A complete list of policies specific to the nursing programs of study is contained in the Nursing Student Handbook that is updated regularly on the website for the School of Nursing.
To be retained in the nursing program, students must
maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all academic work at the
Graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade
point average of at least 3.0 in all academic work at the University.
Students must earn a grade of B- or better to receive
graduate credit for any 300 level courses.
Graduate students who receive LESS than a B- in any
nursing course are placed on probation for a minimum of one quarter.
Clinical courses may not be re-taken to raise an
Graduate students who receive more than one grade below
a B- in any required nursing course or less than a C in any one required course
will be dismissed from the program.
Students who drop below the required cumulative GPA of
3.0 will be placed on probationary status.
Students who have less than the required GPA for two quarters will be
dismissed from the program.
In accordance with the nursing licensing regulations,
students found to be convicted of serious crimes (felonies, substance abuse)
will be reviewed by the Admissions, Progression, and Retention Committee and
may be suspended or dismissed from the program.
The School of Nursing expects a respectful environment
conducive to teaching and learning from all students, faculty, and staff. Inappropriate conduct is defined as any
action that interferes with the creation and maintenance of an effective
learning environment. Students are
expected to display civility in all aspects of their educational experience at
student conduct is outlined in detail in the
School of Nursing Professional Development Guidelines (Appendix B). Appropriate
student conduct includes but is not limited to: being punctual for all classes;
displaying courtesy; maintaining professional standards and safe practice in
the clinical areas; maintaining academic integrity, avoiding leaving the
classroom/clinical area other than during designated breaks and only with the
permission of the responsible faculty member; fostering a positive learning
environment by respecting the ideas and opinions of others; not talking during
class or engaging in activities that distract the attention of others,
including keeping cell phones and pagers set on silent mode; respecting others,
including not making sarcastic or disrespectful remarks, using foul language or
swearing; not threatening others; and remaining emotionally calm without
displaying inappropriate conduct may be asked to leave the classroom, clinical
area, or meeting. Inappropriate conduct will be documented with a written copy
of the incident placed in the student’s file.
Such incidents of inappropriate conduct will then be reported to the Director
of the School of Nursing, with copies sent to the Associate Director of the
Program, and the Admissions, Progression, and Retention Committee. Additional sanctions for inappropriate
conduct may be imposed, including dismissal from the nursing program. (For additional information, please see both
the University Student Handbook-available on line, as well as the “Student
Misconduct Process” outlined below.)
1. All students must attend an orientation session before
beginning the nursing program of studies.
All students must meet with their assigned academic
advisor during the first quarter of the program to review their official
program of studies for the current academic year. The student is responsible to
sign the coversheet of the Student Handbook and give this to his/her advisor at
the time of their initial meeting.
Students must meet with their academic advisor at the
end of the first academic year and at least once during each subsequent
academic year to review progress in the program and plan for the following
year. Advisors are not generally
available during the months of July and August.
A student may not register for any course that has a
prerequisite if that student has an incomplete in the prerequisite course.
Students may not attend classes in a course for which
enrollment is blocked. No credit will be
awarded for assignments completed when not officially enrolled in a
course. This includes assignments
previously completed and turned-in for courses taken in the past.
All required health records, evidence of CPR
certification, criminal background checks, personal health insurance, and
professional liability insurance must be kept on file in the SON. It is each individual student’s
responsibility to keep all of their records up-to-date. Drug screens are
required for clinical placements. See
Clinical Guidelines for further information. Failure to have all records
present and up-to-date at the beginning of each course will result in inability
to attend the clinical component of the course.
Leave of Absence:
Students who need to interrupt their studies for
personal, health or other reasons may request a leave of absence for up to one
full year. The request should be made to the Associate Director of the program
and the Coordinator of Clinical Placements and Admission, Progression and
Retention Committee should be notified.
Depending on circumstances and estimated length of absence, the
Associate Director or student’s academic advisor may recommend additional
action to complete the request process.
Students who wish to return to the program following a
leave of absence will need to submit a written request for resuming coursework
to the Admissions, Progression, and Retention Committee. It is the student’s responsibility to send a
copy of such request to the Director of the School of Nursing, the student’s
faculty advisor, the Associate Director of the Program, and the Coordinator of
Clinical Placements. This written
request should demonstrate the resolution of the extenuating circumstances
contributing to the original need to leave the DePaul Nursing Program. This request for reinstatement must be made
no less than 6 weeks prior to resuming the nursing course sequence. Students will be notified in writing regarding
the decision concerning their re-entry to the program. Individual assessment of
current knowledge and clinical skills will be made prior to placement of the
student in the appropriate level within the nursing program. Students who become “out of sequence
students” due to withdrawal, or military/medical/family leave of absence will
be placed into a clinical rotation upon re-entry based upon space available and
cannot be guaranteed placement in the next available clinical course
needed. “Out of sequence students” cannot
displace in-sequence students from a clinical spot.
