Campus re-entry plans in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Remember your P.A.S.S.I.O.N. for Nursing Education

Campus re-entry plans in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Remember your P.A.S.S.I.O.N. for Nursing Education

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked necessary changes in nursing education to keep our faculty, staff and students safe while preparing the next generation of nurses at all levels. As our schools begin to re-open and conditions in the environment improve, rather than reverting back to ‘pre-pandemic’ practices, the nursing education community has an opportunity to examine the innovative educational practices that emerged during the pandemic and consider building upon those that worked well. The presenter will use the acronym P.A.S.S.I.O.N to summarize the practices that kept students learning and offer suggestions for the future.


Valerie Howard

Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, joined Duke in 2018 as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Nursing and has over 25 years of experience in higher education, with the past fifteen dedicated to researching, developing, implementing and evaluating innovative teaching methods and leadership and team building experiences across the curriculum. She currently provides academic leadership for the degree granting programs (ABSN, MSN, DNP, PhD), Admissions, Student Services, Academic Assessment and Evaluation, the Institute for Educational Excellence, Center for Nursing Discovery and the newly created Student Success Center. Prior to Duke, Dr. Howard served as Dean at Robert Morris University’s (RMU) School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) in Pittsburgh, PA. Her accomplishments as Dean included improved certification exam pass rates, increased enrollment, supported the academic success of URM students with grant funded activities, execution of clinical contracts with healthcare organizations, successful accreditation efforts for nursing and health sciences programs, improved marketing efforts and the development of innovative and collaborative majors In otherRMU leadership roles, Dr. Howard worked with teams to secure external funding to support programmatic and simulation initiatives, improve the campus experience and construct a new building for the SNHS. She created the Society for Simulation in Healthcare accredited RMU Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center and served as founding director. She was president of the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) from 2011 to 2013 and developed, in partnership with expert teams, the inaugural Elsevier Simulation Learning System, a curricular support system to assist with implementation of simulation experiences, now used at over 400 schools of nursing. Dr. Howard earned her EdD in Higher Education Administration and MSN (Nursing Education) from the University of Pittsburgh and BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.