Nursing & Allied Health Policies 3.21A-E

Attendance Policy for Nursing Students 3.21A

Classroom Attendance Policy: Nursing Students

Glen Oaks Community College class attendance policy shall be followed for all nursing theory courses with this exception: the academic penalty will be imposed. If the student misses 15% of the class hours in a given course, the faculty will assign one whole number grade drop in the final course grade. This policy is published in the College Catalog.

Tardiness time will be recorded. All accumulated tardy time will be added to the classroom absence time. The student will notify the faculty when absent or tardy.

Clinical Attendance Policy: Nursing Students

Regular and punctual attendance is a requirement for all students. Students will notify the agency at least one hour before scheduled clinical time if the student will be absent or tardy. In an emergency, the student will notify the faculty member as soon as possible.

In clinical classes with 135 nursing practical contact hours, a student missing more than 18 of their clinical hours will automatically have their final grade dropped one whole number on the grading scale. Absences totaling more than 27 of the clinical hours will result in course failure.

In clinical classes with 90 nursing practical contact hours, a student missing more than 12 of their clinical hours will automatically have their final grade dropped one whole number on the grading scale. Absences totaling more than 18 of the clinical hours will result in a course failure.

In clinical classes with 45 practice contact hours, a student missing more than 6 of their clinical hours will automatically have their final grade dropped one whole number on the grading scale. Absences totaling more than 9 of the clinical hours will result in a course failure.

Tardiness time will be recorded. A written warning will be issued after the occurrence of a second tardiness. All accumulated tardy time will be added to the clinical/lab absence time.


Adopted by Board of Trustees August 13, 1997, revised 2/20/03, revised 9/14/05, reviewed 9/17/14

Grievance Procedure for Nursing Students 3.21B

Grievance Procedure: Nursing Students

Students must try to resolve clinical instruction concerns through discussion with the involved party/parties. If a satisfactory solution has not been reached the student may request a meeting with the Director of Nursing and the party/parties involved.

Should resolution fail, students may complete a student concern report (3.65A) and submit it to the Dean of Academics & Extended Learning.


Adopted by Board of Trustees August 13, 1997, revised 2/20/03, revised 9/14/05, 9/17/14
(Position titles updated 07/02, 9/17/14)

Nursing & Allied Health Substance Abuse Policy 3.21C

Nursing and Allied Health Policy

Substance Abuse Policy

Many federal and state laws are now in effect to protect the safety of patients. Healthcare agencies are now charged with certain actions to protect the safety of the public from employees who are working under the influence of drugs/and or alcohol or who have criminal backgrounds. Students in nursing and healthcare occupations must be in compliance with these agency stipulations in order to participate in clinical experiences/externships.

To comply with our agency contracts, drug plus alcohol screening is incorporated into the health status evaluation required prior to entrance to each Nursing and Allied Health Program.

Positive test results will result in denial of admission/readmission.

The student will incur the cost of drug plus alcohol screening. The nursing and allied health department contracts with an outside agency to conduct these services.

January 2004 Governor Granholm signed a law that says “it is now a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and /or a maximum fine of up to $1,000.00 to be a drunk health care provider who conducts any part of his or her practice with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 or higher”. Therefore, GOCC reserves the right to drug plus alcohol screen nursing and allied health students when behavior or conduct makes staff/faculty suspect substance abuse. The student will incur the cost of any drug plus alcohol screening.

*Note: Some health care agencies used for clinical experiences/externships are initiating random drug plus alcohol screening for staff and students assigned to their agency.

Refusal to allow mandatory or requested drug plus alcohol screens in the clinical agency will result in immediate program dismissal and potential college disciplinary actions. Please refer to Glen Oaks Community College Catalog for the Student Code of Conduct which describes behaviors that will result in disciplinary action.


Adopted 4/12/06, reviewed 9/17/14

Nursing & Allied Health – Fit Mask Testing 3.21D

Nursing & Allied Health Policy

Fit Mask Testing

To be in compliance with healthcare agency contracts and to protect the students from tuberculosis, all nursing and any allied health student who spends 20% or more of clinical or externship time in direct contact with patients must have fit mask testing annually. The student will incur the cost of the testing.

This testing is to determine the size mask needed to protect the student from a patient with active tuberculosis or other airborne respiratory diseases requiring a mask.

Testing is to be done yearly or with weight gain or loss of 10 pounds and growth of facial hair more than 3 days. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Director of Nursing that such condition(s) have occurred as soon as possible after the incident.


Adopted 4/12/06, revised 4/18/2013, 9/17/14

Criminal Background Checks: Nursing Department 3.21E

Nursing & Allied Health Policy

Criminal Background Check Policy

Changes are taking place within the healthcare facilities at the national and state levels in order to maintain the safety of clients within their agencies who are receiving care.

In September 2004 the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), now known as The Joint Commission, which accredits healthcare facilities across the nation, enforced background screening and has set requirements mandating that students in a healthcare field must now complete the same background check as hospital employees.

February 2006, Governor Jennifer Granholm signed legislation to strengthen criminal background checks in long term care facilities stating, “This legislation is to protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens”. Long term care will include skilled nursing facilities, long-term care hospitals, hospitals with swing beds, intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation, home health agencies, residential care and assisted living facilities and hospices. This law is in effect as of April 1, 2006.

To be in compliance with JCAHO requirements, the above law and the Michigan Compiled Laws Section 333.20173a, students in nursing and allied health programs must complete background investigations to be able to use clinical sites. The student will incur the cost of the background investigation either directly or through course fees. Make sure that you are following directions from your programs prospective department before starting any background investigation.

Admission or readmission to any healthcare program will be denied for the following:

Certain felony convictions or attempt/conspiracy to commit a felony within 15 years preceding the date of admission; such as criminal sexual conduct, abuse or neglect, health care fraud involving a firearm, prescription drugs or similar felonies. For a full list of felonies, see MCL 333.20173a at http://www.legislature.mi.gov. OR any misdemeanor within 10 years prior to application that involved or is similar to the following:

  1. Abuse, neglect, assault, battery
  2. Criminal sexual conduct
  3. Fraud or theft against a vulnerable adult (as defined by the Michigan penal code or similar misdemeanor in state or federal law), but not limited to such crimes against a vulnerable adult.
  4. Criminal activity involving controlled substances such as sale, possession, distribution or transfer of various narcotics or controlled substances.

For a full list of misdemeanors, see MCL 333.20173a at http://www.legislature.mi.gov.

Once admitted to an Allied Health/Nursing program or nurse aide course, students subsequently convicted of crimes listed above will be dismissed from the Allied Health/Nursing Program or Nurse Aide Course. It is the student’s responsibility to report changes in the status of his/her criminal background to the Director of Allied Health or Nursing no later than 3 days after the occurrence.


Adopted 4/12/06, revised 2/10, 2/13, 2/16

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