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Fall 2020 Schedule

 School of NursingUNC  
Classes BeginAugust 18August 10
Labor Day (no classes held)September 7September 7
University Day
(no classes held during ceremony)
October 12October 12
Fall BreakN/AN/A
Remote Instruction Begins
(no in-person classes will be held after November 24)
November 25N/A
Thanksgiving RecessNovember 26 & 27November 26
Clinicals & Remote Classes ResumeNovember 30N/A
Classes EndDecember 2November 17
Exam DaysDecember 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 & 10 (all exams will be online)November 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24
Fall CommencementTBDTBD

 

MSN and DNP Program Course Schedules as of Friday, July 10, 2020

Guidelines for Returning to Carrington Hall

Last updated on Friday, June 12 at 3:45 pm.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

As the University begins a phased “return to campus” approach starting with research operations in facilities and labs on campus on June 1, 2020, our School of Nursing will follow UNC-CH policies, procedure and guidelines set forth for the COVID-19 pandemic. Protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students and individuals we interact with is our top priority.

We will continue to update these guidelines as the situation continues to evolve and as we obtain updates from the University, our agency partners, the State of North Carolina and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS

All Carrington Hall occupants are expected to fully comply with these guidelines to ensure their own health and safety as well as the safety of those with whom they interact.

WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS

Please monitor the CDC website for the most recent information on COVID-19 symptoms. If you have one or more, please self-isolate and contact your health care provider.

COVID-19 symptoms (as of June 1, 2020) include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

PHASED RETURN

The return to Carrington Hall will be phased over time and will be coordinated to ensure social/physical distancing is adhered to and personal protective equipment (PPE) is available for building occupants. Currently, the University will provide disposable face masks for faculty and staff.

Disposable masks previously worn in a health care setting should not be worn in Carrington Hall as they may be contaminated.  Please dispose of these masks properly prior to leaving the health care setting.

Face shields worn in a health care setting should not be worn in Carrington Hall as they may be contaminated. Please reserve the face shield for clinical settings.

Beginning June 1, 2020, research employees and trainees who have been approved to return to Carrington Hall should contact Sam Deal or Tim Blackmon to obtain a mask and other supplies specific to the research phased return.

PERSONAL SAFTEY PRACTICES

Wear a mask

Face masks are required to be worn while you are in Carrington Hall unless you are alone in your office with your door closed. (See information in “Phased Return” section above for more information on masks.)  This video from UNC Health provides step-by-step instructions on how to wear a mask.

UNC’s Dr. David Weber has determined it is reasonable for the lecturer at the front of a podium to present without wearing a mask provided the following:

  1. The lecturer has self-screening daily for COVID symptoms and has no symptoms.
  2. The lecturer remains at least 6 feet away from any other persons (preferably >8-10 feet).
  3. The lecturer performs hand hygiene (using a waterless alcohol rub) before and after touching her/his mask. Masks should be folded, contaminated sides touching, and placed into a paper bag for storage (Further details on this at unc.edu.)
  4. Any devices that are touched at the podium are disinfected by the user, before and after the lecture.

Note:  This procedure is used at UNC for large group virtual meetings (with a few people in audience).

Wait 6 feet

All Carrington Hall occupants should maintain social/physical distancing of 6 feet (approximately 2 arms’ length) or more at all times (distancing will be > 3 feet with a face shield, mask, and gloves for on-campus clinicals). Do not gather in groups and stay out of crowded places such as hallways while students are exiting classrooms.

Wash your hands often

SON community members are expected to follow CDC guidelines for hand hygiene. They are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water frequently. Hand sanitizer will be provided in all classrooms and elevators but should not replace regular soap and water hand washing frequency.

BUILDING PROVISIONS

Signage

The University and the School will provide social/physical distancing signage in common areas such as hallways, conference rooms, classrooms, restrooms, elevators, individual offices and intake areas.

