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Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators

To support the information needs of nursing school deans, faculty, students, and other stakeholders, AACN has developed this resource center to highlight key information sources about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) found on the web. This page will be updated regularly to include details about new informational events and webinars, the latest news from the CDC, educational events and webinars, and work underway at our nation’s nursing schools to raise awareness on prevention and preparedness efforts. 



AACN will update the resources below on a daily basis, but we advise readers to consult the CDC for the authoritative information on this outbreak. Schools wishing to suggest resources and links to be added to this page are encouraged to send an email to

Webinars, Tele-Conferences, and Modules

AACN Webinars

The Nursing Crisis: Confronting, Distress, Nurnout, and Moral Injury
November 4, 2021 - 1:00-2:00 pm (ET)

Challenges & Strategies: A Culturally Competent Converation About Vaccinne Hesitancy
November 17, 2021 - 2:00-3:00 pm (ET)

View AACN's On-Demand COVID-19 Response Webinars

American Public Health Association and National Academy of Medicine

COVID-19 Conversations Webinar Series:


Webinar #5: COVID-19 Testing: Possibilities, Challenges, and Ensuring Equity
Webinar #4: Crisis Standards of Care During COVID-19
Webinar #3: Emerging Evidence on Spread and Treatment
Webinar #2: The Science of Social Distancing, Part 2
Webinar #1: The Science of Social Distancing, Part 1

CDC Webinars

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update and Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations 
Aired on March 13, 2020

CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19 
Aired on March 10, 2020

What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the United States 
Aired on February 26, 2020

Other Organization Webinars

Resuming On-Campus Operations
United Educators Webinar
Aired on June 29, 2020

Community Resiliency Model (Second Offering)
Georgia Nurses Association Webinar
Aired on June 25, 2020

Community Resiliency Model
Georgia Nurses Association Webinar
Aired on June 24, 2020

Recommendations for Improving National Nurse Preparedness for Pandemic Response: Early Lessons from COVID-19
American College of Medical Toxicology Webinar
Aired on June 24,  2020

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: A Survey of College and University Presidents
Inside Higher Ed Partnered with Hanover Research
Aired on April 1, 2020

Considerations For COVID-19 Preparedness And Response In U.S. Schools Of Nursing
Unbound Medicine
Aired on March 30, 2020

COVID-19: DE&I Implications and Considerations
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Preparing Behavioral Health Organizations for Coronavirus
The Joint Commission

Coronavirus: What Nurses Need to Know to Be Prepared 
Johns Hopkins University


Motivational Interviewing  by American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

COVID-19 Patient Simulation Course - by CaseNetwork

Member School News, Exemplars, and Resources



AACN member schools are adapting their programs and clinical learning opportunities in response to COVID-19. Below are some examples of the creative work underway to safely prepare nursing students for practice roles.

  • University of California Irvine - March 2021
    COVID Symptoms, Symptom Clusters, and Predictors for Becoming a Long-Hauler: Looking for Clarity in the Haze of the Pandemic
  • Rush University - January 2021
    Rush COVID-19 Community Response Playbook 
  • University of Colorado - May 27, 2020
    The University of Colorado has taken steps to meet student mental health and training needs.  The school activated a campus-wide student volunteer database to match health sciences students with community volunteers to support individual needs. This was done as an interprofessional effort under the leadership of the Student Services Vice Chancellor. In addition, an interdisciplinary COVID-19 elective course was created by School of Medicine faculty and graduating students and was shared with both the Nursing and PA programs for replication. Finally, graduating undergraduate nursing students worked with Dr. Scott Harpin, the point person for the State of Colorado Emergency Operations Center, to receive just-in-time training in disaster response in Tier 3 facilities. The curriculum developed for this program serves as the template for training for all state-supported Aged Care Facilities (ACFs) across Colorado. The center now has a handful of nursing alumni serving as “master trainers” who will be deployed to lead the staff training for ACFs.
  • University of Minnesota - April 28, 2020
    The School of Nursing found a creative way to show support and connection to their 2020 graduates who will not have the traditional commencement experience. Students are using FlipGrid to create videos on their thoughts, journey, and goodbye. Videos are then shared on a discussion board so their memories and messages are captured and shared.  Read more here, including some sample graduate videos (used with permission).
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa - April 15, 2020
    Nursing Faculty Develop COVID-19 Training for Nursing Students and Frontline Nurses
  • University of Alabama - April 7, 2020
    Faculty are utilizing telehealth expertise to continue to provide care to underserved patients while providing clinical hours to undergraduate students.
  • Vanderbilt University - April  7, 2020
    Faculty created a new virtual, live-streamed learning experiences for clinical education. 
  • Northern Arizona University (NAU) - April 3, 2020
    Select Accelerated BSN students are working within their local health department conducting screenings at two drive-up COVID-19 clinics. NAU has an additional two students working with an NP at a local homeless shelter doing screenings and assisting as needed to care for the homeless population. There are currently 14 students who are completing their clinical hours at Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC).


Member Discussion Thread on AACN Connect

AACN has created a new discussion thread where members can ask questions and find out what is happening at other schools of nursing related to Coronavirus prevention and preparedness efforts. 

Join the Discussion

COVID-19 Information Centers

Association of American Medical Schools

American Nurses Association (ANA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


Health and Human Services – Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations

National Academy of Medicine 

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

White House - President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Additional Resources