Health Information

It is the student’s responsibility to meet the health and safety requirements of the College throughout a student’s program of study, to provide the College with updated documentation of meeting the requirements, and to maintain immunizations, tuberculosis testing, and educational (CPR & OSHA) records. Denial of access to clinical experiences and failure of clinical courses will result if the health and safety requirements are not completed according to established protocols or if the procedure for documentation of release for clinical experiences (see below) is not followed.

General Health Requirements

Upon entering the College all students are required to acknowledge, by signature, on the Clinical Performance Standards Form, that they are physically able to perform (with or without reasonable accommodations) the essential functions required of a nursing or health sciences student.

Prior to beginning courses, students must provide a health examination report, which is less than one year old and signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. The form must be submitted to the Student Services Department confirming that they have the physical and mental ability to provide safe and effective care. Students must also provide documentation indicating that they are immune to or have been immunized against:
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis (Optional, but highly recommended)

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella immunity can be documented with any one of these records:
  • a physician’s statement that the student was treated for the disease
  • records of two immunizations against Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (baseline and one month from baseline)
  • positive results of antibody titers for all three diseases
Protection against tetanus is demonstrated by documentation of a tetanus immunization. Tetanus must be updated with any breach in skin integrity.

Varicella immunity can be documented with these papers:
  • a stated history of the disease from the student
  • records of the immunization against Varicella (Varivax series if no history of Varicella)
  • positive results of a Varicella antibody titer
Hepatitis B immunity must be documented by records of three hepatitis B immunizations and a positive hepatitis antibody titer report. The recommended hepatitis B series is three shots, the second shot being given one month after the first, and the third shot being given six months after the first. The hepatitis B antibody titer should be drawn 1-5 months after the series is completed but may be drawn at any interval following the completion of the series. Positive titer results at any time are believed to infer lifelong immunity, even if later titers report negative results.

Students who do not have documented immunity to hepatitis B must have received the first two of three hepatitis immunizations in the first series in order to matriculate. The student must continue to provide documentation that the remaining immunizations are being received at the designated intervals in order to continue in clinical courses. If at the end of the series of three immunizations, the student’s titer does not demonstrate immunity to hepatitis B, the series and titer must be repeated. If the titer again does not show immunity, the student is considered to be non-immune to Hepatitis B. The student will be counseled about lack of immunity and asked to sign a statement acknowledging responsibility for practicing in health care without hepatitis B immunity. In some circumstances, students may be granted a waiver of the hepatitis B immunity requirement after the first series if they have been counseled about the health risks and have signed a statement of responsibility.

Tuberculosis testing for new students is required by following a two-step tuberculosis (TB) test process. One TB test must have been completed and documented within 12 months prior to entrance into the program of study. The second step of the TB test must be performed within three months prior to starting classes at the college. Retesting and documentation are required every four years after a documented two-step TB test process.

Pertussis vaccine is optional for students, but highly recommended.

Safety Training

Mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) training and orientation to Trinity Regional Health System clinical facilities is provided as part of new student orientation and is updated annually by faculty for continuing students. Students must provide proof of this training if they do not participate in the training at the College.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation CPR) Certification

Prior to matriculation into the College, students must provide Student Services with proof of completion of CPR for Health Care Providers. An educational transcript from an approved health care employer showing the date of prior CPR training is sufficient evidence of course completion. The College in collaboration with Trinity Regional Health System provides CPR course offerings throughout the summer break.

CPR certification must be renewed every two years and documentation of current certification must be provided to Student Services.

Health Record Clinical Authorization

Prior to matriculation and at designated intervals in a program, students must provide the Student Services Department with the required health and safety information.

It is the student’s responsibility to maintain records of immunization, CPR, and TB testing throughout the educational program and to submit copies of updated records to the Student Services department.

Students are not permitted to attend clinical without meeting all of the health and safety requirements of the College.

