As our nation confronts the Coronavirus Disease pandemic (COVID-19), OADN stands steadfast in support of all nurses and the entire healthcare workforce as they care for the ill and vulnerable. Now is the time to remind anxious families and communities about the strength of our nation’s nursing workforce: Nurses are reliable and proven responders during infectious disease emergencies, providing safe, quality, compassionate and nondiscriminatory care to their patients and the communities in which they serve. This unprecedented challenge to our healthcare system requires the greatest unity in heeding public health guidance. The broad nursing community of practitioners, educators, students and nursing organizations, must also unite in with clarity and purpose to support the public’s confidence in the expert care nurses deliver.
OADN strives to support all local nursing education programs as we move forward in addressing the COVID-19. We encourage all members to plan for possible impacts to your students and programs. It is also important to maintain close, transparent communication with your public health departments, state board of nursing, clinical partners, and accrediting bodies- regarding changes to clinical learning experiences and education delivery formats. Below is a collection of resources for nursing educators and nursing programs. This page is updated regularly with new information and learning opportunities as they become available. Please, continue to consult the CDC for the most up to date information.
We want to hear from you. Please, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggested resources or information that can be added to this page. We are also interested in any stories for how your communities are coming together to address the situation and how nursing educators are leading and contributing to these efforts.
“Fifteen Fall 2020 Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Education Scenarios”
by Jennifer Eccles, PhD, RN System Director for Nursing Initiatives The Minnesota State HealthForce Center for Excellence Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
3/25/20 - In an effort to provide a humanitarian response during this coronavirus pandemic, NCSBN, OADN and other national organizations, have issued recommendations for academic-practice partnerships between health care facilities and pre-licensure nursing education programs. The pandemic situation differs across the country, and each school of nursing in each state must carefully evaluate their circumstances regarding deployment of nursing students. This policy brief may provide guidance to programs that are able to collaborate with clinical partners for continued nursing student education within direct patient care environments. Click here for the policy brief and recommendations.
This video looks at the model and the successes two states have had implementing it.
Julie Zerwic, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, Kelting Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, University of Iowa
Kathy Dolter, PhD, RN Dean of Nursing, Kirkwood Community College
Sarah Phipps, MSHSA, BSN, RN, Associate Executive Director, Idaho Board of Nursing
OADN has recieved requests for information that can be used for state-level advocacy, particularly in regards to regulations that govern simulation and clinical hours. Individual states regulations in these areas this vary considerably. Regardless of how your state regulates clinical nursing eduction, it is important to rely on research and evidence-based practice in your arguments for regulatory changes during COVID-19 crisis, or at any time. For guidance on academic-practice partnerships, look above under NCSBN Updates, where OADN and many other national nursing organizations joined with NCSBN to reccomend one possible strategy for clinical education during this time.
Below are some resources to support you in your advocacy and program changes as it relates to clinical education hours and simulation:
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCSBN has developed a variety of information resource pages on its COVID-19 Information webpage. For NCLEX candidates, the resources below can be accessed for the most pertinent NCLEX testing information.
Testing Site Information Due to capacity requirements imposed by local governments, test center locations and availability are continuously evolving. Therefore, candidates should log into their Pearson VUE accounts to find test center locations availability. For answers to frequently asked candidate questions, test center policies and sanitation information, visit Pearson VUE’s dedicated webpage for NCLEX candidates.
Modifications to the NCLEX In order to allow the maximum number of candidates to test per day, the NCSBN Board of Directors voted to modify the NCLEX Examinations starting on March 25, 2020. The time limit of the exam has been shortened to four hours, by removing both the pretest items and the Next Generation NCLEX special research section and reducing the maximum number of items to 130. The modified exams will remain in effect through Sept. 30, 2020. Find up-to-date information about COVID-19’s impact on the NCLEX.
NCLEX Candidate Bulletin The 2020 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin has been updated to reflect the modified NCLEX, and is available on the Candidate Bulletin & Information webpage. Candidates should familiarize themselves with this document as it provides a multitude of NCLEX related information, including important contact information, details on how to register, the NCLEX Candidate Rules and results processing.
