We are surviving another semester during a global pandemic! Because of the coronavirus, it has been an unpredictable and sometimes bumpy ride. A heartfelt thank you to everyone in the College of Nursing and Health Professions for all you have done to keep things on course. Since the onset of COVID-19 over a year ago, we have been disciplined, creative and flexible. It is so impressive how all have worked together to help our students meet their required learning outcomes.
Against all odds, our clinical fieldwork and internship partners at various healthcare settings have been successful in creating meaningful experiences for our students at a time when everyone questioned if this could be accomplished safely. Some of these shining stars are featured in this issue. Please know that we greatly appreciate all you have done to support students and faculty.
This issue also features other stories of perseverance, including telehealth initiatives in our College and student involvement in the community. Things definitely looked a bit different, from the online meetings and classes to social distancing, but USI students, faculty and staff masked up, showed up and did an amazing job.
From the start, the health and safety of our campus community has been a top priority, and several people from the College of Nursing and Health Professions are serving on the Presidential Task Force monitoring the virus and working on strategies to mitigate risks during this pandemic. Hear, in their own words, the precautions and recommendations they helped put in place for our campus to stay safe.
These are uncertain times, but one thing that is certain is our students’ resilience and the “never give up” attitude of our faculty and staff.
Dr. Ann White
College of Nursing and Health Professions