University of Southern Indiana

Clinical Learning Policies


Students will have access to confidential medical/personal client and family information, and to sensitive agency information as part of the clinical learning experience.  It is of utmost importance that client/agency confidentiality is observed.  Information concerning a client/family or agency is not to be discussed after leaving the clinical unit, agency or classroom.  Violation of this policy may result in dismissal from the USI nursing program.

Clinical Experiences

The clinical and skills lab experience is a scheduled part of the nursing courses where students have the opportunity to observe and apply knowledge of nursing. With the guidance of an instructor, students provide nursing care for selected clients.  Student appearance and conduct must be appropriate to comply with the high standards of the profession.

Students are responsible for

  1. Students are expected to arrive at clinical experiences on time. 
  1. The client's name must not be placed on information removed from their record. The client's initials may be placed on client care plans and other written assignments. 
  1. Periodic conferences will be held to evaluate the student's clinical performance during the course. Student comments are encouraged. The student and faculty will share responsibility for evaluation of the student's progress during the course. The faculty are solely responsible for assigning the pass/fail grade to each student’s clinical performance. 
  1. Students are required to abide by the policies and procedures of the agency in which they have clinical experience. 
  1. In the event of a disaster, students on the clinical units will be free to participate in the implementation of the agency's disaster plan.  Utilization of students will be based on the individual unit's needs and the clinical faculty's discretion. 


Students shall provide their own transportation to any agency or institution included in curriculum requirements.

Errors and Incidents in Clinical Laboratory

It is the College policy that all incidents occurring in the clinical laboratory be reported for the purpose of generating and maintaining a record of such incidents. This information is considered confidential and is retained only for the period of time a student is enrolled in the nursing program. 

Students who participate in or observe an incident involving students and nursing program personnel must take responsibility for notifying the appropriate persons and submitting a report to the faculty responsible for the area.  A student responsible for or a witness to an incident shall make out an agency incident report as appropriate.

Review of Charts/Medical Records

Patient records may not be removed from a clinical agency, photocopied, or electronically transmitted. No computer-generated patient information may be removed from the unit. Any information that identifies a specific patient in the clinical setting must remain in that setting. No chart may be reviewed for personal reasons.

Contact Dr. Jeri Burger


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