School of Nursing: Coronavirus Update
The information below updated on September 23, 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 students, faculty and staff recently received notice of training required prior to campus return. All persons arriving on campus are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. All School of Nursing students recently received a supply of "KU Mask UP" cloth masks.
Kansas City and Salina BSN Students: Students were welcomed back to campus in August. To facilitate classroom social distancing, junior and senior students alternate weekly on-campus attendance. Students received necessary PPE for both on-campus and clinical activities. We continue to encourage all students to make COVID-19 safeguards a part of their everyday lives, including frequent hand washing/sanitizing, 6' social distancing, and mask wearing. Additionally, students are required to complete a daily self-assessment. Those reporting symptoms or possible exposure are provided further instructions for precautionary actions.
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 received PPE required of clinical and lab activities and are required to complete a daily self-assessment. Students reporting symptoms or possible exposure are provided further instructions for precautionary actions. Processes and planning for welcoming new master's students in Spring 2021 continue without interruption.
Information for Researchers
All nonessential research activities requiring on-campus participation are suspended. Further information is available at KUMC COVID-19 Resource Center on myKUMC intranet (requires login).
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.
Depending upon COVID-19 geographic conditions, those who travel may be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks upon return to their campus area (Kansas City metro or Salina 100-mile radius). 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