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College-wide Policies and Procedures (G-M)

Illness Policy

Students who are ill should not attend class, lab or clinical. Students who become ill during class, lab or clinical time will be sent home at the discretion of the instructor. Students have the option to contact the Student Health Nurse at Mercy College for evaluation. The student is responsible for the cost of any treatments or medications prescribed. The Attendance Policy will apply. Concerning infectious diseases, the College will follow the Mercy Medical Center Infectious Control Policy during class and lab and the specific clinical site’s policy during clinical.

Injury or Exposures to Blood-borne Pathogens Policy

Standard Precautions will be observed by all employees and students in order to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.  All blood or other potentially infectious materials will be considered infectious regardless of the perceived status of the source individual.

Students sustaining an illness, injury, or accidental percutaneous (puncture wound) and/or mucous membrane exposure to blood or body fluids or blood-born pathogen shall comply with the following guidelines.           
Students who are injured or exposed to blood-borne pathogens in a clinical setting should follow the policies governing such injuries or exposures of the clinical site. If a student is injured or exposed to blood-borne pathogens during the clinical experience he/she must report the injury or exposure immediately to the faculty member supervising the clinical experience.
Injuries or exposures shall include but are not limited to actual bodily injury occurring on the premises of the clinical site while the student is on the clinical setting or coming/leaving the clinical site, as well as exposure to blood-borne and /or communicable diseases. Students who incur injuries and/or exposures at a clinical facility must comply with that facility’s policy and procedure pertinent to the injury/exposure. This compliance includes completing all required documentation and reporting as required by the clinical site where the injury and/or exposure occurred.
At a minimum, all student injuries or exposures must be reported on the form provided by the clinical site with a copy to be provided to Mercy College of Health Sciences administrators according to the procedures outlined below.
The faculty member responsible for the student where the injury or exposure occurred shall ensure that the student receives appropriate medical attention and that a written report is completed immediately following the injury or exposure. In the case of a serious injury, the faculty member must immediately contact her or his dean.
In the event of serious or life-threatening injury or illness, treatment should be implemented at the clinical facility if emergency treatment is available. If emergency treatment is not available on site, emergency personnel should be summoned without delay and the student should be transported to the nearest medical facility for emergency treatment.
If the clinical facility does not provide care indicated for the injury/exposure or it is a non-emergent type situation, the student should report without delay to a medical treatment facility of their choice.
Students may refuse treatment. Signed documentation of refusal will be maintained in the student’s file in the office of Student Health Services.
Students will be required to submit to the Student Health Nurse a statement from a treating medical health professional a medical release to continue in their clinicals or a statement of resolution of the injury or plan of follow-up as warranted. This statement will be maintained in the student's file in the office of Student Health Services.
Mercy College of Health Sciences is at no time responsible for student health care costs. Students will maintain responsibility for their own health care insurance and /or costs related to health care treatment, whether an injury/exposure occurs on campus or in a clinical setting.

Student Injuries or Exposures to Blood-borne Pathogens Procedure

Standard Precautions will be observed by all employees and students in order to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.  All blood or other potentially infectious materials will be considered infectious regardless of the perceived status of the source individual.
Students sustaining an accidental percutaneous (puncture wound) and/or mucous membrane exposure to blood or body fluids or blood-born pathogen shall comply with the following guidelines.


CLINICAL SITE

  • Administer first aid immediately after exposure.  Cleanse the wound and surrounding area with soap and water (for a needle stick), or flush eyes, nose or mouth with copious amounts of tap water (for a splash to the face).
  • Students shall promptly contact the faculty in charge of the clinical or laboratory setting following injuries or exposures to blood-borne pathogens.  This contact shall be done at the time for the injury/illness/exposure or as soon as the injury/illness/exposure is suspected.  Students under the supervision of a preceptor when a clinical faculty is not physically present at the site shall notify their assigned preceptor as well as the lead faculty for the clinical course.
  • Faculty and students shall follow the policy for the clinical site in regards to reporting and follow up of injuries or accidents received during the clinical experience.  The student will be responsible for completing and signing the MCHS Student Incident/Injury Form and submitting it to faculty.  Faculty will assure completeness of the form and sign it.  The completed form should be returned to Student Health Services within two working days. 
  • The faculty member shall be responsible for reporting the incident to the Student Health Nurse.  The Student Health Nurse will provide a copy of the report to the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled and the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.
  • The student shall be responsible for follow up examination and/or treatment after the initial evaluation.  A student may refuse treatment.  Signed documentation of refusal will be maintained in the student’s file in the office of Student Health Services.
  • Students and faculty shall follow the policy of the clinical site in regards to evaluation of the source of an infection as appropriate for the nature of the incident.
  • Faculty and students shall follow the clinical site’s policies regarding OSHA’s blood-borne pathogen and other infection control/isolation policies.
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences is at no time responsible for student health care costs.  Students will maintain responsibility for their own health care insurance and /or costs related to health care treatment, whether an injury/exposure occurs on campus or in a clinical setting.

