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Nursing: Department, Facilities and the Profession

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Academic Policies


Privacy Policies for Students and Patients

Policies Related to Clinical Experiences

Communication Policies

Tony Green and Hanane MouhibTroy Green, R.N., and Hanane Mouhib, S.N.

Dear Students:

Welcome to Brockport's Nursing Program!

The faculty and staff will be focusing on your education so that when you complete your studies here, you will be highly prepared to meet the health care needs of those whom you will serve.

This is going to be a wonderful year ahead. My best wishes for your academic success.


Kathy Peterson, Ph.D., M.S., R.N., N.P.
Department of Nursing

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State University of New York
College at Brockport
Department of Nursing
Review Verification of Student Handbook


The purpose of the Nursing Department website is to supplement the information contained in the following SUNY College at Brockport Publications:

a. Undergraduate Studies Catalog, and

b. Your Right to Know and Academic Policies Handbook - available online

All students should have a copy of the SUNY College at Brockport Publications previously noted.

It is the responsibility of the student to read, understand, and adhere to the policies and procedures contained in Undergraduate Studies Catalog, Your Right to Know, and in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook on the Nursing Department website. The policies and procedures in the department are subject to change without prior notice.

Please complete the form below and return it to the Department of Nursing office. This form will be placed in your student file to verify that you have read the policies in the nursing department website.

I have read the policies of the Department of Nursing in the Student Handbook on the Department of Nursing website. I understand and agree to comply with the policies and procedures stated on the website.

Name (print) ___________________________________

Signature__________________ Date________________

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State University of New York
College at Brockport
Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing is a department in the School of Health and Human Performance. The upper division nursing program was initiated in 1968 and graduated its first class of three students in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The National League for Nursing granted initial accreditation to the nursing program in 1977. The Department of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for ten years, 2005-2015.

Mission of the Department of Nursing  

The Department of Nursing at The College at Brockport, State University of New York prepares professional nurses at the baccalaureate level to meet the health care needs of a culturally diverse society. Our graduates are prepared for professional employment, leadership roles, graduate study, and professional and civic advocacy. Our alumni are posed to make significant contributions to the present and future health care environment.

Revised and Reviewed 2/7/14

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Program Vision Statement

The faculty at The College at Brockport, Department of Nursing believes its central mission is the preparation of professional nurses who are able to meet the health care needs of a culturally diverse society. The program objectives reflect a commitment to socializing its graduates to utilize their knowledge and skills as they become leaders in advocating for quality outcomes and eliminating health disparities. The Department of Nursing faculty are strongly committed to excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, practice and service. The faculty envisions operating in a state of the art facility designed to support program expansion a student population that in growing in number and in diversity. The faculty also envision being well recognized for producing high caliber nurses who graduate from our program, then, serve in professional roles in the Greater Rochester area and throughout the country. The faculty will continue to maintain high academic and practice standards by incorporating QSEN, evidence based practice, and nationally recognized standards into its program curriculum.

Revised and Reviewed 2/7/14

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Department of Nursing Program Philosophy

Nursing is a profession with the primary purpose of facilitating an optimal level of wellness through purposeful interventions. Patients and communities are viewed holistically throughout the lifespan.   Nurses work independently and in collaboration with other health professionals in a world of emerging technology to promote social justice and eliminate health care disparities.

Nursing education utilizes knowledge drawn from nursing, the liberal arts, sciences, and the humanities. Department faculty promote the mission of the College and the Department through teamwork and cohesion.

Students are recognized as bringing a diversity of abilities and perspectives to the educational setting. Students are active, accountable, and responsible participants in the learning process. Accordingly, opportunities are provided which encourage each individual to build on past knowledge and experience.

 Our nursing curriculum emphasizes the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to the development of critical thinking and exemplary nursing practice. The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing serves as the foundation for leadership roles within the profession, graduate study and continuing professional and personal growth.


Revised and Reviewed 2/7/14


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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

The program SLOs describe the graduate as one who will be able to:

 1.  Integrate theories and concepts from nursing, the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities into professional nursing practice in a world of global interdependence.

 2.  Provide safe and holistic patient centered care in a variety of health care settings utilizing the nursing process, informatics, and emerging technology.

3.   Provide evidence based care of patients for the delivery of optimal health care.

 4.   Articulate a professional philosophy that reflects autonomy, advocacy, social justice, accountability, responsibility and ethical decision making in the provision of patient centered care.

 5.   Communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals, families, communities, populations, and interdisciplinary team members, fostering open communication, mutual respect and shared decision making.

 6.   Integrate processes and skills for critical thinking, management and leadership to promote and continuously improve the quality and safety of health care delivery.

 7.    Evaluate nursing care outcomes within the context of patients’ values, preferences, and well-being.

Reviewed and Revised 2/7/14

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Within the Department of Nursing there are a variety of committees which are designed to conduct the business of the nursing program. Committees are a constructive way to voice your concerns and make suggestions for changes in the program. Be a part of the decisions that are made. Come and work with us. Student representatives are sought and welcomed on all departmental committees. If you would like to participate on a committee, please contact any nursing faculty member about joining. Although faculty value individual student feedback, student representatives are expected to share concerns as reflected by feedback obtained from the class and not simply offer their own opinions.



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Responsibilities of Student Representatives

  1. Attend scheduled committee meetings (or ask an alternate to attend).
  2. Bring student feedback to the committee and bring feedback from the committee to the student body.
  3. Work with departmental faculty on committee.
  4. Assist in work of the committee.

The following is a brief description of each committee:

Department of Nursing Faculty Meeting:

The entire faculty attends this meeting which is held monthly. During this meeting decisions are made regarding how the affairs of the Department of Nursing will be conducted.

Level Meetings: (Levels I, II, III, RN-BSN, Second Degree)

These are held once or twice a month and are designed to deal with the issues and concerns of the Junior and Senior level students.

