The Department of Allied Health Sciences requires all student to submit evidence of the following health requirements to his/her respective program director prior to entering a clinical setting:
Evidence of the following are due no later than two weeks prior to clinical experience:
- TB skin test (a chest x-ray is required if skin test is positive).The TB test must be updated annually.
- Hepatitis-B Vaccination (The 3 series vaccine–one month, two months, and six months).The series must be begun and documentation provided to University Health Services prior to entering the first clinical.A waiver form must be signed if they choose not be vaccinated.If a waiver is signed, the student must submit annually to a negative hepatitis surface antigen screen test (if it is positive, an HBeAg status is required and a written physicians release to return to clinical) at their cost.
- Positive Rubella titer or Rubella Vaccination “ A positive rubella titer or the rubella vaccination is required prior to entrance into the first clinical nursing course.Faculty with a negative titer must sign a waiver form if they choose not to receive the rubella vaccination.!–
- Positive Varicella (chickenpox) titer or Varicella vaccination. Immunization compliance for Rubeola, Mumps.
- A tetanus-Diphteria booster within the last ten (10) years.
- Medical Clearance. A written physician’s release is required to return to any clinical and/or laboratory experience for any event, injury, illness, or other health related situation that may affect the student’s safety in the clinical and/or laboratory experience.
- It is your ethical responsibility to know your HIV status.If you believe you are at risk for HIV exposure or HIV antibody development, then it is your professional obligation to be tested via your individual physician and follow his/her orders for care/treatment.
Laboratory results and evidence of immunizations must be provided to University Health Services prior to entering clinical. The University Health Services will monitor student’s evidence of meeting these health requirements. Students who fail to provide required evidence of health requirements listed above will not be allowed to enter clinical nor remain enrolled in any clinical course. Failure to renew health requirements that have expired during the semester will prevent the student’s participation in clinical activities, which will constitute an unexcused absence.
The department assumes no liability for students with compromised immune systems acquiring other communicable diseases while assigned to specific units and/or patients in clinical learning experiences.
Documentation of successful completion of CPR-Health Care Provider Status is required as a prerequisite for clinical experience for students and must be verified as current. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule, attend, and provide documentation of a CPR course completion to the program director at the beginning of each semester.
Student Responsibility to Inform Regarding a Limitation or Condition
In the event a student is experiencing any limitation or condition (for example, pregnancy, high blood pressure, epilepsy, diabetes) or is on prescription medication that may impede performance whereby safety is jeopardized, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose this information and/or list of medications to their clinical instructor.
As students may be exposed to a number of communicable diseases while caring for clients in clinical settings, they may be at a higher risk than other University students for contracting a communicable disease. For this reason, the Department of Allied Health Sciences requires that all students enrolled in clinical courses to retain the Nicholls State University health/hospitalization insurance policy or a comparable policy.
The Nicholls State University policy provides benefits for a premium charge per semester and summer session. It is, however, not sufficient to cover expenses for extended illness or prophylactic treatment.In other words, the policy is supplemental in nature and will not provide comprehensive coverage for an extended period of time. The Department, therefore, HIGHLY RECOMMENDS that students carry additional insurance together with Nicholls State University’s student supplemental policy.
Liability (Malpractice) Insurance
Students enrolled in clinical courses are required to have liability insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence.
Failure to remain current with these requirements will prohibit attendance in the clinical setting for clinical experience. Clinical absences due to expired health and/or CPR requirements and health insurance coverage will be considered a clinical absence and may jeopardize successful completion of the course.