Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program STUDENT HANDBOOK

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					Bachelor of Science
 Nursing Program

     August 2011

Students are advised that the information contained in this handbook is subject to change
at any time at the discretion of the College administration and faculty. Professional, state
and/or federal regulations may mandate change in this document.
                                      TABLE OF CONTENTS

BSN Nursing Program at Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice               4
  Mission Statement                                                                    5
  Philosophy of the Nursing Program                                                    5
  Organizing Framework                                                                 6
  Student Learning Outcomes                                                            8
  Program Outcomes                                                                     8
  Caldwell College Nursing Program Curriculum Plan                                     9
     Track I (BA/BS), Track III (Traditional), & Track 1V (Transfer)                  10
     Track II (Registered Nurses)                                                     11
Admission/Progression/Dismissal                                                      12-13
  Appeal Process                                                                      13
  Classroom Information                                                               13
  Use of Electronic Devices                                                           13
  Examinations                                                                        14
  Grading                                                                             14
  Clinical Information                                                                14
  Dress Code                                                                          15
  Identification Badge                                                                15
  Required Equipment                                                                  15
Student Conduct                                                                       16
Drug and Alcohol Policy                                                              16-17
Health                                                                                17
General Information                                                                   18
  Communicating with Faculty                                                          18
  Change of Name                                                                      18
  Student Participation                                                               18
  Student Facilities                                                                  19
Caldwell College Academic Support Center                                              19
Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice Learning Resources                  19
Caldwell College Learning Resources                                                   20
Health and Nursing Data Bases                                                         21
Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice /Caldwell Regulations               22
                                                        Safety/Fire Regulations       22
                                                        Parking                       22
                                                        Transportation                23
                                                        Weather Emergencies           23
                                                        Smoking                       23
                                                        Personal Security             23
Appendix A: Student Nurse Essential Functions                                         24
Appendix B: Mountainside Hospital Confidentiality, Privacy, and Security Statement    25
Appendix C: New Jersey Board of Nursing Requirements                                  26
Appendix D: Student Nurses’ Association                                              27-29
Appendix E: Nursing Program Telephone Numbers                                         30
                                   Caldwell College
                         Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
                   at Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice

Welcome to the Nursing Program. This handbook has been prepared to provide you as a
guide to the undergraduate Nursing Program at Caldwell College. The Caldwell College
Undergraduate Catalog, Caldwell College Policy Manual Volume II, General Institutional
Policies and Volume VI, Student Life and Development Policies, the C-Book, and Residence
Handbook are additional sources of information that address aspects of student life at
Caldwell College. These resources are available to students and can be obtained at the
College and are also accessible online.

You are responsible for reading and adhering to the policies of the Nursing Program and the
College as described in each of the above publications. If you have any questions about the
content of these resources, please speak to your faculty advisor, the Director of the Nursing
Program at Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice, or the Director of Nursing at
Caldwell College.

The Caldwell College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program recognizes the impact of
advances in medical science and technology on the delivery of healthcare and education of
healthcare practitioners. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of
nursing roles to meet client health needs in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
Students begin nursing (NU) courses after completing the liberal arts component of the
program. There are twelve (12) NU courses. Course objectives are published in each NU

As you begin the nursing program, keep in mind the commitment required in order to be
successful. The program is a challenging one that requires full-time attendance and study.
The use of good study habits, regular class attendance, participation in study groups,
completion of reading assignments, and meeting with your faculty advisor/mentor will help
promote success in the program.

The Caldwell College Nursing Program has received provisional accreditation by the New
Jersey Board of Nursing. Inquiries or complaints about the program may be forwarded to:

                      Mr. George Hebert, Executive Director
                      New Jersey Board of Nursing
                      PO Box 45010
                      Newark, NJ 07101
                      (973) 504-6430

Caldwell College Mission Statement
Founded in 1939 by the Sisters of Saint Dominic, Caldwell College promotes intellectual,
spiritual, and aesthetic growth to a diverse population and welcomes all cultures and faith
traditions. Inspired by St. Dominic de Guzman and our Catholic heritage, we make a
difference in the lives of our students and prepare them through the liberal arts and
professional studies to think critically, pursue truth, and contribute to a just society.

Mission of the Nursing Program
The nursing program is committed to educate a diverse student population to become
professional nurses and to meet the needs of society through health promotion and illness
prevention. At the completion of the program, eligible candidates may take the National
Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Philosophy of the Nursing Program
The faculty seeks to promote the development of the whole person as a professional nurse
in the service of people in local, national, and global communities. The faculty is committed
to the rich tradition of Caldwell College to provide “an excellent liberal arts education which
promotes spiritual, intellectual and aesthetic growth”. This tradition provides a foundation
for graduate education and lifelong learning. The philosophy of the nursing program is
based on the metaparadigm of nursing: human beings, environment, health, nursing, and

      Human Beings
      The faculty believes that human beings are bio-psychosocial, spiritual individuals who
      function as an integrated whole within the context of self, family, society, and the
      global community. We recognize the dignity and worth of individuals and their
      capacity to make decisions relative to their health and well-being. Further, the faculty
      believes that individual growth and development occur in the context of family and

      The faculty believes the environment is an open system composed of the human
      being in relation to his/her surroundings. The surroundings (external component) are
      comprised of variables such as personal relationships, culture, physical space, social
      and economic, community and global factors. The internal component of the
      individual includes biological/physiological, psychological, and spiritual variables. The
      quality of the interaction between the individual and the external environment affects
      health. The faculty believes that through assessing, managing, and manipulating the
      environment, nurses can promote health.

      The faculty believes that health is dynamic in nature and individually defined. It is the
      individual definition of health that ultimately directs behaviors related to health
      promotion, illness prevention, and treatment. The faculty believes that healthcare
      decisions are influenced by many factors and the outcome of decisions made by
      individuals, families and/or communities affect health in a positive or negative way.

      Nursing is a service profession which is grounded in knowledge emanating from arts,
      sciences, nursing science, and general education, combined with sound moral and
      ethical imperatives. The American Nurses Association defines nursing as the diagnosis
      and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems (American
      Nursing Association, 2004). The faculty believes that nursing is a caring profession
      which assists diverse individuals, families, populations, and/or communities to
      prevent disease, maintain, restore, and/or promote health, and comfort the dying
      across the lifespan. Central to nursing is the dynamic interaction or partnership
      between the nurse and client. Nurses practice within a legal, ethical, and moral
      framework and are guided by professional standards and guidelines.

      The faculty believes that learning is a continuous interactive process that results in the
      acquisition of desired behavioral changes. Learning is enhanced when the learner is
      motivated, goal oriented, and an active participant. Learning is a self-directed, lifelong
      process. Nursing education provides the student with the opportunity to acquire
      knowledge, values and essential skills for the beginning nurse. The learner becomes
      increasingly independent in the acquisition of knowledge, critical thinking skills, and
      the development of professional judgment and behavior. The faculty guides and
      facilitates student learning through curriculum development, implementation, and
      evaluation processes. Faculty has the responsibility to design learning experiences
      which stimulate critical thinking using a variety of methods and settings. The faculty
      prepares students for a variety of nursing roles to meet contemporary and future
      healthcare needs in a rapidly changing complex environment. The faculty serves as a
      resource and role model, and in conjunction with students, create the environment in
      which learning takes place.