Curriculum/Evaluation Committee:

Responsibilities include developing a system of on-going curriculum evaluation.This involves reviewing and recommending course offerings, and establishing, implementing, and revising criteria, policies, and procedures relevant to the evaluation of the program, faculty, and students.

Strategic Planning Committee:

Faculty and students participate in long-range planning and goals for the department.

Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee (APT):

Responsibilities include establishing, implementing, and revising policies and procedures relevant to appointments, reappointments, promotions, and grievances.

Student/Alumni Affairs Committee:

Responsibilities include creating and fostering opportunities for student development, scholarships and awards, updating and maintaining the student handbook, and overseeing selection of and policy regarding student uniforms.

Admission and Progression Committee:

Responsibilities include establishing, implementing, and revising criteria, policies and procedures relevant to admissions, progression, and course challenge requests and readmissions.

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Nursing Resource Center

The Nursing Resource Center (NRC), located in Tuttle North provides students with numerous opportunities to practice nursing skills, develop critical thinking, and cultivate professional attitudes. The NRC consists of three labs for use by nursing majors.

The computer lab in room B230 has 10 computers, a printer, an IV simulator, as well as, software and printed resources for students. It is open Monday thru Friday with hours posted each semester.

The skills lab in room B231 is a 10 bed lab which simulates an acute healthcare facility. Students will learn foundation skills the first semester of their junior year, such as wound care, personal patient care, physical assessment and medication administration. Advanced skills such as urinary catheter care and tracheostomy care are taught in the second semester of the junior year. Open lab time allows student the opportunity to practice nursing skills independently in order to provide quality, safe patient care when they arrive at their clinical practice settings.

The Nursing Simulation Lab is located in B224. This lab currently houses our human patient simulator. Students participate in high fidelity simulations in this lab each semester. Students are placed in real life clinical situations in which they need to make nursing decisions based on clinical assessments. This environment allows students a safe environment to develop clinical judgment based on clinical decision making.

Nursing Resource Center Mission Statement

In accordance with the mission of The College at Brockport  Department of Nursing, the mission of the NRC is to prepare professional nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice within a diverse, ever changing healthcare environment.   The NRC provides opportunities for students to develop safe, effective, evidence based foundational and physical assessment skills.   A student centered, experiential philosophy is utilized to promote quality and safety in patient care. Critical thinking, therapeutic communication and confidence is developed utilizing human patient simulation within a supportive, supervised, and non-threatening environment.          

 Nursing Resource Center Vision Statement

The NRC is dedicated to providing innovative learning activities that augment clinical and classroom learning. Students will have access to simulation technologies which promote high quality patient care. The NRC will be recognized for collaboration and leadership within the academic and healthcare community.

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Effective 1995

Education Law, Article 139 – Nursing, New York State Nurses Association.

Section 6901:

Definitions. As used in Section 6902:

  1. “Diagnosing” in the context of nursing practice means that identification of an discrimination between physical and psychosocial signs and symptoms essential to effective execution and management of the nursing regimen. Such diagnostic privilege is distinct from a medical diagnosis.
  2. “Treating” means selection and performance of those therapeutic measures essential to the effective execution and management of the nursing regimen, and execution of any prescribed medical regimen.
  3. “Human Responses” means those signs, symptoms and processes which denote the individual’s interaction with an actual or potential health problem.

Section 6902:

Definition of the practice of nursing:

  1. The practice of the profession of nursing as a registered professional nurse is defined as diagnosing and treating human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as casefinding, health teaching, health counseling, and provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being, and executing medical regimens prescribed by a licensed physician, dentist or other licensed health care provider legally authorized under this title and in accordance with the commissioner’s regulations. A nursing regimen shall be consistent with and shall not vary any existing medical regimen.

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The following expectations are used a guidelines for assessing suitability and capacity to enter the Profession of Nursing.

Students applying to and continuing in the Nursing Program at The College at Brockport are expected to:

  1.  Demonstrate honesty, integrity and ethical principles.
  2. Relate to people with warmth and empathy, communicating feelings appropriately.
  3. Have an accepting attitude toward their total selves, including responsibility for meeting physical and emotional needs.
  4. Be open to change in themselves and others.
  5. Recognize the essential worth and dignity of all human beings.
  6. Appreciate the value of human diversity.
  7. Develop self-confidence and initiative in working with people.
  8. Identify personal strengths, limitations, and motivations, especially as related to a decision to work with people.
  9. Express thoughts with clarity in both written and verbal form.
  10. Serve, in an appropriate manner, all persons in need of assistance regardless of unique characteristics—for example, those related to race, religion (or lack of religion), gender, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, and value system.
  11. Refrain from imposing their own personal, religious, sexual, and political preferences on clients.

If a faculty member identifies inappropriate behavior on the part of a student in the classroom, nursing resource center or the clinical area a “counseling memo” describing the behavior will be placed in his/her record.

Source: Adapted from "Guidelines for Suitability and Capacity to Enter the Profession of Social Work," p. 42 with Permission of Social Work Department, SUNY College at Brockport.

Reviewed 5/04

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The Department of Nursing supports the College Policy on Academic Honesty as outlined below.


  1. Because an academic community functions most successfully when there is trust among all members, academic dishonesty is a serious breach of that trust which exists between a student, one’s fellow students and/or the instructor.
  2. Academic dishonesty is a major violation of College policy which can result in a range of disciplinary actions from a reprimand to suspension or expulsion from the institution. (See SUNY Brockport publication, Your Right to Know). Any student suspected of such a violation will be subject to charges in accordance with the Student Council Regulations.
  3. Violations of academic honesty include, but are not limited to, the actions described in Your Right to Know. Established school, unity, and/or individual policies will address circumstances unique or specific to particular academic areas. When such policies are developed, they shall be forwarded to the President for approval and incorporation in this policy.


