General Policy

The Trinity Health System School of Nursing reserves the right to change without notice statements contained in this catalog/website concerning rules, policies, tuition and fees, curricula, courses, or other administrative or educational policies.

HIPAA Compliance Statement

Trinity Health System and Trinity Health System School of Nursing are in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, specifically the patient privacy portion of this law, which became effective on April 14, 2003. Every Employee and Student of Trinity Health System School of Nursing has participated in the mandatory HIPAA Compliance Program offered by Trinity Health System. Every Trinity Nursing Student signs a Trinity Health System Non Disclosure Acknowledgement regarding confidentiality and privacy.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The School of Nursing strives to maintain an environment in which all are treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity.  The School of Nursing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, or disability in the admission of students, employment of individuals, or in activities conducted by the School in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The School will not tolerate conduct by any person, which constitutes sexual harassment, including sexual violence of any student/employee.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), Trinity Health System School of Nursing will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. All applicants to the School must be able to complete the Essential Functions and Abilities of a Nursing Student with or without reasonable accommodations. For a more detailed description of this Act/Policy on Students with Disabilities, contact the Office of Student Affairs.

 

Inquiries concerning Title IX may be referred to the Director of the School or to the:     

 

Office of Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

600 Superior Avenue East

Suite 750

Cleveland, Ohio 44114-2611

 

Attendance Policy

          Class Attendance:

Classroom activities are essential to learning and to the application of knowledge. The student is responsible for knowing and meeting all course requirements, including tests, assignments, and class participation, as indicated by the course instructor.

Students will be expected to attend all scheduled classes including clinical conferences. If a student is absent from class, the student  will be held responsible for all work missed due to this absence. Absence from class or the clinical area must be reported to the Receptionist's voice mail by       7:30 am.

Students are not to schedule doctor appointments, dentist appointments, interviews, etc., during times scheduled for class and/or clinical experiences. Any request for extended time off from class for vital situations should be presented to the Director.

Students must complete and submit all assignments on time.  If an assignment will be late, it is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor.  For each weekday that an assignment is turned in late, five percent (5%) will be deducted from the final grade of the assignment.  No assignment will be accepted more than five (5) week days past the due date and a grade of "0" will be assigned.  Emergency situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The instructor has no obligation to give make-up examinations or to review other class work missed by a student as a result of absence. However, if the instructor chooses to administer makeup exams/classwork/clinical assignments, the format of the make-up work will be determined by the instructor. If an exam/quiz is missed, the student must take the exam/quiz within five (5) - week days, or a grade of "0" will be assigned. Students are responsible for making arrangements with the instructor  Emergency situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

Clinical Attendance:

Absence from a clinical experience must be reported directly to the nursing unit where the experience is scheduled and the Receptionist's voicemail by 6:45am.

In all nursing clinical courses, two (2) clinical absences will result in the issuance of a verbal warning; three (3) clinical absences will result in the issuance of Clinical Probation; and four (4) or more clinical absences may result in the issuance of a Clinical Failure.  Emergency situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Clinical Make-up time is planned when clinical objectives cannot be met because of absences, and will be arranged at the discretion of the clinical Instructors  Students missing clinical because of unpreparedness will also be required to make-up the clinical days.  Unpreparedness includes, but is not limited to, failure to produce evidence of CPR certification or mandatory health work before the first clinical experiences each semester/session or failure to produce knowledge or skill level safe for practice.  A fee of $25 will be charged for each clinical make-up day.  A fee of $10 will be charged for each clinical make-up of a scheduled Skills lab.  Fees must be paid to the School Secretary prior to the make-up time and evidence of payment must be presented to the instructor.

Required clinical experiences that cannot be rescheduled and, therefore, prevent the student from meeting the course objectives, will result in the student receiving an unsatisfactory clinical grade which will result in clinical failure.

Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)

A photocopy of each student's BLS Certification must be kept on file in the School office. The course must be either American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Provider or Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers This certification must be kept up to date while the student is enrolled in the program. (Trinity School of Nursing will not provide skill competency needed for completion of online renewal).

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Transportation Policy

Students are responsible for their own transportation for all experiences as required by the curriculum. Trinity Health System and the School of Nursing are not responsible for liability incurred in travel.

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Probation Policy

According to the School's Progression Policy, students must satisfactorily complete each semester/session of the program before progressing to the succeeding semester/session. Grades for each course are calculated at midterm. Any student whose midterm grade is below the required "2.0" or 77% will be placed on Academic Probation. Students are notified in writing when placed on Academic Probation. The Course Lead Instructor meets with each student on Academic Probation and completes the Student Probation/Progression Report. The student will document a Plan for Improvement on the report and sign the report at that meeting. The probationary status must be corrected by the completion of the course or the student automatically becomes ineligible for progression into the subsequent semester/session.

