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Iona College Nursing Student Handbook

Table of Contents

  1. Welcome from Nursing Director
  2. Faculty and Staff Directory
  3. Nursing Program Vision, Mission and Goals
  4. Nursing Program Outcomes
  5. Curriculum Plan
  6. Course Descriptions
  7. Academic Policies and Procedures
  8. NCAC Policies and Procedures

Welcome from Nursing Director Susan Apold

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Department of Nursing at Iona!You have chosen a rigorous and exciting course of study which will lead you to fulfilling and important work. Today’s professional nurse is at the forefront of health care, with the capacity to make authentic and lasting change in the lives of individuals, families and communities. Nursing education is highly specialized. Department policies and procedures have been designed to assure that Iona College’s nursing program prepares competent, confident graduates. This handbook has been prepared to provide you with a guide to the nursing program policies and procedures designed to promote student and patient safety and success. The Iona College Undergraduate Catalogue is the primary source for information about the College in general.

Please note you are responsible for the policies in this book. Policy changes will be communicated to you using a variety of strategies: email; posts on the Departmental bulletin board; and, through the Iona College Student Nurses’ Association leadership. The Director of Nursing is responsible for distributing any changes in policy.

The faculty and I wish you best wishes for a successful program of study. The future of nursing will be in your capable hands. Make Iona proud!

Be well,

Susan Apold, PhD, ANP-BC, GNP, FAANP, FAAN
Founding Director, Department of Nursing
Iona College

Faculty and Staff

Susan Apold

Susan Apold, Ph.D., ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Director, Nursing Program

Nursing Department

Office:
85 Beechmont Drive
Phone:
(914) 637-2727 (914) 637-2727
Email:
Maria Bradley

Maria Bradley, '05MBA, BSN, RN

Director of Clinical Partnerships

Nursing Department

Office:
85 Beechmont Drive
Phone:
(914) 637-2740 (914) 637-2740
Email:
Sandra Davé

Sandra Davé, DNP, FNP-C, GNP-C

Senior Clinical Lecturer & Director of the Nursing Clinical Arts Center

Nursing Department

Office:
85 Beechmont Drive
Phone:
(914) 637-2753 (914) 637-2753
Email:
Gerard Maiello

Gerard (Jerry) Maiello, MSN, RN

Clinical Lecturer

Nursing Department

Office:
85 Beechmont Drive
Phone:
(914) 637-2793 (914) 637-2793
Email:

Nursing Program Vision, Mission and Goals

VISION

Iona College Department of Nursing will be the program of choice for students seeking personal fulfillment in the discipline of nursing. Nursing will be presented as it was meant to be: bold, innovative, taking care of the world as it is and the world as it will become.

MISSION

The Mission of the Iona College Department of Nursing is to educate students in an intellectually rigorous program of study to become skilled and compassionate providers of care, who can both initiate and adapt to change, engage in critical thinking in health care innovation, engage in bold leadership in pursuit of individual, family, community and professional advocacy, and seek knowledge wherever it presents itself in pursuit of a global culture of health.

GOALS

The Department of Nursing Goals are to:

  • Prepare competent nurses who use evidence to make health care decisions
  • Promote innovation, excellence and creativity in teaching, scholarship and practice
  • Provide service to the community and profession of nursing
  • Generate and disseminate nursing knowledge

Nursing Program Outcomes

At the completion of the Bachelor of Science program in nursing, the graduate will be able to:

1. Execute nursing decisions based upon knowledge from liberal arts and physical and social sciences into nursing theory and practice to assure safe, quality, evidence-based care;

IONA MISSION and VALUES
Mission: intellectual inquiry; problem solving ability; independent and adaptable thinking
Values: pursuit of knowledge and truth; appreciation for data-informed, outcome-oriented practices

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
AACN Essentials I, III, IV, VI
QSEN Competency iii [evidence-based practice], iv [quality improvement] and v [safety]; vi [informatics]

2. Demonstrate bold leadership in pursuit of safety, quality and best practices of care for individuals, families, the community and the profession of nursing;

IONA MISSION and VALUES
Mission: Community engagement; independent and adaptable thinking
Values: pursuit of knowledge and truth; devotion to integrity, diversity and freedom of inquiry; openness to change, innovation and entrepreneurship; commitment to compassion, transparent decision-making and accountability; dedication to responsible stewardship of human, physical, financial and environmental resources

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
AACN Essentials II, V, VI, VIII, IX
QSEN Competency I [patient centered care] iii [evidence-based practice], iv [quality improvement] and v [safety]

3. Translate research, evidence, and practice patterns into personal and innovative nursing practice;

IONA MISSION and VALUES
Mission: Problem solving abilities; Independent and adaptable thinking; joy in learning
Values: pursuit of knowledge and truth; devotion to integrity, diversity and freedom of inquiry; commitment to compassion, transparent decision-making and accountability; dedication to responsible stewardship of human, physical, financial and environmental resources

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
AACN Essentials: III, IV, VII
QSEN Competency I [patient centered care] iii [evidence-based practice], iv [quality improvement] and v [safety], vi [informatics]

4. Utilize information technology within a health care team, to gather data, plan and implement care, evaluate outcomes and develop quality improvement strategies;

IONA MISSION and VALUES
Mission: Problem solving abilities; Independent and adaptable thinking; joy in learning
Values: pursuit of knowledge and truth; devotion to integrity, diversity and freedom of inquiry; commitment to compassion, transparent decision-making and accountability; dedication to responsible stewardship of human, physical, financial and environmental resources

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
AACN Essentials: III, IV, VII,
QSEN Competency I [patient centered care], ii [teamwork and collaboration], iii [evidence-based practice], iv [quality improvement] and v [safety], vi [informatics]

5. Assess the relationship between public policy, health care finance and health care regulation and its influence on the health care system and individual, family and community health;

