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					CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE
LAVA DIVISION
ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM




             CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE
             LIBRARY, ALLIED HEALTH,
                    VOCATIONAL,
              AND ATHLETICS DIVISION




         NURSING STUDENT HANDBOOK
                  2012-2013
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                                                        TABLE OF
                                                        CONTENTS

GENERAL INFORMATION
     Introduction ..........................................................................................................................5
     Statement of Philosophy: Contra Costa College .................................................................6
     Associate Degree Nursing Program Mission Statement ......................................................8
     Philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing Program........................................................9
     Code of Ethics of the Nursing Profession ..........................................................................11
     Essential Functions Registered Nursing and Other Nursing Students ...............................12
     General Introduction for all Nursing Applicants—DSPS Services ...................................14
     Professional Responsibility of the Student Nurse in the Clinical Area .............................15
     Clinical Facilities ...............................................................................................................16
     Directions/Maps of Selected Clinical Facilities .................................................................17
     Contra Costa College Map .................................................................................................28


NURSING AWARDS AND COMMITTEES
     Nursing Awards and Scholarships .....................................................................................29
     Nursing Committees ..........................................................................................................36


NURSING POLICIES
     Student Policies and Procedures ........................................................................................38
     Admission and Readmission Policies
     Admission to the Nursing Program....................................................................................39
     Advanced Placement Admission .......................................................................................42
     Deferment Policy for New Applicants ...............................................................................44
     One-Time Readmission Policy ..........................................................................................45
     Readmission of A Student who has Left the Program in Good Standing .........................46
     Readmission of A Student who has Left the Program in Less than Good Standing .........47
     Readmission of A Student who has Received a Clinical Grade of "U" Unsafe ................48
     Credit by Examination Policy



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       Admission of a Transfer Applicant After More Than 2 Years Away from a Nursing
       Program ..............................................................................................................................44
       Readmission of a Student After More Than 2 Years from the Nursing Program..............50
       Credit by Examination Policy ............................................................................................51
       Waiver of Nursing 205 (Drug Dosage Calculation Class) and/or Nursing 212
       (Pharmacology for Nurses Class) by Exam .......................................................................52
       Grading and Exam Policies
       Grading Policy: Course Theory Grade .............................................................................53
       Grading Policy: Course Clinical Grade ............................................................................55
       Probation ............................................................................................................................57
       Clinical Practice Committee .............................................................................................58
       Dismissal from the Associate Degree Nursing Program ..................................................60
       Exit Interview.....................................................................................................................61
       Progression to the Preceptorship .......................................................................................62
       Graduation with a Nursing Major .....................................................................................63
       Student Examination Policy ..............................................................................................64
                  Request for Waiver of the 5 % Deduction on Exams Form .................................65
       Absence Policies
       Clinical Absence Policy ....................................................................................................66
       Skills Lab Course Absence Policy .....................................................................................67
       Emergency Absence Policy ..............................................................................................68
                  Request for Emergency Absence Form ................................................................69
       Personal Leave Policy ........................................................................................................70
Skills Lab Policies
       Critical Skills in the Nursing Skills Lab Courses ..............................................................71
       Skills Competency for Returning and Advanced Placement Students ..............................72
       Other Policies
       Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification ........................................................74
       Cell Phone Policy ..............................................................................................................75
       Nursing Students Impaired by Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, or Emotional Illness ................76
       Photocopying of Patient Information .................................................................................78



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     Physical Examination.........................................................................................................79
     Professional Attire .............................................................................................................80
     References ..........................................................................................................................82
     Reporting Injuries ..............................................................................................................83
     Student Grievance Procedure .............................................................................................84
     Student Issues Committee ..................................................................................................85




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                            GENERAL INFORMATION

                                       INTRODUCTION


Welcome to the Contra Costa College Associate Degree Nursing Program. This student
handbook is a supplement to the Contra Costa College Catalog and the Nursing syllabi.


The purpose of this handbook is to provide information specifically related to the nursing
program, which is not contained in other publications.


The faculty wishes you success in this important venture in nursing education.




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            STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY: CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE


What We Believe

Our Vision
         Contra Costa College is a leader in community college education and the higher
education institution of choice for West County area residents.
         Contra Costa College is an inspiring haven of academic excellence noted for its passion
for learning among students, staff and faculty. The college community enjoys spirited interaction
as serious, motivated students seek the best from excellent, dedicated faculty and staff who are
committed to empowering students by teaching a current and relevant curriculum using state-of-
the-art tools and resources.
         The College is a leader in valuing diversity and promoting cultural awareness. Faculty
emphasize the importance of critical thinking, ethics and interpersonal skills as they prepare
students to succeed in the global workplace and become informed, involved and responsible
citizens and leaders in the global community.
         The College enjoys the collegiality of an institution where each individual is valued and
respected, achievements are celebrated, planning is pro-active, and shared governance is a way
of life. The College continually supports students to transition successfully into and out of the
college and advocates for sufficient resources to maintain maximum accessibility and
educational support for the community.
         As an integral part of the greater community, Contra Costa College serves as a model of
excellence, providing education to help our students fulfill their dreams for themselves, their
families and their communities.


Beliefs
        Contra Costa College believes that all individuals have inherent worth and dignity and
are entitled to develop their full potential. Individuals will enjoy an improved quality of life,
communities will prosper economically and socially, and families, neighborhoods, and
communities will be strengthened when residents share a commitment to lifelong learning.
Further, we believe that a healthy and vigorous society benefits from the rich cultural, racial and
socioeconomic variations of all people; that a democracy depends upon an informed and
involved citizenry; and that the College therefore serves both the individual and society.
Values
         Contra Costa College’s commitment to its mission derives strength and guidance from
institutional values. As a community of educators, we value:
       COMMITMENT to helping students learn and to improving the economic and social
          vitality of communities through education.


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       RESPONSIVENESS to the varied and changing learning needs of residents and
          businesses.
       DIVERSITY of opinions, ideas and peoples.
       FREEDOM from violence, racism, and other forms of prejudice and injustice.
       INTEGRITY in all facets of our college interactions and operations.

Mission
        As a public community college that serves an urban community rich in diversity, the
mission of CCC is to offer instruction within a comprehensive curriculum and to provide student
services to ensure opportunities for
        (1)    effective student learning that leads to successful achievement of educational
goals of developmental, certificate, degree or transfer programs;
        (2)    acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities pertinent to lifelong learning and
gainful employment in the global community;
        (3)    student success verified by a process of assessment and improvement

        The college will use informed shared decision-making to allocate resources in support of
its mission.

Goals
To fulfill its mission and to be consistent with its beliefs and values, Contra Costa College is
committed to the following goals:
1.      Improve student success.
2.      Expand and strengthen learning and instructional opportunities for students in various
                venues in the community.
3.      Increase public awareness and understanding of the opportunities and benefits of Contra
                Costa College.
4.      Increase total revenues and contributions for college operations.
5.      Provide a safe, clean, secure, attractive, and ecologically-sound learning environment.
6.      Enhance measurement of institutional effectiveness.




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                            CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM
                                      MISSION STATEMENT

                         The Contra Costa College Associate Degree Nursing Program
                         supports the Contra Costa College Mission Statement. The
                         Associate Degree Nursing Faculty strives to prepare nursing
                         professionals who can meet the healthcare needs of individuals,
                         families, and communities. To accomplish this, the faculty is
                         committed to fostering a learning community which promotes and
                         values:

                          Teamwork, collaboration, and respect for each individual

                          An environment of inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity

                          Caring balanced with technical competence in the delivery of
                         quality nursing care

                          Excellence in the safe practice of our profession based on
                         research and evidence

                          Respect for the individual and family as full and equal partners
                         in healthcare

                          The richness of our diversity.




  Revised: 4/08, 11/10
                                           Reviewed: 5/10, 5/12




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         PHILOSOPHY OF THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM


The faculty of the Associate Degree Nursing Program concurs with the philosophy of Contra
Costa College which states:
       Contra Costa College believes that all individuals have inherent worth and dignity and
       are entitled to develop their full potential. Individuals will enjoy an improved quality of
       life, communities will prosper economically and socially, and families, neighborhoods,
       and communities will be strengthened when residents share a commitment to lifelong
       learning. Further, we believe that a healthy and vigorous society benefits from the rich
       cultural, racial and socioeconomic variations of all people; that a democracy depends
       upon an informed and involved citizenry; and that the College therefore serves both the
       individual and society.
Nursing education supports each student to develop to maximum potential as an individual, a
professional nurse, and as a community member. The Associate Degree Nursing Program
recognizes, respects, and values the rich cultural, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic attributes of
each student. The faculty recognize that students learn at varying rates and through different
styles, therefore, instruction is individualized as much as possible.
The faculty provide a climate that fosters a sense of self-confidence, dignity, integrity,
individuality, and social and political responsibility. These values and behaviors are fostered
through contacts with faculty, clinical assignments, critical thinking and collaborative learning
activities in the classroom, college support services, and campus life.
The faculty believe education is a guided process that results in behavioral changes reflecting the
growth of the learner. The faculty provide learning experiences that promote self-direction and
motivation in acquiring knowledge and skills in nursing. The faculty believe that learning
progresses from simple to complex and should actively involve the learner. Faculty members
function as role models in maintaining an atmosphere conducive to developing accountability,
responsibility, creativity, and freedom of expression in any group setting.
Nursing is a profession with its own specialized knowledge base derived form clinical practice
and research. Nursing incorporates relevant knowledge from the liberal arts and natural and
behavioral sciences.
The philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing program is based on the following concepts:
The Individual is a multidimensional whole, dynamic system with interrelationships of socio-
cultural, psychological, spiritual, physiological, and developmental variables. Each individual
engages in activities to attain, retain, and maintain system balance. Each individual is unique,
has inherent worth and dignity, and is entitled to develop full potential.
The Community is a group of individuals, united by common bonds. Communities work
together to achieve shared goals and include individuals, families, and groups.




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The Environment consists of internal and external forces that surround the client. The client may
influence or be influenced by these environmental forces, either positively or negatively at any
given point in time. The client has a reciprocal relationship with the environment.
Health is a state of optimal physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity (adapted from the World Health Organization’s definition of
health). The health-illness continuum is influenced by continuous interaction between the client
and the environment across the lifespan. An optimal state of health can, in part, be controlled by
the individual‘s health care choices.
Nursing is a profession that facilitates and teaches clients how to manage and provide for their
health care needs. There are three levels of intervention: primary, secondary and tertiary
prevention. Nursing helps people cope with difficulties in daily living that are associated with
their actual or potential health or illness problems or the treatment thereof, that require a
substantial amount of scientific knowledge or technical skill. Nursing utilizes the steps of
assessment, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation to promote optimum health.
The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Contra Costa College utilizes several theorists and the
nursing process as a guide to problem-solving and decision-making and development of critical
thinking skills.




Revised: 10/93, 5/98, 11/99, 5/00, 10/00, 8/03, 3/08
Reviewed: 3/94, 5/98, 5/99, 5/10




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                    CODES OF ETHICS OF THE NURSING PROFESSION

All professions have a Code of Ethics to guide professional practice. The Code of Ethics of the
nursing profession serves a variety of purposes, including curriculum development; orientation
of the new nurse to professional responsibilities, rights, and privileges; and regulation of the
relationship of the practitioner to consumers of nursing, to society, and to the profession itself.
The Code of Ethics provides the profession with a basis for excluding the unscrupulous or the
incompetent practitioner and for defending the practitioner who is unjustly accused of
wrongdoing. It serves as a guide to the public for understanding the characteristics of
professional conduct of the Registered Nurse.

The following is the Code of Ethics of the American Nurses' Association, revised in 2001:

1.     The nurse in all professional
       relationships, practices with                  6.      The nurse participates in
       compassion and respect for the                         establishing, maintaining, and
       inherent dignity, worth, and                           improving health care environments
       uniqueness of every individual,                        and conditions of employment
       unrestricted by considerations of                      conducive to the provision of quality
       social or economic status, personal                    health care and consistent with the
       attributes, or the nature of health                    values of the profession through
       problems.                                              individual and collective action.

