Nursing

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The University of Cincinnati continues to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) panemic and its impact. In response, UC leaders convened a public health response team and created a section on the university's website to share COVID-19-related information. Check this section often, as it is your best source for up-to-date information.

This page includes information and resources specific to UC College of Nursing only. If you have a College of Nursing-related question not answered on this page, submit your question below.

Undergraduate & Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN Students

All course instruction will resume March 26. Instructors will host classes live at their regularly scheduled times via WebEx. Your instructor will post further details on Canvas with instructions on how to log in and join class. Each course will have a unique WebEx link and your attendance will be recorded.

All testing for the rest of the semester will be online/virtual. As Examity had to shut down a major part of their proctoring operations due to COVID-19, UC has replaced it by Honorlock. For instructions, please check Honorlock Online Proctoring for Students, which provides resources for setting up your test-taking environment and Honorlock testing guidelines. Please also watch a video on how to use Honorlock Universal in Canvas.

All in-person clinical experiences are suspended. Students are not expected to be in hospitals, clinical settings or the College of Nursing. Your clinical/course faculty will contact you about simulated clinical experiences. This decision was made to limit the spread of COVID-19, reduce the strain on our clinical partners and their PPE supplies and respond to recent increases in cases. The college is working on a plan for simulated, synchronous clinical case simulations that meet the Ohio Board of Nursing Law and Rule. In a statement issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing, nursing programs are encouraged to exercise creative options using online simulation.

Co-op students should not continue working with UCMC's or Cincinnati Children's preceptors for the remainder of the semester.

Students who are working independently as PCAs/CNAs need to consult with their employers regarding any potential restrictions/considerations.

The College of Nursing's student advisors will share information on how they will conduct future advising appointments. If you have concerns about completing your coursework in an online format, please reach out to your professors or advisor.

These areas are closed until further notice:

  • First-floor simulation lab
  • Third-floor simulation lab
  • All campus libraries

Emily Kean, the CON Librarian, will have virtual office hours on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon  and Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Faculty, staff and students can schedule a meeting with her, or drop into her virtual office during office hours.

Other Help Resources:

  • UC's COVID-19 Resources includes how to access Bearcats Food pantry and UC's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
  • Student FAQ includes information on advising and registration, health and wellness and academic support through Learning Commons
  • Housing FAQ includes information on moving out of campus housing

 

Graduate Students

For on-campus students, course instruction will resume March 26 in an online format through Canvas and Examity. Refer to Canvas for further instruction. Online students will continue to complete coursework and tests online, as usual.  

At this time, all clinicals are scheduled to proceed as planned. Many facilities may decide that having students is an added risk. You should plan to attend all clinicals as scheduled but, if your clinical placement doesn’t allow you access to the facility, please let your faculty coordinator/director know ASAP. If you are immunocompromised in any way, contact your onsite preceptor, course faculty and program director for further direction.

In the event your clinical experience is cancelled or altered, please notify your faculty ASAP. As advanced-practice students are aware, they must complete all clinical hours to be nationally certified and licensed. Due to this requirement, we cannot waive clinical hours. If you don’t complete all required clinical hours in the current term, you will receive a satisfactory progress (SP) as your grade. This allows you to register for the next term and, once your missing clinical hours are completed, you will receive your grade and begin working towards your next clinical placement hours. Please note that this may delay your time to graduate, especially for students in their last term. We are sorry for the disruption in your education, but the situation is not under our control and we must follow certification board requirements.  

Faculty & Staff

To the extent possible, faculty and staff should work remotely and limit time on campus. To access Procter Hall, you must swipe your ID badge. You might also need to contact Access Control at 513-556-4925.

These areas are closed until further notice:

  • First-floor simulation lab
  • Third-floor simulation lab
  • All campus libraries

Emily Kean, the CON Librarian, will have virtual office hours on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon  and Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Faculty, staff and students can schedule a meeting with her, or drop into her virtual office during office hours.

If remote access to the internet is a problem, internet providers are offering free hotspots. Reach out to CATER for assistance with this. CATER can also provide faculty and staff with equipment to work from home, including larger monitors. 

Continuity of instruction must be maintained through online classes. Faculty will be required to provide updates on all courses taught and a remote teaching preparedness spreadsheet.

Mail distribution will be held during the two-week “Stay at Home” period ordered by the Governor. We will reassess the mail situation at the end of this period. For questions, please contact Tracy Kilfoil.