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Safety Policies

Emergency Preparedness

Schoolof NursingStudent Body

Approved by: Faculty Organization

Statement of Purpose:

The following process is designed to guide the handling of emergency situations during a disaster.

All faculty and students

  • Carry their ID badge at all times.
  • Present their ID badge for admission when called to the hospital.
  • Wear ID badge and uniform.

Since the School of Nursing is housed outside of the hospital building, in a disaster involving the hospital during or after working hours, faculty and students will report directly to Nursing Service for assignments when they are advised to do so following the regular call-back procedure.

Disaster Levels

If an internal disaster occurs during a normal working day, employees and students will remain in their designated areas until notified by the Dean/Coordinator/instructor to repot to Nursing Service for assignment.

If an external disaster occurs during a normal working day, employees and students will remain in their designated areas until notified by the Dean/Coordinator/instructor to report to Nursing Service for assignment.

Internal or external disaster occurs prior to or after the normal working day, employees and students remain at home and wait for the call-back program to be initiated.

If the problem occurs on the School of Nursing premises:

During the working hours

Notify the hospital switchboard

Move employees and students to a safe place

After working hours

The fire alarm system alerts the hospital switchboard of fire in the School of Nursing building

CALL-BACK PROCEDURE

After regular school hours, the Dean will be notified of the disaster situation. The Dean will contact coordinators. The Dean and coordinators will report to the hospital Nursing Service Department and will contact additional employees and students as needed.

Revised: 7/85, 4/99, 10/06, 12/09,1/2010

Emergency Codes

It is the policy of Covenant School of Nursing (CSON) to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, visitors, and employees. Following is a list of emergency codes used by CH and designed for the CSON campus.

Code Name

Type of Code

Additional Details

Code Black

Bomb Threat

Code Blue

Respiratory / Cardiac Arrest

Code Brown

Inclement Weather

Stage 1 Tornado or severe thunderstorm watch

Stage 2 Tornado or severe thunderstorm warning

Stage 3 Tornado or severe thunderstorm imminent

Code Grey

Hostage Situation

Code Orange

Violent Situation

Riot

Code Red

Fire

R – Rescue

A – Alarm

C – Confine / Contain

E - Evacuate

Code Silver

Active Shooter

Run Hide Fight

Reference(s): Covenant Health System's Environment of Care Policy # 4001 found in the Executive Conference Room for detailed policy regarding each code.

Written May 23, 2007

Reviewed and Revised: June 2009, July 2012


Code Black (Bomb Threat)

Department: CSON

Approved by: CSON Faculty and Staff

Statement of Purpose:

It is the policy of Covenant School of Nursing to provide a safe and secure environment for students, visitors, faculty and staff. In the event of a bomb threat within the facilities or areas, this policy seeks to provide guidance for effective response.

Performed by: All CSON Faculty and Staff

Guidelines and defining framework:

  • Code black is activated alerting staff of the possibility of a bomb or explosive device within the facility. This is a Police issue. The Lubbock Police will be notified via 911 and will need the assistance of staff that are familiar with the area to help screen the threatened area. Bomb threats are usually transmitted in one of two ways: written or orally through a telephone call.
  • Written bomb threat: while written messages are usually associated with generalized threats and extortion attempts, a written warning of a specific device may occasionally be received. It should never be ignored.
  • Telephone bomb threat: there are only two reasonable explanations for a call reporting that a bomb is to go off in a particular location. They are:
    • The caller has definite knowledge or believes that an explosive incendiary device has been or will be placed and he/she wants to minimize personal injury or property damage. The caller may be the person who placed the device or may be someone else who has become aware of such information
    • The caller wants to create an atmosphere of anxiety and panic which will result in disruption of the normal activities at the facility.

PROCESS

Written Bomb Threat Procedure

Save all materials, including any envelope or container. Once the message is recognized as a bomb threat, further unnecessary handling should be avoided. Every possible effort must be made to retain evidence, such as fingerprints, handwriting or typing paper, and postal marks which are essential to tracing the threat and identifying the writer.

