Clinical Policies

  1. Clinical Compliance Policy

  2. Professional Liability Insurance

  3. Travel to Clinical Sites

  4. Care of Patients with Infectious or Communicable Diseases

  5. Management of Body Fluid Exposure


Clinical Compliance Policy 

All students at Penn Nursing in clinical coursework must meet the requirements of the clinical compliance policy. These requirements include immunizations as well as CPR certification, drug screen and background checks, and any other site specific requirements. Records are to be submitted to and held by our compliance vendor, American DataBank.  

Due to the demands of our clinical agencies, requirements are subject to change.


Individual sites may have additional requirements (including but not limited to OSHA education, resumes, or other in-service training or paperwork). Please consult with the course faculty or clinical coordinator to see if these additional requirements apply to your clinical site.

Please see the Clinical Compliance page for additional information, including detailed instructions for submitting documentation, frequently asked questions, and program-specific timelines.

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Students who do not complete and submit the background checks, drug screen, certifications and immunization record by their designated date will be placed on registration hold until compliant and dropped from clinical courses. Students who become compliant prior to the beginning of classes will be released from registration hold, allowed to re-register for clinical on a space-available basis, and will be assessed a late fee. Other penalties may be outlined by the course faculty.

Professional Liability Insurance 

Nursing students do not have to obtain professional liability insurance before entering the first clinical, as the University insurance policy covers them during all course-related clinical experiences. However, students contemplating clinical employment must obtain their own professional liability coverage, as the University’s policy does not cover students in employment‑related situations.

Travel to Clinical Sites 

The School of Nursing utilizes a variety of clinical sites, some of which are at area hospitals and some of which may require travel to the site via car or public transportation. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the clinical site and for covering the cost of travel.

Care of Patients with Infectious or Communicable Diseases 

Clinical learning experiences require students to be assigned to provide nursing care for patients with communicable and infectious diseases. Students will be educated in the care of patients with communicable and infectious disease processes. They will learn how to protect themselves, other health care providers, patients, and their families from the transmission of the disease.

The fear of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) poses problems for the nursing profession and for the care of patients with AIDS, AIDS‑related complex (ARC), and +HIV antibody. This fear must be resolved because the faculty believes that all patients have the right to nursing care. Feelings, attitudes, beliefs, and problems will be explored and discussed in the classroom and clinical settings. Methods of problem resolution will assure that the quality of nursing care provided to these patients does not further isolate them from health care.

Management of Body Fluid Exposure 

If you or a student under your supervision experiences a needlestick or other blood/body fluid exposure on clinical rotation, please follow the instructions below.

Note: a “clinical supervisor” is the resource staff member who is most readily available to the student in the clinical setting. Depending on the program and setting, it can be an intern, attending physician, primary care unit group leader, clinical instructor, preceptor, etc.