The CRNA is aware of and monitoring the impact on nursing education programs, faculty members and students. As the situation rapidly evolves, the CRNA is in continuous contact with all RN, NP and re-entry program faculty members to discuss contingency plans for their curriculum.
This unprecedented time requires agility, creativity and innovative options for faculty members and students. Both the CRNA and faculty members are committed and confident that together we will arrive at a plan in the best interest and safety for the public, students and faculty.
Considerations for nursing education program contingency plans include:
Currently, approved nursing education programs are receiving requests from unvaccinated nursing students for alternate clinical placements when the health care organizations have made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory.
The CRNA is aware of the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Immunization of Workers for COVID-19 policy that requires compliance of all AHS, Alberta Precision Laboratories, Carewest, CapitalCare, and Covenant Health employees, members of the medical and midwifery staffs, students and instructors, volunteers, and applicable contracted service providers to be fully immunized against COVID-19 by Dec. 13, 2021.
Alberta approved nursing education programs must provide experiences in clinical, laboratory, and simulation environments for students to achieve course objectives, program outcomes, and the CRNA entry-level competencies, and clinical placements are an integral part of nursing education. Refer to the Guiding Principles: Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Nursing Education Programs, Faculty Members, and Students.
Requests from unvaccinated nursing students for alternate clinical placements should be addressed by the nursing education program. The CRNA does not regulate nursing students; all eligible nursing students are encouraged to get COVID-19 vaccination to participate in clinical placements.