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School of Nursing: Coronavirus Update

In coordination with leadership of the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System, the KU School of Nursing has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

The information below has been updated on May 4 at 8:08 a.m.

Classes and Academics

We greatly appreciate School of Nursing student, faculty and staff support of transitions required to meet COVID-19 directives. Across the school, transitions have occurred swiftly and successfully.

Kansas City and Salina BSN Students: All on-campus and clinical courses will continue to occur online through the end of the semester. Information about summer courses have been communicated by faculty. Plans for welcoming current and new students in Fall 2020 currently remain unchanged. Safeguards such as mask-wearing and social distancing are anticipated.

RN-BSN Students: As an online program, no disruption of course delivery has occurred. Summer and fall courses will continue as scheduled, and new students are welcomed without interruption.

Community College Partnership Students: Because the program's KU courses are delivered online, no disruption has occurred. We are working with each community college partner to accommodate future course schedule revisions necessary to align with scheduling revisions occurring at the partner schools. New students are welcomed without interruption.

Graduate Students: Online courses continue without interruption. Students enrolled in practicum and advanced clinical residency courses are receiving individualized instruction from their respective faculty. Students enrolled in summer courses, including newly admitted DNP and Ph.D. students participating in Professionalism and Scholarship Workshop, have been notified of revision to online delivery or postponement to fall. Processes and planning for welcoming new master's students in Fall 2020 currently remain unchanged. 

Information for those conducting research, evidence-based practice projects (EBP), or quality improvement (QI) projects.

All nonessential research, EBP or QI activities requiring in-person contact with participants are suspended. Any research/EBP/QI data collection efforts that can be moved to an online/phone format should do so. IRB approval for these types of changes may be required. Any research/EBP/QI proposing to resume in-person data collection will need to be first approved by the SON Associate Dean for Research and additional approvals may be required. Further information is available at KUMC COVID-19 Resource Center on myKUMC intranet (requires login).

Self-Care Resources

The School of Nursing encourages our students, faculty, staff and constituents to consider how best to care for their own well-being during this challenging time. In addition to resources provided on the KUMC Coronavirus Update page, students are encouraged to access the SON Wellness space in Blackboard.

Spring 2020 Recognition and Hooding Ceremony

The School of Nursing Recognition and Hooding Ceremony will not take place as originally planned. We realize this is a significant disappointment for our students, as we are equally disappointed. Recognition ceremony is a time-honored and cherished celebration! We are now planning how best to honor our students in an alternative format or time. We will provide additional information very soon.


BSN students have been approved to leave campus and travel home. Depending upon COVID-19 geographic conditions at the time of campus repopulation, those who have traveled may be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks upon return to the Kansas City area.

The School of Nursing continues to monitor evolving factors. As new information is obtained and plans revised, updates will be posted on this page. For now, please focus on staying well, and helping your families and communities stay well.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out. We want to hear from you at

Sally Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean, School of Nursing
University of Kansas Medical Center

Last modified: May 04, 2020