Revised Special Guidelines: Clinical Sites

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March 13, 2020 Update on Clinical Activities at FPB

Our leadership team at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has been carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation in Northeast Ohio and assessing the options for our students’ participation in clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics, community agencies, school systems, and elsewhere. Yesterday we made the decision that for the safety of our students and to minimize exposure to COVID-19, BSN nursing students would not participate in any clinical experiences during the two week period from March 16-27, 2020. 

Today, the University announced that all classes would be held remotely through the end of the semester and that residence halls will be restricting the number of students housed. Therefore, all classes for nursing students will be held remotely and clinical work suspended indefinitely. Our faculty and staff are working to develop online instruction modules, simulation opportunities, and other alternative experiences to meet course objectives and provide quality instruction during this time.

After much data gathering and discussion with the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the program directors, faculty, university administration and others, clinical work for pre-licensure freshman, sophomore, junior and MN1 nursing students is suspended, and arrangements to complete necessary clinical hours decided at a future date.

For BSN senior and MN2 pre-licensure students who anticipate a May graduation, we are suspending in person clinical work, but we will provide supplemental clinical work with simulation, case studies and other opportunities to demonstrate necessary competencies. APRN students may remain in clinical rotations until other guidance from the clinical site.

As noted in the emails from President Barbara Snyder and Provost Ben Vinson, classes will resume remotely on Wednesday, March 18. Your faculty will provide information to you.

As we all live through this rapidly evolving situation, please know that we recognize how hard you have worked throughout this academic year—and how much we regret the additional strains that these developments have put on everyone. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones and those in the community to whom you have the capacity to reach out with responsible guidance and compassion, and, as always, follow the CDC prevention guidelines.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. Your safety and welfare are our foremost concerns during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Carol Musil
Dean and the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Health Updates from CWRU

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March 12, 2020 Update on Clinical Activities at FPB

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Our leadership team at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has been carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation in Northeast Ohio and assessing the options for our students’ participation in clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics, community agencies, school systems, and elsewhere.

Prelicensure (BSN and MN) Students

For the safety students and their patients, and to minimize exposure during this time, prelicensure (BSN and MN) nursing students will not participate in any clinical or precepted experiences during the two-week period from March 16-27, 2020. We will evaluate the feasibility of resuming pre-licensure clinical and precepted experiences as of March 30, 2020 and will communicate that decision to you by March 25. We are in communication with our clinical partners as they also make decisions regarding their patients and employees. This is a dynamic situation and we will share information with you as it is available.

MSN Students

The following guidelines apply to MSN advanced practice nursing (APRN) students currently in clinical rotations.

  • APRN students may remain in clinical rotations at this time.
  • Students who encounter a patient with symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness of breath, CDC 3.10.2020) should immediately inform and hand off the patient to the clinical preceptor, and then inform the director/lead faculty of their particular clinical program.
  • If a clinical site (unit, department, center, private practice, etc.) where students are engaging with patients has a confirmed case of COVID-19, student clinical placements will be suspended at that specific clinical site.
  • Students are not to participate in the direct care of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
  • If any of our clinical partners inform us they are suspending students in their facilities, all clinical placements at these facilities will be suspended. 

We are communicating with our clinical partners as they make decisions regarding their patients and employees. Again, this is a dynamic situation and we will share information with you as it is available.

DNP and PhD Students

In light of recent developments regarding remote classes, the DNP and the PhD program will be suspending the on-campus requirement for DNP project final defenses and PhD final defenses and candidacy exams for the remainder of this term. Documents for PhD defenses and candidacy exams still need original signatures. DNP and PhD students with further questions should reach out to their advisor if they have not already been contacted.

Remote Learning

Our faculty and staff are working to develop online instruction modules, simulation opportunities, and other alternative experiences to meet course objectives and provide quality instruction during this time. Arrangements to complete necessary clinical hours will be made at a future date. As noted in the emails from President Barbara Snyder and Provost Ben Vinson, there will be no classes, labs or clinicals Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17. On Wednesday, March 18, classes and labs will resume online only.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.  Student safety and welfare are our foremost concerns during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Carol Musil
Dean and the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Revised Special Guidelines for nursing students in clinical placement and research sites:

For pre-licensure students (BSN and MN):

Faculty will not assign pre-licensure students to any patients or clients who have suspicious symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness (CDC). Students will not participate in the direct care of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection at any clinical or community setting which means clinical will be suspended in such settings.

For advanced practice nursing students (MSN):

Students who encounter a patient with symptoms suspicious of COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness of breath, CDC 3.10.2020) will be directed to immediately inform and hand off the patient to the clinical preceptor, and then to inform the responsible School of Nursing faculty member. If a clinical or community-based facility has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the affected student's clinical placement will be suspended.

For research fellows (pre- and post-doctoral fellows):

Data collection by research fellows will be suspended in a clinical or community facility if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is reported in that facility.

Revised: 3/10/2020


Students with further questions are asked to contact Dr. Diana Morris, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at dlm5@case.edu.