BSN Handbook

The BSN Handbook is your guide to the policies and procedures within the College of Nursing. 

Our Philosophy


Environment is the energy surrounding and within persons that may be favorable or unfavorable to their health.   External energy is influenced by varied social communities.   Nursing practice seeks to support the health of communities and groups within any context locally, regionally and globally.


Health is a relative state of wellness or illness as defined by individuals, groups, or communities.   Culture and internal and external environments influence perceptions of wellness or illness.   The presence of illness does not preclude health, nor does optimal health preclude illness.   The potential effects of disease and the degree of suffering are increased in states of illness.


Through education, leadership, scholarship and practice, we, as nurses, promote and restore health, facilitate healing, improve ability to cope with illness, reduce suffering and support persons during death and dying. Several factors influence how health is defined by individuals, groups, and communities in this region:   our Appalachian heritage; the presence of rural, urban and underserved populations; the increasing diversity of our population; the high morbidity and mortality rates for many diseases; and the nature of the health care systems in the region and state.


Nursing Practice

Nursing Practice is the application of nursing knowledge in actions and/or interactions designed to facilitate health.   Our practice is grounded in and continually informed and directed by multiple ways of knowing. The nature of practice will vary according to our individual backgrounds, experiences and preferences. Nursing practice exists to anticipate and respond to the needs of individual patients, families, communities, the nursing profession, and/or the health care system. We believe that effective nursing practice occurs through caring relationships and collaboration with those we serve.


Our faculty demonstrates commitment to, knowledge of, and experience with the provision of health care services to persons living in the rural and surrounding areas that comprise our region. Partnerships between the College of Nursing and these communities allow faculty to provide care for those with limited health care access. Whatever the practice site, College of Nursing faculty and staff are committed to working as colleagues with other health professionals.


Faculty of the College of Nursing demonstrate their commitment to practice by serving as leaders in the profession and in the wider realm of health care, as well as by modeling the leadership role for students. The practice of faculty includes leadership roles, whereby they affect health policy, expand nursing’s body of knowledge through research, and serve the university and the broader region.

Nursing Education

Nursing education arises from a liberal arts and science base. The nursing curriculum introduces students to new knowledge specific to the discipline and also integrates knowledge from the sciences and humanities that specifically informs nursing art and science.   Knowledge from the science of nursing arises from both objective and subjective research findings in nursing practice and is derived from many ways of knowing and being .   Faculty and students are partners in the educational enterprise of lifelong learning. Learning is an interactive pedagogical dialectic that enables the student to critically think, problem solve, make clinical judgments, practice independent decision-making and create a community vision of health. The outcome of nursing education is the prepared ethical, caring and competent professional who can form interdisciplinary relationships in order to provide dynamic comprehensive health care in a changing global environment.

The College of Nursing provides a variety of programs. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is the foundation for professional nursing practice.   The roles of the baccalaureate prepared nurse include those of: provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care and member of a profession. The roles of the master’s prepared nurse include those of:   clinician, teacher, researcher, advocate,  consultant, collaborator, administrator and manager of systems.   The doctoral program prepares nurse scholars and advanced practice nurses who expand knowledge through research and theory development to transform nursing education and health care delivery.  

References:   The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education (AACN); The Essentials of Master’s Education (AACN); Nursing’s Social Policy Statement 2009 (ANA); Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice 2007 (ANA).

Approved by CON Faculty 5/7/03

Reviewed by CON Faculty

Relationship of CoN and Program Outcomes
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College of Nursing Goal BSN Program Outcome MSN Program Outcome PhD Program Outcome

Provide high-quality nursing programs.

Deliver innovative health care in partnership with communities.

1.   Integrate knowledge from nursing, the arts, and sciences for the practice of nursing.

1.   Synthesize specialized knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines as an advanced practice nurse. 1.   Evaluate specialized knowledge, theories, and research from nursing science and related disciplines for application to nursing practice.
Deliver innovative health care in partnership with communities 2.   Communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, and other members of interprofessional teams.

3. Coordinate health care in collaboration with community members in a variety of settings.  
2.   Practice advanced nursing in collaborative interprofessional relationships and in partnership with communities. 2.   Collaborate with communities and other disciplines in research, practice, and service.
Deliver innovative health care in partnership with communities.

4.   Perform safe therapeutic nursing interventions in caring relationships with clients.


5.   Practice nursing in compliance with current legal, ethical, and professional standards.

3.   Manage the health care of clients within current legal, ethical, and professional standards. 3.   Assume leadership roles as nurse researchers, advanced clinicians, nurse educators, and/or administrators.
Provide culturally diverse opportunities for students and faculty.

Influence systems and policies, through professional leadership, to improve health.
6. Implement health promotion practices across the life span and among diverse cultures to improve the health of a community. 4.   Design health promotion strategies across the life span and among diverse cultures to improve the health of a community. 4.   Analyze outcomes of health promotion strategies using theory and research findings to improve the health of communities.
Engage in faculty and/or student research and scholarly activities that improve health and advance nursing knowledge.
7.   Use research findings and quality data to improve client outcomes and nursing practice. 5.   Apply research findings in advanced nursing practice and the delivery of health care services. 5.   Conduct research that contributes to nursing science and practice.
Influence systems and policies, through professional leadership, to improve health.
8.   Provide leadership for activities that effect health policy and change within organizations and communities. 6.   Use leadership skills to effect health policy and promote change. 6.   Initiate change in health care delivery systems, health policy, and the nursing profession.
Increase the number of BSN, MSN and PhD graduates to address nursing workforce needs. All BSN program outcomes are related to meeting nursing workforce needs as are initiatives to increase enrollment and retention. All MSN program outcomes are related to meeting nursing workforce needs as are initiatives to increase enrollment and retention. All PhD program outcomes are related to meeting nursing workforce needs as are initiatives to increase enrollment and retention.

Core Performance Standards

Clinical Course Requirements

CoN Grading Scale

Undergraduate Theory Scale























95 – 100%

92 –  94%

89 –  91%

86 –  88%

83 –  85%

79 –  82%

75 –  78%

70 –  74%

65 –  69%

60 –  64%

  0 –  59%


Undergraduate Clinical Scale











92 – 100%

83 – 91%

75 – 82%

65 – 74%

  0 – 64% 

According to College of Nursing Policy, a student must earn a C (75%) to pass a nursing course.



Approved by Faculty 4/14/97

Revised by Faculty 11/8/99

Amended 6/00

Reviewed 2010


Progression Guidelines for  Undergraduates

1. All students admitted to the nursing major must earn a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in each required theory and/or clinical nursing course. Grades of C- and below indicate a nursing course failure. Students in the BSN accelerated 2nd degree program who fail a course will be moved to the traditional program pending space availability (see number 2).

