Students should report all health problems that necessitate absence from class or clinical to the Program Coordinator or Clinical Faculty. Students may call the Course Coordinator if reporting they are ill and will not be in class. Students are expected to report all absences. Clinical absences may result in loss of grade points as described in specific program policies.
Students are not to seek medical advice from physicians while on the clinical units, but are encouraged to seek medical advice from their personal physician.
Upon graduation from the College, all students will be mailed their original physical examination form and health records. The College recommends that students retain these records. Health records will remain available for 30 days from the date of withdrawal for students who have withdrawn at which time they will be destroyed. During the program, the student can review his/her health record upon request to the Student Services Secretary.
If a student’s status becomes questionable due to a health problem, the recommendation of the student’s physician concerning attendance or continuation of the program will be honored.
Contracts with other agencies define treatment of students who become ill at their facility. Contract specifications are followed up by the appropriate Program Coordinator.
Trinity College will abide by the medical center policy regarding whether a student can be on clinical with a medical device/restrictions such as a cast. Generally such devices prohibit ability to perform direct patient care and are therefore not permitted.
Students must bring a physician release to the Program Coordinator before returning to class/clinical after surgery, childbirth, medical-surgical health problems, or workmen’s compensation absence.
Students may choose to be seen at:
106 19th Avenue, Moline, Illinois
All students must adhere to the following:
Complete blood-borne pathogen Net Learning module by assigned completion date. Students who are Trinity Medical Center employees must have attended Trinity Medical Center orientation and provide documentation of attendance to Program Coordinator/Student Services.
Adhere to the principles of handwashing prior to and following patient care for each patient.
Practice good personal hygiene in care of self and clothing, i.e., scrubs and uniforms
Practice techniques taught in fundamentals classes to protect from injuries with needles and sharp objects.
Report any possible communicable disease to the Program Coordinator for an evaluation prior to participating in clinical care or attending classes. A student may be asked to provide a physician’s evaluation of a condition prior to returning to clinical and classes.
Report any Unusual Occurrence, such as exposure to a communicable disease,
accidental injury, or other injury to the Clinical Instructor immediately so an evaluation of the injury, Unusual Occurrence Report, and further treatment/evaluation follow-up can be carried out.
- Blood-borne pathogen exposure from a sharps injury is reported immediately to the Clinical Instructor. An Occurrence Report is completed and lab testing for the student and the source is drawn immediately. The student will report to the Employee Health Department for counseling and discussion of further testing at three and six months.
Health Coverage and Insurance
Students are expected to provide individual health coverage for personal injury incurred while under approved clinical supervision and/or illness/injuries that occur at any time or place while enrolled in the programs at Trinity College. If you do not have health insurance, Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers the option to purchase affordable health insurance at a student group rate with various payment plans and coverage. Contact:
E.J. Smith & Associates,
INC./E.J. Smith Insurance Agency
899 Skokie Boulevard
Northbrook, Illinois 60062-4029
Students are advised that Trinity Medical Center does not provide health care benefits for or on behalf of students. Students must assume responsibility for costs incurred for acute medical and long term health problems.
Trinity College students are provided coverage for general liability exposure to the same extent as visitors of Trinity Medical Center. This coverage applies when students are on or off campus as long as they are functioning in a student role. General liability coverage and professional liability coverage does not extend to sharps injuries. The policy and procedure to follow for sharp injuries/ blood-borne pathogen exposure will be covered in detail in orientation. Cost incurred beyond the testing coverage for any sharps or other injury is the student’s responsibility.
Trinity Regional Health System covers any student charged with negligence in performance of activities within the scope of clinical course experience if that student is under approved clinical supervision in the educational program. Limitations on this coverage would include exclusion based on any services rendered for compensation to other health care providers. Coverage is not provided for any legal obligations of the student in the event the student carries his/her own individual professional liability insurance coverage or is covered under any other policy or insurance program. Students are not covered under the Trinity Medical Center worker’s compensation program. Worker’s compensation benefits cover only those persons on the Trinity Medical Center payroll.
Substance Abuse Policy
Detailed Board Approved Policy
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences has a zero tolerance policy regarding drugs and alcohol. It is the policy of the College to prohibit the purchase, possession, use or abuse, sale, distribution, or manufacture of any controlled substance on campus. Any student bringing nonprescribed or illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages to the campus, using these on the grounds, or dispensing, manufacturing, or selling them on the premises will be immediately dismissed from the College.
Trinity College recognizes chemical dependency as an illness and a major health problem. It also recognizes substance abuse as a potential health, safety, and security problem. It is the student’s responsibility to report to Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences and perform all assignments in a safe and appropriate manner.
Students who are performing in an unsafe manner, and/or whose behaviors are suspect, may be subject to an assessment by a health care provider. For purposes of the policy an assessment may include, but not be limited to drug/alcohol screen, medical or mental assessment, and/or rehabilitation. Action and/or pattern of a behavior that may warrant an assessment include:
- Sudden changes in work performance
- Violation of safety policies
- Repeatedly not following work direction
- Personality changes
- Behavior problems
- Slurred speech
- Staggered gait
- Glassy eyes
- Smell of alcohol or marijuana
- Frequent absences
Any faculty or staff member who identifies behavior similar or consistent with the examples given above has the responsibility to confront the student with his/her suspicions. The faculty or staff member will contact the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences or the Director of Student Services and External Relations that there is suspected violation of the Drug-Free Policy. The faculty/staff member will escort the student to the nearest TRHS Emergency Room for drug testing/evaluation. In this case, the College will assume the costs of the testing/evaluation. Failure to participate in an assessment at the request of a Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences faculty or staff member will result in the assessment being considered a violation of the Drug-Free Policy. If the results are positive, the student will be immediately suspended from the College by the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences, and will be granted Due Process through the Student Code of Conduct.
Students who are dismissed from the College are not eligible for readmission for one year. Individuals who wish to re-enter Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences must comply with all provisions of the readmission policy in force at the time the re-entry is requested.
At the time of any incident, the student may request immediate blood/urine tests to disprove allegations. If this is done, all costs of the blood/urine tests are the student’s responsibility.
The Drug-Free Policy applies to students anytime he/she is using facilities at Trinity College of Nursing & Sciences (i.e., Computer Labs, Library, TRHS, TMC, or other clinical sites; or when participating in Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences sponsored activities.
A substance abuse prevention program is provided in an effort to educate students. This program is part of Net Learning for students, faculty, and staff.
The purpose of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention regulations is to implement Section 22 of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, which added Section 1213 to the Higher Education Act. These amendments require that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any Federal program, an institution of higher education (IHE) must certify that it has adopted and implemented a drug prevention program as described in this part.
Campus and Community Resources
Substance abuse and addictions counseling services are available to employees and students through Trinity Medical Center and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). To request information or an appointment with EAP call 800-383-7900.
Students may make an appointment for referral of substance abuse and/or addictions counseling by calling the Director of Student Services and External Relations at 309-779-7720. Listed below are examples of agencies and resources available in the community:
2800 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, IA 52803
Vera French Community Mental Health
1441 W. Central Park Avenue
Davenport IA 52804
Riverside Trinity Medical Center Rock Island Campus
2701 17th Street
Rock Island IL 61201
Rock Island County Council on Addictions
1607 John Deere
East Moline, IL 61244
309-792-3000, ext. 200
1706 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803
1702 15th St. Place
Moline IL 61265
Other treatment, counseling and support groups may be available in the area. Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences does not endorse any one agency over another.