  • Intake Areas: Plexiglass vapor barriers are installed for areas with high intake volume such as reception desks in the Office of Student Affairs, the Dean’s Office, Human Resources, Finance/State & Trust, and Grants Management.

Remote work

Meetings should be conducted remotely when possible, or in groups <10 within Carrington Hall when 6 feet of physical distancing can be maintained.

Currently, remote work is required and should be coordinated by supervisors. We anticipate additional information from the University on a phased return to work approach for non-research activities in which we will be responsible for adhering to a < 50% occupancy rate.

Building Access

Entry to Carrington Hall will be regulated and monitored.  Your UNC OneCard will be required to access the building at all times, including during normal business hours. In order to maintain social/physical distancing and building security, please do not hold or prop open exterior doors for another person to enter.  Contact Sam Deal for questions regarding access or if you would like a complimentary ID/OneCard holder.

Elevators

Ensure there are no more than three (3) elevator occupants at a time in the new addition elevator; no more than two (2) elevator occupants at a time in the original building elevators.  Elevator priority will be given to those with physical impairments and to those with carts or packages. If you are using the elevator, avoid touching the elevator buttons with exposed hand/fingers. Perform hand hygiene upon departing the elevator.

All able-bodied community members are asked to use the stairs at all times. If you are using the stairwell, avoid touching surfaces with exposed hand/fingers. Perform hand hygiene upon departing the stairwell.

Housekeeping

  • Daily surface cleaning and disinfecting will be performed Sunday through Thursday during third shift (11:00 pm to 7:00 am).
    • This includes but is not limited to all restrooms, common areas, class/conference rooms, stairwells, elevators, laboratories, and breakrooms.
    • Individual offices will be cleaned monthly or as needed.
  • Students, staff and faculty will be responsible for wiping down their desks or workspaces after each use.
  • Trash pickup schedule will remain nightly for areas listed above and weekly for individual offices.
  • Daytime housekeeping services are available upon request through the Facility Manager.

Deliveries

  • All couriers must deliver packages to the SON drop box located just outside the new addition lobby entrance, or call SON Facility Management if assistance is needed or if a signature is required. (919) 966-1698.
  • Campus Mail is currently picked up at the University facility on Friday mornings. Scheduled deliveries will be re-established at a later date

Utilities

  • HVAC: Systems for both buildings will be set to fresh air. This setting is contingent on outside air temperatures. Note: at any point UNC Facilities Services can alter the setting to “efficiency” which recycles the air.  Windows may be opened to allow better airflow.
    IMPORTANT TO NOTE: In the event of an emergency, or if you’re finished using a space, please close all opened windows.
  • Water: UNC Facilities Services has conducted regular water flushing of all fixtures. However, if you notice discoloration or an odor it is advisable to not ingest the water.

Classrooms

The classroom schedule for Fall 2020 has been submitted to the Provost’s office for approval. Seating is based on social/physical distancing of students at 6 feet with masks being worn, and overflow rooms have been assigned when needed. Distancing will be > 3 feet with a face shield, mask, and gloves for on-campus clinicals.

Undergraduate cohorts will occupy the same classrooms throughout the day rather than moving around the building to different classrooms and students will have assigned seats in order to minimize the need for cleaning between classes. Some class schedules have been altered to enhance traffic flow and minimize the number of students in hallways.  Students are expected to maintain social/physical distancing when entering and exiting classrooms and when in common areas including hallways. Students, staff and faculty will be responsible for wiping down their desks or workspaces after each use.

SON IIT TEAM

A flexible support plan with high regard for the safety of SON users and the IIT staff

Safety in our workplaces

General

  • SON IIT members will conduct a daily review of COVID-19 symptoms before returning to work.
  • Anyone who is experiencing COVID symptom(s) will not come to campus and will report them to your Manager so that alternate coverage can be found.
  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not come to work on campus for any reason until approved to do so by Employee Occupational Health or Campus

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • While in a University facility, IIT Team members will wear a University-approved face mask when in the presence of others and in public settings.
  • Masks are not required when working alone in a confined office space.
  • Team members using face shields will use Clorox wipes to clean before and after
  • Disposable gloves are required when interacting with others or operating in a public setting where equipment is shared. (provided by….)

