Requirements

Health Clearance

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing’s Office of Clinical Affairs is responsible for ensuring that students are in compliance with hospital/healthcare agencies’ policies and regulatory requirements prior to their clinical rotations, whether off-campus clinical or on-campus clinical simulation.

Any course that includes a clinical (off-campus or on-campus) experience has mandatory clearance requirements in order to:

  1. Decrease health risks to students
  2. Protect patients and other health care professionals with whom students interact
  3. Comply with NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing healthcare agency contracts, New York University Student Health Center policies, OSHA regulations, and New York State Department of Health policies. Other clinical placement requirements, as defined by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing healthcare agency contracts, may include HIPAA compliance documentation, background checks and/or drug testing. 

To be in compliance with the mandatory health clearance requirements, students must submit an annual H&P and Tuberculosis screening on Forms A-1 & A-2. This is required on a yearly basis for all clinical courses of the BS and MS programs.  To be in compliance with the mandatory immunization requirements, students must provide documentation of titers (laboratory blood tests to detect antibodies) that demonstrate immunity to the following: Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella. Vaccination history is required for Tetanus and Diptheria, (Td or TdAP) Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine, and Hepatitis B (one time only). 

BS Health Clearance Form and Policy

MS Health Clearance Form and Policy

All students are required to keep their health clearance up to date as an essential part of their professional responsibility for patient safety.   If your health clearance expires, you cannot be in a clinical setting.  If you miss an on- or off-campus clinical day due to an expired health clearance, this absence places you at risk for course failure and must be made up according to the course policy.  

Students may scan and email, fax, hand deliver, or mail a copy of the completed and signed Health Clearance documents to:

Office of Clinical Affairs
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
433 First Avenue, 6th Floor, Room 650
New York, NY 10010      
Fax: 212-995-4351
Phone: 212-992-9415
email: nursing.healthclearance@nyu.edu

Medical Clearance After Clinical Absence due to Medical Condition

  1. Students who miss a clinical for hospitalization or for any health impairment, physical condition, or mental illness that renders the individual contagious and/or incapable of safely performing nursing student clinical responsibilities must submit health clearance authorization from an appropriate healthcare provider prior to returning to the clinical area to complete a rotation. Health Clearance is submitted to the NYU Meyers Office of Clinical Affairs using the Interim Health Clearance Form.
     
  2. Once a student is cleared by the NYU Meyers Office of Clinical Affairs, he/she needs to see the course coordinator/faculty associate to review the NYU Meyers BS Program’s on- and off-campus clinical make-up policy.  

Technical Standards for Core Professional Nursing Competency Performance for Admission, Progression and Graduation

In addition to health clearance, all students admitted to NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing are required to read and sign the Technical Standards for Core Professional Nursing Competency Performance for progression in and graduation from the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing program. All students must submit a signed copy of the statement located on the last page of the Technical Standards PDF document. This statement certifies that the student can effectively and safely meet the Technical Standards related to core professional nursing competencies for progression and graduation. All students must notify the Office of Clinical Affairs if their ability to meet the Technical Standards changes at any time during their progression through the program.

Please review, sign, and fax or scan and email the signature page of the Technical Standards form to 212-995-4351, ATTN: Office of Clinical Affairs.

Background Checks / Drug Testing

All nursing students will be required to complete a series of clinical learning experiences in order to successfully meet the learning outcomes for a given program of study. Prior to participating in clinical learning experiences at any off campus healthcare facility, students are required to complete a criminal background check and a drug test. Each clinical facility has policies regarding possible convictions and potential drug use that may bar students from being accepted at the facility for clinical placement. If a student is not accepted to an assigned placement because of the findings of a background check or drug screen, NYU Meyers does not guarantee an alternate clinical placement. College policy dictates that students who are unable to complete  clinical requirements for any reason will be subject to dismissal from the program.

The procedure for completing a criminal background check and a drug test is done through the American DataBank Company.  To initiate this process, log into the website that has been created for NYU students at the following address:  http://www.nyunursingcompliance.com/  Please note that each student is responsible for covering the costs for the background check and the drug screen.  If you have any questions or concerns related to background check or drug screen, please contact the student support team at: support@americandatabank.com  or call 1-800-200-0853.

