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Basic Nursing Care

Course Details

Course Number
NURS 3243/3253
Section Number
NURS 3243/3253
Semester
Fall 2014
Location
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
108
Days & Times

Mondays and Wednesdays from 0930 to 1150 and Tuesdays or Thursdays from 0645-1800.

Professor
Dr. Robin Lockhart (view Profile)

Textbooks

Course Objectives

Course Coordinator

Robin Lockhart, BH 308D, email robin.lockhart@mwsu.edu or  office: 940-397-4614; cell: 940-636-2018

Clinical and Course Faculty

Catherine Pankonien, BH 326, email catherine.pankonien@mwsu.edu or office: 940-397-4060

Linda Treitler, BH 328, email linda.treitler@mwsu.edu or office:  940-397-8921

Simulation Lab, 766-5362, Regional Simulation Center, 917 Midwestern Pkwy,

Prerequisites: 3103, Introduction to Nursing; 3203 Pathophysiology, 3311/3312 Family Health Assessment

 

This is the official syllabus for this course. The faculty reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus at any time.

 

Course Description:      The course emphasizes the application of beginning theories and concepts fundamental to patient care through the life cycle. In both the Sims laboratory and clinical experiences the student acquires basic cognitive and psychomotor skills. Students are introduced to the impact cultural diversity has on the outcome of patient care. The nursing process is used to apply knowledge and critical thinking through demonstration of theory-based patient care.

 

Credit Hours:     Six (6) credit hours -- Three (3) lecture hours and nine (9) clinical hours per week.

 

AACN Essentials:  For further information regarding the AACN Essentials identified for each course objective, refer to http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/baccessentials08.pdf.

 

DEC Competencies:  In the DEC Competencies below, the following designations apply:  I:  Provider of Patient Centered Care, II:  Coordinator of Care, III:  Patient Safety Advocate and IV: Member of the Health Care Team.  For further information regarding the competencies identified for each course objective, refer to http://www.bon.texas.gov/about/pdfs/delc-2010.pdf.

 

Course Objectives

AACN Essentials

DEC Competencies

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

1.  Apply the nursing process in the care of individuals

II, VI, VII

  1. – A, B
  2. – A, B, C, D, E, F, G III – A

2.  Demonstrate competence in performing basic nursing skills throughout the life span.

II, VII

  1. - A, B
  2. - A, D
  3. - A, B, D

3.     Integrate knowledge of research and higher education concepts when planning nursing care for individuals from diverse cultures.

III, VIII, IX

II - A

4.  Integrate teaching-learning concepts when planning nursing care for individuals from diverse cultures.

VII, IX

II - G

5.  Apply verbal, non-verbal and  written communication skills when providing nursing care for individuals from

diverse cultures.

IV, VI, IX

IV - D

 

Course Expectations

Learning Experiences:

Students are expected to be self-directed in the acquisition of basic nursing knowledge. Learning activities available to students include:

 

  1. Classroom activities (NURS 3243): Information relevant to each unit of study will be presented in class. Students should come to class prepared to participate using the drug guide, clinical guide, lab/diagnostic guide, the nursing process text, the dosage calculation text, and the Pearson Neighborhood cases.

 

  1. Clinical (NURS 3253): A total of 135 clinical hours will be completed

 

  1. Readings : Readings are essential for each unit of study.

 

  1. Desire 2 Learn (D2L) supplement is available as a communication tool. Students are expected to check D2L daily for course announcements.

 

  1. Evolve Website: Evolve is available for practice tests and study materials.  http://evolve.elsevier.com

 

  1. Pearson Website: Pearson is where The Neighborhood http://www.mypearson.com

 

  1. Midwestern State University BSN Handbook found at:  http://www.mwsu.edu/Assets/documents/academics/hs2/nursing/pdf/BSN-handbook.pdf

 

Required Textbooks/Supplies:

 

Berman, A., Snyder, S.J., Kozier, B. & Erb, G. (2012). Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of nursing: Concepts, process and practice. (9th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN-13  978-0-138-02461-1

 

Curriculum Test Code. (Continued from Assessment, do not purchase again)

 

Deglin, J. H., Vallerand, A. H & Sanoski, C. A.. (2015). Davis’s drug guide for nurses. (14th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Company. (ISBN 13: 978-0-8036-3976-8)

 

Doenges, M.E., Moorhouse, M.F., and Murr, A.C. (2013) Nurse’s pocket guide: Diagnoses, prioritized interventions, and rationales (13rd ed.). Philadelphia , PA: F.A. Davis. ISBN 978-0-8036-2782-6

 

Giddens, J. The Neighborhood 2.0 Student Access Code Card. Website. Prentice Hall. SBN-13: 978-01325-3983-8

 

Morris, D.G. (2014). Calculate with confidence (6th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby. ISBN13 978-0-323-08931-9

 

Mosby (2012). Mosbys Dictionary of Medicine (9th Ed.). St. Louis: MO: Mosby ISBN13 978-0-323-07403-2

 

Pagana, K. & Pagana, T. (2014). Mosby's manual of diagnostic and laboratory tests (4th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-323-08949-4

 

Prentice Hall (2010). RN nursing skills 2.0 DVDs: Skills for the RN. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN-978-0-132-45942-6

 

Sommers, M.S. (2011). Diseases and disorders: A nursing therapeutics manual (4th Ed.). Philadelphia, PA: FA Davis. ISBN 13  978-0-8036-2205-0

 

 

Recommended as a good resource for you (will be required in Med/Surg next semester):

 

Zerwekh, J., Claborn, J.C. and Miller, C.J. (2004). Memory notebook of nursing vol. 1 (3rd ed.). Ingram, TX: Nursing Education Consultants. ISBN1-892155-06-0

 

Zerwekh, J., Claborn, J.C. and Miller, C.J. (2003). Memory notebook of nursing vol. 2 (2nd ed.). Ingram, TX: Nursing Education Consultants. ISBN1-1892155-03-6

 

LAB PACKS( Must have lab supplies for your first Sims Lab)

Lab packs are available in the MSU Bookstore. There are supplemental lab packs available for students who have purchased lab packs and used supplies in a previous semester. Initial kit: ISBN 281839002774. Supplemental kit: ISBN 281839002590

 

Students will need to purchase one box of exam gloves (size to fit their hands) at any medical supply or pharmacy store.

 

EVALUATION:

 

Course Exams and Final:

There will be two (2) multiple choice unit exams and a comprehensive multiple choice final examination. All exams and the final will contain medication calculation questions.

 

Students should bring a four-function calculator to the exams and final. You may not use your cell phone, PDA, programmable or statistics calculator. Only four-function calculators will be allowed. Students may not share calculators. Calculators will not be provided. If you do not have your own, you will do the math without the aid of a calculator.

 

Students should submit three (2) ParScore Scantron forms to the instructor by Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

 

MISSED EXAMS

Should the student be absent from an exam, arrangements must be made according to the procedure found in the B.S.N. Student Handbook. Specifically, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the course coordinator at least two hours prior to the exam. Students may make-up exams on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1300 in BH 305.

 

Failure to comply with this policy will result in a "0" for the exam missed. Any make-up exam may be different from the original exam and may include multiple choice, essay, short answer, true/false, and/or matching questions.

 

There will be no making up of classroom assignments. If the student is absent, he/she will receive a zero for the assignment. The two lowest assignment grades will be dropped from the classroom activities average.

 

CLINICAL COMPETENCY EVALUATIONS

 

Clinical Evaluation

Clinical performance is evaluated using the posted rubric and the skills component of the Competency Transcript. Scoring an "unsatisfactory" rating on any section of the end-of-semester rubric results in clinical failure. Students must successfully complete the clinical component of the course to successfully complete the course. Scoring an unsatisfactory rating on the clinical component of the course results in a grade of "F" for the course and clinical.

 

Dosage Calculation Exam:

Dosage calculation is a program competency. Dosage calculation quizzes are scheduled throughout the semester to prepare students for the competency tested at this level. There will be a comprehensive medication calculation exam as posted on the class calendar. All students will be required to pass the final comprehensive medication calculation exam, regardless of previous attempts. Students must score a minimum of 74% on the comprehensive medication calculation exam to successfully complete the clinical component of this course. Each student will be allowed up to two (2) attempts to achieve a passing score. This exam is administered on the computer as part of the Evolve curriculum testing. Students will be allowed to use only the four function calculator that is embedded in the electronic exam (no other electronic devices). Failure to receive a minimum score of 74% after two attempts will result in a clinical failure for the course with a resulting grade of "F" for the course.

