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MCCN Updates

From: Ann Marie Brooks, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACHE, FNAP

Earlier today, Mount Carmel College of Nursing was notified by an Ohio county health department that one member of the MCCN community has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. All faculty, staff and students who came in contact with this individual have received a RAVE alert from MCCN to let them know to expect a call from the health department, which is in the process of notifications. ¬

The individual who tested positive has not been on campus since March 10, and has been placed in self-quarantine by the health department. We continue to follow the recommendations of Governor Mike DeWine and CDC guidelines. As we face the challenges of COVID-19, I share with you the following updates and reminders:

  • In alignment with Mount Carmel Health System, MCCN will continue to follow CDC guidelines and work cooperatively with public health to determine each individual’s level of risk and whether testing is required.
  • If you have not been contacted by the health department, you do not need to take any special precautions beyond the routine actions of monitoring your own health for symptoms of COVID-19 as well as practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene. Everyone associated with the College should already be practicing social (physical) distancing by studying online or working remotely.
  • If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness consistent with COVID-19, believe you might have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with the virus, please contact your primary care physician. Refer to mccn.edu for resources and/or the Ohio Department of Health at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/welcome/
  • We promise to do the right thing for our students, faculty, staff and other key stakeholders which includes making sure you are aware of situations such as this. However, we are committed to protecting individuals’ privacy and will not identify individuals by name or communicate further details throughout the College or to the media.

We will keep you informed as appropriate, and ask that you please remember: These are unprecedented circumstances – we thank you for your continuing adaptability, perseverance and vigilance.

FROM: Nicholas Kreatsoulas, DO, Chief Clinical Officer, MCHS

Mount Carmel Colleagues & Medical Staff:

We want to provide the safest environment for our patients and staff. For this reason, no visitors will be allowed in our facilities, beginning Friday. Some exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances.

Visitor Restrictions

Effective Friday, NO visitors will be allowed in our facilities.

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for:

  • Maternity units
  • Patients receiving end-of-life care
  • Children admitted to the hospital

For those exceptions, only one visitor per patient will be allowed, and they must be:

  • 18 or older
  • Either immediate family members, powers of attorney, guardians or patient representatives
  • Healthy with no symptoms of illness, including respiratory or fever

More information will be shared later today.

FROM: Nicholas Kreatsoulas, DO, Regional Chief Clinical Officer, MCHS

Mount Carmel is fortunate to be part of Trinity Health, a national healthcare system that is working directly with the CDC daily. Based on early modeling and our global view, which indicates a surge in the number of serious COVID-19 cases that will need medical care, we are proactively planning for what’s to come.

Due to the spread of COVID-19, Mount Carmel is postponing elective non-urgent surgeries and procedures as of the end of business on March 18, until further notice.

Elective* simply means a procedure is scheduled in advance rather than a response to an emergent or urgent need and, if delayed, will not cause harm to the patient.

Anyone affected by this change will be contacted directly. Elective status of surgical cases and procedures will be determined by the clinical judgment of our physicians.

Please know that Mount Carmel will continue to treat patients with urgent and emergent needs such as heart attacks, strokes, or trauma care, as well as necessary emergent and urgent procedures, prioritizing care that, if delayed, could negatively affect the patient’s health outcome.

We recognize that this a fluid and ever-changing situation. These standards will continue to evolve to best meet the needs of our patients, visitors, and staff. Details about visitor policies and other recommendations regarding COVID-19 are available on @MC and MountCarmelHealth.com.

* Elective simply means a procedure is scheduled in advance rather than a response to an emergent or urgent need and, if delayed, will not cause harm to the patient. Procedures where patients return home the day of their surgical intervention are often considered elective and may include some orthopedic procedures, cataract surgeries, certain cardiac procedures, and some diagnostic and interventional radiology services.

