Coronavirus, COVID-19: Is Online/Digital and Distance Learning the Future of Nursing Education?

Coronavirus, COVID-19: Is Online/Digital and Distance Learning the Future of Nursing Education?

In light of the present Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic responsible for the current national emergency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published strategies for Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs)--i.e. Nursing Schools-- to plan, prepare, and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 by way of their designated "Guidance for Institutes of Higher Education".

 

Within the Guidance for Institutes of Higher Education, schools are directed to "Plan for digital and distance learning" in place of the traditional in-class model of the past. These traditional brick-and-mortar schools are also forewarned that they should "Be prepared to temporarily dismiss or close schools and cancel events". With there already existing a nursing shortage, as well as insufficient nursing schools available to train future nurses, any further setbacks for traditional nursing programs will intensify the current nursing shortage and severely damage our nation's ability to recover from the present Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. But fortunately, Erudite Nursing Institute will not be affected.

 

Because Erudite Nursing Institute is a nontraditional online nursing school that offers accelerated digital and distance learning nursing programs in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), Registered Nursing (RN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Erudite is able to help combat the nursing shortages and overcome the obstacles inherent in traditional nursing programs.

 

If (or possibly when) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predictions regarding traditional schools closings occur, this will add fuel to the nursing shortage fire at the least convenient time possible, when our nation is already fighting to survive the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The traditional nursing schools being incapable of providing the nontraditional educational formats (i.e. digital/online and distance [nursing] education) recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will put our nation at a great disadvantage and lessen our chances of successfully weathering the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) storm that has taken the country by surprise.

 

Fortunately, eligible medical personnel may apply to the nontraditional (i.e. online/digital and distance [nursing] education) programs offered through Erudite Nursing Institute to help ensure the future health and survival our great nation. In addition, employers are strongly encouraged to offer the nation's first and only (as of the date of publishing of this article) Emergency Preparedness and Response COVID-19 certification course to their workers in order to ensure federal compliance with applicable law and policies as set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration* and other appropriate government authorities.

 

Qualified medical professionals wishing to further their education on important health matters, including Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), may contact Erudite Nursing Institute for information on available online accelerated nursing programs, which are being updated to incorporate applicable public health policy concerning the current COVID-19  pandemic.

 

*Although made in accordance with OSHA standards and nationally accredited, OSHA has not endorsed the COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response certification course

SOURCES:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/controlprevention.html#health

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html

[IMAGE SOURCE] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens/worker_protections.html

 

 

Note: The foregoing article and information contained therein may be copyrighted and may not be reproduced in part or entirety without advance written permission. For permissions or editorial corrections, contact: Ms. Kelsey Hanna, khanna@EruditeNursing.education. All information is provided for informational purposes and deemed to be correct at the time of publication, but may change with or without notice; no guarantees are made as to accuracy and all liability is hereby released as to the same.

 

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