Policy and Procedures

The Nursing Policy and Procedure Manual is updated periodically. The most current version will always be located here. When changes are made, students will be notified via announcement on course D2L News Pages and via email.

 

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI)

ATI is a Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program that is integrated into all Nursing program courses. The package includes access to computer modules, content review, lab skills and a live NCLEX Review Course delivered at each campus at the end of the program.

Fees for ATI are attached to courses within the nursing curriculum. ATI determines the fees assessed. Students repeating a course where the ATI fee is assessed will have the fee waived by contacting the director of nursing or course faculty.


 

Forms for Newly Accepted Nursing Students

You will need to submit the following two weeks prior to the start of classes to the Nursing Lab Assistant on the campus where you have been accepted. Please compile all the items and submit them together, rather than submitting each piece separately.

  1. Health form with supporting documentation
  2. Proof of CNA experience, PN or Generic ADN OR current, Practical Nurse License* (Advanced Standing)
  3. American Heart Association Basic Life Support

Please note that Influenza Vaccine is not available until September/October. You will need to turn in documentation by October 30.

* You may take the Summer Role Transition course without your license, but you will not be eligible for fall term courses if you do not have current PN licensure.

State law requires that students having direct contact with individuals in licensed institutions complete an annual background study with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Students also are required to complete a national background check and may be required to complete a federal background check as directed by clinical facilities. Students will be provided with instructions prior to clinical. The $65 fee for the national background check is incurred by the student at the time the background study is submitted. Students who do not pass required background checks will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus are not eligible for graduation.

College Lab Assistants
Detroit Lakes Joel Hoffman
Fergus Falls Jamie Steinle
Moorhead Joel Hoffman
Wadena Dave Uselman

 

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for Entry-Level Nursing Program

Technical standards (see table below) are required abilities for effective performance in MnSCU nursing education programs. The standards are compatible with the scope of practice as defined by the Minnesota State Board of Nursing. The examples show how a standard may be applied in entry-level nursing education programs. The examples listed are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be a complete list of all tasks in an entry-level nursing program. Reasonable accommodations to meet standards may be available for otherwise program-qualified individuals with disabilities. Contact the college Disability Services Office as soon as possible for more information if you think you may need an accommodation for a disability.

Intellectual Standards

Capability

Standard

Examples

Cognitive Perception

The ability to perceive events realistically, to think clearly and rationally, and to function appropriately in routine and stressful situations.
Students must be able to independently and accurately assess or contribute to the assessment of a client.

  • Identify changes in client health status
  • Prioritize multiple nursing activities in a variety of situations

Critical Thinking


Careful thought, reasoned judgment. Differentiated from personal opinion and superficial memorization of facts by the ability to obtain and use an appropriate quantity and quality of data for a given situation.
Critical thinkers question assumptions, routines, and rituals, reconsider "known facts" when new information becomes available and develop new "rules" when old ones fail or are unavailable.

Critical thinking skills demanded of nurses require the ability to learn and reason: to integrate, analyze and synthesize data concurrently.



Students must be able to solve problems rapidly, consider alternatives, and make a decision for managing or intervening in the care of a client.

  • Able to make effective decisions in the classroom and in the clinical sites.
  • Develop/contribute to nursing care plans that accurately reflect client concerns.
  • Able to make decisions reflective of classroom learning in the clinical sites.

Presented and revised by Minnesota Practical Nursing Education and Associate Degree Education Directors Association on 1/29/10.

Communication Standard

Capability

Standard

Examples

Communication

Communicate in English with others in oral and written form. Able to communicate with clients and members of the health care team in order to plan and deliver safe care.

  • Utilize oral and written communication skills sufficiently for teaching/learning and for interaction with others.
  • Read, understand, write, and speak English.
  • Explain treatment procedures.
  • Initiate and/or reinforce health teaching.
  • Document client responses.
  • Clarify communication received.

Interpersonal Relationships

Interact with clients, families, staff, peers, instructors, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds

  • Establish rapport with clients, families, and colleagues.
  • Respond in a professional and therapeutic manner to a variety of client expressions and behaviors.

Presented and revised by Minnesota Practical Nursing Education and Associate Degree Education Directors Association on 1/29/10.

 

Motor Skills Standard

Capability

Standard

Examples

Motor skills

Ambulatory capability sufficient to maintain a center of gravity when met with an opposing force as in lifting, supporting, and/or transferring a client.

  • Position clients.
  • Reach, manipulate and operate equipment/ instruments, supplies (ie syringes, monitors, sterile equipment).
  • Perform/use electronic documentation
  • Lift, carry, push and pull.
  • Perform CPR.

Mobility

Ambulatory capability sufficient to maintain a center of gravity when met with an opposing force as in lifting, supporting, and/or transferring a client.

  • Propel wheelchairs, stretchers, etc. alone or with assistance as available.
  • Transport supplies to client room.
  • Work around bedside with other personnel.
  • Lift a child.
  • Move and lift clients in and out of bed, wheelchair, or cart.
  • Assist with the transfer and walking of clients who may require substantial support.

Activity Tolerance

Ability to tolerate lengthy periods of physical activity.

  • Move quickly and/or continuously.
  • Tolerate long periods of standing and/or sitting.

Presented and revised by Minnesota Practical Nursing Education and Associate Degree Education Directors Association on 1/29/10.

Senses Standard

Capability

Standard

Example

Hearing

Auditory ability sufficient to hear normal conversation and/or assess health needs.

  • Ability to monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultation of sounds (ie BP, heart, lung, bowel), cries for help, telephone interaction and dictation.
  • Communicates with clients, families and colleagues.

Vision

Visual ability sufficient for observation, assessment, and performance of safe nursing care.

  • Observes client responses.
  • Discriminates color changes.
  • Accurately reads measurements on client-related equipment.
  • Read medication labels.
  • Evaluate for safe environment.

Tactile

Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment, inclusive of size, shape, temperature, and texture.

  • Performs palpation.
  • Performs functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, ie catheter insertion.

Presented and revised by Minnesota Practical Nursing Education and Associate Degree Education Directors Association on 1/29/10.

 

Environmental Standard

Capability

Standard

Example

Psychosocial Behaviors

Possess the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt and safe completion of all responsibilities.

  • Demonstrate professional abilities of trust-worthiness, empathy, integrity, confidentiality, etc. in work, school, or volunteer activities.
  • Be able to change, and display flexibility.
  • Learn to function in the face of uncertainties and stressful situations.

Environmental Adaptability

Ability to tolerate environmental stressors.

  • Work with chemical and detergents.
  • Tolerate exposure to odors.
  • Work in close proximity to others.
  • Work in areas of potential physical violence.
  • Work with infectious agents and blood-borne pathogens.
  • Work in environments that may have allergens such as latex.

Presented and revised by Minnesota Practical Nursing Education and Associate Degree Education Directors Association on 1/29/10.