As we move forward in this time of COVID-19 into a new academic year, we must engage in these unusual and sometimes difficult conversations. We must acknowledge that students, faculty, staff, and administration all sit with varying levels of resources and power.
How can nursing students and faculty help out when a secondary surge takes place? They can provide additional staffing and “boots on the ground” when it is most needed. This being said, there are issues for nursing faculty and administration to consider.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic is an example of a One Health concern. While One Health is a relatively new concept, it is built on the holistic nursing approach, recognizing the interconnections between humans, animals, plants and the shared environment in relation to population health.
The current Covid-19 pandemic has required institutions and organizations to temporarily change policies and procedures to accommodate national guidelines for mitigating risk and maintaining health. Therefore, the NCSBN has made temporary changes in the licensing exam.
Understanding that online learning is more than just posting a PowerPoint presentation and a discussion question is of the utmost importance for educators to ensure students are staying engaged and motivated in the online classroom.
As we all continue to respond and adapt to the mitigation strategies to reduce the COVID-19 spread, faculty and nursing students find themselves in uncharted territory.