Due to social distancing measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Nursing at NDMU has developed a variety of remote learning experiences as an alternative to clinical hours that would normally be completed at hospitals and other healthcare facilities. These substitutions are designed to ensure students continue to develop necessary nursing skills and to complete clinical hours required by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

NDMU Clinical Hours

Our top priority is to ensure our students stay on track to becoming caring, compassionate nurses through a quality education. Thanks to our state-of-the-art simulations and the creativity of dedicated faculty and staff, we have been able to quickly meet the needs of our students in unprecedented circumstances.

Some of the ways NDMU nursing students are achieving clinical hours through remote learning include:

  • Online simulations with virtual debriefing and group discussion
  • Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experiences (VR) 
  • Pre-recorded NDMU simulations
  • Pre and post quizzes, guided reflections, and practice questions
  • Online gaming through de.ryerson and other platforms
  • Case studies

Future Plans

As restrictions ease and more modified learning options become available, we plan to implement the following:

  • Live stream lab skills and videos
  • Use faculty as student-directed avatars in the lab so students can go through a simulation from home

Maryland Board of Nursing

On April 13, 2020, the Maryland Board of Nursing issued a statement regarding education at clinical sites:

"The Maryland Board of Nursing will accept simulation formatted practices in place of students going to clinical sites for Nursing Education Programs and CNA/GNA programs until 30 days post Governor Hogan's Executive Order during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. In addition, an alternative course format, such as online; distance learning education; or virtual learning, will be considered as an acceptable modality for students to complete the didactic portion of their courses."