Academic dishonesty may be seen as including the following:

  1. Presenting as one’s own: words, ideas, or products of another without providing a standard form of documentation such as footnotes, endnotes, or bibliographic documentation.
  2. Fabricating facts, statistics, or other forms of evidence in papers, laboratory experiments, or other assignments.
  3. Presenting someone else’s paper or material as one’s own work.
  4. Writing or attempting to write an examination, paper, computer work or material for another student; allowing someone else to take one’s examination.
  5. Buying and/or selling of examinations; possession of examinations or answers to examinations without the permission of the instructor.
  6. Using “cheat” sheets, looking onto another’s paper, or talking to someone other than the instructor or proctor during an examination without the instructor’s permission.
  7. Failing to follow the rules of conduct for taking an examination as stipulated by the instructor prior to the examination or as stated by him or her in a written course syllabus.
  8. Presenting work for which credit has already been received in a previous course, without the consent of the instructor.


  • Students are responsible for knowing the policy on academic dishonesty and failure of an individual faculty member to remind the student as to what constitutes academic dishonesty shall not obviate this responsibility.
  • Student should take care not to provide opportunities for other students to engage in academic dishonesty.
  • Students should inform the faculty member of academic dishonesty taking place.

Reviewed 4/02
Source: SUNY Brockport
Your Right to Know

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All students are required to read the following policy on the Use of Alcohol, Drugs and other Mood Altering Substances, and to adhere to it.

Chemical use, as well as abuse, can interfere with your classroom and clinical performance. Even small amounts of mood altering substances can affect your judgment and perceptions and therefore endanger the lives of your clients. The following departmental policy on alcohol, drugs and mood altering substance use has a two-fold purpose:

1. To ensure the safety of your clients.

2. To help you recognize if your actions are problematic and to assist you in seeking help.

The faculty of the Department of nursing strongly opposes the presence of students in the classroom setting who are under the influence of alcohol/drugs and other mood altering substances. The Department faculty’s concerns are not limited to illegal drugs. The Department policy absolutely forbids students to participate in the clinical setting with even the smell of alcohol on their breath or if exhibiting any behavioral manifestations indicative of mood altering substance use, even where the substance is a legally prescribed medication. Any student who is taking a prescribed medication or who has a medical problem that may cause them to appear to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs or other mood altering substances must inform the faculty prior to starting any clinical rotation. The use of alcohol several hours before clinical or heavy use the night before can result in the smell of alcohol on your breath, which is unacceptable. Some illegal substances have a long half-life (such as marijuana) and would show up in the screen one week after use.

The procedure that will be followed by faculty in dealing with students with the smell of alcohol/drugs on their breath or who are under the influence of alcohol/other mood altering substances is as follows:

In the classroom setting:

You will be spoken to by the faculty member. The departmental policy regarding the use of alcohol and other mood altering substances will be reviewed with you. This conversation will be documented in the department’s confidential file and will be shared with the other Nursing faculty.

In the clinical setting:

Both the client’s and your personal safety will be taken into consideration.

  • No further client contact will be allowed.
  • You will be directed to get an immediate blood alcohol level or to use a breathalyzer or have an immediate drug screen. It will be your responsibility to pay for the costs involved, and to provide proof of the time and the date the testing was done.
  • You will be dismissed from the program if your test results indicate the presence of alcohol/drugs or other mood altering substances or if you refuse to take the required test. You may be dismissed from the program if your test results indicate the presence of a prescribed medication and you have not previously notified your clinical faculty member

The Department of Nursing is in full compliance with the SUNY Brockport Policy as stated in the SUNY Brockport Publication “Your Right to Know”.

Updated and passed 7/08

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  1. All assignments are due on dates designated by your instructor. Failure to meet that deadline without prior notification to your instructor (to negotiate another due date) may result in a grade of zero on that assignment.
  2. Learning assignments are found in the modules for the course. Student must read the assignments before any required classes.
  3. Clinical assignments will be given by individual instructors.
  4. It is the expectation of the Department of Nursing that all written work will be typed or written in black ink using proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. No white out or cross outs will be accepted.

Approved 5/3/02

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Attendance Policy – Class attendance is expected and absences will be dealt with according to the College’s Attendance Policy.

Attendance Policy: Your Right to Know and Academic Policies Handbook.


The student is responsible for all assigned course work and cannot be absolved of this responsibility. When enrolled in a particular course, the student is obligated to do all of the work assigned. Punctual and regular attendance is vital to the discharge of this obligation. Absences, excused or not, do not alter this responsibility.

Absences will be excused for (a) documented illness, (b) official representation of the college, (c) death of a close relative, (d) religious holiday and (e) other circumstances beyond the control of the student. Substantiation of excused absences is the responsibility of the student. Excuses for official representation of the college must be obtained from the official supervising that activity or event.

Absences deemed excessive by the instructor may result in a lowered grade. Students whose unexcused absences exceed 15 percent of the scheduled classes and laboratories will be subject to failure at the instructor’s discretion.

Regulations more restrictive than those stated above, but not in conflict with them, may be established by the instructor for any course.

Instructors are responsible for distributing this attendance policy, and any additions in writing, during the first class meeting.


Attendance in clinical experience is mandatory. Absences will be excused only at the discretion of the instructor. Allowable reasons for absence from a clinical experience include unsafe weather conditions, documented illness and the death of a close relative. Makeup days will be scheduled with the student at the discretion of the instructor.

Absences deemed excessive by the instructor will result in assignment of a grade of U for the clinical component of the course. This will result in an unsatisfactory course grade.

Revised: 8/29/84

Reviewed: 4/02

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Some students with experience in health care settings may feel qualified to challenge a course within the Department of Nursing. The following steps are required of students who plan to challenge a course.

Step 1 – Approved by the Course Coordinator

Students must submit a letter documenting the reasons they feel qualified to challenge a course. The letter must be submitted before the beginning of the semester in which the course is to be given. In the letter, student must include:

  • A description of previous learning (including educational experiences such as workshops or continuing education).
  • A description of past and current work experience.

