COVID-19 within the Healthcare Landscape

Course Description:
As our knowledge and understanding of SARS-CoV2 evolves, so must our education on the topics of illness identification, prevention, treatment and its effects on society. This free course aims to educate its students on these topics combined with identifying social inequities and how to remove these barriers for better healthcare for all involved.

Date and Location:
February 1, 2021 hybrid asynchronous and synchronous online.  The course will be available 2/1/2021 at 09:00 and will close 6/16/2021 at 17:00.

Teaching Methods:
75 % Asynchronous and 25% synchronous online lectures, videos, grand round discussions and examinations.  For full course credit, attendance at the synchronous sessions is MANDATORY on 2/24/2021 and 3/2/2021 at 19:00 for 1 hour each.

Program Objectives:
At the end of this Microcredential the student will be able to:

  • Describe the comprehensive health assessment as related to the severity of infection and patient condition including procurement and application of new knowledge and technologies in a continually developing COVID-19 pandemic
  • Evaluate intervention response and the effectiveness of the plan of care in COVID-19 patients
  • Summarize the provision of health education and counseling in relation to communicating and collaborating with other health care professionals regarding alternative and supplemental therapies in COVID-19 infected patients.
  • Evaluate population-based interventions for health promotion and prevention, exposure and risk, screening and response in the fight against COVID-19
  • Identify and discuss the global responses, treatment and governmental strategies and their effectiveness used in other countries against COVID-19
  • Report the mental and emotional attitudes of society coupled social, political justice and economic status during the pandemic
  • Assess factors contributing to social inequities in healthcare related to COVID-19 and evaluate solutions that reduce these disparities
  • Discuss how health disparities related to socioeconomic, age, race, gender co-morbidities that effects the response to COVID-19 in the United States
  • Review barriers and interventions to change perceptions of COVID-19 in the community (healthcare delivery, public health, faith organizations)
  • Display reliable resources related to COVID-19 available to the community 

Instructor(s) name and credentials:
LaTisa Foscett-Gonzalez, MSN, RN, BA; Mary Heinz, MSN, RN; Karole Smith, MSN, RN and Katherine Skurski, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

LaTisa Foscett-Gonzalez

LaTisa Foscett-Gonzalez, MSN, RN, BA

LaTisa is an Academic Faculty member in the College of Nursing at Resurrection University. Her expertise is in Leadership and Management, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Orthopedics, Oncology, Infectious Disease and Pre and Post-Surgical Nursing. LaTisa received both her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Bachelors of Science in Nursing at University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration and Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing Education at Lewis University and is presently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. LaTisa has held leadership positions over multiple nursing areas for over 18 years and has been a nurse for 25 years. She was recently nominated by her peers and received an award for Excellence in Education from Resurrection University Leadership and the Daisy Nursing Faculty Award.  She has always had a passion for nursing and focused her concentration on new graduate education and mentorship regardless of her position. She was co-creator and facilitator of the New Graduate Residency Program at Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago. She has also held seminars on successful interview strategies for the new nurses and has spoken at Christ the King College Prep High School during healthcare events. As an instructor at Resurrection University, LaTisa teaches multiple nursing courses in all undergraduate levels in nursing leadership and management, role transition, medical-surgical nursing, community, and health assessment. LaTisa is married and has two daughters. She loves arts and crafts and playing with her three dogs, Walter, Weezy, and Wiggles.

Mary Heinz

Mary Heinz, MSN, RN

Professor Mary Heinz is a didactic and clinical instructor for the College of Nursing at Resurrection University. Mary has a passion for community population health and has devoted her last 2 years in educating the undergraduate nursing student. Recently, she participated in John Hopkin’s Contact Tracing course to improve awareness of COVID-19. Prior to her transition into full time academics, Mary was a training manager for a Managed Care Organization in which she developed and trained the case management program for Medicare/ Medicaid Alignment Initiative rolling that training into a program. Additionally, Mary worked in the community to support the training that she developed. Mary has worked nursing for over 25 years in various departments ranging from oncology, to critical and outpatient care. Mary received her BSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her MSN from Lewis University and is a doctoral candidate at Resurrection University. Mary is a member of several organizations including the American Nurses’ Association, Society of Case Managers and Sigma Theta Tau. She works to mentor undergraduate students as the Resurrection University Student Nurses Association faculty advisor.  Mary was recently nominated by her peers and received an award for Excellence in Education from Resurrection University Leadership.  She is a graduate assistant for the panel of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity for the American Nurses’ Association and has an interest in global outreach, supporting local residents in Guerrero, Mexico. Mary’s doctoral work for Nursing Practice will focus on knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of those responsible for the allergic parochial school child. It is through this work Mary hopes to increase education and awareness of allergies in the school aged child.  On a personal note, Mary has been married over 25 years to an amazing Lieutenant on the Chicago Fire Department. She is a proud mom to two young adult men and on her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with them and volunteer work with St. Paul of the Cross Parish.

Karole Smith, MSN, RN

Karole earned an Associate in Applied Science of Nursing degree at Malcolm X College in 1991. She then continued her education earning both her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing at Governors State University in 2008 and 2011 respectively. Her practice and experience in direct patient care included 10 years in Med-Surg (hospital and home health settings) and 14 years in Labor & Delivery. Karole was involved in nursing education on maternal and newborn care between years 2008-2012.

Karole Smith is currently an Assistant Professor at Resurrection University in the College of Nursing, where she educates students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing-Prelicensure program and is pursing her own Nurse Practice Doctorate. After working over 20 years in several Chicagoland hospitals, Karole accepted a position in nursing education. She believes that educating future nurses is essential to influencing and improving the health and wellbeing of today’s society. Her passion for teaching earned her the Daisy Award in 2019 by demonstrating excellence in nursing and a passion for educating and helping others.

Karole is a resident of Chicago, mother of 1 son (age 33), 1 daughter (age 27), and 1 grandson (age 2). She is a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate, preparing to graduate in 2021. Karole’s goal is to work with other nurses to establish and create new policies that will impact positively affect patient and community outcomes. Her focus and passion are in decreasing obesity among society.

Katherine Skurski

Katherine Skurski, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Katherine is a dedicated healthcare professional practicing at Elemental Care Health and Wellness Center as a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Katherine has been a professional nurse for five years. She was awarded her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner focus, in 2018 from Resurrection University in Chicago, IL. She obtained her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 2015 from Resurrection University in Chicago, IL. Before her career in healthcare, Katherine was a mathematics educator for five years and received her bachelor of mathematics from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL in 2008. Her passion for education is continuing as she is now a college nursing instructor at Morton College. She is presently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus on urban health.


CE Hours:
6 hours of Nursing CEU approved. Upon completion of all modules, a badge will be awarded and a transcript sent to your registered e-mail address.


Price: Free