On behalf of the MEPN Team, welcome to our Fall 2015 Masters’ Entry Program in Nursing cohort with the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science (HSON). You may have a number of questions about what to expect or what to do next. Hopefully the information below will help. Please read through this entire post and save it for future reference.
Health Requirements: You should have received information and instructions about our immunizations and health requirements from Patricia Moulton. USD utilizes the service of American Databank. Students create an account at http://sdnahsec.complio.com and upload the requirement documentation directly into their Immunization Tracking System. Since there are some requirements that are annual, it is recommended to do your annual health requirements as close to the fall semester start as possible since you will need to do them for each year at the same time. Doing so at this time ensures you are compliant throughout your program and clinical rotations. You must have all immunizations records complete and uploaded prior to the Fall semester so that you will be compliant and ready to start your clinical rotations in September. If you have questions or concerns about the process, please contact Ms. Moulton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For students needing their American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) card, Dr. Susie Hutchins will have a class on Monday June 15th from 9a-12p. If you are interested or need more information, please contact her at email@example.com. Class size is limited.
Student Health Center: The Student Health Center website has information on the types of services offered and health insurance: http://www.sandiego.edu/healthcenter. It can also be accessed through your MySanDiego account under the Student Life tab in the Wellness section.
Student Health Insurance Requirement: Beginning in the fall of 2014, and in accordance with the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all University of San Diego undergraduate and graduate full-time students will be required to carry health insurance. This requirement will help ensure that students in need of health and/or mental health care beyond the scope of services provided at USD by the on-campus Wellness units, can access the appropriate resources in the community.
Students will notice a charge for USD’s sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan in their Student Bill for the Fall 2015 semester. Students will have the option of accepting coverage or waiving the charge if they are already covered by a comparable or better health insurance plan (e.g., parents’ health insurance, insurance through work, Medical etc.). The process of waiving is easy and will be available online. Students without insurance will be able to enroll in USD’s comprehensive and affordable Student Health Insurance Plan that has the advantage of coordinating with the on-campus Wellness Units, and meets the criteria for a “Platinum Standard”. For more information, visit http://www.sandiego.edu/health insurance.
Email: All information will be communicated through your USD email address. Please make sure to update your email address and home address as soon as you have it. We use a PC environment so make sure your computer can open and access Word or pdf formatted documents.
USD ID: You should get your USD ID as soon as possible before the beginning of the Fall semester through Campus Card Services. Additional information can be found at: http://www.sandiego.edu/administration/businessadmin/campuscard/idcards.php
Uniforms: Please take the dress code seriously. We’ve had some complaints from hospitals in the past about student appearances and hope to avoid problems in the future.
All scrubs are to be purchased from the Ace Uniforms web site http://vip.aceuniforms.com/. Log-in using group password: (all lowercase) usdson. Scrubs and lab coats need to ordered by July 15th. There will be scrubs for you to try on in the lab the week of July 6-10 so you can get a better idea of the sizes. Please note that once ordered and the USD logo has been placed on them, they are considered bought and they cannot be returned. If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Susie Hutchins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lab Supplies: The skills lab pack is available for online ordering from Coursey Enterprises (see attached order form).The product # is K2815.The skills lab kit includes a wheeled duffel bag with USD logo and medical supplies, including a blood pressure cuff, pen light and scissors, you will need for Health Assessment, Skills Lab, and hospital use. I’ve attached an order form that provides all the ordering information and a contents list to show what is included. All orders need to be paid for by July 10th, afterwards a $15.00 late fee will apply. All orders must be made by July 15th to ensure delivery to the Skills Lab by July 30th.
Additionally, you will need to purchase:
1. Stethoscope (We recommend the MDF_MD)
2. Watch with a second-hand (not digital)
3. Black pens
Books and Software: The books and software packages for the summer and fall semesters are listed below. These items are available at the USD Torero Store, online at http://www.usdtorerostores.com/. Books can also be ordered on-line at http://www.wolterskluwerhealth.com, or as otherwise noted. See the attached flyers for required and recommended packages from our vendor. If books are purchased at the Torero Store, you will not be able to take advantage of the discounts offered through direct order from the vendor.
Required for all clinical rotations: N-Track – a computer web application required for each student to document their clinical hours and demographics over the 5 semester program. The web application is available for purchase at http://www.skyscape.com.
