School of Nursing
Bloodborne Pathogen Training
Nursing students are required to follow the same compliance requirements that are required of RNs in practice, including completing bloodborne pathogen training. Incoming undergraduate students, including BSN@Home students, are required to complete the UWHC Safety and Infection Control Training. Bloodborne pathogen training must be completed annually.
Health Care Recommendations
Students in the health care professions are at increased risk of exposure to communicable diseases and should review their immunization status. Students are encouraged to comply with the recommendations below for their own personal health.
- Polio. Routine immunization against polio is recommended. Childhood immunization is sufficient. Adult immunization is not routinely necessary.
- Influenza. Students are encouraged to be vaccinated against influenza each year. Influenza immunizations are available at no charge through University Health Services. Special immunization clinics are often available at the Clinical Science Center and other sites throughout the campus.
- A vaccine is available for meningococcal disease. Students should consult with their health care provider for more information about the vaccine.
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV vaccination is recommended for all women up to age 26 without medical contraindication. Students should consult with their health care provider for more information about the vaccine.
Students who have questions about health—physical and/or emotional—are expected to seek care promptly, and are encouraged to go to the University Health Services or their own providers. Students are strongly urged to have health insurance while enrolled at the university, either through a private insurance company or through the university-sponsored Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). For more information call 608-265-5232. Please note that the enrollment in the SHIP Plan is mandatory for all international students and their dependents residing in this country, unless they can provide evidence of continuous enrollment in a health insurance plan with comparable benefits.
Health Documentation Requirements
Students on clinical rotations in health care facilities are at higher risk than the general population for acquiring communicable diseases such as hepatitis B and tuberculosis. A health care worker or student who has one of these diseases may, in turn, infect other personnel and patients. Such infections established in a health care facility are serious in their potential for medical and possibly legal complications. Any student who is exposed to a communicable disease is required to report the exposure to their clinical instructor. Hospitals, health care agencies, and providers require evidence of immunization or natural immunity against those diseases which can be prevented. Students are responsible for arrangements and cost of all health requirements. For detailed information, see the School of Nursing's Compliance Requirements Policy.
Wisconsin Caregiver Law
Wisconsin law requires criminal history background checks of persons responsible for the care, safety, and security of children and vulnerable adults. The Wisconsin Caregiver Law requires criminal background checks for licensed individuals, employees, prospective employees, and other specified persons affiliated with caregiving entities or providers. As this law applies to students providing care in School of Nursing clinical settings, the school must ensure that nursing students are in compliance with this law. Admission to the School of Nursing does not guarantee that a student will be eligible to earn a nursing degree if certain types of criminal offenses identified in the background check prevent them from participating in clinical placements. In addition, the school cannot guarantee eligibility for licensure by the State of Wisconsin or other licensing entity/authority if certain types of criminal offenses are identified in the background check.
The initial background check will be in effect for four years. If, during that four-year period, the student notifies the program that he/she has been convicted of a crime, or is under investigation for a crime, or if the program learns of this information from another source, another background check will be conducted. Likewise, if an individual remains in the program for more than four years, another background check is required.