Special Resources for Associate Degree Educators
Designed to better serve our members and provide guidance during these uncertain times, this resource landing page was developed through the contributions and direction of OADN’s Covid-19 Task Force. Several templates have been included that can be adapted by individual schools and programs as necessary. We hope you will find these tools and resources beneficial as you navigate the changing face of nursing education.
Key Resources by Topic Area
In addition to the information here, a broader array of resources and news related to COVID-19 and nursing education can be found in the Latest Resources and Latest News section lower on this page.
Industry Partners Work Group Letter
The letter listed below was created by members of the Industry Partners Work Group to be used as a template for seeking support and facilitating academic-practice partnerships in your state or region. The innovative strategy for academic-practice partnerships will assist in meeting the high demand for academic and workforce needs.
OADN COVID Task Force: Lab Safety Guidelines
The Covid Task Force provided this document an example of on-campus, lab safety guidelines for consideration during COVID-19. Please feel free to save this template and customize as needed for use by your program/school.
Practice/Academic Partnership During The COVID-19 Crisis
Developed in conjunction with NCSBN and other national nursing organizations.
Screening for Symptoms Letter
COVID-19 Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions -Screening for Symptoms and Information Use for Higher Education – Developed by the Infectious Disease Council and Seyfarth Shaw law firm.
CastleBranch Roll Call to Help Protect Educators
CastleBranch Releases CB Roll Call to Help Protect Educators from COVID-19 – OADN advocates to secure no-cost access for all healthcare educators
No-Cost Access to COVID-19 Screening Solution
OADN & AACN Secure No-Cost Access To COVID-19 Screening Solution Until Vaccines Become Widely Available: OADN advocated to provide all Associate Degree Nursing Programs with an essential service—a way to fight back against COVID-19. Learn more!
Online Teaching Toolkit
The documents included in this toolkit were provided by members of the On-line Education Work Group as examples or guidelines. Please feel free to save these templates and customize as needed for use by your program/school.
Online Education Checklist:
- Technology Requirements
- Online Etiquette Policy
- Recording Release
- Online Testing Pledge
- Illness and Leave of Absence Policy
The documents listed below were provided by members of the OADN COVID-19 Task Force as examples or guidelines. Please feel free to save these documents and customize as needed for use by your program/school.
- Clinical Process Tool: This document is a sample observation/evaluation tool to be used by faculty.
- Simulation Observation Tool: This document is a sample tool to be used by students observing other students.
- OADN Virtual Simulation Reviews: Learn about a wide array of virtual simulation products and how they utilize INACSL standards of best practice.
OADN has received 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 education, it is important to rely on research and evidence-based practice in your arguments for regulatory changes.
For guidance on academic-practice partnerships, look above under “Returning Students to Clinicals and Labs,” where OADN and other national nursing organizations joined with NCSBN to recommend one possible strategy for clinical education during the pandemic.
Below are some resources to support you in your advocacy and program changes as it relates to clinical education hours and simulation:
- Annotated Bibliography of scholarly research that may be of use in crafting or justifying program changes in your state. This is an open access, evolving resource. (To view attachements, a free Zotero account is reqiured. Sign-up at zotero.org.)
- One example: The schools of nursing in Washington state joined to request several key changes to the regulation of clinical nursing education, including the amount of simulation permitted and the ratio of simulation to traditional clinical hour time. These letters rely on the latest research on the issues: Nursing Education and COVID Pandemic March 30 2020 FINAL
- 4/6/20 Read the state government’s response to the deans and directors of Washington state.
- Shadow Health literature review on replacing clinical hours with virtual simulation.
- Using Virtual Patient Simulation in Substitution of Traditional Clinical Hours in Undergraduate Nursing presented at the 2018 Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Education Research Conference
Policy Statement: Dissemination of Non-scientific and Misleading COVID-19 Information by Nurses
Purpose To address the misinformation being disseminated about COVID-19 by nurses. For the purposes of this statement, misinformation is defined as distorted facts, inaccurate or misleading information not grounded in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and counter to information being disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration […]
Policy Brief: Clinical Experiences for Unvaccinated Nursing Students
In collaboration with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and other national nursing organizations, OADN is endorsing this very important policy brief regarding alternative clinical requests for unvaccinated nursing students. OADN supports this policy brief as a guide for our member schools as each of you address this very important issue during […]
OADN Joins Major Organizations in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care
Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients as […]
OADN & AACN Secure No-Cost Access To COVID-19 Screening Solution Until Vaccines Become Widely Available
(July 13, 2020) – Two of the nation’s most influential nursing education associations, the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), have negotiated no-cost access to CastleBranch’s T.E.A.M. CB COVID-19 Compliance solution for healthcare education programs, students and associated facilities. While the T.E.A.M. toolset within CB COVID-19 Compliance […]