The faculty and staff of Helene Fuld College of Nursing work with students as individuals and adult learners, providing services that will assist them in attaining the objectives of the program. On admission, each student is assigned to a faculty member for academic advisement and individual help. Students are urged to take the initiative to seek advisement. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain satisfactory academic status and meet college requirements.
There are a few bulletin boards located throughout the College. Official notices and schedules are posted in a glass-enclosed bulletin board near the main entrance to the 3rd floor. Faculty office hours are posted outside the faculty office suites on the 4th floor (room 404) and on the door of the English faculty office (room 402).
Information on employment opportunities in nursing and procedures related to licensure and job-finding is incorporated into NURSING 225 (Professional Foundations), taught in the final quarter of the AAS program. Students are informed of current developments in the nursing profession and are encouraged to attend local meetings of professional associations and to subscribe to professional journals. Recruiters, prospective employers, and program representatives from area colleges are periodically invited to visit the College and talk with interested students. CPR courses are offered periodically to students, prospective students, faculty, and alumni.
Classes are held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Evening classes are generally held between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Clinicals are scheduled Tuesdays through Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A detailed schedule is distributed and posted before registration. Efforts are made to accommodate individual student needs.
The College makes every effort to accommodate requests for facility tours, provided they are received at least 48 hours in advance. To arrange to take a tour, please call 212-616-7282.
The College employs a college counselor. Short-term and long-term counseling services are available to help students with issues including, but not limited to stress, depression, disorganization, anxiety, family-related problems, and other social issues. In addition, students can be referred to other mental health professionals when appropriate. Students can be seen on a walk-in basis when the Counselor is not in session or by scheduled appointment. Appointments can be made by calling 212-616-7264, by e-mailing the College Counselor (College.Counselor@helenefuld.edu), or by stopping by room 312.
Students With Disabilities
Helene Fuld College of Nursing is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which ensure that reasonable accommodations are provided for students with documented disabilities. Based on documentation from a qualified practitioner, the College will determine on a case-by-case basis whether a need exists and, if so, what accommodations are appropriate.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 requires an institution of higher education to provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified individual with a documented disability, provided that this accommodation does not create an undue hardship on the institution. An undue hardship refers to any accommodation that would be unduly costly, expensive, substantially disruptive, or that would fundamentally alter the nature of the program.
A student who requests special accommodations due to a disability must contact the director of student services in the Office of Student Services (Room 300) for a copy of the Disability Service Package that includes the Special Needs Self-Disclosure Form and the Documentation Guidelines.
All requests for accommodations must be submitted to the director of student services at least thirty days prior to the beginning of the quarter/semester for which accommodation is needed. The request along with documentation will be presented to the Disability Services Committee and the student will be notified in writing of the decision.
Students with physical limitations may obtain an elevator pass from the Director of Administration. Documentation of the need is required. The pass must be shown to the College’s security guard as well as to Bethel Gospel Assembly’s security personnel.
Grade Reporting System
Grades are available to students online through SonisWeb.
General information about the College can be found at: www.helenefuld.edu. Students may securely register for courses, access course schedules, view their grades, and bills, etc., by using the College’s Student Information System (SIS) (www.hfcnsonis.com). All students are assigned College e-mail addresses upon entering the program. College e-mail addresses will be retained for six months after graduation.
Lockers are assigned to students on a first-come, first-served basis with students who are taking two or more classes having priority. Students may not use unassigned lockers. To inquire about locker availability, please contact the faculty secretary via email (Althea.Brown@helenefuld.edu) or call 212-616-7272.
Lost and Found
The College’s “Lost and Found” is in the director of administration’s office (room 313). Lost and found items can be claimed by stopping by the director’s office during the College’s regular operating hours.
Alumni serve as mentors to interested students in the Mentoring Program. Students who choose to participate in the program are paired up with an alumnus who has shared similar experiences while attending the College. Mentors act as role models, providing professional guidance and encouragement while helping students strengthen their critical thinking skills. Mentors also assist students in developing successful study habits, test taking skills, and coping strategies.
Orientation of New Students
During New Student Orientation, students are introduced to some of the administrators and instructional staff, and to the facilities, services, and policies of the College. Included in the orientation is information about the course requirements, financial aid, campus security, academic advisement, counseling services, student standards of conduct, and alcohol, drug, and sexual assault policies. Other topics include: full- and part-time schedules, fire drill and safety regulations, tutoring, study groups, and attendance and punctuality policies.
The College has no planned recreational program due to the nature of the student body, which is predominantly an adult commuter group. The College encourages students to plan activities according to their interests as long as they do not interfere with the program of studies.
Helene Fuld College of Nursing encourages students to participate in self-governance. All registered students are members of their respective Class Organization and of the Helene Fuld College of Nursing Student Organization. This organization serves to encourage students to become active citizens of the College. A faculty member is appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to each Class Organization.
Students are encouraged to become members of the National Student Nurses Association. Their Bill of Rights and Responsibilities can be found at http://www.nsna.org/publications/billofrights.aspx
Information about student self-governance is distributed at orientation sessions for incoming students.
Group and individual tutoring is available for most courses. Tutoring is available in all science courses, including the pre-requisite Selected Topics in Chemistry and Mathematics course. The nursing faculty offer sessions to clarify and reinforce nursing concepts. The Director of the Writing Center hosts regularly scheduled and publicized APA writing workshops. Students may also make appointments to receive individualized writing assistance. All full-time faculty have four office hours each week when they can meet with students for individual help. Students do not need appointments to see faculty during their regularly scheduled office hours.
The College also subscribes to Smarthinking, an online tutoring service. Smarthinking is available via Blackboard for all students enrolled in English and social science courses. With Smarthinking, students can submit their essays to writing tutors who provide individualized feedback, which can be tailored to a specific student’s needs. Additionally, students can schedule a thirty-minute appointment where they can interact live with a tutor using virtual whiteboard technology.
The College has wireless Internet capability. Students with wireless-enabled laptops and phones can access the internet throughout the College.