Policies for Clinical/Simulation Experiences

Definitions/Explanations of Clinical  and Simulated Clinical Experiences Absence Policy

Attendance for all scheduled clinical rotations and simulated clinical experiences is mandatory.  In the event of illness or an unusual circumstance, students are required to notify the faculty member of an absence or tardy at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the clinical/simulated clinical day. Failure to notify the faculty member will result in a failing grade for the day and a charge of $50 per hour will be assessed to make up the missed clinical experience or simulated clinical experience. The contact information for clinical/simulated clinical faculty members/clinical scholars/clinical preceptors is provided to the student(s) when he/she is scheduled for a clinical or simulated clinical learning experience by the Clinical Placement Coordinator via email. Dismissal from the clinical or simulated clinical site may result if a student is more than 10 minutes late from the time designated by the clinical instructor.  The student will receive a failing grade for that clinical or simulated clinical day and will be charged to make up the missed clinical or simulated clinical experience.

Absence from the Clinical Facility or Simulated Clinical Location

When a student is not present at the assigned/scheduled clinical facility or at the simulated clinical location on the preset date and time, or is 10 minutes or greater late to the facility without prior notification to the faculty member, the student will be marked absent. All (excused and unexcused) clinical or simulated clinical absences are required to be made up.

Excused Clinical/Simulated Clinical Absence

A student may be excused from a clinical/simulated clinical learning experience for the following two reasons:

  • Acute illness (fever of 101°F or above, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, or any other condition classified as contagious, such as conjunctivitis (pinkeye).
  • Military or court orders
  • Attendance at the funeral of an immediate family member
  • There is no charge to make up an excused absence

In the case of acute, unexpected illness, the student MUST notify the clinical/simulated clinical faculty member and clinical agency (if applicable) on the day of the absence. Documentation from a medical provider stating the date and time you were seen must be provided to the clinical placement coordinator (CPC) by fax or in person within 72 hours of the missed clinical/simulated clinical. In the case of a funeral, the funeral program must be provided to the CPC within 72 hours of the missed clinical/simulated clinical. Clinical/simulated clinical learning time that is missed due to illness or funeral attendance is required to be made-up, but the student is not charged.

If the student is absent for more than 10% of the assigned clinical or simulated clinical, the student will be asked to drop the entire course and retake the entire course the following quarter.This is necessarybecause clinical evaluation and progress is dependent on the student attending the entire allotted clinical time.              

Unexcused Clinical/Simulated Clinical Absence

An absence in which the student does not attend a scheduled or assigned clinical/simulated clinical day or is 10 minutes or greater late to the clinical and the student does not provide the CPC with written documentation is considered unexcused.The student will be charged fifty ($50.00) per hour for each required hour of the clinical/simulated clinical make-up time. For example, if a student misses a 12-hour clinical learning experience, the student will be charged $600.00 to have the clinical rescheduled and made-up.

Clinical/Simulated Clinical Make-up 

Make-up hours are scheduled and assigned by the CPC. Make-up hours are assigned when the earliest appropriate placement slot is available.This may mean that these hours extend into successive quarters of the program.The student will receive an Incomplete on their transcript until the required clinical hours are successfully completed.

Please be advised that missing (excused or unexcused) clinicals could mean that graduation dates will be delayed until the required make-up clinical learning experience is successfully completed.

Returning to Clinical/Simulated Clinical After Illness or Injury

  • A physician or mid-level provider's medical clearance may be required before a student returns to the clinical/simulated clinical area following illness or injury. Major illness, injury, surgery, communicable diseases, and pregnancy require a physician or mid-level provider's documented medical clearance.
  • In order to attend clinical, the student must be able to perform all competencies and performance standards for nursing students that are essential for safe nursing practice.  In addition to the medical clearance, the provider must complete a Physical Form for The School of Nursing and attest with their signature that the student can perform ALL of the physical requirements of nursing WITHOUT limitation. ANY limitation will result in the student being placed on an LOA until the physical competencies can be performed. (See Physical Form School of Nursing)
  • A pregnant student must present a physician or mid-level provider's statement to continue in clinical experiences.
  • Students with a fever of 101°F or above, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, or any other condition classified as contagious, such as conjunctivitis (pinkeye), may not attend clinical. The excused absence policy will apply.
  • Illnesses occurring at the College or clinical site may require transport by emergency medical services (EMS). Students are financially responsible for their own medical care, including emergency transportation from the College or clinical site.
  • Students with casts, splints, or a condition that inhibits movement also need a physician or mid-level provider's clearance. Individual clinical agencies may not permit students with casts, splints or other devices/limitations due to injury/illness to be involved in direct patient care thereby making the student ineligible to attend the clinical learning experience. In these instances, a student may need to take a leave of absence.
  • Students not meeting the physical and/or emotional requirements of agencies may request a leave of absence.

