College of Nursing COVID-19 Updates

Posted: March 11, 2020

**Last updated: Monday, March 30, 2020, at noon.  

Members of the UK College of Nursing Community,

Amid the dynamic circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), your health, safety, and well-being remain our top priority at all times.

We are also committed to our students' education, and are working closely with the University and the Kentucky Board of Nursing to ensure our alternative teaching and clinical/evaluation methods are appropriate for course completion and graduation.

Updates to this page are fluid and will occur as soon as information is available.   



  • Instruction will move to online or other alternative learning formats, effective March 23 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
  • All students stay alert to CANVAS/email communication from their course coordinators who will communicate how course and/or clinical objectives will be met.  
  • Go to for all the tools available for students to complete thier studies at home 
  • For 24/7 technical assistance, students may contact ITS Customer Services at 859-218-HELP (4357) or visit the Technology Help Center at For assistance with non-urgent matters, email
  • The COVID-19 Student Support Survey: This survey is open for input and to assess student's technology needs.  If students have technology needs, please submit those here.


  • Clinical experiences for undergraduates: Only second-semester seniors will be allowed to participate for in-person clinical hours for the remainder of the semester.  For all other undergraduate students, your instructors will be looking at creative, alternative ways to complete clinical hours. Please be aware that you may have to put off completing some clinical hours until a later date. 
  • Health screenings: All students who participate in in-person clinical experiences are required to complete health screenings before entering a care environment.   
    • DNP and certificate students:  All must complete this health screening form prior to each time they enter a clinical experience 
    • Second-semester seniors: 
      • All second-semester seniors who are going to a UKHC clinical site for Synthesis must complete this questionnaire and send it to their clinical instructor by email before starting their clinical rotations.  This is a one-time submission
      • All Synthesis students need to also complete the COVID-19 Survey at least one hour before thier clinical shift begins.  The survey link is located at the top of the page when students login to Canvas.
      • Contact Darlene Welsh with any questions or concers regarding this process.
  • For clinical experiences outside of UKHC, students and faculty are asked to adhere to that organization's COVID-19 procedures.  
  • No COVID-19 exposure: While completing clinical experiences at UKHC, be assured that no undergraduate students will be exposed to patients who are at-risk, have a test pending or have tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Any patient who enters UKHC who is at-risk for COVID-19 is immediately placed into isolation and no students are permitted in isolation areas.  

Volunteer opportunities 

  • YMCA temperature screeners and administrative support 
    • UK HealthCare is currently seeking volunteers to assist with temperature screenings and other specific duties at the Beaumont and Hamburg YMCAs.  These sites are providing childcare services for UK HealthCare employees during the COVID-19 response.
    • YMCA hours of operation are 6 a.m. — 8 p.m., with morning, evening and partial shifts available. Morning shifts have been especially challenging to fill. 
    • If you live locally, would like to volunteer and are comfortable with completing the specified duties below, please email both: and (cc)
    • Specific duties for volunteers include: 
      • Taking temperatures from every person entering the YMCA buildings, including staff and children
      • Conducting TB questionnaire assessments for staff who need it 
      • LICENSED NURSES ONLY: medication administration support, especially emergency meds
      • LICENSED NURSES ONLY: assessing children for potential illness
  • Blood donation
    With the COVID-19 outbreak, hundreds of blood drives have been canceled and the Kentucky Blood Center is appealing to healthy individuals to donate blood to prevent shortages in the 70+ Kentucky hospitals it serves. Go to to learn how to donate and complete a COVID-19 screening in advance of donating. 
  • FCPS Meal assembly and distribution 
    Anyone interested in volunteering with meal assembly or distribution should call (859) 381-3839 and leave your name and contact information. While they do not need volunteers at this time, they are compiling a list in case the need arises.  
  • Helping neighbors and family members
    Reach out to your neighbors and family members who are at higher risk of serious infection if contracting COVID-19.  Offer them assistance in shopping for groceries, prescriptions or other necessities during this time of social distancing and isolation.  
  • The Breckinridge Alzheimer's Residence is seeking help from retired nurses, part-time nurses or nurse techs.  Contact Executive Director Robin Hamon at (859) 749-1880. Website


CAT of the week

Each week, a different senior team member will serve as the designated CAT (COVID-19 Administrative Trustee) to oversee our COVID-19 Canvas Forum, answer questions/provide lead support and do periodic CON building rounds to ensure the facility is staying in good shape! 

