Dec. 18, 2020: UMSON January COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Dear Students, 

It’s been quite a journey for all of us this term. We have had to turn on a dime more times this year than I can recall in over two decades of service to students. I appreciate your patience, grace, and sense of humor as we continue to get hit with more dimes to turn on. So now, let’s talk about some COVID-19 testing requirements (I hope your nasal passages will forgive me in advance)!

All new and continuing students are expected to comply with the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s COVID-19 testing requirements, as well as any experiential learning site requirements.

  • For students physically accessing UMB or the Universities at Shady Grove, updated guidance indicates that as of Jan. 10, you must have a negative COVID-19 test uploaded to CastleBranch within 14 days prior to accessing one of those locations.  Students will be notified by faculty on when they will be expected to physically arrive on either campus. 
  • For BSN, CNL, or DNP students participating in clinical experiences or in-person learning activities EARLY to count for your spring 2021 practicum, community health rotation, or advanced practice hours, you must upload a negative COVID-19 test to CastleBranch no later than Jan. 8.

All of the latest SAFE on Campus screening and COVID-19 testing requirements are outlined in a handy table on this webpage.

You can access COVID-19 information through a couple of platforms:

  • I highly encourage you to review UMSON’s COVID-19 website regularly, as it provides all of the most current information and resources to navigate your student role during the pandemic. I will not be sending reminders to review this information for updates.
  • As information and directions change often, updates are provided weekly in the student version of The Elm Weekly: School of Nursing newsletter, so it is critical that you read that announcement each week. The newsletter is distributed on Tuesdays, but note that it is on hiatus after Dec. 22, returning Jan. 5. 

We are at the end of a very long and painful year. We made it! Congratulations to you all for persisting, for surviving, for getting to this point. We should all celebrate our collective accomplishments in advancing our educational goals despite extraordinary circumstances.

This is the Year of the Nurse in so many ways, and so I will leave you with a final thought from a historical hero of mine (and likely yours), Florence Nightingale, who captured the discipline and heroism of nurses by saying, “I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind … whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.” 

Thank you all for being heroes.

My best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season; please take some time to recharge and rejuvenate. 

We need you.

Larry Fillian
Associate Dean, Student and Academic Services