Nursing Student Handbook 2023-2024

Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing (ACON) 2023–2024 119 Florida Nursing Student Association The Florida Nursing Student Association (FNSA) is the professional organization for nursing students in the state of Florida. It serves to prepare nursing students to be a member of a professional organization and provides a voice for students at public, institutional, and governmental bodies. NSU’s ACON has a district FNSA chapter. All students are encouraged to become members. Participation in various local, district, state, and national activities is also encouraged. Advisement Academic Advising NSU and the ACON believe academic advising serves an important function and is an integral part of student progression and success. Prior to the start of classes, each new student is assigned to a faculty adviser for academic and program progression. Registration Registration is a component of academic advising. The advisement schedule is program specific. A designated nursing faculty adviser will meet with the student each semester regarding the lockstep courses to be taken during the upcoming semester. Prior to the advisement session, the student should review all nursing program course requirements and tracking. If the student has difficulty with registration or financial aid issues, the student should contact the program director immediately for assistance. Students are not permitted to take extra courses to meet criteria for financial aid when repeating courses or returning after an approved leave. Students are required to meet with their advisers each term, including the last term of coursework, prior to graduation. If students have not registered for coursework at NSU for more than one year, they must reapply for admission and their major program’s required curriculum will be reevaluated according to the most current NSU student catalog. Degree Works Report The Degree Works report enables students to review their class choices and program requirements. It is recommended that students print and bring their report with them when meeting with an academic adviser to determine course selection and program progression. Channels of Communication Because most student concerns are directly related to their experiences in the classroom and/or clinical course, the faculty member most directly involved is usually the first and best resource. The following guidelines should prove helpful: • Faculty members’ and advisers’ schedules will be made available to students. NSU has an open door policy; however, students will find that scheduling an appointment is recommended. • Students are encouraged to confer with the course faculty member(s) as necessary.