March 31, 2020: Communication to Clinical Partners

Dear Clinical Partner:

I realize that you and your colleagues on the front line of health care are laser focused on meeting the evolving health care needs associated with COVID-19. You remain very much in our thoughts and prayers as we collectively navigate the pandemic in Maryland and beyond.

I have received inquiries about the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s May graduates. As you know, to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and clinical partners, the University of Maryland, Baltimore has converted all classes, clinicals, practicums, labs, and simulation to remote experiences. The good news is that our spring graduates remain on track to fulfill all degree and licensure requirements. With carefully designed virtual approaches, our students’ learning continues uninterrupted. Our spring 2020 term ends May 14, and we fully expect to graduate 222 entry-level and 236 graduate students who are eager to apply their learning to the nursing workforce, especially at a time when their skills and experience are so critically needed.

Our May graduates have asked, “Will employers be hiring?” We have reassured them that yes, their knowledge and skills are very much needed in the health care workforce. We are preparing them to submit their applications and to participate in what will most likely be virtual interviewing. If your organization is planning virtual recruitment fairs, please let us know, and we will share the information with our students. You can forward this information to Kiran Kaur, assistant director, student and academic services, at kkaur@umaryland.edu.

Finally, we look forward to when UMSON nursing students can reengage with our clinical partners as part of their learning experience. We have begun to plan for the summer semester and are hopeful that clinical learning experiences can resume then.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at kirschling@umaryland.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
University of Maryland School of Nursing