Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Health Care Requirements
All students are required to have a complete physical examination prior to the first clinical nursing course. Forms with specific instructions will be mailed to each student, and these must be completed and sent to the Associate Chairperson in the School of Nursing prior to registering for the first clinical nursing course. A tuberculin skin test or if positive, a doctor's statement, must be obtained by all students annually. The Student Health Services for the University are located on the ground floor of Grand Towers East, 3518 Laclede. The telephone number is 977-2323.
If a student becomes pregnant prior to or while enrolled in a clinical course, a letter must be obtained from the physician regarding any limitation of activity and the expected date of confinement. This information will aid in planning and appropriate scheduling. The assigned clinical instructor will be responsible for discussing with the student the various risks involved (i.e. exposure to radiation and measles.)
- Diphtheria and Tetanus - Documentation of a primary series of diphtheria and tetanus toxoid, AND a booster within the past ten years.
- Measles - Documentation of two doses of live measles (or MMR combined) vaccine separated by at least one month on or after the first birthday, or laboratory evidence of immunity. Because routine childhood immunization schedules for two doses of measles vaccine have only recently been implemented, most students now entering the University will need the second dose of live measles vaccine. Individuals who received killed measles vaccine, combination of killed and live measles vaccine, or measles vaccine of an unknown type in the period 1963-1967 are considered unvaccinated, and should receive two doses of live measles vaccine at least one month apart.
- Mumps - Documentation of one dose live mumps (or MMR combined) vaccine on or after the first birthday, or laboratory evidence of immunity. Persons who received killed mumps vaccine, which was available between 1950-1978, might benefit from revaccination.
- Rubella - Documentation of one dose of rubella (or MMR combined) vaccine on or after the first birthday, or documentation of laboratory evidence of immunity.
- Tuberculin Test (ANNUAL) - Documentation of a negative tuberculin skin test within the past 12 months. The initial test must be a 2-step PPD skin test. Positive skin tests require a separate physician statement documenting treatment and/or absence of active/infectious tuberculosis.
- Polio - Polio vaccine is not routinely given to adults, and therefore students are not required to receive a booster or a primary series if they were not previously immunized. Students should, however, document their childhood polio vaccine immunization, in the unlikely event of epidemic disease, special requirements may be instituted.
- Hepatitis A - Immunization series against Hepatitis A, or laboratory evidence of immunity is required for nursing students prior to their clinical assignments.
- Hepatitis B - Immunization series against Hepatitis B, or laboratory evidence of immunity is required for nursing students prior to their clinical assignments.
- Chicken Pox - FAMA titre is required.
- Influenza - Annual influenza immunization is recommended.
Documentation & Enforcement
Students must document compliance with these health care requirements prior to enrolling in the first nursing course. Failure to do so will result in the administrative cancellation of student's registration in the nursing courses. Late registration fees will also be incurred.
Criminal Background Check
In order to promote a safe healthcare environment and meet program's standards and requirements of the University, College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and clinical affiliates, students are required to have a background check and drug screen prior to clinical experiences. The student must sign an authorization to release the results of the background check and drug screen to the School of Nursing and to the agency if requested. The agency maintains the right to deny a student to practice if a background check or drug screen is positive. In such cases, the inability to place a student in a clinical setting would prevent the student from completing the program. The Saint Louis University's Office of the Registrar coordinates to have background checks performed. The Office of the Registrar will bill the student's account for the cost of procuring the background check and will maintain records of the results of student background checks for the duration of the student's enrollment at the University.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS):
Consistent with the School of Nursing philosophy that all persons have dignity and worth, School of Nursing faculty will include individuals who have AIDS or ARC or are HIV Antibody Positive (thereafter referred to as seropositive) in their consideration of patients/clients for learning assignments which are consistent with specific course objectives. In turn, School of Nursing students will accept learning assignments with patients/clients who have AIDS or ARC or are seropositive unless such assignment would not be compatible with the student's health condition, e.g., pregnancy, immunosuppression. Similarly, in their University roles, faculty members, students, and staff members will not discriminate against persons who are known to have or are suspected of having AIDS or ARC or are suspected of being seropositive.