Students must receive approval from the Course Coordinator before proceeding to Step 2.

Step 2 – Successful completion of written and/or clinical before proceeding to Step 2.

Students must arrange for these examinations through the course coordinator prior to the beginning of the semester. The examinations will be the equivalent of a comprehensive final examination given in the course. Clinical examination(s) occur in a setting determined by the course coordinator and require that students meet specific objectives and competencies related to the course.

Partial or full credit for the course may be granted after the student successfully complete all required examinations. These examinations may be taken only once.

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Within a course:
A student who has performance deficiencies and/or questionable behaviors in the clinical area will receive a “contract” which will delineate the behaviors that must be exhibited in order to earn a satisfactory grade in the course. This contract must be signed by both the instructor and the student.

Within a Level:
A student with performance weaknesses, and/or questionable behaviors in the clinical area, may be allowed to progress, at the instructor’s discretion, from one course to another, with a clinical contract. This means that the student must fulfill the terms of the contract in order to pass the new course. Contracts may be issued for courses without a clinical component.

  • A Contract will continue throughout the program.
  • In the event that a behavior, which had previously been addressed in a clinical contract, resurfaces in another Level, dismissal from the program will be considered.

Passed 4/12

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Any student charged with or convicted of a crime before or after admittance to the Department of Nursing must discuss his/her situation individually and confidentially with the Chair of the Nursing Department to assess his/her chances of eventual licensure as a RN and the proper procedure to report his/her situation to the State Education Department.

In addition, some clinical agencies affiliated with the Department of Nursing may require background checks on nursing students before allowing them to participate in clinical activities. Agency requirements are subject to change without notice. If your background check prohibits participation at certain clinical sites, you may be unable to successfully complete clinical course requirements in the Department of Nursing. Inability to successfully complete clinical course requirements will result in failure of the clinical course and dismissal from the nursing program.

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Students with documented disabilities may be entitled to specific accommodations. SUNY Brockport’s Office for Students with Disabilities makes this determination. Please contact the Office for Student Disabilities at 395-5409 or to inquire about obtaining an official letter to the course instructor detailing approved accommodations. The student is responsible for providing the course instructor with an official letter. Faculty work as a team with the Office for Students with Disabilities to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

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Students are continuously evaluated by the Nursing faculty during their professional baccalaureate nursing education at SUNY College at Brockport. Students can be dismissed from the Program at any time during their junior or senior year based on the following criteria:

  1. Failure of any course within the nursing major.  (Please see readmission policy for criteria for readmission.)
  2. Failure to provide safe care to clients as outlined on clinical evaluation instruments for Levels I-III.
  3. Academic dishonesty such as cheating on an examination, theft of an examination, or plagiarism of assignments from any printed source or the work of others. (Refer to College Policy on Academic Dishonesty)
  4. Lack of commitment to the values of the nursing profession as evidenced through behavior and attitudes expressed in the classroom or clinical placement site. (Refer to Guidelines for Suitability and Capacity to Enter the Profession of Nursing.)
  5. Severe maladaption to the educational process as evidenced by:
    • student’s lack of ability to participate productively in a classroom situation.
    • a consistent pattern of inadequate class preparation.
    • a consistent pattern of late completion of assignments.
    • irresponsible behavior in class or clinical placement site.
    • a consistent pattern of absence from class or clinical.

Students will receive written notification from their nursing instructor of impending dismissal due to unsafe behavior. Students may be asked to leave a clinical site immediately in the event of unsafe behavior.  Written notification will follow.  
Students will be given the opportunity to be heard. In the event of dismissal from the Program the student will be informed of the right to appeal. (Refer to College Grade Appeals Policy.)

Revised and passed 9/5/08

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General Introduction

As a student in the nursing Program, you will be taking exams at various times in the different courses. The following general guidelines may be used by the faculty where appropriate.

  1. Students are expected to be present for all exams. In the event of an absence, the student must call the Department prior to the exam. A note substantiating the reason for the exam absence must be submitted by the student to the module coordinator. Otherwise, an absent student will receive a grade of zero for that exam.
  2. Exams will begin and end on time. Late students will be admitted at the discretion of the faculty.

All articles must be placed on the floor under the desk. Answer sheets should be kept as protected as possible. Keep your eyes on your own work. Absolutely no talking will be allowed. Once the exam has begun, no one will be allowed to leave the classroom until he/she has turned in his/her completed exam.

  • When taking an exam, all answers should be recorded directly on the answer sheet unless otherwise specified. No answers are to be recorded on the exam itself. This prevents errors in transferring and utilizes time more efficiently.
  • Upon completing the exam, pick up your belongings, come to the front of the room, turn in your exam and answer sheet and quietly leave the room. Do not congregate in the hall outside the exam room, as it is very distracting to the students still taking an exam. Do not reenter classroom while students are still taking the exam.


Each student must achieve at least 75% in each course.

The one exception to the above policy is the NUR 328 Medication Administration Technique. In order to receive a passing grade for NUR 328 the student must achieve a minimum final test grade of 90% on the section testing calculation of dosages, and 80% on the section testing medications theory.

Revised and passed 4/01

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POLICY: The Department of Nursing has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. If a student has a concern the following procedure should be followed:


  • A faculty member who receives a complaint from a student about another faculty member should encourage that student to first speak directly with the person concerned, in an effort to resolve differences and feelings.
  • If the student’s concerns persist, faculty members should direct students to speak with the chairperson of the nursing department.
  • The chairperson of the nursing department will discuss the situation with the student and attempt to affect a resolution.
  • If the student complaint is regarding discrimination of any kind the student should be referred directly to the chairperson of the department of nursing.
  • The chairperson will inform the student of the discrimination complaint procedures in effect on the campus.
  • If the complaint is against the chairperson the student should be referred directly to the dean for general complaints and to the Affirmative Action Director for complaints about discrimination.