CON COVID-19 Forum on Canvas

  • Stay connected with fellow CON staff and faculty during this time of social distancing and working remotely by enrolling in the CON COVID-19 discussion forum on Canvas.  The forum consists of two discussion boards -- one for "fun and wellness" and one for "work questions and resources" -- for staff and faculty to share experiences, best practices, ideas and resources related to this new way of life, working and teaching during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

Hiring pause (3/23/20)

On March 23, President Capilouto announced that the University would be pausing hiring throughout the campus. This includes faculty and staff, administrative, full-time, and part-time, as well as STEPS positions. It does not apply to student employment. This means:

  • UK will honor verbal and written offers made, and offers accepted as of March 23, 2020. This applies both to internal and external candidates, as well as to reclassifications that were in process as of Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • All other positions (those posted, those engaged in the interviews, etc.) are paused indefinitely.
  • UK HealthCare will continue to use existing processes to hire employees. All other areas must apply for an exception to move a position forward.
  • Read President Capilouto's complete message regarding the hiring pause

Grading policies (3/26/20)

Provost David Blackwell is reminding faculty of the following points related to grading policies:

  • While some students may opt for pass/fail grading, that choice does not lie at the instructor level, and instructors must enter letter grades for all students for the semester.
  • Only the Registrar will have information regarding whether or not the student has opted in to pass/fail, if it is available in a particular course.
  • Instructors may not end their courses early, nor may they offer students the option of taking their current grade as their final grade in the course. I
  • Instructors with questions about their obligations and options should contact their department chairs or Deans as appropriate.
  • Read Provost David Blackwell's full message on grading policies

Working from home/alternative work schedules

  • It is the University’s expectation that most employees will work remotely for the foreseeable future, and unless advised otherwise. 
    • Some employees in essential positions such as health care, public safety, utilities, maintenance, core business operations and vital research will need to report to work as usual. Please contact your supervisor for questions regarding essential positions.
  • The College of Nursing leaders and supervisors will be as flexible as possible with employees work/schedule needs during this time. 
  • If your schedule is/will be changing, please follow these steps:
    • First, contact your direct supervisor/administrator to coordinate any new work schedules, such as working remotely or altering hours.        
    • Second, please also complete the CON 'Work From Home' form so that we can keep a record of staff and work schedule changes. ​
    • Laptop/VPN access.  If you are working remotely and need a loaner laptop or VPN access, please follow these instructions: CON IT FAQ regarding remote work.
  • The University has created a new website with resources to establish and enhance your remote work experience 

CON Business Office

  • Mail and deliveries will be managed by a limited staff group
  • Orders: Please hold all nonessential orders. If you have questions regarding an order, contact Christie Henson
  • Research Subject Payments should be scanned and sent to CON 
  • If checks are received, please contact Christie Henson as procedures are changing rapidly
  • Payroll: STEPS timesheets can be signed electronically and sent to Shannon Ferguson; if assistance is needed on the electronic signature contact Christie Henson



  • As both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Governor have advised, in-person events will be canceled or postponed until the end of the semester. Organizations may continue to meet remotely when possible.
  • Commencement, pinning and hooding will be postponed until a later date when we are able to celebrate in a healthy, safe environment.  This does not change the semester completion date for our students nor does it affect the timeline for students earning their degrees.
  • Other CON events that are canceled or postponed include, but are not limited to:  Delta-Psi's 40th-anniversary celebration, the 2020 Hall of Fame Ceremony, the 2020 CON Celebration of Excellence Awards,  Nursing Leadership Lecture Series on April 9 

College of Nursing Building

There will be limited and reduced access to the College of Nursing Building for the foreseeable future. Please see below for details:

  • There will be no access to CON doors at 100 North, 100A South and ST-A double doors facing Rose Street
  • From M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., the CON doors at 300 (third floor double doors across from the Cafe) will be open to allow for mail and deliveries.
  • Those with badge access will be able to enter the building on the third floor through the single door across from the cafe at any time.


The UK Medical Center Library and all UK Libraries branch locations will be closed effective March 18 and Young Library will be closed effective March 20, however remote access to libraries will be available. 


  • All University-sponsored or endorsed international travel is suspended indefinitely. There is an appeals process.
  • All University-sponsored or endorsed domestic travel is strongly discouraged. 
  • If you are traveling internationally or domestically for spring break or other personal travel, please consider completing the voluntary travel registry. The registry will allow UK to communicate with most up-to-date guidance and assistance to travelers.  
  • All travelers arriving from Europe and Japan will be required to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival in the U.S. before they will be allowed to return to campus.