2.     The nurse's primary commitment is              7.      The nurse participates in the
       to the patient, whether an individual,                 advancement of the profession
       family, group, or community.                           through contributions to practice,
                                                              education, administration, and
3.     The nurse promotes, advocates for,                     knowledge development.
       and strives to protect the health,
       safety, and rights of the patient.             8.      The nurse collaborates with other
                                                              health professionals and the public in
4.     The nurse is responsible and                           promoting community, national, and
       accountable for individual nursing                     international efforts to meet health
       practice and determines the                            needs.
       appropriate delegation of tasks
       consistent with the nurse's obligation         9.      The profession of nursing, as
       to provide optimum patient care.                       represented by associations and their
                                                              members, is responsible for
5.     The nurse owes the same duties to                      articulating nursing values, for
       self as to others, including the                       maintaining the integrity of the
       responsibility to preserve integrity                   profession and its practice, and for
       and safety, to maintain competence,                    shaping social policy.
       and to continue personal and
       professional growth.


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                                    Essential Functions
                                Registered Nursing Students
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was instituted by Congress to prohibit
discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. The ADA defines a qualified
individual with a disability as an individual who, with reasonable accommodations, can perform
the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires. In
addition, the Rehabilitation act of 1973 prohibits discrimination in the admission of a qualified
person with disabilities.

Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, either temporary or permanent, will
be considered on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with the Disabled Students Program
and the clinical agencies as appropriate.

To enter into and to complete the nursing programs, nursing students must be able to meet the
emotional, cognitive, and physical requirements listed below:

Emotional Requirements:
The nursing program is a rigorous program, both in academic study and in the acquisition and
practice of clinical skills. The student must have sufficient emotional stability to perform under
stress and provide safe nursing care to clients in the clinical setting while being observed by the
instructors and other health care professionals.

Cognitive Requirements:
The student must have sufficient cognitive ability to listen, speak, read, write, reason and
perform mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, and
fractions with or without a calculator) at a level that allows processing and understanding of
materials and information presented either verbally or in written format.

Physical Requirements:
Nursing students are required to travel to clinical facilities (i.e., outpatient, acute care settings,
skilled facilities) and to have the endurance to adapt to a physically demanding program.

The following physical requirements are necessary for the nursing program:

 1. Strength: sufficient strength to lift, move, and transfer most clients, to restrain and carry
    children, to move and carry equipment, and to perform CPR according to the American Heart
    Association guidelines.

 2. Mobility: sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, bend down to the floor, combination of
    strength, dexterity, mobility and coordination to assists clients, ability to move around
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3. Fine Motor Movements: required to manipulate syringes and IV’s, to assist clients with
   feeding and hygiene needs, to write in charts and use computer keyboards, to perform
   sterile and other skilled procedures.

4. Speech: ability to speak clearly in order to communicate with staff, physicians, clients, and
   families, and to be understood on the telephone.

5. Communication: able to communicate in English both verbally and in the written format so
   that students can communicate nursing actions, interpret client responses, initiate health
   teaching, document observations, interactions, interventions, and nursing care. Document
   and understand nursing activities, interact with clients, families, staff, and faculty.

6. Vision: sufficient to make physical assessment of client and to accurately and safely use and
   apply client equipment.

7. Hearing: sufficient to accurately hear on the telephone, to be able to hear through a
   stethoscope to discriminate sounds, to hear cries for help, to hear alarms on equipment and
   emergency signals, and various overhead pages.

8. Touch: ability to palpate both superficially and deeply to discriminate tactile sensations.

 In an eight-hour work day, the student is expected to be able to:

            ACTIVITY                RARELY           OCCASIONALLY             FREQUENTLY
                                     (1-10%)            (11-33%)                (34-66%)
  Bend/Stoop                                                                        X
  Squat                                                                             X
  Reach above shoulder level                                                        X
  Kneel                                                                             X
  Push/pull                                                                         X

                         Weight     Requirements
                       Never        Occasionally- Frequently

Activity 0-10 Lbs. 11-24 Lbs.         25-34 Lbs.      35-50 Lbs.     51-74 Lbs. 75-100 Lbs
 Lifting     F         F                  O               O              O          O
Carrying     F         O                  O               O              O          O
Push/pull    F         F                  F               O              O          O

  Hearing Acuity – Sharp with correction
  Visual Acuity – Precise with correction
  Manual Dexterity – Required



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            GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL NURSING APPLICANTS

DSP&S – Disabled Student Program and Services

The DSP&S Office is committed to providing opportunities for students with disabilities to fully
participate in all college programs. A variety of services/accommodations are available to
student with identified disabilities. To arrange for an appointment contact the DSP&S
Administrative Assistant by calling (510) 235-7800, ext. 7220 or visit the DSP&S Office
(SSC-109).

Any request for accommodations in the clinical setting or for off campus training should be
referred to a DSP&S counselor. Keep in mind that individual institutions that host the College’s
training programs may have their own rules and regulations that must be followed and not all
accommodations that are requested may be feasible, permissible, or reasonable. Therefore, the
DSP&S staff will work together with the students, the instructors, and the clinical
institution/training program to determine the appropriate accommodations and to facilitate in
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                       PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE
                       STUDENT NURSE IN THE CLINICAL AREA

All patients have the right to safe nursing care. When a nursing student performs care that is
customarily given only by a registered nurse, the courts have held the nursing student to the high
standard of care of the registered nurse.

Nursing students are expected to maintain a physical and mental state which will enable them to
meet these professional nursing responsibilities. They must be intellectually and technically
prepared to give nursing care. Improper student conduct in the clinical area can result in civil
liability, loss of clinical facilities, loss of program accreditation, or loss of licensure.

At no time should a student proceed with nursing care or procedures in the clinical area without
appropriate knowledge and preparation.

At no time should a student assume responsibility for nursing care without the knowledge and
supervision of his / her instructor.




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                           CLINICAL FACILITIES

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER          KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL
747 - 52nd Street                           CENTER
Oakland, CA                                 280 West MacArthur Blvd. (& Broadway)
Phone: (510) 428-3000                       Oakland, CA 94611
                                            Phone: (510) 752-1000
CONTRA COSTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
2500 Alhambra Avenue                        KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL
Martinez, CA 94553                          CENTER
Phone: (925) 370-5000                       1301 Pinole Valley Road
                                            Pinole, CA 94564
DOCTOR'S MEDICAL CENTER                     Phone: (510) 243-4000
San Pablo Campus
2000 Vale Road                              KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL
San Pablo, CA 94806                         CENTER
Phone: (510) 970-5000                       901 Nevin Avenue
                                            Richmond, CA 94801
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY                         Phone: (510) 307-1500
HEALTH SERVICES / PUBLIC HEALTH
Immunization Assistance Program             KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL
547 Center Avenue, Suite # 200A             CENTER
Martinez, CA 94553                          1425 South Main Street
                                            Walnut Creek, CA 94596
ALAMEDA COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER               Phone: (925) 295-4000
Highland Campus
1411 East 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 437-4800                              Other Selected Agencies

JOHN MUIR HEALTH: WALNUT CREEK CAMPUS
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone: (925) 939-3000

JOHN MUIR HEALTH: CONCORD CAMPUS
2540 East Street
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 682-8200

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                      DIRECTIONS TO ALAMEDA COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
                                     HIGHLAND CAMPUS

FACILITY
Alameda County Medical Facility
Highland Hospital
1411 East 31st Street
Oakland, CA. 94602
Telephone: (510) 437-4800


The easiest transit route to Highland Hospital is to take BART or bus to the Lake Merritt BART station, then transfer
to the free Highland shuttle van, which runs directly to the hospital. Look for the white van with the "Alameda
County Medical Center" logo, looping through the BART parking lot at 8th St. and Oak St. every 12 minutes on
weekdays, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

AC Transit Bus Route 62 stops at the entrance to Highland Hospital. Route 11 stops one block away, on 14th Ave. at
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                   DIRECTIONS TO CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER

FACILITY:           Children’s Hospital Medical Center
                    747 - 52nd Street
                    Oakland, CA

PHONE:              (510) 428-3000
747 52nd St Oakland, CA 94609-1809




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                  CONTRA COSTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
                     & CONTRA COSTA HEALTH CENTERS

FACILITY:        Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
                 2500 Alhambra Avenue
                 Martinez, CA 94553
PHONE:           (925) 370-5000

DIRECTIONS:      From West County: Take I-80 East. Exit I-80 at Hwy 4, East towards Martinez,
                 Exit Hwy. 4 at Alhambra Avenue. Turn left at stop light under freeway.
                 Medical Center is 1 mile down on left side at B Street.

                 From East & Central County: Take Hwy 4 toward Martinez. Exit Hwy 4 at
                 Alhambra Avenue. Turn right at stop light at exit. Medical Center is 1 mile down
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             CONTRA COSTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER -- DIRECTIONS




                     DIRECTIONS TO DOCTOR'S MEDICAL CENTER
                               SAN PABLO CAMPUS


FACILITY:           Doctor's Medical Center,
                    San Pablo Campus
                    2000 Vale Road
                    San Pablo, CA 94806

PHONE:              (510) 235-7000

FROM I-80:          Take San Pablo Dam Road exit to San Pablo Avenue. Right on San Pablo
                    Avenue to Vale Road. Follow signs to Doctor's Medical Center, San Pablo
                    Campus.
  2000 Vale Rd San Pablo, CA 94806-3808




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                 DIRECTIONS TO DOCTOR’S MEDICAL CENTER
                           SAN PABLO CAMPUS

FACILITY:          Doctor’s Medical Center
                   San Pablo Campus
                   2000 Vale Road
                   San Pablo, CA 94806

PHONE:             (510) 235-7000

FROM I 80:         Take San Pablo Dam Road exit to San Pablo Ave. Right on San Pablo
                   Avenue to Vale Road (left). Follow signs to Doctor’s Medical Center, San
                   Pablo Campus

2000 Vale Rd., San Pablo, CA 94806-3808




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            DIRECTIONS TO JOHN MUIR HEALTH: WALNUT CREEK CAMPUS

FACILITY:              John Muir Medical Center
                       1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
                       Walnut Creek, CA 94598
PHONE:                 (925) 939-3000 (need new map?)

FROM 680 SOUTH:        Take the "North Main" street exit. Follow exit around until you come to
                       Ygnacio Valley Road. Make a LEFT. Go about 1 mile (or less).
                       Hospital will be on your right.

FROM 680 NORTH:        Take Ygnacio Valley Road exit. Follow up to hospital.

PARKING:               Park in any "Visitor" parking space. Please use the visitor's spaces next to
                       the street, so that patients and families may have access to the closer ones.
MAP:




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                DIRECTIONS TO KAISER PERMANENTE OAKLAND

FACILITY:              Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
                       280 West MacArthur Blvd
                       Oakland, CA 94611

PHONE:                 (510) 428-5000




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                  DIRECTIONS TO KAISER PERMANENTE PINOLE


FACILITY:              Kaiser Medical Facility-Pinole
                       1301 Pinole Valley Road
                       Pinole, CA 94564

PHONE:                 510-243-4000




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DIRECTIONS TO KAISER PERMANENTE RICHMOND

FACILITY:              Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
                       901 Nevin Avenue
                       Richmond, CA 94801

PHONE:                 (510) 596-6232




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                DIRECTIONS TO KAISER PERMANENTE WALNUT CREEK

FACILITY:                   Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
                            1425 South Main Street
                            Walnut Creek, CA 94596
PHONE:                      (925) 295-4000

The Walnut Creek Medical Center is located at Newell Avenue and South Main Streets, east of I-680.