Students who have taken a leave of absence from the
program for greater than 12 calendar months must re-apply to the
university. Their application will then
be considered with all other qualified applicants applying for admission to the
A student who withdraws from a core nursing course
while in good standing cannot progress in the sequenced nursing curriculum
until that course has been successfully completed. In courses that contain both
a clinical practicum and a lecture component, both course segments must be
completed simultaneously. Exceptions may be identified and defined by the
Admissions, Progressions and Retention Committee (APR) in consultation with
both the Director of the School of Nursing or Associate Director of the Program
and the course faculty.
student who withdraws from a core nursing course who is ‘not in good standing’
(with a grade of “C” or lower or on probation) at the time of withdrawal, will
be referred to the Admissions, Progressions, and Retention Committee (APR). The APR will meet to review the student’s
past and current performance and to elicit recommendations from the course
faculty. A representative of the APR
committee may then meet with the course faculty and the Associate Director of
the Program and student to counsel the student and to establish a contract for
academic improvement. Such students may not progress in the sequenced nursing
curriculum until the course has been retaken and successfully completed. In courses that contain both a clinical practicum
and a didactic theory portion, both course segments must be completed
student may withdraw from a core nursing course ‘not in good standing’ (with a grade
of “C” or lower) only once during their program of study. A second such
withdrawal will result in dismissal from the program.
out of sequence students will be placed in clinical on a space/faculty
available basis. Priority will be given to students who are out of sequence for
military service, severe illness, or family leave rather than for failure or
withdrawal ‘not in good standing’.
student who has a grade of B- (86% or less) at mid-quarter may be placed on
contract for academic improvement by the instructor. The student must satisfactorily fulfill all
course and contract requirements by the end of the quarter of contract
initiation in order to progress in the program.
Academic Integrity Policy
Violations of academic integrity in any form are detrimental to the values of DePaul, to the students' own development as responsible members of society and to the pursuit of knowledge and the transmission of ideas. Violations of academic integrity include but are not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, fabrications, falsification or sabotage of research data, falsification of clinical data, destruction or misuse of the university's academic resources, academic misconduct, and complicity. If an instructor finds that a student has violated the Academic Integrity Policy, the appropriate initial sanction is at the instructor's discretion. An instructor may choose to file an academic integrity violation with the university. Actions taken by the instructor do not preclude the college or the university from taking further action, including dismissal from the university. Conduct that is punishable under the Academic Integrity Policy could result in criminal or civil prosecution. The full Academic Integrity Policy can be found at http://offices.depaul.edu/oaa/faculty-resources/teaching/academic-integrity/for-students/Pages/default.aspx
Academic Integrity Policy Extension for Clinical and Service Settings
DePaul University is committed to education that engages its students, faculty and staff in work within Chicago's institutions and communities. As DePaul representatives to our partner institutions and community organizations, we ask that you take seriously your responsibilities to these institutions during service and clinical experiences and internships. The community and its institutions are extensions of the DePaul classroom. The University's Academic Integrity Policy and Code of Responsibility apply to professional interactions as well. See also The School of Nursing Professional Development Guidelines (Appendix B).
ATI Exam Policy
The ATI Exams are a set of standardized tests given in all
clinical courses to assess the student’s mastery of the specific content
delivered in that clinical course. The
test is also a predictor of the student’s success with the NCLEX exam. All MENP students are required to pass each
proctored ATI exam at Level 2 Proficiency to receive 3%
credit toward the final course grade in the corresponding course. Should a student not pass at Level 2
proficiency on the first attempt, the student will meet with the course
director and complete a program of remediation, allowing for a retake of the
examination within one week of the original exam. There is no additional credit
assigned to the second attempt. If the student does not pass on the second
attempt, the student will meet with the course instructor to review exam
results. The meeting will be documented and a copy placed in the student
file. The student will be made aware
that he or she is responsible for the content covered by the exam.
