Health System School of Nursing reserves the right to change
without notice statements contained in this catalog/website
concerning rules, policies, tuition and fees, curricula, courses, or
other administrative or educational policies.
Health System and Trinity Health System School of Nursing are in
compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act (HIPAA) of 1996, specifically the patient privacy portion of
this law, which became effective on April 14, 2003. Every Employee
and Student of Trinity Health System School of Nursing has
participated in the mandatory HIPAA Compliance Program offered by
Trinity Health System. Every Trinity Nursing Student signs a Trinity
Health System Non Disclosure Acknowledgement regarding
confidentiality and privacy.
The School of
Nursing strives to maintain an environment in which all are treated
with courtesy, respect, and dignity. The School of Nursing does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, age, ancestry, or disability in the admission of students,
employment of individuals, or in activities conducted by the School
in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Title
VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
The School will not tolerate conduct by any person, which
constitutes sexual harassment, including sexual violence of any
student/employee. The following person has been designated to handle
inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Melissa Hassan
MSN, RN, Director of Trinity School of Nursing, 380 Summit Ave,
Steubenville, Ohio 43952, 740- 283-7275,
In accordance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), Trinity Health System
School of Nursing will provide reasonable accommodations for
qualified students with disabilities. All applicants to the School
must be able to complete the Essential Functions and Abilities of a
Nursing Student with or without reasonable accommodations. For a
more detailed description of this Act/Policy on Students with
Disabilities, contact the Office of Student Affairs.
Title IX may be referred to the Director of the School or to
photocopy of each student's BLS Certification must be kept on file
in the School
office. The course must be either American Heart Association
(AHA) BLS or
Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional
Rescuers and Healthcare Providers.
This certification must be kept up to
date while the
student is enrolled in the program. (Trinity School of Nursing
will not provide
skill competency needed for completion of online renewal).
activities are essential to learning and to the application of knowledge.
The student is responsible for knowing and meeting all course requirements,
including tests, assignments, and class participation, as indicated
by the course instructor.
Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. If a student is absent from class,
the student will be held responsible for all work missed due
to this absence. Absence from class must be
reported to the Receptionist's voice mail (740-283-7462)
by 7:30 am. If a student leaves class before the end of the
scheduled time, the student must report off to the lecturing
instructor and School Receptionist.
not to schedule personal appointments during times scheduled for
class. Any request for extended time off from class should be
presented to the Director of the School and Course Lead
Didactic evaluation is completed through exams, quizzes, and student
projects. Students are informed of didactic evaluation via the
nursing course syllabus and course schedule. Grades are calculated
at midterm and students are informed of their progress. If the
course grade average is less than 77% the student is placed on
probation. Final grades are computed after
the completion of all course requirements. Students may receive
their final grades from the Lead Instructor. The Lead Instructor
submits the grade sheet to the School Secretary who completes
the Course Grade Reports and updates the Student Transcripts.
Students receive official grade reports at the end of each
reports are mailed to each student.
complete and submit all assignments on time. If an
assignment will be late, it is the student's responsibility to
notify the instructor. For each weekday that an assignment
is turned in late, five percent (5%) will be deducted from the
final grade of the assignment. No assignment will be
accepted more than five (5) week days past the due date and a
grade of "0" will be assigned. Individual situations will be
considered on a case-by-case basis.
instructor has no obligation to give make-up examinations or to
review other class work missed by a student as a result of
absence. However, if the instructor chooses to administer makeup
exams/classwork/clinical assignments, the format of the make-up
work will be determined by the instructor. Students are
responsible for making arrangements with the instructor.
If an exam/quiz is missed, the student must take the exam/quiz
within five (5) week days, or a grade of "0" will be assigned.
Individual situations will be considered on a case-by-case
Students must pass the comprehensive final examination in each
nursing course with a grade of C or above before progressing
to the succeeding semester/session or program completion. Students
who fail to achieve a passing grade of C on the comprehensive
examination, may take a second comprehensive examination
within two (2) school days, ONLY if the student has achieved a
passing grade of C in the course prior to taking the
comprehensive final examination. The two comprehensive final
exam scores will be averaged together and the student must
achieve an averaged grade of 77% ("C") or better. Students who are permitted to
take a second comprehensive examination and who are successful
in achieving an averaged grade of “C” or above will only receive
a grade of 77% (“C”) for the comprehensive examination score.
Students whose averaged score of both comprehensive final exams
is < 77% ("C") will receive a failing grade in the course. Students who have NOT passed the first comprehensive final examination
with a grade of C or above and who were failing the
nursing course prior to the final examination will NOT be permitted
to take a second comprehensive final exam.
