For Our Employees
The safety of the children and workforce at Ranken Jordan is our number one priority. To protect our patients and staff from the spread of infection including the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have implemented a number of restrictions and temporary policies. Please check back daily for new updates.
To protect our children and each other, we will begin “universal masking.” Every employee who enters the building and is in a direct patient care role will receive one surgical mask to wear all day. Employees not in direct patient care roles have the option to wear one. Please see the FAQs for further instructions.
What is considered direct patient care?
Direct patient care are those roles in nursing, respiratory therapy, therapy services, and medical services. Food services and environmental services should also wear a surgical mask. Non-direct patient care are administrative roles. Non-patient care staff is still allowed to wear a surgical mask.
Where can I find surgical masks?
You should receive one upon your screening as you enter the building. Boxes are also located on the units.
Should I replace my surgical mask after caring for a child on droplet precautions?
Due to the limited supply of masks across the world, please reuse your surgical mask all day, or as long as you can during your shift.
When can I replace my surgical mask?
- The mask becomes wet, moist, soiled, or damaged
- The mask becomes contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids
- You become concerned about your mask
Do we have a shortage of masks?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a world-wide shortage of PPE. At Ranken Jordan, we have a limited supply of surgical masks, and we want as many people as possible to wear a surgical mask to protect themselves and our patients. To balance the need and supply, we ask that you wear one surgical mask throughout your shift and replace it only when it meets the replacement criteria listed above.
Can I wear my own mask from home?
You may wear your own mask, but when you are caring for a patient, please use a surgical mask we provide.
Should visitors be wearing masks?
Visitors may wear a surgical mask if they request one upon screening.
How do I use my mask?
Please see below for instructions on how to put on and take off your surgical mask.
Active Screening For All – Effective March 23, 2020
To protect our patients and staff, we will begin actively screening everyone who comes into the hospital beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 6 a.m. The screeners have been trained by Infection Prevention and Occupational Health, and Angie Sliepen will oversee the operations and staffing of all screenings. We will continue screening until further notice.
What is the screening?
- Have you been in direct contact with someone under investigation or positive for COVID-19?
- Have you traveled outside of the area within the last 14 days?
- Are you experiencing shortness of breath or cough?
- Do you have a fever? (We will take a temperature.)
If I fail, does it count as an absence? No.
If I’m late to clock in because the line for screening was long, can I fill out a green sheet? Yes.
Effective immediately, any employee traveling domestically leaving March 19, 2020, outside of St. Louis area (besides to and from home) will be asked to refrain from working for 14 days upon their return. Employees may use PTO if they have available, if not it will be unpaid leave. Employees will then be screened for symptoms prior to their return to RJ. Any and all travel (via any mode of transportation – car, plane, train, etc) must be reported to COVID19@rankenjordan.org. If there are any special circumstances, we are happy to discuss.
Employee Travel – Effective March 16, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is discouraging airline travel, both internationally and domestically. In alignment with these guidelines, we implemented a new temporary travel policy.
- ALL AIR TRAVEL
- Any air travel (domestic + international) must be reported to your supervisor who will report it to Human Resources (Jenny Bahr).
- INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL
- Any employee who travels internationally (regardless of location) will be asked to refrain from working for 14 days upon their return to the US. Employees may use PTO if they have available, if not it will be unpaid leave. Employee will then be screened for symptoms prior to their return to the hospital.
- DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL to HOT SPOTS (Washington, New York, California)
- Any employee who travels domestically to the hot spots listed above will be asked to refrain from working for 14 days upon their return to the US. Employees may use PTO if they have available, if not it will be unpaid leave. Employee will then be screened for symptoms prior to their return to the hospital.
- These hot spots will continue to grow. As soon as the CDC lists new locations, those locations will take affect into our policy.
- DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL (all other locations)
- We will continue to monitor domestic locations to determine if it is safe to return to Ranken Jordan.
- Employee will then be screened for symptoms prior to their return to RJ.
PTO Temporary Policy Change – Effective March 16, 2020
We understand the COVID-19 spread may result in missed work due to illness, child care, travel, and more. To support our employees and their time, we will TEMPORARILY allow employees to borrow up to one weeks’ worth of PTO (based on FTE status) if they choose (versus taking unpaid time off). This temporary change is effective now through April 12, 2020, at which time we will re-evaluate depending on the need. Our ESB policy is still in effect with no changes. Plan details for both PTO and ESB can be found in the Employee Handbook on pages 20-24.
Employee Screening – Effective Jan. 30, 2020
- ALL Workforce should be self-screening
- For symptoms (see screening symptom list)
- Reporting if they are traveling Internationally
- Reporting if they have come into contact with someone with or under investigation for COVID-19
Sick Policies – Reminder (Effective always)
Please use the screening guide as a tool to determine if you are not able to work due to illness. Workforce should be fever free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducers such as Tylenol or Motrin. Please also follow your departments regular call in procedure. It is imperative that we receive information regarding your symptoms so that we can collect and track illnesses across the hospital to watch for trends to best protect our fragile patient population and our workforce.
The resource pool manages all new duties and shifts that are needed during the COVID-19 epidemic. We currently have two sets of shifts available. You may sign up for a shift below, after approval from your supervisor.
Active Screening Shift Sign Up
Facilities/High Touch Cleaning Shift Sign Up
View Our Screening Guide
If you have any questions or concerns please visit our FAQs page or reach out to us by clicking the button below