MSN Student Handbook July 2013 - July 2014 - Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing

 
Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing

          MSN Student Handbook
           July 2013 - July 2014

This Handbook contains essential policies and procedures for the MSN program.
       Students should retain this book throughout the program of study.

                              Revised July 2013
Notre Dame of Maryland University, School of Nursing
Student Handbook for Master of Science in Nursing Program, 2013-2014

                                              Notre Dame of Maryland University
                                                     School of Nursing

                                Student Handbook for Accelerated MSN Program
                                            July 2013 - July 2014
                                              Table of Contents

Topic                                                                                                                                       Page

Introduction ......................................................................................................................................3

History of the MSN Program ...........................................................................................................3

Mission of the School of Nursing ....................................................................................................4

School of Nursing Philosophy .........................................................................................................4

MSN Program Outcomes .................................................................................................................5

MSN Program Objectives ................................................................................................................6

School of Nursing ........................................................................................................................... 7
       Dean .....................................................................................................................................7
       Chairperson of Undergraduate Studies ................................................................................7
       Nursing Faculty.................................................................................................................... 7
       Recruitment and Advisement Manager: MSN Program ...................................................... 8
       Administrative Assistant ......................................................................................................8
       FAX Number ....................................................................................................................... 8

Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, Mu Eta Chapter ................................ 8

Academic Advisement ..................................................................................................................... 8

Studying in the Accelerated MSN Program .................................................................................... 9

Paper Requirements in Nursing Courses ......................................................................................... 9

Communicating with Graduate Students ......................................................................................... 9

MSN Classroom Procedures ..........................................................................................................10
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Practicum .......................................................................................................................................12
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School of Nursing Policies
       Classroom and Practicum Policies..................................................................................... 13
       Confidentiality in Practicum Settings ................................................................................ 15
       Non-Academic Requirements for Practicum Courses ....................................................... 16
       Matriculation and Status of MSN Students ......................................................................18
       Progression through the Masters in Nursing Program ....................................................... 19
       Class Attendance and Participation ................................................................................... 21
       Earning Credits in the Masters Program ............................................................................22
       Course Grades in Masters Program Courses .....................................................................22
       Special Students in Masters Classes .................................................................................. 22
       Graduation Requirements ..................................................................................................23
       Student Access to Academic Records ...............................................................................23
       Ombudsperson for Nursing Program ................................................................................. 24
       Legal Limitations and License Requirements ...................................................................24
       School of Nursing Substance Abuse Policy ......................................................................25
       University Substance Abuse Policy ................................................................................... 26

NDMU Policies and Procedures
    Honor Code ........................................................................................................................ 33
    Incomplete Grades .............................................................................................................35
    Leave of Absence...............................................................................................................36
    Withdrawal from the University ........................................................................................ 36
    Graduation ......................................................................................................................... 36
    Academic Probation ...........................................................................................................36
    Academic Appeals Procedure ............................................................................................ 37

Registration, Billing and Payment Information .............................................................................38

Student Services and Facilities ......................................................................................................41

Inclement Weather Information and Cancelling/Rescheduling of Classes ...................................44
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                                                  Introduction
The Nursing Faculty developed this student guide for the Master of Science in Nursing student. The
purpose of this guide is to provide policy and procedural information about the School of Nursing.
Information contained in this Student Handbook is supplemental to the:

                  1. Current Graduate Catalog
                  2. Graduate Studies registration information posted on the University’s website
                  3. School of Nursing Modules, including Policies and Procedures

Students are responsible for reviewing the University catalog in addition to this Handbook for a
comprehensive listing of all Graduate Studies and general Notre Dame policies. The catalog
remains the primary reference for students on University procedures and academic policies.

The University may amend, change or delete any programs, requirements, policies, regulations or
provisions that appear in this Handbook. The Handbook is not to be regarded as a contract. The
Handbook is updated yearly and made available to all MSN students via their cohort’s Joule site
under the “Information” tab.

                                      History of the MSN Program

Program Development
In summer 2006, planning began for a masters of science in nursing with two concentrations:
Leadership in Nursing Administration and Leadership in Nursing Education. During fall 2006
planning continued with the nursing department (now School of Nursing) Curriculum/Evaluation
committee and the program was approved by that body. Also in fall 2006, Dr. Cook presented the
MSN program to the Graduate Council for approval and to the Board of Trustees. In February 2007,
the new MSN program was submitted to the Maryland Higher Education Commission for initial
approval. The program received MHEC approval in late spring 2007. Candidacy status from the
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)* was obtained in early spring
2008. The MSN program received full initial NLNAC accreditation for five years in July 2009. The
next accreditation visit will be in spring 2014.

Program Implementation
The inaugural cohort of master’s students began the MSN program in August 2007 and graduated in
May 2009. Two new on-campus MSN cohorts are admitted every fall and one to two new cohorts
start at off campus sites every spring.

* Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
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  Atlanta, Georgia 30326
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  404-975-5000
  www.acenursing.org
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UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT
Notre Dame of Maryland University educates women as leaders to transform the world.
Embracing the vision of the founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the University provides a
liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. Distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs
challenge women and men to strive for intellectual and professional excellence, to build inclusive
communities, to engage in service to others, and to promote social responsibility.

