Student Handbook

Introduction

The Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies offers an excellent blend of both theoretical knowledge and clinical experience. Throughout the nursing program, students gain clinical experiences at area hospitals, Community Health and Homecare Agencies, schools, and the University's nationally recognized Health Promotion Center.

Students are admitted directly to the baccalaureate nursing program and begin with a strong foundation in the natural and behavioral sciences in the freshman year. Strong grades in the pre-requisite courses including psychology, chemistry, microbiology and anatomy & physiology are critical to success in the nursing program. Nursing courses begin in the fall of the sophomore year and progress to include an increasing number of hours providing patient care throughout the curriculum. Undergraduate students start caring for patients during the second semester of the sophomore year.

The course of study for B.S. in Nursing students reflects the school's philosophy, is organized according to a clearly articulated framework, and is designed to help students achieve the terminal objectives.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies flows from the mission statement of Fairfield University, and gives definition to the Jesuit ideals of social responsibility, truth, and justice. The faculty views nursing as the art and science of reflective practice in caring for vulnerable populations. Individuals are biological, psychological, social, and spiritual beings who are unique members of families and of larger social systems. Interaction and communication within these systems influence health and well-being. Health is a dynamic process of physical, mental, spiritual, and environmental harmony that enables people to affirm and pursue their own life goals. Optimum health begins with nurturing and promoting one's own emotional and spiritual growth, which then extends to respect and caring for others. Health and well-being are influenced by many variables including quality of life. When recovery from illness is not possible, death itself is viewed as the final opportunity for growth.

Students are viewed as holistic individuals who are seeking to develop in multifaceted roles and who are accountable for their learning. Each student brings unique qualities that contribute to the strength and diversity of the program. Along with planned educational experiences, faculty offer support, guidance, and mentoring throughout the learning process. Students are encouraged to develop their individual strengths and identify areas of interest as they progress throughout the curriculum. Students emerge as qualified baccalaureate-prepared entry-level practitioners who integrate theory and research into their practices and use a critical approach to problem solving. Because society is rich with diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural groups, nurses are professionals who must be prepared to work with those whose beliefs and values may be different from their own. In order to be sensitive to others, it is first necessary to know and accept one's own values and beliefs. Students and faculty demonstrate mutual respect for the rights of others and appreciation of these differences.

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

Consistent with the mission of Fairfield University to develop men and women for others, the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies inspires students to become leaders in healthcare. These students are actively engaged with faculty in practice, research, scholarship and service. As a Jesuit institution, a central focus of our care is to improve health outcomes with particular attention given to the needs of underserved or vulnerable populations.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to create providers who demonstrate clinical excellence. Building on a tradition of caring, our commitment is to provide evidence-based, culturally sensitive interprofessional healthcare education.

Organizing Framework

Guiding Principles for the Undergraduate Program

Ethics and Social Responsibility

Commitment to social responsibility, truth, and justice is inherent in the Jesuit ideal and underscores the need to provide care to vulnerable populations; that is, those populations that experience actual or potential threats to health or well-being. Provision of care to vulnerable populations is a particular concern to nursing. Nurses have a moral and ethical obligation to provide and advocate for optimal health care for all members of society regardless of differences in culture, race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, and age. Nurses consider the interplay of health and social issues as they care for clients in various stages of health and illness. Students confront the range of ethical dilemmas and value conflicts inherent in care delivery, and develop an understanding and acceptance of self and others.

Holism

Human beings are unique individuals who grow in complexity throughout life. Holism is an approach to assessment and management of patient-centered care that considers the biological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual needs of patients, and searches for the deeper and more complex roots of ill health beyond the individual. Interactions among people and between people and the environments in which they live are considered in planning and providing quality nursing care. The holistic approach supports and relies upon the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship and a focus on wholeness, harmony and healing.

