College of Nursing COVID-19 Updates

Posted: March 11, 2020

**Last updated: Friday, May 15, 2020, at 1 p.m.

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.   

SAVE THE DATE: A Virtual Pinning Ceremony will be held Friday, May 8, 2020, at 9 a.m. for all BSN graduates and a Virtual DNP & PhD Recognition Ceremony will be held Friday, May 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. for all DNP &PhD graduates.  Both ceremonies will be held online via zoom for participants and live-streamed on the College of Nursing's YouTube Channel for public viewing.  More details TBA soon!

COVID-19 symptoms



  • Spring and Summer 2020 courses: All spring and summer 2020 courses will be moved to online or remote learning formats.  
  • Go to for all the tools available for students to complete their 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 their 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 concerns 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 

No volunteer activities are mandatory nor are they on behalf of the College of Nursing.  When volunteering, students should in no way represent that it is on behalf of the College. 

This section does not include comprehensive volunteer instructions for any opportunity.  All volunteers should follow any institutional guidelines and policies for the opportunities listed below. 

  • 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


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.  

University, UKHC, College of Nursing announcements 

Join the University's Campus Re-start Efforts (5/13/20)

  • The University is at an important point in the planning process for a reinvented “normal” academic experience this fall. There are three groups– comprised of faculty, staff and students – that have been meeting independently from each other to create high-level, conceptual plans around four basic scenarios and questions surrounding academic operations. 

  • Learn about each scenario and how to offer your feedback

Virtual meeting: CON Budget Update (4/24/20)

  • Dean Janie Heath hosted a virtual meeting on Friday, April 27 to update all faculty and staff on the College of Nursing's current budget status and necessary upcoming cuts. The entire meeting is available to watch and slides from the meeting are available for download.  
  • Watch the meeting 
  • Meeting slides

Next Steps in Meeting Our Budget Challenges (4/23/20)

  • On Thursday, it was announced that 1,700 employees would be placed on low operational activity/administrative no-pay status for what the University hopes is a short period of time. Approximately 1,500 of those impacted work across the UK HealthCare enterprise.
  • Read more in President Capilouto's latest message

UK HealthCare Workforce Readiness Plan (4/8/20)

  • This week Mark F. Newman, EVPHA for UK HealthCare, announced a Workforce Readiness Plan for UKHC employees as operations are re-orienting to battle COVID-19. This plan will affect job roles and some salaries. 
  • Under these temporary measures, all employees will remain in full base paid status through the pay period ending April 25. After April 25, workloads will be triaged in different ways of redeployment and otherwise.
  • Read Dr. Newman's complete message and Workforce Readiness Plan

Emergency regulations and enforcement changes(4/1/20)

  • Governor Beshear recently signed some emergency regulations and enforcement changes in support of the Kentucky Board of Nursing during these COVID-19 times.  These orders relate to temporary work permits for reinstatement applicants, APRN collaborative agreement requirements being lifted, modified clinical education requirements and provisional licenses for exam applicants and temporary work permits for endorsed applicants.  Read more 

Hiring pause (3/23/20)

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. 

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


Zoom backgrounds

Spice up your zoom backgrounds with a College of Nursing theme.  Go to for a selection of themes to download. 


  • 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.​

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. 



CON COVID-19 updates