Attendance

Class Attendance

Punctual attendance is required at all classes and related experiences as assigned by faculty. Faculty believe that attendance at scheduled classes, examinations, conferences, assigned experiences, and NCLEX review is essential in meeting course and program objectives. Students must achieve all class objectives provided by faculty.

Procedures

  1. Faculty will record absences from class as it occurs.
  2. Students absent from class are responsible for all course materials
    and meeting class objectives.
  3. Under no circumstances will any children/dependents (regardless of age) be permitted to attend classroom lectures/labs.

Clinical Attendance

Punctual attendance is required at all scheduled clinical experiences including but not limited to:

  • Lab setting
  • Clinical conference
  • Prep time
  • Scheduled preceptor time
  • Observation
  • Simulation Lab

Faculty believe that attendance at scheduled assigned clinical experiences is essential to meeting course and program objectives. Student must achieve all clinical objectives utilizing weekly clinical objectives. If a student is absent for whatever reason from a scheduled clinical experience, a clinical makeup may be determined by the assigned clinical faculty. Students are expected to be prompt in attendance for assigned clinical experiences. Failure to be prompt, or leaving early from scheduled assigned clinical experiences may result in failure and dismissal from the program.

Procedures

  1. Clinical tardiness is defined as arriving later than 5 minutes after the designated start time for any clinical experience. 

    The first tardy occurrence will result in a verbal warning and will be noted on the student’s evaluation.  The second tardy occurrence will result in a learning contract.  The third tardy occurrence will result in a mandatory referral to the Student Counseling Program and the fourth tardy occurrence will result in a failure of the clinical aspect of the course.

    A student arriving 30 minutes after the designated start time (per individual course syllabus) for any clinical experience will be sent home and a clinical absence will occur.   Students must contact their faculty member directly on the clinical unit if they are not going to arrive on the clinical unit by the designated start time.

    A student arriving 10 minutes after the designated start time for any lab experience in the NU 100, NU 101, and NU 103 classes will be sent home and a clinical absence will occur.
  2. All clinical absences will be noted on mid-term and final evaluation forms by designated clinical faculty and placed in the student permanent file.
  3. Any scheduled assigned clinical experiences missed by the student will be considered a clinical absence, including simulations.

    Any student missing a simulation experience will be considered a clinical absence, and must be made up in replacement with a simulation experience.  This may be in addition to scheduled clinical make-up as per usual process if the student misses additional clinical time.  Scheduling of the makeup simulation will be at the discretion of the Simulation Coordinator, and may occur on weekends, off hour, or as per availability of the lab.

    Failure to complete the required simulation activities within any course may result in clinical failure of that course.
  4. Following a health alteration or diagnosed infectious disease that would prevent the student from performing their duties as outlined in the position description, the student must submit a completed “Physical Examination Form” signed by a physician or nurse practitioner allowing the student to return to full duty without accommodation in the clinical unit (See Health Alterations).
  5. The clinical make-up assignments will be determined and scheduled by the designated clinical faculty with the individual student. Any and all clinical make-up assignments will be at the convenience of faculty and clinical agencies.
  6. Failure to complete all required clinical hours including required make-up assignments will result in a clinical failure for that course.
  7. In the even a faculty member is not able to attend a clinical experience, those missed clinical hours will need to be rescheduled within that rotation as outlined in the individual course syllabus.
  8. Clinical make-up assignments may be scheduled on holidays, weekends, or designated off – peak clinical hours. Some units and clinical agencies do not afford an opportunity for clinical make-up.
  9. Students missing clinical for whatever reason must notify the faculty member at least one hour prior to the clinical start time via voice mail on the faculty telephone and/or as instructed by the clinical instructor. Students missing clinical must also notify the clinical unit one hour prior to the start of the assigned clinical experience each day.
  10. Failure to follow the procedure for reporting off from an assigned clinical experience will result in a Learning Contract and notation on the clinical performance evaluation. Violation of the Learning Contract will result in a clinical failure for that rotation.
  11. A student not calling off and not coming to any clinical experience will be a “No Call, No Show”. A student having two “No Call, No Show” events throughout the entire program will be dismissed from the program immediately and is not eligible for readmission to the school.