FROM SOUTH I-680:           Take the South Main exit (Rudgear Road). Turn left and wrap under the
                            freeway onto South Main. Continue up South Main to Newell Avenue.
                            Turn left on Newell Avenue. The parking structure is on the left, a half
                            block before California Blvd.

FROM NORTH I-680:           Take the South Main exit. Continue up South Main to Newell Avenue.
                            Turn left on Newell Avenue. The parking structure is on Newell Avenue
                            between California Blvd. and South Main.
MAP




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            DIRECTIONS TO JOHN MUIR HEALTH: CONCORD CAMPUS
                          2540 East Street, Concord, CA
                                (925) 682-8200

FROM SAN PABLO:        Go east on Highway 80. Take the Highway 4 turnoff. Continue on
                       Highway 4 (past turn-offs for Martinez, 680). Take the Highway 242 off
                       ramp and keep in the far right lane. Then take the first off ramp off
                       Highway 242, which is Solano Way/Grant Street. Follow this around and
                       you will run into the hospital, which is on East Street. (Grant becomes
                       East Street.) Turn left on Almond Avenue. Go into the visitor's parking
                       lot.

FROM BERKELEY:         Take Highway 24 to 680 north. (The road will divide.) Take 242 to
                       Concord. Get off 242 at Solano Way/Grant Avenue exit. Turn right at the
                       light onto Grant Avenue. Follow Grant (approximately 4 blocks). It will
                       turn into East Street. Turn left on Almond Avenue. Go into the visitor's
                       parking lot.

MAP:




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                              NURSING AWARDS AND COMMITTEES

                  KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL CENTERS NURSING AWARDS

Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers have donated monies to the Nursing Department. The ADN
faculty have decided to recognize outstanding nursing students by presenting annual awards.
The ADN faculty will give three nursing awards based on the following criteria:

For Academic Achievement in the Nursing Program:
    GPA 3.0 or greater in nursing courses while at CCC (NURS 210, NURS 235, NURS 255,
      NURS 275). Advanced placement students are eligible.
    Clinical performance "Satisfactory" during the 4 semesters of the nursing program.
    Written assignments demonstrate satisfactory progression as reviewed by faculty.
    Nominated and recommended by two full-time clinical instructors (recommendations should
      come from instructors in different teams.)
    Nominated students will be voted on by the entire nursing faculty.

Amount of award will be determined annually by the Nursing Department.

Academic Achievement Award will be presented to a 2nd year nursing student at the CCC Scholarship
Awards Ceremony.

For Outstanding Performance during the Nursing Program:
    Student(s) who has excelled in clinical
      a.     demonstrates professional behavior
      b.     punctual to class and clinical
      c.     provides excellent nursing care
      d.     demonstrates professional image

           Participated in ADN program activities (i.e., orientation, committees, etc.)
           Written assignments demonstrates satisfactory progression as reviewed by faculty
           Is performing satisfactorily in all aspects of the nursing program.
           Nominated and recommended highly by two faculty.
           Nominated students will be voted on by the entire nursing faculty.

Two Outstanding Performance Awards will be given: one award to a first year nursing student, and the
other award to a second year nursing student.

Amount of award will be determined annual by the Nursing Department.

Outstanding Performance Award will be presented at the CCC Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
Approved:          11/90
Reviewed:          5/98, 5/10, 5/12
Revised:           5/95, 5/96, 3/03, 5/07, 5/08



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                                      KAISER PERMANENTE SERVICE AWARD


The ADN faculty may present a Service Award to a second year nursing student. This award will be
presented at the Contra Costa College Awards Ceremony.


This award is made based on the following criteria:

           Demonstrates a generous and willing attitude to give service to faculty and other students alike.

           Service is given through the two years in the nursing program.

           Participates in nursing department meetings and other department activities.

           The degree of service goes above and beyond that which would be called for by a project group
            member.

           Nominated and recommended by two full-time faculty.

           Nominated students will be voted on by the entire nursing faculty.




Approved:          11/90
Reviewed:          5/98, 5/07, 5/10, 5/12
Revised:           5/95, 5/96, 3/03, 5/08




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                             DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER NURSING AWARD

Doctors Medical Center has donated monies to recognize outstanding nursing students in the Contra
Costa College Nursing Program.

The ADN faculty will give the Doctor’s Medical Center Nursing Award(s) based on the following
criteria:

I. Academic Achievement in the Nursing Program:
    GPA 3.0 or greater in nursing courses while at CCC (Nurs 210, Nurs 235, Nurs 255, Nurs 275).
      Advanced placement students are eligible.
    Clinical performance "Satisfactory" during the 4 semesters of the nursing program.
    Written assignments demonstrate satisfactory progression as reviewed by faculty.

II. Outstanding Clinical Performance during the Nursing Program:
     Student(s) who has excelled in clinical
      a.     demonstrates professional behavior
      b.     punctual to class and clinical
      c.     provides excellent nursing care
      d.     demonstrates professional image
     Written assignments demonstrate satisfactory progression as reviewed by faculty.

III. Outstanding Service to the Nursing Program:
     Demonstrates a generous and willing attitude to give service to faculty and other students alike.
     Service is given throughout the two years in the nursing program.
     Participates in nursing department meetings and other department activities.
     The degree of service goes above and beyond that which would be called for by a project group
       member.

The student who receives the Doctor’s Medical Center Nursing Award must be performing satisfactorily
in all aspects of the nursing program. The student must be nominated and recommended highly by two
faculty members. Nominated students will be voted on by the entire nursing faculty.

The Doctor’s Medical Center Nursing Award(s) will be presented at the CCC Scholarship Awards
Ceremony.




Adopted: 3/03
Reviewed: 5/08, 5/10, 5/12
Revised: 5/07




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                                   William Jacob Ulp
                                   Memorial Award
The recipient of the William Jacob Ulp Memorial Scholarship will be a nursing student in the
fourth semester of the nursing program at Contra Costa College who has an interest in working
with geriatric patients and/or patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The scholarship will be awarded
annually in mid-Spring, and the award will be a minimum of $200.

Criteria for the scholarship are as follows:

1. Documented interest in working as a R.N. with geriatric patients and/or patients with
   Alzheimer’s disease.

2. Satisfactory completion of the Geriatric Discharge Paper assignment with a paper that
   demonstrates excellence in care of the elderly patient.

Application Process:

1. Submit a letter of application for the William Jacob Ulp Memorial Scholarship to the
   Nursing 275 faculty team. The letter should be no longer than 200 words, and should
   include the following:
            Your interest in working with elderly patients and/or patients with Alzheimer’s
               disease
            How you developed this interest (for example, clinical experience working with
               the elderly, personal experience with an elderly family member, etc.)
            Your future career plans in this area of nursing

2. Submit a copy of your Geriatric Discharge Paper with your letter of application.

3. Submit the application by the posted application date.

Announcement of the winner of the scholarship will be made in the spring semester. The
recipient of the William Jacob Ulp Memorial Scholarship will be recognized at the College’s
Scholarship Awards ceremony.




Adopted: 9/06
Reveiwed: 5/08, 5/10, 5/12




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                             RUSSELL STILLWELL NURSING AWARD

The ADN program is pleased to announce that it has recently received a gift from Mr. Russell Stillwell
for the purpose of awarding nursing scholarships. Award(s) will be based on the following eligibility
criteria:

Eligibilty Criteria:

     1. Currently enrolled as a nursing student in the associate degree nursing program at
        Contra Costa College

     2. In good standing in the nursing program (theory and clinical)

     3. Demonstrates financial need

     4. Plans to return to the associate degree nursing program for at least one additional semester.
        (Awarded in fall semester)



Application Instructions:

     1. All applicants must complete a one-page typed double spaced statement addressing the
        following:
             Financial need
             Goals for the next semester or semesters in the nursing program
             Why you should be the recipient of the scholarship
            
     2. Obtain a statement from the financial aid office stating you are eligible for financial aid.

     3. Submit the above paperwork to a fulltime nursing instructor by the published date. Incomplete
        applications will not be considered.

The faculty will review the completed applications and select the scholarship recipient(s).




Adopted: 10/05
Reviewed: 5/10, 5/12
Revised: 5/07, 5/08




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                     ASIAN AMERICAN HOMECARE AWARD
Asian American Homecare has donated money to recognize outstanding nursing students with
financial need in the Contra Costa College Nursing Program. Four $2,500.00 scholarships will
be awarded at the end of the first year (second semester) of the Nursing Program to continuing
students. Monies will be dispersed three times to recipients: at the end of second semester with
proof of enrollment for Fall, at the beginning of the third semester with proof of maintenance of
GPA, and at the beginning of the fourth semester with proof of maintenance of GPA.

The Associate Degree Nursing Faculty will choose the Asian American Homecare award
recipients based on the following criteria:

       1.       Academic achievement in pre-requisite nursing courses
               Average GPA of 3.5 or higher in Group A and Group B pre-requisite nursing
                courses
               Average GPA of 3.5 or higher in all pre-nursing coursework, including
                Bachelor’s or Master’s degree coursework.
               Criteria will be determined by records from the CCC Admissions and Records
                Office and transcripts submitted with A.D.N. Program application
       2.       Academic achievement in the Nursing Program
               GPA of 3.5 or first and second semester nursing courses at Contra Costa College
               Satisfactory clinical performance during the first two semesters of the Nursing
                Program.
               Written assignments demonstrate scores of 80% or higher as measured by the
                clinical grading rubrics in the course syllabi
       3.       Outstanding clinical performance
               Punctual clinical as evaluated by clinical instructors
               Provides excellent nursing care as evaluated by clinical instructors
               Demonstrates leadership in clinical conferences and in the clinical setting
               Written assignments are submitted on time as evaluated by clinical instructors
       4.       Outstanding service to the Nursing Program and the community
               Demonstrates a generous and willing attitude to give service to the College and
                other students.
               Participates on Nursing Department committees, meetings and other Department
                activities
               Service is throughout the first and second semesters
       5.       Financial need
               Financial need based on the College Financial Need Application
               A copy of the financial Need Application will be submitted with the Asian
                American Homecare Scholarship Application

Applicants will be put into a pool and ranked according a decision matrix that includes the above
five criteria.


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                     ASIAN AMERICAN HOMECARE AWARD
                               APPLICATION

Name of applicant: _____________________________________________________________

Date of Associate Degree Program entry: __________________________________________

College/University                                           Degree received
                              Dates
Attended




Nursing Department committees you have served on:

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

Please state how you intend to use the Scholarship money if a Scholarship is awarded to
you. __________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________

Make a brief statement about why you believe that you are deserving of this scholarship:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Please submit copy of Contra Costa college Financial Need application with this
application.


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                                     NURSING COMMITTEES

The following Nursing Department Committees include student representatives in their membership:

Advisory Committee: This committee meets one time per year. The committee is composed of faculty,
clinical agency staff, community members and students. The committee provides a forum for discussion
and input about the nursing program.

Associate Degree Nursing Faculty Committee (ADN): The ADN faculty meetings are held on the third
Monday of each month. Membership includes the nursing faculty and two student representatives, one
from each year of the program. Student input is sought for all current department issues affecting
students.

Curriculum Committee: This committee may meet several times each semester. Students from each
year of the program attend the curriculum meetings. These students participate in discussion of all
curriculum matters, including philosophy, objectives, and learning experiences of the nursing program.

Policy Committee: This committee meets in the spring of each year. Student representatives and
faculty members of the Policy Committee meet to review current policies and suggest revisions to the
nursing policies for the upcoming academic year.

Student Issues Committee: This committee meets every 4-6 weeks and additionally as needed or
requested by students. Meetings are open to all for discussion of issues of concern to students.
Membership is composed of faculty from each year of the program, and student representatives from
each year of the program. The issues and concerns raised at the meetings are addressed by the whole
faculty at team and/or ADN meetings. Faculty report back to students about discussion of the issues.
Faculty also use this committee as a forum to bring issues to students.




