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Ukiah Adult School
Vocational Nursing Program
1056 N. Bush St.
Ukiah, Ca.  95482
 
Student Handbook 
 
Welcome to the Vocational Nursing Program
 
Mission Statement
Ukiah Adult School is an integral part of the Ukiah Unified School District and the Mendocino Lake Adult & Career Education Consortium. We provide high quality instruction for our diverse community of adult learners to achieve family, workforce and personal goals.
 
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Table of Contents
 
1. Directory
2. Philosophy
3. Students Terminal Objectives
4-5. Course Description
6-8. Course Outline
9. Required Curriculum Hours
10. Approved Facilities
11. Itemized Expenses
12. Financial Assistance Resources
13-15 Attendance, Health Limitations, Employment Rules, and Interventions
16-17 Evaluation, Grading, Credit, Corrective Counseling
18-19 Policies, Rules, and Regulations
20. Professional Behavior Policy for Students in Community Facilities 
21-22. Student Services
23. Community Resources
24-25. Transfer Students and Credits
26. Refund Policy
27. Health and Safety
28. Student Injury
29. Student Complaint and Grievance Procedure
30. Student Records
31. Library and Media Services
32. Transcript Requests
33. Transcript Request Form
34. Employment Assistance
35. SVN Contract
36. Agreement to Policies
1-3. Technology Use Policy
 
Directory 
 
Important Phone Numbers
 
Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians
2535 capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205 
Sacramento, California 95833 
(916) 263-7800
www.bvnpt.ca.gov
 
Council on Occupational Education
Ukiah Adult School is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. 
Council on Occupational Education 
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325 
Atlanta, GA 30350
(770) 396-3898
www.council.org
 
UUSD District Office 
511 South Orchard Avenue Ukiah, California 95482 
Debra Kubin
Superintendent  (707) 472-5002
 
Ukiah Adult School
1056 N. Bush Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-5217 Phone
(707) 463-0718 Fax
 
Christy Smith, Principal EmaiI: christysmith@uusd.net
Andria Castro, Site Secretary III Email: andriacastro@uusd.net
Juliana Castro, Attendance Secretary III Email: jcastro@uusd.net
 
Vocational Nursing Program
Leslie Kline, RN, Director of Vocational Nursing Program   Email: lkline@uusd.net
Lachelle Burns, RN Clinical Instructor  Email: lburns@uusd.net
Angel Huntley, LVN Skills Lab Instructor  Email: ahuntley@uusd.net
Danielle Arriaza, RN Classroom Instuctor  Email: daniellearriaza@uusd.net
 
PHILOSOPHY OF CONTROLLING INSTITUTION AND VOCATIONAL NURSING PROGRAM 
 
Mission Statement 
Ukiah Adult School (UAS) is an integral part of the Ukiah Unified School District. We provide high quality instruction for our diverse community of adult learners to achieve family, workforce and personal goals.

UAS offers opportunities for students to continue their education on a high school or post-high school level suitable for adults. Many students enrolled in our classes are working toward a high school diploma, learning English as a Second Language (ESL), acquiring workforce skills or simply fulfilling a commitment to learn something new. 
 
Philosophy of Controlling Institution
The philosophy of Ukiah Adult School is to provide opportunities for economic self­ improvement for our community, such as:
1) Allied health job skill training for initial job placement in occupations in which there is expressed industry need;
2) continuing education technical courses designed to qualify individuals for career advancement;
3) counseling and academic advisement services for adults to assist them in planning and selection of appropriate occupational educational programs to better qualify individuals for employment within the local community. 
 
Philosophy of the Vocational Nursing Program
Vocational nursing is an art and a science that has as its goal providing safe, compassionate, competent care. The vocational nurse is responsible for delivering evidence-based care to individuals, families and the greater community, promoting self­care, wellness, and disease prevention.

Student are unique individuals, coming from a variety of cultural, ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds. Nursing education should prepare all students to function safely in entry-level vocational nursing jobs, while providing them with the foundation for life-long learning as they progress in their chosen profession within our community.

The vocational nursing program is dedicated to preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to provide safe, competent, effective care in a variety of settings to the diverse population within our community. The faculty are committed to providing all students with the education needed to pass the NCLEX licensure exam and enter the health care workforce in our community. To this end, licensed and certificated staff assist students in understanding the course content and selecting learning experiences that meet individual needs and state requirements. Ongoing monitoring, close supervision, guidance, and evaluation by each instructor ensure that client safety and dignity are maintained at all times.
 
STUDENTS' TERMINAL OBJECTIVES 
 
The graduate will be able to:
  1. Express an understanding of the individual essential needs of humans in the continuum of health/illness.
  2. Perform the nursing care needed for selected individuals of all ages with various health problems.
  3. Assist in the nursing-care planning of these individuals, by identifying problems, selecting appropriate nursing action, and evaluating the individual's response to care.
  4. Demonstrate an acceptance of the ethical and legal responsibilities within the nurse-patient-agency-physician relationship.
In addition, the graduate of this program will: 
  1. Satisfy the eligibility requirements for the National Council Licensure Examination for Vocational Nurses.
  2. Perform the basic skills required of a licensed vocational nurse in health care facilities.
VOCATIONAL NURSING COURSE DESCRIPTION 
 
Fundamentals of Nursing 
This is an introductory course dealing with the basic arts and sciences of nursing and patient care. A general orientation to the Vocational Nursing Program, methods of studying, and requirements of the course precedes the materials studied. A brief background of nursing history is given. Health/hygiene principles, basic nutrition, health education, role of the LVN and agencies supplying health/welfare services are studied.

