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. 


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Moving Your Admissions Process Online During COVID-19

Opportunities​ and Free Resources for AACN Members

AACN has compiled a list of free resources and offers that are open to AACN member schools. This resource list will be updated weekly and featured in AACN’s newsletter, News Watch.

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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

COVID-19 Information Centers
Webinars, Tele-Conferences, and Modules


Telehealth and COVID-19 in Rural Areas
Bipartisan Policy Center
June 4, 2020 at 10:00 am (ET)

What is the New Normal? Guidance for Reopening & Returning to Campus
AACN Webinar
June 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Addressing the Collective Mental Health Burden Imposed by COVID-19
AACN Webinar
June 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Partnership, Progress, Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Discovery
Research!America Webinar
June 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm (ET)

Improving Nurse Preparedness for a Pandemic Response: Implications for U.S. Schools of Nursing
AACN Webinar
June 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm (ET)


AACN Webinars 

COVID-19 Implications for Admissions and the Stability of Holistic Admissions Practices
Aired June 1

Strategic Diversity Leadership & Culturally Relevant Decision-Making During COVID-19
Aired May 29

Preparing & Transitioning Students to Telehealth Clinical Hours in Graduate Education
Aired May 11

Making the Pivot: Online Learning during COVID-19
Aired May 8

Moving Your Admissions Process Online During COVID-19
Aired May 4

Interprofessional Teaching and Collaborative Practice During COVID-19: A Community Conversation
Aired April 23

Culture & Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Yes, It Matters
Aired April 20

Creating Calm and Civility during Uncertain Times
Aired April 17 

Public Health Insight into the COVID-19 Pandemic
Aired April 13 

Considering Pass or No Pass education in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Aired April 10

Public Health: Nursing Education and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Aired April 6

COVID-19 Series: Techniques to Teach Assessment Online NOW!
Aired on April 3

COVID-19 Breaking Through Denial to Action
Aired on April 2

Teaching Nursing Students How to Manage Crisis During COVID-19
Aired on March 30

COVID-19: Promoting Resilience in Times of Crisis
Aired on March 27

Update from Nursing Leadership on the Front Lines
Aired on March 25

Aligning Simulation within COVID-19 Contingency Plans 
Aired on March 24 

A Call to Leadership: Navigating Uncharted Waters 
Aired on March 23 

Bridging the Gap-Implementing Technology to Deliver Course Online 
Aired on March 18 

F.A.S.T: Academic Nurse Educators Respond to COVID-19
Aired on March 16 

Making Informed Decisions in Response to COVID-19 
Aired on March 13  

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

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

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


Motivational Interviewing  by American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

COVID-19 Patient Simulation Course - by CaseNetwork

Member School Exemplars, News, 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 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).


University of Virginia - May 26, 2020
Resilience in the Time of COVID-19: How UVA Nursing Adapted

Rutgers University - May 20, 2020
Rutgers Nursing School Restores Hope at 2 Camden Housing Complexes

North Park University - May 14, 2020
North Park University School of Nursing Lives out Mission Caring for COVID-19 Patients

UT Health San Antonio - May 12, 2020
Nurses Rise to the Challenge of COVID-19

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) - May 8, 2020
COVID-19 Module Provides Real-World Examples

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) - May 7, 2020
UAB Faculty Keep Students on Track, Engaged with At-Home Simulations

Florida International University - April 27, 2020

FIU College of Nursing & Health Sciences’ STAR Center Recruited by Florida National Guard to Train Medical Personnel for COVID-19 Field Hospital 

University of Maryland - April 27, 2020
School of Nursing Offers Early-Exit Option to Students to Bolster Nursing Workforce During Pandemic 

University of South Florida - April 21, 2020
USF College of Nursing, Tampa Police Department Partner to Provide COVID-19 Relief

University of South Florida - April 20, 2020
College of Nursing Partners with TruMont for Virtual Clinical Curriculum

The Ohio State University - April 23, 2020
College of Nursing and Trusted Health Partner to Promote Mental/Emotional Health Support to Nurses on the Front Lines 

University of Washington - April 16, 2020
de Beaumont, CDC Foundation Support Program to Engage Nursing Students in Seattle’s COVID-19 Response

University of Alabama - April 6, 2020
UAB School of Nursing Faculty Serving on Local COVID-19 Task Force 

Yale University - March 31, 2020
Yale Leaders Talk About COVID-19 - School of Nursing Dean Interview 

Florida International University - March 28, 2020
FIU Partners with Baptist Health South Florida to 3D-print Reusable Face Shields 

University of Houston - March 24, 2020
Nurses Trained to Stay Safe While Treating COVID-19 Patients 

University of Pennsylvania - Updated Weekly
Podcast Special Edition UPDATE: COVID-19 


Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

The Ohio State University
Online Tool Kit for COVID-19 Patients Not Able to Speak

University of Colorado
Training Portal for those Serving in COVID-19 Alternate Care Facilities

University of Connecticut
Evolving Resources for Clinical Replacements

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Free 3-hour Training Program "Nursing During Pandemics - COVID-19"

University of Nebraska Medical Center Modules

​University of Wisconsin-Madison
Best Case/Worst Case:  ICU (COVID-19) Tool Kit

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. 

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Additional Resources

Directory of Local Health Departments

Global Map and U.S. Map of Coronavirus Cases by the John Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) 

Travel Advisories by the U.S. Department of State

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to facilitate contact with local U.S. Embassies

Leadership Resources for Times of Crisis by Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)]

Managing Stress & Self-Care During COVID-19: Information for Nurses by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 

Mindfulness in the Workplace: Practical Application by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

SAGE Journals Coronavirus Research by SAGE Journals

Nurses House - a national organization dedicated to helping Registered Nurses in need. Nurses House offers assistance with housing expenses and medical expenses to RNs who are seriously ill, injured, disabled or facing other dire circumstance.

National Library of Medicine LitCOVID - a curated literature hub on COVID-19 that includes the most current published literature that is searchable by category and topic. 

COVID-19 Nursing Self-Assessment © 2020 – Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses by Association Management Company Institute

Respiratory Protection Considerations for Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Health Security 

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training by the Public Health Foundation

Statement on Graduate Admissions During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Council of Graduate Schools

Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era - America College Health Association

DIY Survey Kit: Evaluating Remote Learning Experiences for the 2020 Spring Semester - EDUCAUSE