IONA MISSION and VALUES
Mission: Problem solving abilities; Independent and adaptable thinking; justice
Values: pursuit of knowledge and truth; devotion to integrity, diversity and freedom of inquiry; appreciation for data-informed, outcomes-oriented practices that promote internal collaboration and external competitiveness; commitment to compassion, transparent decision-making and accountability; dedication to responsible stewardship of human, physical, financial and environmental resources

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
AACN Essentials: III, IV, V, VII, VIII
QSEN Competency I [patient centered care] iii [evidence-based practice], iv [quality improvement] and v [safety], vi [informatics]

6. Engage in high quality professional communication (written, oral, inter-personal, technologic) to provide safe, compassionate and effective team-based care;

IONA MISSION and VALUES
Mission: Problem solving abilities; Independent and adaptable thinking
Values: pursuit of knowledge and truth; devotion to integrity, diversity and freedom of inquiry; appreciation for data-informed, outcomes-oriented practices that promote internal collaboration and external competitiveness; commitment to compassion, transparent decision-making and accountability; dedication to responsible stewardship of human, physical, financial and environmental resources

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
AACN Essentials: I—IX; Primary Essential VII
QSEN Competency I [patient centered care], ii [teamwork and collaboration,] iii [evidence-based practice], iv [quality improvement] and v [safety], vi [informatics]

7. Create nursing interventions designed to address health promotion, disease prevention and risk management for population health within the health care team;

IONA MISSION and VALUES
Mission: Problem solving abilities; Independent and adaptable thinking
Values: pursuit of knowledge and truth; devotion to integrity, diversity and freedom of inquiry; appreciation for data-informed, outcomes-oriented practices that promote internal collaboration and external competitiveness; commitment to compassion, transparent decision-making and accountability; dedication to responsible stewardship of human, physical, financial and environmental resources

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
AACN Essentials: III, IV, V, VI, VII
QSEN Competency I [patient centered care], ii [teamwork and collaboration], iii [evidence-based practice], iv [quality improvement] and v [safety], vi [informatics]

8. Represent in practice, behavior and attitude the professional values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice and life-long learning.

IONA MISSION and VALUES
Mission: Entire mission
Values: pursuit of knowledge and truth; devotion to integrity, diversity and freedom of inquiry; appreciation for data-informed, outcomes-oriented practices that promote internal collaboration and external competitiveness; commitment to compassion, transparent decision-making and accountability; dedication to responsible stewardship of human, physical, financial and environmental resources

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
AACN Essentials: VIII
QSEN Competency I [patient centered care]

9. Provide safe, high quality, ethical, culturally and spiritually sensitive care to all individuals, families, communities seeking and in need of nursing care in all health care environments.

IONA MISSION and VALUES
Mission: Entire mission
Values: pursuit of knowledge and truth; devotion to integrity, diversity and freedom of inquiry; appreciation for data-informed, outcomes-oriented practices that promote internal collaboration and external competitiveness; commitment to compassion, transparent decision-making and accountability; dedication to responsible stewardship of human, physical, financial and environmental resources

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
AACN Essentials: VI, VII, VIII, IX
QSEN Competency I [patient centered care], ii [teamwork and collaboration], iii [evidence-based practice]

10. Engage in human design thinking to initiate and implement change that will promote quality patient centered care.

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
AACN Essentials: II, III, IV, VI, VIII
QSEN Competency: I [patient centered care], ii [teamwork and collaboration], iii [evidence-based practice]

Curriculum Plan

Traditional Undergraduate Program (UG)
Accelerated Second degree Program (ABS)

Students must have completed all required Science Courses (General Chemistry; Anatomy and Physiology I and II; Microbiology) before progressing into these courses.

Nursing Courses
Course Credits Semester
NUR 300 Culture of Health 2 ABS: Year 1, Semester 1 or 2
UG: Year 2, Semester 2
NUR 301 Health Assessment 3 ABS: Year 1, Semester 1
UG: Year 2, Semester 2
NUR 302 Exploring Nursing 2 ABS: Year 1, Semester 1 or 2
UG: Year 3, Semester 1 or 2
NUR 310 Pharmacology 3 ABS: Year 1, Semester 1
UG: Year 3, Semester
NUR 311 Pathophysiology 3 ABS: Year 1, Semester 2
UG: Year 3, Semester 2
NUR 320 Patient Centered Nursing Care 8 ABS: Year 1, Semester 1
UG: Year 3, Semester 1
NUR 315 Considerations in Care of the Aging Adult 2 ABS: Year 1, Semester 2
UG: Year 3, Semester 2
NUR 316 Nursing Care of the Adult and Aging Patient 8 ABS: Year 1, Semester 2
UG: Year 3, Semester 2
NUR 401 Care of Individuals and Populations with Behavioral/Mental Health Challenges 6 ABS: Year 2, Semester 3 or 4
UG: Year 4, Semester 1 or 2
NUR 402 Population Health: Nursing Care in the Community 6 ABS: Year 2, Semester 3 or 4
UG: Year 4, Semester 1 or 2
NUR 410 Nursing Care of Women and the Childbearing Family 6 ABS: Year 2, Semester 3 or 4
UG: Year 4, Semester 1 or 2
NUR 411 Nursing Care of Children 6 ABS: Year 2, Semester 3 or 4
UG: Year 4, Semester 1 or 2
NUR 420 Research, Evidence and Innovation 3 ABS: Year 2, Semester 3
UG: Year 4, Semester 1
NUR 430 Leadership Development in Transition to Professional Nursing 6 ABS: Year 2, Semester 4
UG: Year 4, Semester 2

Total Credits: 64

Course Descriptions

Please refer to the course catalog for course descriptions.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Integrity

Policy: Academic integrity is the essential to academic excellence. Integrity and a code of ethics is central to any profession. It is an expectation that all students maintain academic integrity in all course work and in all clinical settings. Violation of academic integrity in any form will result in swift and immediate action. Breaches of academic/professional integrity include, but are not limited to: plagiarism (misrepresenting material as your own when it is not), cheating on a test, gossiping, breaching patient confidentiality (this is also a violation of federal law). Iona College’s policies on Academic Integrity can be found at in the course catalog and in the student handbook.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by and registered with the New York State Department of Education, 89 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12234.

