Distance Education Nursing Student Practicums

During this time of pandemic COVID-19 crisis, we would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to each of our graduate nursing distance education students. While faculty and administration may not see you physically, we have developed relationships with each of you. Please understand that your safety and welfare is of our utmost concern. We fully understand that many of you reside in states with heavy impact and that you may be required to work long hours which may interfere with your academic deadlines. Your faculty at Bradley University are committed to supporting you in any way that we possibly can. If you are experiencing academic delays related to our national pandemic crisis, and you are able, please communicate with your faculty so that consideration can be given.

We know that a number of Distance Education students have had their practicum sites impacted by COVID-19. The student impact ranges from restrictions and cautions to practicums cancelled, while many are being required to work additional hours. This impact appears to be fluid in nature, changing on a daily basis, as the we all navigate new territory.

Accreditation guidelines require a minimum of 500 clinical practicum hours to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification exam. While Bradley University Department of Nursing has never sought to merely meet the minimum standard, we recognize that our program contains a cushion with 750 clinical hours that has been built in since its inception.

We are being provided a degree of flexibility in how our students can compensate for lost face to face clinical time during this unprecedented event. Our plan to help students accommodate for lost clinical sites and to complete clinical hours within all five practicum courses for the current Spring 2020 term is individualized based on each student’s needs. We have developed a plan that we believe is fair and equitable for all students. Each student impacted will be provided a unique practicum plan on or before March 27th.

Moving forward for Summer 2020 planning, we are taking things day by day as the situation is ever changing and fluid. For summer session, which begins April 27th, we will continue as planned. Please continue to submit preceptor packets, take care of any registration holds etc. As the semester approaches, we will be in touch regarding potential changes, understanding that some students may still be impacted clinically as their sites may not allow students to return right away. Again, our approach is to remain as flexible and understanding as possible.

Some media in Bradley University's current print, video and online materials was acquired before the COVID-19 pandemic. Media acquired after the pandemic began was done so in compliance with Bradley's COVID-19 safety protocols at the time. The ongoing safety of our faculty, staff and students is of the utmost concern during these unprecedented times.