The student acknowledges that all DePaul University and
School of Nursing academic and conduct policies remain in place during clinical
experiences. The student also agrees to
comply with all of the policies set forth by the clinical site. The student understands that failure to
comply with university or School of Nursing policies or the policies of the
clinical site may result in sanctions, including removal from the clinical site
and/or the course. The student understands
that it is his/her responsibility to immediately notify his/her instructor in
the event that the student encounters problems with his/her supervisor,
preceptor, or staff at the site.
Students are required to:
Attend ALL scheduled learning activities including
orientation, lectures, exams, seminars, laboratories, simulation activities,
observations, clinical practicums, evaluation conferences, and other comparable
activities. If any scheduled learning activities are missed, the student will
need to make-up these learning activities or withdraw from the course. Students are advised that opportunities for
making up learning activities are subject to clinical faculty, site and
are responsible for notifying the appropriate faculty member when an absence
from a scheduled learning activity cannot be completed. Notification of faculty
prior to an absence is expected, and when not possible, the student is
responsible for notifying the faculty as soon as possible. An excused absence
is defined as an absence for illness or other special circumstance, in which
the faculty has been notified prior to the absence. Unexcused absence is defined as an absence
for i.e., vacation, or other activities, which result in an absence, and have
not been pre-approved by faculty. Students are responsible for resolving any
conflicts that may arise. Failure to notify an instructor or preceptor of
absence or tardiness is grounds for dismissal from the program.
decision regarding the make-up of learning activities or consequent withdrawal
from a course resides with the course director and/or clinical instructor as
specified in the course syllabus and as practical to the missed activity and
class/clinical setting. Any absence may
result in a lower grade. Absences of
more than 15% of the total course hours may result in failure of the course.
on time, prepared for all scheduled learning activities. This includes but is
not limited to: appropriate dress, knowledge of medications, development of an
appropriate plan of care, completion of all written and motor tests on skills
that are necessary to a particular clinical rotation/setting. Refer
to Dress Code Policy.
Students deemed unprepared or tardy may be asked to
leave the clinical setting, receiving an “Unexcused” absence for the day. An
“Unexcused” absence in clinical may result in failure of the course.
Purchase a watch with a second hand or digital second
reading capability, a stethoscope with both a diaphragm and bell (dual head), a
penlight, bandage scissors, student uniform(s) and lab coat with DePaul Nursing
patches, name pin/badge, black ball point ink pen.
Provide own transportation to clinical sites and pay
for own parking as needed. Students are
not allowed to transport clients or client families at any time.
Know and follow individual clinical agency policies and
procedures. This information is
available through each individual agency.
Use his/her legal signature in charting. The initials
NS are to follow the legal signature.
Be knowledgeable about the legal implications of giving
narcotics and act accordingly.
Comply with additional requirements of the clinical
setting including but not limited to drug screening.
Bring reference books and materials to the clinical setting
as needed to provide safe care
a medication dosage calculation quiz at 100% prior to the start of each
students are expected to direct their major energy to their program of
study. Thus the School of Nursing
recommends that students limit their outside employment to 16 hours per week
during periods when classes are in session.
Previous experience demonstrates that students who work in excess of
this recommendation endanger their scholastic standing and place themselves “at
risk” for academic failure. Neither the university nor the School of Nursing
has or assumes responsibilities for the nursing care of patients rendered by
the student working as a nursing assistant since the student is employed by the
nursing service and during such employment is not under the supervision of
are not to be assigned to the same clinical units in a hospital where they are
student uniform, nor any part of it, is not to be worn in or around the
student’s place of employment.
The following activities are prohibited in the clinical setting.
Nursing students will:
serve as witnesses of operating and diagnostic permits, wills, or other legal
take verbal orders or telephone orders from a physician.
sign off blood products, or administer chemotherapeutic agents. Students may
NOT administer IV push medications nor work with central lines, unless directly
supervised by their clinical instructor.
Medication Safety Exam Policy
The ability to calculate medications dosages is vital to the patient’s safety. To ensure that students can demonstrate competence in dose calculation, a medication safety exam (MSE) will be given in each clinical course (generally during the first week of class) prior to the student being allowed to pass medications in that clinical. Increasing levels of competency will be assessed with each subsequent clinical course (i.e. the math exam in NSG 301 will be less difficult than the exam given in NSG 472). Students must pass each exam at 93%. Students are expected to purchase a drug calculation book (Olsen, Giangrasso & Shripton, Medical Dosage calculations: A Dimensional Analysis Approach, 10th ed.; ISBN-10: 013215661X), and to review the online math modules that pertain to that course until they are confident in their ability. If the student is having difficulty mastering the concepts, the student should seek help from either/both the course faculty and Student Support Services.