NCLEX Test Plans Test plans for both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations can be found on the NCLEX Test Plans webpage. The NCLEX test plans outline the content to be tested and guide the item writing process. The test plans are updated every three years to reflect current, entry-level nursing competency. Frequently asked questions about the test plans are also available.
Social Media You can follow NCLEX social media pages on Facebook and Twitter for additional updates.
"Coronavirus May Keep California’s Nursing Students From Graduating"
OADN Board Member Sharon Goldfard, RN, MSN, FNP-BC and OADN CEO Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN, FAAN featured by the New York Times for a March 20, 2020 article on the impacts of COVID-19 on nursing school graduates in the workforce.
"How a Rhode Island College Was Forced to Adapt"
Well-run colleges are known for thoughtful planning and execution. The pandemic made the Community College of Rhode Island work in a new way, instantaneously.
Evolving Resources for Clinical Replacement(not exhaustive list) Last updated 3/24/20 Adapted by Durham & Waxman with permission from Carrie Eaton, MSN, PhD, RNC-OB, CHSE, UConn School of Nursing Director of Simulation
ATI Nursing Education has developed a microsite with resources, guidance, webinars and suggestions to assist you with the move to online-only teaching, clinical + lab replacement and student support. Bookmark this page for easy referral new ideas and suggestions are added regularly.
Healthcare Learning Innovations (HLI) offers affordable virtual clinical scenarios that give learners the opportunity to earn simulated clinical hours and realistic practice experience to for various nursing courses. Discounted and institutional pricing available.
Kaplan’s learning science team is offering a series of free Digital Classroom Resources, focused on creating the right technology environment, setting teachers up for success, and leveraging the online platform for great teaching with topics like:
When classrooms, sim labs, and clinics closed due to the pandemic, i-Human Patients by Kaplan helped hundreds of nursing and medical schools fill the demand for clinical practice with virtual simulation. i-Human Patients offers students a variety of comprehensive, repeatable, standardized patient encounters - and provides educators with measurable insights into student performance. Pricing discount exists for current Nursing Institutional Partners. Learn more.
Due to COVID-19, Laerdal is currently offering a special discount for its vSim products on short term (3 months) licenses in addition to ongoing volume and multi-course discounts on full term vSim for nursing licenses.
vSim® for Nursing instills the skills for clinical success through realistic patient encounters based on actual nursing scenarios students will encounter in practice in the areas of Fundamentals, Medical-Surgical, Maternity, Pediatric, Gerontology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment and Mental Health. vSim includes case scenarios, simulations, automated debriefing, remediation, and rich educational content to enable students to develop clinical reasoning skills, competence, and confidence as they care for the patient in an online environment.
LifeCareSim, where critical thinking is our game, produces Ponder (TM) the Socratic Way game. Dubbed as “simulation in a box” by one of our customers, Ponder stimulates critical thinking by creating unpredictable, constantly evolving patient case scenarios with problems to solve throughout the game. The game can be adapted to use in synchronous and asynchronous online classes. Suggested outcomes and ideas for this are found here. Faculty facilitates the game to help students learn to recognize and analyze cues, formulate and prioritize hypotheses, analyze and evaluate data. For a demonstration video and more information, visit us at www.lifecaresim.com
During this challenging time, Ponder (TM) the Socratic Way can be purchased for 50% or the original cost. Apply the code nocorono20 at checkout to receive this discount. Learn more.
MCG’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Video and Powerpoint Six new Acute Viral Illness guidelines available for free to any healthcare professional at: https://www.mcg.com/covid19 Training modules to help users understand how to apply these new guidelines and an informational podcast by MCG Managing Editor, Dr. Bill Rifkin Temporary access to selected MCG care guideline volumes for all hospital clients and prospects (by request) through October 1, 2020:
Inpatient & Surgical Care
General Recovery Care
Recovery Facility Care
Transitions of Care
NurseAchieve is offering the following to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on nurse educators and their students:
No cost access to NurseAchieve's online platform for 30 days ($95 value / user ) for all new registrations by clicking on the relevant link: RN Package or PN Package. All packages include access to the adaptive mock exams, questions, presentations, flashcards and summary sheets.