SCHOOL OF NURSING MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate students to transform nursing and healthcare
through authentic presence, caring connections with patients, students, colleagues, and the discipline
of nursing, and by preserving care and compassion as the ethical foundation of nursing practice and
scholarship.

SCHOOL OF NURSING PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
Nursing and the teaching of nursing is a journey through deep caring connections with patients,
students, colleagues, and the discipline of nursing. Nursing is imagined and known through caring
authentic presence with others and multiple ways of knowing. Nursing is a presence to life lived
with those entrusted to our care, a beacon, attentive to the extraordinary in the mundane and boldly
entering questions of meaning. All stories of individuals and of the discipline are valued as
necessary to the growth and advancement of the profession. Healing practice is possible in
partnership relationships; nursing creates safe welcoming places, encouraging growth, seeking to
understand, and knowing each other’s hearts.

Nurses are called to care through advocacy, action, ‘power-with’ and trusting relationships with
persons and groups in diverse settings. Nursing embraces diversity and commitment to social justice.
With perseverance and fortitude, caring and compassion are preserved as the ethical foundation of
nursing practice and scholarship.

 A nursing way of being requires reflective practice, a listening, that allows for meaning-making in
all dimensions of academic and practice endeavors. Nursing practice is characterized by
thoughtfulness and necessarily lived out with intention. This way of being a School of Nursing in all
aspects allows for possibilities for our mission to be realized—educating nurses to transform the
world.
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                                  MSN Program Outcomes

The program outcomes are lived by graduates as:

                                               Presence
Educators and administrators preparing a space for being-with students and staff members that
reveals authentic nursing presence—opening possibilities for meaning-making, cultural
understanding, and reflective practice in diverse settings.

                                               Praxis
Engaging in and cultivating excellence in praxis of nursing education and nursing administration
through the synthesis of a thoughtful commitment to the watchfulness of safety and quality and an
emphasis on building relationships interwoven with an authentic confident professional demeanor
and rooted in a framework of theory from nursing and other disciplines.

                                                 Advocacy
Responding to the call to be an active voice for students, nursing staff, patients, families, and
communities around health policy and social justice, leading professional lives as valued by the
Code of Ethics for Nurses, and demonstrating positive partnerships with other disciplines in the
spirit of the welfare for all those in our care.

                                           Scholarship
Creating an environment that promotes a lively spirit of critical inquiry, an appreciation for
aesthetics and other ways of knowing, which contribute to the body of knowledge in nursing.

                                              Self-Care
Creating a place for healing, growth, and a culture of caring for self and others

                                             Leadership
Enacting and guiding an interpretation of evidence with lived experiences through the lens of
reflection leading to promotion of excellence in nursing practice and advancement of the profession.

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                                   MSN Program Objectives
                          Leadership In Nursing Education Concentration
                                       Program Objectives
                    Based on the Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators (NLN, 2005)

   1. Acquire the cognitive and behavioral skills needed to successfully perform in the role as
      nurse educator in an academic or service setting.
   2. Participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes
   3. Plan, implement, and evaluate a variety of teaching strategies based on assessment of learner
      needs, setting, and advanced evidence-based research and educational theory.
   4. Use leadership skills and ethical and legal principles to implement policies and procedures
      related to learners, faculty, and the educational environment.
   5. Effectively use technology, tools, assessment instruments, and other resources to improve
      educational outcomes.
   6. Contribute to the expansion of knowledge in nursing education through participation in
      research, scholarly publications, and/or presentations.
   7. Engage in professional behaviors that reflect a commitment to service, lifelong learning, and
      excellence in teaching practice.

                       Leadership In Nursing Administration Concentration
                                      Program Objectives
Based on the Scope and Standards for Nurse Administrators (ANA, 2 nd ed.)and Nurse Executive Competencies (AONE,
                                                     2005)

   1. Acquire the cognitive and behavioral skills needed to successfully perform as a manager or
       administrator in a variety of health related organizations.
   2. Think critically and strategically to influence and participate in policy and operational
       decision-making in their organizations.
   3. Communicate effectively within the organization, community, and national forums.
   4. Implement evidence-based clinical and administrative practices.
   5. Use research findings, collaboration, leadership, and negotiation skills to influence
       professional issues and health care policy.
   6. Engage in behaviors that reflect a commitment to professional values and practice.
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                                        School of Nursing
The School of Nursing’s accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program operates through
College of Graduate Studies. The Dean and Faculty report directly to the Vice President for
Academic Affairs and collaborate with the Staff of Graduate Studies and the College of Adult
Undergraduate Studies.

From its inception, the Nursing Department’s facilities were on the first floor of Fourier Hall,
adjacent to the Weekend College. However, in Summer 2002, the Department was relocated to
spacious new facilities in a renovated portion of the third floor of Knott Science Center. In July
2011, the Department became the School of Nursing and in 2013 was moved into the new academic
building to accommodate the new entry-level nursing program.

Dean
Katharine C. Cook, PhD, RN is Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing. Her office is 207-E.
She may be reached by telephone at 410-532-5513 or by e-mail at kcook@ndm.edu.

Chairperson
Mary Packard, PhD, RN is Chair of Undergraduate Studies in Nursing and Associate Professor. Her
office is 207-F. She may be reached by telephone at 410-532-5529 or by e-mail at
mpackard@ndm.edu.

