University of Southern Indiana

Promotion of Patient Safety and Error Prevention

Clinical

Students will have clinical experiences caring for patients in acute care.  The students are expected to prepare for clinical.  Students may NOT witness a will or sign legal documents such as surgery permits or nursery footprints.  Students may NOT administer or hang blood or any blood products.  Students may monitor vital signs and complete assessments while blood products are infusing.  All other clinical activities may be performed at the discretion of the clinical faculty and as directed by the nursing unit or agency.

 Medications

Medications will be given by the student only with the instructor or RN supervision.  The student is expected to be able to verbalize the rationale for the medication, any necessary assessments that must be completed before giving the medication, expected effects and side effects, and why the patient is receiving this drug.

The following guidelines will be implemented concerning medication calculations in the undergraduate courses:

  • Each designated clinical course will give a 10-20 point math test. The number of points on the exam will be at the course faculty’s discretion to avoid grade inflation. 
  • Every exam in all clinical courses will include a minimum of 5% of the total questions as math questions. 
  • The scheduling of the exam during the course is at the faculty’s discretion. For example, the exam can be given any week in the 8 week course. 
  • This math exam score will be considered an exam and therefore will be included in the 75% exam average. 

A separate math test will be completed in each of the following clinical courses for those student admitted to the BSN nursing program prior to January 2017 as listed below:

    • Introduction to Patient Care (NURS357)
    • Nursing Care of Adults I (NURS358)  
    • Nursing Care of the Adults II (NURS368)  
    • Care of Children and Families (NURS364)
    • Care of Women and Families (NURS456)
    • Nursing Care of Adults III (NURS468)  
    • Leadership in Care Delivery (NURS488)
  • Please refer to your plan of study (December or May Graduation) to identify the semester in which each course is offered.

A separate math test will be completed in each of the following clinical courses for those students admitted to the BSN nursing program after January 2017 as listed below:

  • Pharmacology (NURS356)
  • Nursing Care of the Adults II (NURS368)
  • Care of Children and Families (NURS364)
  • Nursing Care of Adults III (NURS468)
  • Leadership in Care Delivery (NURS488)
  • Please refer to your plan of study (December or May Graduation) to identify the semester in which each course is offered. Returning students will follow the math schedule that corresponds with their return date.

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