School of Nursing Student Handbook2021-2022Updated July 2021

BELMONT UNIVERSITYGORDON E. INMAN COLLEGE OFHEALTH SCIENCES AND NURSINGAdministrative LeadershipCathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN, Dean, College of Health Sciences & NursingMartha Buckner, PhD, RN, Associate Dean of NursingLinda Wofford, DNP, RN, Director, Graduate Studies in NursingSandy Murabito, EdD, RN, Director, Undergraduate Studies in NursingErin Shankel, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FNP CoordinatorAmanda Waterman, MSN, RN, Clinical Placement CoordinatorSchool of NursingAddress:Belmont University1900 Belmont BoulevardNashville, TN 37212-3757Undergraduate Telephone: (615) 460-6139Graduate Telephone: (615) 460-6125FAX: (615) 460-6142

ContentsWelcome . 1Belmont University & School of Nursing Overview . 2BSN Goals and Outcomes. 3MSN & Post-Graduate APRN Program Goals and Outcomes . 3DNP Goals and Outcomes . 3School of Nursing . 4School of Nursing Philosophy . 4School of Nursing Mission . 4School of Nursing Vision . 5School of Nursing General Information . 6Laptop and Privacy Screen Requirement . 6General Services . 6Management of Personal Account Information . 6Counseling . 6Health Center . 6Accessibility Services . 7ROTC Program . 7Open Door Policy. 7Attendance Policy. 7Student Rights & Responsibilities . 8Social Media Use . 8Appeals, Concerns and Grievances . 9School of Nursing Technical, Non-Academic Standards . 9Technical, Non-Academic Standards . 10Equal Access to the School of Nursing’s Educational Program . 12Nursing Student Activities. 14Student Nurses Association (SNA) . 14Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) . 14Curriculum Committee (BSN) . 14Graduate Affairs Committee (MSN & DNP) . 14Sigma Theta Tau International (Undergraduate & Graduate) . 14i

Academic and Professional Success. 15Expectations . 15Advising . 15Academic Honor System . 15Academic Integrity . 16Honor Pledge . 16Writing Center and Math Lab . 16APA Writing Format . 17Academic Misconduct . 17Commitment to Civility . 18Professional Success . 19American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics . 19Student Impairment Policy . 19Alcohol and Drug Testing . 20Impairment of Students . 20Students with Positive Alcohol and Drug Test or Symptoms of Potential Impairment . 21Student Assignment to Health Care Facilities . 21Definitions . 21School of Nursing Policies Related to Clinical Experiences . 23Health Protection . 23Policy for Health Record Requirements . 23Liability Insurance . 24Health Insurance . 24CPR Certification. 24Alcohol and Drug Screening . 24Background Checks . 24Transportation . 24Clinical and Lab Dress Policies . 25Tobacco Policy . 25Patient Confidentiality . 25Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) . 26BSN Degree Student Learning Outcomes . 26Student Awards . 27ii

BSN Academic Progression Policy . 27Grading Scale . 29Passing Grade Requirement. 29Clinical, Simulation & Lab Experiences . 30Clinical & Lab Dress Code . 30Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) . 33MSN Program Outcomes. 33MSN Academic Progression Policy . 34Grades, GPA & Academic Standing . 34Grading Scale . 35Test Integrity . 35Appeals, Concerns & Grievances . 36Clinical & Lab Experiences. 37FNP Direct Clinical Policy. 37Direct Clinical Handbook . 37Clinical & Lab Dress Code . 37Electronic Clinical Log System . 38Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) . 39DNP Program Outcomes . 39DNP Academic Progression Policy . 39Grades, GPA & Academic Standing . 40Grading Scale . 41Test Integrity . 41Appeals, Concerns & Grievances . 41Clinical & Lab Experiences. 42FNP Direct Clinical Policy. 42Direct Clinical Handbook . 43Clinical & Lab Dress Code . 43Electronic Clinical Log System . 43Indirect Clinical Experiences . 44The Scholarly Project. 44Post-Graduate APRN Program . 46Post-Graduate APRN Outcomes . 46iii

Post-Graduate APRN Academic Progression Policy . 47Grades, GPA & Academic Standing . 47Grading Scale . 48Test Integrity . 48Appeals, Concerns & Grievances . 49Graduate Readmission & Appeals Committee (G-RAC) . 49Clinical & Lab Experiences. 50FNP Direct Clinical Policy. 50Direct Clinical Handbook . 50Clinical & Lab Dress Code . 50Electronic Clinical Log System . 51iv

WelcomeWe are pleased that you have chosen Belmont for your education in nursing. Yourresponsibilities as a student are to know and meet your degree requirements and to enroll forthe appropriate courses.You are expected to become familiar and comply with the various regulations of the Universityand the School of Nursing (SON). This handbook has been prepared specifically to highlightinformation that will be useful to you during your matriculation in the School of Nursing. Theintent is to supplement other official University documents. In addition to this StudentHandbook, you are expected to become acquainted with and abide by the contents of:The GuideThe Undergraduate CatalogThe Graduate Catalog1

