BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all aspects of health care, including nursing education . Senior nursing students saw the elimination of in-person clinical opportunities in the final months prior to graduation as health care facilities restricted access to essential personnel in an effort to minimize transmission of the virus and conserve personal protective equipment .
METHOD: To fulfill course requirements, faculty created a COVID-19 assignment that implored students to research the most current infection control recommendations for COVID-19 and to describe the impacts of the virus on nursing care, patients, families, interdisciplinary collaboration, and public safety .
RESULTS: The COVID-19 assignment fostered clinical reasoning and encouraged personal reflection with application to practice . Students reported that the assignment greatly enhanced knowledge and awareness of COVID-19 .
CONCLUSION: This assignment was beneficial for transition to practice in the midst of a pandemic, and it can be easily replicated for any future emerging health care topic that may affect nursing education . [J Nurs Educ . 2021; 60 (1):48-51 .].
MeSH: COVID-19, Clinical Reasoning, Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate, organization & administration, Faculty, Nursing, psychology, Humans, Learning, Nursing Education Research, Nursing Evaluation Research, Students, Nursing, psychology, Teaching, organization & administration