Physical Distancing

  • When on campus, IIT Team members will maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • Assembling or convening in groups of greater than 10 people is not
  • Avoid holding open exterior doors for others as doing will compromise the required physical distancing and may permit unauthorized entry.
  • NO equipment will be shared without adequate sanitization.

Common Areas and Meeting Rooms

  • Physical distancing will be used in common areas such as break rooms, offices, restrooms, elevators, and conference rooms.
  • Face mask will be worn while in common rooms (even if others are not present) to provide protection in the event other people walk in.
  • Personnel will confirm that the occupancy limit has not been reached before entering shared rooms, labs and offices.
  • Meetings will be conducted virtually. If a meeting must be held in person, physical distancing requirements will be observed.

Meals and Socializing

  • Physical distancing will be observed when eating or talking to someone in the
  • Meals will not be shared but eaten alone or properly distanced from other
  • If common are used for meals, the person using them must wipe down surfaces before use and
  • Hands should be washed before and immediately after eating.

Hygiene and Cleaning

Handwashing

  • Hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hands should be washed before physical meetings/interactions and immediately after.
  • Hand sanitizer is acceptable to disinfect hands when handwashing is not an available option. (provided by…)
  • IIT Team Members should thoroughly wash their hands or use provided hand sanitizer:
    • At least hourly,
    • After being in a public space or near others, and
    • Before and after handling their

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • Technical support may involve the frequent use of shared equipment and spaces and the IIT Team will share the responsibility of cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces in their workspaces (e.g., light switches, doorknobs, ) when beginning work, at the end of the day, and additional times daily based on frequency of use.
  • Shared equipment will be cleaned and wiped before and after each
  • SON IIT Team members who can effectively conduct their daily work assignments remotely should continue to work remotely for now. Tasks that require staff to be on-site will be scheduled with respect of safety and urgency and performed, when possible, during hours when the least number of occupants are in the building.
  • Remote (Zoom, phone, email or chat) support is preferred method to assist clients to minimize risk of close contact. If support requires close contact, we will maintain good hand hygiene, wear required personal protective equipment and use social distancing. We will also be aware of contact surfaces and use proper sanitizing

Guidance for providing support

Remote, On-site, and Deskside

 Client Interaction

  • Remote support (Zoom, phone, email or chat) is the preferred method for assisting clients to minimize risk of close contact.

Scheduling

  • IIT Support Team members will be scheduled as appropriate, to reduce population density and meet the required onsite occupancy limit set by the University and client demand. Team members will be on standby and ready to come to campus based on client demand that will be monitored by leadership daily. Team members will vacate buildings at or before their designated time and leave themselves ample time to clean and sanitize the work area before

Physical Distancing

  • Some IT support tasks will require brief interactions at close distance. Team members will follow safety guidance listed above, where face shields and work behind Plexiglas shields in 308 to promote safety during scheduled face-to-face appointments.  Clear floor markings will be laid for adequate social distancing for scheduled face-to-face appointments.

