Student Orientation

Information for 1st Semester Student Nurses:

The following information is provided in order to prepare you to begin your course of study.  Please read all information carefully and follow the directions as specified.

LUSON (Lipscomb University School of Nursing) Welcome Letter:

Congratulations! On behalf of the Lipscomb University School of Nursing faculty and staff, we would like to welcome you to our nursing program.  We are all committed in supporting you to be successful as a student nurse and in your future nursing career. 

If you have not registered for your classes, please register as soon as possible.

HEALTH RECORDS – See attached Health Form Supplement for requirements for the Nursing Program.

1. Students are required to submit documentation of negative tuberculin skin test or chest X-ray (annually).  Date and Results required OR for a history of a positive TB test, negative chest x-ray. 

2. MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) documentation of 2 doses of MMR vaccine    administered at least 30 days apart with the 1st dose given at 12 months of age or later.  Vaccine is required of all students born after 1956.  For students born before 1957, documentation of Rubella immunity (Rubella antibody titer) or Rubella vaccination is required.

3. Hepatitis B vaccine series (3-injections) and a titer. Hepatitis B: A positive screen/titer is required.  If the screen/titer is negative you must retake the series of 3 shots within a 6-month period. After one month from the third shot the student can draw the titer. If after the 2nd titer (repeat) is drawn and the result is negative again, then the student should provide a letter from his/her health care provider stating that two series were received (for a total of 6 shots) and the student remained negative.

4. Student must have record of DTap and Tdap immunizations.

5. Varicella titer (Students testing negative must be immunized) and then repeat with a titer.  Proof of immunity is required by varicella titer regardless of illness history.

6. Meningitis vaccine.

7.  A physical exam is required within the last six months (good physical and mental health).

8. Annual seasonal flu vaccination.

9. Required Urine drug screen – date to be announced through your Lipscomb email account

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification for Health Care Providers Completion.  Proof of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training must be current and renewed (as required) while in the School of Nursing Program.  The approved program is the American Heart Association course (click here).  Students will be required to take the BLS for Healthcare providers (CPR & AED), Adult and Infant program.  We will need a copy of both sides of the CPR card for each student file.  Maintaining an up-to-date CPR certification is the student’s responsibility.  A student will not be allowed to go to clinical labs if this requirement is not fulfilled. 

Health Insurance: Proof of current health insurance is due before the student begins the nursing program and every year following before beginning clinicals until the student completes the nursing program.

Depending on the type of health insurance you have, at least one of the following is required:

1)   A copy of your current insurance card with your name on it.

2)   If you are covered under another person’s policy, please submit a copy of that card and a letter from the insurance company stating you are     covered on that policy. After the initial letter, a copy of the insurance card is permitted.        

3)  Active military can submit a copy of their current military ID.

4)  Military dependents need to submit a copy of their military ID and proper paperwork for verification of coverage.

*PLEASE NOTE: All of these health forms along with a copy of your CPR card should be mailed or brought into the Nursing office in one 9X12 envelope with your name clearly marked on the outside. These forms will be due by Friday, July 26, 2013.  You will not be allowed to start classes if these forms are not in by this date and you will be given an unexcused absence for classes missed until the forms are turned in.

The background check forms are due in the nursing office by Friday, August 9th however, we recommend submitting these forms with your other documents.

ORIENTATION – There will be a mandatory orientation day the first day of classes, Monday, August 19th from 8:00-11:00am. There will be a light breakfast served in classroom 114 that morning.

LAB COATS – We will measure you for your lab coats when you come back to school on August 19th.  They will need to be ordered immediately in order to get them back quickly so you can have them to wear to your clinicals.  The cost of the lab coat is $45.00; this includes your name sewn on the front pocket and a Lipscomb Nursing patch sewn on the sleeve.  We will also order your name badges at that time. 

NAME BADGE AND PATCHES- You will need a name badge for your lab coat and also one for your scrubs, total of two (2) name badges.  The cost of the name badge is $8.00. You will need to purchase a patch to be sewn on the left sleeve, of your scrub top. These patches are $6.00 and we sell these patches in our nursing office all year.

SCRUBS - You will need scrubs for your clinicals and you can buy them any place you like this summer.  You will need white tops and navy pants.  If you have several pair of scrubs you will need a patch for each top you have.  You will need to purchase a patch to be sewn on left sleeve.

SHOES: White leather shoes that are closed toe and closed heel are required for clinical.  White leather athletic shoes are acceptable.

a. Shoes with colored lettering and designs are not permitted.

b. White hose or socks must be worn with shoes during clinical.

NURSING SUPPLY KIT- These kits will be required for the Intro to Nursing course. The following is a list of items in each kit for purchase and a $10 DISCOUNT is offered to student nurses that become a member of the LSNA during the 2013-2014 calendar year. The cost is $60.00.

1.     In/Out catheter kit

2.     Stethoscope required (not included in kit cost, may be purchased for additional fee)

3.     Blood pressure cuff

4.     Bandage scissor

5.     Reflex hammer

6.     Pen light

7.     Size 7 and 8 glove (sterile)

8.     Thermometer

If you want to bring one check to pay for all of this, it will be fine, the check needs to be made out to Lipscomb University.

BACKGROUND CHECK –  You will need to have a certified background check completed.  Please go to www.certifiedbackground.com Select Student.  Package code.  The code you will need to complete this background check was sent to you in your June informational letter.

** THIS BACKGROUND CHECK IS NOT TO BE COMPLETED UNTIL AFTER JULY 1, 2013, AND MUST BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST 9, 2013.

You will also be given a Lipscomb University School of Nursing student handbook when you come back in August.  We will go over the handbook with you and answer any questions that you might have.

We also want you to check your Lipscomb email and our nursing website at www.lipscomb.edu/nursing for new student orientation and updates throughout the summer.

Hope you all have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing you in August.

Sincerely,

Beth Youngblood, RN, WHNP-BC,EdD,CNE
Executive Associate Dean of Nursing and Professor of Nursing
Lipscomb University School of Nursing