Updates: Nursing's COVID19 Response
24 Mar 2020
Global health crises such as this COVID19 pandemic are times when our knowledge and skills as nurses are needed at the forefront of health system efforts. Here at the School, our faculty, staff, and students are working hard to support the pandemic efforts, reduce the spread of the virus, and ensure students can continue their academic progression, complete their degrees, and join the work force that needs them.
In just under one week, we have transformed our School’s work:
- We moved all of our nursing theory and lab courses on-line.
- Students, research teams, faculty, and staff are now working and studying from home.
- We paused clinical placements to give us time to assess, making plans to support health care settings while protecting our students’ safety and learning.
- In partnership with the Schools of Nursing in the Nurse Education Council of BC, we crafted principles for practice education during a pandemic and shared these with government.
- Our final term BSN students are either returning to their clinical preceptorships or finishing their preceptorships early if they have achieved the nursing competencies, based on guidance from the BC College of Nursing Professionals.
- Most of our NP students will also be returning to primary care settings; primarily in telehealth roles.
- Our Term 2 BSN cohort remains away from clinical sites for the rest of the term with online alternative learning. We expect they will return to clinical during summer term but this will depend on the status of COVID19 pandemic.
- Our faculty and students are contributing further to pandemic response efforts by volunteering with health authorities and/or student-led initiatives, such as: contact tracing for VCH, staffing the 811 Nurse Line, sourcing supplies for hospitals, organizing donations of soap for people who are unstably housed in the Downtown East Side, coordinating donations for food security with not-for-profit organizations, and setting up a service linking nursing students to provide child care, elder care, shopping, etc. for practicing nurses—all from home, or with careful social distancing and infection control in public.
The situation is evolving rapidly, and our School is in regular consultation with our practice partners, with the BC government, with other Schools of Nursing, as well as the Faculty of Applied Science and the University to plan for the challenges ahead. Stay tuned for further updates in the coming weeks.
For updated information about UBC’s response to the COVID19 pandemic, see this link covid19.ubc.ca/
For the latest guidance from the BC Centres of Disease Control on COVID19, check this link covid-19.bccdc.ca/