Passed 10/3/03

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Although graduation is a joyous time, there are many administrative tasks to be completed. One of these tasks is the Degree Progress Check done during the last semester of the junior year. This involves meeting with your faculty advisor and going over your academic record to help ensure that you have the correct number of credits and the appropriate coursework for graduation. You should remember that the final responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree rests with the student. Another task is to file an “intent to graduate card” at the Registrar’s office in The Rakov Center. Cards can be obtained in the Registrar’s office and submitted early in the spring semester of the senior year.

It is also strongly recommended that during the beginning of the second semester of the senior year, all students begin a “Credentials File” to be kept at Registration and Records. This file should contain a resume, letters of recommendations from the nursing faculty, and academic transcripts. This file will be available at Registration and Records for as long as desired. The information contained within it will be made available to prospective employers with the student’s permission.


Completion of the Nursing Program does not assure admission to attempt the licensure examination. Graduates of this Nursing Program meet the education requirements for admittance to the RN licensure exam; however, there is a requirement that the applicant be of “good moral character”, and a fee must be paid for the test. On the application for the test the applicant is required to truthfully answer the following questions:

  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country?
  • Are charges pending against you for a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country?
  • Have you ever been found guilty of professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in any state or country?
  • Are charges pending against you for professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in any state or country?
  • If the answer to any of the questions is yes, the applicant must offer full explanation and establish his/her good moral character with the State Education Department.

The application for the RN licensure exam is placed in the student mailboxes in the spring semester of the senior year by the Department of Nursing secretary.

Reviewed 4/02

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In accord with college-wide policy, if a faculty member approves a grade of Incomplete because of unusual circumstances, the faculty member will draw up a contract. Both the faculty member and the student will sign this contract. The contract shall state the work to be completed, the date by which it must be completed, and the alternate grade to be assigned if the work is not completed as stated.


A faculty member has the discretion to assign a clinical grade of “Incomplete” because of unusual circumstances. If this occurs, a contract will be drawn up which states the work to be completed, the date by which it must be completed, and the alternate grade to be assigned if the work is not completed as stated.

Revised and passed 5/01

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For students matriculated in the nursing programs, the following grade scale will be utilized:

A = 94 – 100 C = 75 – 76
A- = 90 – 93 C- = 70 – 74
B+ = 87 – 89 D+ = 67 – 69
B = 84 – 86 D = 64 – 66
B- = 80 – 83 D - = 60 – 63
C+ = 77 - 79 E = less than 59


Faculty will review students’ clinical and didactic performance at the end of each course and/or whenever deemed necessary using the Guidelines for Suitability and Capacity to Enter the Profession of Nursing and clinical evaluation forms. Students must achieve a passing grade in all courses within the nursing major. 
Satisfactory progress and continued progression through the nursing program requires passing all courses within the nursing major
Students will not be allowed to withdraw from a course after the College withdrawal period if they are failing that course.
Students must maintain current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer (Red Cross) or Health Provider (American Heart Association) as a departmental requirement for admission/progression and graduation.
Faculty reserve the right to change student registration in clinical groups as needed.



The required courses, which comprise the nursing major in Level One of the curriculum are:

NUR 328
NUR 329
NUR 342
NUR 343
NUR 344
NUR 345
NUR 346
NUR 347
PRO 310

NUR 343 (Foundations clinical-first 7 weeks) must be successfully completed in order to progress to NUR 347 (Adult Stressors clinical-second 7 weeks). If a student is unsuccessful in completing NUR 343 the student will not be able to continue in NUR 342 (co-requisite to NUR 343) and NUR 346 (co-requisite to NUR 347). See Examination Policy Statement and course packet for information on successfully completing NUR 328.
Each course in Level I must be successfully completed before the student may progress to Level II.



The required courses which comprise the nursing major in Level II of the curriculum are:

NUR 321
NUR 348
NUR 349
NUR 350
NUR 351

Level II is in the spring semester of the junior year.

Each course in Level II must be successfully completed before students may progress to Level III.


The required courses, which comprise the nursing major in Level III of the curriculum, are:

NUR 440
NUR 441
NUR 442
NUR 443
NUR 444
NUR 445
NUR 446
NUR 447
NUR 451
NUR 495

Those who fail a level III course and are applying for readmission must reapply before the end of the semester before they would begin classes again.

Revised and passed 9/5/08

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The full Faculty of the Department of Nursing makes readmission decisions. The Department reserves the right to refuse readmission to the nursing program. A student may be readmitted, at the department's discretion, after having failed a course. However, a student who fails a course is at serious risk for not being readmitted and losing his/her previous position in the nursing department.  Readmission is on a competitive basis.  If a student fails either component (didactic or clinical) in a nursing course and is readmitted, both courses must be repeated successfully.  If a student fails both clinical and didactic in the same nursing course he/she may be considered for readmission if these are the first course failures within the nursing major. 

If a student is readmitted and fails the course he/she is repeating or any other course within the nursing major, the student will not be considered for readmission again.

Those applying for readmission to the nursing program must re-apply to the nursing department and meet the current application deadline.  Students who have been dismissed from the Nursing major will have conditions and requirements of readmission spelled out in a contract described in their letter of re-admission. The time frame to fulfill any conditions will also be included in this letter.

Failure to Provide Safe Care: Students will not be considered for readmission to the major if they were dismissed for failing to provide safe care.

Academic Dishonesty: A student who is dismissed from the program for academic dishonesty will not be considered for readmission to the major.

Revised and passed 9/5/08

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Department of Nursing Remediation Process


Remediation may be considered when a nursing student: 

  • needs additional time or support before completing the nursing program
  • does not successfully complete one of the nursing courses and/or clinical at the level of Departmental program standards. 
  • does not demonstrate the skills or personal attributes necessary to succeed as a nurse.


The purpose of remediation is to identify, remediate, and counsel those individuals who exhibit characteristics associated with difficulties in their Nursing Program as early as possible. 

Remediation is a system of support for the candidate, and is not a disciplinary action. The sole purpose of this program and committee is to help struggling candidates with remediation efforts designed at assisting them to become better equipped to be successful nurses.  Referrals may be made for any significant areas of weaknesses. The faculty seeks to ensure that each student successfully completes our program, and is ready to enter the profession having assimilated the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude and conduct essential for the successful nurse.

Description of the Process:

Any nursing student who fails to meet the programmatic expectations and requirements is in jeopardy of not completing the Nursing Program.  Any failure in the classroom and/or clinical setting will result in a review by faculty.  If failure occurs in either the classroom or clinical setting both courses must be retaken for remediation to determine the student's readiness to remain in the Nursing program will be developed by a committee consisting of the student’s clinical or classroom faculty, Department Chair, and assigned academic advisor.

Referral forms will be completed by the referring instructor and will be submitted to the Chairperson.  The referring instructor will notify the student of the referral and then the student may contact the Chairperson for further instruction or information.  

This committee will meet and develop a personalized plan to address and remediate those areas identified as weaknesses exhibited by the student during clinical and/or classroom activities.  A formal plan will be developed and the student will be required to attend the second meeting (held approximately within a week of the initial meeting) to read, review, and sign the plan to demonstrate that he/she understands the plan and agrees to follow it. 

A remediation plan may delay the student’s progression through the Program. Plans are individualized for each student and may include, but will not be limited to, the following examples:

  • referral to the Student Learning Center
  • auditing classes in whole or in part
  • repeating the classroom and clinical courses where the weaknesses were identified in the following semester.
  • complete any other activities as outlined by the remediation plan.

Failure to follow and successfully complete the prescribed remediation plan will result in the student’s inability to continue in the Nursing Program.

Program continuation:

Based on the professional judgment of Department of Nursing faculty, there are rare occasions when a nursing student is dismissed from the nursing program without an opportunity to remediate.  These situations occur for reasons such as the following:

  1. A grade of less than 75% on the exam component of any course with a clinical component in the nursing major constitutes grounds for dismissal. If this is the first clinical course failure, the student may re-apply to the Nursing Department. Re-admission is not guaranteed. If re-admitted, a contract will be in place before starting any nursing courses that clearly denotes what the student needs to accomplish to be successful in nursing. Failure of a second nursing course with a clinical component will result in dismissal from the program and the student will not be considered for re-admission to nursing.
  2. Failure to provide safe care to clients as outlined on clinical evaluation instruments for Levels I – III.
  3. Academic dishonesty such as cheating on an examination, theft of an examination, or plagiarism. (Refer to College Policy on Academic Dishonesty)
  4. Lack of commitment to the values of the nursing profession as evidenced through behavior and attitudes expressed in the classroom or clinical site. (Refer to the Guidelines for Suitability and Capacity to Enter the Profession of Nursing.)
  5. Severe maladaptation to the educational process as described in the Student Nursing Handbook.
  6. Blood levels and/or urinalysis results indicating the presence of any alcohol or mood altering substances or refusal to obtain the requested evidence when alcohol or drug use are suspected in the clinical setting. (Refer to Student Handbook for the Policy on Alcohol and other Mood Altering Substance use in the classroom or clinical setting)

The decision for remediation is always made collaboratively with careful examination of the individual situation and circumstances. The process involves input from the nursing student, nursing faculty, and Department Chairperson. It is always made in the best interest of the student and the potential patients of the student. It adheres strictly to departmental program standards.

Adopted 3/28/12

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In light of the demands, actual and potential, of the clinical settings for nursing courses, it is prudent that its clinical faculty are aware of health issues which could affect student nurse's performance and/or patient care. Students are to inform clinical faculty if any such conditions exist or arise during this clinical course.


Revised and passed 9/15/10

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Policy on Wireless Communication Device and Electronic Devices

Course instructors and staff of College facilities may place restrictions on the use of wireless communication devices and electronic devices in their classroom or facilities. Ringing cellular telephones and laptop computers used for instant messaging, game playing, Internet surfing, and other such activities can be considered disruptive. After an initial warning, students who do not comply with the policy of the classroom/facility, may be asked to leave for the remainder of the class/day. If students are asked to leave class because of such a disruption, instructors are not obligated to allow makeup of missed work. Having a wireless communication device in hand or using earphones connected to one during examinations also may be grounds for chargers of academic dishonesty. Using devices with video or photo features may result in charges of violating laws on intellectual property rights or invasion of privacy. Further information on Disruptive Behaviors, Academic Dishonesty, and Codes of Student Conduct, including potential sanctions, processes and rights to appeal is published in Your Right To Know.

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Any student who withdraws or drops a nursing course, while earning a failing average in the course, will only be allowed to repeat that course after signing a contract with the Department of Nursing. This contract will be developed by the instructor for the course and will include the criteria required to achieve a passing grade. While repeating the course, withdrawing or dropping the course will be considered the equivalent of failing the course.

When a student has either failed a previous nursing course or withdrawn/dropped one while earning a failing average, withdrawing from a second nursing course while earning a failing average in the course, will be considered the equivalent of failing that course and will result in dismissal from the program.

Revised and passed 2/07

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Students have the right of access to their own files in the Department of Nursing office. However, they may not remove their own files from the file cabinet—a secretary or a faculty member must do so.

Revised and passed 4/02

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HIPAA Compliance Policy

  1. All employees in the Department of Nursing will sign the workforce confidentiality agreement.
  2. All students will receive a Notice of Information Practices, Uses and Disclosures of Health Information. Students will sign an acknowledgement of receipt of this notice during orientation to the program.
  3. Students or their health care providers mail a health form to the nursing department. Mail is opened by the department secretary. Student health information will be kept in a small file cabinet behind the desk of the department secretary. Only department faculty and secretary have access to this cabinet.
  4. Student health information will be kept for one year after student’s graduation. It will then be shredded by the department secretary.