2. If the student withdraws from a nursing didactic course or is unsuccessful in a nursing didactic course by earning a grade less than a "C" (2.0), the student will be placed on probationary status in the College of Nursing*. Progression in the nursing program will be suspended pending space availability as determined by the Director of Undergraduate Programs (or designee). Course availability is not guaranteed and students may be required to submit documentation of circumstance for consideration. If space is available, students repeating the course must complete an Academic Performance Agreement with their Academic Advisor. Students will be removed from probationary status when the course is completed successfully and the terms of the agreement are fulfilled.

3. Students who withdraw or earn a grade of less than "C" (2.0) in any one clinical course at any time within the nursing major will be automatically dismissed from the College of Nursing and must file an appeal with the Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee to continue in the program. Filing an Academic Appeal does not guarantee permission to repeat the course or reinstatement to the BSN program. All appeals are reviewed on an individual basis. If the student is re-instated based upon the outcome of the appeal, the student shall be on probationary status until the course is completed successfully.* Permission to retake the course is not guaranteed and will be determined by the Director of Undergraduate Programs (or designee) pending space availability.

4. If a student earns less than a "C" (2.0) in two required courses—whether in the same semester or over a period of semesters— he or she is automatically dismissed and must file an appeal with the Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee to continue in the program. Filing an Academic Appeal does not guarantee permission to repeat the course or reinstatement to the BSN program. All appeals are reviewed on an individual basis. This policy applies even if one of the failed courses has been repeated previously with the grade of "C" (2.0) or higher. If the student is re-instated based upon the outcome of the appeal, the student shall be on probationary status until the course is completed successfully.* Permission to retake the course is not guaranteed and will be determined by the Director of Undergraduate Programs (or designee) pending space availability.

5. If a student drops any of the following courses – NRSE 3030, NRSE 3070, NRSE 3080, NRSE 3090, NRSE 4040, NRSE 4050, NRSE 4060 – the student must also withdraw from the corresponding clinical course (NRSE 3031, NRSE 3071, NRSE 3081, NRSE 3091, NRSE 4041, NRSE 4051, NRSE 4061, or NRSE 4062).

6. Students who withdraw from the same nursing course more than once will be academically dismissed from the College of Nursing and must file an appeal with the Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee to continue in the program. Filing an Academic Appeal does not guarantee permission to repeat the course or reinstatement to the BSN program. All appeals are reviewed on an individual basis. If the student is re-instated based upon the outcome of the appeal, the student shall be on probationary status until the course is completed successfully.* Permission to retake the course is not guaranteed and will be determined by the Director of Undergraduate Programs (or designee) pending space availability.

* Students on probationary status are required to file an Academic Performance Agreement in the Office of Student Services and are required to meet with the Retention Coordinator within the first three weeks of class to determine a plan for semester success.

Approved by Faculty Council:   May 11, 2012

Appeals Process

The Student Affairs committee hears appeals in January, May and/or August. The student must submit an appeal using the Appeal Form obtained from the Office of Student Services. The completed form must be submitted to the Office of Student Services at least five business days before the committee meets. Specific meeting dates will be announced on the Office of Student Services D2L website. If the student is appealing because of course failure, documentation will be requested from the faculty of the specified course(s). Faculty may submit written documentation to the Office of Student Services and/or may appear before the committee. The student is urged to attend the appeal hearing and may do so by making an appointment with the Executive Aide of the Office of Student Services. Otherwise, a College of Nursing academic advisor will represent the student, using the information from the appeal form.

The student should be prepared to discuss the following:

1. Which decision is being appealed and the reason for the appeal;

2. Extenuating circumstances related to the denied admission or course failure; and

3. New strategies for success (should the appeal be granted).

The committee’s decision will be based on the student’s information and plan, and other information which may include faculty documentation regarding reason for course failure, number of withdrawals from nursing classes, prior academic record, prior clinical performance, adherence to the core performance standards, adherence to the code of ethics, demonstration of practice standards and professional behavior, advising record, adherence to the policies and procedures in the College of Nursing Student Handbook, and College of Nursing Progression Exam scores (if available).

The Student Affairs Committee makes a recommendation to the Dean of the College of Nursing who makes the final decision concerning the student’s appeal. While the appeal is pending, the recommendation / decision may not be discussed with the student. Advisors in the College of Nursing will make every effort to notify the student of the Dean's decision by phone. The student will be notified of the decision by a letter mailed to the address on the appeal form.


Students are advised to visit the website of the Office of the Registrar for graduation information and important dates. 

Curriculum-wide Testing

Students in the major take standardized exams designed to prepare them for professional practice and the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).   Testing occurs at designated intervals throughout the curriculum.   Details about these standardized exams will be given at the at the new BSN student orientation.

Filing for NCLEX

Students who graduate from the baccalaureate degree program are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Professional Nursing upon verification of degree completion    Students who wish to write the Tennessee exam will receive information from College of Nursing personnel.   It is extremely important that students file all the requested information prior to deadlines in order to take the exam.   Effective June 1, 2006 applicants for initial licensure in Tennessee must obtain a criminal background check.  See below:

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NCLEX-RN candidates select a date and time to take the exam; the NCLEX-RN is a computerized exam (Computerized Adaptive Testing).   Persons who wish to write the exam outside Tennessee should contact the Board of Nurse Examiners in the state in which the exam will be taken.   Addresses may be obtained from the College of Nursing Testing Center.   Students with a disability may need a letter outlining their special accommodations to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.   The CoN Testing Center can provide that letter, provided the student has his/her accommodations on file in the Testing Center.


Students scheduled to graduate will be given information concerning required background checks, NCLEX application, and exam registration. Close adherence to the instructions and deadlines will facilitate this important process.

Additional Guidelines, Policies and Procedures

Academic Misconduct


All forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited and incur severe disciplinary sanctions.   The College of Nursing adheres to the Tennessee Board of Regents and ETSU Policies and Procedures as presented in the university student handbook, Spectrum, which is included in the ETSU Telephone Directory.


Address/Name Change


Students who change their address or name must submit the change(s) to the university Registrar's Office and to The Office of Student Services.


Advisement and Registration


Academic advising for undergraduate students, including RN-BSN students, is coordinated through The Office of Student Services.   All students within the College of Nursing should meet with their advisor prior to registration each semester.   Students are encouraged to see advisors to develop a program plan and to help ensure enrollment in required courses.   "Walk-in" appointments are seen as soon as possible; however, students who have a scheduled appointment have priority.   Appointments with advisors may be scheduled by calling The Office of Student Services, (423) 439-4578 or 1-888-37NURSE. Class and clinical schedules as listed in Goldlink will be followed as closely as possible.   If changes from the schedule become necessary, students will be notified. Students who are experiencing academic difficulties should contact their advisor for information about resources to promote academic success.   Students who need to change schedules, drop courses, or add courses, should see their advisor regarding the process and discuss the impact of these actions on their academic program.


