Undergraduate & Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN Students
Information on this page is current as of August 20, 2020.
COVID-19 has forever changed the health care landscape. While the general population is learning to navigate the “new normal,” nurses, nursing students and prospective students are facing the unknown, as the effects of COVID-19 will long be seen throughout the nursing profession. We commend you on your decision to start or rejoin our programs in the fall, considering the changes and demands brought upon us all during the past few months.
As nursing students, you are getting prepared to make a difference in people’s lives by providing safe, compassionate care – a privilege we hope you recognize, appreciate and understand, as it also brings the responsibility to care for yourself, before all. The rules and protocols shared below are based on the information we have today and rooted in the premise that our students understand the ripple effect potential unsafe behaviors can have not only in their lives, but also in the lives they care for. Please keep in mind that any change in COVID-19-related knowledge or awareness of unsafe student behavior may alter this plan at any time.
For up-to-date information on the College of Nursing, please make sure you check this page regularly.
For additional UC-wide information, please check UC’s Return to Campus Guide.
We are counting on each one of you to keep us all safe.
General UC Nursing Guidelines and Expectations
Given the unique nature of the nursing education, we have been given special permission to be in-person in Procter Hall for some learning experiences. With this privilege comes the following responsibilities by which we expect you to abide at all times:
- The doors to Procter Hall will be kept locked but will provide access by badge-swiping. Students are allowed inside the building only during their required class/lab time and not for any other purpose, unless invited to do so. At the end of their required class/lab or other invited visit, students must exit the building. Please click here to see a list of areas that are open and available for students on-campus.
- Every time students come into Procter Hall, they are required to complete an attestation of health that can be accessed by scanning the QR codes posted at every classroom’s entrance.
- Prior to entering and while inside the building, students are required to wear facial coverings at all times. In the event a student does not wear a facial covering to class, we will supply a disposable mask. Given our limited mask supply, we cannot supply masks except in these rare occasions. In certain conditions exemption requests to wear a face shield rather than a mask can be submitted for review. Students must submit requests for review to University Health Services at COVIDWatch@uc.edu.
- Maintain social distancing. Classrooms, buildings and common areas are reconfigured and marked with appropriate signage. Furniture, desks, tables and chairs are spaced six feet apart or marked with appropriate signage to ensure social distancing requirements are met. Elevators, doors, and entry and exit points across campus are also being marked to appropriately route foot traffic.
- Maintain good hygiene, including handwashing and area sanitizing. Classrooms and labs will be stocked with hand sanitizers and spray bottles for cleaning; while our facilities staff will continue to clean the classrooms, students and faculty are encouraged to wipe down areas before/after use.
- Lab-specific information will be shared by the Simulation Lab Director at the appropriate time.
Classes & Instructional Meetings
Course instruction is online through the Fall 2020 semester. Students should have received further instructions on Canvas related to how to attend classes at their regularly scheduled times.
All testing is online/virtual through the Fall 2020 semester. Resources for setting up your test-taking environment and Honorlock testing guidelines can be found at Honorlock Online Proctoring for Students, which provides Please also watch a video on how to use Honorlock Universal in Canvas.
Clinical Experiences Guidelines and Expectations
- Students are required to complete all required learning by their assigned facility, including COVID-19 requirements and attestations of health.
- Students are required to wear personal masks into the facility/hospital and will then be given the hospital-specific PPE for their day of clinical learning.
- Students are responsible for maintaining and cleaning PPE (cloth face mask and shield) according to established guidelines.
- Wear masks and/or shields at all times except for when eating/drinking-maintain social distance if your mask is removed for any reason. Avoid eating/drinking in small enclosed spaces-remain socially distanced while eating.
- Maintain social distancing as much as possible.
- Maintain uniform policy. Your clinical attire expectations continue to be in alignment with the student handbook and/or requirements of the specific clinical site. Personal face masks are to be worn upon entry into the facilities followed by the clinical site providing you with the required PPE of their facility.
Important COVID-19 Information for Health Care Professionals
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to a known positive case, please follow the steps below to self-report to COVIDwatch@uc.edu before returning to clinical settings and/or lab.
The chart below outlines the CDC guidelines for potential exposure in the health care setting. Please note that there are no restrictions if you wear proper PPE in the clinical setting during exposure. Guidance applies to health care professionals (HCP) with potential exposure to patients, visitors, or other HCP with confirmed COVID-19 within a health care setting. Exposures can also happen with a person under investigation (PUI) who is awaiting testing. Work restrictions described in the table below might be applied to HCP exposed to a PUI if test results for the PUI are not expected to return within 48 to 72 hours, which requires the exposed HCP record to be maintained. If PUI test results don’t return within 72 hours or if the PUI is positive for COVID-19, work restrictions described in this document should be followed.
|Exposure||Personal Proctective Equipment Used
|HCP who had prolonged close contact with a patient, visitor, or HCP with confirmed COVID-19||
- HCP not wearing a respirator or facemask
- HCP not wearing eye protection if the person with COVID-19 was not wearing a cloth face covering or facemask
- HCP not wearing all recommended PPE (i.e., gown, gloves, eye protection, respirator) while performing an aerosol-generating procedure
- Exclude from work for 14 days after last exposure
- Advise HCP to monitor themselves for fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19
- Any HCP who develop fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should immediately contact their established point of contact (e.g., occupational health program) to arrange for medical evaluation and testing.
HCP other than those with exposure risk described above
- No work restrictions
- Follow all recommended infection prevention and control practices, including wearing a facemask for source control while at work, monitoring themselves for fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and not reporting to work when ill, and undergoing active screening for fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at the beginning of their shift.
- Any HCP who develop fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and contact their established point of contact (e.g., occupational health program) to arrange for medical evaluation and testing.
Please remember that your actions outside the clinical/lab setting can greatly impact your ability to successfully matriculate in your courses to continue your program. It is your responsibility to uphold all precautions as outlined in the Bearcat Bond.
Resources & Support
The College of Nursing's student advisors are available by virtual appointment. 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, has 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. Below are links to some of these resources:
- Emotional Wellness & Mental Health Resources
- CampusLink - virtual student events
- Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) - an interactive, web-based self-help program with online and mobile tools to help overcome the day-to-day challenges of stressors like anxiety, depression or other concerns.
- BetterHelp Online Counseling - convenient and affordable access to a licensed therapist anytime, anywhere, through a computer, tablet or smartphone (at no cost to students with UC Health Insurance and $40-$70 a week for students with private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid)
- CAPS 24/7 phone crisis support at 513-556-0648 (Press 1 to talk to a counselor.)
- Bearcat Emergency Fund
- UC UHS Student Support Fund
- Bearcats Pantry
- UC Learning Commons - virtual learning support
- Center for Integrative Health and Wellness
- Housing FAQ includes information on moving out of campus housing, along with instructions on how to request permission to continue living on campus
- Free month of U-Haul storage with valid college ID
- COVID-19 Incomplete ("I") Grade Procedure for Spring 2020 RN-BSN Students
- Message to Students from Program Director Rebecca Lee (PDF)
- For additional information on course withdrawal, "I" grades and academic transcripts, view these key UC updates for Spring 2020 (PDF).