Nursing Compliance

Criminal History Record Search/Urine Drug Screen

Fairleigh Dickinson University has affiliation agreements with health care institutions in the region to provide clinical experiences for students of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health. These affiliated health care institutions are required by the Joint Commission (JC) Standard (HR1.20) to conduct criminal history checks on all personnel who work in clinical settings, including nursing students. All students must comply with this requirement to evaluate their suitability for placement in a clinical experience. Information obtained may cause affiliated health care institutions to reject a student for a clinical experience. Program administrators will distribute the Student Background and Drug Test Instructions to eligible students entering clinical course work.

Health Clearance for Nursing Students

As for all University students, nursing students are required to have a full physical examination and health history before beginning clinical classes. A copy of the physical examination and the health history, including a complete immunization record, a record of negative tuberculosis status and a record of two measles immunizations (under age 40), must be on file in the campus Student Health Services Office. Upon matriculation as a nursing major and before any clinical courses can be taken, nursing students must present documentation of antibody titers for rubella (German measles), rubeola (measles), mumps and varicella (chickenpox) showing immunity. If antibody titers do not demonstrate immunity, vaccine must be administered and antibody titers repeated. The hepatitis B vaccine is strongly recommended. Evidence of a complete hepatitis B vaccine series or a waiver of vaccination must be on file in the campus Student Health Services Office. A complete health record must be on file for matriculated nursing majors prior to the start of NURS 2003, NURS 2113 Fundamentals of Nursing I. Students may participate in clinical experiences only if their health file is complete and up-to-date. If students are unable to attend clinical experiences because of incomplete health records, as with all absences, they may be in jeopardy of not meeting course objectives. The nursing student health packet (for first-year freshmen and transfer students beginning clinical course work) can be downloaded at the following link http://view2.fdu.edu/florham-campus/health-services/requirements-and-forms/.

CPR Certification and Student Malpractice Insurance

Prior to beginning sophomore-level clinical nursing courses, nursing majors must submit to the School of Nursing and Allied Health office documentation of a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card and of current individual student malpractice insurance coverage. Each year thereafter, nursing majors must submit updated documentation of CPR certification and insurance coverage to the School of Nursing and Allied Health.

Evidence of Car Insurance

All nursing majors must submit documentation of current automobile liability insurance to the School of Nursing and Allied Health office, since students are expected to transport themselves to clinicals and  clients’ homes for clinical experiences as part of their course requirement.