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At the George Washington School of Nursing we offer in-person (Virginia Science and Technology Campus) and online learning experiences for our students. Whether you’re new to GW Nursing or returning to us this semester, we want to make sure that you have the information you need both before and while you’re completing your studies here. All information provided on this website is specific to GW Nursing students, for University updates and campus health requirements please refer to and bookmark Onward GW: Return to Campus.

 
 

GW Nursing Student Requirements


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GW Campus Commitment
& COVID-19 Training

We expect all GW Nursing students to adhere to the GW Campus Commitment and require that they complete a training prior to the start of the semester to demonstrate and acknowledge their shared responsibility as a member of our on-campus community.

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Acknowledgement of Risk
& Personal Responsibilities

All GW Nursing students are required to sign a form acknowledging the risk and personal responsibilites related to direct patient care, policies/procedures put forth by the site and that they understand the public health issue that currently exists due to COVID-19. 

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Accelerated B.S.N.
PPE Module

It is important that all students are familiar with the correct order and procedure for donning and doffing PPE. To ensure everyone’s safety, all Accelerated B.S.N. students are required to complete the PPE module with at least a 90% score prior to the start of the semester.


 

GW Nursing Student Policies


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Dress Code & Uniforms

Nursing students represent the University as well as GW Nursing. Appearance must conform to the highest standards of cleanliness, professionalism and safety.

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Student Handbooks

Nursing students may refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate Student Handbook for information on policies and requirements.

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Returning After Positive Test

Protocol and step-by-step instructions for students on how to return to Lab, Simulation and/or Clinical activities after receiving a positive test result for COVID-19.

 


GW Nursing Student Guidelines


Course Specific Policies & Requirements

In addition to the information listed here, there may be some course-specific policies and/or requirements that would affect course structure and scheduling. Please be sure to refer to the syllabus for course-specific issues.


Didactic Guidelines

Accelerated B.S.N. Students
In-person didactic instruction as well as in-person lab, simulation and clinical education for Accelerated B.S.N. students will start as scheduled. We are preparing for all classes, labs and simulations to incorporate the flexibility necessary for students to be in-person this semester while still making uninterrupted progress toward degree completion. A proctoring system will be used for all examinations. All face-to-face simulation and lab education  will take place on the VSTC Campus. Learners and instructional personnel will wear cloth masks when in the buildings. When in close contact with classmates, students and faculty will wear a surgical/ procedural face mask and face shield or goggles, and gloves when indicated. Cleaning of equipment between users and at the end of the day will be done according to CDC guidelines, as well as recommendations from the manufacturers of medical equipment and manikins.

Graduate Students
In-person simulation activities will take place for the AGACNP program only. Learners and instructional personnel will wear cloth masks when in the buildings. When in close contact with classmates, students and faculty will wear a surgical/procedural face mask and face shield or goggles, and gloves when indicated. Cleaning of equipment between users and at the end of the day will be done according to CDC guidelines, as well as recommendations from the manufacturers of medical equipment and manikins. All other graduate nursing programs will not travel to the VSTC campus, but will receive virtual and telehealth simulation experiences to augment their online programs.

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Accelerated B.S.N. Students
Didactic instruction for the Accelerated B.S.N. program will be delivered in-person. Please refer to the class schedule for course meeting times. 

All testing will take place using Examplify. While testing, students are expected to follow the guidelines in the GW Testing and Examination Policy. Exams may fall outside of normal class times, so please check your course syllabi for specific exam dates/times.

How to Download and Use Examplify >



Lab/Simulation Guidelines

Lab and simulation for the semester will include both synchronous, in-person and virtual components. Attendance for synchronous, in-person lab/simulation is required unless otherwise stated. For more information about the virtual components of each activity, please see the course syllabus.

Note - PPE will not be provided for graduate students

PPE Requirements for Lab and Simulation

In order to safely conduct our activities, all students will be expected to abide by enhanced PPE requirements while in the Simulation and Innovation Learning Center environment. Any needed PPE for lab/simulation activities will be provided by GW Nursing. Please see the specifics for each lab below.

