graduation by one semester or more!

        Don’t forget to order your graduation regalia through the bookstore.
        Deadlines will be posted throughout the college.

     2. GRADUATION PICTURES
                $30.00
        Class pictures are taken early in the last semester of the program -
        arrangements will be made by the Health Sciences Division Office. You
        will receive an 8 X 10 copy of the composite and your three wallet size
        proof photos (one to send to the State Board of Nurse Examiners with
        your application). Other packages will be available for you to order. Your
        picture will become a part of the composite AFTER you graduate.

3.      CRITICAL THINKING EXAM
        Students must repeat the critical thinking exam that was given upon
        entrance to the program prior to graduation. This exam will demonstrate
        critical thinking skills acquired during the nursing program. The exam will
        be scheduled near the end of the final semester and will take
        approximately 45 minutes to complete.

4.      HESI EXIT EXAM
         At the completion of the course of study in nursing, you are required to
        take the HESI Exit Exam. This test will give you valuable information
        regarding your understanding of nursing information across all disciplines.

        The HESI Exit Exam will be given on the Tuesday of finals week, at 9:30
        a.m. This is a computerized exam that lasts approximately 3 ½ hours.
        You must take this test to qualify for graduation.




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5.   REVIEW COURSES. The HESI three day review course will be
     conducted on campus at the close of the spring semester. Attendance
     is Mandatory.

6.   WORKKEYS ASSESSMENT
     In addition to the courses required to complete your AAS degree program,
     the Higher Education Policy Commission requires that you take the
     WorkKeys Assessment exam in order to graduate from West Virginia
     University at Parkersburg. This exam is a measure of critical job kills
     acquired in your program of study. At the time you apply for graduation
     you will be notified of the times and dates for the exam. You will need to
     allow approximately 3 hours to take this test. WVU Parkersburg will pay
     the cost of the exam. Calculators will be allowed for the mathematics
     portion of the exam.

7.   APPLY FOR STATE BOARDS
            $51.50 Licensing Fee (West Virginia), $75 (Ohio)
            $200 Testing Fee
            $6 Transcript Fee
     Early in the last semester an informational session will be held to review
     the state board application and help students fill out the forms correctly. If
     you plan to take the NCLEX-RN in another state, it is your responsibility to
     contact that State Board office for the required application forms.

     At this time you will need to request that a final copy of your transcript be
     sent to State Board after your graduation. Transcript Release Forms are
     available in the Records Office. If this is your first request for a transcript it
     will be free; if not, the current fee is $6 payable in the Record's office.

     A temporary work permit will be issued to you from the State Board (in
     WV) when the processing of the license application is complete.

     Ohio board applications are available for downloading from their website:
     http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm

     Deadline to submit state board applications:
     December graduates: None
     May graduates: April 1st

8.   SCHOOL PIN
             (price varies)
     Graduate nurses traditionally wear a pin on their uniform to signify
     graduation from the school program. Nursing pins must be ordered from
     The Pin People at least two months prior to graduation. You’ll need your
     pin for the pinning ceremony held the night before commencement.


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9.     PINNING
       Nursing tradition includes a formal program to recognize graduates with
       the ceremonious "pinning" at the completion of the course of study. The
       pinning ceremony is held the evening prior to commencement at 7 p.m.
       graduates are encouraged to attend the ceremony. You must have a
       school pin to participate in the pinning ceremony.

       You may select a uniform of your choice. The only stipulation is that you
       adhere to the dress code (except NO student nurse logo, NO name tag)
       and good taste. Hair should be worn off the collar. Adherence to the dress
       code is essential to participate in pinning.

       Pinning rehearsal will be held at the completion of the HESI Review
       Course. It is important to attend the practice. Uniforms are not necessary
       at rehearsal.

10.    COMMENCEMENT
       Commencement ceremony is held at the completion of finals week in
       December and the second Saturday in May. You may participate in
       commencement after completion of the course of study. The total college
       family participates, so seating is typically limited to a small number of
       guests for each graduate.

       Graduation regalia is available through the bookstore. You must place
       your order by the posted deadline prior to graduation.