Students are reminded that advisors are available to assist students in the achievement of their academic goals, but each student is, ultimately, responsible for knowing and meeting the degree requirements. 

Adding a Course:   A course(s) may be added during the late registration/last add period without special permission, unless the course has reached the established maximum enrollment.   To add any class that has reached the enrollment limit requires permission of the instructor and Program Director.  

Dropping A Course: A course(s) may be dropped during the first eight calendar weeks of a regular semester.   A course(s) dropped during the first two weeks will not appear on the student’s permanent record.   Students who drop a course after the second full week of classes through the eighth calendar week will receive the grade of “W”.


After the eighth week, students may not drop a course except where verifiable, extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated.   Verifiable extenuating circumstances are reasons beyond the control of the student, such as illness or accidental injury.   Poor performance in a class is not an extenuating circumstance. Nursing students seeking permission for late drops must present a completed petition with instructor signature to the Director of Student Services, College of Nursing, Roy Nicks Hall, Room 230. 


Withdrawing from the University:
Students may withdraw from the university through the published last day to withdraw for a term.   Students withdrawing during the first two weeks of classes will not have those courses appear on their permanent records.   Withdrawals from the university from the beginning of the third week through the end of the eighth week will be recorded with a grade of “W”.   Withdrawals form the university after the eighth week will be recorded with a grade of “W” or “WF” at the discretion of the instructor.  

Cancellation of Classes Due to Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather, the safety of students is the foremost concern of both the College of Nursing and East Tennessee State University.   Notification of cancellation of classes for the ETSU campus due to extremely hazardous weather conditions will be noted on the ETSU website and aired over area radio stations on the day of cancellation.  


Because of distance and early hours involved in many CON class and clinical courses, each student is expected to exercise his/her judgment regarding the risk of traveling to school or to the clinical site.   Every effort will be made by the instructor and/or coordinator to notify students of the cancellation of a specific class or clinical experience as early as possible.   Instructions about whether or not to attend a clinical session due to hazardous weather will be provided by your clinical instructor at the beginning of the term.


Students are responsible for any academic work missed as a result of inclement weather.   It is the individual student's responsibility to take the initiative in making up any missed work, and it is the faculty's responsibility to provide students a reasonable opportunity to make up work missed due to inclement weather.


Class and Clinical Attendance Policy
As stated in the university student handbook, Spectrum, class and clinical attendance is a contract between faculty and students.   It is expected that a student will attend classes regularly and give the faculty member a reason for any absence.   Failure to attend class regularly can affect students' grades and financial aid.   Students are responsible for achieving all the objectives for content and learning activities missed.   Specific attendance requirements may be required by faculty members for some classes or clinical rotations and students are expected to follow them.    

Students are expected to be on time for class.   If attendance sheets are required by the instructor, the student is responsible for signing the daily attendance sheet.   A student must notify the instructor and/or the community agency if he/she is unable to attend on the assigned day.   This notification should be made before the beginning of the clinical experience.   The student is responsible for demonstrating the achievement of clinical objectives with the validation and evaluation of the nursing faculty.   Absences from clinical sessions or excessive tardiness may result in an unsatisfactory clinical evaluation.  

A student who comes unprepared for his/her clinical assignment will not be permitted to participate in the scheduled clinical experience and will be considered absent (unexcused).

The student who arrives at his/her clinical setting with symptoms of illness may be excused by the instructor or preceptor, resulting in an excused clinical absence.   Faculty may request medical certification of the health status of the student on the student's return.   Excused absences may be made up at the discretion of the faculty.


The student is referred to the university student handbook, Spectrum, for additional information about class absences.  

Clinical Placement and Preceptors  
Arrangements for clinical placement of undergraduate nursing students are made by the Program Director and course coordinator in collaboration with clinical faculty.   Clinical placements include many hospitals and various other community agencies throughout Upper East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina.    

Undergraduate students should expect to have clinical courses in several community agencies and in the college's nurse managed clinics.   To promote a variety of learning opportunities, College of Nursing faculty strongly discourage clinical placements on the unit or at an agency where a student is employed.  

Students are responsible for maintaining communication with the preceptor and/or the clinical faculty member.   Students are responsible for all expenses incurred during clinical placements, including travel expenses to and from clinical sites.  

Neither the university nor the clinical agencies are liable for injuries a student may sustain, or the diagnosis or treatment of any illness a student may contract while in an agency for clinical experience.   Neither the university nor the clinical agencies are liable for the loss of personal property.  

Code of Ethics (Faculty/Student)  
Students and faculty of East Tennessee State University College of Nursing subscribe to the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics.   In addition, all students and faculty are expected to be honest and honorable in all academic and professional endeavors.   It is further expected that they will refrain from any activity which might impair the image of the university, college, or the nursing profession.

I. Academic Conduct

All students and faculty are expected to refrain from acts of academic misconduct including, but not limited to, plagiarism, the giving or falsifying of any academic documents or materials, cheating, and the giving or receiving of unauthorized aid in tests, examinations, or other assigned school work and follow up per University policy.

II. Professional Conduct

Professional misconduct is construed as any violation of the following provisions:


1.    Faculty and students assume responsibility for individual and professional judgments and actions.   Also, it is expected that they will seek consultation and clarification on professional actions in which there is uncertainty.   It is expected further that they will continue to maintain the competence of their practice.  

1.1    The nursing student assumes responsibility and accountability for individual nursing judgments and actions at his/her level of knowledge and expertise.


1.2.   Nursing faculty and nursing students exercise informed judgment and use individual competence and qualifications as criteria in seeking consultation, accepting responsibilities, and delegating nursing activities to others.

2.    It is expected that faculty and students will respect and uphold the rights of all their clients by:  

2.1      providing services with respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of the client unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems; and  

2.2   safeguarding the client's right to privacy by judiciously protecting information of a confidential nature.

3.    It is expected that faculty and students will protect the client against incompetent, unethical, or illegal practice by:

3.1    participating in the profession's efforts to establish and maintain conditions of practice conducive to high quality nursing care;


3.2   participating in the profession's efforts to implement and improve standards of nursing;   3.3   participating in the profession's effort to protect the public from misinformation and misrepresentation and to maintain the integrity of nursing;  

3.4   collaborating with members of the health profession and other citizens in promoting community and national efforts to meet the health needs of the public; and  

3.5   assuming responsibility for reporting incompetent, unethical, or illegal practice to the appropriate authority (i.e., incident reports, etc.).  

