March 19, 2020: UMSON Update from Jane M. Kirschling, Dean

Dear UMSON Alumni,
 
I hope that you and your family are well and that you are taking the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
I write today to provide information about developments at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) in connection with the spread of COVID-19. UMSON, in conjunction with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus situation with the primary goal of ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of our community. The most current information about any impact to School of Nursing operations can be found on our website at www.nursing.umaryland.edu/covid19.
 
The delivery of in-person, face-to-face classes, labs, simulation activities, and clinicals are being moved to alternative delivery formats for instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. UMSON's faculty and staff are following UMB's Telework Policy, effective March 14.
 
In addition, all in-person events hosted by UMB/UMSON hosted events have been canceled through May 9, pending re-evaluation. Therefore, a decision has been made to postpone the Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, originally scheduled for March 26; the PhD program's 40th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for April 24; and the All-Alumni Reunion, scheduled for April 25, among other events. More information will be shared as soon as new dates have been confirmed. Registration fees that have already been paid for the All-Alumni Reunion will be refunded, although this may take some time. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
 
As it is challenging to keep up with frequent communications about new guidelines and policies, please visit the webpage for the most up-to-date information. Our commitment to the safety of our community is of paramount importance in these challenging times.
 
Thank you for all that you do and will continue to do in the days ahead. I know the inherent strength of our UMSON community and am certain we will lead wisely in these complex times, remaining true to our mission as we have for more than 130 years. Please know that I am very proud of all our alumni, current students, and faculty who are working to meet health care needs during this challenging time.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor