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Graduating RN Functioning in a Non-RN Patient Care Position (4.66)

Graduating RN Functioning in a Non-RN Patient Care Position (4.66) - Policies, Administrative, UWHC, Department Specific, Nursing Administrative, Personnel

4.66

POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
September 29, 2015

Administrative Manual
Nursing Manual
 Other _______________

Policy #:
4.66

Original
 Revision

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Title: Graduating RN Functioning in a Non
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I. PURPOSE
To establish a procedure within UW Health by which non-RN patient care staff will function within
their current position description after completing an education for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
(BSN) or an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program.

II. DEFINITIONS
BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing
Nursing Assistant Positions - Nursing Assistant (NA), temporary Nursing Assistant (NA – Temp),
Student Nursing Assistant (SNA), and Nursing Assistant – Resource Center (NA RC).
Scope of Practice - The extent and limits of the medical interventions that a health care
worker/provider may perform.
Date of Graduation - The date that is posted on the college’s website as the graduation date.

III. PROCEDURE
To eliminate the concern of scope of practice boundary concerns from occurring within nursing
practice, patient care staff working in complex and acute clinical practice areas may not continue to
work within their current position title upon graduation from a nursing school program. The affected
employees include those working in a Nursing Assistant (NA) Positions, Surgical Technologist (ST),
Endoscopy Technician, Heart and Vascular Technician, Health Unit Coordinator (HUC), Licensed
Practical Nurse (LPN), Emergency Technician (ET) and similar patient care roles within UWHC in a
24/7, complex, and acute environment following graduation from an ADN or Bachelor RN Program.
Employees not working in patient care or complex and acute clinical practice areas may indefinitely
continue in their current position upon graduation from a BSN/ADN program.

A. Program Completion
1. Patient care employees that have graduated from a Nursing Program must leave their current
health care position within six (6) months or obtain another position within UWHC that is not in a
24/7, complex, and acute environment.

2. The manager will notify the employee in writing that failure to find another position at UWHC
will result in involuntarily being separated from employment. This notification will include the
date of separation (six (6) months from the date of graduation).



POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
September 29, 2015

Administrative Manual
Nursing Manual
 Other _______________

Policy #:
4.66

Original
 Revision

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Of

Title: Graduating RN Functioning in a Non
RN Patient Care Position

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3. Employees that choose to remain in their current position must continue to fulfill the job
responsibilities consistent with their position description. Employees with RN licensure may not
practice RN duties while working in a non-licensed position.

4. Employees that exceed the duties of their current position description may be disciplined up to
termination and may be held accountable to their profession and their licensing agency.

B. Nurse Resident Program

1. Current employees hired for the UWHC Nurse Resident or ADN New to Practice program may
remain in their current position performing patient care duties until beginning the program. (e.g.,
May graduates start the new graduate program in June or July and December graduates start in
January or February.) During this time, the employee may not perform any nursing functions for
which they are trained or licensed but are not within their current position description.


IV. REVIEWED BY

A. Nursing Staffing Council, April 2015
B. Nursing Executive Council, April 2015
C. Nursing Administrative Policy & Procedure Committee, September 2015

SIGNED BY

Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer