Governor's Proclamation Eases Rules for Obtaining Licenses for Nurses

Posted 4/1/2020

​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 organization websites: 

National League for Nursing:

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning:

Society for Simulation in Healthcare:

​For more information, contact: Dr. Arthur Brown (515)964-6394 or Dr. Kendra Ericson ​(515) 964-6466 or Melody Bethards (515) 697-7824​​​

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