Technical Support, AV Requests and Training

  • Remote support appointments will be scheduled, and each appointment will be setup for 20 minutes with a technician. If a longer appointment is needed, we will schedule a second appointment with a Tier 2 tech for either later that day or the next day.
  • Clients scheduled for face-to-face support appointments will wait in hallways for appointment start time and be called in by a Support Team member.
  • Signs will be posted on both doors explaining process for entering the space and how clients can go about acquiring an appointment which starts with remote support. Doors will always remain unlocked during work hours but closed.
  • Team members and clients will wash hands with hand sanitizer before and after meeting.
  • IIT Team members will wear gloves & mask/face shield during scheduled face-to-face support appointments.
  • Team members will wipe down client device(s) before handling.
  • Limited socializing will be expected during face-to-face support appointments.
  • Technician will wipe down client contact surfaces (chair, table etc.), any tools used and the desk surface area that was used to service the client.
  • New wipes and gloves will be for each interaction.
  • Team members will wipe down devices and other items dropped off for service and/or repairs. Techs will wear gloves and mask when handling dropped off equipment.
  • Use Clorox wipes to pick up devices and sanitize. Sanitize all surfaces including IT equipment and the table / desk surfaces.
  • Similar arrangements will be made for receiving and providing IT equipment with the CRC technicians.
  • On-campus technician will gather as much information as possible to determine if a deskside support appointment is truly needed. If needed use remote support tools to minimize close contact and potential risk.
  • Team members will continue to use ServiceNow log, work and escalate support requests to other campus Teams as needed.
  • Clients will be notified he phone or in writing, prior to the deskside support appointments, that social distancing must be maintained.
  • Recommended language and guidelines for providing deskside support include:
    • Please be aware that during deskside support appointments, we are required to maintain the University’s COVID-19 safety practices for social distancing, protective equipment, and cleanliness. Clients are expected to comply with the University’s guidelines. If the technician feels that safety practices are not being followed, they may decline deskside support at any time and refer you to remote support ”
    • Ask the client to move any clutter away from their computer prior to your
    • If a client fails to follow COVID-19 safety practices, withdraw from deskside support, refer them to remote support, and notify your supervisor.
    • Team members must take cleaning wipes and wear a mask and gloves while traveling to/from onsite appointments as well as during the Face shields will be made available and to be worn during client interactions.
    • Upon arriving at a client’s location, conduct a Hazard Assessment. Make a social distancing plan and communicate this with the client (and coworkers, if necessary). Determine what surfaces or objects you may need to handle and sanitize them before you begin
    • Plan to resolve the client’s issue while minimizing your contact with their computer or device with the fewest switches back and forth between your own work laptop and client’s device(s). Employ the client’s assistance when appropriate (e.g. guiding them to type simple commands or open windows)
    • Sanitize your tools and equipment after each use.
    • Dispose gloves after returning to your workspace after each deskside appointment before using any of your personal work

Monitoring and Visitors

  • Employee found to be out of compliance with the required practices, will be counseled. Further instances of non- compliance may result in the employee being subject to disciplinary measures in accordance with applicable University policies.
  • Compliance with required practices is a shared community responsibility.
  • Individuals may report non-compliance by calling the Ethics Point Hotline at (866) 294–8688.
  • Guests, visiting trainees, and other persons not affiliated with UNC should not visit University facilities or offices.
  • Children are not permitted in University facilities or offices during the COVID-19 event.

SON EISLE TEAM

  • EISLE requests should go to eisle@unc.edu.
  • Lab users (students, SON employees, external clients) must:
    • Wear face masks prior to entrance and during the duration of time in lab
    • Perform hand hygiene, hand washing or use of hand sanitizer, according to CDC guidelines upon entrance and exit
    • After hand hygiene, put on clean gloves and wear for duration of time in lab, changing as needed
    • Wear face shield when indicated in person to person contact
    • Prior to exit, disinfect surfaces touched during lab per protocol following checklist
  • Maintain social/physical distancing in the lab space and in hallways outside of labs
  • Continual wearing of masks if entrance into office spaces or staging areas are required.

Office of Research Support and Consultation (RSC)

Below are guidelines to begin June 15, 2020 to re-open the RSC:

  1. On-campus services will be at 50% capacity meaning one staff person will cover the office at a time. Our two fulltime staff will alternate the days that they will be in the RSC Suite.
  2. RSC will query research faculty and staff weekly to collect data about how many masks or other supplies are needed for research team members.
  3. RSC will coordinate obtaining supplies from the Office of the Vice Chancellor and will coordinate distribution to research staff/faculty according to requests.
  4. In the rare event of unplanned PPE requirements, PI or Project Manager should email or call the RSC to coordinate contactless PPE pick-up.
  5. RSC staff meetings will be held remotely, even for those in the building, except in circumstances when the number of attendees is small enough to maintain the 6 feet diameter of distance.
  6. RSC Staff/Faculty must Review the SON BUILDING GUIDELINES for updates in procedures frequently. We expect all RSC staff/faculty and individuals entering the RSC Suite to adhere to PPE, social distancing and security precautions and the SON Guidelines for COVID-19.
  7. Everyone must check symptoms daily before coming to campus (see guidance links below).

