Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook

Table of Contents

 

Conceptual Organization of the Undergraduate Program

Curriculum Information

Admission Requirements

Progression Policies

Registration Information

Practicum Information, Requirements and Forms

Preparation for NCLEX

Financial Aid

College Activities and Resources

Conceptual Organization of the Undergraduate Program Philosophy

The Purdue University Calumet College of Nursing embraces the mission and philosophy of Purdue University Calumet.

Person:

Persons are viewed as developing across the life span and are dynamic, complex and autonomous. As citizens of the world and members of a larger network of families, groups and communities, individuals strive to meet their basic human needs. Individuals are in constant interaction with other open systems and interpret the world according to their own contextual reality. In doing so, persons create their own subjective meanings about health, illness and well-being. As a result, they have the right to fully participate in health care decisions that affect their quality of life.

Environment

Environment is the arena for life span development and provides the conditions for persons to grow, change and meet (or not meet) their basic human needs. Additionally, the environment exerts social, cultural, political and religious norms that influence the behavior of individuals, families, groups and communities. Reciprocally, individuals, families, groups and communities influence the nature of the environment.

Nursing

Central to the practice of professional nursing is respect for the autonomy and dignity of all individuals without regard to gender, ethnicity, religion or class. The values of the profession are rooted in a caring philosophy and encompass ethical standards, a commitment to advocacy and social justice, scientific theory, intuitive ways of knowing, aesthetic ways of knowing and tradition.

The context of nursing is health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration and palliation. The practice of nursing should be patient centered and exert significant influence on the safety, health and welfare of individuals, families, groups and communities. This is accomplished by utilizing the nursing process and critical thinking to provide interventions that assist individuals to meet their physiological, safety and security, self-esteem, love and belonging, and self actualization needs and by promoting the health and welfare of families, groups and communities. The process by which this is achieved is through the implementation of an evidence based practice model that utilizes the best available international evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preference, within the context of available resources.

Professional nurses are educated to employ expert communication skills in order to influence health policy, provide professional leadership in resource management, utilize information technology effectively to motivate and supervise others. Through a process of collaboration with the interprofessional team nurses maintain standards of care, focus on professional team improvement, act as a change agent, implement evidence based models for practice, and influence the profession through political awareness and activity.

Health

Health is a subjective state, rooted in experiences, values, and beliefs and is culturally defined and practiced. Health is reflected in a person’s ability to pursue their goals and desires, meet their basic human needs and achieve a quality of life that produces satisfaction and happiness.

Teaching-Learning Process:

The Purdue University Calumet College of Nursing’s primary mission is the engagement of nursing students in the teaching-learning process relevant to the nursing discipline. The faculty believe that this dynamic process is mutual, constantly evolving and provides the opportunity to both inspire and empower nursing students. Through this process, nursing students are inspired to value change through the role modeling of faculty and empowered through didactic and clinical instruction to create their visions regarding the role of the nurse. More notably, through the critical thinking process students should be empowered to challenge traditional nursing practices that are void of research or evidence based support. Further, the teaching learning process is viewed as the linking of nursing faculty expertise with evidence based teaching strategies that enhance student learning, promote effective communication and cultivate a value for life long learning.

Conceptual Threads of the College of Nursing

H= Horizontal thread: provide the elements of the framework that are foundational and gain breadth as students progress throughout the curriculum while being exposed to various experiences.

  • Communication (H): The activity of conveying information therapeutically and effectively with all stakeholders in the healthcare system
  • Patient Centered Care (H): Holistic patient care that encompasses a respect for the uniqueness and complexity of persons as open systems. It includes science, advocacy, caring, ethical standards and attention to social, cultural, political and religious diversity.
  • Basic Human Needs (H): A hierarchy of human needs that includes physiologic needs, safety and security needs, love and belonging needs, self-esteem needs and self-actualization needs.
  • Nursing Process (H): An organized method of planning and delivering care that is composed of five steps: assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, implementation and evaluation.
  • Evidence Based Nursing Practice (H): A practice model that utilizes the best available international evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preference within the context of available resources.
  • Professional Values (H): Application of standard guidelines and principles that guide the profession of nursing, integrating altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice, and ethics.
  • Critical Thinking (H): The process of conceptualizing, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information that facilitates a healthy skepticism and results in a willingness to act on new information.

V=Vertical Thread: consists of those concepts, which progress from the simple to the complex as students gain increasing sophistication in their understanding of professional nursing. Helps students gain breadth and depth.

  • Professional Leadership (V): The ability to manage resources, influence, motivate and supervise others, collaborate with an inter-professional team, maintain standards in the provision of care, focus on quality improvement, act as a change agent and educator in order to implement evidence based models of practice.
  • Quality and Safety (V): Knowledge and skills to minimize risk and to improve structure processes and outcomes.
  • Heath Care informatics (V): The use of information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  • Health Policy (V): Decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific healthcare goals in a society.
  • Collaboration (V): The process whereby nurses work jointly and cooperatively with patients, families, groups, and inter-professional teams for the purpose of improving quality healthcare.
  • Levels of Prevention (V): Providing developmentally appropriate nursing care to individuals, families, groups and communities in the context health promotion, restoration, maintenance, and palliation.
  • Life Span Development (V): A dynamic process that occurs from birth to death in which there is an orderly pattern of growth and change affecting structure, cognition, socio-emotional, moral and spiritual dimensions.

Nursing Standards:

The faculty developed the curriculum, student learning outcomes/program objectives and program outcomes based on the following standards and guidelines:  Indiana Nurse Practice Act, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice (2010), the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) Accreditation Standards (2008), Healthy People 2010, the institute of Medicine (IOM) report on Health Professions Education (2005), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education (2008) and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies (2007).

Student Learning Outcomes of Undergraduate Program

Student Learning Outcomes of Undergraduate Degree Nursing Program Options

  1. Utilize the nursing process to implement principles of patient centered care within the framework of basic human needs and life span development.
  2. Is a communication expert that conveys information therapeutically and effectively with all stakeholders in the health care system.
  3. Apply professional leadership skills in collaborating with the interprofessional team to provide continuity of care and continuous quality improvement in a safe environment.
  4. Implement the principles of evidence based nursing practice in the provision of patient centered care.
  5. Use information technology to support clinical decision-making in the provision of patient centered care.
  6. Implement critical thinking strategies to provide nursing care in the context of health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration and palliation.
  7. Exemplify professional values to include altruism, autonomy, human dignity integrity, social justice and ethics.

Revised 09/13/2014

Plans of Study

Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (Professional Option)

Click here for a printable plan of study
For students admitted prior to Fall 2012

Semester 1
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 18100

Introduction to Professional Nursing

1

0

1

NUR 19600

Foundations of Psychosocial Nursing (First 8 weeks)

3

0

3

BIOL 21300

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

3

4

CHM 11900

General Chemistry

2

3

3

PSY 12000

Elementary Psychology

3

0

3

NUR 18200

Conceptual and Theoretical Thinking in Nursing

2

0

2

Semester 2
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 19200

Foundations of Nursing (First 8 weeks.)

2

0

2

NUR 18800

Foundations of Health Assessment and Health Promotion

2

3

3

NUR 19700

Practicum I (Second 8 weeks)

0

6

2

NUR 27400

Essential Pharmacokinetics for Nursing

2

0

2

BIOL 21400

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

3

4

ENGL 10400

English Composition I

3

0

3

Semester 3
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 28600

Mental Health Nursing (First 8 wks)

3

0

3

NUR 28700

Mental Health Nursing Practicum (Second 8 wks)

0

3

1

NUR 29400

Essential Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing

3

0

3

NUR 45100

Nursing Informatics

3

0

3

ENG 10500

English Composition II

3

0

3

NUR 38400

Concepts of Role Development in Professional Nursing

3

0

3

Semester 4
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 28200

Adult Nursing I

4

0

4

NUR 28300

Practicum II

0

6

2

NUR 27500

Alternative Therapies for Nursing Practice

2

0

2

ELECTIVE

Communication

3

0

3

BIOL 22100

Intro to Microbiology

3

3

4

Semester 5
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 31700

Nursing Care of Women through the Lifespan (First 8 weeks)

3

0

3

NUR 31800

Maternity Practicum (Second 8 weeks.)

