Campus Health

Return to Clinical, Class, and Lab Following Illness or Injury Policy

Purpose:
To determine the student's ability to return to normal academic activities in the classroom, lab, and/or clinical to ensure the health and safety of the student, as well as their faculty, classmates and patients.

Policy:
The student must present documentation from their personal healthcare provider to the Campus Health Center prior to returning to the College following an absence caused by orthopedic pain/injury, including back/neck pain, surgery, pregnancy, delivery or other health related situation that may impact the student's ability to engage in normal classroom, laboratory or clinical experiences. Documentation must indicate the date that the student may return to normal academic activities, and must specify any restrictions if applicable.

Students who are enrolled in any clinical or laboratory experience must provide evidence that they satisfactorily meet the technical standards of performance for the program in which they are enrolled. Students with restrictions or who no longer satisfy the technical standards of performance will not be permitted to return to the clinical setting. Participation in the laboratory setting may be restricted depending on the nature of the experience. Restrictions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Infectious Conditions:
Before returning from an absence related to an actual or probable infectious condition including, but not limited to, pink eye, diarrhea/vomiting, rash, draining wounds or influenza, the student may need to be seen by the Campus Health Center for clearance to return to the academic setting (classroom, lab, or clinical). The student may also be requested to present documentation from their personal healthcare provider stating that they are no longer infectious and may return to normal academic activities in the classroom, lab, or clinical settings.

All documentation related to the issues above shall be presented to the Campus Health Center where it will be placed in the student's medical file. Misrepresenting your personal circumstances to a member of the Campus Health Center, clinical agency, faculty, or College official constitutes academic dishonesty and is grounds for disciplinary action.

Tobacco-Free Environment

Purpose:
To provide a healthy campus environment, to promote healthy lifestyles, and to improve the quality of life for our community.

Policy:
In accordance with Methodist Health System policy and efforts to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles, Nebraska Methodist College is a tobacco-free environment. Use, sale or distribution of tobacco products is prohibited inside and outside all buildings on the NMC campus and in private vehicles parked on College property. In addition, tobacco use is prohibited at all College sponsored off-campus events or at off-campus property owned by the College, including the Alumni Center.

Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, artificial or stimulated smoking devices (electronic cigarettes, etc.), cigars, chewing tobacco, hookah-smoked products, clove cigarettes, cigarillos, and pipe smoking. Individuals covered by the tobacco-free policy include, but are not limited to, students, employees, visitors, vendors, leased tenants, and contractors. Tobacco industry and related company sponsorship of campus groups, events, individuals, and departments is prohibited. This includes scholarships, sponsorship of faculty positions, and recruiting for employment.

NMC students, employees, and visitors are expected to be good neighbors by refraining from using tobacco products on the property of nearby businesses and residences.

Updated: July 2013

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In Case of Pandemic

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza A virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population and the virus begins to cause serious illness and then spreads easily person-to-person worldwide. The federal government, states, communities and industry are taking steps to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. NMC has created a Pandemic Preparedness plan, with the primary goal of protecting the health and lives of the NMC community. Policies have been developed to mitigate the impact of pandemic or other public health threat based on best practices and/or recommendations from the CDC, WHO, US Department of Health and Human Services, and Douglas County Health Department.

The NMC Plan is based on leveled criteria as determined by the Federal Government Response Stages and the WHO Phase and Level Criteria, and will be made readily available if and when the pandemic risk is elevated to level 4 or above.

Update: Pandemic Alert was issued June 11, 2009- refer to Pandemic Incident Management Plan

Update: August 10, 2010- WHO declared H1N1 Pandemic over

The current WHO phase of pandemic alert for avian influenza H5N1 is 3.

Currently, the avian influenza H5N1 virus continues to circulate in poultry in some countries, especially in Asia and northeast Africa.

This virus continues to cause sporadic human infections with some instances of limited human-to-human transmission among very close contacts. There has been no sustained human-to-human or community-level transmission identified thus far.

AED Use in Emergency

Purpose:
To electrically terminate rapid ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation in the unconscious, pulseless patient with the Zoll AED+Plus unit, located in public spaces at the College (including the Alumni Center). This procedure may be implemented by a first responder, professional or non-professional

INDICATIONS FOR USE:
Use the AED when a suspected cardiac arrest victim has an apparent LACK OF CIRCULATION as indicated by:

  • Unconsciousness and
  • Absence of normal breathing; and
  • Absence of a pulse or signs of circulation.
  • When a victim is less than 8 years of age or weighs less than 55 lbs (25 kg), the Zoll AED Plus should be used with Zoll AED Plus Pediatric Electrodes. Therapy should not be delayed to determine the patient's exact age or weight.
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR USE:
DO NOT use the AED when the patient is:
  • Conscious; or
  • Breathing; or
  • Has a detectable pulse or other signs of circulation.

AED Inspection and Maintenance

Purpose:
To establish regular inspection and maintenance plan for the AED unit.

Procedure:
The Methodist Health System Biomedical Electronics Department is scheduled to conduct quarterly checks of all AED units at Nebraska Methodist College buildings (including Clark, Leinart, Josie's Village and the Jean Beyer Alumni Center and any other buildings that come under ownership of the College.)

  1. A representative from the Biomedical Electronics Department requests a key from Campus Security to inspect all AED units.
  2. Security will send a report to the Campus Health Center indicating the date, time, units inspected and results.
  3. The SHC representative on the Safety and Health Committee will bring a copy of that report to the next Committee meeting for discussion and inclusion in the Campus Safety and Health Records Book.