Message to all faculty, staff, and students in the Collaborative, Post-Diploma and Master's programs: A COVID-19 Update
Date: March 15, 2020
Discontinuation of clinical placements across all programs
Given the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, a decision has been made to discontinue all Winter 2020 semester nursing placements for students across all programs (Collaborative, PD, MN), effective immediately.
*Please note that separate direction will be sent out to our students in PHCNP clinical placements, based on decisions from the PHCNP provincial consortium.
It is important to understand that the decision is not based on the risk of contracting COVID-19 during clinical placement, but on principles of community and patient safety, and out of respect and support for our health care partners in what is a demanding and challenging time.
For our students: we are currently looking at mitigating strategies and planning for academic continuity to support students in meeting their learning objectives and clinically-related competencies. Transition will not be instantaneous, and your patience is appreciated. Program-wide and course-specific updates will be provided on a regular basis over the coming week, and we will need this time to continue to make plans for academic continuation. Please check your email and course D2L shells regularly for updated information.
I want to thank all of you - our students, staff and faculty – for your calm, compassionate and professional response to this rapidly evolving situation, for your contributions to health care, and for your commitment to learning and teaching.
Please contact your local public health department, Telehealth (1-866-797-000), or your primary care provider if you are concerned that you may have been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Please continue to monitor the university website and the Central Placement Office website for additional information and university-wide updates.
Thank you again.
Nancy Walton, Director DCSN