Student Activities and Services
Student Activities and Services
During the academic year there are many activities in which students and faculty members are encouraged to participate. Many of these are planned by students with their faculty sponsors or advisors. Notices of all activities are posted on the Activity Calendar at least one week in advance of the event.
Campus Wide Activities
Each new class is welcomed to the School of Nursing with a social gathering given by the Student Government to introduce them to the students and faculty of the school.
Students are given educational leave to attend the Council of Schools, Texas Nursing Student's Association convention and the National Student Nurses' Association convention, provided the student is not on scholastic warning of any kind, GPA at 75 average or better and has turned in all required work before leaving.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
The National Student Nurses' Association formulated the following Student Bill of Rights in 1975 and amended it in 1988. This document was adopted by the Covenant School of Nursing Student Association with approval of the faculty.
Students have a right to a sound education:
a right to and a responsibility for having a creative educational opportunity;
a right to and a responsibility for having the highest quality practitioner-teacher;
a right to and a responsibility for achieving input into curriculum planning;
a right to and a responsibility for achieving self-directed learning;
a right to and a responsibility for achieving equal participation in all areas of clinical practice;
a right to and a responsibility for participating in interdisciplinary activities;
Students have a right to due process;
a right to and a responsibility for insuring peer review and self-evaluation.
Students have all the rights and privileges of internal governance.
Students have a right to and a responsibility to organize and participate in an organization directed toward achieving professional goals;
a right to and a responsibility for facilitating change in health care delivery through various channels;
a right to and a responsibility for assembling and exploring fundamental and current professional issues and concerns;
a right to and a responsibility for organizing in a flexible structure to encompass and represent the diversities within nursing and be representative of the fundamental and current professional issues and concerns;
a right to and a responsibility for fostering a better correlation between nursing education and practice.
Students may exercise the right to inquire about and recommend improvement in policies, regulations and procedures affecting the welfare of students, through appropriate channels such as Student Government or the Student Welfare Committee of the faculty organization. The Student Welfare Committee is composed of Class Representatives and faculty members. It serves as a mediation board for resolving minor problems and complaints and communicates student recommendations to the faculty.
Guidance and Counseling Program
The Guidance and Counseling program is based on the recognition that each student has a unique personality and that all experiences in the school should contribute to personal growth and development as well as professional growth. A full-time Activities Coordinator is employed by the School of Nursing to assist the student in achieving these goals. Both planned and spontaneous conferences are available to the student. Academic guidance is also provided by all faculty to students and each semester students are assigned a faculty advisor. Individual and group conferences are held periodically as needed. Evaluation conferences are conducted at the close of the semester. Exit interviews and surveys are held before graduation to learn the future plans of each student and to obtain suggestions regarding the school.
A graduate survey is conducted to evaluate the progress and success of the graduate.
Covenant Assistance Program (Counseling)
In addition to the guidance provided by School faculty, students who have special needs may contact CAP (Covenant Assistance Program). This program is provided to students and their families as a free service. CAP provides free evaluation and referral services regarding personal problems on a self-referral basis and is staffed by highly qualified and experienced counselors who are not employees of Covenant Health. When additional counseling or treatment is needed, CAP will refer students or their family members to the most appropriate community-based resource for assistance. CAP services may be recommended or required along with disciplinary action. To make an appointment with CAP, students may call 806-785-5151
Health Care Guidelines for Current Students
Second (final) year students must have an Annual Health Update, including TB Skin Testing, prior to beginning their 2nd/final school year.
Covenant Health (CH) will not pay for any on-school related injury/illness, or any illness that existed before the student was accepted in to Covenant School of Nursing (CSON). Note: CSON students are strongly recommended to procure their own personal health coverage insurance.
Students must report any injury/occupational exposure, no matter how slight, to their instructor and Employee Health Services (EHS) immediately. Note: An EHS nurse is on-call 24 hours a day for all injuries/occupational exposures and may be paged at 740-6977 after 5:00pm and on week-ends and holidays.
Any prescription written for a school/clinical-related illness/occupational injury must be validated by EHS before the prescription may be filled by a CH pharmacy.
EHS will provide First Aid treatment and/or over-the-counter medications for temporary relief of minor illnesses.
EHS has the primary responsibility for coordinating medical treatment and follow-up for any clinical/school related injury or occupational exposure.