Telephone Bomb Threat Procedure

  • DO NOT HANG UP
  • REMAIN CALM
  • Try to prolong the conversation and get as much information as possible. Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask the caller to repeat the message. Try to record in writing as accurately as possible the words spoken by the caller.
  • Note what you hear. Are there background noises, such as music, voices, cars?
  • How does the caller's voice sound? Any accent? What sex? What age? Note any unusual words or phrases.
  • Does the caller seem to know about the School of Nursing? Inform the caller that the building is a School of Nursing occupied by many students and that the detonation of a bomb could result in the death or serious injury to many innocent people. This may influence the caller to reveal the precise location of the device.
  • How is the bomb location described? If the caller does not indicate the location of the bomb or the time of possible detonation, ask for the information. Ask for a description of the bomb or explosive device, how it is packaged, what it is made from and how does it work?
  • Does the caller use a person's name? Does the caller give his/her name?
  • When the call is over, complete the bomb threat report immediately and Call 911 and Security Dispatch @ 725-0707.
  • After this is completed, notify your supervisor immediately, but do not alert others of the threat to avoid panic. Remain in your area of responsibility and be ready to relate any information you may have to law enforcement personnel.
  • Evacuation will be based on the decision of the on-site person in charge (Dean, Student Activities Coordinator, Business Office Coordinator, Faculty, Staff). Evacuation should not occur if threat is made that evacuation will cause detonation.

Procedure used if you discover a bomb or suspicious item

  • Leave the item untouched and secure the area.
  • Go to a telephone outside the secure area and call (911) to report the suspicious item. You may be asked to assist in a search because you are familiar with the area.
  • Follow instructions from the overhead paging system. Evacuation will not occur until the bomb or suspicious item has been confirmed by the Lubbock Police .

Reference(s): Covenant Health System Policy #4012. Homeland Security Bomb Threat Protocol.

In the event that a student is contacted about a bomb threat it is the policy of CSON that the student immediately contacts a faculty or staff to handle the situation as described in the above policy.

Developed and implemented: 06/24/2010


Code Blue (Basic Life Support)

Department: CSON

Approved by: CSON Faculty and Staff

Statement of Purpose:

It is the policy of Covenant School of Nursing to provide response in a rapid and efficient manner to cardiopulmonary arrest and/or other life threatening emergencies.

Performed by: All CSON Faculty and Staff

Guidelines and defining framework:

  • Standards of the American Heart Association for Basic Life Support should be followed.

PROCESS

In the event of a medical emergency, Basic Life Support (BLS) trained personnel should:

Initiate BLS as indicated--- two man should be done if personnel are available

Call 911 and request response to the location of the code/event

  • Inform emergency medical services (EMS) to transport the patient to Covenant Emergency Department

Personnel needed in a Basic Life Support (BLS) situation

  • 2 people for BLS
  • Caller: person calling 911
  • Crowd controller: evacuate and clear premises for emergency crew to arrive
  • Flagger: person waving down EMS and locating patient
  • Note taker: person taking notes of sequence of events
  • Runner: person to get any supplies we may have at the School of Nursing

Reference(s): Covenant Health System Policy #PC 08.1.

Developed and implemented: 05/13/2010


Code Brown (Weather)

Department: CSON

Approved by: CSON Faculty and Staff

Statement of Purpose:

It is the policy of Covenant School of Nursing to provide a safe and secure environment for students, visitors, faculty and staff. In the event that severe weather threatens the facility or the surrounding area, this policy seeks to provide guidance for effective response.

Performed by: All CSON Faculty and Staff

Guidelines and defining framework:

This plan is divided into three stages; Code Brown Stage I, Code Brown Stage II and Code Brown Stage III.

  • Code Brown Stage I: This stage begins when the National Weather Service declares a "Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watch" for the immediate area. This means atmospheric conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado or severe weather.
  • Code Brown Stage II: This stage begins when the National Weather Service declares a "Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Warning" for the immediate area threatening your county.
  • Code Brown Stage III: This stage begins when the National Weather Service declares a tornado or severe thunderstorm is within 10 miles of the facility and is proceeding in the general direction of the facility. This stage constitutes "imminent danger" due to the proximity of the storm.
  • Safe Area: This is a designated area for all students/visitors, faculty and staff to go in the event there is a tornado. Designated Safe Areas are Rooms # 114, 123, 125, G-6, G-7 and the annex conference room. All designated Safe Areas are identified with signs on outside of entrances.