0

3

1

BHS 20100

Statistical Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

3

0

3

NUR 39400

Health Promotion and Education

3

0

3

NUR 39700

Nursing Care of the Aged, Disabled & Chronically Ill

3

0

3

NUR 39100

Professional Ethics

2

0

2

Semester 6
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 36100

Pediatric Nursing (First 8 weeks)

2

0

2

NUR 37200

Pediatric Nursing Practicum (Second 8 weeks)

0

3

1

NUR 41500

Pathophysiology

3

0

3

NUR 38800

Nursing of Families and Groups

3

0

3

NUR 39000

Nursing Research

3

0

3

F&N 30300

Essentials of Nutrition

3

0

3

Semester 7
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 39200

Adult Nursing II

3

0

3

NUR 39300

Practicum III

0

9

3

NUR 48200

Nursing Leadership & Management

2

0

2

NUR 39900 Nursing Elective

3

0

3

ELECTIVE

Philosophy

3

0

3

NUR 48800

Capstone Course Preparation

1

0

1

Semester 8
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 48500

Community Health Nursing Practicum

1

6

3

NUR 48600

Community Health Nursing

3

0

3

NUR 49800

Capstone Course in Nursing

0

6

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities

3

0

3

ELECTIVE

Elective Open

3

0

3

Revised 03/2008

Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (Professional Option)

Click here for a printable Degree Map
For students admitted for Fall 2012 and after

Semester 1
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 18100

Introduction to Professional Nursing

1

0

1

ENGL 10400

English Composition I

3

0

3

BIOL 21300

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

3

4

CHM 11900

General Chemistry

2

3

3

PSY 12000

Elementary Psychology

3

0

3

Semester 2
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

Humanities

3

0

3

NUR 18200

Conceptual and Theoretical Thinking in Nursing

2

0

2

ENGL 10500

English Composition II

3

0

3

ELECTIVE

Communication

3

0

3

BIOL 21400

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

3

4

NUR 27400

Essential Pharmacokinetics for Nursing (First 8 weeks)

2

0

2

Semester 3
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

BIOL 22100

Introduction to Microbiology

3

3

4

F&N 30300

Essentials of Nutrition

3

0

3

NUR 19600

Foundations of Psychosocial Nursing (First 8 weeks)

3

0

3

NUR 18800

Foundations of Health Assessment and Health Promotion

2

3

3

NUR 29400

Essential Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing

3

0

3

Semester 4
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 41500

Pathophysiology

3

0

3

NUR 38400

Concepts of Role Development in Professional Nursing

3

0

3

NUR 28600

Mental Health Nursing (First 8 weeks)

3

0

3

NUR 28700

Mental Health Nursing Practicum (Second 8 weeks)

0

3

1

NUR 19200

Foundations of Nursing

2

0

2

NUR 19700

Practicum I (Second 8 weeks)

0

6

2

Semester 5
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 45100

Nursing Informatics

3

0

3

NUR 39400

Health Promotion and Education

3

0

3

NUR 39100

Professional Ethics

2

0

2

BHS 20100

Statistical Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

3

0

3

NUR 28200

Adult Nursing I

4

0

4

NUR 28300

Practicum II

0

6

2

Semester 6
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 31700

Nursing Care of Women Through the Lifespan

3

0

3

NUR 31800

Maternity Practicum

0

3

1

NUR 39700

Nursing Care of the Aged, Disabled & Chronically Ill

3

0

3

NUR 39000

Nursing Research

3

0

3

NUR 27500

Alternative Therapies for Nursing Practice

2

0

2

Semester 7
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 36100

Pediatric Nursing (First 8 weeks)

3

0

3

NUR 37200

Pediatric Nursing Practicum (Second 8 weeks)

0

3

1

NUR 45200

Quality and Safety in Professional Nursing Leadership

3

0

3

NUR 48500

Community Health Nursing Practicum

1

6

3

NUR 48600 Community Health Nursing

3

0

3

ELECTIVE

Philosophy

3

0

3

Semester 8
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 39200

Adult Nursing II

3

0

3

NUR 39300

Practicum III

0

9

3

NUR 48700

Transitions Into Professional Nursing Practice

2

0

2

NUR 39900

Nursing Elective

3

0

3

NUR 49800

Capstone Course in Nursing

3

0

3

Revised Fall 2012


Accelerated Bachelor’s Second Degree Option

Click here for a printable Plan of Study
For students admitted prior to Fall 2012

Semester 1
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 18800

Foundations of Health Assessment and Health Promotion

2

3

3

NUR 19200

Foundations of Nursing

2

0

2

NUR 19600

Foundations of Psychosocial Nursing (First 8 weeks)

3

0

3

NUR 19700

Practicum I (Second 8 weeks)

2

0

2

NUR 18200

Conceptual and Theoretical Thinking in Nursing

3

0

3

NUR 29400

Essential Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing

3

0

3

Semester 2
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 28200

Adult Nursing I

4

0

4

NUR 28300

Practicum II

0

6

2

NUR 28600

Mental Health Nursing (First 8 weeks)

3

0

3

NUR 41500

Pathophysiology

3

0

3

NUR 39000

Nursing Research

3

0

3

NUR 39100

Professional Ethics

3

0

3

Semester 3
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 39200

Adult Nursing II

3

0

3

NUR 39300

Practicum III (Second 8 weeks)

0

9

3

NUR 35200

Gerontological Nursing

1

0

1

NUR 48200

Nursing Leadership and Management

2

0

2

NUR 48800

Capstone Course Preparation

1

0

1

 
Semester 4
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 31700

Nursing Care of Women Through the Lifespan (First 8 weeks)

3

0

3

NUR 31800

Maternity Practicum (Second 8 weeks)

0

3

1

NUR 36100

Pediatric Nursing (First 8 weeks)

2

0

2

NUR 36200

Pediatric Nursing Practicum (Second 8 weeks)

0

3

1

NUR 48500

Community Health Nursing Practice

1

6

3

NUR 48600

Community Health Nursing

3

0

3

NUR 49800

Capstone Course in Nursing

1

6

3

 

Revised 03/2008

Accelerated Bachelor’s Second Degree Option

Click here for a printable Degree Map
For students admitted Fall 2012 and after

Semester 1
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 18800

Foundations of Health Assessment and Health Promotion

2

3

3

NUR 19200

Foundations of Nursing

2

0

2

NUR 19600

Foundations of Psychosocial Nursing (First 8 weeks)

3

0

3

NUR 19700

Practicum I (Second 8 weeks)

2

0

2

NUR 18200

Conceptual and Theoretical Thinking in Nursing

3

0

3

NUR 29400

Essential Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing

3

0

3

Semester 2
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 28200

Adult Nursing I

4

0

4

NUR 28300

Practicum II

0

6

2

NUR 28600

Mental Health Nursing (First 8 weeks)

3

0

3

NUR 41500

Pathophysiology

3

0

3

NUR 39000

Nursing Research

3

0

3

NUR 39100

Professional Ethics

3

0

3

Semester 3
Course Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 31700

Nursing Care of Women Through the Lifespan

3

0

3

NUR 31800

Maternity Practicum

0

3

1

NUR 36100

Pediatric Nursing

3

0

3

NUR 36200

Pediatric Nursing Practicum

0

3

1

NUR 35200

Gerontological Nursing

1

0

1

NUR 45200

Quality and Safety in Professional Nursing Leadership

3

0

3

Semester 4

Course

Course Title Lecture Hours/Week Lab Hours/Week Total Credit Hours

NUR 39200

Adult Nursing II

3

0

3

NUR 39300

Practicum III

0

9

3

NUR 48700

Transitions Into Professional Nursing Practice

2

0

2

NUR 48500

Community Health Nursing Practice

1

6

3

NUR 48600

Community Health Nursing

3

0

3

NUR 49800

Capstone Course in Nursing

1

6

3

Revised Fall 2012


LPN Transitioned to the Bachelor’s Degree

Click here for a printable Degree Map

Semester 3
Course Course Title Total Credit Hours

NUR 18100

Introduction to Professional Nursing

1 Credit Hr.

NUR 18200

Conceptual and Theoretical Thinking in Nursing

2 Credit Hrs.

NUR 18800

Foundations of Health Assessment and Health Promotion

3 Credit Hrs.

ELECTIVE

Communication

3 Credit Hrs.

F&N 30300

Essentials of Nutrition

3 Credit Hrs.

Semester Total:

