Covid-19 Initiative

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

COVID-19 Task Force Online Eduction Tool Kit_August_2020.

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.

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:

Latest Resources

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 […]

Latest News

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 […]