The student will have two attempts to pass the exam at 93% proficiency. Students who fail on the first attempt must attend a mandatory remediation session. Nursing 301 students will get three attempts to pass. Should they pass on the third attempt, they will be placed on academic probation for two quarters, the current one they are in and the next quarter, during which time if they pass the MSE within two attempts, they will be removed from probation. Should the person not pass on the third attempt the student will be dismissed from the program. The MSE will be given in the first week of the quarter to ensure that if the student does not pass on the second (or third for NSG 301) they will have sufficient time to withdraw without penalty.
Should the student not pass the medication safety exam on the second attempt, the student will be assessed as not competent to safely pass medication in the clinical setting. The student must then withdraw from the course(s) and complete the ATI math remediation program (at their own expense) and must pass at the level 1 competency prior to returning to the program. Upon receiving a satisfactory score on the math remediation program the student may return to retake the course(s) for which they failed the medication safety exam. Students must be aware that clinical courses are not offered every quarter and may return the next quarter that the course is taught if space is available. Returning students will be on probation. Upon return, should the student not pass by the second attempt, the student will be unable to meet the clinical requirements of the program and will be dismissed from the program.
Unsafe Clinical Performance
A student is responsible for implementation of safe patient care during the
supervised clinical practicum. Unsafe
behavior can result in suspension from the clinical site, student remediation,
failure of the course, and/or dismissal from the program. Unsafe practice is defined as behavior that
has the potential to cause serious harm to a patient. Examples of unsafe
clinical behavior in clinical practice include, but are not limited to:
Unsafe practice patterns include but are not limited to:
Violating HIPAA requirements
Violating OSHA requirements
Performing a procedure outside the domain of nursing
Performing a procedure in which he/she has not been
Failing to use universal precautions
Administering treatments/medications in any form via
any route without consent and/or supervision from the clinical instructor.
Advising patients about diagnosis or prognosis or
referring patients to treatments, agencies, medications, without first
discussing such with the clinical instructor.
Asking a staff nurse to supervise any procedure without
consent of the clinical instructor.
Inability to correctly calculate math/medication
exposing patients, colleagues, and others to actual or potential life
threatening communicable diseases.
drugs, supplies, or belongings from an agency or patient.
copies of patient care documents from healthcare agencies.
of patient identification.
to adhere to DePaul School of Nursing and/or clinical agency policies.
patient records or fabricating patient experiences.
to give appropriate care.
patient care in a harmful manner or exhibiting careless or negligent behavior
in the process of providing care to a patient.
to assume the assigned care of a patient, or failing to inform the instructor
of an inability to care for a patient.
or intentional physical or emotional harm to a patient.
to report an error in assessment, treatment, or medication or failure to report
an unusual occurrence or an adverse reaction.
to comply with DePaul’s Drug Free Campus policy.
not in compliance with stated student expectations as outlined in lecture or
to know proper vital sign ranges as well as failure to notify instructor or
patient’s nurse of critical vital sign value.
Any student whose pattern of behavior demonstrates unsafe clinical practice that
endangers a patient, colleague, or self in the clinical area will be suspended
immediately from the clinical experience.
The faculty of record will meet with the student to discuss how the
unsafe behavior came about and potential complications from said behavior and
prepare written documentation of the event. This will be forwarded within 24
hours to the course coordinator. A copy of this document will be placed in the
student file and forwarded to the Director of the School of Nursing, Associate
Director of the program, and Admissions, Progression and Retention Committee. If
appropriate, an incident report will be filed at the clinical site.
If, in the clinical instructor’s clinical judgment, a
student is unsafe to continue in the clinical practicum, the clinical instructor
will take the following steps:
Dismiss the student for the remainder of the clinical
day. The instructor will follow institutional guidelines as appropriate.
Contact the course coordinator and the Associate
Director of the Program.
Submit a written report of the incident to the Associate
Director’s office within one working day. The Associate Director will contact
the Registrar to put a hold on the student’s grade; the student will not be
allowed to withdraw from the course at this time. The clinical instructor will schedule a
meeting with the student within 24 hours of the incident or as soon as is practical,
and prepare a written report that describes the incident that resulted in the
student’s dismissal from clinical. The student will be given a copy of the
report at this time.
The clinical instructor will advise the student that he
or she will not be able to return to clinical until the meeting with the Associate
Director takes place..