Belmont University & School of Nursing OverviewConsistently recognized as a “Most Innovative” university, Belmont University is a studentcentered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowersmen and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplinedintelligence, compassion, courage and faith. Fundamental to that vision are faculty who bringimmeasurable life experience and knowledge to share with students on a historic campus thatthrives in one of the most popular cities in the Southeast.A comprehensive university grounded in liberal arts, Belmont is the second largest privatecollege or university in Tennessee and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence. Theuniversity has over 8200 students, approximately 100 undergraduate programs, and 27graduate programs and is listed as one of the fastest growing Christian universities in theUnited States.Belmont University has thirteen colleges as well as Interdisciplinary Studies and GlobalEducation housed in the Office of the Provost. Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciencesand Nursing (CHS) has an enrollment of over 1000 undergraduate and graduate studentsand is composed of the Department of Exercise Science, the School of Nursing (SON), theSchool of Occupational Therapy, the School of Physical Therapy, the Department of PublicHealth (offering the BSPH), and Department of Social Work (offering the BSW).The SON offers BSN, MSN and DNP degrees. The BSN program enrolls first-time full-timeBelmont students, transfer students who participate in the affiliated Partners in NursingConsortium, and accelerated students (second degree). The MSN and DNP programs offerFamily Nurse Practitioner (FNP) preparation and a post-graduate Advanced PracticeRegistered Nurse (APRN) program to prepare graduates to be eligible for a national FNPcertification exam. The American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the AmericanAcademy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) both approve Belmont graduates to take the FNPcertification examination. All three degree programs are accredited by the Commission onCollegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Belmont SON is situated in a robust healthcareenvironment within Nashville and the Belmont University community. Students of alllevels and backgrounds enjoy the opportunity of this rich milieu.Belmont University School of Nursing embraces the university’s mission “to provide anacademically challenging education that enables men and women of diverse backgroundsto engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage andfaith” as the overarching guide and firm foundation for all we do. The SON’s mission flowsdirectly from the Belmont University mission and narrows the focus to that of nursingstudents in any of the programs offered in the SON. The SON’s mission is to be “astudent-centered Christian community which embraces a culture of openness and mutualrespect, excellence in teaching, and the privilege of service. We strive to provide anacademically challenging education that enables men and women of diverse backgrounds2

to safely practice professional nursing with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage,and faith.” The Belmont SON mission statement is published on the school’s webpage ents guiding the development of the BSN, MSN, DNP, and post-graduate APRNprograms include Belmont University’s vision, mission, values and Vision 2025 strategicinitiative; and the CHS’s and SON’s mission and goals. The primary source documentsused for the development of the BSN, MSN, Post-graduate APRN, and DNP curricula arelisted below. Each program was designed to be in full compliance with professionalstandards selected. The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs [NTF Criteria], (National TaskForce on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, [NTF], 2016)BSN Goals and OutcomesThe goal of Belmont University’s BSN program is to prepare nursing students to functionas nursing generalists. In this capacity, graduates will be able to improve health outcomesof diverse populations, engage in active teamwork, use current evidence to provide safe,quality care in a variety of settings, advocate for vulnerable populations, and recognize theimportance of promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyles.MSN & Post-Graduate APRN Program Goals and OutcomesThe goal of Belmont University’s MSN and post-graduate APRN programs is to prepareadvanced practice nurses in the role of Family Nurse Practitioner who are able to provideclinically proficient, patient-centered care; participate in interprofessional leadershipteams; champion ethical decision-making and advocacy; establish culturally appropriatepractice; commit to life-long learning; apply quality improvement models and measures;and incorporate information technologies.DNP Goals and OutcomesThe goal of Belmont University’s DNP program is to prepare nurses not only for advancedpractice roles but also for roles as scholars skilled in measurement of patient andpopulation outcomes, education of diverse populations, leadership in health policydevelopment and implementation, translation of evidence into clinical practice, andadvocacy for safe and quality care within complex health care delivery systems.3

