Hunt School of Nursing Academic Policies for Undergraduate, Graduate, and shared HSON policies.

HSON Shared Policies

Pre-licensure Programs:

Students must complete the undergraduate appeal form and submit to the course professor within two (2) weeks after final grades are reported by the Registrar’s Office (as posted on the academic calendar). Appeal forms and supporting documents submitted after the two-week period will not be considered.

Students should not contact the faculty member in regard to the appeal while the appeal is in process.

Students will be allowed to continue in the program during the appeal process. If a student’s appeal is denied through the University appeals process, the student will be dropped from nursing courses. If the student’s appeal is granted through the University appeals process, the student will continue without a lapse in study.

Davis RN to BSN students must follow the established procedure for undergraduate students at Gardner-Webb University (GWU). Review policies here.

Students enrolled in graduate courses are subject to the policies and procedures governing those courses as published in the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies section of the Academic Catalog and Graduate Student Handbook. Review policies here.

The Hunst School of Nursing Attendance Policy is the same as all Gardner-Webb University students. Review policy here.

Expectations of Classroom Behavior

Faculty and nursing students are expected to arrive to all classes on time and be fully prepared to achieve maximum benefit from class time. In preparation for each 1 hour of classroom interaction, students should be prepared to invest 2-3 hours of study each week, performing reading, writing, research, and activities that may enable them to achieve course objectives successfully. Students are expected to prepare for class discussion to achieve understanding of concepts and principles related to the course. Active student participation and interaction will promote enhanced thinking and understanding of subject material.

Teacher-student interactions require responsibility on the part of the student and teacher to maintain a relationship conducive to learning. The teacher provides a climate that communicates caring, enthusiasm for the subject, and preserves student dignity. Students are encouraged to contribute to classroom learning by asking questions, listening to discussion by peers, and participating in activities that promote an understanding of course content. Courtesy and kindness are expectations of the learning community. Distractions, such as using cell phones or other electronic devices, are prohibited during class time, unless prior instructor approval has been received. Students who interfere, in any way, with an optimum learning experience may be asked to leave the classroom. If the student is removed from the classroom twice, a learning contract will be instituted.

Expectations of Behavior during Clinical or Practicum:

Faculty and nursing students are expected to arrive on time to all clinical/practicum experiences, fully prepared to achieve maximum learning. Nursing students are expected to prepare for clinical/practicum experiences through reading, writing, research, and activities that will enable them to achieve clinical objectives successfully. Students who are unprepared for clinical or practicum have the potential for unsafe patient care and will be asked to leave the clinical/practicum site. Students required to leave an off campus experience will receive an “unsatisfactory performance” for that day, which may also result in an absence for the day. Unsatisfactory clinical or practicum performance will be addressed according to program and course policies.

Use of cell phones or other electronic devices is prohibited during clinical or practicum experiences, unless allowed by the instructor or preceptor.

Culture of Civility:

The Hunt School of Nursing promotes a culture of caring, kindness, and civil discourse. Any form of incivility is unacceptable in the Hunt School of Nursing. Incivility is defined as disruptive, ill-mannered, or offensive behavior contrary to the well-being of the learning environment. This includes any and all forms of disrespect or disregard for instruction, the instructor, or a fellow student.

The Hunt School of Nursing abides by the American Nurses Association (2015) Position Statement on Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence:

ANA’s Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements states that nurses are required to “create an ethical environment and culture of civility and kindness, treating colleagues, coworkers, employees, students, and others with dignity and respect” (ANA, 2015a, p. 4). Similarly, nurses must be afforded the same level of respect and dignity as others. Thus, the nursing profession will no longer tolerate violence of any kind from any source.

All RNs and employers in all settings, including practice, academia, and research, must collaborate to create a culture of respect that is free of incivility, bullying, and workplace violence. Evidence-based best practices must be implemented to prevent and mitigate incivility, bullying, and workplace violence; to promote the health, safety, and wellness of RNs; and to ensure optimal outcomes across the health care continuum.

This position statement, although written specifically for RNs and employers, is also relevant to other health care professionals and stakeholders who collaborate to create and sustain a safe and healthy interprofessional work environment. Stakeholders who have a relationship with the worksite also have a responsibility to address incivility, bullying, and workplace violence.

References to students in this policy include students in each of the programs in the HSON as well as students from other educational institutions who precept with HSON faculty members. References to faculty members in this policy include all full-time and adjunct faculty associated with the HSON. References to staff members include all full-time and part-time staff members associated with the HSON.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), a breach of confidentiality is defined as the use of or leak of information not permitted by the DHHS Privacy Rule that compromises the privacy of protected health information. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Patient information or identifiers posted to social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Caring Bridge, etc.)
  • Personal entries on social media sites about a patient, facility, or school – with or without identification
  • Breaking policies in effect such as HIPAA and Patient Confidentiality – verbally or in writing/posting to social media
  • Accessing medical information that is not pertinent to the student’s nursing assignment

The Gardner-Webb University Hunt School of Nursing will maintain systems to monitor and detect potential Breaches of Confidentiality of patients’ protected health information. These systems include but are not limited to the monitoring of all submissions of student work, verbal and nonverbal interactions between faculty, staff and students and follow-up of all reports of suspected breaches of confidentiality. All students will be obligated to sign the Gardner-Webb University Hunt School of Nursing Handbook Confidentiality Agreement and the signed forms will be kept on file with the Hunt School of Nursing administration. Students, faculty and staff in the HSON and in the University are obligated to report any suspected breach of confidentiality that would bring the HSON and the University into violation with HIPAA or any other applicable state or federal laws.

If a student, faculty or staff member of the HSON or Gardner-Webb University believes a breach of confidentiality has occurred, the following process should be followed:

Student: A student who suspects a breach of confidentiality has occurred should immediately report such to a Gardner-Webb University HSON faculty member. The faculty member notified should immediately notify the Director of the HSON. The Director of the HSON will then be obligated to notify the appropriate personnel at the facility where the breach occurred and the student’s home institution, if applicable. At this time, the facility’s policies and procedures specifying to whom the report will be sent, the content of the report, and the timeline of submission will be followed.

Faculty or Staff Member: A faculty or staff member who suspects a breach of confidentiality has occurred should immediately report such to the Director of the HSON or, if he/she is unavailable, the Associate Director of the HSON, then Dean for the College of Health Sciences should be contacted. As soon as possible, the Director of the HSON will be made aware of the breach of confidentiality and will notify the appropriate personnel at the facility where the breach occurred and the student’s home institution, if applicable. Facility policies and procedures will be followed specifying to whom the report will be sent, the content of the report, and the timeline of submission.

If additional pertinent information regarding the Breach of Confidentiality is received after further investigation by Gardner-Webb University, the HSON, and/or the affected facility, the information will be kept in a file in the office of the Director of the HSON. If warranted, appropriate action will be taken regarding the content of the additional pertinent information. This file will contain a document describing the incident, documentation of notification of appropriate personnel, and corrective action taken.

Consistent with ethical practice, it is imperative that students within the Gardner-Webb University HSON maintain the highest level of patient confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA. The patient’s right to confidentiality and privacy must be maintained at all times. Failure to adhere to this policy could result in a probationary period, dismissal from the program, and/or legal action. All HSON faculty and staff are expected to comply with this policy.

As a condition of participation in clinical and practicum educational experiences each student will be required to submit a satisfactory criminal background check for all states of residence for the past ten years.

PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES:

A. Students in the Hunt School of Nursing must submit a satisfactory criminal background check prior to full acceptance into their program of study.

B. All students will be required to sign a consent form that allows for disclosure of information related to criminal background checks to the State Board of Nursing, and any agency under contract with the Hunt School of Nursing if requested. Students under the age of 18 years of age must have parent or legal guardian sign the consent for disclosure of information form.

C. Criminal background checks may be obtained through established HSON designated agencies or State Law Enforcement Agencies and all costs incurred are the responsibility of the student.