The process of obtaining a nursing license in New York and many other states, may involve consideration of an applicant’s criminal history or other conduct (see link to NYS license application (http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurse1.pdf). Criminal convictions and/or a record of certain other conduct may prevent a nursing student / graduate from being licensed and may preclude the nursing graduate from obtaining gainful employment as a nurse.  Applicants to NYU Meyers are encouraged to determine, prior to matriculation, the licensure requirements in the state(s) in which they intend to practice.

Liability/Malpractice Insurance 

The University covers the liability/malpractice insurance for all students doing clinical fieldwork as part of courses for which they are registered. A student must be enrolled in the course in order to be covered by Liability/Malpractice Insurance.

BS REQUIREMENTS

The requirements for clinical include completing the following:

  1. NYU Meyers Health Clearance forms  (H&P, PPD, Titers) 
  2. Reading and signing Technical Standards
  3. Completing CPR Certification course for Healthcare Providers
  4. Dosage Calculation Exams
  5. Attendance and Punctuality
  6. Securing appropriate uniform
  7. Securing Nursing Supplies
  8. PDA/Smart Phone
  9. Textbooks

BS Students: CPR/Basic Life Support Certification for Healthcare Providers

All BS students starting the nursing clinical sequence (Adult & Elder I) must have CPR/Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification. The required course is BLS for Healthcare Providers. If a student has successfully completed a BLS for Healthcare Providers course in the past, and is in possession of a valid CPR card, the student does not need to take the course again. A copy of the card must be submitted to the Office of Clinical Affairs via fax at 212-995-4351, or via email at nursing.healthclearance@nyu.edu.

If a BS student does not have CPR/BLS Certification, the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing offers full certification for BS students enrolling in a clinical course during the Fall 2016 semester. The cost is covered under the Student Services Fee charged by the University Bursar. The certification is only necessary for students enrolling in a clinical course during Fall 2016. To sign up for CPR Certification for Healthcare providers, please fill out the form by clicking here.

BS Students: Dosage Calculation Exam Requirements

  1. Students are responsible for taking the Dosage Calculation Exam each semester that they are enrolled in a clinical course.
  2. Students are not permitted to administer medications to patients in clinical courses until the dosage calculation exam is passed each term.
  3. Students must achieve a grade of 100% to pass in order to meet this course requirement.
  4. Students may take the exam up to three times. If they do not pass the exam on the third attempt, they will receive a clinical failure with a final grade of “F” for the course.
  5. Students must take the Dosage Calculation Exam  before the first day of  clinical  with the exception of students in the Adult & Elder I course. Details on the day and location of all three times the test will be administered will be provided a week before classes start. Group remediation sessions will be available after the first and second test.
  6. A student’s failure to take the Dosage Calculation Exam as scheduled may result in a clinical failure.
  7. Students who do not achieve the minimum passing grade of 90% on the first or second attempt are responsible for attending the group remediation sessions and retaking the exam as scheduled. Students will be required to retake the entire exam each time. 
  8. Students who give medications before passing the Dosage Calculation Exam are at risk for clinical failure in the course and a final grade of “F” for the course. Students are responsible for informing their clinical instructor that they have not passed the Dosage Calculation Exam if they are assigned to give medications.

BS Students: Undergraduate NYU Meyers Clinical Absenteeism Policies

NYU Meyers Attendance and Punctuality Policies delineate between excused and unexcused clinical absences, define lateness and provide information about the associated fees for clinical make-up sessions. The Clinical Absenteeism Policies are interconnected with the Technical Standards for Core Professional Nursing Competency Performance. Noncompliance with the Clinical Absenteeism Policies is comparable to a violation of the Technical Standards.

Please refer to the link below to review New York University’s policies on absenteeism as it relates to religious observances: https://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/compliance/documents/religious_holidays.pdf.

