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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602610
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Poster
Title:
Opening a New Nursing Education Program: Lessons Learned
Author(s):
McDowell, Betsy M.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Mu Zeta
Author Details:
Betsy M. McDowell, RN, CNE, Betsy.McDowell@newberry.edu
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015 and Tuesday, November 10, 2015: In the Future of Nursing report (IOM, 2010), one of the key recommendations was to increase the proportion of baccalaureate and higher degree-prepared nurses in the nation’s workforce to 80% by 2020.  One of the barriers to preparing more baccalaureate-prepared nurses is a dearth of open seats in existing nursing education programs.  Many established nursing education programs would like to expand but lack the fiscal, faculty, and/or clinical resources required to accomplish this.  In 2006, a private, church-affiliated, liberal arts college in the southeastern US partnered with a nearby medical center to open a new generic baccalaureate nursing program.  An experienced nurse educator, the presenter, was hired initially as a consultant and then as the inaugural chair of the nursing department to implement the generic BSN program.  Approval to open the prelicensure program was obtained from the State Board of Nursing in spring of 2009 and the first nursing courses were taught at the junior level in the fall of that year.  Subsequently, initial national accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education was obtained by the program in the next year.  The first class of BSN-prepared students graduated from this program in May 2011 and all graduates were licensed and employed in nursing by the end of that year.  The program continues to admit one class of 24 new students to the junior NUR courses each fall semester and graduates one class of baccalaureate-prepared nurses each May.  Alumni of the program have gone on to graduate school to become nurse practitioners, have served as preceptors for nursing students, have taken travelling nurse assignments across the US, and/or have earned Nurse of the Month recognition.  The program will be expanding this year by adding an RN to BSN Completion track in the fall.  The purpose of this session is to explore the lessons learned through this journey so as to delineate several best practices when opening a new undergraduate nursing education program.  These lessons also could be helpful to nursing education programs seeking to expand existing capacity.  Observations from faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and clinical partners are incorporated in the presentation to illustrate this journey.
Keywords:
Best practices in nursing education; BSN education; Opening a new program
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15LD2.29
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePosteren
dc.titleOpening a New Nursing Education Program: Lessons Learneden
dc.contributor.authorMcDowell, Betsy M.en
dc.contributor.departmentMu Zetaen
dc.author.detailsBetsy M. McDowell, RN, CNE, Betsy.McDowell@newberry.eduen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602610en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015 and Tuesday, November 10, 2015: In the Future of Nursing report (IOM, 2010), one of the key recommendations was to increase the proportion of baccalaureate and higher degree-prepared nurses in the nation’s workforce to 80% by 2020.  One of the barriers to preparing more baccalaureate-prepared nurses is a dearth of open seats in existing nursing education programs.  Many established nursing education programs would like to expand but lack the fiscal, faculty, and/or clinical resources required to accomplish this.  In 2006, a private, church-affiliated, liberal arts college in the southeastern US partnered with a nearby medical center to open a new generic baccalaureate nursing program.  An experienced nurse educator, the presenter, was hired initially as a consultant and then as the inaugural chair of the nursing department to implement the generic BSN program.  Approval to open the prelicensure program was obtained from the State Board of Nursing in spring of 2009 and the first nursing courses were taught at the junior level in the fall of that year.  Subsequently, initial national accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education was obtained by the program in the next year.  The first class of BSN-prepared students graduated from this program in May 2011 and all graduates were licensed and employed in nursing by the end of that year.  The program continues to admit one class of 24 new students to the junior NUR courses each fall semester and graduates one class of baccalaureate-prepared nurses each May.  Alumni of the program have gone on to graduate school to become nurse practitioners, have served as preceptors for nursing students, have taken travelling nurse assignments across the US, and/or have earned Nurse of the Month recognition.  The program will be expanding this year by adding an RN to BSN Completion track in the fall.  The purpose of this session is to explore the lessons learned through this journey so as to delineate several best practices when opening a new undergraduate nursing education program.  These lessons also could be helpful to nursing education programs seeking to expand existing capacity.  Observations from faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and clinical partners are incorporated in the presentation to illustrate this journey.en
dc.subjectBest practices in nursing educationen
dc.subjectBSN educationen
dc.subjectOpening a new programen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:32:54Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:32:54Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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