RN-BSN Student Handbook

Information and Policies
2011 – 2012

Department of Health Sciences
140 Campus Service Cen­ter
PO Box 295
West Liberty, WV 26074

Nursing Program
Office: (304) 336-8108
Fax: (304) 336-5104
[email protected]

RN Students:

The faculty at West Liberty University would like to welcome you to our RN-BSN completion program.  Congratulations on your decision to extend your education to include a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing.  We are committed to your completion of this goal.

We acknowledge that you are adult learners that bring with you real life nursing, personal, and professional experience.  We will not be re-teaching you fundamental nursing skills.  This curriculum builds on prior nursing and life experiences and challenges you to extend your perspective in a variety of nursing settings and situations.  You are asked to come into the program with an open mind and a willingness to develop in the professional nursing roles of caregiver, care coordinator, advocate, and member of the profession.

The program outcomes include the integration and application from a deeper perspective in caring, critical thinking, communication, diversity, and professionalism.  The focus theme for the BSN completion curriculum is:  Immersion in Caring – “evolving personal presence through the concepts of maintaining belief, knowing, doing for, and enabling”.

The Student Handbook contains information for your orientation and assistance throughout the nursing program.  This handbook will be available as a hard-copy or by on-line access.  Additional information regarding the rules and regulations for all students can be found in the most recent issue of the University Student Handbook (on-line) and the West Liberty Bulletin, 2008-2009.

We encourage you keep open communications with your advisor and professors in order to maximize the resources available to you.  Good luck with accomplishing your new goal.

Nursing Faculty

West Liberty Nursing Program


Introduction————————————————————————————————– 1

History of the Nursing Program———————————————————————- 1

Vision———————————————————————————————————— 2

Mission Statement—————————————————————————————— 2

Philosophy—————————————————————————————————- 2

Conceptual Framework———————————————————————————- 3

Caring Behaviors——————————————————————————————- 4

Nursing Program Processes————————————————————————- 5-7

Academic Rights

Organizational Framework

Lines of Communication

Conflict Resolution

Academic Resolution Query

Nursing Curriculum———————————————————————————– 8-10

Curriculum Plan

Validation Process for Registered Nurses

Accelerated BSN Program

Admission Requirements

Learning Outcomes

¯  Program Goals

¯  Required Program Outcomes

Policies of the Nursing Program—————————————————————- 11-13


Certification for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

Financial Requirements

Grading Scale

Promotion & Retention

Health Record Requirements

1)    Immunizations

2)    Annual Tuberculosis Testing & Follow-up Policy

3)    Disabilities

Learning Laboratory

WLU Directory

Student Injury

Professional Behavior———————————————————————————- 14


Clinical Behavior

Professional Conduct

Situational Report————————————————————————————— 15

Scholarship Information——————————————————————————- 16

Graduation Awards————————————————————————————– 17

Student Activity in Governance of the Nursing Program———————————– 17

Student Representative Role to Faculty Committee Meetings

Student Representative Placement

Student Uniform——————————————————————————————- 18

Uniform for Clinical Experience

Name Tags


Weather Hotline——————————————————————————————- 19

Student Portfolio Requirements——————————————————————– 20

APA Style Sheet for Writing Papers———————————————————– 21-31



The Nursing Program Student Handbook is designed to familiarize the student with the philosophy and specific policies that are pertinent to the Nursing Program.


 West Liberty University is an accredited, coeducational, multipurpose institution with an enrollment of approximately 2400 students.  The College campus stretches over a wide hilltop, covering 298 acres in the northern panhandle of West Virginia.  This location provides relative seclusion for study and contemplation, but is within commuting distance of three metropolitan centers:  Pittsburgh (PA), Steubenville (OH), and Wheeling, (WV).

The Nursing Program became a part of West Liberty State College in the early 1970s with the establishment of an associate degree program in nursing.  After only two years, the College was mandated by the Board of Regents (WV) to transfer this program to the newly created community college, West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) located in Wheeling, which is 12 miles south of West Liberty.  In an effort to service the continuing educational needs of registered nurses, West Liberty initiated an RN completion program in 1976.

