Nov. 11, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.
Pomeroy College of Nursing Update
A Message from Dean Patricia Morgan, MS, RN

Dear students – please note that we have made the decision to end onsite clinical rotations at Crouse Hospital and Upstate University Hospital starting this afternoon, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester. This includes the upcoming fourth semester capstone experience.

The local area is experiencing a drastic uptick in positive COVID-19 cases and this decision will help to ensure the safety of all students, faculty/staff and community members. We must do our part to help keep one another safe and stop the spread.

Additionally, we will be limiting student presence on campus between now and Thanksgiving break. Exams scheduled prior to Thanksgiving will be conducted onsite. Academic support and enrichment activities will be conducted remotely. Information related to necessary nursing course calendar adjustments for the remainder of the fall semester will be emailed to you soon via your nursing course faculty.

As was previously stated, we will cease on-campus academic operations entirely after Thanksgiving break (including closing the residence hall) and conduct final exams remotely.

The spring 2021 academic calendar has been adjusted. Fourth term Evening/Weekend option courses will now begin on January 19, 2021. Courses for the Day option will begin on January 25, 2021. Note that these dates are subject to further adjustment if necessary given the fluidity and uncertainty of the pandemic. Due to adjusting our spring 2021 semester start dates, there will no longer be a spring break, originally scheduled for March 8-12, 2021. That week will now be an instruction week. Jeanne Celso will send you an updated spring 2021 academic calendar via email shortly.

As a reminder, please do not come to campus if you are not feeling well or have a known exposure. This is for the safety of all members of the PCON community.

Thank you and stay safe,

Nov. 9, 2020 | 11 a.m.
Pomeroy College of Nursing Update
A Message from Dean Patricia Morgan, MS, RN

Dear students – I hope that this message finds you well.

As the local area continues to see a drastic spike in COVID-19 cases, I am writing today to let you know that we will be ceasing onsite/in-person academic operations on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the close of business. This means that all items remaining on nursing course calendars after the Thanksgiving break, including final exams will be conducted remotely. The campus will be closed to students from November 24, 2020 through the start of the spring 2021 semester.

While on-campus instruction will cease during this time, the College will otherwise remain open for normal business operations until further notice. You may contact faculty and staff via email or phone but again, you will not be permitted to be on-campus after Thanksgiving break.

This decision is being made with input and guidance from New York State government and health officials and follows best practice guidelines for higher education. The ultimate goal is continuing to keep all students and our community safe.

Specific information about any adjustments to nursing course calendars will be provided to you by course faculty shortly.

Thank you,

July 22, 2020 | 3 p.m.
Pomeroy College of Nursing Update
A Message from Assistant Dean for Faculty David Falci, DNP, RN, CNE

Dear Students,
As always, our primary concern is the safety of the entire PCON community. To maintain a safe environment, we are requiring all students to get COVID-19 tested prior to your return in August.  This is based, in part on the best practice recommendations for higher education as provided by New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo.

All students—no matter where they are located—must get a COVID-19 test within five days of arriving on campus and present proof of a negative test in advance of arrival. Positive antibody testing is not considered a negative COVID-19 test result and cannot be submitted in place of a negative test result. We will soon provide detailed instructions about how to submit test results.

We will be offering testing specifically for PCON students through the Crouse Medical Practice COVID-19 test site in East Syracuse.  The dates and times are currently being determined.  In order to participate in one of these testing dates, you will need to sign-up for a time and complete paperwork prior to your testing appointment.  We will provide you with more information about the Crouse Medical Practice Test Site by the end of this week.

If you live outside the area and are not able to go to the Crouse Medical Practice test site, please reach out to your primary care provider for testing options in your community.  Please keep in mind that the testing must be completed within 5 days of arriving on campus and you must have a negative test result.  Turn-around times on test results does vary from lab to lab so be sure to select one that will have your test results to you in time for you to report to campus.

Failure to complete a COVID-19 test and submit results to the College prior to arrival will affect your ability to move into the residence hall, attend new student welcome, or begin in-person classes when they resume on Aug. 17

Please reach out with any questions.
Thank you, David

June 26, 2020 | 11 a.m.
Pomeroy College of Nursing Update
A Message from Dean Patricia Morgan, MS, RN

Dear Students:

I hope that this email finds you all well.  I am writing today with an update regarding the fall 2020 semester which will begin on Aug. 17.  The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains at the forefront of our decision making.  Please note that in order to help ensure your health and safety and to comply with New York State regulations we will be implementing a hybrid-teaching model for all nursing courses this fall. Our decisions about safety precautions (social distancing, wearing masks, hand washing, etc.) will be governed by CDC and New York State Department of Health guidelines. Please note that the College adheres to strict infection control safety measures.

We have collaborated closely with other colleges and nursing programs to develop the best practices we have adopted. I appreciate the commitment of our faculty to provide academic continuity and quality of instruction for our students. The theory portion of each nursing course will be taught remotely, in a synchronous format using ZOOM.  Testing for nursing courses will take place in person at the College.

Additionally, each semester will have a dedicated weekly onsite day.  During onsite days, course faculty will hold small group academic support sessions, review and enhance course content, as well as administer post-exam reviews.  You will also have access to College resources during this time, such as the Crouse Health Library.  These onsite, in person interactions will help you to connect with faculty and assist with content application.

All clinical rotations will take place in person, at the clinical sites.

Other than your onsite day, you will not be permitted to be present on campus during the remaining weekdays.  The reason for this is to help reduce daily density within the College.

The weekly schedule for each semester is as follows:

1st semester:

  • The theory portion of NUR 105 class (via ZOOM) will remain on Tuesday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • The theory portion of lab classes will be recorded and you will be required to view them prior to lab practice. Lab practice will remain on Wednesdays with time change to 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • You will not be required to be here for the entire lab time, and will be assigned a specific practice time during this block
  • Wednesdays will be considered an onsite day for 1st semester and your lab practice will take place at that time

2nd semester:

  • NUR 131 theory class (via ZOOM) will change to Mondays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m
  • NUR 132 theory class (via ZOOM) will change to Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Tuesdays will be the onsite day for 2nd semester and your lab will take place at this time between 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

3rd semester:

  • NUR 213 theory class (via ZOOM) will remain on Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • NUR 214 theory class (via ZOOM) will change to Mondays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays will be considered an onsite day for 3rd semester

4th Semester:

  • NUR 265 theory class (via ZOOM) will change to Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon
  • NUR 275 theory class (via ZOOM) will change to Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.
  • Fridays will be considered an onsite day for 4th semester

In making adjustments for the fall semester, we have elected to hold classes on Monday, Oct. 12, Columbus Day. Please understand that adjustments to course calendars may be necessary as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.  All changes will be communicated to you in a timely manner by College administration and/or course faculty via your crousecon email.

Numerous College policies and procedures related to COVID-19 are currently being developed and will be shared with you at a later date.

On behalf of the entire College community, we look forward to seeing you very soon.

Thank you, Patty