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.)
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
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.