Coordinator
Mary O’Connor, PhD, RN is Coordinator of the Nursing Graduate Programs, Associate Professor,
and serves as faculty advisor. Her office is 209. She may be reached by telephone 410-532-5585 or
by email moconnor@ndm.edu .

Nursing Faculty
In addition to the Chairperson and Coordinator, there are 13 full-time Faculty. Associate Faculty are
contracted to teach as needed. The full-time Faculty are:
Jane Balkam, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, 410-532-5538; jbalkam@ndm.edu; office 216
Janice Brennan, MS, RN, Assistant Professor, 410-532-5523; jbrennan2@ndm.edu; office 325
Erica Brinkley, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor, 410-532-5509; ebrinkley@ndm.edu; office 219
Hannah Murphy Buc, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, 410-532-5539; hbuc@ndm.edu; office 210
Adriane Burgess, MSN, RNC-OB,CCE, Assistant Professor, 410-532-5534; aburgess@ndm.edu;
office 115
Bethany Correlli, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, 410-532-5573, bcorrelli1@ndm.edu; office 216
Renee Franqiuz, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor 410-532-5552; rfranquiz@ndm.edu; office230
Barbara Friend, PhD-C, RN, Assistant Professor, 410-532-5575; bfriend@ndm.edu; office119
Roxanne Moran, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, 410- 532-5586; rmoran3@ndm.edu; office 109
Sabita Persaud, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, 410-532-5517; spersaud@ndm.edu; office215
Marleen Thornton, PhD-C, RN, Assistant Professor, 410-532-5506; office 213
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Sara Rosenthal, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, 410-532-5537; srosenthal@ndm.edu; office 228
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Mark Walker, MS, RN, CNL Assistant Professor, 410-532-5541; mwalker@ndm.edu; office 214
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Faculty offices are located in the University Academic Building. Nursing Faculty are available to
meet with students by appointment. Call the School of Nursing Administrative Assistant at 410-
532-5526 or Faculty Members directly to make appointments.

Recruitment and Advisement Manager: MSN Program
The MSN Recruitment and Advisement Manager, Dana Walter-Shock is located in 008, Fourier
Hall. She can be reached at 410-532-5508 or dwaltershock@ndm.edu.

School of Nursing Administrative Assistant
Amy Rohrs is the Administrative Assistant for the School of Nursing. She may be reached by
telephone at 410-532-5526 or by email arohrs@ndm.edu. The School of Nursing fax number is 410-
532-5783.

                          Sigma Theta Tau International
                      Honor Society of Nursing, Mu Eta Chapter
Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, Mu Eta Chapter, is open to baccalaureate
and masters nursing students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement and leadership
potential. Membership encourages, fosters, and actively supports further professional development,
thus promoting nursing scholarship, leadership, creativity and commitment to nursing.

The School of Nursing Honor Society had its first induction ceremony in May 1987. Through the
diligent work of two faculty members, Dr. Katharine Cook and Eileen Fox, the honor society was
formed; the goal was to evolve into a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of
Nursing by 1990. In 1989, Sigma Theta Tau conducted a site visit to the College of Notre Dame of
Maryland and recommended chapter status. In April 1990, the chartering ceremony was held at the
College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and all honor society members were inducted into the newly
formed Mu Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. The Mu Eta Chapter remains in good standing with
Sigma Theta Tau International.

MSN Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher are invited to join.

                                      Academic Advisement
The Recruitment and Advisement Manager for the School of Nursing also serves as the MSN
Academic Advisor. Students in the accelerated MSN program are introduced to their advisor during
the admissions process, and they will continue to contact their advisor as needed throughout the
course of their program. Students are welcome to schedule advising appointments with their
academic advisor or contact them via e-mail or phone. To schedule an appointment, please contact
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Dana Walter-Shock at 410-532-5508 or email dwaltershock@ndm.edu.
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The Coordinator and Faculty Advisor for the MSN students is Mary O’Connor, PhD, RN. To
schedule an appointment, please email moconnor@ndm.edu or call 410-532-5585. Any faculty
member who teaches in the MSN Program is available by appointment to discuss curriculum, career,
and/or academic or practicum concerns.

For help with scholarly writing and related academic activities, students are encouraged to contact the
Career and Student Success Center located in Theresa Hall 022. They can be reached by phone at 410-532-5387 or email
successcenter@ndm.edu.

                         Studying in the Accelerated MSN Program
Because of the unique accelerated delivery mode used in the MSN program, the weekly class hours
are supplemented by guided, independent study in which the student is responsible for assuming
good study and writing skills needed to facilitate learning. Faculty and students work
collaboratively in class as students complete a variety of in-class facilitative learning activities
designed to enhance critical thinking and communication abilities, build a community of peers, and
broaden and elucidate the caring paradigm.

All courses employ collaborative learning methods, requiring students to be active participants in the
classroom. A goal of collaborative learning is equalizing the relationship between professor and
learner through community interaction within the context of the caring classroom environment. An
outcome of this learning process and the cohort system of the accelerated option is creation of a
sense of community within the cohort.

Students are expected to spend a significant amount of time outside of the classroom and clinical
experiences preparing for class and completing assignments. Students in the accelerated option are
guided in their studying and classroom activities by a Course Guide developed for each course. This
guide is available to registered students on the Joule site for the course.