Student Health Records are protected by the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act, and will be maintained in Employee Health Services. Upon graduation, students are responsible for obtaining immunization records from EHS, otherwise these records will be destroyed after six (6) months. If however, following graduation, students become CH employees, EHS will continue to maintain the records as part of their employee health record. Records pertaining to the years the employee is enrolled at CSON will remain Student Health Records and those obtained during employment will be Employment Records.
Additional Student Services
All students are required to wear identification badges at all times. Students must wear their identification badges at chest level with the name and photo visible at all times. The badge enables ready identification by patients, visitors, physicians and other personnel. The badge must not be defaced or adorned. The badge, with the photo facing outward, is worn in the upper left chest area. Lost badges must be replaced within 5 days. A replacement fee of $10 by cash or check is payable in Human Resources. In the event of withdrawal from school, the badge must be turned in to the Business Office Coordinator of CSON.
A student wearing own identification badge will receive clearance to enter classrooms for learning, taking a course examination or national standardized test. A student not wearing own identification badge is asked to either leave the campus and retrieve the badge or obtain a new one.
Child Care Center
Additional Services The Covenant Child Care Center offers an exemplary facility for its employees. Nursing students are given an equal opportunity to use this Center for their children, as space permits. The Center is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applications and payment schedules are available at the Center.
Nursing students may seek employment with Covenant Health or elsewhere if desired. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule employment so that it does not conflict with school responsibilities. The faculty reserves the right to counsel a student when employment interferes with academic performance and achievement. Nursing students are given priority in securing positions for which they may qualify at Covenant Health. Application is made in the Recruiting and Retention Office in Human Resources at Covenant Medical Center. If a student has called in absent, it is expected he/she would refrain from employment activities on that day.
The Covenant Medical Library is located in the Covenant Medical Center across from Human Resources. It is an invaluable resource for nursing students. There is a student orientation to the Library the week before clinicals begin. The Library offers a full menu of online databases with full text articles which can be accessed from home or in the Library. There are also 350 print journals available from which articles can be copied. The hours are M-F 8:30-5:00.
Physical Fitness Program
The LifeStyle Centre features a jogging track, Nautilus workout equipment, aerobic dance, treadmills, bikes, rowing machines and a swimming pool. Membership is available to students at a cost of $20 per month. Application is made at the LifeStyle Centre.
The school building is open Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The School of Nursing is closed on holidays.
Many students bring lunches and use refrigerators and microwave ovens which are located in the student lounge. Soft drinks and snacks may be purchased in vending machines. Items placed in refrigerators must be marked with name and date. Items dated longer than 3 days will be thrown out. ALL items will be thrown out on Fridays.
It is the policy of Covenant Health to provide a healthful, safe working environment. The use of tobacco products is prohibited inside all CH-owned and leased facilities. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas and 20 feet from an entrance.
Study areas are provided on campus. Empty classrooms may also be used as study areas.
There is no authorized campus housing.
Covenant Student Body Organizations
Students are given opportunities to participate in governance activities at the school. They can do so through Student Welfare, and/or serving as a Class Representative or the Student Government Organization.
Student Government Organization
The Student Government Organization (SGO) serves as a vehicle by which students may learn to operate as a group to accomplish their desired goals and to plan and execute community service activities and social activities. All students are members of this organization and are encouraged to attend the general meetings. The business of the organization is conducted by the Student Council, and meets the second Thursday of the month in the student lounge. The Activities Coordinator serves as Advisor to SGO.
The Student Council is the SGO governing body (the Board) that is made up of students elected by the entire student body. The President must be a junior or senior, and the Vice President must be a freshmen or sophomore. The Secretary / Treasurer may be any level student. Students must have a grade average of 75 or above to hold office. All social activities and school projects are planned and executed through the Student Council and Covenant Student Nurses Association (CSNA). Student Council officers are elected in August each year with a term of office of one year or, in the case of seniors, until graduation.
Student Council Organization
President (Junior/Senior) Vice President (Freshman/Sophomore), and
Secretary /Treasurer (any level))
1. Presides at all meetings of the Student Government Organization.
2. Appoints special committees with the approval of the Student Council.
3. Represents the student body in matters related to the Organization and performs all other duties pertaining to office.
4. Serves as student representative at faculty meetings.
5. Votes only in case of a tie.
1. Assumes the duties of the president in the absence or disability of the president.
2. Performs other duties as assigned by the president.
3. Serves as ex-officio member of all committees.
Secretary - Treasurer
1. Prepares the minutes of all business meeting of the Organization and the Student Council.
2. Keep attendance records of all meetings.
3. Acts as advisor of Organizational funds.
Each class organization is an important part of traditional student activities and provides opportunities to develop and promote professional endeavors within its semester. The organizations consist of student representatives who are elected at the beginning of the Freshman and Junior semesters. Each class elects three representatives to serve a one year's term.
