There have been quite a few changes this semester to policies and procedures at the Mennonite College of Nursing’s (MCN) Simulation Lab.
As soon as students enter the front door of the Sim Lab they come to a table in the entryway where they have to take their own temperature with a digital thermometer, then they sanitize the thermometer with a wipe, next they change from a personal mask to a supplied surgical mask, and then they sanitize their hands before entering the building. They put on their goggles and gloves when they are within 6 feet of each other in labs and simulation. They also complete an app where they verify that they don’t have a temperature over 100 degrees and are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 each time they enter the lab. There are student workers who monitor the door during times when students are entering to ensure that these requirements for entering the building are being completed.
Timers are provided to faculty so that students who need to be within close proximity of each other to complete an assessment or skill are reminded to only be within 6 feet for no more than 15 minutes. While the section size in the skills and health assessment labs have remained the same, they have decreased the amount of simulation by half so only eight students at time are in the simulation hospital. Skills labs also expand into unoccupied classrooms whenever possible to increase physical distancing of students. All theory classes are being taught on-line whenever possible.
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