Clinical agency agreements for RN-BSN and graduate students
The MU Sinclair School of Nursing has written agreements with each agency used for clinical practice. The agreement states the University's responsibility with the clinical agencies when students and faculty are present. The MUSSON and clinical agencies assume shared responsibilities for the students' educational experiences in the clinical setting.
Written agreements with clinical agencies are established and maintained through the Office of the Associate Dean. Arrangements need to be initiated well in advance of the time of the practicum (12 weeks) if no prior contract exists with the agency the student wishes to use for clinical practice. The student and the practicum adviser are responsible for determining the work to be done to meet the course requirements.
Students must be licensed in the state where the clinical site is located if required by that state's board of nursing. Students are responsible for contacting the state board of nursing in designated state to determine licensure requirements.
Selected portions of the clinical agreement directly related to student responsibility are as follows:
- The university will instruct all nursing students assigned to the clinical agency regarding the confidentiality of records and patient/client data imparted during the educational experience.
- The university will not assign students who do not have documented proof of immunization for tetanus, diphtheria (DT), and polio; Tuberculin Skin Test (chest x-ray if appropriate); and proof of immunity to rubella, chickenpox and MMR.
- If the clinical agency deems a student's performance to be unsatisfactory and detrimental to its health care responsibilities, it may temporarily suspend the student from utilizing the clinical agency for clinical experience.
- The clinical agency will retain full responsibility for the care of patients and will maintain overall administrative and professional supervision of students and faculty of the University to the extent that their presence affects the operation of the clinical agency and/or the direct or indirect care of patients.
- The nature of this cooperative agreement is such that each party undertakes obligations to the other without passage of funds between the University and the clinical agency or between the personnel of their respective staffs.
Graduate students engaged in practica
Graduate students may engage in clinical practica during semester breaks under the following conditions:
- The student must be enrolled or pre-enrolled in a clinical course (if the student is pre-enrolled, at least one tuition payment must be made in advance of starting the practicum).
- The student must have satisfactory academic standing (3.0 GPA).
- The supervising faculty members have agreed to provide supervision, and a contract between the student and faculty is on file.
- The clinical contract with the preceptor and/or clinical agency is on file.
- The preceptor/clinical agency are informed in writing on how to reach the supervising faculty member.
- In the case of N8980 practica, all prior clinical incompletes must be removed.