1. Hemann, Michele MSN, RN, NPD-BC
  2. Blizzard, Theresa MSN, RNC-OB
  3. Carver, Rachel MS, RN
  4. Finke-Pike, Gretchen MSN, RN
  5. Grimsley, Amy MSN, RN


The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of preparing nursing staff at healthcare organizations to adequately respond and care for the influx of patients infected with the virus. Training redeployed nursing staff on equipment basics of acute care nursing while following social distancing guidelines posed a challenge. A skills practice laboratory was implemented utilizing a self-learning methodology while adhering to social distancing guidelines. This had favorable results in meeting objectives and improving anxiety and confidence.