    In the event a student is scheduled for two (2) lab sessions on the same day and fails to report off, this will be considered a single “no call, no show” event.
  12. All “No Call, No Show” events are to be reported by clinical faculty to the Course Coordinator and Associate Director – Quality Improvement and Curriculum.  The Associate Director will maintain the “no call, no show” record.
  13. In the event an instructor must send a student off of the unit including but not limited to illness, inappropriate dress, inappropriate behavior, lack of prep for the clinical experience, lateness, or for compliance issues, the absence will be counted as a clinical absence for that day.
  14. Students having three or more absences in a clinical rotation constitutes an automatic clinical failure regardless of make-up.  Clinical hours missed due to a faculty absence will not be counted as a student absence.
  15. Under no circumstances will any children/dependents (regardless of age) be permitted in the clinical setting during a clinical experience.
  16. In the event a student has received a subpoena to appear in court and/or is selected for jury duty, the student will need to meet with the Associate Director – Recruitment, Admissions, and Student Support Services or her designee to discuss the situation at hand on an individual basis.  The student must be able to provide a copy of the subpoena and/or court documents.

Examination

Examinations are an important component of measuring student learning and achievement in nursing courses. Because examinations play an essential role in evaluative processes, students are expected to take examinations as scheduled by faculty. Failure to take examinations on scheduled days will result in lowering of exam grades and may affect the overall course grade. 

Procedures

  1. A student not able to take an examination for any reason must notify the course faculty prior to the scheduled  time of the examination by leaving a voice mail message on the faculty telephone, speaking directly to the faculty member or sending an email.  Failure to notify the proper faculty member prior to the start of the examination will be viewed as a “no show, no notification” and will result in a “0” grade for that examination.
  2. The student must contact the faculty within 24 hours of returning to school to arrange a time for make-up examinations. The student will leave contact information for faculty at the time of notification of absence from the examination so faculty can contact the student for make-up examination.  The faculty member will determine the date and time of the make up examination.
  3. All examinations must be made up within five working days after return to school or the recorded exam grade will be “0”.
  4. Make up examinations are administered in the event of absence from a scheduled examination; however faculty may administer the make-up examination in other formats at their discretion (example; essay, oral).
  5. There will be a 7% reduction in examination grades for absence of scheduled examinations.  Should a student be absent for the scheduled make-up examination (date/time to be determined by the faculty member), the student will receive a “0” for that examination. 
  6. Should a student begin an examination and not be able to complete the examination, the student will need to complete a make up examination and will also receive a 7% reduction in the examination grade.
  7. A student arriving late for a scheduled examination may make up the examination with a 7% reduction in the examination grade or be permitted to take the examination in the remaining allotted time with no penalty.  In the event a student arrives late for the examination and would like to take the examination in the remaining allotted time, the student must let the instructor, who is administering the exam, know that he/she has arrived at the school and would like to take the examination at that time.  The student will not be given extra time to complete the examination.
  8. Specific testing guidelines exist for students in all 200 level courses (referred to in course syllabi as The Ticket to Test).  Students in N201, N202 and N203 are required to complete all pre-requisite class assignments/quizzes posted for each course before they will be permitted to sit for an examination.  A student must earn a Ticket to Test.  The details of the assignments are outlined in each course syllabus and on Moodle in addition to the Ticket to Test guidelines for this level.  A student failing to complete the pre-testing activities by the published due date, will not be permitted to test and will receive a “0” for that examination, without the opportunity to make up the test.  Should a student receive a “0” for failure to complete the assignments (no ticket to test earned), they may continue in the course as long as they can mathematically still pass the course without the missed examination points.
  9. In the event a student has received a subpoena to appear in court and/or is selected for jury duty, the student will need to meet with the Associate Director – Recruitment, Admissions, and Student Support Services or her designee to discuss the situation at hand on an individual basis.  The student must be able to provide a copy of the subpoena and/or court documents.
  10. In the event it has been determined that a student cannot pass a course mathematically, he/she will no longer be able to continue in that particular course (both theory and clinical) as this will be considered a failure.
  11. In the event a student is requesting a review of a test question, the “Request for Test Question Review” form must be utilized as per the steps outlined on the document.

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

© UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA, USA UPMC.com