Nursing Policies

Nursing Policies

Nursing students in prep room

Purpose: To establish guidelines for students requesting to return to the EVC Nursing Program

Policy Statement:

The policy is intended to clarify the number of times a student can return to the EVC Nursing program. Students can request to return to the nursing program one (1) time following program separation due to a course failure or course withdrawal from any nursing major course, in order to be eligible to return to the program.

In addition, this policy clarifies the maximum length of time allowed to complete the nursing courses. All nursing courses must be completed within three years of the original program entry date. Students who separate from the nursing program must return to the program within two semesters of their separation semester, in order to be eligible to return to the program.

A.    Definition of Returning Student

A "returning student" is defined as a student who has at any time been enrolled in one (1) or more courses in the Evergreen Valley College Nursing Program. All students who have enrolled in an EVC nursing major course and attended class at least one (1) day will be considered an "enrolled" student.

B.    Exceptions

Please note the following exceptions.

    1. Students who leave the program because of being called to active military duty are able to return to the program without it counting as a separation.  

​C.    Procedure

    Students eligible to return to the program must complete the "Request to Return to the Nursing Program" form.

    Requests must be submitted by the posted due dates.

    Students eligible to return must demonstrate written evidence of compliance with faculty recommendations for remediation. Faculty and the dean will evaluate each student's request to return on an individual basis.

    Students eligible to return will be selected on a space available basis according to the following priority:

    1. Students continuing in the program
    2. Students returning from active military duty
    3. Students granted a leave if the reasons for their leave have been resolved
    4. Students who request to return to the nursing program following program separation with evidence of following through on the recommended plan for academic remediation (if applicable).
    5. LVNs entering the LVN to RN Bridge Program
    6. Students requesting to transfer from another nursing program who have a "C" or higher grade in every nursing major course and meet all eligibility requirements of the EVC Nursing Program (Transfer students who have been previously enrolled in the EVC Nursing Program and have two (2) course failures in the EVC Nursing Program are not eligible to apply for transfer back to the program.)
    7. Foreign educated nurses needing CA BRN remediation
    8. Students requesting to transfer from another nursing program who leave that program with a failing grade in a nursing major course and meet all eligibility requirements of the EVC Nursing Program  (Transfer students who have been previously enrolled in the EVC Nursing Program and have two (2) course failures in the EVC Nursing Program are not eligible to apply for transfer back to the program). Policy revised April​ 4, 2016.  

​​​​Americans With Disabilities Act Compliance Statement


The nursing program does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities and complies with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Disability is defined in the Act as:
  1. Physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individuals.
  2. A record of such impairment.
  3. Being regarded as having such an impairment.

    For the purpose of Nursing Program compliance, a qualified individual with a disability is one who, with or without reasonable accommodation or modification, meets the essential requirements of Evergreen Valley College Nursing Program. These requirements are described in the following: Essential Capabilities and Functional Requirements.

The program may decline to provide an accomodation when an individual poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others; if granting an accomodation would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity; or if the accomodation poses undue financial and administrative burdens on the college.

Applicants and students are responsible for formally seeking accomodations through DSP and notifying the program of any restrictions due to a disability.

   

Applicants seeking admission into the EVC Nursing Program, who have questions about the needed functional abilities and appropriate reasonable accommodations, are invited to discuss their questions and concerns with the Nursing Program’s Program Coordinator and/or the Dean, Nursing and Allied Health.If further consultation is needed, the Program Coordinator or the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health will refer the individual to the EVC Disabilities Support Program (DSP).Students requiring reasonable accommodations will be directed to the DSP. The goal is to provide an equal educational opportunity for students whose disability limitations do not coincide with the EVC Nursing Program requirements while adhering to the standards of nursing practice for all students.

 

Continuing students who are unable to maintain functional abilities with or without reasonable accommodation shall be required to consult with the EVC Program Coordinator or Dean, Nursing and Allied Health, and the DSP Coordinator (or designee) to discuss his/her eligibility for continued enrollment in the program.

 

The EVC Nursing Program will work closely with the College’s Disabilities Support Program on a case-by-case basis to determine and prescribe/ reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Students requesting accommodations due to a disability must meet the criteria and requirements established under the California Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), as well as the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), and Section 504 and 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.


