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1 Disclosures There is no conflict of interest or relevant financial interest by the faculty or planners of this activity. AACN does not endorse any commercial product related to this activity. The entire webinar and the evaluation must be completed to earn contact hours. This webinar will be recorded and available until January 22, 2016 January 22, 2013 Libby Mahaffey, PhD, RN Dean Nursing and Allied Health, Hinds Community College Marcia Maurer, PhD Dean School of Nursing, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Donna Meyer, MSN, RN Dean of Health Sciences Lewis and Clark Community College Patricia Waltman, EdD, RN, CNNP Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Accreditation University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing Donna Meyer, MSN, RN Dean, Health Sciences Marcia Maurer, PhD, RN Dean, School of Nursing Identify methods for seamless academic progression from associate degree to baccalaureate education and associate education to masters education. Describe implementation for academic progression. Discuss barriers to implementation of seamless academic progression. Describe outcomes of the partnership, including sustainability Identify methods for seamless academic progression from associate degree to baccalaureate education. Collaboration on curricular changes Matching of outcomes Dual enrollments 1

2 Describe implementation for academic progression. Overview of curricular changes Early student identification Discuss barriers to implementation of seamless academic progression. Policies Faculty Engagement Workload Discuss Basic Evaluation of Program Evaluation of Plan and Frequency Compatibility with ADN Using data to make changes Patricia A. Waltman, EdD, RN Elizabeth H. Mahaffey, PhD, RN Identify methods for seamless academic progression from associate degree to baccalaureate education and associate education to masters education. Describe implementation for academic progression. Discuss barriers to implementation of seamless academic progression. Describe outcomes of the partnership, including sustainability Mississippi community colleges and baccalaureate degree s have a long history of working together to facilitate transition of ADN graduates into BSN completion s Only 5% of AD-prepared nurses in MS continue their education to obtain the MSN or higher degree RN-MSN academic progression models are needed to increase nursing leadership in education, practice and administration Nurses with advanced practice education are needed in MS to address the state s substantive health care needs 2

3 Changing Demands aging population with complex health problems need for APNs with competencies to care for diverse population Faculty Shortage inadequate pipeline for nursing faculty who are needed to prepare nurses with advanced degrees IOM -The Future of Nursing (2010) provide models for seamless academic progression to higher educational levels increase the percent of nurses with a BSN to 80% by 2020 double number of nurses with doctorate by 2020 prepare nurses to lead change to advance health UMMC began offering the RN-MSN in 2009 with funding support from a 3-year HRSA grant. Students are admitted through two routes: post ADN and early entry at participating community colleges Early Entry (EE) RN-MSN collaborative partnership with HCC (2010) modeled after a successful history of partnerships with senior universities to offer a freshman early entry for traditional BSN Second partnership with Northwest Mississippi Community College was added (2011) to offer the EE RN-MSN to students in the ADN Large number of qualified applicants to the generic BSN not admitted due to limited slots Pool of highly qualified students in ADN who have ACTs and GPAs that are competitive with applicants to BSN Increasing number of students enrolled in ADN s with desire to pursue graduate education More 2 nd career students who want flexible, accessible routes to entry nursing s and graduate education Community College Recruits additional highly qualified students to the ADN because of the potential direct route to graduate nursing education Students more highly motivated to do well in ADN University Recruits highly qualified ADN graduates to the RN-MSN Opportunity to provide career counseling and advisement on prerequisites and preparation for graduate studies Early relationship building between students and faculty Between UMMC and partnering community colleges to offer the early entry RN-MSN, including: 1. Student support services provided by each school 2. Faculty and site coordinator responsibilities 3. Admission, progression, matriculation policies 4. Program marketing and recruitment activities ACT 21 GPA overall cumulative on college courses and on on nursing courses through first semester of full-time study in ADN Grade of C in each pre-requisite course Letter of endorsement from ADN director attesting to applicant s potential for graduate study Currently enrolled or completed RN-MSN prerequisite course work: hours of credit depending on semester enrolled 3