Within 3 working days, or as soon as is practical, a
meeting will be held. In attendance at
the meeting will be the clinical instructor, the student, the course coordinator
and the Associate Director of the Program. The student may have his or her
advisor present at the meeting. A
decision regarding the student’s continuation in the program will be made. This
meeting will determine whether the student will be administratively withdrawn
with a grade of F or is allowed to return to complete the clinical. The clinical instructor initiating the
meeting is not involved in the decision regarding the student’s progression in
the program. A decision is made at the
meeting and communicated to the student.
The documentation related to unsafe clinical practice
will be kept in a secured file within the SON offices.
The Admissions and Progression and Retention Committee (APR)
reviews any administrative course withdrawal resulting in an F. The APR will determine if the student is
dismissed from the program or may return in an appropriate quarter per the
procedures of the APR. The student may
elect to appeal this decision per procedures in the student handbook.
Clinical Performance Limitation Related to
A student who incurs an injury or has any other physical limitation of a
temporary nature must notify the clinical instructor and course coordinator and
provide documentation from his/her health care provider that he/she is able to
safely carry out the duties of a student in the clinical setting. This must occur as soon as possible and prior
to attendance at clinical. The final
decision as to whether the student is allowed in the clinical setting rests
with the clinical agency. If the student
is unable to attend the clinical, he or she will need to withdraw and meet with
the course coordinator and Associate Director of the program to explore
options. Students who are pregnant are
advised that clinical sites have individual policies and requirements related
to pregnant students that may impact the student’s ability to attend or
complete a clinical rotation.
A student requires a clinical contract when one or
more clinical course objectives are not being met. These behaviors, if not
addressed, put the student at risk for receiving a non-passing final grade in
the course. The process is initiated as soon as an instructor and/or course coordinator
recognizes that a student's performance or behavior may jeopardize the
successful completion of a course. The clinical contract can be initiated
at any time during the quarter.
The clinical contract is documented on the Student Faculty
Contract form (Appendix A) and is completed by the course coordinator and
clinical instructor. The course coordinator and clinical instructor will
document, in writing, on the contract form, the areas of deficient student
performance and identify behaviors the student will need to demonstrate in
order to receive a passing grade. The student will receive a copy of this
contract. The student’s academic advisor will be notified as will the Associate
Director of the Program. The academic advisor will follow-up with the course coordinator
regarding the student’s remediation progress.
By the end of the quarter (or completion of the course in the event of a
withdrawal), the student must demonstrate satisfactory remediation of all areas
of concern noted in the contract without further additional deficits or risk
failing the course. Once the contract
requirements have been met, the instructor should document this on the form and
both student and instructor should sign the form. A completed copy can be given to the student;
another copy is send to the Coordinator of Data Management for tracking
purposes; another copy is placed in the student’s file.
In the event that a student does not receive a passing grade
in the clinical component of a course, the student’s grade for that course will
automatically become an F.
Student Dress Code
The student is to be well groomed at all times
presenting a professional image. The rationale behind this and the following
requirements comes from the belief that it is the client who is the focus of
the nurse-client relationship.
Hair must be kept off the face and above the collar or
pulled back and secured. Natural hair tones only. Sideburns, moustaches, and beards must be
neatly trimmed. Make-up, if worn, must be minimal and conservative. Personal care products may only be lightly
scented. Other fragrances are not to be
Nails may not extend beyond the tip of the finger. NO
artificial nails or nail polish is permissible.
The ONLY acceptable accessories are: One single or pair
of stud earrings-one on each lobe; one plain ring/ring set on one finger; a
wristwatch. NO other body jewelry or accessories is
acceptable. Note: in some clinical areas
all jewelry must be removed.
Tattoos are to be covered.
The navy nursing uniform for men and women is: a scrub
shirt and scrub pants by Dickies. Department name pins must be worn with the
uniform when in the clinical setting. Department patches must be attached
permanently to the left uniform and lab coat sleeves. Uniforms are to be clean
and wrinkle free. Underwear must be worn. White or neutral hosiery or white
socks must be worn. No bare feet. A
plain white under-shirt or navy Dickies cardigan may be worn in cooler weather.
Shoes are to be plain white (no colored design/logo)
with white laces, closed toe, low heel, clean and in good repair. No high-tops or sandals.
When not giving direct patient care, but engaged in
learning activities at an agency or clinical site, students must wear their
white lab coat with DePaul School of Nursing patch, their department name pin,
and professional dress consisting of a shirt, sweater, and/or blouse with pants
or a skirt, closed toe shoes in good repair with a low heel and in neutral
color, with neutral hosiery or socks.