During the early 1980s the Administration of the College began giving consideration to offering a baccalaureate degree program in nursing for basic students (non-RNs).  It was during the mid-1980s that discussions were held between Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC), Wheeling, and West Liberty University concerning the closure of the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing and the opening of a basic baccalaureate program in nursing at West Liberty.  The West Virginia Board of Regents approved the new BSN program in spring, 1988 and the first Director, Dr. Donna Lukich, was appointed to implement the program in fall, 1988.  In 1992 the first class completed the new baccalaureate nursing program at West Liberty State College and fifteen students, including one RN, graduated.  In May 2009, West Liberty State College was invested as West Liberty University.  The West Liberty University Nursing Baccalaureate Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.*


* Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
Phone: 202-463-6930
Fax: 202-785-8320
Web site: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation



 The faculty of the West Liberty University Nursing Program is dedicated to excellence in professional nursing education.  Our graduates will be leaders who possess a sense of scholarly inquiry and endeavor to promote health and wellness in diverse, global communities.

To launch culturally sensitive professional nurses for caring practices in ever changing health care environments.

The faculty of the Nursing Program endorses the philosophy of West Liberty and believes that the program of study offered for the preparation of professional registered nurses contributes to the achievement of the goals set by the University.

Persons are indivisible entities seeking diversity and continuous change.  Each person’s human field (pattern) is unique and is in interaction with its own unique environmental field.  Persons are experiencing, expressive and unique individuals in dynamic unfolding with others.

Health is a dynamic pattern of being and becoming unique to each person.  Health is determined by individual perceptions, values, beliefs, and experiences.  Health care should enable persons to integrate their health experiences in dynamic unfolding with others.

Environment is an energy field, inseparable from, complementary to, and evolving together with the person.  As with persons, environment strives toward increasing complexity and diversity.

Nursing is caring with persons and groups experiencing health.  Caring is a nurturing unfolding within professional relationships with valued others for the purpose of fostering being and becoming.  The nursing process is a way of organizing information about persons and their experiences with health for the purpose of fostering being and becoming.

Nursing education is a mutual, intentional, caring unfolding between faculty and students, co-participants in a search for increasing understanding of truth about self and others.  Learning unfolds in different ways and with different meanings to different individuals.

Approved 8/96
Revised 2/19/98; 2009; 2011
Reviewed 5/03, 5/05; 2006; 2008; 2010

The concepts of personhood and health form the conceptual base of the curriculum with caring as the cornerstone of nursing.

Personhood is the integration of qualities and characteristics that make human beings unique.  As a concept, it encompasses the diversity and similarity that co-exist among persons.  Personhood refers to such qualities as values, experiences, self-concept, energy, hopes, thoughts, and interactions.  Personhood begins in family and unfolds throughout life as experiences influence the being and becoming of each individual.

Health as dynamic patterns of being is influenced by knowledge, culture, genetics, the environment, beliefs, and behaviors.  Nursing is directed toward the promotion of health with persons experiencing the transitions among wellness, chronicity, and crisis.

Transition occurs in the blending of personhood and health as change is experienced in the process of becoming.  Transitions are volatile times that occur throughout life, may lead to growth and progression, and afford unique opportunities for nursing therapeutics.

Caring is informed therapeutic nursing presence within relationships.  It unfolds in complexity through experiences in choosing and applying the caring processes of maintaining belief, knowing, doing for, being with, and enabling others experiencing health.

Communication is a process of human relating.  It is the sharing of information, thoughts, ideas, and feelings that forms the basis for unfolding in human relationships.  In nursing it involves a caring presence of “being with” and therapeutic communication techniques intended to develop an environment that fosters being and becoming.

Critical thinking contributes to the unfolding understanding of meaning and truth about self and others.  It is nursing judgment that develops over time that begins with examining, questioning, defending, and integrating ideas and actions, and becomes a contextual recognition and understanding of patterns.

