Criminal History Background Check and Urine Drug Screening Policy
Many clinical agencies in keeping with The Joint Commission (TJC) standard have mandated criminal history background checks and urine drug testing for all individuals engaged in patient care; therefore, all students must present a criminal history background check and a urine drug screening before entering the first nursing course with a clinical component and before being readmitted to the program.
POLICY AND PROCEDURE
Criminal History Background Check
OLOLSON has designated www.certifiedbackground.com as the vendor for the criminal background screening. Results from any other company will not be accepted. The student is responsible for the cost of the criminal background screen(s) at the time of the screening.
As part of the Caring for Patients Across the Lifespan I registration session, the School will provide the students with information about how to obtain the criminal history background check. The student will provide the Coordinator of Enrollment Services with a copy of the criminal history background check results.
The student is aware that, when applying for the criminal history background check, he/she automatically releases the results to the School of Nursing and that the results will be shared with affiliating agencies that provide clinical experiences in the program. Appropriate Agency personnel evaluate all positive background checks, and at their sole discretion, make the determination if the individual student can participate in clinical experiences in their agency. If the student is denied clinical placement by the clinical agency due to positive criminal history information, that student will not enter and/or continue in the program.
Results of the criminal history background checks will be valid so long as the student remains in the program. If the student leaves the program for any reason, a new criminal background history check will be required before readmission.
All reports are considered confidential. The results of the student criminal history background checks will be kept in a locked file in the Dean's office for the duration of the student's enrollment.
Urine Drug Screening
Concentra, located at 800 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ, is the only agency authorized to conduct Urine Drug Screening for students enrolled in Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing. Results from any other agency will not be recognized. A clear urine drug screen is required to begin the program.
Results of the urine drug screen will be valid so long as the student remains in the program. If the student leaves the program for any reason, a new urine drug screen will be required before readmission into any classes.
Failure to undergo the drug test will result in dismissal from the program. If the drug screen comes back diluted or adulterated the student will be allowed one retest. If the student fails the second test, the student will be dismissed from the program.
The student is responsible for all costs associated with the drug screening. The student is aware that, when applying for the urine drug screen, he/she automatically releases the results to the School of Nursing and that the results will be shared with the appropriate agencies that provide clinical experiences for the program. Should a clinical agency refuse to place a student based on the outcome of the drug screen, the student will be dismissed from the program. The school has no responsibility for arranging alternate clinical placements.
Respiratory Fit Test Instructions
All students must wear an OSHA/NIOSH approved, properly fitted, disposable particulate Airborne Infection Isolation Respiratory respirator protective device (high efficiency particulate respiratory) for Infectious Tuberculosis (TB) when entering rooms, transporting, having contact with patients diagnosed with or suspected of having infectious TB, during special procedures (i.e. diagnostic sputum induction, aerosolized Pentamidine administration, bronchoscopy, endotracheal intubation/suctioning), or otherwise having contact with patients diagnosed with or suspected of having infectious TB.
To ensure that respirators provide satisfactory fit and the required protection against TB, all students must be fit tested prior to their first clinical nursing course or before readmission into the nursing program. The agency designated & authorized to conduct the Respirator Fit Testing Procedure for students enrolled in OLOLSON is Concentra located in Cherry Hill, NJ.
The student is responsible for all costs associated with Respirator Fit Testing.
To obtain a Respirator Fit Test, you will need the following:
- An appointment, made by calling (856) 663-7690
- Photo ID, required at time of testing
- $20, payable at the time of testing. (Payments can be made via cash, credit/debit card, or money order payable to Concentra.)
800 Haddonfield Rd.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Office hours: Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.