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Attendance Policy
The faculty believes attendance is a professional accountability issue and the responsibility of the student.  It is expected that students will attend all regularly scheduled classes, clinical and laboratory sessions. 
The program adheres to the college “Attendance and Discipline Policies” outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.

The faculty has determined that classroom attendance is crucial in order for students to fully comprehend the theoretical component of the Nursing curriculum.  It is essential for safe and effective functioning in the clinical area.  The student is responsible for all material presented in class.  It is the student’s responsibility to sign the attendance sheet each day in class.

In addition, the faculty has determined regular attendance in clinical is essential to completing required course objectives.  If the student has any clinical absences during the semester, he/she will be required to complete a mandatoryalternative assignment determined by the team.

If it is determined by the faculty team that a student will be unable to meet course objectives due to clinical and/or classroom absences, as outlined in the preceding policy, he/she will be counseled to withdraw from the course.  If a pattern of absence develops or excessive absences exist, the appropriate course team(s) as well as the Nursing Department will make a recommendation for the student to be dismissed from the program.

Dress Code
The first impression made upon others is visual.  Therefore, the image of the professional nurse is enhanced by proper appearance.  If the nurse looks neat and competent, she/he is more likely to be seen as competent by superiors, co-workers, and the patients who depend upon her/him.  In the interest of professionalism and to be in compliance with the rules of most health institutions, the following dress code is to be followed by Massasoit Nursing students.
  1. Street clothes will be worn to class on college campus.
  2. Uniforms must be worn to clinical agencies except the Brockton VA Medical Center and other areas as designated.
  3. The uniform consists of:

    - Green top with school insignia on the sleeve and green scrub pants to be purchased from the designated uniform supplier.  May wear white scrub jacket with school insignia in the clinical area.  Sweaters cannot be worn on clinical units.

    - White Shoes - Shoes should be polished and in good repair.  Appropriate footwear is ALL WHITE leather shoes or sneakers with white hosiery or socks.  No open back clogs.

    - Name pin, watch with sweep second hand, scissors, ball point black pen.

    - All parts of the uniform should be clean, in good repair and fit properly.   

  4. Hair must be clean, controlled above the collar, and away from the face.
  5. Make-up should be minimal and tastefully applied.
  6. Fingernails should be clean and at an appropriate length.  Clear intact nail polish only.  No artificial nails.
  7. No jewelry except one pair of small studs may be worn in ears only.  A plain gold wedding band is acceptable.
  8. No gum chewing is allowed in the clinical agency.
  9. Personal hygiene must effectively manage body odors.
  10. Personal hygiene products must be fragrance free.
As practice in a clinical agency is designed to be a rehearsal for the professional role, the student is expected to meet the same standards of conduct required when joining the work force.  These include punctuality and satisfactory attendance, completion of assigned duties, honesty, responsibility for one’s actions and acceptance of agency policies.  A professional respects and protects the right of others and maintains confidentiality with respect to information acquired while providing service.

Incomplete Grades in Nursing Courses

Each nursing course must be completed with a minimum grade of 78 (C) prior to progression to the next level of nursing, i.e. Nursing I must be satisfactorily completed before the student can take Nursing II and/or Nursing III.

If the student receives a grade of INCOMPLETE for the semester, that grade must be completed before the student can take the next level nursing course.  Each level of nursing is a prerequisite to the next level of nursing.  Students who do not make up the incomplete prior to the beginning of the next level nursing course may have until the next semester in which to complete the grade; but must withdraw from the Nursing Program.  When the incomplete is made up, the student will then need to reapply to the Nursing Program, through the Admissions Office, in order to enroll in the next higher level course.  Acceptance for readmission into the Nursing Program is on a space available basis.  A letter explaining this policy and available options will be sent to the student.

Failure of a Nursing Course

The passing grade in all nursing courses is 78 (C).  Students who did not achieve 78 (C) will not be able to continue in the program.  Nursing grades include theory and clinical practice.  Clinical practice grades are “Pass-Fail.”  Students must “Pass” clinical practice and receive a minimum grade of 78 (C) in nursing theory in order to take the next level nursing course. Students must pass the semester specialty clinical rotations in order to pass the course. Each level of nursing is a prerequisite to the next level.

Students who fail any nursing semester cannot continue in the Nursing Program at the College.  If they wish to stay at the College and take non-nursing courses, they must change their program of study through the Registrar’s Office.  If a student wishes to repeat the failed nursing course, he/she must request readmission to the Nursing Program through the Admission’s Office.  All applications for readmission to the Nursing Program are on a space available basis.

Any student who has failed any nursing course twice, has failed two nursing courses, or withdraws failing from a second nursing course will not be readmitted to any of the Nursing Programs at Massasoit Community College.

Students who fail will be seen by an instructor and receive a letter from the Department Chairperson which will indicate faculty recommendations and suggestions regarding career goals.

Any time that a student is judged to be a danger to themselves, patients, other students or professionals while in the clinical area by his/her instructor, that instructor will temporarily terminate the student’s clinical experience pending careful review by the appropriate team with the department chairperson.  Further action, up to and including dismissal from the Nursing Program will be determined by the course team in consultation with the department chair and division dean.  Students will have the right to appeal the decision through the department and/or division dean.  The student grievance procedure is also available as an avenue of appeal.

Math Competency Related to Clinical Calculations

Certain math skills are basic to nursing.  These include the ability to multiply and divide simple fractions and decimals as well as the ability to convert between the metric, apothecary and household systems of measurement.  These skills are essential when calculating medication dosages and I.V. drip rates to ensure the delivery of safe nursing care.

Math competency must be achieved at each level in order to continue in the Nursing program.

A clinical calculation test will be adopted by the Nurse Education Department to be utilized across the curriculum.  This test will be required for all students.

Freshman Year:

A diagnostic math test will be administered at the beginning of the semester.  Referrals to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and attendance at math tutoring sessions is advised for all students who do not demonstrate competency in any of the skills mentioned above.

A clinical calculation test including fractions, decimals, and conversions will be administered.  The student must pass with eighty five percent (85%) or better.

All students who are unsuccessful in achieving the passing criteria will be required to attend tutoring sessions at the ARC on their own time.  The students will be given the opportunity to retake the exam.  During this interim, students will not be allowed to administer medications in the clinical area. Students must achieve a passing score (85% or better) in clinical calculations in order to administer medications in the clinical area. Administering medications in the clinical area is a required behavior. 

Sophomore Year:

At the beginning of the semester, a clinical calculations test will be administered to assure the students’ continuing ability to perform these calculations.  The students must pass with eighty five percent (85%) or better in order to administer medications in the clinical area.

All students who are unsuccessful in achieving the passing criteria will be required to attend mandated tutoring sessions in the ARC on their own time.  During this interim, students will not be allowed to administer medications in the clinical area.

The students will be given an opportunity to retake the exam.  Students must achieve a passing score of eighty five percent (85%) or better.

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