Passed 5/03

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Uses and Disclosures of Health Information

Health information about you is obtained and kept on file in the Department of Nursing. This is done to fulfill the terms of written agreements between the department and clinical agencies with whom the department affiliates for clinical experiences. In general, a written authorization to release information is required from you to share health information with any third party not involved in your medical care. If you choose to sign an authorization to disclose information about you, you can later revoke that authorization to stop any future uses and disclosures.

Identifiable health information about you may be disclosed without your authorization to theses affiliating agencies only to document that legal health requirements have been met.

Individual Rights

In most cases and according to New York State Medical Records law, you have the right to review or receive a copy of your health information. You also have the right to receive a list of instances where we have disclosed health information about you for reasons other than related administrative purposes. If you believe that information in your record is incorrect or if important information is missing, you have the right to request a correction of the existing information or add the missing information.


If you are concerned that your privacy rights have been violated, or you disagree with a decision made about access to your records, you may contact the person listed below. You may also send a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The person listed below can provide you with the appropriate address upon request.

Our Legal Duty

We are required by law to protect the privacy of your health information, provide this notice about our information practices, and follow the information practices that are described in this notice.

If you have questions or complaints, please contact:

Kathy Peterson
Chairperson, Department of Nursing
SUNY Brockport
Brockport, N.Y. 14420
(585) 395-5306


I acknowledge that I have received a copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices

_____________________________ (signature)

_____________________________ (PRINT NAME) (DATE)

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 Workforce Confidentiality Agreement

IMPORTANT: Please read all sections. If you have questions, please seek clarification before signing.

  1. Confidentiality of Student Information:
  2. I understand and acknowledge that:
    • Services provided to students are private and confidential;
    • Students provide personal information with the expectation that it will be kept confidential and only be used by authorized persons as necessary.
    • All personally identifiable information provided by students or regarding medical services provided to students, in whatever form such information exists, including oral, written, printed, photographic and electronic (collectively the “Confidential Information”) is strictly confidential and is protected by federal and state laws and regulations that prohibit its unauthorized use or disclosure; and
    • In my course of employment/affiliation with SUNY College at Brockport, I may be given access to certain Confidential Information. Disclosure, Use and Access
  3. I agree that, except as authorized in connection with my assigned duties, I will not at any time use, access or disclose any Confidential Information to any person (including, but not limited to co-workers, friends and family members). I understand that this obligation remains in full force during the entire term of my employment/affiliation and continues in affect after such employment/affiliation terminates.
  4. Confidentiality Policy
    I agree that I will comply with confidentiality policies that apply to me as a result of my employment/ affiliation.
  5. Return of Confidential Information Upon termination of my employment/affiliation for any reason, or at any other time upon request, I agree to promptly return to SUNY College at Brockport any copies of Confidential Information then in my possession or control (including all printed and electronic copies), unless retention is specifically required by law or regulation.
  6. Periodic Certification
    I understand that I will be required to periodically certify that I have complied in all respects with this Agreement, and I agree to so certify upon request.
  7. Remedies
    I understand and acknowledge that:
  • the restrictions and obligations I have accepted under this Agreement are reasonable and necessary in order to protect the interests of patients and SUNY College at Brockport, and
  • my failure to comply with this Agreement in any respect could cause irreparable harm to students and SUNY College at Brockport.

I therefore understand that SUNY College at Brockport may prevent me from violating this Agreement by any legal means available, in addition to disciplinary measures which may result in sanctions in accordance with applicable policies and collective bargaining agreements.

Signature: ____________________________ Date: ________________

Printed Name: _____________________________________________

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The following procedure will be reviewed with the students during orientation at each clinical site.

  • Any incident involving a patient will be reported immediately to the clinical instructor.
  • The clinical instructor will ensure that agency personnel and physicians are notified.
  • The instructor will oversee the completion of the incident report following the agency policy and format for reporting of clinical incidents.
  • The student is not to answer questions regarding and/or discuss the incident except in the presence of the clinical instructor.

Reviewed and Passed 4/02

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The student uniform of the Department of Nursing indicates your affiliation with SUNY Brockport. As a representative of the program during your clinical experiences, you have the responsibility of maintaining professional appearance at all times. The following is a list of requirements for your attire during your clinical experiences:

Hospital and Other Health Care Facilities

Department of Nursing white tunic and green pants

  • The Brockport emblem must be sewn on the left sleeve
  • Uniforms must be clean and pressed at all times

White or skin colored stockings or plain white socks

Plain, all white leather shoes/sneakers

  • No open toes or heels
  • These can be nursing shoes or walking shoes manufactured by sports companies
  • Shoes and laces must be clean at all times.

A white washable cardigan sweater may be worn

Students are required to buy a cotton sport shirt (polo) to wear to outside nursing experiences (e.g. community health, psych clinical, alternate experiences [anywhere that does not require the white nursing uniform]). The color will be forest green with white embroidery with: The College at Brockport State University of New York Nursing This polo will be sold through the Student Nurses Organization (SNO). Name tags should also be worn.

A long sleeve white T-shirt will also be available to buy as the "only option under shirt" for warmth to wear specifically under the white Brockport uniform. These "under" shirts will also be available through SNO.

In addition, students in all clinical settings must have

  • Watch with second hand
  • Stethoscope. A sphygmomanometer
  • Black pens
  • Penlight

A professional appearance also requires:

  • Good personal hygiene
  • Short, clean fingernails with no polish
  • Hair that is clean, neat and off the collar of the uniform

Long hair must be worn up and secured well with plain band or clip

Beards and mustaches must be short and well groomed

  • No perfume or cologne
  • Minimal makeup
  • No chewing gum

Tobacco is a health risk. Therefore, students may not smoke or chew tobacco in any clinical setting.

Jewelry Policy:

The wearing of jewelry should be considered in the context of patient and student safety as well as projecting a student’s professional appearance.

