The student must provide the following documents before going to an assigned clinical agency for clinical practice:
- Completed Health Statement
- Proof of immunization compliance
a. Current Td or Tdap
b. Two Varicella or a positive titer
c. Two MMRs, if born after 1957, or positive titers
d. Initiation of Hepatitis B series or a positive titer
- Proof of a TB skin test (Must be valid for the entire semester.)
- Signed Communicable Disease Statement
- Current US federal or state issued photo ID, examples include:
a. US passport
b. US military ID
c. State driver’s license
- Comply with substance abuse testing
- Provide proof of professional liability insurance. Professional liability Insurance must be valid for the entire semester the student is enrolled in the NA course.
- Complete a criminal background check
- Provide proof of current flu immunization
Students are expected to furnish their own transportation to school as well as to and from the clinical area.
Hepatitis B is a serious communicable disease that can cause extensive damage to the liver and may result in death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified health-care workers who come into contact with blood or body fluids as being at increased risk for Hepatitis B infection. Nursing assistants and nursing assistant students fall into this category. The CDC recommends members of high-risk groups be vaccinated against Hepatitis B and that vaccination should be completed before coming into contact with blood. Based on this recommendation, PCCUA NA program requires initiation of Hepatitis B vaccination series before entering the nursing program or a positive immunity titer.
Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine, given at specific intervals, are required for full protection. The vaccine is 80-100% effective and can be obtained from your private or public healthcare provider.
The most effective ways to stop the spread of seasonal flu is for an individual to frequently wash his or her hands and get an influenza (flu) vaccination each year. This vaccination takes one to two weeks to start working and is 70 to 90 percent effective in preventing the seasonal flu. The flu vaccination does not give you the flu! The vaccination helps to protect an individual against the seasonal flu virus but does not protect the individual from all flu strains. Students are required to provide written proof of receiving an annual flu immunization by November 1st of each academic year. In addition, all students will abide by agency policy regarding flu immunization before caring for patients in all affiliated clinical facilities.
Measles, Mumps, and Rebella (MMR)
Individuals born after January 1, 1957, must furnish proof of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines administered after the first birthday and after January 1, 1968 or positive immunity titers.
Individuals must have received a tetanus booster or Tdap within the last 10 years.
Individuals must furnish proof of completed varicella vaccination or a positive immunity titer.
Tuberculosis is a serious communicable disease that can result in extensive damage to the lungs and respiratory system. Since tuberculosis is prevalent in the Mississippi Delta, the Associate Degree Nursing program requires students to provide written evidence of an annual TB skin test. If a positive skin test occurs, the student must comply with the protocol of the local county health department for definitive diagnosis and treatment. The test must be performed before registration for courses and can be obtained from a county health department or a private healthcare provider.
Professional Liability Insurance
All students are required to purchase and maintain professional liability insurance. The minimal amount acceptable is $1,000,000 per claim and $6,000,000 aggregate coverage. The insurance must be purchased from a company that is acceptable to the college and in compliance with the laws of the State of Arkansas. The company should provide endorsement that the insurance may not be modified or cancelled unless PCCUA receives 30 days prior written notice. Written proof of coverage must be submitted to the Dean of Allied Health or NA faculty before the student will be allowed to attend any clinical nursing assistance course.