 

CLASSROOM OR LAB

  • Administer first aid immediately after exposure.  Cleanse the wound and surrounding area with soap and water (for a needle stick), or flush eyes, nose or mouth with copious amounts of tap water (for a splash to the face).
  • Students shall promptly contact the faculty in charge of the classroom or laboratory setting following injuries or exposures to blood-borne pathogens.  This contact shall be done at the time for the injury/illness/exposure or as soon as the injury/illness/exposure is suspected. 
  • The student may seek post-exposure counseling, testing and treatment from their personal health care provider or a health care provider of their choice.
  • If exposure is a known HIV positive exposure, the student should be directed to the Emergency Department for prompt evaluation and treatment.
  • The MCHS Student Injury/ Exposure Incident Form shall be completed within 24 hours of the injury/incident/exposure.  The student will be responsible for completing and signing the MCHS Student Injury/Exposure Incident Form and submitting it to faculty.  Faculty will assure completeness of the form and sign it.  The completed form should be returned to Student Health Services within two working days. 
  • The faculty member shall be responsible for providing the Student Injury/Exposure Incident Form to the Student Health Nurse.  The Student Health Nurse will provide a copy of the form to the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled and the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences is at no time responsible for student health care costs.  Students will maintain responsibility for their own health care insurance and /or costs related to health care treatment, whether an injury/exposure occurs on campus or in a clinical setting.

 

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Incident Reporting

Students should promptly report any vandalism or security incidents to the Facilites Manager.  Between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., incidents should be reported directly to the Mercy Medical Center Public Safety Office, 515-247-3111.

 

Medical Withdrawal Policy

Students seeking a medical withdrawal must present a statement to the Student Health Nurse from a physician, physician’s assistant, or registered nurse practitioner setting forth with particularity the medical diagnosis which the student believes necessitates the request for a medical withdrawal because of serious physical or psychological illness. The Student Health Nurse will communicate the approval or denial of the request for a medical withdrawal to the student, the Registrar, and the appropriate School Dean. A Medical Withdrawal will require the withdrawal from all classes the student is enrolled in for the remainder of the semester. The College may, at its own expense, require a second opinion from a different health care provider chosen by the College. If there is a conflict of opinion, the College (at its own expense) may require a third opinion from a provider jointly designated by the College and the student.

 Medical Withdrawal Procedure

Step 1. Complete a Request for Medical Withdraw Form and submit to the Student Health Nurse.

Step 2. Provide official documentation from a physician, physician’s assistant, or registered nurse practitioner setting forth with particularity the medical diagnosis which the student believes necessitates the request for medical leave and indicates the seriousness of medical problem and estimated length of leave needed to the Student Health Nurse.

Step 3. Contact the College’s Financial Aid Office.

Step 4. Apply for Readmission when appropriate as outlined in the Academic Leave and Readmission to the College Policy in the Mercy College Catalog.

Step 5. Submit a return to school/clinical release from the physician, physician’s assistant, or registered nurse practitioner who supervised the student’s medical situation to Student Health Nurse. The Student Health Nurse will provide verification to the Student Academic Progression Committee that the student is medically approved for consideration by the committee.

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Military Leave Policy

The following policies and procedures apply to students called to active duty in the United States armed services.

Military Leave Procedure

Within seven calendar days of receipt of orders, the student will:

Step 1. Complete a Request for Military Leave form and submit to the Registrar’s Office, and provide a copy of the military orders for the student’s file.

Step 2. Contact the appropriate program chair for program guidelines related to future program start dates to assist with program re-entry planning.

Step 3. Contact the Business Office to complete appropriate documents regarding tuition assistance.

Step 4. Contact the College’s Financial Aid Office.

Returning from Military Leave Procedure

Veterans returning after military leave to perform military service will be readmitted at the same academic status achieved when last in attendance at Mercy College, provided the absence does not exceed 5 years.

Step 1. Apply for Readmission when appropriate as outlined in the Academic Leave and Readmission to the College Policy of the Mercy College Catalog.

Step 2. The student’s reentry point is dependent on the program course placement examinations they pass, and that point cannot be beyond the program course semester completed at the time of their withdrawal. Students must pass in sequence all program course placement examinations for any one semester before progressing on to the program course placement examination for the next program course level.

Step 3. Should a student pass some but not all program course placement examinations for one semester, the student will be required to repeat all program courses for that semester and all subsequent semesters.

Step 4. Students needing to repeat program courses in which they have earned a “C” or better to regain knowledge and clinical skills are not subject to tuition charges for repeated program courses if students have:

  1. applied for readmission within one year after return from active duty and

  2. begun the program courses they need to repeat the first semester they are offered after readmission.


Step 5. Students will not be subject to tuition charges for repeated program courses, but will be subject to tuition charges for other courses they may take during these semesters.

Step 6. Students needing to repeat program courses to regain knowledge and clinical skills and who do not apply for readmission within the allowable time period (one year after return from active duty) will be assessed tuition charges for all courses they take including repeated program courses.

Step 7. Students holding scholarship awards through Mercy College will retain their scholarship awards provided they apply for readmission within one year following return from active duty and use the scholarship immediately following readmission. Students who delay readmission will need to reapply for scholarships.

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This College Student Handbook is presented as information only and is not a contract between Mercy College and its students. The information, policies, and procedures contained in this Handbook are subject to change at any time with or without notice. Students are responsible for reading and following the information contained in the Handbook, including school-specific policies and procedures. The Admissions Manager will ensure that all admitted students receive instructions on how to access the Student Handbook online.  The student is responsible for knowing and complying with the information contained in the College Student Handbook and any changes to the policies and practices as posted on the College’s learning management system (E-LEOS) and College website.

 

 

 

 

 

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