D. The initial review of the student’s criminal background checks will be by Program Admissions personnel. Criminal background checks that indicate an offense will be evaluated by a designated HSON faculty committee for recommendations. The committee will review all reports. A faculty committee will be appointed by the Program Chair. The responsibility of the committee is to evaluate information obtained from the student’s criminal background check. The following criteria will be used to guide the evaluation of an unsatisfactory criminal background check:

  1. Severity and nature of offense as it bears on an applicant’s fitness for licensure to practice nursing
  2. Date of offense
  3. Comparison of offense to any established statutory law
  4. Verification of offense through public records
  5. Student responsibility and punishment associated with the offense.
  6. E. The final decision of the committee will be communicated to the Program Chair. The Program Chair will notify the appropriate admissions office.

The Hunt School of Nursing (HSON) complies with facility requirements regarding drug screening for all healthcare workers, volunteers, students, and faculty.

As a condition of participation in clinical and practicum educational experiences each student will be required to submit a satisfactory urine drug screening.

PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES:

A. Students in the pre-licensure programs must submit a satisfactory 12-panel urine drug screen upon enrolling in their first clinical course.

B. Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner, and Doctor of Nursing Practice – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program must submit a satisfactory 12-panel urine drug screen prior to the beginning of the first clinical practicum.

C. Students in the Baccalaureate Degree Completion, Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration and Nursing Education, and Doctor of Nursing Practice – Leadership programs must submit a satisfactory drug screen if required by their site upon enrolling in clinical or practicum courses.

D. The HSON reserves the right to request students to provide a current urine drug screen at any time during their enrollment in a HSON program at Gardner-Webb University.

E. All students will be required to sign a consent form that allows for disclosure of information related to drug screen analysis to the State Board of Nursing, and any agency under contract with HSON if requested. Students under the age of 18 years of age must have parent or legal guardian sign the consent for disclosure of information form.

F. Students may contract with a private or local healthcare provider or other healthcare facility to obtain a chain of custody urine drug screen. Students are responsible for all costs associated with drug screening.

G. The initial review of prelicensure student’s urine drug screen analysis will be by the Coordinator of Student Records. The initial review of Nurse Practitioner students’ urine drug screen analysis will be by the Clinical Site Specialist. Urine drug screen analysis with confirmed positive results for controlled substances will be evaluated by a designated HSON faculty committee for recommendations. A faculty committee will be appointed by the Program Chair. The committee will review all reports and may interview the student. The responsibility of the committee is to evaluate information obtained from the student’s drug screen, academic performance, and student interview. The following criteria will be used to guide the evaluation of an unsatisfactory urine drug screen:

  1. Valid and verified healthcare provider prescription for substance.
  2. Dosage and treatment regimen according to healthcare provider orders.
  3. Use of illegal substance.
  4. H. The final decision of the committee will be communicated to the student in writing with sanctions including but not limited to: dismissal from the clinical site, dismissal from the nursing program, notification to the State Board of Nursing, referral for counseling and/or other appropriate measures.

    I. Following notification of the committee’s decision, the student can choose to accept the sanctions, leave the program pending confirmation testing, or appeal through standard University procedure. All costs incurred for confirmation drug screening procedures are the student’s responsibility.

When there is a parenteral (i.e., needle stick or cut) or mucus membrane (e.g., splash to the eye or mouth) exposure to blood or other body fluids, the student is to follow this procedure:

  • Wash the skin exposure site well with soap and water. Flush eye with water. Rinse well.
  • Immediately inform the clinical faculty member who will advise you.
  • Immediately inform the nurse in charge of the unit.
  • Complete necessary incident or agency reports as soon as possible or at a later date, based on exposure risks.
  • Leave the clinical area as soon as possible to obtain medical consultation and evaluation.
  • Copies of the medical consultation and evaluation should be submitted to the Hunt School of Nursing who will monitor compliance or any necessary follow-up.
  • Neither the clinical agency nor the University is responsible for the cost of the care that is involved in the treatment, maintenance or surveillance of exposure to blood of body fluids. For that reason, the Hunt School of Nursing strongly recommends that all students have personal health insurance.

The Simulation Laboratory Guidelines require student signatures, please follow the links below to view policies and complete forms.

Simulation Laboratory Guidelines

Simulation Fiction Contract

Audiovisual Confidentiality Agreement

Gardner-Webb University is an advocate of responsible social networking and caring, respectful electronic communication. The following guidelines will help nursing students to use this technology appropriately and avoid breaches in professionalism and confidentiality:

  1. Students should be thoughtful of professional presentation and use mindful, intentional language that expresses values and belief systems. Do not post inappropriate pictures/videos that can be misunderstood or misinterpreted by others. Global sharing of ideas and opinions requires respectful and responsible interactions and communications. A cyber-footprint may result in legal and professional consequences.
  2. Adhere to professional standards of conduct. Do not post anything compromising patient confidentiality. Students are held responsible for adhering to policies related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Obtain written consent before posting copyrighted material.

If HSON faculty are aware that inappropriate communications or images are posted, consequences can result which include, but are not limited to, dismissal from the HSON. Students will be held accountable for the proper use of all social networking sites.

HSON faculty (full-time, part-time, and adjunct) must maintain a professional relationship with all students enrolled in any Gardner-Webb University Nursing program. Faculty will not communicate, correspond with, or “friend” any current GWU nursing student on a social networking site, unless required for professional purposes or a course assignment. Office numbers should be listed on course syllabi. GWU phones and/or email addresses should be the primary method for student communication. Faculty should use discretion when communicating with students on personal cell phones.

These technical standards are required abilities for effective performance in HSON programs. The following general abilities have been identified as necessary to meet the technical standards of progression in the nursing programs. The student will read and sign the Confidentiality and Consent form and submit to the HSON. Any change in abilities will require written notification provided to the HSON from the Noel Center for Disability Resources. A student is expected to perform these standards independently. The following general abilities will be evaluated throughout the program.

Visual, Auditory, Tactile and Olfactory Abilities

  • Sufficient abilities to allow him/her to gather data from written reference materials, oral presentations, demonstrations and observations of a patient and his/her environment.
  • SSufficient ability to perform health assessment and interventions; obtain diagnostic specimens and information from digital, analog and waveform representations of physiologic phenomena to determine a client’s condition.
  • SExample of relevant activities:
    • SDetect changes in client and environment through chart review, physical assessment, and other health parameters
    • SAssess and intervene safely on the client’s behalf

Communication Abilities

  • Ability to communicate, comprehend, read, and write in English at a level that allows for accurate, clear, and effective communication.
  • Ability to communicate with accuracy, clarity and efficiency with patients, their families and other members of the health care team (including spoken and non-verbal communications, such as interpretation of facial expression, affect and body language).
  • Required communication abilities, including reading, writing, language skills and computer literacy.
  • Examples of relevant activities:
    • Retrieve, understand, and use information (e.g. lab reports, computer data, progress reports, care plans) to communicate effectively with others.

Motor Abilities

  • The student must have the strength, mobility, and endurance to perform psychomotor skills required for nursing care in any setting.
  • Examples of relevant activities:
    • Perform CPR
    • Safely move or transfer clients
    • Lift or carry objects weighing 25 pounds
    • Manipulate small equipment such as syringes, vials, and ampules
    • Complete assigned period of clinical practicum (from 5 to 12 sequential hours).

Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Emotional Abilities

  • Student must be able to adapt to ever-changing environments displaying flexibility, and function effectively during stressful situations inherent in clinical situations involving clients and families.
  • Student must be able to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior.
  • Examples of relevant activities:
    • Adhere to the professional nursing and student honor code
    • Remain calm, exercise good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities in care of clients
    • Exhibit a mature, sensitive, and effective therapeutic relationships with others

Cognitive, Conceptual and Quantitative Abilities

  • Student must have the ability to read and understand written documents in English including measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis.
  • Student must have the ability to process and understand information and demonstrate the ability to establish a plan of care and set priorities, develop problem-solving skills, and make decisions reflecting consistent and thoughtful analysis of appropriate information throughout the course of the study.
  • Examples of relevant activities:
    • Accurately calculate and administer medications
    • Collect, analyze and prioritize data
    • Synthesize and apply theory to client situations

HSON MSN/DNP Policies

  1. Undergraduate Grading Policy:
    1. The following grading scale will be used in all undergraduate didactic and lab courses:
      A = 90-100
      B = 80-89
      C = 70-79
      D = 60-69
      F = 59 and below
    2. Formative course grades will be recorded exactly and will not be rounded up. Final or summative course grades will be recorded to one decimal place and then rounded to the nearest whole number. A grade of 79.5 will be rounded to 80. A grade of 79.4 will be rounded to a 79.
    3. Percentage of course grades allotted to assignments will be included in the course syllabus.
  2. Pre-licensure Progression:
    1. Progression in an undergraduate pre-licensure program requires a course grade of “B” in all nursing courses and “C” in all science courses. Continuation in a pre-licensure program will be dependent on passing competency exams (see Pre-Licensure Nursing Program Continuation Policy).
    2. No more than one nursing course taken while the student is enrolled in a pre-licensure nursing program may be repeated.
    3. Students who are unsuccessful in two nursing courses will be dismissed from the pre-licensure program and are not eligible for readmission into any pre-licensure program.
      1. A student dismissed from a pre-licensure nursing program may apply for admission into the ABSN program if the following criteria are met:
        1. The student was dismissed from the Hunt School of Nursing (HSON) in good standing
        2. A minimum of 5 years has passed since dismissal from the nursing program
        3. The student understands that credit will not be given for nursing courses taken while previously enrolled in the HSON program (i.e., all nursing courses must be re-taken)
      2. Students enrolled in the ASN or traditional BSN program, who are unsuccessful in a science course, must repeat the course until a “C” is achieved and, if applicable, are subjected to guidelines found in the Pre-Licensure Nursing Program Continuation Policy. All science pre-requisites and co-requisites must be completed according to the guidelines in the TUG Handbook in order to progress in the nursing program.
      3. Students enrolled in the traditional BSN program are required to have a 2.85 cumulative GPA before starting nursing courses in their second year.
  3. Davis RN-BSN Program Progression:
    1. Progression in the Davis RN-BSN program requires a course grade of “B” in all nursing courses.
    2. Nursing courses taken while the student is enrolled in the Davis RN-BSN program may be repeated only one (1) time.
    3. No more than two (2) nursing courses taken while the student is enrolled in the Davis RN-BSN program may be repeated.
    4. Students who are unsuccessful in three (3) nursing courses will be dismissed from the Davis RN-BSN program.
    5. Students who earned credit for RN-BSN courses as a pre-licensure student, but were unsuccessful in the pre-licensure program in the HSON may be eligible to apply course credit if accepted into the RN-BSN program after successfully earning an ASN at another institution.
      1. RN-BSN nursing course credit will be given for courses taken at GWU within the last five (5) years from the time of admission into the Davis RN-BSN program.

Tests given to students and test reviews within the graduate programs will follow certain guidelines. The testing and test review policy for the Hunt School of Nursing is set forth and approved by the faculty.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program Specific Testing Guidelines:

All tests will follow the Policy of Academic Honesty located in Gardner-Webb University’s Academic Catalog

In order to promote test continuity, the following guidelines are to be utilized during testing:

  • A quiz will be 20-25 questions with the students being given a time limit of 1 ½ minutes per question
  • A unit exam will be 50 questions with the students being given a time limit of 60 minutes
  • Midterm exams will be 100 questions with the students being given a time limit of 120 minutes
  • Final exams will be 100 questions with the students being given a time limit of 120 minutes
    • Final exams must be proctored
    • Final exams will count for 20% of the course grade

ExamSoft/Examplify will be used for all quizzes, unit exams, midterm exams, and final exams

Computerized tests will have randomly ordered questions/answers

Unit, midterm, and final exams are developed according to the current AANP/ANCC examination blueprint and cognitive levels

All test item analyses will be reviewed by a minimum of two faculty members prior to releasing grades

Grades will be released within 3 business days of the test due date

Students are not allowed to review specific questions from unit, midterm, or final exams. The professor may review the ExamSoft category analysis with the student to assist with understanding strengths and weaknesses for unit exams and midterm, but not for the final exam

NP Program Test Security and Integrity Guidelines:

In order to promote test security and integrity, all students must adhere to the following guidelines during proctored exams:

Students must have a functioning webcam and microphone, and the student’s entire face must be in view of the webcam at all times during the test.

A secondary device (e.g., cell phone) may be used in addition to the remote proctoring service for other exams as needed at professor discretion.

Use of scratch paper and pencil is not allowed during testing; instead the “notes” feature in Examplify will be used.

No headphones/earbuds/Air Pods, etc. are allowed during the exam.

Students will be allowed to use foam earplugs if needed, but no other personal items (including, but not limited to: cell phones, watches, electronic devices, markers, pencils, candy, drinks) will be allowed during testing sessions.

Students are not allowed to wear hats, caps, hoodies, or hooded jackets during testing.

No personal calculators can be used during testing.

If any prohibited items are in the student’s possession during testing, the student will receive a grade of zero (0) for the test, and an Academic Dishonesty Report will be filed.

No breaks allowed during the exam except with accommodations through the Noel Program.

Faculty will not allow changes to the room tables or environment or special accommodations except through the Noel Program.

Students are not allowed to keep test questions, test answers, copy questions or answers (physically or electronically) from the test at any time during the test, or discuss the test outside of class. A student engaged in any of these activities will receive a grade of zero (0) for the test, and an Academic Dishonesty Report will be filed.

For remotely proctored exams, preliminary grades will be released within 3 business days of the test due date and grades will be finalized once the remote proctoring video has been reviewed.

  • If instances of academic dishonesty are observed, the student will receive a grade of zero (0) for the test, and an Academic Dishonesty Report will be filed.

Testing and Test Review Policy for Proctored Exams

Please review the information below. The full policy is located in the DNP Student Handbook.

Use of scratch paper and pencil is not allowed during testing; instead the “notes” feature in Examplify will be used.

No headphones/earbuds/Air Pods, etc. are allowed during the exam.

Students will be allowed to use foam earplugs if needed, but no other personal items (including, but not limited to: cell phones, watches, electronic devices, markers, pencils, candy, drinks) will be allowed during testing sessions.

Students are not allowed to wear hats, caps, hoodies, or hooded jackets during testing.

No personal calculators can be used during testing.

When remote proctoring is utilized, the student’s entire face must be in view of the webcam at all times during the test.

No breaks allowed during the exam except with accommodations through the Noel Program.

Faculty will not allow changes to the room tables or environment or special accommodations except through the Noel Program.

Students are not allowed to keep test questions, test answers, copy questions or answers (physically or electronically) from the test at any time during the test, or discuss the test outside of class. A student engaged in any of these activities will receive a grade of zero (0) for the test, and an Academic Dishonesty Report will be filed.

PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES

A. The student enrolled in NURS 610, NURS 612, NURS 619, NURS 711, NURS 712, NURS 713, NURS 850, NURS 852, NURS 854, NURS 856, or NURS 858 must submit, at a minimum, one (1) completed assignment per course to earn a grade of Pass in the course for the given semester.

  • An assignment is defined as one (1) of the following:
    • A complete chapter/step
      • A total of five (5) chapters are required for an MSN thesis and an MSN project
      • A total of nine (9) steps are required for a DNP project
    • IRB approval from a facility or the University
    • A poster (MSN only)
    • The final version of the thesis or project

B. For the assignment to be considered complete, it must be approved by the Thesis/Project Chair during the given semester. An assignment is not complete if feedback has not been given by the Thesis/Project Chair. After receiving feedback, the student must make corrections, resubmit the assignment, and receive final approval from the Thesis/Project Chair for the assignment to be considered complete. Multiple resubmissions for corrections may be required by the Thesis/Project Chair for an assignment.