Organizing Framework
Faculty beliefs about human beings, health, environment, nursing and teaching/learning
provide the basic structure for the organizing framework. The curriculum is organized to
facilitate student learning and to attain program outcomes. The courses in liberal arts
education assist students to use a well-delineated and broad knowledge base for nursing
practice. The beginning courses provide the foundation for the curriculum. Course content
and learning experiences generally progress from simple to complex and from the care of
individuals to the care of groups/families and communities. Learning experiences are
designed to facilitate the development of knowledge, values, and essential skills required to
provide nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan. Faculty use teaching strategies
that promote critical thinking, stimulate exploration and inquiry, encourage reflection and
facilitate learning in order to achieve student learning outcomes. Beliefs about critical
thinking, evidence-based practice, nursing process, holistic nursing care, communication,
professionalism, ethics, and advocacy are used to design, implement and evaluate the

Critical Thinking is the ability to combine information in novel ways to draw conclusions.
Critical thinking underlies independent and interdependent decision making. A multiplicity
of variables that affect human beings require nurses to use critical thinking to provide
effective and meaningful care to solve client problems and make informed health related
decisions. Students acquire increasing critical thinking skills through guided learning and
clinical experiences.

Evidence-based Practice is care that integrates the best research with clinical expertise and
patient values for optimum care (Institute of Medicine, 2003). Evidence-based practice
includes selection, analysis, and use of appropriate information.

Communication is the process used to exchange information, ideas, beliefs, and feelings.
Communication may be verbal or nonverbal and includes the use of technology to share
information with the interdisciplinary health team. Therapeutic communication is a helping
relationship that is client centered and goal directed. Nurses use therapeutic
communication with clients and families in providing healthcare.

Nursing Process is a thoughtful and systematic method of organizing and providing nursing
care. It has distinctive characteristics that enable the nurse to respond to the changing
health status of the client. These characteristics include its cyclic and dynamic nature, client
centeredness, focus on problem solving and decision making, interpersonal and
collaborative style, universal applicability, and use of critical thinking.

Holistic Care recognizes that the whole person is greater than the sum of its parts. The goal
of nursing practice is to care for the whole person. Nursing activities can include the
promotion of health, prevention of illness, the care of ill, disabled and dying. Human
responses to alterations in health differ and are multidimensional. Nurses individualize care
to address the unique needs of the individual, family, group, community, or population.

Ethics is defined as knowledge that focuses on matters of obligation or what ought to be
done. Ethical conduct is embedded in professional nursing practice. Nursing has a formal
statement of the group’s ideals and values as noted in the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses
with Interpretive Statements (2004).

Advocacy is inherent in the professional role of nursing. An advocate is one who expresses
and defends the cause of another. Nurses serve as a voice for clients who are unable to
speak for themselves or lack information. Nurses support clients’ unique decisions.

Professionalism is an essential trait of every nurse. Values essential for competent and safe
nursing practice include integrity, respect for human dignity, social justice, caring, and
advocacy. It requires a body of knowledge, service to others, autonomy, self-regulation,
code of ethics, and participation in professional organizations.

The purposes of the Caldwell College Nursing Program are:
1. To provide graduates the essential body of scientific knowledge, clinical competencies
   and the qualities of professional preparation and integrity to begin the practice of
   nursing at the generalist level, and
2. To provide a curriculum inclusive of liberal arts, science, and nursing education courses
   which will provide a foundation for evidenced-based practice, continuing education, and
   graduate education in nursing.

Student Learning Outcomes
The Caldwell College of Nursing Program will prepare students to:
1. Integrate knowledge from liberal arts and nursing science to provide nursing care.
2. Provide evidence-based nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan.
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of nursing care using the nursing process.
4. Collaborate with clients and other healthcare professionals to provide
   comprehensive care.
5. Use information and technological resources to optimize client outcomes.
6. Demonstrate accountability to the profession, self, clients, and the interdisciplinary
7. Apply legal, ethical, and moral principles to professional nursing practice.
8. Function as an advocate for clients in various settings.
9. Explore the impact of social and healthcare policy and economic and political factors
   which influence healthcare delivery and practice.

Program Outcomes (Aggregate Student Outcomes)
The Caldwell College Nursing Program will prepare graduates that will:
1. Engage in activities that promote professional development and lifelong learning.
2. Rank at or above the national mean for similar institutions for NCLEX-RN pass rates.
3. Meet or exceed the average reported by national accrediting agencies for graduation
4. Obtain a position within six to nine months of graduation at or above the average
   reported by national accrediting agencies for the graduates seeking employment.
5. Rate program satisfaction at or above the 90th percentile after six months and one year
   following graduation.
6. Receive performance ratings by employers of 3 or above on a 1-5 point Likert scale.

* The number of students completing the nursing program in 150% of the program length.

Caldwell College Nursing Program Curriculum - Year One & Two
   First Year: Fall Semester                      Course Title                 Credits      Required by
FS 189                           Freshman Seminar                              1         Foundational core
                                 (traditional students only)
BI 203, 203L                     Anatomy and Physiology I (with laboratory)    4         Foundational
EN 111                           Literary Types and Themes                     3         Foundational core

PS 150                           General Psychology I                          3         Foundational
TH 102                           Introduction to Christian Theology            3         Foundational core

CO 230                           Communication Skills                          3         Foundational core

               Spring Semester
PH 102                           Introduction to Philosophy                    3         Foundational core

BI 204, 204L                     Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory)   4         Nursing

SO 101                           Introduction to Sociology                     3         Foundational
HI 101 or HI 102                 Western Heritage I or II                      3         Foundational core

MA 112                           Concepts of Mathematics                       3         Foundational core

Second Year: Fall Semester
CH 110, 110L                     Chemistry (with laboratory)                   4         Nursing

                                 Student choice/ Catholic and Dominican        3         Enriched Core
                                 Tradition course
Statistics                       MA207 or MA 208 or PS 208                     3         Nursing

Language                         Student area of interest                      3         Foundational core

            Spring Semester
BI 315N, 315LN                   Microbiology (with laboratory)                4         Nursing

PH 230                           Ethics/ Ethical Inquiry and Applications      3         Enriched Core
                                 Student choice/ Global Awareness and          3         Enriched Core
                                 Cultural Understanding course
EN                               English Literature                            3         Foundational core

Fine Arts                        Elective                                      3         Foundational core

             TOTAL                                                             62

Note. One course must be designated a writing intensive section. Transfer students with more than 30 credits
are waived from the writing intensive course requirement.
Track I (BA/BS), Track III (Traditional), & Track 1V (Transfer)
Third Year: Fall Semester                        Course                Credit

