Information for Students in Clinicals/Practicum

The safety and success of all nursing students is our priority. We want to work together to set expectations and maintain a positive learning environment.

Clinical training involves some risk in caring for patients, particularly those who may have infectious illnesses (including COVID-19, tuberculous, influenza, HIV, rotavirus, and others). To address these risks, UVA Health clinical practice reflects requirements and standards designed to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty, and our patients. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with infection control experts to implement new protocols to mitigate the risk of potential exposure as students return to in-person clinical rotations, while continuing our mission of providing essential training the next generation of clinical nurse leaders. Addressing this new challenge requires efforts from the entire health care community. Based on current CDC guidance and internal infection control expertise, the keys to reducing COVID-19 transmission are aggressive symptom monitoring, handwashing and use of face masks to prevent asymptomatic spread of disease. 

Student responsibilities, prior to returning to the lab and clinical settings, involve reviewing guidelines and protocols from the University of Virginia, practice partners including UVA Health, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Due to the evolving situations with COVID-19, there will be additional mandatory to read/sign documents from the University of Virginia and Student Health along with other state/medical entities to review and acknowledge prior to and during the start of the fall 2020 semester.

Students will receive or have received detailed information from their program director relating to clinical re-entry. Thank you for all you are doing to contribute to your own safety and that of your fellow students and the UVA-Charlottesville community.

Symptom Monitoring

Students must monitor their symptoms daily prior to all lab and clinical/practicum learning activities as do all UVA Health employees. On a clinical attendance day if a student has any symptoms, they must immediately call to notify their clinical faculty (the night before or the morning of clinical assignment) and make a telehealth visit with Student Health. Students should not attend clinical or any in‐person training activities if they ANSWER YES TO ANY ITEMS ON the daily attestation form, develop symptoms or are exposed to COVID‐19 positive individual(s). If unsure, please contact your clinical faculty FIRST.

Travel

The UVA Health travel policy is required for students in clinical placements at UVA Health; students must complete the attestation and travel screening when applicable. (To access this UVA Health webpage, login with your eservices credentials or turn on the UVA Anywhere VPN to bypass the login page).

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