The School's Progression Policy also addresses that a satisfactory clinical evaluation is required in each clinical nursing course in order for a student to be eligible for progression into the subsequent semester/session. Students who are not meeting the established Course Objectives as outlined on the Student's Appraisal of Clinical Competence Form will be placed on Clinical Probation by their Clinical Instructor. Clinical Probation can be established any time that a student is not achieving the clinical objectives. The Clinical Instructor will complete the Student Probation/Progression Report and secure the student's signature and Plan for Improvement at the time the student is placed on Clinical Probation. The probationary status must be corrected by the completion of the course or the student automatically becomes ineligible for progression into the subsequent semester/session.

Policy of Student Evaluation

Student are evaluated both didactically and clinically in the nursing course they are enrolled. Didactic components of the course include exams, quizzes and student projects. Clinical components of the course include clinical labs and clinical assignments, which may include providing direct patient care or observing patient care.

Didactic evaluation is completed through exams, quizzes, and student projects. Students are informed of didactic evaluation via the nursing course syllabus and course schedule. Grades are calculated at midterm and students are informed of their progress. If the course grade average is less than 77% the student is placed on probation (See Probation Policy). Final grades are computed after the completion of all course requirements. Students may receive their final grades from the Lead Instructor. The Lead Instructor submits the grade sheet to the School Secretary  who completes the Course Grade Reports and updates the Student Transcripts. Grade reports are mailed to each student.

Evaluation of clinical performance is assessed throughout each clinical experience. The Appraisal of Clinical Competence is completed no less than four (4) times a semester/session inclusive of midterm and final evaluations.  Instructors document pertinent information about a student's progression or lack of progression on the Appraisal of Clinical Competence. Individual, informal conferences are held as necessary to discuss the student's progress. The clinical experience is graded as "S" (Satisfactory), "U" (Unsatisfactory), or "NO" (No opportunity or Not observed).

Satisfactory performance is defined as:

A. Integration into student performance of each Nursing Course Objective.   

    The expected clinical performance is demonstrated through satisfactory   

    accomplishment of each course objective.

B. Demonstration of consistent progression in the clinical performance of  

    the identified course's nursing practice.

 

Unsatisfactory performance is defined as:

A. No integration into student performance of any one Nursing Course

    Objective.

B. No demonstration of consistent progression in the clinical performance of

    the identified course's nursing practice.

    In the event that the student did not have the opportunity to complete a

    component of the clinical objective, the instructor documents NO.

    Students may be placed on clinical probation anytime during the  

    semester (See Probation Policy).

Progression Policy

Students must satisfactorily complete the didactic and clinical components of each semester/session of the program before progressing to the subsequent semester/session.

A minimum grade of "C" (2.0 G.P.A.) and a satisfactory clinical evaluation are required in each nursing course for a student to be eligible for progression into the subsequent semester/session. (See Comprehensive Final Examination Policy.)

Students receive official grade reports at the end of each semester/session. Students are notified in writing when placed on probation. (See Probation Policy.)

The faculty recommends students for progression.

Every student must demonstrate satisfactory progress according to the School's Progression Policy in order to receive any financial aid awarded through the School. (See Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.)

When repeating any course within the curriculum, the grade earned during the re-take of the course is the grade used to determine progression and calculation of GPA.

 

GRADING POLICY

GRADING SCALE Grade

Quality Point Value
Per Credit Hour
Trinity Health System
Percentage Range
A (Excellent) 4.0 93%-100%
B+ 3.5 90%-92%
B (Above Average) 3.0 85%-89%
C+ 2.5 82%-84%
C (Average) 2.0 77%-81%
D+ Failure 1.5 74%-76%
D Failure 1.0 69%-73%
F Failure 0.0 68% and below
WP Withdrew passing 0.0 No Quality Points Earned
WF Withdrew failing 0.0

No Quality Points Earned

I Incomplete This grade indicates that the work has not been completed because of factors that in the opinion of the instructor were outside the control of the student. Permission for this grade must be obtained from the Director of the School. The student will then have until the beginning of the succeeding semester/session to remove the incomplete letter grade. If it is not removed within that period, the grade automatically becomes "F" and the student then becomes ineligible for promotion.
*There will be no rounding of grades

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          Comprehensive Final Examination Policy

Students must pass the comprehensive final examination in each nursing course with a grade of “C” or above before progressing to the succeeding semester/session or program completion. Students who fail to achieve a passing grade of “C” on the comprehensive examination, may take a second comprehensive examination within two (2) school days, ONLY if the student has achieved a passing grade of “C” in the course prior to taking the comprehensive final examination. The two comprehensive final exam scores will be averaged together and the student must achieve an averaged grade of 77% ("C") or better. Students who are permitted to take a second comprehensive examination and who are successful in achieving an averaged grade of “C” or above will only receive a grade of 77% (“C”) for the comprehensive examination score. Students whose averaged score of both comprehensive final exams is < 77% ("C") will receive a failing grade in the course.

