The COVID-19 pandemic impacts everyone. Do your part to foster a healthy and safe campus environment for all by following these important guidelines.
Local hospital systems that University at Buffalo School of nursing partners with to provide clinical experiences in both the undergraduate and graduate programs are requiring the COVID-19 vaccination to participate in student clinical placement at their facilities.
These sites join many others that are commonly used by both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Nursing. We expect most, if not all, other clinical sites will follow suit. For many programs, these sites are the only ones we use for specific clinical experiences required by your program.
As outlined in the School of Nursing policy library, we are contractually obligated to meet all clinical requirements for immunizations that are set by our practice partners. Furthermore, the State University of New York is planning to require all in-person students to obtain the vaccine to continue their studies in the fall. As a result of the directives from SUNY and our practice partners, we encourage students pursuing degrees in the School of Nursing to plan accordingly for COVID-19 vaccinations, to include completion of the vaccination and implied immunity 2-weeks post the last vaccination to be able to participate in required learning activities.
Students with questions or concerns regarding the vaccine should consult their health care provider for more guidance.
Attendance and participation in clinical-based learning is a requirement for nursing students. Unvaccinated students will not be eligible to continue or attend clinical rotations that start the first week of classes. If you do not meet the vaccination and implied immunity two weeks post-vaccination, please contact student services to discuss if you meet leave of absence requirements, or have decided to decline your seat in the nursing program.
Nursing students are attending clinical in designated COVID-19 areas or in other situations where they would come in contact with possible and known COVID-positive patients. While the majority of clinical sites will be providing essential PPE to students, the SON will supply one N95 mask to students when their specific clinical site requests they provide it. (Note: Students outside of WNY are expected to adhere to their local guidelines for clinical rotations.)
The School of Nursing encourages you to take advantage of the fit testing opportunities available at the beginning of the semester.
Please contact your course instructors for any questions related to your coursework.
We will still honor all Early Assurance decisions and will work with each student to manage their School of Nursing status.
At this time, all information sessions will be moved online. Please check our events calendar for updates.
The School of Nursing Office of Student Services will continue to support you during this challenging time. We are happy to assist you with any issues you face as you navigate your program. We are currently maintaining our normal business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Students may elect to change advisement appointments to phone or Zoom. Undergraduate students can make an appointment with your academic advisor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For graduate programs advising, contact your program coordinator.
Please take the time to setup your computer, phone, or tablet with the Zoom video conference app. This is especially important for all students currently in synchronous (live face-to-face) courses:
You will attend class by:
During class, if you have trouble:
Most resources, databases, tools and services can be access from home or other remote locations. Delivery+ will continue to delivery items to you electronically to your UB account.
As we navigate this time of great uncertainty and stress, UB School of Nursing faculty and staff remain committed to not just your academic success, but also your emotional and mental well-being.
If you need mental health support during this stressful time, please visit the UB Student Life Mental/Emotional Well-Being webpage or contact UB Counseling Services at 716-645-2720 to schedule a same-day appointment.
UB has also created a helpful tip sheet for managing COVID-19 anxiety.
If you are struggling to buy groceries, UB has some Food Support resources to assist with this: