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Penn Nursing’s Plans for Summer 2021

Dear Penn Nursing Students,

Penn Nursing will continue the hybrid learning model into the Summer 2021 term. Most classes will be delivered remotely, with limited exceptions, such as simulation lab and clinical experiences. For some of our courses, currently enrolled students may need to return and begin clinical at an earlier date. In these instances, faculty will communicate directly with students with all needed information as it becomes available from our clinical partners.Please know that our continued planning is grounded in ensuring your health and safety and that each of you graduate on time. With that in mind, the use of Fagin Hall will continue to prioritize skills-lab and simulation education learning.

While many aspects from the Spring semester are going to remain, the following information outlines updates for Summer 2021. At this time, no decisions have been made by the University for the Fall 2021 semester.

 

Academics and Instruction (Summer 2021 Term)

 

BSN and ABSN Curriculum Plans (new ABSN cohort starts June, 2021)

  • All didactic content for all Nursing courses (NURS XXX)—lectures, seminars, discussion groups regardless of class size—will be conducted virtually using Canvas, BlueJeans, Zoom, or other platforms as needed.
  • Only Nursing simulation/skills labs and clinicals will be held in-person (See Simulation and Clinicals).
  • The format of courses offered in other Schools at the University will be determined by their respective departments.
  • In compliance with University policy, all classes will offer content in both synchronous and asynchronous format.
  • The School of Nursing Orientation for new ABSN students (June 2021) will be delivered in a virtual format using Zoom/BlueJeans. Detailed information will be sent to new students.

MSN and DNP (Nurse Anesthesia) Curriculum Plans

  • All didactic content for all Nursing courses (NURS XXX)—lectures, seminars, discussion groups, regardless of class size—will be conducted virtually using Canvas, BlueJeans, Zoom, or other platforms as needed.
  • Only Nursing simulation/skills labs and clinicals will be held in-person (See Simulation and Clinicals).
  • DNP Anesthesia students will continue/resume their DNP projects which require data collection in conjunction with guidelines set by healthcare facilities and agencies.
  • In compliance with University policy, all classes will offer content in both synchronous and asynchronous format.
  • The School of Nursing Orientation for new MSN/DNP Anesthesia students (May 2021) will be delivered in a virtual format using Zoom/BlueJeans. Detailed information will be sent to new students.

Simulation and Clinicals

  • The School of Nursing Student Clinical Compact will remain in effect in order for students to be permitted to engage in clinical and simulation training.
  • Simulation course instructors will provide guidelines for participating in simulation and skills lab activities that meet COVID-19 precautions, including social distancing, masking, hand-washing and other requirements and as dictated by Fagin Hall occupancy guidelines.
  • Clinical course directors/faculty will provide students with orientation to and guidelines for participating in clinicals in each course.
  • Each clinical agency will determine how student clinicals will be structured (i.e., rotation dates/times). We will all need to be flexible to ensure that each agency can accommodate us given their workloads and our need to fulfill clinical requirements.
  • Each clinical agency will also determine safety measures that must be strictly adhered to—including the use of PPE, attesting to being asymptomatic for/no exposure to COVID-19—in order to participate in clinicals there. Failure to abide by site guidelines could result in student removal from clinical training from that site, and placement in another site could be delayed.
  • Students will be provided all needed PPE by the clinical site where they have been placed or by the School. PPE requirements are subject to change and may vary among sites.
  • Clinical site placements, and training requirements at individual sites, are subject to change. Clinical training may be discontinued at any site per directives from the site.
  • Students that are exposed to, or test positive for, COVID-19 will be required to follow all University guidelines around quarantine/isolation. Guidelines for return to clinical will be provided and will need to be met in order to return to clinical training.
  • Public health guidelines, heightened risks and precautions in healthcare settings, and expectations of patients and patient care require that students strictly adhere to the University Student Campus Compact throughout the term to remain in clinicals. Violations could result in missed clinicals and delayed graduation.

DNP (Post-MSN) Curriculum Plans

  • This is a fully online program; all didactic courses are provided in an online format in Canvas. 
  • DNP (Post-MSN) students will conduct their DNP projects in-person at healthcare facilities and agencies as available. 
  • Faculty advising for Post-MSN DNP students will continue in available virtual platforms. 
  • DNP Project mentoring by faculty will continue in available virtual platforms. 

Post Graduate APRN Certificate Curriculum Plans

  • This is a fully online program; all didactic courses are provided in an online format in Canvas. 
  • Program directors will continue advising for Post-Graduate APRN students in available virtual platforms. 
  • Only Nursing clinicals will be held in-person (See Simulation and Clinicals).
  • Orientation for new students will be delivered in a virtual format and as instructed by individual program director.  

PhD Curriculum Plans

  • All examinations (Qualifying Exams, Candidacy Exams, and Dissertation Defenses) will be delivered via BlueJeans, Zoom, or other platforms as needed. 
  • Pre-doctoral research will be undertaken in compliance with the SON and University Research Resumption guidelines. Please visit the COVID-19 Sharepoint Site for any Research Resumption information.  
  • Faculty advising for PhD students will continue using available virtual platforms. 
  • PhD dissertation mentoring by faculty will continue using available virtual platforms.  

Advising and Student Support

  • Faculty advising and mentoring for all Nursing students will be offered in a virtual format using BlueJeans or Zoom.
  • The Office of Academic Affairs will continue to offer programming to students in a virtual format throughout the summer term.
  • The Office of Academic Affairs professional staff are available to schedule virtual appointments with students utilizing BlueJeans or Zoom. Use the following email addresses in place of walk-in hours.

 

Your well-being is essential for academic success. We encourage you to access the wide range of Penn Student Support Services for continued care. Please refer to the Penn Wellness: COVID-19 Information webpage for the most up to date information about testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, PennOpen Pass, and campus life. While we continue to find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances, we would like to express just how proud we are of your determination, adaptability, compassion, and care for yourselves and others during this academic year. Be well and stay safe.

Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing

Julie Sochalski, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean for Academic Programs

José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH

Chair, Department of Family and Community Health

Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences

Christina M. Costanzo, EdD

Assistant Dean for Admissions & Academic Affairs