Announcements

: Reminder: Reporting COVID-19 Positive Results or Potential Exposures 

All WVU community members in Morgantown are required to report if they test positive for COVID-19 or are self-quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19. SON students should notify the WVU CARE Team and their course instructors or program administrators and await additional instructions. SON faculty and staff should notify WVU Medical Management and their supervisors. 

Testing information regarding patients is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines and will be kept confidential.  

: Return to campus - a message from Dean Hulsey

Dear WVU School of Nursing students, faculty and staff:  

Yesterday Dr. Gee announced a change to return to campus this fall for the WVU community. I would like to provide clarity on what this means for the WVU School of Nursing.   

Nursing undergraduate programs – Morgantown campus 

Nursing undergraduate programs on the Morgantown campus will follow the new start date of August 26.  However, with that comes the need to extend some clinical placements to the week following Thanksgiving.  More details will be given to students whom this will affect.   

If your clinicals continue after Thanksgiving, we ask that you consider not leaving West Virginia during the holiday. We know this is a tough option to consider and being with family and friends is incredibly important, but this will help keep the spread of COVID-19 down in the state. 

Nursing undergraduate programs – Beckley, Charleston, Keyser 

Nursing undergraduate programs in Beckley, Charleston and Keyser will commence as scheduled on August 19.  There will be no change.  

Nursing graduate programs 

Nursing graduate programs will commence as scheduled by the program. There will be no change.  

If you have any specific questions about being a School of Nursing student and returning to campus this fall, please post your questions on the SON COVID discussion forum on SOLE.  Along with Dr. Tanya Rogers, Associate Dean of Academics & Chair, Dept of Adult Health, I monitor and answer the questions. We know that this is a stressful time for everyone, and we want to make sure you have the information you need to have a successful semester.

We are eager to have you back on campus, and your safety and wellness are top priorities. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these changes.  

Sincerely,
Dean Hulsey 

: From Dean Hulsey for School of Nursing students, faculty and staff

By now you've seen Dr. Gee's message about a new start date for WVU Morgantown classes. We're in the process of determining the next steps for the School of Nursing and will send you an update tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28.

We appreciate your patience as we work through this.

Dean Hulsey

: A message to SON students from Dean Hulsey: Return to campus discussion forum in SOLE

SON Students:

As we get closer to the start of the fall semester, I am sure you have many questions as we are operating in a 'new normal'.

We created a SOLE discussion board for you to post your questions about the current and upcoming semesters, and I will personally moderate the discussion. Please know your questions are important; however, it may take me a few days to respond, so continue to check the board for updates.

We want to ensure you have the information you need to be successful, and we continue to place your safety and health at the highest priority.

Sincerely,
Dean Hulsey

: A message from Dean Hulsey

When talk of COVID-19 began, I don't think anyone imagined to the extent our lives would need to change in order to keep the spread down to protect our communities, our families and our friends.  

But as I have learned during my time at WVU, our School of Nursing faculty and staff can rise to any challenge - even if it means completely changing the way we work, we instruct, we communicate and we collaborate. I am proud of how our team on all our campuses have navigated these turbulent times while remaining committed to educating and supporting all of our students. Implementing such a large-scale shift to how we operate was, and is, truly a team effort. 

Our nursing students have logged in, tuned in and are quickly learning that planning and preparation in health care can sometimes change on a dime. All of our students are taking classes online, including their clinical requirements. They are resilient as nurses need to be in good times and in times of trouble. Some are continuing to work in our health care facilities, others are volunteering their time and talents to help in their communities and all of them are true professionals in every sense of the word.

Stay well!

Dean Hulsey
WVU School of Nursing

: A message from Dean Hulsey to School of Nursing students

I am sure the recent news of WVU and WVU Tech postponing in-person commencement ceremonies is an incredible disappointment for our graduates. I can tell you that our faculty and staff enjoy watching and celebrating with our students as they receive their nursing pins and degrees each and every year.

And while information is still forthcoming with how the campuses will celebrate virtually with our graduates, I want you to know this doesn't diminish your outstanding achievements. Working towards a nursing degree, whether it is your bachelor's, master's or doctorate, takes focus and determination few can muster. You should be proud of your accomplishments, and we will look forward to celebrating with you when we can.

I am so very proud of each and every one of you.

Dean Hulsey
WVU School of Nursing

: Update from Dean Hulsey to SON students

Today is the first day of our 'new normal' as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

This may be the first time you have taken a nursing course online and it might feel counterintuitive because nursing is such a hands-on, face-to-face profession. But with technology, such as telemedicine, we can provide quality care remotely if necessary, and the same goes for nursing instruction.

