Responding to COVID-19

We Dare to rise to the challenge

Apr 28, 2020

As students submitted their last assignments and prepared for final exams, many of them were also working in clinical settings as the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to overwhelm the country’s health care system. Some of these new Michigan nurses took the time to share their perspectives.

Nursing alumni build nationwide network to bring face shields to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 21, 2020

Becky Cherney (BSN '12) and Kevin Leeser (BSN ’13) have built a national network of volunteers that’s helped deliver more than 10,000 face shields to frontline health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel throughout Michigan and across the United States.

Clinical Instructor Deb Lee is providing critical care to all types of patients on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 16, 2020

Clinical Instructor Deb Lee, MSN, FNP, ACNP-BC, is working long hours caring for COVID-19 patients in the ICU at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, navigating new approaches at the hospital and adjusting to a different way of life at home.

Clinical Assistant Professor Heidi Mason is working to protect cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 13, 2020

At U-M’s Rogel Cancer Center, Clinical Assistant Professor Heidi Mason, RN, DNP, ACNP-BC is caring for head and neck cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clinical Assistant Professor Gina Dahlem is caring for those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 10, 2020

Clinical Assistant Professor Gina Dahlem, PhD, FNP-C, FAANP, is working for Packard Health at the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County to deliver primary care services for those experiencing homelessness in the local community.

Class of 1966 Emergency Fund provides essential support for students during COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 10, 2020

As members of the U-M School of Nursing’s Class of 1966 were planning their 50th reunion, they were also building an endowed fund that could support students for decades to come. Now that fund  has become an important source of support for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assistant Professor Deena Kelly Costa works with governor’s office to inform state response to COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 06, 2020

Michigan is looking to health care experts to coordinate an informed response, and Assistant Professor Deena Kelly Costa, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, has been assisting Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office to inform policies that can improve nursing practice on the front lines.

Clinical Assistant Professor Beth Ammerman is shifting her approach to primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 03, 2020

Clinical Assistant Professor Beth Ammerman is working extra hours at her family practice primary care clinic in Linden, Michigan, taking on additional patients for a physician serving on the statewide COVID-19 taskforce and navigating new approaches in a rapidly progressing pandemic.

Clinical Assistant Professor Ray Blush discusses the importance of adaptation, information, and protecting those on the front lines

Mar 31, 2020

As many clinicians are reassigned to support the hospital’s dedicated COVID-19 unit, Clinical Assistant Professor Ray Blush is focused on continuing to treat patients with general medical issues who still require hospitalization.

Clinical Assistant Professor Katie Nelson discusses the pandemic's impact on pediatric care

Mar 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, children with serious health conditions who aren’t infected will continue to need care. Clinical Assistant Professor Katie Nelson and her colleagues have been focused on developing plans to continue that care while minimizing their patients’ risk of exposure.

Clinical Associate Professor April Bigelow is caring for underserved patients as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves

Mar 24, 2020

Before COVID-19, part of Clinical Associate Professor April Bigelow's clinical work took place in patients’ homes. Since the outbreak, she only sees patients in the clinical setting when absolutely necessary.