Advisement and Registration

Policy Accelerated Second Degree Program students: All students will be assigned an advisor who will be a member of the nursing faculty. Students must meet with their advisors at least twice during each semester to discuss coursework and progress. Students must also meet with advisors prior to registration. Once a student has met with their advisor, they will be cleared for registration.

Policy Undergraduate Nursing Program: All students will be assigned an advisor from the nursing program; however primary advisement and all registration will take place through the Center for Advisement and Services.

Alternate Path to Academic Progression

Policy: Students who have been accepted to the Accelerated Bachelor’s program, may, under extraordinary circumstances, be eligible to withdraw from the full-time course of study and complete the program on an alternative schedule. Eligibility for this option will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Situations that may be considered for this alternate path include but are not limited to: illness; life events (pregnancy, family emergencies) and/or an inability to meet the standards of a course.

Procedure:

  1. The decision to seek an alternate path to academic progression must be communicated to the Director of Nursing no later than week 4 of any clinical course.
  2. A written request must be made to the Director of Nursing seeking permission to complete the nursing program following an alternate schedule.
    1. The request must indicate the reason.
    2. The student must develop a reasonable time line for completion of the program and include this time line in the letter of request
  3. Once a student has been given permission to complete the program in an alternate pathway, the student may not opt to return to the accelerated program
  4. Students who are granted the privilege of an alternate path to progression will be charged a pro-rated per credit rate.
  5. Students must complete their program of study in 18 months of beginning their alternate path.

Attendance

Classroom Attendance: Nursing students will comply with Iona’s classroom attendance policy which can be found in the course catalog.

Clinical Attendance

Policy: 100% attendance is required for all clinical rotations.

Rationale: Nursing is a practice profession. The Nursing Clinical Arts Center (NCAC) and clinical agencies provide students with opportunities to apply theory to the direct care of clients. Self-responsibility and accountability are important aspects of professional nursing education. Students are to arrive at the Clinical Arts Center and clinical agency on time and remain in the NCAC and in the clinical agency for the time designated by the clinical professor. Lack of punctuality and lack of attendance are not acceptable, will be reflected in students’ clinical performance evaluation and may be cause for dismissal from the program. An unexcused clinical absence will result in failure of the course. An unexcused clinical absence is defined as a “no call, no show” event; that is, the student fails to notify the Clinical Coordinator or faculty of the absence and does not report to the designated facility for the clinical experience. (This applies to both agency and NCAC clinical experiences.) While 100% attendance at clinical rotations are expected, students may face illness or emergency that precludes attendance. Clinical faculty will determine whether or not any clinical absence is “excused.” The decision of the students’ clinical faculty on issues of attendance is final.

Procedure: Should a student determine that a clinical absence is imminent, that student must notify their clinical instructor and the Director of Clinical Placements as soon as they become aware of the possibility of a clinical absence. Failure to comply with the above will result in an automatic failure in the clinical course. If clinical absences prevent completion of course and/or clinical objectives and a clinical makeup is required, a fee of $100 per make up session will be charged to the student. Any clinical make-up must be approved by the Director of Nursing.

Chain of Communication (Chain of Command)

Policy: Students are to observe the chain of command as outlined in the Nursing Department Table of Organization.

When discussing course/class issues, students are to address issues as follows, to:

  • the specific professor teaching the class
  • their academic advisor
  • the course coordinator
  • the Director of Nursing

Students practicing in a clinical setting are the responsibility of Iona College, New York and not the clinical agency. Students at all times report to and are responsible for following the instructions and order of the clinical faculty.

Dress Code

Policy: While in any clinical agency, students are expected to dress professionally. Professional dress means that all students will appear in clothing which is clean, pressed, conservative and modest.

While in a hospital or clinical agency or in the Nursing Clinical Arts Center (NCAC) students will wear the maroon scrub top with black scrub pants identified as the formal uniform for nursing students at Iona College. Students may wear black turtle necks or tops under their scrub top. All scrubs are to be purchased through Iona College’s official vendor, Flynn and O’Hara. Uniform shoes are to be worn with scrubs and can be either black or white. Sneakers may be worn; however, they must be able to be cleaned (they must be “scrub able”-no mesh)

When in a clinical agency that does not require scrubs, women’s blouses/tops are to be buttoned/zipped or otherwise closed so that the décolletage is completely covered.

Jeans, Capri pants, sneakers, any form of “flip-flop”, clogs and Crocs™ are prohibited. Jewelry is to be kept to a minimum. Piercings are limited to one earring in each ear. No hoop or “dangling” earrings may be worn. With the exception of a MedicAlert Bracelet, bracelets are prohibited.

Neck chains are to be no longer than 18 inches. Hair is to be clean, off the face and shoulders and free of adornment. Facial hair is to be neat, trimmed and clean.

Fingernails are to be trimmed short. If nail polish is worn, it must be light or clear. Artificial nails are prohibited. (Please note that wraps, tips or any other type of nail covering or extension is strictly prohibited. Fingernails can serve as a source of bacteria for you and your patients.)

An Iona College name pin must be worn.

Black or white socks without patterns or decorations may be worn.

The following are not acceptable in the Clinical agency and NCAC:

  • Strong perfume, aftershave, colognes and/or cigarette smoke
  • Chewing gum
  • Heavy make-up
  • Fingernails must be kept short and well-groomed. No acrylic nails or gel tips are permitted and nail polish worn, should be clear and unchipped.
  • Jewelry: earrings are limited to one post/stud per ear; bracelets, necklaces and rings (other than wedding bands) are not permitted. Medical Alert bracelets, are permitted. No obvious body piercings including nose, eyebrow, tongue and lip are permitted except for religious purposes
  • Hair must be neatly worn off the collar. No unnatural hair color e.g. bright green, bright blue; large ornamental hair attachments are not considered proper when in uniform; hairbands are limited to 2 inches in width and must be white, black or maroon in color; students are to be clean shaven or have neatly trimmed facial hair
  • Tattoos may be visible unless a clinical site has a policy of no visible tattoos. In that case, the student must abide by that policy and conceal any tattoos. Tattoos that may be offensive or cause distress to patients, coworkers, or visitors or that contain profanity, nudity, violence, racial references, alcohol or controlled substances must be covered regardless of agency policy
  • Religious exemptions are to be discussed with the Clinical Instructor.

