COVID-19 Nursing Updates & FAQ

The Faculty of Nursing's Faculty and Staff is currently working online until further notice. We appreciate your patience and understand you may have many questions. Please review our Nursing FAQs and updates below. Our faculty and staff are working hard to provide you information as soon as it becomes available. Please do not hesitate to contact us - the nursing office, your course professors, clinical instructors, Student Success Coordinator. We are available by phone, email and through other digital means. Presently, email is the best method of communication. Please note: our office is unattended during this time. If you have specific questions about your coursework or clinical, please communicate directly with your course professor clinical instructor/faculty advisor unless otherwise directed.

General information is also available on the University's Coronavirus website, which is regularly updated and includes resources for students, instructors and researchers. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation,
Faculty of Nursing


COVID-19 Nursing FAQ & Updates

Faculty of Nursing Program Information

With the return of students, faculty and staff this Fall, a range of health measures will continue to be in place in September, ensuring the health and safety of the UWindsor community.  Take a look at the Return to Campus page for updated information and resources for students.

A.  Updates for registration will be provided in November for Winter 2022.  

Worried about online learning in Nursing?  Online Learning Webinars are available.   Please visit http://learn.uwindsor.ca/uwin-online to view powerpoint presentation or to hear video recording of the webinar.

 

A. Please read the following:

  • With the gradual return of students, faculty and staff this fall, the University of Windsor has developed a broad range of course delivery modes.  Courses will be delivered in a variety of formats to include in person, online, hybrid and Hy-Flex.  To learn more, click on https://www.uwindsor.ca/returntocampus/
  • Please visit the Important Dates on the registrar's website for changes or updates.
  • If you have questions about a course that you are taking, please contact your course professor directly.
  • Alternatives to in-person final examinations are being implemented: Final assessments will be conducted remotely.  Your course professor will have additional information for you.

A. All clinical will be face to face with virtual conferences.  Announcements regarding clinical requirements have been posted on the Clinical Blackboard sites and sent to students' via email.  All hospitals and the majority of community placements require students to be fully vaccinated.

A.  Labs for Year 1, 2 and 3:

  • Year 1 and Year 2: Labs will be in person (face to face) on campus
  • Year 3: Labs will be hybrid-a mix of virtual and face to face labs

A. NURS 4762 (Clinical Nursing Experience: Community): 4762 Community preceptorship will be face to face with virtual conferences.

A.  Please visit the Important Dates on the registrar's page for dates for winter orientation and consolidation.

 

A. Yes, The SIM lab is open for scheduled SIM only.  The General Lab is open for appointments only.  Please see below on how to book an appointment.

General lab appointments

In person Peer Mentor appointments:

Lab practice time must be booked by each individual student.  DO NOT come to the lab without an appointment time.  Lab practice will be Mondays & Wednesdays 1400-1900 for 1 increments.  Lab practice will be in Toldo 212 or 214.  Please come to Toldo 212 at your booked practice time to be screened by a peer mentor.  Ensure your safe lancer app has been completed before coming to campus.  Also bring your lab kit & goggles/face shield.  If you would like to book an in person appointment please use the following link:https://uofwlabpractice.youcanbook.me/

Virtual Peer Mentor appointments:

We will also be offering virtual peer mentor appointments.  You will be meeting through Microsoft Teams.  This app you can download to your phone or computer.  Please sign in with your UofW information (uwin and password).  Please check this before your appointment and make sure you know how to use it, so you are prepared.  The peer mentor will set up an appointment on Teams and it will appear on the Teams calendar.  Please click join at the time of your appointment.  If you would like to book a virtual appointment please email me at Lacey.Rivest@uwindsor.ca 

If you have questions about the SIM lab, please contact: Dr. Debbie Rickeard: rickeard@uwindsor.ca

A. Program Advising is available Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 for the Nursing program: Please email Fran Meloche, RN MScN Student Success Coordinator; fmeloche@uwindsor.ca to schedule an appointment (virtual or phone). 

Some reasons for academic advising include:

  • Academic pathway and course planning
  • Struggling with school in general or a particular course
  • Build a study survival toolkit and create goals for your learning
  • Tutor Match Program
  • Discuss support services and get connected (within department or on campus)
  • Discuss career pathways of a Registered Nurse
  • Explore opportunities for employment that match your strengths and discuss your resume
  • Learn how to be involved as a volunteer on campus or in our community
  • Learn about graduate programs within the Fauclty of Nursing at the University of Windsor
  • Discuss Inquires related to: transfer credits, course equivalency, program transfers, progression in the BScN program
  • Much more..

A. Missed an event in Nursing?  No problem.   All events are recorded and available on the Blackboard organization site https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca/ Nursing Student Support Centre (2021) under the Events tab.

 

A. NCLEX information can be found: https://www.cno.org/en/become-a-nurse/entry-to-practice-examinations/nclex-rn/exam-writers/qas-about-the-nclex-rn-for-exam-writers/. Please continue to check the College of Nurses site to find updates regarding when you are eligible to write your NCLEX.  As a reminder, students need to complete the BScN program and have an offer of employment before they are able to apply for a temporary licence.