 

Simulation Practicum  

Students will complete a simulated experience at the end-of-semester. This experience consists of a randomly chosen nursing skill and a clinical judgment. It is evaluated using the posted rubric. Failure to receive a satisfactory rating after two attempts will result in a clinical failure for the course with a resulting grade of "F" for the course and the clinical component of the course.

Clinical Hours Breakdown

 

Clinical Orientation

 

  1. Each student is to complete 8 hours of clinical orientation (0800 to 1700).
  2. Students are to wear the approved dress code attire and bring pen and paper.
  3. An hour of lunch on the students own time is scheduled during this time frame.

 

Simulation Experiences

           

  1. Each student is scheduled for six simulation experiences.
  2. Prior to each simulation experience, the student is to complete a pre-clinical assignment located on D2L. The student is to bring the completed assignment and the Competency Transcript with him/her to the experience.
  3. Students are to report to the simulation center at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time (either 0800 to 1300 or 1300 to 1800), wearing the approved dress code attire, and in possession of the required supplies (Lab Pack, exam gloves, stethoscope, bandage scissors, penlight, watch with a sweeping second hand, tape measure, and a pen.)
  4. These experiences complete 36 clinical hours.
  5. The student is to notify the Regional Simulation Center prior to the experience if the student needs to cancel the appointment and reschedule the experience.
  6. Rescheduling of simulation experiences is on an available basis. Should there be no option for the student to complete the simulation experience, then the student will need to seek the assistance of the clinical instructor to make-up the clinical hours.

 

Patient-care Experiences

 

  1. Each student is scheduled for six patient-care experiences.
  2. Prior to each patient-care experience, the student is to complete the pre-clinical assignment provided by his/her clinical instructor. The student is to bring the completed pre-clinical assignment.
  3. Clinical paperwork is available on D2L.
  4. Once a clinical experience is completed, the post-clinical paperwork is due by 1700 on Friday the week of the experience for the Tuesday groups and by 0800 the Monday after the clinical experience for the Thursday groups.
  5. Students are to report to the clinical agency at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time (0645-1615), wearing the approved dress code attire, and in possession of the required supplies (stethoscope, bandage scissors, penlight, watch with a second hand, tape measure, a pen and a blank copy of the clinical paperwork).
  6. The patient-care experiences include post-conference time with the student’s clinical instructor.
  7. A 30-minute lunch time will be provided during this time.
  8. These experiences complete 72 clinical hours.
  9. The student is to notify the clinical instructor prior to the experience if the student needs to cancel and reschedule the experience.
  10. Scheduling of clinical experiences is on an available basis, should there be no option for the clinical instructor to provide the experience, the student will receive a failing grade in the clinical component of the course and the classroom portion of the course due to not having completed all the required clinical hours. Every effort will be made to assist students in rescheduling clinical experiences missed due to legitimate reasons, however the student should make every effort to attend clinical experiences as they are scheduled.

 

Dosage Calculation

 

  1. Every other week (6 times), each student is scheduled from 1100 to 1200 in Bridwell Hall 108 to learn and practice dosage calculations.
  2. There is no dress code for these experiences.
  3. Each student should bring a four-function calculator, paper, pencil and the textbook Calculate with Confidence.
  4. Dosage calculation quizzes will be administered during each meeting.
  5. The student is to complete the section assigned for the week from the Calculate with Confidence textbook prior to the experience:
    1. 1st  experience –Unit I
    2. 2nd experience –Unit 2
    3. 3rd experience – Unit 3
    4. 4th experience – Unit 4
    5. 5th experience – Unit 5
    6. 6th experience – Comprehensive Post-test
  6. Student will have two attempts to score at least a 74% on the Evolve Dosage Calculation Exam.
  7. The Evolve Dosage Calculation Exam will be administered on Monday, December 1, 2014 from 0930 to 1130 in Bridwell 108. The second administration will be Friday, December 5, 2014 from 1300 to 1500 in Bridwell 305.
  8. These experiences complete 8 clinical hours.