Reflective Practice

Nurses diagnose human responses to actual and potential health problems, identify individual strengths and nursing care needs, and plan and deliver culturally sensitive care that promotes, maintains or restores health. Nursing practice integrates scientific problem solving with holistic caring. Reflective practice emphasizes a combination of rational and intuitive processes that allow students to discover the links between theory and practice, help them to develop their skills in creating holistic, individualized, and flexible plans of care, and enhance their acceptance of professional responsibility. It incorporates approaches such as reflection-on-action, reflection-in-action, and reflection-before-action. Reflective practice leads to greater awareness of individual beliefs, biases, and existing knowledge base, development of creative and critical thinking processes, changes in perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors, and enhanced personal and professional identity development. The establishment of a pattern of reflective practice encourages lifelong learning and ultimately advances the discipline of nursing through greater knowledge production and opportunities for leadership.

Professionalism

Characteristics of professional nursing practice include critical thinking, clinical reasoning, decision-making, and accountability. Behaviors integral to professional nursing’s role are advo­cacy, politica activism, effective communication, collegiality, commitment to life-long learning, scholarship, and the upholding of standards as defined by the profession. Nurses are integral members of interprofessional teams and collaborate with other health care providers, patients, family and community members; their role involves responsibilities for teaching, making referrals, and strategizing to shape health policy at local, state, national, and international levels. The purpose of this collaborative, interprofessional activity is to improve care and address quality and safety issues through education, consultation, and management. Professional nursing practice combines holistic care with evidence-based practice. Nursing research is viewed as the investigation of issues of concern in nursing practice with the aim of answering complex questions and developing knowledge to improve care and potentiate health. Leadership and management skills are essential to shape the future of health care, and help others attain goals and facilitate change. Participation in professional organizations and groups, role modeling, patient advocacy, political activism, and fostering a learning environment by mentoring others is expected.

Undergraduate Program Outcomes

Undergraduate Programs - Baccalaureate Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate effectiveness in planning and providing holistic evidence-based nursing care for diverse individuals and populations.
  2. Create an environment for the provision of care within clinical microsystems with attention to quality, safety, information systems and health care ethics.
  3. Use clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making based on nursing science, related theory, and current evidence, to inform the delivery of care across the lifespan.
  4. Participate in inter- and intra-professional communication and collaboration in partnership with individuals and populations to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care.
  5. Translate knowledge from research, benchmarking, quality improvement and other relevant sources into practice to address health related problems.
  6. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities and sciences in developing and providing care that is guided by the values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, global citizenship, and social justice.
  7. Demonstrate professional growth, through the cultivation of self-awareness, responsibility, accountablity, creativity, leadership and commitment to lifelong learning.
  8. Advocate for patients, consumers and the nursing profession through involvement in the political process, and health/patient care policies and practices.

Curriculum Plan BSN Programs

Matriculation Policies

Undergraduate Students

Second Degree and RN/BSN Students

Matriculation
Upon satisfactory completion of 6 credits at Fairfield University, RN-BSN students are required to matriculate in order to continue in the nursing curriculum. Second Degree students matriculate after completion of 15 credits.   Students are expected to complete the application process online through the Part-time and Continuing Studies Admission Office.

Core Requirements
Adult learners must meet the University's core course requirement. Course requirements in the liberal arts and required supportive courses can be met by challenge examinations, transfer credits from other academic institutions, or enrollment in specific courses. Courses are accepted in transfer from other accredited colleges and universities on the basis of a satisfactory academic record and course equivalency.

Residency Requirement
A minimum of 60 credits must be completed at Fairfield University. In addition, the last 30 credits for the degree must be taken at Fairfield University.

Credit from International Programs
Students completing coursework outside the United States must submit certified English transcripts and course-by-course evaluation of all academic records. Information may be obtained from World Education Services (800-937-3895)

Policy Regarding Transfer Credits
In accordance with Fairfield University policy regarding transfer credits, students in the Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies may transfer credits from another University under the following conditions:

