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1 RN-BSN Handbook RN-BSN PROGRAM Spring 2015

2 Table of Contents I. Introduction A. Letter from RN-BSN Program Faculty 1 B. Purpose of Handbook 2 C. Rosemary Berkel Crisp Hall 2 D. Department of Nursing Mission Statement 2 E. Overview of the RN-BSN Program 2 F. Department of Nursing Philosophy 3 G. Glossary 5 H. RN-BSN Curriculum Outcomes 7 II. Policies for admission, progression, and retention of the registered nurse student 8 A. Admission to the RN-BSN Program 8 B. Curriculum Requirement for RN-BSN Completion 9 C. Part/Full-time Sequence for Nursing Courses, UI412, Statistics 12 D. University Studies Competency Credit 14 E. Progress and Retention Policies 15 F. Course Test-Out Information 16 III. Graduation requirements for all RN-BSN students 16 IV. Other specific RN-BSN program policies 17 A. Program Requirements 17 B. Performance and Competency Standards 18 C. Dress Code Policy 19 D. Grading Scale 19 E. Basis for Student Evaluation 19 F. Unsafe and Unethical Nursing Practice 20 G. Substance Abuse Policy 21 H. Infection Control in Clinical Settings 21 I. Confidentiality and Privacy in Practice 22

3 J. Academic Honesty 23 V. Student Expectations/Responsibilities 24 A. Student Responsibilities 24 B. Online Learning Responsibilities/ Etiquette 25 C. Specific Nursing Course Expectations 26 D. Specific Nursing Courses Clinical Component Expectations 26 E. Cost Specific to the Nursing Program 27 VI. Student s Rights 28 A. Evaluations by Students 28 B. Student Nurses Association (SNA) - Local, State and National 28 C. Student Representation on Departmental Committees 29 D. Access to Student's Records 29 E. Academic Advising 29 F. Student Grievance Procedure 29 G. Sexual Harassment Policy 30 H. Academic Structure 30 VII. Miscellaneous 32 A. Campus Health Clinic 32 B. Career Counseling/Career Development 32 C. Information Technologies Help Desk 32 D. Scholarships and Honors 32 E. Appendices Competencies and Performance Standards RN-BSN Acknowledgment and Understanding of RN-BSN Handbook 36

4 A. Letter from RN-BSN Program Faculty Dear RN-BSN Student: I. INTRODUCTION The RN-BSN Online Program is a program within the Department of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services. The following are the official sources of University information for students. These sources are to be consulted when a student has questions regarding university and program practices and policies. RN-BSN Program Handbook Southeast Missouri State University Undergraduate Bulletin University Studies Handbook The material in this manual is specific for the nursing program. Familiarize yourself with this handbook in order to be fully aware of your rights and responsibilities as a student in the Department of Nursing. To take advantage of all the service and resources the University has to offer, you should acquaint yourself with the Southeast Missouri Undergraduate Bulletin. This document contains useful information about Financial Aid, the Student Health Service and Security as well as the General Education curriculum and other academic policies. The faculty and administration of the Department of Nursing are committed to providing you with quality educational opportunities. We hope to get to know you and help you toward your goal of earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Dr. Janet Weber, RN-BSN Coordinator Room #305, Crisp Hall of Nursing Desma Reno, Assistant Professor Room #307, Crisp Hall of Nursing Joshua Naeger, Secretary for MSN, RN-BSN, and the Office of Addictions Research Room #306A, Crisp Hall of Nursing