NU 301                         Fundamentals of Nursing                6 (3/1/2)

NU 303                         Health and Cultural Assessment         5 (3/2/0)
                               Across the Lifespan

NU 305                         Pathophysiology                           4

           Spring Semester
NU 306                         Adult Nursing I                        8 (3/1/4)

NU 308                         Nursing Research and Evidence-Based       4

NU 310                         Pharmacology                              3

Fourth Year: Fall Semester
NU 411                         Parent Child/Pediatric/Mental Health   8 (4/0/4)

NU 413                         Health Policy and Finance in Nursing      3

NU 415                         Management and Leadership                 4

           Spring Semester
NU 416                         Adult Nursing II                       8 (4/0/4)

NU 418                         Transition to Professional Nursing        4

NU 420                         Community and Public Health            6 (3/0/3)

                               Nursing Total                             63
Track II (Registered Nurse)
 Third Year: Fall Semester                  Course                     Credit
NU 301                        Fundamentals of Nursing (exempt)        6 (3/1/2)

NU 303                        Health and Cultural Assessment Across   5 (3/2/0)
                              the Lifespan (student may challenge)

NU 305                        Pathophysiology                            4

         Spring Semester
NU 306                        Adult Nursing I (exempt)                8 (3/1/4)

NU 308                        Nursing Research and Evidence-Based        4

NU 310                        Pharmacology                               3

Fourth Year: Fall Semester
NU 411                        Parent Child/Pediatric/Mental Health    8 (4/0/4)

NU 413                        Health Policy and Finance in Nursing       3

NU 415                        Management and Leadership                  4

            Spring Semester
NU 416                        Adult Nursing II (exempt)               8 (4/0/4)

NU 418                        Transition to Professional Nursing         4

NU 420                        Community and Public Health             6 (3/0/3)

                              Total NU                                   33
                              Awarded upon fall semester - final         30
                              Nursing Total                              63
All College admission and progression criteria must be met prior to beginning the nursing
course sequence for the appropriate Nursing Track. See the Caldwell College Undergraduate
Handbook for the specific admission and progression requirements.
        In addition, prior to beginning Nursing courses (NU), students must:
         Meet all health requirements
         Comply with CDC recommended immunization guidelines
         Complete the approved criminal background check
         Obtain professional liability insurance
         Complete American Heart Association CPR certification Basic Life Support for the
            healthcare provider
         Interview with nursing faculty
         Complete standardized testing

       In order to progress in the Nursing courses (NU), students are required to:*
        Meet all prerequisites as per the curriculum plan
        Maintain a grade of “C+” (2.5) or above in all Nursing major courses
        Pass both the theory and clinical component of nursing courses if applicable
        Complete all nursing (NU) courses at Caldwell College
* Senior students only will be held to the progression and dismissal policies in effect in the
2010 Nursing Student Handbook.

Students are advised on a periodic basis during the semester regarding their progress in the
academic and clinical areas. Classroom faculty and faculty advisors are available to address
student questions and provide academic guidance. A student whose performance is less
than satisfactory is notified verbally and subsequently in writing at any time of
unsatisfactory academic and/or clinical performance. Faculty will meet with the student to
review identified problem(s). When appropriate, the student will develop a written
performance improvement plan which will be filed in the student’s folder. Failure to
respond to faculty’s request for a conference will be documented. Students are referred to
and encouraged to utilize the academic support services of Caldwell College.

 Faculty Advisors
   Students will be assigned a Nursing Program faculty advisor at the beginning of
   nursing courses. Students must make an appointment with their advisor prior to
   registration each semester. Students wishing to change their assigned advisor should
   notify the Director of the Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice.

   Advising for National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN).
    Standardized testing is utilized throughout the Nursing Program and is an integral
    component of each course. Students must complete requirements as indicated on
    each course syllabus.

   A comprehensive standardized examination is administered at the end of the
    curriculum. Based upon individual student performance on this examination, an
    individualized plan is developed and must be completed to foster NCLEX-RN success.

A letter of completion will be sent by the Director of the Mountainside Hospital Center for
Nursing Practice to the Director of Nursing at Caldwell College when the student has
successfully fulfilled all nursing major requirements that includes but is not limited to
completion of the nursing course sequence of the baccalaureate curriculum, standardized
testing, and a selected NCLEX review course.

   Statement of Outcomes
    The program uses data from outcomes assessment (students, alumni and employer)
    for curriculum development and revision.

      A student will be dismissed from the nursing major in the following circumstances:*
        An earned grade of less than “C+” (2.5) in NU 301
        Two NU course grades of less than “C+” (2.5)
        More than two withdrawals from NU courses
        Unsafe clinical practice as evaluated by a faculty member
        Violation of College policies
        Overall GPA of less than 2.75 in NU courses.
* Senior students only will be held to the progression and dismissal policies in effect in the
2010 Nursing Student Handbook.

The faculty also reserve the right to dismiss any student from the major who demonstrates
inappropriate professional judgment or behavior, or acts in an unethical manner as
identified in the New Jersey Nurse Practice Act, the ANA Code of Ethics, Caldwell College
Policies (as described in the Undergraduate Catalog and C-Book), the Student Conduct
Policy of Caldwell College Nursing Program or clinical agency policy.

The Nursing Program adheres to the policies of Caldwell College for final grade and/or

Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students. Unexcused absences will
result in review of a student’s status by faculty who teach in the course. Students who miss
a class are held responsible for all required course work during his/her absence.

Extended absence beyond a total of two weeks may necessitate repeat of the course.
Students who must be absent for an extended period of time should notify the faculty, the
Director of the Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice and the Director of the
Caldwell College Nursing Program for guidance. If a student is unable to continue to meet
the demands of the nursing curriculum, for any reason, their status in the major will be re-
   Use of Electronic Devices
   1.      Cell phones, pagers, beepers and any other electronic devices may not be used in
           the classroom or clinical agency.
   2.      Permission to record must be obtained from the individual faculty.
   3.      Laptop computers may be used during class.
   4.      Only provided calculators may be used during testing.
1. All examinations are scheduled on the course syllabus; quizzes may also be
2. Personal items will be excluded during testing except for pencils, tissues and water.
3. Review of unit exams and quizzes are scheduled. The following procedures will be
   enforced in all situations in which students are given the opportunity to review an exam.
    Students are not permitted to copy any material, take notes, or tape record during
     test review. No personal belongings including writing instruments shall be on the desk.
    Unit exams are available for review within two weeks of administration.
    Students requiring additional review time may request an individual appointment
     with the course faculty within two weeks of exam administration.
4. Examination grades will be available one week following the exam administration.

Grading System-grading system and quality points are as follows:**
Grade    Suggested Quality Interpretation
         Numerical Points
A        94-100      4.0    Highest Levels of Achievement
A-       90-93       3.75 Exemplary Achievement
B+       87-89       3.5    Consistently Superior Achievement
B        84-86       3.0    Very Good
B-       80-83       2.75 Good
C+       77-79       2.5    Above Average
C        70-76       2.0    Satisfactory - Minimum grade for major field
D+       67-69       1.5    Unsatisfactory
D        60-66       1.0    Poor performance - minimum passing grade
F        Below 60           Failure

**For further information, see the Caldwell College Undergraduate Catalog.


Skills/Clinical Laboratory: Attendance in the skills laboratory and clinical experiences is
required. Any missed laboratory/ clinical experience will require make-up time as
determined by the entire course faculty in accordance with course objectives. Make-up
may be scheduled during semester break or exam week and completed before the final
grade can be released. Any student who misses 10% or more of laboratory/clinical
experience is a candidate for course failure.

Clinical absence for any reason must be reported to the clinical faculty before 7:00 am.
Students are required to leave a message on the clinical faculty’s voice mail. Extended
absence beyond a total of two weeks may necessitate repeat of the course. Students
should schedule an appointment and meet with the Director of the Mountainside Hospital
Center for Nursing Practice if absence is anticipated for an extended period of time. If a
student is unable to continue to meet the demands of the nursing curriculum, for any
reason, their status in the major will be re-evaluated.

Identification Badge
Identification badges must be worn during clinical experiences.

Dress Code
1. Students wear the uniform only for clinical experiences. Students will be informed of
   exceptions as appropriate and will follow agency dress code policies.
2. Uniform: Navy tunic top with uniform white pants or skirt. Only white flat closed
   footwear is acceptable on the clinical unit. Students may not wear sneakers or
   clogs/crocs. Only white stockings are worn with a skirt, or white socks can be worn
   with uniform pants. No short sport socks. Casual business attire must be worn with the
   lab coat and ID badge when it is necessary to obtain information from a patient area.
   Blue jeans, shorts, and bare midriffs are not allowed. The lab coat is the only garment
   that may be worn with the uniform.

1. While in the clinical area, hair should be neat, off the collar, and not fall forward onto
    the student's face or the patient's environment.
2. Plain barrettes may be worn to hold hair in place. Colorful hair ornaments are not
4. Male student’s facial hair should be well groomed.

Jewelry in the Clinical Area
1. One single ring without a stone may be worn. Multiple rings may not be worn.
2. One pair of small post earrings may be worn in pierced ears. No dangling earrings or
   hoops are allowed.
3. Facial jewelry and tongue jewelry are not permitted with the uniform.

1. Natural fingernails must be clean, kept short and well-manicured.
2. Artificial nails must not be worn. This includes tips, wraps, acrylics, gels and other
3. Nail polish (clear only) must be free of chips or cracks and must not contain nail
    jewelry or decorations.

Tattoos cannot be visible and must be appropriately covered.

Gum chewing is not allowed in the clinical setting.
Required Equipment for Clinical Experience
 Watch with a second hand
 Bandage scissors
 Ball point pen
 Stethoscope
 Pen light
 Kelly Clamp

Student Conduct
The student is fully responsible for his/her conduct in the classroom and in the clinical
setting. Students are expected to exhibit personal and academic integrity and safe clinical
behaviors at all times. There is zero tolerance for conduct violations. A student who
demonstrates inappropriate conduct will be required to leave the classroom and/or clinical
setting. Students will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, course
failure, suspension, or dismissal.

Patient safety is of primary importance. Students should seek guidance from the
instructor/primary nurse to maintain patient safety. Errors (commission or omission) in the
clinical area must be reported and discussed with the clinical instructor/primary
nurse immediately.

Unsafe clinical performance is defined as a deficiency in knowledge, skills and/or
attitude that violates the procedures or policies of the assigned agency.

Examples of unacceptable behaviors may include but are not limited to:

    Falsifying attendance records (signing in for another)
    Profanity, vulgarity, disrespect, or rudeness to patients, visitors, faculty, students or
 Destruction of equipment or property
 Patient abandonment
 Negligence
 Unsafe practice *
 Incompetence and/or lack of knowledge of previously learned skills
 Breaches in confidentiality as defined by HIPAA
 Concealing one's error or those of another
 Falsification of data in patient records
 Omission of relevant data from patient records
 Verbal or physical abuse of a patient, visitor, faculty, staff, or peer
 Violation of the Drug and Alcohol Policy.
     * (that which causes potential or actual harm)
It is the responsibility of all students to report any violations.

Drug and Alcohol Policy:
The use of illegal drugs, the abuse of alcohol and unauthorized use of controlled substances
compromise the student's ability to learn, be productive and create an unacceptable risk to

   “The Drug-Free Work Force Act of 1988" mandates that employees have the right to
    work in a substance-free environment.
   The New Jersey State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law prohibits consumption of
    alcoholic beverages by a person under the age of 21.
   The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, makes abuse of
    controlled substances punishable by law.

Violation of the Drug and Alcohol Policy includes, but is not limited to:
 Use, possession, distribution or sale of illegal drugs, unauthorized controlled
    substances, or alcohol on hospital and/or agency property
 Storing of drugs or alcohol on the premises
 Being under the influence of unauthorized controlled substances or alcohol on
   hospital and/or agency premises, or when involved in educationally related activities
 Use of alcohol, illegal or controlled substances that adversely affects the student’s
    performance or the College's reputation in the community

Faculty, students or staff who reasonably suspect a violation of this policy are required to
take action. If reasonable suspicion exists that a student, faculty or staff member has
violated this policy, the Director of the Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice
should be notified immediately.

1. If a violation is suspected while the student is in the clinical area, the student will be
removed from patient care responsibilities. The faculty member will notify the Director at
the Mountainside location or her designee.
2. If a violation is suspected while a student is in the classroom, the student will be
accompanied to the Director's office.
3. If the student is asked and agrees to submit to a drug or alcohol screen and the tests
results are negative, the student will be allowed to resume educational activities without
4. If the student is asked and refuses to submit to a drug or alcohol screen, or if the
student submits to the screen and the results are positive, a plan of action, which may
include dismissal from the nursing program, will be established by the Director or her
designated representative.

When it is reasonably suspected that an individual is under the influence of alcohol, drugs
or a controlled substance, he/she may be asked to submit to testing. The individual will be
asked to sign a consent form that allows both testing and the release of information to the
appropriate persons. If an individual tests positive, an immediate second test is done. If
both tests are positive, he/she will be permitted to explain the test results before action is
taken. The individual will be referred to the Counseling Center as appropriate.
Health Requirements must be met in order to participate in the Nursing Program.
Participation in any clinical nursing course during pregnancy is at the discretion of the
student and the student's physician. Medical clearance is required for student participation
in clinical learning experiences during pregnancy and when returning after delivery.

Students who have a communicable disease must be cared for by their private physician. If
this communicable disease poses a risk to patients, visitors, employees, colleagues and
others, notification will be made to the appropriate agency. The student must have medical
clearance before returning to class, skills laboratory and clinical setting.

Students who have a body fluid exposure that results in a potential occupational exposure
to a blood-borne pathogen (Hepatitis B, C, and Human Immuno-deficiency Virus), such as a
needle stick or other sharps injury, mucous membrane exposure, or exposure to non-intact
skin while on a clinical rotation must be assessed as soon as possible at the clinical site.
Incidents must be reported to faculty immediately and a written report must be completed
as required by the agency. Treatment for exposure to a blood-borne pathogen should be
initiated quickly (student should not delay). If the student refuses to be evaluated or
treated, he/she must sign a waiver form. The injured student must be given emergency care
at the site of the assignment, and a report must be submitted at that site, and a copy must
be provided to the faculty. It is the responsibility of the clinical site to provide evaluation
when needed, and provide treatment for a potential blood-borne pathogen exposure.
Information regarding the source (patient) of the exposure and the treatment that the
nursing student received is provided to Caldwell College. The nursing student must be seen
and followed up by his/her private physician. Cost of care/treatment is the student’s


Communicating with Faculty
 Email: all faculty can be contacted via Caldwell College email (Appendix A).
 Voice mail: messages may be left on individual faculty voice mail (Appendix A).
 Office hours are posted on faculty doors. It is recommended that students make
   appointments to see faculty. Faculty offices are located on the first floor of the Mills
   Building on the Mountainside campus.
 FAX: when necessary students may fax information to faculty using the listed number.
 Moodle: check for any course related information/announcements and changes.
 Student Handbook: students are responsible for reading and adhering to the contents of
     this Handbook.

Change of Name
Report any change of name or address to the Registrar and the designated Nursing faculty.

Student Participation
Students have a variety of opportunities to provide input and participate in the Nursing
Program. Students may provide input informally through individual meetings with faculty
and/or program director, email, telephone, and suggestion box submissions. Formal
methods of participation include course evaluations and involvement in program
committees and the Caldwell College Student Nurse Club.

Student Facilities:
At the Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice, the first floor lounge and living
room of the Mills building are available for student use. Vending machines and a microwave
are located in the first floor lounge. When the microwave oven is in use, it is never to be left
unattended. A student kitchen on the 1st floor across from Classroom A is available for
student use. It is the responsibility of each student to keep the lounges, kitchens, and
microwave clean. Students may utilize the hospital cafeteria. Cafeteria hours are posted
outside the hospital cafeteria. Vending machines in the hospital are available 24 hours a

The Student Center on the Caldwell College Campus includes a cafeteria, lounge,
gymnasium/auditorium, and Student Life offices. Food service is provided daily in the
cafeteria and additional fast food is available in the café located in the Werner Hall on the
Caldwell campus. There is a chapel available on the College campus. All of these resources
are instrumental in meeting the objectives of the program and nurturing an environment
for learning and student growth.

The Caldwell College Academic Support Center
The Academic Support Center at Caldwell College offers academic support services through
which students of all abilities can address their long- and short-term learning needs in a
supportive and relaxed environment. Individual and group tutoring in most academic
subjects is available on a scheduled basis. Many drop-in sessions are also offered. Skill-
specific workshops are presented regularly to help students develop and improve their
study habits and writing techniques. The Writing Center, staffed by professional and peer
tutors, has regular hours for scheduled and drop-in assistance. Students may be referred to
the Academic Support Center by their professors for skill reinforcement, or they may
arrange for their own tutoring by completing the form available in the Academic Support
Center Office. Students who excel in a particular course and who have been recommended
by their professor may be invited to work as Academic Support Center tutors. The
Academic Support Center supports non-native speakers of English through a two-semester
sequence of advanced level credit-bearing courses that develop academic language skills
and cultural understanding, supplemented by tutoring and computer-assisted instruction.
The Office of Disability Services is also located in the Academic Support Center. This office
supports students with documented disabilities. Caldwell College complies with the
Americans with Disabilities Act by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations
for students with proper documentation. The Coordinator of Disabilities Services advocates
for students and serves as a resource assisting students with organizational skills, time
management and transition issues. The Academic Support Center encourages students to
become independent and confident learners through academic counseling and the
identification of learning styles.

The Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice Learning Resources
      1. Classrooms: Three smart classrooms (A and B) with a seating capacity of 60-70
             students and a smaller classroom (E) with a seating capacity for 20-25
             students are located on the first floor of the Mills Building on the Mountainside
       2.    Nursing Skills laboratory: Instruction, practice, and simulation activities for
             development of clinical nursing skills is conducted in a six bed simulated patient
             care unit. Faculty may also use patient care units (as needed) in the main
             hospital building for simulated demonstration and student learning.
       3.   Computer room: The Computer Room on the Mountainside campus is located on
             the first floor in the Mills Building and is available weekdays from 9:00 am to
             5:00 pm and on weekends with permission. Ten computers and printing facilities
             for student use are available. Additional computers are located in the Health
             Sciences Library at Mountainside Hospital and on the Caldwell College campus.
       4.   The Louise A. Mershon Student Reading Room: This student study area is located
             on the first floor in the Mills Building and is available to students from 9:00 am to
             5:00 pm Monday through Friday and on weekends.
       5.   Library resources: The following library resources are available to students:
                 Health Sciences Library
                 Location: Ground floor of Schumann Bldg Mountainside Hospital
                    Librarian: Juliette Ratner (nursing) Telephone # 973-429-6984
                    Librarian: Narmin Kurzum (medical) Telephone # 973-429-6240
Caldwell College Learning Resources:
Information Technology Resources
Throughout the College campus, various computer labs are available for all registered
students to use for completion of assignments, preparation of reports, résumé writing,
designing posters, etc. The labs consist of up-to-date hardware which is connected to the
campus network and allows access to the Internet, Email and various software applications.
Printing and scanning capabilities are also available. The main computer lab is the PC lab
which is located in the Student Center Building, Room 4205. The PC lab is open Monday
through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours are
subject to change. Incoming students, both residents and commuters, are provided an Email
address and a network account (NetID) that gives access to any computer on campus,
library databases and Moodle, the online learning system. Individual network connections
are available to each resident student through the Caldwell Connect program.