                          Paper Requirements in Nursing Courses
In all nursing courses, APA (American Psychological Association) format is required for
major papers and reference citations. The NDM/Loyala library website provides tutorials and
other supportive materials to enhance student skill development in this area.

                             Communicating with MSN Students
Pertinent messages for students in the Master of Science in Nursing Program may be provided
through e-mail, the cohort’s Joule Homeroom and course sites, or the U.S. Mail. Notices may also
be announced in relevant courses.
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Please note: The primary communication method of Notre Dame and the School of Nursing is
through NDM student e-mail accounts. Students are responsible to check their student email
accounts. The IT Help Desk can assist students in linking their NDMU and personal email accounts
to facilitate this process.

Students may send messages to Nursing Faculty through the University voice mail or e-mail systems
(see section School of Nursing). Written messages for Nursing Faculty may also be left in the
reception area of the Nursing suite with the administrative assistant.

                                 MSN Classroom Procedures

Pre-Course Information
Students are responsible for accessing all pre-course information and complete pre-course
assignments outlined on the cohort Joule site. Pre-course information will be posted one to two
weeks prior to the start of a course. Students must be registered for the course in order to gain
access to the course joule site. The web address for Notre Dame Joule is http://joule.ndm.edu.
Cell Phones, Pagers, and PDAs
Students are asked to keep all cell phones, pagers, and PDAs off and are expected to return phone
calls during the break or after class, unless the call is an emergency.
Texting, emailing, or checking email during class is not permitted. Students engaging in these
activities may be asked to leave the classroom until they are prepared to fully participate in the class.
No Children in Class
No children are allowed to accompany students inside the classroom or in the hallways. Children
are not to be left unattended at any time when visiting the campus.
Grading Scale
The grading scale in the accelerated MSN program is equivalent for all courses.
See Course Guide and the cohort homeroom site.

Grade Reports
Final course grades are posted on WebAdvisor and mailed by the Registrar’s Office. Accelerated
MSN students will receive a grade report after the completion of each course.
Prerequisites
Prerequisite courses within a cohort course sequence must be completed in order for the student to
be eligible to continue to attend courses within the overall program sequence.
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Collaborative learning is an integral part of the accelerated classroom experience. The following
chart explains how a collaborative learning classroom might be different from your previous
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                Traditional                                   Collaborative
 Student is Listener / note-taker/ observer        Student is Contributor / discussant /
                                                              problem-solver
  Source of authority – professor & text           Source of authority – group of which
           “sage on the stage”                            professor is a member
   Low – Moderate class preparation               High expectations for class preparation
        Learning independently                          Learning Interdependently
     Attendance by personal choice                  Attendance by group expectation
       Private classroom presence                       Public classroom presence
         Competition with peers                          Collaboration with peers
      Some engagement with peers                 Committed to supporting and encouraging
                                                                one another

       In summary the characteristics of collaborative learning are:
            active participants who engage in active listening, discussion, and conversation rather
             than speech making and debate
            learning partnerships; equalizes the relationship between professor and student
            community created where divergent opinions are tolerated
            the locus of knowledge is in the community and each member develops a sense of
             commitment and responsibility to the group for learning
            creates knowledge by examining and challenging each other’s ideas; judging each
             other’s ideas not the person them self

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                        Administrative and Teaching Practicum
Dress Code for Practicum
Students are expected to maintain a professional appearance when attending clinical. Students are to
adhere to the dress code followed by the agency. Jeans and sweatshirts are not considered
professional attire. No tongue studs or lip studs are allowed. A Notre Dame student ID must be
displayed at all times. Lanyards can be purchased through the NDMU Triangle Bookstore.

Student Behavior in the Practicum Setting
Any student participating in a practicum is expected to demonstrate behaviors that lead Faculty to
believe that the student is physically and mentally competent to work with their preceptor and/or
others. Examples of behaviors that might be indicative of potential impairment include: slurred
speech, uncoordinated movements, ineffective attention, inability to follow simple commands, and/or
an odor of alcohol. In addition, aggressive behaviors such as the raising of voice, arguing, and/or
infringing on the personal space of others will not be tolerated. Such actions may be considered a
violation of the Notre Dame Honor Code. Nursing Faculty and preceptors will exercise their right
and responsibility to require a student to leave the practicum setting immediately, if the student’s
behavior is deemed unsafe or disturbing.

A decision to re-enter the practicum setting will be based upon the student’s overall performance and
the criteria for satisfactory clinical performance. Recommendations from the student’s health care
provider may be requested and considered in the final decision. See Classroom and Clinical Policies,
Honor Code, and both the University’s and School’s Substance Abuse Policy for additional
information.

Confidentiality
The School of Nursing Faculty of Notre Dame of Maryland University believes that information
concerning patients is privileged and must remain confidential. Appropriate information regarding
patients, students, and organizations’ employees, which needs to be shared among classmates or for
educational purposes, will only be discussed in a private setting away from patient care areas.
Nursing students must abide by state and federal laws and agency regulations to safeguard patient and
student information. This means that a student may be held legally responsible for disclosure of
information. Faculty believes that confidentiality has ethical dimensions demanding respect for
patients as persons and is an important issue in providing patient care.