Illness

  • Students should report all health problems that necessitate absence from class or clinical to the Program Coordinator or Clinical Faculty. Students may call the Course Coordinator if reporting they are ill and will not be in class. Students are expected to report all absences. Clinical absences may result in loss of grade points as described in specific program policies.
  • Students are not to seek medical advice from physicians while on the clinical units, but are encouraged to seek medical advice from their personal physician.
  • Upon graduation from the College, all students will be mailed their original physical examination form and health records. The College recommends that students retain these records. Health records will remain available for 30 days from the date of withdrawal for students who have withdrawn at which time they will be destroyed. During the program, the student can review his/her health record upon request to the Student Services Secretary.
  • If a student’s status becomes questionable due to a health problem, the recommendation of the student’s physician concerning attendance or continuation of the program will be honored.
  • Contracts with other agencies define treatment of students who become ill at their facility. Contract specifications are followed up by the appropriate Program Coordinator.
  • Trinity College will abide by the medical center policy regarding whether a student can be on clinical with a medical device/restrictions such as a cast. Generally such devices prohibit ability to perform direct patient care and are therefore not permitted.
  • Students must bring a physician release to the Program Coordinator before returning to class/clinical after surgery, childbirth, medical-surgical health problems, or workmen’s compensation absence.
  • Students may choose to receive their health care at any of the Unity Point Health, Trinity Express Care locations. The nearest Express Care is located at 106 19th Avenue, Moline, Illinois, 309-779-7050.

Infection Control

All students must adhere to the following:
  • Complete blood-borne pathogen Net Learning module by assigned completion date. Students who are Unity Point Health, Trinity employees must have attended Unity Point Health, Trinity orientation and provide documentation of attendance to Program Coordinator/Student Services.
  • Adhere to the principles of handwashing prior to and following patient care for each patient.
  • Practice good personal hygiene in care of self and clothing, i.e., scrubs and uniforms.
  • Practice techniques taught in fundamentals classes to protect from injuries with needles and sharp objects.
  • Report any possible communicable disease to the Program Coordinator for an evaluation prior to participating in clinical care or attending classes. A student may be asked to provide a physician’s evaluation of a condition prior to returning to clinical and classes.
  • Report any Unusual Occurrence, such as exposure to a communicable disease, accidental injury, or other injury to the Clinical Instructor immediately so an evaluation of the injury, Unusual Occurrence Report, and further treatment/evaluation follow-up can be carried out.
  • Blood-borne pathogen exposure from a sharps injury is reported immediately to the Clinical Instructor. An Occurrence Report is completed and lab testing for the student and the source is drawn immediately. The student will report to the Employee Health Department for counseling and discussion of further testing at three and six months.

Student Health Insurance

Students are expected to provide individual health coverage for personal injury incurred while under approved clinical supervision and/or illness/injuries that occur at any time or place while enrolled in the programs at Trinity College. If you do not have health insurance, Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers the option to purchase affordable health insurance at a student group rate with various payment plans and coverage. Contact:

E.J. Smith & Associates, INC./E.J. Smith Insurance Agency
899 Skokie Boulevard
Northbrook, Illinois 60062-4029
(847) 564-3660

Visit the home page at www.ejsmith.com or pick up a brochure in the Student Commons.

Students are advised that Unity Point Health, Trinity does not provide health care benefits for or on behalf of students. Students must assume responsibility for costs incurred for acute medical and long term health problems.

Student Liability Insurance

Trinity College students are provided coverage for general liability exposure to the same extent as visitors of Unity Point Health, Trinity. This coverage applies when students are on or off campus as long as they are functioning in a student role. General liability coverage and professional liability coverage does not extend to sharps injuries. The policy and procedure to follow for sharp injuries/ blood-borne pathogen exposure will be covered in detail in orientation. Cost incurred beyond the testing coverage for any sharps or other injury is the student’s responsibility.

Unity Point Health covers any student charged with negligence in performance of activities within the scope of clinical course experience if that student is under approved clinical supervision in the educational program. Limitations on this coverage would include exclusion based on any services rendered for compensation to other health care providers. Coverage is not provided for any legal obligations of the student in the event the student carries his/her own individual professional liability insurance coverage or is covered under any other policy or insurance program. Students are not covered under the Unity Point Health, Trinity worker’s compensation program. Worker’s compensation benefits cover only those persons on the Unity Point Health, Trinity payroll.