5 B. Purpose of Handbook This handbook has been prepared by the RN-BSN nursing faculty to assist students with policies, procedures, and other information specific to the Department of Nursing. It does not replace the University handbook and/or University Bulletin. Students are responsible for information in this RN-BSN handbook, as well as information in the Undergraduate Bulletin University Studies Handbook, and the Schedule of Course Offerings. C. Rosemary Berkel Crisp Hall The Department of Nursing is in the Rosemary Berkel Crisp Hall, located at the top of the hill on Pacific Avenue. The RN-BSN nursing office and the baccalaureate nursing faculty offices are on the third floor. Classrooms are located on all three floors. The student lounge and computer lab are on the second floor. The RN-BSN Program s office phone number is (573) D. Department of Nursing Mission Statement The mission of the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Nursing is to educate baccalaureate and masters graduates to practice nursing within the context of knowledgeable caring. The Department influences the health of the region and beyond by providing graduates who have demonstrated intellectual, personal and professional growth and can integrate theoretical knowledge, experiential learning and an interdisciplinary foundation. Faculty encourages graduates to pursue a career of life-long learning. E. Overview of the RN-BSN Online Program The RN-BSN Online option allows a registered nurse who has either an associate degree or diploma in nursing, to gain advanced placement in the BSN Nursing Major. The department recognizes prior knowledge and experience to promote advanced learning without repetition of nursing education and practice. Both nursing theory and university studies requirements can be completed totally online. Courses are designed to promote interactive online experiences with a variety of faculty and other online students. Field experiences are integrated through a variety of course assignments that require the RN to select an experience in a community or health care setting with a mentor of their choice. RN s are encouraged to seek out mentors in their Field Experiences. These experiences may occur in the RN s place of employment. See terms below. Who is a Mentor? Is anyone who invests time, know how, and effort cares to enhance another person s growth, knowledge, and skills. This sharing goes beyond one s duty or work obligations. (Shea, 1999) Who is a Mentee? Is one who makes an effort to assess, internalize, and use effectively the knowledge, skills, insights, perspectives or wisdom offered by the mentor. (Shea, 1999) 2

6 What are Field Experiences? Field Experiences are defined as experiential learning activities that require the RN-BSN student to complete required assignments that take place in agency or community settings. Although some activities require the students to examine their current practice where they are employed as an RN, most activities require the students to explore areas not familiar to their past experiences. These activities are designed to promote opportunities for the RN to learn the roles and competencies of the baccalaureate prepared professional nurse. A variety of course assignments across the RN-BSN Curriculum are required to assist the RN to meet the learning objectives of each individual nursing course. The RN is required to independently seek a mentor(s), develop own learning goals within the framework of the course objectives, plan the activity, and schedule his/her Field Experiences. There are not a specified number of hours required for the Field Experiences. Instead, focus is given to the meeting of course objectives and completion of learning assignments. Upon completion of the program a Bachelor of Science Degree is awarded. This degree combines liberal arts courses through the School of University Studies with current nursing theory and practice. Nursing assessment, research, rural health, care of the frail elderly, leadership and management, and community health skills and personal development are taught. The curriculum is based on the core concept of knowledgeable caring which provides opportunities for the nurse to interact with individuals, families, communities, and the environment in ways that "facilitate understanding and growth through the human experiences of wellness, illness, healing and dying (BSN Philosophy). F. Department of Nursing Philosophy The mission and philosophy of the Department of Nursing are consistent with the mission and core values of Southeast Missouri State University. The philosophy addresses the concepts of patient, environment, health, nursing, and learning; and reflects the views of the faculty regarding learning, teaching, and specifically nursing education. The faculty believes that each person is a unique being comprised of body, mind and spirit that together enable the individual to strive to reach an optimal level of health throughout the lifespan, including death with dignity. The person s spirit is the driving force that guides the pattern of everyday living and the attainment of one s full human potential. Therefore, regardless of physical or mental status, all people are worthy of being treated with respect and dignity. The Department of Nursing strives to serve diverse patient populations that reside in the surrounding community and region. The populations are comprised of individuals, families, and communities; and are predominantly rural in nature. Nurses are uniquely positioned to affect the quality and outcome of healthcare. The relationship that evolves between the nurse and the patient has a major influence on the perception and status of health and on access to and use of available resources. The environment is both external and internal to the patient. The external environment goes beyond surrounding physical parameters to include historical, political, economic, cultural and spiritual influences. Individual experiences and perceptions form the internal environment. There is a direct relationship between the health of patients and the quality of their 3

