The University expects all members of the academic
community to behave with academic integrity. Academic misconduct is any
attempt to misrepresent one’s performance on any exercise submitted for
evaluation. This includes but is not limited to, cheating, fabrication and
falsification, multiple submissions, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials,
and complicity in academic dishonesty. Infractions known by any person should
be brought to the attention of the faculty member to whose course it pertains.
Infractions may result in actions including, but not limited to, counseling,
reprimand, grade of F or grade reduction for either the work in question or
for the course.
Faculty and students are responsible for maintaining a
professional atmosphere in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting.
This includes, but is not limited to, arriving on time; being respectful of
faculty, guest speakers, agency staff, preceptors, and classmates; and
actively participating in the learning process. Activated cell phones and
pagers are not allowed in the classroom, laboratory, or clinical
Any faculty member has the right to remove any student from
the classroom, laboratory, or clinical area if, in the faculty member’s
judgment, the student is being disruptive, presents an unprofessional
appearance or in any way is a threat to patient safety or comfort.
Plagiarism is defined as intentionally or knowingly presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper acknowledgement of the source). The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources is when the ideas, information, etc. are common knowledge.
Students who wish to appeal a grade or program decision
affecting them should follow this procedure. The purpose of this procedure is
to provide a mechanism for handling appeals at the School of Nursing level.
are allowed to transfer no more than 6 credit hours into the program. These credits
must have been earned no longer than 5 years prior to enrollment in the program
with the exception of the pharmacotherapeutics course which must be within 3 years
courses taken at UNF as non-degree status may not be transferred into the
All course assignments are due at the beginning of class on the
date due, or if the date due is not a class day by 5:00 p.m. in the School of
Nursing office, stamped by time clock, unless otherwise determined by the
specific course faculty. The instructor for the course may individually grant
acceptance of late coursework without penalty. It is the student's
responsibility to request such an exception
prior to the due date. If permission to submit coursework late has not
been individually granted by the respective faculty member, 5 points will be
deducted for the first 24 hours overdue and an additional 5 points (for a total
of 10 points) will be deducted for assignments overdue more than 24 hours. No
assignments will be accepted more than 7 days late without special permission
from the respective faculty member in the course for which the assignment was
grade for each student will be the result of the faculty’s judgment about how
well the student met the course objectives. The following guidelines will be
utilized in making that judgment:
All performance objectives are
stated at the minimum level meaning they are stated with the expected standard
of achievement of a graduate student entitling him/her to a “C.”
Each lab and clinical nursing
course has a theory and practice component. A satisfactory (S) or
unsatisfactory (U) grade is given for the practice component. A grade below C
in the theory or U in clinical practice results in a failing grade for the
In order to achieve
a passing grade in a course in which tests are a portion of the course grade,
the minimum test average must be 75. If and only if, the minimum test average
of 75 is achieved, will the other course grades will be counted toward the
final course grade. Regardless of the other grades achieved in the course, a
student achieving less than a 75 test average will have failed to successfully
complete the course, and will be given a grade of D (if between 60 and 74) or F
(if < 60). If the learner fails to achieve the minimum average of 75% on
written examinations, other course assignment grades will not be added
together and the course grade will be that grade achieved on the written
experience will be evaluated based on achievement of course and program
objectives through faculty observation, verbal communication with student,
written work, and agency staff reports, using a School of Nursing
clinical evaluation form. Faculty reserve the right to alter clinical
experiences, including removal from patient care areas, of any student to
maintain patient safety and to provide instructional experiences to support
A rating of
satisfactory represents satisfactory performance and a rating of unsatisfactory
represents unsatisfactory performance. All areas will be evaluated. Regardless
of theory grade, a student receiving an unsatisfactory evaluation in the
clinical component of a course will be assigned a course grade of F.