Students learn and practice nursing skills in the nursing laboratory. Throughout the course, good body mechanics, safety principles, and recognition of individual needs are stressed.

Students must maintain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) throughout the program and are responsible for providing a copy of their current card to the Ukiah Adult School office.

Medical - Surgical Nursing
Body structure, function, and common problems of body systems are studied. Pharmacology, microbiology, rehabilitation, and nutrition are integrated. Terminology and communication skills are developed and interpersonal relationships emphasized. Learning is evaluated through testing, delivery of care, and written assignments.
 
Obstetrical Nursing, The Newborn
Anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system are reviewed. Pregnancy, problems during pregnancy and prenatal care are studied. Development of the fetus, labor and delivery, the postpartum, and the neonatal period are included. A family centered approach is utilized.

Students are assigned to hospital labor, delivery, postpartum, and nursery for clinical experience.

Pharmacology
A study of physiological and pharmacological characteristics of drugs and nursing implications related to drug therapy. Precautions related to administration and care of drugs and to the clinical condition of the patient are included.
 
Pediatrics
Total needs (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) of the child are considered at each stage of growth and development. The impact of illness, accident, congenital abnormalities, and hospitalization on the child and family are discussed.

Prevention and treatment of common health problems are included. The importance of teaching parents and children to meet their own health needs is emphasized.

Students are assigned to pediatric patients in the hospital and community pediatric facilities for clinical experience.

Nutrition 
A study of food, its digestion, absorption and metabolism, and basic principles of nutrition and diet therapy are incorporated into the course of study.
 
VOCATIONAL NURSING PROGRAM COURSE OUTLINE 
 
1. Goals or Purposes:
The goals or purpose of this course is to prepare a graduate who will:
  1. Satisfy the eligibility requirements for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.
  2. Demonstrate an acceptance of the ethical and legal responsibilities with the nurse-patient relationship.
  3. Express an understanding of the individual essential needs of man in the continuum of health/illness.
  4. Practice nursing as required by the Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners outlined in the Vocational Nursing Practice Act with Rules and Regulations.
2. Performance Objectives:
By the end of this course, the student will:
  1. Perform the basic technical nursing skills, such as administering prescriptive drugs, hygiene, bathing, etc., which are required of a Licensed Vocational Nurse in health care facilities.
  2. Perform the nursing care needed for selected individuals of all ages with various health problems which include pre-and post-operative care, as well as patients with disorders of body systems.
  3. Assist in the nursing care planning of individuals by collecting and organizing data, assisting in identifying problems, planning nursing action, and participating in the evaluation process.
  4. Record pertinent information related to the nursing process, via care plans, charts and other written and digital documents in an accurate manner.
  5. Apply nursing knowledge and utilize nursing skills within the established protocol to ensure safe care.
3. Instructional Strategies:
  1. Appropriate patient care assignments correlated with theory, whenever possible.
  2. Care conferences for reinforcing learning and sharing of information.
  3. Utilization of community agencies for selected learning experiences.
  4. Assignment to specialty areas within the hospital.
  5. Adequate supervision and assistance.
  6. Classroom lectures, small group discussion, demonstrations, ATI software video modules, and return demonstrations of nursing skills.
  7. Skills practice in the context of simulation scenarios in our onsite skills lab and using the ATI software platform.
4. Hours per Unit of Study:
  1. The minimum total hours for this course: 1029 clinical hours+ 583 theory hours for a total of 1612. Additional hours are added as needed. Units are listed with the appropriate time of each:
Title of U Clinical Hrs. Class Hrs.
Unit 1 - Nursing Fundamentals 170 64
Unit 2 - Medical Surgical Nursing 700 197
Unit 3 - Obstetrics 40 30
Unit 4 - Pediatrics 40 34
Unit 5 - Nutrition   14.5
Unit 6 - Pharmacology   127
Unit 7 - Anatomy and Physiology   66.5
Additional Subjects 79 50
 
5. Evaluation:
The following means of evaluation will be utilized: instructor observation, feedback from agency staff, self evaluation, teacher developed paper/pen tests, oral questioning, demonstrations, ATI or other standardized competency exams, and attendance.
 
6. Credit
Verification of course completion will be sent to the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.
 
7. Repetition:
Ukiah Adult School offers a cohort program every 18 months. Transfer students may be added to the program at the beginning of the second or third term.
 
8. References and Materials
All textbooks and reference materials are current publications necessary to teach within the profession.
 
9. Anticipated Field Trips
Field trips (i.e. outside the school program) may be utilized as a learning experience if content is relevant at the time and the cost and distance is appropriate.
 
VOCATIONAL NURSING REQUIRED CURRICULUM HOURS 
  1. The course in vocational nursing shall consist of not less than 1530 hours and may be given on either a full-time or part-time basis. One hour of instruction for purposes of computing the total hours of instruction or for calculating semester units as specified in this section shall consist of not less than 50 minutes of actual class time.*
  2. The minimum hours required shall be as follows: Theory Hours-576, which shall include a minimum of 54 hours in pharmacology: Clinical Hours-954.*
  3. The school week shall not exceed 40 hours per week, and the school day shall not exceed eight hours when combined with theory and clinical experience. Clinical days may be 10 hours when not combined with theory lecture.*
  4. Students may be granted holidays and vacation days equivalent to those granted by the Ukiah Unified School District, pending unforeseen events.
  5. Personal vacations, doctor's appointments and time off should be scheduled on non-school days (Fridays or school vacations).
 
APPROVED COMMUNITY FACILITIES UTILIZED BY UKIAH ADULT SCHOOL VOCATIONAL NURSING PROGRAM 
 
 
The above facilities have been approved for student experience by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

Other sites may be added as needed.
 