NURS 3121: Health Assessment and Promotion

  • Only students in compliance with weekly COVID-19 testing requirements or who are fully vaccinated are permitted in the lab. 
  • During the Health Assessment lab session, students will be in pairs participating in both the "nurse" and "patient" roles to practice assessment skills.
  • Upon entering the exam rooms, students will be expected to clean the exam room with disinfectant provided.
  • When students are participating as the "nurse": While in the lab environment, students will be required to wear their face shield/eye protection, a masks and gloves. Wearing of an N-95 is optional.
  • When students are participating as the "patient": Students will be required to wear their face shield, surgical or cloth mask, and the supplied patient gown. The patient gowns are the responsibility of the student to be laundered weekly.
  • Students are required to wear the face shield and face mask at all times. When practicing assessment skills requiring access to the head, eyes, nose, mouth, and throat, students acting as the patient can temporarily remove the mask and face shield so the "nurse" can access these areas, however, students should immediately put the PPE back on.
  • Upon completion of the Health Assessment class, students will be expected to store their masks for re-use. 
  • Upon completion of the Health Assessment class, students will be expected to clean the exam rooms with the disinfectants provided and clean their face shields for re-use.

NURS 3120: Foundations Lab 

  • Only students in compliance with weekly COVID-19 testing requirements or who are fully vaccinated are permitted in the lab.
  • While in the lab environment, students will be required to wear the provided face covering at all times.
  • Upon entering the Lab space, students will be expected to clean their assigned workstation with the disinfectant provided.
  • Upon completion of the labs, students will be expected to clean their workstations with the disinfectant provided.

All In-Person Simulation Experiences (NURS 3120, NURS 3124, NURS 4124, and NURS Peds)

  • Only students in compliance with weekly COVID-19 testing requirements or who are fully vaccinated are permitted in the simulation space. 
  • While in the simulation space, all students are required to wear a face-covering at all times.
  • Students participating in any scenarios are required to wear their cloth mask. Additional PPE required by the scenario will be provided.

NURS 3121: Health Assessment and Promotion
Whitney Shanley ([email protected])

NURS 3120: Foundations
Julia Clarke ([email protected])

Director of Simulation and Experiential Learning
Crystel Farina ([email protected])



Clinical Guidelines

Undergraduate/Accelerated B.S.N. Students
Beyond on-campus learning, accelerated B.S.N. students will be placed individually at clinical sites as well as in clinical groups of up to 8 students. Clinical sites set limits on the number of students in clinical groups. In direct patient/client care activities, students and their instructors will not be able to maintain physical distance. Students and instructors will, however, wear the PPE appropriate to the clinical experience. In other hospital units, where known COVID19 patients are not treated, the standard would be surgical/ procedural face masks with eye protection (goggles or face shield) when near the patient’s respiratory droplets. Students in a medical office will wear the PPE worn by the other health care providers, which may consist of a surgical/ procedural facemask when examining or treating patients and a cloth face mask at all other times.

GW Nursing has purchased or has on order, face shields Accelerated B.S.N. students and clinical instructors that wish to be fitted for an N-95 mask, may have that option by contacting the Director of Simulation and Experiential Learning, to set up an appointment for the fit testing.

Graduate Students
GW Nursing online graduate programs with students in other states will continue to place students as permitted by clinical site.

Safety Guidelines for the Clinical Environment

During the semester, students and faculty in the GW School of Nursing will be entering healthcare facilities with both suspected and positive cases of COVID-19. In addition to the normal standards for clinical dress, please implement the following guidelines to reduce the possibility of contracting COVID-19.

