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Plan: HSHS BS Nursing Program

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Mission Statement: The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program is to provide a superior, innovative post-secondary educational experience that is highly responsive to the undergraduate RN student by preparing them for enhanced practice and leadership opportunities in a variety of health care settings in central and northeastern Nevada.
GOALS
1.  Goal: To provide quality post-licensure nursing and general education courses relevant to registered nurses practicing in GBC's service area.
  OBJECTIVES
  1.1  Objective: Seek continuing accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (Use 2008 standards and criteria.)

Last changed on 08/19/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Due 10 of 2011

    ACTION PLAN  
    1.1.1  Task: Increase involvement of students in the governance process.

Status: Ongoing

    1.1.2  Task: Develop criteria for the selection and evaluation of preceptors for the program.
See Note 14
Selection criteria for preceptors had been written and appeared in the NURS 338 syllabus. This information was also included in the BSN Student Handbook beginning the 2007-2008 academic year. ****NURS 436 preceptor selection criteria still needs development.

Status: Due 05 of 2009

    1.1.3  Task: Develop and implement a policy and procedure to insure the ongoing systematic review of library holdings for retention or deletion that includes nursing faculty input. (Begin discussions with library director.)

Status: Due 10 of 2009

    1.1.4  Task: Revise course syllabi to accurately reflect course content, credit hour allocation and criteria for course assignments.
See Note 15
Beginning Fall 2007, NURS 302 (a 12 credit course) was deleted and a new course (NURS 315, a 4 credit course) was developed to replace part of NURS 302’s content. The remaining 8 credits are in the process of being redistributed to 6 remaining BSN courses. Course assignments/activities are being adjusted accordingly.****NURS 303 – 1/11/07: syllabus revised to reflect accurate terms and more specific breakdown of total theory credit.

Status: Due 12 of 2009

    1.1.5  Task: Modify BSN curriculum in order to ensure that it meets AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education guidelines. See NOTE 16.
Program was developed using original AACN guideline Essentials. Based on new AACN Essentials document, changes to the BSN program outcomes and related student outcomes were made and faculty was given opportunity to review (12/11/08 Nursing Unit Mtg). These were included as changes to the 2009-2010 catalog and website.

Status: Due 10 of 2009

    1.1.6  Task: Collect, trend and analyze the following student and program related data:
Employment rates and patterns
Program completion
Program satisfaction
See NOTE 17.
Most BSN students have been working full-time during completion of the program. Several have changed employment positions and/or moved. Survey tool to be developed and past/present students will be personally contacted by phone to determine employment status and location at beginning, middle and end of program.****Completion patterns need to be updated****Response by employers and students to program satisfaction surveys has been very poor.

Status: Due 05 of 2010

    1.1.7  Task: Develop descriptions for all clinical sites used in the BSN Program.
See Note 18.
Descriptions exist for some of the clinical sites used during the preceptor experience for NURS 338 and NURS 436. Additional sites have been added and these need to be described.

Status: Due 11 of 2009

    1.1.8  Task: Increase recruitment of an ethnically diverse nursing student body. (Ethnic mix is reflective of overall population of nursing.)

Status: Ongoing

  1.2  Objective: Increase enrollment numbers in BSN Program

Last changed on 08/19/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    1.2.1  Task: Site visits to health care sites, health related events, etc. will include information session about RN-BSN program.
See NOTE 19.
There has been a lack of time on part of all faculty to travel. Plan is for a couple of faculty to dovetail some recruitment activities with their supervision of ADN nursing students doing their preceptor rotations later this spring. ****Health Sciences will have a table at the Annual Ruby Radio Health Fair.

Status: Ongoing

    1.2.2  Task: Catalog, Website, and marketing information will indicate dual admission status.

Status: Due 10 of 2009

    1.2.3  Task: Advisement sessions will incorporate information re: both ADN & BSN program requirements. (Current advisement “caseload” = 112 students.)

Status: Ongoing

    1.2.4  Task: Students will take select BSN courses while completing ADN pre-requisite and required course requirements and/or while enrolled in ADN program.

Status: Ongoing

  1.3  Objective: Explore possibility of sharing at least one upper division nursing course with other NSHE RN-BSN programs. See NOTE 13.
GBC RN-BSN students will have the option of enrolling in a mutually agreed upon Nevada State College or University of Nevada, Reno RN-BSN course as a means of meeting their upper division nursing course requirements. ****Nevada State College or University of Nevada, Reno RN-BSN students will have the option of enrolling in a mutually agreed upon GBC RN-BSN course as a means of meeting their upper division nursing course requirements.

Last changed on 08/19/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    1.3.1  Task: Begin discussion with other RN-BSN Program Directors.
See NOTE 20
Two other NSHE RN- BSN Programs are: Nevada State College and UNR. Nevada State Director College Director will share online Informatics course syllabus once developed as a possible elective option. This coincides with ongoing Health Sciences System’s work to create more collaborative activities/share appropriate resources among schools of nursing.

Status: Due 10 of 2010

    1.3.2  Task: Determine how sharing will impact other non-nursing courses and departments at GBC.
See Note 21
In order to avoid additional credits, would need to eliminate a non-nursing course that is currently required. Possible FTE loss due to changes in biology department course requirement **** March 2009: spoke with biology department faculty member re: impact of reducing 2 chemistry course requirement to 1 and changing this course to a more relevant one for BSN students.****Revisit the curriculum of NSHE and surrounding state RN-BSN programs to determine if 1) chemistry is a requirement and if so 2) what type of chemistry course(s) this is.

Status: Due 10 of 2011





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