Preparing Leaders in Clinical Excellence: A Description of an Acute Care CNS Curriculum Based on the Synergy Model

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164294
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Preparing Leaders in Clinical Excellence: A Description of an Acute Care CNS Curriculum Based on the Synergy Model
Author(s):
Moore, Stephanie; Tibbals, Sally Crim
Author Details:
Stephanie Moore, MS, APRN-BC, University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org; Sally Crim Tibbals, MS APRN-BC MS APRN-BC
Abstract:
Purpose: In 2001, major curriculum revision of our Acute Care CNS Program occurred to meet the challenge of implementing a framework to provide an educational process for students to meet program competencies. We elected to use the Synergy Model developed by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Significance: The change in curriculum resulted in 59 Acute Care CNS students graduating, achieving national and state credentialing and finding CNS jobs in hospitals and physician practices. Design: Before implementation of the Synergy Model, there was no specific approach to preparing students. Evaluation of student assignments showed them to be senior nursing school level rather than graduate advanced practice level. To elevate educational level and prepare students for advance practice roles, it became clear that curriculum revision was needed. CNS practice requires innovation and creativity when routine nursing interventions no longer aid the patient's progress. Methods: Curriculum course objectives and individual course activities reflect the exam. "nurse characteristics" of the Synergy model. Students translate the characteristics into coursework, providing CNS practice development, and empowering them to take accountability for their educational requirements and program competencies. The Synergy Model Global Self Assessment is completed each semester, providing students an opportunity to monitor their developmental progress. Findings: National certification exams provide validation of knowledge. Six years after implementation of this new curriculum, we observed a consistent 100% pass rate on CCNS examinations from AACN or the Adult Health CNS examination from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Occasionally, a student has also successfully taken the Oncology Nurses CNS exam or ANCC Advanced Diabetes Management for CNS Conclusions: Acute Care CNS programs are complex environments of learning and require the graduate student to be a specialist in their area of knowledge and skills. A curriculum framework that lends itself to CNS competency development and validation of physiologically sound advanced practice has proven to be an innovative approach for accomplishing this education in an efficient and effective manner. Implications for Practice: 1) Measure OU graduates' test results and compare to similar programs. 2) CNS student satisfaction/perception of preparation for CNS role.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2008
Conference Name:
Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence, held March 5 - 8 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePreparing Leaders in Clinical Excellence: A Description of an Acute Care CNS Curriculum Based on the Synergy Modelen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Stephanieen_US
dc.contributor.authorTibbals, Sally Crimen_US
dc.author.detailsStephanie Moore, MS, APRN-BC, University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org; Sally Crim Tibbals, MS APRN-BC MS APRN-BCen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164294-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: In 2001, major curriculum revision of our Acute Care CNS Program occurred to meet the challenge of implementing a framework to provide an educational process for students to meet program competencies. We elected to use the Synergy Model developed by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Significance: The change in curriculum resulted in 59 Acute Care CNS students graduating, achieving national and state credentialing and finding CNS jobs in hospitals and physician practices. Design: Before implementation of the Synergy Model, there was no specific approach to preparing students. Evaluation of student assignments showed them to be senior nursing school level rather than graduate advanced practice level. To elevate educational level and prepare students for advance practice roles, it became clear that curriculum revision was needed. CNS practice requires innovation and creativity when routine nursing interventions no longer aid the patient's progress. Methods: Curriculum course objectives and individual course activities reflect the exam. "nurse characteristics" of the Synergy model. Students translate the characteristics into coursework, providing CNS practice development, and empowering them to take accountability for their educational requirements and program competencies. The Synergy Model Global Self Assessment is completed each semester, providing students an opportunity to monitor their developmental progress. Findings: National certification exams provide validation of knowledge. Six years after implementation of this new curriculum, we observed a consistent 100% pass rate on CCNS examinations from AACN or the Adult Health CNS examination from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Occasionally, a student has also successfully taken the Oncology Nurses CNS exam or ANCC Advanced Diabetes Management for CNS Conclusions: Acute Care CNS programs are complex environments of learning and require the graduate student to be a specialist in their area of knowledge and skills. A curriculum framework that lends itself to CNS competency development and validation of physiologically sound advanced practice has proven to be an innovative approach for accomplishing this education in an efficient and effective manner. Implications for Practice: 1) Measure OU graduates' test results and compare to similar programs. 2) CNS student satisfaction/perception of preparation for CNS role.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:45:42Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:45:42Z-
dc.conference.date2008en_US
dc.conference.nameClinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellenceen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlanta, Georgia, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Clinical Nurse Specialists: Leaders in Clinical Excellence, held March 5 - 8 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgiaen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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