NJ Making Progress on Academic Progression

New Jersey Future of Nursing Action CoalitionIn February, 2013 the New Jersey Action Coalition received a State Implementation Program Grant (SIP) from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation along with matching funds from the a majority of Magnet hospitals in the state, to support the work of increasing the percentage of baccalaureate nurses to 80% by 2020. This work supports one of the key recommendations from the Institute of Medicine: Future of Nursing, Leading Change Advancing Health landmark report.  Currently, three teams are working on the creation of seamless models for academic progression.  Each team represents diploma/associate and baccalaureate degree programs along with nurse leaders from practice settings acute, long term care and home care. The first phase of their work was to conduct a gap analysis using the Nurse of the Future Core Competencies ©.  This phase was to be completed by June 2013.  The second phase is to design new models of delivery of nursing education.   In July 2013, the members of these teams along with the Master Steering Committee members met at the New Jersey Hospital Association for a two-day retreat to share their work.  A national consultant and expert on competency based models, Dr.Maureen Sroczynski was engaged to help review the work, educate new teams, and prepare them for the next steps. Two of the teams presented findings from their gap analysis that involved reviewing nursing curriculum and asking practice partners what was relevant to practice in their settings.  The two teams completing the gap analysis include academic and practice programs located in the central part of the state.     The members of (Team A) included faculty from The College of New Jersey, St. Francis School of Nursing and Allied Health and their practices partners from Capital Health, Hunterdon Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson at Hamilton, and Hunterdon Homecare.    The members of the second team (Team B) who also presented gap analysis included faculty from Rutgers University and Brookdale Community College as well as practice partners from St. Peter's University Hospital, Visiting Nurse Association and McCarrick Care Center.    New Jersey Future of Nursing Action CoalitionAdditional achievements at the retreat included bringing together new teams to perform the gap analysis and transform nursing curriculum.  Academic and practice partners representing the southern part of NJ were also present and included nurse leaders and faculty from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Atlantic Cape Community College, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing, Thomas Edison State College and Camden County Community College as well as practice members from Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center, Lourdes Health System and LIFE at Lourdes.  Interest in participation of this project continues to grow and Maria Torchia LoGrippo, the Project Director for the pilot, is eager to welcome all members that wish to engage in transforming nursing education to meet the challenges of a changing health care environment and a diverse workforce.  Maria Torchia Lo Grippo stated: “The retreat definitely emphasized the advantages of bringing together nursing faculty and nurse leaders in practice who seek to work together to improve nursing education”.  Edna Cadmus, co-lead for the NJAC, Susan Salmond, and Deanna Sperling co-chairs for Pillar 2 along with the Master Steering Committee members were astounded at how far the teams had come and the collaboration and trust that has been established since this work began.   Edna Cadmus “identified that everyone participating on the teams willingly shares their experiences and the ‘ah ha’ moments they have had over the course of this journey.”  Based on this work, other teams are forming and the NJAC will continue to provide technical support to all teams and are ready to serve NJ.    
by Edna Cadmus | August 14, 2013

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Stefanie Cruz

Thank you for sharing this significant progress!
Posted on: August 28, 2013, 9:09 am


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