Adopted: 5/04
Reviewed: 5/12
Revised: 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 4/11




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                                       JOB DESCRIPTION
                        STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES TO NURSING COMMITTEES

Students are provided the opportunity to participate formally and informally with the faculty in the
identification of policies and procedures related to students. The duties and responsibilities of a student
representative to Nursing Program committees at the Contra Costa College Associate Degree Nursing
program include the following:
1. Provide feedback to the committee members, specifically regarding:

          ADN Faculty Committee:          Student issues and input regarding program

          Advisory Committee:              Students’ perspective and experiences

          Curriculum Committee:           Curriculum revisions
                                          Course content and organization
                                          Clinical settings

          Policy Committee:               Department policies and procedures

          Student Issues Committee:        Student issues


2. Actively seek input from other students prior to committee meetings.

3. Participate in meetings on a regular basis.

4. Arrange for another student to substitute if unable to attend a scheduled meeting.




Adopted: 5/04
Reviewed: 5/07; 5/12
Revised: 5/08, 5/10, 4/11



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                                                         NURSING POLICIES

                                           STUDENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


GENERAL STATEMENT:
These policies are a supplement to Contra Costa College policies and procedures. Refer to the current
College Catalog for additional information regarding absences, withdrawals, grievance procedures, and
graduation requirements.

It is the responsibility of the student to read and be familiar with the college catalogue, as well as the
current policies and procedures of the Nursing Program.

These policies are in effect for the duration of the academic year.

These policies are in writing and available to students on the nursing web page.

These policies are reviewed annually. Policy changes are distributed as appropriate.




Reviewed: 5/87, 5/88, 5/89, 5/90, 5/91, 5/93, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/98, 5/99, 5/00, 5/01, 4/03, 5/05, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
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                                         ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM


POLICY:
The Associate Degree Nursing Program has an obligation to meet both the educational and the service
needs of the community.

To facilitate effective use of educational resources, the faculty has established minimum academic
requirements for Admission into the Nursing Program. This is to ensure that a student who enters the
program will have the potential to complete it successfully, pass the National Council Licensure
Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN), and become a competent professional nurse.

In addition to academic requirements, the student must be physically and mentally capable of
completing the academic and clinical program, and providing safe care to patients. (See Essential
Functions: Registered Nursing and Other Nursing Students.) A satisfactory physical exam, current
immunizations, clear criminal background check and drug screen, and valid social security number (not
tax ID#) are also required. Applicants selected for admission to the first semester must successfully pass
the TEAS exam in order to begin the nursing program. (See TEAS Testing Policy.)

Within the framework of these minimum requirements, students are admitted on an equal basis.


PROCEDURE:
The entire admissions procedure is conducted in the Admissions Office. Applications and transcripts
are sent to the Admissions Office. Records are evaluated by the College Admissions and Records office.

See Nursing Program Bulletin for current admissions requirements.




Reviewed: 5/87, 5/88, 5/89, 5/90, 5/95, 5/96, 5/97, 5/00, 5/01, 4/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/06, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/85, 3/86, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 5/94, 5/99, 5/02, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10



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                                       TEAS TESTING POLICY

POLICY:
Applicants that are accepted into the first semester of the Contra Costa College nursing program
are required to pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) exam prior to starting the
nursing program. The passing composite or cut score for the TEAS exam is determined by the
California State Chancellor’s Office and is the same for all California community college
nursing programs.


PROCEDURE:

Contra Costa College will administer the appropriate TEAS V test to all students who were
chosen in the lottery. The cost of the exam will be paid by a grant from the California State
Chancellor’s Office.

Applicants who have passed the TEAS V exam at another nursing program must submit an
official electronic transcript from ATI to Contra Costa College Nursing Department. Only the
first TEAS V exam score will be considered. Applicants who have passed one of the other
approved standardized exams [the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam (A2) or the
Preadmission Examination for Registered Nursing Programs (CPAX-RN)] may submit an
official transcript of the score on the first exam to the Contra Costa College nursing department.

Applicants who pass the TEAS V exam will proceed with background check and drug screening.
Once cleared on the background check and drug screening, the applicant will be fully admitted
into the nursing program. (See Admission to the Nursing Program policy.)

Admission into the nursing program will be deferred for one year for applicants who do not
achieve the passing composite cut score on the TEAS V exam. The TEAS Assessment Testing
Coordinator will meet with the applicant and develop an individualized one-year remediation
plan. After completion of the remediation plan, the applicant will retake the TEAS V exam. If
the applicant passes the TEAS V exam, the applicant will be admitted to the program pending a
clear background check and drug screening. The applicant must begin the nursing program in
the next available scheduled class or will forfeit placement in the nursing program. (See
Admission to the Nursing Program policy.)

Applicants who do not achieve the cut score on the retake of the TEAS V exam will not be
admitted into the program and must begin the application process again.

If the remediation plan is not completed, an applicant will forfeit placement in the nursing
program.


Adopted: 5/11
Reviewed: 5/12



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                   BACKGROUND SCREENING AND DRUG TESTING

POLICY:

Clinical agencies have security standards that are required of all employees and of students who
are at the agency for a clinical rotation. Nursing students must at all times meet hospital security
standards in order to be placed in the mandatory clinical rotations at the hospitals. A history of
felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation
could render a student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.


PROCEDURE:

All applicants to the Contra Costa College Nursing Program are required to submit to a criminal
background check and 10-panel drug screen prior to beginning the nursing program. These
requirements are mandated by the clinical facilities used by the nursing program. Every
applicant offered space in the program will be required to submit to a criminal background
screening prior to being granted full admission into the Nursing Program.

If a student cannot obtain a clear criminal background check, it will not be possible to place the
student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the program. In the event that a
student cannot obtain a clear background check, the student’s space in the nursing program will
be forfeited. The student will not be admitted to the nursing program.

Students who are found to be ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after
admission to the nursing program shall be subject to dismissal from the program, as they will be
unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.



Notice Concerning Board of Registered Nursing Licensure
Prior to obtaining a license to practice as a Registered Nurse, all graduates must report felony
and misdemeanor convictions along with submission of fingerprints. The Board of Registered
Nursing may deny licensure based on prior convictions. For a list of convictions substantially
related to the practice of nursing, please see the Board of Registered Nursing web page
(www.rn.ca.gov ).




Adopted: 5/11
Revised: 05/12




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                             ADVANCED PLACEMENT ADMISSION

POLICY:
A student determined to have education commensurate with the curriculum of the nursing program may
be admitted to advanced standing on a space-available basis.

Advanced placement applicants must meet the same requirements for admission to the Nursing Program
as basic nursing students.


PROCEDURE:
The initial evaluation of prerequisite and other general education courses is conducted by the
Admissions Office using standardized criteria. All required documentation must be on file in
Admissions Office. (See current Nursing Program Bulletin for deadlines for application.)

The applicant may appeal a decision made by the Admissions Office to disallow credit for a transfer
science or general education course. See College Catalog for the appeals process.

All advanced placement students must have documentation of a satisfactory physical examination,
current immunizations, clear criminal background check and drug screen, a valid social security number
(not tax ID#). Proof of current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification is
required (See Physical Examination and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification Policies.)


Licensed Vocational Nurses:
LVNs may be admitted to the third semester of the nursing program into NURS 255 (Intermediate
Medical/Surgical and Psychiatric Nursing) and NURS 256 (Developing Competency in Nursing
Practice) on a space available basis. Advanced placement LVN applicants must complete all nursing
program pre-requisites or demonstrate competency by credit by examination / waiver exam prior to
admission to the program. [See Credit by Examination Policy and Waiver Policies.]

30-Unit Option LVNs are admitted to the nursing program on a space available basis. The 30-Unit
Option LVN applicant completes Microbiology, Physiology, Drug Dosage Calculations for Nursing
Students (N 205), Psychiatric Nursing, Gerontological / Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing. 30-Unit
Option LVNs are not graduates of the Nursing Program. Completion of courses and graduation after
licensure does not confer graduate standing and is not recognized by the California Board of Registered
Nursing. The license for a 30-Unit Option RN is valid only in California.




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Licensed Psychiatric Technicians:
Psychiatric Technicians may be admitted to the second semester of the nursing program on a space
available basis. Applicants who are admitted to the second semester must complete all prerequisite
courses prior to admission to the program.

Transfer Applicants:
Applicants who transfer from another professional nursing program are evaluated for admission and
placement by the ADN Admissions Committee. Advanced placement transfer applicants must complete
all prerequisite courses prior to admission to the program. All transfer applicants will be interviewed by
the Nursing Admissions Committee. Admission is on a space available basis.


Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Applicants:
An applicant who is a RN from another country and who needs additional course work for licensure in
California as designated by the California Board of Registered Nursing is evaluated for admission and
placement by the ADN Admissions Committee. BRN applicants must complete the Drug Dosage
Calculation class (N205) or demonstrate competency by credit by examination/waiver exam prior to
admission to the program. (See Credit by Examination & Waiver policies.).

Beginning in Fall 2013, BRN applicants must also complete the Pharmacology for Nurses class (N 212)
or its equivalent or demonstrate competency by credit by examination/waiver exam prior to admission to
the program. [See Credit by Examination Waiver Policies].

All BRN applicants will be interviewed by the Nursing Admissions Committee. Admission is on a
space available basis.




Reviewed: 5/85, 5/87, 5/94, 5/00, 5/01, 5/02
Revised: 3/86, 5/88, 5/90, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 5/95, 5/96, 5/97, 5/98, 5.99, 5/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12




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                                    DEFERMENT POLICY FOR NEW APPLICANTS

POLICY:
This policy applies to a new applicant who has been accepted into the nursing program and has
submitted a written acceptance of admission to the nursing department.

In the event that this applicant develops a temporary health condition before the first day of class that
interferes with the ability to meet the immunization or health requirements of the program, the applicant
will be granted a deferral of admission for one year.


PROCEDURE:
The applicant must write a letter explaining the situation to the Director of the Nursing Program.
Medical documentation must accompany the letter.

The Director of the Nursing Program will confer with the course faculty team to determine if the criteria
for implementation of this policy have been met. The Director will notify the applicant in writing of the
decision of the faculty team.

If the applicant is unable to begin the program the following year, the deferral agreement will expire.
The applicant will need to submit a new application for admission, and follow the process stated in the
current Nursing Program Bulletin.




Adopted: 1/15/05
Reviewed: 5/06, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12




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                                  ONE-TIME READMISSION POLICY

POLICY:
The Associate Degree Nursing Program has a responsibility to continuing students,
new program applicants, and students applying for readmission to the nursing program.

Any student who has left the program in less than good standing may be readmitted to the nursing
program one time only, regardless of beginning or advanced placement status.

The one time only readmission policy will be waived for the student in good standing who withdraws
from the nursing program under the Personal Leave Policy (See Personal Leave Policy.), and the
Deferment Policy (See Deferment Policy for New Applicants.).


PROCEDURE:
Students who have left the program must apply in writing for readmission to the Nursing Admissions
Committee by April 1st for fall semester and November 1st for spring semester. (See Readmission of
Students who Have Left the Program in Good Standing, Readmission of Students who Have Left the
Program in Less Than Good Standing, and Readmission of a Student who has Received a Clinical
Grade of "U" Unsafe policies.)

Students who have left the program in less than good standing twice are not eligible to return to the
program.




Approved: 5/05
Reviewed: 5/08; 5/12
Revised: 5/06, 5/07, 5/10, 5/11




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                    READMISSION OF A STUDENT WHO HAS LEFT THE PROGRAM
                                      IN GOOD STANDING


POLICY:
The Associate Degree Nursing Program has a responsibility to the student who left the program in good
standing and who applies for readmission. Good standing is defined as a theory average that is 75% or
better and satisfactory clinical performance.

The one time only readmission policy will be waived for the student who withdraws from the nursing
program under the Personal Leave Policy. (See Personal Leave Policy.)

Continuing students are admitted to the next course in sequence upon readmission to the nursing
program. A student who is readmitted must abide by the current policies of the nursing program.