The professional role develops over time, with experience, and through exposure to models of professionalism.  It involves attitudes and commitment that lead to behaviors demonstrating advocacy, activism, regards for self and others, accountability, and continued learning.

Approved: 8/96
Revised: 2/19/98; 5/03
Reviewed: 5/05; 2006; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011

Nursing Program

 The RN-BSN Curriculum Focus:   Immersion in Caring
         Defined as:   evolving personal presence through the concepts of maintaining belief,
knowing, doing for, being with and enabling.


Caring Behaviors

  • avoiding assumptions
  • centering on the one cared-for
  • assessing thoroughly
  • seeking cues
  • engaging the self of both

Being with:     

  • being there
  • conveying ability
  • sharing feelings
  • not-burdening

Doing for:

  • comforting
  • anticipating
  • performing competently / skillfully
  • protecting
  • preserving dignity


  • informing / explaining
  • supporting / allowing
  • focusing
  • generating alternatives / thinking it through
  • validating / giving feedback


Maintaining belief: 

  • believing in / holding in esteem
  • maintaining a hope-filled attitude
  • offering realistic optimism
  • “going the distance”



 Academic Rights

 West Liberty is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action institution.  In compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, West Virginia Human Rights Act, Title IX (Educational Amendments of 1972), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable laws and regulations, the College provides equal opportunity to all prospective and current members of the student body, faculty, and staff on the basis of individual qualifications and merit without regard to race, sec, religion, age, national origin, or disability, as identified by law.

The University neither affiliates knowingly with, nor grants recognition to, an individual, group, organization having policies that discriminate of the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, or disability, as defined by applicable laws and regulations. (West Liberty Bulletin 2008-2009).

Organizational Framework

 The organizational framework illustration identifies the lines of communication in the Nursing Program and West Liberty structure.  Your Faculty advisor can assist you through this process.



Program Director, Nursing

Chair, Department of Health Sciences

Dean, School of Sciences

Provost / Vice President of Academic Affairs


Lines of Communication

Faculty Person

UNIVERSITY &   COMMUNITY    RESOURCES                                                   

Faculty Advisor

(optional step)

Program Director, Nursing

Department of Health Sciences, Chair 

NOTE:  Follow organizational framework for continuing communication if situation is unresolved.

Conflict Resolution

The purpose of conflict resolution is to mutually explore ways, in an assertive manner, to resolve a problem, misunderstanding, and/or a difference of opinion between two or more people.  The goal is for each person to feel positive about the outcome.

Concerns are to be handled directly between the persons involved (student-student; student-faculty, etc.).  If the concern cannot be resolved at this level, the lines of communication are to be followed to assist the person(s) in this method.  No step in this process is to be skipped when resolving concerns or problems.

Formal conflict resolution (Grievance, Appeal process) can be found in the WLU Handbook.  This may be accessed from the WLU web-page at westliberty.edu.  Policies applied to professional misconduct may be found in the WLU Handbook, Article III, Section B.

Problem Solving Information

ADVISOR: _____________________________


  • Dr. Donna Lukich               336-8630            MH 326-A      [email protected]       Program Director
  • Dr. Steve Domyan              336-8319            MH 316         [email protected]       Health Sciences
  • Kimberly Crow                  336-8319            MH 318         [email protected]
  • Teresa Faykus                     336-8324            MH 320         [email protected]
  • Peggy Ferguson                  336-8248            MH 330         [email protected]
  • Lina Hixson                       336-8845            MH 332         [email protected]
  • Carolyn Kinney                  336-8318            MH 329         [email protected]
  • Shirley Misselwitz              336-8178            MH 325-B      [email protected]
  • Elizabeth Sproull                336-8176            MH 322         [email protected]
  • Kate Tennant
  • Janet Shutler, Secretary       336-8108            MH 326-B      [email protected]

Fax: 304-336-5104

  • Office for Student Success   304-336-8363
  • Tutoring Services                304-336-8400
  • West Liberty Weather Line  304-336-8020


Faculty office hours are posted.  If the times are not convenient with your schedule, e-mail or call for an appointment.

