- Vision, Mission and Core Values
The link to the UTC School of Nursing Vision, Mission and Core Values can be found here: Vision, Mission, Core Values
The link to the UTC School of Nursing Philosophy can be found here: Philosophy
- ADA Awareness Statement and Core Performance Standards
The link to the UTC School of Nursing ADA Awareness Statement and Core Performance Standards can be found here: ADA Awareness Statement and Core Performance Standards
- Nondiscrimination Policy
I. Policy: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing admits students of any race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, color, national ethnic origin, disability or age to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School of Nursing. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, color, national or ethnic origin, disability or age, in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other university-‐administered programs.
II. Purpose: The purpose of a policy on non-‐discrimination is to assure the commitment of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing to promoting inclusion, respect and the inherent value of all students.
III. Procedure: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing will voluntarily follow policy for non-‐discrimination and diversity by admitting students of any race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, color, national ethnic origin, disability or age; by affording to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School of Nursing; and by not discriminating on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, color, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and other university administered programs. The School of Nursing will accurately exhibit and follow the non-‐discrimination policy.
- Drug Screen Policy
It is the policy of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies (CHEPS) and the School of Nursing (SON) to be in compliance with all policies of the clinical facilities with which the SON affiliates for student clinical learning experiences.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a safe working environment for students, patients, clients, visitors, agency staff, and university faculty and staff.
Upon Admission to the School of Nursing
In order to participate in the clinical experiences in the professional programs of the SON, all students are required to undergo substance testing at Arcpoint Labs in Chattanooga (or one of its satellite locations) prior to the start of the clinical experience or at the time(s) specified by the professional program in which the student is enrolled. The cost of substance testing through Arcpoint in Chattanooga is dependent upon the request for the initial screening. In addition, every student is subject to subsequent testing if there is a reasonable suspicion that he/she is under the influence of substances, such as drugs and alcohol, which impair the student’s ability to perform competently.
Any positive screen will be sent for confirmatory testing. If there are any abnormal findings, the student will be contacted. This is a requirement for participation in clinical experiences; therefore, the student must sign a release that the results will be provided to UTC University Health Services, which will then inform the SON Director and/or SON Associate Director of the results.
If the student is found to be in violation of the substance use policy prior to beginning the program, the student's admission will be rescinded and/or the student will be dismissed from the program. In order to be considered for readmission to the program, the student will be required to complete, at the student's expense, a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment plan.
Reapplication or readmission to the program in the School of Nursing will be considered only upon completion of a treatment program and upon the recommendations of the program’s academic admission committee, the SON Director and/or SON Associate Director and the Dean of CHEPS. The student has the right to appeal a decision of dismissal or denial of readmission into the program in accordance with the appeal procedure set forth in the SON Student Handbook.
Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing Requested by School of Nursing
The SON faculty/clinical agency may request a drug/alcohol test if a student's conduct creates a reasonable suspicion that the student is using or impaired by drugs or alcohol. Conduct by a student that may create a reasonable suspicion that the student is using and/or impaired by drugs or alcohol may include, without limitation, the following:
- Emitting odor (such as smell of alcohol on breath) or exhibiting physical symptoms or manifestations of drugs that are directly observed by faculty/clinical staff.
- Exhibiting slurred speech, lethargy, staggered gait, flushed face, impaired memory, dilated/pinpoint pupils, and/or erratic mood swings that are directly observed by faculty/clinical staff.
- Erratic behavior, frequent absenteeism or deterioration of work or academic performance.
- Substance abuse related conviction or finding in a legal or administrative proceeding.
If a student’s conduct creates a reasonable suspicion that s/he is using or impaired by drugs or alcohol (either in the classroom, or in a clinical or professional setting), appropriate documentation will be completed. This will become part of the student’s permanent record. The student will be asked to leave the clinical site/classroom and will be sent for immediate drug/alcohol testing at the student’s expense. Students reasonably suspected of drug/alcohol use or impairment are prohibited from transporting themselves to or from the testing site. The student MUST procure their own transportation to and from the testing site, but the student is prohibited from operating a vehicle to travel to or from the testing site.
Testing will be performed at the request of the professional program; therefore, the student must sign a release authorizing the disclosure of the results to the SON. The results will be released directly to the SON Director and/or SON Associate Director. All substance use testing is at the expense of the student.
If a student if found to be in violation of the substance use policy, the student will not be allowed to attend classes or participate in the clinical courses. If the positive test is from a prescribed medication, the student must obtain a written statement from a qualified health care provider confirming that the medication is prescribed AND will not interfere with safe clinical practice. The student will be dismissed from the program and immediately withdrawn from all courses if the student:
- Tests positive during the requested drug screen without a valid prescription or if the prescribed drug interferes with safe clinical practice;
- Refuses to submit to a drug test; or
- Tampers with or contaminates the student's test sample.
If the student is not found in violation of the substance use policy, additional medication clearance may be required at the discretion of the School of Nursing.
The CHEPS Dean (or designee) may ask to meet with the student. The final review will be completed by the CHEPS Dean (or designee) within five days of the report of the incident. The student may not return to class or clinical rotations until the case has been reviewed by the CHEPS Dean (or designee).
