College of Nursing Students

Tested Positive for COVID-19?

If you are a learner at the UNM College of Nursing and have tested positive for COVID-19, please report it using our self reporting tool.

College of Nursing

Daily Attestation Emails

All students who receive a Daily Attestation email from the University are expected to respond daily, even if you are not coming to campus or a clinical site on that day. 

Failure to respond to the daily attestation email and other COVID-19 standards is considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action up to, and including, dismissal from the program.   Individuals who do not respond to the daily attestation email three days in a row will be reported to the Dean of the College of Nursing and will receive progressive correspondence to ensure compliance with this requirement. 


Fall Classes

  • All the classes and services that are part of the regular Lobo experience will be available in Fall 2020. Many of them, such as advising, will be offered primarily remotely to protect your health.

  • The College of Nursing Fall semester/term will be delivered in a hybrid manner with all of the didactic components taking place remotely with skills lab, some simulation, and clinical activities taking place in person.

  • Schedules that a number of courses for the Pre-Licensure BSN and graduate APRN programs are now listed as “Remote Scheduled” or “Remote Arranged.”  Traditional online courses were not modified (RN to BSN, MSN Administration and Education, DNP, and PhD).  Descriptions of the instructional modalities are below. 

    • Remote Scheduled: The course will occur online at the originally scheduled day and time.

    • Remote Arranged: The course occurs remotely at arranged times by the faculty in coordination with the students. Courses that have a lab, simulation, and/or clinical component are listed as remote arranged so that didactic instruction can occur remotely and any non-didactic instruction (lab, simulation, clinical) will be coordinated with students through their faculty member.  Students will be expected to come to campus to complete non-didactic requirements for the course while following COVID-safe practices. 

Simulation and Lab

Classroom and simulation spaces have been modified to accommodate social distancing guidelines.  To accommodate these limited capacities, your instructors will reach out to you directly to schedule times to complete these experiences in small groups of four students and one faculty member. 

Clinical Experiences

Students must complete and submit the check list prior to any clinical experiences.  This must be completed each term and submitted to the Office of Clinical Affairs at hsc-con-placements@salud.unm.edu.  If your clinical site has additional site-specific requirements, you will be contacted directly by the Office of Clinical Affairs prior to the start of your clinical rotation. 

If you are assigned an out-of-town clinical experience, your program director, concentration coordinator, or course faculty will provide you with specific information related to your rotation. 

Accommodations

If you have special documented health concerns with implications for class participation, or mask wearing, seek confidential support from the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC). ARC staff can support you in seeking accommodations and maintain confidentiality with respect to your health consideration.


Coming to Campus

Students are expected to follow COVID-safe practices while on campus, including social distancing and mandatory wearing of masks.  For those of you who do not live on campus, you should only be coming to campus for lab, simulation, or clinical experiences and should not linger before or after your scheduled time on campus.  There will be no other on campus gatherings during the fall term. 

Badge Access Only

In order to provide the safest environment for our students, faculty and staff, the College of Nursing/ College of Pharmacy building, as well as other buildings on campus, will be locked 24/7 until further notice.

Badges are required to access the buildings.

 

Zoom Meetings Prefered 

All student meetings with faculty or staff should take place via zoom or telephonically as much as possible.  If in person meetings are deemed necessary, they must be scheduled and held in a space that allows for social distancing.  


Travel

By State mandate, if you have travel outside the borders of NM and then returned, you must quarantine for 14 days. This is regardless of whether you arrived in New Mexico by airplane, train, or automobile.  This may negatively affect your ability to complete required in person components of your courses including skills lab, simulations, and clinical experiences which may affect your ability to successfully complete the course.


Exposed to COVID-19

What should I do if I may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Begin to quarantine and self-monitor yourself for flu-like symptoms--then contact the UNM Student Health & Counseling and connect with the COVID-19-line provider at (505) 277-3136, option #7. The provider will advise you on whether you currently qualify for testing and offer further advice. Please contact your program director to inform them of your possible exposure. You may also get more information from the NM Department of Health Hotline at 1-855-600-3453.


Remote Office Services

At this time, Student Services, Financial Aid and Clinical Affairs Offices are providing remote services for UNM College of Nursing students. If you need support from these offices please email the office directly. You will receive a timely reply – during normal business hours – addressing your question or scheduling an appointment if necessary.


Resources

Faculty & Staff Resources - 03/19/2020
CCNE Statement – COVID-19 Update 05/14/2020

 

FAQs

From the College of Nursing home page, click on “ HSC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information,” then “Students, Faculty and Staff” and select “Nursing.”

We ask that as the semester continues to please keep up with any online professional documentation that you can complete such as your HIPAA trainings.  We understand there will be barriers to completing other types of professional documentation such as your immunizations and certifications and ask that you do not stress clinical sites trying to update medical professional documentation at this time.

At this time, all College of Nursing offices will be operating remotely. Please use the following email addresses to submit any needed paperwork:

For a full listing of College of Nursing faculty and staff emails, please visit the College of Nursing Directory.
UNM Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) is a great resource for tips on managing fears and anxiety around coronavirus, additional self-help tools and has counseling services available for students by appointment (505.277.3136) and online via Therapy Assistance Online (TAO). An after-hours crisis counselor is also available for UNM students at 505.277.3136, option 3. You are not alone and we are here for you!

UNM Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) is your best source for immediate student healthcare access and information. SHAC has an excellent website with resources for you, including COVID-19 information and instructions.

After SHAC Hours of Operation: Call 505.260.7070. (Or call SHAC at 277.3136; select option #2.) You will reach an answering service. The answering service will page a SHAC medical provider who is available for medical problems that can be addressed over the telephone.

A Few Words From Dean Christine E. Kasper

 

College of Nursing Students,

I want to reassure you that leadership is monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) response and has your best interest at heart. You are our top priority along with the patients we care for. Our goal is to do our very best to protect and inform you during these uncertain times. We understand you are worried and may be anxious. At this time, we are asking you to use your nursing knowledge to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Stay safe.

Please stay calm and know CON leadership and faculty are working on keeping you informed of any changes. I encourage you to stay up-to-date with all email communications. Check your email 2-3 times a day. Re-read the messages. We will continue to provide you with the most up to date information as it becomes available. 

Please visit the following UNM and HSC websites often for the most up to date information:

At this time please refrain from reaching out to the Deans unless the matter is URGENT. We will provide you with up to date information in a timely manner.

Remember you are a nurse or will earn your nursing degree shortly. Now is the time to use your education and instincts. Stay safe, take care of yourself, your family and our community.

Sincerely,

Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACSM
Dean and Professor
UNM College of Nursing
Crenshaw Endowed Chair
Office: 505-272-6284
ckasper@salud.unm.edu
nursing.unm.edu