Participation in and attendance at all classes is a critical component of successful completion of the master’s program.
One missed clinical seminar, capstone seminar, or hybrid session is equivalent to being absent for a significant portion of a course and will adversely impact a candidate’s final grade in that course, including failure due to absence. It is important, therefore, that candidates make every effort to be on time and attend every session.
If it is necessary to miss or be late to a class, candidates are required to notify the faculty member teaching the course in advance, if possible. At the discretion of the instructor, the student may be assigned additional coursework to make up for the lost time.
Specific details of the attendance policy and requirements will be provided by the faculty at the start of each course. Students should refer to the student handbook for policies regarding attendance.
The graduate programs adhere to the standards and guidelines associated with the following organizations: the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), the Statement on CNS Practice and Education (Section III), the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), the American Nurses Association Standards of Clinical Practice, the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, and the American Nurses Association Social Policy Statement.
The New York State Education Department Office of Professions Nursing Handbook specifies the determination of applicants for authorization to practice a profession. Rules of the Board of Regents, such as those defining good moral character and unprofessional conduct, are followed by the School of Nursing for all graduate nursing students at St. John Fisher College.
Professional standards and state rules acknowledge the nurse’s responsibility to society and mechanisms for accountability. Personal or professional conduct that is inconsistent with these standards, rules, and codes, as well as with those of St. John Fisher College, may prohibit an applicant from being admitted to the nursing program, or result in course failure or dismissal from the program.
In addition, health care agencies offering clinical learning experiences for students have specific expectations and policies regarding student behaviors in practice. These agencies may also have specific policies regarding the reciprocal obligations among students, faculty, and clinical preceptors. Updated immunizations, current CPR, New York state R.N. license, medication administration competency, and hospital mandatory review post-tests must be submitted by students as part of the clinical application (see Graduate Clinical Application form for details). Students will not be assigned a preceptor until they are in compliance with all of these clinical documentation expectations. These policies are described in the Nursing Graduate Student Handbook.
Any student enrolled in any nursing program who exhibits personal or professional conduct that violates the standards, rules, codes, and/or policies of the School of Nursing, St. John Fisher College, cooperating health care agencies, the state of New York, or the nursing profession will face investigation, review, and appropriate action, including possible dismissal from the program/College.