1 Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing CATALOG A Program Leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing 300 Main Street Lewiston, Maine Telephone (207) Fax (207)
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6 Table of Contents Content Page Content Page Content Page 2 Accreditation 3 Approval 3 Memberships 3 Purpose and Mission 6 History 6 Philosophy 6 Person 6 Nursing 7 Education 7 General Education 7 Nursing Education 7 Teaching-Learning Process 7 Roles and Expected Outcomes of the Nurse with an Associate Degree 7 Program Objectives Associate Degree in Applied Science of Nursing 1 0 Expected Program Outcomes 1 0 Academic Freedom Statement 1 0 School Calendar 1 1 Academic Year Academic Year Academic Year The School Community 1 6 Admissions 1 6 Admission to the School 1 6 Part-time Status 1 7 Information Related to Part-Time Status 1 7 International Students 1 8 Leave of Absence 1 8 Withdrawal 1 8 Readmitted Students 1 8 Auditing 1 8 Student Services 1 9 Learning Assistance Program 1 9 Security 1 9 Parking Facilities 1 9 Career Advisement and Employment 1 9 Health Services 1 9 Code of Student Conduct 2 0 Rights, Responsibilities and Code of Conduct 2 0 Prohibited Acts Against A Person 2 0 Property Offenses 2 1 School Offenses 2 1 Gerrish-True Health Science Library 2 2 Meal Tickets 2 2 Dining Facilities 2 2 Pastoral Services 2 2 Financial Aid 2 2 Independent Student Status 2 4 Types of Financial Aid 2 4 Award Process 2 7 Disbursement Process 2 7 Measurement of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Continued Financial Aid 3 1 Refunds 3 1 Pro Rata Refunds 3 1 General Refunds 3 2 Refunds Residence 3 2 Scholastic Standards 3 2 Academic Warning and Probation 3 3 Criteria for Warning 3 3 Criteria for Warning Removal 3 3 Criteria for Probation 3 3 Criteria for Probation Removal 3 3 Student Dismissal 3 3 Grade Reports 3 4 Payment of School Fees 3 4 Transportation 3 4 Student Government 3 5 Visitors 3 5 Attendance 3 5 Challenge Exams for General Education Courses 3 6 General Education Courses 3 6 Non-nursing courses 3 6 Transfer of Credits to Another Institution 3 6 Transfer of General Education Course Credits to CMMC School of Nursing 3 8 Course Descriptions 3 9 Articulation Agreement 4 3 Qualifications for Licensure 4 3 Requirements for Graduation 4 3 Board of Trustees 4 6 Nondiscriminatory Policy 4 6 Editor s Note 4 6 Administration and Faculty 4 7 School Of Nursing 5 0
7 Ac c r ed i ta t i o n Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing is accredited/approved by the: MA I N E ST A T E BO A R D O F NU R S I N G NA T I O N A LLE A G U E F O R NU R S I N G AC C R E D I T I N GCO M M I S S I O N NE W EN G L A N DAS S O C I A T I O NOF SC H O O L SA N D CO L L E G E S, IN C. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. is a nongovernmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. Inquiries regarding the status of an institution s accreditation by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the school or college. Individuals may also contact the Association: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., 209 Burlington Road, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730, (617) A p p r ov a l The Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing is approved by the State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs for military personnel, veterans, and their eligible dependents. The School meets the requirements for the enrollment of eligible persons under the provisions of the various educational assistance programs (GI Bills). M e m be r s h i p s American Association of Community Colleges American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) American Council on Education (ACE) Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) The College Board Central Maine Counseling Association (CMCA) Coalition of Maine Nursing Organizations Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Lewiston-Auburn Community Education Coalition (LACEC) Fuld Institute for Technology in Nursing Education (FITNE) Maine Association of Continuing Education (MACE) Maine Bioethics Network Maine Council of Associate Degree Nursing Programs (MCADN) Maine Counseling Association Maine Higher Education Council National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities ( N A I C U / N I C U ) National Independent Colleges Council National League for Nursing (NLN) National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (NOADN) New England Association For College Admission Counseling ( N E A C A C ) New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) New England College Council 3
10 6 Purpose and Mission The Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing was incorporated at Lewiston, Maine, on January 29, 1977, as a non-sectarian, private educational institution, offering to qualified men and women a curriculum at the Associate Degree level, and is committed to: enhancing the quality of life in the community; providing career education in a most effective and efficient manner; expanding an individual s intellectual skills; kindling an ongoing desire to learn; strengthening one s capacity to reason and to solve everyday problems of living; and making mature decisions related to current issues in a rapidly changing social system; preparing beginning practitioners with the competencies expected of a nurse with an Associate Degree which enable them to take the registered nurse licensing examination (NCLEX-RN); and as an institution of higher learning within the community is committed to: providing opportunities for individuals to expand their post-secondary education; conducting courses, workshops, seminars and health education