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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 90. Board of Nursing
Chapter 27. Regulations for Nursing Education Programs

18VAC90-27-80. Resources, facilities, publications, and services.

A. Classrooms, conference rooms, laboratories, clinical facilities, and offices shall be sufficient to meet the objectives of the nursing education program and the needs of the students, faculty, administration, and staff and shall include private areas for faculty-student conferences. The nursing education program shall provide facilities that meet federal and state requirements, including:

1. Comfortable temperatures;

2. Clean and safe conditions;

3. Adequate lighting;

4. Adequate space to accommodate all students; and

5. Instructional technology and equipment needed for simulating client care.

B. The program shall have learning resources and technology that are current, pertinent, and accessible to students and faculty and sufficient to meet the needs of the students and faculty.

C. Current information about the nursing education program shall be published and distributed to applicants for admission and shall be made available to the board. Such information shall include:

1. Description of the program to include whether the program is accredited by a nursing education accrediting body;

2. Philosophy and objectives of the controlling institution and of the nursing program;

3. Admission and graduation requirements, including the policy on the use of a final comprehensive exam;

4. Fees and expenses;

5. Availability of financial aid;

6. Tuition refund policy;

7. Education facilities;

8. Availability of student activities and services;

9. Curriculum plan, to include course progression from admission to graduation, the name of each course, theory hours, skills lab hours, simulation hours (if used in lieu of direct client care hours), and clinical hours;

10. Course descriptions, to include a complete overview of what is taught in each course;

11. Faculty-staff roster;

12. School calendar;

13. Student grievance policy; and

14. Information about implications of criminal convictions.

D. Administrative support services shall be provided.

E. There shall be written agreements with cooperating agencies that:

1. Ensure full control of student education by the faculty of the nursing education program, including the selection and supervision of learning experiences, to include the dismissal of students from the clinical site if client safety is or may be compromised by the acts of the student;

2. Provide that faculty members or preceptors are present in the clinical setting when students are providing direct client care;

3. Provide for cooperative planning with designated agency personnel to ensure safe client care; and

4. Provide that faculty be readily available to students and preceptors while students are involved in preceptorship experiences.

F. Cooperating agencies shall be approved by the appropriate accreditation, evaluation, or licensing bodies, if such exist.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 10, eff. February 24, 2017.

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