Before for Clinical

  • If you typically wear jewelry, a watch, or other nonessential accessories, leave them at home.
  • If you have medium or long hair, wear it pulled back.
  • If you wear contacts, consider wearing glasses to decrease the need to touch your face and to offer a barrier.
  • Prepare clean clothes and shoes to change into after work.
  • Remove nonessential items in your car, and stock the car with disinfecting wipes to make it easy to wipe down key surfaces after traveling home.
  • If taking mass transit, have hand sanitizer available and use it after touching any surfaces.

During Clinical

  • Follow the screening and PPE protocols of the institution.
  • Limit the items that you bring with you to clinical to the absolute minimum.
  • Disinfect your personal items regularly.
  • Perform hand hygiene after touching frequently used objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid handshakes and high-fives.
  • Practice social distancing to the best of your ability.

After Clinical

  • Change in an isolated location (e.g., garage, mudroom, laundry room).
  • Do not wear shoes from work into your home. Clean them, top and bottom, with disinfecting wipes.
  • Wash clothes worn at work using your usual laundry detergent.
  • Wash or safely discard dirty clothes bag.
  • Wash hands after handling dirty clothes and shoes.
  • Shower before interacting with your family.

Accelerated B.S.N. Students
The Accelerated B.S.N. program will accept ONLY the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (2-year certification). Students must be trained in adult, child, and infant CPR and have automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) training. CPR cards must be uploaded to the CastleBranch Immunization Tracker. Please make sure that you are up to date before starting the semester.

The deadline for submission of your CastleBranch requirements for each Cohort is as follows:

  • Cohort 27: 10/31/21
  • Cohort 28: 02/01/22
  • Cohort 29: 07/30/22

You must ensure that all of your clinical requirements in CastleBranch are complete and will not expire during the course of the semester.

Please contact the CastleBranch Help Desk directly at (888-850-4314) for assistance with uploading any documentation or to purchase your appropriate tracker.  

All items in CastleBranch must be complete and up to date for the duration of each semester

Please note: Failure to complete this on time will result in not being able to start your clinical rotation on time.   

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Clinical Placement Team at [email protected] for further assistance and clarification

For ALL clinical sites:

Clinical Incident Report Form
The Clinical Incident Report Form is intended for clinical incidents ONLY. In the event of an accident resulting in personal injury or if an incident may have resulted in an injury while out on clinical, please complete the form and send to [email protected].

Clinical Incident Report


List of clinical sites:

  • Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC)
  • George Washington University Hospital (GWUH)
  • HCA Facilities
  • Inova Facilities
  • MedStar WHC
  • Psych Institute of Washington (PIW)
  • Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
  • Virginia Hospital Center (VHC)
  • Walter Reed

Note - PPE will not be provided for graduate students

Please click the link to the clinical site below to view the site-specific COVID-19 Screening and PPE Policies:

Each of our courses have built-in contingency plans in the case of serious illness so that we can help our students continue to progress through the program. Please note that while these plans are in place, long-term illness that results in an inability to complete clinical could cause a disruption to progression. 

NURS 3124: Adult and Geriatric Nursing 1 Clinical
Michelle Rumble ([email protected])
Billy Mullins ([email protected]

NURS 4124: Adult and Geriatric Nursing 2 Clinical
Nicole Gendron-Trainer (n[email protected]

NURS 3125: Mental Health Nursing
Billy Mullins ([email protected]

NURS 4125: Maternal and Women's Health Nursing
Linda Cassar ([email protected]

NURS 4116: Nursing Care of Children and Families
Kristen Stevens ([email protected]

NURS 4217: Community and Public Health Nursing
Karen Dawn ([email protected]

NURS 4127: Transition to Professional Nursing
Whitney Shanley ([email protected])



 

GW Nursing Student Resources


Student Services

The GW Nursing Office of Student Services combines academic advising, student programming and university resources as a one-stop-shop to help students plan their studies for their future career and navigate the resources for a successful academic journey.

 

Student Wellness

Preparing you to face the challenges of providing quality patient care is our most important charge as a nursing school. But the demands of a career in nursing can take a toll, so we must also cultivate resilience and self-awareness in the face of adversity and stress.