School of Nursing

B-4 - Infectious Disease Prevention

Target Group:  Basic BSN and RN-BSN Students

Policy Type:  Revision

Objective:

To prevent disease transmission in the academic and clinical setting.

Policy:

  1. All students must submit documentation (a physician statement or copy of the medical record) of immunizations and tuberculosis screening upon admission to the nursing program.
    1. *TB skin test (PPD): Obtain a PPD tuberculin skin test or present documentation of chest x-ray or symptom screening. Students must be tested annually thereafter or submit documentation of symptom screening annually.
    2. *MMR vaccine: Provide proof that they have received the MMR vaccine since 1980, or antibody titer. This does not need to be repeated.
    3. *TETANUS AND DIPTHERIA: Immunized within the last ten years.
    4. POLIOMYELITIS: If the immunization record is not available, student or parents memory of receipt of primary series with booster may serve as adequate proof of immunization. If immunization status cannot be documented, a primary series must be initiated.
    5. VARICELLA: History of prior varicella or *varicella-zoster antibody as determined by a certified laboratory must be provided.
    6. *HEPATITIS B VACCINE: Proof of receipt of Hepatitis B vaccine series must be provided. The student must have had the first injection in the series before the first day of class.
    7. INFLUENZA: Influenza vaccine is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED annually.
  2. OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is the basis for infection control for the School of Nursing. Basic BSN students receive instruction and a printed copy of the Standard upon entry to the nursing program. BSN and RN-BSN students are expected to use standard/universal precautions appropriately.

Effective Date:  Fall 2000

Approved by:  Admission, Progression, Graduation Committee: February 8, 2010
Approved by:  Council of Nursing Faculty: March 15, 2010

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