May 21, 2020: Summer 2020 Instruction and Research Update

Dear UMSON Students, 

We trust this message finds you safe and healthy. As we approach the summer semester, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty and staff are working hard to ensure you are provided the highest quality learning experiences across all learning environments — didactic (lectures), simulation, clinical, and research. The University of Maryland, Baltimore has directed all schools to continue offering didactic content virtually during the summer semester. With the approval of the University, we may be able to have students return to some clinical experiences; face-to-face simulation activities; and in-person, non-clinical research activities, assuring that certain conditions can be met.  

Dean Kirschling has been in discussions with the leaders of our partner health care institutions with the goal of providing you with excellent clinical experiences this summer in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. Though the number of hours students will be able to spend in clinical settings is unclear at this time, our goal is to ensure that all students who are registered for a clinical course are able to participate in clinical experiences this summer. Students will also continue to engage in virtual simulation, as appropriate to their program of study, and in select situations, students may return to campus for face-to-face simulation. Faculty and staff are working on details for all of these experiences and will reach out to you to provide more specific information. 

Students will continue to engage in non-face-to-face research activities (both clinical and non-clinical), with the potential for engaging in on-campus, non-clinical research activities in accordance with President Jarrell’s UMB Research Phased Plan.

The health and well-being of our students remain our top priority, and as such, UMSON will continue to adhere to UMB’s March 6, 2020, Clinical, Field Placement, and Internship Guidelines for Students. Nursing students are not permitted to participate in clinical or research experiences if they have been asked to self-quarantine and are not permitted to provide care to persons who are COVID-19 rule-out or COVID-19 confirmed. Students will also only be placed in health care environments or UMB laboratories with appropriate personal protective equipment. 

Thank you for your patience as we work through the details during this challenging time in Maryland, across the nation, and around the world.  

Sincerely, 

Maeve Howett, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, IBCLC, CNE 
Associate Dean for the BSN Program 

Bimbola Akintade, PhD, MBA, MHA, ACNP-BC, NEA-BC 
Associate Dean for the MSN Program 

Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN 
Associate Dean for the DNP Program 

Kirsten Corazzini, PhD, FGSA 
Associate Dean for the PhD Program