College of Nursing

7/23/2020

Plans for Fall Semester 2020

The College of Nursing is currently planning the 2020 fall semester and the following information represents how classes, clinical and labs will be offered for designated for tracks, certificates, and degree programs:

BSN Degree Students

  • Traditional Prelicensure BSN
    1. Didactic (classroom classes) – The College of Nursing is poised to offer nearly all didactic classroom learning in synchronous, asynchronous, and recorded sessions. Students are expected to locate details associated with classroom sessions on their CANVAS course pages (see definitions below for synchronous and asynchronous). Student engagement with faculty will likely be through online lectures, breakout group sessions, as well as other learning styles. Lectures are not scheduled on campus.
    2. Testing (exams) – will be held on campus. All students must bring their computers for exams.
    3. Skills lab – small group skills lab sessions will be held with faculty in the learning resource center (skills lab) located on campus.
    4. Clinical – clinical sessions are expected to be held in agencies but virtual learning software, simulation, and digital software may be used if agency access is limited or restricted from students.
  • RN-BSN Track
    1. This track remains at 100% didactic (classroom) online; no changes will be made to didactic offerings.
      • Clinical – clinical sessions are expected to be held in agencies but virtual learning, simulation, and digital software may be used if agency access is limited or restricted from students.
  • ABSN (second degree) Track
    1. This track remains at 100% didactic (classroom) online; no changes will be made to didactic offerings.
      • Testing (exams) – will be held at the ABSN site. All students must bring their computers for exams.
      • Skills lab – small group skills lab sessions will be held with faculty in the learning resource center (skills lab) located on campus.
      • Clinical – clinical sessions are expected to be held in agencies but virtual learning, simulation, and digital software may be used if agency access is limited or restricted from students.

MSN, DNP, PhD and graduate certificates

All graduate didactic courses will be held online.  Defenses and project presentations will take place on campus; Zoom presentations will be permitted if the student would be burdened by excessive travel.  Classes that utilize the skills lab will have skills lab sessions on campus.  Students are expected to locate details associated with classroom and lab sessions on their CANVAS course pages.

Summary

Members of nursing administration meet weekly with Deans and Directors from nursing programs across Georgia and across the nation regarding plans for educating our future nurses.  Determining numbers of students in our nursing classroom and numbers in our building at any one time is of importance.  How often students will be with each other for skills lab, clinical, or classroom is being thoroughly vetted.  Members of administration are immersed in data points, trend analyses, and policies/procedures for safe practices.  The effort that goes toward decision making is made with much thought and guidance from our national experts and leaders, as well as our own educational leaders, epidemiologists, scientists, physicians, and nurses.  Please note the above listed plans could change and this site page and course CANVAS pages will be subsequently updated.

How has the College of Nursing adapted clinical learning experiences for Fall Semester 2020?

Providing clinical learning opportunities for nursing students following the outbreak of COVID-19 has been a challenge for nursing programs across the nation, as well as Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Some of our contracted clinical sites may delay accepting students, given the demands placed on the nursing staff as well as concerns about ensuring student safety and obtaining sufficient PPE supplies. In response to this situation, the College of Nursing is poised to add clinical-based solutions to ensure that students meet clinical hour requirements and that programs sustain quality expectations.

In alignment with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and national guidelines, the College supports that nursing students play a vital role on the healthcare team.  However, the College also supports limiting the roles that nursing students have in providing direct care to patients with COVID-19. The College of Nursing has expanded the use of simulation, and virtual reality options in support of best practices and guidelines for undergraduate students from our state board of nursing and other regulatory bodies.  For our students in nurse practitioner (NP) education programs, the College will continue to adhere to the clinical hour minimum requirement for respective NP programs.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) released guidance for CCNE-accredited programs, related to COVID-19, which includes recommendations related to clinical learning experiences. CCNE is allowing “flexibility in clinical hours and types of experiences” as long as program outcomes are met. It is important to note that AACN Essentials nor the CCNE Guidelines set clinical hour minimums for prelicensure baccalaureate programs.

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing adheres to its mission: … to excel in teaching, scholarship, leadership, practice, research, and service, while embracing the core values of the College.  While our methods for education have been adapted during this pandemic, we remain steadfast to our mission while embracing the core values of the College:

Excellence – Diligent pursuit of distinction
Christian Caring – To value and support all persons
Compassion – Response to suffering that motivates one to help
Civility – Respectful behavior toward others
Integrity – Steadfast adherence to honesty and fairness
Collaboration – Working cooperatively to achieve shared goals
Social Responsibility – Commitment to act for the benefit of society

Be safe, be well – Dean Linda A. Streit

For questions regarding this announcement and/or notification about international travel, a special nursing administration hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

College of Nursing HOTLINE: (678) 547-6776.

*Definitions

Asynchronous learning – Online or distance education learning when the faculty and students are not in the same session together or at the same time.  In this case, the student reviews material provided by faculty.

Synchronous learning – Online or distance education learning that happens in REAL TIME (ie faculty and students are online together)