The New Mexico Action Coalition, one of the 9 Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) grantees, has had a significant development this fall. I am happy to share our most exciting news to date: New Mexico nurse educators have successfully developed and then gained approval for a single statewide nursing curriculum. What this means is that we have a BSN curriculum (with an embedded ADN track) that has been approved by the nursing programs throughout the state. This curriculum provides the infrastructure necessary for future access to prelicensure BSN degrees throughout the state through university – community college partnerships. Students enrolled in participating community college programs will have the option to earn either a baccalaureate degree through the BSN track or an associate degree through an ADN track. This curriculum also means we will have 100% articulation of prerequisite and nursing courses among all participating schools.
We have much work ahead to implement this plan including state and institutional policy efforts, faculty development efforts, diversity efforts, and data collection efforts. We will start posting regularly every couple weeks to share our processes and lessons learned along the way.
|by Jean Giddens | November 29, 2012|