Faculty perspectives on transitioning public health nursing clinical to virtual in response to COVID-19

Public Health Nurs. 2021 Sep;38(5):907-912. doi: 10.1111/phn.12929. Epub 2021 May 29.


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for public health nursing as an integral part of a strong public health workforce. However, it has also created challenges in preparing future nurses as much of nursing instruction, including clinical experiences, needed to urgently transition learning to a virtual environment. This paper describes the process faculty experienced during spring 2020 to quickly transition public health nursing clinicals from in-person to virtual learning in response to COVID-19. Further, faculty lessons learned are shared and include the importance of creating a supportive team dynamic, embracing innovation, continuing to engage with community partners, and adapting to meet emerging student needs during the evolving pandemic. The process and lessons learned may act as a guide for other nursing programs as we continue to navigate nursing education during this and future pandemics.

Keywords: clinical education; faculty; pandemic; public health nursing education.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Education, Distance* / organization & administration
  • Education, Nursing* / organization & administration
  • Faculty, Nursing* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Public Health Nursing* / education