Inclement Weather Policies:

  1. When the University is open during weather events, it is expected that all classes will be held as scheduled.
  2. Closure of the University is posted on the NYU website (http://www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/info-alerts.html). When the University is closed, all classes and on-site and off-site clinicals are cancelled.
  3. If the University is closed and faculty and students have already arrived at the clinical site, the clinical proceeds as normal as long as weather conditions permit.
  4. When the University closes during the day, if the closure occurs before a simulation begins, that simulation is cancelled. If the simulation begins before the announced closure, the simulation proceeds as normal as long as weather conditions permit.
  5. When the University announces a delayed opening, classes/clinicals scheduled to begin before the delayed opening are cancelled; classes/clinicals scheduled to begin after the delayed opening will be held as usual.
  6. If the University is open but travel to the clinical location and weather conditions are extremely dangerous, faculty may cancel a class or clinical.

Reasonable expectations of students include:

  • Providing advance notice to instructors if they need to miss class due to disrupted or hazardous transportation and submitting assignments that were to be handed in during the class or clinical sessions as instructed by faculty.

BS Students: Nursing Uniform and Dress Code

The required uniform for BS NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing students enrolling in clinical courses is a purple scrub top (embroidered with NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing), purple scrub pants or white or purple scrub skirt; an NYU clinical name pin; nursing shoes which must be: white, closed toe, closed back, leather-like finish and non-porous (i.e. cannot be mesh, without a back, or clogs); and white socks or nude stockings. If a head coverings is necessary it must be white. The nursing uniform must be worn to all on-campus clinical simulation and off campus clinical settings.The nursing uniform, name pin, and shoes are available for purchase at the NYU's Main Bookstore located at 726 Broadway (212-998-4667). Students can purchase nursing shoes on their own.

As per the policies and guidelines of our clinical affiliates,* the dress code listed below is in concert with NYU Meyers BS clinical requirements and must be followed:

  1. Non-natural multi-colored hair is not permitted. Shoulder length or longer hair must be worn pulled back from the face.
  2. Fingernails within a reasonable length, approximately 1/8 of an inch from the tip of finger. Artificial nails, wraps/tips of any kind and chipped nail polish are not permitted.
  3. Jewelry should be simple and minimal. No visible body piercings permitted. Dangling earrings/jewelry is not permitted.
  4. Make up should be modest. Colognes and perfumes are not permitted in the patient care areas due to patient/staff allergic reactions. 
  5. Visible tattoos must be covered with an acceptable extension to the uniform such as a long sleeve shirt under the uniform top.
  6. Clothing must be neat, clean, professional, and appropriate in length.  No see-through fabrics, denim pants, capri pants, skorts, sweat suits, mid-driffs, t-shirts, halters, t-shirts with written statements.  

BS Students: Nursing Supplies 

All BS nursing students starting the nursing clinical sequence are required to purchase the following supplies:

A resusable penlight, adult size aneroid sphygmomanometer (manual blood pressure), adult stethoscope with diaphragm and bell, and NYU ID badge on their own.

These nursing supplies provide students with equipment necessary for off-campus and on-campus clinicals. Nursing supplies can be purchased at the Main Bookstore located at 726 Broadway. Students should plan to pick up their nursing NYU ID badge one week before school begins -- it will NOT be available sooner.

BS Students: PDA/Smart Phone

All College of Nursing students entering the clinical sequence must have a PDA/Smartphone device. The PDA/Smartphone device will be used to access electronic mail as well as Epocrates, medical software for drug interaction, drug prices, dosing, disease, medical dictionary, ICD9 Code, Medicare Part D, and CME. Clinical instructors will provide students with additional details as to how Epocrates will be used in conjunction with the curriculum.  The iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Palm can all accommodate Epocrates, but students should consult epocrates.com and their service provider for additional details.

BS Students: Nursing Sequence Textbooks and Docucare

All course textbooks and nursing supplies are available for purchase through NYU's Main Bookstore located at 726 Broadway. Students may purchase textbooks only after they have registered for courses. In addition, all students are required to buy an access code for Docucare before their first on-campus or off-campus clinical. Docucare is a web-based Electronic Healthcare Record System that is used to access patients' medical information such as laboratory tests, medication record, medical history, and healthcare provider orders. Docucare will also be used to document the care that students provide to their on-campus and off-campus patients. Docucare can be purchased through the bookstore or online at http://www.bookstores.nyu.edu/main.store/nursing.html.

