COVID-19 vaccination requirement

All Research College of Nursing students, faculty and staff are required to receive the COVID–19 vaccine or request an exemption as the COVID–19 vaccine requirement has become a clinical requirement for most of our clinical partners.

Please see our vaccine section for more information on how to record your vaccination or request an exemption.

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.

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
    • According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms which may include, but not limited to:
      • Fever >101
      • Loss of smell/taste
      • Cough
      • Fatigue
      • Malaise
  • Need help finding a vaccine clinic?
  • These vaccines are safe, effective and are our first step in ending this pandemic. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated at their first opportunity.
    • 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 is the masking policy?
    • As part of HCA Healthcare, Research College of Nursing continues to follow the masking guidance set by Research Medical Center. At this time masks are still required while on campus.
    • Cloth masks are prohibited. In non-patient care settings anyone on campus must wear a Level 3 mask. KN95 required for those returning from isolation and DO NOT remove mask at school – including for eating or drinking.
    • Approved masks will be made available at the entrance of the Research Medical Center and Research College of Nursing.
  • Is it safe to attend classes or clinical?
    • HCA Healthcare remains diligent in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19). Our clinical 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 precautionary measures that have been implemented across our campus and clinical partners make our facilities among the safest places for healthcare education.
  • 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 Healthcare 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?
  • What are the campus hours?
    • RCoN offices are open 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday
    • 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.
    • How will I get updates about my clinical sites?
      • The College 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 clinical schedules.
  • When should I report an illness?
  • In addition, 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?
      Students, faculty and staff may be eligible to return to campus after 5-day quarantine if their symptoms have abated. Actions you should take vary and should be reviewed in detail on RCoN’s latest COVID–19 guidance chart.
  • When providing direct care or contact (B/P, health screen, height, weight, etc.) at an off-campus setting, masks are still required. When participating in college/academic activities off-campus at non-patient settings, follow the venue’s masking or vaccination requirements.

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.

*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.