Books required for MEPN 521: Health Assessment:
Weber, J. and Kelley, J. (2014). Health Assessment in Nursing (5th ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. (required)
Taylor, C., Lillis, C., LeMone, P., & Lynn, P.(2015). Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Nursing Care (8th Ed.) Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. (required)
Book required for MEPN 534L and 555L: Skills Lab:
Lynn, Pamela (2015). Taylor’s clinical nursing skills: a nursing process approach (4th edition). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (required)
Books required for MEPN 534: Fundamentals of Nursing:
Taylor, C., Lillis, C., LeMone, P., & Lynn, P.(2015). Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Nursing Care (8th Ed.)Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. (required)
Required for MEPN 555: Med/Surg I:
Smeltzer S.C., Bare, G.G., Hinkle J.L., Cheever, K. H. (2013) Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (13th ed.) Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. (hardcopy or e-book)
Additional recommended books (hard copy or e-books) for MEPN 534/555 –a drug handbook, a nursing diagnosis book, a medical dictionary, and a lab book.
Required for MEPN 533:Conceptual Basis of Professional Nursing Practice
Taylor, C. R., Lillis, C. LeMone, P., Lynne P. (2011). Fundamentals of Nursing (8th ed).Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Manual of the American Psychological Association (2nd printing) 6th ed., (2009) American Psychiatric Association (Hard copy or e-book)
Required for MEPN 535: Introduction to Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
Adams, M., Urban, C. (2015) Connections to Nursing Practice (3nd ed.) Upper Saddle River, N.J, Prentice Hall. ISBN #9780132814423, ISBN #132814420 . (Hard copy)
(The following five reference books have been bundled for discount price when ordered online).
Current Drug Handbook with web toolkit by Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins (2015)
Handbook of Laboratory & Diagnostics
Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis
Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice: Procedures
Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing
Other required books and reference guides will be announced by the course faculty prior to the start of the semester.
Technology:The iTouch, iPhone or iPad devices may be useful to consider for nTrack documentation, the software program used in the MEPN program to track required patient demographics, nursing interventions, clinical hours and logs, and reflective journals. These portable devices are handy for documentation and access of e-books and other web-based resources while in the clinical settings. However, nTrack may also be completed on a laptop or home computer. Possible alternative for accessing clinical reference information on site include use of an alternative handheld device or a reference book.
The purchase of an iPhone or IPad is supported by financial aid as a book/device for the HSON. The manufacturer recommends a minimum of 8 gigabytes of storage to support the nursing requirements. See the attached minimum specifications for your PC or MAC devices.
Please be aware that some hospitals do not allow the use of cell phones or cameras in the clinical setting. Student will follow the policy of the hospital where they are placed. Additionally, you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding the use of technology in the clinical setting.
MEPN Launch: The MEPN Launch is a MANDATORY introductory session and all-day training that will be held on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 starting at 8:00 a.m. in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES), Rm. 102 and will last until approximately 5 pm. Dress is business casual for this day. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided. A schedule of events and campus directions will be sent to you in early July.
Health Assessment class: Your first class and lab will start on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Lecture and labs are scheduled from 8am to 9pm daily. Each student will be assigned a specific lab section; lecture will be held daily for everyone from 12:00-1:00pm. You are expected to be dressed in USD scrubs for the labs and have your lab supplies with you that will be listed for that lab. The class and lab will run Tuesday – Friday the first week, Monday – Friday the second week, and Monday – Friday the third week. There is an “open lab” on Saturdays August 8th and August 15th, times to be determined. The last day is Friday, August 21st. I will send your class and lab schedule as soon as it is finalized.
Clinical ID badge: All students are required to wear a clinical badge while in clinic and lab environments. Photos for clinical ID badges will be taken and cards issued during the Launch on August 3th. The costs are $10 for one or $15 for two. Cash payment only at time of photograph on August 3rd.
Student Handbook: We will issue and discuss the MEPN Handbook at the Launch in August. The handbook is updated yearly, but, if you are interested in finding out more about your classes or the program, you can check it out at http://www.sandiego.edu/documents/nursing/mepn_handbook.pdf.
Prerequisites: As you finish your prerequisites, please send your official transcripts to Cathleen Mumper at email@example.com in the School of Nursing. Official transcripts showing completion of all prerequisites are due by July 31st. If classes are still in progress after that date, make sure you notify us as soon as the grades are registered. All prerequisites must be completed before you are able to start the program.