All students must notify the course faculty in advance when
they are unable to attend a class. If an exam was scheduled for that time
period, the student must speak directly with the respective faculty member to
arrange a makeup date. All makeup exams must be taken prior to the next class
session. If students do not notify course faculty of their absence prior to the
scheduled examand arrange for a makeup date, the grade for the exam
will be an “F”. At the discretion of the course faculty, alternate forms of an
exam may be used for a make-up exam and late points may be deducted. In the
case of computerized exams, points may also be deducted, at the faculty’s
discretion, for going over the time limit on the exam.
The following shall be grounds for disciplinary
action set forth in this policy: being unable to practice nursing with
reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of illness or use of alcohol,
drugs, narcotics, or chemicals or any other type of material or as a result of
any mental or physical condition.
In enforcing this policy, the School of Nursing
shall have, upon a finding that probable cause exists to believe that the
student is unable to practice nursing because of the reasons stated in this
policy, the authority to have the student leave the clinical site and issue an
order to compel the student to submit to a mental or physical examination by a
physician. If the student refuses to comply with such order, automatic
administrative withdrawal from University courses will occur. Students affected
by the provisions of this policy shall at reasonable intervals be afforded an
opportunity to demonstrate that they can resume the competent practice of
nursing with reasonable skill and safety to patients.
competent, the student may apply for readmission to the program.
positive serological titer must be provided. It is the
student’s responsibility to provide documentation of progression on the
series and the positive titer.
If the titer is negative, the varicella
vaccine (a series of 2 immunizations 1-month apart) must be received, with
another titer 4-6 weeks after the second immunization. If the titer remains
negative, no further immunizations or titers are required.
2) Hepatitis B immunity
(protection against Hepatitis B)
If the initial titer is negative, the complete
series of three immunizations must be repeated according to the CDC schedule
with a second titer 4-6 weeks after completion of the third immunization. If the titer remains negative, no
further immunizations or titers are required.
Incident and accident reports are very important
for students and for the safety of the patient. If at any time during lab or
clinical practice, some type of accident or unusual situation occurs the
student should document the accident or incident as per the agency protocol.
The supervising faculty will counsel a student who receives a critical incident
report that is indicative of unsafe practice. The faculty member and student
together should also write a brief summary of the incident (on a “green sheet”
to be placed in the student’s clinical file.
All students and faculty will be expected
to assume responsibility for their own health care except for emergency care
during the hours engaged in clinical experience. In the event that a student or
faculty member of the School of Nursing should become ill or suffer an injury
in the course of their activities while at a clinical agency, the agency shall
initiate emergency medical care. However, the clinical agency assumes no
financial liability for medical care provided by the clinical agency or others.
The student and not the University or the clinical agency will be responsible
for expenses incurred. Students are strongly encouraged to have personal
health care insurance.
Above all else, if you are a victim, contact
the local police department.
An incomplete grade may only be
given to a student who is progressing satisfactorily in a nursing course and who, for valid reasons, as
determined by the faculty member, did not complete the work of the nursing
course within the term. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the
course faculty to request consideration of an incomplete grade. This request
must be made prior to the last day of class. (See UNF catalog – incomplete
incomplete grade may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor as an
interim grade for a course in which the student has: (a) completed a major
portion of the course with a passing grade, (b) been unable to complete course
requirements prior to the end of the term because of extenuating circumstances,
and (c) obtained agreement from the instructor and arranged for resolution of
the incomplete grade.
Written assignments for
completion of course work shall be mutually agreed upon by the student and
instructor. An incomplete grade report form is filed with the date by which the
“I” grade must be removed. The School
of Nursing requires that
an incomplete grade in a clinical nursing course be removed prior to registering
the next clinical nursing course.
