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 NOT pull central line catheters. 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.
Safe Medication Administration & Medication Administration Safety Exam
Regardless of the student course or level, all medications must be directly supervised by a registered nurse. Students must know: the action, indication, classification, safe dosage range, route of administration, required assessment if indicated, and safety monitoring of all administered medications. If the student is unable to articulate the medication information, they shall not administer the medicine. Students must follow the medication administration policy of the facility. The student will be expected to communicate this knowledge to the registered nurse overseeing medication administration.
The following guidelines will be implemented concerning medication administration safety in the undergraduate courses:
Other nursing courses may include a medication administration safety exam. The number of points on the exam will be at the course faculty’s discretion. Other exams in the courses listed above will have a minimum of 5% medication administration questions independent of the medication administration safety exam.