CON Policy Development and Update Procedure

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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
COLLEGE OF NURSING
Policy Development and Update Procedure Subsection: TBD
Section - Information Originating Date: July 2015
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Policy Task Force
Revised: September 2017
Revised: July 2020
Related Information:


Purpose:

To assure that the UNMC CON policies and related information are properly developed, approved, current and accessible.

Scope:

This procedure applies to the control of all policies and related information.

Responsibilities:

  1. Committee Chairs
    1. review policies and related information in their areas of responsibility for accuracy and cycle status
    2. verify that policies and related information conform to UNMC policies and related information
  2. Faculty Coordinating Council (FCC)
    1. reviews policies and related information in its area of responsibility for accuracy and cycle status
    2. determines routing of policies and related information if multiple responsible committees identified
    3. resolves any conflict between the reviewers and preparers of new or updated policies and related information
    4. assigns committee(s) as responsible committee to new policies or related information
  3. Program Directors
    1. review policies and related information in their area of responsibility
  4. Evaluation and Effectiveness Committee
    1. provides orientation of policy development and updated procedure
    2. briefs FCC at first meeting of the academic year to develop plan for policy review for responsible committees
    3. identifies administrative changes and corrects grammatical and spelling errors not requiring a vote to approve
    4. ensures correct formatting conventions are followed
    5. suggests improvements to policy development and update procedure
    6. updates flow diagram, policy change request form, and procedure
  5. Webmaster
    1. archives superseded or obsolete documents
    2. codes and deploys approved changes to policies and related information
    3. updates responsible committee cross matrix to show revisions and updated review cycle dates
    4. makes administrative changes and corrects grammatical and spelling errors identified by the Evaluation and Effectiveness Committee
    5. provides existing or new policy template and PCR form to responsible committee upon request
    6. ensures correct formatting conventions are followed
  6. Executive Council
    1. reviews policies and related information in its area of responsibility for accuracy and cycle status
    2. is the final reviewing and approving authority for policies and related information for which it is responsible
  7. General Faculty Organization (GFO)
    1. is the final reviewing and approving authority for faculty and student policies and related information requiring a vote
    2. GFO minutes shall reflect that policy changes have been presented and voted on and the outcome of vote
  8. Committees
    1. review and determine need for new or modified policies or related information
    2. initiate changes by completing a Policy Change Request (PCR) form
    3. ensure correct formatting conventions are followed
    4. vote on policy initiation or revisions
    5. provide policy revisions to GFO and in GFO materials

Definitions:

  1. Controlled copy - A controlled copy is a formal copy of the latest, correct version of a document; an identified issue of a document to an individual or committee. The controlled copy is officially tracked, updated and destroyed to assure that it is current.
  2. Uncontrolled copy - An informal copy of a document for which no attempt is made to update it after distribution.
  3. Minor changes or revisions - Those changes that do not affect the content or the quality of the action being prescribed in the document, such as typographical or grammatical changes, template formatting or small changes within the document.
  4. Major changes or revisions - Those changes that affect the content of quality or the action being prescribed in the document, such as updated technology resulting in change of procedure or multiple changes within the document.
  5. Policy Change Request (PCR) - Used to initiate the development or change of policy and related information. The PCR form is downloadable from the Related Documents section of this page.
  6. Review - Policies must be at least reviewed every five years regardless of the need for revisions.
  7. Revise - Policies requiring any major change.
  8. Responsible agency - The entity responsible for conducting regular evaluations of the policy
  9. Wiki - website containing all policies, procedures, appendices, organizational structures of the College of Nursing

Procedure:

  1. Developing, Reviewing and Approving
    1. Policy Development
      1. For policy creation or revision, the committee reviews the PCR and prepares a draft of the new or changed policy. These changes will be summarized in the updated PCR form.
      2. For policies with more than one committee, the chairs of all committees must communicate with each other any new or changed information, as well as the process for all committees to review draft before submission to final approving committee (e.g., Executive Council or GFO).
      3. Policy Task Force may facilitate the communication process for all committees involved.
    2. Policy Review
      1. The committees review the draft policy, make any revisions needed and members vote on the policy. If approval is not met, committees can repeat review process until policy receives majority approval or policy is rejected.
      2. For policies with more than one committee, all involved committees must approve policy before it can be moved forward to final approving committee.
      3. Policy Task Force may facilitate communication process for all committees involved.
    3. Policy Approval
      1. PCR form is finalized and submitted to final approving committee (e.g., Executive Council or GFO).
      2. Per CON Policy 1.3, committee chair presents policy to final committee for information, discussion and vote.
      3. If policy is not approved, it may go back to committee for review and revision to be submitted at a later time. If approved, the policy is updated on the Wiki, archived, disseminated to others and implemented as submitted in PCR.
    4. Amendments or changes to documents by hand are not able to be processed. Minor changes identified are noted and made during the next review and revision.
  2. Monitoring
    1. Location and status of policy documents under review or revision
    2. Policy or procedure on the CON wiki, index pages of administration, faculty, student and related information, and responsible committee crossmatrix shall be reviewed for accuracy
    3. MS Word versions of current policies
    4. archive copies of policies
  3. Notification
    1. webmaster shall be notified by authorized approving agency of policy approval
    2. notification shall consist of a request for an update of the policy, information concerning the authorizing vote, and an MS Word version of the approved policy and PCR with changes identified within.
    3. approval date will be the revision or review version of the policy when finalized by final approving agency
  4. Document Retention and Archival
    1. MS Word versions of all policies and related information will be retained on the CON network server.
    2. MS Word versions of previous versions of policies and related information will be retained in an archive area of the CON network server.
    3. Previous versions of policies and procedures will be retained on the wiki and linked from the revision or review version date in the header on the active version of each policy or procedure.