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School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 364-8733
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) 364-8733
nrsinfo@oakland.edu
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Graduate Protocol for Class, Lab and Clinical

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

Last Revised: February 17, 2021

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. At this time, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) clinicals cannot be substituted with virtual assignments, so clinical hours will need to be arranged with the faculty and assignments will be based on space availability.  

If you think you have been exposed to COVID or have symptoms of COVID, Graham Health Center offers low-cost COVID testing. They can be reached by phone at (248) 370-2341 or by email at health@oakland.edu for more information. 

OU COVID-19 Screening Process

PRIOR to coming to campus or to the clinical setting for any face-to-face activities, you must complete the OU Student Daily Health Screening Form by logging into MySAIL. It is expected that you will complete this screening form before leaving home and that you will answer all questions honestly and accurately. As health care professional students it is your responsibility to protect yourself and others by providing truthful information. This screening form is monitored by Graham Health Center (GHC) and they will follow up with you as needed based on your responses to the questions. This form must also be completed if you are not attending class or clinical due to symptoms or exposure.

  • 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 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 or confirmation email to your faculty and/or lab staff at the beginning of each face-to-face class, lab, simulation, or clinical.
  • NOTE: A known exposure is defined as un-masked, close contact (less than 6 feet) for greater than 15 minutes in a 24-hour time period with an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or suspected case awaiting test results. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, but were wearing proper PPE (a N95 or procedure mask and, if the source was not wearing a face covering, a eye protection) at the time, then it is not considered an exposure. 
    • If you are not sure if your experience constitutes an exposure, please review the scenarios below. If you are still uncertain, please contact health@oakland.edu and they will follow up with you.
      • If you live with someone who was exposed to COVID, this would not be considered an exposure for you unless the person you live with tested positive or became symptomatic. For example, if your family member was exposed to COVID at work, this does not constitute an exposure for you unless your family member develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID.
      • Sample scenarios:
        • Jane has been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19. Even if Jane has no symptoms she should stay home for 10 days from last contact and self-monitor.
        • Fred has been in close contact with Mary. Mary has spent time with a confirmed COVID-19 case. Mary is healthy. Fred can remain at work and must self-monitor.
        • John has been in close contact with Lauren, Lauren has had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. Yesterday, Lauren developed a fever (or other COVID symptoms). Lauren is now a probable COVID. John should stay home for 10 days from last contact and self-monitor until Lauren is tested. If her results are negative, John can return.

Steps to Follow with a COVID-19 Related Absence

If you received a red light when completing the OU Student Daily Health Screening Form or if you think you have been exposed to COVID, then you are NOT to attend clinical or come to campus. Please read and follow the steps below: 

  • Notify the SON at soncovid@oakland.edu and complete the OU SON Student COVID Exposure Form immediately.
    • Failure to complete the SON Student COVID Exposure Form may result in an unexcused absence and may also result in a delay for you to return to campus and/or clinical.
    • Here is the link to the OU SON Student COVID Exposure Form.
  • Also, notify your course FOR and your clinical faculty (if a clinical course) immediately in writing via email.
  • If you are scheduled for a lab (including open lab) or simulation, notify the Director of Nursing Laboratories (noack@oakland.edu) and the Simulation Coordinator (if simulation) (vallie@oakland.edu) immediately in writing via email.

After receiving your email and the completed OU SON Student COVID Exposure Form, GHC and/or the SON will follow up with you with instructions you need to follow regarding quarantine and testing and will also provide you with COVID-related resources. 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19:

If you have had contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case and were not wearing the appropriate PPE (a N95 or procedure mask and, if the source was not wearing a face covering, a eye protection):

  • Self-quarantine for 10 days from time of last exposure.
    • Note: A negative COVID-19 test does NOT shorten the duration of the quarantine.
  • A COVID test needs to be performed 5 - 7 days after exposure or at the onset of symptoms whichever comes first.
  • Monitor for fever or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If symptoms develop, follow the above policy: “If you have symptoms of COVID-19”. 

How do I determine the dates I should quarantine?

  • The first day of quarantine is the day after you were exposed or the day after you develop symptoms. The last day of quarantine is the 10th day; you can return on the 11th day.
    • For example, if you were exposed on January 10th, then January 11th is day 1 of quarantine and January 20th is day 10 of quarantine. You may return to campus or clinical on January 21st as long as you have met all criteria to return to campus or clinical. 

 

Return to Campus or Clinical 

  • Graham Health Center (GHC) and the SON are following current CDC guidelines to indicate when students who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to campus and/or clinical. The SON must also adhere to all clinical site requirements.
  • If you have been ill, you may return to the OU campus after you have completed the 10 days of quarantine and are fever-free for 24 hours (without taking medications) and symptoms are improving.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID, but have not developed any symptoms, you may return to the OU campus after you have completed the 10 days of quarantine.
  • Students who are in clinical may need to quarantine for a longer period of time and provide additional documentation to return to that particular clinical site; these requirements are determined by the clinical site.

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:

  • 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 for 10 days from time of last exposure.
    • Note: A negative COVID-19 test does NOT shorten the duration of the quarantine.
  • A COVID test needs to be performed 5 - 7 days after exposure or at the onset of symptoms whichever comes first.
  • Monitor for fever or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • 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.