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Should the pandemic education be implemented in nursing curriculum?

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Specializes in Instructor of Nursing and Med/surg nurse. Has 13 years experience.

Lots of discussion about this topic if we should integrate Covid-19 education into nursing curriculum. We already cover pandemics as part of a small chapter. Lots of push back on this. What are your thoughts? I think it is our responsibility to our students entering the nursing field.

hmm-- I graduated in 2015 in a straight to MSN program, and we covered epidemics and public health (perhaps because it was a MSN program?) I can say that it was most helpful as I feel like I do understand the basics of COVID-19 and am able to keep up with what is going on. If traditional nursing schools do not have a Public Health component they absolutely should -- I imagine I would feel less informed and less confident and capable if I was less educated on this.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

YES! Pandemic public health, disaster triaging along with ethical issues ensuing should be included in RN nursing program

InSchool4eva20, MSN, RN

Specializes in Instructor of Nursing and Med/surg nurse. Has 13 years experience.

Yes I'm thinking BSN and ASN programs. It is covered but in a short chapter. I think it needs more attention especially due to the pandemic and to educate new nurses.

zoidberg, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 6 years experience.

Yes. This isn’t going anywhere. Get a front line nurse taking care of COVID patients to give the down and dirty. New nurses are facing a tough environment to be joining the profession and will need an idea of how to stay safe and what to expect with these patients.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

Found in my internet wanderings:

AACN: COVID Resources for Nurse Educators

https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/COVID-19

Considerations for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response in U.S. Schools of Nursing

https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/COVID-19/AACN-Recommendations

Webinar: Improving Nurse Preparedness for a Pandemic Response: Implications for U.S. Schools of Nursing

June 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm

https://www.aacnnursing.org/Professional-Development/Online-Learning/Webinars/COVID19-Webinar-Series

Emergent, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

I envision a mandatory, yearly online in service, that never goes away. Add it to HIPAA, fall prevention, fire, customer service, de-escalation, active shooter, etc.

The answers will be at the nurses station as usual, provided by a helpful colleague. 😎