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, disciplinary action may be instituted (see student Unprofessional Behavior Report).

Student Professional Behavior & Social Media

Students in the nursing program are expected to show courtesy and respect for all people. Additionally, students must maintain professional boundaries in the use of electronic media and are required to uphold all privacy requirements associated with class/lab/clinical sessions. Therefore, students may not record, text, post, or discuss any class/lab/clinical experience information regarding students, the college, the clinical agency, staff, or clients on any social media site. Students should review the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website regarding “A Nurse’s Guide to Professional Boundaries”
https://www.ncsbn.org/ProfessionalBoundaries_Complete.pdf and “A Nurse’s Guide to Use of Social Media” https://www.ncsbn.org/NCSBN_SocialMedia.pdf . The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has published guidelines in professional behavior and social media use. A resource guide entitled “White Paper: A Nurse’s Guide to the Use of Social Media” is available on the NCSBN website at https://www.ncsbn.org/11_NCSBN_Nurses_Guide_Social_Media.pdf

Legal Professional Standards

The practice of nursing requires specialized knowledge, skill and independent decision making. Thus, when nursing students (and nurses) provide client care, their preparation and abilities are important. All provision of care poses inherent risk of harm. Because of this risk to the public, state legislatures delegate activities and oversight for nursing education and the profession to their respective state Board of Nursing. This board provides administrative and enforcement activities to regulate the practice of nursing within the state.
HFC Nursing Program staff, faculty and administrators take seriously any nursing student behavior that would be considered unacceptable or unsafe by standards of practice or professional performance. This includes (but is not limited to) threats and/or assaults; significant clinical performance deficits, clinical behavior that jeopardizes a client, inappropriate use of social media, violation of confidentiality laws, being under the influence of alcohol or a substance (see Health Alterations section). Any personal behavior that leads to or could lead to legal action can jeopardize a student’s program and or licensure eligibility. Immediate dismissal from the Nursing Program may result from any of these situations and 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. It is the student’s responsibility to assure that they are in fact, eligible to be licensed as a Registered Nurse. Prior to beginning the Nursing Program, students are advised to visit the Michigan website: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(10q5bgjggpg4e5mo4erhpkkv))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-333-20173a or call the Michigan Board of Nursing for questions regarding eligibility for licensing.

Passing the NCLEX does not guarantee that a license will be issued. A license will only be issued if all requirements for licensure have been met, which would include a completed criminal background check.

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 will require a faculty evaluation of the student’s ability to continue in the clinical rotation and therefore, the Nursing Program.

  1. Students must demonstrate sound emotional well-being 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 may be cause for dismissal from the Nursing 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 communication skills. Behavior that interferes with clinical agency/staff/faculty relationships may 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 from the Nursing Program.
  9. Students must document accurately and factually without omissions. Falsification of clients’ charts or records may result in dismissal from the Nursing 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 and may do so at agencies only in designated areas (cafeteria).
  14. Students are not allowed to bring cell phones to the clinical areas. Instructors will provide emergency numbers.
  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 both to female and male clients (i.e. bathing, toileting) and various therapeutic interventions while at clinical. Failure to do so respectfully and as directed, does not meet clinical expectations.
  16. Students are expected to increase independence and improve efficiency over time within a clinical rotation.
  17. Students are responsible financially if they cause damage to agency or client personal belongings (i.e. iPads, phones, hearing aids, dentures, etc.).