12 Credits

Semester 4
Course Course Title Total Credit Hours

NUR 28600

Mental Health Nursing (1st 8 weeks)

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 28700

Mental Health Nursing Practicum (2nd 8 weeks)

1 Credit Hr.

NUR 41500

Pathophysiology

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 38400

Concepts of Role Development in Professional Nursing

3 Credit Hrs.

ELECTIVE

Humanities

3 Credit Hrs.

Semester Total:

13 Credits

Semester 5
Course Course Title Total Credit Hours

NUR 28200

Adult Nursing I

4 Credit Hrs.

NUR 28300

Practicum II

2 Credit Hrs.

NUR 45100

Nursing Informatics

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 39100

Professional Ethics

2 Credit Hrs.

NUR 39400

Health Promotion and Education

3 Credit Hrs.

Semester Total:

14 Credits

Semester 6
Course Course Title Total Credit Hours

NUR 31700

Nursing Care of Women through the Lifespan (1st 8 weeks)

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 31800

Maternity Practicum (2nd 8 weeks)

1 Credit Hr.

NUR 39000

Nursing Research

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 39700

Nursing Care of the Aged, Disabled and Chronically Ill

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 27500

Alt Therapies

2 Credit Hrs.

Semester Total:

12 Credits

Semester 7
Course Course Title Total Credit Hours

NUR 48500

Community Health Nursing Practicum

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 48600

Community Health Nursing

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 45200

Quality and Safety in Professional Nursing Practice

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 36100

Pediatric Nursing (1st 8 weeks)

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 37200

Pediatric Nursing Practicum (2nd 8 weeks)

1 Credit Hrs.

ELECTIVE

Philosophy

3 Credit Hr.

Semester Total:

16 Credits

Semester 8
Course Course Title Total Credit Hours

NUR 39200

Adult Nursing II

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 39300

Practicum III

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 48700

Transitions Into Professional Nursing Practice

2 Credit Hrs.

NUR 39900

Nursing Elective

3 Credit Hrs.

NUR 49800

Capstone Course in Nursing

3 Credit Hrs.

     

Semester Total:

14 Credits

 


General Admission and Progression Policies

  1. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the College of Nursing.
  2. Admission to the Undergraduate Program in Nursing is competitive. Applicants who demonstrate the strongest credentials are admitted. Applicants who are not admitted may reapply for admission at a later date.
  3. Students must carry documentation of having met health, liability, and CPR requirements at all times while enrolled in the College of Nursing.
  4. Applicants who have been convicted for violation(s) of laws pertaining to unlawful substances or felony offenses may not be eligible for clinical placement and licensure as a Registered Nurse until such time that their legal issues are resolved.
  5. Enrolled students who have been charged for violation(s) of laws pertaining to unlawful substances or felony offenses, which pose risk to the health and safety of others, may be asked to withdraw from clinical courses in nursing until such time that their legal issues are resolved.
  6. Purdue University Calumet’s College of Nursing adheres to the American with Disabilities Act. It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to inform the College of Nursing of their special needs so that reasonable accommodations may be provided.
  7. According to the University Policy for Involuntary Withdrawal of Students the faculty reserve the right to administratively withdraw any student whose conduct, health status, or clinical judgment demonstrates lack of fitness for continuation in the health profession and/or violates the ANA Code of Ethics. In this event, students may submit a petition to the faculty for re-entry upon change of circumstance.
  8. The College of Nursing adheres to the “Student Bill of Rights” (page55-57 )and the “Policies of Student Conduct” (pages 58-64) as set forth in the Purdue University Calumet Student Handbook.

Approved: 4/12/99
Rev. 07/03

Essential Abilities Standards

Essential Abilities Standards
Baccalaureate Program
Purdue University Calumet

It is the policy of the College of Nursing (CON) to adhere to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The SON has identified specific essential abilities (core performance standards) that are critical to the success of students enrolled in the program. These standards are designed to establish expectations and are considered essential to provide safe patient care, with and/or without reasonable accommodations. An applicant for any of the degree programs in Nursing must be competent in the following areas: observation, communication, motor, and intellectual-conceptual abilities. Students must possess these essential abilities upon admission to the nursing program and maintain these performance standards throughout the program. Examples of competencies for each of the areas follow. Note that these descriptions are intended to be examples rather than all-inclusive. Clinical agencies may have policies which differ from those listed below, and students must also abide by the policies of these agencies.

Students with disabilities:

The SON is committed to the belief that the assurance of equality of opportunity and full participation at Purdue University Calumet for persons with disabilities should be supported. All programs within the SON follow Purdue University Calumet’s policies on Services for Individuals with Disabilities. Any student with a documented disability is eligible to receive services. The following policy provides guidance in obtaining accommodations.

Policies and Procedures:

  1. The student will refer themselves to Disability Services Coordinator.
  2. The student is responsible for any fees for testing or professional consultation required to obtain documentation of a disability.
  3. The student must provide documentation of a disability to Disability Services.
  4. The Disability Coordinator will provide the instructor and course coordinator of each individual course a letter explaining necessary accommodations that are to be implemented for each semester.

 

 

Student illness:

With any illness (physical, emotional, mental) or condition (pregnancy, temporary injury such as ankle sprain), the SON may require that the student present documentation from a physician, advance practice nurse, and/or a licensed mental health therapist certifying the student is able to perform all the duties expected of a student nurse. The student will not be allowed to continue in the program until such a statement is received.

Essential Abilities Standards

Observation:

  • Must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation relies on the functional use of vision, hearing and touch, enhanced by the sense of smell. (examples include, but are not limited to: listening to heart and breath sounds; visualizing the appearance of a surgical wound; detecting bleeding, unresponsiveness or other changes in patient status; detecting the presence of foul odor; palpating an abdomen; detecting changes in skin color or condition; collect data from recording equipment and measurement devices used in patient care; safe administration of medication administration; detect fire in clinical area and initiate emergency action).
  • Must be able to detect and respond to emergency situations, including audible alarms (examples include, but are not limited to: monitors, call bells, fire alarms, emergency alarms).

Communication:

  • The applicant should be able to speak, hear, and to observe clients to obtain information, describe changes and perceive non-verbal communication. Must be able to communicate effectively with patients, families, and members of the health care team through oral, written, and interpersonal means.
  • Must be able to speak, comprehend, read and write in English at a level that meets the need for accurate, clear and effective communication (examples include, but are not limited to: giving clear oral reports, reading watches or clocks with second hands, reading graphs, reading and understanding documents printed in English, writing legibly in English).

Motor Function and Endurance:

  • Must have sufficient strength and mobility to work effectively and safely with patients and carry out related nursing care; examples include but are not limited to: lifting and positioning patients, transferring patients in and out of bed, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, preparation and administration of medications (oral, injection, intravenous, including hanging IV bags above shoulder level), reading and emptying body fluid collection devices below bed level, application of pressure to stop bleeding, clearing/opening an obstructed airway, provision of daily hygiene care, movement from room to room and within confined spaces/space restricted areas.
  • Must be able to complete assigned periods of clinical practice, including up to 12 hour shifts (including days, evening, nights, and weekends).
  • Must be able to respond at a speed sufficient to provide emergency care and carry out patient assignments within the allotted time.

Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities:

  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills required of nurses in clinical situations. Essential intellectual abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis.
  • Must exercise good judgment and promptly complete all responsibilities in the care of patients
  • Must be able to respond and function effectively during stressful situations.
  • Must accept accountability for all actions.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must be officially accepted by the University before his or her application can be considered for admission to the College of Nursing. Application forms for admission to the University may be obtained from the Office of Admissions, Lawshe Hall, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, 46323. If the applicant has previously attended Purdue University Calumet, but has not been enrolled for one semester or longer, he/she must make reapplication to the University Admissions Office.

Students may apply for admission for the Fall semester (August). Applications for admission to the nursing program must be completed by February 1st for the following Fall semester. This is a limited enrollment program and admission is competitive.

