City Tech Reopening Plan

Department Reopening Plans A (6-ft) and B (3-ft social distance)

Nursing Department

Plan for Re-opening the Nursing Department Rooms

Academic Building: A-609 / A-610 / A-612

Prepared By: Dr. Heather Gibson
Ms. Li-May Li

(Adapted from NYCCT Dept. of Dental Hygiene)

The Department of Nursing at New York City College of Technology is asking permission to use the laboratory spaces on the 6th floor of the academic building. The Department plans to re-open the lab rooms for the practice of skills and simulation, which will include limited faculty, staff, and students only. This will allow skills instruction of nursing students to help with their learning as we continue to build the nursing workforce.

Rationale for re-opening the NYCCT Nursing Labs:

    1. The standard infection control procedures have demonstrated a 30-year history at reducing the risk of disease transmission in the clinical setting.
    2. The Nursing faculty are all highly knowledgeable and practice excellent infection control measures.
    3. The Nursing students have had infection control training and are closely monitored to ensure they maintain asepsis.
    4. The modifications of the infection control practices can be implemented to decrease the risk of infection with SARS-Co-V-

Preparing the 6th floor for re-opening the Nursing Labs:

All Bathrooms/ floors/seating should be cleaned and disinfected by the College buildings and ground employees. Due to the long period of closure, the entire nursing labs must have:

Building Physical Considerations (Facilities Management) -

  1. Air circulation:
    1. Air movement is being managed by VP Cairol task force
    2. Balanced airflow
  2. Bathrooms cleaning and disinfection will be managed by the College’s building and grounds.
  3. All furniture in lobby and lounge area on 6th floor should be removed, so people will maintain social distancing.
  4. Nursing Labs:
    1. Create social distance markers on the floor to identify work areas.
    2. Nursing students supervised by faculty will clean and disinfect prior to and after using this space.

Nursing Faculty/Students/CLT and Staff:

  1. Education and training to assure that all the COVID19 prevention of transmission procedures are incorporated to the daily Nursing functioning of the laboratory areas.
  2. Review of required PPE and mask type base upon task and risk of aerosol.
  3. Practice donning and doffing of PPE.

Overview of Movement and Social Distancing within the Academic Building:

The required signage from CDC “Stop the Spread of Germs” will be posted by the main building entrance, by all elevators and at the entrance to the Nursing lab areas.

  1. Prior to a scheduled Nursing Class:
    1. All students and faculty entering the building will complete the City Tech the Everbridge app.
  2. Entering the Academic building -
    1. Everyone will enter the building through the designated entrance.
    2. All individuals (faculty/staff/students/visitors) will be required to have a face covering (mask) the entire time they are in any of the building public spaces, including classroom, hallways, bathrooms, elevators.
    3. Mandatory health screening practices will be implemented utilizing the Everbridge app symptom checker for employees, students, and visitors. Temperature should be taken each day at home before traveling to the campus. The campus public safety officers will not conduct temperature checks. A No response on the symptom checker is required for the following questions:
      • Have you had any known close contact with a person confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the past 10 days?
      • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test in the past 10 days?
      • Have you traveled internationally during the past 10 days?
      • Do you have a temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
      • Do you have any of the following symptoms (new or worsening)? Cough, Shortness of Breath, Troubled Breathing, Fever, Chills, Muscle Pain, Headache, Sore Throat, Fatigue, Congestion or Runny Nose, Nausea or Vomiting, Diarrhea, New Loss of Taste and /or Smell.
      • Asking about COVID-19 symptoms in the past 10 days and/or close or proximate contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 10 days.
    4. The Everbridge app Return to Campus Approval Confirmation for the day of arrival to campus will be displayed along with campus ID card to the campus public safety officer upon entering the building.
  3. Movement within the Building -
    1. Access to elevators will follow social distancing (6 feet) spacing and disinfected at least twice a day.
    2. The limited volume of people to promote social distancing and social distance floor markers will be utilized.
    3. Freight elevators will be designed to stop at each floor for handicap accessibility.
    4. Egress from the building will be the exit which goes directly to Jay Street, next to the first-floor classroom.
  4. Arriving on the 6th floor -
    1. All Nursing faculty/staff/students will disinfect hands upon exiting the elevators on the 6th floor.
    2. All Nursing faculty/staff/students go to their designated laboratory areas.
    3. Only the scheduled students/faculty will be permitted in the Nursing Lab.
  5. Entering the Nursing Lab -
    1. The students/faculty enter the lab and then wash hands or use alcohol-based sanitizer. Then assigned students walk to their assigned areas.
    2. Once seated or standing in designated area students will still wear the mask and maintain social distancing throughout the entire lab session.
  6. Exiting the Nursing Lab –
    1. At end of the lab, students and faculty will clean and disinfect their respective areas and students will use alcohol-based hand sanitizer prior to leaving the lab and wear the mask on their faces.
    2. The student exits the lab and is escorted to the elevator; social distancing is monitored, and the Nursing lab session ends.
    3. Security in the lobby will direct the faculty and staff on which exit to use.
    4. Nursing lab scheduling will limit the number of students (8-11) in each lab space to maintain physical distancing of 3 or 6 feet.
    5. Lab courses will have staggered lab entry times to decrease gathering and maintain social distancing.
    6. Students and faculty will always wear face coverings.
    7. All standard infection control procedures for the laboratory setting will be maintained.