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COVID-19 Necessitates Changes to Nursing Education

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Betty Nelson discusses how the pandemic has changed nursing education, what changes may come, and how nursing educators are looking forward.


Nursing education curriculum and clinical experiences need to adapt to remote and virtual platforms.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to ensure nurses are trained to handle and anticipate changes to environmental health quickl

The intensity and volume of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced nurse educators to reexamine how to educate nurses and stay on track for completion. As a result, nurse leaders have stepped up to ensure learning educational milestones are met while maintaining patients' health and safety.

"This is a real opportunity. We have to make sure that we continue to demonstrate the intelligent and effective leadership capabilities of nurses as leaders in healthcare and being seen as a credible authority for decisions and actions," says Betty Nelson, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences at Capella University in Minneapolis. "Nurse leaders in this country are exceptionally talented, prepared, and skillful but are not always brought to the table. This crisis has brought more nursing leaders to the table; staying at the table is essential for continuing effectiveness, not just a response to the pandemic."

In a recent interview with HealthLeaders, Nelson discusses how nurse leaders have adapted education in response to the pandemic, how it may continue to change, and why nurse leaders need to stay proactive.

The following transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity.  CONTINUE READING



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