The total number of
comprehensive final exam retakes cannot exceed one (1)
throughout the duration of the program. If a student fails a
second final exam, the student will be ineligible to retake the
comprehensive final, will receive a failing grade, and thus be
ineligible for progression in the program.
Auditing Policy for Nursing Courses
Definition: Attendance and participation in a nursing
course for which no credit is
Guidelines: The student may:
1. attend theory presentations and those clinical experiences as
selected by the
2. complete course tests and quizzes for the purpose of
3. complete selected clinical skills lab testing as selected by the
4. sign the auditing contract (if specified in acceptance letter;
requirements will be addressed on an individual basis).
TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM SCHOOL OF
NURSING GRADING SCALE
Point Value Per Credit Hour
Health System Percentage Range
P Pass or Transfer
No Quality Points Earned
Quality Points Earned
No Quality Points Earned
grade indicates that the work has not been completed because
of factors that in the opinion of the instructor were outside
the control of the student. Permission for this grade must
be obtained from the Director of the School. The student will
then have until the beginning of the succeeding
remove the incomplete letter grade. If it is not removed within
that period, the grade automatically becomes "F"
and the student then becomes ineligible for promotion.
will be no rounding of grades
(R) Repeated Course
Grade earned in repeated
course replaces original
grade and is the grade
used to determine progression and calculation of
Eastern Gateway Community College
Eastern Gateway Community college's Marking System is utilized
for all college courses offered within the curriculum. a letter
grade of "C" or above is required for all college courses. The
quality of course work at Eastern Gateway Community College is
indicated by means of letter grades. Each letter grade, in turn,
carries "quality points" which are used in computing the
student's "cumulative point average (CPA)." Academic achievement
which reflects competency will be recorded in letter grades at
the end of each semester or summer term for all course work for
which credit is granted. The credit hours attempted and quality
points attained will enter into the computation of the student's
cumulative point average.
Grades for each course are calculated at midterm. any student
whose midterm grade is below the required "2.0" or 77% (for
nursing courses) will be placed on Academic Probation. Students
are notified in writing when placed on Academic Probation. The
Course Lead Instructor meets with each student on Academic
Probation and completes the Student Probation/Progression
Report. The student will document a Plan for Improvement on the
report and sign the report at that meeting. The probationary
status must be corrected by the completion of the course or the
student automatically becomes ineligible for progression into
the subsequent semester/session.
expected to attend all scheduled clinical time. Absence
from a clinical experience must be reported directly to the nursing
unit where the experience is scheduled and the Receptionist's
voicemail (740-283-7462) by 6:45am.
In all nursing clinical courses, one
(1) clinical absence will result in the issuance of a verbal
warning; two (2) clinical absences will result in the issuance
of Clinical Probation; and three (3) or more clinical absences
may result in the issuance of a Clinical Failure. Individual
situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Make-up time is planned when clinical objectives cannot be met
because of absences, and will be arranged at the discretion of the
clinical instructors. If a student is absent from clinical, the
student will be held responsible for all work missed due to this
Students missing clinical because of
unpreparedness will also be required to make-up the clinical
days. Unpreparedness includes, but is not limited to, failure
to produce evidence of BLS certification or mandatory health
work before the first clinical experiences each semester/session
or failure to exhibit
knowledge or skill level safe for practice.
components of the course include clinical assignments that may
include provision of direct patient care or observation of
patent care and clinical laboratory hours.
clinical performance is assessed throughout each clinical
experience. The Appraisal of Clinical Competence is completed no
less than four (4) times a semester/session inclusive of midterm
and final evaluation. Instructors document pertinent information
about a student's progression or lack of progression on the
Appraisal of Clinical Competence. Individual conferences are
held as necessary to discuss the student's progress.
experience is graded as "S" (Satisfactory), "U"
(unsatisfactory), or "N.O." (No opportunity or Not observed.
Satisfactory performance is defined as:
Integration into student performance of each Nursing Course
The expected clinical performance is demonstrated through
accomplishment of each course objective.
Demonstration of consistent progression in the clinical
the identified course's nursing practice.
Unsatisfactory performance is defined as:
integration into student performance of any one Nursing Course
demonstration of consistent progression in the clinical
identified course's nursing practice.
In the event
that the student did not have the opportunity to complete a
component of the clinical objective, the instructor documents
are not meeting the established Course Objectives, as outlined
on the student's Appraisal of Clinical Competence Form, will be
placed on Clinical Probation by the Clinical Instructor.