  1. Essential Capabilities
    Evergreen Valley College Nursing Program students must have abilities and skills of five (5) varieties: Cognitive-Conceptual, Behavioral and Social Attributes, Communication, Sensory, and Motor. A student should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner without the use of a surrogate. To function effectively and safely the student must be able to do the following:
    COGNITIVE-CONCEPTUAL: Critical thinking and clinical judgment are essential abilities of the professional nurse. These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis.
    BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES: Students must possess the emotional stability required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities. The prompt completion of all responsibilities inherent to the diagnosis and care of patients and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients are essential. Students must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to multitask effectively and efficiently under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments; to display flexibility and learn to function effectively, despite the uncertainties inherent in the clinical situations; to interact and establish rapport with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Compassion, integrity, honesty, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that should be demonstrated throughout the education process.
    COMMMUNICATION: Students must be able to speak, to hear and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. Students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, colleagues, and other personnel. Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing. Students must be able to communicate in English effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with all members of the health care team, patients, and families. (See specific Functional Requirements.)
    SENSORY: Students must be able to observe a patient accurately. Observation necessitates the functional use of the senses of vision, smell, touch, hearing and somatic sensation. (See specific Functional Requirements.)
    MOTOR: Students should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other assessment techniques. Students should be able to execute gross and fine motor movements required to provide general care and emergency treatment of patients. Many actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch and vision. (See specific Functional Requirements which are based on community standards of health care agencies.)
    These capabilities must be demonstrated in the clinical, laboratory, and theory (classroom) interactions and evaluations.
​​Functional Requirements

 
The Functional Requirements described below are representative, but not limited, to those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of a professional nurse.

 
Communication Ability:
 
  • ​Communicate effectively and efficiently in English with patients, families, and other health care providers, both verbally and in writing. (Example: explain treatment procedures, teach patients and families, and document in charts.)
  • Effectively adapt communication for intended audience.
  • Interact, establish rapport with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Assume the role of a health care team member.
  • Function effectively under supervision.
 

 
Sensory Capability:
  • Coordinate verbal and manual instruction.
  • Assess a patient from 10 feet away to observe posture and response to treatment.
  • Respond to a timer, alarm or cries for help.
  • Auditory, visual, and tactile ability sufficient to assess a patient status and perform treatments. (Example: color changes in skin, hear heart and lung sounds.)

​Motor Capability:
  • Move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.
  • Transfer patients who may require physical assistance.
  • Guard and assist patients with ​ambulation.
  • Perform exercise techniques, including applying resistance during exercise.
  • Lift and carry up to 50 pounds, and exert up to 100 pounds force or push/pull.
  • Squat, crawl, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, use standing balance, and climb stairs
  • Use hands repetitively; use manual dexterity.
  • Perform CPR.
  • Travel to and from academic and clinical sites.
  • Able to spend 75.0% to 90.0% of clinical time standing/walking. 

Student Criminal Background Check and Urine Drug Screening

 

Policy:  The 2004 Manual for Hospitals published by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of hospitals and Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the major accreditation body for hospitals, requires that all staff members, students, faculty and volunteers meet standards relating to criminal background checks and freedom from drugs.  In conformance with these requirements, and in order to maintain clinical relationships with hospitals and other health organizations, students in the nursing program are required to undergo and pass criminal background checks and drug screening.  Effective the 2018-2019 academic year, incoming students and those returning from a leave of absence will be subject to annual background checks and urine drug screening.

Procedures:

 

A.     Costs:  Students are responsible for the costs associated with the annual criminal background check and drug screen.  As described below, any further drug screening required by the Program based on a reasonable suspicion of drug use, will be paid by the College. 

 

B.      Authorization and Release:  When submitting to the background check and the drug screen, students must sign an authorization, agreeing that all results will be disclosed to the nursing program and the clinical sites where the student is being assigned. 

 

C.      Criminal Background Check: Upon acceptance in the nursing program, students must undergo a criminal background check, and thereafter on an annual basis. Failure to submit and complete the criminal background check will result in dismissal from the program. The nursing program will assess the results of the background check, and, consistent with the law, may dismiss the student from the program.

 

D.     Urine Drug Screen:

 

        1. The nursing program maintains a no tolerance policy regarding substance abuse.  Upon acceptance, all students must pass and clear a urine drug test.

2.            At any time while a student is in the nursing program, the program may direct a student to undergo and pass a drug screen where the program has a reasonable suspicion that the student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  The nursing program will pay for this drug screen.

3.         If the results of a drug screen come back with a result other than "clear" or "negative," the student will be allowed one (1) retest within a period of time specified by the nursing program. If the results of the retest are neither clear nor negative, the student will be dismissed from the program.

4.         Failure to undergo the drug screening at any time will result in dismissal    from the program.

 

E.      Outside Agencies: Students must also comply with the criminal background check and drug policies of the clinical agency where they will be placed.  Should a clinical agency refuse to place a student based on the outcome of the background check or drug screen, this may result in dismissal of the student from the EVC nursing program.  The EVC nursing program is not required to, and may refuse to, arrange an alternative clinical placement.


​Leave of Absence

Purpose: Provide guidelines for students who are requesting to separate from the nursing program for personal or medical reasons.