  • No courses with grades less than "C" will qualify for transfer.
  • Credit will be granted only for specific work completed at institutions whose quality has been approved by the University
  • Only credit hours, not grades, will transfer.
  • Any course taken at another institution must be pre-approved by the student advisor, and then submitted to the Assistant Dean.
  • Official transcripts must be forwarded to the Dean upon completion of pre-approved coursework in order for transfer credits to be processed.
  • Once a student is matriculated, permission to take courses elsewhere will be granted only when the student demonstrates compelling reasons to do so.
  • Of the 130 or more credits required for the bachelor's degree, a minimum of 60 of those credits must be earned at Fairfield University.
  • Students are permitted to take no more than two courses at another regionally accredited US institution during a summer or winter vacation period.
  • The last 30 credits earned toward a student's degree must be completed at Fairfield University or through a program that issues Fairfield University course credit (e.g., Fairfield's International Education program in Florence, Italy).
  • The "Request Regarding Transfer Courses" form must be completed and approved, prior to the student enrolling in a course at another institution

 

Standards for Admission & Progression

At Fairfield University Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, students are required to successfully complete clinical practica involving direct patient care. By accepting admission in the Egan School, the student understands the program eligibility and progression requirements.

I. Disability Statement

Consistent with its mission and philosophy, Fairfield University Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies does not discriminate on the basis of disability. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the University will assist students in making reasonable accommodations that allow an otherwise qualified student with a disability to meet essential eligibility requirements in order to participate in its programs. Candidates for the nursing program must be able to meet minimum standards for clinical practice, with or without reasonable accommodations. To receive accommodations on the basis of disability, the student must self-identify, provide documentation of the disability, and request accommodation from Disability Support Services. The decision regarding appropriate accommodations will be based on the specifics of each case. Accommodations must specifically address the functional limitations of the disability. An accommodation will not be made in those situations where the accommodation itself would fundamentally alter the nature of the program, cause undue hardship on the school, or jeopardize the health or safety of others. For further information, refer to the Fairfield University .

 

II. Eligibility Requirements

The curricula leading to degrees in nursing from Fairfield University requires students to possess essential non-academic skills and functions required to engage in clinical practice. It is within the sole determination of Fairfield University and the Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies to assess and determine whether a student meets these skills and functions. Eligibility Requirements for participation and completion in the nursing program shall include, but are not limited to, the following six capabilities:

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment; student must be able to examine, interpret, analyze, and synthesize material for problem solving and evaluation of patient situations and own performance.

  • Ability to assess, plan, establish priorities, implement and evaluate patient outcomes.
  • Ability to calculate appropriate dosages for specific medications.
  • Ability to use good judgment in establishing priorities and making appropriate decisions in client care.

Interpersonal & Communication

Relationship & communication abilities appropriate for interacting sensitively with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Ability to accurately and clearly communicate appropriate information regarding patient status and response to care, both orally and in writing.

  • Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with patients/families and members of the healthcare team.
  • Ability to gather and record patient data concerning history, heath status and response to care.
  • Ability to give and follow verbal and written reports and directions to patients, families, and members of the health care team.

Sensory Abilities

Ability to observe, identify, and obtain information in order to assess, plan, provide and evaluate nursing interventions; student must possess adequate sensory abilities or be able to demonstrate appropriate and safe compensation for deficits.

  • Visual acuity necessary to observe physical changes in health status, prepare and administer medications, and gather reference material and patient data from written and digital sources.
  • Auditory ability to differentiate normal and abnormal heart, lung, & bowel sounds.
  • Tactile ability to differentiate temperature and anomalies of the skin, as well as unsafe patient care devices.
  • Cognitive ability sufficient to read and understand directions, assignments, and patient documents.

Motor Skills and Mobility

Sufficient mobility, including the gross and fine motors skills needed to provide safe and competent nursing care, both routine and emergency.

  • Sufficient motor skills necessary to perform physical care such as ambulation, positioning, and assist with activities of daily living as needed.
  • Fine motor skills needed for basic assessment such as palpation, auscultation, and percussion.
  • Mobility sufficient to carry out patient care procedures such as suctioning, positioning, and drawing up medication into a syringe.

Emotional Stability

Emotional stability for providing care safely to patients and their families within a rapidly changing and often stressful healthcare environment; the ability to monitor and identify one's own and others' emotions, and use the information to guide thinking and actions.