Take advantage of test reviews, help sessions and tutoring services.  If you are experiencing difficulty, meet with the instructor and your advisor.

If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get assignments, make up work and any handouts

Check your email often.




West Liberty offers an accelerated program for studying nursing to RNs who wish to earn a BSN.  Courses in nursing are usually offered on one weekday session, evening courses, web-supported courses or on-line in order to accommodate the nurse who works full-time.

Nursing courses are available at The Highlands Center and on the main Campus of West Liberty University.  Sequencing of nursing courses allows students to complete these courses in one or two years if enrolled full-time.  Some credit may be earned for life or work experiences as well.  Each applicant is invited to meet with a nursing faculty member and review their planned sequence of courses.

Graduates of associate degree nursing programs will be able to transfer up to 72 credits from their accredited two-year colleges.  This credit transfer includes 31 credits in lower level nursing.  Graduates from diploma schools

will be able to transfer up to 72 credits from an  accredited two-year college.  This 72 credit hours  transfer  includes 30 credits in lower level nursing awarded by Work Life Experience credit.

Other required non-nursing courses are available at The Highlands Center, on the main campus, and online.  The number of credits needed in this area may vary from one individual to another because of the past experiences and credits earned by each student.  West Liberty University requires its graduates to earn a minimum of 56 credits from four-year colleges/universities, including at least 36 total credit hours from West Liberty University.

RN – BSN Curriculum Plan

Validation Process for Registered Nurses

Associate Degree RN

        Upon completion of twelve (12) credit hours in nursing with a minimum grade of “C” at West Liberty, the Associate Degree RN will be able to transfer 31 lower level nursing credits to validate prior nursing knowledge.


     Diploma RN

Upon completion of twelve (12) credit hours in nursing with a minimum grade of “C” at West Liberty, the Diploma  RN will be able to transfer 30 lower level nursing credits to validate prior nursing knowledge. These lower level nursing credits will be awarded by way of Work Life Experience Credit.


RN- BSN Curriculum

The baccalaureate degree for nursing is available to RN students in an accelerated time frame.  It is designed for working RNs, who are at least 21 years of age and have completed approximately sixty (60) hours of college credit.  Classes are provided  at The Highlands Center in Triadelphia, West Virginia or online.  More details can be obtained from the Nursing Program Office.

General Studies                                     45

Verbal Communications                               9

Fine Arts & Humanities                                9

Natural Sciences & Math (including BIO 330)  11

Social Science & History                            12

Business/Economics                                     3

Physical Education                                       1

Support Courses                                     15

Human Development                                   3

Health Informatics                                       3

Human Anatomy & Physiology                  6

Microbiology                                                3

Nursing                                                 63


Lower level Nursing Hours               30-31

Upper Level Nursing Courses           32-33

Nursing Transition: Role Development     3

Nursing Research Methods                        3

Community Nursing/Clinical                     5

Management in Nursing                            3

Issues in Nursing                                       3

Community Health                                    2

Special Topics/Problems in Nursing       6-7

Nursing Practicum                                     4

Advanced Health Assessment                   3

Electives                                                6-7



 Admission Requirements
Registered Nurse Students:

  • Meet the general requirements for admission to the college
  • Graduate from an approved/accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing as evidenced by an official transcript
  • Valid West Virginia professional nursing license or eligible for licensure
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher for all previous college level courses



(Program Goals and Outcomes)

 As students progress through the Nursing Program, they will develop a deeper understanding and integration of various concepts within the practice, science, and art of nursing.

 Program Goals


  1. Employ caring nursing concepts in nursing practice.
  2. Employ critical thinking in making professional judgments and decisions.
  3. Communicate effectively with various aggregate groups and across the lifespan.
  4. Demonstrate non-judgmental care for diverse cultures, values and lifestyles.
  5. Transition within the professional nursing role as an advocate, leader, manager, and clinician utilizing research findings.