programs to meet the needs of individuals and groups in the area served. H i s t o ry The School was established in 1891 as a diploma granting institution, and named the Central M a i n e G e n e r a lhospital Training School. The first student was admitted on July 9, 1891, and on March 24, 1893 the first student was graduated. A total of five (5) students were graduated from the School during A Cadet Program was started at the School in 1943 and remained in existence until Until 1953, when an academic year calendar was established, admissions to the School occurred at any time during the year. Since then, students have been admitted annually. The first male student was admitted to the School in Since then, male students have been admitted to, and present in, each class. The then existing student residences became coeducational in The process of shortening this nursing curriculum from three (3) years (thirty-six months), to its current four (4) academic semesters, began in The School granted diplomas to its graduates until 1977, when Governor James B. Longley signed into law, L.D. 446, granting the School the authority to award the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing to its graduates. In 1976 the name of this School was changed from Central Maine General Hospital School of Nursing to Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing. In 1978, the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing became the first single entity, post-secondary nursing educational institution to become accredited by the Commission on Vocational- Technical Career Institutions of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. The Class of 1994 was the last class to wear the blue and white pinstriped student uniform. Beginning with the Class of 1995, the student uniform is white with the School insignia on the left chest. In 1995, all of the school offices and classrooms were moved to Metcalfe Building. P h i l o s o p h y The philosophy of the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing is based on the faculty s belief that a society sustains itself, with an educated citizenry capable of influencing its destiny in a responsible manner. Education is designed to promote individual growth, and freedom of choice. Thus, we believe that at least two (2) years of education beyond high school level is essential. We believe that students of a single purpose educational institution should be assured of an opportunity to expand their perspective. General education courses, taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities, provide a milieu for diversity and choice, which increases the students opportunity for growth and self-development. Formal education provides an opportunity for individuals to develop problemsolving skills. P e r s o n : We believe that human life is valuable, that people are important and deserve respect. People are holistic beings unique individuals, developing according to a defined pattern. In addition, individuals are biopsychosocial beings with specific hierarchical needs which, if not
11 met, have predictable patterns of response. Health and illness are individual perceptions which are influenced by a person s culture, experiences, and values. Individuals are potentially autonomous and have certain rights, responsibilities, and choices. Therefore, we believe that individuals have the right to know, and to make choices regarding their health related activities. We believe that social responsibilities and individual worth are the ultimate products of humanistic philosophy. N u r s i n g Nursing is a helping profession concerned with meeting the needs of individuals and groups who are healthy or ill. Nursing by its nature means caring. It is directed toward health promotion, restoration of health, and provision of comfort when restoration of health is no longer possible. Nursing is concerned with the quality of life and the health care quality for all individuals, regardless of their values and beliefs. Nursing is directed toward nurturing growth, recovery, health, and protection for individuals and groups. E d u c a t i o n Education is the action or process of acquiring knowledge and developing skills. Formal education is a series of planned learning experiences designed to provide opportunities for the acquisition of new knowledge to change behavior and meet program objectives. The educational process provides opportunities for students to develop living skills. Informal education occurs as a result of life experiences and should be recognized and incorporated in their continuing education. General Education The faculty believe the general education component of Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing s Associate Degree Program is essential to the concept of life-long learning. We believe that our Program s general education requirement provides the student with academic diversity, expansion of both creative and critical thought processes, and opportunity for personal and intellectual growth. Pursuit of general education creates an atmosphere of intellectual exchange, which ultimately affects society as a whole through application of bio-psychological/psychological sciences, and humanities principles. Furthermore, we as a faculty believe that general education provides an established foundation for the pursuit of higher education, facilitating the adult learner s diverse educational goals. Nursing Education Nursing education is a process of formal education by which the student acquires the specialized theories and concepts necessary for the specific level of practice. A curriculum in nursing education should facilitate integration and application of this knowledge. This