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College of Nursing

Clinical Placements

Charting

Through your classes you will become familiar with the principles of documentation. During your clinical experience, you must follow charting policies of that specific agency (you will find them in the charting manual). This documentation includes use of agency specific abbreviations. When charting, use the letters NS (Nursing Student) after your name when it is necessary to identify your designation.

Performance of Technical Skills

Clinical experience provides an opportunity for you to develop your nursing skills and knowledge. While you are encouraged to seek learning experiences, you must not perform any procedure for which you do not have adequate preparation.

You may perform certain special nursing procedures under direct supervision of a instructor or RN/RPN who is certified for the procedure if you have been provided with theoretical background. You may not perform procedures which are a transfer of medical function. Designation of procedures as special nursing procedures or transfer of medical function vary from area to area. Consult with your instructor.

Regardless of where you have your clinical experience, you must not perform any procedure for which you do not have adequate preparation.