The Jennings Library, situated between the Student Center and the Residence Halls,
contains over 144,000 book volumes, 2,500 periodical volumes and over 7,000 microforms.
There is access to more than 21,500 journal and newspaper titles in a variety of formats:
electronic, paper, and microform.
    a) The audio-visual collection numbers over 1,800 items and contains videotapes,
       compact discs, DVDs, etc. The Curriculum Library contains textbooks, over 3,000
       curriculum files on microfiche, and a wide variety of teaching-related materials.
    b) There are a number of databases for student use in doing research which cover the
       College’s major curricular offerings at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
       There is full Internet access. Online access to the book and media collections is
      available through the Sirsi Automated System (CALCAT), available on and off
      campus via the Internet.
   c) Most of the online databases are available on the College network which also allows
      for access from both on and off campus sites. In order to access all databases, a
      Caldwell College Email/network account is required. The collections are developed
      to support the curricular needs of students and faculty.
   d) The library staff provides orientations for all incoming students, as well as course-
      specific instruction as requested by faculty. Services, hours, policies, and other
      useful information are available on the Library’s homepage,
   e) As a member of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), the library provides access
      to over 30 million titles in over 5,000 national and international libraries. Inter-
      library loans may be transmitted electronically for items not owned by the Jennings
      Library, using OCLC and/or Jersey Cat, a state-wide database of books and media
      materials. The Jennings Library is a charter member of the New Jersey Library
      Network. A current, barcoded ID card is necessary to borrow materials.

Health & Nursing Databases:
Academic Search Premier - funded by the New Jersey State library, provides full-text for
nearly 3,180 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social
sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics,
arts and literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.
   f) Biomedical Reference Collection™: Comprehensive Edition - provides research
      scientists, nursing students and clinical specialists with access to full text journals
      covering such disciplines as clinical medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine,
      pre-clinical sciences and the health care system. This database contains full text for
      nearly 900 journals.
   g) CINAHL - an index to the literature in the fields of nursing and allied health, including
      biomedical and consumer health. Contains some full text articles.
   h) Health Reference Center - includes articles on fitness, pregnancy, medicine,
      nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug
      abuse, HMOs, prescription drugs, etc. Contains the full text for some of the articles.
   i) Health Wellness Resource Center - provides access to magazines, journals,
      newspapers, definitions, directories, and other information on fitness, pregnancy,
      medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol
      and drug abuse, prescription drugs, etc. Includes links to diet, cancer, and health
      assessment sites as well as to government databases.
   j) Lexis-Nexis Academic - provides access to a wide range of news from English and
      Non-English sources, business, legal and medical information.
   k) MEDLINE® - provides authoritative full-text medical information on medicine,
      nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences,
      and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine.
   l) Nursing and Allied Health Collection: Comprehensive - a valuable resource for
      nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers,
      covering the areas of nursing, biomedicine, health sciences, consumer health and
      allied health disciplines.
   m) ProQuest Health Management -Contains full-text information from leading
      publications covering all aspects of health administration, including public health
      and safety, hospitals, finance, personnel management, insurance, population
      studies, labor relations and law.
   n) PsycARTICLES - includes more than 34,000 full-text articles from 43 journals
      published by American Psychological Association and allied organizations. All
      journals included in this database are indexed in PsycINFO.
   o) PsycINFO - covers psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines.
      Contains citations and abstracts for journal articles, chapters, books, dissertations,
      and reports and links to full-text when available.
   p) Science Direct - a database of selected journals related to physical, medical, nursing,
      technical, and social sciences.

General Fire Regulations
1. The Montclair Fire Department inspects the Mills building regularly for fire hazards.
2. Fire/evacuation plans are postedon bulletin boards on the first floor and in each
3. Do not use Fire Doors for entrance or exit except in the case of an emergency.
4. Fire drills are held on a regular basis. Students must follow established procedures.
5. The fire alarm indicates you are to proceed to the nearest exit and to the sidewalk. All
    students are to assemble outside the main entrance.
6. Get to know the exit doors, and the fire alarm pull stations.
7. Fire extinguishers are available in each lounge, in each kitchen, and in each corridor.
    Become familiar with these locations.
8. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS when responding to a fire alarm. Stay on the sidewalk until
    the "ALL CLEAR" has been given by the fire department.

In Case of Fire
1. Exit room and close the door.
2. Sound the alarm by pulling the nearest fire alarm pull station. They are painted red
    and are located on the walls of the corridors and classrooms.
3. Call the hospital switchboard 5555; give your name, the location of the fire and what
    is burning.
4. Do not use the telephone except as specifically authorized.
5. Turn in the fire alarm even in case of a suspected fire. Do not wait! It is the duty of
    the person discovering the fire to turn in an alarm.
6. Make sure all in your department have been alerted by yelling CODE RED.
7. Keep calm. Remember, fear and panic cause as much damage as fire.
8. Do not use the elevator.
9. During a hospital drill or fire, student nurses in the clinical areas of the hospital will
    be responsible to the charge nurse and/or instructor.

1. Smoking is not allowed in college buildings. Never use a wastepaper basket for disposal of
smoking materials.
2. Don’t overload electrical outlets.
3. Never prop open a stairway or hallway door. Keep these doors closed to protect your
means of escape from smoke and heat.
4. If you see someone setting a fire, transmitting a false alarm, or tampering with fire
protection equipment, report the incident to Security or Police immediately.
See the Caldwell College Fire Safety on Campus Brochure at

Mountainside Hospital Center for Nursing Practice Parking
Students pay $20.00 each semester for unlimited parking in the Main Lot located on
Highland Avenue. Payment for parking at Mountainside Hospital is made at the Cashier’s
Office located in the Hospital Lobby. Students are not allowed to park in the Walnut
Crescent Parking Lot. Parking in restricted areas will result in towing and/or ticketing of the
vehicle at the owner’s expense.

Caldwell College Parking
Students need a Caldwell College parking sticker to park in the MAIN parking lot on campus
that can be acquired from Safety/Security. Adequate parking is provided for students.
Students may not park in areas designated for Faculty or Staff. A parking permit must be
affixed in the bottom left hand corner of the rear window of the vehicle. It will be in clear
sight when you are facing the rear of your vehicle. This permit will be good for one school
year. You will need a new permit if you change your vehicle, because permits are not

Students are expected to transport themselves at their own expense to and from practical
experiences at affiliating agencies.

Weather Emergencies
The faculty will establish a clinical communication chain within each clinical group and will
initiate it if clinical experiences must be cancelled. In addition to the following Caldwell
College Emergency School Closing Procedure (973) 618-3100, students are advised to call
(973) 429-6266 concerning changes in nursing class and clinical schedules.
Students should use individual judgment concerning adverse weather conditions.

Microwave cooking is only allowed in the student lounge.

1. Mountainside Hospital is a Smoke-Free Environment.
2. Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the Mills building and in front of the hospital.
3. Health professionals should set a good example and refrain from smoking.

Personal Security
Reporting losses: Should anything be lost or stolen, an incident report is to be completed,
giving the date, time, place and extent of the loss, etc. and submitted to Mountainside
Security Office (ext. 6666).
                                            Appendix A


Listed below are the Essential Functions of a Student Nurse. Students need to be aware of the
Essential Functions prior to attendance. Please read carefully. It is the student’s responsibility to
notify the College of any disability impacting on his or her ability to perform the essential functions
prior to beginning the nursing program.

Essential Function                Performance Requirements

Ability to use senses             Visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify color changes in skin,
                                  respiratory movement in patients; read fine print/writing on
                                  physicians orders, monitors, equipment calibrations, measure
                                  medications in syringes, IV’s, etc.