education provides an opportunity for a student to learn the roles, functions, and skills of nurses. The faculty believes the educational preparation of the nurse determines the scope of practice. An increasing awareness of the needs of previously neglected groups in society demand that practitioners have different functions and responsibilities. Technological advances, health care policies, and alterations in population distribution prompt changes in the health care needs of the nation. Teaching-Learning Process The teaching-learning process is a purposeful, goal-directed, interactive process between the instructor, the student, and the environment. Positive learning from one situation to another can be facilitated when the situation is similar to the learner s earlier experiences. The student, with faculty support and guidance, pursues, integrates, and evaluates knowledge using a problem-solving process. We believe that students should be active participants in their own learning and should have opportunities for self-evaluation as well as for evaluation by faculty. In their role as facilitators of student learning, the faculty endorse the principles of adult education. Learning occurs best when a problem, need, or desire causes an increase in learner energy or motivation, and is enhanced by the individual s active involvement in the experience. The development of positive attitudes and eagerness to learn is facilitated by positive feedback, which builds confidence and develops self-esteem. The faculty creates a learning environment which guides students toward assuming increased responsibility for identification and achievement of goals. Roles and Expected Outcomes of the Nurse with an Associate Degree The beliefs of the faculty about the roles of the nurse with an associate degree are congruent with the roles established by the National League for Nursing: provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. The focus of care is upon an individual or a group of individual patients presently in the health care system. The nurse with an associate degree uses the nursing process to provide care by selecting established nursing interventions, which have predictable outcomes for commonly recurring acute and chronic health problems. We accept the assumptions and competencies of the nurse with an associate degree as defined by the National League for Nursing. 7
14 1 0 Program Objectives Associate Degree in Applied Science of Nursing The graduate of the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing has been prepared to demonstrate the knowledge, concepts, and skills necessary to function as an advanced beginner: I. I I. I I I. Provider of Care: A. B. C. D. Use the nursing process to assist patients of any age with commonly recurring acute and chronic health problem or alteration in health to meet their needs; Establish and promote effective communication with patients, significant others, families and members of the health care team; Teach individuals by providing information and support to maintain health; Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills. Manager of Care: Organize and prioritize nursing care for a group of patients of any age with commonly recurring acute and chronic health problems in a variety of settings. Member Within The Discipline of Nursing: A. B. C. Practice within the legal and ethical f r a m e w o r k ; Promote high standards of nursing p r a c t i c e ; Assess and take action to meet the need for self-development and life long learning. Expected Program Outcomes Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing graduates are prepared to: take the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination ( N C L E X - R N ) ; demonstrate critical thinking in their decision making process; function as advanced beginners in the nursing p r o f e s s i o n ; seek employment in the rapidly changing health care environment; participate in activities that promote continuous growth as professional nurses; incorporate the knowledge obtained from the general education courses in their personal selfdevelopment, their nursing practice, and in their pursuit of further education. Academic Freed o m S ta t e m e n t Academic freedom is that ideal which enables educators, students, and academic institutions to inquire, discover, teach, debate, and publish. The Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing, as a private non-sectarian educational institution, believes that the collective freedom of inquiry must not be motivated or dominated by political or ideological mandates regarding social responsibility and institutional policy. This academic institution is committed to upholding these beliefs. Students in this School of Nursing have the right to investigate, learn, and express their individual ideas free from faculty and institutional influence. These rights are upheld for individual students as well as the collective student body. These rights carry with them the understanding that individual student members, when expressing personal views, are doing so not as a representative of the academic institution. As educators, the faculty has the right to inquire, teach, debate, discover, and publish unburdened by internal or external influence. Further, the faculty as citizens are entitled to the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. These rights carry with them the understanding that individual faculty members, when expressing personal views, are doing so not as a representative of the academic i n s t i t u t i o n. Academic freedom allows one the independence, in the classroom setting, to present and discuss material that is relevant to the course content and learning objectives.
15 S ch ool Calendar Academic Year FALL SEMESTER 2001 August 28, 2001 August 28 29, 2001 September 3, 2001 September 4, 2001 November 12, 2001 November 21, 2001 November, 26, 2001 December 10 14, 2001 December 14, 2001 Tuesday. Registration for all students. Tuesday Wednesday. Orientation for all students. Monday. LA B O R DA Y No Classes. Tuesday. Classes begin. Thursday. VE T E R A N S DA Y No Classes. Wednesday. TH A N K S G I V I N GRE C E S Sb e g i n s after all classes. Monday. Classes resume. Monday Friday. Fall Semester examinations. Friday. Classes end after all examinations. SPRING SEMESTER 2002 January 7, 2002 February 15, 2002 February 25, 2002 March 22, 2002 April 1, 2002 April 15, 2002 April 29 May 3, 2002 May 3, 2002 May 8, 2002 Monday. Classes begin. Friday. WI N T E RVA C A T I O Nbegins after all classes Monday. Classes resume. Friday. SP R I N GVA C A T I O Nbegins after all classes. Monday. Classes resume. Monday. PA T R I O T S DA Y No Classes. Monday Friday. Spring Semester examinations. Friday, Classes end. Wednesday. President s Breakfast, Graduation Rehearsal, Alumni Banquet Class of May 9, 2002 Thursday. Graduation, Class of
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17 Academic Year FALL SEMESTER 2002 August 27, 2002 August 27 28, 2002 September 2, 2002 September 3, 2002 November 11, 2002 November 27, 2002 December 2, 2002 December 9 13, 2002 December 13, 2002 Tuesday. Registration for all students. Tuesday Wednesday. Orientation for all students. Monday. LA B O R DA Y No Classes. Tuesday. Classes begin. Monday. VE T E R A N S DA Y ( OB S E R V E D) No Classes. Wednesday. TH A N K S G I V I N GRE C E S S b e g i n s after all classes. Monday. Classes resume. Monday Friday. Fall Semester examinations. Friday. Classes end after all examinations. SPRING SEMESTER 2003 January 6, 2003 February 14, 2003 February 24, 2003 March 21, 2003 March 31, 2003 April 20, 2003 April 28 May 2, 2003 May 2, 2003 May 7, 2003 Monday. Classes begin. Friday. WI N T E RVA C A T I O Nbegins after all classes. Monday. Classes resume. Friday. SP R I N G VA C A T I O Nbegins after all classes. Monday. Classes resume. Monday. PA T R I O T S DA Y No Classes. Monday Friday. Spring Semester examinations. Friday, Classes end after all examinations. Wednesday. President s Breakfast, Graduation Rehearsal, Alumni Banquet Class of May 8, 2003 Thursday. Graduation, Class of
18 Academic Year FALL SEMESTER 2003 August 26, 2003 August 26 27, 2003 September 1, 2003 September 2, 2003 November 11, 2003 November 26, 2003 December 1, 2003 December 8 12, 2003 December 12, 2003 Tuesday. Registration for all students. Tuesday Wednesday. Orientation for all students. Monday. LA B O RDA Y No Classes. Tuesday. Classes begin. Friday. VE T E R A N S DA Y ( OB S E R V E D) No Classes. Wednesday. TH A N K S G I V I N GRE C E S Sb e g i n s after all classes. Monday. Classes resume. Monday Friday. Fall Semester examinations. Friday. Classes end after all examinations. SPRING SEMESTER 2004 January 5, 2004 February 13, 2004 February 23, 2004 March 19, 2004 March 29, 2004 April 19, 2004 April 2 30, 2004 April 30, 2004 May 6, 2004 Monday. Classes begin. Friday. WI N T E RVA C A T I O Nbegins after all classes. Monday. Classes resume. Friday. SP R I N G VA C A T I O Nbegins after all classes. Monday. Classes resume. Monday. PA T R I O T S DA Y No Classes. Monday Friday. Spring Semester examinations. Friday, Classes end after all examinations. Wednesday. President s Breakfast, Graduation Rehearsal, Alumni Banquet Class of May 7, 2004 Thursday. Graduation, Class of
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20 1 6 The Sch ool Community The Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing is located in Lewiston, Maine, the second largest city in the State. The School is in a metropolitan district close to large shopping areas, theaters, public libraries, colleges, churches, and a lighted ski area. Thirty (30) miles to the southeast are the beautiful beaches of the coast of Maine. To the northwest are the White Mountains with their famous skiing and hiking facilities. Ad m i s s i o n s Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing welcomes applications from men and women who believe they are qualified to benefit from, and contribute to the educational environment of this School. The commitment of the School is to small classes and close facultystudent relationships. Thus, the Admissions Committee selects those candidates who show evidence of academic ability, intellectual curiosity, motivation and capacity for self-directed growth. All inquiries by prospective students will be handled by the Registrar. The Registrar will channel requests for information regarding admissions, curriculum, housing, and financial aid to the proper individuals. For information, call the Registrar at (207) , or , Fax: (207) , or write to: R e g i s t r a r CMMC School of Nursing 300 Main Street Lewiston, ME Persons wishing to attend the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing need to submit an application and meet a l la d m i s s i o n r e q u i r e m e n t s. The School follows a selective admissions procedure and begins reviewing applications in January for admission to the Fall Semester. It is suggested that candidates submit applications one year prior to anticipated date of entry. However, applications will be accepted through June 1 st for consideration should space be available for admission into the Fall Semester. Admission to the Sch oo l Applicants meeting the criteria for admission are accepted regardless of religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, color, national or ethnic origin and are accorded all the rights, privileges, programs and activities available to students at the School. I. A. B. C. D. ADMISSION CRITERIA* A completed application accompanied by a fee of $20.00 (nonrefundable) must be submitted to the School. Graduation from high school (official transcript must be mailed by the high school directly to the Registrar s office); or graduation from a General Educational Development (GED) program (official results must be mailed directly to the Registrar s office by the institution granting the GED). Completion of a high school level biology course with a grade of C or better or evidence of successful completion of a college level biological science course with a grade of C or better. Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results: Required minimum score for SAT s taken prior to A p r i l1, verbal 425 math Required minimum score for SAT s taken after A p r i l1, (scores have been placed on a new recentered scale starting April 1, ) 510 verbal 470 math The SAT requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed twelve (12) academic college credits of general education courses with a minimum grade of C in each course. E. F. Two (2) current recommendations (excluding relatives). Health assessment results from a physical examination performed by the applicant s personal physician within the past six m o n t h s. II. ADMISSION DECISIONS Completed applications are reviewed beginning in mid-january. Admission decisions are made by March 1st. Thereafter, all admissions criteria must be completed by June 30th to be considered for admission in the fall should any vacancies occur. June 1st is the latest that applications for fall admission will be accepted. III. EARLY DECISION The Admissions Committee reserves the right to make early decisions and will so notify the applicant. * An Applicant must be able to perform the physical activities inherent in the role of a student in an Associate Degree Nursing Education Program.
21 IV. MATRICULATION Students will not be allowed to register for nursing courses unless the Registrar receives the following by the date requested: A. Immunization record B. Evidence of current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (Course C) or comparable American Red Cross certification. C. Four (4) small photos taken within the past year. The applicant s signature must be written on the back of each photo. P a rt-time Sta t u s Part-time enrollment status is available for: I. Applicants accepted for admission to the School who desire to enroll in general education courses required by the School s curriculum prior to enrollment in the nursing major. A. Applicants must submit a request for part-time status in writing to the Registrar. B. Applications from candidates requesting part-time status will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee according to its selective admission procedure beginning on January 15th of each year. C. A maximum of five (5) part-time students will be accepted each academic year for part-time enrollment. D. Applicants accepted for part-time status will be notified in writing beginning March 1st of each year. E. Requests for transfer from part-time to full-time status will be prioritized according to the date the written request is received by the Registrar. F. A part-time student, to be eligible for financial aid, must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester of courses required by this School s curriculum. I I. Applicants who are requesting advanced placement A. Applicants who have been accepted for advanced placement may request part-time status. B. This request must be made in writing to the Chairperson of the Admissions Committee and must be received by August 1st. C. A part-time student, to be eligible for financial aid, must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester of courses required by this School s curriculum. I I I. Full-time students: A. Full-time students must submit their request for a change to part-time status, in writing, to the Associate Director. B. The written request must include anticipated date for return to full-time status. C. A student who meets any of the criteria included in the Individualized Learning Activities Policy may need to successfully complete an individualized learning plan prior to return to full-time status. D. Return to full-time status will be based on priority of selective re-admission procedure and available space. E. Student s academic standing will be maintained during parttime status and continued upon return to full-time status. F. A part-time student, to be eligible for financial aid, must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester of courses required by this School s curriculum. Information Related to Part-Time Status 1. A part-time student must provide an official transcript, showing successful completion of any general education course(s) required by this School s curriculum, by June 15 each year. The transcript must be sent directly from the educational institution, from which the course was taken, to the Registrar at Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing. 2. A student may be enrolled as a part-time student for a maximum of six (6) continuous academic years prior to applying for full-time status. 3. A part-time student must notify the School s Admissions Committee of intent to enter the nursing major by September 15, one year in advance of desired admission. Failure to so notify the Committee will forfeit the student s opportunity to enroll in the nursing major in the next academic year. 4. A minimum of four (4) slots will be available at the beginning of each academic year to enter the nursing major. 5. A part-time student will be charged the fees in effect at the time the course/service is offered. 6. A part-time student must remit a $20.00 registration fee at the beginning of each semester, and complete required forms by the dates specified by the School. Enrollment will be forfeited if fees and required forms are not received by the dates specified. 7. Each part-time student will be assigned an academic advisor. 8. Part-time students are afforded the same privileges and rights as all other students at the School. 9. Students must follow the curriculum plan in effect for the class they enter. Some general education courses required by the School s curriculum may be challenged. See Challenge Exams for General Education Courses policy. 1 7