I am sure many of you are nervous about how the rest of this semester is going to evolve, and for our seniors, I know it is incredibly disheartening that your final semester is going to be completed online. As I have said before, we are committed to providing you with the highest level of training to help you become the best nurses you can be regardless if it is by in-person classes or online.

You may be wondering why we are starting classes today and not next week with the rest of the University. It is simple: we were ready. The School of Nursing has been prepared to provide online instruction for quite some time and it wasn't necessary for us to wait another week. We've been ready to hit the ground running - just like nurses do every day.

It is important now more than ever that you communicate with your instructors because you are working remotely. If you are having challenges of any kind, please let them know. In addition, WVU is offering online tutoring support and has eased renewal scholarship requirements.

Be sure you take care of yourselves - get enough sleep, get some exercise and eat healthy foods.

Nurses are resilient and have shown their grit and determination time and time again in the face of adversity. Together, we can get through this challenge.

Dean Hulsey
WVU School of Nursing

: Information for nursing students, faculty and staff

With the University's announcement yesterday that the remainder of the semester will be online, the following will be in effect for the School of Nursing on all our campuses. Please read the following carefully.

Undergraduate students

  • All nursing classes will resume on Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • All nursing courses will be taught online.
  • All undergraduate clinical courses will be taught online.
  • Students should not return to campus for the rest of the spring 2020 semester.

Graduate students

  • All nursing classes will resume on Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • All nursing courses will be taught online.
  • Nurse Practitioner students: students who have completed 501 hours will complete the remaining hours virtually. Clock hours will be assigned for each activity. 
  • Students with less than 501 hours will continue with their clinicals unless the site closes or stops receiving students. 

If you have any specific questions about your courses, please work directly with your instructors.  They are equipped to help you. 

Faculty and staff

Per WVU guidelines, only essential staff will be on our campuses for the rest of the semester. The best way to get in touch with your instructors and advisors is by phone, email or text.  

I encourage you to read the following blog post from BeWell that can help you through this stressful time: https://www.hsc.wvu.edu/be-well/blog/forged-in-fevered-times-tough-truth-tuesday/

In addition, COVID-19 updates will appear on our School of Nursing coronavirus web page: http://nursing.wvu.edu/coronavirus/

We know this is a trying and very anxious time, especially for our students. Our faculty and I are committed to you and your overall nursing education. Thank you for your support, your patience and your flexibility during this unprecedented event. 

Be safe and be well! 

Dean Hulsey
WVU School of Nursing

: WVU will not hold in-person classes this semester, campus shuts down with all work remote

West Virginia University and its divisional campuses in Keyser and Beckley will extend alternative delivery of classes through the rest of the semester in response to the continued threat of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Additionally, all employees – except for those needed to keep online operations running and a select few others – must work from home, and residence halls will remain shuttered.

“It is clear the pace of this pandemic will only continue to grow across the United States,” President Gordon Gee said. “Our medical experts share that there is little chance of it slowing down – unless we quickly and accurately implement measures that can impede the community spread and ‘flatten the curve.’”

The University previously had extended spring break a week, and, effective March 30, ordered almost all classes to move to alternative delivery, primarily online, along with closing residence halls and University apartments, prohibiting students from returning to campus until notified.

As the coronavirus has spread, however, public health officials have suggested the pandemic may last well past the scheduled end of the semester in mid-May, leading the WVU administration to recommend to the Board of Governors that the current plan continue at least through the end of the semester.

The Board unanimously approved the recommendation at a special emergency meeting on Wednesday.

“This was a carefully considered decision, but in the end is the only responsible one in the face of this worldwide pandemic,” Board Chair David Alvarez said. “Our state looks to WVU for leadership, and faced with the facts, there was no other choice. Our community’s safety and well-being come before everything.”

Gee announced the decision and changes in a letter to the West Virginia University community.

The plan for students, faculty and staff includes:

  • For the remainder of the semester, all classes, except some clinical rotations and related programming for certain programs at the Health Sciences Center, will be delivered in an alternative format beginning March 30.
  • Courses that were fully online at the beginning of the semester should continue to follow the original syllabus.
  • Students should not return to campus, however, if they lack a safe housing alternative, a limited number of rooms will be available. 
  • Students with dining plans, or who currently live in the residence hall or apartment system, will receive a credit as a result of our moving to the period of no in-class instruction. Details will be provided in the coming days. 
  • A coordinated move-out will be scheduled and announced later.
  • With limited exceptions, all campus buildings will be locked and closed to the public at the close of business Friday.
  • All libraries, with the exception of the Health Sciences Library, will be closed, as will the Student Recreation Center and the PRT. (Mountain Line buses will continue to run.) The Mountainlairwill have limited hours for those who need to access The Rack food pantry.
  • All supervisors were directed to maximize the number of employees who are to work from home effective no later than Friday, March 20. Only employees deemed critical to the alternative method of class instruction, or the safety and maintenance of the University whose responsibilities require them to be on campus will be permitted.
  • A special emergency leave plan was adopted for instances where an alternative work arrangement is not possible.
  • All international and domestic travel continues to be banned. Personal travel will require adhering to current guidelines regarding self-monitoring and self-quarantining.