4.    It is expected that faculty will respect and uphold the rights of students by:  

4.1   maintaining confidentiality of students' records;


4.2    obtaining or disseminating to the appropriate persons only, information strictly pertinent to the student's current academic performance; and  

4.3   treating the student as a person of worth and dignity.

5.    It is expected that students will respect and uphold the rights of faculty by:

5.1   maintaining confidentiality of faculty records;

5.2    obtaining or disseminating to the appropriate persons only, information strictly pertinent to the faculty's current academic performance; and  

5.3    treating the faculty member as a person of worth and dignity.


Employment of Students  
There is no policy limiting the number of hours a student enrolled in the College of Nursing may be employed, since the ability to handle the combined responsibilities of college and employment depends upon the individual.   However, students are strongly advised not to exceed a total of 40 clock hours, including employment, class, and clinical experience.   Students who fail to meet the established academic standards in the College of Nursing due to employment will not receive special consideration.   Therefore, students who need to work should discuss their course load with their advisors before they risk academic jeopardy.   In these situations students may need to temporarily defer academic course work for a period of time, choose part-time academic status and/or take advantage of various loans and scholarships.


Students employed as nursing assistants, L.P.N.s, R.N.s or as any other health care provider should be aware that neither the university nor the College of Nursing assume any responsibility for their activities as employees of an agency.   According to the Tennessee Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations, students may practice nursing and are exempt from licensure during nursing course experiences.   However, during employment, students are not exempt from the requirement for licensure to practice as registered nurses.    

Externship programs and part-time employment are sometimes available in health care agencies.   All students needing information regarding job availability are encouraged to contact the nurse recruitment office at the individual health care agency for further information.   Additional information on employment may be available on the student bulletin boards outside The Office of Student Services and in the university Career Placement and Internship Services Office, ARC 2 nd Floor, D.P. Culp Center (423-439-4450).


Hazardous Chemical Right-to-Know Law  
The TENNESSEE HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW requires employers to provide information on hazardous chemicals to employees who work with such chemicals and to train employees on the physical and health hazards.   More information is provided in updates in selected clinical courses.   Clinical course faculty will provide additional information specific to clinical sites.  

Health Insurance for Students
It is the responsibility of all students to provide health insurance for themselves if they desire to have coverage in the event of an illness or in case of injury while attending the university.   College of Nursing clinical affiliates will provide emergency medical treatment to students as available and if needed for illness or injuries suffered during clinical experience.   However, the cost of such treatment will be paid by the student. The Student Health Services is available to all registered ETSU students. For those students not having protection under a family insurance plan or for those who want additional coverage, ETSU has arranged for a special student insurance policy.   Application forms and information pertaining to this insurance are available in the Student Health Services, Roy Nicks Hall, Room 160. Identification Badges
All undergraduate and graduate nursing majors must purchase a College of Nursing picture identification badge which is a partial replica of the student’s ETSU ID card.  The identification badge must be worn above the waist on the student’s uniform or lab coat when in any course activity outside the lab or classroom.  Badges may be purchased for a minimal cost at the ID window in the Culp Center.                                                                     

Literary Format  
In order to provide consistency, uniformity, clarity, and standardization for written documents in the College of Nursing, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (latest edition) is the adopted style for all written documents in the College of Nursing.  This format should be used by all students in writing papers as part of course requirements (unless otherwise specified).


Revised/Approved by Faculty Council 5/7/08

Reviewed 2010

Professional Dress Guidelines  
Students must dress professionally.  

Students must present a professional appearance during any clinical experience including visits to prepare for clinical experience in an agency, participation in observational experiences, or interviews and assessments in the community. Professional appearance includes considering jewelry, hair, cosmetics, nails, hygiene, and clothing. Students must display proper identification, including College of Nursing picture identification name badges, uniform and/or lab coat with College of Nursing monogram on the upper left chest and have the required equipment needed for clinical experiences. The ETSU identification name badge and monogrammed uniform/lab coat must only be worn during the clincal experiences, classes, and activities sponsored by the College of Nursing.  (Exception:  RN-BSN students are required to be in Professional Business Dress with lab coat or uniform.)


A.  General Guidelines  
1.   The ETSU name badge must be worn in all skills lab and clinical sessions.   Name badges must be worn at chest level where they can be seen at all times.
2. White lab coats and scrub tops must have the CON logo monogrammed on the left chest.
Good personal hygiene and grooming are essential.   Proper precautions must be taken to avoid odors related to foods, perfume, smoking, and/or lack of deodorant.
All clothing must be laundered, neat, and in good repair.   Clothing must have appropriate fit and be opaque enough not to reveal undergarments.
5. No bare feet, open toed shoes, sandals, or flip flops are permitted.   Heel height must be less than 2 inches.   Closed toe clogs with socks are acceptable.
6. Hair and beards are expected to be clean, neat, and well groomed.   Hair is to be secured away from the face and off the shoulders.   Extreme hairstyles or coloration is not appropriate.
7. Nails must be well-manicured and kept short.   Acrylic nails are not permitted.   They harbor bacteria and increase the risk for infection transmission.   Nail polish is discouraged but if worn it should be clear or light in color.   Nail polish should not be chipped or cracked.

Tattoos must be covered.
Jewelry must be simple and unobtrusive.   In the clinical setting, jewelry is limited to TWO pair of small earrings, simple flat rings, wedding or engagement rings, and fine neck chains.
Body piercings other than earrings are not to be visible.
Chewing gum is not permitted in clinical settings or when representing the College of Nursing at outside events.  

B. Skills Lab Dress is worn for practice sessions held in the College of Nursing Skills Lab.    
1. All clothing must be laundered, neat, and in good repair.   Clothing must have appropriate fit and be opaque enough not to reveal undergarments.   Sagging and/or tight-fitting clothing is not acceptable.  
2. Tops are not to be low cut, backless or revealing.   Tank tops are not appropriate.   All tops should be of sufficient length not to expose skin on the lower abdomen/upper waist.   Basic t-shirts or polo shirts work best.
3. Modest shorts (mid-thigh length), capris, pants, or jeans can be worn.   Short shorts and/or skin tight shorts are not acceptable.
4. Wear comfortable shoes.   Closed toed shoes with hard soles are required in the skills lab.



C.  Professional Dress is worn for the following types of activities:   1) when students are representing the College of Nursing in the community, 2) any time students are at the hospital but not providing direct patient care, 3) when going to a clinical area (e.g., Operating Room) where the student will change into scrubs provided by the hospital.  

