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Attendance for Class and Clinical

Students are expected to attend each assigned lecture, seminar, clinical and campus laboratory experience. Students should review Chapter 1.9A of The Miami Student Handbook for university policies on exceptions to attendance for religious observances.

Clinical attendance – Clinical hours are mandatory. If circumstances preclude clinical attendance, the student is required to personally speak with their clinical instructor by telephone prior to the clinical experience. Sending a text message to faculty is not acceptable. Following Miami University policy, onsite clinical make-ups will not be required for University cancellations (ie: inclement weather.) All other missed clinical hours are required to be made-up.

• One missed clinical day during the semester = documentation of the absence and a verbal warning
• Two or more missed clinical days during the semester = documentation of significant incident, potential for failure and/or grounds for dismissal
• One instance of no show/no call = documentation of significant incident
• Two instances of no show/no call = documentation of significant incident and potential grounds for dismissal
• One instance of tardiness = documentation of the tardiness and a verbal warning
• Two or more instances of tardiness = documentation of significant incident and potential for failure

Emergent and Non Emergent Situations – A student who is acutely ill may pose a significant risk to themselves or to others in the clinical unit and classroom. Students who are acutely ill should refrain from attending class, clinical and laboratory experiences.

Clinical experiences provide students with opportunities to apply the art and science of nursing with clients and families, and are necessary to fulfill the objectives of the course. Clinical and laboratory absences must be made up. Students must make arrangements with clinical faculty to make up clinical absences.

  • In case of Medical Emergency in the Classroom or Laboratory Setting
    • Direct someone to call 911
    • Render first aid/CPR if properly trained
  • In case of Medical Emergency in the Clinical setting
    • Follow clinical agency policy and procedure
  • Medical Non-emergency illness or injury occurs in the Classroom, Clinical or Laboratory Settings
    • Students are responsible for immediately reporting non-emergency medical illnesses or injuries during class, laboratory or clinical time to faculty.
    • Within the clinical setting, the instructor or lab supervisor will determine in accordance with clinical agency policy if the student may continue with learning activities.
      • The student will be allowed to continue with learning activities if the:
        • illness is not contagious to others
        • injury/illness is self-identified by the student as minor and does not require immediate medical attention
        • illness or injury does not disrupt learning activities for student or others
      • The student will be released from learning activities if the:
        • illness has the potential of being contagious to others
        • illness or injury requires professional health care
        • illness or injury disrupts learning activities for self or others

When the student is released from class, laboratory or clinical, it is counted as an absence according to the Attendance Policy. The instructor or lab supervisor will recommend a visit to the student’s health care provider. The student will assume financial responsibility for his or her own health care needs. The student is responsible for arranging their own transportation from the clinical setting. As soon as possible, the student should contact the faculty or lab instructor regarding how to make-up the required clinical or laboratory time.

Documentation of Health Status for Participation in Clinical Experiences

Students who have experienced a significant change in their health status such as illness, surgery, accident, or injury that affects their physical or mental ability are required to notify faculty and submit the "Permission to Return to Clinical Form" to the student's health care provider. This is also required if this illness, surgery, accident, or injury has occurred during the summer. The health care provider must verify that the student has the functional abilities to safely perform nursing care. (See Department of Nursing administrative support staff to obtain a form.) This completed form must be on file in the Department of Nursing before the student's next clinical experience. The Department of Nursing will follow specific clinical agency requirements.