Vocational Nursing Program Itemized Expenses 
Application Fee: $50.00
 
ISBN Publisher's Price Required Texts
978-0-8036-6906·2 $114.95 Fundamentals of Nursing Care: Concepts, Connections & Skills 3e 
978-0-8036-6907-9 $37.95 Study Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing Care: Concepts Connections & Skills 3e
978-0-8036-6898-0 $119.95 Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing 6e
978-0-8036-6900-0 $37.95 Study Guide for Understanding Medical Surgical Nursing 6e 
978-0-8036-8992-3 $53.95 Caring for Older Adults Holistically 7e 
978-0-8036-9734-8 $98.95 Safe Maternity & Pediatric Nursing Care 2e 
978-0-8036-9736-2 $43.95 Study Guide for Safe Maternity & Pediatric Nursing care 2e 
978-0-8036-6937-6 $67.95 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology Se 
978-0-8036-6938-3 $39.95 Student Workbook for Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology Se 
978-1-7196-4058-9
$62.95 Van Leeuwen: Davis's Comprehensive Manual of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests w/ Nursing Implications 9e 
978-1-7196-4005·3
$51.95 Vallerand: Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses 17e 
978-1-7196-4285-9
$54.95 Tabers: Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary 24e 
978-0-8036-7751-7
$55.00 Davis: Davis's Nursing Skills Videos for LPN/LVN (1 year) 3e 
978-0-8036-6814·0
$78.95 Lutz Nutrition & Diet Therapy 7e 
978-0-8036-7713-5
$89.95 Dosage Calc 360 (Update from Online Dosage Calculations) 
  $1009.30 bundle ISBN: 9781719620260
 
Bundle Price: $857.91 (15% Discount)
Cost of Books as a bundle using school Promo Code: $686.32
School Promo Code: QC4F2B4P (Additional 20% off if students go directly to the F.A. Davis website at fadavis.com)
ATI Student subscription, Texts, and Online resources
(3 payments of $533.33 due each term)
$1,600.00
Tuition
 
Term 1 $2,600.00
Term 2 $2,600.00
Term 3 $2,600.00
Uniforms: 2 scrub tops, 2 white pants, white shoes estimate $225.00
Stethoscope (Can cost up to $600 -- student choice) $40.00
Background check, Immunization tracking, drug test $94.00
All white Uniform for Graduation (Estimate) $75.00
After Graduation  
Application to test (Paid to BVNPT)* $220.00
NCLEX exam fee (Paid to Pearson Vue)• $200.00
Initial License fee (Paid to BVNPT)* $220.00
Estimated Total Cost over·2 years for Education and licensure $11,210.32
 
* - Vocational Nursing Program Fee Schedule bvnpt.ca.gov/licenses/fees.shtml
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
 
Ukiah Adult School provides Federal Student Aid opportunities in the form of Pell Grants for those who qualify.
 
All students who apply for student aid must use the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). This form must be used to determine financial aid eligibility.

Students should go to the FAFSA student aid site to fill out the FAFSA form. Ukiah Adult School's Federal School Code is 042081. It is very important to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DAT) to transfer tax information directly from the IRS to your application to minimize the need to provide federal tax return transcripts. Do not change any information after using the DAT. It is possible to go to your FAFSA record and submit a corrected FAFSA using the DAT if you haven't already. Once the application is complete, the information is sent directly to the school if the correct Federal School Code is used. Students should be sure to print their Student Aid Report (SAR) to view their eligibility.
 
As a part of the Financial Aid Process, a student may be selected for verification, which is usually a random selection by the federal processor. Ukiah Adult School may also select additional files to verify. If selected for verification, it means that documents will be requested and a verification worksheet completed to verify certain information supplied on the FAFSA form is correct. No aid will be disbursed until the verification process is complete. It is a.federal crime to falsify any information on the FAFSA and any determination that deliberate tampering with FAFSA information occurred will be referred to the Office of the Inspector General.

Any Student who receives financial aid and then withdraws or is removed from the program for any reason may have to repay any financial aid received. Ukiah Adult School will determine if funds need to be returned and notify the student by mail within 30 days of the withdrawal date. The student will have 45 days from the date of the notice to return funds. Failure to return funds will result in notification of overpayment to the Department of Education via the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

There are also some community resources for financial aid for those who qualify.

For more detailed and up to date information, please visit our website at www.ukiahadultschool.net
 
ATTENDANCE, HEALTH LIMITATIONS, EMPLOYMENT RULES AND INTERVENTIONS
 
Attendance
The vocational nursing program is approved for a minimum of1530 hours of combined classroom (576 hours) and clinical (954 hours) work. In order to be eligible for graduation from the program and for taking the State Licensing Examination the students must have met the objectives of the program.
 
A. When a student finds that they will be unable to attend class or clinical assignment, the instructor must be notified, giving the reason for absence. Please notify the instructor before your expected time of arrival if missing a clinical day.
1. Absences in excess of 10 hours will require an individualized plan of correction.
2. Those who are unable to meet course objectives due to frequent absences and/or tardiness will be notified of incompletion and placed on probationary status. Failure to correct incompletes will result in corrective counseling and ultimately possible dismissal from the program.
3. Any student who missed more than 40 hours of clinical or 20 hours of theory during the course of the program from unexcused absences will be dropped.
4. Students who do not arrive on time from clinical will be sent home and the day counted as an absence.
5. Three late arrivals to class will be counted as an absence from theory.
B. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes, clinical instruction at approved facilities, and field trip assignments. Students should not schedule personal vacations, doctor's appointments, etc., during school (theory/clinical) hours. Time for this is on Fridays, after school hours, or school vacations. Absent hours will require make-up assignments. The following policy applies:
1. Make-up assignments will be assigned by the director.
2. Make-up assignments shall be directed to the objectives missed.
a. Theory-As assigned by the Director.
b. Clinical - Arrangements must be made by the student to make up missed hours with an instructor. 
c. Theory hours must be completed within one week.
d. Clinical hours must be made up in the clinical area that was missed.
C. It is the student's responsibility to keep a current mailing address, email address and phone number on file in the office.
 