A student will be readmitted to a nursing course on a space available basis.


PROCEDURE:
The applicant will submit a letter to the Nursing Admissions Committee requesting readmission to the
nursing program by April 1st for fall semester and November 1st for spring semester. Readmission is
dependent upon space availability.




Approved: 5/05
Reviewed: 5/06, 5/08; 5/12
Revised: 5/07, 5/10, 5/11



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                     READMISSION OF A STUDENT WHO HAS LEFT THE PROGRAM
                                 IN LESS THAN GOOD STANDING

POLICY:
The Associate Degree Nursing Program will consider the request of a student applying for readmission
after withdrawing or leaving the program in less than good standing. Less than good standing is defined
as a theory average that is less than 75%, or less than satisfactory clinical performance.

A student may be readmitted to the nursing program one time only. (See Personal Leave and Student
Initiated Withdrawal policies.)

A student who is readmitted will be placed in the course (s)he was taking when (s)he left the program.
A student who is readmitted must abide by the current policies of the nursing program. A student will
be readmitted to a nursing course on a space available basis.

PROCEDURE:
The applicant will submit a letter to the Nursing Admissions Committee requesting readmission by
April 1st for fall semester and November 1st for spring semester.

Readmission to the nursing program is dependent upon the evaluation of the student by the Nursing
Admissions Committee and space availability.

Criteria for Determining Readmission:
A student who withdraws or leaves from the nursing program in less than good standing will be
readmitted only if the student has met the criteria for readmission discussed at the exit interview and
documented on the Exit Interview Form. The Nursing Admissions Committee will interview the
applicant to determine if the criteria for readmission have been met.

Readmission will be based upon fulfillment of criteria for readmission made at the time of the exit
interview, and one or more of the following:
        a. demonstrated or documented improvement in knowledge and/or academic skills.
        b. improvement in behaviors or attitude previously identified as less than satisfactory.

There is no guarantee that readmission will be granted.




Reviewed: 5/87, 5/89, 5/90, 5/96, 5/06
Revised: 3/86, 5/88, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 5/94, 5/95, 5/97, 5/98, 5/99, 5/00, 5/01, 5/02, 4/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12




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            INELIGIBILITY FOR READMISSION OF A STUDENT WHO HAS RECEIVED
                            A CLINICAL GRADE OF "U" UNSAFE

POLICY:
Safe clinical practice and protection of the public is a primary goal of the nursing department. Any
student who has received a grade of "U" UNSAFE in a clinical rotation will be dismissed from
the nursing program and will not be considered for readmission to the nursing program.




Adopted:        12/94
Reviewed:       5/97, 5/98, 5/99, 5/00, 5/01, 4/03, 5/04
Revised:        5/95, 5/96, 5/02, 5/05, 5/06, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11




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                 ADMISSION OF A TRANSFER APPLICANT AFTER MORE THAN
                      TWO YEARS AWAY FROM A NURSING PROGRAM


POLICY:
Eligibility and placement of a transfer student in the Nursing Program will be determined by the Nursing
Admissions Committee based on time away from a nursing program and applicant’s professional
activities and studies in the interim period.

A transfer applicant applying for admission into the second, third or fourth semester who has been out of
a nursing program for more than two years is not considered to be clinically competent due to rapid
changes in the health care environment.


PROCEDURE:
The applicant must submit a letter to the Nursing Admissions Committee requesting admission by
April 1st for fall semester and November 1st for spring semester. The letter must include documentation
of professional activities and studies that the applicant has performed since leaving a nursing program.

Admission to the nursing program is dependent upon the evaluation and recommendation of the Nursing
Admissions Committee and space availability.




Adopted: 5/10
Reviewed: 5/12
Revised: 5/11




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                    READMISSION OF A STUDENT AFTER MORE THAN
                    TWO YEARS AWAY FROM THE NURSING PROGRAM


POLICY:
An applicant applying for readmission into the first semester after being out of the nursing program for
more than two years must apply for admission into the program as a beginning student.

An applicant applying for readmission into the second, third or fourth semesters after being out of the
Nursing Program for more than two years is not eligible for readmission unless recommended for
readmission by the Nursing Admissions Committee. The Nursing Admissions Committee will
determine placement into the program that is appropriate for the student. Permission to retake any
course must be granted by the Dean of Student Services.


PROCEDURE:
The applicant will submit a letter to the Nursing Admissions Committee requesting readmission by
April 1st for fall semester and November 1st for spring semester.

Readmission to the nursing program is dependent upon the evaluation of the student by the Nursing
Admissions Committee and space availability.

After recommendation from the Nursing Admissions Committee, if needed, the applicant must obtain
permission from the Dean of Student Services to retake any needed courses.

Readmission is not guaranteed and is based on space availability.




Adopted: 5/10
Reviewed: 5/12
Revised: 5/11



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                                              CREDIT BY EXAMINATION POLICY

POLICY:
A student may receive credit by examination for any course in the nursing program within the
framework of the college Credit-By-Examination policy. Permission to challenge a course by
examination is granted or denied by the Division Dean in consultation with the Nursing faculty.


PROCEDURE:

Before receiving credit by examination for any course in the nursing program, all required prerequisite
courses must be successfully completed (see Nursing Program Bulletin) and the College's requirements
for Credit-By-Examination must be met. (See College Catalog.)


CREDIT BY EXAMINATION OF NURSING 210, 230, 235, 240, 250, 255, 260, and/or 275:
In order to receive credit by examination Nursing 210, 230, 235, 240, 250, 255, 260 and/or 275, a
student must successfully complete the following components:

           a.         Pass the credit by examination theory examination(s) with a 75% grade or better.
           b.         Successfully complete three days of clinical practice under the supervision of a clinical
                      instructor. Course clinical objectives will provide the basis for clinical evaluation during
                      the three days.


CREDIT BY EXAMINATION OF NURSING 211, 231, 236, 241, 251, 256, 261, and/or 276:
In order to receive credit by examination Nursing 211, 231, 236, 241, 251, 256, 261, and/or 276, a
student must satisfactorily demonstrate competency (by return demonstration) in the critical skills
covered in the course.


CREDIT BY EXAMINATION OF NURSING 205, and/or 212:
In order to receive credit by examination Nursing 205 and/or Nursing 212, a student must successfully
complete a written credit by examination exam with a grade of 75% or better.

A student will be eligible to take the credit by examination for any course one time only.
Successful completion of credit-by-examination does not guarantee admission into the nursing program.




Adopted: 4/88
Reviewed: 5/94, 5/96, 5/98, 5/00, 5/02, 5/06; 5/12
Revised: 6/89, 5/92, 12/94, 5/95, 5/97, 5/99, 5/01, 11/02, 5/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/07, 5/08. 5/10, 5/11




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                  WAIVER OF NURSING 205 (DRUG DOSAGE CALCULATION CLASS)
                   AND/OR NURSING 212 (PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSES CLASS)
                                          BY EXAM

POLICY:
A student who is not eligible to receive credit by examination the Drug Dosage Calculation course
(Nursing 205) or the Pharmacology for Nurses course (Nursing 212) according to the College
procedures for Credit-by-Exam may choose to waive these courses by taking the Nursing Department's
waiver exam(s). A student who chooses the waiver option, and successfully passes the waiver exam, will
receive a notation on the official transcript that states that the course was waived, but will not receive
any unit credit or grade for the course. There is no fee for this waiver. The waiver examination must be
taken prior to enrollment in the course.


PROCEDURE:
The procedure for waiving the Drug Dosage Calculation course or the Pharmacology for Nurses course
by exam is as follows:

           1.         The student must request a waiver exam from the course instructor. The instructor will
                      notify the student whether or not the waiver exam is appropriate, and the date and time of
                      the waiver examination.

           2.         Upon successful completion of the waiver exam (75% average), the instructor will notify
                      the Admissions Office, and a notification regarding the waiver will be entered on the
                      student's official transcript.

           3.         Nursing 205 and Nursing 212 may be waived by exam one time only.




Adopted: 5/96
Reviewed: 5/97, 5/01, 5/06, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/98, 5/99, 5/00, 5/02, 5/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10




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                        GRADING POLICY: COURSE THEORY GRADE

POLICY:
Grades are assigned at the end of each course.

The grading standard for theory in the Associate Degree Nursing Program is as follows:
                                    A....................................100 - 90%
                                    B.................................... 89 - 80%
                                    C.................................... 79 - 75%

                                    D.................................... 74 - 70%
                                    F.................................... 69 - 0%

The course theory grade is based on the student's total number of points for theory exams divided by the
total possible points. If this course grade contains a fraction of 0.5 or above, the grade will be rounded
up to the next whole number (for example, 74.5 % = 75 %).

In order to receive the earned theory grade, pass each nursing course, and progress in, or graduate from,
the nursing program, a student must:
        1.      achieve a minimum average of "C" (75%) on theory examinations.
        2.      receive a SATISFACTORY (S) grade in overall clinical performance.
        3.      complete all required theory and clinical written assignments.

In instances of a first LESS-THAN-SATISFACTORY (L) for a clinical rotation, the student will receive
a course grade based on the earned theory average.

In instances of a second LESS-THAN-SATISFACTORY (L) overall clinical grade at any time in the
program, the grade of "F" will be the assigned course grade, regardless of the earned theory average.
(See Course Grading Policy: Clinical Grade policy.) The student will be dismissed from the program
in less-than-good standing (See Readmission of a Student who has left the Program in Less-Than-Good
Standing policy).

In instances of UNSAFE (U) clinical performance, a grade of "F" will be the assigned course grade,
regardless of the earned theory average. (See Readmission of a Student Who Has Received a Clinical
Grade of “U” UNSAFE policy.)

A student who receives an "L" LESS-THAN-SATISFACTORY clinical grade in the first rotation of the
fourth semester of the program will be unable to progress to the preceptorship rotation, and will be
assigned a grade of "F" for the course, regardless of the earned theory average. (See Progression to the
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A student who is earning a grade of "D" or "F" before the college drop date may elect to withdraw from
the course. The student will then receive a "W" grade on the college transcript. In this case, the "W"
grade counts as an admission. (See Readmission of Students who have left the Program in Less Than
Good Standing.)

The grade as submitted by the instructor of record shall be considered final.


CHEATING

Because honesty is an essential value for the professional nurse, a score of "0" will be assigned to the
examination of any student who is found to have cheated on that examination. (See College Academic
Honesty Policy in the college catalog.)

Students who are found to be cheating will be referred to the Dean of Student Services for disciplinary
action.




Reviewed: 5/89, 5/94, 5/96, 5/97, 5/98, 5/01, 5/08, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/85, 3/86, 5/87, 5/88, 5/90, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 5/99, 5/00, 5/02, 5/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/06, 5/07, 5/10




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                         GRADING POLICY: COURSE CLINICAL GRADE

POLICY:
Clinical grades are based upon written clinical objectives.

In each course "Critical Objectives" have been identified which must be satisfactorily met in order to
receive a SATISFACTORY (S) clinical grade.

A clinical performance evaluation will be completed at the end of each clinical rotation.

Criteria for the determination of "SATISFACTORY," "LESS-THAN-SATISFACTORY," and
"UNSAFE" clinical performance and the outcomes for each clinical grade are as follows:


SATISFACTORY (S): Meets clinical performance objectives at a level commensurate with theory and
experience in the program. Functions adequately with appropriate direction and guidance. Meets all
critical performance (*) objectives. Seeks assistance when it is needed and benefits from constructive
criticism.

         When clinical performance is determined to be SATISFACTORY at the end of a course or
          clinical rotation, a grade of SATISFACTORY (S) will be assigned for that course or rotation.


LESS-THAN-SATISFACTORY (L): Is deficient in meeting clinical performance objectives at a level
commensurate with theory and experience in the program. Needs frequent guidance and detailed
instructions. Is unable to consistently apply theory to clinical practice.