Other relevant guidelines:

Other Resources

 

ABSN & BSN

Click here for a message regarding clinicals and other information for BSN2 students

Click here for a message regarding clinicals and other information for Undergraduate Seniors

Information as of 3/16 is below. If you have questions please email Dr. Louise Fleming, Assistant Dean, at lkflemin@email.unc.edu

If you are an undergraduate (UG) student at UNC SON you…..

Are on Spring Break until 3/23/20 and your classes will resume remotely on 3/23/20.

You should be monitoring yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 daily

https://www.unc.edu/coronavirus/

If you are an undergraduate student at UNC SON taking N470 and N472 this semester….

Your clinicals will resume the week of 3/23/20.

If you are an undergraduate student at UNC SON taking N591 this semester but traveled last week:

  1. Out of the country
  2. To a state that has declared a state of emergency
  3. On a cruise anywhere…

Your N591 clinical will resume the week of 3/23/20.

STAN sessions will occur in the semester after 3/23/20.

We encourage you to consider picking up 1-2 shifts per week in case our clinical partners determine UNC SON UG students cannot attend clinical experiences at their institutions – please make sure your RN Preceptors and Clinical Instructors are fully aware of your schedule.

If you are an undergraduate student at UNC SON taking N591 this semester but did not travel to an area specified on the column to the left

Your N591 clinical can resume now assuming your RN Preceptor and Clinical Instructor are aware and agreeable

STAN sessions will occur in the semester after 3/23/20

We encourage you to consider picking up 1-2 shifts per week in case our clinical partners determine UNC SON UG students cannot attend clinical experiences at their institutions – please make sure your RN Preceptors and Clinical Instructors are fully aware of your schedule

MSN and DNP

Information as of 3/23 is below. If you have questions please email Dr. Jennifer D’Auria, Assistant Dean, at jdauria@email.unc.edu

Powerpoint presentations (PDF) – COVID-19

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, precepted NP and HCS experiences are suspended to limit additional people in the clinical environment. This is to protect the health of patients, other health professionals, as well as you and your family.

We will revisit this decision on March 30, however, we suspect this will be at least a 2-week suspension of clinical. Please focus on your online classes.

Students who have been contacted by Dr. Meg Zomorodi for telephone triage with the UNC Physician’s Network  – please contact your Lead Faculty for further instructions. If you are doing telehealth from home or other work outside of a clinical environment – discuss this with your Lead Faculty.

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Since we cannot always know who may present as asymptomatic viral shedders or who may have mild illness that is not recognized as COVID-19, continue to practice the basic principles of good hygiene to interrupt the person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. You should also follow any site-specific recommendations for infection control and COVID-19.

The Graduate School is recommending that doctoral (including DNP) proposal and final defenses be held via Zoom. At the moment, in person defenses are still allowed (unless the university shuts down) with the student and committee only in attendance; family members and student peers are encouraged to attend virtually by Zoom if desired.

If you want DJ Lester to send out an announcement regarding your final defense, you will need to include in addition to the title, date, time — a Zoom meeting ID for any participants who participate.

 Please remember: The DNP Chair in collaboration with the Student is responsible for ensuring that all requirements for remote participation are met and that:

  • All members of the committee and the candidate have the technology to participate in the defense and the remote technology is sufficiently tested prior to the defense;
  • All visual materials are emailed to the committee prior to the defense.
  • Remote participation be uninterrupted.
    • If interrupted, that the defense is paused until all remote participations are fully restored or alternate technology (such as cell phone) is put in place.
    • If audioconferencing is the only option available, arrangements must be made by the candidate to distribute all visual materials to the committee in advance of the defense.