Clinical Probation can be established any time during the
semester when a student is not achieving the clinical objective.
Students are notified in writing when placed on on Clinical
Probation. The Clinical Instructor meets with each student on
Clinical Probation and completes the Student
Probation/Progression Report. The student will document a Plan
for Improvement on the report and sign the report at that
meeting. The probationary status must be corrected by completion
of the course or the student automatically becomes ineligible
for progression into the subsequent semester/session.
grade of "C' (2.0 GPA) and a satisfactory clinical evaluation
are required in each nursing course, and a minimum grade of "C"
(2.0 GPA) is required in each college course for a student to be
eligible for progression into the subsequent semester/session.
receive official grade reports at the end of each
recommends students for progression.
must demonstrate satisfactory progress according to the School's
Progression Policy in order to receive any financial aid awarded
through the School.
repeating any course within the curriculum, the grade earned
during the re-take of the course is the grade used to determine
progression and calculation of GPA.
who desires to withdraw from the School must submit a letter of
resignation to the Director of the School. Prior to
withdrawing, the student is required to contact the Lead
Instructor of the course and the Coordinator, Student
Affairs. The student is encouraged to
consult his/her Academic Advisor.
Failure to attend scheduled classes does not constitute an official
withdrawal. The official withdrawal date shall be:
The date of the
student’s resignation letter submitted to the Director of the School, or
the student who does not officially withdraw from the program,
the withdrawal date will be the date the School became aware
the student ceased attendance.
reserves the option of using the students last date of documented
attendance at an academically/clinically oriented activity as
the students official withdrawal date.
Students considering withdrawal prior to completing
60% of a semester/session are urged to review the Return of Title IV Funds Policy in the financial aid section.
According to the Student
Identification Badge Policy, withdrawing students
must return the student identification badge.
Failure to do so will result in delay of receipt of official
transcripts. The student parking hangtag should be returned to the
School upon withdrawal.
has a personal responsibility to the School of Nursing in the observance
of all academic policies and codes of conduct. The faculty is committed
to help the student in every way possible; however, the faculty
of the School is obliged to determine whether the student is progressing
satisfactorily. If the student fails in theory or clinical
experience or fails to abide by School regulations/policies, the faculty has the right and authority
to dismiss the student.A student may be dismissed without
having been put on probation.
of Academic Achievement
earn a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above shall be placed on the School’s Academic Honors
will be awarded a Diploma in Nursing and School of Nursing Pin
if the following requirements are met:
1. Satisfactory completion of the program with a grade of C
or above in all
courses and satisfactory clinical
evaluations. 2. Recommendation
by the Faculty.
of all school property and freedom from monetary unsecured
indebtedness to Trinity Health System School of Nursing,
System, or any of its affiliate
or extension agencies.
student is expected to be present at graduation exercises
unless excused by the Director of the School.
student who has not met the requirements may not participate in
the public graduation ceremony. The diploma and pin will be awarded
when all requirements have been met.
Application for Licensure Policy
Fingerprinting and background
checks must be completed and submitted to the appropriate
Board of Nursing 6-9 months prior to NCLEX testing. At the
completion of the program, the graduate must file an application with a State Board of Nursing to
take the examination for licensure. It is the responsibility of
the student to obtain and complete the application form, and
send it with the necessary fee(s) to the State Board Office and
NCLEX-RN testing center. Upon meeting the requirements set forth
in the School's Graduation Policy, the Director of the School
will send a program completion form to the appropriate Board of
Nursing to meet the eligibility requirements to take the
NCLEX-RN examination. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN
examination, the graduate will be licensed to practice as a
professional Registered Nurse using the legal title RN.
awards are given at graduation exercises for outstanding academic achievement or clinical
excellence. The top three academic awards are presented at the graduation
ceremony by the Board of Trustees, Medical Staff, and Trinity Health
Additional awards include: The Nancy H.
Bright, M.D. Excellence in Pediatric Nursing Award, The Patrick
Macedonia M.D. Excellence in Maternal Newborn Nursing Award and
The Carmel A. Esposito, EdD Award for Community Leadership.
Periodically, additional honors are awarded by philanthropic and
service organizations or individuals.
is covered under a blanket liability policy purchased by the
School. The annual premiums to cover this policy are deducted
from the General Fees paid by students every Fall semester.
Routine and Emergency Information
One Call Now,
a high speed phone messaging delivery service, is utilized for
communication to the entire student population, selected
students, or classes. In cases of emergency or routine
notification, students will receive an automated voice and/or
text message indicating the nature of the matter. Emergency
notification will occur without delay and take into account the
safety of the students as well as the community.
admission to the program, students will provide phone numbers to
the Coordinator of Student Affairs. This information will be
used for the sole purpose of this communication system. Students
are required to update their contact information by utilizing
the Change Form located in the School library.
Coordinator of Student Affairs or their designee is responsible
for the activation of One Call Now as well as the content of the
message. Annual testing of this emergency response system will
or a designated faculty member will make decisions regarding
cancellation/delay of classes and/or clinical due to inclement
of School cancellations/delays will be made via One Call Now,
telephone communication trees, or local media: WTOV9 and
www.wtov9.com on the internet.
are responsible for their own transportation for all experiences
as required by the curriculum. Trinity Health System and the School
of Nursing are not responsible for liability incurred in travel.
Identification Badge Policy
School of Nursing strives to provide a safe environment for
all students and employees and requiring students to wear
Identification (ID) badges is one way to promote safety. A
student ID badge will be issued to each student during the
first week of school by Trinity Health System. The badge is
the property of the Health System and must be returned when
the individual is no longer a student at the School. Student
ID badges MUST be worn at all times while engaged in class
or clinical activities on the East or West Campuses and for
any off-campus clinical experiences. The badge is to be
attached to the upper torso so that patients, visitors, and
employees can easily see the student's name.
Whenever a student graduates, withdraws, or is dismissed
from the program, the student must return the identification
badge to the Lead Instructor of the current course of study
or to the Coordinator, Student Affairs. Failure to do so
will result in the delay of receipt of official transcripts.
student nurse identification badge will be replaced free of
charge, then a $5.00 fee will be charged for each additional
trim is acceptable. Shoes must be clean and in good repair.
buckles, embellishments, or multi-colored shoes are not
pen with black ink, watch with a second hand, and bandage
part of the uniform.
The uniform is to be kept clean, neatly pressed and mended. If
uniform skirt is worn, it must be no shorter than mid-knee. A
cardigan sweater or white lab coat may be worn, except when
are required to wear Lab coats over dresses or pants/slacks
(no leggings, jeggings, jeans or yoga pants) when obtaining
clinical assignments or during specific clinical experiences. No
open -toes shoes are permitted in patient care areas.
apparel may be worn only in the area of the Hospital where it is
hospital dress code. Scrub apparel must be covered by a buttoned
lab coat while on break/lunch.
student is required to purchase one Trinity Health System School
of Nursing purple T-shirt. These shirts will only be worn for select
E. The hair
must be neat, of a natural hue, and conservative in nature. Hair
must not lie on the anterior collar, and must be secured in such
that it does not interfere with the provision of patient care.
mustaches must be neatly trimmed and of reasonable length/style.
Headbands, if worn, should be of a solid neutral color.
should be used in moderation. Strong perfume, cologne or
other obvious odors are not considered appropriate; including
limited to cigarette smoke, body odors or other environment
Fingernails must be clean and trimmed to a proper length; only
chipped clear polish is permitted; no type of artificial nails,
but is not limited to tips, wraps, appliques, acrylics, gels, or
additional items on the nail surface.
H. A watch
and/or a plain wedding band are permissible.
Piercings of any type including spacers are not permitted in
ears or any
other visible body part including, but not limed to the tongue.
accordance with Trinity Health System HR. Gen-27 and Nursing
Department Policy D.37 (Dress Code),
tattoos must not be visible.
uniform is worn only in the Hospital, for classes, and other
specified occasions. The uniform should not be worn when
who have clinical experiences in areas other than Trinity Health
System must comply with uniform regulations of those
wearing the purple Trinity Health System School of Nursing
T-shirt or alternative uniform for select clinical experiences
comply with the dress code related to jewelry, nails, cosmetics,
III. Dress Code -
Non Clinical Areas (include class, cafeteria, Hospital areas other
than clinical, library, faculty offices, and main lounge of School).
Appropriate nonclinical attire includes:
Shorts (NO short shorts)
following listing is considered inappropriate attire in any
Clothing with inappropriate sayings
Pajama pants/lounge pants
IV. If any
student's appearance does not reflect the Hospital/School dress
student will be asked to leave the clinical area/classroom.
Continuing Formal Education
According to the
School’s Philosophy, “Education is a lifelong, dynamic,
participative process through which the learner’s potential is
actualized”. Belief in this concept guides the faculty to
promote the importance of continuing formal education to student
nurses. Multiple educational options in the pursuit of a
Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing
are available to graduates of Trinity Health System School of
Nursing. Graduates can tailor an educational path with
flexibility and ease.