Electronic/Cell Phone Communication

Policy: Use of electronic communication, i.e., cell phone calls, text messaging, instant messaging for non-academic purposes while in the classroom or clinical site is prohibited.

Rationale: When in the classroom or patient care setting, professionals are expected to be fully engaged in the educational/care giving experience. Communication for non-academic or care delivery purposes is a distraction from the primary purpose of the educational experience.

Procedure:

  1. Cell phone use in a clinical agency: At all times students and faculty will follow agency policy on the use of cell phones. No student is to use a cell phone for any purpose in a patient designated area. Students who accept or make a call, instant message or text message on their cell phone during a clinical rotation will be fined $100.00, be sent home from that rotation and have the incident documented on their clinical evaluation. A second offense will result in disciplinary action and may result in dismissal from the Iona College Nursing Program. Use of cell phone cameras in any area of any clinical agency is a violation of federal law (HIPPA violation). Such violations can result in fines and civil action. See more on HIPPA.
  2. Electronic communication in the classroom: Students who use electronic technology in the classroom for other than academic purposes may be prohibited from bringing electronic media into the classroom for the duration of the Nursing program.

Eligibility for NCLEX-RN Examination

Policy: Students will be recommended for NCLEX-RN candidacy by the Director of Nursing upon successful completion of all coursework in nursing program and successful completion of the standardized capstone test administered by ATI Testing, Inc.

Rationale: The faculty in the Nursing Department believe that it is our responsibility to assure that nursing students are in the best possible position to be successful on NCLEX-RN the first time they take it. Therefore, students will be provided with the opportunity to take an NCLEX-RN review course at no charge, and to take a simulated NCLEX-RN examination.

Procedure:

  1. During NUR 452, students will be required to take a simulated NCLEX-RN examination developed by ATI Testing, Inc. Students will take the examination under testing conditions. The test will be administered by nursing faculty.
  2. Students will have the opportunity to repeat the test one time
  3. All students will be provided an NCLEX-RN review course post-graduation at no cost.

Evaluation of Clinical Progress

Policy: All students will receive both formative and summative evaluations of clinical progress. Formative evaluations will be given at the mid-point of each clinical rotation. Formative evaluations will consist of a review of strengths and challenges the student and clinical faculty member have encountered during the beginning of the clinical rotation. Summative evaluations will take place at the end of each clinical rotation. Summative evaluations will consist of a review of the students’ progress during the semester, and determination of the students’ clinical competence. Students must receive a passing grade in their Summative evaluations in order to pass the course.

Rationale: Formative evaluations provide the student with a realistic assessment of their clinical progress at mid-semester and provide the student with the opportunity to optimize clinical skills and take corrective action if necessary. Summative evaluations provide the student with evaluation of their clinical progress and competence at the end of a clinical rotation.

Procedure: Clinical faculty will meet individually with each student at a mutually agreed upon time at mid-term and at the end of the semester, to engage in the evaluation process. All evaluations will be provided to the student in writing. Copies of the summative evaluations will be retained in students’ file.

ExamSoft Policy

Overview: The School of Nursing has implemented ExamSoft as the testing platform for all nursing courses. ExamSoft is a secure, computer-based testing environment providing students with an experience similar to the NCLEX-RN exam using a software download known as Examplify.

Student Responsibilities for ExamSoft Use:

  1. Students are expected to have access to a fully functioning laptop computer meeting the minimal system requirements for ExamSoft for all testing sessions in nursing courses. (The minimal system requirements for computer devices can be found after this section.)
  2. Prior to the start of the nursing program, students are expected to download ExamSoft by the designated due date using the instructions provided by the Department of Nursing. This information will be communicated via Iona College email. If the student has an issue with downloading or utilizing Examsoft, it is the responsibility of the student to directly notify and discuss the circumstance with a member of the nursing faculty by the date when ExamSoft is to be downloaded.
  3. Students are required to complete the download of each examination in Examplify as instructed and come to the testing session prepared to begin testing. A due date and instructions for downloading an examination will be provided by the faculty via an email sent to all students in the course.
  4. Students who do not complete the download of an examination during the designated time frame will receive a 5% deduction in the examination grade for any examination not downloaded within the download window provided by the faculty. If a student fails to download an exam within the specified time frame, the student may be provided with an opportunity to download the exam at the testing session at the discretion of the faculty. The 5% deduction will still apply. Make-up examinations will not be administered for failure to download the exam.
  5. Students are expected to have a functioning computer for all examinations. Students are expected to report any problems with examination downloading or technical issues related to personal computers to the course coordinator or Nursing IT Consultant as soon as a problem is identified and no later than 5 p.m. on the last business day PRIOR to the scheduled testing session. (For example, if the exam is at 9 a.m. on Monday, the student needs to notify the faculty by 5 p.m. on Friday of any problems; for an 8 a.m. exam on a Tuesday when Monday is a holiday, the student needs to notify the faculty by 5 p.m. on Friday). If persistent computer issues prevent the student from using their own device beyond one exam 5% may be deducted from the examination score.
  6. Students are expected to follow all pre-testing computer set-up instructions including, but not limited to, closing all applications and de-activating all anti-virus software. These practices will assure optimal performance of Examplify during the testing session.
  7. Students are expected to arrive to the testing session with a fully charged computer device. Each classroom will have differing levels of access to electrical outlets. Electrical outlets can be used as available.
  8. Students are expected to upload their completed examinations immediately upon completion of testing.
  9. Clockwork is an online web portal to be used by students with documented disabilities who are requesting accommodations. Students who register with this portal may also request accommodation letters to be sent directly to their professors, so that they can view and confirm receipt of those letters. Students must provide documentation to the course coordinator as soon as possible and at least 4 working days PRIOR to the first examination.
  10. All students are expected to follow the College’s Academic Integrity policy as stated in the Nursing Handbook.
  11. All students are expected to follow the Testing Session Procedure as stated in the Nursing Handbook.