Inappropriate clothing would include: sweatshirts;
sweat pants; tight or sleeveless tops; shirts with lettering, pictures or
hoods; stirrup pants; leggings; Capri pants; shorts; blue jeans; tight or
revealing clothing; visibly worn, torn, or faded clothing; midriff tops; low
necklines; open-backed clothing; cleavage or underwear showing; or flip-flops.
guidelines are subject to modification by the clinical instructor, based on the
instructor’s judgment, individual student religious or cultural practices, the
sensibilities of the population, and the dress code of the particular clinical
unit/agency or event where the student is in attendance or practicing.
in the Public Health and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing rotations may
receive additional guidelines from their clinical instructors.
1. The student is expected to adhere to the American Nurses Association Code for Nurses and act in accordance with the Patient’s Bill of Rights.
2. Confidentiality is the protection of a client’s privacy through careful use of oral and written communications. The client’s right to privacy is safeguarded by judicious protection of confidential information. The student should adhere to the School of Nursing Social Media policy (Appendix C) regarding maintenance of confidentiality and protection of privacy as it relates to communication via social media.
3. A client’s chart is a legal document. Information from the client and chart is confidential and cannot be disclosed to those not caring for the client. All entries must be accurate and legible. No part of the client’s Medical record can leave the hospital. Students are not allowed to access the records of patients for whom they are not providing direct care.
4. Information communicated by clients to students may not be repeated to anyone outside of the direct care team. Care should be taken when in the corridors, lounge, classroom, dining rooms, or other public areas, so that conversations are not overheard.
5. An individual can withhold any information about himself/herself that he/she desires. Nursing students must be especially careful regarding the invasion of the client’s privacy.
6. Students should use only the initials of the client when filling out history forms, care plans, and any other documents which are a part of their educational experience.
In the event of any unprotected exposure to blood or body fluids, the
student is to follow the procedures of the DePaul University School of Nursing
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan:
Exposure at DePaul University
student who incurs an exposure incident at DPU should obtain confidential
post-exposure evaluation and follow-up.
Park Campus students who would like to obtain this confidential post-exposure
evaluation and follow-up from Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center may
contact DePaul Public Safety, who will facilitate transportation to Advocate
Illinois Masonic Medical Center. RFUMS campus students will be referred to Lake
Forest Hospital for follow-up care.
post exposure evaluations and follow-up, should include at least, the following
Documentation of the route(s) and circumstances
of the exposure;
The results of the source individual's blood
testing, if available; and
All medical records relevant to the appropriate
treatment of the student, including vaccination status, the Safety Officer or
his/her designee will maintain these records.
Collection and testing of blood for HBV and HIV serological
status will comply with the following:
The exposed student's blood shall be collected
as soon as feasible and tested after consent is obtained;
The student may have his/her blood collected for
testing of the student's HIV/HBV serological status. The blood sample will be preserved for up to
90 days to provide time for the student to decide if the blood should be tested
for HIV serological status.
The student is responsible for costs associated with the
Exposure at Outside Facility while Performing Duties
within Student Role
Any student incurring such an exposure should follow both
DPU’s post exposure policy as well as the institution’s policy where the
exposure occurred. All student exposure incidents, whether they occur at DPU or
off-campus while conducting learning or training activities under the SON must
be reported to the Safety Officer or his/her designee as soon as possible, but
no later than one business day after the incident.
Students are encouraged to speak with their health care
provider about any additional follow-up post-exposure prophylaxis that may be
possible, the Safety Officer, his/her designee, or institution where the
exposure took place, will look into testing the exposure source individual for
HIV, hepatitis B, and/or hepatitis C.
Testing of the source individual's blood does not need to be repeated if
the source individual is already known to be infected with HIV, hepatitis B,
and/or hepatitis C.
Student Clinical Requirements
It is mandatory that all students have all of their clinical
requirements completed and uploaded to their Student Immunization Tracker through Certified Background.com by August
1st for Fall Quarter and December
1st for Winter Quarter admissions. It is the responsibility of the student to
insure that all clinical requirements are kept current. Students must submit
copies of renewed coverage, updated lab results, and renewed skills PRIOR to the anniversary of the
expiration date. Students who are non-compliant with clinical requirements will
not be permitted to attend clinical.
Non-attendance of clinical due to non-compliance with clinical
requirements will be treated as an unexcused absence that may not be made up.
This may put the student at risk for failing the course.
The student must submit COPIES
(NOT ORIGINALS) of the following:
Option 1: a Non-Reactive TWO-STEP Tuberculin Skin Test.