7 environment. Environment is individually perceived and each patient responds and adapts accordingly. Therefore, supporting a healthy environment is an essential element in promoting optimal wellness. Health is a dynamic, multidimensional phenomenon that exists on a wellness-to-illness continuum and is influenced by a patient s body, mind and spirit. Wellness and illness are concepts that to a large extent are self-defined, allowing for individualized perceptions of health. Wellness is sought, in part, through the process of healing. Healing is an active process that should not be imposed upon a patient. It is therefore important to recognize the autonomy of patients in the healing process. Nursing is an art and a science. The integrative articulation of the art and science of nursing is fundamental to the implementation of knowledgeable caring. Nurses use knowledgeable caring to partner with patient(s) for health, healing or a peaceful, dignified death. Nursing is practiced in a variety of roles and occurs wherever nurses and patients interact. Knowledgeable caring underlies the diverse nursing roles and settings for nursing practice. It is the ability to competently and creatively practice nursing, with consideration of the covert as well as the overt needs of the patient. Students are encouraged to develop a knowledgeable caring presence that will allow their patients to seek and attain an optimal level of wellness specific to each individual circumstance. Through knowledgeable caring, nurses partner with patients to develop activities and interventions to promote optimal wellness and/or assist the patient to a dignified death. Learning is a continuous, life-long process that occurs at any developmental level and ideally is evidenced by a consistent change in behavior. Students bring to the learning environment previous life experiences that influence attitudes and motivation to learn. To facilitate learning, faculty serve as teachers, resources, mentors, and professional role models for students. Faculty use a variety of teaching learning strategies to facilitate the student s practice of professional and advanced nursing. The goal of nursing education is to assist students to think critically, problem solve creatively, and practice nursing from a caring perspective. This education integrates concepts, principles, and theories from nursing and the related arts, sciences and humanities. Nursing students are empowered to assist patients to meet their health care needs and accomplish developmental tasks. An expected outcome of nursing education is the socialization of graduates into professional nursing roles. Undergraduate students are prepared to function as generalists in diverse roles, in a variety of settings, using cultural sensitivity, standards of practice and professional guidelines. Graduate students build on an undergraduate foundation. Their focus is on developing expertise in advanced nursing roles to meet the health and educational needs of patient(s) and the profession. 4

8 G. Glossary for the Curriculum Patient: individuals, families, and/or communities who work in partnership with nurses to seek health and healing. Patients of nursing may also include organizations and agencies. Creative thinking: bringing together bits of knowledge or information that may initially seem unrelated, and formulating them into a plan that leads to effective decision making and solves the problem by finding connections between thoughts and concepts (Catalano, 2006, p.100) Critical thinking: a conscious and organized thought process that underlies independent and interdependent decision making. It includes questioning, analysis, synthesis, interpretation, inference, inductive and deductive reasoning, intuition, application, and creativity (AACN, 1998, p.9) Full human potential: the maximum physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being attainable by a specific individual Healing: the process of bringing together the aspects of mind, body, and spirit in ways that lead toward integration and balance, and result in the realization of full human potential and optimal wellness (adapted from Dossey, Keegan, & Guzzetta, 2000, p.6) Illness: the response of the [patient] to a disease; it is an abnormal process in which the [patient s] level of functioning is changed when compared with a previous level. This response is unique for each [patient] and is influenced by self-perceptions, others perceptions, the effects of changes in body structure and function, the effects of those changes on roles and relationships, and cultural and spiritual values and beliefs (Taylor, Lillis, & LeMone, 2008, p.67) Knowledgeable Caring: the nurse s empathy for and connection with the patient, as well as the ability to translate these affective characteristics into compassionate, sensitive, appropriate care (AACN, 1998, p.8). At the graduate level, knowledgeable caring enables the nurse in an advanced nursing role to make increasingly complex decisions requiring critical thinking as a prerequisite to providing individualized comprehensive nursing care within today s complex health care environment. Learning environment: any location or situation that is conducive to teaching/learning or that promotes an opportunity for change and growth in attitude, knowledge, and/or behavior. Nursing Roles: a variety of behaviors demonstrated by the professional nurse in response to the patient s unique needs. These roles exist upon a continuum from basic to advanced levels of practice. 5

9 Advocate: supports and encourages patients as they seek information and make health related choices and decisions Care Provider: uses theory and research-based knowledge in the direct and indirect delivery of care to patients Collaborator: seeks the input and participation of the patient, family, and other health care team members in health care decisions and activities Communicator: communicates effectively with patients, their families, and other members of the health care team through verbal, non-verbal, written and technological means Educator: develops and implements teaching plans for patient/family instruction, evaluates their effectiveness, and revises them as necessary Manager/Leader: A manager organizes activities and resources when caring for multiple patient groups. A leader influences and/or guides/directs others to achieve desired patient outcomes. Researcher: demonstrates an appreciation for health related research by applying research appropriately to practice References: Nursing Settings: a variety of clinical and community sites and agencies through which the professional nurse fulfills basic and advanced nursing roles. Rural: areas of low population density that affect communication and transportation, interactions between friends, family and neighbors, and access to services (Condes, 1985) Wellness: an active state oriented toward maximizing the potential of the individual, regardless of his or her state of health (Taylor, Lillis, & LeMone, 2008, p. 70) American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008). The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education. AACN: Washington, DC. Catalano, J. T. (2006). Nursing Now! Tomorrow s Issues, Tomorrow s Trends (4 th ed.). F. A. Davis: Philadelphia. Condes, S. M. (1985). Biopsychosocial imperatives from the rural perspective. Social Science Medicine, 21(12), Dossey, B., Keegan, L., & Guzzetta, C. (2008). Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (5 th Aspen: Gaithersbug, MD. ed.). 6