11.   CELEBRATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

       **All prices are subject to change.




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                       PREPARATION FOR NCLEX-RN

The unique testing situation with computer assisted testing (CAT) has increased
the level of complexity of the testing information. To enhance your performance
on State Boards, you are required to:

Throughout the program:
     1.    Prepare for assignments everyday.
     2.    Clarify questions as they arise.

By week 12 of the last semester:
     3.     Meet with your nursing advisor to review areas of weaknesses and
            or concerns.
     4.     Establish a plan of study to address areas of need.

By week 15 of the last semester:
     5.     Take the HESI Exit Exam.
     6.     Continue systematic review of class notes and study aids.
     7.     If Exit Exam results are below 850, it is recommended you develop
            a plan of study to be instituted before taking the NCLEX-RN.
     8.     Attend the HESI review course.

After graduation:
       9.   Continue reviewing materials from the courses.
       10.  Practice with computerized review questions at least 100 per day.




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                          NURSING 111 CHALLENGE


Nursing 111: Medical-Surgical Nursing 1 introduces students to the concepts of
basic needs of individuals necessary to maintain health. Students begin to apply
the nursing process in caring for adult patients. Concurrent with the nursing
process, the students use basic communication skills in nurse-patient
interactions. Professional nursing standards are examined in terms of legal
issues, ethical considerations, and accountability. Nursing principles introduced
here provide a basis for decision making in subsequent nursing courses.
Structured campus laboratory experiences provide the student with opportunity to
practice technical skills prior to patient contact. The clinical component provides
opportunity for each student to apply these skills in caring for adults with
common, well-defined health problems in acute and long term care centers.

To successfully complete Nursing 111, the student must achieve satisfactory
performance in clinical laboratory experiences AND receive a grade of 80% ( C )
or better in classroom activities (in both theory and pharmacology content) AND
receive a grade of 90% or better on the skills proficiency exam in campus lab.

The challenge is designed to validate the didactic and clinical knowledge of the
licensed practical nurse who desires advanced placement in the nursing
curriculum but does not meet the criteria for "Advanced Standing for LPNs."

The Nursing 111 course objectives are:

   1. Describe the steps of the Nursing Process to plan nursing care that will
         support the individual/family/community in the promotion, restoration
         and maintenance of health in the older adult.
   2. Recognize how differences in cultural values and spiritual beliefs affect
         the person’s dignity and the caring relationship.
   3. Discover communication skills and apply those skills to therapeutically
         collaborate with the health care team to promote patient centered care.
   4. Select critical thinking strategies to make sound nursing decisions in a
         reflective manner.
   5. Identify the methods of professional growth and recognize the significance
         of the professional standards on the management of patient care.

Course objectives guide the organization of course content:

Unit 1 Foundations for Nursing Practice

Unit 2 Promoting Healthy Physiological Responses

Unit 3 The Nursing Process


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Unit 4 Promoting Wellness in Adulthood: Early, Middle, Older Adult

Unit 5 Nutritional Needs

Unit 6 Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance

Unit 7 Promoting Healthy Psychosocial Responses


The objective assessment will be accomplished by a three-step comprehensive
written test and clinical demonstration of the course objectives for Nursing 111:

Step 1       Written examination of theory content constructed of 100 multiple
             choice and multiple response questions; competency level for
             satisfactory achievement on the written examination is 80%.

             Written examination of pharmacology content constructed of
             multiple choice and multiple response questions; competency level
             for satisfactory achievement on the written exam is 80%.

Step 2       Demonstration of technical skills-simulation in the campus
             laboratory; competency level for satisfactory achievement is safe
             administration of oral, intramuscular and subcutaneous
             medications; a sterile procedure without contamination; and,
             insertion of a nasogastric tube.

Step 3       Demonstration of clinical skills-direct client care delivery in an acute
             care setting, accompanied by a nursing faculty; competency level
             for satisfactory achievement is the student's completion of each of
             the steps of the nursing process in designing and implementing
             safe comprehensive care for the client with simple medical-surgical
             nursing problems. Care will include management of hygiene and
             mobility needs, bedmaking, vital signs, basic assessment and
             documentation.


