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1 Advancing Academic Progression in Nursing Joan Libner EdD, RN BC, CNE Associate Professor and RN to BSN Program Director Alison Ridge DNP, RN, CNE Assistant Professor and MSN Program Director Elizabeth Ritt EdD, RN, NEA BC,CNE Professor and Chair Department of Nursing and Health

2 Purpose Present and promote dialogue of creative and practical strategies for advancing seamless academic progression of registered nurses through BSN degree completion and MSN graduation via collaborative partnerships.

3 Objectives 1. Identify key components to developing and sustaining successful community college and health care partnerships. 2. Describe the need and approaches to advancing diversity in nursing education programs. 3. Discuss strategies and processes to expedite MSN degree completion. 4. Examine strategies to promote academic progression relative to one s own setting.

4 Activity How are you promoting academic progression? What are your current challenges? What strategies will address your current challenges? What is your implementation timeline? What are the takeaways for your institution?

5 Benedictine University Private, Roman Catholic Founded in Chicago in 1887 originally for men of Czechoslovak descent Became coeducational in 1968 Comprised of 6 colleges Enrollment Approximately 6500 students

6 Benedictine s Reach Main Campus Lisle, IL Moser Center Naperville, IL 2 Branch Campuses Springfield, IL Mesa, AZ 42 Illinois class sites 8 China class sites 2 Vietnam class sites

7 Academic Offerings 55 Undergraduate Degrees 15 Graduate Degrees 36 Graduate Certificates 4 Doctoral Degrees Ranked #1 Among the Country s Fastest Growing Private Nonprofit Research Institutions

8 RN-to-BSN launch 1980 COD & Triton partnerships 2007 MSN launch & Springfield partnership 2009 Morton & Richland partnerships 2012

9 Institute of Medicine 2010 The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.

10 Institute of Medicine 2010 The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning. Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health.

11 Joint Statement on Academic Progress for Nursing Students and Graduates Our common goal is a well educated, diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation s health.

12 Illinois Board of Higher Education Nursing School Expansion Grant Provides financial support to high quality nursing programs to help increase the number of degrees in a critical needs area Award amounts FY 10 $239,000 FY 11 $362,000 FY 12 $331,000

13 Illinois Board of Higher Education Nursing School Expansion Grant Increase the number of students admitted to, and graduating from a quality Benedictine RN to BSN Program that addresses the nursing shortage. Address meeting the need for BSN completion among Hispanic registered nurses. Incorporate simulation into the RN to BSN curriculum. Implement substantial web enhancement learning experiences in all nursing courses.

14 Illinois Board of Higher Education Nursing School Expansion Grant Addition of four full time faculty Stipends for curriculum revision Addition of two staff positions New lab equipment, online tutoring services, faculty development, technology, and travel

15 Illinois Board of Higher Education Nursing School Expansion Grant Fiscal Year Number of Students Admitted IBHE Expansion Grant Awarded

16 RN to BSN Program Adult accelerated 120 credits months Cohort model Five week courses Scheduling options

17 Community College Partnerships 2007 College of DuPage Triton College 2009 Springfield campus Memorial Medical Center

18 Community College Partnerships 2013 Morton College Hispanic Serving institution Achieving the Dream participant Comprehensive community college Richland Community College Cohort site of Springfield campus

19 Collaboration in Action Leverage existing relationships Travel to community sites Establish 3+1 partnership agreement Revise marketing and communication plan Coordinate academic advising Support partners Nurture relationships

20 Online MSN Program Launched week courses offered in 3 semesters/year Curriculum revised in 2012 to align with AACN Essentials (2011) Two concentrations Nurse Educator Nurse Executive Leader

21 MSN Foundation Courses Health Promotion and Interprofessional Collaboration Ethical and Culturally Competent Health Care Professional Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Research and Process Improvement Health Care Informatics and Emergent Technologies Health Care Policy and Advocacy Quality Improvement and Safety in Health Care Systems

22 Nurse Nurse Executive Leader Educator Building Effective Communication and Relationships Professionalism and Executive Career Development Advanced Knowledge of Health Care Systems Nursing Leadership and Systems Thinking Financial Management and Resource Allocation in Health Care Systems Evidence Based Nursing Practice Capstone Project Advanced Health Assessment Advanced Pathophysiology Advanced Pharmacology Instructional Strategies in Nursing Practice Learning and Curriculum Development in Nursing Practice Evaluation Strategies and Methods in Nursing Practice Evidence Based Nursing Practice Capstone Project

23 RN to BSN to MSN Academic Progression Bridge Cross listed foundation MSN courses Up to 12 semester credits Undergraduate tuition rate Success Strategies Integrated with MSN students Student support

24 Bridge Eligibility Criteria Student has: fulfilled RN to BSN Program requirements a cumulative GPA of 2.75 a need for baccalaureate credit been recommended by a full time faculty member

25 Benefits to Bridge Students Cost savings Expedites MSN program completion (8 32 weeks) Exposure to graduate and online education Advanced knowledge Mentoring 855 Courses Dollars saved

26 Composition of BSN and MSN Graduates White 7 Black/AA 4 Asian 0 2 Hispanic/Latino 1 Hawaiian/P. Islander Am. Indian/Alaska Native 2012

27 Long term Goals Increase: partnerships number of Bridge students diversity and number of BSN and MSN graduates employment opportunities cadre of nurse educators and nurse executive leaders

28 Activity How are you promoting academic progression? What are your current challenges? What strategies will address your current challenges? What is your implementation timeline? What are the takeaways for your institution?

29 Discussion Advancing Academic Progression in Nursing

30 Resources American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2012). Creating a more highly qualified nursing workforce [Fact sheet}. Retrieved from American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). Enhancing diversity in the nursing workforce [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from relations/factsheets/enhancing diversity American Association of colleges of Nursing. (2012). Joint statement on academic progression for nursing students and graduates. Retrieved from statement academicprogression

31 Resources American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2012). Race/ethnicity of students enrolled in generic (entrylevel) baccalaureate, master s and doctoral (researchfocused) programs in nursing, Retrieved from http;// American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2012, March21). RWJF launches initiative to support academic progression in nursing [Press release]. Retrieved from American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). The essentials of master s education in nursing. Retrieved from

32 Resources American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008). The essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. Retrieved from American Nurses Association. (2009). Nursing administration scope and standards of practice. American Nurses Publishing, Silver Spring, MD. American Organization of Nurse Executives. (2011). Position statement on the educational preparation of nurse leaders. Retrieved from ation+of+nurse+leaders&site=aone&client=aone_f RONTEND_1&proxystylesheet=AONE_FRONTEND_1 &output=xml&filter=0&oe=utf 8

33 Resources American Organization of Nurse Executives. (2011). Nurse executive competencies. Retrieved from nursecomp.shtml Benedictine University. (Winter 2013). Benedictine voices: The news from Benedictine University. Retrieved from Benner, P., Sutphen, M. Leonard, V. & Day, L. (2009). Educating nurses: A call for radical transformation. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

34 Resources Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Retrieved from ofthe February 2010 Forum on the Future of Nursing Education.aspx National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (2012). Academic progression [Position Statement]. Retrieved from man/itemid,250/task,cat_view/gid,87/ National League for Nursing. (2005). Core competencies of the nurse educator. Retrieved from ndex.htm

35 Resources Tri Council for Nursing. (2010). Consensus policy statement on the educational advancement of registered nurses. Retrieved from educational statement United States Census Bureau. (2011). The Hispanic population: 2010 census briefs. Retrieved from r 04.pdf

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