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Updates for Winter Term 2022

Updates for Winter 2022 Term:  Read the most recent practicum updates on application processing and registration for the Winter 2022 term. 

COVID-19 Requirement

Walden University requires that all practicum students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.   Students may request an exemption or accommodation to the vaccination policy as outlined in the policy.  To request an exemption or accommodation to Walden’s policy, please contact the Office of Equity and Access and/or the Office of Student Disability Services as detailed in the policy.  If you are not fully vaccinated or approved for an exemption/accommodation you may be required to undergo COVID-19 tests, in accordance with Walden University policies and procedures, and obtain proof of each negative test.  Review the policy at https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/covid-19/vaccination-policy .  Students must also comply with their practicum site policies, which may require COVID-19 vaccination and/or COVID-19 testing. Students should contact their practicum site to ensure compliance with the site’s vaccination and/or testing policies.  The College of Nursing will begin having students document their COVID-19 status in CastleBranch as part of the onboarding process beginning the Winter 2022 term.   Students will document their vaccination, exemption/accommodation, or agreement to testing in CastleBranch.    

Upcoming Application Deadline

Upcoming Deadline - November 28, 2022:  If you plan to take a practicum course during Spring Quarter (February 27th, 2023), you will need to submit your application by November 28th, 2022 via Meditrek. Please take the time to review the appropriate preceptors and field sites for your course as well as the application process.  

Meditrek Login Update

Students can now login to Meditrek using their Walden University single sign on credentials. To access Meditrek using single sign on, students should use the URL edu.meditrek.com/waldenu/student . Click here for video tutorial.

Influenza (Flu) Onboarding Requirement for Summer & Fall Terms 

Since the Influenza vaccination is not available during the Summer term and the start of the Fall term, students do not need to complete the influenza (flu) requirement in CastleBranch to be approved for practicum for the Summer term and the start of the Fall term.   Students completing practicum during the Fall term need to complete the influenza requirement in CastleBranch beginning September 1st.   

Onboarding Deadline Changes

The deadline to complete onboarding requirements in CastleBranch will be changing for the Spring 2023 term.  The deadline is changing from one month to two months before the first day of the term. The change in deadline is to ensure onboarding requirements are compliant for the upcoming term and to meet the deadlines of practicum sites. Beginning for the February 27, 2023 term start, onboarding requirements must be completed by December 27, 2022. 

Practicum Manuals

The Practicum Manuals have been updated for the current academic year.  Please find your program-specific manual to review: 

https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/fieldexperience/son/formsanddocuments#s-lib-ctab-3870501-0.

PMHNP Program Updates

The PMHNP program and curriculum has been updated. The PMHNP practicum courses are changing with some changes implemented during the Winter 2020 term through Summer 2021 term. This does impact PMHNP students planning on practicum courses on or after Winter 2020 term.  Please review the changes in the Addendum to the MSN-NP Practicum Manual: https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/FEUpdates/PMHNP .  PMHNP students who have already completed NRNP courses under the old curriculum should consult their Student Success Advisor to determine their course sequence, program of study to determine the practicum course sequence. 

Telehealth Options for select Nurse Practitioner Courses

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the MSN-NP program leadership will begin permitting telehealth options for select NP practicum courses as outlined below. Students must submit an application for telehealth in Meditrek and must be approved for telehealth prior to logging hours doing telehealth.  Students must have approval from their nominated field site to complete practicum via telehealth.  See instructions below for how to submit a tele-health application and the required telehealth questionnaire to be completed by the preceptor. 

Telehealth permitted for the following courses:

  • AGACNP: Telehealth is not permitted.  
  • AGPCNP: 
    • 6531:  Telehealth is not permitted.  
    • 6540:  Telehealth is not permitted.  
    • 6552:  Only 25% of clinical hours/patient encounters are permitted to be completed via telehealth. 
    • 6565:  Only 25% of clinical hours/patient encounters are permitted to be completed via telehealth. 
  • FNP:
    • 6531:  Telehealth is not permitted.  
    • 6541:  Telehealth is not permitted.  
    • 6552:  Only 25% of clinical hours/patient encounters are permitted to be completed via telehealth. However, ALL OB patient encounters must be completed in non-telehealth visits.   
    • 6568:  Only 25% of clinical hours/patient encounters are permitted to be completed via telehealth. 
  • PMHNP:  (NOTE:  Students applying for PMHNP practicum courses for the Winter 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 terms will be grandfathered and will be allowed to complete100% of practicum hours via telehealth. Students applying for PMHNP practicum courses for Fall 2022 term and future terms, must abide by the following policy for practicum completed via telehealth.)  
    • 6635:  Only 25% of clinical hours/patient encounters are permitted to be completed via telehealth. 
    • 6645:  Telehealth is not permitted  
    • 6665:  Only 75% of clinical hours/patient encounters are permitted to be completed via telehealth. 
    • 6675:  Only 75% of clinical hours/patient encounters are permitted to be completed via telehealth. 
      • PNP:  Telehealth is not permitted  

Link to Telehealth Questionnaire

Link to Telehealth Information Sheet

Link to Telehealth Application Video Tutorial

College of Nursing - Office of Field Experience

Welcome to the College of Nursing Field Experience website! We are so thrilled to now have this site so information, forms, documents etc. can all be located in one area. Please click on the side navigation panel to find more specific information in regards to your practicum experience. We welcome any comments and suggestions for this site, please email them to us here and we will try to incorporate as much as we can to better assist you, the student. 

College of Nursing - Office of Certification, Licensure, and Compliance

The Office of Certification, Licensure, & Compliance (OCLC) assists students and graduates with most nursing licensure, certification, and compliance questions. We process certain certification, licensure-related, and miscellaneous documentation by request. Students nearing the end of their nursing degree program or graduates who have questions or need assistance with educational verification or practicum hours verification should reach out to us. For more information about our office click here. 

About the College of Nursing

The College of Nursing at Walden University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion program, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, post-master’s certificates in nursing (Nursing Education, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics), post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate programs (PMNPCPs), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and a PhD in Nursing program.  Walden’s nursing programs meet rigorous standards for academic quality and integrity, and the School of Nursing teaching faculty all hold doctorates. Walden’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. These programs also offer curriculum aligned with American Association of Colleges of Nursing guidelines.

College of Nursing students, faculty members, and alumni demonstrate Walden‘s mission of social change using their knowledge, skills, and integrative abilities in both professional and personal pathways as they impact the healthcare system and healthcare needs of society. Nursing students and faculty alike connect to social change mission.

 

Mission and Vision

Vision

The College of Nursing will be recognized for its preeminent programs and innovative educational approaches that prepare distinguished graduates to advance the greater good of global communities.

Mission

The College of Nursing, dedicated to excellence in nursing education, provides programs to transform diverse nursing professionals into champions of change who will improve health outcomes and advance health equity. 

 

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COVID-19 Updates for College of Nursing

Students must abide by all requirements outlined in the Practicum Manuals.  Students must also abide by all policies of their practicum site related to the practicum experience.  The Office of Field Experience is here to support you through the practicum experience.  Please review the COVID-19 Update message form the Provost and Chief Academic Officer.