Class Representatives Duties
- Serves on Student Welfare committee
- Makes weekly class announcements
- Communicates class recommendations to the Student Welfare Committee
- Communicates Faculty decisions and recommendations to the class
- May call a class meeting (scheduled with Student Activities Coordinator one week prior to posting the date and time of the meeting.)
- Representatives must commit to attending 80% of Student Welfare meetings
- Serve as a member of Grievance Hearing Panel when necessary.
Student Welfare Committee
This committee serves as liaison between the students and the School to oversee the student program. This committee is actually a very powerful group, and is a proactive group that listens to student concerns, issues or suggestions. In order for the students to feel they have a voice in their nursing education and school, integrity and confidentiality are very important in each meeting. If need be, some of these members serve on the Grievance Panel.
Members include the Student Activities Coordinator (the permanent chairperson) a Faculty member from each level, and the elected student class representatives. The committee is scheduled to meet the first Thursday of the month from 12:00-1pm in the Executive Conference room.
Functions of the Committee
1. Collaborates and supports CSON Student Association and the student activities program.
2. Provides curriculum suggestions.
3. Review and revise student policies as necessary.
4. Serve as student panel member if called to grievance hearing.
5. Continue to evaluate post-graduate and employer surveys.
6. Evaluate all the above areas as necessary for accreditation.
Student Representatives to the Faculty Organization
Officers who may attend the faculty organization meetings are the President of the Student Association, President of Student Government Organization and/or a Class Representative from the Student Welfare Committee. In the event one of the officers is unable to attend, they may delegate another officer to attend in their place. The Officers have a voice and voting privileges, except in matters which would involve breach of confidentiality.
Pre-Professional Student Associations
All students of Covenant School of Nursing may become members of the Student Association, the Texas Nursing Student Association and the National Student Nurses Association. Annual dues are $40 for new members and renewals are $45.
Purposes and Functions
The purposes of the Covenant Student Nurses Association (CSNA):
- To assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for the highest quality health care
- To provide programs representative of functional and current professional interest and concerns
- To aid in the development of the whole person and his /her responsibility for the health care of people in all walks of life.
The functions of the CSNA shall include the following:
- To have direct input into standards of nursing education and influence the education process
- To influence health care, nursing education and practice through legislative activities as appropriate
- To promote and encourage participation in community affairs and activities toward improved health care and the resolution of related social issues
- To represent nursing students to the consumer, to institutions, and other organizations
- To promote and encourage student participation in interdisciplinary activities
- To promote and encourage recruitment efforts: participation in student activities and educational opportunities; regardless of person's race, religion, sex, national origin, age, and marital status or disability
- To promote and encourage collaborative relationships with the National Student Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, the National League of Nursing, the International Council of Nurses, Texas Nurses Association, Texas League for Nursing, as well as other nursing and related health organizations.
Student CSNA officers will be elected each April and serve for the period of one year.
Students seeking an office or travel to conventions must have a grade average of 75 or above.
Elected Officers include:
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Projects Chair, Fundraising Chair and Historian.
Each new semester, students may be assigned as co-chairs of projects, fundraising and historian if desired.
Local Chapter of the Texas Nursing Students Association
The Texas Nursing Students Association (TNSA) is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Other meetings of the Association are scheduled as the Board designates. It is necessary to attend these meetings in order to be an active member.
It is each student's privilege and responsibility to take an active part in the pre-professional nursing organization. By being an active member of the Association, the student has opportunities to participate in community activities toward improved health care, as well as participating in fund raising activities to send delegates to the TNSA and NSNA conventions. Students who wish to be delegates to either of these conventions may do so by participating in community service projects and fund raising activities to qualify. TNSA meets annually in February in a city designated by the TNSA Board of Directors. Students who serve as delegates to the NSNA convention are exposed to the national liaison of nursing schools from every state and get to vote on issues of concern to the nursing profession.
Being a member of National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) students are provided national levels of connections and mentoring in shaping your future profession.
The number of delegates who may attend TNSA and NSNA conventions from each school is determined by the number of members at a school.
These are the annual events attended by Covenant School of Nursing Representatives:
TNSA Council of Schools
TNSA State Convention
NSNA Midyear Conference
NSNA National Convention