Graduate Nursing Student Clinical Policy with Respect to COVID-19

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Update: May 26, 2020

– In accordance with current university and accrediting body guidance, the School of Nursing & Health Studies will allow graduate students (Master’s and Doctoral) to return to in-person clinicals, voluntarily, when sites are ready to accept students and when we have conducted our own verification of the safety of the situation.

– To accomplish a smooth return to clinical placement, we will be:

● Asking sites to confirm adequate patient volume,
● Evaluating the sufficiency of PPE for students at sites on an ongoing basis, and
● Asking sites to confirm that they have adequate protocols for screening patients for COVID-19, and share those protocols with the program.

Additionally, students may decide not to provide care for known COVID+ patients or persons under investigation (PUI) without penalty by the program.

● Any concerns about health or safety at sites should be raised immediately with the preceptor at each site, and brought to the attention of your Clinical Faculty Director or Program Director, and will be addressed promptly.

● Students may withdraw at any time if they have health and safety concerns, and request a Leave of Absence.

● To return to clinical, students must sign the University waiver acknowledging your voluntary return to clinicals. Students will receive specific information from their programs.

● Students must also meet all of their CastleBranch requirements.

Update: March 19, 2020

At this time, we have discontinued educational activity at clinical sites.

Update: March 17, 2020

We are ending clinical training on a voluntary basis for those students who feel that their exposure is beyond the limit of their tolerance.  If you are still interested in continuing clinical training and feel safe in your environments, you may do so.  This guidance is subject to change and modification as the situation evolves. 

Voluntarily ending clinical placements may result in a delay of progression or graduation. We are working closely with boards of nursing to monitor any changes in requirements. 

Policy Date: March 13, 2020

FIRST: With regard to clinical placement for graduate nursing students, the school is following the guidance of the clinical site in which our students are placed. Each clinical site provides their own regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety of students.

SECOND: If students have concerns about their clinical placements, they should discuss these, depending on their program, with Dr. Mary Haras, chair of the Department of Advanced Nursing Practice (Contact Dr. Haras), or Dr. Edilma Yearwood, chair of the Department of Professional Nursing Practice (Contact Dr. Yearwood).

THIRD: Additional information for health care providers can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Link opens in new window.)