COVID-19 Update

The health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty are of utmost priority at OMNI College.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and after a temporary campus closure in March 2020 when all in-progress programs were shifted online, we re-opened the doors to the campus and nursing labs in July 2020. 

In order to continue operating in as safe an environment as possible, we have created a robust safety plan and implemented measures that will minimize the risk of COVID-19 at OMNI College.  Please read our complete COVID-19 Safety Plan here.

Masks required

Any individuals coming to the OMNI campus must wear a mask on the premises.   The only exception is in the private offices of staff and faculty when only one person is present in the office.

Visitors

Visitors may visit after school hours (between 3pm – 5pm Monday to Friday) to limit capacity in spaces and ensure physical distance from others.

Please make sure that if you feel any of the below symptoms you do not come to OMNI College:

Excerpted from the canada.ca website:

“Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person. They may also vary in different age groups.

Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or over 38°C
  • feeling feverish
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
  • feeling very unwell

Children tend to have abdominal symptoms and skin changes or rashes.

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.”

Onsite Nursing Labs

While classroom sessions have shifted online to virtual classrooms, the hands-on lab and nursing skills practice must continue to be done in-person, onsite at OMNI College. 

Students are required to wipe down all lab equipment and materials after each use. Disinfectant is provided in the labs and they are readily available at multiple sanitization stations throughout the campus.  Lab faculty also conduct a thorough cleaning of all equipment used at the end of each day.

International Students

As an important part of our Saftey Plan, we have set up pre-arrival and post-arrival supports particularly for international students.  All incoming and newly arriving international students have access to resources and OMNI personnel that will help guide and support them through their journey.  It is imperative that international students share the details of their travel plans with their OMNI Admissions Advisor so that appropriate precautions and guidance can be provided.   

Since March 2020, it is mandatory under the Quarantine Act that international students coming to British Columbia and entering from outside of Canada self-isolate and monitors for symptoms for 14 days upon their arrival.  

 

Our Safety Plan follows provincial and federal guidelines under the Quarantine Act and has been developed in accordance with the Worksafe BC safety plan.  

For more information, please see our complete COVID-19 Safety Plan.

 

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July 2020 – a message from our Founder

Hello fellow nurses,

I’m incredibly proud that after 20 years of helping Internationally-Educated Nurses fulfill their dreams of becoming nurses in Canada, we continue to adapt and prove our resilience regardless of what industry and environmental changes come our way.  In March, at the peak of the COVID outbreak in our city, our campus was closed but all in-progress programs were successfully shifted to virtual classroom platforms and students were able to continue their studies.  Today, as the next stage, I’m pleased to share that our campus will be re-opening on a gradual scale as of today, July 15, 2020

 
 

Although we will be resuming campus operations, we are doing so with a few noticeable changes.  These changes were required in order to take the necessary precautions that will continue to:

  • keep our staff and students safe
  • maintain the ongoing smooth operation of the campus
  • remain focused on ensuring students are making progress in their training 

These changes include a reduced campus footprint but a larger nursing lab space, a new entrance area, and sanitation policies and procedures that will control the total number of people on campus at any given time.  Much of our classroom training will remain online, but students and instructors will be happy to get back to their hands-on nursing practice done in our expanded, more spacious lab. 

I’m proud of all of the staff who came together over these last months in minimizing the impact of COVID as much as possible.  Together, we will continue to make it through.

 

These times are unprecedented.  Sometimes it can be tough to keep moving forward when the future is so unknown.  Still today, nobody knows yet how exactly the outcome of this pandemic will impact the future of international education for nurses.  However, what we do know is that we remain as passionate as ever in training foreign educated nurses for Canada and making each of them successful.  We are prouder than ever to be in the country of Canada, particularly in our province of BC, where our leaders have done an amazing job in handling this worldwide pandemic.  Our province has successfully flattened the curve and is now in Phase 3 of our government’s reopening plan.  All of us; students, staff, alumni, that are a part of the OMNI family in Canada, are the safest and the healthiest possible.    

We continue to make decisions based on our core values of Integrity, Support, Quality and Family.  And we remain steadfast in our mission: to deliver exceptional programs that prepare students for a successful cultural and educational transition into the workforce; to be recognized worldwide as a credible, responsible and caring education institution.  

We look forward to welcoming staff and students back to campus after July 15, 2020, and for all of us to get back to onsite operations in our reorganized study and work spaces.  

May you and your loved ones around the world remain safe, calm and healthy. 

Best wishes to all,

Ron Burke, RN

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