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    Kaplan Fall 2021

    by Holly Puckett -


    Many of you (ADN 2nd, 3rd, and 4th semester students; PN 3rd semester students) currently have a balance due on your Kaplan Integrated Testing account. You can expect to pay a balance each term of nursing school. The balance must be paid in full by 10/1/2021 to avoid deactivation of your Kaplan Resources.  Please disregard if you have already recently made your payment for this semester. 

    To submit payment online:

    1.     Log onto your Kaplan student homepage.

    2.     Under Your Active Courses, you will see an option for "Pay Your Balance Here" Click "Make a Payment"  

    3.      You will be directed to another page to continue with the payment process. (Make sure your browser’s pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access this page.

    For the Fall 2021 semester, you will also need to download the Lockdown Browser to complete proctored tests closer to the end of the semester.  Without this download completed on your iPad, you will not be able to take your scheduled proctored test.  Please make sure you take care of this as soon as possible to prevent any further consequences from occurring. Follow the instructions in the PDF (Student Respondus) listed below.

    If you have any questions, please contact or call 1.877.572.8457.

    Dr. Puckett

    COVID Vaccination Follow-Up

    by Heather Gable -

    As you are aware, Centra Health, Inc. has mandated the COVID vaccine for all caregivers.  The term caregiver includes faculty, staff, and students.  This communication is to serve as a follow-up to the communication posted in Moodle on August 24th.  In that communication, follow-up on COVID testing, exemption forms, and uploading of documentation into VerifiedCredentials was forthcoming.  Below is the updated information on these critical items regarding the COVID vaccination mandate.

    Timeline for Vaccination and Proof of Vaccination:

    We highly encourage everyone to obtain the COVID vaccine. Please move forward with receiving the vaccination, as the first dose is due by October 1, 2021, and the entire series must be completed by November 1, 2021. Please upload proof of vaccination after each dose to VerifiedCredentials.

    Exemption Guidance:

    Exemption Forms:

    Exemption forms are located in VerifiedCredentitals for downloading, completion, and uploading.

    COVID Testing:

    Those that have an approved exemption are required to complete weekly COVID testing. Testing must be completed the week before starting any rotation on a Centra campus for the duration of any rotation. The first COVID test results must be uploaded to VerifiedCredentials by October 25th at noon.  Students may call HealthWorks to make an appointment for PCR testing every week.  All exemption testing is at the expense of the student. A negative test will be required to participate in the assigned clinical rotation. The results of the test must be uploaded every week on Mondays by noon (12:00 PM) to VerifiedCredentials.

    Report all positive test results to Dr. Puckett (, Ms. Susan Burnette (, and Ms. Sherrie Cheryba ( at HealthWorks.  Please refer to Ms. Burnette’s Post regarding COVID Symptoms and Communication posted on August 31st.

    VerifiedCredentials Guidance:

    To upload documentation of proof of vaccination, exemption form, or weekly testing, you will use the attached instruction sheet with a special code to meet COVID vaccination and testing requirements. 

    Thank you for your commitment to patient safety!

    COVID-19 Symptoms & Communication

    by Susan Burnette -

    Good Afternoon, 

         Welcome to fall semester!  As most of you know the return of the school year has brought with it an increase of COVID-19 cases locally. As students of Centra College we need you to be aware of what to do if you or your family begin to feel ill during these times.

    First of all if you believe you may have symptoms of COVID-19 check the Virginia Department of Health Symptom checker at this link :

    If your symptoms are consistent with those on the symptom checker, please contact me (Mrs. Burnette -Student Health Nurse), Dr. Puckett, and Sherrie Cheryba our Health Works Liaison from Centra. Based upon your symptoms, test results etc. you will be instructed on how to proceed. It is vital you follow these steps or your absences from class/clinical will NOT be excused. Once furloughed you may NOT return to in person class or clinical without clearance from Ms. Cheryba.

    If you have been exposed or someone in your home is quarantined, please make us aware of your situation and you will be directed on how to proceed. In the case that you recieve an exposure notification from Dr. Puckett you do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms.


    Also, if you are going to be absent from class or clinical please make sure that you communicate with EACH faculty member from your courses.


    Contact information:


    Susan Burnette MSN, RN- BC


    Dr. Holly Puckett


    Sherrie Cheryba



    COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 2021

    by Heather Gable -

    Hello Students!

    We hope that you all had a great summer, and we are thrilled to welcome you back to campus. As you know, COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Centra Health, Inc. has decided to require the COVID-19 vaccination for all Caregivers. The term 'Caregiver' includes Centra College students, faculty, and staff. We are sharing the communication that went out to all Caregivers at Centra Health, Inc. on Monday, August 16, 2021. Some additional information follows the announcement. However, logistics regarding vaccine clinics, COVID-19 testing, exemption forms, and uploading of documentation into VerifiedCredentials will be forthcoming. We are sharing this information so that you have an opportunity to start the vaccination series as soon as possible. Please read the following message carefully and thoughtfully.  

    Dear Caregivers,

    Our responsibility as Centra Caregivers is to deliver the best possible care to our community, whilst doing no harm.

    Over the last 18 months, we have experienced the challenges of COVID-19 on and in our community. For each and every of the last 501 days of dealing with COVID-19, we have made difficult decisions and constantly adjusted our aim to reflect the fluid dynamic that COVID-19 has and continues to present. As we go into the Fall, we face the epidemiological consequences of our local population who are approximately 40% vaccinated against the virus, a population of Centra caregivers where the vaccination rate is less than 60%, a spike in COVID-19 cases, and, furthermore with the Delta variant, a more virulent strain of the virus.

    It is in this context that we must consider how we continue to provide the highest quality care patients and visitors should and can expect of Centra, combined with a safe working environment that our Caregivers deserve. As such, Centra has decided to require that by midnight November 1st, 2021, all of our Caregivers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement aligns with Centra’s longstanding influenza vaccine requirement. We have prepared guidance on how to comply with this COVID-19 vaccine requirement, which guidance follows below.

    A decision of this magnitude must be and was taken based on scientific facts, data, and evidence, knowing that the vaccine is proven not only to be safe but also to be the single most effective tool in preventing the spread of this virus. Our decision was also taken after careful and deliberate consultations with our clinical colleagues, who have been at the forefront of those conversations, always prioritizing the safety of our patients and Caregivers. 

    We also worked diligently to invite diverse and representative groups from across our organization to share their perspectives. Those views were a guiding factor in the complex analysis resulting in our decision. Furthermore, we consulted with national, regional, and state healthcare officials, as well as received unanimous approval for the COVID-19 vaccine requirement from our three hospital Medical Executive Committees, the Centra Board of Directors, and the CEO Workgroup. 

    In closing, please know how impressed I have been and continue to be by Centra’s response to the pandemic; also, know how grateful I am, for the leadership that you will demonstrate in our health system and for our community, in your compliance with Centra’s vaccine requirements. 

    Yours sincerely,

    Richard Tugman

    Interim President and CEO


    What do you need to do?

    Timeline for Vaccination

    All Centra College students are encouraged to become vaccinated as soon as possible but will be required to be fully vaccinated no later than midnight November 1st, 2021. In order to meet this deadline, students must receive their first dose by October 1st, 2021.

    Education and Safety Information

    We recognize that some students who are not vaccinated are hesitant to do so due to uncertainty or personal safety concerns. You may visit the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine site for additional information in the link below.

    Proof of Prior Vaccination

    Students who have already received their vaccination will be required to confirm their vaccine status. Proof of prior immunization should be uploaded to VerifiedCredentials. Please upload the document to the ‘COVID-19 Vaccination’ field within your account or under the ‘other documents’ field.

     Exemption Guidance 

    Students who are not able to be vaccinated for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may request an exemption. Students are required to complete a Medical and/or Religious Exemption form(s) with supporting documentation.

    All religious exemption forms must be completed and uploaded to VerifiedCredentials by October 1st. Caregivers will be notified if their form is approved or denied and, if approved, of any restrictions they will be required to follow so long as they remain unvaccinated.

    All Medical Exemption Forms must be completed and uploaded to VerifiedCredentials by October 1st, 2021. Caregivers will be notified if their form is approved or denied and, if approved, of any restrictions they will be required to follow so long as they remain unvaccinated.

    All students granted an exemption approval will begin COVID testing beginning the week prior to the start date of any rotation on a Centra campus and continuing weekly for the duration of the rotation.

    COVID Vaccine Requirement

    by Susan Burnette -


      Please remember we highly encourage everyone to obtain the COVID vaccine. The first dose of the COVID vaccine is due by October 1, 2021, and the entire series must be completed by November 1, 2021. Please upload proof of vaccination after each dose to VerifiedCredentials.

    The directions for how to upload your COVID vaccine and find any other forms you may need are attached. 

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Burnette

    Student Health Nurse 


    Open Skills Lab Opportunity

    by Ashley Foster -

    I hope your semester is off to a great start!  I am working on some great opportunities to help support you through your nursing journey.  Many of you participated in a survey that I sent out at the end of spring semester.  The #1 request was for some open skills labs.  We heard you and have your first opportunity!

    Friday, October 1st – 1:00p – 3:00p – This open lab will focus on Medication Administration, Red Rules, Syringes, Needles, Drawing up medications, SC/IM injections

    Come get hands on practice!  More opportunities to come.....

    Please click below to sign up for your slot!

    Sign up here!

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