Health Limitations
Since a high level of wellness is essential to meet the requirements of the curriculum, each student must have on file those health examinations required under the admission policy and must maintain the degree of health necessary to meet the requirements and achieve objectives of the program.

In addition, the health and safety of the patient will be protected. A physical or emotional condition, which interferes with the student's effectiveness in meeting the course requirements, may constitute a hazard to the health and safety of the patient.

This would include any medical or surgical problem that might interfere with the student's ability to carry out his/her clinical assignment, and fulfill program objectives. A statement from the student's physician may be required. 
Accordingly, if a student is unable to meet objectives of the program due to health limitation or excessive absences the student may be asked to drop out of the program. 
 
Employment Expectations 
If after completion of Fundamentals of Nursing with a minimum of a 75%, health allows, and total absences are not excessive (see above section) students may work part time, but not on an 11 pm to 7am shift, before reporting to class or clinical assignment. Students may work as desired during vacations.

Academic Warnings. Probation. and Interventions
Vocational Nursing students are expected to maintain proper attendance, grades, and professional behavior.
 
A.    . Attendance - any hours that are missed, must be made up.
1. Any student that falls behind 10 hours will receive a Warning Letter
2. Any student that falls 20 hours behind will receive a Probationary Letter that will outline the time frame for making up the hours.
3. Failure to comply with probationary status guidelines will result in corrective counseling and ultimately possible dismissal.
B.    Grades - Students are expected to maintain an average of 75% or higher in each content area.
1. Dropping below a 75% average will generate a Warning Letter.
2. Failure to maintain this average will result in a Probationary Letter with guidelines for remediation.
3. Failure to meet the guidelines of probation/remediation will result in corrective counseling and possible dismissal.
C. Behavior -Students are expected to act professionally as nursing students. Students must demonstrate an acceptance of the ethical and legal responsibilities of the nurse-patient relationship.
1. Nursing students must meet the standards of our contracted hospitals. This includes all reporting standards, dress codes, and hospital policies.
2. Nursing students are expected to act as if they were already licensed.
3. Students are expected to act professionally and use discretion when using social media. {i.e. No pictures with patients)
4. Failure to comply with the Professional Behavior Policy may result in a Warning Letter. A Probationary Letter may be issued depending on the seriousness of the offense. Immediate dismissal will result for serious offenses such as unsafe behavior or acts of patient disregard, etc.
D. The following shall constitute additional grounds for immediate dismissal: Any of the acts described in the Vocational Nursing Practice Act: Business and Professions Code, Division 2: Chapter 6.5, Article 3. Available in the director's office, the classroom and the BVNPT website.
 
Additional Requirements
All students must pass a background check and random drug testing by the hospitals. 
 
EVALUATION, GRADING, CREDIT, CORRECTIVE COUNSELING 
 
Evaluation and Grading
Evaluation is an essential and ongoing process in education. It is a means by which the student is kept informed of his/her progress in meeting the course objectives. The process at the Ukiah Adult School of Vocational Nursing is accomplished through the following steps: 
 
A. Objectives are written in behavioral terms and are discussed with students during orientation to the course. Each student receives a copy of both theory and clinical objectives for each week of the program.
B. Feedback of student progress is on-going with the fast return of corrected tests and projects. At least once each term and at the end of the first eight weeks, individual conferences will be held to inform students of his/her progress in relation to the objectives. These are written evaluations and are signed by both instructor and student. These are kept on file until the end of the course. A pass/fail clinical grade is given at the end of each term.
C. Strengths and weaknesses are continually identified so that the student has the opportunity to pursue further development or improvement.
D. Students must maintain a minimum of a "C" (75%) average in each content area and a satisfactory clinical performance to continue in the program. Theory and clinical are evaluated separately.
E. The following grading standards have been adopted:
A+ 97 - 100 G.P.A. 4.0
A 93 - 96 G.P.A. 4.0
A- 90 - 92 G.P.A. 3.8
B+ 87 - 89 G.P.A. 3.5
B 83 - 86 G.P.A. 3.0
B- 80 - 82 G.P.A. 2.8
C+ 77 - 79 G.P.A. 2.5
C 73 - 76 G.P.A. 2.0
C- 70 - 72 G.P.A. 1.8
D+ 67 - 69 G.P.A. 1.5
D 63 - 66 G.P.A. 1.0
D- 60 - 62 G.P.A. 0.5
F. Students receive a report of theory grades and clinical progress upon completion of each term.
G. Students are expected to take ATI comprehensive exams throughout the course. Up to 10% of the total grade is based on comprehensive exams.
H. Students who need additional help or tutoring are encouraged to make an appointment with the director or one of the other instructors.
I. Students may be provided with the opportunity for clinical In both hospitals (Ukiah Valley Medical Center - Sutter Lakeside}
 
Granting of Credit (V.N. Practice Act and Rules and Regulations, Section 2533 (f)J 
Since the Adult School is not a credit granting institution the student's transcript will show hours of completed class and clinical work and the final grade from individual units of study as well as the final grade for each term. These transcripts will be sent to any educational institution upon a written request by the student. The receiving institution will then determine whether or not any credit can be granted for completed hours in our program. Along with the written request the student should send a stamped addressed envelope in which transcripts will be sent.
 