PROCESS:

  • Code Brown Stage I:
    1. Be aware of the weather conditions
    2. Indentify "Safe Area". Some place away from exterior windows
    3. Review instructions for Stage II
  • Code Brown Stage II:
    1. Monitor weather more closely
    2. Close curtains to any windows
    3. Notify faculty/staff over PA system of worsening weather and safe areas
    4. Notify classrooms of stage and be prepared to move to safe area (classrooms #114, #123, classroom G7 and annex conference area).
    5. Review instructions for Stage III
  • Code Brown Stage III:
    1. Announcement of Stage III via PA system and verbal or air horn blast.
    2. Move students, faculty and staff to nearest safe area away from windows if safe to do so.
    3. Take any necessary information to safe area (student attendance rosters, etc.)
    4. Inform all personnel to take cover
    5. Notify 911 as well as safety officer if necessary (392-3389).

Weather monitoring and preparation:

Weather monitoring will be done by the Business Office Coordinator and Student Activities Coordinator. Between the two of them, they will watch for weather changes and initiate each stage of the Code Brown.

Reference(s): Covenant Health System Policy #EC 4.2

Reviewed and Revised: 5/13/10


Code Gray (Hostage)

Department: CSON

Approved by: CSON Faculty and Staff

Statement of Purpose:

It is the policy of Covenant School of Nursing to provide a safe and secure environment for students, visitors, faculty and staff. In the event that a hostage taker threatens the facility, this policy seeks to provide guidance for effective response.

Performed by: All CSON Faculty and Staff

Guidelines and defining framework:

Code Gray is the announcement alerting faculty and staff of a hostage situation in the facility. Dealing with those who take hostages and those who are taken hostage is the responsibility of Law Enforcement. This basic response covers actions that the facility staff should take to assist local Law Enforcement handling the situation. The primary concern of those involved should be the safety of students, visitors, faculty and staff. Therefore, it is important that the assigned responsibilities be acted upon with a sense of urgency. Actions taken during this type of situation will only be acted upon with the approval of the Safety Officer.

PROCESS

  • Call 911immediately upon discovery of a hostage situation. Notify the Business Office Coordinator immediately so that a code gray can be announced over intercom system. When notified of a hostage situation, you may be in the immediate area or away from the scene.
  • If in the immediate area:
  • Comply with all demands of the hostage taker.
  • When possible, have someone call 911 and notify business office coordinator of the situation. Stay on the line with 911 operator.
  • Try to stay calm.
  • Pay attention to the number of hostage takers in the area and if possible their description(s).
  • Try to identify a leader; this information may help Law Enforcement if hostages are released.
  • Law Enforcement will want to make contact with the hostage taker.
  • If away from the scene:
  • Stay in your area. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR AREA.
  • Keep all persons in your area.
  • Do not let anyone new in your area.
  • Security will keep you advised of the situation as needed.
  • Administration
  • Upon notification of a hostage situation, the Dean should be notified immediately who then should notify the Chief Nursing Officer, Security and President/CEO.
  • Dean or Designated Person in Charge. Since the duration of a hostage situation can take from an hour to several days, the Dean or designated person in charge should do the following:
  • Obtain a current list of all students in the facility.
  • Have a summary prepared of all facility staff on duty in the affected area.
  • Obtain blueprints of the entire facility.
  • Obtain a current facility-wide telephone directory.
  • Obtain background information of staff that are hostages.
  • Every situation is different and response to it must be flexible. History has proven that the longer the situation lasts, the better the results of the situation. It should be noted that time is on our side.
  • Evacuation of facility should be considered depending on location of the situation and imminent threat to those present.
  • Public Relations
  • All inquiries by the news media must be handled by the Public Information Officer and the Public Information Center. All other personnel should not discuss the situation with outsiders, especially the news media. The purpose for this is to ensure that accurate information is given to the public.

Reference(s): Covenant Health System Policy # EC 4.3

In the event that a student is contacted about a hostage situation it is the policy of CSON that the student immediately contacts a faculty or staff to handle the issue as described in the above policy.

Developed and implemented: 06/24/2010


Code Orange (Violent Situation)

Department: CSON

Approved by: CSON Faculty and Staff

Statement of Purpose:

It is the policy of Covenant Health System to provide a safe and secure environment for students, visitors, faculty and staff. In the event a violent situation threatens the safety of those mentioned herein, this policy seeks to provide guidance for effective response.

Performed by: All CSON Faculty and Staff

Guidelines and defining framework:

A code orange is the announcement alerting faculty and staff of a dangerous or violent situation. The violent situation can escalate into a riot. Employees in the immediate vicinity of a potentially violent, assaultive, or combative individual, whether that person is a student, visitor, faculty or staff of the facility, and believing that the person may endanger themselves or others should initiate a Code Orange.

