Proclamation Will Allow DMACC Nursing Students to Enter the Workforce Earlier
DMACC nursing students set to graduate this May but who have
not yet obtained their nursing licenses will be able to complete their
education and be hired as nurses under a section of the Proclamation of
Disaster Emergency issued by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on March 27.
The Governor has authorized the Iowa Board of Nursing
to issue emergency licenses to nurses who have not yet obtained their initial
licensure so long as they have completed their education requirements.
DMACC has close to 100 pre-licensure nursing students
set to graduate in May and enter the Iowa workforce.
“This Proclamation was absolutely necessary for us to
graduate our nursing students this May,” said Dr. Arthur Brown, DMACC Academic
Dean of Health and Public Services. “We still have some work ahead but we are
working hard to prepare work-ready nurses to help fight this crisis.”
DMACC Nursing Education Director Dr. Kendra Ericson
said many DMACC students were also concerned they would not be able to complete
their clinical hours in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare agencies
because those places are no longer allowing nursing students into their
facilities due to COVID-19. “We thank the Governor for this
Proclamation,” said Ericson.
Ericson said because of the potential threat of
nursing students contracting COVID-19 and the limited supplies of personal
protective equipment, nursing students are not being allowed to complete their
clinical hours in most facilities across the State. Instead, the
Governor is encouraging nursing students to meet their requirements through
simulation experiences. “Our high quality of nursing education will
not change,” said Ericson.
“The Governor’s Proclamation allows nursing programs
across the State to continue to deliver quality instruction utilizing
simulation education to meet clinical requirements,” said Ericson. “These are
unprecedented times and call for nursing programs to find solutions to progress
and graduate a much needed nursing workforce.”
DMACC Healthcare simulation provides simulated learning
experiences in three different locations, including at DMACC Capitol Center in Des Moines.
“As an accredited simulation program, all our
simulation experiences must meet best practice guidelines that include prep
activities, structured scenarios and debriefing and we will continue to
maintain that standard during this time,” said Melody Bethards, DMACC
Nursing Simulation Coordinator. “Healthcare simulation organizations support
the use of virtual simulation experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic
delivered using best-practice standards.”
More information can be found on the following
National League for Nursing: http://www.nln.org/coronavirus-resource-center
International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation
and Learning: https://www.inacsl.org/covid-19-update/resource-list/
Society for Simulation in Healthcare: https://www.ssih.org/COVID-19-Updates/-Helpful-Links-and-Information
For more information, contact: Dr. Arthur Brown (515)964-6394 or Dr. Kendra Ericson (515) 964-6466 or Melody Bethards (515) 697-7824