MSN Paper – Proposal and Final Defenses

OPTION 1: If your MSN Paper committee requires a formal meeting for your proposal or final defense meeting, we are recommending the use of Zoom through the end of the semester.

The Master’s Paper Chair in collaboration with the Student is responsible for ensuring that all requirements for remote participation are met and that:

  • All members of the committee have the technology to participate in the defense and the remote technology is sufficiently tested prior to the defense;
  • All visual materials are emailed to the committee prior to the defense.
  • Remote participation is uninterrupted.
    • If interrupted, that the defense is paused until all remote participations are fully restored or alternate technology (such as cell phone) is put in place.
    • If audioconferencing is the only option available, arrangements must be made by the candidate to distribute all visual materials to the committee in advance of the defense.

OPTION 2: If your Master’s Paper does not require a formal meeting for your proposal or final defense, at a minimum, each committee member must have opportunity to: (a) examine the completed project with the student, and (b) discuss and provide feedback and approval of the final draft of the written manuscript.

DISSEMINATION: For those of you planning onsite presentations of your project outcomes with staff or agencies, please discuss with your chair an alternate approach to dissemination. If there is no alternative approach possible, please include in detail what your dissemination plan would have been; or if it was to be a powerpoint presentation, include the powerpoint in your Appendix.

Please remember to check the SON and UNC websites daily for updates.

PhD

Information as of 3/16 is below. If you have questions please email Dr. Linda Beeber, at beeber@email.unc.edu or Dr. Cheryl Giscombe at Cheryl.Giscombe@unc.edu.
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  • Please check the SON website daily as we are changing our guidance in response to university and public health advisories.
  • As of 3/13/2020, all data collection involving human contact is suspended (see UNC IRB notice attached). NIH has issued guidance for applicants and investigators as well.

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/natural_disasters/corona-virus.htm

Please reach out to your research advisor for guidance on your dissertation protocol. Dr. Giscombe and I are ready to help if you need us to help problem-solve.

  • Testing for COVID-19 will be covered for GSHIP participants and their covered dependents and will not require prior approval with Blue Cross NC. There will be no out-of-pocket expenses for the COVID-19 test. Doctor visits to screen for COVID-19 and any required care will be covered by the plan the same as any other doctor visit or care.

For Blue Cross NC’s latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit bluecrossnc.com/coronavirus.

  • Next week, the SON will be sending out a Qualtrics survey about any recent travel you have done; please respond to this promptly.
  • Due to Spring break being extended, pre-registration for MSN and DNP students will open on Monday, March 23.Advising should occur via phone, email, or Zoom. The Office of Student Affairs will send out the dates for summer and fall registration as published by the University — please note that summer registration and fall registration have different opening dates. Next week, Dr. Giscombe and I will send out instructions for submitting your IDP, plan of study and CV and getting clearance to register.
  • PhD students should plan to work off campus instead in your carrel. If you must access your carrel after March 23rd, please contact Dr. Beeber. Use NURSING VPN to access any data or files on your carrel computer. Contact SON IT if you need help remotely connecting.
  • The university libraries will be open next week (8am-5pm) and return to normal hours starting March 23rd.
  • All classes will be virtual starting March 23rd; faculty will communicate with you about changes in assignment due dates and class activities that will be altered due to the virtual format. No assignments will be due next week during the extended break.
  • As of today, we are recommending that proposal and dissertation defenses be held virtually by Zoom. We will send out a Zoom link to all PhD students and faculty along with the dissertation defense announcement so that you can attend the public defense period.
  • Continue to practice the basic principles of good hygiene to interrupt the person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. You should also follow any site-specific recommendations for infection control and COVID-19.

Please remember to check the SON and UNC websites daily for updates.

Stay safe and wash your hands….

FACULTY AND STAFF

Updated 3/16