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TRU School of Nursing Statement on COVID-19 Response

At TRU School of Nursing (SON), our faculty, staff, and students are working hard to support the pandemic efforts, reduce the spread of the virus, ensure students can continue their academic progression, and join the work force that needs them in whatever capacity that they are able to help. We have transformed and adapted our Schools work in the following ways:

  • All nursing theory courses are now online and students are studying from home;
  • Final exams have been changed to alternate assignments and faculty are committed to working with students to ensure that no one is unfairly disadvantaged;
  • Lab courses have been changed to online where possible, others have been postponed until we can provide those learning opportunities safely and in accordance with the provincial guidelines;
  • Clinical practicums are suspended for all but our BScN 4th year students;
  • Our final term BScN students’ practicum placements are all being evaluated on an individual basis - we are assessing student competencies, student’s unique personal situation, and student safety to determine if the placement can continue;
  • Our research teams, staff, and faculty are working from home;
  • Our support and resource services, such as the library and student affairs, have also transformed their services to on-line support; and
  • TRU campus remains open for faculty and students to access as needed. Specific information can be found at https://www.tru.ca/current/wellness/covid-19/student-services.html

The situation is evolving rapidly, and TRU and the SON is in regular consultation with our practice partners, with the BC government, and with other Schools of Nursing to plan for the challenges ahead. We are sharing our equipment and supplies with our practice partners, and supporting our students and faculty to move into the workforce through volunteer or work opportunities.

Stay tuned for further updates in the coming weeks. We encourage you to check the TRU COVID website https://www.tru.ca/current/wellness/covid-19.html regularly for information and ask that you follow the provincial directives for infection control. At times like this it is important to be courageous and ask for help as needed and to reach out to others for help and support as we can.

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