PROCESS

  • Stay calm and talk to the person in a soothing tone and discretely call for assistance or indicate a need for assistance from other staff in the area.
  • If the situation escalates and the person becomes violent, faculty/staff will call for help by using one or more of the following methods:
    • Call out loudly Code Orange so that other faculty/staff in the area will know the situation.
    • Divert people away from the violent person or situation. Do not attempt to intervene with the violent person.
    • Close all doors to separate the violent person or situation from others.
    • Have someone call 911 and be sure to identify where you are located. Stay on the line with the 911 operator.
    • In the event an active shooter(s) is identified on the property move to a place of safety immediately to include leaving the facility. If at all possible, without jeopardizing the safety of anyone, attempt to garner a description for responding Law Enforcement.
  • Riot
    • In the event that the violent situation escalates into a riot or civil disturbance, all personnel should endeavor to protect students, visitors, faculty and staff from harm by diverting them away from the situation. Stay away from the riot area.
    • Contact the Lubbock Police Department - 911.
    • Secure all documentation (Example: attendance roster)

Reference(s): Covenant Health System Policy #EC 4.5

In the event of a violent situation is the policy of CSON that the student immediately contacts a faculty or staff member to handle the issue as described in the above policy.

Developed and implemented: 06/2/2010


Code Red (Fire Plan)

Schoolof NursingStudent Body

Approved by: Faculty Organization

Statement of Purpose:

It is the policy of Covenant School of Nursing (CSON) to provide a safe, and secure environment for our student, visitors, and employees.

Process:

In the event a student identifies a fire, STAY CALM AND DON'T PANIC.

The student will notify instructor or pull the nearest fire alarm

The student will exit the building as directed by faculty according to the fire escape plan.

Fire escape plan is posted throughout the building and is shown below.

Students will follow fire plans as directed by community facilities.

Reference(s): CH Safety Officer

Reviewed and Revised: January 2010

Click HERE for the Fire Escape Route

Influenza

Schoolof NursingStudent Body

Approved by: Faculty Organization

Statement of Purpose:

To ensure health and well being for students, faculty and staff. Students, faculty and staff are expected to arrive on time and be prepared for class according to semester schedules. If flu-like symptoms occur, the following will go into effect:

Process:

Preparedness for Flu Season:

  • Signs must be hung at entrances of building, classrooms and restrooms regarding flu prevention and proper hand washing techniques.
  • Students will be informed of flu prevention weekly via student announcements.
  • A letter will be sent to students, faculty and staff regarding flu season and steps we are taking to monitor the flu season
  • Students, faculty and staff will be reminded to be familiar with the Emergency Preparedness Plan: Flu
  • All classrooms, computer labs, clinical labs and student lounges must have at least one of the following: wall hand sanitizers, Kleenex boxes, disposable wipes, and any other items deemed necessary to keep the environment clean.
  • All heavy traffic areas will be cleaned on a daily basis with disinfectants to kill flu viruses by the environmental cleaning facilities. Examples of heavy traffic areas include but are not limited to: entrance keypads and door handles, all classroom and restroom doors, all student tables and chairs, student lounges, computer labs, etc.
  • The School of Nursing will not be closed unless directed by the City or State Health Department or by Covenant Health. In the event that the School of Nursing is closed, alternative methods of delivery for lectures must be provided to the students with content information via Scholar360. Students will still be held accountable for theory content and exams will be scheduled for those students who are feeling well. Clinical attendance will be evaluated and determined by CH and Dean at the time of the occurrence.
  • .All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to receive flu vaccinations when available.

If a Student is Ill with Flu-like Symptoms:

  • The student must take an absence to prevent spreading of any illness. The Attendance Policy will be applied to any absence. If appropriate documentation is provided stating the student does have the flu, then any absence after the allowed 3rd absence will be excused. The student must call the Course Coordinator to inform them of their symptoms or diagnosis of flu. The Course Coordinator will inform the Business Office Coordinator of the student's name and diagnosis. The Business Office Coordinator will keep a tracking record of all students diagnosed with the flu.
  • A student diagnosed with the flu will not be allowed to return to classes/clinicals until they are fever free (less than 100 degrees F) for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • If a student attending class/clinicals appears to be ill, the instructor has the right to take the student's temperature. If the student has a fever greater than 100 degrees, they will be sent home and advised to see their physician.

