Journal of Nursing Education

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Educational Innovations 

Expanding Educational Capacity Through an Innovative Practice-Education Partnership

Teri A. Murray, PhD, RN

  • Journal of Nursing Education. 2007;46(7)
  • Posted July 1, 2007

Abstract

ABSTRACT

This article describes a uniq­­ue demonstration project using a collaborative practice and education partnership to expand baccalaureate student education capacity by 75% in an accelerated nursing program. Components of the project include using hospital-paid (donated) master’s clinicians as clinical faculty; using online course delivery for the non-clinical theory nursing courses, thereby decreasing the need for classroom space; employing a Web instructional designer to convert the existing master’s nurse educator program to an online format in an effort to increase the pipeline of nursing faculty; renovating existing space to expand the nursing skills laboratory; and purchasing equipment and supplies for the simulated patient environment modules in the expanded skills laboratory space. Both formative and summative measures will be used to evaluate the project, which is expected to produce 24 additional workforce-ready baccalaureate-prepared RNs in 15 months.

AUTHOR

Received: August 16, 2005

Accepted: December 6, 2005

Dr. Murray is Associate Professor and Director, School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Address correspondence to Teri A. Murray, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University, 3525 Caroline Mall, St. Louis, MO 63104; e-mail: tmurray4@slu.edu.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

This article describes a uniq­­ue demonstration project using a collaborative practice and education partnership to expand baccalaureate student education capacity by 75% in an accelerated nursing program. Components of the project include using hospital-paid (donated) master’s clinicians as clinical faculty; using online course delivery for the non-clinical theory nursing courses, thereby decreasing the need for classroom space; employing a Web instructional designer to convert the existing master’s nurse educator program to an online format in an effort to increase the pipeline of nursing faculty; renovating existing space to expand the nursing skills laboratory; and purchasing equipment and supplies for the simulated patient environment modules in the expanded skills laboratory space. Both formative and summative measures will be used to evaluate the project, which is expected to produce 24 additional workforce-ready baccalaureate-prepared RNs in 15 months.

AUTHOR

Received: August 16, 2005

Accepted: December 6, 2005

Dr. Murray is Associate Professor and Director, School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Address correspondence to Teri A. Murray, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University, 3525 Caroline Mall, St. Louis, MO 63104; e-mail: tmurray4@slu.edu.

ABSTRACT

This article describes a uniq­­ue demonstration project using a collaborative practice and education partnership to expand baccalaureate student education capacity by 75% in an accelerated nursing program. Components of the project include using hospital-paid (donated) master’s clinicians as clinical faculty; using online course delivery for the non-clinical theory nursing courses, thereby decreasing the need for classroom space; employing a Web instructional designer to convert the existing master’s nurse educator program to an online format in an effort to increase the pipeline of nursing faculty; renovating existing space to expand the nursing skills laboratory; and purchasing equipment and supplies for the simulated patient environment modules in the expanded skills laboratory space. Both formative and summative measures will be used to evaluate the project, which is expected to produce 24 additional workforce-ready baccalaureate-prepared RNs in 15 months.

AUTHOR

Received: August 16, 2005

Accepted: December 6, 2005

Dr. Murray is Associate Professor and Director, School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Address correspondence to Teri A. Murray, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University, 3525 Caroline Mall, St. Louis, MO 63104; e-mail: tmurray4@slu.edu.

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