Corrective Counseling
If a student is not following policies of the school or is not maintaining satisfactory progress, corrective counseling is conducted. The purpose of this counseling is to resolve any problems or situations interfering with successful completion of the program. A written counseling report may be produced dependent upon the seriousness and frequency of the occurrence. 

All School District policies apply to the L VN program.

All formal agreements with clinical sites apply to the LVN program.
 
POLICIES, RULES, AND REGULATIONS 
Laws and Assurances:
Ukiah Adult School provides equal opportunity to all students, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, handicap, religion, national origin, age, political or sexual orientation. No services will be denied and equal treatment assured while a student is being interviewed, oriented, tested, counseled, enrolled and instructed in classroom activities. If any of these rights are violated, a student has the right to file a grievance.
 
Uniform Complaint Policy:
The Ukiah Unified School District and the Ukiah Adult School are committed to providing equal opportunities for all individuals in educational programs and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful consideration. The District will adhere to uniform complaint procedures when addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination or failure to comply with the law. The district encourages complainants to resolve problems early and informally whenever possible.
  • All complaints must be in writing and must contain a concise statement of the facts. The complainant must sign and date the complaint and submit it to the superintendent or the compliance officer of the district.
  • Within three days of receiving the complaint, the compliance officer may discuss informally with the complainant the possibility of referring the matter to mediation. The compliance officer shall, within five working days following the receipt of the complaint, or following unsuccessful mediation, commence an investigation of the complaint.
  • Within 60 days from complaint, the compliance officer shall complete the investigation and the Superintendent shall prepare a written decision based on the findings.
For further details on the above, the Policies/Rules and Regulations are located in the Adult School office.
 
Sexual Harassment:
Sexual harassment of or by any employee or student will not be tolerated in the Ukiah Unified School District. The Board considers sexual harassment to be a major offense, which may result in disciplinary action or dismissal of the offending employee. Students who commit sexual harassment may be subject to suspension or expulsion from schooling in the district pursuant to Education Code 48900.2 Employees and students are expected to adhere to a standard of conduct that is respectful and courteous to fellow employees and students and to the public.

Sexual harassment is defined in California Education Code, Section 212.5, as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the work or educational setting..." It is further defined as "deliberate or repeated sexual attention that is unwelcome, unwanted and not returned." 

A person who feels that he/she is being harassed is encouraged to immediately report such incident to his/her immediate supervisor.
 
Smoking Tobacco: 
The use of tobacco items are strictly forbidden on school property or at a school function
 
Alcohol/Drugs:
Alcohol may not be consumed, served, sold or auctioned while on school property or at any school function. Students suspected of coming to school under the influence may be detained. Authorities will be contacted. Use of illicit drugs is strictly forbidden. Sale, possession, or use of drugs or alcohol will result in expulsion.
 
Weapons:
Knives, firearms, explosives, or other dangerous objects are strictly prohibited. Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person will result in being dropped from the program. Police will be contacted.
 
Facilities Use:
In order to ensure wise use and maintenance of facilities, the following are expressly forbidden: willful defacing or destruction of sch9ol property, setting fires or tampering with fire protection equipment, willful waste of school supplies, and congregating in lavatories. Destruction of school or private property will result in the student being dropped from the program. The classroom and refrigerator are for everyone's use, it is your responsibility to dispose of all food and trash properly. 
 
Dress Code / Gangs:
Professional dress is required. All students shall present themselves in an orderly manner conducive to the advancement of education. Their appearance should be neat and in keeping with the activity at school. Students are prohibited from wearing gang­-related apparel, or having gang-related tattoos. The Ukiah Adult School staff reserves the right to determine if an article of clothing is disruptive to the educational environment.
 
Fragrance:
The state school code prohibits the wearing of any fragrance while on school property. 
 
Cellular Phones:
Cell phones are to be used in a professional manner. 
 
Parking:
VN students may park in open spots in our main parking lot, excluding those marked for student drop off/pick up and green short term parking. Spaces along Bush Street are permissible as well.
 
Attendance / Tardiness:
See section on Attendance above.
 
Social Network Sites:
Students are required to use professionalism and discretion in the use of social networking sites.
 
NOTE: The Ukiah Adult School reserves the right to deny requests for readmission by students who have been previously dropped from our program. 
 
PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR POLICY FOR STUDENTS IN COMMUNITY FACILITIES
 
Behavior
Students must demonstrate the acceptance of the ethical and legal responsibilities of the nurse-patient relationship.

Uniform
Blue (CIEW) scrub top, with appropriate school patch and white slacks. Only approved, blue (CIEW) cardigans should be worn with the uniform. No lab coats. Solid white turtlenecks or tops may be worn under the scrub top. 
 
Shoes
Appropriate clean white shoes with soft soles and heels.
 
Hair
Hair should be clean, worn in a style that is away from the face so that is does not fall on patient or have to be touched during patient care.
 
Beards
If worn, needs to be short and neatly trimmed. 
 
Jewelry
A watch with a second hand is required. Simple facial jewelry is appropriate. No earrings longer than 1 inch. Wedding ring is acceptable.

Grooming
Careful attention to grooming is necessary, which means thorough oral hygiene, cleanliness of hair and body with no bright fingernail polish or long fingernails, and no fingernails longer than ¼ inch. No heavy make-up or periume. Use of a good deodorant to prevent body odor is necessary. Good grooming helps you to enjoy your work and adds prestige to your service. No gum chewing. If you are a smoker, be aware that smoke odors cling to clothing and hair and may be offensive to others.