When more qualified applicants than openings are available, applicants will be ranked by the Undergraduate Nursing Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee and the best qualified applicants will be admitted. If you have any questions please see your advisor.

The following admission criteria must be submitted to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Application to the Undergraduate Degree Program in Nursing. To access an application, click on the following link: Purdue Calumet University Admissions.
  2. High School transcript or high school equivalence credentials; the applicant with a GED must complete 9 hours of University credit or have a SAT composite of 1000 or above before they will be considered for admission.
  3. Post-high school transcripts.
  4. SAT/ACT scores

EACH APPLICANT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUBMITTING THE ABOVE ADMISSION CRITERIA. CONSIDERATION FOR ADMISSION WILL NOT BE GIVEN UNLESS ALL RECORDS ARE RECEIVED IN THE COLLEGE OF NURSING BY THE DEADLINE DATE.

Applicants who have been admitted to the College of Nursing will be required to complete all clinical requirements prior to registration for the first clinical course. These requirements are listed in detail in the Health Documents and Activities Required for Clinical Eligibility section of this handbook. In addition, students must meet agency requirements as they are mandated.

Revised 01/14/08

Baccalaureate Degree: Beginning Students

I. BEGINNING STUDENTS

(students who have not attended any college/university)

  1. SAT/ACT scores 1000 or higher, (or equivalent English/Mathematics Placement Test Scores).

  2. Meets following high-school subject matter:

    English 8 sem.
    Algebra 4 sem.
    Geometry 2 sem.
    Chemistry 2 sem.
    Biology 2 sem.
    Addition Lab Science (Biology, Physicis, Anatomy & Physiology recommended) 2 sem.

NOTE: Applicants who do not meet the Nursing admission requirements but do meet general university requirements will be admitted to Center for Student Achievement.

Baccalaureate Degree: Change of Degree or Transfer Students

Eligibility for admission by the Nursing Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee is determined by the following minimum criteria:

  1. Minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative grade point average is required in 24 semester credit hours of required core courses from the undergraduate nursing curriculum plan. 
  2. Students are eligible to apply to the four year Baccalaureate Program when they have successfully completed a minimum of two (2) non-science core courses (from:  ENGL 10000/10400, ENGL 10500, PSY 12000) and a minimum of two (2) science core courses (from:  CHM 11900/11500, BIOL 21300, BIOL 21400, BIOL 22100).  See below.

     

    ENGL 10000 / 10400 3.0 Repeated courses taken within 5 years will be averaged.
    ENGL 10500 3.0 Repeated courses taken within 5 years will be averaged.
    PSY 12000 3.0 Repeated courses taken within 5 years will be averaged.
    CHM 11900 / 11500 3.0 Repeated courses taken within 5 years will be averaged.
    If over 5 years old, must be repeated.
    BIOL 21300 4.0 Repeated courses taken within 5 years will be averaged.
    If over 5 years old, must be repeated.
    BIOL 21400 4.0 Repeated courses taken within 5 years will be averaged.
    If over 5 years old, must be repeated.
    BIOL 22100 4.0 Repeated courses taken within 5 years will be averaged.
    If over 5 years old, must be repeated.

     

  3. All required courses must have a grade of 2.0 (C) or better.  The minimum cumulative gpa in the two non-science core classes and two science core classes is listed at 2.75.  However, for admission purposes, the higher the cumulative gpa in the top four courses, increases the student’s possibility of admission.
  4. Laboratory science courses for non-RN students need to have been completed within five (5) years of an application to the College of Nursing. Special consideration may be given to applicants with a four year degree in science or a medically related field.
  5. A grade of less than 2.0 in any three (3) prerequisite courses required in the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum Plan of Study will result in ineligibility for admission.
  6. Students are allowed only one withdrawal from the same science course. This withdrawal policy does not include courses dropped during the refund period.
  7. Nursing students transferring from another nursing program must submit a letter of good standing from the Dean or designee of their previous nursing program.
  8. Applicants who have been admitted to the College of Nursing will be required to complete all clinical requirements prior to registration for the first clinical course. These requirements are listed in detail in the Health Documents and Activities Required for Clinical Eligibility section of this handbook. In addition, students must meet agency requirements as they are mandated.

NOTE: Simply meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. All applicants to Nursing are reviewed and the best qualified are admitted. Enrollment is limited.

Revised 08/06/2014

Process for completing the Change of Degree Objective (CODO) form:

Fill out the appropriate Request for Consideration by the Nursing Admissions Committee form. The form is listed below and is also available in the Office of the Registrar in Lawshe Hall, Room 130. All applications and documents must be submitted by Feb 1st.  A copy of this form will be forwarded to the College of Nursing along with any transcripts from other schools attended and any additional required documents that are on file. Please read the prerequisite steps as listed on the forms carefully. Requests for admission will be submitted to the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee in early March. Students will be notified of the committee’s decision at the end of March.

The forms for this process are available in .pdf format by clicking on the following links:

Bachelor Generic Option (pdf)

Transfer students must submit their application no later than Feb 1st .  Click the following link:  Admissions Office.

Accelerated Second Degree Baccalaureate Option

Pre-Requisites
NBA Plan of Study

Purdue University Calumet College of Nursing offers an accelerated program for non-nurses who possess a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. This intense and innovative program is designed specifically for full time, academically talented students, who are mature critical thinkers and motivated to earn a BS degree in nursing in a shortened time frame.

Admission Requirements:

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate degree in any major from an accredited institution.
  2. Have a cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 from prior baccalaureate.
  3. Have a minimum grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses.
  4. Provide an essay outlining personal goals and objectives along with a resume.
  5. Complete a face-to-face interview with members of the admissions committee.

Admission Prerequisites:

*Human Anatomy and Physiology 8 credit hours (lab required)
Microbiology 4 credit hours (lab required)
Computer Information Technology 3 credit hours
Statistics 3 credit hours
Nutrition 3 credit hours
English Composition 6 credit hours
Behavioral Sciences 6 credit hours
Humanities 3 credit hours
Communications elective 3 credit hours

*Lab Sciences (Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology) may not be older than 5 years.

Students that are not interested in the accelerated full time program or do not meet the admission requirements are encouraged to meet with Kathleen Galovic academic advisor for the College of Nursing at Purdue University Calumet, in order to explore their options for the standard bachelor’s program.

All applications and documents must be submitted by Feb 1st.

Please contact Kristine Kuether to schedule an appointment at (219) 989-2814 or email kristine.kuether@purduecal.edu

Purdue University Calumet will accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions. It is not required that potential applicants complete pre-requisites for the accelerated 2nd degree nursing program at Purdue University Calumet.

Please contact Angelo Cicco, academic advisor for the accelerated 2nd degree program, prior to enrollment in courses outside Purdue University Calumet in order to confirm the transfer equivalency. Please send an email with the school name, course number and catalogue description to angelo.cicco@purduecal.edu

Applicants that choose to fulfill their pre-requisite requirements at Purdue University Calumet can refer to the following list of approved classes which may satisfy pre-requisites for the Accelerated 2nd Degree Nursing Program.

Approved Classes
Pre-requisite Purdue Calumet Equivalent
Human Anatomy and Physiology I BIOL 21300
Human Anatomy and Physiology II BIOL 21400
Intro to Microbiology BIOL 22100
Computer Information Technology CIS 20400
Statistics BHS 20100
Nutrition F&N 30300
English Composition I ENGL 10400
English Composition II ENGL 10500
Behavioral Science Contact advisor
Humanities Contact advisor
Communications electives Contact advisor

 

LPN’s Transitioning to Bachelor Generic Program

The Licensed Practical Nurse preparing to seek admission for advanced placement in the Undergraduate Degree Nursing Program at Purdue University Calumet must:

Step 1:

  1. Complete an undergraduate application (available at Enrollment Services Center.)
  2. Submit copy of official transcript showing all course work from a state accredited Practical Nurse Program (with date of practical nurse program completed) and other collegiate institutions to Admission Office.
  3. Have a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all previous course work.
  4. Nursing students transferring from another Associate or Bachelor nursing program must submit a letter of good standing from the Dean or designee of their previous nursing program.  “ The College of Nursing reserves the right to deny readmission to any student who was previously dismissed from PUC’s Nursing Program or any other Nursing Program.
  5. Submit copy of current practical nurse licensure to Admission Office.