Faculty will maintain strict confidentiality with regard to both personal and academic information
about students. (See Policy: Confidentiality in Clinical Settings in this Handbook.)

Universal Blood and Body Fluid Precautions
All students are required to abide by Notre Dame of Maryland University’s HIV-AIDS policy (see
current NDMU Student Handbook) and current Center for Disease Controls Recommendations for
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Blood and Body Fluid Precautions.
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Clinical Agency Requirements
Students must also abide by policies set by clinical agencies regarding documentation of specific
competencies and health data. Students are required to provide health information, licensure
documentation and, in some cases, proof of required background check six weeks before the start of
their practicum.

                                   School of Nursing Policies
                       POLICY: Classroom and Practicum Policies

1.     Every student must accept and is bound by the honor agreement for academic integrity. This
       agreement is based on respect for the individual and personal responsibility. Under the
       Honor Code, academic honesty assumes that all work submitted as one’s own is in fact one’s
       own. Students who commit any of the Honor Code violations, delineated in the Masters
       Program catalog, in any graduate course will receive a grade of “F” for that course.

2.     All scholarly papers and other assignments must be referenced and formatted according to the
       style described in the current edition of the American Psychological Association Publication
       Manual.

3.     Masters Program students are responsible for all changes in program policies and procedures
       that are communicated through any of the following means:
                a. published in course materials
                b. posted on the cohorts Joule site
                c. sent directly to students through U.S. mail, e-mail, or other written means.

4.     Notre Dame recognizes, and is sensitive to, the needs of students with learning disabilities
       and disabling conditions.

       a. In keeping with Title 5, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University will
       respond to requests for accommodation when the requests are based upon recent (3 years or
       less) medical or other acceptable professional documentation of disability.

       b. A student’s decision to use support services and seek accommodation is voluntary.

       c. The student is responsible for contacting the Director of the Counseling Center (Theresa
       Hall, 410-532-5384) when admission to the program is given if accommodations are
       requested.

5.     Students enrolled in the program are expected to be mentally and physically prepared to
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6.     A student will be prohibited from starting/continuing any practicum if any of the non-
       academic requirements (e.g. CPR Certification, Maryland Nursing License) are incomplete
       and/or outdated.

7.     A student will be prohibited from continuing in any practicum setting, if in the agency
       preceptor’s judgment, the student compromises the safety of the client or exhibits
       unprofessional behaviors. If a student appears to be unsafe mentally or physically, the
       agency preceptor will: a) dismiss the student from the classroom or practicum setting
       immediately and then notify the Dean of the situation, b) submit written documentation of the
       incident to be presented to the School of Nursing Dean to determine the necessary course of
       action, and c) if the student is permitted to return to class or practicum setting, a written
       contract will be made between the student and instructor. The student may appeal the
       decision of the faculty by following the appeals procedure described in the current graduate
       catalog.

8.     If the incident in #7 above involves suspected substance abuse in the practicum setting, the
       faculty member will follow the disciplinary actions described in the School of Nursing’s
       Substance Abuse Policy. These steps include, but are not limited to:
                a. immediate dismissal from the practicum setting;
                b. reporting the incident to the Dean of the School of Nursing;
                c. presentation of written documentation about the incident to the Dean of the School
                of Nursing to determine the specific course of action;
                d. development and implementation of a course of action in compliance with the
                University Substance Abuse Policy and the Maryland Nurse Practice Act;
                e. reporting the incident to the Maryland Board of Nursing.

                The designated plan/course of action must be implemented by the student before
                she/he will be permitted to return to the practicum setting and the corresponding
                classes. If the incident involves factors other than suspected substance abuse, the
                faculty will follow step #7 of this policy.

9.     A student is permitted to fail one course only in the program. No course may be repeated
       more than once. If a student withdraws from a course that she/he is repeating or if a student
       earns less than a “C” (a “B” in a practicum) and fails to maintain a 3.0 average GPA when
       repeating a course, the student will be dismissed from the Masters Program.

10.    The student must earn at least a “B” in a practicum.

Date Effective: April 30. 2007
Date Revised: July 25, 2013
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                      POLICY: Confidentiality in Practicum Settings
    1. All curricular standards related to patient confidentiality in Notre Dame’s School of Nursing
       are based on published legal, regulatory, and ethical standards found in the Code of Ethics
       for Nurses (2001) and the Maryland Nurse Practice Act (2007). The standards and policies in
       these documents are consistent and congruent with the Health Insurance Portability and
       Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

    2. “The student has a duty to maintain confidentiality of all patient information” (Code of
       Ethics, 3.2, p.12). “…and safeguard a client’s right to privacy by maintaining confidentiality
       of information” (Maryland Nurse Practice Act (2007), 10.27.09.03-b).

    3. “The rights, well-being, and safety of the individual patient should be the primary factors in
       arriving at any professional judgment concerning the disposition of confidential information
       received from or about the patient whether oral, written, or electronic.” (Code of Ethics, 3.2,
       p.12)

    4. The student should only access patient health information on assigned clients.

    5. The student is responsible for communicating to the patient/client the purpose and
       disposition of all health and other assessment data collected.

    6. The student should inform patients of their right to refuse to give health information for
       academic purposes.

    7. All electronic, oral, and written assignments will be shared in such a manner that no specific,
       identifiable patient information is provided (e.g., full name, social security number, phone
       number, address, name of employer). Institutional data will also be treated in a confidential
       manner.