1. Male Dress :   Full length dress slacks or khakis with a collared shirt that is tucked in.   Blue jeans or any other colored denim pants of any style are not acceptable.   Clothes must be size appropriate as sagging or tight-fitting clothing is not acceptable.
2. Female Dress :   Dresses with a modest neckline (no plunging necklines or spaghetti straps/sundresses) and length (minimum knee level).   Skirt with modest length (minimum knee level) with a blouse.   Full length dress slacks or khakis.   Blue jeans or any other colored denim pants of any style are not acceptable.   Clothes must be size appropriate as sagging or tight-fitting clothing is not acceptable.
Tops are not to be low cut, backless or revealing.   The tops should be of sufficient length not to expose skin.   Exposure of skin at the waist and above the knee is not acceptable
Shoes should have closed toes and non-slippery soles to minimize the risk of exposure and injury.   Heels higher than 2 inches are not permitted.
5. A white lab coat with the CON monogram should be worn over your street clothes with the College of Nursing Name Badge clearly visible.
D.         Clinical Dress:   is worn when providing patient care in the hospital.                                   

1. The scrub color of the College of Nursing uniform is ceil blue .   All scrub tops must have the CON monogram.   Scrubs must be clean and free of wrinkles and provide complete coverage from the shoulders to the feet.    Each scrub set (top and pants) should be purchased from the same company (Landau, Cherokee, etc.) so the colors will match.   The style of the scrubs is up to the student; however, the following types of scrubs are not permitted:
a. Scrubs tops that expose the stomach and/or lower back.   Tops must either cover the pants to the hips or be tucked inside the pants.   Under no circumstances should your stomach or lower back show.   Turn, squat, and bend when trying on scrubs to make sure they provide appropriate coverage with activity.  
b. Scrub pants secured only by a drawstring.   Pants must be secured at the waist level – not at the hips – and stay there.   Pants which are secured with an elastic waistband in addition to the drawstring are more secure.
  c. Scrub pants which end in cuffs at the ankles.   Pants should have hemmed leg openings.

2 . Shoes must be white, navy, or ceil blue.   Clogs are acceptable if they have a solid top and a strap which secures around the heel.   Shoes must be kept clean.   Females must wear hose or socks with shoes and males must wear socks.
3. Underwear must be worn.   Choose full white or flesh colored underwear with no emblems or decorations that show through.
4. Colognes, perfumes, and scented lotions/powders are not permitted in the clinical setting.
5. A plain crew neck white t-shirt can be worn underneath the scrub top for additional warmth.   T-shirts with logos or designs are not appropriate.   Lab jackets can be worn over the scrubs for additional warmth.   Sweatshirts and sweaters are not appropriate.

Resolving Academic Concerns  
Students experiencing academic difficulty or concerns in a specific course are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the classroom or clinical instructor for assistance.   Students who are unable to resolve their academic concerns at the course faculty level may then consult these individuals, in the following order:  
1. Course Coordinator, if different from the classroom or clinical instructor
2. BSN Coordinator for specific track (Traditional, Second-Degree, RN-BSN)
3. Director of Undergraduate
4. Dean of the College of Nursing
5. Vice President, Division of Health Affairs or designee    

Appeal of any assigned grade follows university policy.   Students may obtain a copy of this policy from The Office of Student Services or consult the university student handbook, Spetrum. 

Reviewed 2010  

Regulations on Student Conduct

Students using College of Nursing resources or participating in College of Nursing academic classroom or clinical settings, while acting as a representative off campus, or other approved activities (i.e., Student Nurses on Capitol Hill) are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner.   Students are expected to be familiar with and follow university and Tennessee Board of Regents regulations on student conduct and computer use, the College of Nursing Code of Ethics, and other policies that may be specific to clinical practice sites.   Students who use the College of Nursing Office of Student Services, Testing Center, N.U.R.S.E. Center, practice labs, Learning Resource Center (computer lab) or classrooms or are in an online class and who violate any of the following regulations will be subject to disciplinary sanctions by the College of Nursing and the university.   Misconduct subject to disciplinary sanctions include, but are not limited to the following examples:   1.        Use of abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, sleeping, or other conduct which disrupts other groups or individuals. 2.        Use of electronic devices, unless approved by the faculty member. 3.        Interference with or obstruction of college activities or facilities. 4.        Misuse of or damage to any property in the facilities, including computers. 5.        Theft. 6.        Misuse of documents or identification cards. 7.        Unlawful use of alcoholic beverages or possession or use of unlawful drugs or controlled substances. 8.        Gambling. 9.        Failure to cooperate with college faculty, staff, graduate assistants, or student workers who are acting in the performance of assigned duties in the facilities. 10.    Academic dishonesty. 11.    Use of food or drinks in the facilities where prohibited.  

Substance Abuse Policy

Students at East Tennessee State University who have chosen to prepare for a career in nursing have placed themselves into a relationship where there is a special concern relative to the possession or use of drugs or controlled substances.

The impairment of nurses as a result of alcohol and substance abuse has been recognized as a growing nationwide problem. Substance abuse is a disease process and treatment options are available. Of primary importance to the college is that a large percentage of impaired nurses are identified within the first five years of licensing. In an effort to help lessen this growing problem, the college will proceed in the following manner.

All students will be responsible for compliance with:
  • Drug-Free Campus/Workplace Policy Statement pdf#drug
  • Rules of the Tennessee Board of Nursing, Chapter 1000-1-.13 Unprofessional Conduct and Negligence (
1. If a student appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, functioning in any impaired manner, exhibiting inappropriate behavior in the classroom or clinical setting, or demonstrating any unprofessional conduct or negligence, the faculty or clinical affiliate personnel responsible for that student will use professional judgment and document the unprofessional conduct of the student. Such written communication shall convey the specific nature of alleged involvement with drugs or controlled substances by the student, including any supportive facts or documentation: time, places, circumstances, witnesses or other persons who possess knowledge of the alleged student involvement. (See attachment “Suggested Information to Include When Reporting Reasonable Suspicion of Drug/Alcohol Use”) A determination of functioning in an unprofessional manner will be established by the opinion of the professional responsible for the student. The student will sign that he/she has read the documentation regarding his/her behavior.

2. The student will be dismissed from clinical experience that day or removed from the classroom. The student may not return to class or clinical until reviewed by the college dean or designee.

3. The documentation of unprofessional conduct will be forwarded to the dean or designee for review. The documentation will become part of the student's record in the dean’s office.

