Important Announcements & Notices
COVID VIRUS AND VACCINE REQUIREMENT
DATE: July 30, 2021
TO: FVI STUDENTS
FROM: OFFICE OF THE SCHOOL PRESIDENT
CC: ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY AND STAFF
RE: COVID VIRUS AND VACCINE REQUIREMENT
The 7-day average of new positive COVID cases continues to rise at an alarming rate. The high positivity rate in our counties indicates the Delta variant is circulating widely. As School and member of the community, we have strongly encouraged all students, faculty, and staff to get the COVID vaccine. We are happy to report that more than 80% of faculty and staff are fully vaccinated. We had hoped that we would see the same success with the student body however unofficial counts appears to be roughly 50%. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness or death is to protect yourself by getting the COVID vaccine.
All nursing and allied programs require students to complete a number of clinical, simulation or lab hours in order to complete each course or program. In Nursing, a student who misses more than two days in unable to successfully complete all course requirements. Most clinical sites will be requiring proof of COVID vaccinations or a weekly negative COVID test in order to participate in any clinical rotation.
Logistically, the School of Nursing cannot accommodate unvaccinated students on campus or in labs nor clinical rotation next semester. Student attending on campus instruction will need to provide proof that he/she is fully vaccinated before September 1st.
As a school leader, it is my responsibility to establish policies to protect the health and safety of entire faculty and student body. Unvaccinated students pose a greater health risk to vaccinated students, faculty, and patients. To that end, we MUST require all students, faculty and staff who come to class and attend clinicals must provide proof of both the flu and COVID vaccine before the start of the Fall semester. The only exemption that will be considered will be medical exemption that must be signed by a licensed physician. Those approved will a medical exemption be required to provide weekly negative COVID test every Monday to participate at his own expense.
Given the fact that it takes 6 weeks to become fully vaccinated, this memo serves as formal notification advising students that of this policy to allow everyone time to become fully vaccinated before the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
Nursing students should direct any specific questions to the Director of Nursing, Dr. Maria Walwema.
All allied health students should direct specifically questions to the Director of Education at his/her respective campus. Miami: Jorge Gomez, firstname.lastname@example.org Miramar: Bronson Boufford, email@example.com.
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What Makes a Quality Nursing Program
To: FVI students, faculty and staff
There has been negative local and national news coverage regarding Florida nursing schools who have been under investigation for illegally issuing fraudulent nursing diplomas.
The schools that are under investigation were only licensed by the state but never underwent the rigor of a national accreditation visit, let alone begin to meet the requirements for programmatic accreditation with ACEN or CCNE. Unfortunately, these schools are bad for the industry.
The FVI leadership and nursing teams have worked very hard to build and operate a Premier Nursing Program. This separates our program from other nursing programs and dramatically separates us from subpar programs. Here are just a few highlights:
- 2022 NCLEX 1st time pass rate is 90.9%
- 2020-21 nursing graduates are all working at leading health systems in South Florida. The institution has maintained institutionally accreditation with COE for over 11 years!
- The Nursing program in Miramar, FL has been accredited with Accrediting Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN) since March 2020. The Miami location is pending approval from ACEN. The decision is expected before March 1st.
- FVI’s Director of Nursing has a doctorate degree in nursing education with 30 combined years of clinical and nursing education experience.
- All nursing faculty possess MSN degrees with 30+% of faculty with Doctoral credentials.
- Students have support from the DON, faculty, success coach and career services with tutoring, workshops and boot camps during their program until graduation is achieved and post-graduation until NCLEX success is achieved.
We want to assure our current and future students that FVI School of Nursing is a quality nursing program that is licensed by Florida Commission of Independent Education (CIE), approved by the Florida Board of Nursing(FBON), institutionally accredited by the Commission of Occupational Education (COE), and the nursing program in Miramar is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN).
FVI strictly adheres to all state regulations and accrediting standards to ensure our nursing program maintains the highest quality standards to ensure FVI students are well-supported and academically prepared for NCLEX and clinical practice upon graduation. This is why the school/program has rigorous entrance requirements and rigorous academic standards to ensure that are all admitted students are prepared for nursing and can be successful when accepted.
FVI School of Nursing and Technology’s mission is to educate and prepare students to become entry-level professionals in high-demand careers. We aim to improve employability and inspire lifelong career growth, thereby improving the quality of life for individuals within our community. FVI’s School of Nursing’s mission is to develop student knowledge, skills, and competencies to provide safe and effective care, promote the health and wellbeing of the client, and enter the profession of nursing serving a diverse community.
We have a lot to be proud of and it is important that we can all comfortably communicate the nursing program quality metrics achieved and share how FVI operates at the highest level with all stake holders: students, clinical partners, hiring partners, faculty, staff, and other community partners.