    8. Information to the family, significant others and other members of the health care team
       cannot violate the client’s confidentiality. Only information pertinent to a patient’s treatment
       and welfare should be disclosed, and only to those directly involved with the patient’s care
       (Maryland Nurse Practice Act, 10.27.09.02-f).

    9. The student is expected to clarify any questions regarding confidentiality with his/her
       professor or appropriate agency contact person (e.g., questions about mandatory disclosure).

    10. Any violation of this confidentiality policy is deemed serious and will result in course failure
        and/or possible dismissal from the Program.

    11. All students must sign this confidentiality form prior to the beginning of the practicum
        course.
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           POLICY: Non-Academic Requirements for Practicum Courses

       All students must comply with the following requirements prior to the start of the program.
       Students are responsible for any and all fees/payments associated with these requirements.

       ** Current Active Maryland R.N. License – Initial licensure information is verified by the
       Graduate Studies admission staff. Prior to the start of the practicum course, licensure is
       verified by School of Nursing staff using the Maryland Board of Nursing on-line license
       verification process. If the RN license is due for renewal during practicum courses, the
       license will be verified again.

       ** Current CPR Certification – Must be the American Heart Association’s, or an approved
       CPR provider’s. Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider Course or its
       equivalent. This course includes the skills of CPR for victims of all ages (including
       ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen); use of an automated
       external defibrillator (AED); and relief of foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO).
       Students must submit a copy of both the front and back of the card verifying this
       certification; all signatures, including the student’s, must be present.

       Immunity to Hepatitis B – May either submit evidence of vaccine series with follow-up
       positive titer, or sign School of Nursing declination form.

       Immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – If born after 1957, must submit proof of
       both initial MMR vaccine and second measles vaccine following second birthday. If born
       prior to 1957, must provide titer results which show immunity to the three diseases. Any
       student may provide titer results. If titers do not demonstrate immunity, vaccine is required.

       Immunity to Varicella – May provide positive titer results or documentation of the dates
       Varicella Vaccine was received. If titer does not demonstrate immunity, vaccine is required.

       **TB Status Report – Evidence for this can be either a negative PPD within the last year or,
       if unable to have PPD done, a negative chest X-ray within the last year. If PPD results are
       positive, a follow-up Chest X-ray is required.

       Tetanus Vaccine – Must provide documentation that vaccine was received within the last 10
       years.

       **Influenza Vaccine – Must submit documented evidence of annual flu vaccination that
       includes student name, date of vaccination, location administered (actual vaccination slip
       must be submitted).
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        Universal Precautions - All students must sign a form indicating they have received
        instruction and will use Universal Precautions.

        Confidentially Form - All students must sign a Confidentially Agreement prior to beginning
        their clinical experience.

        Drug Screening – Some clinical agencies may require that a drug screening test be
        completed prior to clinical. If this requirement is mandated by the clinical agency, students
        will be notified prior to the start of the experience.

        Background Check- Some clinical and education organizations may require a background
        check. Students need to meet the agency requirements related to background checks. If the
        agency approves, background checks may be arranged by the student through the NDMU
        Human Resources office for a nominal fee. Forms and further information can be in the HR
        office located in the MBK Sports and Recreation Center Room 215. For more information
        call 410-532-5898, or email human_resources@ndm.edu .

        Other – Some clinical agencies may require documentation of additional health-related
        requirements. Health-related requirements could include, but are not limited to: flu vaccines
        and mandatory events training (provide written evidence from hospital). Students will be
        notified of these requirements as soon as possible and will be expected to pay any expenses
        associated with these requirements.

1.      All documentation of compliance with these requirements must be presented to the School of
        Nursing Dean prior to the start of the practicum.

2.      Students who do not present updated documentation in a timely manner will be unable to
        attend their practicum until the proper documentation is received by the School of Nursing
        Dean. Practicum grades will be adversely affected by noncompliance with the policy.

3.      Documentation for the items that are marked with a double asterisks (**) must be updated
        when/if the time limit expires while still in the Nursing Program.

Date Effective: April 30. 2007
Date Revised: August 31, 2009
Date Revised: July 25, 2013
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            POLICY: Matriculation and Status of MSN Students
1.      A matriculant is a student who has been officially admitted by the University as a candidate for a
        degree in a particular field of study. Matriculants are guaranteed that the University will provide
        the courses they need to fulfill the requirements for the degree. Accelerated MSN students must
        be matriculated before attending classes. The University catalog in effect when the student
        matriculates contains the policies and requirements under which the student will graduate. Part-
        time students maintain their matriculant status by completing at least one course each academic
        year.

2.      A student who has been accepted at Notre Dame of Maryland University and is a matriculant
        may not take courses at another institution without permission of the Registrar’s Office.
        Students who wish to study at another accredited college must file an off-campus permission
        form and a waiver form before registering for courses. Courses taken off campus may be taken
        for elective credit only. Forms for off-campus study may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.
        A part-time student may not take courses from other colleges during the regular academic year if
        Notre Dame offers or will offer the course during the enrollment at Notre Dame. Approved
        courses with a grade of B or higher will be considered for transfer credit. These credits are
        transfer credits and as such are not calculated into the student’s grade point average.