10 Taylor, C., Lillis, C., & LeMone, P. (2008). Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Nursing Care (6 th ed.). Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins: Philadelphia. April 21, 2008 Approved by Total Faculty H. RN-BSN Program Outcomes The RN-BSN graduate: 1. Participates in the advancement of the profession by integrating nursing knowledge and concepts from arts, sciences, and humanities. 2. Through a knowledgeable caring presence, creates, in partnership with the patient, opportunities for health, healing, or a peaceful, dignified death. 3. Employs critical and creative thinking to integrate evidence based strategies into practice. 4. Communicates and collaborates effectively through oral, written, and technological methods. 5. Appreciates the impact of historical, political, theoretical, and artistic traditions on professional nursing. 6. Practices with cultural sensitivity and adherence to ethical and legal guidelines and standards of practice. 7. Demonstrates safe practice in a variety of professional nursing roles and nursing care settings. 8. Functions within nursing and inter-professional teams to foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care. 9. Demonstrates appropriate teaching/learning methods to enhance health outcomes and/or maximize quality of life. 10. Pursues professional learning experiences to enhance one s career in a rapidly changing world of health care. 7

11 II. POLICIES FOR ADMISSION, PROGRESSION AND RETENTION OF THE RN-BSN STUDENTS The Department recognizes prior nursing knowledge and experience of licensed registered nurses through advanced placement in the nursing curriculum. NS390 Framework for Professional Nursing has been designed to "bridge" the RN into the baccalaureate nursing curriculum for which the RN receives 34 hours of advanced nursing credit once this course is completed. Credits for previous non-nursing educational work are determined on an individual basis and reflected on the university degree audits. Upon completion of the Program, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is awarded. The degree combines liberal arts courses, through the School of University Studies, with current nursing theory and practice. Assessment, research, gerontology, leadership/management and community health skills are taught with an emphasis on critical thinking and personal development. The RN-BSN program may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis online, with online access to both nursing and non-nursing courses. Admission to the RN-BSN program is on a first come, first served basis to RNs who have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, hold an active RN license in the state in which they practice nursing, and have completed the required non-nursing courses. Advisors are available to individually assist RN applicants with development of a plan of study. For further information and consultation with an advisor, call (573) A. Admission Process The admission process for the RN to BSN Online Program is a two-part process, requiring separate applications to both the University and the Nursing Department. Our online advisor, Leah Michel, is happy to help you through the admission process. She can be contacted at University Application (New Students) 1. Apply online at 2. When selecting your major please make sure to select Nursing RN-BSN. 3. Request official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities to be sent directly from the institution to the Admissions office. Have them mailed to: 8

12 Southeast Missouri State University Office of Admissions One University Plaza, MS 3550 Cape Girardeau, MO After Acceptance to the University Following your acceptance to the University, an advisor from the Southeast Online office will evaluate your transcripts and inform you whether or not you have the prerequisites necessary for admission to the RN-BSN Online program. Most non-nursing courses must have been completed before the student will be considered for admission to the program. In addition, the student must have achieved a 2.8 cumulative GPA. RN to BSN Online Program Application Note: Do not complete and fax this application until notified to do so by a Southeast Online advisor. 1. Print and complete the Application Form at 2. Fax the completed application with a copy of current RN license and a current resume listing where you have been employed as an RN to (573) Meet all the requirements in Certified Background Check. A code will be given to you to subscribe to this service once 1 through 3 above have been received by the Southeast online advisor and forwarded to the Department of Nursing. Important Information If you are currently enrolled in an associate degree nursing program and need to know which courses to take that will transfer, please use the following link: B. Curriculum Requirements for RN-BSN Completion 1. Required Support Courses for BSN Major: The following prerequisites, or their equivalent, must be completed prior to admission and enrollment in the RN-BSN program: Course 9 Credit Hours 1) University Studies courses Written Expressions University Studies course 3 Physical Systems University Studies course 3/5 (CH-180 or CH-181/081/001)

