College of Nursing

6/4/2020

UPDATE FOR Second Degree Accelerated BSN track students:

As restrictions are beginning to ease in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ABSN track will begin a phased approach to bringing faculty, staff, and students back to the ABSN site in Cobb County for Summer Session II. The focus for this phase remains on maintaining a safe environment for students, staff, and faculty while complying with University, local, state, and national guidelines related to COVID-19.  Our partnering clinical agency, Wellstar, will also allow for phased in ABSN student re-entry for Summer Session II.

ABSN students should read the following information and prepare NOW for these changes. This information was also dispersed through ABSN student resource pages and portals.

Phase 1 –

SITE REOPENING:   Opening the site for testing ONLY.

Effective June 29, 2020 (Summer 2020, Session 2) – All ABSN students will take exams at the ABSN Cobb County site.

  • The site will ONLY be open for testing. All exams will be provided using Exam Soft and will be proctored.

A detailed screening process for entering the ABSN site will be circulated within the next few weeks.  Students, staff, and faculty will be required to strictly adhere to this screening process as well as all other restrictions or guidelines outlined for maintaining a safe environment.

NOTE:  During Phase 1, students may only access the testing areas.  This means access to student lounges, rooms other than those used for testing, lockers, etc. will be denied.

AGENCY CLINICAL REOPENING

Effective Summer 2020, Session 2 – Wellstar Health System will begin a progressive reentry to agency clinical space for at least some of the required clinical hours during session 2.

  • Session 2 will include a combination of virtual clinical learning and agency-based clinical learning.

NOTE: Wellstar is requiring strict compliance with designated screening procedures and other guidelines. Any student designated by Wellstar as high-risk, or any student with incomplete clinical credentialing requirements for GBCN or Wellstar, will not be able to be placed at a facility for any clinical experiences during the session. 

General Information for Summer 2020 (posted on 04/29/2020)

How has the College of Nursing adapted classroom learning experiences for Summer Semester 2020?

The College of Nursing is poised to offer most (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.

How has the College of Nursing adapted clinical learning experiences for Summer 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, including Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Many clinical sites are not currently accepting students given the demands placed on the nursing staff as well as concerns about ensuring student safety and PPE supplies. In response to this situation, the College of Nursing added creative 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.