Students may achieve a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing through either (1) the pre-licensure track for high school graduates, transfer and second degree students, or (2) the degree completion track available to licensed registered nurses who graduated from an accredited program awarding an Associate’s degree in Nursing or a diploma in Nursing and have an active license as a registered nurse. To qualify for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing, students must have satisfactorily completed the plan of study specific to their track. Specific courses and a minimum of 60 graded credits must be completed at Salve Regina University in order to be eligible for honors designation. A minimum of 36 credits, exclusive of credit by examination options, must be taken at Salve Regina University to meet the residency requirement of the University.
All nursing majors are subject to academic and financial policies published in this catalog such as federal loan eligibility, satisfactory academic progress, grading and graduation.
Because pre-licensure students and registered nurses come with different backgrounds of preparation, the required courses in the two tracks are not identical. However, the academic expectations for the minimal level of achievement required to earn the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing are the same. All graduates of either track are prepared to continue their education for a master’s and doctorate degree in nursing.
Sigma Theta Tau International recognizes high achieving nursing students and professionals. The mission of the honor society is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.
Students are expected to demonstrate professional, ethical behaviors during all aspects of their academic program. Academic courses provide the building blocks of learning with increasing levels of complexity and expected proficiency as students move through the nursing program. The 100 and 200 level courses provide foundational information for the 300 and 400 level courses. Students are expected to successfully complete all 100 and 200 level courses since these will prepare them for the upper level course work required in the nursing major.
Students do not advance to the 300 level nursing courses unless they have earned at least the minimum grade of C in all 200 level nursing courses. No nursing student may progress to the 400 level nursing courses until earning at least the minimum grade of C in all 300 level nursing courses. (In unique situations the chair of the Department of Nursing may consider exceptions if there is space available in the desired course.)
Students who progress according to the suggested plan of study are given priority in classroom and clinical placements over students who take a leave of absence or who must repeat a course. Students who do not follow the plan of study will be placed in clinical courses on a space available basis. If there are more requests than there are spots available, preference will be given to students based on their overall GPA in nursing courses.
Nursing majors must maintain a minimum of a 2.700 GPA for progression and graduation in the program. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (74) or “P” (pass) in the required courses of anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, and statistics as well as the nursing courses themselves. Policies for progression and retention within the major apply to all nursing students.
Academic Probation and Dismissal from the Nursing Major
Decisions regarding student acceptance, progression and retention within the major are based on the transcript current at the time the decision is made. Subsequent changes to the transcript will not retroactively alter the status of the student.
Nursing majors who attain a cumulative GPA of less than 2.700 will be placed on academic probation in the Department of Nursing. Students on academic probation are required to meet with their advisor in order to monitor the student’s progress in rectifying the situation. Failure to attain the required cumulative GPA of 2.700 after the prescribed probation period will result in the student’s dismissal from the nursing major. If a student is able to remediate the terms of the probation, and their GPA falls below a 2.700 a second time, the student will be dismissed from the nursing major.
If a student receives a grade of less than “C” or an “F” in a pass/fail nursing course, this course may be repeated only once. Failure to achieve a grade of “C” or higher or a “P” in the repeated course will result in dismissal from the nursing major. During the program of study the student may repeat no more than a total of two (2) nursing courses.
A student who fails to meet one or more of the stated requirements for progression or retention is dismissed from the nursing major. The student is informed of such action by a letter from the chair of the Department of Nursing. If the student still meets the minimal requirements of the University the student may continue as a Salve Regina student in another major.
After taking the time to review and remediate the situation that led to the academic probation, the student may petition the chair of the Department of Nursing for reinstatement. Each petition for reinstatement will be considered on an individual basis. Space availability in clinical courses will be one factor considered. Details about this process may be found in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.
It is the responsibility of the student to inform the chair of the Nursing Department, the Clinical/Lab Coordinator, and relevant faculty of any ongoing health concerns or changes in health status. Unless otherwise informed it will be assumed that a student is healthy and fully capable of responding to the challenges of the classroom and experiential learning activities of this program.
