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Now Available! NLN Town Hall: Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning 

View a complimentary recording of the NLN Town Hall: Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning, recorded on March 18. NLN experts discussed the recent move to online courses as well as clinical cancellations due to the national health care challenges related to COVID-19.

Facilitators Drs. Sue Forneris, Mary Anne Rizzolo, Melanie Cason, and Beth Hallmark hosted this online discussion. The forum allowed nurse educators to share ideas and offer solutions for the recent shift to online learning.

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Virtual Simulation Options 

The NLN Center for Innovation in Education Excellence with contributions from NLN Simulation Leaders are compiling virtual simulation options for pre-licensure students and NP students. The documents will be updated every Monday. 

Virtual Simulation Options for Undergraduate Students - updated 3/30/2020

Virtual Simulation Options for Nurse Practitioner Students - updated 3/30/2020

Check back weekly for additional links to graduate online teaching and learning resources.

Protecting Yourselves, Your Students & Your Program

The U.S. has a growing number of cases with multiple deaths due to human-to-human transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). At schools of nursing, faculty are emphasizing with students all aspects of infection control and how to find the most appropriate, accurate, and current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The National League for Nursing will continue to provide updates about the impact of the coronavirus on nursing education through the bi-weekly NLN Member Update as well as on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Nursing students may be concerned for their own safety during clinicals and uncertain how to communicate appropriately with patients. Transparency and open communication are vital. So far it appears that the people most at risk are the elderly and those who are already sick with depressed immune systems or preexisting conditions.

The experts at McKinsey & Company have posted an article about the business implications of this outbreak along with scenarios to consider and how to address them. Some of the tips and advice may apply to nursing schools or programs too.

Also, take time now to think about a family contingency plan that will work for a period of time in case of isolation and containment for public health reasons. The NLN is making contingency plans that include how to stay in contact with members as needed.

Thank you to the courageous clinicians both here and abroad who are now on the frontlines, working to keep us all safe.

Tips & Advice

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • The CDC does not recommend people wearing a face mask for individuals who are well.  People who have symptoms of coronavirus should wear a mask to help prevent the spread. Face masks are also important for health care workers.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

Downloadable Information

The Coronavirus: Tips to Protect Yourself

COVID 19: Stop the Spread of Germs 

Message to the Nursing Education Community 

Additional Resources

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Directory of Local Health Departments

State and Territorial Health Departments

World Health Organization