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Nursing Leaders Call for Flexibility in the Path to Graduation to Ensure Greater Numbers of New Nurses

03/24/2020
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Nursing Leaders Call for Flexibility in the Path to Graduation to Ensure Greater Numbers of New Nurses

Nursing Schools & Programs Can Help Meet the Increasing Need for Nurses Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak
Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing (NLN) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) call on nursing schools and programs to offer the greatest possible flexibility to students nearing graduation during this time of the COVID-19 crisis. NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, and NCSBN CEO David C. Benton, RGN, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN, have issued the following joint statement: 

 

COVID-19 Outbreak: Meeting Clinical Hour Requirements  

During These Extraordinary Times 

Our nation faces an increasingly urgent need for more nurses. While the COVID-19 outbreak has forced many educational institutions to send their students home or provide them with online learning, it remains imperative that nursing educators also find ways to help their students graduate on time this spring.  

Now that clinical sites are cancelling or limiting clinical experiences, many nursing students are not able to get the clinical experiences needed to meet the requirements of their programs. This is particularly affecting graduating seniors. It is crucial for health care facilities to reopen their doors to clinical education. We strongly encourage partnerships between nursing education and practice agencies.   

Please remember that students should not be categorized as “visitors” to the practice facilities, but rather as health care personnel. Therefore, when COVID-19 requirements limit visitors to the facility, students will be able to continue in their clinical experiences.   

We strongly encourage nursing programs to take advantage of this teachable moment not only in terms of fulfilling course requirements but also for content on global health and population health and for taking nursing measures to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.  

Flexibility and creativity are key on the part of nursing programs, accreditors, boards of nursing and practice partners. The boards of nursing stand ready to respond to questions about innovative solutions.   

About the National League for Nursing
 
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at NLN.org
 
About NCSBN
 
Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was initially created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together nursing regulatory bodies (NRBs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. It has evolved into one of the leading voices of regulation across the world.

NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the NRBs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are three exam user members. There are also 27 associate members that are either NRBs or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories.
 
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