  • Integrity needed to make ethical decisions and honor the professional code of nursing.
  • Emotional ability to maintain calm in a crisis and emergency situation.
  • Ability to develop mature relationships with the health care team and modify behavior in response to constructive feedback.

Physical Health and Abilities

Physical health and stamina sufficient to provide care to diverse patient populations.

  • Sufficient energy and ability to manage a typical patient assignment in a variety of settings for a full seven hour clinical day.
  • Physical health necessary to care for those who are immuno-compromised, incapacitated, and/or otherwise vulnerable.

Advisement & Registration

Advisement

The Faculty of the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies believes that a strong advisement system is a critical component of a student's educational experience and an integral part of the faculty role. In light of this belief, each student is assigned to one of the Egan School's full-time faculty members for advisement.

Students are encouraged to use their advisors effectively. Advisors can help students do long-range program planning, pre-register for upcoming semesters, understand the curriculum design and course pre-requisites, and clarify career goals. Students also should meet with their advisors to discuss the practicum/clinical courses; advisors can explain deadlines and procedures related to these courses and can help students complete any applications that may need to be submitted prior to enrolling in them. Students must meet with their advisors early in their last semester of enrollment to be sure all requirements for graduation are in order.

Registration

The following registration policies and procedures apply to all students in the Egan School. Nursing students must consult with their advisors to ensure curriculum planning. All faculty are accessible through voice mail and e-mail.

  • Students must make an appointment for advisement during their advisor's posted advisement hours to review their course schedules and obtain their Personal Identification Number (PIN) for online registration.
  • Students need to print out a copy of their degree evaluation from my.fairfield. edu and bring with them to their advisement session.
  • All students are responsible for ensuring that credits and requirements are met for graduation.
  • All professional and health requirements must be met before beginning clinical practicums.
  • In an emergency, or when their advisor is unavailable for an extended time, students should see the Assistant Dean for assistance.

Academic Policies

Grading Policies: Undergraduate Students

Nursing students must follow all University educational policies and general regulations including those regarding academic progress.

 Prerequisites

The science and psychology courses are sequential and are prerequisite to designated nursing courses. Strong foundational knowledge in the science courses is critical to success in the nursing program. Thus, students may not progress with an incomplete in a prerequisite course.  BI 107-108 Human Anatomy and Physiology, BI 151 Microbiology, CH 84 Chemistry and     PY 111 Developmental Psychology must be completed successfully with a minimum grade of C (73) for students to progress in the course sequence for the nursing major. Students unable to complete these courses successfully are expected to repeat coursework in the next semester or the summer session immediately following. Students unable to progress in the nursing major will be placed on Academic Warning and may be dismissed from the Egan School.  Students who do not obtain a grade of C or better in a prerequisite course may repeat the course once.   A grade of less than C in three or more prerequisite courses will result in dismissal from the nursing program in the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Minimum Passing Course Grade

The minimum passing grade for all nursing courses is C+ (77%).

Course Progression

Nursing courses are sequential, beginning with foundational courses and progressing to increasing levels of complexity and challenge throughout the program. As students move through the curriculum, new content is integrated and builds upon previously learned material. Thus, all students must earn the minimum grade of C+ (77) in all nursing courses to progress to the next semester and continue in the program. Students who do not obtain a grade of C+ or better in a nursing course may repeat the course once. A grade of less than C+ in two nursing courses (including a repeated course) will result in dismissal from the Egan School. The clinical component of all clinical nursing courses is graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must pass the theory and clinical component of a course to pass the entire course, regardless of their grade in the theory component. Students who fail to earn the minimum grade in either component of a clinical course must repeat the entire course.

 

Appeals

Students who wish to seek a waiver from scholastic standards or academic regulations must submit a written appeal to the Dean and the Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies Faculty. Formal appeal procedures are found in the University catalog.

Use of Student Work for Assessment Purposes

As part of course requirements, students in the Egan School will be asked to produce scholarly papers and projects. The Egan School reserves the right to use these documents as sample work for program assessment purposes. Students who do not wish their work to be shared need to inform the professor in writing prior to the last day of class.

