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College of Nursing

COVID-19 Resources

The Michigan State University College of Nursing takes COVID-19 seriously. As nurses, it is our shared responsibility to see that we take all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients and communities. On this page, you will find links to important resources, as well as a convenient FAQ as to how the college is dealing with this crisis, in addition to other guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

VACCINATION QUESTIONS

Do employees and students need to get vaccinated?

All employees and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (FDA-authorized or WHO-approved) prior to beginning any clinical rotation. Failure to adhere to the clinical vaccination requirements may result in inability to participate in clinical rotations and delay program progression, and clinical partners might have their own vaccination requirements as well.

Who do I have to let know I've been vaccinated?

Students must also submit covid verification to the college to secure clinical placement. Failure to submit vaccination status may result in a delay in clinical placement and progression in the program. Please note, you may provide scheduled vaccination dates on this form, once you have evidence you are fully vaccinated, please send that information to Compliance Officer Robert Crawley.

In addition, persons who received one dose of a two-dose series are expected to complete their vaccination series according to the recommended schedule and must report to the university when they have done so via the Vaccine Form. Further, persons who are not fully vaccinated by Aug. 31, 2021 are required to participate in the Early Detection Program until they are fully vaccinated.

SAFETY PROTOCOL QUESTIONS

Do I have to wear a mask inside college facilities?

Face coverings must be worn by everyone indoors (including all faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors) while you are on property owned or governed by MSU or while participating in MSU-related or MSU-sponsored activities. 

In labs

All employees and students entering the Granger lab or rooms dedicated for skills performance are required to wear a medical-grade face mask and optional goggles or face shields when participating in direct patient care skill-related activities, regardless of vaccination status. Shields are required when community transmission rates are equal to or greater than "8," or within the "high-risk" category.

All employees and students entering the Granger lab or rooms dedicated for skills performance who are not fully vaccinated or were provided with an exemption from MSU will be required to wear a medical grade mask, a full face shield, and maintain 6-foot distancing at all times (with the exception of direct skill-related activities).   

All persons failing to adhere to MSU face covering policies will be subject to disciplinary procedures per MSU policy.

In common areas

All employees and students may remove face coverings when eating (outside of scheduled class periods) once seated. Persons are encouraged to use proper distancing practices and appropriate hand hygiene when removing masks to eat in a public setting. Reminder: persons who are not fully vaccinated or were provided with an exempt status must maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance AND have tested negative for covid.

Are we still expected to practice social distancing and hand washing?

All employees and students are encouraged to maintain a distance from others when possible. CDC recommends 3 feet of distance for fully masked and vaccinated persons during substantial transmission rates equal to, or greater than 8, or trending in the "substantial" or "high-risk" categories. Persons who are not fully vaccinated or have received an exemption status are to adhere to 6 feet distancing and masking requirements. Other safety recommendations are still in effect, including hand washing for at least 20 seconds in soap and water or with hand sanitizer (60% alcohol or higher). Wipes are also available in the Granger labs to assist with disinfecting surfaces.

REPORTING AND RESPONSE QUESTIONS

Should I self-isolate if I test positive for COVID-19 or have contact with an infected individual?

Positive COVID-19 test

Immediately self-quarantine and follow health department guidelines (Plan 10 days of quarantine and 24 hours without fever, signs, or symptoms prior to returning to class or clinical).  All faculty, staff, and students are required to follow all applicable state and public health guidance and cooperate with public health authorities, including, but not limited to, participating in contact tracing efforts

Contact with covid-positive person

Vaccinated persons

Direct exposure to a person who tested positive with COVID-19 for greater than 15 minutes while in close contact (less than 6 feet). Closely self-monitor for 14 days for any signs/symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing within 3–5 days. No quarantine is necessary. If symptoms develop, immediately self-quarantine for 10 days, seek covid testing, and contact provider as necessary.

Indirect exposure to a person-testing positive with COVID-19 for less than 15 minutes self-monitor for signs and symptoms for a minimum of 14 days. No quarantine is necessary unless symptomatic.

Unvaccinated persons

Direct exposure to a person who tested positive with COVID-19 for greater than 15 minutes while in close contact (less than 6 feet). Immediately quarantine for 10 days per health department policy. Closely self-monitor for 14 days for any signs/symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms develop, immediately consider testing, and contact provider as necessary.

Illness

Persons experiencing signs or symptoms of feeling ill enough to obtain a COVID-19 screening test are asked to self-quarantine until negative COVID-19 test results; no in person class, lab or clinical until results returned. Students are required to follow policy outlined in the college handbook for illness related absences or extensions.

Do I need to report any positive COVID-19 test or exposure to anyone in the college?

If you know or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, students should please share this information with course coordinators and employees should contact their supervisors.