 1.       A Clinical Practice Committee (CPC) meeting will be held when a student's performance is
          LESS-THAN-SATISFACTORY (L) at any time.
 2.       When a student receives the first clinical rotation grade of "L" LESS-THAN-SATISFACTORY,
          the CPC may recommend continuation or dismissal from the program.
 3.       If the CPC recommends that the student continue in the nursing program, the student will be
          placed on clinical probation. The theory average will be the assigned grade for the course.
 4.       When a student has received two "L" LESS -THAN SATISFACTORY clinical rotation grades at
          any time in the program, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program. A grade of "F"
          will be assigned for the course. A final CPC meeting may be held to make recommendations to
          the student.




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UNSAFE (U): Exhibits behavior that endangers self, the patient, or others. Is deficient in meeting
clinical objectives at a level commensurate with theory and experience in the program. Is unable to
demonstrate improvement with constant guidance and detailed instructions. Is unable to consistently
apply theory to clinical practice. (See Dismissal from the Associate Degree Nursing Program policy.)

 1.        A Clinical Practice Committee meeting will be held at any time that a student's performance is
           determined to be UNSAFE. The student will be dismissed from the nursing program. A course
           grade of "F" will be assigned when the clinical rotation grade is UNSAFE (U).
 2.        A student who receives a grade of "F" before the college drop date may elect to withdraw from
           the course. The student will then receive a "W" grade on the college transcript (See Ineligibility
           for Readmission of a Student Who Has Received a Clinical Grade of “U” Unsafe policy).




Reviewed: 6/89, 5/90, 5/96, 5/01, 5/08, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/85, 5/86, 5/87, 5/88, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 5/94, 12/94, 5/95, 5/97, 5/00, 5/02, 4/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/06, 5/07, 5/10




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                                                                    PROBATION


POLICY:
Probation is an indication that change(s) must occur in student behavior if the student is to progress
satisfactorily in the course/program. Probation is a means of identifying the specific area(s) of
unsatisfactory performance, as well as specifying what changes must occur. A plan to accomplish
improvement in performance will be a joint effort of student and instructor.


PROCEDURE:
A student is placed on probation in the following instances:

 1.        Theory
           Theory average is below 75%.

 2.        Clinical
           Clinical performance is LESS-THAN SATISFACTORY (L) at any time.

Probationary status is removed when the student's performance is satisfactory in accordance with the
policies of the Nursing Department.




Reviewed: 5/89, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/97, 5/98, 4/03, 5/04, 5/06, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/85, 5/86, 5/87, 5/88, 5/90, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 12/94, 5/99, 5/01, 5/02, 5/05, 5/07



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                                CLINICAL PRACTICE COMMITTEE

POLICY:
The purpose of the Clinical Practice Committee is to provide guidance and recommendations in
instances of deficient clinical performance.

Each clinical instructor has the authority to determine the grade for the clinical rotation. The clinical
grade will be assigned by the instructor.

A Clinical Practice Committee meeting will be held when:
 1.    clinical performance is LESS-THAN-SATISFACTORY (L) at any time, or
 2.    clinical performance is UNSAFE (U) at any time.

The Clinical Practice Committee will assure that the student has been given the opportunity to remediate
deficient clinical behavior. A written plan of remediation will be developed by the Committee and
communicated to the instructor and the student.

The Clinical Practice Committee will make a recommendation regarding:
 1. continuation or dismissal from the program, and /or
 2. the conditions for continuation in the course.


PROCEDURE:
 1. The clinical evaluation will be discussed by the evaluating instructor with the student prior to the
    CPC meeting. Specific areas for improvement will be identified. The student is to read and sign
    the evaluation.
2.  The CPC Chairperson or designated faculty member will schedule the meeting date and time of
    the CPC meeting. The student will be notified of the date and time of the CPC meeting. The
    Committee will be convened no sooner than 24 hours after the student-faculty evaluation
    conference.
 3. The CPC Chairperson or designated faculty member shall select the members of the Clinical
    Practice Committee, to consist of no less than three (3) members of the faculty. The CPC
    Chairperson or designated faculty member shall act as chairperson of the CPC meeting.
 4. The student is encouraged to attend the CPC meeting. It is not mandatory for the student to be
    present, but it is an opportunity to discuss the issue.
 5. The student may bring one support person to the CPC meeting. The role of the support person is
    to be an observer, only.
 6. The student and the presenting instructor(s) will hear and discuss each other's presentation at the
    CPC meeting.
 7. The presenting instructor(s) and student will not be present while the committee makes its
    decision.




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 8.        The CPC meeting will be audio-taped by the faculty. The tape will be available for the student
           to review if requested.
 9.        The decision will be made by consensus of the Committee in a closed session.
10.        The student and instructor(s) will be notified of the decision by the next working day. A
           confirming letter or e-mail will follow verbal notification.




Reviewed: 5/88, 5/89, 5/98, 5/01, 4/03, 5/04, 5/10; 5/12
Revised: 5/85, 5/86, 5/87, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/97, 5/00, 5/02, 5/05, 5/06, 5/07. 5/08, 5/11



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                   DISMISSAL FROM THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM


POLICY:
The nursing faculty is responsible to both the student and the patient(s) assigned to the student's care. A
student whose performance is unsatisfactory or unsafe may be dismissed from the program.

PROCEDURE:
A student will be dismissed from the nursing program in the following instances:

 1.        FAILING COURSE GRADE:
           When a student receives a final theory grade of less than 75%.

 2.        FAILING CLINICAL GRADE:
           When a student:
           a. fails to demonstrate basic nursing skills in the first 4 weeks of Nursing 210
           b. receives two Less-Than-Satisfactory clinical grades anytime within the first 3 semesters
           c. receives one Less-than-Satisfactory clinical grade in the fourth semester
            d. receives an Unsafe clinical grade.

 3.        ABSENCES:
           When a student has absences in excess of sixteen (16) clock hours in clinical and/or four (4)
           clock hours in the skills lab course in any one semester. (See Emergency Absence Policy.)

4.         UNSAFE NURSING PRACTICE:
           Dismissal from the program will occur at any time for the following reasons:
           a.    The use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs in the hospital setting.*
           b.    The use of legally prescribed drugs which modify the behavior of the student sufficiently
                 to result in unsafe patient care.*
           c.    Behavior that endangers themselves, the patient, or others.

 A student who is dismissed from the program for a failing course grade, failing clinical grade, or
absence policy may reapply to the nursing program under the Readmission of a Student who has Left the
Program in Less Than Good Standing policy.


* - See California State Board of Registered Nursing, "Guidelines for Schools of Nursing in Dealing
with the Matter of Nursing Students Impaired by Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Emotional Illness," and
Nursing Program Policy, Nursing Students Impaired by Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Emotional Illness.


Reviewed: 5/89, 5/95, 5/96, 5/98, 5/01, 5/06, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/85, 5/86, 5/87, 5/88, 5/90, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 5/94, 5/97, 5/00, 5/02, 4/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/07. 5/08, 5/10




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                                      EXIT INTERVIEW


 POLICY:
 Any student who leaves the nursing program in less than good standing and who is eligible for
 readmission will participate in an exit interview with the Director of the Nursing Program or
 designee.


PROCEDURE:
A student who decides to leave the program or has failed a nursing course should refer to the
Contra Costa College Catalog for the procedure regarding dropping a course. It is the student's
responsibility to be aware of the last date to withdraw from a class without penalty.

The student who is leaving the program or has failed a nursing course must make an appointment
with the Director of the Nursing Program or designee before the end of the semester.

Students who are not in good standing must have an exit interview in order to be considered for
readmission to the nursing program by the Nursing Admissions Committee.

Students who have left the program in less-than-good standing and do not have an exit interview
before the end of the semester are not eligible for readmission.




Approved: 5/05
Revised: 5/06, 5/08, 5/10
Reviewed: 5/07, 5/11; 5/12



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                                        PROGRESSION TO THE PRECEPTORSHIP


POLICY:
A student must receive a clinical grade of "S" SATISFACTORY in the first rotation of the fourth
semester in order to progress to the preceptorship.


PROCEDURE:
A student who receives an "L" LESS-THAN-SATISFACTORY or "U" UNSAFE clinical grade in the
first rotation of the fourth semester of the program will not be allowed to continue to the preceptorship.
A Clinical Practice Committee meeting will be held. The student will be dismissed from the program,
and a grade of "F" will be assigned for the course.

The student may elect to withdraw from the course before the college drop date. The student will then
receive a "W" grade on the college transcript. In this case, the "W" grade counts as an admission. (See
Readmission of Students Who Have Left the Program in Less than Good Standing policy.)




Adopted: 5/01
Revised: 5/02, 5/04, 5/05
Reviewed: 4/03, 5/06, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12




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                                    GRADUATION WITH A NURSING MAJOR


POLICY:
In order to receive the Associate of Science degree with a major in nursing, the student must
satisfactorily complete both nursing program and college graduation requirements.

Students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the
United States do not need to complete general education requirements. Such students are
eligible for an Associate of Science degree upon completion of all nursing prerequisite and
nursing program courses.

A grade of "C" (75%) or above must be earned in each of the required courses in the nursing
program to be considered a graduate from the Nursing program at Contra Costa College.


PROCEDURE:
Course prerequisites must be completed as required.

The student who does not achieve a grade of "C" (75%) or better in a required nursing course
must repeat that course before being eligible to graduate from the Nursing program. (See
Readmission and Grading policies.)

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all requirements for graduation (nursing and
non-nursing courses) have been met.




Approved: 9/87
Reviewed: 5/88, 5/89, 5/90, 5/91, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/97, 5/98, 5/99, 5/00,5/01,5/02, 4/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/06, 5/07, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/92, 5/93, 5/02, 4/03, 5/08, 5/10



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                                          STUDENT EXAMINATION POLICY


POLICY:
A student is expected to take all theory examinations as scheduled. All students are expected to start all
examinations on time.


PROCEDURE:
A student is expected to notify the instructor prior to the time of the examination if unable to be
present.

Good cause for missing a scheduled examination must be given.

Make-up examinations must be taken on the first day the student returns to school, or at the discretion of
the faculty team. When a student takes a make-up theory examination after the scheduled date, five
percent (5%) of available points will be deducted from the score of that exam.

Lateness to a theory exam of more than 30 minutes will result in five percent (5%) of available points
being deducted from the score of that exam.

In extraordinary circumstances, [for example, hospitalization of the student, death or hospitalization of
an immediate family member or domestic partner], the faculty team may waive the 5% deduction. The
student must submit the Request for Waiver of the 5% Deduction on Exams form to the faculty team,
along with relevant documentation to support the waiver request. The faculty team will determine
whether the 5% deduction will be waived.

If a student arrives at the examination time and feels ill and unable to take the exam, the instructor must
be notified before the examination begins. Once a student begins an examination for a nursing
course, the recorded grade stands. The student will not have an opportunity to re-take an examination
that has been started or completed.




Approved: 5/85
Reviewed: 5/89, 5/90, 5/91, 5/96, 5/98, 10/98, 5/99, 5/01, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 3/86, 5/87, 5/88, 5/92, 5/93, 5/94, 5/95, 5/97, 10/98, 5/00, 5/02, 5/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/06, 5/07



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                      REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF THE 5 % DEDUCTION ON EXAMS


I request to be excused from the 5% deduction on the theory exam # _______ for the
course__________due to the following reason:




                           STUDENT SIGNATURE                                DATE




                     STUDENT NAME (PLEASE PRINT)



____ APPROVED                        ____ NOT APPROVED

_________________________________________
Faculty Signature




Adopted: 5/06
Reviewed: 5/0 7, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/08




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                                              CLINICAL ABSENCE POLICY


POLICY:
Each student is expected to participate in ALL clinical experiences. Clinical experiences include
hospital and other agency clinical experiences, skills lab experiences, simulation lab experiences,
clinical conferences and all other related clinical activities.

