The UConn School of Nursing is preparing our students and assisting our university community at large in efforts to address the Ebola crisis.
The School of Nursing has incorporated updated content from national organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Nurses Association (ANA), and American Association of Critical Care (AACN), into our courses to educate our nursing students at all levels about the Ebola public health emergency.
Included in the education is emphasis on nurses’ vigilance, preparedness activities, knowledge and the processes necessary to respond to the crisis. We are using our clinical simulation labs to demonstrate current infection control practices including use of personal protective equipment. Our students in clinical courses and clinical practicums will participate in updated reviews of the epidemiology, signs and symptoms of the disease, and current CDC infection control guidelines for Ebola. All other didactic courses will review the current state-of-the-science and emphasize nursing’s role in an infectious disease public health emergency.
In conjunction with all of our health related programs at UConn and the Student Ambassadors for Human Rights, we will provide an open forum to the University community presenting information about Ebola and give the opportunity for student dialogue about the disease.
- On September 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first travel-related case of Ebola in the United States at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Texas Health is a Magnet Recognition Hospital® (as certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center) and a co-host of ANCC National Magnet® Conference, which was held in Dallas, October 8-10.
- On October 3, ANA distributed an all-member email highlighting various resources coming out of the CDC. The email message linked to CDC information and ANA’s Ebola resource page. [ANA Ebola]
- Connecticut Department of Public Health
- Connecticut Hospital Ebola Viruses Key Messages
- Connecticut Hospital Association Media Release
- Yale University Ebola PowerPoint
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Ebola Resources
- Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA)</li>