Clinical/simulated experiences are an important component of the nursing program. Every effort is made to provide clinical experiences that enhance the integration of theory content to nursing practice and prepare students for the professional nursing role.

Students receive safety education during new student orientation and again in NSG 232L, Basic Principles of Patient-Centered Care on how to minimize environmental risks to themselves and others.  Students are expected to follow these procedures throughout the nursing program.

Any behaviors that place a student, patient/client, or others at risk for injury because of failure to follow safety regulations, or that jeopardize the present and continued use of a clinical facility may result in dismissal from the program.

Students may not be enrolled in two courses with practicums at the same time except during quarter eleven. In some rare instances this may be required to ensure the concurrency of practicum learning with didactic learning experiences and will be determined by the Clinical Placement Coordinator, the Dean, School of Nursing, and the Registrar in conjunction with the clinical agencies. Students will not be permitted to take more than one nursing core course with a practicum in order to attempt to progress through the nursing program faster than the established program length of 36 months.

Pre-Clinical Assignments

When reporting to a clinical/simulated clinical site for pre-clinical assignments/preparation, you must arrive appropriately attired. Unless directed otherwise, business casual professional dress with a white lab coat, the School of Nursing patch on the left upper sleeve, and a visible Platt College photo identification name tag clearly displayed is required. Denim clothing is not acceptable attire. Clinical preparation includes, but is not limited to, having a plan of care for the patient/client, being able to discuss thedisease process and pharmacologic treatments, and review of potential nursing care skills to be performed.

Dress Code for Clinical/Simulated Clinical Settings

Clinical/Simulated Clinical settings include all assigned clinical sites outside of Platt College as well as the Platt College Skills Lab and Simulation Lab.  Professional appearance and attire is important in the nursing profession and is required of students in all laboratory and clinical activities. The School of Nursing at Platt College has adopted the following standards established by the Alliance for Clinical Education (ACE) for students and faculty. Individual clinical sites may have additional requirements to which students must adhere. The standards required for attendance at clinical and laboratory classes are as follows:

Hair

  • Clean, well-groomed, and off the shoulders.
  • Beards, mustaches, and sideburns are neat, trimmed, and well-groomed.
  • Extreme hairstyles and unnatural/exotic colors are not acceptable.

Nails

  • Artificial nails and overlays are not allowed in patient care settings, skills lab and simulation lab.
  • Nails must be kept short and clean.  Absolutely NO nail polish, clear or otherwise, is permitted in patient care settings, skills lab and simulation lab.

Tattoos

  • All visible tattoos must be covered at all times in patient care settings, skills lab and simulation lab.

 Jewelry

  • One stud earring (non-dangling) per ear and one wedding band. NO protruding stones or gems. The ring must be smooth.
  • All visible body piercings must be removed. Plugs are allowed if they are flesh color

Cosmetics

  • Heavy use of makeup, lotions, perfumes, colognes, and aftershaves is not appropriate.
  • Heavy scent of tobacco, food, and other products may be offensive and is not acceptable.

Clothing

  • Platt College photo identification must be worn and visible at all times when in all clinical areas.
  • Clean, pressed, Platt College uniform scrubs are worn for all clinical experiences; professionally attached school patch affixed at the top of the left sleeve of lab coats or scrubs.
  • Note: Mental health, rehabilitation, and certain clinical sites in the community may have their own dress code (e.g., business casual with or without a lab coat).  However, if a clinical experience is scheduled in the Simulation Laboratory, the Platt College Uniform is required and the clinical dress code applies.

Footwear

  • Footwear includes shoes and socks and must be one solid approved color. Approved colors are white, black, navy, brown and burgundy. No patterns, striping or objects should be on the footwear.
  • Footwear must be of a nursing uniform type.  Resources:  there are many nursing uniform vendors, companies and shops.  You can find them on-line and throughout the Denver Metro area. 
  • Per OSHA requirements, footwear must have a non-skid sole, enclose the entire foot, and be made of a non-penetrable material (as to not be penetrated if a sharp object is dropped on the foot.) Canvas shoes are not permitted.

*If a student has a requirement for a certain orthopedic type of footwear, an exception will be made.  This exception will be approved by the clinical placement coordinator.

Any student arriving at the clinical area in violation of the dress code will be reminded of the dress code and counseled for immediate correction. If unable to correct the problem on site, the student will be dismissed from the clinical agency or skills lab and receive a failing grade for the day. A charge of $50.00/hour will be issued to schedule the clinical or skills lab make-up experience.