                                  Hearing ability with auditory aids to hear monitor alarms,
                                  emergency signals, call bells, telephone orders; to hear blood
                                  pressure, heart, lung and abdominal sounds with a stethoscope; to
                                  understand a normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s

                                  Tactile ability to feel differences in skin temperature and to
                                  perform physical assessment.

Motor Ability                     Physical ability to walk long distances, to stand for prolonged
                                  periods, to lift, move, and transfer patients/equipment of 20 lbs. or
                                  more, to maneuver in limited space, to perform CPR, to provide
                                  routine and emergency care, to have manual dexterity and feeling
                                  ability of hands to insert tubes, prepare medications, and perform
                                  technical skills.

Ability to Communicate            Ability to communicate effectively in English in verbal and written
                                  form through interaction with patients, family, and healthcare
                                  members from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and
                                  intellectual backgrounds; to write clearly and correctly on patient’s
                                  record for legal documentation.

Ability to Problem-Solve          Intellectual and conceptual ability to think critically in order to
                                  make decisions, which includes measuring, calculating, reasoning,
                                  analyzing, prioritizing and synthesizing data.

Ability to Maintain Emotional     Ability to function safely under stress and adapt to changing clinical
Stability                         and patient situations.
                                             Appendix B

                                      MOUNTAINSIDE HOSPITAL

                  Confidentiality, Privacy, and Security Statement of Understanding

    1. I understand any security code, employee identification number, token, or badge issued to
       me is unique. The code identifies me in the facility's computer system. I am accountable for
       system access and entries performed with my personal security code.
    2. I have received Mountainside Hospital’s education training session regarding compliance
       with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and related state
       confidentiality and security requirements.
    3. I was instructed on the Organization’s policies and procedures regarding protected health
       information, HIPAA and applicable state law as determined by Mountainside Hospital to be
       necessary and appropriate for me to carry out my responsibilities. I had the opportunity to
       ask the Chief HIPAA Officer, and/or his representative, questions regarding Mountainside’s
       policies and procedures regarding HIPAA. All of my questions have been answered to my
       satisfaction. In the event any further questions or concerns about HIPAA should arise, I
       agree to contact the Chief HIPAA Officer to discuss such issues.
    4. I agree specifically to act in accordance with the policies and procedure of Mountainside
       Hospital regarding HIPAA made available to me. I understand that I may be subject to
       disciplinary action, up to and including loss of privileges, for violating these policies or failing
       to report any violation of these policies.
    5. I further understand the information I enter will be part of the facility's legal record keeping
       system. I am legally and ethically responsible for adhering to the policies and procedures of
       Mountainside Hospital.

Date                                                       Signature

Position/Title                                             Print Full Name: First, Middle, Last

The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and
other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those
health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. The Rule requires
appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information and sets limits and
conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient
authorization. The Rule also gives patients’ rights over their health information, including rights to
examine and obtain a copy of their health records and to request corrections.
                                            Appendix C

                            New Jersey Board of Nursing Requirements

                                  Legal Requirements for Licensure

The State of New Jersey Board of Nursing Statutes (NJSA 45:11-23 et seq.) and Regulation (NJAC
13:37) govern the legal practice of Nursing in the state. It is important to understand that licensure
requirements include the following:

A Criminal Background History Check (both State and Federal) will be conducted prior to taking the
licensure examination.

“An applicant for a license to practice professional nursing shall submit to the board evidence in
such form as the board may prescribe that said applicant: has attained his or her eighteenth
birthday; is of good moral character, is not a habitual user of drugs and has never been convicted or
has not pleaded nolo contendere, non vult contendere or non vult to an indictment, information or
complaint alleging a violation of any Federal or State law relating to narcotic drugs; holds a diploma
from an accredited 4-year high school or the equivalent thereof as determined by the New Jersey
State Department of Education; has completed a course of professional nursing study in an
accredited school of professional nursing as defined by the board and holds a diploma therefrom”.
New Jersey Board of Nursing Laws 45:11-26

An applicant who has charges pending or has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor
and/or been found guilty of professional misconduct or negligence may not be eligible to be licensed
as an RN.

Prior to beginning the nursing program, applicants must consider whether there is any legal reason
why they might not be qualified for licensure.

The Board of Nursing makes determination on an individual case basis. Applicants should contact
the Board to discuss their personal situation before embarking on a course of study

                          The Nurse Practice Act of the State of New Jersey

Definition of Nursing

The practice of nursing as a registered professional nurse is defined as diagnosing and treating
human responses to actual or potential physical and emotional health problems, through such
services as case finding health teaching, health counseling, and provision of care supportive to or
restorative of life and well-being, and executing medical regimens as prescribed by a licensed or
otherwise legally authorized physician or dentist. Diagnosing in the context of nursing practice
means the identification of and discrimination between physical and psychosocial signs and
symptoms essential to effective execution and management of the nursing regimen within the
scope of practice of the registered professional nurse. Such diagnostic privilege is distinct from a
medical diagnosis. Treating means selection and performance of those therapeutic measures
essential to the effective management and execution of the nursing regimen. Human responses
mean those signs, symptoms, and processes which denote the individual’s health need or reaction
to an actual or potential health problem.
                                           Appendix D

The National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. (NSNA), the pre-professional organization, will involve
students in community service activities and educational activities. All students are members of the

                      The Student Nurses’ Association: Rules and Regulations

                                               Article I

The name of this association shall be The Student Nurses’ Association of Caldwell College, a
constituent of the New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS) and the National Student Nurses’
Association, Inc. (NSNA), hereinafter referred to as SNA.

                                              Article II
                                        Purpose and Function

Section I
The purpose of the SNA is to:
A. Assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for
    the highest quality of healthcare.
B. Provide programs representative of fundamental and current professional interest
    and concerns.
C. Aid in the development of the whole person, and his/her responsibility for the
    health care of people in all walks of life.
D. Facilitate unity and communication between members of this student association
    and other members of the NSNA and the NJNS.

Section II - The function of the SNA shall include the following:
A. Influence health care, nursing education and practice through legislative activities as
B. Promote and encourage participation in community affairs and activities toward
    improved health care and resolution of related social issues.
C. Represent nursing students to the consumer, to institutions and other organizations.
D. Promote and encourage students’ participation in inter-disciplinary activities.
                                            Article III

A. Membership in NSNA and NJNS.
B. All students of Caldwell College Nursing Program are members of the SNA.

                                              Article IV

Section I
SNA members are eligible for election to the board(s) of NJNS and NSNA.

Section II
Eligibility – An elected officer must be a member of the student body in good standing:
A. Free of academic, clinical and/or absentee warning.
B. Show ability to assume leadership and responsibility.

                                             Article V
Section I
The SNA will communicate on a regular basis with the student body.

