Webinar – 19 Mar 2020 Clinical Hour Replacement in Face of COVID-19 Pandemic

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Thursday, March 19, at 1pm., a consortium of academic leaders shared cases for virtual simulation along with best-known practices for replacing clinical practicum hours in an online environment. The group’s mutual goal is to share ideas, engage in conversation, answer questions, and highlight all virtual simulation products and methods to help administrators, faculty, and nursing students move quickly and effectively to an online environment.

Pamela R. Jefferies, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, FSSH
Dean and Professor, The George Washington University School of Nursing

Carol Fowler Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, FSSH
Professor & Director, EISLE, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN
Professor, The College of New Jersey, Director QSEN Institute Regional Center at TCNJ

Kathleen Polley-Payne, PhD, MSN, RN, PNP
Dean, School of Nursing & Assoc. Professor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 

Presenters will cover the following topics and more:

  • Strategies for bringing clinical adjunct faculty into on-line clinical education
  • Clinical Education: securing meaningful clinical hours through virtual simulations
  • Strategies for using virtual simulation to teach soft skills – professionalism, communication, and empathy
  • Moving something to online does not equal simulation – simulation standards and how to make cases interactive including pre-briefing and debriefing


Clinical Hour Replacement in Face of COVID Pandemic Nurse Educator Panel Discussion Slide Deck

4/6/2020 – NCSBN Education Requirement Changes

Clinical Plan for Medical-Surgical Nursing

Moving from Classroom to Online: Creating an Online Clinical Practicum – Nurse Educator Podcast featuring Dr. Gerry Altmiller

NCSBN JNR Simulation Supplement

INACSL Standards of Best Practice Simulation

Health Care Simulation Dictionary

NLN Professional Development Programs


AAVMC Case Studies

Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare

Essentials in Clinical Simulations Across Healthcare Professions – Coursera Course

Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education: A Systematic Review Spanning 1996 to 2018

Additional Resources

Shadow Health – COVID-19 Assistance Program


20 Responses

  1. Please, I would like to watch the webinar. Unfortunately, the number of attendees was full. Thank You! Marlene Stuber

  2. Hi, this comment is for Dr. Pam Jefferies, first thank you for always spearheading an initiative to make a difference. You have always inspired all the nursing educators to do the same.
    Our team in Rutgers School of Nursing have been working hard like you said to be creative and resourceful in making all the virtual teaching and learning happened. We have come up with an idea for Simulation virtually that just involves slides of Visual Aids which can still make the students experience the role playing modality, we will still keep the roles of each students and instructors the way we do it in Sim and narrate the story and the facilitator to be the patient’s voice while the students role play. In the meantime, we will make the rest of the story flow like the way they will do it in a Sim Room, instead it’s like a story in a book with pictures. The rest of the group and their instructor will also take note and listen to the participants scene by scene until we commence into the last stage of the role playing (Just like when they are in the viewing room in a normal Sim session).
    Self reflection can still happen during the simulation. Their notes and observation will be the talking points. This is our plan for now and it will be run via WebEX (this is the resource channel that our University has). We will run it with the same schedule of 3 hrs and 10 students per clinical group the way they will come to us normally. I would like to share this idea to all Sim facilitators out there, I hope we can disseminate this information.
    We are implementing this on Monday on our first day of school back from Spring break. We would of course evaluate this on how effective it will turn out. Thank you so much for all your support in this trying times. I like that all the Sim experts and vendors like Shadow Health have provided us informative insights and are so optimistic in taking the time to empower and make us all stand up for the challenge. I thank you all for the very valuable and informative presentation.

    • Thank you for sharing this idea! I would love to hear how the implementation and evaluation phase turned out. Be sure you write up your process and outcomes so this can be shared.

  3. This was very useful and appreciated. Dr. Altmiller mentioned an unfolding case study r/t schizophrenia; however, the sound cut off her words about the website where it was available. May I ask for that website information please? Thank you.

  4. Do you know of any nursing programs that substitute online instructions for Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical experiences? I am having a hard time seeing how this mode of instruction can equate to 106 direct care clinical hours and meet the course/clinical objectives. Any advice?

  5. Well done. This was very helpful although I did it the morning after the presentation. Just need to get my adjuncts to look at this especially regarding the predebrief and post debrief. We were doing things back and forth via email and not using Canvas to it’s full capacity.

  6. The EHRGo resources were mentioned by Gerry Altmiller, will those be posted somewhere? Thank you.

  7. Hi, I am looking for Dr. Altmiller’s guide for clinical faculty that she referenced yesterday. Thank you.

  8. Thank you so much for your spirits of collaboration and desire to see what is best for all students regardless of their program affiliation. Your insights and resources provided are so very much appreciated.