Examplify: Minimum System Requirements

Testing Session Procedures

  1. Students are expected to arrive on time for testing sessions and are to be seated and ready to test at the designated start time.
  2. All personal belongings should be placed in the front of the room or at a designated area determined by the faculty. This includes all bags, coats, hats, phones, watches, electronic devices and any other items at the discretion of the faculty.
  3. All cell phones or other electronic devices should be turned off. Cell phones may not be visible to the student or the exam proctor.
  4. Students should use the restroom prior to the testing session. Restroom use is restricted during the testing session and will be allowed only in emergency situations.
  5. Students will not be permitted to leave the classroom during testing except in the case of an emergency.
  6. Only a computer and mouse (as needed), Iona College identification, and a pencil will be allowed on the desk during the testing session.
  7. Faculty will provide scratch paper for each student. Students will be required to write their name on the paper and return it to the faculty at the conclusion of the examination.
  8. No food or beverages will be allowed at the desk during testing sessions.
  9. Talking during the exam is not permitted unless an emergency occurs.
  10. No questions will be answered during the examination unless related to an error/typo on the examination or a technical difficulty. Raise your hand for assistance if this occurs.
  11. Do your own work. Any evidence of cheating will be subject to the College’s Academic Integrity Policy.
  12. Students are required to upload the examination as soon as the examination is completed or when testing time has expired. Proctors should confirm the green screen prior to the student leaving the testing room. Students should not leave the testing session without confirming an examination upload with the proctor.
  13. When the student leaves the testing session after the completion of the examination, the student will not be allowed to return to the testing session until all students have completed the examination.

Formal Complaints

Formal complaints and grievances are handled through Student Life. View the Sexual Misconduct Policy here.

Grading and Progression Criteria

The grading criteria for all courses at Iona College are listed here:

A
4.00
93-100

  • Outstanding. Signifies the highest level of achievement in the subject and indicates an exceptional general competence, and exemplary comprehension and interpretation skills. Work is devoid of errors, and reflects a highly nuanced understanding of disciplinary concepts.

A-
3.67
90-92

  • Excellent. Signifies an advanced level of achievement approaching the highest category. Work contains a few minor errors, but reflects a mastery of disciplinary concepts.

B+
3.33
87-89

  • Very Good. Signifies a consistently high level of achievement and indicates that the course requirements have been fulfilled in an intelligent, superior manner. Work contains some minor errors, but reflects a near mastery of disciplinary concepts.

B
3.00
83-86

  • Good. Signifies a complex engagement with disciplinary content, and well-developed critical skills. Work contains several minor, but no significant errors.

B-
2.67
80-82

  • Above Average. Signifies a more than acceptable degree of disciplinary knowledge and skills. Work contains some significant and some minor errors.

C+
2.33
77-79

  • Satisfactory. Signifies consistent achievement of a quality that satisfies, and sometimes exceeds stated, basic requirements. Work contains significant errors and patterns of error, but reflects an acceptable degree of disciplinary knowledge and skills.

C
2.00
73-76

  • Fair. Signifies achievement of a quality that satisfies the stated, basic requirements of coursework, and a functional, though incomplete understanding of disciplinary concepts.

C-
1.67
70-72

  • Poor. Signifies a level of understanding below the basic level expected of students. Work contains many errors, including patterns of error, and reflects only partial understanding of disciplinary concepts.

D
1.00
60-69

  • Minimal Passing. Signifies a level of understanding well below the basic level expected of students. Work is consistently riddled with errors and patterns of error, and reflects only a minimal understanding of disciplinary concepts.

P

  • Passing. Signifies satisfactory completion of course requirements and the earning of credit without quality points.

U

  • Unsatisfactory. No quality points assigned.

F
0.00
0-59

  • Failure. Signifies failure to meet basic course requirements.

FA*

  • Failure - Excessive Absence. Signifies dismissal from a course for unacceptable academic performance and absence from 20 percent or more of the scheduled class sessions. Requests for this grade are filed by the faculty member with the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled. This grade is computed as an “F” in the cumulative index.

I

  • Incomplete. If for serious reasons, students are unable to complete one or more requirements of a course, including the final examination, students may wish to apply for an “Incomplete.” Students must submit a written request for review and approval to the course instructor by the last day of classes. If the request is granted, the time for submitting outstanding work is extended until the date indicated in the academic calendar. The faculty member will notify the student of the missing assignment(s) and examinations with the option to give a due date before the one posted on the academic calendar. A faculty member also has the option to give an Incomplete to a student that has missed the final examination. Instructors are responsible to notify their academic dean of the granting of an Incomplete grade. In all cases of “Incomplete” grades, if the course requirements are not met within the extended period of time, the final grade will be recorded at the discretion of the instructor. The deadline for submitting materials to the instructor is 6 weeks from the semester’s posted due date for grades.

W

  • Withdrawal. Signifies withdrawal from a course with permission of the Academic Advising Office or appropriate academic dean.

H

  • Audit. Signifies that a course was not taken for credit.

SP

  • Satisfactory Progress. Signifies that a course is not complete as of the end of the present semester, but is continuing.
*Failure - Excessive Absences Policy (FA Grade)

Attendance in class and laboratory sessions is recorded from the first day of the semester. Students are expected to accept personal responsibility for absences, and are responsible for fulfilling all requirements and completing all assignments in each course. Instructors are not required to provide a substitute test or quiz if students are absent from the class session during which the test or quiz is given. If students are absent from laboratory periods, field trips and similar class sessions, they cannot expect that any special arrangements (e.g., setting up laboratory apparatus) will be made for them to complete work that was missed. Any absence from class as a matter of principle is undesirable and may preclude the meeting of requirements as delineated in individual course syllabi. A student who is absent from 20% or more of scheduled class sessions (including examinations) may be dismissed from the class and assigned the failing grade of FA, at the discretion of the instructor of the course.

