Infectious/communicable diseases are common and may be a threat to students and faculty of the School of Nursing. During the performance of clinical practice/research activities, students may interact with clients/research participants with tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis B (HBV), HIV/AIDS, and other infections. This contact may expose the student to infectious agents, and may result in the student transmitting an infectious disease to other students, faculty, clients, family members, and research participants. During pregnancy, the fetus may also be at risk. Conversely, the student’s health status may adversely impact the students’ abilities to interact with clients/research participants. Should an exposure or a high-risk situation occur, clinical or research experiences may require alteration to provide optimal student learning and to ensure the well being of both client and student.
Additionally, state and federal statutory regulations, University policy and accreditation standards for affiliated clinical agencies require that nursing students demonstrate particular cognitive and clinical competencies consistent with their minimum practice standards. As such, the School is contractually mandated to ensure all students attain and maintain full compliance with each required competency detailed in this policy.