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

Fairfield University's primary purpose is the pursuit of academic excellence. Teaching and learning must occur in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Such trust and respect can be developed and maintained only if truth and honesty prevail in the academic community. Moreover, it is the shared responsibility of all members of the University community to maintain this climate of honesty. Administrators, faculty, and students all benefit from the pursuit of academic excellence in an environment characterized by integrity, honesty, and mutual respect. Such community integrity is fundamental to, and an inherent part of, Jesuit education.

In keeping with this need for community integrity, students are expected to be honest in their academic work. The University reserves the right to penalize any student whose academic conduct at any time is, in its judgment, detrimental to the University.

Students are sometimes unsure of what constitutes academic honesty. In all academic work, students are expected to submit materials that are their own. Examples of dishonest conduct include but are not limited to:
  • Cheating, i.e., copying examination answers from materials such as crib notes or another student's paper.

  • Collusion, i.e., working with another person or persons when independent work is prescribed; inappropriate use of notes.

  • Falsification or fabrication of an assigned project, data, results, or sources.

  • Giving, receiving, offering, or soliciting information in examinations.

  • Utilization of previously prepared materials in examinations, tests, or quizzes.

  • Destruction or alteration of the work of another student.

  • The multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without the prior written permission of each instructor.
  • Plagiarism, the appropriation of information, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one's own to satisfy the requirements of a course. Plagiarism thus constitutes both theft and deceit. Assignments (compositions, term papers, computer programs, etc.) acquired either in part or in whole from commercial sources or from other students and submitted as one's own original work will be considered plagiarism.
  • The unauthorized recording, sale, or use of lectures and other instructional materials.

In the event of such dishonesty, professors are to award a grade of zero for the project, paper or examination in question, and may record an "F" for the course itself. When appropriate, expulsion may be recommended. Moreover, a notation of the event is made in the student's file in the Academic Dean's office. Any faculty member encountering an academic offense such as, but not limited to, those listed above will file a written report with his or her Dean, indicating reasons for believing the student has committed an academic offense, and indicating the proposed academic sanction. The student will receive a copy. (If the student is in a school other that of the faculty member, a copy will be sent to the Dean of the student's school.) The student may, within 30 days following receipt of the faculty member's letter, request that the Dean investigate the allegations and meet with the (parties) involved. The Dean will issue a written determination within two weeks of the meeting, with copies to the student(s) and to the professor. If the student requests an appeal to the Academic Vice-President, an Academic Dishonesty Advisor Committee will be convened.

For students in the Egan School, the following policies apply in addition to the more general ones noted above:

  • During tests/examinations, bags, purses, etc., must be placed in an area in the front of the room.
  • Desks must be free from extraneous papers.
  • Student questions during an exam will be dealt with according to the discretion of the proctor.
  • There will be two forms of the test with a face sheet identifying the student, student ID number and form of the test.
  • Students will be seated in every other row when possible.

Health Requirements

The clinical agencies with which the Egan School 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 Castle Branch 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 Health Record on the Fairfield University Tracking System
    • Login to portal.castlebranch.com/fb60 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).
    • You will then be directed to set up your health document account.
    • Process your payment by submitting Credit Card information.
    • Upon completion, please complete your immunization requirements and send necessary forms and documents to Castle Branch by uploading them from your computer.
  2. All students are responsible for their health compliance and 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 documentation of two vaccinations of Rubeola 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 documentation of two vaccinations of Rubella 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 documentation of two vaccinations of Mumps 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.
  • Physical: Yearly. You must obtain a yearly physical.
  • CPR:  American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider, or American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers.  CPR certification 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.

Professional Requirements

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 BLS for Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Associationor CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers from the  American Red CrossCommunity CPR is not acceptable.

 

Background Check

The undergraduate nursing program at Fairfield University requires the successful completion of the clinical component of the curriculum.  Most clinical sites require students to complete a criminal background check and drug screening before participating in clinical placements.  In addition, national certification agencies may determine that persons with criminal convictions are not eligible to sit for natinal certification examinations and state laws may restrict/prohibit those with criminal convictions from acquiring a professional license to practice following graduation.  Therefore it is the policy of the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies that all admitted students must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and drug screens prior to participating in the clinical component of the curriculum.  These will be completed at the student's expense at a location designated by the University, and may be required more than once depending on the agency.  Fairfield University and the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies have no obligation to refund tuition or otherwise accomodate students in the event that a criminal background check or drug screening renders the student ineligible to complete required courses or clinical placement(s).

