During the spring and summer of 2020, boards of nursing (BONs) throughout the U.S. were faced with requests from educational programs for ways to replace clinical hours due to the inability to access clinical sites caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While many clinical sites have since reopened to nursing students, some barriers still remain, resulting in a backlog of clinical hours for many nursing students throughout the state of Connecticut. Reflecting on lessons learned over the past year, collaboration between the BON and nursing leaders throughout the state has proved essential to providing the practice hours and clinical learning experiences needed to assure that students meet graduation goals and expectations for future clinical practice as an RN.
Dietmann, M., Beauvais, A., Beckman, B. P., Snyder, M., Resha, C., Rebeschi, L., & Forte, P. (2021, Fall). How the practice/academic partnership model helped one state during COVID-19. Leader to Leader, pp. 8-9. www.ncsbn.org.