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School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
nrsinfo@oakland.edu
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
nrsinfo@oakland.edu
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Undergraduate Protocol for Class, Lab and Clinical

SON Undergraduate COVID-19 Protocol for Class, Lab, and Clinical

Last Revised: September 1, 2020

The health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and clinical partners is our highest priority as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, students, faculty, and staff are responsible for following protocols that will protect themselves and others.  Therefore, it is critical to adhere to the current University health protocol to prevent the virus from spreading. This protocol is based on recommendations from the Oakland County Health Department and the CDC. Please review the “Return to Campus” section on the OU Website for more details. Please realize that additional safety protocols might be mandated by the clinical agencies you are working with for your clinicals. It is an expectation that you adhere to these protocols also.

In order to create a safe and healthy culture in the SON, faculty will not penalize students if they are absent from classes, labs, and/or clinicals due to COVID-19 related symptoms and/or the need to self-isolate because of a COVID-19 related exposure.  If there is an absence, you must notify the course Faculty of Record (FOR) and they will advise you on alternative learning experiences to meet course objectives.

COVID-19 Screening Process

Prior to coming to campus or to the clinical setting for any face-to-face activities, you must complete the Student Daily Health Screening Form by logging into MySAIL.

NOTE: If you have been exposed to COVID-19, but were wearing proper PPE (based on the health care institution’s policy) at the time, then it is not considered an exposure and you should answer “No” to the third question.

NOTE: If you answer 'yes' to any of the questions on the screening tool and do not receive a green light, you cannot come into the campus buildings or clinical agencies.

  • You may be asked to show proof of completing the Student Daily Health Screening form by showing your phone with the green “go” banner to your faculty and/or lab staff at the beginning of each face-to-face class, lab, or clinical.
  • Anyone intending on visiting campus is required to fill out the OU health screening form beforehand and is expected to answer all questions accurately. As health care professional students it is your responsibility to protect yourself and others by providing truthful information.
  • Please be aware that Graham Health Center (GHC) will be notified of your response. If there are concerns, the GHC will contact you so be sure to include a phone number that they can easily use to reach you.

Steps to Follow with a COVID-19 Related Absence

If you answered YES to ANY of the screening questions then you are NOT to attend clinical or come to campus. Please read and follow the steps below:

  • If you are scheduled for class: notify your course FOR as soon as possiblein writing via the means of communication established by the faculty (i.e. Moodle, OU email, text message, etc.).
  • If you are scheduled for clinical: notify your course FOR and clinical faculty as soon as possiblein writing via the means of communication established by the clinical faculty (i.e. Moodle, OU email, text message, etc.).
  • If you are scheduled for a lab (including open lab) or simulation: notify your course FOR and the Director of Nursing Laboratories (noack@oakland.edu) and the Simulation Coordinator (if simulation) (vallie@oakland.edu) as soon as possiblein writing via email.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Care for yourself and isolate at home.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for “What to do if you are sick.”
  • Follow-up with your primary care provider or GHC.
    • If you are tested for COVID-19, provide the test results to GHC.
  • Students who are ill should not return to in-person classes or clinical sites, or end isolation until they have met CDC’s criteria for discontinuation of home isolation and have been cleared by their primary care provider or GHC.

If you have had contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case and were not wearing the appropriate PPE (based on the health care institution’s policy):

  • Self-quarantine according to the most recent CDC guidelines.
    • Note: A negative COVID-19 test does NOT shorten the duration of the quarantine.
  • Monitor for fever or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If symptoms develop, follow the above policy: “If you have symptoms of COVID-19”.
  • If no symptoms develop, you are cleared to return to campus and/or clinical after the quarantine period has ended.

Return to Campus or Clinical

  • The OU SON is following current CDC guidelines to indicate when students who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to campus and/or clinical.
  • In addition, students who have been ill and/or tested positive for COVID-19 must submit proof of medical clearance from their primary care provider (PCP) to GHC and to the SON clinical department at sonclinical@oakland.edu.
  • The clinical department will follow up with you and will work with the faculty to make the necessary arrangements for you to return to the clinical, lab, and/or classroom setting.
  • For all clinical courses, students must also follow the clinical institution’s policy in reference to returning to clinical after a COVID-19 exposure.

 

Missed Coursework and Clinical Days

  • You will be expected to complete alternative learning experiences and make-up any course work and/or clinical time that you miss as a result of your absence. Your course FOR will arrange for your class, lab, and/or alternative learning experiences and will notify you of the plan and the due dates. Some of these experiences will take place in the simulation lab on a scheduled clinical make-up day. The scheduled clinical make-up dates for the semester will be posted on the simulation e-space site. You will be expected to attend at least one of these make-up days if you need to make-up missed clinical time. Make sure to follow-up with your course FOR to ensure that you understand the plan to complete the alternative learning experiences to meet the course objectives.
  • If you are not ill, but are in quarantine, make-up activities can be completed virtually while you are in quarantine. If you are ill, make-up activities will be completed when you are medically cleared to return to campus and/or clinical.
  • Students who adhere to these processes will not be penalized per the attendance policy for the course. Students who do not complete the alternative learning experiences approved by the course FOR by the established due dates will lose the associated course points.

 

Students Working in the Healthcare Field

Students who had prolonged* close contact** with a patient, visitor, or HCP with confirmed COVID-19 (includes students working with patients with COVID-19)

*Prolonged contact is considered exposure for 15 minutes or more OR any amount of time if exposure occurred during performance of an aerosol generating treatment (ex. Bronchoscopy, intubation, open suctioning, breathing treatments, etc.) 

**Close contact:

  1. being within 6 feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 OR
  2. having unprotected direct contact with infectious secretions or excretions of the person with confirmed COVID-19.

 

If a student had an exposure with a patient, visitor, or health care provider with confirmed COVID-19 and was not wearing the appropriate PPE (based on the health care institution’s policy):

  • Wearing a respirator or facemask.
  • Wearing eye protection if the person with COVID-19 was not wearing a cloth face covering or facemask.
  • Wearing all recommended PPE (i.e., gown, gloves, eye protection, N-95 mask or respirator) while performing an aerosol-generating procedure.

 

The exposed student should follow the CDC guidelines for students exposed to COVID-19 while caring for patients as a worker in the healthcare field and:

  • Self-quarantine according to the most recent CDC guidelines.
  • Monitor for fever or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If symptoms develop, follow up with your primary care provider or Graham Health Center.
    • If you are tested for COVID-19, provide the test results to GHC.
  • Students who are ill should not return to in-person classes or clinical sites, or end isolation until they have met CDC’s criteria for discontinuation of home isolation and have been cleared by their primary care provider or GHC.