We are committed to partnering with you as we navigate the COVID-19 situation impacting our community and the College. Thank you for your patience, perseverance and flexibility as we transition to remote learning beginning Monday, March 16. Faculty and staff have been vigorously working to ensure this transition is a seamless one, providing a foundation for the delivery of quality education. Please see the following information:

  • Check Email – During this critical time it is imperative you read your email messages, regardless if it’s through your MCCN email account or through MyMCCN/CANVAS. You are responsible for checking multiple times throughout each day.
  • Remote Learning – Class schedules are unchanged. Your previous face-to-face classes will be held at the same time, but now, as you know, classes will be held through Canvas. Please check your inbox for emails from your instructors about specific class details.
  • Clinicals/Labs – To ensure your health and safety, and that of others, we will be suspending all undergraduate pre-licensure face-to-face clinicals and labs until at least March 31. Alternative practice experiences will be provided. Your instructors will communicate these experiences with you. Because the regulation and latitude of required clinical experiences for graduate students (including DNP) varies from our pre-licensure programs, graduate clinical and laboratory experiences will resume as planned on Monday. Students need to remain in constant communication with course leaders, informing them should clinical site access change due to the influences of COVID – 19. Again, we are committed to ensuring that all students have a foundation for uninterrupted progression in meeting course and program outcomes. Therefore, graduate program faculty and leaders have formulated strategies that will permit students to fulfill experiential learning requirements should students encounter clinical site access challenges. Information about alternative experiential learning will be provided to you by your course leaders as it becomes necessary. Students, please note this will not affect progression in your program or jeopardize your graduation. We are taking action to ensure that student progression will not be impacted.
  • Behavioral Health – Students may access virtual appointments with behavioral health specialist, Vickie Neal, LISW-S by contacting her directly at vneal@mccn.edu. Also, please access “Taking Care of Your Emotional Health” at https://bit.ly/38Np8Bk for information about how to handle stress you may be feeling in the midst of changes resulting from the response to COVID-19.
  • Payments and Refunds – The Business Office encourages students to utilize CASHNet to make payments, or receive refunds. A link can be found in the Business Office and Account Information section of CARMELink, and it only takes a few minutes to enroll. When you sign up, please make sure to enable electronic refunds, and to verify your account information before finalizing your enrollment. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Richards, MBA, at mrichards@mccn.edu or you may call her at 614.234.3039.
  • Library Access – The library will be closed until further notice. However, you have access to a live chat on the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library website. The live chat can be accessed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is found at https://library.mchs.com/ in the top right corner of the page.
  • COVID-19 Update – COVID-19 information and resources are available on our website at mccn.edu.

I’m very proud of how our College community has come together – out of this we are creating best practice for the future. Remember we are doing this because social distancing is what will allow our health care system to respond to the crisis and help keep our community safe.

We will continuously update you as new information is made available.

Ann Marie Brooks, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACHE, FNAP

We are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness and continue the important work of the College. Although there are no campus-associated cases of COVID-19, during this international outbreak we are taking precautionary action. We are monitoring the evolving situation via national authorities (CDC, AACN) and locally through the Governor’s Office, the Ohio Department of Health and other entities.

Effective tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11, at 7 a.m., face-to-face classes, simulation, labs and clinicals will be suspended through Saturday, March 14. MCCN classes will resume remotely on Monday, March 16, and will continue remotely through at least March 31. Online RN-BSN, Master of Science, and Doctor of Nursing (DNP) courses will continue without interruption.

Students, please note this will not affect progression in your program or jeopardize your graduation. We are taking action to ensure that student progression will not be impacted.

Please check your emails at least daily for any updates. You can also check www.mccn.edu and your Canvas course for any program updates.

Everyone is encouraged to use precautions to prevent exposure and/or spread of the virus. For more information please see https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/ or call 833.427.5634. We are requesting that anyone who has traveled internationally, or been on a cruise ship in the last 14 days, please contact Laura Lawrence by email at llawrence@mccn.edu or by phone at 614.234.5408.

We will continue to evaluate experiences such as lab, simulation, and clinicals, and will provide more specific guidance in the coming days.

We will continue to update you with any new information as it becomes available.

Resources

The safety of our faculty, staff and students at Mount Carmel College of Nursing is our number one priority. To support the information needs of faculty, staff, students and family members, we have developed a resource page that highlights key information about the international outbreak of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

A resource from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing which includes updates from the CDC: https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/COVID-19

A resource from Franklin County Public Health: https://myfcph.org/covid-19/

A resource from Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

A resource from World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Mount Carmel Health System Employees: Mount Carmel employees can visit @MC for Mount Carmel specific news and updates related to COVID-19.

Coronavirus Disease Situation Reports from World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

CDC Resources for Institutes of Higher Education: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/index.html

The Johns Hopkins School of Engineering Interactive Coronavirus Map: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

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