4. The dean or designee will evaluate the substance of the documentation presented within one week and shall
  • Arrange a conference with the student.
  • Inform the student of the alleged charges and shall provide the student with an opportunity to respond verbally and/or in writing to such charges.
  • Based upon the conference proceedings, review the charges with the Vice President for University Student Affairs.
5.   Any student charged with misconduct may be required to appear before the Vice President for University Student Affairs or a Discipline Committee. Such action may be in lieu of or in addition to action taken by the nursing program. Sanctions which may be recommended are listed under Institutional/School Sanctions in the Drug-Free Campus/Workplace Policy Statement and in the Institutional Policy Statement and Disciplinary Rules as directed by TBR Policy No. 3:02:00:01. All cases which may result in suspension or expulsion of a student from the college or an allied health program for disciplinary reasons are subject to the contested case provisions of the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act and shall be processed in accordance with the uniform contested case procedures adopted by the Tennessee Board of Regents unless the student waives those procedures in writing and elects to have his or her case disposed of in accordance with college procedures established by these rules. The Vice President for University Student Affairs shall provide information to the student relative to the uniform contested case procedures. In each case, every effort will be made to assure that appropriate due process procedures are followed. The final on-campus appeal of any action is to the college President. 6.  Violation of these policies can result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program of study, even for a first offense.

7.  A specific plan for rehabilitation will be developed on an individual basis, and where appropriate, counseling and assistance services for students who are identified as needing help will be recommended.   The plan for rehabilitation may include referral to and completion of Tennessee Professional Assistance Program (TNPAP) services or peer/professional assistance programs in other states.

8.  Should a student be dismissed from a program of study for violation of these policies, a plan for rehabilitation will be devised which may include mandatory counseling, periodic drug/alcohol screening and periodic reporting, before a student could be considered for readmission into the nursing program.   The student must assume the responsibility for compliance with this plan before a student’s request for readmission into the program of study can be considered.

9. Students have a right to, and may request, a formal hearing through due process.   See Board of Regents Policy No. 3:02:01 :00.

10. Failure of the student to comply with the decision as outlined will be considered grounds for dismissal from the program.

11.   An affiliate used for student clinical experience can require drug screening without cause if such screenings are the policy for employees of that affiliate. 12.   Licensed personnel and students in violation of professional conduct will be reported to TNPAP.   Students who are licensed nurses through the Nurse Licensure Compact with privileges to practice in Tennessee will be reported to the professional/peer assistance program in their state of residence . Full reinstatement to the college and eligibility for readmission into the nursing program will be considered upon completion of a TNPAP approved rehabilitation program or the recommendation of the TNPAP, completion of a program approved by the professional/peer assistance program in the state of residence for students licensed through the Nurse Licensure Compact or the recommendation of that program , the recommendation of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the recommendations of the Nursing Student Affairs Committee and the Dean.  

Reviewed and approved by Legal Affairs 4/26/02

Approved by faculty 5/8/02

Approved by Academic Council 9/4/02

Revised and approved by faculty 11/3/03

Revised by College of Nursing Student Affairs Committee 2/8/2010

College and University Resources

Career Placement and Internship Services (University)  
Career Placement and Internship Services, ARC, 2 nd Floor, D.P. Culp University Center, provides Internet job access worldwide, electronic placement file registration, current job opportunities listings, and the chance to interview with employers who come to campus or who participate in ETSU career fairs.   Students who file their credentials in the office have their names placed on a computer list for job notification and matching.   An employer information resource center is available. A Health Professionals job fair is held each Spring term.   Seminars on career planning, resume preparation, and interview techniques are also provided.   Call (423) 439-4450 for more information.  

Class Officers and Representatives  
Each B.S.N. class will elect officers or representatives according to the By-laws of the College of Nursing Student Advisory Council.   Their functions are to provide pathways of information exchange between their respective classes and to facilitate appropriate representation of student opinions and information to College of Nursing faculty and administrators.   Class officers and representatives are encouraged to contribute to the development of College of Nursing policy, programming, and instruction in a professional manner.   All B.S.N. class officers and representatives are members of the Dean's Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (SAC).     Additionally, students from each degree program will be elected to serve on the College of Nursing's Curriculum and Instruction Committee and Student Affairs Committee.     Committee representatives should observe the following guidelines:


1. attend each meeting, and if unable to attend, make arrangements for the elected alternate to attend;
2. inform the committee chairperson if unable to attend and who is to substitute;
3. review the specific functions of the committee, as provided by the committee chairperson;
4. represent the concerns of the student body related to the role of the committee in an unbiased, objective manner;
5. communicate information to and from students in an objective, professional manner; and
6. maintain confidentiality when appropriate.  


Counseling Center (University)
The University Counseling Center, staffed by licensed psychologists and other behavioral health professionals, offers free and confidential counseling for individuals and couples, career choice, and academic concerns to all ETSU students. Staff also presents a series of workshops each semester on topics such as time management, stress management, relationship skills, sexuality, and assertiveness.   The University Counseling Center is located in the D. P. Culp University Center, Room 345.   Counselors are on-call after office hours through Public Safety.  Call (423) 439-4841 for more information or to make an appointment.  


Disability Services (University)  
Services and accommodations are provided for students with documented disabilities to provide an accessible learning environment.   Any student who has a special need as a result of a disability must contact Disability Services, D. P. Culp University Center third floor, room 326, phone 439-8346.   Students are required to obtain documentation for needed accommodations each semester and are encouraged to file the documentation in the Testing Center in the College of Nursing.    

The following process must be followed.

  1. Students must self-identify they have a disability and present documentation to Disabilities Office.
  2. The Disabilities Office reviews the disability and its impact on the student at ETSU.   Disability Services then uses the Reasonable Accommodation form to outline reasonable accommodation for the student.   The student is then given enough copies for each faculty member.   It is up to the student to share the information/form with faculty.  
  3. The student must meet with faculty at the beginning of the term, or as soon as diagnosis is made.   Reasonable accommodations are not retroactive.   Therefore, if a student has been diagnosed, has the form and chooses not to share the information with faculty, the student cannot present the form at the end of the semester and repeat tests with the accommodations.   The accommodations start at the time the form is presented.
  4. Disability Services can administer tests if faculty is unable to administer tests under the reasonable accommodations. Faculty is responsible for contacting Disability Services.
  5. Academic Programs & Student Services may have a copy of the accommodation form in the student’s file IF the student gives permission.   Student should note on the file copy that permission was given.
  6. If an advisor or faculty member suspects a student may have a disability, the student should be referred to Disability Services.   The student will have to pay for the assessment.   (The assessment is not a service provided by the university.)

Faculty Practice Network (College of Nursing)  
In response to its mission to facilitate the health of the community, the College of Nursing has established a network of nationally recognized clinics to serve several population groups, including homeless, indigent, school-age, rural, and college student clients. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in service and learning opportunities in at least one of these community-based clinics.   A current listing of clinics staffed and managed by faculty in the College of Nursing follow.