*The student is responsible for having a back-up plan for any sick family members. Covenant School of Nursing will not give excused absences for anyone who misses classes/clinicals for sick family members. The student will be held to the current attendance policy.

For further questions about the flu, please contact the Coordinators of your semester or refer to the following websites:

Reference(s):

52Hhttp://www.pandemicflu.gov

53H54Hhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/exclusion.htm

Reviewed and Revised: January 2010

Reviewed and revised: July 2011

Code Silver (Active Shooter)

Department: CSON
Approved by: CSON Faculty and Staff
Statement of Purpose:

It is the policy of Covenant School of Nursing to provide a safe and secure environment for students, visitors, faculty and staff. In the event that a hostage taker threatens the facility, this policy seeks to provide guidance for effective response.
Performed by: All CSON Faculty and Staff
Guidelines and defining framework:
Covenant Health has the duty to protect and to provide an emergency response plan to alert the school campus that an active shooter appears to be actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people on the school campus.
An active shooter is defined as a person or persons who appear to be actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people on the school campus. In most cases active shooters use a firearm(s) and display no pattern or method for selection of their victims. Additionally, active shooters also have specific targets. In some cases, active shooters use other weapons and/or improvised explosive devices to cause additional victims and act as an impediment to police and emergency responders. These improvised explosive devices may detonate immediately, have delayed detonation fuses, or detonate on contact.
PROCESS
1) The first employee to identify an active shooter situation:

a. Should call 911 and provide the operator with as much information as safely and time may allow. The operator may ask you to stay on the line to facilitate ongoing situational awareness and critical intelligence for first responders.
b. Should call the Business Office Coordinator (725-8901) and announce a Code Silver (with the location of the incident) and a description of the person(s) and type of weapon if known).
c. Evacuate students, faculty and staff if safe to do so.


2) The Business Office Coordinator upon notification will:

a. Announce over the intercom system “Code Silver (and the location)” three times.
b. Call Security Dispatch@725-0707. Give all available information to Security Officers.
c. Upon notification of a shooter situation, the Dean should be notified immediately, who then should notify the Chief of Nursing Officer and President/CEO.

3) The first Security Officer to arrive on the scene will:

a. Assess the situation
b. Report to the dispatcher the following information to relay to the Lubbock Police Department at 911:

  • Number of shooters
  • Number of victims
  • Exact location of the shooter
  • Type and number of weapons possibly in the possession of the shooter

4) If an active shooter enters your campus, office, or meeting room, you should:

a. Try to remain calm.
b. Try not to do anything that will provoke the active shooter.
c. If there is no possibility of escaping or hiding, only as a last resort when your life is in imminent danger should you make a personal choice to attempt to negotiate with or overpower the shooter.
d. If the active shooter(s) leaves the area, barricade the room or go to a safer location.

5) At a location distant from the active shooter, such as in a different classroom; or you are not able to leave the area safely:

a. Remain calm.
b. Warn other students, faculty or visitors to take immediate shelter.
c. Go to a room that can be locked or barricaded.
d. Lock and barricade doors.
e. Turn off lights.
f. Turn off radios or other devises that emit sound.
g. Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection (i.e. tables, chairs, filing cabinets).
h. Silence cell phones.
k. Have one person call 911 and state “Covenant School of Nursing (give your exact location), we have an active shooter in the school, gunshots fired”.

6) If you are in an outside area and encounter an active shooter, you should:

a. Try to remain clam.
b. Move away from the active shooter or the sound of gunshot(s) and/or explosives.
c. Look for appropriate locations for cover/protection (i.e. brick walls, retaining walls, parked vehicles, etc.). Avoid crossing in large open areas.
d. Call 911 and provide the information listed above.

7) What should I expect from responding officers?

a. Immediately engage or contain the active shooter(s) in order to stop the killing.
b. Identify threats such as improvised explosive devices.
c. Identify victims to facilitate medical care, interviews and counseling.
d. Investigate.

8) Police officers responding to an active shooter are trained to proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard in order to stop the shooting as quickly as possible. The first responding officers may be in teams. They may be dressed in normal patrol uniforms, or they may be wearing external ballistic vests and Kevlar helmets or other tactical gear. The officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns and handguns.
9) Do exactly as the team of officers instruct. The first responding officers will be focused on stopping the active shooter and creating a safe environment for medical assistance to be brought in to aid the injured.
10) How to react when the police arrive at your location:

a. Remain calm and follow officers instructions.
b. Put down any items in your hands (i.e. bags, jackets, books).
c. immediately raise hands and spread fingers.
d. Keep hands visible at all times.
e. Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety.
f. Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling.
g. Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the area.

