1 St. Petersburg College College of Nursing RN to BSN Curriculum Workshop: Discussion Notes January 23, PRESENT: Dr. S. Campbell, Dr. N. Conner, Dr. M. Delgato, Dr. S. Hillman, Dr. J. Lee, Dr. S. Moseley, Dr. P. Thielemann, Dr. M. Tittle, Dr. M. VanCott, Dr. J. Wortock Agenda Item Call to order Discussion/Action/Recommendation N. Conner, Curriculum Committee Chair 1. Review and decide on the program outcomes A. Draft of the strategic plan J. Wortock and M. Delgato shared feedback from Kay Burniston and Leah Goldberg- Hopf that included: Items need to constructed and phrased in terms of measurable goals and objectives, Items need to align with the strategic plan for the baccalaureate programs, Specific suggestions for potential measurable goals/objectives included completion/graduation rates, increasing diversity (local, national), and increasing geographic reach (national). May need elements of a unit plan to include program resources and needs (e.g., class space). Because of budget limitations plan cannot include additional funding. B. Improvement of graduation rates J. Wortock and M. Delgato shared feedback from K. Burniston and L. Goldberg-Hopf that included: Consider developing a part-time course schedule for students. In each semester, the number of upper division nursing courses scheduled would be reduced (compared to the current full-time schedule) to allow student to concurrently enroll in outstanding general education courses. This may require the RN-BSN program to increase course offerings each semester. In these notes, a full-time refers to a student who is taking all the upper division nursing courses as scheduled during the appropriate semester (the actual credit load varies each semester). Institutional Research is developing a survey to be distributed to students who have dropped out of the program. Student privacy and response categories issues are being addressed. Explore CLAST exemptions for students who fail the exam multiple times. Ayanna Rowe (baccalaureate specialist) already surveys students who are accepted into the program but never started coursework to identify their reason(s) for not starting. C. Graduation rates Determine graduation rates for other RN-BSN programs in Florida and nationally. This is needed for comparison to our rates. Potential methods include: 1) request AACN report (there is a cost involved) and 2) phone calls to other schools. Assigned to M. Delgato D. Goals and outcome revisions Dr. Betty Johnson s suggestions from her consultation visit were reviewed to align the intended measures with the CCNE Standard IV.
2 Program Goals: There are 3 program goals. These were not changed (see attachment RN to BSN Handbook, , p.11). Expected Program Outcomes: There are 5 program outcomes. They were revised from the list of Program Outcomes (revised from the Self Study Report for Initial Accreditation 2006, p.5-6). These outcomes will be measured at the aggregate student level. The outcomes are: 1) At least 70% of students will have graduated with a baccalaureate degree in nursing in 5 years. Notes: Five years was chosen to be in alignment with the active lifespan of the college catalog. 2) At least 85% of all graduates will be employed in the practice of nursing in roles reflective of the BSN degree, enrolled in further nursing education, or serving in the military as a commissioned officer within six to nine months after graduation. Notes: The percentage was chosen based on previous data. 3) Within one year of graduation, a minimum of 85% of the respondents will report satisfaction with the RN to BSN education preparation for their role as professional nurses. 4) Seventy-five percent of service area employer respondents will report satisfaction with the knowledge, leadership skills, and practice displayed by the majority of RN to BSN Program graduates at 12 months following graduation. 5) Within one year of graduation, 70% of graduate respondents will report participation in an activity demonstrating professional commitment to nursing such as membership in a professional nursing organization, serving on a health agency board or committee, or providing volunteer community service in a nursing related capacity. Student Learning Outcomes: There are 14 student learning outcomes. These outcomes were previously called RN-BSN Program Outcomes (see attachment RN to BSN Handbook, , p.11). The outcomes will be measured at the individual student level. The outcomes will be linked to specific Program Goals (see attachment Outcome Matrix from M. Delgato) and assessed using major learning outcomes from specific courses Develop a timeline for our CCNE report A. Interim report Deadline Interim report is due June 1, This date needs to be verified with CCNE because it seems too close to their next scheduled visit in June Assigned to J. Wortock and M. Delgato Criteria M. Delgato shared the criteria for the interim report. The report must demonstrate 1) continued compliance with standards and 2) ongoing program improvement. Draft of portion dealing with continued compliance due for review by mid/end of February Assigned to M. Delgato. Page limit is 40 pages. There can by up to 25 pages of appendices. Content: Needs to follow the CCNE Standards. I -- Program Quality: Mission and Governance. Notes: Include goals and organizational structure. II -- Program Quality: Institutional Commitment and Resources III -- Program Quality: Curriculum, Teaching-Learning Practices and