90% discount on online modules as substitutes in lieu of cancelled clinical placement. The clinical placement modules can be added to the free 30 day package. Please contact email@example.com or 1-800-795-0665 for more details.
Pocket Nurse, with the support of KbPort™, is offering information on free access to two cloud-based clinical educational tools: SimEMR® and Virtual MedsManager™. These tools can enable institutions to continue to educate learners on patient charting, general clinical care and assessment, and medication administration without requiring physical presence in a lab setting or access to specialized hardware. You can receive FREE access to these programs here.
Pocket Nurse has put together a COVID-19 resource page here.
KbPort™ is is holding weekly COVID-19 complimentary webinars every Tuesday at 2pm ET and FREE access to online tools to assist educators with challenges faced by COVID-19. Click here.
KbPort™ COVID-19 Relief Effort – Patient Profile Sharing - To assist educators at this time, KbPort™ is offering the ability to contribute simulated scenario information created within SimEMR® for distribution to all other SimEMR® users. If submission are approved, they will initiate distribution to other academic users of SimEMR®.
SNHU, Penn Foster, and Guild partnered to provide a FREE online program for healthcare professionals and volunteers to ensure their safety.The new program instructs health professionals and volunteers on the fundamentals of testing for the COVID-19 virus, including symptoms, hygiene precautions, and correct medical procedures. Intended for qualified healthcare employees and volunteers to use under the supervision of medical professionals, the course will enable healthcare providers to expand the pool of talent for administering tests at a time when the need is becoming increasingly critical.”
University of Minnesota - Zooming with SPs in COVID-19 Response Zooming with SPs in COVID-19 Response: Using Zoom to Train Standardized Patients (SPs) and Implement Formative Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs) with Health Sciences Students
In order to better serve the nursing education community , Unbound Medicine is offering a special edition of Nursing Central that contains Disaster Nursing written by Dr. Tener Veenema, Coronavirus Guidelines, along with valuable tools such as Prime PubMed to all students and faculty enrolled in or affiliated with nursing programs.
Well-Being: Rembering to do Self Care During the Pandemic
ANA's Well-Being Initiative: Virtual Tools to Support Nurses' Mental Health Every day, you and your colleagues show up on the frontlines to care for others under unprecedented conditions. The American Nurses Foundation recognizes the extraordinary stresses you face. To help, we've partnered with the nation's leading nursing organizations to develop comprehensive, online resources to support your mental health and well-being
Virtual Support System
Nurses Together, peer-to-peer phone calls scheduled throughout the 24-hour day and offered 7 days a week to provide you with a safe space to openly share experiences and best practices with your colleagues. Learn more and register here.
Narrative Expressive Writing, process your experiences related to COVID-19 in writing with this five-week guided narrative writing program. You will be invited to respond anonymously to weekly prompts which will be reviewed and responded to by trained professionals. Capacity in this pilot initiative is limited, sign up to participate here.
Digital Toolkit The Moodfit app that enables you to set your own goals using best-practice methods such as mindfulness meditation, breathing exercises, lifestyle tracking (sleeping and nutrition) and set up custom reminders at times that are appropriate for you. Access the app and user code here. Join nurses around the country taking part in The Well-Being Initiative. Created in partnership with the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
OADN is an Organizational Affiliate of the American Nurses Association
AHNA has devised a toolbox of quick practices so no matter how short the self-care moment, your immune system has a chance to catch up! Click here!
ANA is making weekly updates and continues to advocate for clear, evidence-based guidelines and resources to ensure our nation's registered nurses can safely and effectively respond to COVID-19 and protect the public. Visit the new site today!
OADN is an Organizational Affiliate of the American Nurses Association