  1. Critical Thinking – Organized, purposeful self-regulatory judgment which results in interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference, and explanation used to clarify and improve our understanding of the nursing process.  Demonstrated through written Critical Exemplars. 
  2.  Communication – The process of human relating.  It is the sharing of information, thoughts, ideas and feelings that forms the basis for unfolding in human relationships.  Exhibited through clinical evaluations and written reflective assignments in clinical experiences. 
  3.  Caring Nursing Interventions – Caring modalities used by nurses to promote health of persons, groups, and communities.  Demonstrated through written Caring Exemplars. 
  4. Professional Advancement– The advancement in a career path or pursuit of graduate studies.  Fifty percent (50%) of graduating RN-BSN students will seek advancement within five (5) years of completion of the program. 
  5. Graduation Rate – The percentage of students graduating from the Nursing Program within 5 years of admission to the program.  Seventy-five percent of students admitted to the RN-BSN Nursing Program will graduate in five years.  
  6. Program Satisfaction – Graduates’ perceived level of satisfaction of the Nursing Program, including the educational environment, curriculum, policies, learning resources, and support services; seventy-five percent of students will evaluate program satisfaction as three or better on the Graduate Nurse Self-Evaluation. 

Revised: 5/03; 8/04; 2006; 2008; 2009; 2010
Reviewed: 2011



The Nursing Program faculty believes that class attendance is essential for optimum learning.  Therefore, attendance is expected for all scheduled learning experiences except for legitimate emergencies and situations beyond the student’s control.  Absence from class, laboratory, and clinical experiences will be evaluated on an individual basis according to the student’s ability to meet course requirements.  When possible, the student should inform the appropriate faculty member prior to being absent.  Upon return from absence, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the appropriate faculty member regarding any assignments.  A student who has frequent or prolonged absences may be unable to meet the course requirements and be subject to an incomplete or failing grade for the course.

In addition, with on-line courses, it is expected that the student is self-driven and motivated.  On-line attendance means that all lessons and assignments are completed independently and by the listed due date.  Each course will list any required minimum on-line attendance or activity.

In accordance with the college attendance policy, the faculty reserves the right to establish their own specific course attendance policies. (West Liberty Bulletin)

Certification for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

The Nursing Program Academic Standards Committee requires a completed health record and completion of CPR (American Heart Association, Health Care Provider or American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer) prior to the first off-campus clinical experience.  The student must present current updates of this certification at the beginning of each semester.

Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

Any person who works or is placed in a facility where exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials is required to receive training according to the bloodborne standard mandated by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).  This training is mandated on a yearly basis.  The Nursing Program provides this training to the student on a yearly basis, if the student is unable to validate this training through current employment.

 Financial Requirements

In addition to college tuition and fees, nursing students are responsible for various fees and expenses.  (This is not an inclusive list and prices and expenses may change from year to year.)

1.  RN Liability Insurance

        Must show evidence of RN Liability Insurance coverage

2.  Transportation:

Costs vary for clinical obligations which may require some personal expenses, e.g., meals, lodging, etc.  The student is expected to have independent transportation for clinical travel.

3.  Licensing Fee

Required if not currently licensed in WV. Cost is approximately $100.

4.  Graduation expenses*:

a.  Graduation fee is approximately $100 for commencement exercises.  A fee is also charged for those not participating in the ceremony**.

b.  Purchase of prescribed academic regalia is included in graduation fee.

c.  Pictures – approximately $20.  Cost varies based on picture ordered. (Optional purchase)

d.  WL Nursing Pin.  Prices vary with Balfour Company depending on selection. (Optional purchase)

* Refer to College Bulletin for general requirements.

** A late fee of $75 will be charged if graduation is not applied for on time.

Grading Scale

The Nursing Program Grading Scale for didactic courses is:

A……….. 92-100%

B……….. 84-91%

C……….. 78-83%

D/F…….. 77 and below

A minimum of 78% (C) is required in all nursing courses.


Promotion and Retention (RN – BSN Curriculum)

In order to remain in good academic standing in the Nursing Program, a student must achieve a minimum grade of “C” or “PASS” in all WL nursing and health science curriculum courses as well as BIO 212 and 214.  The student must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for all WL nursing and health science courses attempted.