Registration: You will be registered for all classes and clinical rotations by the MEPN office throughout the program.
Clinical Schedule: We ask that you keep your personal and work schedules open. Your clinical schedule is dependent on our partnering hospitals and may not be confirmed until the end of summer. More information about your clinical schedule and paperwork requirements will be provided in August. As soon as clinical placements have been verified you will emailed the information needed to access the clinical site paperwork. It is your responsibility to get required student clinical paperwork done in a timely manner, prior to clinical rotations. Any individual delays will cause the entire group to be delayed getting into the clinical facilities.
Save the Date: Mark your calendar for August 21st from 6-8pm for our White Coating Ceremony. More information will be provided closer to the date.
New Student Orientation: The School of Nursing New Student Orientation will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Please mark your calendars. A schedule for the day will be sent to you from Student Services.
Academic Calendar: The graduate academic calendar is available at: http://www.sandiego.edu/academics/academic_calendars/. Although your schedule will somewhat different from this, you may use it as a guide for planning school vacations and other activities. For Summer 2016, you will have a full class schedule and you will need to return to school a week earlier than the date posted on the general academic calendar. A School of Nursing calendar for 2015-2016 will be posted this summer on the SON website. Although Friday, October 23, 2015 is a USD Fall Holiday, if you have class or practicum scheduled that day or over the weekend, you will not have that day off.
One Stop Student Center: For assistance with your MySanDiego portal, contact the One Stop. One Stop counselors can be reached by phone at 619-260-2700 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is http://www.sandiego.edu/onestop/.
Financial Aid: Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions: email@example.com.
Housing: Information for on-campus housing can found at http://www.sandiego.edu/residentiallife/. Many students choose to live off-campus. In the past, the class email list has helped people find roommates.
Parking: Students are required to have a parking permit every time you are on the USD campus. There is a yearly fee to purchase a parking permit. You are encouraged to carpool to campus and clinical sites. If you have any questions on parking, please contact Parking Services directly, their website is http://www.sandiego.edu/parking/parking_information/students.php.
Mentorship: There is a mentorship program run by current MEPN students. The program usually starts in the early summer. Our two student coordinators are Katrina Bess firstname.lastname@example.org , and Kerri Foster email@example.com. You should expect to hear from them after June 3rd to set up mentor-mentee communications.
USD SON Uniform Portal User Guide
Ace Uniforms has provided for USD SON a uniform ordering portal that can be found at
The following screen will greet all users when you visit http://VIP.aceuniforms.com/. Type your password at the Group Login area on the page.
Your group password is:
Your first visit to the site, you will be asked to Create Account. Once this information is input initially, your personal shopping information will saved and applied to all future visits.
In the future all you need to do is to enter your email and personally created password to place all orders.
Main Splash Page
Here you will find all approved scrub tops, scrub pants and lab coats for USD SON uniform program.
Click on the appropriate style. This will bring up the available options.
Choose size and the quantity of garments that you want to order.
All embroidery will be added into your shopping experience as you process through the ordering cycle and approve the final check out stage of your order.
Once your shopping experience has been completed, you will see a Summary Order page.
Please review the accuracy of your input for your order at this time.
As you proceed to order check out, you will asked to verify your shipping information. Your shipping information has already been added to your user account, so this page should be prefilled for you.
You may also chose the shipping delivery options of UPS Ground or In-Store pick up.
Please be sure to select your preferred shipping option or it will default to regular UPS ground at this step of the order process.
Please verify that your shipping information is accurate and correct at this step of your order.
Once you are confident that order is complete and accurate, Finish Shopping Check Out.
You will next be asked for one last final review of you of order.
After your order review is completed, select the “Place Order” button near the bottom of the page.
Once your order is submitted, you will receive an email order confirmation and order summary. The email will include all the items on your order, shipping method and total costs of your order. If you do not receive this email confirmation, please contact our Customer Service Group.
Should you need to make a change after placing an order, please immediately contact the Ace Uniforms Customer Service Group. We will do our very best to catch all orders before they enter the production cycle. Once the embroidery production cycle is completed on an order, all sales are final.
If we can be of any additional support or assistance on this site, please feel free to contact directly at any time. We look forward to serving you and all of USD SON uniform needs.
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