Feel free to direct any additional questions or concerns to Dr. Walwema, Ms. Chong or I that we can address.
ACEN Accreditation for Miami Campus
It is official the Miami Nursing program is now approved and accredited by Accrediting Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN) effective February 13, 2023.
Thank you to Dr. Walwema and the entire faculty team for ensuring that our programs meet the high-quality standards in nursing education without outstanding student outcomes of 90.9% for 2022 and to date a rate of 92% for 2023.
Every day is a proud day to be a member of their amazing group of individuals at FVI who make impossible things very possible. None of our achievements would be possible without the commitment to a common mission of helping our students achieve success and the trust in each other we have built as one FVI!
We are well on our way to becoming the premier nursing and allied health institution of South Florida.
Campus Crime Reports
Annually, FVI School of Nursing and Technology publishes the Clery (Annual Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics) Report for both the Miramar and Miami campus. You may view the annual reports on the Consumer Information page on our website:
Anualmente, FVI School of Nursing and Technology publica el Informe Clery (Estadísticas Anuales de Seguridad y Crimen del Campus) para los campus de Miramar y Miami. Puede ver los informes anuales en la página de Información al consumidor de nuestro sitio web:
Student Communication - HEERF
Following the enactment of Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, the federal government has made supplemental emergency funds available to institutions of higher education, which can be used to make additional Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The grants provided under CRRSAA are similar to the grants that FVI awarded previously using funding provided in the CARES Act. For ease of reference, we refer to the grants provided via the CARES Act as “HEERF I” grants, and the forthcoming grants to be provided using CRRSAA funds as “HEERF II” grants.
Apparently there has been some inaccurate information circulating among the school community regarding the availability of additional grants. At this time, FVI has distributed 100% of the funding it received for HEERF I grants to eligible students. Additionally, FVI School of Nursing and Technology (FVISNT) has not yet received its allocation of funding from CRRSAA. Therefore, we are not yet accepting applications for HEERF II grants at this time. We anticipate that this process will begin in the near future and we will provide you with additional information to describe who is eligible for HEERF II grants and how you can apply. Please continue to monitor your school email account for updates on the status of the HEERF II grant distribution. Students should not submit or resubmit the application for HEERF I grants. You will be notified when the window for submitting an application for HEERF II has opened.
Después de la promulgación de la Ley de Asignaciones Suplementarias de Respuesta y Alivio del Coronavirus, 2021 (CRRSAA), Ley Pública 116-260, el gobierno federal ha puesto a disposición de las instituciones de educación superior fondos de emergencia suplementarios, que pueden utilizarse para otorgar becas de ayuda financiera para estudiantes. Las becas proporcionadas bajo CRRSAA son similares a las becas que FVI otorgó anteriormente utilizando fondos proporcionados en la Ley CARES. Nos referimos a las becas proporcionadas a través de la Ley CARES como becas “HEERF I”, y las próximas becas que se proporcionarán utilizando los fondos CRRSAA como becas “HEERF II”.
Aparentemente, ha circulado información no correcta entre la comunidad escolar con respecto a la disponibilidad de becas adicionales. En este momento, FVI ha distribuido el 100% de los fondos que recibió para las becas HEERF a los estudiantes elegibles. Además, la Escuela de Enfermería y Tecnología de FVI (FVISNT) aún no ha recibido su asignación de fondos de CRRSAA. Por lo tanto, todavía no estamos aceptando solicitudes para becas HEERF II en este momento. Anticipamos que este proceso comenzará en un futuro cercano y le proporcionaremos información adicional para describir quién es elegible para las subvenciones HEERF II y cómo puede solicitarlas. Continúe monitoreando la cuenta de correo electrónico de su escuela para obtener actualizaciones sobre el estado de la distribución de las becas HEERF II. Los estudiantes no deben volver a enviar la solicitud de becas HEERF I. Se le notificará cuando se abra la oportunidad para enviar una solicitud para HEERF II.
Important Information about the Coronavirus
As part of our action plan, we have enacted an enhanced cleaning protocol that entails:
- Required twice daily cleaning and disinfecting with and industrial-grade germicidal product in all areas of the campus.
- Cleaning high traffic surfaces frequently touched by hands, including:
- Doorknobs, door frames and other frequently touched areas on the door
- Light switches
- Tables, chairs, and counter tops
- Water fountains
- Deploying hand sanitation stations at key locations on campus.
Prevent Respiratory Illness
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Washing hands often with soap and water if soap and water is not available, then use 60% alcohol based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Do not shake hands with people who are sick.
- Try not to touch your face with unwashed hands.