Alumni Update: June
Greetings GSC Alumni and Donors—–as the COVID-19 situation changed many aspects of our lives, one thing that did not change was my appreciation for all of you and concern that you remained healthy and safe during these last few months.
As we finish our spring semester, I wanted to give you an update and let you know that Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science is academically strong and financially sound. We did not close the college, but we did move all classes to an online format mid-March as the events of the pandemic unfolded. This was challenging to be sure, but everyone was able to adapt as needed and we successfully continued to teach students and conduct the business of the college despite the disruption.
We are fortunate to have talented, flexible, and student-centered faculty committed to delivering quality instruction regardless of the circumstances. We also have very talented and professional staff in our One Stop and Information Systems areas. Our recruiters and admissions staff continued to meet virtually with potential students during the spring semester and will continue to recruit and admit students for the fall 2020 semester through the end of July.
This fall, we will start the semester as planned (August 17, 2020) and to resume having students on campus safely, we have developed a “Back to Campus Plan” for GSC. There are three phases to this plan and by fall, we will be in Phase 2, which allows for classes to be delivered as online and partially online (hybrid). Students will be on campus in small groups, observing all safety measures including social distancing and masks. The students are looking forward to coming back to campus, even in small groups and practicing safety measures!
This spring, we will graduate approximately 60 students with most being students in the AASN program. These students finished their clinical hours during the last week in May, thanks to a collaborative effort between our Dean of Nursing, Dr. Michelle Roa, and Jenny Skinner, the Chief Nursing Executive at Trihealth, and other nurse leaders. Students were placed on non-COVID units within 2 TriHealth hospitals, Good Samaritan and Bethesda North. The students all reported having excellent experiences caring for patients who needed hospitalization but were not infected with COVID-19.
Our commencement ceremony has been postponed until June 25, 2020 and will be held at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. We will follow all recommendations for social distancing and masks and have limited the number of guests to only two (2) for each graduate. Participating in the ceremony we will have only the essential GSC administrators and faculty. We are very proud of all students who finished strong despite the challenges this last semester and look forward to this different, but well-deserved celebration!
On behalf of everyone at the Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science, thank you for your words of encouragement and prayers all year and especially during these last few months. Take care and stay well!
Judy Kronenberger, RN, Ph.D.
President, Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science