Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
School of Nursing
Mary Catherine Loughran
COVID, University, Campus, College, COVID-19, SARS, Coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic began in China in December 2019, and continued to spread globally throughout the following months. The impact of the virus led to Universities nationwide closing their campuses. Strategic COVID-19 master plans were created to ensure that students, faculty, and staff could return to a safe environment for the fall semester. The role of University Student Health Services (SHS) departments became critical.
The SHS team incorporated telemedicine visits along with new policies, procedures, protocols, and guidelines to maximize the safety of the students, faculty, and staff upon their return to campus. This program evaluation focused on the strengths and weaknesses of the master plan for COVID-19 to mitigate its spread on campus as well as identifying recommendations for improvement. Quantitative and qualitative data revealed that the policies, procedures, protocols, and guidelines implemented by SHS did mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus on campus. The telemedicine protocol did facilitate medical evaluation of students and mitigated the risk of viral transmission in the clinic. Significant strengths of the master plan for COVID-19 on campus allowed the University to meet their goal to remain open to Thanksgiving Break. Weaknesses were identified indicating that more investigation is needed on mitigation efforts specific to college and university settings, in addition to improved emergency communication techniques to address students, parents, faculty and staff.
Dougherty, Joy, "University Student Health Services COVID-19 Pandemic Response: A Program Evaluation" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Manuscripts. 16.