It is the student’s
responsibility to be alert to the withdrawal date each semester. An incomplete
(I) will NOT automatically substitute for a withdrawal. After the withdrawal
date, a student may petition to receive a W/P or W/F by completing a petition
form provided by the Student Records Office. The form requires approval
signatures from the faculty member for the respective course, The Nursing
Advisor and the Chairman of the School
The final grade for each
student will be the result of the faculty’s judgment concerning the degree to
which course objectives were met.
graduate students are required to maintain an active licenseto practice nursing in the State of Florida. This is an
admission requirement for the MSN program. In addition, students should bring
their nursing license to the first class of all clinical courses for approval
from respective faculty responsible for the clinical course. Students are
responsible for documenting renewal updates with faculty during the semester
resuscitation (CPR) certification is required for all students enrolled in
clinical nursing courses. This certification must include one and two rescuer
CPR, Infant and Child CPR, and the use of the
automated defibrillator device (AED). Students must submit a copy of
their certification to respective faculty responsible for the clinical course
in order that verification is on file. If verification is not submitted upon
course enrollment the student will not be permitted to attend any clinical
are required to maintain current certification throughout clinical course
enrollment. In order that ongoing verification can be recorded and updated,
students must submit a copy of certification renewal to the respective clinical
The UNF School of Nursing requires a background
check on all entering students through Certified Background Checks.com, a
background check service that allows students to purchase their own background
check. The results are posted in a secure, tamper-proof environment online with
access only to the student and the School of Nursing. The background check is repeated on an
annual basis while the student is enrolled at UNF. It is the student’s
responsibility to make sure that this is done.
School of Nursing courses offered as pass/fail are
subject to the following:
Each student is required to
adhere to the following dress code. Students will not be allowed in a clinical
practice area when in violation of these guidelines.
Whenever a student is assigned to a
clinical area the student is representing UNF and its faculty, and is expected
to adhere to the following professional dress code. It should be noted that any
part of the attire that draws attention to the self is, in general, considered
in questionable professional taste.
Students are expected to arrive at the
clinical site in appropriate attire and ready to work [i.e., long hair should
already be pulled back, hair dried; ID badge should be clearly visible, etc.].
Students not adhering to the professional dress code will not be allowed to
remain in the clinical setting. NOTE: Some clinical agencies have dress
codes that are more restrictive than those listed below. In those cases, the
more strict code will apply.
Lack of discretion in
using/beepers in class, lab and clinical is considered a violation of
professional behavior. Cell phones are to be turned off. Non-emergency phone
calls are strictly prohibited.
Students in nursing and other health professions curricula
are held to standards of conduct that both differ from and exceed those
usually expected of university students. Consequently, nursing students are
required to demonstrate clinical competency, including reasonable skill and
safe practice and professional behavior and dress, in the care of patients and
to adhere to the standards of acceptable conduct outlined in the American
Nurses Association Code of Ethics, and the Florida Nurse Practice Act. Students
may be removed from the classroom, laboratory and/or clinical experiences at
any time in a course for unsafe or unprofessional behavior.
Clinical experiences are designed with
specific goals in mind. Students are expected to come to the clinical
experiences knowing what those goals are and having made appropriate
preparations to be able to fully participate in the experience. This includes
having done appropriate readings and any written work required by the course
in the UNF MSN nursing program is based on a particular sequence. Students need
to complete course work in the assigned sequence. All course work must be
completed within four years of being admitted into the program. To progress in
the MSN program:
Students are expected to use critical thinking skills to
gather information, use effective communication skills to convey ideas and
engage in professional writing using the standard rules for organization and
precision in presentation of content and for spelling, grammar, punctuation,
syntax, and reduction of bias in language use. The Publication Manual of the
American Psychological Association (APA) (latest edition) is the required
style for all written work in the School of Nursing. The manual is sold in the
UNF bookstore and is a required text in all nursing courses.
The UNF Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides
students with a variety of services, including critiquing writing [ACE does not
provide assistance with APA]. ACE is located in Building2/ Room 2120. They may
be contacted at ACE@unf.edu or by phone at 904-620-2766.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
(2008). Essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. Washington, DC: Author.
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