 

Evolve Case Studies

 

  1. Each student will complete 10 case studies from the Evolve Patient Reviews, Case Studies and Practice Test resources. Course code: 10358_rlockhart4_1002.
  2. The case studies are listed on the course calendar in the weeks that correspond with the content covered on the case study.
  3. The student must complete 10 of the case studies by November 26, 2014 at 1700.
  4. The Patient Reviews assigned are all listed under Fundamentals and include:
    1. Loss, Grief, and Death
    2. Altered Nutrition
    3. Pain
    4. Sleep Patterns
    5. Skin Integrity
    6. Perioperative Care
    7. Breathing Patterns
    8. Fluid Balance
    9. Mobility
    10. Sensory Function
    11. Urinary Patterns
    12. Constipation
  5. These experiences complete 10 clinical hours.

 

Practicum and Clinical Evaluation

 

  1. Each student will be assigned to complete the Basic Practicum on either December 2nd or 4th and receive a clinical evaluation.
  2. The Basic Practicum consists of a skill assessment and clinical judgment assessment.
  3. The student should be present at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time, wearing the dress code attire, and in possession of the required supplies (stethoscope, bandage scissors, penlight, watch with a second hand, tape measure, and a pen).
  4. Each student is to submit the Clinical Folder to the clinical instructor by 1700 on November 26, 2014.
  5. Clinical evaluation is completed by the clinical instructor using the form provided on D2L.
  6. The Basic Practicum and Clinical Evaluation are pass/fail. Failure of either will result in an F for the course and the clinical.
  7. These experiences complete 1 clinical hour.
Grading Standards

Grading Scale  (There will be no rounding of grades)

90 - 100......................................................................................................................................... A

80 - 89.......................................................................................................................................... B

74 - 79.......................................................................................................................................... C

65 - 73.......................................................................................................................................... D

64 & Below................................................................................................................................... F

 

Grading NURS 3243 and 3253

*The final course grade will be calculated in the following manner:

**Exams (2 @ 30% each )

60%

**Final Exam

30%

Classroom assignments

10%

Total

100%

Competency Evaluations (Clinical, Practicum and Dosage Calculation)

Pass/Fail

*There will be no rounding of grades

*Students must score at least a 74% average on the three exams in the course (2 unit exams and 1 final exam) to successfully complete the course. If students score less than a 74% average on the three exams, the average of the three exams will be the grade for both the course and the clinical components of the course.

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Other Policies

Clinical Compliance Requirements

Students are expected to be compliant with current CPR certification, immunizations, TB testing, health and liability insurance, drug screen and criminal background checks, throughout the semester. Contact Ms. Brunson at 397-6371 or email jeana.brunson@mwsu.edu if you have questions about your compliance. TB testing needs to be repeated every 12 months.

 

Course Attendance

Students are encouraged to attend all lectures. Students may be dropped from the course for excessive absences per University policy.

 

Failure Policy

  • Students must meet all course requirements, or a grade of "F" will be assigned.
  • Students are expected to pass both clinical (Nursing 3253) and classroom (Nursing 3243) components of the course. Failure in either clinical performance or theory components will result in failure “F” of the course and the clinical.
  • A student who receives a "D" or an "F" in two nursing courses (except for NURS 3103, NURS 3203, and NURS 4123) must seek reentry to the nursing program.

 

The faculty reserves the right to recommend to the School of Nursing Chair/BSN Coordinator and College of Health and Human Services Dean withdrawal of a student from the nursing program for health, legal, or academic reasons, particularly if client care is jeopardized. In addition, the student must perform within the ANA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

 

Instructor Drop:

 

An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class. An instructor’s drop of a student takes precedence over the student-initiated course drop of a later date. The instructor will assign a grade of either WF or F through the 8th week of a long 45 hours semester, the 6th week of a 10 week summer term, or the 11th class day of a 4 or 5 week summer term consisting of 20 days. After these periods the grade will be an F. The date the instructor drop form is received in the Office of the Registrar is the official drop date.

 

American Disability Act (ADA)

 

Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities.

 

MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements. For assistance, call (940) 397-4140 or come by Disability Support Services in Clark Student Center room 168. Please see the instructor outside of class to make any arrangements involving special accommodations.

 

It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities. After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.

 

Academic Dishonesty Policy:

 

NURS 4613 adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

 

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online Desire 2 Learn course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when accomplishing objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.

 

However, all components of NURS 3243/3453 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared, copied, or plagiarized from other sources.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

Academic dishonesty includes cheating, collusion, plagiarism or the acquisition of tests and other academic materials such as test banks without the permission of the faculty. Cheating, collusion, or plagiarism is defined as: (1) cheating - intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, equipment, or study aids in any academic exercise; (2) collusion - the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit; (3) plagiarism - intentionally representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.

Academic dishonesty (cheating, collusion, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification. Any student found to be academically dishonest as defined above and under each assignment will automatically receive a grade of “F” for both the classroom and clinical components of the course.

MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT HONOR CREED

“As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”

 

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

 

Thus, we, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

 

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one’s own work, work or ideas which are not entirely one’s own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

 

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

 

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate

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By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, and for educational purposes.

Infractions constituting clinical failure:

 

STUDENTS ARE NOT TO ADMINISTER MEDICATIONS OR PERFORM INVASIVE PROCEDURES UNLESS DIRECTLY SUPERVISED BY A FACULTY MEMBER OR PRECEPTOR

 

Failure of the clinical component of the course occurs when the student receives an unsatisfactory rating in any area of the evaluation tool or does not complete 135 hours of clinical. Absences will be rescheduled at the discretion of the course coordinator. 

 

Certain behaviors result in an unsatisfactory rating in the professional behavior section of the evaluation rubric.

 

Three incidents of infractions to the standard of professional behavior to include but not limited to:

 

  • Arriving to a clinical experience without completing the pre-clinical assignment even if allowed to stay in the clinical
  • Not conforming to the dress code even if allowed to stay in the clinical
  • Not bringing appropriate supplies to the clinical experience even if allowed to stay in the clinical
  • Unprofessional/inappropriate language or gestures
  • Unprofessional/inappropriate behavior such as disrespectful behavior, chewing gum, using tobacco products in non-smoking areas, disruptive behavior, or failure to comply with a written or verbal instruction including reminders to update immunizations and other clinical requirements
  • Arriving late to any clinical site even if allowed to stay in the clinical
  • Non-compliance with the policy to notify the instructor and the agency of a clinical absence prior to the absence or as soon as possible if immediate notification is not possible
  • Non-compliance with the policy to receive written prior approval before attending the clinical and/or the policy to notify the clinical instructor of absences prior to attending the clinical or as soon as the student realizes he/she must leave the clinical experience.
  • Leaving the premises without permission from the clinical instructor
  • Failure to complete assignments by the due dates
  • Failure to return from meals or breaks at the assigned time
  • Use of a cell phone for calling, texting, e-mailing or receiving calls, texts or e-mails in the clinical area unless given permission by the clinical instructor

 

Two incidents of infractions to the standard of professional behavior to include but not limited to:

 

  • Disregarding patient confidentiality without malice or intent to disclose
  • Patient negligence that does not result in patient injury
  • An error in care that does not harm a patient
  • Committing two infractions from the list above as well as one in this list

 

Infractions to the standard of professional behavior that results in immediate failure of the clinical component of the course to include by not limited to:

 

  • Administering medications or implementing invasive procedures without the direct supervision of a faculty member or preceptor.
  • Failing to check two patient identifiers prior to administering medications.
  • The smell of alcohol on the breath
  • Testing positive for illicit drugs or alcohol
  • An error in care or patient negligence that harms a patient
  • Falsification, omissions, and/or lying
  • Intentionally revealing confidential information
  • Placing self, staff or patient at risk of harm due to abandonment of duties and/or sleeping during clinical experiences
  • Cheating, collusion, plagiarism, or stealing. Cheating/collusion/plagiarism – cheating means intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise; collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit; plagiarism means intentionally representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.
  • Performing in an unsafe manner.
  • Failure to report a patient care error or incident.
  • Physical or verbal abuse of patients, patient’s family members, faculty or staff

 

 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.