The University is still considering whether commencement will be held and expects to announce that decision by March 25.

In letters to students and parents, Dean of Students Corey Farris emphasized the need for students to remain away from campus.

“I am asking for your help,” Farris said. “If you are in Morgantown, we ask that you return home, and if you are at home, please remain there and be ready to begin online classes on Monday, March 30.

Gee noted that a wide variety of resources for faculty, staff and students can be found online, including information about tutoring, mental health counseling, library access,  as well as online teaching and learning tips. Those resources can be found at the University’s coronavirus informational website: http://coronavirus.wvu.edu. Further questions can be emailed to coronavirus@mail.wvu.edu.

He reminded all to follow the advice of health professionals, including frequent washing of hands and social distancing to help stem the spread of the disease.

“Finally, I know in the coming days, many of you will experience a myriad of emotions, including being frustrated and even a little sad that you are not able to complete the semester as planned,” Gee said. “I can assure you, that I, along with the entire campus community, share that sentiment.

“However, I am reassured by the fact that the world’s best scientific minds and public health authorities are hard at work trying to understand COVID-19 and how to address its life-threatening symptoms. And as a University, we are doing everything possible to respond aggressively and thoughtfully in the best interest of our West Virginia University family.”

: To WVU School of Nursing faculty and staff

In an effort to practice 'social distancing' within the School of Nursing, I am directing all SON faculty on all campuses to work from home beginning tomorrow through the end of next week. SON staff on all campuses, except for those who have been contacted, are to work from home until the end of next week. We will have essential personnel only in the Morgantown campus office from 8:15 a.m. to noon Monday – Friday until the end of next week.

We know this is a stressful time for everyone and if you are feeling anxious about the current events, I encourage you to read the following blog post from BeWell: “Coronavirus Stress and Resilience.”​

We will continue to share COVID-19 information from the University as it becomes available.

Stay healthy!

Dean Hulsey
WVU School of Nursing

We care about our students and their health and wellbeing, and we are empathetic to the concerns and anxieties they are feeling about completing their clinical rotations. Our priority is the safety and health of each of our learners and the families of our learners.

Clinical Rotations

The clinical component to nursing is vital to every student nurses’ education and with that in mind, clinical instruction for our undergraduate nursing students will be conducted online from March 23 to April 3. This means students can remain at home and complete their in-class and clinical instruction online. This includes all small group, skills lab and simulation experience classes. Instructors will provide information to their students on how to access the clinical portion.

For our graduate students, clinicals and preceptorships will continue in person in the clinical setting. If you have any concerns, please contact your course coordinator who will then consult with me and Dr. Tanya Rogers. Currently, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia. In addition, we would not put students in a position to care for patients who would be under investigation for or confirmed to have COVID-19.

PLEASE NOTE:  The March 23 start date is for nursing classes only. Non-nursing classes will begin online on March 30.

The School of Nursing has been prepared for online instruction for some time which is why we are able to start classes on March 23. A big thank you to our faculty who have made distance instruction possible.  

Travel

In terms of traveling, students should use their best judgment about whether to travel. If you are going to a Level 2, 3, or 4 country, as defined by the CDC and State Department, you will need to self-quarantine. Please make sure you understand the ramifications of leaving the area in which you live

If you are traveling in the U.S. to hotspots (g., California, New York, Washington state, etc.), you should contact your local health department before returning home for advice on what precautions need to be taken.

If you are scheduled to go on a cruise, please note that both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State are currently recommending against cruise ship travel. Please review the latest guidelines. As well, international students on campus, been contacted to not return home and stay on campus during spring break.  Please understand travel information is changing rapidly and refer to coronavirus.wvu.edu for updates.

Additional Information

Information is changing rapidly so please refer to this webpage. 

Thank you to our faculty, staff, students and parents who understand that the overall nursing education experience sometimes includes uncertainty and unusual circumstances, such as what we are currently facing. We appreciate your patience and support. We are constantly reviewing our plans, policies and procedures to ensure student safety is paramount and in accordance with our national governing boards. 

Dean Tara Hulsey
WVU School of Nursing