Confidentiality
As part of the hospital team, we are entrusted with personal information. It should be an unfailing rule to refrain from discussing what goes on in the hospital, or the illness and troubles of any patient, in public, not even with our own families, as defined under the Health Insurance and Portability Act (HIPAA) and the Protected Health Information Requirements.
 
Do not advise patients, either in or out of the hospital, on the choice of a physician. When talking with patients, do not discuss personal problems or problems of other patients, staff, or students. 
 
STUDENT SERVICES 
 
Ukiah Adult School's goals and objectives for providing effective student services lie in three aspects of the program. First, the program must develop and maintain a system for recruiting and admitting the most qualified candidates for program completion. Secondly, once admitted, it is the responsibility of the program to provide the counseling and guidance necessary in personal and academic areas so the students can face and overcome challenges that may hinder their success. Finally, the program must instill the skill and professionalism necessary, and provide the opportunity in the community, for students to successfully obtain employment as healthcare professionals, and track these successes for program improvement.

The application process was rigorous and congratulations for being one of the best candidates admitted to the program. We feel you possess the qualities necessary to complete the program successfully and become a quality healthcare professional.
 
Once the program begins, a thorough orientation of program requirements and strategies for success are presented. Academic and personal advisement and counseling are available and encouraged by the Director of Nursing and school administrator. Close monitoring of student progress is maintained with necessary counseling, interventions, and remediation plans instituted when necessary. Required meetings for students who fall behind take place, with follow-up meetings where necessary.
 
End of program evaluation, job placement activities, and student tracking take place to help program improvement. Formal end of program student evaluations are used to reflect effectiveness of program objectives, clinical experiences, and program strengths and weaknesses. Students evaluate instructional staff effectiveness. Clinical sites have the opportunity to evaluate students and program. An end of program job fair takes place to help with job placement for completers. The Director of Nursing monitors both licensure examination results and job placement data for graduating students.

Every effort is made to provide the counseling and interventions necessary for all students to successfully complete the program and acquire the competencies necessary to become quality healthcare professionals.

Students can make arrangements with instructors for remedial work or tutoring as needed.
 
Reasonable Accommodation Statement / ADA 
 
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provide comprehensive civil rights and protections for persons with disabilities. "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States ... shall, solely on the basis of  disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal financial assistance." A "qualified student" is defined as a student..."who meets the academic and technical standards required to admission or participation in the education program or activity." (source: Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Section 504) 

Ukiah Adult School may not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, educational process, or treatment of students with disabilities. UAS will provide reasonable accommodations for students who are identified to have special needs. Students must voluntarily disclose that they have a disability (self-identify) or be referred from an 
agency or program for special needs adults, request accommodation, and provide documentation of their disability. Once identified, the student will meet with a counselor, the documentation of their disability will be reviewed, and appropriate, reasonable accommodations can be made. If students do not have recent documentation of the 
disability, the counselor may refer them to the appropriate agencies for follow-up.
 
Community Services
Counseling Services Health Services
Hillside Health Center (707) 468-1010 Consolidated Tribal Health (707) 485-5115
Mental Health Department (707) 472-2300 Healthy Families (707) 472-2600
Redwood Children's Services (707) 472-2922 Hillside Health Center (707) 468-1010
Domestic Violence Veteran's Health Clinic (707) 468-7700
Project Sanctuary (707) 462-9196  
Financial Services Suicide Prevention / Mental Health
Food Stamps (707) 463-7700 Hotline 1-855-587-6373
General Assistance (707) 463-7900
1120 South Dora Street 
Ukiah, CA 95482 
24/7 Emergency Crisis Line: 1-800-55 5-5906

Mental Health Access Team
Phone: 707-472-2304
North Coast Energy 
Services HEAP
(707) 463-0303
CalWorks (707) 463-7700 Manzanita Services 
270 N. Pine St, Ukiah, CA 95482. Message/office Phone: 707-463-0405 or contact the director at 707-972-9040
Career Point (707) 467-5900
  Mental Health Department (707) 472-2300
Substance Abuse  
AODP (707) 472-2637
Ford Street Project (707) 462-1934
 
POLICY OF ACCEPTANCE OF TRANSFER STUDENTS AND CREDITS 
 
Acceptance of transfer students and credits is in compliance with the California Vocational Nursing Practice Act with Rules and Regulations (section 2535).

Ukiah Adult School does not grant credits, but grants completed hours for theory and clinical instruction as required by the BVNPT. Clock hours may be transferred from other programs.

The Vocational Nursing Program is currently the only post-secondary offering at Ukiah Adult School, so no intra-school transfers take place.

Ukiah Adult School's Vocational Nursing program will accept transfer students and allow clock hours either at the beginning of the program or, if space allows, mid-­program under the following general guidelines:
 
General Guidelines
  1. Clock hours will be granted only for previous education or experience completed within five years prior to admission into the Vocational Nursing Program.
  2. All students must meet all admission requirements for the Vocational Nursing Program.
  3. Forms for references and physical examinations may be obtained in the school office.
  4. It is the applicant's responsibility to see that verification of past experience and duties performed are on file before any clock hours can be granted.
  5. It is the applicant's responsibility to have official transcripts, showing content of courses and hours satisfactorily completed, submitted before clock hours can be granted.
  6. All transcripts and forms, including the physical, must be completed at least one month before the student's entry date.
  7. Copies of all tests and evaluations are retained in the applicant's file in the school office.
  8. Transfer clock hours for related units of study, such as Nutrition, may be granted if students are admitted to the program. This will be determined by evaluation by the program director and faculty.
Specific Courses and Experiences
1. Nurses' Aide or Non-accredited Practical Nursing courses and Certified Nurse Assistant courses:
An applicant satisfactorily completing a course of study as described in Section 2535 (1, 5, 6) and having met the above criteria may receive clock hours for course completion contingent on staff observation and evaluation of the applicant in one or more practical nursing situations.

