Henry Ford College

Nursing

Policy of Professional Conduct

Professionalism

All nursing students must adhere to the conduct expectations outlined in the Michigan Public Health Code, the American Nurse Association Code for Nurses, and the behaviors outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook. It is the intent of these policies to ensure client safety and professional conduct by appropriate ethical-legal behavior on the part of all nursing students. All nursing students are expected to be responsible for their actions and exhibit professional behavior in the classroom, the clinical agency, the campus and the community in general. Students represent the nursing program, the college, and the nursing profession.

As student nurses who are learning to care for clients and families; professional behavior is an expectation. Violations of professional conduct will not be tolerated. If an instructor believes that a student’s behavior is inappropriate and/or unprofessional, the student will be asked to leave the clinical or lecture area. In addition, further disciplinary action may be instituted. (See student Unprofessional Behavior Report).

Legal Professional Standards

Professional requirements stipulate nurses will refrain from abusive use of substances both legal and illegal. The capability to sustain long periods of concentration to make decisions such as selecting correct techniques, equipment, and safety measures to assure maximum care and safety for clients is critical. A person under the influence of alcohol or consciousness-altering drugs could not meet the above criterion. Further, there are professional standards, which must be followed when abuse is suspected. Nursing students are expected to refrain from the use of all illegal substances. If a student is suspected of illegal substance use on HFC campus, college policy will be followed. Being under the influence of alcohol or any other substance will result in student removal from the clinical area and require immediate drug and alcohol testing. When requested by officials at the clinical site, students must provide a drug/ETOH screen according to the specific standards that the clinical agency defines. A student referred to for a drug/ETOH screen will be temporarily suspended from clinical work until the results of the screen are reported. Nursing faculty and/or a program administrator will direct the student where and when to have screening completed to ensure compliance. Students must comply with testing to remain in the Nursing Program. The student/applicant is responsible for costs associated with the screening. Any threats and/or assaults may lead to legal action. Immediate dismissal from the Nursing Program may result from any of these situations. The student would be ineligible for program readmission.

Following successful completion of the HFC Nursing Program and all requirements for the HFC Associate in Applied Science degree, a graduate must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to secure licensure in any state. The Michigan State Board of Nursing regulates licensing and can deny RN licensure for a number of reasons; for example, conviction of a misdemeanor or a felony. Prior to beginning the Nursing Program, students are advised to visit the Michigan website: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/RN_and_LPN_New_Relicensure_Specia... or call the Michigan Board of Nursing for questions regarding eligibility for licensing.

Standard of Clinical Conduct

All nursing students must adhere to the conduct expectations outlined in the Michigan Nurse Practice Act, the American Nurses Association Code of Nurses, and the behaviors outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook. It is the intent of these policies to insure client safety and professional conduct by appropriate ethical-legal behavior on the part of all nursing students. All nursing students are expected to be responsible for their actions. A student’s failure to abide by the outlined expectations at all times shall initiate faculty evaluation of a student’s ability to continue in the clinical rotation and therefore, the Nursing Program.

  1. Students must demonstrate sound emotional wellbeing conducive to providing safe client care. An emotional response that inhibits learning and/or functioning in the client care area will be cause for removal from the clinical area, and potentially, dismissal from the program.

  2. While in the clinical area, students are held to the standards of care of the registered nurse.

  3. Students are responsible to seek the assistance of the instructor in the clinical area. Students may give nursing care/medications in the presence of an instructor or with an assigned agent of the instructor only when so directed by the instructor.

  4. Students will give nursing care only when an instructor is present in the assigned agency.

  5. Students must be prepared in the clinical area to give responsible, safe nursing care or will be asked to leave the clinical area. This can jeopardize the student’s ability to successfully complete the program. Performance hazardous to client safety and/or endangering clients will be cause for dismissal from the program.

  6. Students in the clinical agency and believed to be under the influence of a substance that could endanger client safety will be dismissed from client care and follow the guidelines noted in the section entitled “ Health Alterations”.

  7. Students must behave in a professional manner toward faculty, staff and clients. This behavior includes courtesy, honesty, ethical actions and responsible intercommunication skills. Behavior that interferes with clinical agency/staff/faculty relationships will be cause for dismissal from the Nursing Program.

  8. Students must act to protect confidentiality in all situations. Breaches of confidentiality or HIPAA laws concerning fellow students or clients may result in dismissal in the Nursing Program.

  9. Students must document accurately and factually. Falsification of clients’ charts or records will result in dismissal from the program.

  10. Personal beliefs, values and bias are not to affect the quality of nursing care given. Repetitive or a significant single episode of noncompliance with ethical-legal behavior will be cause for dismissal from the Nursing Program.

  11. Students must immediately report unsafe practice or conditions to their instructor.

  12. Students are not allowed to remove any agency documents or client chart forms, original or copies, (i.e. lab results, medication summaries, etc.) from the clinical area under any circumstances. Violation of this policy will result in dismissal from the Nursing Program.

  13. Students must not chew gum, eat food/candy, or drink beverages while in the PSL or clinical area.

  14. Students are not allowed to bring cell phones/beepers or other electrical devices to the clinical area.

  15. Students must fully engage in clinical care and learning opportunities. Clinical is a required course component and a key learning experience. Shadow experiences do not allow students to demonstrate clinical objectives and therefore are not common. Student are expected to actively provide intimate client care and various therapeutic interventions while at clinical. Failure to do so enthusiastically and as directed, does not meet clinical expectations. Students are expected to increase independence and improve efficiency over time within a clinical rotation.

  16. Students are responsible financially if they cause damage to agency or client personal belongings (i.e. iPads, phones, hearing aids, dentures, etc.).