These steps are designed to be completed sequentially. Each step must be
achieved satisfactorily before moving to the next step. Failure to
satisfactorily complete a step will disqualify the student from the challenge
procedure.


Evaluation criteria will be based on the standards exemplified in course
references. Course packets and texts are available in the bookstore for
purchase.


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The course outline should be used to prepare for the challenge (the student may
purchase the course outline from the bookstore). Use of primary texts should be
augmented with selected Library resources and audio-visual aids available in the
Media Center. The campus laboratory is available for practice; please schedule
a time convenient around class times.

Faculty will be available by appointment to serve as resource persons to assist
with study, practice or support. Call 424-8300 to arrange an appointment.




               CLINICAL SKILLS MASTERED IN NURSING 111


All students must maintain CPR certification to enter and remain in the
program.


NURSING 111
     NURSING ARTS SKILLS
1.   Communication skills: therapeutic, verbal, non-verbal
2.   Body mechanics: positioning, transfer, assistive devices, range of motion
3.   Safety: use of safety devices, environmental control and simulation,
     personal space, fire safety
4.   Pharmacology: pharmacodynamics, administration, conditions that alter
     activity, legislative control
5.   Stress: assessment, reduction methods, teaching

      NURSING ASSESSMENT
1.    Vital signs: TPR; radial, temporal, carotid, brachial, femoral, popliteal,
      pedal, and apical pulses; blood pressure
2.    Physical exam
3.    Sensory alteration, with aging process
4.    Pain assessment
5.    Aging effects on body systems
6.    Nutrition: intake and elimination patterns, normal
7.    Psychosocial
8.    IV assessment




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        PROCEDURAL SKILLS
1.      Hygiene: bathing, oral hygiene, mouth care, hair care, nail care
2.      Bed making
3.      Medical asepsis
4.      Specimen collection
5.      NG tubes: insertion, gavage, removal
6.      Intake & Output
7.      Recording & Reporting
8.      Universal precautions
9.      Infection control
10.     Surgical asepsis
11.     Urinary catheters: insertion, maintenance
12.     Enemas: types, administration, safety, observation
13.     Medication administration: oral, parenteral, IM, sq., eye, ear, nose;
        topical, inhalants, dosage calculation
14.     Maintaining IV fluid replacement; hanging a new bag, setting correct rate.




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                         NURSING 112 CHALLENGE

Nursing 112 is a nine-credit course that introduces the student to meeting
needs/problems of adults with common, well-defined health problems in an acute
care setting. The student will continue to utilize the nursing process and build
upon their communication skills when providing nursing care. Nutrition and
pharmacology content will be integrated throughout the course in classroom and
clinical setting. Course content has been organized so that students will utilize
information from the natural science courses (anatomy, physiology, and
chemistry).

The challenge is designed to validate the didactic and clinical knowledge base of
the licensed practical nurse (LPN) who desires advanced placement in the
nursing curriculum but does not meet the criteria for "Advanced Standing for
LPNs." Only LPNs who have successfully completed the Nursing 111 Challenge
may attempt the Nursing 112 Challenge.

The Nursing 112 course objectives are:

   1.     Understand the steps of the nursing process to provide therapeutic
          nursing interventions for the individual, family and community to
          promote, restore, and maintain health in the adult.
   2.     Practice caring to protect the person’s dignity while honoring their
          values, customs, cultures, and spiritual beliefs.
   3.     Analyze therapeutic communication skills to collaborate with a health
          care team, individual, family, and or community to promote patient
          centered delivery care systems.
   4.     Form clinical decisions in a reflective manner using reasoning, and
          critical analysis.
   5.     Practice managing nursing care that is consistent with upholding
          standards of nursing practice both legally and professionally and
          accountability for professional growth.

