Emory Forward Nursing FAQ

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Nursing School Information

Updated Nov. 19, 2020

The administration, faculty, and staff of the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing are committed to answering questions you may have regarding Emory Forward -- the university's return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated regularly with common questions and those posed by users. Thank you for your patience. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the university will continue to monitor and limit the number of faculty, students, and staff on campus. 

Unfortunately, there will be no Spring Break. This is particularly upsetting to students, faculty, and staff who enjoy international immersion opportunities. While nothing can replace face-to-face programs, the Lillian Carter Center is working on virtual opportunities. The majority of clinicals, simulations, and labs will be in person for Spring 2021. Classes with didactic instruction will continue to be delivered remotely.

Looking ahead to summer, leaders at the university are hopeful the number of individuals allowed on campus can be increased. If able to do so in a successful and safe manner, plans will be discussed to bring all students back to campus by Fall 2021. 

All students in residence halls will be required to take a COVID-19 test on a consistent basis. Students taking in-person classes, visiting university buildings, or accessing in-person campus resources will be required to perform an onboarding process this spring and take a COVID-19 test upon returning in January. This includes graduate and undergraduate students living off campus.

All faculty and staff visiting university buildings or accessing in-person campus resources will be required to complete the onboarding process and take a COVID-19 test upon returning to campus. Faculty and staff who have completed the onboarding process and are asymptomatic will have access to optional COVID-19 testing as capacity permits.

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COVID-19

Who is required to be tested for COVID-19? 

All students in residence halls will be required to take a COVID-19 test on a consistent basis. Students taking in-person classes, visiting university buildings, or accessing in-person campus resources will be required to perform an onboarding process this spring and take a COVID-19 test upon returning in January. This includes graduate and undergraduate students living off campus.

All faculty and staff visiting university buildings or accessing in-person campus resources will be required to complete the onboarding process and take a COVID-19 test upon returning to campus. Faculty and staff who have completed the onboarding process and are asymptomatic will have access to optional COVID-19 testing as capacity permits.

What is the COVID-19 testing process?

On November 16, the university began transitioning to a saliva-based collection platform (replacing the rapid antigen nasal swab). This new testing platform is highly sensitive, provides increased testing capacity for the Emory community, and employs a significantly more comfortable collection methodology. The transition from rapid antigen nasal swab to the saliva-based collection, will take place as follows:
  • November 16-20: Transition to saliva-based collection
  • November 20: Last day of the rapid antigen nasal swab
  • November 23-25: Full transition to saliva-based collection
  • November 26-27: Thanksgiving Holiday (no screening tests)
  • November 30- December 29: Screening tests will only be performed on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week
  • January 4: Return to campus screening program begins for the spring term
From November 30-December 29 COVID-19 asymptomatic screenings will only be performed on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week. These dates coincide with the end of the fall semester and winter recess for the university.

Students living on campus in residence halls during winter break will be required to test each week; faculty and staff testing remains optional and is only available to those who have completed the onboarding process. The saliva-based collection method does not require you to wait on-site as results will be provided by email within 24-hours. What should I do as a student if I become ill?

Please access the Student Health Patient Portal, message the “COVID Assessment Provider,” and notify Student Health Services. If you are having chest pain, serious difficulty breathing or any other type of medical emergency, call 911. For students who are symptomatic, please inform your professors if your illness will impact your studies.

What should I do as a faculty or staff member and become ill?

Go home immediately, contact your health provider, and do not return to work. If you are ill and unable to work, contact your supervisor, program director, department chairperson, or dean’s office. So that we may understand critical workforce needs, it is very important for you to indicate your use of sick leave in the Exempt Leave Tracking or Time and Attendance System. After illness, the Office of Injury Management (OIM) can help assess an employee’s readiness to return to work.

What should I do if I think I've been exposed to COVID-19?

Call the Emory Healthcare hotline: 404-71-COVID (404-712-6843), where you can be connected with a nurse for guidance. If you are asymptomatic, you may be able to continue to work and should self-monitor for symptoms. 

Everyone can do their part to keep themselves and their friends and families safe by practicing social distancing both inside and outside. Social distancing is defined as remaining out of group settings, avoiding gatherings, and maintaining a 6 feet distance from others when possible per the CDC guidelines.

Emory takes the health of our faculty, students, and staff very seriously and we are doing everything within our power to keep our community safe. Please continue to go to the university’s COVID-19 website for the latest updates and resources.

Operations

What is required to come on campus (faculty or student)? 

