National University Contributes to the Nursing Education Solution with Competency Based Model
Welcome to the discussion on National curriculum models that provide additional alternatives for nurses pursuing academic progression.
Part 1 of the webinar discusses capacity and access. These have been longstanding challenges for nursing education as we have experienced the shortage cycles over the years. Capacity still seems to be an issue based on AACN’s latest report so new solutions to capacity challenges are an important part of this discussion. Is capacity an issue in your community? Are there nurses who cannot be admitted?
One key element is to use all the capacity available and to ensure that nurses have multiple options to meet their educational goals. Choices, choices, choices… that is how we will ‘move the needle’.
Access and in particular financial access is another significant challenge for working nurses. Online programs can solve the physical access challenges but synchronized online classes may still be a barrier because of limited flexibility. A bigger issue is financial access. Nurses who are responsible for prior college debt and or debt of spouses and/or children may find that academic progression is beyond their reach. What is known in your community about these access barriers? Is you Coalition evaluating the extent of these barriers and can you share knowledge or methods?
Finally how do you measure your graduation outcomes? How many are going back to school, how many are graduating? Suggestions for how to track and evaluate progress toward the IOM goals collectively are welcome and would benefit everyone who participates.
Please share your successes and questions as a part of this discussion. I will be available this coming week to answer questions daily and look forward to learning more from this interesting dialogue.
Looking forward to a robust discussion!
Chief Nursing Officer/ National Director
Western Governors University
|by Jan Jones-Schenk | February 10, 2013|