Course objectives guide the organization of course content:

Unit 1       Nursing Management of the Patient with Cancer

Unit 2       Nursing Management of the Perioperative Patient

Unit 3       Nursing Management of the Patient with Disruptions of the
             Cardiovascular System

Unit 4       Oxygen-Carbon Dioxide Exchange and Respiratory Function

Unit 5       Nursing Management of the Patient with a Gynecological Disorder


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Unit 6       Nursing Management of the Patient with a Disruption of the
             Musculoskeletal System

Unit 7       Nursing Management of the Patient with a Genitourinary Disorder

Unit 8       Nursing Management of the Patient with a Disorder of the
             Gastrointestinal Tract

Unit 9       Nursing Management of the Patient with a Dermatology Disorder


The objective assessment will be accomplished by a three-step comprehensive
written testing and clinical demonstration of the course objectives for Nursing
112:

Step 1       Written examination-constructed of 100 multiple choice and multiple
             response questions; competency level for satisfactory achievement
             on the written examination is 80%.

             Written examination of pharmacology content constructed of
             multiple choice and multiple response questions; competency level
             for satisfactory achievement on the written exam is 80%.

Step 2       Demonstration of technical skills-simulation in the campus
             laboratory; competency level for satisfactory achievement of one or
             more nursing skills from the following list: dressing change for
             incision with drain; oropharyngeal suctioning; mixing medications in
             a syringe; preparation and administration of Heparin, Z-track or
             Insulin injections; IV piggyback meds; IV maintenance; preparation
             and administration of a douche.

Step 3       Demonstration of clinical skills-direct client care delivery in an acute
             care setting, accompanied by a nursing faculty; competency level
             for satisfactory achievement is the student's completion of each of
             the steps of the nursing process in designing and implementing
             safe comprehensive care for the client with simple medical-surgical
             nursing problems. Evaluation will be based on criteria in the
             Student Evaluation Guide Nursing 111 and Nursing 112, as
             outlined in the WVU-P Nursing Program Student Nurse Handbook.




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             The student will be responsible for going to the hospital the day
             before to gather

             information to complete a nursing care plan based on identified
             nursing problems. Patient care will include management of hygiene
             and mobility needs; assessment skills; medication administration,
             and any prescribed treatment; charting of assessment and nursing
             care.

Step 4       A medication/math proficiency exam will be administered and the
             student must achieve 85% on this exam to progress to 2 nd year. If
             unsuccessful on the first attempt the student will review the content
             and be tested again.

             Failure to pass the exam with an 85% on the second attempt will
             prevent progression to the second level courses.

             Students who do not successfully complete the exam on the
             second attempt will be referred to the APG committee. The student
             will be required to complete a one (1) hour course in Pharmacology
             & Dosage Calculation with an 85% proficiency before progressing
             in the nursing program.

             These steps are designed to be completed sequentially. Each step
             must be achieved satisfactorily before moving to the next step.
             Failure to satisfactorily complete a step will disqualify the student
             from the challenge procedure.

Evaluation criteria will be based on the standards exemplified in course
references. Course packets and texts are available in the bookstore for
purchase.

The course outline should be used to prepare for the challenge (the student may
purchase the course outline from the bookstore). Use of primary texts should be
augmented with select Library resources and audio-visual aids available in the
Media Center. The campus laboratory is available for practice; please schedule
a time convenient around class times.

Faculty will be available by appointment to serve as resource persons to assist
with study, practice or support. Call 424-8300 to arrange an appointment.




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                 CLINICAL SKILLS MASTERED IN NURSING 112

All students must maintain CPR certification to enter and remain in the
program.


NURSING 112

        NURSING ARTS SKILLS
1.      Intra-operative care
2.      Maintenance of skin integrity
3.      Teaching self care as altered by surgery

        NURSING ASSESSMENT
1.      Post operative assessment
2.      Level of consciousness
3.      Self breast exam
4.      Fluid & electrolyte balance
5.      Skin, disorders
6.      Bowel sounds

        PROCEDURAL SKILLS
1.      Surgical preps
2.      Wound care, bandaging
3.      O2 administration
4.      Suctioning
5.      Calculate and regulate IV fluid, piggyback
6.      Traction: Buck's, cervical halter, pelvic belt
7.      Naso-enteric tubes: monitor, irrigate, remove, pumps
8.      Ostomy care: skin care, appliances, irrigation of colostomy
9.      Douche




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