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Jodi Speweik, MSN, RN, CNE, an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Lourdes University has been selected to present at a national conference in February 2021.


During the upcoming Nurse Tim’s NurseThink for Nurse Educators Next Gen Learning: Fundamentals, NCLEX, and Beyond virtual conference, Ms. Speweik will present on the university’s successful completion of clinical course objectives and program learning outcomes in response to COVID-19 during the 2020 spring semester.


As the COVID-19 pandemic thrust the nation into uncertainty, colleges of nursing across the state of Ohio, with permission from the Ohio Board of Nursing, utilized various methods to facilitate the successful completion of clinical course objectives and program learning outcomes. Lourdes University utilized a National League for Nursing ACES unfolding case study via Zoom breakout rooms for a final semester practicum experience with immense success.


Specifically, this virtual clinical met eight hours of practicum experience and addressed five course objectives. “While the ambiguity of the spring 2020 semester was not ideal, it did encourage nurse educators to pursue alternative modalities for clinical completion,” notes Ms. Speweik. The method used by Lourdes University recognized the role of informatics and technology on nursing practice, the emerging practice of telehealth, patient centered care to individuals and families, clinical reasoning, effective communication, interdisciplinary collaboration and several professional nursing roles.


As one student anonymously commented, “I had the chance to see first-hand with other team members how effective communication can produce the most quality care for the patient.” As colleges of nursing persist through this public health emergency and beyond, simulations such as this can provide positive results in student nurse learning and offer alternative avenues for instruction.


Ms. Speweik earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Lourdes University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Toledo. She is currently working on a doctoral degree focused in nursing education. Throughout her career, Ms. Speweik has demonstrated success in various healthcare and educational settings as an instructor and leader.

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