School of Nursing: Coronavirus Update
The information below updated on March 29, 2021.
Classes and Academics
We greatly appreciate continued support by School of Nursing students, 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 2021 recognition and graduation events and summer and fall 2021 semesters
2021 School of Nursing Recognition and Hooding Ceremony: With KUMC and Wyandotte County Health Department approval, the School will host an in-person ceremony Saturday, May 15, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas. The time of the event will be decided and communicated as soon as possible. This year’s ceremony will recognize graduates from the following academic terms:
- Summer and Fall 2019
- Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020
- Spring and Summer 2021
To best assure health safeguards, only students will attend in person. All students will wear masks and adhere to social distancing measures. Family and friends will attend virtually through live streaming.
For more information visit: https://nursing.kumc.edu/recognition-and-commencement-events.html. Direct questions to Ms. Therese Hecht at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-588-1619.
Kansas City and Salina BSN Students: Upon return from spring break on March 17, junior BSN students (N3’s) returned to in-person didactic classes. Senior BSN students (N4’s) continued with online didactic courses. All BSN students continue to attend labs, simulation sessions, and clinical placements in-person.
Masks and social distancing are required. Students continue to daily assess their wellness and report any symptoms or possible exposure through the School’s daily assessment survey. Any student reporting symptoms or exposure are provided instructions for contacting the University of Kansas Health System COVID hotline or the Salina campus dean for further precautionary direction. Greater than 65% of BSN students are vaccinated. Vaccination remains the student’s individual choice.
Incoming and returning BSN students will return to on campus classes this fall. Masks and social distancing will be required. To facilitate classroom social distancing, junior and senior students will alternate weekly on campus attendance. Students will receive necessary PPE for both on campus and clinical activities.
RN-BSN Students: As an online program, no disruption of course delivery has occurred. All courses 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 continue to work with each community college partner to accommodate any necessary revisions. New students are welcomed without interruption.
Graduate Students: Spring 2021 online courses continue without interruption. No graduate courses are currently occurring on-campus. Students enrolled in spring practicum and advanced clinical residency received PPE required of clinical activities and continue to complete the School’s daily self-assessment survey. Students reporting symptoms or possible exposure are provided further instructions for precautionary actions.
Incoming PhD and DNP students will be welcomed on campus for a one-week course in June. Masks and social distancing will be required.
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.
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