This test requires that you receive two separate Mantoux skin tests at least one
week apart AND no longer than 3 weeks apart. This test must be renewed YEARLY with a single step TB
Option 2: a QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test. This test
must be renewed YEARLY. It is
expected that the QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test will be the required test in
the near future.
If either test is returned positive, a student must submit a chest x-ray
and/or TB symptom assessment statement that verifies the student is free from
Tuberculosis signed by a license primary care provider (MD, DO, NP, PA).
Titers for Rubeola, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella. A TITER is MANDATORY to document
immunity. (Note: Vaccination or history of the disease is necessary to develop
immunity). The titer MUST contain the titer value as well as the reference
norm. The required titers are as
If titers indicate no immunity for Rubeola, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella,
immunization is required (for Rubeola, Mumps or Rubella, this will be a booster
series of 2 MMR immunizations). Follow-up
titers will need to be drawn after re-immunization for both MMR and Varicella.
Students must sign a waiver if no immunity is detected on follow-up
titer. The waiver states that you
understand the risk associated with continuing in the nursing program,
specifically that if you contract the disease to which you are not immune, the
school is not liable and that you want to continue in your studies, knowing the
risk. Once you have documented your immunity or signed a waiver, you will not
need to furnish any further documentation.
Proof of immunity to Hepatitis B must be confirmed
through bloodwork. Immunity may be achieved through vaccination or previous
exposure*. You may submit test results
and documentation of immunity from your provider in lieu of receiving
vaccination. The following documents will be accepted as proof of immunity:
Positive Hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs)
indicates immunity from previous vaccination.
Positive anti-HBs and positive Hepatitis core antibody
(anti-HBc) indicate immunity due to infection; a negative Hepatitis B surface
antigen (HBsAG) is needed to determine whether acute or chronic infection
exists, and the student will need to follow up with his or her health care
If immunity is not documented, the student must receive the Hepatitis B
immunization series and post-vaccination bloodwork as outlined below.
If the series has been started but has not been completed prior to
beginning clinical attendance, it is the student’s responsibility to supply
documentation of the vaccine dates and the date when the final Anti-HBs
bloodwork is drawn. The student must
have completed a minimum of one of the series of three vaccines prior to the
first clinical day and upload documentation for this to Certified Background.
If bloodwork following completion of the series of three vaccines does
not show immunity, further vaccination is necessary. If, after completion of a second series, no
immunity is detected, the student must sign a waiver. The waiver states that you understand the
risk associated with continuing in the nursing program, specifically that if
you contract the disease to which you are not immune, the school is not liable
and that you want to continue in your studies, knowing the risk. Once you have
documented your immunity or signed a waiver, you will not need to furnish any
* The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that persons who fall
into either of the following categories for increased risk for Hepatitis B
infection should see their health care provider and request a blood test for
Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and Hepatitis B surface antibody (Anti-HBs)
as you may not need the vaccination if the results are positive.
CDC Categories of Persons at Increased Risk for Hepatitis B Infection
Persons born to mothers in or from countries in which
Hepatitis B is endemic.
Sexually active men who have sex with men.
Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis Booster: Must be within the
last 10 years. Documentation can be in the form of a signed immunization card
or statement from your healthcare provider or health department that documents
the date the tetanus booster or TDaP were administered. Please note that a
tetanus booster alone is not adequate and you must demonstrate immunization for
diphtheria and pertussis within past 10 years.
Yearly influenza vaccine is required. Incoming MENP
students will receive Standard Precautions/Universal Precautions Training as
part of their initial coursework.
Current CPR Certification: Current American
Heart Association (AHA) certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for
Healthcare Provider is required for all entering and current students. Only the
AHA certification will be accepted.
Content covered in AHA BLS class:
Critical concepts of high-quality CPR
The American Heart Association Chain of Survival
1-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and
2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and
Differences between adult, child and infant
Bag-mask techniques for adult, child and infant
Rescue breathing for adult, child and infant
Relief of choking for adult, child and infant
CPR with an advanced airway
Professional Liability Insurance: Each MENP and BSN completion student must
obtain their own student nursing
professional liability insurance policy against claims arising from real or
alleged errors or omissions. Their policy
must have minimal limits of coverage of $1,000,000 PER claim and $5,000,000
aggregate. This insurance must be renewed
Evidence of Current Health Insurance: All nursing
students must submit proof of continuous comprehensive health insurance on a yearly
basis. Please note that the name on the health insurance must match the
A signed HIPAA-FERPA authorization must be uploaded to
Certified Background by the start of the first quarter. This form must be
signed in order for the School of Nursing to release any student health
information related to clinical requirements to clinical sites.