Faculty, staff and students on campus must use their Emory Card to access the building. Visitors are strictly prohibited. In order to return to campus, you are required to:

  • Review and acknowledge an understanding of the expectations and guidelines
  • Complete necessary training that gives guidance about physical distancing, face-covering and other PPE, hygiene, self-monitoring for symptoms, and other important health and safety aspects
  • Complete a confidential health screening questionnaire that asks about exposure to COVID-19, contact with persons who have tested positive, travel, and symptoms
  • Ensure your mobile phone number is up to date in the Emergency Notification System in PeopleSoft Self Service. If you have not enrolled in the Emergency Notification System, you will be required to do so. This is a key part of the contact tracing process.
  • Provide a list of “close contacts” through a PeopleSoft Self Service module. This also is a key part of the contact tracing process.

What precautions will be taken to ensure safety in the fall?

COVID-19 testing will be mandatory for all students living in residence halls, along with those taking in-person classes, upon or shortly before returning to campus, and will be available at any time during the semester for those who are symptomatic and for their close contacts. Faculty and staff will have access to testing on demand.

Testing of symptomatic people, as well as those in close contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19, is currently underway on campus and will continue in the fall. Testing, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, and other measures will be implemented to limit transmission of COVID-19 in our community. 

All members of the Emory community who come to campus will be required to self-monitor on a daily basis for signs of COVID-19. Trained university staff will conduct random temperature checks across campus each day. Those with fevers will be required to have a clinical evaluation and to be tested, as appropriate.

Inside the nursing school, steps have been taken to ensure proper physical distancing. People in the building are required to wear masks. The building will be cleaned more frequently and sanitization stations have been placed throughout. 

Events

What is the status of pinning, graduation, and award ceremonies?

At this time the nursing school is planning to hold virtual events for Fall 2020 and resume in-person gatherings as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Technology

Do faculty/staff need to use VPN to access Emory online resources?

The Nursing School faculty and staff need to use VPN when working on these resources:

  • Emory Library resources
  • SON “Q”, “S” and “T” drives
  • Research drive space from other units at Emory

Most web-based Emory resources do not need:

Duo two-factor authentication system is used for these Emory resources when working remotely:

  • Office 365- email.emory.edu
  • Zoom
  • VPN – Big IP Client
  • Peoplesoft/HR
  • OPUS
  • Emory Healthcare VDT

Support requests from for Nursing can be sent to SON-HELP@listserv.cc.emory.edu. Password resets or questions about VPN or Duo should be directed to LITS main support line at 404-727-7777 or online.

What if I don't have Internet access away from campus?

Many service providers (i.e. AT&T, Xfinity) are offering discounted access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some mobile providers (i.e. Verizon, Sprint) are also offering hotspot access at discounted rates during this time.

Finances

Can students sign up for tuition insurance?

Yes, tuition insurance is available through a third-party vendor for students in the event that they may need to withdraw due to illness. All students are eligible to sign up for tuition insurance. Click here for more information.

I'm on a payment plan and concerned about making payments or how my payments may change.

We encourage everyone to be proactive and reach out to the billing office. Individual representatives are assigned by last name.

OrderNameContact info
Students A-FeMary Kriest404-712-8726
mary.kriest@emory.edu
Students Ff-:eBernice Kelley404-727-7230
bernice.kelley@emory.edu
Students Lf-RzCindy Brock404-727-1195
cindy.brock@emory.edu
Students Sa-ZzJemonte Collins404-727-6122
jemonte.collins@emory.edu

What if I have a hardship that requires financial support?

Emory has setup the Emory Together Fund. The Emory Together Fund application can be found hereNOTE: The fund accepted applications through June 30, 2020. 

Will tuition change because of the pandemic? 

In recognition of the financial stress on students, Emory will be holding undergraduate tuition at 2019-2020 rates 2020-2021. Previously approved tuition rates for graduate and professional programs will remain in place for 2020-21. In addition, families can request to have their financial aid reassessed if they have experienced changes in economic status since filing their FAFSA. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Financial Aid

Services

What CAPS services are available during COVID-19?

CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) remains open and has fully transitioned to offering telehealth clinical services via HIPAA compliant Zoom for Emory enrolled students. Students can call CAPS at 404-727-7450, Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00, to speak with a counselor on-call or to talk with a member of our triage team who can assess needs and help with next steps. Students who have already connected with a CAPS counselor this year can reach out to them directly.

Can students receive telehealth services from CAPS if they are residing in another state?

The university now offers telehealth services to students regardless of their location. You can find more information on Timely.MD here.

How do students find a therapist in their community at home?

To find a local therapist in other states, students can check with their insurance company for recommendations, check out the Thriving Campus website, which allows students to search by location across the country, or visit the Psychology Today website under the “find a therapist” tab. Students with the Emory student insurance should contact CAPS or Student Health Services to have an insurance referral activated, which must be renewed every August.

What other resources is CAPS offering?

