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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

A. For updates regarding registration, please visit: http://www.uwindsor.ca/registrar/515/registration-information

New to campus? Check out our registration resources including videos, webinars and much more: http://learn.uwindsor.ca/plan-your-program#registration-guides 

Still Lost?

A.  For updates on course offerings, please visit: Timetable Information | Office of the Registrar (uwindsor.ca)

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:

  • Due to the continuing COVID 19 pandemic, Fall 2021 courses will continue to be offered remotely.  
  • 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. Information regarding clinical placements has been sent to all nursing students via email.  Please note, work restrictions are in effect for students at this time.  Please continue to monitor your email and the clinical course blackboard site for details.

A. Labs will be hybrid-a mix of virtual and face to face labs for 1st years to 3rd years is planned.

A. NURS 4762 (Clinical Nursing Experience: Community)

In Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, Covid impacted our community agencies with the majority unable to accommodate students.  The Clinical Team will be conducting a survey of our community partners to assess the availability of student placements for the Fall 2021 semester.  Information will be posted for students as soon as it is available.  In Winter 2021, due to the inability to secure a full complement of community placements, NURS 4762 (Clinical Nursing Experience [Community Preceptorship] took place remotely on all campus sites ( U of W, St. Clair College Windsor and Chatham, and Lambton).  Students were required to purchase a virtual simulation program that is specific to community nursing and weekly synchronous clinical sessions were held.

A.  Please visit the Important Dates on the registrar's page for dates for consolidation 2021.

 

A.  Students have received information related to vaccinations and the distribution is currently in progress.

A. No, the building is secured and the general and SIM lab spaces are not open.

  • If you would like an appointment for skills practice, please email the Clinical Lab Coordinator; Lacey Rivest: lacey.rivest@uwindsor.ca
  • Virtual peer mentors are available through Microsoft Teams.  Please contact Lacey Rivest by email lacey.rivest@uwindsor.ca to book an appointment. 
  • 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 (2020) 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 while the University is in essential services mode, please email: sas@uwindsor.ca.

If you have a letter of accommodation and are registered with SAS, please provide this to each course professor within the first two weeks of class.

Information on exams and how SAS may assist with the delivery of final exams is to be determined.

Effective immediately, 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 Health Services has raised a COVID-19 assessment clinic on campus for asymptomatic students.  The clinic is open to testing for Nursing students.  If you are interested or required to receive a COVID-19 test, please book an appointment on campus.  Clinic hours are Fridays 9:30am to 12:00pm.  The clinic is located in the Education Gym (attached to the CAW student center) at the rainbow crossway.

To make an appointment, please visit: https://getcorigan.ca/testing/#new-corigan

Student Resources for on campus support

For information on Study Spaces on campus, please follow the guidelines below:  We are currently in Provincial Stay-at-Home Order-  Please visit the links below for additional information.

A.  During Grey Lockdown: Please visit this https://www.uwindsor.ca/current-students/study-spaces or visit Available and Remote Services

A.  During Red Control or while restrictions are eased on campus:  Please visit Personal Study Rooms or Leddy Library Study Space to find out more information and to book your study space.

A. The Library will continue to provide services to students, faculty and staff remotely. For updates, please refer to the COVID-19: Library Services During Disruption webpage 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 visit https://www.uwindsor.ca/current-students/study-spaces to book your Campus Workplace session.  

Effective immediately, Student Awards & Financial Aid will only be accessible via email and on-line appointments. Information and updates will be posted to the Student Awards & Financial Aid website as it becomes available.

Students experiencing financial hardship should email award1@uwindsor.ca with a brief explanation of their situation and their request will be triaged appropriately.  Please visit the COVID-19 updates section of their websiste for additional details about Student Awards, Financial Aid, and Emergency Bursary Funding.  Website:https://www.uwindsor.ca/studentawards/418/emergency-bursary-funding   If you are in a position of repayment with OSAP, payments are now suspended for the summer months.  More information can be found: https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program

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 Head Start student staff, LEAD, and Faculty Leaders are proceeding, but the selection process may change.
  • Regretfully, Bounce Back will have to discontinue its in-person sessions, but will provide its participating students with some electronic supports.
  • Effective immediately, all Outstanding Scholars will discontinue their research. The University will maintain its funding commitment to these students. If you are an Outstanding Scholar and you have questions, please contact Dr. Simon Du Toit at sdutoit@uwindsor.ca 

Career Development and Experiential Learning

Our primary location in the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre is closed to staff, students, and visitors. Services will continue remotely via phone, email and on-line until further notice:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  

Effective immediately, the Cashier's Office will be closed to walk-in traffic and telephone inquiries. Cashiers will continue to be available via email at cashiers@uwindsor.ca. Please use this email address to submit documentation (attached as PDFs) or to request documentation.  

 

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.