11) When the police arrive the following information should be available:

a. Number of shooters.
b. Number of individual victims and any hostages.
c. The type of problem causing the situation.
d. Type and number of weapons possibly in the possession of the shooter.
e. All necessary individuals still in the area.
f. Identify and description of participants, if possible.
g. Keys to all involved areas as well as floor plans.
h. Locations and phone numbers in the affected area.


12) Available staff and faculty will supply the Hospital Command Center (HCC) with a list of students and faculty and staff known to be in the area of the incident.
13) Marketing will establish a media center in a designated location. All family members involved in the incident will be sent to an area; located away from the public and media.
14) The Hospital Command Center will:

a. Establish a medical response team ready to support casualty operations.
b. Provide floor plans of the hostage area for use by the Lubbock Police Department (LPD).
c. Plan for a situation that may take several hours to resolve. While the violence may be over quickly, there may be an extensive crime scene over a wide area.

15) The Hospital Security Department will:

a. Have a Security Officer meet responding police and escort them to the incident and HCC.
b. Assign additional staff to control access to the area as directed by the police.
c. Identify witnesses. Separate them from one another and escort them to a separated room to wait police interview.
d. When LPD arrives, they assume jurisdictions over the event. Security officers will follow all reasonable directions by Law Enforcement, even when asked to leave the area.

16) Campus staff, faculty, students and visitors will be kept away from the area until the situation is fully resolved. Once LPD announces resolution of the situation, the HCC will notify the Dean to announce the “All Clear”.
17) The Business Office Coordinator will announce “Code Silver All Clear” Three times over the intercom system.
REFERENCES:
US Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter-How to Respond, October 2008
COORDINATION:
This policy has been coordinated with the Lubbock Police Department
Reference(s): Covenant Health Policy #EC 4.11.
Developed: August 2012; Implemented June 2013

Inclement Weather

Schoolof NursingStudent Body

Approved by: Faculty Organization

Statement of Purpose:

To ensure health and well being for students, faculty and staff. Students, faculty and staff are expected to arrive on time and be prepared for class or clinicals according to semester schedules. If inclement weather occurs, the following will go into effect:

Process:

Inclement weather refers to any weather that could be harmful to student travel. Examples include but are not limited to ice, snow, or floods.

In the event of inclement weather, Covenant School of Nursing will follow Lubbock Independent School District policies (LISD).

  • If LISD delays school, CSON will delay theory classes for the same amount of time as LISD.
  • If LISD delays school and CSON classes fall on clinical days, clinicals will be canceled for the day and will be made up at the end of the semester on the scheduled clinical weather day.
  • IF LISD cancels school, CSON will cancel class and clinicals for the day. If the cancelation is made on a theory day, the Coordinator of the semester will notify the students of the times and days to make up theory content. If the cancelation occurs on a clinical day, the students will make up the clinical day on the scheduled clinical weather day at the end of the semester.
  • The student can determine LISD weather protocol by watching the news the day before or the day of inclement weather. The Coordinators of each semester will also notify students of the procedure to follow the day inclement weather occurs via the learning management system (LMS).

Reference(s): Lubbock Independent School District

Implemented: January 6, 2006

Reviewed and Revised: January 2010


Parking

Schoolof NursingStudent Body

Approved by: Faculty Organization

Statement of Purpose:

To define designated parking areas for students in all learning environments in order to insure patients, visitors, employees, volunteers, and physicians visiting or working at Covenant Health, Lubbock have adequate and convenient accessibility to parking.

Process:

Designated parking spaces are located to the north of the school campus and are outlined in YELLOW PARKING STRIPES. White-striped spaces are PROHIBITED for student parking.

During clinical coursework, students are regulated by the policies governing Covenant Health Employees as cited below – with the following exceptions – where disciplinary action is mentioned in reference to violations for the COVHS "campuses," the student will be subject to disciplinary actions as determined within administration at the school for violations of parking policies of the Health System as cited below. References to employees include students as well.

The campus is defined as all land having a Covenant Health (CH) function in Lubbock.

Requirements: All employees/staff members/physicians/volunteers / students can locate a copy of the Parking & Traffic Regulations at the hospital campus or on the CSON LMS.

Employees/students/staff members/physicians/volunteer must park only in designated CH parking lots/garages.