Prior to the first learning experience with a patient/client in each course, the faculty member will ascertain that each student has the knowledge necessary to practice infection control management, as required for assignments related to general or specific patient care.
Health-care workers including students are at risk for occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). To ensure your knowledge of standard precautions and the system for reporting exposures, all students must read the booklet published by the CDC, Exposure to Blood: What health-Care Workers Need to Know at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/pdf/bbp/Exp_to_Blood.pdf and the accompanying School of Nursing information, Additional Notes on Blood-borne Pathogens. Faculty will collect a questionnaire and signed form that acknowledges that you have received the CDC booklet, additional notes, viewed a video, discussed precautions and actions, and had the opportunity to ask questions. This signed form must be in the students file in order for the student to participate in experiences with clients.Reporting an Injury or Illness
In rare instances, a student may be injured or become ill during a clinical experience. If an injury should occur, the student MUST report it to the clinical instructor who will assist the student in completing an incident report. If medical care is necessary for either injury or illness, it must be arranged through the student's individual medical insurance plan. Students maintain the right to seek medical treatment from the provider of their choice, but any expenses incurred will be borne SOLELY by the student. The School of Nursing can not be responsible for the cost of any medical or health provider care.
The Health Sciences Center policy requires all students to display photo identification at all times. This policy will be rigorously enforced for all persons entering the buildings east of Grand. Students will have a University photo ID that can be adapted for regular wear by using a plastic holder. Holders are available at the 1st floor front desk, School of Nursing or at the LRC security desk. Public safety will challenge any and all individuals in the complex who do not display one of the acceptable forms of identification. The ID cards will be necessary to gain access to the School of Nursing after 4:00 pm weekdays and all day on weekends.
All students are required to be certified by the American Heart Association at the completion level for infants, children and adults and to maintain the certification throughout their clinical courses. Certification must be completed prior to the 1st day of the first clinical or registration will be cancelled. Late registration fees will be incurred.
Licensure (RN Option)
R.N. Option students must be currently licensed in the state of Missouri. A copy of the current license must be on file in the School of Nursing. Licenses must be carried when the student is engaged in clinical practice.
The Uniform Policy
The following guidelines were established to assist in developing a professional appearance and to insure the safety of both the patient and the student.
Guidelines for uniforms and equipment for clinical courses:
Students are to dress in a professional manner whenever they are in a clinical agency or with patients. With the diversity of clinical agencies used by students for clinical experiences, acceptable uniforms may vary. Students should always follow instructions given by clinical instructors during orientation.
- All clothing must fit properly, be clean, pressed and modest. Appropriate underwear (i.e. cannot be seen through clothing) must be worn.
The general uniform consists of #2-4:
- Saint Louis University School of Nursing white polo shirt with printed logo, which must be purchased direct from Saint Louis University School of Nursing during orientation period.
- White and navy slacks (no drawstrings, no hospital logos).
- White leather shoes (Athletic shoes may be worn if leather, and all white with no other markings).
- A white lab coat full or ¾ length must be purchased and worn over street clothes when going into the clinical area for collecting data, observations, or when identified as necessary by faculty,
- Requirements for the Public Health Experience:
- Navy slacks or skirt (no jeans), which Saint Louis University School of Nursing shirt, agency badge.
- Dark comfortable street shoes, which provide safe footing (no heels or clogs).
- Hairstyles should be clean and well groomed; hairstyles should be simple, with long hair secured away from the face.
- Facial hair should be neatly trimmed.
- Wearing expensive jewelry is not recommended.
- Jewelry should be limited to a wedding band or rings with flat settings.
- Only small button type earrings worn in ears are permitted.
- Necklaces/chains may be worn inside the shirt. Bracelets should not be worn.
- Nails must be kept clean, neat, well manicured and be a reasonable length (NO ARTIFICAL NAILS).
- Required equipment:
- Waterproof watch with a second hand or a digital second display.
- Stethoscope, bandage scissors, and penlight.
- Goggles/safety glasses.
- The Saint Louis University Student ID badge is to be worn at all times when in clinical settings (acute care and community based).
- No visible body piercing or tattoos.