13 Behavioral Systems (PY-220)* 3 2) Required sciences Anatomy & Physiology I 2-4 Anatomy & Physiology II 2-4 Microbiology 3 *May be met with an attribute of 5 years of work experience as an RN 2. Other University Studies Requirements: The student may choose, at any time, any course within the University Studies program that meets the following University Studies requirements: Note: The following link will provide you with a list of courses for each Expressions or Systems category: Course Credit Hours Logical Systems (math and stats) 3-4 Development of a Major Civilization 3 Social Systems 3 Literary Expressions 3 Oral Expressions** 3 Political Systems 3 Artistic Expressions 3 Economic Systems 3 **May be met with an attribute for 10 years RN experience including leadership The following University Studies courses must be taken through Southeast Missouri State University: Course Credit Hours UI-300 Level Interdisciplinary Courses (2 courses) 6 UI-412 American Health Care Systems 3 3. Required RN-to-BSN Curriculum Courses: Course Credit Hours NS-390 Framework for Professional Nursing 4 NS-380 Holistic Assessment 4 NS-385 Research for Professional Practice 2 NS-386 Professional Practice: Community Health 6 10

14 NS-480 Professional Practice: Leadership and 6 Management NS-483 Gerontological Nursing and Care of Older Adults 3 Total Hours Required: 120*** ***In order to meet all individual requirements, some students may have to complete more than 120 hours including transfer hours. In order to meet the 120 hour requirement some additional electives may be needed. 4. Beginning in Fall 2014, RN-BSN students will receive 34 hours of Baccalaureate advanced nursing credits once officially enrolled in their final semester at the University. NS371 Fundamentals of Nursing 3 NC371 Fundamentals Clinical 3 NS373 Pharmacology 3 NS374 Pathophysiology 3 NS387 Adult Health I 3 NC387 Adult Health I Clinical 2 NS388 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 3 NC388 Maternal-Newborn Clinical 1 NS389 Mental Health Nursing 3 NC389 Mental Health Clinical 1 NS487 Adult Health II 3 NC487 Adult Health II Clinical 2 NS488 Pediatric Nursing 3 NC488 Pediatric Clinical 1 Total Hours: 34 11

15 C. Sequence options for Online RN-BSN Nursing Courses (includes: Statistics & UI412) PART-TIME SEQUENCE for Online RN to BSN Nursing Courses Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Summer Fall START NS390 (4cr) (1st 8 Weeks) Framework for Professional Nursing NS 385 (2cr) (2nd 8 Weeks) Research for Professional Practice NS380 (4cr) (1st 8 Weeks) Holistic Assessment NS483 (3cr) (2nd 8 Weeks) Gerontological Nursing and Care of Older Adults MA155 (3cr) Statistical Reasoning UI412 (3cr) American Health Care Systems NS480 (6cr) (16 Weeks) Professional Practice: Leadership and Management NS386 (6cr) (16 Weeks) Professional Practice: Community Health START NS390 (4cr) (1st 8 Weeks) Framework for Professional Nursing NS385 (2cr) (2nd 8 Weeks) Research for Professional Practice UI412 (3cr) American Health Care Systems NS380 (4cr) (1st 8 Weeks) Holistic Assessment NS483 (3cr) (2nd 8 Weeks) Gerontological Nursing and Care of Older Adults NS480 (6cr) (16 Weeks) Professional Practice: Leadership and Management MA155 (3cr) Statistical Reasoning NS386 (6cr) (16 Weeks) Professional Practice: Community Health 12