3 Individual Student Outcomes. Notes: Include curricular changes such as addition of Pharmacology in Nursing Practice (NUR 3145), deletion of Family Practicum (NUR 4606L), and increasing Nursing in a Multicultural Society (NUR 3655) to 3 credits. Include admission requirement changes such as the addition of Computer Competency and possible changes to required credits related to general education courses. Demonstrate that specific faculty members are qualified to teach assigned courses. Demonstrate that qualified leadership preceptors are used for practicum courses (start collecting resume/curriculum vitae from preceptors). IV -- Program Effectiveness: Aggregate Student Performance and Faculty Accomplishments. Notes: Include an evaluation plan and faculty outcomes. Link evaluation plan to continuous program improvement. Each section will be assigned and reviewed at upcoming meetings of the appropriate committee. Obtain a sample interim report for review by mid/end of February. Assigned to J. Wortock and M. Delgato. Timeline decisions deferred until mid/end of February. Before the timeline decisions can be made, date of the interim report needs to be verified and we need to review the college calendar Identify how we will measure the program outcomes A. Action Plan To be developed for each measure by the assigned committee Specify how to measure each Expected Program Outcome and the steps needed for achievement/improvement in the outcome. To be presented and reviewed during future meetings of the assigned committee. To be implemented by Summer/Fall 2009 so there is time to collect data for the upcoming CCNE reports. B. Potential measures discussed for each Expected Program Outcome 1. At least 70% of students will have graduated with a baccalaureate degree in nursing in 5 years. Action plan assigned to the Curriculum committee. Measure = Graduation rate (within 5 years, starting with enrollment in Health Assessment (NUR 3066C) excluding special students). Consider revising the admission requirement for general education courses (e.g., requiring 15 credit hours in the general education courses required for the baccalaureate degree). See item 1.B. regarding Determining graduation rates nationally and from CCNE report. Collaboration with L. Goldberg-Hopf on dropout survey to determine appropriate questions and response choices. Development of part-time schedule. 2. At least 85% of all graduates will be employed in the practice of nursing in roles reflective of the BSN degree, enrolled in further nursing education, or serving in the military as a commissioned officer within six to nine months after graduation. Action plan assigned to the Evaluation committee. Measure = Alumni survey. Consider steps to increase the response rate. Consider an alternate survey to current survey administered by Institutional Research.
4 4 3. Within one year of graduation, a minimum of 85% of the respondents will report satisfaction with the RN to BSN education preparation for their role as professional nurses. Action plan assigned to the Evaluation committee. Measure = Alumni survey. Consider ways to increase the response rate 4. Seventy-five percent of service area employer respondents will report satisfaction with the knowledge, leadership skills, and practice displayed by the majority of RN to BSN Program graduates at 12 months following graduation. Action plan assigned to the Evaluation committee. Consider ways to increase the response rate such as 1) surveying organizations that employ our students rather than or in addition to employers linked to individual students (the current process administered by Institutional Research and, 2) surveying members of the advisory board and leadership preceptors. Additional processes will have to be administered by our program as opposed to Institutional Research. 5. Within one year of graduation, 70% of graduate respondents will report participation in an activity demonstrating professional commitment to nursing such as membership in a professional nursing organization, serving on a health agency board or committee, or providing volunteer community service in a nursing related capacity. Action plan assigned to the Student Committee Measure = Professional involvement. Consider measuring and comparing professional involvement during Professional Roles (NUR 3805, first course) and Leadership Theory/Practicum (NUR 4838/4835L, last course). Consider membership in the SPC College of Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau, and Alumni Association. 6. Review the assignments for each course to determine equitability for credit load A. Assignments Grid of courses, types of assignments, and percentages of course grade (see attachment Course Assignments from N. Conner). Reviewed assignments (type, percentage of course grade) in each course. Compared assignment load and credits earned among courses. Compared assignment load in face-to-face to online sections of the same course. Review of elective courses deferred. B. Revisions Professional Roles (NUR 3805): Interview Discussion (10%) was missing from the grid and was added back. Discussed that removal of APA content (in Fall 2008) from this course may be associated with decreased scholarly writing ability. Consider adding APA tutorial and handout (developed by BSN librarian). Pathophysiology (NUR 3125): Assignment load and associated percentages adjusted in the online section to increase its equitability with face-to-face section. Number of homework decreased to 4 and total homework percentage decreased to 10% of course grade. Individual presentation percentage increased to 15% of grade. Notes: Participation involves replies to presentations; therefore, total percentage related to presentation/replies will equal 20%. This equals the percentage for the individual presentation in the face-to-face section. Community Theory (NUR 4636): Participation (10%) was missing from the grid and was added back. Leadership Theory/Practicum (NUR 4835/4835L): Relate portfolio to the 14 Student Learning Outcomes.
5 7. Review the pre- and corequisites for each course 8. Discuss class size A. Pre- and co-requisites assessed and revised. Revisions were made as needed to ensure progression of courses is related to successful achievement of learning outcomes. The following list contains the final decisions for what will be the pre- and co-requisites. Professional Roles and Dimensions of Nursing Practice (NUR 3805) Admission to the BSN program or permission of the dean. Pathophysiology (NUR 3125) Pre- or co-requisite = NUR 3805 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice (NUR 3145) Health Assessment and Physical Appraisal (NUR 3066C) Introduction to Nursing Research (NUR 4165) Pre-requisites = NUR 3805, STA 2023 Nursing in a Multicultural Society (NUR 3655) Nursing of the Family (NUR 4606) Community Health Nursing Theory (NUR 4636) Co-requisite = NUR 4636L Community Health Nursing Practicum (NUR 4636L) Pre-requisites = NUR 3805, NUR 3066C Co-requisite = NUR 4636 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Nursing (NUR 3826) Leadership Theory (NUR 4835) Co-requisite = NUR 4835L Leadership Practicum (NUR 4835L) Pre-requisites = all other courses except NUR 4835 Co-requisite = NUR 4835 Deferred Other None. Respectfully submitted, Jean Lee
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