Hancock County High School and Elementary School-Based Health Centers*
  Johnson City Downtown Clinic
Mountain City Extended Hours Health Center (Federally Designated Rural Health Clinic)
ETSU Student Health Services
  David Crockett High School Health Clinic
Daniel Boone High School Health Clinic
Jonesborough Middle and Elementary School Health Clinic
* Hancock County School-based Health Centers and the Johnson City Downtown Clinic are designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center.


Financial Aid and Scholarships (University and College of Nursing)

The Office of Financial Aid, Room 105, Burgin E. Dossett Hall, provides assistance with grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment.   Additionally, the College of Nursing offers specific scholarships which are described in the ETSU Undergraduate Catalog and regional health care systems offer generous scholarships to our nursing students.   Information on financial assistance and scholarships may be obtained in the college's Office of Student Services.  



Honors-in-Discipline Program for Undergraduate Nursing Students  
Eligible B.S.N. or R.N.-B.S.N. students may apply for the College of Nursing Honors-in-Discipline Program during the first semester in the nursing major and are admitted during the second semester of the BSN program. Students admitted to the program select a faculty mentor who guides the student through the research process culminating in an Honors Thesis in the final semester of the nursing curriculum. Criteria for admission to the honors program include an overall G.P.A. of 3.2 and a G.P.A. of 3.5 on all nursing courses attempted. Applications must also include two letters of support (at least one from a CON faculty member). Usually no more than 10% of any one class is admitted to the program. Information on the Honors-in-Discipline Program will be given to students during their first semester in the major.  

  Learning Resource Center (College of Nursing)  
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is located in Roy Nicks Hall, Room 346 and is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Evening/weekend hours vary by semester. Please contact the LRC for current hours at 439-4546).   Some scheduled classes are held in the LRC and students may utilize the computer lab for class assignments.   Students may also take advantage of the computer resources of the LRC for independent practice and small group work.    Also available for student use is a copier in Nicks 345, where copies are ten cents each.   This copier also takes $1 bills. Scanning capabilities are available for course work.


Libraries (University and Hospital)
Many area libraries are available to ETSU students.   The on-campus Sherrod Library contains resources to support the university's programs and research.   The Quillen College of Medicine Library, located on the grounds of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, is an excellent resource.   Area hospitals also house libraries and have multiple resources available to nursing students.   It is very important that students respect the guidelines for each off campus library in order for all students to be able to continue to use these resources.


N.U.R.S.E.Center and Peer Mentor/Peer Tutor Program (College of Nursing)
The Nursing Undergraduate Resources for Successful Education (N.U.R.S.E.) Center provides peer mentors and peer tutors for undergraduate nursing students. The Peer Mentor Program trains upperclassmen nursing students to acclimate and support other nursing students one or two semesters behind them, through nursing school.   The Peer Tutor Program provides free tutoring from trained nursing students, for all nursing courses, primarily through small group course-specific tutoring and large group test review sessions.   For more information, visit the Nickel’s N.U.R.S.E. Center in Roy Nicks Hall, Room 345 or call (423) 439-4528.


Campus Security Report
East Tennessee State University makes available to students the ETSU Campus Security Information Report.   This annual report includes information on campus emergency services and warning systems, security on campus, campus crime statistics for the four most recent calendar years, and various campus policies concerning law enforcement, the reporting of criminal activity, and crime prevention programs.   The ETSU Security Information Report is available upon request from the Department of Public Safety, Box 70646, ETSU, Johnson City, TN 37614.   The report can also be accessed on the university website at: .   The phone number for Public Safety is (423) 438-6900, or in emergencies they can be reached by calling 911 from a campus phone or (423) 439-4480 from a cell phone.  


Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing  
The Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, was established at the College of Nursing in Spring 1982.   The purposes of the organization are to recognize the achievement of scholarship of superior quality, recognize the development of leadership qualities, foster high professional standards, encourage and support research and other creative work in nursing, and strengthen commitment on the part of individuals to the ideals and purposes of the profession of nursing.   Membership in Sigma Theta Tau is an honor conferred upon students in baccalaureate and graduate programs who have demonstrated excellence in their nursing programs.   Graduates of baccalaureate programs demonstrating excellence in leadership positions in nursing are also eligible for membership consideration.   Membership is available by invitation through active chapters and assumes acceptance of the purposes of the society and responsibility to participate in achieving the goals consistent with the professional and scholastic character of Sigma Theta Tau.


To be eligible for membership:
  Undergraduate students must - have completed ½ of the nursing curriculum
Achieve academic excellence (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
-     Rank in the upper 35 percentile of the graduating class
-     Meet the expectation of academic integrity
Registered Nurse students must – have completed 12 credit hours at current school
-     Have completed ½ of the nursing curriculum
Achieve academic excellence (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
Rank in the upper 35 percentile of graduating class
Meet the expectation of academic integrity
Graduate Students (Master’s and Doctorate) must
-  have completed ¼ of the nursing curriculum
Achieve academic excellence (GPA of 3.5 or higher)
-    M eet the expectation of academic integrity  


Skills Practice Lab (College of Nursing)  
A Skills Lab, available for students to practice nursing skills, is located in Room 326 of Roy Nicks Hall.   Students will spend assigned time in these labs as a part of clinical courses.   In addition, the lab may be available for independent practice time and some lab supplies may be checked out by students for community teaching projects.   To schedule independent practice time or check out models or supplies, contact the Skills Lab Coordinator at 439-4605.   Food and drinks are not allowed in the Skills Lab. Once a skills practice session is completed, tables, chairs, and beds should be straightened and supplies and equipment returned to their designated places.  

Student Health Services (University)  
The Student Health Services is available to all registered ETSU students.   A valid current ETSU ID card is required to access services.   The clinic is part of the Faculty Practice Network of the College of Nursing and most care is provided by nurse practitioners and registered nurses.   The clinic is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 .pm.   Students are advised to call early in the day to schedule same-day appointments with the nurse practitioners.   Immunizations are available from 8:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. and from 1:30p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Students are not charged for visits to the clinic, but there are charges for medications, immunizations, lab tests and some procedures. The Student Health Services can help students with episodic illnesses and injuries, preventive services and health education and can assist students with meeting clinical health requirements. The clinic is located in Roy Nicks Hall , Room 160.   For additional information, call 423-439-4225.  