16 START NS390 (4cr) (1st 8 Weeks) Framework for Professional Nursing NS 385 (2cr) (2nd 8 Weeks) Research for Professional Practice NS480 (6cr) (16 Weeks) Professional Practice: Leadership and Management FULL-TIME SEQUENCE for Online RN to BSN Nursing Courses FALL SPRING SUMMER FALL NS380 (4cr) MA155 (3cr) (1st 8 Weeks) Statistical Reasoning Holistic Assessment NS483 (3cr) (2nd 8 Weeks) Gerontological Nursing and Care of Older Adults NS386 (6cr) (16 Weeks) Professional Practice: Community Health START NS390 (4cr) (1st 8 Weeks) Framework for Professional Nursing NS 385 (2cr) (2nd 8 Weeks) Research for Professional Practice NS480 (6cr) (16 Weeks) Professional Practice: Leadership and Management UI412 (3cr) American Health Care Systems MA155 (3cr) Statistical Reasoning UI412 (3cr) American Health Care Systems NS380 (4cr) (1st 8 Weeks) Holistic Assessment NS483 (3cr) (2nd 8 Weeks) Gerontological Nursing and Care of Older Adults NS386 (6cr) (16 Weeks) Professional Practice: Community Health NOTE: The above sequences are only examples of how to proceed through the curriculum. Every effort will be made to offer these courses as illustrated but may be subject to change. A student may choose not to take courses and return at a later time but should complete all nursing courses within five years of the time first enrolled in any nursing course. 13

17 1. The following courses may be transferred to Southeast for credit: Chemistry Microbiology Anatomy and Physiology Growth and Development (Behavioral Systems requirement) Nutrition or other Living Systems requirement 2. Nursing Courses should be taken in the sequence as outlined above. Exceptions must be approved by the RN-BSN Program Director. D. UNIVERSITY STUDIES COMPETENCY CREDIT FOR RN-BSN STUDENTS In an effort to recognize your professional nursing experiences while you pursue your Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing through the Southeast Missouri State University RN to BSN Online Program, you may receive credit for up to 9 hours for the following University Studies Requirements if you begin the RN to BSN program starting in fall, 2014 or after: For all Registered Nurses who have been employed as an RN less than 5 years, credit for the Living Systems category will be assigned to a previously completed credit bearing course upon verification of holding a license as a Registered Nurse. For Registered Nurses who have been employed as an RN 5 9 years, credit for the Living Systems and Behavioral Systems categories will be assigned to previously completed credit bearing courses upon verification of RN work experience. For Registered Nurses with 10 years or more working experience that includes Nurse/Management/leadership experience, in which they were required to exercise supervisory/presentation/training competencies, credit for the Living Systems, Behavioral Systems, and Oral Expression categories will be assigned to previously completed credit bearing courses upon verification of RN work experience. Upon verification of your professional experiences by you and approval by the Director of the RN-BSN Program and the Registrar, you may receive credit for the Living Systems, Behavioral Systems and Oral Expressions categories of University Studies. This policy will not exempt you from completing courses required for other majors and minors, should you change or add to your academic programs at Southeast beyond the RN-BSN course of study. To validate your years of experience, you will need to submit evidence from your employer(s) to Dr. Janet Weber, Director RN-BSN Program, Department of Nursing, MS8300, Crisp Hall of Nursing, One University Plaza, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO as follows: 14

18 For Living Systems, submit a copy of your RN license. For Living Systems and Behavioral Systems, submit a copy of your RN license and signed documentation from your employer (the necessary form can be obtained from your advisor) indicating you have been employed for at least 5 9 years as a practicing RN in their agency. For Living Systems, Behavioral Systems, and Oral Expressions, submit a copy of your RN license and signed documentation form your employer (the necessary form can be obtained from your advisor) indicating you have been employed for at least 10 years as a practicing RN in their agency. This policy will be in effect beginning with admissions for the Fall 2014 Semester, and will not be applied retroactively to current RN-BSN students or to those previously admitted for the RN to BSN Program. E. Progress and Retention Policies: 1. To be retained in the nursing program, nursing students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all academic work at the University. 2. A grade of C or better is required in all Nursing (NS) courses in the RN-BSN online program. A grade of D in an NS course is considered a failure. 3. If an RN-BSN receives a grade below a C in an NS course that student is not eligible to take another nursing course until that course is repeated with a passing grade (C or better). The student must request in writing to the RN-BSN Coordinator to repeat that course. The student s request needs to also specify a plan to be successful when repeating the course. 4. Students receiving a grade of D or F in any NS course must repeat and pass that course prior to enrolling in any other nursing course. Individual exceptions may be made only by the RN-BSN Curriculum Committee. 5. If a student fails two NS courses in one semester, he/she will need to meet with the RN- BSN Curriculum Committee in person or via phone conference before enrolling in another nursing course. That committee will decide as to how the student should proceed. 6. If an RN fails the same course twice, they will be dismissed from the RN-BSN online program. The student may appeal this in writing to the RN-BSN Coordinator who will take it to the RN-BSN Curriculum Committee for review. 7. The Department of Nursing adheres to University deadlines for dropping classes. Late drops will not routinely be approved. Any students wishing to make a late drop and the involved faculty must submit a written request to the Department Chairperson whose decision will be final. 8. In accordance with the nursing licensing regulations of the State of Missouri, students found to be convicted of serious crimes (felonies or substance abuse) will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee and may be suspended from the nursing program. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is conferred by Southeast Missouri State University following criteria as outlined in the current Bulletin. 15