When above is completed, Admissions will forward paperwork to nursing Academic advisor. You are then notified of Admission status.

Step 2:

After you are notified of Admission status (major code LPN)

  1. Make an appointment with nursing academic advisor to discuss the criteria for advanced placement.
  2. Provide evidence of successful completion of the following prerequisite support courses (27 credits) with a grade of 2.0 (C) or better and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75/4.0 grading scale:

Prerequisite Courses For Advanced Placement (27 Credit Hours)

Support Courses

Science (15 Credits)

Humanities/Social Science
(12 Credits)

CHEM 11900
General Chemistry
(3 Credits)

PSY 12000
Introduction to Psychology
(3 Credits)

BIOL 21300
Human Anatomy I
(4 Credits)

ENGLISH 10400, 10500
English Composition I and II
(6 Credits)

BIOL 21400
Human Anatomy II
(4 Credits)

BHS 20100
Statistical Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
(3 Credits)

BIOL 22100
Intro to Microbiology
(4 Credits)

 
  1. Successful completion of the Foundational HESI Exam with a score of 850 or greater. This satisfies 7 credits of foundational nursing courses.
  2. Successful completion of the Pharmacology HESI Exam with a score of 850 or better. This exam satisfies 5 credits for the Pharmacology courses. Credit for the pharmacology courses (NUR 294 and NUR 274) can also be established by taking the courses.
  3. Successful completion of NUR 18800 with a C or better.
First Year Nursing Courses (15 Credit Hours)
Credit by Exam (12 Credit Hours)
 

 

First Year Nursing Courses

Foundational HESI Exam (All Courses Below) (7 Credits)

Pharmacology HESI Exam
(5 Credits)

NUR 19200
Foundations of Nursing
(2 Credits )

NUR 27400
Essential Pharmacokinetics for Nursing
(2 Credits)

NUR 19600
Foundations of Psychosocial Nursing
(3 Credits)

NUR 29400
Essential Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing
(3 Credits)

NUR 19700
Practicum I
(2 Credits)

NOTE: The HESI Exam may be taken only once. Failure to achieve a score of greater than or equal to 850 on the exam will result in ineligibility for advanced placement in the program.

The HESI Exam is scheduled twice yearly on the first Friday in October and March. No makeup exams will be offered. Registration and payment for the HESI exams must be completed by the last business day in August for the October exam and the last business day in January for the March exam.

Students must complete above exam requirements prior to registering for NUR 18800
Credit for NUR 18800 can be established by taking the course or, for eligible students, taking the written and practical challenge exam.  The written portion of the Challenge Exam will be administrated on the first Friday in November and the first Friday in April.  The practical challenge exam will be individually scheduled after successful completion of the written component of the exam.

  • Course: NUR 18800 Foundations of Health Assessment and Health Promotion (3 Credits) 2 hr class/3 hr lab on campus
  • Challenge Exam: Students who achieve an 850 or above on the Foundational and Pharmacology Exams may select the challenge exam option. This option includes a comprehensive written exam and a physical examination demonstration.
  1. Upon completion of the prerequisite courses and GPA (see Step 2. Sec. B) and successful completion of the HESI exams for advanced placement (42 credits total), the student will be admitted on space available basis.
  2. Clinical Requirements:
    • Applicants who have been admitted to the College of Nursing will be required to meet all clinical requirements listed in the undergraduate handbook at: Clinical Eligibility Documents
    • Malpractice insurance purchased through the University is required upon enrollment in the first clinical nursing course.
    1. LPNs enrolled in the LPN Transition to Bachelor’s Program who successfully pass the entrance HESI exam are required to purchase a testing package upon registration for NUR 28300. This package includes testing and case studies for the remainder of your program. LPNs that are not successful on the entrance HESI exam and admitted to the program have testing fees that are attached to NUR 19700 Practicum.

Effective Admission Date

The effective date of admission to the Undergraduate Nursing Program is Semester 1 in which any course of a NUR designation is taken.

Progression Requirements: Professional Option

  1. All students must meet the University requirement for graduation.
  2. Students enrolled in the nursing curriculum must maintain a 2.0 cumulative graduation index each consecutive semester they are enrolled in the program.
  3. A minimum of “C” (2.0) is required in: each nursing (NUR) course in the major; in required Laboratory Science courses; and English Composition, Psychology. (Required Laboratory Science Courses: Biol 21300, 21400, Chem 11900, Biol. 22100. English Composition Courses: Engl. 10400 and 10500, Psy. 12000).
  4. Students are allowed only one withdrawal from a nursing course and no more than two nursing course withdrawals during the program. Greater than 2 withdrawals will result in program dismissal. This withdrawal policy does not include courses dropped during the refund period.
  5. All course prerequisites and co-requisites must be met for progression in the nursing curriculum.
  6. Academic Dismissal is based upon the following policies:
    1. Only one required nursing course, lab science course or English course may be repeated one time. A second grade of less than 2.0 in any of the courses listed will result in dismissal from the program.
    2. Being “dropped” from the University for Scholastic Deficiency.
  7. Students must meet with their advisor upon receipt of a failure grade in any of their core courses.
  8. Students must complete their course work for graduation within the following time frames: ten (10) semesters for professional option students; six (6) semesters for accelerated second degree option students and eight (8) semesters for the LPN to baccalaureate option students.
  9. Only six (6) hours of required non-nursing courses may be unmet when the student enrolls in or NUR 498.

Approved 11/30/98 — Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Rev. Aug-00
Rev. July-03
Rev. Sept-08

Assessment of NCLEX Readiness:

HESI RN Exit Exam

All non-RN undergraduate nursing students will be required to take a standardized exit exam as part of NUR 49800 (Capstone Course in Nursing). Students must achieve a HESI score of 900 or above on this exam. Students who score less than 900 are required to complete a faculty supervised remediation program. Once a student has successfully participated in a remediation program, she/he can retake the exit exam a second time. If a score of 900 is not reached on the second attempt, the student must participate in an additional remediation program. This can include a review course or an individualized study plan which is submitted to the HESI coordinator. Authorization to take the NCLEX exam will not be issued by the Dean until the exit exam requirement is met.

College of Nursing Grading Scale

Effective August 24, 2009, the College of Nursing has established a grading scale to be used for all courses taught in the Undergraduate Program. Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

Number Grade

Letter Grade

Quality Point

100

A+

4.0

99

A+

4.0

98

A

4.0

97

A

4.0

96

A

4.0

95

A

4.0

94

A-

3.7

93

A-

3.7

92

B+

3.3

91

B+

3.3

90

B

3.0

89

B

3.0

88

B

3.0

87

B

3.0

86

B-

2.7

85

B-

2.7

84

C+

2.3

83

C+

2.3

82

C+

2.3

81

C

2.0

80

C

2.0

79

C

2.0

78

C

2.0

77

C-

1.7

76

C-

1.7

75

D+

1.3

74

D+

1.3

73

D

1.0

72

D

1.0

71

D-

0.7

70

D-

0.7

<69

F

0.0

Grievance Process

It is the belief of the faculty and administration of the College of Nursing that if a student has a problem with or a complaint about a nursing course, clinical laboratory, or faculty member, the student should first attempt to resolve the problem by discussing it with:

  1. Instructor involved; and if no resolution
  2. Undergraduate coordinator; if no resolution
  3. Dean of the College of Nursing
  4. Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Grade Appeals Procedure

The responsibility for assessing student achievement and assigning grades rests with the Faculty, and except for unusual circumstances, the course grade given is final. If a student has concerns or complaints about grading or clinical evaluations, he/she should discuss these concerns with the faculty member responsible for teaching the course. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of this discussion, he/she should bring the concerns to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. If, after discussing the concern with the Program Coordinator and the situation is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the Program Coordinator will direct the student to the university’s grade appeal process and provide the name and contact information of the College of Nursing Grade Appeals Committee Chairperson. If the student wishes to proceed with a formal appeal, the student will contact the Grade Appeals Committee Chairperson. Students need to be aware that timelines exist for the appeals process, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible following the semester when the grade in question occurred. Further information about the university’s process for appealing a grade can be found in the Purdue University Calumet Student Handbook available on the university’s website.