Section II
State Convention
A. Junior students will attend the annual state convention.
B. School delegates will be members in good standing in the school. They will be selected by the
SNA advisor.
C. Delegates are responsible for participating in SNA/NJNS activities and reporting to the
    student body.

Section III
National Convention
A. The SNA may send delegates to the National Convention.
B. Delegates are responsible for representing Caldwell College and reporting on the
National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct
Students of nursing have a responsibility to society in learning the academic theory and clinical skills
needed to provide nursing care. The clinical setting presents unique challenges and responsibilities
while caring for human beings in a variety of health care environments.
The Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct is based on an understanding that to practice nursing as
a student is an agreement to uphold the trust which society has placed in us. The statements of the
Code provide guidance for the nursing student in the personal development of an ethical foundation
and need not be limited strictly to the academic or clinical environment but can assist in the holistic
development of the person.

As students are involved in the clinical and academic environments, we believe that ethical
principles are a necessary guide to professional development. Therefore, within these environments
 Advocate for the rights of all clients.
 Maintain client confidentiality.
 Take appropriate action to ensure the safety of clients, self, and others.
 Provide care for the client in a timely, compassionate and professional manner.
 Communicate client care in a truthful, timely and accurate manner.
 Actively promote the highest level of moral and ethical principles and accept responsibility for
    our actions.
 Promote excellence in nursing by encouraging lifelong learning and professional development.
 Treat others with respect and promote an environment that respects human rights, values and
    choice of cultural and spiritual beliefs.
 Collaborate in every reasonable manner with the academic faculty and clinical staff to ensure
    the highest quality of client care.
 Use every opportunity to improve faculty and clinical staff understanding of the learning needs
    of nursing students.
 Encourage faculty, clinical staff, and peers to mentor nursing students.
 Refrain from performing any technique or procedure for which the student has not been
    adequately trained.
 Refrain from any deliberate action or omission of care in the academic or clinical setting that
    creates unnecessary risk of injury to the client, self, or others.
 Assist the staff nurse or preceptor in ensuring that there is full disclosure and that proper
    authorizations are obtained from clients regarding any form of treatment or research.
 Abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages or any substances in the academic and clinical
    setting that impair judgment.
 Strive to achieve and maintain an optimal level of personal health.
 Support access to treatment and rehabilitation for students who are experiencing impairments
    related to substance abuse and mental or physical health issues.
 Uphold school policies and regulations related to academic and clinical performance, reserving
    the right to challenge and critique rules and regulations as per school grievance policy.

Adopted by the NSNA House of Delegates, Nashville, TN, on April 6, 2001.
                                      APPENDIX E
                           Nursing Program Telephone Numbers
CROOKS, ANDREA, Assistant Professor                             (973) 429-6064
DONG, MIAO-EN, Lecturer                                         (973) 429-6268
GILBERT, CAROL, Adjunct Professor                               (973) 429-6078
GRAYBILL, LINDA, Office Coordinator                             (973) 429-6070
KAKALECZ, JANEANN, Lecturer                                     (973) 429-6073
MAHMOOD, TARIQ, Lecturer                                        (973) 429-6067
NIMOH, PHYGENIA, Assistant Professor                            (973) 429-6077
NKONGHO, NGOZI, Professor                                       (973) 429-6521
OGUNBOTE, JANET, Assistant Professor                            (973) 429-6075
RATNER, JULIETTE, Librarian                                     (973) 429-6984
ROGERS, EVELYN, Administrative Assistant                        (973) 429-6060 or                              (973) 429-6217
SAILSMAN, ANN, Assistant Professor                              (973) 429-6062
SAMIR SAMOUR, Assistant Professor                               (973) 429-6072
SMITH, MARJORIE, Assistant Professor                            (973) 429-6065
SCHOOL FAX #                                                    973 429-6068
MOUNTAINSIDE WEATHER LINE                                       973-429-6266
CALDWELL COLLEGE WEATHER LINE                                   973-618-3100
                   Mills Building Phones are for Internal use only
LIVING ROOM                                                     5138
CONFERENCE ROOM                                                 5032
FACULTY COMPUTER ROOM                                           6294
STUDENT COMPUTER ROOM                                           5373
FACULTY LOUNGE                                                  5088
CLASSROOM A                                                     5905
CLASSROOM B                                                     5016
NURSING SKILLS LAB                                              5081
                        A                                              H

Academic Advising ……………………………… 12         Hair …………………………………………………….. 15
Advocacy …………………………………………….. 7            Health ………………………………………………5, 17
                                          Holistic Care ……………………………………….. 7
                        B                 Human Beings …………………………………….. 5

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)                                   I
 Curriculum ………………………………………9-11
                                          Identification Badge ……………………………. 15
Caldwell College Nursing Program
Curriculum Plan ………………………………….. 9         Jewelry in the Clinical Area …………………. 15
Change of Name …………………………………. 18
Classroom Information ……………………… 13                                     K
Clinical Information …………………………….. 14
Communicating with Faculty ………………. 18                                  L
Communication ………………………………….. 7
Computer Room …………………………………. 19           Learning Resources …………………………….. 19, 20
Critical Thinking ………………………………….. 7       Library ………………………………………………… 20

                        D                                             M

Dress Code …………………………………………. 15                                        N
Drug and Alcohol Policy ……………………… 16
                                          Nursing ………………………………………………… 5
                        E                 Nursing Process …………………………………… 7
                                          Nursing Skills Laboratory …………………… 19
Environment ………………………………………. 5
Ethics …………………………………………………. 7                                          O
Evidence-based Practice ……………………. 7
Exams ………………………………………………… 14              Organizing Framework ……………………….. 6

                        F                                              P

Fingernails …………………………………………. 15          Parking ………………………………………………. 23
                                          Philosophy of the Nursing Program ……… 5
                        G                 Professionalism ……………………………………. 7
                                          Protocol (Drug and Alcohol)………………….16
Gum …………………………………………………… 15


                        R                                              T

Required Equipment …………………………… 15         Tattoos ………………………………………………. 15
                                          Teaching/Learning …………………………….. 6
                        S                 Testing (Drug and Alcohol)…………………. 17
                                          Track I (BA/BS), Track III (Traditional) … 10
Safety/Fire Regulations ………………………. 22     Track II (Registered Nurses) ……………….. 11
Smoking ……………………………………………… 23             Transportation ……………………………………. 23
Student Conduct ………………………………… 16
Student Facilities ……………………………….. 18                                   U
Student Learning Outcomes ………………. 8
Student Participation …………………………. 18      Use of Electronic Devices ……………………. 13
Student Reading Room………………………. 19
Students (Drug Policy)……………………….. 17                                  W

                                          Weather Emergencies ………………………… 23

                             American Nurses Association Code of Ethics

The ANA House of Delegates approved these nine provisions of the new Code of Ethics for Nurses at
its June 30, 2001 meeting in Washington, DC. In July, 2001, the Congress of Nursing Practice and
Economics voted to accept the new language of the interpretive statements resulting in a fully
approved revised Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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