Health & Professional Requirements

Health and Professional Requirements

The clinical agencies with which the School of Nursing affiliates require documentation of various professional and health information for all students who have clinical experiences in the agency. Because of the nature of the nursing practice role, these requirements serve to protect students, faculty, and clients. Therefore, all documentation must be submitted to CertifiedBackground.com in order for students to register for classes and attend clinical. Students are responsible for the cost of using the package.

  1. Instructions for creating your Record on the Fairfield University Tracking System

    • Login to www.certifiedbackground.com and create your account by clicking "Students" entering package code:
      FB 62 (Traditional Full-time Students), FB 63 (Second Degree Students), FB 64 (RB-BSN Sudents) and FB65 (DNP and MSN Students). You will then be directed to set up your Certified Profile account.
    • Process your payment by submitting Credit Card information.
    • Upon completion, please complete your immunization requirements and send necessary forms and documents to CertifiedBackground.com by downloading their fax form or uploading them from your computer. Instructions are posted on your Certified Profile account.

2. All students are responsible for knowing when their own documentation expires, especially if it expires during the academic year. Every student should verify documentation each semester.

Physical Examination

All nursing students are required to have a complete physical examination. Annual physical forms should be submitted each academic year. Failure to comply will result in debarment from the clinical area.

The following immunizations/titres are required from all nursing students to remain in compliance with Federal OSHA regulations, Connecticut state law, and local clinical agency requirements. Evidence of disease is not acceptable, regardless of student age. Date of immunization or titre must be provided.

  • Rubeola (measles): You must have the most recent booster of Rubeola Vaccination or "Immune" Titer for Rubeola. If your Rubeola Titer is not immune, then you will need to provide the plan of how non-immunity will be addressed.
  • Rubella: You must have the most recent booster of Rubella Vaccination or "Immune" Titer for Rubella. If your Rubella Titer is not immune, then you will need to provide the plan of how non-immunity will be addressed.
  • Mumps: You must have the most recent booster of Mumps Vaccination or "Immune" Titer for Mumps. If your Mumps Titer is not immune, then you will need to provide the plan of how non-immunity will be addressed.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): You must have 2 doses of Varicella Vaccination or "Immune" Titer for Varicella. If your Varicella Titer is not immune, then you will need to provide the plan of how non-immunity will be addressed. ***Date of Disease is NOT Acceptable***
  • Hepatitis B: You must have all three shots of the Hepatitis B Vaccinations or "Immune" Titer for Hepatitis B or Signed Hepatitis B Refusal Form. Please enter Date of Three Shots, or Date of Titer with the result, or Signed Refusal on the form and in the system.
  • PPD: Yearly. You must have a PPD. If PPD is Negative, please enter the PPD Given Date, Read Date, and Negative result on the form and in the system. If a PPD is Positive, you will need a Chest X-Ray with a Negative result to be compliant. After that, you will need an annual letter from your doctor stating you are symptom free.
  • Tetanus/Td Booster: Every 10 years. You must have a Tetanus or TD vaccine within the past 10 years.
  • Flu Vaccination: As Mandated by Hospital/Agencies. This is an optional vaccination.
  • Physical: Yearly. You must obtain a yearly physical.
  • CPR by American Heart Association, American Red Cross or American Red Cross CPR/AED for Lifeguard Certification:Please fax or upload a copy of the front and back of your card. CPR must be current throughout the program.

Students who are hospitalized or students who have had a contagious disease, must submit a written statement from their physician before returning to the nursing program. This statement should include fitness for return and/or specific limitations regarding both class and clinical participation.

CPR

Evidence of current certification in CPR for Health Professionals which includes 2-man CPR for adult and child with special techniques. Acceptable CPR courses are BCLS for Health Care Providers from the American Heart Association or BCLS for Professional Rescuers from the American Red Cross. Community CPR is not acceptable.

Background Check:

Because of new requirements in hospital and agency clinical contracts, Fairfield University School of Nursing has chosen CertifiedBackground.com as a source for background checks for our students. This is a service that allows students to purchase their own background checks and view the results on their website in a secure setting.

All students will be expected to obtain a background check prior to their clinical experience.

Malpractice Insurance

All Undergraduate and Graduate nursing students are covered by the Fairfield University general liability policy for activities performed in their role as student nurses. This requirement serves to protect the University, the School of Nursing, the clinical faculty member, and the individual student.

All Sophomore, Junior and Senior nursing students are charged a small fee to cover the cost of this policy. The fee will be included with their tuition bill.

