Hero

Health & Wellbeing Services

A group of nursing students in purple scrubs work with an instructor in the lab

Important Note: For all emergencies, please contact Campus Security (403) 343-4000. RDP’s Campus Security members are trained in emergency response, first aid and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use.

Our Team

At Campus Health & Wellbeing Services, our team consists of registered health nurses who are committed to maintaining a safe environment where students and employees can feel supported and receive confidential nursing care on a walk-in or appointment basis pertaining to their emotional and physical wellbeing as well as community referrals, immunization review and disability management.

Our team also hosts a variety of events throughout the year with a focus on creating healthy work and life habits.

Office Hours & Location

Room 901, Main Campus

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

*closed daily 12pm-1pm (lunch hour)

Contact us at (403) 342-3427 or by email

Nursing Services

Our team can help with:

  • Over-the-counter medications for symptom relief
  • Nursing assessments and care
  • Injury and burn first aid treatment
  • Wound care and dressing changes
  • On-campus response for medical emergencies
  • Assistance with finding community resources
  • Equipment loan crutches
The Serenity Room

Looking for a space for quiet reflection, meditation, or prayer? The Serenity Room is dedicated space for students, staff and faculty to do just that. 

  • Room 2400
  • Open 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • During evenings, weekends and holidays, you may request a key from the main security desk (picture ID is required)

As a reminder, this room is not intended for eating, sleeping, studying or meetings.

Staying Healthy on Campus

Stay Home if You Are Ill
If you are unwell, stay home to take care of yourself and to keep our campus community healthy.
Wash/Sanitize your Hands
Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer regularly. More than 300 hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout our campuses.
Supports & Resources
Missing classes or work may cause added stress, but we're here to support you. Learn more about the available resources below.
General Information
  • If you are ill, please do not come to RDP's campuses until you are well. Seek medical assistance if needed.
     
  • Refer to the Government of Alberta's website for current recommendations regarding respiratory illnesses.  
Courses, Labs & Seminars
  • Contact your instructor if you are ill. Be sure to discuss any upcoming exams or assignments with them. 
  • Follow any illness-reporting protocols that each of your instructors has established and shared for your courses, labs and seminars.  
  • If your instructor is ill, they will either: 
    • Move the class online (if possible) if they are symptomatic but well enough to teach, OR
    • Cancel class, if they are unwell.  
  • Information about class cancellations will be posted on your classroom door and also shared as a message through BlackBoard. 
Final Exams & Course Completion

If you are unwell when you have a final examination scheduled, you can apply for a Deferred Final Examination, as identified in the Final Examinations Policy. Students should submit completed forms with medical documentation to admissions@rdpolytech.ca. You will receive an email to your RDP email address with further information. 

If you cannot complete your courses as a result of illness, you can apply for a late drop. A late drop does require documentation that you are ill. The Late Drop Request should be submitted to admissions@rdpolytech.ca

Information for All Faculty & Staff
  • If you are ill, please do not come to RDP's campuses until you are well. Seek medical assistance if needed.
  • Refer to the Government of Alberta's website for current recommendations regarding respiratory illnesses.
  • Contact your supervisor (Director, Dean, Associate Dean, Chair, Manager, etc.) to discuss working arrangements if you are unwell.   
  • Access your TELUS Health (formerly LifeWorks account) to connect with a variety of support services. 
  • If your illness lasts more than five days, faculty and staff members should contact Campus Health & Wellbeing Services (formerly the Health, Safety & Wellness team) to discuss Short Term Disability. Please see the People and Culture tab on TheLoop for Collective Agreement and Sick Leave information.  
Problems with Scented Products

What do you do when a co-worker/student is wearing or using a scented product that appears to be causing you problems? (e.g. headache, trouble breathing, running eyes/nose, nausea, etc.)

Approach your co-worker/student in a positive manner and share your concerns about the scented product being worn or used in your area. Express how them using scented products is affecting your health. With cooperation and understanding, the problem can be resolved.

It is also recommended that you contact your personal physician and have them determine whether or not the symptoms you are experiencing are related to an allergic reaction or from some other cause. A medical diagnosis, with the identification of specific substances to which you may be allergic, will help you manage the problem. The physician may also offer you some options for the management of the condition if it can be confirmed that scented products are the cause.

What happens when the scented product continues to be worn or used, even after the supervisor has had a discussion with the person wearing the scented product?

The Department Manager or Director will respond to each situation individually, based on the specific circumstances involved. The Department, through the supervisor of the area, should try to resolve the issue in a way that is respectful of the feelings and dignity of all people concerned. However, the Department's response will be guided by its responsibility to provide employees and students with a safe work/study environment, which does not compromise their health or well-being of any person. Unfortunately, there is no specific regulatory requirement (e.g. WCB Regulation) governing this topic. However, where necessary your supervisor may direct that a scented product not be worn or used in the area.

Being Approached about Scented Products

What if I'm approached about the scented product I'm wearing or using in my office or class/meeting room?

Listen to your co-worker/student in a non-defensive way. Listen to the problems/impact that the fragrance is producing on their health. Discuss openly about the scented product and ask questions. Is it the amount? Is it the type? Be willing to reach a compromise and resolve the situation in a cooperative manner.

What if approaching a co-worker/student about not wearing or using a scented product in the area does not work?

Talk to your supervisor about your concerns. Explain to your supervisor what you have tried to do in an attempt to resolve the issue. You may also wish to contact the Health, Safety  & Wellness Centre to discuss the matter and obtain additional information.

Complaining to Supervisor about Scented Products

What will my supervisor do when I complain about the scented product problem?

Your supervisor should ask you questions about how exactly the scented product affects you. Be as specific as you can regarding the symptoms, (e.g. headache, runny eyes/runny nose, etc.). Explain what you are doing to relieve the symptoms, what works and what does not and when do the symptoms clear up.

Your supervisor should make notes about what you have said and about your concerns. An Incident Report may be submitted to the Health, Safety & Wellness Centre if the problem persists. Upon receipt of the Incident Report, you will be contacted by a member of the Occupational Health & Safety Committee to obtained additional information and provide some suggestions in managing the problem.

Your supervisor should then discuss your concerns in a non-confrontational/non-threatening manner with the person(s) involved and explain the health concerns that have arisen regarding wearing or using the scented product in the area. Your supervisor should suggest that the scented product not be worn or used in the area because of the negative effects that are occurring on the health of others.

Further Information

RDP's Health & Wellbeing Services team maintains information on this topic and can provide both information and suggestions on managing the situation. 

This information on scented products originated and is borrowed with permission from Victoria Island University in British Columbia.

Questions?

Campus Health & Wellbeing Services (Room 901, main campus)
Phone: 403.342.3427

Email Us