Undergraduate clinical practice experiences
Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing prides itself on the quality of the clinical experiences we provide our students; these clinical practice experiences foster our graduates' success in professional practice.
Nursing students must comply with New York State Department of Health regulations. These regulations mandate annual physical examinations and documented evidence of immunity to several communicable diseases, in addition to the University's health requirements and any additional requirements established by selected healthcare agencies you may rotate to. Compliance is verified prior to enrollment in all clinical courses. Health requirements are current for one calendar year from the date they were completed.
The data and links below provide valuable, helpful information that will help you address these regulations and progress through your clinicals:
- HIPAA policy
- Student health evaluation forms
- Medical document manager instructions
- Assessment kits
In addition, you may want to review Part F: Policies and Procedures related to Undergraduate Clinical Experiences in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.
Effective May 14, 2014
Maintaining confidentiality is an integral part of nursing practice. Federal regulations guide the scope of practice of healthcare workers to safeguard protected health information (PHI) through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). PHI is defined by Health and Human Services to mean demographic and health information that makes the individual identifiable. This information includes, but is not limited to, names, addresses, date of birth, social security numbers or medical records numbers. This includes all demographic data that is related to the person’s physical or mental health, and/or the provision or payment regarding provision of care (past, present or future).*
The Decker School of Nursing provides competency training for HIPAA to ensure the student is well versed with these regulations and the required behaviors necessary to ensure compliance. This policy outlines the corrective action for each level of a potential HIPAA violation, which could culminate in dismissal from the Decker School of Nursing. Maintaining HIPAA standards will be a clinical objective and evaluated with each course.
Affiliating agencies that collaborate with the Decker School of Nursing maintain their own HIPAA standards to which students must adhere. These policies supersede Decker School of Nursing policies. A HIPAA violation may mean dismissal from a clinical site and could impede placement at other clinical sites, which may prevent meeting requirements for graduation from the Decker School of Nursing. Any student violations requiring legal representation will be at the expense of the student.
The following guidelines are to be followed by students and faculty at the Decker School of Nursing:
Maintain confidentiality by only sharing PHI with those who are considered individuals who need to know
When you need to discuss PHI, hold conversations in private areas where others cannot hear the conversation.
Shred PHI which is no longer necessary to maintain in approved shredding bins, if shredding bins are not available, destroy the document before disposal.
Do not use patient names, date of birth, medical record numbers or social security numbers on Decker School of Nursing databases, papers or written assignments.
Do not share PHI with family members, peers or those individuals who are not directly involved with care of the patient.
Information shared during the clinical day and pre/post conference is not to be shared outside of the conference area.
Students may not leave/save any patient, family, faculty, clinical facility or student information on any open access desktop or hard drive.
PHI is not to be left open in public areas.
PHI is not to leave the clinical site
Computer screens and electronic health records with PHI are not to be left unattended; students are expected to log out before leaving the workstation.
Students are not allowed to share their personal login or password information.
Adapted with permission by Mary Ellen Murray, associate dean, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Student health release form
- Student health evaluation information sheet
- Checklist for health requirements
- Student health evaluation form
- Annual TB symptom screening tool (to be completed annually only by those who have a chest X-ray on record)
- Decker School of Nursing confidentiality agreement
- General instructions
- Instructions for juniors
- Instructions for BAT students
- Instructions for RN students
- Instructions for graduate students
Uniforms and assessment kits
Beginning with the fundamental assessment course (NURS 321, Nursing Assessment of Clients), nursing students will need uniforms and assessment kits for clinical and simulation experiences.
Decker's uniform includes a hunter green, V-neck scrub top and black scrub bottoms. Shoes must be closed toe and closed back, and all black or all white. Read the uniform policy in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.
The following medical equipment is needed during the first week of classes:
- Adult aneroid blood pressure cuff, nylon, any color
- Professional level stethoscope with a diaphragm and bell, any color (for example: MDF MD or Littman Cardiology II level at a minimum)
- Penlight with pupil gauge (do not buy a disposable model)
- Bandage scissors
- Hemostat, straight 5.5 inch
- Gait belt
- Wrist watch with a second hand
- Small carrying bag to hold equipment
These items can be purchased separately at most locations that sell medical scrubs or in medical supply stores.
MDF Instruments and Supplies offers a complete assessment kit at a discount for Decker students. In addition, 10% of every purchase is donated back to the Decker School of Nursing.