Student Nurses Association (S.N.A.)  
The ETSU Student Nurses Association (S.N.A.) enhances the student's undergraduate educational experience at East Tennessee State University and facilitates the student’s transition into the professional nursing organization, the American Nurses Association (A.N.A.).   The ETSU S.N.A. is a local chapter of the National Student Nurses Association (N.S.N.A.).   The N.S.N.A. is the only national organization for nursing students and the largest independent student organization in the United States.   Membership to S.N.A. and N.S.N.A. is open to all students in programs leading to initial licensure as a registered nurse.   There are national, state, and local dues.   The purpose of the National Student Nurses Association is to assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for the highest quality health care; to provide programs representative of fundamental and current professional interests and concerns; and to aid in the development of the whole person, his/her professional role, and his/her responsibility for the health care of people in all walks of life.   Benefits of National Student Nurses Association membership include scholarships, a year's subscription to Imprint (the only magazine expressly designed for nursing students), malpractice insurance, the N.S.N.A. annual convention, uniform discounts, and a voice in Washington.


The ETSU S.N.A. meets monthly for a business and program meeting.   Members are offered opportunities to   broaden their nursing education by being exposed to guest speakers, special seminars, and the state convention of nursing students.   Money-making projects are planned to provide scholarships to attend conventions and seminars and to provide a budget for recruitment of new members to N.S.N.A.   Offices to be filled for ETSU S.N.A. are: president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.   A College of Nursing faculty member serves as the organization's advisor to assist members of the organization. The ETSU S.N.A. office is located in Roy Nicks Hall, Room 279.  

S.N.A. Officer/Committee Roles:  
A.  President:   The president of S.N.A. will serve as the chairperson of the organization.   This person will be responsible for ensuring that the ETSU S.N.A. complies with state and national S.N.A. bylaws, goals, and functions.   The president will serve as a liaison with the Dean of the College of Nursing in providing information related to activities of S.N.A.   This person will serve on the Dean's Undergraduate Student Advisory Council for the College of Nursing.


B.  Vice-President:   The S.N.A. vice-president will act in lieu of the president in his/her absence.   The vice-president will also maintain contact with appropriate College of Nursing faculty committees.  

C.  Secretary:   The S.N.A. secretary will keep timely minutes of each meeting.   This officer will also be responsible for maintaining correspondence on behalf of S.N.A.   A copy of meeting minutes will be submitted to the dean's secretary to be filed with additional College of Nursing Committee minutes.

D.  T reasurer:   The S.N.A. treasurer will be responsible for maintaining records and receipts, as well as the disbursement of S.N.A. funds.


Special Project Committees:  Fund-raising:  
This committee will be responsible for activities designed to maintain financial resources deemed necessary for organization activities.   All fund-raising activities are to be approved by the Dean of the College of Nursing and the Director of the Student Activities Center (D.P. Culp Center) to ensure compliance with Tennessee state laws governing fund-raising events.
  Membership: This person(s) will implement recruitment activities among ETSU College of Nursing students and maintain records of member standing in relation to local, state or national membership.   All proposed activities and/or correspondence related to S.N.A. must have prior approval from either the dean or a designee from the College of Nursing.   The e-mail address is .   For further information go to



Testing Center (College of Nursing)  
The College of Nursing Testing Center provides a variety of service for nursing students, including students with disabilities.   Students with disabilities have their individualized testing needs accommodated as designated by ADA guidelines.   All nursing students have the opportunity to receive help with test-taking and study skills throughout their curriculum, on an individual basis as well as through success courses and workshops.   Support is given for students preparing for standardized exams during nursing school, as well as licensing exams after graduation.   The Testing Center's motto, "Promoting Nursing Students' Success," is the guiding force behind our services.   Students are encouraged to use the Testing Center for study (Nicks 342), or make an appointment with the director, Carolyn Merriman.   Call (423) 439-4262.


Writing and Communication Center (University)  
The ETSU Writing and Communication Center, provides free tutoring and help with writing or speech projects for any ETSU student at any level.   The center provides assistance with term papers, lab reports, theses/dissertations, speeches and presentations.   Call (423) 439-7848 for more details.   During the summer of 2010 the center will be moving from Warf-Pickel Hall room 409 to the main floor of the Sherrod Library.
College of Nursing Grievance Policy

CON Grievance Policy (New)

The College of Nursing strives to provide an environment of mutual respect, cooperation, fair treatment, stewardship of resources, integrity, and quality education and services. Even with this commitment, problems and concerns sometimes occur. Resources and procedures are available to students and other parties for appealing decisions or policies, addressing concerns, resolving grievances and complaints, and dealing with retaliation. The objectives of these resources and procedures are to ensure that concerns are addressed fairly and resolved promptly.

Students, faculty, staff or other constituents who have a concern are expected to follow established policies and procedures for a concern or complaint. When these processes are not applicable or exhausted and the person believes he/she has been unfairly treated by or has concerns about College of Nursing students, faculty, staff, administration, or the college as a whole, the person may file a Formal Complaint.

1. Current Policies:
Concerns that are violations of ETSU policies are addressed through existing ETSU policies and procedures.

Student Complaints are addressed through the ETSU Complaint Policy and Procedure for Students:  

Faculty and Staff Complaints are addressed through ETSU Faculty Handbook and through Human Resource policies:  

2. General Complaint Resolution Process:
In keeping with ETSU grievance and complaint policies, the primary responsibility for resolving concerns, complaints, or grievances rests with the person bringing the concern and the immediately responsible faculty member or supervisor. Whenever possible, initial steps should be taken to resolve concerns at this level before proceeding to higher levels or to formal rules of implementation. If an informal approach is neither successful nor advisable, formal complaint or grievance policies should be used.

Concerns or complaints about the College of Nursing are addressed according to the following general process.

a. The person filing the concern, grievance, or complaint discusses the matter directly with the party(ies) involved and seeks resolution to the problem.

b. If the matter remains unresolved for the person filing the concern, grievance, or complaint, the appropriate Program Director will work with the person to continue the process for seeking a resolution to the problem. If the complaint is against a Program Director, the appropriate Associate Dean (or next higher level administrator) will serve in this role.
c. If the matter still remains unresolved, the person filing the concern, grievance, or complaint will be referred to the next higher level administrator, and from there to the applicable policies and procedures for ETSU.

Should a consideration be made to file a formal complaint about the program to an accrediting or approving body, the student or other party must follow the criteria established by the agency.

Student and Faculty Codes of Conduct:
In consideration of concerns or formal complaints, the established codes of conduct for faculty, students, and staff will be used to guide decision making. The following codes of conduct apply:

ETSU Employee Conduct  

ETSU Student Conduct, including but not limited to:

In addition the College of Nursing will use the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Nurses and the Code of Ethics: Part II Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct and Interpretive Statements from the National Student Nurses’ Association as guides for determination of appropriate conduct of faculty, administration, and nursing students.

The following codes of ethics apply:

Approved by Faculty Council 5-14-13