2  Accredited Vocational Nursing or Practical Nursing Courses:
Clock hours based on evaluation of transcripts by the faculty will be granted transfer students from other vocational nursing programs having similar courses of study. The applicant must have received passing scores and satisfactory clinical evaluations in the school from which he or she is being transferred. The applicant will be placed in the appropriate week of the program.
 
3. Accredited Professional Nursing Courses:
Clock hours for nursing education and clinical experience, based on evaluation of transcripts by the faculty, will be granted to students seeking transfer from this type of program. The applicant must have received passing scores and a satisfactory evaluation in the clinical area in the school from which he or she is being transferred. The applicant will be placed in the program in the appropriate week

4. Accredited Psychiatric Technician Courses:
Clock hours for nursing education and clinical experience will be granted based on evaluation of transcripts by the faculty. Applicants must have received passing scores and satisfactory clinical evaluations from this type of school. The applicant will be placed in the program in the appropriate week.
 
5. Armed Service Nursing Courses:
Clock hours may be granted to an applicant showing evidence of satisfactory completion of a basic or advanced course in nursing offered by any branch of the Armed Forces. The applicant must have received passing scores and a satisfactory evaluation in the clinical area. The applicant will be placed in the program in the appropriate week.
 
REFUND POLICY 
 
Ukiah Adult School has established a fair and equitable refund policy for the refund of tuition, fees, or other charges in the event a class is cancelled or if a student decides not to enroll or does not complete the period of enrollment for which the student has been charged. This policy uniformly applies to all nursing students.

If Ukiah Adult School cancels a class before it begins, 100% of all tuition and fees collected in advance of the start date of the program will be refunded within 45 days.

Students who have not visited the school facility will have an opportunity to withdraw without penalty within the first three days of class.

If a student familiar with the facility withdraws from the program before the first day of class, 100% of any tuition or fees collected will be refunded, less the nonrefundable application fee of $50.

If a student withdraws or is terminated from the program after class begins, tuition and fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis determined by the number of hours of theory and clinical instruction remaining in the semester of withdrawal or termination. The cost of materials and services such as, but not limited to, books, liability insurance, and name tags will not be refunded. 
 
Refunds will be made within 45 days of the last day of attendance by the student or within 45 days from the date the student is terminated or withdrawal has been determined by the school. 
 
HEALTH AND SAFETY
 
It is the primary goal of Ukiah Adult School to provide adequate, safe, clean, and healthy facilities conducive to enhancing excellent learning and working environments for our staff, students, and guests. Policies and procedures are in place to reduce emergency situations and accidents and to respond appropriately if they arise. 

Ukiah Adult School maintains safety measures at the site for the benefit of students and staff, with the following required: The school is alarmed by an independent security company to insure appropriate and safe use of facilities. Fire extinguishers and first aid kits are in each classroom. Fire safety procedures and escape plans are posted in the classrooms and offices, and fire extinguishers are inspected annually. Policies regarding smoking and tobacco use, alcohol and drug use, weapons, dress codes, sexual harassment, and a uniform complaint procedure are in place. A direct line to the police department is maintained in the office. An intercom system enhances communication to every room. The custodian conducts a monthly safety check for the entire facility. Restrooms are maintained and resupplied daily. A disaster/school safety plan is in place. The parking lot is well lit and close to classrooms and the office. Ukiah Adult School fills out a Ukiah Unified School District Report of Hazard or Safety 
Issue form if there is a safety issue the maintenance department needs to rectify. Imminent hazards or concerns are addressed immediately.
 
Students in the Vocational Nursing program are covered under the District Workers' Compensation program. Instructions in the student handbook outline the procedures in case an employee or student is injured or sick. A Report of Incident form must be completed immediately, as well as a Report of Accident for Workers' Compensation. Directions are specific for seeking care either at Job Care or the Emergency Room. All copies of the forms are sent to the district risk manager. Any actions necessary will be employed to insure any injury is addressed immediately, and that the welfare of the staff or student is foremost in all decisions.
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS INJURED ON THE JOB 
 
1. Fill out a DWC Form-1 along with the Workers Compensation Report of Accident form (located in the Ukiah Adult School Office or obtain from Instructor within 24 hours). Take the pink and green copies of the DWC Form-1 with you to your medical treatment appointment.

2. It is necessary to seek medical treatment from:
A. Job Care
Adventist Health Ukiah Valley
232-B Hospital Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-7334
B. Urgent Care
Sutter Lakeside Hospital
5176 Hill Road
Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 262-5000
If necessary medical treatment is not an emergency, call JobCare or Urgent Care for an appointment. 

Emergency treatment should be obtained at AHUV Emergency Room or Sutter Lakeside Emergency Room. 
 
3. Doctor's notes for work-related injuries (also known as work status report) should be provided to Kim Larkin, Risk Manager, at the Ukiah Unified School District Office prior to returning to your program.

If your doctor's note states you have ''work restrictions", those restrictions must be submitted to and approved by the Vocational Nursing Program Director.

Pending update from DSC Risk Manager, Kim Larkin.
 
STUDENT COMPLAINT AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 
 
If a student or any group of students has a complaint or any controversy, misunderstanding, or dispute arising from the interpretation, application, or observation of any policies or procedures of the Vocational Nursing Program, it is encouraged that the students' meet with the instructor and every effort be made to settle any disputes among the individual parties.