3.     The School of Nursing does not automatically readmit a student who has withdrawn or has not
       taken at least one course within an academic year from the accelerated MSN program. The
       student must file an application for readmission along with the application fee, submit an official
       transcript if they have attended another institution since leaving Notre Dame and catalog
       information on courses taken, be reviewed for readmission by the MSN Admissions Committee,
       and have a readmission interview should the committee feel this is necessary. All Readmission
       applications must be approved by the MSN Admissions Committee.

4.      Matriculants may request a leave of absence for up to one full academic year. A student must be
        in good academic standing at the time the leave of absence is requested. A student who is on
        leave maintains status as a matriculant and therefore is not eligible to earn credit at another
        institution during the absence from Notre Dame.

5.      The University reserves the right to request at any time the withdrawal of a student for reasons of
        poor scholarship, attendance policy violations or unsatisfactory conduct. Students who
        voluntarily withdraw from the University for any reason must file an official withdrawal request
        form with the Dean of the School of Nursing. The date when the form is submitted will be the
        one used to determine whether a refund of tuition is applicable. Failure to notify the University
        of withdrawal will prompt termination of matriculancy. A student who withdraws from the
        University or who requests a leave of absence on or before the official withdrawal date forfeits
        credit for the work done in that semester. A grade of “W” will be recorded in all courses for the
        semester. A student who withdraws from the University or requests a leave of absence after the
        official withdrawal will be responsible for all course work and graded accordingly.
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        POLICY: Progression through the Masters in Nursing Program

                    Leadership in Nursing Education Concentration
                  Leadership in Nursing Administration Concentration

37/38 credits: Most courses are six to seven weeks long with four hours class per week unless
otherwise noted; classes are taken sequentially, one class at a time, on the same day of the week
throughout the program.

Core Courses (both concentrations): 13 credits
Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3)
Contemporary Leadership in Nursing (2)
Nursing Research I: Synthesis of the Literature (3)
Nursing Research II: Proposal (3)
Informatics (2)

Leadership in Nursing Education concentration: 25 credits
Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators (3)
Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (2)
Portfolio Development for Nurse Educators (1)
Issues and Trends in Nursing Education (3)
Educational Assessment (3)
Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing (4)
Teaching in Nursing Practicum (6); runs concurrently with Curriculum Development and Evaluation
in Nursing the entire last semester of study

Leadership in Nursing Administration concentration: 24 credits
Issues and Trends in Nursing Administration (3)
The Business of Healthcare (3)
Essentials of Healthcare Finance (2)
Healthcare Economics (3)
Health Policy (3)
Nursing Administrative Theory and Practice (4)
Leadership and Administration in Nursing Seminar and Practicum (6); runs concurrently with
Nursing Administrative Theory and Practice the entire last semester of study

   1. Students may transfer up to 6 credits of equivalent coursework from another masters
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      program. Courses will be evaluated for equivalency during the admission process by the
      MSN Admissions Sub-Committee.
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    2.    Changes in program sequence will need to be approved by the Graduate Circle of the School
         of Nursing.

    3. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to remain in good academic standing.
       Students must also receive at least a “B” in practicum course. Students whose cumulative
       grade point average falls below 3.0 will be place on academic probation status per the
       Graduate Studies Academic Policies.

    4. No course may be repeated more than once. If a student withdraws from a course that she/he
       is repeating or if a student earns less than a “C” when repeating a course, the student will be
       dismissed from the Masters Program.

    5. A student may not repeat more than one required course due to failure. Any student who
       fails a second course, after having successfully repeated another course, will not be given the
       opportunity to repeat the course and will be dismissed from the Masters Program.

    6. Students who withdraw from a course will be re-assigned to the next cohort the following
       year.

Date Approved: April 30, 2007
Date Effective: April 30, 2007

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                  POLICY: Class Attendance and Participation
    1.      New Student Orientation is mandatory for MSN students. Those who cannot attend due
            to an emergency or unavoidable conflict are required to complete the following steps
            prior to the first class meeting:
            a. Schedule a make-up orientation session with the MSN Academic Advisor by calling
                the MSN Academic Advisor at 410-532-5508.
            b. Receive parking decal from Security Office in Gibbons Hall.
            c. Purchase textbooks.
    2.      Students are required to be present at all classes and must notify faculty as soon as
            possible of any anticipated absence or tardiness. For any missed class, students are
            responsible for course content and assignments due on that date. It is strongly suggested
            that students who know they will miss a class meeting, due to illness or a work
            emergency, ask a colleague in the course to audio tape the class meeting and provide
            them with a copy of their class notes.
    3.      An accelerated MSN student may not miss the first class meeting of a course. If this
            does occur, the student must withdraw from the course. Under this circumstance a
            student will receive a tuition refund of 90% and will be expected to repeat the course
            with a different MSN cohort. This may delay the student’s completion of the program.
            a. If the course is four to six weeks long, a student with two (2) absences must withdraw
               from the course and will receive no tuition refund.
            b. If the course is seven to eight weeks long, a student with three (3) absences must
               withdraw from the course and will receive no tuition refund.
            c. The student is required to repeat the course at his/her own expense. Under
               extenuating circumstances, such as an unexpected medical problem, the MSN
               Academic Advisor in consultation with the faculty member has the right to modify
               the application of this policy.
    4.      A pattern of tardiness (or early departure) disrupts and shortens the educational process.
            The term “pattern” refers to two or more occurrences during a course. Students are
            required to arrive for class on time and to remain until the class has ended for the day. A
            Faculty member has the right to ask for the administrative withdrawal of any student who
            exhibits a pattern of tardiness (or early departure) and fails to alter this pattern after the
            faculty’s encouragement to do so. The faculty member may require the student to do
            supplemental work to compensate for the missed class time.