School of NursingSchool of Nursing PhilosophyThe philosophy of the School of Nursing is based on the values of integrity, inquiry,collaboration, humility, and service, which are congruent with the vision and values ofBelmont University. As an integral part of the Belmont University Christian community,the School of Nursing provides opportunities for students to discover individual talents,grow spiritually, and acquire professional nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes. TheSchool of Nursing synthesizes the liberal arts, sciences and professional education,providing a foundation to develop critical thinking essential for nursing practice.Educational experiences are created in a caring, Christ-centered environment anddesigned to develop a competent, compassionate professional able to function in a varietyof practice settings with an emphasis on population-focused care. Teaching and learningare considered to be collaborative, active efforts, requiring mutual respect, and producingchanges in behaviors and values that are essential to nursing practice.The School of Nursing faculty identifies Jesus Christ as the Master Healer and the ultimaterole model for caring and serving. The School of Nursing faculty serves students as strongrole models through commitment to excellence as teachers, learners, scholars, clinicians,and servant leaders. The profession of nursing requires the following: to function as aconfident member of the interprofessional team; to engage in clinical reasoning; tocommunicate effectively for the delivery of safe, quality, evidenced-based care; and toapply high moral and ethical standards. These nursing profession requirements promotethe delivery of patient-centered care to individuals, families, and communities of diversebackgrounds in various settings. The School of Nursing faculty serves as mentors andconsultants, who collaboratively assist all nursing students to discern, apply, and evaluatecare for self and others.Graduates are challenged to embrace a commitment to lifelong learning by increasingknowledge, competence, and advocacy for patients and professional nurses.Baccalaureate nursing students are prepared to function as nursing generalists. Thebaccalaureate graduate has the foundation to build on knowledge and experiencespreparing each to become a leader in the profession.Graduate level nursing students are prepared to function as specialists and advance thenursing profession. All graduates are equipped to promote health, improve care, andimpact health care cost.School of Nursing MissionThe School of Nursing is a student-centered Christian community which embraces aculture of openness and mutual respect, excellence in teaching, and the privilege of4

service. We strive to provide an academically challenging education that enables men andwomen of diverse backgrounds to safely practice professional nursing with disciplinedintelligence, compassion, courage and faith.School of Nursing VisionThe vision of the School of Nursing is to promote health, improve care, and impact costthrough excellence in teaching, practice, service, and scholarship in the context of a caringChristian environment.5

School of Nursing General InformationLaptop and Privacy Screen RequirementAll Belmont Nursing students are required to have a WiFi-enabled laptop with camera andprivacy screen. Specifications:o Windows computer (requires Windows 7, 8, or 10)o Macintosh computer (requires OSX 10.10 or higher)o iPad version 3 or highero Chromebooks, Android, or Linux not supported by our required software vendorsGeneral ServicesStudent services are coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs located in the Beaman StudentLife Center. The phone number is (615) 460-6407.Management of Personal Account InformationAll students should complete a Personal Data Change Request at Belmont Central. In addition,the student must update their permanent personal information on MyBelmont.CounselingPersonal counseling services are offered through the Office of Student Affairs and may helpwith such issues as academics, interpersonal relationships, religious questions, sexuality, stress,time management addictions, anxiety and depression. Students are entitled to a limited number of counseling sessions with a licensedcounselor at no cost. For more information or appointments for counseling, call (615)460-6407. A code of confidentiality is maintained in all counseling.Health CenterA Certified Family Nurse Practitioner is available through University Health Services, located onthe first floor of McWhorter Hall. Primary care services available include wellness physicals,diagnosis and treatment of acute episodic health problems, immunizations, treatment of minortrauma and lab services. Referrals for more advanced care are also available. Hours are 8:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (615) 460-5506 andappointments are encouraged. The Office of Safety and Security is available to help withemergency needs as well.6

Accessibility ServicesIn compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with DisabilitiesAct, the Office of Accessibility Services coordinates reasonable accommodations for all studentswith disability at Belmont University. If you need to request an accommodation based on theimpact of a disability, you should contact your faculty privately to discuss your specific needsand contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Student Affairs at (615) 460-6407. The Officeof Accessibility Services is located in the Beaman Student Life Center, Suite mlROTC ProgramBelmont students may take advantage and receive credit for Army and Navy Reserve OfficerTraining Corps (ROTC) program at Vanderbilt University and Air Force ROTC at Tennessee StateUniversity. For more information, refer ml.Open Door PolicyAt Belmont University School of Nursing, we value input from students and maintain an “opendoor policy” so that students feel comfortable coming to the faculty to discuss concerns, bothpersonal and academic. Setting up an appointment with the faculty member may be the mostconvenient way to facilitate this. Faculty also have office hours during which they generally areavailable to see students.An additional source of information and advice is the student’s academic advisor. The studentshould feel free to contact the advisor at any time.Attendance PolicyEach course in the School of Nursing contains significant academic course work that builds onprevious content. Thus, attendance at each class, lab, and clinical meeting is essential to thestudent’s success. Furthermore, attendance and punctuality are professional behaviors that areexpected of every student enrolled in the School of Nursing.The University Academic calendar is published at least a year in advance and is available on theUniversity website. Students are responsible for checking this calendar prior to planningvacations, weddings, honeymoons, job orientations, family reunions, etc.Policy: Beginning with the first scheduled class, students are required to attend all classsessions of courses in which they are enrolled. This includes course and clinical orientations,labs, clinical, lecture sessions and all other class meetings listed in the course syllabus andcalendars. Except in the case of death of a family member or sig

School of Nursing Address: Belmont University 1900 Belmont Boulevard Nashville, TN 37212-3757 Undergraduate Telephone: (615) 460-6139 Graduate Telephone: (615) 460-6125 FAX: (615) 460-6142. i Contents