School of Nursing: Coronavirus Update
The information below updated on December 18, 2020.
Classes and Academics
We greatly appreciate continued support by School of Nursing student, faculty and staff of transitions required to meet COVID-19 directives. All persons arriving on campus are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
The following information is provided as we prepare for winter break and BSN student return in January.
Kansas City and Salina BSN Students: For most of the fall term, BSN students attended classes online and on-campus, on a rotating weekly schedule. In October, as COVID-19 cases escalated across the State and regional area, all didactic courses were moved online. Students continued to daily assess their wellness and reported any symptoms or possible exposure through the School's daily assessment survey. Any student reporting symptoms or exposure were provided instructions for contacting the University of Kansas Health System COVID hotline or the Salina campus dean for further precautionary direction.
As our BSN students planned for winter break and a return to campus in January, essential information was distributed. Students were provided the option of receiving free voluntary asymptomatic screening testing prior to leaving the area and advised to follow Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) travel guidelines. Students were directed to return to their campus area by January 4 and, for those scheduled to be on campus prior to January 24, to participate in mandatory asymptomatic screening testing on January 11.
Spring didactic courses will remain online for the foreseeable future. Daily assessment surveys and symptom/exposure reporting will resume January 4. PPE will be distributed the week of January 11. Classes begin January 19.
RN-BSN Students: As an online program, no disruption of course delivery has occurred. Spring 2021 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: Spring 2021 online courses will continue without interruption. Students enrolled in spring practicum and advanced clinical residency courses will receive PPE required of clinical and lab activities and will be required to complete the School's daily self-assessment survey. Students reporting symptoms or possible exposure will be provided further instructions for precautionary actions. No graduate courses are planned for on-campus delivery during the spring term. Processes and planning for virtually welcoming new master's students in Spring 2021 continue without interruption.
Information for Researchers
Information regarding conducting research during this time is available at KUMC COVID-19 Resource Center on myKUMC intranet (requires login). All in-person data collection must follow specific guidelines and adhere to PPE requirements.
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.
As a general guideline, BSN students should return to their campus area (Kansas City metro or Salina 100-mile radius) by January 4. Depending upon COVID-19 geographic conditions, those who travel may be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks upon return to their campus area. KUMC follows travel guidelines provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment available at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.
If you have questions or concerns, please reach out. We want to hear from you at SONINFO@kumc.edu.
Sally Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean, School of Nursing
University of Kansas Medical Center