 

Malpractice Insurance

All Undergraduate 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 Egan School, the clinical faculty member, and the individual student.

All RN-BSN students 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 students are covered by the University policy only for their work as a student in relation to course objectives.

 

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 Egan School's 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 Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies 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.

Clinical Policies

Absences

  • Students are expected to attend all clinical nursing activities with absences permitted only if certified as unavoidable because of illness or other cause.
  • Make-up of missed clinical experiences will be determined by the clinical faculty member and Course Coordinator.
  • Each faculty member will discuss with her/his clinical students contingencies for illness and weather problems.

 

Transportation

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the various facilities used for the practice of nursing, as well as any parking expenses incurred. Car pooling is a common practice with students.

 

Uniforms

This policy is formulated to ensure standards of dress and appearance that reflect professionalism and represent Fairfield University to area hospitals and community settings. The following is considered to be neat, professional, comfortable, and congruent with the dress of nursing practitioners. Faculty will ask students to leave the clinical area if appearance is not appropriate.

  • Hair must be neat, secured (if long), and should not touch the collar
  • Nails must be trimmed to avoid injury to clients, and if nail polish is worn it should be a neutral color and not be chipped
  • Jewelry other than a simple wedding band should not be worn in the clinical area. One small stud earring may be worn in each ear lobe. Body piercing and body art must be concealed with clothing
  • Make-up should be used in moderation
  • Gum chewing is not permitted.  It distracts from your professional demeanor
  • Cell phones must be in the off mode during clinical hours

Male students should be clean shaven or have neatly trimmed beards or moustache.

Students are responsible for purchasing uniforms.

  • Red scrub top and black scrub pants must be purchased from Fairfield University Bookstore (must be worn for all in-hospital and community settings for all clinical courses.
  • Black shoes, sneakers, or clogs should be worn.
  • White scrub jacket or lab coat is allowed to be worn over scrub top.

Students must have the following equipment:

  • Watch with a second hand or digital second read out
  • Stethoscope with bell and diaphragm
  • Bandage scissors
  • A small pad with blue/black pen
  • ID Badge available from the StagCard Office, Barone Campus Center

 

Transition Preferences

Transition provides you with the opportunity to synthesize previous learning, solidify strengths, address weaknesses, and prepare for NCLEX. It helps you to follow your interests as well as goals for employment as you move from the role of student to professional nurse. It is important that you have the best possible experience that will meet your learning needs for this final clinical rotation. You will complete 168 clinical hours for NS 332; this includes clinical conference time which will count toward your hours. You must also complete nationally standardized testing as assigned to complete the course.

Each student will submit a request form that allows you to indicate your preferences for location, and type of unit. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preferences. Students requests will be considered using overall G.P.A. and Nursing G.P.A., beginning with the highest overall average. To qualify for working in a specialty unit, defined as any unit beyond the medical-surgical unit, you must have:

  1. Achieved an overall GPA of at least 3.25;
  2. A 3.0 or above in your science and psychology courses; 
  3. Achieved at least a 3.0 in NS 312 and NS 325

Student Organizations

The Egan School encourages students to become involved in professional, academic, spiritual, social, and athletic activities to enhance their growth throughout their educational experiences. Among the activities available in the Egan School are the Student Nurse Association (SNA) and Mu Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Each of these organizations provides a unique opportunity to nursing students to become involved in professional nursing activities.

Student Nurse Association

The primary goal of the SNA is to foster social and academic opportunities for nursing students. There is an emphasis on leadership, community service, and recreational activity that enhances interpersonal relationships for members of the Egan School community. The organization offers a diverse array of activities that serve as a gateway to the academic world and the professional world of nursing.