Student Health Insurance
Students are personally and financially responsible for their own health care. Health insurance is required for nursing students. Students must furnish proof of current health insurance. Part-time students who do not have health insurance coverage may purchase it through the Salve Regina University Business Office.
Salve Regina University and the sites for experiential learning promote smoke-free environments and nursing students are expected to abide by these policies. Students who smoke and wish assistance in quitting may seek assistance through programs offered by Salve Regina Health Services.
Substance Abuse Policy
Salve Regina University expects all members of its community to adhere to and abide by all federal, state, and local laws concerning illegal substances and alcohol. Specifically, the University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol, prescription drugs or illicit drugs anywhere on University property or within the framework of a University function.
Substance abuse, whether alcohol or other substances, is a major issue because it can compromise not only the learning environment but also the collaborative care that is provided to patients. Professional standards require that nursing students must be free of chemical impairment during participation in any aspect of their nursing education program whether in the classroom, laboratory, or sites for experiential learning. This includes during travel to and from locations of experiential learning. Students must notify the chair of the Department of Nursing within five days of any criminal drug arrest, arraignment and conviction.
In order to facilitate the identification and management of substance abuse problems, the Department of Nursing has adopted a written substance abuse policy. This policy is based on: (1) the assumption that addiction is an illness that can be successfully treated and that individuals can be returned to a productive level of functioning; and (2) the philosophy that the Department of Nursing is committed to assisting their students with recovery. Confidential information about various drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs will be provided to students.
Failure of a student to comply with this policy on substance abuse will result in disciplinary action that could include dismissal from the major, required completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, and being reported to appropriate officials for prosecution under Rhode Island and United States law where penalties may include fines, imprisonment, or both. Details of this policy and procedure are found in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.
Drug Screening Policy and Procedure
Health care facilities and organizations require that students who participate in experiential learning assignments be subject to the same standards as their employees. Accordingly, the Department of Nursing requires nursing students to submit to a minimum of one urine drug screening. A negative urine drug screen is a condition for participation in the clinical component of the program. Details of this policy and procedure are found in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.
Professional Liability Insurance
All students must have professional liability insurance before participating in experiential learning. A clinical laboratory fee includes the purchase by the University of Professional Liability Insurance for pre-licensure students.
Assignments for Experiential Learning
Students are provided with a variety of out-of-classroom assignments. Assignments are based upon students’ educational needs in relation to curriculum and course objectives and the availability of sites with our educational partners. Specific assignments to agencies are subject to change as situations require.
Transportation to sites for experiential learning is the responsibility of the student.
Clearance for Experiential Learning
No student will be allowed to start an experiential learning activity until a clinical clearance is obtained. Clinical clearance is granted by the Clinical/Lab Coordinator when all requirements are fulfilled. It is the responsibility of each nursing major to ensure that all items are on file four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which he or she will be having direct contact with patients.
Before the first course with experiential learning, all students must submit the following to the department’s Clinical Coordinator: 1) documentation of a physical exam during the past year, 2) documentation of having received the Tdap vaccine and a 2-step PPD, 3) record of varicella, Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, and rubella titres, 4) signed Hepatitis B declination/ waiver form if vaccine refused, 5) national criminal background check, 6) urine drug screen, and 7) current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers certification.
During the fall semester, students are strongly encouraged to get the influenza vaccine as soon as possible. Students are advised that some facilities require the influenza vaccine. who refuse must sign a flu declination form or provide a medical waiver from their health care provider.
In subsequent years, the following information must be on file in the nursing department: 1) a current annual PPD, 2) current CPR certification, and 3) documentation of any changes in physical or health status.
Professional Behaviors and Attire
When Salve Regina University nursing students leave campus as part of their educational experience they represent not only themselves, but also the other members of the student body, the faculty, and the University as a whole. Professional behaviors and attire are expected at all times. Students must wear the appropriate University uniform when participating in experiential learning events. The student who does not comply may be barred from the activities. Details of this policy are found in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.