Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the College of Nursing

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Undergraduate Students: Clinical Update 5/13/2020

May 13, 2020

Dear Undergraduate Student,

Due to limited clinical site availability, summer clinical experiences are being offered only for Accelerated and BSN students taking senior level courses.  Kent State University College of Nursing is following the healthcare partners requirements for students and faculty to have thermal scanning done at the entrance and wearing masks while at the site.  We are continuing to work with our healthcare partners to assess fall clinical placements.  We will keep you informed of changes as they are available.

If you have any questions, please Dr. Tracey Motter, Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs at tmotter1@kent.edu or 330-672-8784.

Graduate Students: Clinical Update 4/9/2020

April 6, 2020

Dear Graduate Student,

Consistent with our notification on March 13, 2020, Kent State University College of Nursing has carefully evaluated opportunities for you to continue to complete practicum hours. After careful consideration and consultation with faculty we determined that graduate students can resume practicum hours provided the clinical agency approves and an approved preceptor is available. You are not required to resume your practicum hours, but if you choose to do so, we are hopeful that this will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable leadership and clinical experiences while assisting our clinical partners to meet the vast needs of the patients they care for.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Wendy Umberger, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, at 330-672-8813 or wlewando@kent.edu.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Advising

How will I work with my advisor during the suspension of face-to-face operations at the university?

The University plans to provide continuity in its Academic Advising and services will be available to all students remotely, visit KSUAdvising to schedule your advising appointment.

In addition, please feel free to reach out to your advisor directly, especially if your questions or concerns may have to do with your fall ‘20 class registration. We understand that this will be a timely issue for many of you. Your advising pin for spring ’20 has been removed to ease your registration concerns. Each advisor in the College of Nursing is still working weekdays from 7:30a – 4:30pm, and your most timely response can be ensured by emailing your advisor directly. Additionally, the Student Services phone line (330) 672-7911 is operational.

Clinical Compliance

What about clinical compliance requirements?

During this time the College of Nursing will not be enforcing the requirements for clinical compliance while we are holding clinicals remotely. Our goal is to inform you, to the best of our abilities, when we gather more information about when clinicals will resume. You will continue to get notifications from Castlebranch, which we cannot suspend, but we ask you to disregard these warnings until further notice. To that end, we are hopeful of being able to provide further guidance in the next several weeks and provide plenty of time to secure the necessary requirements before clinical work resumes. The Student Services phone line (330) 672-7911 is operational should you need further guidance.

Undergraduate Students

I am a senior nursing student, will I graduate at the end of the term?

Yes, if you complete all clinical assignments and earn at least 75% on your course tests and assignments.

I am in a sophomore or junior level course, will I be able to progress to the next course if we can’t attend clinical?

Yes. Your faculty are developing remote assignments that will enable you to meet all clinical objectives so you can pass the course. Be sure to watch your inbox for emails and Blackboard announcements for new assignments.

I am in the Accelerated BSN program and just started this semester in NURS 20040, how will my clinical hours be made up?

NURS 20040 clinical hours will be added to your next course, NURS 30035 clinical hours. More information will be coming from Dr. Tim Meyers about the specifics.

I am working at a healthcare agency as a nurse tech, I can’t understand why we can’t attend clinical or practicum?

Dean Broome, Provost Tankersley, and President Diacon closely examined recommendations from many sources related to COVID-19 before announcing that there was a suspension of students completing practicum hours in clinical facilities until April 13, 2020, at which time the situation will be re-evaluated.  Even though you are an employee of the clinical agency where you are completing your clinical or practicum hours, you are considered an employee of the agency when you are working as a nurse tech and a student of Kent State University when you are completing practicum hours.  All students (BSN, MSN, DNP) of Kent State College of Nursing must abide by our policies and guidelines while in practicum courses.

Graduate Students

I am in the MSN program and planning to graduate in May of 2020.  What will happen if I am not permitted to go back into the practicum setting and complete all my practicum hours before the end of the semester?

If you are in an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) concentration (i.e., nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist), you must complete a minimum of 500 direct care practicum hours with a preceptor to sit for national certification (e.g., American Nurses Credentialing Center, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board).  The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) certification body, National Certification Corporation (NCC), stipulates 600 practicum hours; of those 500 must be direct care practicum hours with a preceptor.  Neither the University, nor the College of Nursing, can change these guidelines.  The College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  CCNE released a statement on March 12, 2020, which stated that:  “(1) nurse practitioner programs which, in accordance with the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education, 2016), must have a minimum of 500 direct patient care hours; and (2) Doctor of Nursing Practice programs which, in accordance with The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2006), must have a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours. The hourly requirements for these two program types are over the course of the program and will not be waived.”  If you are in an APRN concentration and have completed at least 500 direct care practicum hours with a preceptor (WHNP students must have 600 hours, of which 500 must be in direct care activities), you will be allowed tograduate and sit for certification.  If you have not completed these hours, your concentration coordinator and practicum faculty will keep in close touch with you about when you can go back into the practicum setting.  Please know that our leadership team is communicating your concerns to CCNE, APRN certification bodies, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), and we will update you if their policies change on the national level.

If you are in the Nurse Educator or Nurse Administration and Health Systems Leadership concentrations, your concentration coordinator and practicum course faculty will work with you to complete practicum hours this semester using a variety of online activities.

I am in the MSN program and am not planning to graduate until May 2021; however, I have not completed the necessary practicum hours this semester for the practicum course in which I am enrolled.  What are my options?

You will need to complete these hours according to the specifications of the practicum course syllabus.  Kent State University College of Nursing will re-evaluate the COVID-19 situation on April 13, 2020.  An announcement will be sent to all students with an update about the suspension of practicum hours in practicum settings.  If you are unable to complete these hours by the end of the spring 2020 semester, we will develop a process to ensure that you progress successfully through your program.


Please remember:

We must all do our part to slow the spread of the virus and decrease the surge on our health system. Please heed the recommendations of our governor and state health officials by remaining at home, going out only when necessary and adhering to social distancing practices.

Anyone who believes they have been in close contact (within approximately 6 feet for a prolonged period of time) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate. If you have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and develop symptoms such as fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), cough or difficulty with breathing, seek medical advice by calling your local health provider or local health department. Also, if you feel you need emergency care, call ahead to the emergency room to notify them of your recent exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Continue to Take Preventative Measures

It is imperative that we take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid large gatherings and follow social distancing recommendations of 3-6 feet.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are ill (except to visit a healthcare professional) and avoid close contact with others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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The health and safety of our Kent State community is of the highest importance. During this challenging time, let’s all remember to show kindness and respect in all we do because Flashes take care of Flashes.