Interruption in Plan of Study

Students interrupting their progression and part-time study students will be subject to policy or curriculum changes as they progress.

Program Dismissal

The undergraduate faculty reserves the right to dismiss any student whose personal integrity, health, and conduct demonstrates unfitness to continue education in the profession of nursing. Integrity and conduct will be judged according to the standards of the 2001 revised Code for Nurses as adopted by the American Nurses Association.

Degree-seeking students will be dismissed from the undergraduate program when any of the following occur:

  • A student receives a grade of C minus or below on a second required nursing course or required Laboratory Science course, English Composition or Psychology.
  • A student receives a grade of C minus or below when repeating a required nursing course or required Laboratory Science course, English Composition or Psychology.
  • In matters of integrity, clinical judgment, plagiarism, or other situations that compromise the ANA Code of Ethics and the Purdue University Calumet Student Honor Code and Civility Code, the undergraduate faculty of the SON may recommend dismissal from the program and referral to the Dean of Students.

Honor Code

Students are subject to the ANA Code of Ethics and the Purdue University Calumet Honor Code (located in the Purdue University Calumet Student Handbook). Students are responsible for acquainting themselves and adhering to the policies outlined in the documents. Students must be aware that academic dishonesty in any form may result in a failure in the course and a referral to the Dean of Students. A letter describing the incident will be placed in your student file. Further disciplinary action will be pursued according to the policies of the university.

The College of Nursing has a zero tolerance policy on plagiarism.  Plagiarism, a form of academic dishonesty, in any assignment or discussion will result in a failure in the course and referral to the Dean of Students.

Civility Code

The PUC SON will follow the PUC policies on civility. In addition, students in the PUC SON are expected to adhere to the behaviors in the ANA Code of Ethics.

From the PUC Preamble

PUC supports the principles of freedom of expression for both faculty and students. The University respects the rights of faculty to teach and students to learn. Maintenance of these rights requires classroom conditions that do not impede the learning process. Disruptive classroom behavior will not be tolerated. An individual engaging in such behavior may be subject to disciplinary action.

Definition of Civility

PUC places a priority on student learning. We value the inherent worth and dignity of every person, thereby fostering a community of mutual respect. We believe that in order to achieve these ideals, all PUC students are expected, while in the role as student or representative of the university, to exhibit and practice civil behaviors, defined as behaviors that:

  1. Respect faculty, staff, fellow students, guests, and all university property, policies, rules and regulations.
  2. Take responsibility for one’s choices and actions
  3. Accept consequences of one’s inappropriate choices and actions
  4. Communicate in a professional and courteous manner in all forms, and at all times, whether verbal, non-verbal or written.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right to a learning environment free of disruptive behaviors.

Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

Faculty has the right and responsibility to define expected classroom behavior consistent with University policy, as well as address and manage disruptive student behavior. Faculty reserves the right to make adjustments to classroom behavior expectations at any given time.

Classroom Behavior

Students are expected to comply with regulations regarding civility, attendance, and appropriate classroom behavior.

Reinstatement in Undergraduate Nursing Following Academic Dismissal Policy

Students seeking reinstatement following academic dismissal may, in the semester following the dismissal, petition and meet with the Undergraduate Admissions and Progressions committee for readmission consideration.

If reinstated, the student must earn a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all remaining course work. When a student receives a grade below C (2.0), the student will be dismissed from the program.

Students may appeal a decision of denial to the Dean of the College of Nursing.

Advising and Registration

For each regular semester and summer session there are three distinct registration periods: early registration, open registration, and late registration.

Early Registration

Early registration is held at announced times during the semester preceding the desired classes. Early registration enables currently enrolled students to pre-register for the forthcoming semester or summer session. New students must attend an orientation and are also assigned times during which they may pre-register. Appointments with advisors are scheduled by calling the undergraduate nursing office at 219/989-2814, beginning approximately two weeks before the registration period.

Open Registration

Open registration occurs during the week prior to the beginning of classes each semester. It should be used primarily by those students unable to register early. In addition, those students who have already registered may process schedule adjustments (adds/drops) during open registration.

Late Registration

Late registration may be accomplished during the first week of classes. Registration during this period is subject to the availability of classes, approval of the academic advisor, and payment of a late fee.

To determine exact registration dates and times for a given semester or summer session, consult the University Calendar or the printed Schedule of Classes.

Advising and Registration Guidelines

  1. Students may schedule advising appointments by calling the Undergraduate Secretary at (219) 989-2814 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  2. Students who have advising questions or academic concerns may make appointments with an advisor during the scheduled advising hours. These appointments may be made by calling the Undergraduate Secretary. Appointments are necessary to best accommodate student needs.
  3. If you are unable to keep your advising appointment, please call the Undergraduate Secretary.
  4. You may wish to contact the Undergraduate Advisor by email if you have questions that do not require an appointment. The advisor’s email address is located under “Quick Clicks” in the Nursing Website.
  5. Whenever you are seeing an advisor to schedule classes, we expect you to come prepared with a tentative schedule of desired courses. Please consult the catalog for information on course pre- and co-requisites. In addition, computers are available throughout the university for students to access course availability.
  6. Due to the complexity of finalizing clinical placements, students may not know their specific hospital assignment at the time of registration.
  7. Students who are “out-of-sequence” (For example, those who have not successfully passed a course, or withdrawn from a scheduled course, or completing an incomplete grade) will be assigned a clinical placement on a “space available” basis. These students’ schedules are subject to change.
  8. As much as the College of Nursing would like to honor students’ requests concerning desirable locations, child care and work commitments, the College is unable to change clinical division locations or time schedules.

Registration Procedures

  1. Students register according to current nursing semester classification status.
  2. Appointments for early, pre-registration advising are provided for all currently enrolled nursing students. Specific dates for pre-registration advising will be posted on the Announcement site in Vista/Blackboard’s “Advisor Corner”. Students may schedule appointments by phone or in person.
  3. The advisor will register all nursing students in NUR classes, in-semester sequence of their program, during regular registration. It is the responsibility of the student to register for any non-nursing classes they wish to take in a given semester. All students coded as classification 1, by the Registrar’s office, will be required to register with the advisor. Classification 1 students will not be able to register for non-nursing classes on-line until they are coded as classification 2 students. Students are coded as classification 2 when they have completed at least 16 credit hours of coursework.
  4. Nursing courses are scheduled to meet the varied needs of our students while complying with the policies of the University and the clinical agencies. As a result, nursing courses may be scheduled with both day and evening divisions when possible. Nursing classes are scheduled by semester. Even with these scheduling strategies, it is not possible to accommodate every student’s schedule. Your comments and suggestions for creative scheduling of classes are appreciated.
  5. During your first initial advising appointment, the nursing advisor will also review your transcripts and develop a tentative plan of study. If you do not have an assigned PIN number, you may need to request an alternative PIN number from your advisor.
  6. Add/Drop cards must be completed by students and signed by a Nursing advisor. Course Extension Cards can only be approved and signed by the advisor of the department in which the course is offered.
  7. The course fees must be paid in accordance with University policy. An application for extension of payment may be obtained at the Bursar’s office. Students who do not pay tuition and fees by the deadline or who do not make arrangements for late payment, at the Bursar’s Office, will have their registered course canceled by the Registrar due to non-payment. The student must see a nursing advisor again to reregister for courses. There is no guarantee that the student will be able to enroll in the same courses or clinical sections that semester.

Enrollment/Program Cancellation

If, for any reason, you decide not to enroll in the nursing classes you have signed up for during registration, please inform the program secretary immediately at (219) 989-2814. There are frequently other students who desire another division of a clinical nursing course. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated by the Nursing Department faculty and fellow students. If you decide to drop out of the program , please schedule an appointment with a nursing advisor to discuss your options.

Practicum Information, Requirements and Forms

Health Documents and Activities Required for Clinical Eligibility

In order for students to participate in clinical rotations in all nursing courses, regardless of location, the following list of requirements must be met. The College of Nursing utilizes a vendor for the collection of health documents and for the completion of the criminal background check. Instructions for accessing the vendor websites and completing the requirements is distributed at orientation and also listed below. Each student is responsible for completing the requirements and submitting them to the vendor by the deadline posted for the entire academic year. Students who do not meet the requirements by the posted deadline will not be allowed to register for any clinical courses.

