3/20/20 | Message from the Dean | School of Nursing

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The School of Nursing has been in close contact with clinical agencies over the course of the past week, given the rapidly changing health care environment associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the interest of ensuring student and faculty safety, concern about PPE shortages, and anticipation of an increased number of community acquired COVID-19 cases, we are suspending clinical experiences, for undergraduate and graduate students effective March 21, 2020 until further notice.

We are working carefully to identify virtual resources and virtual simulations to assist in your mastery of clinical content.  We are exploring opportunities to engage in telehealth activities, once systems have been established.  We are in unprecedented times, and are guided by our concern for our patients, students, faculty, and the community.

We understand that for graduate students, this situation might mean not completing the number of clinical hours necessary for the program in a timely manner for August 2020 graduation. We will work with each student to develop a plan to address their unique needs for progression.  For undergraduate students, we will prioritize the current eighth semester traditional cohort class if telehealth opportunities become available.

We are committed to preparing our students for graduation and successful completion of the program.  When the situation improves, we will adjust accordingly.  We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

I will be coordinating a town hall meeting for all students through the Student Success Center next week so you can share your questions and concerns. Please check your LiveMail and Canvas messages for additional details on that opportunity in the future.

For additional information regarding the university’s internal response to COVID-19, please visit www.uthscsa.edu/coronavirus.

Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean and Patty L. Hawken Nursing Endowed Professor

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