Each student must complete the 135 clinical hours to successfully pass this course. Clinical hours are calculated as follows:
Type of Clinical Experience
Total Number of Hours
Clinical Orientation (First Thursday afternoon)
SIMS preclinical preparation
Service Learning Experiences
Thursday clinical experiences (Dosage Calculations)
Friday patient care experiences, written assignments & post-conferences
Clinical practicum at SIMS Center
Nursing Process (Care plan) assignment
Total # of clinical hours for the semester
Each experience as scheduled!
1. Apply the nursing process in the care of individuals.
2. Demonstrate competence in performing basic nursing skills throughout the life span.
3. Integrate concepts of the NANDA taxonomy ii when planning nursing care for individuals from diverse cultures.
4. Integrate teaching-learning concepts when planning nursing care for individuals from diverse cultures.
5. Apply verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills when providing nursing care for individuals from diverse cultures.
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(s) on the clinical component of the course results in a grade of "F" for didactics (NURS 3833) and clinical (NURS 3843) courses.
Dosage Calculation Exam
Medication calculation content and activities will be addressed during clinical breakout sessions on Thursday afternoons. Times and locations will be identified on schedules for each clinical group. Additional self-study with classroom and CD supplementation may be done as needed. Dosage calculation quizzes will scheduled throughout the semester, and calculation problems will be included in each unit exam, to prepare students for this program competency. There will be a comprehensive medication calculation exam as posted on the course calendar. All students will be required to pass the final comprehensive medication calculation exam. 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 package. 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 didactics (NURS 3833) and clinical (NURS 3843) courses.
Students will complete a skills practicum at the Regional Simulation (SIMS) Center during the last week of classes. This experience consists of a randomly chosen nursing skill to perform and a clinical judgment exercise. It is evaluated using the posted rubric entitled “Final Practicum Check-Off.” 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 both didactics (NURS 3833) and clinical (NURS 3843) courses.
2. Clinical (NURS 3843): A total of 135 clinical hours will be completed with
a. 45 hours in the Simulation Center
b. 72 hours in the patient care setting
c. 18 hours in service learning
a) Clinical orientation, lasting five hours (1310-1810 hrs), will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Bridwell, room 108.
b) Simulated experiences will be conducted at the Regional Simulation Center at 917 Midwestern Parkway. SIMS lab times will be 1310-1810 hrs on Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons. Depending on the group the student is assigned to, students will attend simulation experiences on alternate days for a total of six experiences. Students must complete a pre-clinical assignment prior to each SIMS experience. Pre-clinical worksheets, for each SIMS experience, will be posted on D2L for student completion.
c) Students will participate in 18 hours of service learning opportunities within the local community. The intent of these hours is to orient students to assuming the role of the community volunteer/advocate and NOT that of nursing! (The role of nurse in the community will be experienced during future semesters.) For purposes of providing continuity into an introduction to service learning this semester, students will volunteer at only two locations during this course: The Wichita Falls Food Bank and Faith Mission. (You will be permitted to self schedule service learning in agencies of your choice in later semesters.) Although these hours have been indicated as six three- hour sessions on the clinical schedules, student hours may be done on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday afternoons, and/or on Saturdays if desirable.
d) Four twelve-hour patient care experiences at the assigned extended care facility will be completed. These experiences will be scheduled from 0645 until 1700 hrs. Students will meet with their clinical instructor for two hours after the experience (1715-1915 hrs) to complete the post-conference. This totals 48 clinical hours (includes time for completing written assignments).
e) The Clinical practicum competency assessment, during the last week of the semester, will consist of two skills and a clinical scenario. This will be scheduled by the clinical instructor, on either August 4th or Aug 5th, and will be completed in the SIMS Center. This totals 5 hours of clinical time.
f) A care plan assignment, implementing the nursing process, will be completed on D2L. Students are provided with 3 clinical hours of credit for completion of this assignment. It involves reading a case scenario and answering a question exam related to it.
promptly and be ready to participate.
with competency transcript, textbook and skills supply kit to each SIMS experience.
Clinicals in Long-Term Care Facilities:
Clinical experiences, skills practicum will be graded as pass/fail. For progression, students must pass both components.
Successful completion of the dosage calculation exam requires the grade of at least 74%. A failing grade on this exam constitutes failure in both this course and in NURS 3833.
Late submission of written clinical assignments will not be accepted and clinical infraction will be administered.
Attendance is MANDATORY for all clinical requirements totaling 135 clinical hours.
Failure Policy/Cheating Policy:
Students must meet all course requirements, or a grade of "F" will be assigned for the semester. Students are expected to pass both classroom (NURS 3833) and clinical (NURS 3843) components of the course. Failure in clinical performance, theory component, or competency evaluations will result in the grade of “F” for the semester.
A student who receives a "D" or lower in an ACCEL-RN course will not be permitted to continue in the accelerated BSN program. In the event of course failure, the student may contact the BSN coordinator for consideration in enrolling in the 28-month prelicensure BSN program.
The faculty reserves the right to recommend to the Wilson School of Nursing Program Chair/BSN Coordinator and College Dean withdrawal of a student from the nursing program for health, legal, or academic reasons, particularly if patient care is jeopardized. In addition, the student must perform within the American Nurses Association (ANA) standards of practice and code of ethics.
If student performance falls below acceptable standards of practice, then the student will NOT successfully complete the clinical component of this course. Certain aspects of these standards directly relate to safety in patient care and professionalism in practice. If student performance drops below the standard in these two areas, then the possibility of successful completion of the clinical component of the course is unlikely. The faculty recognizes that the issues of patient safety and professional standards cannot be compromised; therefore, any student who does not meet these standards will immediately receive a failing clinical evaluation. The severity of these infractions warrants immediate failure of the clinical component of this course. The ANA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are posted in the MSU BSN Student Handbook.
Behaviors that detract from the learning process will not be tolerated. Tardiness will not be tolerated. Excessive talking to classmates during class time will not be tolerated. Beepers and cellular phones should be turned off during all class sessions. Text messaging during lectures is considered unacceptable behavior. Children are not to be brought to class per University policy. Students who demonstrate distracting behaviors will be asked to leave the classroom. If a student demonstrates continuing behaviors that are distracting to his/her classmates, the student will be administratively dropped from the course IAW the 2010-2012 MSU undergraduate catalog, page 7, which reads:
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 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
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The Wilson School of Nursing and Midwestern State University do not condone cheating in any form and considers it a serious offense. Cheating is defined by the faculty to include dishonesty on examinations, providing testing information that would advantage another student, and plagiarism. Specifics are to be found in the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbooks and the MSU Student Handbook. Offending material that may constitute plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following: Bibliography cards, formal papers, book reports, written nursing care plans, etc. Cheating may include, but is not limited to: removing quiz or exam content, disseminating quiz/exam content, sharing quiz/exam information, being in possession of or using electronics during testing.
For further information regarding cheating and any subsequent actions to be taken, please refer to the policy statement in the MSU Student Handbook.
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“As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”
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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.
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