C. To ensure the Thesis/Project Chair has adequate time to review, provide feedback, return for corrections, and allow for resubmission by the student within a given semester, the student must submit an assignment draft according to the dates below.

  • Fall semesters: The student must submit a draft no later than October 1.
  • Spring semesters: The student must submit a draft no later than March 1.
  • Summer semesters: The student must submit a draft no later than June 15.
  • MSN Posters drafts are due no later than two (2) weeks prior to Scholars Day during the student’s graduating semester.
  • The final thesis/project (paper with all chapters/steps) draft is due two (2) weeks prior to Scholars Day during the student’s graduating semester.

D. If a student does not submit a completed assignment in a given semester, the student will earn a grade of Fail for the course.

When a student must have a break in the continuity of their thesis or project course sequence due to academic, financial, physical, medical, emotional reasons, or other circumstances such as family hardship, the HSON will enforce the following guidelines so that students can achieve a timely completion of graduate degree requirements. Students will be expected to complete the program course of study in 6 years for MSN and 7 years for DNP, as outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook.

GUIDELINES

  • Students will be allowed only one continuous break of up to two semesters in the thesis/project course sequence. Students may withdraw before the drop/add period for the current semester and may choose not to register for the following semester if needed. Students who withdraw after the drop/add period for the current semester may choose not to register for the following two semesters if needed. At all other times the student must stay continuously enrolled. Students who do not return in the designated time frame will be dismissed from the program, unless a suspension from the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies prevents re-enrollment within the time frame. In this circumstance, students must re-enroll as outlined by the Program Chair and/or the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies policies.
  • During the interruption of thesis/project enrollment, students will not have access to faculty advisor/chair and will not be permitted to work on any aspect of thesis/project requirements.
  • Students are responsible for contacting Financial Planning and/or loan agency to discuss financial implications of breaking enrollment.
  • Students must follow the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies policies for re-entry into the program. Upon re-entry, students will be assigned a faculty advisor/chair. This faculty advisor/chair may not be the student’s original advisor/chair.
  • The faculty advisor/chair will evaluate the student’s thesis/project progress. A revision and update of thesis/project work must be submitted to the faculty advisor/chair for review. Based on the faculty advisor/chair recommendations, the student may be asked to make significant revisions which may include, but are not limited to:
    • selecting a new topic.
    • submitting a new literature review.
    • submitting a new IRB application to the facility and to the HSON.
    • collecting new data.
    • updating CITI and HIPS modules.
  • Students who break continuous enrollment without a Request for Interruption in Thesis or Project Continuous Enrollment form will be suspended from the program. If a suspended student requests readmission, the program graduate faculty makes the decision on whether to readmit and, if readmitted, the stipulations that will apply.

PROCEDURE

Faculty teaching online clinical or practicum courses which require assessment of student performance through face to face evaluation will be required to travel to sites within a 75 mile radius of Gardner-Webb University’s main campus at Boiling Springs, N.C. Travel expenses will be reimbursed according to current University policy.

Student assessments at sites outside of the 75 mile radius of Gardner-Webb University’s main campus will be through telecommunications including but not limited to WebEx, video taping, teleconference, etc. Assessment methodology and arrangements will be addressed in the course syllabus for each practicum/clinical course.

When a student must have a break in the continuity of their academic studies toward degree completion due to academic, financial, physical, medical, emotional reasons, or other circumstances, it is necessary to place stipulations on continuing in the DNP-FNP or DNP-PMHNP program. This policy ensures that a student’s knowledge base is current because of the ever-changing nature of the health care environment for APRNs. The following guidelines will pertain to students, in addition to Gardner-Webb University guidelines.

GUIDELINES

  • Students must re-enroll the next time the course is offered for the program in which they are enrolled, once permitted to return to Graduate Studies.
  • Students seeking to continue following a break in curriculum due to academic suspension from an earned F in a didactic course will be required to repeat the didactic course but are not permitted to audit the co-requisite practicum course due to facilities requirements.
    1. FNP didactic courses include: NURS 760, 762, 765, 767, 770
    2. PMHNP didactic courses include: NURS 781, 783, 785, 787, 770
  • Students seeking to continue following a break in curriculum due to academic suspension from an earned F in a practicum course will be required to repeat the practicum course and are required to audit the co-requisite didactic course to maintain the student’s knowledge base.
    1. FNP practicum courses include: NURS 761, 763, 766, 768, 769
    2. PMHNP practicum courses include: NURS 782, 784, 786, 788, 789
  • This policy is in addition to all Graduate Studies guidelines in the Academic Catalog and DNP Student Handbook.

HSON Undergraduate Policies

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Students:

A currently enrolled Gardner-Webb University ASN student who has completed all general education course requirements toward the ASN and RN-BSN degrees may be eligible to take online RN-BSN courses as elective hours. Once the student meets admission requirements and is admitted to the Davis RN-BSN program at Gardner-Webb University, credit toward nursing courses in the Davis RN-BSN program will be awarded.

PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES

  1. The student must be currently enrolled in the Hunt School of Nursing ASN program and be in good standing.
    1. For a student to be considered in good standing the student must have a grade of “C” or higher in all prior completed nursing courses and not be on probation in the ASN program.
  2. All required general education courses for the ASN and Davis RN-BSN programs must be complete for the student to be eligible to enroll in RN-BSN courses for elective credit. Any exceptions must be approved by the Digital Learning Chair.
  3. RN-BSN courses available for ASN students include:
    1. Spring Courses: NUR 301, NUR 304, NUR 308, NUR 402, NUR 403, NUR 412
    2. Fall Courses: NUR 303, NUR 304, NUR 308, NUR 403, NUR 412
  4. Availability of RN-BSN courses for ASN students is not guaranteed and is dependent upon current enrollment by RN-BSN students.
    1. RN-BSN courses not meeting minimum enrollment may be cancelled.
    2. Davis RN-BSN students have priority for course enrollment, therefore ASN enrollment in the RN-BSN course is not guaranteed.
  5. Earning a grade of “B” or higher is required to receive RN-BSN credit once enrolled in the Davis RN-BSN program.
    1. ASN students earning a “C” or lower in an elective RN-BSN course will be required to repeat the course once enrolled in the Davis RN-BSN program to receive program credit.
    2. If an ASN student earns a “C” or lower in an elective RN-BSN course, the course will not count toward the student’s one allowable course failure in the ASN or Davis RN-BSN programs.
    3. All course grades, elective or required, are included in the GPA.
  6. RN-BSN courses taken outside of the Hunt School of Nursing are not included in this policy.
  7. ASN students desiring to take an elective RN-BSN course must notify their advisor, who will request registration after reviewing the student’s transcript to ensure all general education courses have been completed for both the ASN and Davis RN-BSN programs.
    1. The RN-BSN Coordinator and/or Digital Learning Chair must approve all student requests.

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (TBSN) Students:
A currently enrolled Gardner-Webb University TBSN student who has completed all general education course requirements toward the TBSN degree may be eligible to take online MSN courses as elective hours. Once the student meets admission requirements and is admitted to the MSN program at Gardner-Webb University, credit toward nursing courses in the MSN program will be awarded. Once a student enrolls in a MSN course, the six (6) year time limit for MSN program completion begins.

PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES

  1. The student must be currently enrolled in the Hunt School of Nursing TBSN program at the junior level and be in good standing.
    1. For a student to be considered in good standing the student must have a grade of “C” or higher in all prior completed nursing courses and not be on probation in the TBSN program.
  2. All required general education courses for the TBSN program must be complete for the student to be eligible to enroll in MSN courses for elective credit. Any exceptions must be approved by the Digital Learning Chair.
  3. MSN courses available for TBSN students include:
    1. Spring Courses: NURS 500
    2. Fall Courses: NURS 501
  4. Availability of MSN courses for TBSN students is not guaranteed and is dependent upon current enrollment by MSN students.
    1. MSN courses not meeting minimum enrollment may be cancelled.
    2. MSN students have priority for course enrollment, therefore TBSN enrollment in the MSN course is not guaranteed.
  5. Students must adhere to Graduate School policies and procedures. Refer to the GWU Academic Catalog.
    1. If a TBSN student earns a “C” or lower in an elective MSN course, the course will not count toward the student’s one allowable nursing course failure in the TBSN program.
    2. All course grades, elective or required, are included in the GPA.
  6. MSN courses taken outside of the Hunt School of Nursing are not included in this policy.
  7. TBSN students desiring to take an elective MSN course must notify their advisor, who will request registration after reviewing the student’s transcript to ensure all general education courses have been completed for the TBSN program.
    1. The MSN Coordinator and/or Digital Learning Chair must approve all student requests.

I. Undergraduate Grading Policy:

  • The following grading scale will be used in all undergraduate didactic and lab courses:
    A = 90-100
    B = 80-89
    C = 70-79
    D = 60-69
    F = 59 and below
  • Formative course grades will be recorded exactly and will not be rounded up.   Final or summative course grades will be recorded to one decimal place and then rounded to the nearest whole number.  A grade of 79.5 will be rounded to 80.  A grade of 79.4 will be rounded to a 79.
  • Percentage of course grades allotted to assignments will be included in the course syllabus.

II. Pre-licensure Progression:

  • Progression in an undergraduate pre-licensure program requires a course grade of “B” in all nursing courses and “C” in all science courses. Continuation in a pre-licensure program will be dependent on passing competency exams (see Pre-Licensure Nursing Program Continuation Policy).
  • No more than one nursing course taken while the student is enrolled in a pre-licensure nursing program may be repeated.
  • Students who are unsuccessful in two nursing courses will be dismissed from the pre-licensure program and are not eligible for readmission into any pre-licensure program.
    • A student dismissed from a pre-licensure nursing program may apply for admission into the ABSN program if the following criteria are met:
      • The student was dismissed from the Hunt School of Nursing (HSON) in good standing
      • A minimum of 5 years has passed since dismissal from the nursing program
      • The student understands that credit will not be given for nursing courses taken while previously enrolled in the HSON program (i.e., all nursing courses must be re-taken)
  • Students enrolled in the ASN or traditional BSN program, who are unsuccessful in a science course, must repeat the course until a “C” is achieved and, if applicable, are subjected to guidelines found in the Pre-Licensure Nursing Program Continuation Policy. All science pre-requisites and co-requisites must be completed according to the guidelines in the TUG Handbook in order to progress in the nursing program.
  • Students enrolled in the traditional BSN program are required to have a 2.85 cumulative GPA before starting nursing courses in their second year.

III. Davis RN-BSN Program Progression:

  • Progression in the Davis RN-BSN program requires a course grade of “B” in all nursing courses.
  • Nursing courses taken while the student is enrolled in the Davis RN-BSN program may be repeated only one (1) time.
  • No more than two (2) nursing courses taken while the student is enrolled in the Davis RN-BSN program may be repeated.
  • Students who are unsuccessful in three (3) nursing courses will be dismissed from the Davis RN-BSN program.

Tests given to students and test reviews within the pre-licensure programs will follow certain guidelines. The testing and test review policy for the Hunt School of Nursing is set forth and approved by the faculty. The following guidelines identify items, which are to be applied to the Hunt School of Nursing and items, which are unique to programs.

Guidelines for All Programs in the Hunt School of Nursing:

All tests and test reviews will follow the Policy of Academic Honesty located in Gardner-Webb University’s Academic Catalog.

All closed-book tests, computer or paper, and test reviews will be proctored.

All test item analyses will be reviewed by a minimum of two faculty members.

Pre-licensure Program Specific Testing Guidelines:

In order to promote test continuity, the following guidelines are to be utilized during testing:

  • For all classes lasting 110-170 minutes, 50 questions will be given for each unit quiz with the students being given a time limit of up to 90 minutes.
  • Nursing 105/339 and Nursing 109/239 are the only classes that may give pop-quizzes for credit that are less than 50 questions.
  • For all classes lasting 50 minutes, 25 questions will be given for each unit quiz with the students being given a time limit of up to 45 minutes.
  • 100 questions will be given for each final exam in classes lasting 110-170 minutes with the students being given a time limit of up to 180 minutes.
  • 50 questions will be given for each final exam in classes lasting 50 minutes with the students being given a time limit of up to 90 minutes.

Medication / calculation test continuity, the following guidelines are to be utilized in any course when administering a medication / calculation test:

  • 25 questions will be given for each medication / calculation test with the students being given a time limit of up to 60 minutes.

Computer tests will have randomly ordered questions.

Paper and pencil tests will have at least two alternate version (i.e., questions and/or answers must be randomly ordered).

Unit and final exams are developed according to a test blue print based on the current NCLEX test plan and cognitive levels.

Test questions reflect Bloom’s taxonomy so that as the student progresses through the curriculum, application and analysis questions are primarily utilized.

Pre-licensure Program Specific Test Review Guidelines:

All test reviews are to be in group review format, not individual meetings, to protect test security. Allowances may be made on a limited basis for absences or illness at the professor’s discretion.

Test reviews are a privilege and for learning purposes.  Any student that becomes argumentative or aggressive during the review will be dismissed and not allowed to meet individually with the professor.

Students may review their tests in class as a group at the end of class. During this in-class review, students will be given the print out of incorrect questions and/or the HSON Student Test Analysis form. Students will be given up to 15 minutes to review missed questions. Professors will not answer questions about the test during this time. If a student would like the professor to review a question during small group concept review, he/she should mark the question on the print out or indicate on the provided HSON Student Test Analysis form and include a rationale.

Additionally, the professor will offer one to two 20-30-minute small group concept review sessions, which may be held outside the normal class time, if needed. During the small group concept review, faculty selected questions/concepts (based on statistical analysis and student requests from the HSON Student Test Analysis form/or missed questions print out) will be presented for better student understanding of concepts to enhance learning. This group exam review will be the only opportunity to discuss exam questions. Students will not be allowed to review the print out of incorrect questions, the computerized test, or the HSON Student Test Analysis form during the small group concept review in order to promote test security and focus on conceptual understanding of material.

Students who attend the small group session review are allowed to schedule an individual meeting with faculty for general areas for improvement, but are not allowed to review individual test questions in order to promote test security.

  • Students may review the test individually with faculty within 1 week of when the test is returned in class if unable to attend the group session for illness or at the professor’s discretion.
  • No comprehensive test review or final exam review will be allowed.

The final exam cannot be reviewed individually or as a small group.

Pre-licensure Program Test and Test Review Security and Integrity Guidelines:

In order to promote test security and integrity, all students must adhere to the following guidelines during testing and test reviews:

Students will be allowed to bring earplugs and pencil to testing session. No other personal items (cell phones, watches, electronic devices, markers, candy, drinks, etc.) will be allowed in the classroom during testing sessions. Exceptions may be made for car keys.

  • If the student brings prohibited items to a testing session, the student must place the items outside the classroom before being admitted to the testing session. The student will assume responsibility for any items that must be left outside of the testing session.
  • For in-class reviews, students must place all items at the front of the class.
  • For small group concept reviews, the faculty may designate a secure location for students to place personal items prior to being admitted to the test review session. The student will assume responsibility for any items that are placed in the designated location during the test review session.

If any personal items other than earplugs or pencil are found in the student’s possession, the student will be dismissed from the test, test review, or concept review, receive a grade of zero (0) for the test, and an Academic Dishonesty Report will be filed.

Students are not allowed to wear hats, caps, or jackets during testing. If a hat, cap, or jacket is worn on testing day, it will be placed in a location outside of the classroom.

