School of Nursing
General Policies for IU Kokomo School of Nursing
Students admitted to the School of Nursing are responsible for knowing and completing all requirements for their degree program. Academic counselors, faculty, and administrators are available to clarify the academic requirements and assist students in academic planning to progress toward their degree. All policies contained in the Indiana University Kokomo Bulletin are applicable for the year in which students are admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree program. The university and School of Nursing have ultimate authority to implement policy/curriculum changes as needed. All students are responsible for acquainting themselves with all university and School of Nursing policies pertaining to their admission, progression, and graduation, and will be subject to policy or curriculum changes as they progress. Students are accountable for compliance with the same throughout their course of study.
Some students may have disabilities that would influence their ability to meet nursing program requirements at IU Kokomo. If you have a documented disability or other needs that may require consideration you are responsible for contacting the Career Services/Disability Services Office at 765.455.9301, Kelley Center Room 200 regarding your needs. The School of Nursing will make reasonable accommodation to assist the student with documented disabilities to successfully complete all requirements of the nursing program. If there is a question about whether a student’s disability will interfere with successful program completion, the Student Affairs Committee will consider the case with the assistance of the Affirmative Action Officer. The School of Nursing makes no guarantee to students regarding accommodations that will be made for NCLEX testing or in future professional employment.
Confidentiality of Student Records
In accordance with federal statutes and regulations, student records are confidential. Disclosure of any information contained in these records to anyone other than the student will be made only in accordance with procedures described in the Code of Student Ethics.
Professional Liability Insurance
All undergraduate nursing students have liability insurance under the malpractice contract of Indiana University. This policy covers students only while caring for patients/clients in the student role.
Students are required to have health insurance once admitted to the major, and should carry their card with them during each clinical course. Should an incident necessitating student treatment occur while in the clinical setting, associated costs will be the responsibility of the student and billed to the student’s insurance provider.
All nursing students must provide evidence of compliance with health and safety requirements (immunizations, drug and TB testing, physical examination, background check, CPR, and orientation requirements). Failure to adhere to the policy as posted in the Handbook for Nursing Students may lead to serious consequences, up to and including course failure and program dismissal. Requirements are subject to change at the discretion of healthcare agencies. Student result information will be provided to the clinical agency upon request. Notification of requirement changes will be forwarded as soon as they are communicated to the school. Submission of this documentation is a requirement of the healthcare agencies, and not a requirement of the university. Failure to submit the documentation will result in non-placement for clinical courses, and thus prohibit the student from progressing in the nursing major.
Missing 20% or more of the clinical hours for a course will constitute failure in that course. Further guidance may be found in the Handbook for Nursing Students.
Inappropriate Behavior in Clinical Setting
If at any time, in the judgment of an IU Kokomo School of Nursing faculty member, a student appears to be unable to perform clinical responsibilities safely or in any way compromises safe client care, the student will be dismissed from clinical for that day and may not return until the situation is resolved to the satisfaction of the School of Nursing. If a representative of the clinical facility and/or faculty member requests the student have a drug screen prior to leaving the facility, the student must comply (at the student’s expense) or face dismissal from the nursing program. Further guidance may be found in the Handbook for Nursing Students
Laboratory Learning Experiences
In order to maximize learning opportunities in the learning laboratory, students will be involved in learning through role playing and on a one-to-one basis. These activities include, but are not limited to physical assessment, health interviews, and simulation.
Students in the pre-licensure nursing major will be required to take standardized competency tests pertaining to each of the major content areas throughout the curriculum, as well as at program entry and near graduation. These exams may be scheduled at times other than course meeting times. Further guidance may be found in the Handbook for Nursing Students.
Dosage Calculation Testing
Students must pass a medication administration proficiency exam at 90% in the sophomore 2 semester in order to progress to the junior year. Medication calculation questions may appear on any or all core nursing exams, even if such calculation was not a part of the material taught directly in that course.
While in clinical and laboratory experiences, nursing students are expected to wear professional attire and the approved photo identification badge in compliance with the Handbook for Nursing Students. Students not appropriately attired may be asked to leave the clinical area by their instructor. BSN students admitted to the nursing major are required to purchase the official Indiana University Kokomo crimson uniform bearing the Indiana University logo.
Clinical learning experiences are varied in setting, location, day of week, and time of day. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from all clinical experiences.
Drug-Free Campus Policy
Students are prohibited by Indiana University to use or possess alcoholic beverages, any drug or controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia on university property or in the course of a university activity or student organization activity. Students are responsible for acquainting themselves with this policy and with sanctions for violation of the policy. This policy includes any educational experience associated with successfully completing the nursing program.
Eligibility for Licensure
Those who apply for licensure examination as a registered nurse in the state of Indiana are required to submit to the Indiana State Board of Nursing written evidence, verified by oath, that they (1) have not been convicted of any act that would constitute grounds for disciplinary sanction under the State Board rules and regulations, or any felony that has direct bearing on their ability to practice competently (note that convictions include the possession and use of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances); (2) have completed an approved high school course of study or its equivalent, as approved by the appropriate educational agency; (3) have completed all graduation requirements at a state-accredited school of nursing; (4) have completed a criminal background check; and (5) fingerprinting. It is each student’s responsibility to meet licensure application deadlines. Students wishing to take the licensure examination in another state must contact that state’s board of nursing directly. International students and graduates of foreign nursing programs should contact the Indiana State Board of Nursing for specific licensure requirements.
Sex Offenders Screening Policy
The Indiana Sex Offenders Registry is reviewed every semester for all enrolled students. Any student enrolled in an undergraduate nursing program who has been convicted of a sex offense against children shall be dismissed from the program. Any student already admitted to an undergraduate nursing program whose name appears on the Registry during the time of enrollment in the nursing major shall be ineligible for continuation or completion of their current or any other nursing program.