Students who have NOT passed the first comprehensive final examination with a grade of “C” or above and who were failing the nursing course prior to the final examination will NOT be permitted to take a second comprehensive final exam.

Within the course, students are eligible to retake the comprehensive final exam only one time. The total number of comprehensive final exam retakes cannot exceed two (2) throughout the duration of the program. If a student fails a third final exam, the student will be ineligible to retake the comprehensive final, will receive a failing grade, and thus be ineligible for progression in the program.

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Recognition of Academic Achievement

Students who earn a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above shall be placed on the School’s Academic Honors List.

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Graduation Policy

A student will be awarded a Diploma in Nursing and School of Nursing Pin if the following requirements are met:

  1. Satisfactory completion of the program with a grade of “C” or above in all courses and satisfactory clinical evaluations.
  2. Recommendation by the Faculty.
  3. Return of all school property and freedom from monetary unsecured indebtedness to Trinity Health System School of Nursing, Trinity Health System, or any of its affiliate or extension agencies.

The student is expected to be present at graduation exercises unless excused by the Director of the School.

A student who has not met the requirements may not participate in the public graduation ceremony. The diploma and pin will be awarded when all requirements have been met.

Application for Licensure Policy

 

Fingerprinting and background checks must be completed and submitted to the appropriate Board of Nursing 6-9 months prior to NCLEX testing. At the completion of the program, the graduate must file a written application with a State Board of Nursing to take the examination for licensure. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and complete the application form, and send it with the necessary fee(s) to the State Board office and NCLEX-RN testing center. If a pattern of performance on standardized test is below the benchmark, the student is required to submit proof of enrollment in a Kaplan NCLEX-RN review course. The cost of review course will be incurred by the student.  Upon meeting the requirements set forth in the School's Graduation Policy, including proof of enrollment in a review course if applicable, the Director of the School will send a Program Completion form to the appropriate Board of Nursing to meet the eligibility requirements to take the NCLEX-RN examination Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination, the graduate will be licensed to practice as a professional Registered Nurse using the legal title RN.

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Graduation Awards

Traditionally, awards are given at graduation exercises for outstanding academic achievement or clinical excellence. The top three academic awards are presented at the graduation ceremony by the Board of Trustees, Medical Staff, and Trinity Health System Auxiliary.

Additional awards include: The Nancy H. Bright, M.D. Excellence in Pediatric Nursing Award, The Carmel A. Esposito, EdD Award for Community Leadership, and The Patrick Macedonia M.D. Excellence in Maternal Newborn Nursing Award.

Periodically, additional honors are awarded by philanthropic and service organizations or individuals.

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Withdrawal

A student who desires to withdraw from the school must submit a letter of resignation to the Director of the School. Prior to withdrawing, the student is required to contact the Lead Instructor of the course and the Coordinator, Student Affairs. Student is encouraged to consult his/her Academic Advisor.

Failure to attend scheduled classes does not constitute an official withdrawal. The official withdrawal date shall be:

  1. The date of the student’s resignation letter submitted to the Director of the School, or
  2. For the student who does not officially withdraw from the program, the withdrawal date will be the date the School became aware the student ceased attendance.

The School reserves the option of using the student’s last date of documented attendance at an academically/clinically oriented activity as the student’s official withdrawal date.

Students considering withdrawal prior to completing 60% of a semester/session are urged to review the Return of Title IV Funds Policy in the financial aid section of this website.

Withdrawing students must return the student identification badge and parking hangtag. Failure to do so will result in the withholding of official transcripts.

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Dismissal

Each student has a personal responsibility to the School of Nursing in the observance of all academic policies and codes of conduct. The faculty is committed to help the student in every way possible; however, the faculty of the School is obliged to determine whether the student is progressing satisfactorily. If the student fails in theory or clinical experience, fails to abide by regulations, or if their health or behavior is not suited for nursing, the faculty has the right and authority to dismiss the student. A student may be dismissed without having been put on probation.

Promotion of Continuing Formal Education

According to the School’s Philosophy, “Education is a lifelong, dynamic, participative process through which the learner’s potential is actualized”. Belief in this concept guides the faculty to promote the importance of continuing formal education to student nurses. Multiple educational options in the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing are available to graduates of Trinity Health System School of Nursing. Graduates can tailor an educational path with flexibility and ease.  

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