School of Nursing Classes, Clinical Lab/Simulation Instruction, and Off-Campus Clinicals

Operating Status Update: 1/6/2022

Dear School of Nursing Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

By now I am sure that you have seen Chancellor Strom’s message, echoing Monday’s announcement sent by the University’s Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. 

I am reaching out to clarify what this means for the School of Nursing.

Clinical Education: All student clinical rotations (undergraduate and graduate) should continue in person as planned and scheduled. As part of clinical education, all skill labs and simulation labs (undergraduate and graduate) will continue in person as scheduled. All practice site partners will be providing our students and accompanying faculty members with the appropriate PPE. Fit testing for N95s, if needed, will be provided as needed. 

The skill labs and simulation labs will provide the appropriate PPE. 

Lecture Courses:  All SON lecture courses will be offered via remote learning through 1/30/22.  

All clinics, libraries, and research operations will continue to remain open.

Other Events/Meetings:  All meetings and other events at the SON should be remote, if possible, through 1/30/22.  

Employee Telecommuting:  Telecommuting guidance for employees whose responsibilities do not require them to be on campus has been extended through Sunday, January 30, 2022, in accordance with the Telecommuting Policy relaxation. In-person schedules for employees are expected to resume on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Vaccination Boosters: Vaccination Boosters will be required of all students, faculty, and staff, except for those who have a documented Rutgers exemption. For faculty and staff, proof of vaccination boosters must be uploaded by 1/31/22 via the employee portal.  Students are strongly encouraged to upload proof of vaccination booster via the student portal by 1/15/22; proof of vaccination booster must be uploaded by 1/31/22. 

If you need a booster:  Booster appointments for faculty, staff and students can be made on the Rutgers Vaccination website or at one of several locations throughout the state

Stop the Spread: Please continue to stay home if you are sick, wear a mask when meeting indoors in groups,maintain a safe distance, and get tested for COVID-19. The State of New Jersey and Vault Medical Services continue to offer at-home COVID-19 testing at no cost. Visit the program’s website to order your test. Employees whose presence on campus is required may also access free weekly testing at the university through January 31, 2022; information is available on the Rutgers Strategic Testing Program webpage. If you test positive for COVID-19, reach out to your personal physician or student health (for students) for care and guidance.  

Thanks so much for your cooperation and please stay well! If you have questions or need additional information, please reach out to your Assistant Dean (students) or supervisor (faculty and staff).  

Operating Status Update:

Fall 2020 Courses

As we plan for the Fall 2020 semester, please note that the vast majority of our didactic (lecture courses) will continue to be delivered via remote technology.  As Chancellor Strom points out, we are educating healthcare professionals, and that requires a robust clinical education that includes clinical rotations in patient care settings and some necessary, although limited, simulation and clinical laboratory experiences. Since the onset of the pandemic, RBHS Task Forces have developed guidelines and recommendations for the safe conduction of limited simulation and skills labs, and we at the RSON will be reviewing those guidelines and adapting them to meet the needs of the School of Nursing.

Additional information can be found on the RBHS campus status webpage and the Rutgers COVID-19 Information page

Operating Status Update:
3/10/2020 – 5:15 p.m.

The following contains information regarding School of Nursing operating status given coronavirus plans at the University, and pertains specifically to undergraduate and graduate students at Rutgers School of Nursing.

School of Nursing students should note that some of the information and plans provided here differ from the email sent from Rutgers University.

School of Nursing leadership has provided important information regarding classes, campus-based clinical lab/simulation instruction, and off-campus clinicals for the School of Nursing students. Because many of courses and campus-based clinical lab/simulation experiences are offered on regional campuses (e.g. Newark, New Brunswick, Blackwood), School of Nursing will follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Beginning on Thursday, March 12, through the end of spring break (Sunday, March 22), all lecture and campus-based clinical learning lab/simulation instruction is cancelled.
  • Beginning on Monday, March 23, through at least Friday, April 3, all lecture and campus-based clinical learning lab/simulation will be offered remotely.  In other words, there will be no in-person classes or campus-based clinical learning lab/simulation instruction between March 23 and April 3, 2020.
  • Important information for our students regarding clinicals (3/19/20 – 9:41 am)

In the coming days, faculty members will be in touch with students to provide more specific information regarding remote delivery of courses and campus-based clinical learning lab/simulation.

For questions related to the specific operating status of the School of Nursing:

  • Visit the School of Nursing web site at for the most up-to-date SON-specific information.
  • Direct questions to the School of Nursing Dean of Students at

In addition to the above School of Nursing-specific guidelines, please be mindful of the following university-level information which was sent to all members of the university community on March 10, 2020:

Campus Activities

  • Students living in residence halls should leave campus as soon as possible. Students are strongly encouraged to remain off campus through April 3. The University understands that leaving campus may not be possible or prudent for everyone, and we encourage anyone with concerns to contact the student housing office on your campus.
  • Beginning Thursday, March 12, Rutgers events and in-person meetings involving groups larger than 15 participants are cancelled through April 15. Guidance related to this policy will be reviewed again by April 1.
  • Groups with events scheduled after April 15 are urged to begin considering alternative plans in case future events will need to be cancelled or postponed.
  • No new non-essential events should be scheduled until further notice.
  • Athletic directors are instructed to follow the guidance of their respective athletic conferences.


  • We strongly suggest that all members of the Rutgers community reconsider any upcoming domestic travel, especially to areas where there has been a significant incidence of COVID-19.
  • All Rutgers-led international spring break programs are canceled.
  • All students in third-party study abroad programs are strongly encouraged to return.
  • All international travel sponsored by Rutgers is suspended.
  • Any member of our community returning from a country designated Level 3 by the CDC is required to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.