Wegmans School of Nursing
The baccalaureate, master's, and DNP programs at St. John Fisher College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
All students must meet the health requirements of the nursing program and the health agencies where they will practice professional nursing. For admittance into the clinical areas, a physical examination completed within six months of starting the program must be on file, with a subsequent annual review. This examination must include a PPD (tuberculin test) and chest X-ray for positive PPD reactions. Proof of immunization must be included with the medical examination. Each student must provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, and hepatitis B. (Students who have not received the full course of the hepatitis B vaccine or both doses of the measles vaccine must provide proof of the first administration. Students are expected to receive the full course of these vaccines and submit verification upon completion.) Documentation of personal health insurance and an annual flu shot are required. Agencies may request drug screening, fingerprinting, and criminal background checks for students.
Students must have a current CPR card (from either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association) prior to the beginning of each semester. Any student who cannot provide proof will not be allowed to attend clinicals. This is a responsibility of the student and a requirement of both the Wegmans School of Nursing and the affiliating clinical sites.
Professional liability insurance is provided by the College and is included with tuition.
The student must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all nursing courses. In clinical courses, the student must achieve an overall minimum course grade of “C,” a “satisfactory” grade in clinical, and an average grade of 75 or above for all tests in order to pass the course. Clinical experiences are graded S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory).
Failure (grade below “C”) of any nursing course taken for the second time or failure of any two nursing courses will result in the student’s dismissal from the nursing major. Students may pursue another major to remain at St. John Fisher College.
Code of Behavior for Students in the Wegmans School of Nursing
Nursing has a social contract that acknowledges professional rights and responsibilities, as well as mechanisms for public accountability. Therefore, ethical practice and moral conduct are integral to professional practice. The tenets of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (American Nurses Association, 2015) are the moral code for the profession. The professional nursing standards, Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, 2010), provide explicit criteria for the student entering the nursing profession, as well as the student who is a Registered Professional Nurse. The New York State Education Department Office of the Professions Nursing Handbook (Nursing Guide to Practice) and the rules of the Board of Regents that define good moral character and unprofessional conduct are adhered to by the Wegmans School of Nursing for all undergraduate and graduate students.
Personal conduct that is inconsistent with the standards or rules of the profession, as well as those of the College, may prohibit an applicant from being admitted to the nursing program. A student enrolled in any nursing program who exhibits personal conduct that violates the standards, rules, or policies of the School, College, and profession will generate an investigation, review, and appropriate action, including possible dismissal from the program/College.
Specific policies governing student behaviors in regard to clinical practice expectations and reciprocal obligations among faculty, students, and clinical preceptors at health care agencies are described in the Wegmans School of Nursing Undergraduate and Graduate Student handbooks.