Parking Permit Parking permits for paid parking may be obtained from a Parking Services representative during employee orientation, or at the

Parking Services Office

3702 21st Street, Suite 101

Phone: 725-6918

Office hours are M-F 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To register a vehicle(s) and obtain a parking permit, the employee/student/staff member/physician/volunteer must provide all information required on the CH Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) form.

Any change in vehicle ownership for which a parking permit has been issued, requires the employee to notify Parking Services.

Restricted parking: Under no circumstances are employees / students / staff / members / physicians / volunteers to park in areas designated as: No Parking, Handicapped Parking, Emergency Parking, or Patient / Visitor Parking.

However, an employee / student / staff member / physician / volunteer having a medical condition that requires a special parking assignment may present physician orders stating special requirements and the length of time such assignment is required.

Violations: Abuse of parking privileges and / or failure to comply with Parking & Traffic Regulations could result in corrective action.

First ticket – supervisor communicates with employee regarding understanding of the policy

Second ticket - verbal corrective action

Third ticket - written corrective action

Fourth ticket - suspension

Fifth ticket - termination

There is no standard waiting period separating one step of the counseling process from another. If an employee is aware that immediate improvement is expected and the problem lends itself to immediate correction, then the supervisor may begin the next step as soon as it is necessary.

CH reserves the right to remove any vehicle that is in violation of CH Parking & Traffic Regulations without prior consent or notification of the owner. The cost of removal will be the responsibility of the vehicle's owner.

Vehicle Whenever a vehicle is parked on CH property, it should be locked Security and valuables removed or locked up. CH assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any vehicle, or its contents, while parked on CH property.

(HR Parking 02/09/09)

Reference(s): Parking HR Policy #154 – Parking Maps included herein

Reviewed and Revised: January 6,2010

Click HERE for the Employee Medical District Parking Map

Risk of Occupational Exposure to HIV-HBV

Schoolof NursingStudent Body

Approved by: Faculty Organization

Statement of Purpose:

Individuals at risk for potential HIV and HBV exposure will be identified and protected.

The risk of occupational exposure to HBV and HIV is present in all clinical assignments that include patient contact.

Individuals in the School of Nursing with potential for such occupational exposure include:

  • Nursing Instructors
  • Teacher Assistants
  • Nursing Students

PROTECTION

Individuals may be protected by:

  • HBV immunization through Employee Health
  • Mandatory utilization of Universal Precautions
  • Adherence to policies specific for some clinical units

.INFORMATION

Reference(s): Detailed information is provided in the SAFETY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, "Employee Infection Control Safety Program", 1.5-1 to 1.5-16.

Reviewed: January 6, 2010

Safety Management

Schoolof NursingStudent Body

Approved by: Faculty Organization

Statement of Purpose:

Covenant School of Nursing believes all employees and students should be concerned with their own safety and the safety of others. Each employee and student has the responsibility to assure safety in the school and in the hospital for patients, general public and other employees.

Process:

Instructors and students will abide with the safety policies of all clinical facilities. Patient safety is integrated into each nursing course.

The Safety Officer under the authority of the Dean and the position description will notify the appropriate departments for assistance and revisions in actual and potential unsafe situations.

The following guidelines will assure that persons associated with the School of Nursing shall function in a safe and protective manner.

  • Report injury to self, student, or fellow employee to immediate supervisor/instructor or the Dean.
  • If any injury occurs while on CH property, the student will be referred to Employee Health or the Emergency Department for evaluation.
  • Report any unsafe conditions, including defective equipment to the Safety Officer.
  • Never stand on unstable chairs, boxes, or tables to reach overhead objects.
  • Use sound judgment and proper body mechanics when lifting, moving, or positioning persons or objects.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the School of Nursing or Wayland Plaza building.
  • Report to Employee Health or the emergency department for all injuries/illness.
  • Report suspicious persons in or around the school building, burglary or assault to the Administrative Office, who will call 911 and Hospital Security.
  • Recognize hazards/unsafe conditions and report them to the Administrative Office before an accident occurs. Such hazards include, but are not limited to:

Ice on walks or drives.

Spills on floors or stairs.

Cords or obstructions which could cause fall.

Frayed cords or malfunction of equipment.

Any odor of burning, heat, or chemicals.

Congestion in hallways.

Revised: 4/99 ;Revised: 10/06

Revised: June 2009

Reviewed January 2010

Revised: July 2011