All clinical absences interfere with a student's achievement of clinical objectives. Therefore, the sixteen
(16) hours of clinical absence per semester are allowed only in the event of serious illness or emergency.
In the first rotation of the fourth semester, eight (8) clinical absence are allowed only in the event of
serious illness or emergency.


PROCEDURE:
The clinical instructor must be notified prior to the start of the clinical day in the event of illness or
emergency. The student will notify the clinical instructor of illness or emergency that occurs during the
clinical day.

Arriving late to the clinical area will be included as clinical absence time.

A student who comes unprepared to the clinical area may, at the discretion of the clinical instructor, be
required to leave the clinical area for the day.

A student who comes to the clinical area ill may be asked to leave at the discretion of the clinical
instructor and in accordance with agency policy. A student who has been ill may be asked to provide
the faculty with documentation from a medical provider stating that the student is physically able to
return to the clinical area.

A student in the first, second, or third semester will be dismissed from the nursing program when
absences exceed sixteen (16) clock hours within a semester, unless an emergency absence request is
approved. A student in the first clinical rotation of the fourth semester will be dismissed from the
nursing program when absences exceed eight (8) clock hours within a semester, unless an emergency
absence request is approved. (See Emergency Absence policy.)

Due to the possibility of rescheduling days during the preceptorship experience, all required clinical
preceptor days must be completed according to the preceptor program guidelines.




Approved:      5/84
Reviewed:      5/93, 5/95, 5/98, 5/99, 5/01, 5/06, 5/07, 5/11; 5/12
Revised:       5/85, 5/86, 5/87, 5/88, 5/89, 5/90, 12/90, 5/91, 5/92, 5/94, 5/96, 5/97, 5/00, 5/02, 5/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5 /08. 5/10




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                                    SKILLS LAB COURSE ABSENCE POLICY


POLICY:
The Nursing Skills Lab provides the student with an opportunity to practice clinical skills in a laboratory
setting prior to performing the skill with actual patients. The practice of skills is essential to safe clinical
practice.

Each student is expected to be on time and to participate in ALL Skills Lab classes.

Only four (4) hours of absence are allowed each semester from the Skills Lab course. Being late to class
four times equals one hour of Skills Lab absence.


PROCEDURE:
No make-up time will be allowed.

A student will be dismissed from the nursing program when absences exceed four (4) hours within a
semester, unless an emergency absence request is approved. (See Emergency Absence Policy.)




Adopted:        12/97
Reviewed:       5/98, 5/01, 5/06, 5/07, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
Revised:        5/99, 5/00, 5/02, 5/03, 5/04, 5/05/ 5/08




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                                                        EMERGENCY ABSENCE
                                                             POLICY

POLICY:
A student may request excused time from clinical and/or the nursing skills course due to emergency
situations by filling out the "Request for Emergency Absence" form.

The Emergency Absence Policy is to be used only after the maximum number of hours of absence has
been used. (See Absence Policy and Skills Lab Course Absence Policy).

If the student misses a cumulative total in excess of thirty-two (32) clinical and/or six (6) skills lab hours
within the semester, the student will not be able to continue in the program. (See Personal Leave
Policy.)

The student who uses the Emergency Absence Policy will be held accountable to the same grading
standards as any other student.

In extraordinary circumstances the faculty team may waive the hour limit written within this policy.


PROCEDURE:
1.  Submit completed "Request for Emergency Absence" form to current clinical or skills lab
    instructor. Other documentation may be requested by the instructor.

2.         If unable to submit the Emergency Absence form prior to the absence, notify the instructor by
           telephone. The student will then submit the Emergency Absence form in person upon his/her
           return to school.

3.         The faculty team or skills lab instructor will make a decision regarding the request for
           emergency absence submitted by the student. The student may be required to be present at this
           meeting. The team may consider both the reasons for the emergency absence as well as other
           clinical or skills absences.

4.         The student will be given written notification of the decision of the faculty team in regard to the
           emergency absence.




Adopted: 5/92
Reviewed: 5/93, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/00, 5/01, 5/04, 5/07, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/97, 5/98, 10/98, 5/99, 5/02, 5/03, 5/05, 5/06, 5/08, 5/10




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                                    REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY ABSENCE


I request to be excused from clinical / skills lab for ___________ hours on the following date(s):

______________________________ due to the following reason:




                     STUDENT SIGNATURE                                                                    DATE




              STUDENT NAME (PLEASE PRINT)



____ APPROVED FOR ________ HOURS                                                         ____ NOT APPROVED

_________________________________________
Faculty Signature




Adopted:       5/92
Reviewed:      5/93, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/98, 5/00, 5/01, 5/02, 5/04, 5/05, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
Revised:       5/97, 5/99, 4/03, 5/06



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                                                 PERSONAL LEAVE POLICY


POLICY:
A student in good standing may choose to withdraw from the Associate Degree Nursing
Program. When the student is considered for readmission, the One-Time Readmission Policy
will be waived.


PROCEDURE:

The student will:

 1.        Petition the Faculty Team for personal leave in writing, stating the reason(s) for
           withdrawal.

 2.        The Faculty Team may require documentation verifying the reasons for the personal
           leave request.

 3.        After meeting to consider the petition, the Faculty Team Leader will notify the student
           verbally of the decision. Notification will be followed by a confirming letter.

Upon approval of the request for personal leave, the student will:

 1.        Withdraw officially from the College through the Admissions Office.

 2.        Apply in writing to the Admissions Committee for readmission to the Nursing Program
           following the deadline dates stated in the Readmission of a Student Who Has Left the
           Program in Good Standing policy.

 3.        Readmission to the Nursing Program will be on a space-available basis.




Adopted: 5/87
Reviewed: 5/89, 5/90, 5/95, 5/96, 5/98, 5/00. 4/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/07, 5/08; 5/12
Revised: 5/88, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 5/97, 5/99, 5/01, 5/02, 5/06, 5/10, 5/11



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                                CRITICAL SKILLS IN THE NURSING CURRICULUM

POLICY:
Nursing skills lab courses are designed to complement nursing theory classes. Critical skills are
identified for each nursing skills lab course and are an essential component of the student's clinical
learning. Students are expected to complete all of the critical skills in a timely manner.

Students who do not satisfactorily demonstrate basic nursing skills in the first four weeks of the
Nursing 210 (Fundamentals of Nursing) course may not start in the clinical setting and may not continue
in the course.


PROCEDURE:

Students who do not satisfactorily complete check-offs on the critical skills of a nursing course will not
be allowed to progress to the next nursing theory course and will be assigned a grade of No Pass (NP) in
the nursing skills lab course.

A Clinical Practice Committee meeting will be held for any student who does not satisfactorily
demonstrate basic nursing skills in the first four weeks of the Nursing 210 (Fundamentals of Nursing)
course.




Adopted: 5/97
Revised: 5/98, 5/05, 5/07, 5/10; 5/12
Reviewed: 5/99, 5/00, 5/01, 5/02, 4/03, 5/04, 5/06, 5/08, 5/11;




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                            SKILLS COMPETENCY FOR RETURNING
                            AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDENTS

POLICY:
Advanced placement or returning students must be competent in the critical skills that are
expected of students at their placement level.


PROCEDURE:
The following are the critical skills required by the nursing program:

N211 – First Semester (Fall)
      Sterile Dressing Change
      Bladder Procedures: Insertion of Indwelling (Retention or Foley) Catheter
      Administration of Non-Parenteral Medications: Oral Medications
      Administration of Parenteral Medications: Sub-Q, IM, Intradermal
      Ostomy Management: Fecal Pouch Change

N236 – Second or Third Semester (Fall or Spring)
      Newborn Physical Assessment
      Nonpharmacologic Pain Relief and Comfort Care During Labor
      IV Push Meds (Saline Lock) and Medication by Volutrol (Buretrol)
      Flushing a Central Venous Catheter (Fall)
      IV Insertion: Over-the-Needle Catheter (Spring)

N256 – Second or Third Semester (Fall or Spring)
      IV Skills: Regulating Intravenous Infusion Flow Rates
                 Maintenance of Intravenous Site
                 Administering Intravenous Medications
                 Converting a Primary Intravenous Access to a Saline Lock
      Respiratory Skills: Assessing the Thorax and Lungs
                          Oxygen Administration
                          Airway Management: Non-invasive Interventions
                          Measuring Oxygen Saturation with Pulse Oximetry
      Gastrointestinal Skills: Assessing the Abdomen
                              Inserting, Irrigating and Removing a Nasogastric Tube
                              Intubating the Client with a Small-Bore Nasogastric or
                                     Nasointestinal Feeding Tube
                              Verifying Tube Placement
                              Administering Tube Feedings
                              Administering Medication Through a Feeding Tube
      IV Insertion (Spring)




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Any advanced placement or returning student who needs to practice any of the above skills
should make an appointment with the nursing skills lab coordinator.




Adopted:      5/01
Reviewed:     4/03, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
Revised:      5/02, 5/04, 5/05, 5/06



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                CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) CERTIFICATION


POLICY:
It is the student's responsibility to maintain current American Heart Association CPR
Certification for Health Professionals. A student will NOT be allowed in the clinical area unless
a current CPR card is on file with the Nursing Department.


PROCEDURE:
The student must present the current CPR card to the administrative secretary of the Nursing
Department prior to the first day of clinical in the first semester and upon completion of a CPR
renewal course.




Reviewed: 5/86, 5/88, 5/90, 5/91, 5/93, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/98, 5/99, 5/00, 5/01, 5/04, 5/06, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/85, 5/87, 5/89, 5/92, 5/97, 5/02, 5/03, 5/05, 5/07




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                                CELL PHONE AND ELECTRONICS POLICY


POLICY:
Students must comply with all HIPAA confidentiality requirements while in the nursing program.


PROCEDURE:
In accordance with HIPAA requirements and agency policy, students will not use electronic devices for
personal use during classes, clinical, or skills labs.

Use of cell phone cameras or other cameras is prohibited in the class and patient care areas.

Audio recording of classes must be approved by the instructor.

During exams, use of any electronic devices not approved by the instructor is considered cheating.




Approved:      5/05
Reviewed:      5/06, 5/08; 5/12
Revised:       5/07, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12




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                      NURSING STUDENTS IMPAIRED BY ALCOHOLISM,
                          DRUG ABUSE, OR EMOTIONAL ILLNESS


POLICY:
The nursing faculty recognizes that:
Alcoholism, drug abuse, and emotional illness are illnesses from which a nursing student can be assisted
to recover.

Personal and health problems involving these diseases can affect academic and clinical performance.

The impaired nursing student is a danger to self and a grave danger to the patients in his or her care.

It is the responsibility of the nursing student to voluntarily seek diagnosis and treatment of any
suspected illness. It is also the responsibility of Registered Nurse faculty to protect the public by
ensuring impaired nursing students are not allowed to care for patients in the Contra Costa
College Nursing Program.

Confidential handling of the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases is essential.


PROCEDURE:
1.  Instructors have the responsibility and authority to take immediate corrective action with
    regard to the student's conduct and performance in the clinical area.

2.     The instructor will take immediate action to remove an impaired student from the clinical
       area if the student's conduct and/or performance is deemed unsafe to self or patients
       under his or her care.

3.     The student will be offered appropriate assistance either directly or by referral.

4.     The student will be referred to the Clinical Practice Committee. The Clinical Practice
       Committee will determine whether the student is able to perform at a safe level in the
       clinical area at this time.

5.     If the Clinical Practice Committee determines that the student is unsafe to practice, the
       student will be dismissed from the program.

