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Undergraduate Nursing

Welcome to Cleveland Clinic Akron General! We are dedicated to making your clinical time here with us an enjoyable and educational experience.

Prior to beginning your time with us you must complete education each school year, which reviews specific policies and procedures unique to the Akron General (exception: Akron General staff members). You will not be allowed to participate in patient care or your rotation until you have completed this Student Orientation. Students who are required to observe in the OR may also be required to complete this Introduction to OR Observation.

Guidelines Governing Student Nurses at Akron General


Student nurses will be held to the standards of competent professional nurses when performing all nursing duties. Akron General Registered Nurses maintain the ultimate responsibility for patient care.

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Patient Report - Students must receive a patient report to find out your patient's needs, scheduled tests, lab results and condition. It is imperative that you notify your instructor and the primary care nurse when there is a change in your patient condition, or a problem with equipment. You must report off to the primary care nurse when leaving the floor or at the end of your clinical day using SBAR communication or your school approved communication process.
  • Clinical Skills/Procedures - Students are to demonstrate safe practices and follow all Akron General Procedure guidelines. Your instructor must be present if you have not attained clinical competency in a procedure. Your instructor will provide guidance about which skills may be performed independently.
  • Medications - Your nursing instructor will check ALL medications prior to your administration of medications. Students are to demonstrate safe medication practices and follow all Akron General Medication Administration procedures. This includes, but is not limited to knowledge of the Rights of medication administration, medication action, safe dosage, side effects and special considerations for administration.

Dress Code

You are expected to dress in a professional manner. The school of nursing student will wear appropriate uniform and ID badge while on duty in the clinical setting. Lab coats are permitted and ID badges are required when the student is completing data collection or picking up an assignment. Akron General Health System does not provide lab coats to Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Students. No T-shirts, jeans or open toed shoes are allowed.

Protected Health Information (PHI)

  • Medical Record/Electronic Records Access- All patient information is protected by HIPAA privacy and security laws.
  • Users are reminded to only access patient information that is needed.
  • Never share or give out your user name and passwords.
  • Students may NOT photocopy any part of the patient's medical record or have in their possession any individually identifiable health information belonging to a patient.
  • All patient information that is being thrown away must be placed in shredder boxes.
  • Avoid using waiting rooms or public areas to interview patients or brief family members.
  • Do not discuss patients in the cafeteria, elevators, hallways or outside in the picnic areas.
  • Use extra care in protecting patient confidentiality.

Sharing information

Information about the patient's condition may be shared with the family if the patient gives permission (can be verbal), the patient is unconscious or confused, or if it is in the best interest of the patient. If you receive a call asking for a patient by name only, the patient's name, room number and condition information may be provided.


After completing the McKesson Horizon Clinicals Documentation Training and/or clinical documentation specific to your assigned unit with your clinical instructor, you will receive a user ID and password and be able to document care for your patient.

Electronic Communication

Electronic communication devices such as cell phones, iPods, or iPads should not be utilized in clinical areas where you are able to be observed by patients, families, or visitors. You may utilize these devices for accessing needed references for patient care assignments, but should not do so in areas where you are in public view. Please also observe all requirements of your school regarding electronic devices.

The perception that you are using your devices for personal communication, even if you are not, must be avoided. This is important for building and maintaining trust with our patients, families and visitors.

Social Media

Students are strictly prohibited from posting or referencing patient information on social media sites. Even if an individual patient is not identified by name, there may still be a reasonable basis to believe that the patient could be identified from the information and that the disclosure could constitute violation of HIPAA Compliance, confidentiality, harassment/nondiscrimination and Akron General Policy.

Akron General reserves the right to demand that you remove any information from a social media site if the posting could impair or injure the reputation of, or otherwise harm Akron General or its patients and employees.

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