N-95 Fit Testing (Policy SON-17)
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School of Nursing Divisional Dean, Chief Nurse Administrator, Program Directors, faculty, staff, and students.
Scope and Audience
All School of Nursing faculty and students.
1. Policy Purpose
Boise State School of Nursing students and faculty will be prepared to utilize respiratory personal protective equipment such as N95 respirators for clinical experiences.’
2. Policy Statement
The School of Nursing will require annual fit-testing for National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved N95 respirator masks on an annual basis for students.
Fit-testing is required to ensure N95s and other filtering facepiece respirators can maintain an adequate seal to the wearer’s face during use.
After passing the Fit-test, students will be given two (2) of the appropriately sized respirators. Students must have at least one of the respirators available to them in the clinical setting at all times. They must use the respirator if clinically indicated per the clinical partner’s policies and guidelines.
Students must discard their respirator when it is damaged, visibly soiled, deformed, and according to the manufactures’ recommendations. After discarding a mask, students should request a replacement from the School of Nursing.
When students are unable to pass fit-testing on the equipment available within the School of Nursing, the program director will be notified by the designated Fit-tester within the School of Nursing. The program director will notify the course coordinator and assigned clinical faculty.
The clinical faculty will assist the student with the process specific to the clinical organization they are assigned in order to determine what respiratory personal protective equipment should be used by the student within the organization during their clinical experience, and the process for obtaining such equipment.
If a student does not have an N-95 respirator that has been appropriately Fit-tested or does not have an N-95 equivalent such as a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) for their clinical experience, they may not care for patient(s) that require this protective equipment. If all patient(s) in the clinical setting require N-95 respirators or equivalent, the student will be sent home for the day. Students may not care for patient(s) who require an N-95 respirator or equivalent without appropriate protective equipment under any circumstances.
Faculty who teach in the clinical setting may be fit-tested and obtain N95 respirators within the School of Nursing or, if applicable, they may obtain annual fit testing and N95 respirators at the clinical agency they are affiliated with. Faculty must have appropriate respiratory personal protective equipment available to them when they are with students in the clinical setting.
It is mandatory that faculty wear appropriate personal protective equipment (including N-95 respirators or equivalent) when required in the clinical setting.
Faculty and students should review clinical partner policies and procedures regarding the use of respiratory personal protective equipment within the clinical organization.
4. Related Information
Clinical Compliance (Policy SON-01)
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