4 After first semester, UMMC sends all ADN students the RN-MSN Early Entry Program Application Instructions with clear criteria for eligibility so they can self-select Student completes online application and submits official ACT scores, official transcripts from all colleges attended, including grades from the first semester of the HCC ADN To retain status as an RN-MSN early entry student, the student must maintain: continuous full-time enrollment in the ADN overall cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall nursing GPA of 2.5 minimum grade of C in prerequisite courses and nursing courses All required prerequisite courses must be completed at the community college Upon receiving the ADN degree and meeting the following criteria the student will be directly admitted into the RN-MSN : Completion of all prerequisite courses Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 Satisfactory scores on GRE Obtain RN licensure by end of first semester RN-MSN director coordinates early entry and works closely with HCC staff in planning and implementing EE on two campuses Reserve a percentage of seats in the RN-MSN for students enrolled in HCC ADN HCC students enroll in RN-MSN in June following graduation from ADN Early entry students have a guaranteed slot in the RN-MSN, but do not select a specific track initially Learn about advanced practice nursing roles and receive career counseling while in their ADN Declare 1 st and 2 nd choices for track selection in the spring prior to beginning the RN-MSN in June (NP, educator, administrator) Have opportunity to switch to a different track later on before track courses begin if slots available Coordinates application process for twice a year acceptance into EE (fall and spring) Reviews student grades at end of each semester with HCC site coordinator to determine eligibility to continue in Early Entry Meets with new student class each semester to share information about the RN-MSN and EE s First line of contact at UMMC for student questions about the RN-MSN and tracks and the ADN Early Entry route 4

5 Two half-time grant staff (site coordinators) One master s prepared RN Former AD faculty member Student advocate Tutoring experience One master s prepared RN with education major Experience with writing skills enhancement Student advocate Tutoring experience with at risk and workforce students Both site coordinators Assisted with recruiting students Worked with directors to identify qualified students Assisted with the application process Were key communication links with the University Nursing Site Coordinator Primary Focus Assist students with their of study Monitor grades Offer early intervention for students with grade issues Tutor students in nursing content, study skills Make contact with accepted PAPN students each semester Academic Site Coordinator Primary Focus Assist students with enhancing skills required for the RN-MSN Assist with GRE preparation Provide individual and group sessions on enhancing writing skills Assist students with completing the application process Make frequent contact with students during the application process Plans of study are different at each partnering school because there are variations in prerequisite courses and nursing courses Placement of RN-MSN prerequisites in the ADN curriculum are individually tailored based on student needs. Site coordinators meet with each EE student to develop plan of study for prerequisites Prerequisites are sequenced in the ADN curriculum where schedule allows without overloading the student, for example, in the summer Many EE students have already completed all or most of the prerequisites before enrolling in the ADN. EE Program Admission Date Admissions Spring Currently enrolled projected 2014 projected admission to admission to admission to RN-MSN Program RN-MSN Program RN-MSN Program 6 deferred to Fall 2011 & Spring Fall 2012 & Spring spring admits in Feb spring admits Total

6 Positive Don t have to worry about competitive admission selection for RN-MSN Students get support from site coordinators and director from UMMC Negative Increase workload taking prerequisite courses while in ADN coursework No BSN opt out in the RN-MSN Scheduling of UMMC prerequisite courses around the ADN courses The GRE hurdle Students needing more opportunities for practice in formal writing skills No BSN opt out in the RN-MSN Coordinators at both s communicate frequently and easily on student difficulties Program director meets each semester with students enrolled in EE to address questions about upcoming graduate work Focus group meetings with students to get input GRE preparation Faculty development workshop on integration of formal writing into curriculum UMMC has formal process to transition students to RN-BSN if they are unable to continue in RN-MSN Associate degree has changed their grading scale to match other courses and increase student opportunity for admission. Provides strong pool of masters students Highly motivated academic achievers in the ADN Accessible and flexible route for ADNs to obtain graduate degree Recruitment strategy for both community colleges and UMMC Lays the groundwork for concurrent course enrollment beginning in fall 2013 with several RN-MSN courses (e.g. writing course, portal to EBP) Helps to address our state needs for more advanced practice nurse leaders faculty, practitioners, administrators Choose partnerships that have a high probability for success At the onset, involve registrars and financial aid offices at each school to resolve questions about sharing transcripts, student data and any financial aid issues Consideration of prerequisites and how these will be scheduled for on-time enrollment in the RN-MSN 6

7 University Expand EE to other CC Dual enrollment Continue to evaluate and revise curriculum to address nurse of the future competencies Community College Enhance information about in Catalog and website Utilize distance education classroom for student interaction with University faculty Academic site coordinator will continue to have connection with RN to MSN early entry students. Program of study advisement will probably be transferred to the nursing and allied health counselors. Nursing is continuously implementing opportunities for student success. Thank You! Questions/Comments Libby Mahaffey, PhD, RN Marcia Maurer, PhD Donna Meyer, MSN, RN Patricia Waltman, EdD, RN, CNNP 7

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