The primary concern of the School of Nursing leadership team is protecting the safety, health, and well-being of our students. For an unknown length of time, each of us will experience changes in our way of living and our way of learning. We understand that you may have questions about the processes that we have implemented in response to COVID-19, and we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below.
Are my face-to-face classes and sim activities cancelled?
Classes are not cancelled for the semester, but their delivery mode will change. Beginning Monday, March 16, at 8:00 am, all face-to-face theory courses and simulation activities will transition to an online teaching/learning format (see question below related to clinical courses). Your faculty will send you course-specific details, so it is imperative that you regularly check your course Blackboard shells and your UM-Flint email. Academic and other support services remain in place to support students during this time. Questions may be directed to your instructor, academic advisor, or appropriate university resource.
Should I report to my clinical placement?
Your faculty will communicate course-specific directions related to clinicals. It is imperative that you check your Blackboard shells and UM-Flint email for communications from your instructors.
Should I report to my graduate student health residency?
MSN and DNP residency will be completed in a distance format this year in an effort to limit infection risk. More details will be available soon from faculty, but students will not be coming to campus for residency in 2020. Please plan accordingly.
May I still come to campus to study?
Following Governor Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe order on March 23, 2020, access to academic buildings for UM-Flint students is temporarily suspended.
If you have issues accessing your courses from home, please contact your lead faculty member for each course to discuss your options.
Is UM-Flint's campus open?
In an effort to protect the health and welfare of the campus and community, some areas of campus will be closed until further notice. The impacted areas are:
- The Frances Willson Thompson Library (more information about library services can be found here)
- The University Theatre
- The Recreation Center
- The University Pavilion
The university buildings that remain open require MCard access. Picasso has pick-up food service in some locations. Their hours of operation are available here. Campus computer labs remain open-- 205 French Hall and 206 MSB lab computers are equipped with lockdown browswers for those who bring their own headphones (MCard required for swipe access).
I am planning to graduate in April. Will this impact my graduation?
Assuming you meet all degree requirements, you will earn your degree as planned. Commencement and related activities (pinning, hooding, graduate student commencement breakfast and luncheon) have been postponed until August. You will receive further communications about commencement activities via email.
I am a pre-nursing student. How will opting into the Pass/Fail option for my prerequisite courses affect my application?
While all prerequisite courses to the nursing program are available for students to opt in for the Pass/Fail option, this is not advised. It will be at the discretion of the School of Nursing Admissions Committee to calculate a C grade for any nursing prerequisite courses for which you opt in for Pass/Fail. This is below the minimum C+ passing standard for nursing prerequisite courses, with the exception of Chemistry where a minimum C grade is permitted. For more information regarding the Winter 2020 Temporary Pass/Fail Policy, go to https://www.umflint.edu/covid-19/winter-2020-temporary-passfail-policy.
I applied to the Traditional or Accelerated Second Degree BSN program for Fall 2020. When will I receive my decision?
Fall 2020 decision letters for the Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN programs are in process and will be sent via email by mid-April.
When will NUR 110-Introduction to Professional Nursing be offered again?
NUR 110-Introduction to Professional Nursing will be offered online in Spring 2020 if there is sufficient enrollment. Students are encouraged to consider adding this course to their Sp20 schedule.
If you have further questions, please reach out to your academic advisor.
Is my international service learning trip cancelled?
The spring 2020 international service learning trip to Kenya has been postponed until spring 2021.
As of now, there have been no changes to other planned School of Nursing international service learning experiences.
How will COVID-19 affect NCLEX-RN testing?
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has released information about how COVID-19 may impact NCLEX testing in the near future. Please see their statement here: https://www.ncsbn.org/14428.htm.
I am a new graduate. How do I apply for temporary licensure before taking the NCLEX?
Given the urgent need for nurses statewide, the State of Michigan has released guidelines for nursing graduates who wish to apply for temporary licensure before taking the NCLEX-RN. Details are available here: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/LARA_BPL_Temporary_RN_Nursing_Li...
I have additional questions--whom should I contact?
If you have an academic course-related question (e.g., syllabus changes, clinical requirements, exam details, etc.), please contact your instructor directly. For program or School of Nursing concerns, please contact your advisor. Online appointments with nursing advisors are available through Appointments Plus (choose your program in the dropdown on the left side of the screen). If you are a Traditional BSN or Accelerated Second Degree BSN student and you need to speak with an advisor, please contact Maris Gilles at firstname.lastname@example.org.