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SDSU Undergraduate Nursing Tardiness Guidelines Tardiness Action Algorithm for Clinical, Simulation, or Community Experiences

Tardiness defined: Arrival five minutes or more after assigned arrival time as published in the semester, clinical or simulation calendar, or as previously agreed upon by a community clinical group.

Background: This tardiness guideline was developed in accordance with Just Culture – duty to produce an outcome. Duty to produce an outcome includes an individual’s responsibility for the outcome of a situation. For students, examples of duties required to produce an outcome include arriving on time, following dress code, and meeting program requirements.

Procedure for instructor: In the event a student is tardy, review the two situation descriptions, select the situation that most closely matches the current situation and follow the required action.

Situation #1: Tardiness has no impact on ability to provide safe direct patient/client care.

Examples:

  • Student is prepared to provide safe care OR
  • Experience does not include direct patient/client care OR
  • Student can receive patient/client report OR
  • Student can complete onsite preparation, as required for safe care, prior to accepting responsibility for patient/client care.

Action: Student can stay for clinical shift, simulation experience, or community clinical. First occurrence, instructor will initiate conversation regarding professional performance expectations. A second occurrence requires the Semester Coordinator to initiate a Performance Improvement Plan. All tardiness is noted on clinical evaluation tool.

Situation #2: Tardiness inhibits/prohibits ability to provide safe direct patient/client care.

Examples:

  • Student is unorganized/unprepared OR
  • Student has missed patient/client report OR
  • Student is unable to complete onsite preparation, as required for safe care, prior to accepting responsibility for patient/client care.

Action: Student is required to leave the clinical setting immediately, and is required to initiate the process of scheduling clinical makeup as outlined in the Billing Procedure for an Unexcused Clinical Absence/Simulation/Community Experience. Semester Coordinator initiates a Performance Improvement Plan. Tardiness is noted on clinical evaluation tool.

Dec. 19, 2017, Semester Coordinator Attendance Task Force
Updated: April 2021