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MCCN Updates

Dear MCCN Students, Faculty and Staff,

With recent changes in COVID-related guidance from the CDC, as well as from the state, Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) will be making the following changes to our COVID management within College facilities. This new guidance is also in line with peer colleges of similar size and nature to MCCN and reflects the evolving best-practices for higher education.

Starting June 2, 2021:

  • MCCN will officially implement the CDC guidance that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask or physically (socially) distance, except where specified by faculty or administration within a particular academic or co-curricular context.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
  • MCCN is not collecting vaccination status at this time. Students, faculty, and staff should exercise personal judgement and personal accountability.
  • MCCN will continue self-screening requirement. Students, faculty and staff who are on-site must continue to self-screen and stay home if they are sick.
  • Please note that this guidance may not apply outside of College facilities and some clinical sites, including our Lancaster regional campus and clinical sites, may have more stringent policies in place. We will defer to the individual sites for management of their facilities, and students and colleagues in clinical sites must follow all PPE and distancing requirements.

As a reminder, starting on Tuesday, June 1:

  • Colleagues working on-site will transition from three (3) days on site to four (4) days on site per week. Work with you departmental managers on specific area scheduling.
  • The College’s business hours will be 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and, except for lunches in one-person departments/offices, offices must be staffed during those hours.

Additional notes:

  • MCCN is not requiring students, faculty, or staff to have the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. However, vaccinations are highly recommended and this guidance may change in the coming months.
  • Mount Carmel’s FREE vaccination clinics are offering walk-in appointments at Mount Carmel East’s Siegel Center (6001 E. Broad St, Columbus).
  • Times and additional details are available at https://www.mountcarmelhealth.com/health-and-wellness/covid-19/vaccine
  • Clinical environments will likely maintain different requirements for some time to come.

Sincerely,
Mitch Joseph-Kemplin
Director of Compliance and Safety

Dear MCCN Colleagues:

We are excited to welcome you back to campus. Our team has been busy preparing for you and our students to return safely. We have consulted with our partners at MCHS to ensure that we are following all of the most up-to-date health guidelines from the CDC and state. This includes environmental and custodial procedures, classroom distancing and other return to work guidance.

The following tips can help as you prepare to return next week. Additionally, we are planning some safe celebrations throughout the summer to reconnect with our students and one another.

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I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Sincerely,

Mitch Joseph-Kemplin
Director - Compliance & Safety
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Dear MCCN Students:

As we await for additional guidance regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, I wanted to share with you an opportunity to be vaccinated through MCHS's public vaccination clinic.

This clinic uses the Pfizer two-dose vaccine.

As of this morning (4/15), thousands of appointments were available at Mount Carmel East's vaccination clinic for next week. Visit https://www.mountcarmelhealth.com/health-and-wellness/covid-19/vaccine-scheduling to schedule an appointment.

While a COVID-19 vaccine is currently not required, it is strongly encouraged.

To dispel some of the myths around COVID-19 vaccines, visit https://www.mountcarmelhealth.com/health-and-wellness/covid-19/vaccine-myths.

Sincerely,

Mitch Joseph-Kemplin
Director - Compliance & Safety
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Dear MCCN Students,

Out of an abundance of caution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended a temporary pause in administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. With that, we will be pausing sign-ups for the vaccination clinic schedule for April 17.

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet tomorrow to review safety data. We will have further details following their review. At that time, we will work with our partners at Mount Carmel to determine next steps for the student clinic.

Vaccination is one of the most important things we can do to end this pandemic, and Mount Carmel continues to safely provide more than 7,000 doses of vaccine every week.

Sincerely,

Mitch Joseph-Kemplin
Director - Compliance & Safety
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Dear MCCN Colleagues:

MCCN faculty and staff are eligible to be on the MCCN student vaccination no waste standby list. This list ensures that we are able to utilize all doses of the vaccine once a vial has been opened.

If you are interested in receiving a vaccine, please complete this registration.

You must be able to be at Mount Carmel East hospital within a half hour of getting a confirmation phone call.

  • Completing the form is not a guarantee the individual will receive a call for vaccination.
  • Individuals will be notified via telephone if they will receive a vaccine.
  • MCCN Student Vaccine Clinics are held on Saturday, April 10 (8:15 a.m. - noon) and Saturday, April 17 (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.). You must be available to around noon on the 10th or 1 p.m. on the 17th.
  • MCCN Student Vaccine Clinics utilize the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a follow-up vaccination appointment is not necessary for this brand of vaccine.

If you have any questions about the MCCN Student Vaccine Clinic or the no waste list, please contact me directly at mjoseph-kemplin@mccn.edu.

Sincerely,

Mitch Joseph-Kemplin
Director - Compliance & Safety
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Dear Students:

Today we write to share some exciting news. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has made COVID-19 vaccinations available to all College students through their colleges. This means MCCN is able to provide you with the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

MCCN student vaccinations will be available on:

  • Saturday, April 10, 8:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.

All vaccine clinics will be held at Mount Carmel East hospital (6001 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213)

Click this link to schedule your appointment

Help keep our campus community safe, and do your part to stay healthy. One of the most effective ways to do so is to get vaccinated when it’s your turn - and NOW is your turn! The vaccination may also mean an opportunity to return to a more robust in-person college experience this summer and fall.

While COVID-19 vaccination is not currently required for MCCN students - it is very highly recommended. Some clinical sites currently require vaccination for clinical, and we anticipate that many more will do so by the fall.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/.

If you have any questions about MCCN’s COVID-19 response, please contact me directly at mjoseph-kemplin@mccn.edu.

Sincerely,

Mitch Joseph-Kemplin
Director - Compliance & Safety
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Dear MCCN Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming all students, faculty and staff back on-site this summer!

For Students:

  • We will resume in-person learning for SDAP and APP classes beginning on Monday, May 10, 2021. Your academic program leaders and faculty will be in contact with you about specific scheduling and guidance as you prepare your arrival to campus.
  • We have worked to ensure our academic spaces meet Ohio guidance for higher education. You’ll see seating spaced out, smaller class sizes and other protective measures.
  • All students must wear a mask when in classrooms and other public spaces, except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Specific information for MCCN-Lancaster students will be distributed when available.

For Faculty and Staff:

  • Beginning Monday, May 3, 2021 all faculty and staff will return to on-site work.
    • Until June 1, 2021, employees will work a minimum of three (3) days on site per week. Starting on June 1, 2021 through Friday, July 30, employees will work four (4) days per week on site.
      • Please work with your manager to determine staffing requirements for your individual departments.
      • Those who work in shared spaces should work to stagger schedules to cut down on shared space time.
    • Beginning June 1, college business hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and, except for lunches in one-person departments/offices, offices must be staffed during those hours.
  • To keep our colleagues safe, we have made enhancements to our custodial service including the addition of a day-time porter for cleaning during business hours.
  • Masks are to be worn when outside of private office spaces. Private office areas that have frequent, regular student and/or public interaction may have a Plexiglas partition to place on a desk.

For Everyone:

  • State guidance for return to work environments and higher education are being followed.
  • We will continue our symptom-based testing strategy for the summer semester.
  • Masks/face coverings are required in public spaces unless actively eating or drinking.
  • Library and lounge spaces will be open during set hours.
  • Covid vaccinations are not currently required, but highly recommended.
  • We will continue our weekly Covid self-screenings that are required prior to coming on-site. You can find that here.

We plan to share more details as they become available. We hope that you are excited to return to campus and share in the Nightingale community. As always, please feel free to reach out to myself or our Director of Compliance and Safety Mitch Joseph-Kemplin (mjoseph-kemplin@mccn.edu) if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Kathleen Williamson, PhD, MSN, RN
President and Academic Dean
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Dear MCCN Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are excited to let you know that since the reopening e-mail was sent this morning, we have learned that we will be including traditional pre-licensure classes on-site on our Columbus campus this summer.

We will be sharing more details of our reopening in the coming days.

Again, please feel free to reach out to myself or our Director of Compliance and Safety Mitch Joseph-Kemplin (mjoseph-kemplin@mccn.edu) if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Williamson, PhD, MSN, RN
President and Academic Dean
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Dear MCCN Students,

Mount Carmel College of Nursing is receiving $302,806 in federal coronavirus stimulus funding, which is to be provided to students as an emergency cash grant. The funding is available through the second Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The funding allocation is available to those students who meet the below criteria:

  • Enrolled for Spring 2021
  • Degree-seeking
  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as determined by the FAFSA, and
  • Filed a 2020–21 FAFSA with a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as of March 1, 2021.

MCCN is using the data from student 2020-2021 FAFSA to determine the amount of funding each student will receive. The guidance provided by the Department of Education established a priority to those students with the greatest amount of financial need. The EFC is calculated from the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which ultimately reflects the ability to pay. MCCN is using a tiered approach to award the grant.

  • Students with an EFC of 0–5,711 will receive $700 if enrolled full time. The award amount will prorate if the student is registered less than full-time ($525 three-fourths time/$350 half-time/$175 quarter-time).
  • Students with an EFC of 5,712 – 20,000 will receive $415 if enrolled full time. The award amount will prorate if the student is registered less than full-time ($310 three-fourths time/$205 half-time/$110 quarter-time).
  • Students with a valid EFC above 20,001 will receive $200 if enrolled full time. The award amount will prorate if the student is registered less than full-time ($150 three-fourths time/$100 half-time/$50 quarter-time).

We will be using E-refunds to disburse the funds to eligible students.

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@mccn.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Todd Everett, PhD, MBA
Associate Dean - Student Services
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Dear MCCN,

In collaboration with MCHS, we are reaching out to you with an urgent ask. You are likely aware of the community surge of COVID-19 positive cases throughout Ohio. Our patient volumes and rates of positivity continue to rise among both the community and within our Mount Carmel family. This has put an even greater strain on clinical resources and staff.

With all of you, we can get through this. But we are asking you to consider an opportunity for paid, part-time, casual employment with Mount Carmel Health System in patient safety attendant roles, multi-skilled technician positions or another position, all aiding our overburdened nursing staff.

In these roles, you will have access to and be required to wear appropriate PPE, and you will be trained for the skills necessary to perform the job duties prior to working directly with patients.

At this time, the MCHS locations with the most need include Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, Mount Carmel East and Mount Carmel Grove City. You will be asked to complete a required, fast-tracked pre-employment process including a virtual interview and orientation.

We know your health and the health of your families is paramount and that your nursing studies are a priority right now, too. If you have time to devote to helping patients in our hospitals, we would be profoundly grateful. You’ve already demonstrated your devotion to high-quality, compassionate care through your career choice. This is an opportunity to step up and put your skills and knowledge to work when it is urgently needed.

Please click here to apply and see where you are needed most. Thank you for considering this important opportunity.

Sincerely,

Jerry Mansfield, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer – Ohio Region, Mount Carmel Health System
Associate Dean, Leadership and Clinical Practice, Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Kathleen Williamson, PhD, MSN, RN
President and Academic Dean
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

To: All students, faculty, and staff

Dear Campus Community,

I want to begin by thanking all of you for your efforts to help make our college environment safe and healthy for all. Your efforts have made a noticeable impact.

I want to take a moment to update you as we begin scheduling and planning for the Spring 2021 semester. While our current public health situation is ever-changing, Columbus, Lancaster, Franklin County, Fairfield County, and our surrounding area have seen a recent spike in cases and hospitalizations. Health experts predict that case numbers will continue to rise throughout the winter months. Because the vast majority of our Spring semester occurs in those winter months, we are expecting to maintain a very similar academic set up as we have this Fall semester.

  • Classes: While students should expect to see classes in largely the same format they are currently in – in-person skills labs and clinicals, and virtual didactic courses – we will be working with faculty to determine if there are times when in-person experiences may be helpful from time to time in primarily virtual classes. Additionally, we are working to set up a method for students to schedule times to come on campus if they want to have a study session with classmates. More details about that will come at the beginning of the semester.
  • Residence Halls: Unfortunately, due to restrictions on congregate living and issues facing on-campus housing at other colleges, we will be keeping all residence halls closed for the remainder of the academic year. Students who need assistance finding housing options can contact Todd Everett, Associate Dean for Student Services, at teverett@mccn.edu.
  • Special Events: We recognize the importance of several of our special events held in the spring, from pinnings to commencement, which is why we are working to find ways to provide those experiences in-person, providing for the guidelines, recommendations, and the health situation during those times. The student voice is important to our planning process for those events and our teams planning these events may be reaching out to gather more information.
  • Student Services: Moving through the remainder of the academic year, we will be working to slowly bring more in-person student services back. Much of this will depend on Mount Carmel Health System’s plan to bring employees back to on-site work environments. As always, all of our student services are available virtually, including financial aid, business office, records and registration, academic resource center, and mental health and behavioral health services.

We appreciate your flexibility through these challenging times. If at any time you find yourself needing any kind of support, never hesitate to reach out. Thanks for all you do to keep the Nightingale Community strong!

Sincerely,
Mitch

Dear Mount Carmel College of Nursing Community,

Thank you for your continued flexibility as we navigate our RESTART 2020 for the fall semester. As we have alluded to in town halls and our communications, guidance from Mount Carmel Health System may change our approach to different subjects during our return. I write today to inform you of clarification and changes informed by guidance from MCHS effective August 18, 2020.

Out of State Travel

Any out of state travel is discouraged. However, if travel is necessary, please take proper precautions during your trip. Stay informed on State of Ohio and CDC defined hotspots online at:

Since Ohio does not have a mandatory quarantine requirement, we cannot enforce one. Any student, faculty, or staff member who travels to a CDC or Ohio-identified "hot spot" is required to:

  • Wear a face covering for 14 days from their last day in the hot-spot location. Follow all existing PPE requirements for their role.
  • Monitor their condition for symptoms and if they feel sick, to not come to work. Contact their manager and their doctor about next steps if they feel ill.
  • If they feel ill while at work, maintain 6 feet of physical distance and inform their manager or instructor, who will ask the individual to go home and contact their doctor.

Return from Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis

Mount Carmel Health System is utilizing the following practice for colleagues returning to in-person work following a positive COVID diagnosis. MCCN will follow the same approach for faculty, staff, and students:

  • If a colleague (and student in our case) tests positive, they are eligible to return 10 days from the end of their fever or the discontinued use of fever-reducing medication.
  • No re-testing is required.
  • Individuals must continue use of required PPE.

Thank you for all of your efforts to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment for all.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Mitch Joseph-Kemplin
Director of Compliance and Safety
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

In our efforts to provide a safe and healthy college community, we have put several safety measures in place for the benefit of our faculty, staff, and students. Part of this plan is a required COVID-19 Symptom Self-Screening.

This screening is required by anyone entering the MCCN facilities for work, teaching, class, or any other reason. This form assists with ensuring a healthy environment, and is a requirement. Failure to complete the screening could result in corrective actions being instituted. Below, you’ll find specific instructions for the form:

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MCCN COVID-19 Symptom Self-Screening Form

Students:

  • All students must complete a self-screen report prior to coming to campus (by August 17).
  • The form must be completed weekly (every Monday) prior to coming to campus for on-site learning.
  • Students in a clinical setting will follow screening guidance and requirements of their partner site.
  • A copy of the completed form will be emailed to you to show proof to instructors.
  • Students not coming on-site do not need to complete the form.

Faculty and Staff:

  • All faculty and staff must complete a self-screen report prior to coming to campus.
  • Reports indicating symptoms or positive tests may be shared with Colleague Relations.
  • Faculty and Staff coming on-site regularly must resubmit the form every Monday before returning to teach/work.
  • Those continuing to work from home and only coming on-site periodically must complete the form prior to any time they come to campus.
    • If you do not plan on coming on-site, a form is not needed.

Students and colleagues who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop any symptoms, are asked to contact Mitch Joseph-Kemplin, director of compliance and safety, at mjoseph-kemplin@mccn.edu, who will refer you to Colleague Health (http://atmountcarmel.org/contact-employee-healthX) or appropriate health care resources.

Remember that face masks are required when on-site whether teaching, learning, or engaging in skills activities. Also, entry to campus is limited to Marian Hall – with limited exceptions made for Lancaster students coming to courses in Columbus. Help us maintain a healthy environment for all Nightingales by doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19!

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When Mount Carmel East Registered Nurses Emilie Vassar and Kyle Stagg graduated from Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) in 2018 and 2019, they never could have predicted what the day-to-day of their jobs would look like in 2020.

“The surgical trauma step down unit we work in was totally transformed into a COVID-19 patient unit,” Stagg said. “It’s been a huge undertaking. I’m glad I had at least one year of working under my belt.”

Vassar agrees, adding that the added precautions and protocols of the pandemic have sped up her learning about safety and risks.

“All my nursing experience up to this point took a complete right turn when this pandemic happened and we had to start caring for COVID-19 patients,” Vassar said. “It was totally unchartered waters for everyone, but I work with some amazing nurses who provided great leadership. I could not have made it this far without them.”

Vassar and Stagg were both students at the Mount Carmel College of Nursing, and both started working in the surgical step-down unit at Mount Carmel East within a month of their respective graduations in 2018 and 2019.

“Our professors at MCCN taught us to always be prepared for the unexpected,” Vassar said. “With my patients, you never know what the next couple of hours will hold for them. They could do great and hold stable, or something could completely flip and suddenly you’re calling for rapid response—there’s no way to predict what any shift will hold, so you have to be ready and willing to learn and adjust every day.”

“You always know in the back of your mind that something big like this could happen, but you never actually expect it,” Stagg added, “So when it happens, your true reasons and passions for being a nurse come out. I feel like I’ve grown so much as a person because I know this is exactly what I want to do and that I’ve chosen the right profession.”

But as passionate as these nurses are about their job, they both agreed that it’s important to lean on other people to get through this time, whether it’s asking questions on the job, or having someone outside of work to talk to at the end of the day.

“I have definitely leaned on the knowledge and confidence of the more experienced nurses,” said Vassar. “I can’t be afraid to ask questions, because it’s the only way to learn and help my patients. That was lesson number one for me on the job.”

Stagg agreed, saying that he’s grateful to benefit from the leadership team, his unit, and his fellow nurses. Additionally, because his fiancé also is a nurse, he has a strong support system at home.

“The sense of teamwork, and also being motivated by our patients getting better is what’s getting us through,” he said. “And I’m so thankful for the preparation I had at MCCN. This is never something we could have practiced for, but I felt so prepared because the program is so well-rounded. The college does a really great job.”

Vassar agreed, adding that every day she remembers her professors telling her to be ready for the unexpected.

“I was always ready for the worst, but I’m always hoping for the best.”

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant

The recently signed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Mount Carmel College of Nursing was awarded $603,652 of funding from HEERF and intends to use no less than 50%, or $301,826, to directly support students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by COVID-19 pandemic. Direct support to students will be provided as an emergency financial aid grant and can be used for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Mount Carmel College of Nursing CARES Act Funding for student emergency grants

  • HEERF Allocation for students - $301,826
  • HEERF Title IV Eligible Students – 605
  • HEERF Disbursed Funds - $303,105

Who is eligible for CARES Act funding?

The CARES Act defines basic eligibility criteria students must meet to receive these funds. The Mount Carmel College of Nursing has developed a methodology for identifying students that eligible for this grant. A student must meet the following criteria to be eligible for CARES Act funds:

  • MCCN is your home institution;
  • MCCN has received a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA application;
  • Domestic student seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree from the Mount Carmel College of Nursing;
  • Student was taking at least on in-person class at the time of disruption, during the Spring 2020 term.

How will I receive this grant?

CARES Act funds will be disbursed to your student account and then refunded to your bank account or in the form of a paper check. These funds are meant for direct student support, which means Mount Carmel College of Nursing will provide the full amount of emergency financial aid grant as a refund whether or not a student has an outstanding balance. Students who had not filed the 2019-2020 FAFSA as of April 15, 2020 were notified that this would be a requirement to receive funding through this program.

How did Mount Carmel College of Nursing award these funds to eligible students?

Mount Carmel College of Nursing awarded funds equally across the population of students who met the eligibility criteria listed above on May 7, 2020. There were no additional application requirements beyond the basic eligibility requirements determined by the Department of Education.

How can I spend CARES Act funding?

The purpose of the emergency financial aid grant is to offset costs related to disruptions in instruction during the Spring 2020 term. Emergency grant funds can be used for expenses such as:

  • Food,
  • Housing,
  • Course Materials,
  • Technology,
  • Health care, or
  • Child care

Emergency financial aid grants have been deemed qualified disaster relief payments and are not subject to taxation per the Internal Revenue Code.

CARES Reporting

As a HEERF recipient, Mount Carmel College of Nursing, is required to disclose information regarding HEERF funding. This disclosure must be initially posted by 30 days of signing the Certification of Agreement and updated every 45 days later or after all funds have been disbursed. The disclosure must include: the methodology used to determine grant amounts provided to students; the total allocation provided to MCCN for emergency financial aid grants; the total amount distributed to students as of the reporting dates described above. Mount Carmel College of Nursing signed the Certification of Agreement on April 14, 2020. Disbursement disclosures was provided on May 11, 2020 and updated at least every 45 days thereafter, if any additional funds were disbursed. Due to widespread impact of COVID in the State of Ohio, students identified as eligible to receive the funds will receive an equivalent amount of funding. The total allocation and amounts disbursed to students are shown in the table above.

General FAQ

What are “at-risk” groups?

At-risk groups are defined by the CDC, the full list can be found on their website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html

Will the academic calendar change?

At this time, we do not anticipate any changes to the academic calendars for the fall semester.

Will we be provided with masks while on campus?

Yes. All faculty, staff, and students are being provided with an MCCN cloth, reusable facemask. These masks are not suitable for use in hospitals and clinical settings. Follow guidance from clinical settings on appropriate PPE.

Will the library be open?

The library will provide virtual services for the fall semester. This will follow the same procedures and processes for services that were in place for the spring.

Students FAQ

Will there be clinicals for the fall semester?

Yes – we are anticipating the return to in-person clinical experiences. We will rely on the guidance from our partner sites on return guidelines. Some clinical experiences may not be available for the fall, in those cases virtual experiences will be provided.

What classes will be held on campus?

At this time, skills labs and simulations will be held on site. We have restructured the schedule and room layouts to allow for physical distancing and small group size. Currently, all lecture, didactic, and theory classes will be help in a virtual classroom setting.

Has the College considered refunding or adjusting tuition and fees?

Our business affairs office is looking at ways to reduce fees for all students. As of today, we can announce that students will not be charged their student activity fee for the academic year. Additionally, eligible students were sent money that MCCN received from the Federal CARES Act. Irrespective of the delivery format, the College’s tuition and course fee structure shall remain the same for academic courses, consistent with published tuition and fee schedules. There will be no refund or reduction of tuition or course fees, since the College will be providing a full semester of instruction and awarding full academic credit to those who satisfactorily fulfill course requirements.

Can I meet with ___ in their office?

Please schedule a time with the office or individual you hope to meet with. We are asking that any small group or one-on-one meetings that you have be held in a dedicated meeting office on the first floor of Marian Hall or virtually. We are hoping to limit the amount of people on the other floors and areas of our buildings.

Faculty and Staff FAQ

Will there be a Professional Development Day?

We are currently exploring virtual options for the annual PDD. Those details will be announced in the coming weeks.

When can I return to the office?

On August 3, faculty and staff are able to return to the office. If a staff member wishes, they are able to work from home for the entirety of the semester. Work with your department leads and supervisors for specific information.

Can I meet with ___ in my office?

We are asking that any small group or one-on-one meetings that you have be held in a dedicated meeting office on the first floor of Marian Hall or virtually. We are hoping to limit the amount of people on the other floors and areas of our buildings. Team meetings can occur in groups of 10 or less in meeting/board rooms that allow for physical distancing.

From: Kathleen Williamson, PhD, MSN, RN, Interim President and Academic Dean

Dear Students

To ensure the health and safety of the Mount Carmel College of Nursing community, we will continue with remote learning through the 2020 Fall semester. Pre-Licensure, undergraduate clinical experiences will resume during the fall semester pending guidance from our partner sites.

More information about a limited amount of on-site, in-person lab, simulation, and skills-based classes will be announced soon, along with information about on-site services and fall activities. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this evolving situation.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Williamson, PhD, MSN, RN
Interim President and Academic Dean

Mount Carmel Health System (MCHS) and the communities we serve are experiencing something in our personal and professional lives that is unprecedented. Currently, we are planning how we will uniquely and creatively serve our patients and colleagues as we anticipate a patient surge in the weeks ahead. As we assess clinical and non-clinical needs across the system, many departments and units will need additional staff, both nurses and other supportive personnel.

MCHS is exploring how we temporarily utilize our valuable Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCON) students to support staffing and patient needs. We are currently working out a process with Dawson – our partner for onboarding agency staff – to onboard and compensate students who provide support to the organization. Student staffing support will be temporary and based on organizational need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are interested and willing to step in to help MCHS during the COVID-19 pandemic, please complete the attached form and submit to Kellie Guajardo (kguajardo@mchs.com) – Dawson.

Should you have any questions please connect with Amanda McCullouch – Chief Human Resources Officer, MCE and MediGold (614-234-6383 or amccullouch@mchs.com). Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Jerry Mansfield, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer – Ohio Region, Mount Carmel Health System
Associate Dean, Leadership and Clinical Practice, Mount Carmel College of Nursing

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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