Criminal Background Check Go to: www.CertifiedBackground.com
Package Code: CHØØ (This is the only background check you can use.)
Urine Drug Screen Go to: www.CertifiedBackground.com
Package Code: CHØØdt IThis is the only Drug Test that you can use.)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR Submit a positive antibody titer for all 3 components (lab report required). If series is in process, submit 1st vaccine and new alerts will be created for you to complete series and titer. If any titer is negative or equivocal, new alerts will be created for you to repeat series and provide a 2nd titer.
Varicella Submit a positive antibody titer (lab report required). If series is in process, submit 1st vaccine and new alerts will be created for you to complete series and titer. If the titer is negative or equivocal, new alerts will be created for you to receive 1 booster shot and provide a 2nd titer.
Hepatitis B Submit a positive antibody titer (lab report required). If series is in process, submit where you are in the series and new alerts will be created for you to complete the series and titer. If the titer is negative or equivocal, new alerts will be created for you to repeat series and provide a 2nd titer.

Hepatitis B Revaccination

Refusal Form (for Non-responders)

Confirm that you have received the Statement of refusal of Hepatitis B for non-responders form.
TB Skin Test One of the following is required: 2 step TB skin test (1-3 weeks apart) OR previous 2 step test along with EACH annual renewal OR QuantiFERON Gold Blood Test OR if positive results, provide a clear Chest X-Ray.
Tdap OR Td Tdap (Adacel) vaccine is required unless a student has received a tetanus booster within the past 2 years. In this instance, the Tdap (Adacel) must be received when that 2 year time has lapsed. Please contact the nursing office with any questions about this requirement.
CPR Certification Must be the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider course OR American Red Cross Healthcare Provider course. Copy must be front and back of the card and card must be signed.
Physical Examination Provide your physical exam form completed and signed by a medical professional. Form location: Student Physical Examination Summary Form
Influenza OR Declination One of the following is required: documentation of a flu shot administered during the current flu season by October 1st OR a declination waiver submitted from the healthcare provider’s office. The renewal date will be set for September 15 of the following flu season.
Polio Documentation of the completed primary series. There must be a record of at least 3 vaccinations. If no record of primary series, 1 adult vaccination is required.
Communicable Disease Exposure Policy Download, print & complete the Communicable Disease Exposure Policy form and upload to this requirement.
Essential Abilities Skill Verification Form Download, print & complete the Essential Abilities Skill Verification Form and upload to this requirement.
Honor and Civility Code Affirmation Download, print & complete the Honor and Civility Code Affirmation and upload to this requirement.
Universal Precautions Policy Download, print & complete the Universal Precautions Policy form and upload to this requirement.
Acknowlegement of UG Program Policies Download, print & complete the UG Handbook Acknowledgement form and upload to this requirement.

Malpractice Insurance

All students are covered through a blanket policy for the College of Nursing. (CIGNA Insurance — $1,000,000 per student/occurrence and $6,000,000 annual aggregate via laboratory fees). Coverage will begin on the date the registration payment is received by the Bursar’s Office. Your malpractice insurance coverage runs from June 1 of every year through May 31 of the next year.

Uniform Policies and Name Tags

  1. Students may purchase their uniforms any time before the beginning of the semester.
    1. Effective for the fall 2012 semester, the uniform for clinical experiences in a hospital setting consists of a white lab coat and black scrub pants and a white scrub top. Female students may also wear a white uniform dress. The Purdue Calumet logo is to be embroidered to the left front of the lab coat and scrub top or dress.  Approved vendors for the embroidery can be located by contacting the nursing office.  The Purdue University Calumet Student Identification photo badge must be displayed as part of the uniform. White shoes (toes and heels must be covered) and white socks complete the uniform.  Students admitted prior to the fall 2012 semester may continue to wear the Purdue nursing patch until graduation.
    2. For clinical experiences in out-patient clinics and other community settings, the uniform consists of business/casual attire with dress slacks/skirt and shirt/blouse with ample skin coverage and white lab coat. Jeans are not to be worn. Low heeled, close-toed shoes are required. The Purdue Calumet emblem/patch is to be attached to the left arm of the lab coat. Approved vendors for the embroidery can be located by contacting the nursing office.  The Purdue University Calumet Student Identification photo badge must be displayed as part of the uniform.
    3. For clinical experiences in home health agencies, the uniform consists of business/casual attire with dress slacks/skirt in a black or navy blue and shirt/blouse with ample skin coverage and white lab coat. Low heeled, close-toed shoes in a dark color are required. Your clinical instructor will inform you if there are any additional specific uniform requirements prior to the lab experience.
  2. Students should keep in mind that uniforms should fit well, be clean and wrinkle-free, and kept in good repair.
  3. Additional uniform accessories include bandage scissors, penlight, watch with a second hand, and stethoscope which can be purchased at any store of their choice.
  4. Additional agency dress codes must be followed including wearing of hospital ID badge.
  5. In accordance with the majority of our institutional affiliations; no nasal/facial (eyebrow, lip, nasal, tongue, etc.) ornaments may be worn in the practicum. In addition, tattoos must be covered. Jewelry permitted includes a ring, watch, and one earring in each ear that may not hang more than one inch below the earlobe. Fingernails are to be clean, well maintained, and at a length that does not exceed the tip of the finger. Nail polish is not to be worn. No artificial or acrylic nails are permitted. Hair should be clean, neat and if longer than shoulder length should be pulled back and off the shoulders. Additional uniform requirements may be implemented due to special clinical arrangements.

Approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee — May 2010

Clinical Laboratory Experiences

  1. Clinical laboratory experiences are designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop nursing skills, in “on campus” labs and in clinical agencies, and to implement the professional or technical nursing role in various health care facilities. The Undergraduate Nursing Program affiliates with many clinical agencies as needed to fulfill objective experiences in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area. Hospitals include: Methodist Hospital, Gary and Merrillville; St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart; Gary, Franciscan St. Anthony’s Hospital, Crown Point; Franciscan St. Margaret, Hammond, and Dyer; St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago Community Hospital, Munster, LaRabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and other agencies as needed to fulfill course objectives. A student will be assigned by a College of Nursing advisor to any of the above clinical agencies to fulfill their clinical obligations. The College of Nursing is unable to entertain requests for specific clinical agencies. Each agency offers our students rich clinical experiences.
  2. Registration for clinical laboratory courses occurs during early registration according to nursing classification status and required prerequisites.
  3. Students may not register for more than one clinical in one day. If an evening clinical is scheduled, the student may not register for a day clinical on the next day.
  4. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical laboratory experiences for both the clinical preparation time and the actual lab day.
  5. Preparation for the clinical does include a visit to the assigned agency the night before to review the patient record. Students are responsible for building this time into their schedule in order to complete this clinical preparation.
  6. Students must respect the privacy of each patient they provide nursing care for and must keep all information about patients and families confidential.

Bloodborne Pathogens Standards

As you begin your education in Nursing at Purdue University Calumet, the College of Nursing feels obliged to inform you of standards by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which affects you as you care for patients in the clinical setting.

Bloodborne pathogens are micro-organisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes AIDS. As a nursing student, you will be participating in care giving activities and may be exposed to infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and other infectious and/or communicable diseases. To reduce your risk of exposure, the following guidelines affect you as you engage in the practice of nursing.

  1. Information on Hepatitis and HIV infection will be provided in the Nursing Curriculum. This information will help you to protect yourself and others from unnecessary risks and exposure to disease. Educational material from the Center for Disease Control will serve as guidelines.
  2. All nursing students are expected to follow Universal Precautions to prevent contact with blood and body fluids which are considered to be potentially infective. Because nursing students may have direct contact with blood and other body fluids, the College of Nursing requires training in Universal Precautions as adopted by the Indiana State Board of Health. This training will be given during your first semester in nursing prior to caring for patients in the clinical setting.
  3. All nursing students will be expected to wash their hands with soap and water after exposure to blood and after removal of contaminated gloves or other personal protective equipment.
  4. Disposable latex gloves will be used by nursing students providing first-aid or medical treatment to persons with bleeding wounds.
  5. Pocket masks with one-way valves or “ambu-type” resuscitators will be used when providing CPR.
  6. Needles and other contaminated “sharps” will be discarded as soon as feasible in closable, puncture-resistant, leak-proof containers that are appropriately labeled.