Policy Statement:

    1. The application for Leave of Absence must state clearly the basis for the requested leave and the duration of the leave.  If the leave is for academic related reasons, that relationship must be clearly stated.  Documentation that substantiates the reason for the personal or medical leave must be submitted with the application.
    2. Leave may be granted for two consecutive semesters.
    3. Students must complete all nursing courses within 3 years of the original program entry date.
    4. Upon approval of the application for Leave of Absence, the student's transcript at the college will be appropriately documented to reflect the leave for the granted period.
    5. The Nursing Faculty has added the following guidelines to clarify this policy for nursing students.
      1. The reason for leaving must be stated in writing to the nursing program.
      2. The medical reasons must be temporary health problems, which will interfere with the ability to meet clinical learning outcomes.
      3. Other reasons must be clearly stated and should demonstrate that the student had no control over the situation and could not have anticipated it.
      4. Students will receive a letter stating their leave and the time line for reapplication to the program and the date when the leave is no longer valid.

Students ready to return to the nursing program must follow the Request to Return Policy

Policy revised April 4, 2016.

Military Policy

 

A.    Policy:  Military Personnel Nursing Admission

B.    Purpose:  To comply with new regulatory requirements of SB466 (credit for military    education/experience)

To provide details about the evaluation of and granting credit for previous military education and experience, for purpose of establishing equivalency or granting credit, available to nursing program applicants.

Military Personnel and Veterans may be eligible for advanced placement enrollment in the ADN Program based on education and experience.  This includes, but not limited to, Basic Medical Technician (Navy Hospital Corpsman), USAF Basic Medical Service Technician, and Army Medical Specialist.

C.    Procedure:

    1. Military Personnel and Veterans may request for advanced placement in the nursing program during application process if they have the following:
      1. Honorable discharge (DD214) or current active honorable service (letter from supervisor).
      2. Recency of education and experience within last five years prior to application
      3. Served on active military duty in the medical corps of the United States under honorable conditions.
      4. Met the same eligibility requirement for admission into the ADN program as other applicants, including completion of prerequisites.
    2. Application process policy and procedures are the same for the generic and military personnel/Veteran student  (please see the requirements on EVC web site) 
      1. Military records and transcripts will be reviewed by an evaluator and the applicant must have a DD214 showing completion of military coursework and service/discharge under honorable conditions.\
    3. Once you submitted the application and have met the eligibility requirements you are put into the State Chancellor's Office validated "Model Prerequisites for Enrollment in ADN Programs" formula. This formula includes cumulative GPA (all colleges attended), prerequisite science GPA, science repeats (a Withdrawal, D or F will count as repetitions), and English 1A GPA. The formula generates a composite score (cut score), which will be utilized in the selection process.
    4. Must pass N001 Fundamentals of Nursing Challenge Exam per policy 
      1. If you are planning to apply you may review the Book List, Reading List, N001 Syllabus and Lecture Schedule located on EVC's Nursing Department web page under "Forms for Incoming Students" for study material.  The exam is on Fundamentals of Nursing and the topics are reviewed in these documents.
      2. The N001 Fundamentals of Nursing Challenge Exam is scheduled in December. Applicants are notified by email.  You will be required to bring a Photo ID to take this exam, and will not be allowed to take the exam without proper photo identification. 
      3. After you complete the computerized exam, you will be notified if you passed or failed the exam by email. If you pass, you will go to the next step (see below) if you fail, you will have to wait until the next application period to reapply to the program.
      4. If you pass the challenge exam you will be asked to take the TEAS test, which is scheduled during January through March. For information on the TEAS, please visit https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions.aspx
      5. If you pass the Version VI TEAS test with 62% or above, you will go to the next step.  If you do not pass the TEAS test, you will have to wait until the next application period to reapply to the program.
      6. If there are more students than spaces available, then you will be included in a computerized random selection (also known as Lottery) to begin the ADN program as an advanced placement student, based on space availability during the academic year.

D.    Military Personnel and Veterans entering ADN program on Advanced Placement

    1. All student policies and procedures apply
    2. Must complete these courses with a grade of 75% "C" or better
Major Requirements: All completed with a grade "C" or better NURS 002A Basic Medical-Surgical Nursing 5.0 NURS 002B Maternity Nursing 4.0 NURS 003 Advanced Pediatrics and Medical-Surgical Nursing 8.5 NURS 004 Adv. Medical-Surgical/Geriatric/ Mental Health/Leadership and Management Nursing 10.0

*Associate Degree may require additional coursework per college policy

References

California Board of Registered Nursing:  Supplemental sunset review report 2016.  Retrieved 

at http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/forms/sunset2016.pdf .

SB-466 Registered Nurses:  Board of registered nursing.  Retrieved at 

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB466 .​

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