New Student Orientation for the A.A.S. in Nursing
1. Transportation : Transportation to and from clinical experiences is the responsibility of the student.
2. Liability insurance: As a nursing student, you are covered by a group liability insurance policy that has been purchased by Lincoln University to cover you in your role as a nursing student.
3. Student Dress Code: Students are required to report in complete uniform for all clinical experiences as designated in the student dress code.
Name Pin - Approximate size 3/4 to 1" X 2 1/2 to 3". Your name pin should have your first and last name on the first line followed by the initials "N.S.". The second line should read "Lincoln University"
Jane Doe, N.S.
Lettering should be white on a blue background. Pins may be ordered from any engraving or uniform shop.
Dress Code- Under the Department of Nursing Science policy, the professional attire expected and required shall include:
- White scrub top with Lincoln University logo and navy scrub pants (neat, clean, and pressed in appearance.
- Black, navy blue or khaki slacks/skirt (skirt must be below knee length), a blue collared blouse/shirt , and clean, polished closed toe shoes shall be worn for clinical experiences outside the hospital setting (i.e. psych, geriatrics, community service and other experiences when representing the Department of Nursing Science.)
- A clean, white short sleeve or long sleeve t-shirt may be worn under the uniform depending upon the individual hospital uniform policies. A white lab coat with the Lincoln University logo may also be worn.
- Sweatshirts, sweatpants, leggings, jeans, and T-shirts are not acceptable in any clinical setting.
- Underwear should be worn and not be visible under uniform
- Shoes must be clean, white, and polished (covering the entire foot) with rubber soles and clean shoelaces
- White socks/hosiery must be worn.
- Nametag (white letters on blue background) worn at all times when representing the Department of Nursing Science. Students without appropriate identification will be sent home.
- Lincoln University emblem (mounted three inches below shoulder seam on left sleeve of uniform, sweater, shirt, or lab coat- whichever is the outer most garment). It is recommended that this emblem be attached with velcro and removed before laundering clothing.
- Student identification may not be worn with the uniform for purposes other than educational experiences.
- Hair must be kept neat, clean and tied back (off of the shoulders) and in no way interfere with patient safety and/or asepsis.
- Men’s mustaches and beards must be neatly trimmed.
- Personal hygiene and grooming are essential. Use of deodorant is expected.
- No perfumes, cologne, and/or aftershave shall be worn.
- The only jewelry to be worn in the clinical area is a watch, wedding/ engagement ring, and earrings in no more than one filled hole per ear (earring not to exceed 5 mm). No jewelry for pierced body parts other than ear lobes may be worn in clinical settings.
- Tattoos are to be covered and nonvisible during all clinical times.
- Nails should be clean and neatly trimmed, and no longer than 1/4 inch. The wearing of artificial nails is prohibited. Only clear nail polish is acceptable.
- A watch with a second hand, a stethoscope, and bandage scissors are required.
- Positively no gum chewing in any clinical setting.
Professional appearance and behavior will be maintained whenever representing the Department of Nursing Science.
4. C.P.R. Certification: Nursing students are required to provide documentation of certification to perform adult (one man, two man), child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to beginning clinical nursing courses in the AAS. CPR courses must include a hands on component for the practice of CPR. Online CPR courses will not be accepted. The course must either be by the American Red Cross "CPR/AED for the Healthcare Provider" or The American Heart Association "Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR/AED)". Students must document certification throughout their enrollment in the AAS. The University provides professional liability insurance for all students. (revised 2/2010)
5. Physical Examination: A complete physical examination should be obtained within the year prior to enrollment in the nursing program. This physical examination must include appropriate immunization updates as needed. At a minimum, each student must have up to date diphtheria/tetanus immunizations and rubella immunity as evidenced by immunization(s) or titer. In addition, students must have an annual Mantoux (PPD) TB Test. No other types of testing for tuberculosis will be accepted. The physical examination report should be kept in your portfolio folder along with your verification of immunity, TB testing, and C.P.R. In addition all nursing students must receive the heptavax vaccines, have evidence of receiving the series, or formally decline the immunization prior to beginning clinical experiences. The Hepatitis B vaccination may be obtained from a private provider or from Lincoln University Student Health Center. The procedure for obtaining the Hepatitis B vaccine from Lincoln is as follows: (1) Pay for the vaccine at the Cashiers Office (203-D Young Hall); (2) Take the cashier's receipt showing payment to the Student Health Center (Thompkins Center) and (3) The Health Center will begin the series of three vaccinations. Please be advised that it is the student's responsibility to complete the series of three vaccinations. Assistance and information concerning immunizations and TB testing can be obtained at the Student Health Center (681-5476).
6. Portfolio Contents: The following contents must be documented and kept in a folder labeled, "PORTFOLIO CONTENTS". This folder must be updated throughout the program of study.
1. Physical form (May use LU's Student Health form or form available through your healthcare provider).
2. Documentation of Heptavax series and tetanus booster that is current within the last 10 years.
3. Immunization record
4. Criminal background check
5. Hospital laboratory test
6. MMR or Rubella titer
If you were born before 1957, you do NOT need a MMR. (But you need to enclose proof of your immunity to rubella ie., rubella titer).
If you were born after 1957, you need evidence of 2 MMR's with one of the doses after 1980 or a documented rubella titer
If you need a MMR, contact Student Health or your healthcare provider.
7. Mantoux PPD, current within the last year and must be repeated yearly. The Cole County Health Department will administer the Mantoux PPD for a fee. It does not matter the county in which you reside.
If you are an international student who has a BCG vaccination, you are not required to have a Mantoux test.
If you have previously tested positive to a Mantoux PPD, you must then show proof of treatment or a negative chest x-ray.
8. Current CPR card. (Must include infant, child, and one and two man adult CPR).
It is up to the student to remain current on portfolio requirements and to maintain records for your instructors to check throughout the program.
7. LUSNA: Membership in the Lincoln University Student Nurses Association (LUSNA) and the state and national association is strongly encouraged. Information and membership forms will be made available during the first week of school. Membership can be purchased for one year at a time or for the entire two year period. Membership fosters professional liaison and development which should serve as a prelude to involvement in a professional organization upon graduation.
8. Textbooks: A number of books are purchased during the first semester of the program and then used throughout the program. These are listed in the NUR 110 Fundamentals course syllabus and available through the University Bookstore in Scruggs Center. The estimated total cost of these books is $300.00.
9. Course Materials: Packets containing nursing course syllabi, objectives, handouts, laboratory guides, etc. must be purchased from L.U. Bookstore during Registration. Additionally, the faculties have reproduced their notes for Fundamentals. These, also, may be purchased at the bookstore.
10. Employment: Students who are employed are encouraged to limit their hours of work in order to take full advantage of the learning experiences available to them within the program. These students do not represent Lincoln University or the Department of Nursing Science in their extracurricular employment.
Please bring your course packet to the first day of class.