The Nursing Academic Standards Committee reviews all nursing student records annually for eligibility to continue in the program.   Continuation in the program is dependent upon satisfactory clinical performance, a GPA in all nursing courses of 2.5 or higher, and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and higher.

If a student fails a course that has a companion course, the student will have to repeat both companion courses.  Nursing students are permitted to repeat one nursing curriculum course in which they have an unsatisfactory grade earned (D, F, FI, WF).  Upon earning a second unsatisfactory grade, the student is permanently dismissed from the Nursing Program.

Health Record Requirements

1.   Immunizations

Immunizations and other required health information are listed on the West Liberty Student Health Service Confidential Mandatory H ea   lth Form.  Prior to the first clinical experience, each student must have a Student Health Record completed by his/her personal physician.  If the student leaves the Program or returns to the Program after a leave relating to illness or injury, additional examinations may be required.


2.   Annual Tuberculosis Testing and Follow-up Policy

  • All students must have a yearly PPD prior to the beginning of clinical experiences.  The results must be verified by the student’s clinical faculty during clinical orientation.
  • Any student who has had a positive PPD in the past must have a chest x-ray prior to the initial clinical experience.  A student who has a negative chest x-ray following a positive PPD will not be required to have the chest x-ray repeated unless there is an intervening exposure to a person with active tuberculosis or the student exhibits symptoms that may suggest tuberculosis.
  • A student who has an initial positive PPD must be seen by a personal physician or health care agency that will follow the latest protocol by the CDC.  The student cannot participate in clinical experiences until the physician verifies that the protocol has been completed.



For concerns related to disabilities, the student is referred to the Student Health Record & the Current College Student Handbook.  The Student Health Record identifies where disability must be documented by the physician.



“The human care process between a nurse and another individual is a special, delicate gift to be cherished.  The human care transactions make it possible for two individuals to come together and establish contact; one person’s body-mind-spirit joins another’s body-mind-spirit in a lived moment.  The shared moment of the present has the potential to transcend time, space, and the physical world as we generally view it in the traditional nurse-client relationship.”

Dossey, et al (1995) Holistic Nursing Handbook for Practice


Learning Laboratory

  • WLU’s online course management system is Sakai and can be found on the main webpage.
  • WLU’s library can be found on the main webpage and can be accessed from a student’s home computer.  Call the library’s resource department for access codes.


West Liberty University Directory

  • The WLU’s directory can be accessed from the main webpage for all departments, faculty, and staff information.


Student Injury

  • Report and follow policy at facility.
  • Notify Instructor as quickly as possible.
  • A Situational Report will be written up.
  • Student is responsible for the cost of all health care services received.



As a right to privacy, information related from clients and/or their medical records are to remain confidential.  This information can only be shared with the health team and in a structured learning environment.  Avoid discussion of clinical situations in public areas.  Information pertaining to any client/family is not to be shared with your own family members.  Clients’/families’ names should not be mentioned directly or indirectly to anyone except to authorized individuals.  The client and/or the health care facility have the right to specify or restrict the people who may have access to this information.  Federal regulations require that all persons be assured that their health information is protected.  Students will receive training regarding HIPAA.

Clinical Behavior

The student’s clinical behavior, not only reflects his/her own professional demeanor and preparation, but also represents West Liberty and the Nursing Program.


Professional Conduct

The nursing faculty believes that students must consistently display professional attitudes and behaviors in accordance with the West Virginia University System Policy Bulletin No. 57 to be found in the West Liberty Student Handbook.  In addition to the above mentioned standard of conduct, student nurses are accountable for avoiding impaired, incompetent, and negligent practice at all times.  Demonstrated failure to meet these standards may be grounds for dismissal.

The State of West Virginia Code and Legislative Rules, for Registered Professional Nurses, April 1995 (19-1-12.4) provides the West Virginia Board of Examiners the authority to discipline a student in a state approved nursing program.  The Board of Nursing will be informed when a student is in violation of the Standards for Professional Nursing Practice Series 10.