6.     If the Clinical Practice Committee determines that the student is safe, an individual
       contract for retention will be developed. The contract shall specify that:
       a.      The student must participate in an approved treatment program for the duration of
               the nursing program, as well as other rehabilitation treatment options as
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     b.     The student will provide the Clinical Practice Committee, on a regular basis,
            evidence of satisfactory attendance and progress in the treatment and
            rehabilitation program, inclusive of but not restricted to clinical evaluations and
            reports from licensed professionals. Appropriate clinical evaluations and reports,
            as well as the acceptable licensure of the clinician completing the reports, will be
            determined by the Clinical Practice committee. Reports must specifically state
            whether the student is considered capable to practice as a student nurse.
     c.     The student will abide by the Clinical Practice Committee’s plan for remediation
            related to the area(s) of deficient clinical practice.
     d.     If the student fails to adhere to the conditions of the contract for retention, the
            circumstances of the violation will be referred to the Clinical Practice Committee,
            and recommendations for retention or dismissal will be made.

7.   The student is expected to meet all clinical objectives in the Nursing Program.

8.   Information on the student's status is confidential and will not be disclosed except when
     necessary to protect the safety of the patient(s).

9.   Should the student be dismissed from the nursing program for violation of the contract of
     retention, information of the student's dismissal from the nursing program will be
     reported to the Board of Registered Nursing when such information is requested by the
     Board.




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Approved: 5/87
Reviewed: 5/88, 5/89, 5/90, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/97, 5/98, 9/98, 5/00, 5/01, 5/02, 4/03, 5/05, 5/06, 5/07, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
Revised: 5/99, 5/04, 5/08




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                                                      PHOTOCOPYING OF
                                                    PATIENT INFORMATION


POLICY:
Confidentiality of patient information is an absolute necessity, mandated by law and by ethical nursing
practice. Students will collect information from the patient records in a manner that protects the
confidentiality of the patient.


PROCEDURE:
Students will not photocopy any documents from the patient's chart or print any computer
documentation about the patient.

Students will not remove any health agency documents with patient data from the clinical area,
regardless of whether the name of the patient has been removed or not.




Approved:      5/05
Reviewed:      5/06, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12




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                                           PHYSICAL EXAMINATION


POLICY:
A student must be in general good health, capable of completing the academic and clinical
program, and of providing safe care to patients. (See Essential Functions: Registered Nursing
and Other Nursing Students.)

Each student is required to have an annual complete physical examination.

A student will NOT be allowed on the clinical unit until a Registered Nursing Program Medical
Evaluation Form is submitted to the Nursing Department Office. The Registered Nursing
Program Medical Evaluation Form MUST be returned to the Nursing Department Office before
the first clinical day of each fall semester (or prior to the first clinical day for advanced
placement or re-entry students).


PROCEDURE:
The Registered Nursing Program Medical Evaluation Form must be submitted by each student
prior to the start of the Nursing Program, and annually thereafter. Readmitted students need to
submit the health form prior to the semester of readmission.

The student must obtain all required immunizations and titers.

Physical examinations are performed by a physician or nurse practitioner of the student's choice
and at the student's expense.

Annual proof of negative tuberculosis status by two-step skin test must be submitted by
continuing students.

The student who tests positive for tuberculosis by skin test must submit proof of negative chest
x-ray within the last five years.




Approved:      5/85
Reviewed:      5/87, 5/88, 5/89, 5/90, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/00, 5/01, 5/04, 5/11; 5/12
Revised:       5/86, 5/91, 5/92, 5/93, 5/97, 5/99, 5/02, 4/03, 5/05, 5/06, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10



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                                   PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE

POLICY:
Nursing is a profession identifiable by personal appearance. The student nurse represents Contra
Costa College and the nursing profession. For this reason, a dress code is required. A student
who is inappropriately dressed may be dismissed from the clinical area.

PROCEDURE:

UNIFORM
A Contra Costa College student uniform will be purchased by the student. In specialty clinical
areas, uniform guidelines may vary.

College Patch: A Contra Costa College patch will be worn on the left sleeve of the uniform.
The patch is placed one inch down from the left shoulder seam and sewn securely in place.
Uniforms with the College patch are not worn other than for student clinical assignments. The
College patch is purchased in the College Bookstore.

Name Pin: Contra Costa College name pins are a part of the uniform and are worn above the
waist so as to be visible to the patient and the health care team. Name pins are ordered from the
uniform company and comply with JCAHO requirement. Letters will be 18 font in blue with
white background.

Photo I.D.: CCC photo I.D.s must be worn with the name pin in most clinical areas. Photo I.D.s
are required and available in the Student Life Center.

White Uniform Jacket: A white uniform jacket may be worn with the uniform. The CCC patch
must be worn on the jacket. A plain white collarless shirt can be worn under the uniform.

Shoes: All white professional shoes ONLY may be worn. Open-back, sport and canvas tennis
shoes, etc. are not acceptable. Shoes must be clean and polished and shoe laces washed
frequently. Foot deodorant is recommended to protect shoes and prevent objectionable odor.

Hosiery: White or skin-toned hose, or white socks with no logos ONLY are worn with the
uniform. Anklets, patterned or seamed hose are not allowed.

Students visiting clinical facilities for preclinical activities (such as conferences with preceptor,
gathering preclinical data, etc.) will wear appropriate clothing and name pin with picture I.D.s.
Blue jeans, tank tops, open toed shoes, shorts or hats are not appropriate.

GROOMING
Since odors, including body odors, are often very offensive to ill persons, daily bathing,
underarm deodorants and good oral hygiene are essential. Perfumes or scented lotions or scented
aftershave are not used.


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Hair: Hair must be pulled back away from the face and kept off the uniform collar. Long
ponytails are not appropriate in the clinical area. Beards and moustaches must be closely
trimmed and well groomed.

Nail Care: FINGERNAILS MUST BE KEPT SHORT AND CLEAN AT ALL TIMES. Nail
polish may not be worn. Artificial nails of any kind are not allowed in the clinical area.

Jewelry/Tattoos: Metal objects are fomites. No jewelry is allowed except wedding rings, a
wrist watch, and one pair of plain post earrings (one in each ear). No other jewelry is acceptable,
including nose, tongue or other visible piercing jewelry. Students may be required to cover
visible tattoos, according to the policy of the clinical agency.

Gum: Gum chewing is not allowed in the clinical area.

Smoking: Smoking odor is offensive to ill patients. Smoking is not allowed in the clinical
facilities used by the Nursing Program.

EQUIPMENT
Watch: A wrist watch that keeps accurate time is required. A sweep second hand is
recommended.

Bandage Scissors: The five or six-inch length bandage scissors is preferred.

Black Pen: Pens should be the non-erasable ballpoint variety, not felt tip. Non-computerized
charting is done with ballpoint pens in order to transfer these records to microfilm.

Stethoscope: Discussion regarding different kinds will be given during the first weeks of class.

Penlight: A small pocket penlight is a useful piece of equipment for assessment.

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT
Pocket Guards and Equipment Carriers: These are optional, but are convenient and can save
your uniform from ink stains. Varieties include plain or belted pocket guards, or fanny packs.
Fanny packs must be white in color.
CPR Mask: An individual mask for your personal use.
Kelly Clamp: A useful clinical tool.
Calculators: Can be used in the clinical area.
Sharp pointed permanent black marker pen: A useful tool for labeling in the clinical area.
Personal Data Assistant (P.D.A.): Drug guides and other useful clinical information can be
loaded for use in the clinical area.

Approved: 5/94
Revised: 5/94, 5/95, 5/97, 5/98, 5/99, 5/01, 5/02, 5/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/06, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11
Reviewed: 5/96, 5/00; 5/12




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                                                      REFERENCES


POLICY:
A student may request a written reference from no more than two instructors in the nursing
program during each academic year. Writing a reference for a student is at the discretion of the
instructor.

PROCEDURE:

The Nursing program has a specific reference form for use by students in the job application
process. Instructors will give a copy of the completed reference form to the student. The student
must read the reference and decide if it is to be placed in the student’s permanent file. The
student must make a copy of the reference form and give it to the secretary to place in the
permanent file.

It is the student’s responsibility to send copies of the reference form to requesting agencies.

The student's clinical rotation evaluations are part of the student’s academic record and may not
be copied at the request of a prospective employer.




Reviewed:      5/87, 5/89, 5/90, 5/93, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/97, 5/98, 5/00, 5/01, 5/06, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
Revised:       5/85, 5/86, 5/88, 5/91, 5/92, 5/99. 5/02, 5/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/07, 5/08




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                                                  REPORTING INJURIES


POLICY:
Nursing students are covered under the provision of the Workers' Compensation Insurance Law,
which applies to injuries or occupationally caused diseases. The insurance coverage is for
industrial injury or occupationally caused diseases occurring in extended, off-campus facilities,
such as hospitals and doctors’ offices.


PROCEDURE:

A student who is injured must:

 1.         Report to the instructor immediately following the injury, and follow the guidelines of the
            clinical agency.
 2.         Complete the Worker's Compensation Claim form that will be sent to the student’s home
            by the District’s insurance carrier. This will begin the formal claim process.

The instructor must:

 1.         Call Company Nurse On Call 24/7 Hotline [1-877-854-6877] with the student present,
            before the student leaves the premises. Company Nurse will determine if first aid advice
            or medical referral is needed, and will transmit a report of the injury to the district’s
            Claims Coordinator.
 2.         Complete the Employee / Supervisor’s Report of Occupational Injury / Illness that is
            available from Police Services or from District Human Resources.

(See Contra Costa Community College District: How to Report a Work Related Injury.)




Approved:          5/85, 5/86
Reviewed:          5/87, 5/88, 5/89, 5/93, 5/95, 5/96, 5/97, 5/98, 5/00, 5/01, 5/03, 5/04, 5/06, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
Revised:           5/90, 5/91, 5/92, 5/94, 5/99, 5/02, 5/05, 5/07; 5/12



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                                        STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE


POLICY:
A student grievance is best resolved at the appropriate level with the parties directly involved.


PROCEDURE:
A student who has a grievance regarding an instructor or the manner in which a course is
conducted should first discuss the matter with the instructor.

When the grievance remains unresolved, the student should provide written documentation of the
grievance through the following channels:

 1.        First, the Course Team Leader.
 2.        Then, if unresolved, the Department Chairperson.
 3.        Then, if unresolved, the Director of the Nursing Program.
 4.        Finally, if unresolved, the Division Dean.

The written documentation should be submitted within one calendar week of the attempt to
resolve the issue with the instructor. The written documentation should include the time, place,
and nature of the problem.

If, after pursuing the above channels, resolution is not achieved, the student is referred to the
College Grievance Procedure. (See Student Grievance Process, Contra Costa College Catalog.)




Approved: 5/93
Revised: 5/94, 5/95, 5/02, 5/03, 5/04, 5/05, 5/08
Reviewed: 5/96, 5/97, 5/98, 5/99, 5/00, 5/01, 5/06, 5/07, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12



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                                          STUDENT ISSUES COMMITTEE


POLICY:
Student expression of concerns and suggestions for change are welcomed. Students who have a
concern or suggestion are encouraged to discuss the issue with the immediate parties involved.
The Student Issues Committee is one avenue for communication between faculty and students.

Appropriate channels within the Nursing Department are to be followed.

PROCEDURE:

The Student Issues Committee is a standing committee composed of students and faculty (See
description of nursing committees in the beginning of this Nursing Student Handbook.). A
student who has a suggestion or concern should bring that issue to the Student Issues Committee.
Student Issues Committee meetings are scheduled regularly throughout the school year.
Students may request an additional meeting at any time.

The Student Issues Committee will:
 1.    Hear, analyze, and evaluate all student suggestions and concerns.

 2.         Attempt to resolve the issue immediately, if possible.

 3.         If not resolved, bring the issue to the course Team Leader and/or the ADN faculty, as
            appropriate.

 4.         Post a written response from the course Team Leader or nursing faculty on the nursing
            bulletin board within ten (10) working days.

If the concern remains unresolved, the nursing program Grievance Policy should be followed.
Appropriate college channels may then be pursued. (See Student Grievance Procedure.)




Reviewed:          3/86, 5/89, 5/90, 5/94, 5/95, 5/96, 5/99, 5/00, 5/01, 5/04, 5/06, 5/07, 5/08, 5/10, 5/11; 5/12
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