No personal calculators can be used during testing.

Students will not walk during testing; students should raise their hands for questions and faculty will come to them to answer questions or collect the testing items.

Faculty will provide tissues/lozenges/water during the test in case they are needed so that students remain seated.

During a test or test review, students are not allowed to leave the room until the professor has collected the student’s testing materials.

Faculty will not allow changes to the room tables or environment or special accommodations except through the Noel Program.

Students are not allowed to change seats unless at the professor’s discretion.

Students are not allowed to keep test questions, test answers, copy questions or answers (physically or electronically) from the test at any time during the test or test review, or discuss the test outside of class until all students have had the opportunity to complete the test. A student engaged in any of these activities, will be dismissed from the test or test review, receive a grade of zero (0) for the test, and an Academic Dishonesty Report will be filed.

The faculty will provide students with scratch paper for testing and if requested the HSON Student Test Analysis form for test review. All paper and form(s) must be turned in with the test.

Remote Testing Exceptions

In the event testing on campus is not possible (e.g., pandemic), remote proctoring may be utilized for testing. Remote proctoring guidelines are governed by the exam proctoring service, and include the following exceptions:

  • Students must have a functioning webcam and microphone
  • A secondary device (e.g., cell phone) will be used for remote proctoring for Kaplan exams, and may be used in addition to the remote proctoring service for other exams as needed
  • Use of scratch paper and pencil is not allowed, instead the “notes” feature in Examplify will be used
  • No headphones/earbuds/AirPod, etc. are allowed during the exam
  • No breaks allowed during the exam except with accommodations through the Noel Program
  • Preliminary grades will be released within 24 hours of the test day/time and grades will be finalized once the remote proctoring video has been reviewed
  • If instances of academic dishonesty are observed, the student will receive a grade of zero (0) for the test, and an Academic Dishonesty Report will be filed
  • Students will be unable to review missed questions from remotely proctored exams, however, a student may schedule a meeting with the professor for test analysis to review missed topics/categories

All other HSON guidelines will be followed during remote proctoring testing (e.g., no talking out loud, no notes/text books, cell phones, etc.)

Please review the information below. The full policy is located in the Pre-licensure Student Handbook.

Students will be allowed to bring their ID card, earplugs, and pencil to tests or test reviews. No other personal items (cell phones, watches, electronic devices, markers, candy, drinks, etc.) will be allowed in the classroom during testing or test reviews. Exceptions may be made for car keys.

Students cannot wear a hat, cap, or jacket during testing.

The professor will distribute scratch paper; no personal calculators can be used.

Students are not allowed to walk around the room during testing. Students should raise their hands for questions and faculty will come to them to answer questions.

The professor will provide tissues/lozenges/water if needed.

No students are allowed to leave the room until the professor has collected the student’s testing materials.

The professor will not allow changes to the room tables or environment or special accommodations except through the Noel Program.

Students are not allowed to change seats unless at the professor’s discretion.

Students are not allowed to keep test questions, test answers, copy questions or answers (physically or electronically) from the test at any time or discuss the test outside of class until all students have had the opportunity to complete the test.

The faculty will provide students with scratch paper for testing and if requested the HSON Student Test Analysis form for test review. All paper and form(s) must be turned in with the test.

HSON Pre-Licensure Policies

Gardner-Webb University pre-licensure students are required to maintain professional attire while performing in the laboratory setting or participating in clinical and/or practicum hours.

PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES

Uniform Guidelines

  1. It is recommended that students purchase two official GWU Hunt SON uniforms; however, students are expected to buy at least one official uniform. Uniforms are to be purchased from the approved vendor. Uniforms should be neat without excessive wrinkles, clean, and fit conservatively. The uniform should be worn during clinical and lab experiences.
  2. The official HSON uniform includes:
    1. Approved uniform top with HSON monogram.
    2. Approved uniform pants.
    3. Approved uniform lab coat with HSON monogram.
    4. Black closed toe shoes which are impermeable to liquids.
    5. A watch with a second hand or digital watch.
    6. GWU ID badge with picture.

A solid black or white under shirt may be worn under the nursing top.

Hygiene, grooming, and professional presentation for both clinical and lab settings includes:

  1. Cologne, aftershave, perfume, lotion, etc. are not allowed.
  2. Students are encouraged to cover visible tattoos, whenever possible. Visible tattoos must not be disruptive, offensive, or in conflict with the HSON mission and values. Students may be asked at anytime to cover a tattoo at the instructor’s discretion.
  3. Hair must be clean, neat, away from the face, and above the collar.
  4. Fingernails must be short, neatly trimmed, and clean.
    Acrylic nails are not allowed.
  5. The following jewelry is permitted:
    1. Stud-type earrings not extending beyond the ear lobe.
      1. No gauged or stretched earrings.
      2. No other visible body piercing (e.g., nose ring/stud) or jewelry is allowed.
    2. One wedding band.

In addition to the above requirements, students must comply with any dress code policies for nurses set by the clinical agency in which the student is participating in a clinical experience. Students who do not comply with the dress code policy will be required to leave the clinical setting, earning a clinical absence for the day.

As a component of the pre-licensure programs, students are required to complete the Kaplan Integrated Testing Program as designated in each course syllabus. Faculty members will issue online student access to non-proctored and proctored tests. Students will also be provided the Kaplan NCLEX-RN prep course with successful completion of the pre-licensure program. There will be a student fee associated with pre-licensure courses to pay for the cost of Kaplan integrated testing and NCLEX-RN prep.

Students are encouraged to take the focused review tests as part of their preparation for taking the proctored tests. All proctored tests will be taken under supervision of nursing faculty members with a secure browser lockdown is utilized (e.g., ExamSoft) or use of a secondary device for remote proctoring. Make-up exams will be proctored on-campus at a location determined by nursing faculty, under supervision of nursing faculty members.

Proctored tests will be figured as part of the course grade. Kaplan test scores should be above the 50th percentile, indicating minimal proficiency. Completion of remediation will not count toward a student grade. Remediation is encouraged for scores less than 50th percentile. Students will be responsible to remediate and complete any course activities that are included in remediation.

All course syllabi are to include the calculation percentage for the proctored tests(s). The following guidelines should be followed:

  • For courses requiring 1-2 proctored tests, the tests will average together to count as 5% of the overall course grade.
  • For courses requiring 3 or more proctored tests, the tests will average together to count as 10% of the overall course grade.

The following Kaplan tests will be administered in the following courses. This information is not to be shared with students and a generic name should be used to identify the Kaplan exam in the syllabus (e.g., Kaplan test), instead of the specific name. Professors should use alternate versions of the exam each semester, if available.

  • NURS 105, NURS/NUR 339-No Kaplan test assigned (for cohorts admitted Fall 2018 or later)
  • NURS 109, NURS/NUR 239-Physical Assessment 115 Test
  • NURS 106, NURS/NUR 261-Fundamentals of Nursing Test, or equivalent
  • NURS 117, NURS/NUR 341, NURS/NUR 344-GWU MS 341_18-7 Test
  • NURS 118, NURS/NUR 341, NURS/NUR 345-Psychosocial Nursing Test, or equivalent
  • NURS 206, NURS/NUR 361-OB Test and Pediatrics Test, or equivalent
  • NURS 209, NURS/NUR 461-Medical Surgical Comprehensive, or equivalent
  • NURS/NUR 339-Pharmacological/Parenteral Therapy Test (for cohorts admitted prior to Fall 2018), or equivalent
  • NURS 290-Pharmacological/Parenteral Therapy Test, Management/Professional Issues, and Secure Predictor, or equivalents
  • NURS/NUR 442-Management/Professional Issues, Secure Predictor, and Pharmacological/Parenteral Therapy Test (the Pharmacological/Parenteral Therapy Test will be for cohorts admitted Fall 2018 or later), or equivalents

Optional Kaplan tests (that can be administered at professor’s discretion) include:

  • Community Health
  • Critical Thinking
  • Gerontology
  • Medical/Surgical 1
  • Medical/Surgical 2
  • OB Growth and Development Test
  • Research

The following statement and the corresponding table for each course should be posted in all syllabi for students each semester:

Kaplan Proctored Tests: Proctored Kaplan tests will be taken as part of this course.  Non-proctored exams should be taken periodically throughout the semester.  This will serve to increase the chances of scoring higher on the proctored exam.

