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COVID-19 Updates for College of Nursing

The College of Nursing Office of Field Experience continues to experience high volume due to the impact COVID-19 pandemic has had on practicum.   As you know, changes related to practicum are to ensure the safety of our students during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to meet academic requirements.  We realize how important practicum courses are to you and your success in your nursing program.  Thank you for your patience as the Office of Field Experience work diligently to support as many students as possible with changes in practicum due to COVID-19.  Please continue to monitor your email, Meditrek system, and the COVID-19 FAQ pagePlease review the tab for each specialization in this box for updates related to COVID-19 accommodations by program. 

Students should not knowingly be caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, nor should they enter isolation rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Applications for Summer 2021 Term

We are currently reviewing practicum applications for the Summer 2021 term in the order they are submitted in Meditrek.  Here is some information on the process of approval and registration:   

  • Students must have their flu immunization requirement complete in CastleBranch before an application is approved for Summer 2021. 
  • Students will receive an email notification once an application is approved.
  • The Office of Field Experience will process course registration once an application is approved. 
  • Students will receive an email notification once the course registration has been processed. 

Students may monitor their application approval in Meditrek.  Review this guide on how to check your application status in Meditrek Here.

Thank you for your ongoing patience, stay safe, and healthy. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Applications for Fall 2021 Term 

Application Deadline was May 31st, 2021.  Accommodations and adjustments to practicum due to COVID-19 end during the Summer 2021 term.  The College of Nursing will return to all standard practicum requirements beginning Fall 2021 term.  Students must abide by all requirements outlined in the Practicum Manuals. 

Fall 2021 Term 

Accommodations and adjustments to practicum due to COVID-19 end during the Summer 2021 term.  The College of Nursing will return to all standard practicum requirements for Fall 2021 term.  Students must abide by all requirements outlined in the Practicum Manuals for applications for the Fall 2021 term. 

NP Practicum Announcements due to COVID-19 - Fall 2020, Winter 2020, Spring 2021, & Summer 2021 Terms:

  • Students are waived from having to have two nurse practitioners as preceptors under the COVID-19 accommodations. 
  • Students may utilize the same preceptor more than twice for multiple courses if the preceptor meets the preceptor requirements for the course under the COVID-19 accommodations.   
  • For approved students for tele-health, students will be able to log up practicum hours via tele-heath based on their program and course as follows:
    • PMHNP courses:  100% hours/patients
    • AGAC: 25% of hours/patients
    • FNP & AGPC courses:
      • 6531:  50% of hours/patients
      • 6540:  50% of hours/patients
      • 6541:  25% of hours/patients
      • 6551:  25% of hours/patients  NOTE:  All OB patient encounters must be completed in non-telehealth visits.
      • 6565:  50% of hours/patients
  • Students must have an approved application for tele-health in Meditrek.
  • Students must be in communication with their preceptor and administration at the site periodically to monitor ability to complete practicum with the site due to the changing environment related to COVID-19 pandemic.  

Incomplete Grades:   If students receive an incomplete grade and need to log practicum hours during a subsequent term, they must contact the Office of Field Experience for a remedial application.  Students must be approved under a remedial application to log hours for an Incomplete grade. 

Tele-Health

Students must have an approved application in Meditrek in order to complete practicum via Tele-Health. See instructions below for how to submit a tele-health application and the required tele-health questionnaire to be completed by the preceptor. 

 

COVID-19 Waiver in Meditrek Tutorial

Fall 2021 Term 

Accommodations and adjustments to practicum due to COVID-19 end during the Summer 2021 term.  The College of Nursing will return to all standard practicum requirements for Fall 2021 term.  Students must abide by all requirements outlined in the Practicum Manuals for applications for the Fall 2021 term. 

Fall & Winter 2020, Spring & Summer 2021 Terms and TEMPO students with a start date on or before May 31, 2021:  If you are unable to secure a preceptor/mentor due to COVID-19 or if your practicum plans have been impacted due to COVID-19, the following options are available to you:

  • Work with an approved preceptor/mentor remotely/virtually.  Students may work with an approved preceptor/mentor remotely or virtually (e.g. phone, Skype, Zoom, Teams, etc.) if unable to be onsite for the practicum experience due to COVID-19.
  • Work with a faculty for the preceptorship/mentorship:  Contact the Office of Field Experience at nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu  to request an application to work with a faculty for the preceptorship/mentorship.  Students will work directly with the faculty instructor that they are assigned to as part of their practicum course.  Students will be working directly with their course faculty instructor for the preceptorship. The Office of Field Experience will open a special application in Meditrek for you to complete and submit.   This request must be made by February 12, 2021 for the Spring 2021 term and May 14, 2021 for the Summer 2021 term. Students should contact their course faculty member during the first week of the term. 

