COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Nursing Student COVID-19 Safety Protocols

At the Hunt School of Nursing (HSN) our priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.  The HSN team have developed a plan with enhanced health and safety procedures to protect our university community.

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Have you been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with, has tested positive or is exhibiting symptoms for COVID-19?  Follow the guidelines below to protect yourself and others.  

Exhibiting symptoms such a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit including cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell

Or
 
Tested positive for COVID-19, and/or have a high-risk exposure (see exposure risk tab) with someone known to have tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms; 

You are required to immediately follow these steps: 
Contact your course director. 
Complete and submit the online COVID-19 Decision Tree questionnaire
Contact the Nursing Assistant Dean on call. 
Contact your Healthcare Provider.

Exposure risk is based on factors such as use of face mask/face covering, social distancing and time spent with an individual(s) who are known to be infected with COVID-19.

High risk includes being within approximately 6 feet of an individual known to be infected with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes – such as while caring for, living with, visiting with, or sharing an office with them – without using recommended precautions such as facial mask/ face coverings.  Additionally, if an individual had direct contact with infectious secretions of an individual known to be infected with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on) they may be considered high risk.

Low risk includes being in the same space (e.g., a classroom, office, waiting room) as an individual known to be infected with COVID-19 while maintaining physical distancing of at least 6 feet and wearing appropriate facial mask/ face coverings.

The Office of Occupational Health will implement appropriate campus restrictions based on exposure risk.

Decisions on self-isolation are determined by the TTUHSC EP Office of Occupational Health in coordination with the Nursing Assistant Dean on-call and:

  • Students with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cannot report for clinical rotation or go to campus until: 
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and,
    • At least 3 days (72 hours) has passed since recovery – defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath). 
  • Those who had high risk exposure will be required to remain in self-isolation and off campus until further notice by the Office of Occupational Health in coordination with the nursing Assistant Dean. 

Returning to class and/or clinical rotations is determined by the TTUHSC EP Office of Occupational Health in coordination with the nursing Assistant Dean. 

Students returning to class and/or clinical rotations should:

  • Adhere to hand hygiene, physical distancing, and follow face covering requirements.
  • Continue to self-monitor for symptoms.

Student Support and Assistance Programs from the TTUHSC EP Department of Psychiatry: 
The circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a high degree of stress and uncertainty for many, and we want to be sure that our TTUHSC El Paso community is aware of the Assistance Program services available.  The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is providing counseling services via telephone or via videoconferencing through WebEx.  If you are interested, please call and leave a voicemail message.  Student Assistance Program: 915-215-6255. These messages and services are confidential.

For more information please visit out Student Counseling Services page.

24-HOUR CRISIS LINE
Emergence Health Network
915-779-1800

Other important information for Nursing Students during COVID

Badge Access at HSN: 

  • Student badge access to the HSN building has been temporarily suspended.  Only students with confirmed study space reservations are allowed in the building with staff supervision.  
  • Students entering the building are required to undergo and clear a temperature check. 

Face Covering on campus:

  • Texas Tech University system policy on Face Covering requires all members of the University community (students, faculty, staff, visitors, vendors and contractors) to wear protective face covering on university campuses.  Face covering must cover both the nose and mouth.  
  • As a HSN nursing student, you have the responsibility to our community to set the example and wear face covering in response to the ongoing public health crisis.  

Social Distancing on campus and at clinical sites:

  • Students should maximize physical distance of at least 6 feet apart.
  • No more than two individuals should ride an elevator together.  Take stairwells when physical distancing in an elevator is not possible.
  • When eating or socializing, you must ensure to maintain at least a 6 foot distance and wear face mask when possible.
  • Limiting close contact with individuals outside of your household helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Study Space at HSN:

  • Nursing students may reserve study space in the HSN building.  Only students with confirmed study space reservations are allowed in the building with staff supervision.  See Canvas link on Nursing Student Study Space.  
  • Students are not be allowed in the building without a face mask/face covering over the nose and mouth.    
  • Students entering the building must undergo and clear a temperature check.