School of Nursing COVID-19 Updates

COVID19 ERA VACATION IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING


Posted:
April 3, 2020, Updated July 29, 2020, Updated August 7, 2020 (changes in bold)

Updates to this page are fluid and will occur as soon as information is available.

To: Members of the Marshall University School of Nursing Community,

Amid the dynamic circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and patients remain our top priority at all times.

We are also committed to our students’ education, and are working with the University, WV Board of Nursing, and our national accreditation agency to ensure our teaching, clinical instruction and evaluation methods are appropriate for course completion and graduation.

The School of Nursing is closely monitoring the COVID19 situation in Huntington and the surrounding area, as well as at our distant sites. The plan below is subject to change as the COVID19 situation evolves.

Fall 2020 Nursing Courses

The following explains how classes will be conducted fall 2020. It is possible that all classes may move to fully synchronous online classroom activity and online testing at any time. Even if this occurs, our plan will be to continue both lab and clinical instruction unless facilities ban students.

Classes with go to fully synchronous online class activity after Thanksgiving. Any exams scheduled to be given after Thanksgiving will be given online. If possible, final exams will be given during the University Scheduled exam times.

Courses in the RN to BSN Program, and the Nursing Administration and Nursing Education areas of emphasis, will continue with asynchronous online instruction.

Pre-licensure BSN Courses

Many classes will meet with 1/2 students meeting face to face and 1/2 student attending class synchronously online, alternating every class period. Students will be informed by MU email about their individual schedule for class attendance prior to the start of classes. Students at MOVC will meet in the classroom every class period.

For most courses in the Pre-Licensure BSN Program clinical is scheduled to be completed prior to the Thanksgiving break. However, NUR 221 clinical continues after Thanksgiving. See note about this below.

Individual Course Information

  • NUR 200 (Introduction to Professional Nursing) – freshman students will meet in classroom every week. All others will meet synchronously online at the same time. YEAR1/YEAR2 CLASS
  • NUR 219 (Health Promotion through the Lifespan) – 1/2 class meets face to face and 1/2 class meets synchronous online at the same time, alternate every class period. Tests will be face to face with 1/2 class first hour, 15 minutes separation between groups and then second 1/2 class will take the exam face to face. Year 2 Class
  • NUR 221 (Foundation of Professional Nursing I) – 1/2 class meets face to face and 1/2 class meets synchronous online at the same time, alternate every class period. Tests will be face to face with 1/2 class first hour, a 10-minute separation between groups, then second 1/2 class will take the exam face to face. Since students will need to return for clinical after Thanksgiving, they should not plan on taking any cruises or engage in international travel (includes Canada and Mexico) during the break and should avoid COVID19 hotspots. YEAR 2 Class
  • NUR 318 (Family and Chronic Illness)- Online, asynchronous YEAR 3 Class
  • NUR 321 (Care of Childbearing Families) – 1/2 class meets face to face and 1/2 class meets synchronous online at the same time, alternate every class period. Tests will be face to face with 1/2 class first hour, 15 minutes separation between groups and then second 1/2 class will take the exam face to face. Year 3 Class
  • NUR 322 (Psych/Mental Health Nursing) – 1/2 class meets face to face and 1/2 class meets synchronous online at the same time, alternate every class period. Tests will be face to face with 1/2 class first hour, 15 minutes separation between groups and then second 1/2 class will take the exam face to face. Year 3 Class
  • NUR 327 (Adult Nursing I)- 1/2 class meets face to face and 1/2 class meets synchronous online at the same time, alternate every class period. Tests will be face to face with 1/2 class first hour, 15 minutes separation between groups and then second 1/2 class will take the exam face to face. Year 3 Class
  • NUR 350 (Pharmacology for Nurses) – Entire class will meet face to face every week, Exams will be done face to face in class. Year 3 Class
  • NUR 400 (Transcultural Nursing) – Online, asynchronous – Year 4 Class
  • NUR 408 (Pediatric Nursing) – 1/2 class meets face to face and 1/2 class meets synchronous online at the same time, alternate every class period. Tests will be face to face with 1/2 class first hour, 15 minutes separation between groups and then second 1/2 class will take the exam face to face. Year 3 O – Year 4 Class
  • NUR 414 (Adult Nursing III) – Entire class will meet face to face every week, Exams will be done face to face in class – Year 4 Class
  • NUR 416 (Introduction to Research for Evidence-Based Practice)– 1/2 class meets face to face and 1/2 class meets synchronous online at the same time, alternate every class period. Tests will be face to face with 1/2 class first hour, 15 minutes separation between groups and then second 1/2 class will take the exam face to face. Year 3 – Year 4 Class
  • NUR 419 (Professional Nursing Practice) – Will incorporate asynchronous and synchronous online instruction. The synchronous portion is scheduled for Thursday 5:00-7:20. There is no face to face activities scheduled – Year 4 Class
  • NUR 421 (Community/Public Health Nursing) – Entire class will meet face to face every week, Exams will be done face to face in class Year 4 Class

FNP Courses (including distant sites)

  • NUR 622– Entire class will meet face to face every week, Exams will be done face to face in class.
  • NUR 626Will incorporate synchronous online instruction. Exams will be online. Students are encouraged to complete clinical hours as soon as possible in case agencies once again ban students to safeguard their staff and patients. REFER TO: WWW.MARSHALL.EDU/VIRTUAL
  • NUR 663Will incorporate synchronous online instruction. Exams will be online. REFER TO: WWW.MARSHALL.EDU/VIRTUAL

Note: For technical assistance with courses, students may contact IT Customer Services at 304-696-3200 (Huntington), 304-746-1969 (Charleston) or email itservicedesk@marshall.edu

Clinical

  • The School of Nursing will provide Pre-Licensure BSN students with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks and face shields for use in the clinical area. If the clinical agency does not provide PPE for Family Nurse Practitioner students, students in this program may request PPE from the School of Nursing.
  • To minimize exposure to both students and patients, students in the Pre-Licensure BSN Program will not pre-plan the day before clinical. For clinicals that require pre-planning, this activity will occur the hour prior to clinical.
  • Students and Faculty will be required to check and document their temperature and complete a checklist regarding COVID symptoms before each clinical and lab day.
  • While completing clinical experiences at Marshall University, no undergraduate students will be assigned to patients who are at-risk, have a test pending or have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • For ongoing clinical in the MSN Program; Students and faculty are asked to adhere to the clinical sites COVID19 procedures.

Counseling Services

Marshall University’s Counseling Center is committed to providing you with the opportunity to explore concerns with a professional counselor in a confidential setting. During the COVID 19 pandemic they are offering these services via phone, video sessions and e-mail. Services may include, but are not limited to, counseling focused on mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety, including test anxiety, stress management, conflict resolution, anger management, and relationship concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact the Counseling Center if you have any questions or wish to avail yourself of these services, at 304-696-3111 or email counselingcenter@marshall.edu

Volunteer opportunities

  • Blood donation – With the COVID-19 outbreak, hundreds of blood drives have been canceled and blood donations have been severely affected. Students are encouraged to contact the American Red Cross for ways to help at https://www.redcross.org/
  • Helping neighbors and family members – Reach out to your neighbors and family members who are at higher risk of serious infection if contracting COVID-19. Offer them assistance in shopping for groceries, prescriptions or other necessities during this time of social distancing and isolation.
  • Other volunteer opportunities

If you are aware of other volunteer opportunities in your area please email information to rammel@marshall.edu

Questions? Contact Us Today

Dr. Denise Landry MSN, EdD, APRN-FNP
Chair and Professor, School of Nursing
304-696-2630
landry@marshall.edu

Michael Prewitt, PhD, FCCP
Dean, Marshall University COHP
304-696-2616
prewittm@marshall.edu

100% Pass Rate on the FNP Certification Exam
Congratulations to our FNP students who received a 100% pass rate on the FNP Certification exam for the second year in a row! Thank you to our MSN faculty who helped make this possible.

Contact Us

Location: Fourth Floor, Prichard Hall
Phone: 304-696-5272

Pre-licensure BSN program

bsn-nursing@marshall.edu

For the RN to BSN program

rntobsn-nursing@marshall.edu

For the MSN program

msn-nursing@marshall.edu