Student Tutorial for Alternative Learning Assignments 

Time Logs for Faculty as Preceptors 

Nurse Education - Alternative Learning Assignments

Nurse Executive - Alternative Learning Assignments

Nurse Informatics - Alternative Learning Assignments

Nursing Public Health - Alternative Learning Assignments

Fall 2021 Term 

Accommodations and adjustments to practicum due to COVID-19 end during the Summer 2021 term.  The College of Nursing will return to all standard practicum requirements for Fall 2021 term.  Students must abide by all requirements outlined in the Practicum Manuals for applications for the Fall 2021 term. 

Fall & Winter 2020, Spring & Summer 2021 Terms and TEMPO students with a start date on or before May 31, 2021:  If you are unable to secure a preceptor/mentor due to COVID-19 or if your practicum plans have been impacted due to COVID-19, the following options are available to you:

  • Work with an approved preceptor/mentor remotely/virtually.  Students may work with an approved preceptor/mentor remotely or virtually (e.g. phone, Skype, Zoom, Teams, etc.) if unable to be onsite for the practicum experience due to COVID-19.
  • Work with a faculty for the preceptorship/mentorship: Contact the Office of Field Experience at nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu  to request an application to work with a faculty for the preceptorship/mentorship.  Students will work directly with the faculty instructor that they are assigned to as part of their practicum course.  Students will be working directly with their course faculty instructor for the preceptorship. The Office of Field Experience will open a special application in Meditrek for you to complete and submit. This request must be made by February 12, 2021 for the Spring 2021 term and May 14, 2021 for the Summer 2021 term. Students should contact their course faculty member during the first week of the term. 

Time Logs for Faculty as Preceptors

Fall 2021 Term 

Accommodations and adjustments to practicum due to COVID-19 end during the Summer 2021 term.  The College of Nursing will return to all standard practicum requirements for Fall 2021 term.  Students must abide by all requirements outlined in the Practicum Manuals for applications for the Fall 2021 term. 

Fall & Winter 2020Spring & Summer 2021 and TEMPO students with a start date on or before July 12, 2021:  If you are unable to secure a preceptor/mentor due to COVID-19 or if your practicum plans have been impacted due to COVID-19, the following options are available to you:

  • Work with an approved preceptor/mentor remotely/virtually.  Students may work with an approved preceptor/mentor remotely or virtually (e.g. phone, Skype, Zoom, Teams, etc.) if unable to be onsite for the practicum experience due to COVID-19. 
  • Work with a faculty for the preceptorship/mentorship:  Contact the Office of Field Experience at nursingfield@mail.waldenu.edu  to request an application to work with a faculty for the preceptorship/mentorship.  Students will be assigned a faculty mentor at the beginning of the term.  The Office of Field Experience will open a special application in Meditrek for you to complete and submit.   This request must be made by the following dates: 
    • Spring 2021 first 6 weeks: February 12, 2021
    • Spring 2021 second 6 weeks: March 26, 2021
    • Summer 2021 first 6 weeks: May 14, 2021
    • Summer 2021 second 6 weeks:  June 25, 2021

News and Notes

Updates for Fall Term 2021

Updates for Fall 2021 Term:  Read the most recent practicum updates on application processing and registration for the Fall 2021 term. 

Upcoming Application Deadline

Upcoming Deadline - August 30, 2021:  If you plan to take a practicum course during Winter Quarter (November 29th, 2020), you will need to submit your application by August 30st, 2021 via Meditrek. Please take the time to review the appropriate preceptors and field sites for your course as well as the application process. You can find manuals, FAQs, Webinars and any required forms here

Meditrek Credentials

If you are beginning your first practicum Winter Quarter you should have received your Meditrek login information. If you have not received your account information, please contact us so we can ensure you receive it with plenty of time to have your application in by June 30th, 2021.

Practicum Manuals

The Practicum Manuals have been updated for the 2020-2021 academic year.  The Practicum Manuals are effective beginning the Fall 2020 term. Please find your program-specific manual to review: 

https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/fieldexperience/son/formsanddocuments#s-lib-ctab-3870501-0. PMHNP students should utilize the Addendum to the MSN-NP Practicum Manual beginning for the Winter 2020 term. 

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. 

COVID-19 Updates

Accommodations and adjustments to practicum due to COVID-19 end during the Summer 2021 term. The College of Nursing will return to all standard practicum requirements beginning Fall 2021 term. Students must abide by all requirements outlined in the Practicum Manuals. 

Telehealth Options for select Nurse Practitioner Courses

Beginning Fall 2021, 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: 
        • 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:
        • 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:  Telehealth is permitted for all PMHNP courses for 100% of clinical hours/patient encounters
      • PNP:  Not determined at this time

Link to Telehealth Questionnaire

Link to Telehealth Information Sheet

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 envisions recognition as a preeminent 21st-century school of nursing in which the contributions of nursing, health, and related sciences will transform the provision of nursing services along the continuum of care and across the human life span to meet the needs of individuals and local and global communities.

Mission

The College of Nursing provides academically rigorous and culturally and contextually relevant educational programs, based in the scholar-practitioner model, for a diverse array of nursing professionals seeking enhancement of critical thinking skills, abilities to select and implement evidence-based practices, and core and specialty nursing knowledge in order to transform society.

 

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