Covid-19 Updates





For undergraduate clinical nursing students graduating May 2020:

  • Starting tomorrow (3-18-20) No students will engage in clinical until March 31, 2020.
  • After March 31, 2020 ONLY students who will be graduating in May of 2020 will be permitted to continue their clinical hours at University of Missouri Health Care to support their timely graduation and employment into the nursing workforce. We will be communicating closely with UMHC as this too may change.
  • Your course faculty will be sending out information specific to plans for your remaining clinical hours.
  • Students enrolled in N4970 Nursing in Communities will NO LONGER be attending community health clinical. Course instructors, will be communicating with students in regard to clinical hours remaining and the use of virtual simulations and case studies to complete their community health hours.

 For all other undergraduate clinical nursing students (not graduating May 2020):

  • Students WILL NOT be attending clinical in our partner facilities for the remainder of the spring 2020 term.
  • Course faculty will be developing virtual simulations, case studies, videos, etc. to assist students to develop and learn clinical reasoning.
  • Please be mindful there will be additional clinical hours when clinical begins again; many of you are at different points in the semester with regards to clinical hours, thus each student will be evaluated based on what has been completed and what needs to be completed.
  • Each course faculty will communicate with their students in regard to these activities and expectations. Please keep in mind faculty will need time to develop these plans, so your patience and understanding is appreciated as we make these changes and preparations for the remainder of the semester. 
  • For our graduate distance students graduating May 2020:
  • For graduate students in clinical at MUHC Hospital and Clinics starting tomorrow (3-18-20) no students will engage in clinical at UMHC until March 31, 2020. Again we will continue to communicate with UMHC and notify students if this were to change.
  • Every effort will be made to support graduating students who are unable to attend clinical due to facility and clinics limiting students. Other agencies are also suspending clinical experiences for graduate students. As we have students in multiple states and counties across Missouri, it is important to please communicate any changes with your course faculty and we will work individually with students to support their timely graduation.
  •  We are looking at virtual simulation and other strategies to support students in their final clinical hours so that they can complete the graduation requirements if needed.

For graduate distance students (not graduating May 2020):

  • For graduate students in MUHC Hospital and Clinics starting tomorrow (3-18-20) no students will engage in clinical at UMHC until March 31, 2020.  As other agencies are also limiting students, you may not be able to complete your clinical hours due to restrictions within your communities. Please notify your course faculty of any clinical issues. We will work with students to identify the best way to support your academic progression and how these hours may be obtained at a later time.



The SSON will be facilitating some simulation activities within our simulation center. There are limits as to how many students can be accommodated in simulation at one time and we are rapidly developing additional protocols regarding number of students who will be allowed in the simulation center and implementation of CDC Clean and Disinfect Guidelines regarding prevention of COVID-19 in providing a safe simulated learning environment. These small group experiences within the simulation center will only be utilized for our graduating May 2020 undergraduate students.

Virtual simulation will be utilized in clinical courses to support attainment of needed clinical hours to satisfy course requirements. These activities are vital to engaging students in clinical reasoning. Although you may not be “touching” patients, the thinking, decision making, and ability to prioritize is an immense part of the work of nurse.

  • Online coursework is now in full swing. We appreciate your patience, attention, and participation as we make this transition. We also understand that with this transition to online learning many of you will want to return home. You do not have to stay in the Columbia area. If you need to return home, please notify your course faculty. As our country works to contain the spread of this virus, all in-person classes at MU, UMKC, Missouri S&T and UMSL, effective Monday, March 16, through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. All classes will be taught remotely.
  • Some clinics are limiting advanced practice students in the clinical environment. If this occurs, please notify your course faculty so we can work with you to identify alternative experiences.

If you think you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call your health provider before coming in to discuss next steps. Additionally, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has activated a statewide public hotline, 877-435-8411, for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19.





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