Student Forms

State Board Examination Information

The student will be provided with the information for completing the NCLEX registration process from the College of Nursing. The applicant is responsible for adhering to policies that are necessary for applying, registering, and scheduling for the testing.

Information regarding filling out the necessary forms and applications for State Boards can be obtained on the website.

or by contacting:

Indiana State Board of Nursing
Indiana Health Professions Bureau
402 West Washington St
Rm. W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 234-2043
Fax: (317) 233-4236

State Board Graduation Pictures

The Indiana State Board of Nursing requires a 2-1/2? — 3-1/2? (approximate size) photograph, head and shoulders view in black and white or color, of professional quality to be presented at the State Board Examination in order to gain access to the State Board Examination. The graduating class is responsible (usually through the class officers) for having their pictures taken by a photographer of the class’ choice. Two 2-1/2? x 3-1/2? pictures must be submitted to the College of Nursing which must be signed by the Head of the College of Nursing and affixed with the college seal. If students opt not to get their pictures taken by the photographer chosen by the class, it is the student’s responsibility to furnish the College of Nursing with two 2-1/2? x 3-1/2? photos for the required Department Head signature and college seal.

If a student chooses to take the State Board Examination in any state other than Indiana, it is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain the necessary information regarding identification requirements for admission to the State Board Examination in that state.

Questions Asked by the Indiana State Board of Nursing

The practice of nursing in the State of Indiana is regulated through the Indiana State Board of Nursing. at the completion of the BS program, graduates of the College of Nursing may apply for licensure. When applying for licensure, these questions must be answered as a part of the application:

  1. Has disciplinary action ever been taken regarding any health license, certificate, registration or permit that you hold or have held?
  2. Have you ever been denied a license, certificate, registration or permit to practice as a nurse or any regulated health occupation in any state (including Indiana) or country?
  3. Are there charges pending against you regarding a violation of any federal, state or local law relating to the use, manufacturing, distribution or dispensing of controlled substances, alcohol or other drugs?
  4. Have you ever been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendre to:
    1. A violation of any Federal, State or local law relating to the use, manufacturing, distribution or dispensing of controlled substances, alcohol or other drugs?
    2. Any offense, misdemeanor or felony in any state? (Except for minor violations of traffic laws resulting in fines)
  5. Have you ever been denied staff membership or privileges in any hospital or health care facility or had such membership or privilege revoked, suspended or subjected to any restrictions, probation or other type of discipline or limitations?
  6. Have you ever had a malpractice judgment against you or settled in any malpractice action?

NCLEX Review Courses

The College of Nursing highly recommends that all graduating students take an NCLEX review course prior to taking their state board examination. Participating in a structured review course prepares the student for not only the content of the exam, but for the unique computer format of the testing. These courses also address the common problem of test anxiety that many students experience before their state boards, and teach specific techniques to significantly improve a student’s probability of success. Review course participation is especially critical for students who are identified as high risk due to results of diagnostic testing, and/or consistent problems in course testing throughout the curriculum.

The College of Nursing will provide all graduating students with information on national state board review courses that become available in our area each semester, including any review course sponsored by the College of Nursing at Purdue University Calumet. It is the responsibility of the individual student to register and pay for a review course of their choice.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid consists of grants, scholarships and student loans. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants and student loans. Award amounts and eligibility requirements vary. For further information and applications, please open the link below. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid, Lawshe Hall, Room 130.

Purdue University Calumet Financial Aid Home Page

Need and Merit Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available for undergraduate nursing students. Amounts of money awarded and eligibility requirements vary. Scholarships may be based on “need” or ” merit” or both. Click on the link below for a list of available scholarships. For further information and applications, contact the Office of Financial Aid, Lawshe, Room 130.

Purdue University Calumet Scholarship Page

College Activities and Resources

Student Representation on College of Nursing Committees

Student representatives are valued members of nursing department committees. Student representatives, of the Undergraduate Nursing Program, serve on the following nursing department committees:

  1. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee — two students
  2. College of Nursing Curriculum Committee — one student
  3. Academic Support Committee — one student
  4. Faculty-Student Affairs Committee — one student

Nominations for student representatives for these committees will be requested at the beginning of the fall semester. Interested students should contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for additional information. Students are encouraged to participate and volunteer to serve on these committees. In the past, student representatives have made significant contributions/input to the College of Nursing regarding policies, procedures and curricula.

Bulletin Board and Announcements

  1. Important information for undergraduate nursing students will be announced in nursing classes and posted on the undergraduate Nursing Bulletin Board.
  2. The Undergraduate Bulletin Board is located in the Gyte Annex, upper level across from X-138 and on the lower level, across from X-02.
  3. Students are responsible to check the Bulletin Board on a weekly basis for important information and announcements.

Nursing Resource Center

The center houses the multimedia lab and nursing computer lab.

  1. The Center is located in Room X-70, in the lower level of the Gyte Annex.
  2. The Center is open from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the Fall and Spring semester. The Center may be open some evenings. Hours are posted on the bulletin board next to the entrance door.
  3. Students must maintain an atmosphere conducive to study while in the Center. Group discussion of pertinent material is allowed if it can be done quietly without disturbing others.
  4. Ms. Carol Magliola, Director of the Resource Center, will provide needed materials and instruction on operating laboratory equipment. Equipment must be used in the laboratory or a designated room. All equipment that is not returned by the time and date due is subject to a late fee. Students will be held financially responsible for lost or broken equipment.
  5. A photocopy machine requiring a copy card is available for students’ use in the Resource Center.
  6. Graduate Assistants will supervise the Center during the posted hours and are available to assist students to operate computer programs.
  7. The Resource Center has an extensive software and multimedia library, which includes: word processing programs, statistical programs, clinical simulations, N-CLEX simulation test and programmed instruction in all nursing specialty areas. A complete list of multimedia programs is available in the Nursing Resource Center. Some of the multimedia programs will be required or recommended for use in nursing courses. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this excellent resource.
  8. Computer software programs cannot be checked out of the Center, but students may bring their own software into the Center for use on the computers. If the students use any personal software they must scan their disk for viruses prior to use and after use to prevent contamination from computer viruses.
  9. Students who wish to save their computer work on a disk must provide their own formatted disks.
  10. Policies for using the Nursing Resource Center can be found posted in the center.

Nursing Club

The College of Nursing Undergraduate Program has a very active Nursing Club, run by senior level students and moderated by Ms. Carol Magliola. The club sponsors social and fundraising events throughout the year and also plans the Undergraduate Student Recognition Ceremony in conjunction with the Faculty Student Affairs Committee. All students are welcome to participate in the Nursing Club.

Sigma Theta Tau

Mu Omega Chapter

The Mu Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau was chartered in 1992. The purposes of Sigma Theta Tau are to:

  1. Recognize superior achievement.
  2. Recognize the development of leadership quantities.
  3. Foster high professional standards.
  4. Encourage creative work.
  5. Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

Minimum Qualifications for Membership:

  1. Minimum of 12 hours in nursing at the 300 level or higher.
  2. Rank in the upper 35% of graduating class with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.25.
  3. Letter of recommendation from a PUC faculty member.
  4. Letter of recommendation from a current member of the Nursing Honor Society at Purdue University Calumet.

Sigma Theta Tau Mu Omega can now be found on Facebook.

Employment Opportunities

Many of the area hospitals offer Nurse Extern and Nurse Fellowship Programs for students who have successfully completed one semester or more of clinical nursing courses. Advertisement for these programs will be posted on the Undergraduate Bulletin Board located in the Gyte Annex, upper level across from X-138 and on the lower level, across from X-02.

Purdue University Calumet Student Handbook

Students are to refer to the Purdue University Calumet Student Handbook for explanation of University policies and student services. Policies such as grade appeal and registration can be found in this book. Copies are available in Lawshe, Room 352 or by calling the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Extension 2367 or at Purdue University Calumet Student Handbook. Students are accountable for information in this handbook.