If efforts for resolution are not successful, the aggrieved parties should bring the matter to the Director of Nursing for an informal meeting within five days of the alleged incident. All parties and complaints will be heard and the Director of Nursing will make a decision regarding the resolution of the grievance.

If the decision of the Director of Nursing is not satisfactory, the aggrieved participants may request, in writing within five days of the informal hearing, a formal hearing with the Director of Nursing and the Administrator of Ukiah Adult School. The Administrator will submit a written decision on the grievance to all parties concerned within five days of the formal hearing.

Students may always contact the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians or the Council on Occupational Education regarding any concerns about the program.
 
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians 
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205 
Sacramento, Ca 95833 
(916) 263-7800
www.bvnpt.ca.qov

Council on Occupational Education 
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325 
Atlanta, GA, 30350 
(770) 396-3898
www.council.org

California Department of Education 
Adult Education Office 
1430 N Street 
Sacramento, CA 95814 
Telephone: 916-322-2175 
www.cde.ca.gov
 
STUDENT RECORDS
 
A permanent record cumulative file will be established when a student is accepted into the Vocational Nursing Program. The file will initially contain the application, transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, interview scores, and any other documents related to application and acceptance.

At the end of Terms I and II, a transcript is placed in the student file indicating the name of the program, overall grades for each term, a comprehensive percentage grade, individual subject grades, attendance, and the date of term completion.

At the end of Term Ill, a final transcript is placed in the file indicating date of program completion along with the information listed for Terms I and II.

Transcripts are maintained indefinitely, and transcript information is also stored electronically in the adult school office and is password protected.

If a student withdraws prior to program completion, a summary statement of the student's progress, reason for withdrawal, and refund information will be placed in the file.

Files are stored in a locked, fire-proof cabinet.
 
Students may inspect their master file at any time under the direct supervision of the program director or an authorized staff member. Should a student find, upon review, that there are records that are inaccurate or misleading; the student may request that errors be corrected. The adult school Administrator will have the final decision regarding changing or removing items from the file.

All student records are confidential and information from them will only be given to authorized persons. All data such as grades, scores, health records, and performance evaluations may not be revealed without the student's consent in writing. Only authorized personnel will have access to in-progress student evaluations and files.
 
LIBRARY AND MEDIA SERVICES
 
Ukiah Adult School's Vocational Nursing program provides the variety of learning resources necessary to support the instructional program and informational needs of students and staff. The program also realizes that skill in alternative media input and delivery is necessary for successful healthcare professionals in the 21st century, and makes available multi-media opportunities to enhance professional competencies in this area.
 
A state of the art computer lab with internet is maintained in Room 4 for student use for research, projects, and assignment completion. Software relevant to the program is continuously updated. Printers and copiers are available for student use. A simulation skills lab in Room 6 is kept current for student utilization to target skills and competencies for successful program completion. A professional library containing books, periodicals, and supplementary materials is maintained and available for student use in the main classroom, Room 2. An online media center library on the website allows students to view and review power-point presentations that have been presented in the classroom. A digital library of instructional DVDs and videos is maintained at the following site - UAS Media Link. The classroom contains equipment necessary for multimedia presentations, including computers, In Focus projector, television, DVD / VHS player, video camera, digital camera, and webcam. Instructional media is reviewed and outdated material is eliminated from the digital library and new updated materials are purchased. A staff person is in charge of media services and provides orientation and assistance to staff and students. Staff will assist students in printing, duplication, and scanning of materials. Separate rooms are adequate and dedicated for classroom, computer lab, and skills center use. The media service center, classroom, skills lab, and office are all open and available to students and staff every school day.
 
A dedicated staff person is in charge of media services to assist students and oversee the computer lab, audio-visual equipment, and orientation responsibilities.
 
TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS
 
Transcripts for students participating in the Vocational Nursing Program are maintained in the student's permanent file, and held electronically in a password protected program.

Transcripts are submitted to the file at the end of each term, and include overall grades, a comprehensive percentage grade, individual grades in specific subject areas, attendance, and dates of program participation and completion.

Ukiah Adult School will provide copies of transcripts free of charge. Transcripts will only be released upon receipt of a Transcript Request Form signed by the student. Identification must be provided to verify student requests. Transcripts can be released to the student, or mailed to another institution indicated on the request form.

Transcripts will be released only when all tuition and other fees are paid in full.
 
Vocational Nursing Program 
Transcript Request Form
 
Official transcripts will be mailed directly by Ukiah Adult School.
 
Please send a sealed copy of my official transcripts to: 

Name: __________________________________________ Date: ___________________ 

Address: _________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: _____________________________ Fax Number: ____________________________
 
I attended your school under the name of (please print):
 
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                   Month/Year                             Month/Year
 
Date of Birth: _____________________________ Social Security Number: _______________(last 4 digits)
 
Signature: ________________________________________________
 
Current Name: _____________________________________________
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Current Address: ___________________________________________
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Current Phone Number: ______________________________________
 
 
EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 
 
Although Ukiah Adult School can not and does not guarantee employment upon graduation, qualified Vocational Nurses are in great demand.

Program participants enjoy a great advantage when it comes to opportunities for employment. Clinical instruction takes place in local hospitals and other healthcare facilities in our community. These facilities are the future employers of our graduates and have the advantage of observing the students' competencies with patient interaction and care first hand. Many of our students have jobs waiting before they complete the program. In addition, end of program job fairs are organized by the school which bring employers into the classroom to present employment opportunities and information regarding their facilities to students. Employers come to the Director of Nursing when openings occur and she makes those known to the class. In addition, job opportunities are posted on the website under the L VN tab.