Pre-licensure students will be dismissed from the SON and not be considered for readmission following any positive drug screen. Licensed professional students who test positive on a substance use screening will be reported to the appropriate state reporting agency such as Tennessee Professional Assistance Program (TnPAP). Readmission may be considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with TnPAP.
CHEPS and the SON encourage impaired students to seek assistance voluntarily and assume responsibility for their personal and professional conduct.
Approved by SON Faculty 08.10.21
- Criminal Background Check
Effective June 1, 2006 applicants for initial licensure in Tennessee (not renewal or reinstatement) must obtain a criminal background check. Title 63-7-115 gives the board authority to deny a license based on criminal convictions. Rules 1000-1-.13 (2) lists those convictions for denial of a license and states students are not eligible until five years post-conviction. However, denial of a license is not limited to those listed convictions. Students are not to call the Tennessee Board of Nursing office regarding their eligibility for licensure prior to enrolling in school. The Tennessee Board of Nursing does not make that decision prior to application for licensure and cannot provide students with that information.
Students accepted to the School of Nursing will be required to undergo a Criminal Background Check. An admissions offer can be rescinded based on the results of the criminal background check and/or unprofessional behavior. The faculty reserve the right to make the final determination.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). The MSN Nurse Anesthesia graduate program is accredited by The Council on Accreditation (COA). The University of Tennessee is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School (SACS).
- Professional and Academic Nursing Standards
- Learning Laboratories
The School of Nursing’s learning laboratories consist of the basic skills lab, the Anne P.Y. Chien Learning Resource Lab, the Sim-Man lab, the FNP lab, and the computer-testing lab. The basic skills lab has hospital beds, medical equipment, and various audiovisual models for learning nursing skills and physical assessment techniques. Hours for the basic skills lab and computer lab are posted. The computer lab has personal computers with various software programs. All computers in this lab are Internet-linked. A printer is available.
- Complaint/Grievance Procedure
The School of Nursing policy related to student complaints and grievances mirrors the University policy. As noted in the Faculty Handbook 2018 (Chapter 2: Faculty Rights and Responsibilities), disputes “will arise occasionally in the faculty-student relationship and should be clarified at the earliest possible time and at the level closest to the locus of the complaint. Students who have such complaints are urged to address them directly to the faculty member in an appropriate setting. It is understood that some issues may need to be addressed to the nearest administrator, generally the department or program unit head. Every effort should be made to resolve such matters informally by conversation. A matter unresolved on the departmental level may be brought to the appropriate dean and, after that, the provost." Specific policies for grade appeals and for allegations of sexual harassment are found elsewhere in this handbook and the Student Handbook.
In accordance with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) definition, a formal complaint is a written statement of dissatisfaction that is presented to the School of Nursing. Students will follow the steps in the formal complaint process outlined below.
The following steps shall be followed within the School of Nursing:
1. A formal written complaint must be submitted to the faculty member within 5 business days after the student was made aware of the situation that prompted the complaint. A meeting with the faculty member to discuss the written document outlining the formal complaint must be initiated by the student within the same 5 business days. If resolved, faculty will write a report outlining the resolution and submit it along with the student’s written formal complaint to either the BSN Professional Advisor or to the Coordinator of Nursing Programs and Business Operations to place in the formal written complaint file for the students.
2. If the formal complaint is not resolved in step 1, the student must submit the written document outlining the formal complaint to the Director within 5 business days of meeting with the involved faculty member. The Director will request the faculty member involved submit a written account of the issue within five (5) business days.
3. The Director will meet separately with the student and faculty member to discuss the formal written complaint. If the faculty member is the Director, the student will meet with the Dean to address the formal written complaint.
4. The Director will make a decision and shall inform the student and the faculty member in writing via official UTC email of his/her decision within five (5) business days of the completion of Step 2.
5. If either student or faculty is not satisfied with the Director’s decision, the student or faculty may file the formal written complaint and the faculty’s written account with the Dean of CHEPS within five (5) business days of the receipt of the Director’s e-mail.
6. The Dean will make a decision and notify the student, the faculty member, and the Director of the SON via official UTC email of his/her decision.
7. The student, the faculty member or the Director of the SON may appeal the decision of the Dean to the Chancellor in writing within 5 business days following notification via official UTC email of the Dean’s decision.
8. The decision of the Chancellor shall be final and all involved parties will receive official UTC email notification of the decision.
- Process for Student Participation in Program Governance
The School of Nursing values student participation in program governance and provides students with an opportunity to discuss and channel concerns. Students in the BSN program have an opportunity to address their concerns through their level representative on the Student Activities Committee. Students in the MSN and DNP concentrations have an opportunity to address their concerns through the appropriate student representation on the graduate concentration sub-committees.
- UTC Policy for Computer Use
The link to the UTC Policy for Computer Use can be found here: UTC Policy for Computer Use
- Clinical Occurrence Policy and Form
The link to the UTC School of Nursing Clinical Occurrence Policy and Form can be found here: Clinical Occurrence Policy and Form
- Infection Control Policy
The link to the UTC School of Nursing Infection Control Policy can be found here: Infection Control Policy
- Social Media Policy
The link to the UTC School of Nursing Social Media Policy can be found here: Social Media Policy