 

Effective July 16, 2020 the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Request for Academic Records/Transcript forms are processed electronically through the University of Windsor, Faculty of Nursing office.  Please visit Nursing Visa Screen Application Process for the complete application process.

You will also find instructions to other nursing boards on this link.

Student Support Program and Student Wellness

A.  If you are student in distress, please take advantage of the following services:

  • The Student Counselling Centre (SCC) will be conducting appointments through an online video service that is contained within Therapy Assist Online (TAO) or through phone. The TAO video service is done through Zoom meetings. For your appointment, the SCC will send you information on how to use the online interview system. If you do not have a camera on your computer, the system can be used audio-only. If you do not have a computer that has these features, your appointment can be done via phone. 
  • If you are looking to access counselling for the first time, email scc@uwindsor.ca and they will follow up with you electronically to conduct the intake process. 
  • MySSP provides free confidential counselling services by licensed counsellors 24/7 via call 1-844-451-9700 or text. For more information and to download the app please go to http://www.uwindsor.ca/studentexperience/500/my-student-support-program
  • Good2Talk:  24 Hour Student Helpline - 1-866-925-5454
  • Windsor-Essex Counselling Support Line (Windsor-Essex COVID Care Coalition) 519-946-3277
  • Community Crisis Centre at Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette campus.  This includes a 24-hour crisis telephone line - 519-973-4435
  • Visit https://www.uwindsor.ca/coronavirus/377/wellbeing-portal for information and support for your mental well-being

A.  Looking for a social connection? Try a small group! You can "Drop in Support Groups" on campus or "Wellness Group": visit https://www.uwindsor.ca/studentcounselling/ to find out more.

A.  Online modules with therapist check-ins available through https://myicbt.com/home.  Access to specific programs for stress and anxiety related to the pandemic.  This is a free program, please take advantage of this useful resource.  

A.  The Lancers Recover Program is a peer-based addiction support group that provides a safe, nurturing, and affirming environment where students can receive the assistance and support they need to achieve academic and personal success while in (or seeking) recovery from alcohol or substance issues. The University of Windsor is the only school in Ontario to have a recovery program for students, and the second university in all of Canada! If you would like more information, visit the website (www.lancersrecover.com), or send an email to: info@lancersrecover.com.   Please visit our flyer for more information Lancersrecoverprogram

A.   In response to the horrific incidents this year involving systemic racism, oppression, discrimination, and threats to Black, racialized, and BIPOC students at the University of Windsor and campus community, the Student Counselling Centre is offering a Drop-In Group, “Racialized Voices Gather Together.” This group will be offered as a space for students to listen, to support one another, and to begin to heal. Our aim is to assist students in bravely processing their experiences, while also providing support to their peers. This group will be facilitated by a Black therapist, and an allied therapist, both from the Student Counselling Centre. Students interested in attending can do so by accessing the group’s Zoom Link, found here: https://www.uwindsor.ca/studentcounselling/354/drop-support-groups *Pre-Registration is not mandatory, this is an open group​* Join us each week on Mondays (from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm) and Wednesdays (from 11:30 am – 12: 30 pm). The group is designed so that participants can choose their length of stay. Some days that might mean staying the whole hour, others it might mean dropping in for only 10 minutes. Please see the Student Counselling Centre webpage to learn more information about this group, including guidelines regarding confidentiality and privacy.

In addition to the provision/coordination of classroom and testing accomodations, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides a variety of services and supports to students who have registered with SAS, having documented disabilities including:

  • learning disabilities
  • attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • acquired brain injuries
  • vision, hearing and mobility impairments
  • chronic medical conditions
  • psychiatric issues

Students new to the University of Windsor need to complete the intake and registration form on the SAS website:  https://www.uwindsor.ca/studentaccessibility/ . An Advisor from SAS will contact the student and support the student virtually through this process.

If you are a registered SAS student, please follow up with your Advisor and they will assist you. Should you have any difficulties in connecting with your Advisor, please email: sas@uwindsor.ca.

 

Student Health Services will be conducting appointments via telephone. At the time of your appointment, a physician from Health Services will call you and they will conduct your appointment via phone. If the physician needs to see you in person, a follow up appointment will be booked. It is estimated that 80% of appointments can be addressed without an in-person follow up appointment. Prescriptions can still be issued through this approach.  

Student Self-Report of Illness 

  • Given the potential for ongoing health-related concerns, the University has made the decision to extend the use of the student self-report of illness interface (with the exception of students in the JD and the Dual JD), and to continue to waive the requirement to submit medical notes until further notice. 
  • This ask.UWindsor article outlines how students can self-report illness through UWinsite Student.
  • The Office of the Registrar will send a cumulative list of students who have self-reported illness to each department weekly throughout the semester. During exam periods, these lists will be distributed daily.  All lists will be organized by instructor and course for sharing with instructors.
  • As always, students are entitled to request accommodations based on medical or compassionate grounds as per Bylaw 54, 2.18 and Bylaw 55, 1.11. Determinations about whether and how to accommodate students who submit requests for consideration based on compassionate grounds will as usual be made by instructors and/or the Associate Dean, in keeping with any standard procedures within specific Faculties and the Senate bylaws.
  • To report any illness go to https://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/2020-04-02/new-interface-enables-students-self-report-illness-symptoms-related-coronavirus

Student Resources for on campus support

For information on Study Spaces on campus, please follow the guidelines below:  

A.  Please visit this https://leddy.uwindsor.ca/library-spaces/spaces-bookings to book a personal study room or study space.

A.  Book a CAW study space in the tent.

A. The Library will continue to provide services to students, faculty and staff remotely. For updates, please visit: http://leddy.uwindsor.ca/

A. Information Technology Services is happy to help any students who have difficult accessing university sites or course resources remotely. If you need assistance please leave a message at x4440 or log a ticket at uwindsor.ca/itshelp for assistance.  You can also visit ask.uwindsor.ca for additional information.  

A.  If you are experiencing technical difficulties at home, the University of Windsor has WiFi and has developed a safe study space on campus for students.  Please see Question: Are you looking for a safe study space on campus?

Information regarding Student Awards and Financial Aid can be found on https://www.uwindsor.ca/studentawards/361/about-us

For other available services on campus, please visit https://www.uwindsor.ca/returntocampus/2020-08-05/available-remote-services

For information on the residence services, please visit the Residence Services home page

Food Services will continue to provide meals to campus seven days a week, with its primary focus being the delivery of a food program for students who live on campus. Food Services will continue to assess the level of service being offered to the campus and will change hours of business based on the number of guests using each service. For updates on the daily hours of business please check the food services website. www.uwindsor.ca/foodservices/

The Campus Food Pantry continues to operate.  Please visit University of Windsor Students' Alliance (UWSA) website for information: https://uwsa.ca/uwsa-services/campus-food-pantry/ or visiti https://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/2020-10-01/pantry-open-students-needing-food for how to contact the Campus Food Pantry directly.

A. Student Success and Leadership Centre

  • SSLC hiring practices for the student staff working during Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 are moving forward.  Student staff will work remotely.  Faculty Leaders for summer 2022 are still expected to be recruited and utilized, as per usual.  We are unsure if we will be operating online or in person (or hybrid) by that time.  LEAD is still operating as well, and we will be recruiting new members in Winter 2022.
  • Bounce Back is working on offering in-person cohorts in the second half of the Fall Semester, in the meantime, you can sign up for the full and live/synchronous program here: https://www.uwindsor.ca/success/bounceback .  Research from the last year tells us that online students get all of the same benefits as those that took the program in-person before the pandemic.  If you are struggling to feel connected, achieve the academic results you want, or balance all of your commitments come check us out!

Career Development and Experiential Learning

Our primary location in the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre is open from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.  Most services are taking place online or over the phone only, but CDEL is offering a limited number of in-person appointments for students/alumni who would like to meet with a career advisor in person.  

  • You can book appointments and register for online workshops via mySuccess.
  • For appointments, a career advisor will either be in touch to schedule the meeting over Microsoft Teams or call you at the scheduled time at the phone number you provided. You can upload your resume or other documents at the time of booking your appointment or email them in advance of your appointment to careerservices@uwindsor.ca.
  • For information about booking an in-person appointment and the required protocols, please visit the CDEL website
  • Our workshops are held on Blackboard. Instructions for joining our Blackboard site and participating in the workshop can be found in the event description on the mySuccess calendar.
  • We also offer Drop-In Peer Career Advising from 12-3pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on our Blackboard site in the Virtual Workshop and Advising Room.
  • Visit our website at www.uwindsor.ca/cdel for more information. Please email  careerservices@uwindsor.ca if you have any questions and one of the advisors will reply to you. 
  • Students with questions about the Ignite Work Study or VIP-Community Service Learning programs should communicate with coordinators at ignite@uwindsor.ca and vip@uwindsor.ca respectively.  

Please visit: https://www.uwindsor.ca/finance/student-accounts to find contact information for the Student Accounts office: email, in-person appointments, and telephone hours are posted.

 

Contact & Other General Information

Important Contact Numbers: 

Windsor-Essex Country Health Unit: 519-258-2146 ext. 1420

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is the regional health organization that is responsible for public health in the Windsor Essex region. WECHU works closely with Public Health Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada to track, manage and respond to pandemic-related concerns.

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000

Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contacts for University of Windsor students:

Student Health Services

519-973-7002 

Contacts for UWindsor employees:

Contact your family doctor, a local walk-in clinic or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000

Safe Lancer App

Please visit Safe Lancer App to download the app on your mobile device.  Please remember we are currently under a stay at home order therefore only essential services are allowed on campus.  Once the University eases restrictions to allow access to campus, you must show green access to campus on the Safe Lancer App.