Remediation is recommended for students scoring less than 50th percentile proficiency.

Remediation requirements are listed below:

  1. Log into Kaplan and review test results under Integrated Testing.
  2. Review suggested content for ALL MISSED QUESTIONS by clicking in the Remediation column for all missed questions.  The professor has access to the length of time spent on the remediation.  It is expected students spend an adequate amount of time remediating.

The following grading scales will be used for the corresponding Kaplan test:

Health Assessment Test (Created for HSON – Physical Assessment 115)

Percentile Percent Correct Range Course Grade Calculation
80Mth – 100th 62% – 100% 100
70th – 79th 60% – 61.9% 90
60th – 69th 58.1% – 59.9% 85
50th – 59th 56% – 58% 80
Below 50th 0% – 55.9% Percent correct

Medical-Surgical Test (Created for HSON – GWU MS 341_18-7)

Percentile Percent Correct Range Course Grade Calculation
80th – 100th 61% – 100% 100
70th – 79th 56% – 60.9% 90
60th – 69th 54% – 55.9% 85
50th – 59th 50% – 53.9% 80
Below 50th 0% – 49.9% Percent correct

Secure Predictor Exam

Percentile Percent Correct Range Course Grade Calculation
80th – 100th 69.5% – 100% 100
70th – 79th 65.5% – 69.4% 90
60th – 69th 62.5% – 65.4% 85
50th – 59th 60.5% – 62.4% 80
Below 50th 0% – 60.4% Percent correct

All other Kaplan tests

Percentile Course Grade Calculation
80th – 100th 100
70th – 79th 90
60th – 69th 85
50th – 59th 80
Below 50th Percent correct

Gardner-Webb University pre-licensure students are required to maintain professional attire while performing in the laboratory setting or participating in clinical and/or practicum hours.

PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES

For students who must have a break in the continuity of their academic studies, the following guidelines apply:

Students will be allowed only one break in the nursing curriculum for any reason. Students must re-enroll the next time the course is offered for the program in which they are enrolled.

Students seeking to continue following a break in curriculum must demonstrate competency at their level of re-admission by passing a Comprehensive Exam that includes a medication calculation test and a final exam with a passing grade of 80 on each component. The Comprehensive Exam will consist of the content that is covered in the course prior to the next course in the student’s nursing rotation. Students have the option to audit nursing courses before taking the Comprehensive Exam. The medication test will be offered during the semester and the final exam will be offered in the final week of the semester. Students have one attempt to achieve a passing score of 80 on each component on the Comprehensive Exam. Students will not be required to take more than one competency exam in a semester. If a student is unsuccessful in a first semester nursing course, they will only be required to repeat the course the following semester the course is offered. Students failing to achieve an 80 on either component of the Comprehensive Exam will be required to complete a remediation assignment assigned by the Pre-licensure Chair in conjunction with the Course Instructor. Failure to complete the remediation assignment, according to the established guidelines, will result in dismissal from the nursing program.

The following Comprehensive Exam schedule will apply for the ASN Program:

  • Fall semester – Fundamentals Comprehensive Exam, Childbearing Families Comprehensive Exam
  • Spring semester – Basic Concepts Comprehensive Exam

The following Comprehensive Exam schedule will apply for the BSN Program:

  • Fall semester – Nursing Assessment Comprehensive Exam, Adult Health I Comprehensive Exam, Adult Health II Comprehensive Exam
  • Spring semester – Introduction to Nursing Comprehensive Exam, Maternal/Child Nursing Comprehensive Exam

The following Comprehensive Exam will apply for the ABSN Program:

  • Spring semester – Introduction to Nursing Comprehensive Exam
  • Summer semester – Adult Health I Comprehensive Exam
  • Fall semester – Maternal/Child Nursing Comprehensive Exam

In addition to the Comprehensive Exam, students seeking to continue in a pre-licensure nursing program must hold a 2.0 cumulative nursing grade point average and maintain clinical requirements (flu vaccine, CPR, TB, etc.).

Students must sign the Comprehensive Exam Requirement form to verify understanding of the continuation requirements for a pre-licensure program. If a student requires remediation, additional guidelines will be outlined in a written contract between the Pre-licensure Chair, in conjunction with the Course Instructor, and the student.

This policy is in addition to all guidelines in the Undergraduate Grading and Progression Policy.

For students transferring programs, the following guidelines apply:

  1. Students will be allowed only one change in program for any reason.
  2. Students who are changing programs for any reason must complete the Change of Program form.
  3. Students changing programs due to academic failure are not required to complete the Comprehensive Exam requirements unless a break in the continuity of their academic studies has occurred.

For students in the ASN program and ABSN program option who have successfully completed all graduation requirements except NURS 209 or NUR 461, the following guidelines apply:

  1. Students will be allowed only one break in the nursing curriculum for any reason.
  2. Students who are repeating NURS 209 or NUR 461 must complete the Repeat NURS 209/NUR 461 Course Option Request form.
  3. Students who are repeating NURS 209 or NUR 461 due to academic failure are not required to complete the Comprehensive Exam requirements unless a break in the continuity of their academic studies has occurred.

Comprehensive Exam Requirement Form

Change of Program Request Form

Repeat NURS 209/NUR 461 Course Option Request Form

Intent to Return Form for Students in Initial Semester Nursing Courses

The South Carolina Board of Nursing has an established policy for LPN by equivalency. This policy will ensure that an equivalent course of study based on the Gardner-Webb University pre-licensure registered nurse curriculums will meet the LPN by equivalency endorsement.

PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES

The following nursing courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better, and the following science courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in order to meet the South Carolina LPN by equivalency requirements:

Anatomy and Physiology

  • BIOL 203 and BIOL 204 – 4 semester hours each or transferred credit from another institution that meets GWU requirements.

Fundamentals of Nursing including clinical experiences:

  • NURS 106 – 4 semester hours & NURS 108 – 1 semester hour or
  • NURS/NUR 261 – 4 semester hours & NURS/NUR 263 – 1 semester hour

Basic Concepts of Nursing/Adult Health I/Mental Health Nursing including clinical experiences:

  • NURS117 – 4 semester hours & NURS 118 – 3 semester hours & NURS 116 – 1 semester hour or
  • NURS/NUR 344 – 4 semester hours & NURS/NUR 345 – 3 semester hours & NURS/NUR 343 – 1 semester hour

Women, childbearing families, infants, children and adolescents including clinical experiences

  • NURS 206 – 6 semester hours & NURS 208 – 1 semester hour or
  • NURS/NUR 361 – 6 semester hours & NURS/NUR 363 – 1 semester hour
  1. It is the responsibility of the student to ask the Chair of the pre-licensure program regarding the LPN equivalency. The student is responsible for completing all of the required equivalency forms and obtaining transcripts.
  2. The Chair will complete the Certificate of Endorsement and send directly to the SC BON.
  3. The student is ultimately responsible for passing the NCLEX-PN.

A currently enrolled Gardner-Webb University Hunt School of Nursing (HSON) ASN, BSN, or RN-BSN student who has completed all requirements set forth in the US Army ROTC Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) will be eligible to receive a letter grade, based on the Comprehensive ROTC Nurse Presentation Rubric, for identified courses specific to the currently enrolled program.