Some of the activities sponsored by the SNA include:

  • Monthly meetings
  • State and National Student Nurse conferences
  • Community service projects for underserved populations (ie., Hunger Clean-up, Relay for Life, and Heart Walk)
  • Informal student/faculty gatherings

 

Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau is the only international honor society in nursing. The Mu Chi chapter was established at Fairfield University in 1991 to recognize superior achievement, leadership, high professional standards, creative work, and commitment to the high ideals of the nursing profession among nursing students. Research grants, conferences, publications, films, exhibits, and awards are extended nationally by Sigma Theta Tau. At Fairfield University, membership is an honor conferred on students by invitation, following a committee review of qualifications.

Undergraduate candidates must:

  • have completed at least one-half of the nursing curriculum by the end of the Spring semester;
  • have achieved an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the Spring semester;
  • rank in the upper 35 percentile of the graduating class.
Students who meet these academic qualifications should apply when they have completed the above requirements. The counselors of the Mu Chi Chapter, faculty members of the Egan School, will provide candidates with additional information and an application.

Facilities

Center for Nursing and Health Studies

The Egan School moved into a new building in fall 2017. The new Nursing and Health Studies Center represents a comprehensive response to the need for expanding the continuum of program integration across Fairfield's Schools and Centers. 

This complex consists of the current Egan School building (renovated) and a new 54,000 square foot, four story state-of-the-art building. This building includes academic collaboration, state-of-the-art simulation, integrated learning classrooms, clinical learning environments, a task training laboratory space and additional classrooms to support the Integrated Health Studies program.  It is adjacent to the Rudolph F. Bannow Science Center and the School of Engineering and together establishs a cohesive center of scientific excellence on the Fairfield University campus. The new Nursing and Health Studies building was a part of the strategic plan for the capital campaign to accomodate the growing needs of the Egan School. This building reflects the interdisciplinary collaboration on campus of both faculty and students, and provides opportunities for enhanced collaboration through think-tanks, research initiatives, and shared teaching spaces. Learn more about the Center for Nursing and Health Studies.

 

Learning Resource Center (LRC)

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) in the Egan School provides materials that will augment and enrich student learning. The LRC is located on the second floor of the Egan School Building. The LRC is staffed by a full time Director as well as supportive student assistants. Hours of operation, include evenings and weekends, and are determined each semester and posted in the Egan School.

The LRC includes rooms that can be used interchangeably as laboratory or classroom space with furniture and equipment that is mobile and easily rearranged to meet the needs of different courses. In addition, some rooms house specific equipment or simulators used to teach health assessment and specialized skills, such as Intensive Care, Anesthesia, Obstetrics, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatrics, and Home Care. Three interconnected rooms provide a fully stocked intensive care unit (ICU); a control room from which to operate the Human Patient Simulators in either of the two adjoining rooms; and an operating room with anesthesia, oxygen, and other equipment necessary within that setting. Media upgrades connect these rooms to two near-by larger classrooms where students can view the actions of small groups participating in a scenario in either the ICU or the Operating Room.

 

Health Promotion Center (HPC)

The Health Promotion Center (HPC) provides faculty and students with an oportunity to clinically practice within our neighboring communities in the Greater Bridgeport area. Through the HPC and the development of strategic partnerships, students and faculty provide preventive and chronic care services with community organizations and agencies that share a common goal of improving the health of people and the community in which they live. Health promotion activities include education, screening, referral, and follow-up services for cardiovascular and diabetes risk reduction, violence prevention, parenting issues, and spiritual/emotional wellness. By providing preventive and chronic care services in community settings, access to care improves and we are better able to tailor health education to the concerns of individuals and groups.

The HPC has been operating in Bridgeport since 1994.   Each year, the HPC staff and faculty work with hundreds of individuals and families in the Greater Bridgeport area. The HPC is a visible extension of the mission of Fairfield University and the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.   It serves as a clinical practice/service learning opportunity for nursing students and interprofession collaboration with our community partners.

Funding for the HPC comes through grants, subcontracts, contracts, and donations. Faculty research at the HPC also provides opportunities for students to become involved as research assistants.

 

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