Students are provided a list of textbooks. They are responsible for purchasing nursing textbooks prior to each course. The School of Nursing does not have a book store, however students may access any of the following websites for books: www.elsevier.com, www.Amazon.com, www.CheaperTextbooks.com, www.Textbooks.com, and Barnes and Noble. The publisher of the book can also be contacted. College textbooks will be available through Penn State University, Shenango Campus.
Security for the School of Nursing facility is provided by UPMC Jameson Hospital Security Department. Security officers routinely patrol the facility, inside as well as outside. They are responsible for maintaining a safe and secure atmosphere in and around the facility as a whole, through the enforcement of Hospital policies and standards.
The chief security officer, or his designee, participates in the Hospital and the School of Nursing orientation session. During this session, he addresses topics such as parking, personal safety skills, security procedures, crime prevention, and the security of personal possessions. This information is reinforced at the beginning of the second year as part of the School’s annual mandatory in-service review.
During the first year, an educational program is presented to promote an awareness of rape and other sexual offenses. This program is designed and presented by the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County. The information is reinforced during the second year of the nursing program. In addition, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE Nurse) presents a program on sexual assault.
Security officers also patrol the facility’s parking areas. They are available to escort students to their cars 24 hours a day upon request. Students are encouraged to use this escort service after dark and when traveling alone.
Disabled persons are considered for admission following an evaluation from a properly credentialed evaluator with a license/qualification congruent with the disability being evaluated and the current professional standards of practice. This includes but is not limited to a licensed psychologist, neuropsychologist, or psychiatrist. An evaluation from a primary care provider will not be accepted by the School of Nursing. (Additional information is available upon request).
Guidance and Counseling
Guidance and counseling services are provided to help the student find satisfying solutions to problems, adjust more readily to membership in the student group, and become a more effective individual in relating with others. These services are available for each student. Faculty members serve as advisors; each student is assigned to an advisor upon admission to the School. The student is free to consult the assigned advisor, other Faculty members, or the Hospital Chaplain for guidance and counseling. The Hospital’s Employee Assistance Program is also available to the students.
Referral to consultation services outside the School is made as needed.
Car-pooling is strongly encouraged due to limited parking areas. Off-site parking is available at Green Street. Emergency call boxes are available in the parking areas.
Although the Hospital and School are nonsectarian, students are encouraged to attend the church of their choice. A small Chapel is located in the center corridor on the second floor of the Hospital.
The Student Council functions within the School. All students are encouraged to attend meetings. Participation in the organization provides students with an opportunity to develop personally, educationally, and professionally.
Members of Student Council, with the guidance of the Faculty advisor(s), make recommendations for changes related to the bylaws of Student Council, which are part of the Student Handbook.
Students have membership on three (3) designated Faculty organization committees.
Details outlining responsibilities can be found in the Student Handbook.
Students may be employed while attending school. As required by the Pennsylvania Licensure Law, when students are employed in health agencies, they may not be employed as registered or practical nurses unless they are currently licensed as such. If employment is necessary, it cannot interfere with scheduled clinical or classroom experiences. Students are eligible to take the State Tested Nurse Aide Examination at the end of the first year.
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation for all field trips and to all educational facilities.
Regulation uniforms are required and are purchased through the School of Nursing. Students are usually fitted at the School during June, prior to the beginning of the first semester.