Student Review Policy for Unsafe or Unprofessional Practice

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The School of Nursing has a legal and ethical responsibility to protect members of the public and the health care community from unsafe or unprofessional nursing practices.  All students engaged in the study of nursing who demonstrate practices that endanger the public and/or violate the North Carolina Nurse Practice Act and related Administrative Code Rules or are unable to comply with the School of Nursing’s Essential Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation will be referred to and reviewed by the Office of the Dean of Students.

This may include, but is not limited to, Emergency Evaluation and Action Committee consideration and/or referral to other entities as deemed necessary by applicable law or policy.  Grounds for this referral include, but are not limited to, students that “(1) present physical or emotional problems which conflict with safety essential to nursing practice and do not respond to treatment or counseling within a timeframe that enables meeting program objectives; (2) demonstrate behavior which conflicts with safety essential to nursing practice” (21 NCAC 36.0320 (d) (1)(2).  Additional information regarding the Emergency Evaluation and Action Committee and its policies and procedures is available online at http://policy.sites.unc.edu/files/2013/04/EEAC.pdf

Approved by the Academic Affairs Council, August 28, 2014