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Safety & PN Departmental Regulations
It is a Delaware Institute of Health Sciences policy that "food, drinks, smoking, and chewing gum are not permitted in classrooms." Faculty will provide break time for students. Safety is everyone's responsibility; therefore, you are expected to abide by the following rules related to student welfare and safety:

 1. Practice "Universal Safety Precautions" as instructed in campus labs and in the clinical area whenever dealing with blood or body fluids.
 2. Put paper towels and other trash in designated containers. Take pride in your environment and respect other's rights.
 3. Use equipment according to directions and report any problems with equipment to the faculty.
 4. Return supplies and equipment to designated locations.
 5. Wear safety equipment as instructed.
 6. Refer to information regarding FIRE and DISASTER REGULATIONS as posted on College bulletin boards and published in the College Handbook. In the event of a bomb threat, follow instructors' directions. Follow procedures outlined in hospital/agency orientation when in the clinical setting.
 7. Smoke only in designated areas. Most clinical facilities are smoke-free environments. Do not carry lighted materials while in uniform when going to and from clinical assignments. All campus buildings are smoke-free with outside designated smoking areas and trashcans. Please put your butts (cigarettes and cigars) in designated cans, not on the ground to keep the environment pleasant for everyone.
 8. Report all injuries and illnesses to the faculty. If you are injured on campus or in the clinical setting, report the injury to your instructor and the charge nurse before leaving the facility. Complete all necessary paperwork per hospital or agency protocol before leaving the clinical setting. Comply with any recommended follow up care to protect your health.
 9. Observe the speed limit on campus. Pedestrians have the right of way. Display College parking decals and report auto accidents to the Campus Security team. Park in designated areas, leaving Handicapped parking spaces open to those with special decals.
 10. Report safety hazards to the faculty. In the clinical setting, also notify the charge nurse of potential safety hazards.
 11. During clinical agency orientation, ask how to call a code /cardiac arrest in each clinical setting using the agency protocol and follow guidelines outlined by faculty. Start CPR after calling 911 or a code unless the patient has a DO Not Resuscitate (DNR) order on the chart.
 12. Students will comply with any official or criminal investigation for warranted cause or concern, including drug testing and other screening mandated by the college or clinical affiliate.
 13. No beepers or cellular telephones are permitted in the classroom, lab, or clinical setting. Secretaries and staff will not answer your calls.
Health Care Services

The school does not provide health care services for students or faculty. Students are encouraged to maintain health care insurance in the event of illness, accident or pregnancy. Emergency care and child care services are referred to community resources and are the student's expense. The school is not responsible for injury or accident incurred as a result of student experiences and clinical assignments.. No housing is available on campus. Dependable travel to and from clinical assignments is the responsibility of the student.

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Malpractice Insurance

Medical malpractice/liability insurance for Practical Nursing students is MANDATORY in clinical agencies and It is recommended that PN graduates continue liability insurance after graduation as you begin practice as an LPN in the community. This insurance is fully paid for by DIHS and covers both the students and faculty during the students' clinical period ONLY in the health care facility. It does not cover the students or the faculty when they are clinical for any particular  documented clinical day.

Furthermore, the Liability Insurance covers you as a practical nursing student in the clinical setting while you are officially enrolled and matriculating in the program under the supervision of an instructor. Coverage does not extend to employment settings if you choose to work part-time while enrolled, nor does it extend to personal injury.

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