MS REQUIREMENTS

The requirements for clinical include completing the following:

  1. NYU Meyers Health Clearance forms  (H&P, PPD, Titers)
  2. Reading and signing Technical Standards
  3. MS Credentials
  4. Securing appropriate uniform
  5. PDA/Smart Phone
  6. MS Credentials

MS students must also submit the following prior to starting a practicum experience.

  1. Practicum Application Form  
  2. Current Resume
  3. Current New York State RN License Registration
  4. CPR, BLS for Healthcare Providers, certification and advanced life support certification (e.g., ACLS, PALS, NRP) per the respective MS program.

Note: Certain health care agencies/clinical sites may require additional documentation requirements (e. g., Background Check, state child abuse registry, HIPAA training, drug testing). Students will be contacted on an individual basis by the NYU Meyers Office of Clinical Affairs if additional documentation is required.

Inclement Weather Policies for the College of Nursing:

  1. When the University is open during weather events, it is expected that all classes will be held as scheduled.
  2. Closure of the University is posted on the NYU website (http://www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/info-alerts.html). When the University is closed, all classes and on-site and off-site clinicals are cancelled.
  3. If the University is closed and faculty and students have already arrived at the clinical site, the clinical proceeds as normal as long as weather conditions permit.
  4. When the University closes during the day, if the closure occurs before a simulation begins, that simulation is cancelled. If the simulation begins before the announced closure, the simulation proceeds as normal as long as weather conditions permit.
  5. When the University announces a delayed opening, classes/clinicals scheduled to begin before the delayed opening are cancelled; classes/clinicals scheduled to begin after the delayed opening will be held as usual.
  6. If the University is open but travel to the clinical location and weather conditions are extremely dangerous, faculty may cancel a class or clinical.

Reasonable expectations of students include:

  • Provide advance notice to instructors if they need to miss class due to disrupted or hazardous transportation and submit assignments that were to be handed in during the class or clinical sessions as instructed by faculty.

MS Students: policies on absenteeism for religious observances

Please refer to the link below to review New York University’s policies on absenteeism as it relates to religious observances: https://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/compliance/documents/religious_holidays.pdf.

MS Students: Nursing Uniform and Dress Code

The required uniform for MS students during on-campus clinical simulation or off-campus clinical setting is a white long lab coat (embroidered with NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing), NYU clinical name pin; and appropriate nonporous shoes that are closed toe and closed back. Appropriate professional attire is required under the lab coat unless a particular clinical facility requires alternate attire such as scrubs. Students are not permitted to wear their respective RN employer uniform or lab coats, or ID badges.

As per the policies and guidelines of our clinical affiliates,* the dress code listed below is in concert with NYU Meyers MS clinical requirements and must be followed:

  1. Non-natural multi-colored hair is not permitted. Shoulder length or longer hair must be worn pulled back from the face.
  2. Fingernails within a reasonable length, approximately 1/8 of an inch from the tip of finger. Artificial nails, wraps/tips of any kind and chipped nail polish are not permitted.
  3. Jewelry should be simple and minimal. No visible body piercings permitted. Dangling earrings/jewelry is not permitted.
  4. Make up should be modest. Colognes and perfumes are not permitted in the patient care areas due to patient/staff allergic reactions.  
  5. Visible tattoos must be covered with an acceptable extension to the uniform such as a long sleeve shirt under the uniform top.
  6. Clothing must be neat, clean, professional, opaque, and appropriate in length. The presence of absence of undergarments should not be detected. No see through fabrics, denim pants, capri pants, skorts, sweat suits, mid-driffs, halters, t-shirts, t-shirts with written statements, nor should clothes be too short or tight.

MS Students: PDA/Smart Phone

All students entering the clinical sequence must have a PDA/smartphone. This device will be used to access email as well as Epocrates, medical software for drug interaction, drug prices, dosing, disease, medical dictionary, ICD9 Code, Medicare Part D, and CME. The iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Palm can all accommodate Epocrates, but students should consult www.epocrates.com and their service provider for additional details. In addition MS students are required to download Typhon and should check their respective course syllabus for specifications.