Date Approved: April 30, 2007
Date Effective: August 1, 2008
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                    POLICY: Earning Credits in the Masters Program

1.     A total of 37/38 credits are required for the Masters in Nursing degree.

2.     In addition to earning credits at Notre Dame of Maryland University, students in the Masters
       in Nursing Program may petition to transfer up to six credits of master’s level courses that are
       equivalents to the required program courses in the Masters in Nursing Program.

3.      Students must complete the program in seven (7) years.

Date Effective: April 30. 2007
Date Revised: July 25, 2011

                 POLICY: Course Grades in Masters Program Courses

1.     The grading scale for each course in the Accelerated MSN Program is equivalent for all
       courses. See course guide.

2.     A student has a seven (7) day period of time, beginning with the date a graded assignment,
       exam, etc. is returned, to question the faculty member about a grade received. After this time
       period, grades are final.

Date Effective: April 30. 2007

                        POLICY: Special Students in Masters Classes

1.     A special student is a BSN graduate who requests and is granted permission to take up to six
       credits of graduate courses in the Masters in Nursing Program.

2.     Due to enrollment constraints, the student must receive permission to register for the course
       from the Dean of the School of Nursing.

3.     A special student may take no more than two masters courses.

4.     A special student must be actively licensed as an R.N. in Maryland or a compact state and
       must provide transcripts from any nursing program(s) and college(s) attended.

Date Effective: April 30. 2007
Date Revised: July 25, 2011
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                                 POLICY: Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements of the Nursing Program are consistent with the graduate studies program at
Notre Dame of Maryland University and include the following criteria:

1.      Meet all requirements identified in the current Graduate Catalog.

2.      Students may submit a maximum of six credits of graduate coursework for review as transfer
        credits. The remaining credits must be completed at NDMU.

3.      Complete all requirements of the graduate nursing program.

4.      Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

5.      Achieve a grade of “B” or higher in all practicum courses.

6.      Complete the program within seven (7) years.

7.      Apply to the Registrar’s Office as a candidate for graduation according to the graduate
        studies catalog policy on application for graduation.

Date Effective: April 30. 2007
Date Revised: August 21, 2011

                       POLICY: Student Access to Academic Records
1.     Any student who wants to review her/his academic record for purposes other than advisement
       must submit a request in writing to the Faculty Advisor or Dean of the School of Nursing.
       The Advisor or Dean will respond to the student within three working days of receiving the
       written request.

2.     During the review of the record by the student, the Faculty Advisor or the Dean of the School
       of Nursing must by present. This review must be done within the offices of the School of
       Nursing; records may not be removed from this area.

3.     If the student wants a copy of any material reviewed in the record, a request must be made in
       writing. Copies will be made at the cost of $1.00 per page. Upon receipt of the written
       request and the payment for copying, the copies will be mailed to the student’s home.

4.     Student records will be available for 10 years following the student’s graduation or
       withdrawal from the Masters Program.
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Date Revised: July 25, 2011
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                    POLICY: Ombudsperson for the Nursing Program
1.     Students or other individuals who have concerns about the Nursing Program that are not
       addressed by the University Grievance Policy are encouraged to share them in a constructive
       manner with appropriate persons in the School of Nursing.

2.     In the event that these concerns are not resolved at the school level, they may be reported to
       the Nursing Program’s ombudsperson, who is the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The
       ombudsperson will attempt to address the complaint and, when possible, mediate it with the
       School of Nursing’s Dean and/or involved faculty. In addition, the ombudsperson will clarify
       whether the reported concern is a formal complaint.

3.     Written reports will be maintained on all formal complaints and will be summarized in an
       annual report submitted to the School of Nursing Dean each January.

4.     Formal complaints will be reported to the National League for Nursing Accrediting
       Commission as part of the Program’s Annual Report.

Date Effective: April 30. 2007
Date Revised: July 25, 2011

                 POLICY: Legal Limitations and License Requirements
1.      Students whose behavior puts a client in physical or emotional jeopardy or breaches
        confidentiality may be asked to withdraw from the masters program.

2.      All masters program students must be licensed as an active RN (registered nurse) by the
        Maryland Board of Nursing or a “compact” state in which they reside. Students must notify
        the Dean of the School of Nursing immediately of any change in licensure status.

3.      Any student who is currently denied a license by the Maryland Board of Nursing will be
        ineligible to progress in, or graduate from the nursing program. If the license is reinstated,
        the student may appeal to the School of Nursing faculty regarding continuation in the masters
        program.

4.      Any student whose license is suspended will be ineligible to progress in, or graduate from the
        masters program until such time that the license is reinstated.

5.      Any student whose license is revoked will be ineligible to progress in, or graduate from the
        nursing program.
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