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Unsafe or Unprofessional Clinical Practice Policy

Safe clinical practice is a mandatory requirement of students in the Nursing Program as defined by course objectives. Unsafe clinical practice shall be deemed to be behaviors which threaten or violate the physical, biological or emotional safety of patients, staff, students or self. Unsafe or unprofessional clinical practice may result in:

  • A performance conference and written report
  • A clinical warning conference and written report
  • Immediate clinical failure from CCCC nursing course – the student is not allowed to continue.

Unsafe behaviors include but are not limited to:

  • Inappropriate use of side rails, wheelchairs, other mechanical equipment.
  • Lack of proper protection of the patient which results in or leaves a patient vulnerable to falls, lacerations, burns.
  • Failure to correctly identify patient(s) prior to initiating care.
  • Failure to perform pre-procedure safety checks of equipment, invasive devices or patient status.
  • Failure to recognize violations in aseptic technique, violates “5 rights” in medication administration, performing nursing actions without appropriate supervision.
  • Failure to report significant findings in patient status.
  • Failure to seek help when needed.
  • Failure to properly identify patient(s) prior to medication administration.
  • Threatening or making a patient fearful.
  • Providing patient with inappropriate or incorrect information.
  • Performing nursing actions without appropriate supervision.
  • Failure to seek help when needed, unstable emotional behaviors.
  • Failure to maintain confidentiality

Unprofessional Practice: Unprofessional behaviors include but are not limited to:

  • Verbal or non-verbal language, actions, or voice inflections which compromise rapport and working relations with patients, family members, staff, or faculty, may potentially compromise contractual agreements and/or working relations with clinical affiliates, or constitute violations of legal/ethical standards. Examples: personal hygiene, dress, boundaries, accountability, breach of confidentiality.