Situational Report

The purpose of this form is to facilitate communication between the student and the nursing faculty and/or clinical preceptor concerning observations of student behavior, both positive and negative.  The information will be used in both counseling and evaluating the student.  The following information is included on the situational report.

STUDENT NAME: __________________________________________________________

DATE & TIME OF INCIDENT: ________________________________________________


NAME OF FACULTY (OR PRECEPTOR) ________________________________________________

DATE: _____________________________

STUDENT SIGNATURE: ______________________________________________________________

C: Advisor

Program Director, Nursing Program



“As nurses, we can refresh our own self-reflection techniques and perfect new ones to help us record and grow from our experiences, intuitions, and connections.  We can learn to help our clients and ourselves tap into the spiritual and self-healing aspects of the complex and beautiful web of our existence.  Self-reflection helps us evoke more trust and truth in daily living.”

Dossey, et al (1995) Holistic Nursing Handbook for Practice.



The nursing faculty encourages students to apply for the following Nursing Scholarships even though the student may not meet Federal Financial Aid Criteria.  The need requirements for the Nursing Scholarships are less stringent than the requirements for Federal Aid Assistance.  Applications for scholarships should be made by February 1.  All scholarship recipients are expected to assist with recruitment activities.


The Nursing Scholarship is based on financial need as well as other eligibility requirements.  The primary purpose of the scholarship monies will be for the payment of tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks, etc., for students enrolled in the nursing program at West Liberty.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Ø GPA is 2.5 or higher
  • Ø Documentation of financial need / list any aid currently received*
  • Ø Letter regarding career goals (200 – 500 words)*
  • Ø Preference for eligibility given to graduates of Public School in Ohio County, graduates of any Public School system and current resident of Ohio County, WV, or contiguous counties in WV, PA, or OH



A state grant awarded to adult, part-time students who are residents of West Virginia.  This grant can only be applied towards tuition and fee charges.  Students must show financial need as determined by the FAFSA and must meet one of the federal criteria for being an independent student.  Students must also complete a HEAPS Application Form in the Financial Aid Office in order to apply.  Grant amounts are based on the student’s financial need and the student’s cost for tuition and fees.  All awards are contingent upon the availability of funds.

Method of Selection for Scholarships

The Academic Standards Committee, Nursing Program, shall select the recipients.  The student will usually receive only one scholarship.


The recipient will be notified of the scholarship in writing during the spring semester.

*Submit documentation or required letter with scholarship application.



Educational Assistance

  1. Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC), Wheeling, has a financial assistance program available to junior and/or senior nursing student.  Students may apply through the nursing department at OVMC.
  2. Virginia Kasley Student Loan from the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, available to students accepted into the program.
  3. Jean Seabright Loan Progam from the Oho Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, available to RN students.
  4. The Paramedical Career Loan Fund from the Alliance to the Ohio county Medical Society available to all students accepted into the nursing program.
  5. Federal Nursing Loans, available through the Financial Aid Office at low interest rates.



Additional information regarding specific eligibility requirements for each scholarship, award, and loan are available in the Nursing Program.


The Nursing Achievement Award is awarded to one student in each of the five classes enrolled in nursing at West Liberty University.  These scholarships will be based on academic standing.  The primary purpose of the scholarship monies will be for the payment of tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks, etc., for students enrolled in the nursing program at West Liberty University.

Graduation Awards


A cash award is presented to an RN student at Graduation and selected by the Academic Standards Committee.




Student Representative Role to Faculty Committee Meetings


The student representatives or alternates will attend Curriculum, and Evaluation Committee meetings to provide student information, report information to classmates, and coordinate class meetings, class activities and fund raising projects.

Student Representative 

  • 1 RN representative                 (1 Alternate)


Representation to a committee of the Nursing Program requires leadership and commitment.  This appointment gives the students an opportunity to represent their class and contribute ideas at various committee meetings.

The faculty will coordinate yearly election of representatives to these faculty committees.