All RN-BSN and Master's students in the Nursing Leadership program are required to carry their own professional liability insurance in addition to the University policy. This requirement is due to the mandate from the clinical agencies with which we have contracts. RN/BSN and MSN-Leadership students are covered by the University policy only for their work as a student in relation to course objectives.

Master's and DNP students in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner tracks must carry insurance as both an RN and a nurse practitioner student. Postmaster's DNP students with an APRN license must carry insurance as an RN and an advanced practice nurse.

Licensure

All registered nurse and graduate students are required to provide a current Connecticut RN license. For all MSN-DNP students, a copy of your current APRN license in addition to the Connecticut RN license must be provided.

Clinical Practica for Graduate Students

Practicum Application
All students who plan to enroll in practica courses must complete the application form one semester prior to the semester in which they wish to enroll. Application packets are available in the School of Nursing office. Deadlines are Oct. 1 for a following spring enrollment, March 15 for a summer enrollment, and May 15 for a fall enrollment. No contracts will be initiated with affiliating agencies until a complete practicum assured placement; thus, progression in the program may be hindered. Due to contractual and insurance limitations, (1) all clinical hours must be completed within the official course timeframe, and (2) an Incomplete will not be granted for practicum courses.

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum
All clinical experiences will be at Bridgeport Hospital and arranged through the Bridgeport Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program. Students gain hands on experience with a variety of regional (neuraxial and peripheral blocks) and general anesthesia techniques under the close supervision of a supportive CRNA and MD faculty. In addition to the routine surgical cases, our nurse anesthesia students gain experience in trauma, major burn and high-risk obstetrical cases. High-risk pediatric procedures and organ transplants are not performed at Bridgeport Hospital.

The anesthesia services offered are progressive and dynamic. Much effort has been made to provide our patient community with the most current anesthesia practices and services. This department ideal is accomplished by utilizing our ongoing Quality Management System (QMS).

Our QMS identifies patient care and practice issues requiring future education and/or skill development and generates staff, faculty and student participation. This promotes continuous improvement in patient care and a stimulating educational environment.

Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA)

Students:
All undergraduate, second degree, RN, and graduate nursing students are required to successfully complete the School of Nursing's "OSHA Requirements" (in accordance with OSHA mandate 29CFR 1910.1030), prior to participation in clinical experiences. Completion of the following requirements will deem the student to be "OSHA certified" for one year:

  • Read and study an OSHA self-study guide created by the Connecticut Hospital Association, which is available in the Fairfield University Website
  • Attend a review session and take the Connecticut Hospital Association OSHA examination on campus
  • Obtain a score of 85% or greater on the OSHA examination

Upon completion of the review and examination session, students will be given a copy of the "Fairfield University School of Nursing Policy on Accidental Exposure to Blood or Body Fluids." The student will then be asked to sign a form called the "Personal Responsibility Form for Accidental Exposure to Blood and Body Fluids." This form indicates that they have read and understood the policy and recommendations regarding accidental exposure to blood and body fluids. Their signature also reflects their understanding that they are responsible for medical follow up and psychological counseling following accidental exposure.

OSHA review and examination sessions will be provided by the School of Nursing according to the following schedule:

  • Sophomore, Junior and Senior Students: December
  • Second Degree Students (First and Second Year): June
  • RN/BSN and MSN Students: Based on clinical courses

Policy on Accidental Exposure to Blood or Body Fluids

In case of accidental exposure to blood or body fluids, students and faculty members are expected to follow the procedure outlined below. The Fairfield University School of Nursing Incident Report form will be completed.

Accidental Exposure to Blood or Body Fluids

  • Immediately wash exposed area with soap and water, then Betadine Scrub for three minutes. If exposure to mouth or eye, flush the contaminated area with at least one liter of water.
  • After washing, immediately report exposure to Clinical Instructor, who will then report the exposure to the Nurse Manager of the Unit that you were working on when the incident occurred.
  • Follow Clinical Institution protocol for accidental exposure (protocols may vary among Clinical Institutions).
  • Depending on the Clinical Institution: Baseline bloodwork will be drawn on patient and student immediately following the exposure. (Permission must be obtained from both the patient and the student in order for blood to be drawn. The student may have the bloodwork drawn at the Institution where the exposure occurred, or a Physician's Office of his/her choice, but it must be drawn within 24 hours of the exposure).
  • Fill out Clinical Institution's Incident Report. Fill out Fairfield University School of Nursing Incident Report within 24 hours, and report incident to course coordinator as well as to the Office of the Dean.
  • Immediate follow up with a physician is recommended.

Faculty Responsibilities

Verify that the student follows the above steps. Immediately report the incident and the procedure followed to the course coordinator and to the Office of the Dean.