INCOMPLETE GRADE POLICY

If for serious reasons, students are unable to complete one or more requirements of a course, including the final examination, students may wish to apply for an “Incomplete.” Students must submit a written request for review and approval to the course instructor by the last day of classes. If the request is granted, the time for submitting outstanding work is extended until the date indicated in the academic calendar. The faculty member will notify the student of the missing assignment(s) and examinations with the option to give a due date before the one posted on the academic calendar. A faculty member also has the option to give an Incomplete to a student that has missed the final examination. Instructors are responsible to notify their academic dean of the granting of an Incomplete grade. In all cases of “Incomplete” grades, if the course requirements are not met within the extended period of time, the final grade will be recorded at the discretion of the instructor. The deadline for submitting materials to the instructor is 6 weeks from the semester’s posted due date for grades

APPEAL OF ASSIGNED GRADE

Students who believe that an error has been made in the assignment of a grade should discuss with the instructor the basis upon which the grade was determined. If, after this review of the grading criteria for the course and the student’s performance in it, the student is not satisfied with the assigned grade, an appeal may be made to the department chair. Such appeal must be made in writing, stating the basis upon which the grade is questioned and requesting a departmental review. If, following the review, the student is not satisfied with the departmental decision a final appeal may be made to the academic dean of the department involved.

FA excessive absence grades are awarded as a matter of policy and may not be appealed. A student has until the tenth day of the new semester to have a grade other than “I” changed. If a formal appeal is in progress, the date will be extended until the appeal is duly processed.

Iona College’s comprehensive academic policy can be found in the course catalog.

THE GRADING CRITERIA FOR ALL COURSES IN THE IONA COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY ARE DETAILED HERE:

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ (77) in all CLINICAL NURSING courses. Students who do not achieve a grade of C+ (77) in a course must repeat that course the next time it is offered. (Clinical courses are not offered every semester, therefore an unsuccessful grade may result in a change in the expected graduation date.) A student may only repeat ONE clinical course ONE time. Should a student fail the repeated clinical course OR two clinical courses in the same semester, the student will be dismissed from the Nursing Program.

Concordia College
Students who are unsuccessful in a nursing course at Concordia College New York may retake the Iona College course equivalent one time at Iona College. Should the student be unsuccessful in that second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the Nursing Program.

Licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse

The New York State Education Department requires that in order to be licensed as a registered professional nurse, candidates must be of good moral characters as outlined in Article 139 of New York States Education Law and Part 64 of the Commissioners Regulations. Successful graduation from Iona College with a major in Nursing does not insure that candidates will be approved by the State Education Department to take the licensing exam. “In Accordance with federal, state and local law, Iona College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in admission or access to the College’s educational programs and services on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, lineage, citizenship, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or marital status.

IONA Nursing Clinical Arts Center (NCAC) Policies and Procedures

Lateness/Absence

All NCAC sessions carry the expectation of attendance.

Students must attend assigned skills and simulation sessions and complete all assignments in order to pass the Clinical component of a course.

If a student is less than 10 minutes late, it is at the discretion of the individual instructor whether the student will be permitted to join the session in progress.

Two late attendances may incur a monetary fee of $50 to be applied to a student’s account and/or a point deduction (max 5 % of the course grade) to be applied to the course in progress.

If a student is more than 15 minutes late, they will only be permitted to join the session in progress at the discretion of the Instructor running the session. If refused entry, the instructor is not obliged to provide a make-up session.

In any course with a NCAC component, only one missed session will be permitted. A second missed NCAC session will trigger an automatic fail of the clinical component of the course. Failure in the clinical component translates to a failure in the course.

Incivility

Incivility will not be tolerated in the NCAC and students are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times.

Students will be asked to leave the NCAC if they demonstrate uncivil behavior and this will be considered the equivalent of an absence with the accompanying penalties.

Lab Uniform & Equipment Policy

Students are expected to attend skills and simulation sessions in full nursing uniform with name badge displayed and be in possession of, or have ready access to their equipment: lap-top, note-taking materials, text / skills book, watch with second hand, stethoscope & BP Cuff.

Food & Drink Consumption

The consumption of food and drink and the chewing of gum is prohibited in all areas of the NCAC except the student lounge & dining area. Student may bring in outside food for consumption in the NCAC Student lounge. No student is permitted to drink alcohol on NCAC property. College sanctions will be applied to a student found in violation of this policy.

Smoking & Vaping

The use of tobacco and vaping products is strictly prohibited on the Iona campus, except where designated and is strictly prohibiting in the NCAC, and the parking area. College sanctions will be applied to a student found in violation of this policy.

Marijuana Use

The use of marijuana products in any form is strictly prohibited on the Iona campus. College sanctions will be applied to a student found in violation of this policy.

Cellphone Use

Cell phones are prohibited in the classrooms and skills areas of the NCAC and must be powered off and stowed during skills and simulation sessions. Students identified with a cell phone on their person will be asked to leave the session and stow said phone in their bag or a locker. Any student who needs to be contacted by an outside party should notify the instructor or NCAC before the start of any sessions.

Repeated cellphone use/texting may at the discretion of the NCAC Director, result in a student being removed from the skills and simulation sessions and refused re-entry. If a student is denied entry to a session, this will be considered the equivalent of an absence and incur the associated penalties.

Confidentiality & Consent to Record

All students with be given a confidentiality / audio-visual recording consent form when joining the NCAC. A signed consent is required in order to participate in NCAC activities and will be held in your NCAC file until such time as a student graduates. Any student who refuses to sign the confidentiality agreement will be unable to participate in NCAC simulation sessions, which will result in a failing course grade.