CAPS is offering online workshops focused on skill building and support: (1) Managing Stress & Anxiety during COVID-19; (2) Social Distancing ≠ Social Isolation; and (3) Prepare for Procrastination. CAPS is also offering online discussion and support drop-in sessions for international students. Additional information about these events can be found here. Additional local and national online support resources are on the CAPS website.

What should I do in case of an emergency?

Call the Emory Police Department at 404-727-6111 from on campus, or 911 from off-campus. Additional crisis resources include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255); Georgia Crisis & Access Line (1-800-715-4225); and the National Crisis Text Line (Text “Home” – or “Steve” to connect with a person of color -- to 741741). Additional crisis resources are on the CAPS website.

Admissions 

Will prerequisites to enter the nursing school change due to COVID-19)?

No. All prerequisites will remain in place.

Are there changes to testing requirements when applying for admission?

Tests will be optional for the Fall 2021 application cycle. 

Students 

What do I need to know about the Spring 2021 academic calendar?

Spring 2021 calendar. For most Emory colleges and schools, the spring semester will begin on January 25, with medical school classes resuming on January 4. Classes will conclude by May 3, with most final exams held between May 4 and May 14. Students will receive information from their respective dean with specific dates, further details and any college or school-specific differences from the university’s calendar. To accommodate this compressed schedule and limit COVID-19 exposure, we will not have spring break this year. With this change, please know we have heard requests for additional mental health offerings and have added and will add additional resources and services for all members of our community.

What classes will be online and/or in-person? 

While our plans align with the university, some details will look a little different. Clinicals, simulations, and labs will be in person for 2020-2021. Students should plan to be in Atlanta for face-to-face instruction. We also anticipate placing students in face-to-face clinical rotations. As previously communicated, classes with didactic instruction will be delivered remotely.

What are key dates for my program at the nursing school (Spring Semester)?

The following details key dates for programs. Updates for all programs will be available as soon as possible.

ProgramReturning Student Start DateOrientation DateNotes (TBD)
BSNJanuary 25, 2020
ABSNJanuary 25, 2020
D-ABSNJanuary 11, 2020December 3-4, 2020
In EmoryJanuary 19, 2020
MNJanuary 19, 2021
AMSNJanuary 19, 2021
MSNJanuary 19, 2021
DNPJanuary 19, 2021
CRNAJanuary 19, 2021
PhDJanuary 19, 2021

Are prerequisites being waived or modified due to COVID-19 and remote learning? 

All GER requirements must still be met.

I am an international student and unsure how these changes will impact my learning status?

We recommend contacting International Student and Scholar Services (isss@emory.edu) and your academic advisor in the school to discuss your situation. These are unique times with many unique circumstances and we want to provide specialized attention. 

Clinical and Simulation

What is the state of clinical rotations, particularly for graduate students? 

The Office of Clinical Placement continues to work tirelessly to secure opportunities for all programs and specialties. The school’s relationship with Emory Healthcare allows us to maintain a high number of placements, but we also work with other partner organizations. It’s ultimately up to health care systems—not the school—in deciding to proceed with, limit, or cancel clinical experiences. While many partners are moving toward pre-COVID19 operations, we must remember everything is not “back to normal.” Please direct related questions The Office of Clinical Placements: graduateclinicalplaements@emory.edu.

 

Will simulation and skills check-off occur?

Individual programs will inform you of the schedule. However, it is important to note more time will be required to perform tasks due to the limitation in group size (maintaining physical distancing). This will require the labs operate for extended hours during the week and likely on Saturday. Be prepared for any of those times. 

I am concerned about educational quality given online courses and clinical options. What are plans to address this?

The majority of clinicals, simulations, and labs will be in person for 2020-2021. Students should plan to be in Atlanta. We also anticipate placing students in face-to-face clinical rotations. As previously communicated, classes with didactic instruction will be delivered remotely. Pre-licensure students who cannot return to Atlanta for clinical and simulation should notify their program directors. An individualized plan of study will be created, and may result in a delay in the graduation. 

Faculty/Staff

Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 in order to return to campus?

  • Employees who are symptomatic should call the COVID-19 hotline for evaluation and instructions about testing.
  • By returning to the on-campus Emory community, faculty and staff are agreeing to cooperate with case investigators and tracers.

What resources are available for transitioning course content from in-person delivery to remote delivery?

NHWSN’s Instructional Design team has worked to create a very helpful Remote Teaching and Learning SharePoint website. The site contains a number of helpful articles, best practices, and other resources to assist you in moving forward with remote content delivery.

NHWSN is also working to transition some staff responsibilities to support our Course Coordinators in remote delivery (monitoring Zoom comments, assisting with Zoom hosting, ProctorU assistance, etc.) Additional information on this will be released soon.

In addition, there are a number of additional resources within the NHWSN and Emory University: