Research College of Nursing is closely monitoring the emerging global public health concern surrounding the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As we prepare for possible disruptions to everyday life, campus safety is top priority. This page is intended to provide guidance on COVID-19 and its impact to our college community. Updates will be added as new information becomes available.

  • How does it spread?
    • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, or from contact with infected surfaces or objects.
  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:
      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath
  • What can I do to protect myself and others?
    • Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
      • Stay home when you are sick
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
      • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often, using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • What face masks are permitted?
    • Everyone in the College must wear at least a Level1 mask when in any common area; not required when in personal office space. If you do not have such a mask, one will be provided for you at the entrance screening. Homemade cloth masks will not be allowed.
  • Is it safe to attend classes or clinical?
    • Over the past few months, our HCA partner facilities have maintained strict standards while following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Limited on-site labs, simulation, testing and clinicals will be permitted with physical distancing and other safety protocols in place. The precautions we’ve taken and the new protections put in place make our campus and clinical facilities among the safest possible places to receive healthcare education.
  • When will the campus re-open?
    • Offices are open 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday with limited occupancy. To ensure the continued health, safety, and protection of our students, faculty, and staff, all RCoN coursework will remain online – with the exception of labs, simulation clinicals and on-site testing. If at any time, in-person instruction is deemed unsafe, we will move back to online instruction.
  • Do I need my badge to enter the campus?
    • Yes, all students and employees should have their badge available at all times. Showing your badge when entering the hospital will bypass the mandatory screening because you attest to your wellbeing.
  • Resources available to support employees working from home
    • In addition to practicing routine prevention, RCoN faculty and staff should have a plan in place for how you will conduct business if you are not allowed to come to the College or the hospital.
    • Please test that you are able to access the network remotely. Contact the IT&S Help Desk with any questions or issues.
  • How are HCA Healthcare facilities being tested for COVID-19?
    • Preparing for possible class disruptions and remote teaching
      • Out of an abundance of caution, as we often do during heavy flu outbreaks, HCA Healthcare has implemented visitor restrictions to help screen visitors on the following
        • If you have traveled to a region having cases of COVID-19 in the 14 days before you got sick, or
        • If you have had close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, or
        • If you have a fever or symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough difficulty breathing)
      • If visitors are experiencing any symptoms of illness they may be asked to refrain from visiting and to seek treatment if necessary.
      • Any RCoN student or employee who does not display their badge upon entry to an HCA facility will be treated as a visitor and subject to the mandatory screening process.
  • How will I get updates about my clinical sites?
    • The College is has secured options to assure clinical experiences are met for both undergraduate and graduate levels. Students involved in clinical education should monitor Canvas and their RCoN email frequently for any changes in the status of your clinical schedules.
  • Am I required to report my recent travel (i.e. spring break)?
    • All students, faculty, and staff will be asked about travel and illness during spring break. It is imperative that we have good information to make decisions. As forms are distributed, please complete and report to the office of the president.
  • When should I report an illness?
    • All student, faculty and staff illnesses should be immediately reported to the office of the president. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, consult your healthcare provider immediately. Stay home except to get medical care.
    • The CDC provides additional steps when sick to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • How long should I isolate myself if I fall ill?
    • The majority of patients who develop symptoms associated with COVID-19 can successfully manage their symptoms at home and recover fully.
    • The CDC recommends anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 be isolated at home or, if needed because of the severity of the illness, in the hospital for a duration determined on a case-by-case basis.
    • For COVID-19 the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure because 14 days is the longest incubation period for similar coronaviruses.
  • If an employee falls ill, who will resume their work?
    • All faculty and staff are asked to plan for possible disruptions to everyday operations. For example, if you fall ill, who will assume your work?
  • How are RCoN’s clinical partners screening patients and visitors?
    • HCA Healthcare has enhanced safety procedures by limiting the number of entry points to its facilities beginning Monday, March 9.
    • All patients and visitors entering one of the designated hospital entrance points will be greeted and screened for COVID-19 symptoms according to the CDC’s criteria.
    • If you see a patient or visitor in the hospital who is not wearing a screening sticker, you should kindly escort the patient or visitor to a screening station at one of the hospital entrances.
  • What if students come in contact with a COVID-19 patient?
    • Students should not enter any patient rooms deemed “person under investigation (PUI)” or “respiratory isolation” or care for patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis without faculty and clinical staff oversight.
    • Nursing Students are prohibited from participating in the care of known presumptive positive and confirmed positive patients.
  • What is required daily self-screening?
    • HCA Healthcare is asking all employees and students to attest to their health and well-being.
    • You are expected to monitor your health at home and follow the current HCA policy on Communicable Disease Preparation which states, “Colleagues who believe they are infected with the flu or with another communicable illness that can be transmitted through ordinary workplace contact are strictly prohibited from coming to work.”
    • When students, faculty and staff report to campus, by entering the facility, they are attesting that they do not have symptoms of a contagious illness (fever with coughing, etc.) and that they have self-screened by answering the following: Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?
  • How will I know if an on-campus event I am planning to attend is canceled?
    • During this initial phase, we will continue to strongly encourage meeting and working remotely.
    • Event coordinators will notify attendees via RCoN email should the planned event be impacted.
    • In coordination with Rockhurst University and guidance from local health officials, the commencement for 2020 grads has been rescheduled for September 18, 2020.

Our goal is to keep you informed about what is going on throughout our college community. We are acting in an abundance of caution by taking proactive measures to keep our students, faculty and staff safe.

*We make every effort to ensure our website information remains up to date. As specific guidelines and policies continue to evolve, please call our facility at (816) 995-2800 for updated information on enhanced safety protections.