The unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic includes widespread closures of college and university campuses. Thousands of students face class cancellations, postponements, or a transition to online instruction. The rapidly changing nature of the pandemic leaves schools scrambling to train faculty to conduct distance learning classes and meet the needs of students from underserved communities.
The delay of trained nurses entering the workforce affects everyone, particularly amid an outbreak with a shortage of medical staff.
The disruption to traditional education could last until the end of the academic year -- or even longer. Nursing students experience an additional disadvantage in the inability to complete on-site lab work and clinical rotations, which can affect their graduation timelines. The delay of trained nurses entering the workforce affects everyone, particularly amid an outbreak with a shortage of medical staff.
However, there is some good news. California nursing schools already use simulation labs to provide clinical experiences, in which students practice their skills on realistic robotic dummies, and this practice could spread across the country. Additionally, many nursing schools offer existing online programs developed before the current coronavirus crisis.
This page provides guidance to nursing students transitioning to online education, with tips on making the switch easier and stress-free.
Adjusting to an Online School Format
Resources for Online Nursing Students
The links below lead to online resources covering NCLEX preparation, scholarships and grants, and licensing requirements for different U.S. states. Studying from home can make you feel isolated, but you can use the time saved not commuting to and from school to fully prepare for your future.