CHICAGO – The leaders of 10* nursing organizations have issued a policy brief that calls
for academic-practice partnerships between health care facilities and prelicensure registered nursing (RN) and practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN) programs across the country during the COVID-19 crisis.
Mindful of safety, state emergency response provisions and existing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, the proposed model recommends that nursing students be employed by the facility on a full- or part-time basis, that they work in the role of a student nurse for compensation and -- in conjunction with the student’s nursing education program – that they receive academic credit toward meeting clinical requirements.
COVID-19 represents an unparalleled moment in time for nursing students to assist the nation in a time of crisis and learn the principles of population health and emergency management. This academic-practice model demonstrates that even in crisis, continuous innovation can occur.
The “Policy Brief: U.S. Nursing Leadership Supports Practice/Academic Partnerships to Assist the Nursing Workforce during the COVID-19 Crisis” can be found at
Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was initially created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together nursing regulatory bodies (NRBs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. It has evolved into one of the leading voices of regulation across the world.
NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the NRBs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are three exam user members. There are also 27 associate members that are either NRBs or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories.
Mission: NCSBN empowers and supports nursing regulators in their mandate to protect the public.
The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not individual members.
*National Council of State Boards of Nursing, National League for Nursing, American Organization for Nursing Leadership, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, National Student Nurses' Association, American Nurses Association