Borne Pathogens Exposure training must be completed online prior to the first
clinical day. The training can be found at go.depaul.edu/bbp.
Background Check: Nursing students must
submit to a criminal background check by www.certifiedbackground.com prior to their initial clinical
experience. Criminal background checks must be completed by August 1st for
Fall Quarter or December 1st for Winter Quarter and will remain in
effect unless: a.) a clinical agency determines it necessary to require more
frequent or more detailed background checks, b) OR a nursing student interrupts
his/her program of study for one quarter or longer. In the above cases, it is mandatory for the
student to have another criminal background check performed.
The School of Nursing may not be able to place students in a clinical
setting if there are positive findings on the criminal background check. As a result, a student will not be able to
complete the requirements of the program.
Screening: Nursing students are required to have a ten-panel drug screen as
required by clinical institutions. Some
institutions may require a new drug screen each year. The test may be obtained
from any health care agency, or from www.certifiedbackground.com
through Quest Diagnostics Lab. The drug test MUST follow a “Chain-of-custody”
procedure. The student should sign a release to have the results sent to School
of Nursing Coordinator of Clinical Placements.
See below for the School of Nursing Policy on Drug Use and Testing.
School of Nursing may not be able to place students in a clinical setting if
there are positive findings on the drug screen.
As a result, a student will not be able to complete the requirements of
Drug Use and Testing
In accordance with De Paul University policies, the School of
Nursing will impose disciplinary sanctions upon any student found to be in
violation of laws or policies relating to the unlawful possession, use, or
distribution of drugs or alcohol.
Nursing students may be required to have a ten-panel drug screen based
on clinical affiliates’ requirements.
Release forms must be signed to have the results sent to the Clinical
If a student’s drug test is positive, secondary or
confirmatory testing will be performed and the student will be expected to
cooperate with interviews and follow-up procedures to ascertain and endeavor to
confirm whether there was an explanation for the positive test result that did
not involve illegal conduct, e.g., ingestion of lawful drugs, food, or
beverages that could cause positive results.
If the positive test is confirmed and no sufficiently
credible explanation of relevant lawful conduct is forthcoming, clinical
placement in a clinical course and successful completion of the program will be
jeopardized due to failure to qualify for placement and/or successful
completion of the program. Students with
confirmed positive tests and/or no sufficiently credible explanation of
relevant lawful conduct will be advised that the De Paul University School of
Nursing cannot place them in a clinical setting. As a result, a student would not be able to
complete the requirements of the program.
to Student Records
1. A student may have access to his/her personal student record upon request. Confidentiality is maintained with all student files. Release of information is granted upon written request by the student.
2. No specific or detailed information concerning specific medical diagnoses will be provided to faculty outside the department, administrators, or even parents, without the expressed written permission of the individual in each case. This position with respect to health records is supported by amendment to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Health officials and other institutional officers must remember that all confidential medical/health care information is protected by statutes and that any unauthorized disclosure may create legal liability.
DePaul University awards the Master’s of Science degree with a major in
nursing to students who successfully completed the MENP program. All
requirements of the University, College, and School of Nursing must be met as
outlined in the current Bulletin.
The student is responsible for completing the application for degree
conferral and commencement by the deadline posted in the academic calendar.
Students are responsible for changes reflecting new program requirements if
the department gives sufficient notice. Part-time students and students
who do not enroll in classes for one or more quarters will the program under
which they were admitted.
Upon successful completion of graduation requirements, generic students are
eligible to make application to take the National Council of Licensing
Examination (NCLEX). (See Legal Limitations below.)
The Illinois Department of
Financial and Professional Regulation requires that graduating MENP students
submit to a fingerprinting processing from the Illinois Department of State
Police or its designated agent.
Licensure by the IDFPR will require a separate
complete background check with fingerprinting prior to being given permission
to sit for NCLEX. If criminal activity
is noted, such activity MAY BE grounds for the student to not be given
permission to take the NCLEX exam.
Legal Limitations for Licensure
Completion of the nursing education program does not guarantee eligibility
to write the NCLEX. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Board of Nursing may refuse to issue a license for one or more causes stated
in that section of the Nursing Practice Act.
for licensure vary from state to state.
Those students wishing to take the NCLEX outside Illinois are advised to
check with their state’s licensure requirements early in the academic program.