(A) The administrator of the program and the faculty shall establish and implement written policies for the following:
(1) Student admission;
(2) Student readmission, including a requirement that the readmitted student meet the curriculum requirements effective at the time of readmission;
(3) The process for determining the amount of credit to be granted to an applicant for advanced standing in a program;
(4) Student progression, which shall include the following:
(a) The level of achievement a student must maintain in order to remain in the program or to progress from one level to another; and
(b) The requirements for satisfactory completion of each course required in the nursing curriculum;
(5) Requirements for completion of the program;
(6) Payment of fees, expenses, and refunds associated with the program;
(7) Procedures for student illness in the classroom and clinical settings;
(8) Availability of student guidance and counseling services;
(9) Process for students filing grievances and appeals;
(11) Periodic evaluation by the faculty of each nursing student's progress in each course and in the program; and
(12) Procedures for notifying students of changes in program policies.
(B) The program shall not implement changes to policies for student progression, or requirements for completion of the program, regarding students enrolled in the program at the time the changes are adopted.
(C) In addition to the policies required in paragraph (A) of this rule, the program administrator and faculty shall implement policies related to student conduct that incorporate the standards for safe nursing care set forth in Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code and the rules adopted under that chapter, including, but not limited to the following:
(1) A student shall, in a complete, accurate, and timely manner, report and document nursing assessments or observations, the care provided by the student for the client, and the client's response to that care.
(2) A student shall, in an accurate and timely manner, report to the appropriate practitioner errors in or deviations from the current valid order.
(3) A student shall not falsify any client record or any other document prepared or utilized in the course of, or in conjunction with, nursing practice. This includes, but is not limited to, case management documents or reports, time records or reports, and other documents related to billing for nursing services.
(4) A student shall implement measures to promote a safe environment for each client.
(5) A student shall delineate, establish, and maintain professional boundaries with each client.
(6) At all times when a student is providing direct nursing care to a client the student shall:
(a) Provide privacy during examination or treatment and in the care of personal or bodily needs; and
(b) Treat each client with courtesy, respect, and with full recognition of dignity and individuality.
(7) A student shall practice within the appropriate scope of practice as set forth in division (B) of section 4723.01 and division (B)(20) of section 4723.28 of the Revised Code for a registered nurse, and division (F) of section 4723.01 and division (B)(21) of section 4723.28 of the Revised Code for a practical nurse;
(8) A student shall use universal blood and body fluid precautions established by Chapter 4723-20 of the Administrative Code;
(9) A student shall not:
(a) Engage in behavior that causes or may cause physical, verbal, mental, or emotional abuse to a client;
(b) Engage in behavior toward a client that may reasonably be interpreted as physical, verbal, mental, or emotional abuse.
(10) A student shall not misappropriate a client's property or:
(a) Engage in behavior to seek or obtain personal gain at the client's expense;
(b) Engage in behavior that may reasonably be interpreted as behavior to seek or obtain personal gain at the client's expense;
(c) Engage in behavior that constitutes inappropriate involvement in the client's personal relationships; or
(d) Engage in behavior that may reasonably be interpreted as inappropriate involvement in the client's personal relationships.
For the purpose of this paragraph, the client is always presumed incapable of giving free, full, or informed consent to the behaviors by the student set forth in this paragraph.
(11) A student shall not:
(a) Engage in sexual conduct with a client;
(b) Engage in conduct in the course of practice that may reasonably be interpreted as sexual;
(c) Engage in any verbal behavior that is seductive or sexually demeaning to a client;
(d) Engage in verbal behavior that may reasonably be interpreted as seductive, or sexually demeaning to a client.
For the purpose of this paragraph, the client is always presumed incapable of giving free, full, or informed consent to sexual activity with the student.
(12) A student shall not, regardless of whether the contact or verbal behavior is consensual, engage with a patient other than the spouse of the student in any of the following:
(a) Sexual contact, as defined in section 2907.01 of the Revised Code;
(b) Verbal behavior that is sexually demeaning to the patient or may be reasonably interpreted by the patient as sexually demeaning.
(13) A student shall not self-administer or otherwise take into the body any dangerous drug, as defined in section 4729.01 of the Revised Code, in any way not in accordance with a legal, valid prescription issued for the student.
(14) A student shall not habitually indulge in the use of controlled substances, other habit-forming drugs, or alcohol or other chemical substances to an extent that impairs ability to practice.
(15) A student shall not have impairment of the ability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of safe nursing care because of habitual or excessive use of drugs, alcohol, or other chemical substances that impair the ability to practice.
(16) A student shall not have impairment of the ability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of safe nursing care because of a physical or mental disability;
(17) A student shall not assault or cause harm to a patient or deprive a patient of the means to summon assistance;
(18) A student shall not obtain or attempt to obtain money or anything of value by intentional misrepresentation or material deception in the course of practice;
(19) A student shall not have been adjudicated by a probate court of being mentally ill or mentally incompetent, unless restored to competency by the court.
(20) A student shall not aid and abet a person in that person's practice of nursing without a license, practice as a dialysis technician without a certificate issued by the board, or administration of medications as a medication aide without a certificate issued by the board.
(21) A student shall not prescribe any drug or device to perform or induce an abortion, or otherwise perform or induce an abortion;
(22) A student shall not assist suicide as defined in section 3795.01 of the Revised Code.
(23) A student shall not submit or cause to be submitted any false, misleading or deceptive statements, information, or document to the nursing program, its administrators, faculty, teaching assistants, preceptors, or to the board.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/13/2011 and 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06
Prior Effective Dates: 02/01/1996, 04/01/1997, 02/01/2002, 02/01/2004, 02/01/2007, 02/01/2008