19 F. Course Test-Out Information All test-outs are scheduled through and administered by the Southeast Missouri State University Testing Service. CLEP and course-specific tests can be taken once; there is a fee for each examination. Please call (573) for further information. Credit by Exam Guidelines: Southeast Missouri State University students may qualify for credit by examination as long as they have earned fewer than 90* semester hours and have not enrolled in a college course in the subject for which the examination is taken. Students who anticipate attempting to earn credit by examination should NOT enroll in that course before taking the examination. A maximum of 30 semester hours of combined credit from Advanced Placement, CLEP, DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST), Departmental Exams, Certified Professional Secretary (CPS), and International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) options may be counted toward a single degree. Credit and course equivalencies correspond to introductory courses in disciplines. Grades will be recorded and noted on the official transcript as credit by examination; such credit does not affect the cumulative grade point average. Subsidiary level courses do not receive any credit or advanced placement. To receive credit for FN235 Nutrition through testing, see RN-BSN Website for instructions. A Writing Proficiency Test (WP003) must be taken after completing 75 hours. Exception: transfer students transferring in with 94 hours or pursuing a second baccalaureate degree. Contact advisor for enrollment information. III. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL RN-BSN STUDENTS The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is conferred by Southeast Missouri State University following criteria as outlined in the current Bulletin. A minimum of one hundred twenty (120) credit hours are required to graduate from the RN- BSN program. Fifty-six (56) credit hours must be taken from a four year university, 39 of these hours must be upper-division (300 & 400 level courses), and 30 hours of the 124 taken from Southeast Missouri State University. These are University requirements. Hours Required at Southeast To graduate with your BSN from SOUTHEAST, you must have at least 30 hours from Southeast and 39 hours senior college credit (300 level or higher) from a 4 year school that transfers to Southeast as a 300 level (or above) course. 34 hours of Baccalaureate upper-level Nursing credit will be granted the semester before graduation and will count towards the 39 hours of senior credit. Twenty-five hours of the RN-BSN nursing requirements 16

20 will also count towards these 39 hours of senior credit. Finally, the two required UI3xx courses and UI412 will count towards the 39 hour requirement, as well. The 34 advanced placement credit, however, does not count towards your 30 hours required at SOUTHEAST. The Department of Nursing requires that at least half of the required hours of nursing courses be taken and completed at Southeast Missouri State University. The Department of Nursing sponsors a Graduate Recognition Ceremony two times a year, in December and in May. Any student is eligible to participate in this ceremony if that student is within three months of graduation and in good academic standing with the Department of Nursing. Graduation Students should apply for graduation after enrolling in courses for the semester one intends to graduate by the first day of classes. One s degree is not finished until one submits a graduation application and completes the Senior Papers. Graduation information including the application is available online at It is recommended one reads through the materials especially the Seven Easy Steps to Getting Your Diploma and Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions about graduation, please send those directly to the Graduation Specialist at A. Program Requirements IV. OTHER SPECIFIC RN-BSN PROGRAM POLICIES There are requirements specific to the RN-BSN program which must be completed in order to complete the program admission process. 1. Provide own transportation to and from field experiences. 2. Subscribe to Certified Background Check (CBC) a private company the Nursing Department employs to facilitate student submission of records. 3. Submit proof of having the following documents to Certified Background Check. a) Current RN license b) Current Background Check conducted by CBC. c) Current CPR Training d) Current Liability Insurance (Minimum coverage of $1million per incident and $3 million aggregate must be met. Proliability.com is a company many students choose to use.) Due to the importance of this documentation, students failing to meet and maintain requirements will result in the student being dropped from the course/s. 4. If you are not employed as an RN, you will need to contact an agency where you will be able to complete your field experiences for NS390, NS380, NS385, NS386, and NS480. Your 17

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