Iona College Skills Competencies Guide

All students are required to take part in skills competency demonstrations. Guidelines will vary according to the course (Accelerated BSN vs. Traditional).

When preparing for skills demonstrations students are encouraged to participate fully in formal sessions, and practice sessions where available. Students should review the skills in the Taylor’s Coursepoint, and view the relevant ATI skills modules.

The initial skills demonstrations will take place at the beginning of each semester during clinical hours as arranged by each faculty member. Successful skills demonstration must be completed by the end of each semester.

The skills demonstrations will take place in the NCAC simulation suites and skills rooms. Arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time wearing clinical attire. Each student will be required to demonstrate 1-2 skills dependent upon their academic level and course placement. The skills are randomly assigned by the faculty. It takes approximately 12 minutes to perform each skill.

END OF PROGRAM SKILLS COMPETENCY

Students may be asked to successfully demonstrate any of the taught skills prior to graduation.

Patient-centered Care

  1. Sterile Gloving
  2. Straight Cath or Foley Insertion
  3. IM or SC Injection
  4. IV Push Med Admin with Reconstitution
  5. PPD Admin

Care of Adult/Older Adult

  1. Sterile Gloving
  2. Suctioning and Airway Management
  3. Straight Cath or Foley Insertion
  4. IM or SC Injection
  5. IV Push Med Admin with Reconstitution
  6. NG-Tube Insertion or Med Administration
  7. IVPB Set-up

Community

  1. Sterile Gloving
  2. Straight Cath or Foley Insertion
  3. IM or SC Injection
  4. IVPB Set-up

Mental Health

  1. Sterile Gloving
  2. Suctioning and Airway Management
  3. IVPB Set-up

Maternity

  1. Sterile Gloving
  2. Straight Cath or Foley Insertion
  3. IV Push Med Admin with Reconstitution
  4. IVPB Set-up

Pediatrics

  1. Sterile Gloving
  2. Suctioning and Airway Management
  3. IM or SC Injection
  4. NG-Tube Insertion or Med Administration
  5. PPD Admin

Prior to Graduation

  1. Sterile Gloving
  2. Suctioning and Airway Management
  3. Straight Cath or Foley Insertion
  4. IM or SC Injection
  5. IV Push Med Admin with Reconstitution
  6. NG-Tube Insertion or Med Administration
  7. PPD Admin
  8. IVPB Set-up

NCAC Practicums

During the course of the nursing program, students will be required to validate a variety of clinical skills. Validation is a formal evaluation measure, e.g. a test or examination. All validations will take place in the NCAC. The validation space is a testing space. Students may not speak to faculty observers or one another at any time during the validation. Students may not ask questions about the content that they are demonstrating; if validation is conducted in pairs, students may not coach or otherwise provide information to one another during the validation. Violation of this policy will result in a failing grade for that validation. A failing grade for a validation will impact the overall course grade. For testing, faculty may either remain in the room or outside of the simulation rooms and document their observations through the one-way window or via camera observation. The demonstrations may be video and audio recorded. Once all students have completed the skills demonstrations, or have graduated the program, the video and audio recordings will be erased.

When demonstrating the skills, keep the following in mind:

  1. Always maintain patient safety.
  2. Include all critical steps. (Critical steps are those steps that may jeopardize patient safety).
  3. If something is forgotten or the student feels that they have done something incorrectly, it is important for the student to loudly identify what was done incorrectly and how it may more safely be done in actual clinical practice (self-remediate)
  4. A repeat session will be provided for students who are not successful the first time.

MATH PROFICIENCY POLICY

Concurrent with enrollment in the first clinical nursing course, when medication administration is introduced, students will be provided instruction and learning materials on the math competencies needed for safe medication administration and the use of common abbreviations. Students are expected to utilize these materials to understand, practice and master drug dosage calculations that are needed to safely administer medications. Competency in safe drug administration will be assessed throughout the curriculum with math questions on all examinations in addition to the mandatory testing.

Modular Math Course – Safe Medicate

All students will complete a Modular Math curriculum concurrently with the nursing curriculum. An online Foundation Numeracy examination will be conducted at the beginning of the Foundations Nursing Course. Progression through the modules is contingent on gaining a passing grade as set by the on-line course administrator. Modules will continue throughout the nursing curriculum and students must successful completed all materials in sequence prior to being considered for graduation from the Nursing Program.

Safe Medicate Medication Math Policy

Safe Medicate is a requirement of all clinical courses and is to be completed by the specified due date. Each student will independently complete the required self-study/practice modules as assigned per semester prior to the summative assessment (examination). Before the student may take any examination, the student may be asked to submit written proof of completion of the required modules in the form of the student record. (To print your Safe Medicate record, go to: Modules >> User Record >> Print Record)

Prior to beginning the Safe Medicate modules each student is required to take a foundation numeracy examination. A grade of 85% or higher is needed for a student to move into the Safe Medicate modules. A grade of less than 85% indicates a fundamental arithmetic problem. There is no remediation for this.

The student will be responsible for finding a tutor in fundamental math before continuing with Safe Medicate.

After Semester One, each student will need to achieve 90% on the specific summative Safe Medicate assessment prior to advancing into the next clinical course and/or administering medications in the clinical setting. If the student does not achieve 90% by the second attempt, the student is to meet with their academic advisor and a remediation plan will be initiated. The student is expected to complete this remediation prior to the next scheduled examination date. Proof of completion of modules and a 100% on a practice assessment is required prior to sitting that assessment.

If the student is unsuccessful in attaining a score of 90% on the specific Safe Medicate exam after the third attempt, the student will not be able to progress to the next clinical course until this criterion is met.


