I impressed everyone has time to post on this site! Briefly our status at UVA – Rn to BSN & DNP programs which already were executive format/hybrid continue unaffected. All BSN/CNL/MSN/PhD continue their course work online (Zoom etc) – starting today for the balance of the semester (7 weeks left) – as we were on Spring break last week. On grounds Undergrads were to return to home/ off grounds so classes were delayed a few days. All our BSN/CNL had already completed the necessary semester clinical hours for graduation so only the 4th years students who are healthy are continuing in practicum (as sites allow- with CDC caveats on no COVID19 care patient units etc). The challenge lies currently in our MSN Adv Practice esp the primary care sites for FNP/PNP etc. this is a moving target with daily changes to which sites are still seeing patients and/or allowing Students. Our aim is to support all those who need necessary certification hours to get successfully to graduation. It is a work in progress. Having an instructional designer on staff in SON has made all the difference in the world. Thanks for all the resource sharing – very helpful. Signing off to ZOOM to work!
Christine Kennedy (Assoc Dean Academics, UVA)
We extended spring break an additional week (this week) so that faculty could work on putting their courses on line. Several faculty have never taught didactic courses on line and need assistance to video record lectures and package content and assignments into this learning venue. We set up two studios in the College to provide assistance for recording lectures and to be able to have synchronous video sessions for those classes that have recitations.
Faculty are also looking at virtual simulation to replace some lab and practicum hours.
Our health system has just suspended all students from coming into the facilities and we are working on alternate assignments; especially for those senior students who may not be at the minimum 500 direct care hours yet.
Barbara C. Sorbello, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs
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