Revised 7/06; 2011

Reviewed 2008; 2009; 2010


Uniform for Clinical Experience

  1. Appropriate and conservative dress cloths: dress slacks, shirt and tie, polo, conservative blouse or dress.
  2. Lab coat full length or ¾ length
  3. Appropriate socks, hose, closed toes and heels shoes.  No athletic footwear.
  4. School name pin
  5. Stethoscope as needed
  6. Watch with a second hand as needed

Name Tags


Picture identification name tags are available on-campus on the ground floor of the College Union.  Arrangements may be made to obtain identification name tags by calling (304) 336-8422.

General Appearance

1.      Jewelry allowed while in clinical experience are:

2.      Wedding ring, name pin, watches with second hand, single pair small ball post earrings (limited to one earring per ear).  Other body piercing jewelry must be removed.

3.      Hair must be clean, off the collar and not hanging over the face, over the uniform or hanging loosely.  Extreme hairstyles will not be acceptable.

4.      Nails must be well manicured, not too long, and without highly colored polish.

5.      Laboratory coats must be clean, in good repair, and must be worn when in the clinical area for assignments.  Lab coats, when worn, will also have a name pin.

6.      Men must be clean-shaven or have neatly trimmed beards and mustaches.

7.      Perfume, after shave or cologne is not acceptable.

8.      Gum chewing while in uniform is discouraged and not permitted while on clinical experience.

9.      Body tattoos may not be visible while in clinical experiences.

Negligence on the part of the student to maintain the above general appearance standard will result in the student being asked to leave the unit to make the necessary changes and will be noted on the student evaluation form.

Several clinical areas of assignment have special dress codes and requirements.  The Professor will identify these special clinical areas and provide dress requirements.  In most situations blue jeans, sweatshirts, open sandals, shorts, tight clothes and non-professional dress will not be acceptable and if worn, the student will be dismissed from the experience to make appropriate changes.




Students are responsible for providing their own transportation for learning experiences.  A majority of the clinical laboratory courses are held off-campus in community and health care facilities.


Weather Hotline


Local radio and television stations will provide information to students regarding the closing of WL in case of severe weather/emergency closings.  Students living out of the area and not having access to local radio and TV stations should make arrangements with fellow students and the professor to establish a plan for notification.

Students enrolled in off-campus classes are advised to call, for severe weather/emergency closing information and other timely messages, the following telephone number:  (304) 336-8400


  • The professor will establish a weather plan for changes when necessary.
  • Students enrolled in off-campus classes are requested to NOT call the WL campus switchboard for severe weather/emergency closing information, but to call off-campus telephone numbers for closure information.

Emergency Text Messaging System


West Liberty University provides a free text messaging system for unusual, critical, or emergency situations.  Once the student registers online for this system, any West Liberty announcement will automatically be sent out as a phone test to all members.

To register, go to below website and follow the simple and easy directions.  It takes approximately 3-5 minutes and is free.


Revised 7/09; 5/10; 2/11

Reviewed 2008


RN to BSN Program


The portfolio is a collection work that reflects the student’s efforts, growth and achievement as a nursing student in the program.  Throughout the program, you have been collecting your information.  It is now time to organize the portfolio and present your achievements in writing and in an oral presentation.

  1. Organize your portfolio based on the program outcomes.  Show latest work first.  Work that reflects the outcome should be included in that section.   For each section summarize your growth as you progressed through the program.   See Program goals on page 10 of this handbook.


  1. Portfolio format
  • Table of Contents
  • Introductory letter presenting portfolio contents and explaining your reasons for including specific selections
  • Resume
  • Example of work and accomplishments


3.  Required documents in addition to the above are:

  • Caring exemplars
  • Critical Thinking exemplars
  • IPRs


4.  Other documents you may include are:

  • Assessments 
  • Honor Projects 
  • Nursing assessment journals 
  • Patient teaching projects 
  • Pictures or drawings 
  • Professional papers 
  • Reflective journal samples 
  • Special projects  


5.  If you have other items of interest that tells about your experience in the program, please feel free to include them.  Place the above documents in a 3-ring binder