PROCEDURE:

Semester 1

Self-study modules to be completed at home

FNS Essential Skills Modules (4 hours)
  • Introduction
  • Prescriptions & S. I. Units
  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Liquid Medications
  • Injections
  • Practice Your Skills: Choose: Authentic Diagnostic Assessment – Adult – Tablets – Capsules, Liquid Medications - Injections

Required Assessment (must achieve 90%)
Proof of completion required

FNS Essential Skills Assessment (AA) to be completed before semester 2
  • Introduction
  • Prescriptions & S. I. Units
  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Liquid Medications
  • Injections

Semester 2

Self-study modules to be completed at home

Review/remediate all FNS Essential Skills Modules (4 hours) as needed
  • Introduction
  • Prescriptions & S. I. Units
  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Liquid Medications
  • Injections
  • IV infusions

Practice Your Skills—Choose: Authentic Diagnostic Assessment – Adult – Tablets – Capsules - Liquid Medications – Injections - IV Infusions

Required Assessment (must achieve 90%) 1.5 hours
Proof of completion required

FNS Essential Skills Assessment (AA) to be completed prior to semester 3
  • Introduction
  • Prescriptions & S. I. Units
  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Liquid Medications
  • Injections
  • IV infusions

Self-Study Modules to be completed at home

FNS Body Weight & Body Surface Area Calculations (1.5 hours)
  • Introduction
  • Single Dose
  • Daily Divided Dose
  • Body Surface Area
  • IV Infusions

Practice Your Skills—Choose: Authentic Diagnostic Assessment – Child – Liquid medications – Injections – IV infusions

Semester 3

Self-Study Modules to be completed at home

Review/remediate all FNS Essential Skills Modules as needed
  • Practice Your Skills (as needed)—Located under FNS Essential Skills Modules. Choose: Authentic Diagnostic Assessment >> after every question >> Adult >> Tablets, Capsules, Liquid Medications, Injections, IV Infusions
FNS Body Weight & Body Surface Area (1.5 hours). Include all modules:
  • Introduction
  • Single Dose
  • Daily Divided Dose
  • Body Surface Area
  • IV Infusions

Practice Your Skills—Choose: Authentic Diagnostic Assessment – Child – Liquid medications – Injections – IV infusions

Required Assessment (must achieve 90%)
Proof of completion required

FNS Advanced Skills-BWC-AA to be completed prior to semester 4

Semester 4

Self-Study Modules to be completed at home

Injectable Medicines Therapy (1.5 hours):
  • Introduction
  • Slow IV Injections
  • Intermittent Infusions
  • Continuous Infusions

Practice Your Skills—Choose: Authentic Diagnostic Assessment – Adult/Mental Health – Slow IV injections – Intermittent infusions – Continuous infusions

Required Assessment (must achieve 90%)
Proof of completion required

Adult Mental Health/Adult High Acuity AA

Initial Math Competency Assessment:

  1. Initial math competency assessment will be assessed before week 7 of the Patient Centered Care Nursing Course, NUR 320 and will take the form of the Safe Medicate Foundations Numeracy Assessment. This assessment is not part of the course grade and carries no punitive actions.
  2. A summative assessment will take place between weeks 11 & 12 of the first semester and will take the form of Safe Medicate FNS Essential skills, Type B test.
    1. Passing is defined as 85% and above; failure is defined as less than 85%.
    2. The student will have a maximum of three attempts to pass the examination with a grade of 85%.
    3. A first examination failure (less than 85%) requires mandatory online remediation before a subsequent examination is scheduled and will result in an academic demerit of 1% being applied to the overall Patient Centered grade.
    4. A second examination will take place within 10 days of the first examination. A second examination failure also requires mandatory completion of all recommended online remediation, in addition to seeking direction from the instructor, course coordinator, and/or adviser on areas of difficulty prior to scheduling a third & final examination.
    5. Scheduling of the third examination will be during weeks thirteen or fourteen of the semester.
    6. A third examination failure (less than 85%) will result in an additional academic demerit of 1.5% being applied to the overall Patient Centered Care Course grade.

Subsequent Math Competency Assessments:

  1. Subsequent math competency exams may be administered every semester following successful progression from semester one.
  2. Examination is to be a minimum of 15 questions on examinations not conducted within Safe Medicate. Test questions can be any combination of formats (e.g. multiple choice, show work with fill in the blank).
    1. Passing is defined as 90% and above; failure is defined as less than 90%.
    2. The student will have a maximum of three attempts to pass the examination with a grade of 90%.
    3. A first examination failure (less than 90%) requires mandatory remediation before subsequent examination scheduling, which will be determined by the faculty and outline in the applicable course syllabus.
    4. A second examination failure (less than 90%) will result in an academic demerit of 2.5% being applied to the overall course grade during which the examination is administered.
    5. The second examination failure also requires mandatory completion of all recommended remediation, in addition to seeking direction from the instructor, course coordinator, and/or adviser on any particular problem areas prior to scheduling a third & final examination.
    6. Scheduling of the third examination will be determined by the faculty, but no sooner than two weeks after the second examination.
    7. A third examination failure (less than 90%) constitutes a course clinical failure. The student would receive an F (P/F - rating) on the clinical evaluation tool for the drug calculation clinical objective and thus fail the course with an “F” based on not meeting all clinical objectives.

Practical Applications of Math/Drug Proficiency Examinations

  1. Any course that has an accompanying clinical component may have an attached practical math / drug proficiency test in addition to, or in place of a math examination, that the student must validate on during the Clinical Arts Center (NCAC) skills session at a date and time to be determined by the NCAC Director. Courses with such a requirement will have a notation of same in the course syllabus.
    1. Students will have three attempts to validate a skill and demonstrate proficiency with time allowed for remediation between attempts.
    2. Failure to demonstrate proficiency constitutes a course clinical failure. The student would receive an F (P/F - rating) on the clinical evaluation tool for the drug calculation /proficiency clinical objective and thus fail the course with an “F” based on not meeting all clinical objectives.

Preceptorship Math Proficiency

  1. Prior to starting the final clinical placement (preceptorship) of the nursing program, students must sit a pre-placement math examination. Students must achieve a pass (95%) at least two weeks prior to placement and will have two attempts.

Failure to achieve a pass after two attempts may preclude a student from the clinical preceptorship placement and the student will be subject to an academic review at the discretion of either the Director of Nursing or the Director of the NCAC.