  • There can be no nametags or ID badges that dangle. They need to clip or pin on the uniform.
  • No earrings are allowed that dangle and only one pair of post earrings are considered appropriate on the ears.
  • No facial hardware is permitted (no lip, nose, tongue or eyebrow jewelry).
  • A watch and ring (i.e. band) that do not have edges or prongs are acceptable.

Artificial enhancements:

  • No artificial nails are permitted particularly since they harbor staph bacteria (per CDC).
  • No nail polish.

Dress and Hair Policy:

  • No clogs or open back shoes are allowed.
  • No canvas or nylon shoes are permitted (essentially any shoe material that body fluids can soak through are not allowed).
  • Brockport nursing uniforms only; and when scrubs are necessary – students need to tuck in the top and wear NO long sleeved shirts underneath.
  • Ankle socks and knee socks should be worn with pants.


  • No fragrances are allowed. Such scents can create nausea or allergy.

Hair and Grooming:

  • Uniforms should be clean and pressed.
  • Hair should be clean and beards well groomed.
  • Longer hair needs to be pulled up and off the collar in a neat fashion.


  • Cosmetics should be conservative.

According to the research on professional appearance – people acquire a perception of you that translates into perceived care.

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According to the contracts that are issued between the schools of nursing and the hospitals, should a student or faculty member be injured during clinical, “The hospital agrees to make available medical care at the request and expense of faculty and students who may become ill or may be injured while on duty. Upon written requests from the faculty or student, reports of such illness or accident will be sent to the college/university.” The student or faculty member may be seen in the emergency department, by employee health, or may choose to see his/her own primary care provider, based on the extent and severity of illness or injury.

If a student or faculty member sustains a needle stick injury, blood or body fluid splash, cut from any devise used in a patient, etc., the department manager/nursing should be contacted urgently. He/she will advise the student and/or faculty member on how to proceed. In addition, cleanse the area as noted in the facility’s blood/body fluid exposure policy.

Some exposures may be true medical emergencies depending on the source of the patient’s medical problems or the type of injury that occurred. Therefore the nursing supervisor/ department manager may then refer the student or faculty member to Employee Health Service or the Emergency Department if indicated.

Again, students and faculty are responsible for their own medical expenses, including the urgent/emergent care received at the hospital site. The student or faculty member may need to obtain ongoing follow-up care with their Primary Care Provider and take post-exposure prophylactic treatment, which can be costly. The expenses incurred by the ongoing follow-up care will also be the responsibility of the student or faculty member.

Because of the students and faculty responsibility for such expenses it is encouraged that students and faculty have adequate medical insurance coverage to assist with such an event.

Revised 2/05

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Junior students must submit a completed physical examination report on the SUNY Health Report and Physician’s Certificate prior to July 20th for Fall admission and December 15 for RN Spring admission. The provider must verify that the student is physically and emotionally capable of participating in a full program of study in clinical nursing. This verification includes documentation of a negative PPD or negative chest x-ray, and compliance with State MMR regulations. There must also be documentation of the dates of administration of the 3 part vaccine against hepatitis B or a signed declination.

Senior students must submit a health form before August 15 prior to their senior year. This shows verification of immunization status (including varicella) and last physical exam.

Failure to submit this verification of physical and emotional health will prevent participating in the clinical experience.

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SUNY’S Malpractice insurance coverage is sufficient to cover students and faculty.

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Communication Policies:


All students should have a nursing advisor that they see at least once every semester to plan course schedules. This is especially important for TRANSFER students who need very careful advisement to ensure all requirements for graduation are met.

Your advisor’s signature and a key number is required in order to register for classes in person for the succeeding semester. If you are registering by phone, you will need to get your advisement key number from your advisor. This includes major registration as well as preregistration. You will need to schedule an appointment in order to plan your schedule. The forms will only be available through your advisor.

Your nursing advisor will also be available to hep you with any difficulties you may have with your classroom and clinical work. If you do not already have a nursing advisor, please contact the nursing department secretary and request one today.

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Nursing faculty have regular office hours when they are available to see you. Unless it is a situation that cannot wait, you should make an appointment via the Nursing Department secretary. Messages can also be left in a mail box on the wall outside the department secretary's office and on faculty members’ telephones via voice mail. Faculty can also be reached via the Department of Nursing phone number: 395-2355.

N.B. Our secretary has multiple tasks and responsibilities, i.e. typing, answering phone and numerous questions from both faculty and students. For these reasons we hope you will be courteous, considerate, quick and quiet when you are in the office.

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The majority of the clinical facilities are located in Rochester, which is about 20 miles from the Brockport campus. Transportation to and from clinical sites is the student’s responsibility.

Students need to have transportation to and from alternative experiences that they will be assigned individually during BOTH the junior and senior years. Thus it is in the student's best interest to have their driving license and a vehicle to meet student nursing clinical expectations both years of the program. Not having transportation available to reach a clinical site may result in failure of a clinical course due to inability to meet all course objectives without the included clinical experience.

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When audio-visual materials are designated as being on reserve in the library, they can be found in the Special Materials Section in the library basement.

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The Nursing Department bulletin board is located at the west end of the nursing faculty offices. It is the student’s responsibility to check the bulletin board, and you will be held accountable for all posted material.

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Each nursing student is assigned a file folder for communication purposes. Important information is distributed through the file folder “mailboxes”, therefore it is necessary to check them every day while on campus. The mailboxes are located in the hallway adjacent to the secretary’s office in the Nursing Department.

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Any statement made within any venue of social networking (facebook, twitter, etc.) which can cause actual or potential harm or injury to another person or to the Department of Nursing of The College at Brockport or the College at Brockport itself, will be grounds for dismissal from the nursing program.

Using social networking to contact preceptors or faculty is not an acceptable means of professional communication and will not be tolerated. As a reminder, it is a violation of HIPAA policies to ever discuss any aspect of clinical on social networking. Violation of HIPAA policy is subject to federal prosecution.

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Last Updated 6/20/14