PROCEDURE/GUIDELINES

The following nursing courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better, and the following science courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in order to meet the South Carolina LPN by equivalency requirements:

  1. The student must be currently enrolled in the appropriate Hunt School of Nursing program and be in good standing.
  2. All requirements of the US Army ROTC NSTP must be successfully completed prior to the semester(s) of requested course equivalent(s).
  3. The student will work with appropriate program coordinator to schedule a time for presentation in August, with the presentation to the appropriate faculty/chair being completed prior to the Fall semester.
  4. The student will submit all documents, as required by the US Army ROTC NSTP for review by HSON faculty prior to the scheduled presentation, including:
    1. Documentation of successful achievement of clinical hours (120-150)
    2. Clinical Performance Documentation Tool
    3. Group Project Presentation
    4. Group Project Performance Documentation Tool
  5. The student will complete an individual presentation, using the Group Project Presentation, to three faculty members, one of which will include the appropriate chair/coordinator, for evaluation and grading.
  6. The student will earn a letter grade of A or B, as determined by the Comprehensive ROTC Nurse Presentation Rubric, or be registered for the appropriate course(s) to continue in the currently enrolled nursing program.
  7. The grade earned will serve as the grade for two identified courses specific to the currently enrolled nursing program.
    1. ASN: NURS 207 & 210
    2. BSN: NURS 462 & 443
    3. RN-BSN: NUR 312 & 415
  8. Course objectives (CO) for course equivalents in the respective program are provided below to identify how the US Army ROTC NSTP meets CO requirements for courses within the HSON.
NURS 207 Course Objectives Presentation Rubric
1. Apply nursing skills for maternal, newborn, and pediatric clients. 4
2. Utilize technology to manage and communicate information related to client care. 6, 7, 10
3. Prioritize client needs and nursing interventions using assessment data to provide holistic care to maternal, newborn, and pediatric clients. 3, 4
4. Analyze rationales for nursing interventions for maternal, newborn, and pediatric clients. 4, 6
NURS 210/462 Course Objectives Presentation Rubric
1. Demonstrate utilization of the nursing process, knowledge of pharmacology and medication calculations and critical thinking in the care of an adult simulated client. 5, 6
2. Prioritize medical and nursing interventions based on assessment findings, evidence-based practice models, and client preference in the delivery of safe, culturally competent, and holistic nursing care. 3, 5, 6, 10
3. Discuss nursing interventions and support actions with evidence-based rationales for selected client topics. 5, 10
4. Demonstrate leadership and delegation principles as part of the interdisciplinary team in the care of adult clients with complex health needs. 3, 6, 7
5. Utilize technology to manage information, make clinical decisions, and communicate client information to the health care team. 6, 7, 10
NURS 443 Course Objectives Presentation Rubric
1. Examine concepts of community and public health nursing practice. 3, 4, 5, 10
2. Apply knowledge of epidemiology in assessment of community based needs and interventions for quality improvement. 4, 5, 6
3. Explore the utilization of informatics systems in community and public health nursing practice. 6, 7, 10
4. Analyze the impact of vulnerabilities, chronic illnesses, and health promotion on clients, communities, and families. 3, 4, 5
5. Identify health care needs across diverse populations and cultures. 4, 5
NUR 312 Course Objectives Presentation Rubric
1. Demonstrate a holistic, client-centered, caring, and evidence-based approach to advanced health assessment of the adult clien 3, 5, 6, 10
2. Discuss the implications of data collection as it relates to collaboration within the interdisciplinary team. 3, 7, 10
3. Incorporate the principles of clinical reasoning in response to changes in client condition. 4, 5, 6
NURS 415 Course Objectives Presentation Rubric
1. Apply knowledge of evidence-based community and public health nursing concepts. 4, 5, 10
2. Evaluate diverse population, community, and family healthcare needs based on the nursing process and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams. 3, 4, 5
3. Examine the utilization of informatics in the community and public health setting. 6, 7, 10
4. Design community health-based client education according to the nursing process and evidence-based research. 4, 5, 7, 10

Comprehensive ROTC Nurse Presentation Rubric

 

Criteria Excellent Good Fair Poor
1. Oral Presentation 16 points
Provides a verbal presentation with no inaccuracies and/or elimination of important elements. Does not utilize notes and dresses professional.
13 points
Provides a verbal presentation with rare inaccuracies and/or elimination of important elements. Rarely utilizes notes and dresses professional.
12 points
Provides a verbal presentation with occasional inaccuracies and/or elimination of important elements. Utilizes notes and dresses professional.
0 points
Provides a verbal presentation with multiple inaccuracies and/or elimination of important elements. Depends on notes and/or does not dress in professional attire.
2. Appropriate response to questions posed by faculty 10 points
Responds with no inaccuracies and/or elimination of important elements. Maintains eye contact with the audience throughout presentation.
8 points
Responds with rare inaccuracies and/or elimination of important elements. Maintains eye contact with the audience throughout presentation.
7 points
Responds with occasional inaccuracies and/or elimination of important elements. Maintains eye contact with the audience throughout presentation.
0 points
Responds with multiple inaccuracies and/or elimination of important elements. Does not maintain eye contact with audience.
3. Team care approach/Leadership 16 points
Addresses a time that provides details on patient care collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. And performs 9 out of 11 elements for critical behavior #3.
13 points
Addresses a time that does not provide details on patient care collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. And/or performs 6-8, out of 11, elements from critical behavior #3.
11 points
Does not address a time on patient care collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. And/or performs 3-5, out of 11, elements from critical behavior #3.
0 points
Does not address a time on patient care collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. And/or performs 0-2, out of 11, elements from critical behavior #3.
4. Relates PCTS to OB/Pediatric clients 16 points
Gives 3 examples, with rationales, on how PCTS allows application of nursing skills and priority of nursing care.
13 points
Gives 2 examples, with rationales, on how PCTS allows application of nursing skills and priority of nursing care.
11 points
Gives 1 example, with rationales, on how PCTS allows application of nursing skills and priority of nursing care.
0 points
Does not address the topic.
5. Relates PCTS to medical surgical adult clients 16 points
Gives 3 examples, with rationales, on how PCTS allows application of nursing skills and priority of nursing care.
13 points
Gives 2 examples, with rationales, on how PCTS allows application of nursing skills and priority of nursing care.
11 points
Gives 1 example, with rationales, on how PCTS allows application of nursing skills and priority of nursing care.
0 points
Does not address the topic.
6. Impact of the summer training program on your personal practice 16 points
Reflects on 3 ways personal clinical practice will be enhanced through participation in the NSTP.
13 points
Reflects on 2 ways personal clinical practice will be enhanced through participation in the NSTP.
11 points
Reflects on 1 way personal clinical practice will be enhanced through participation in the NSTP.
0 points
Does not address the topic.
7. Creativity/ Organization of the presentation 10 points
Information stated in logical format, attractive with use of visuals, easy to read.
8 points
Information stated in logical format, occasional error with visual/attractiveness.
7 points
Information not stated in a logical format, limited visual/attractiveness.
0 points
Information not stated in a logical format, no attention to appearance of the presentation.
8. Presentation and references are consistent with APA format 0 points
Text, title page, and references are consistent with APA format with minimal exceptions (0-5 errors).
-5 points
There are occasional APA format errors in the text, title page, and/or reference page(s) (6-10 errors).
-10 points
There are frequent APA format errors in the text, title page, and/or reference page(s) (equal to or greater than 11 errors).
 
9. Rules of grammar, word usage, and punctuation are followed 0 points
Rules of grammar, word usage, and punctuation are followed with minimal exceptions (0-5 errors).
-5 points
Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation is consistent with formal written work with occasional exceptions (6-10 errors).
-10 points
Rules of grammar, spelling, words usage, and punctuation are followed with numerous exceptions (equal to or greater than 11 errors).
 
10. References/ Research 0 points
A minimum of one scholarly journal articles or other publications are referenced (less than 5 years).
-5 points
There is no scholarly journal article or other publication is referenced or sources greater than 5 years old.
 

*PCTS= Patient caring touch system

PCTS includes concepts of enhanced communication, capability building, evidence-based practice, healthy work environment, and client advocacy.