Posted on Apr 20, 2020
With the United States already facing a nursing shortage, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a greater strain on the nation’s health care system. As student nurses are prohibited from continuing their clinical rotations due to the virus, the need for an innovative and comprehensive way to advance students into the workforce also emerged.
The USF College of Nursing has finalized a collaborative partnership with TruMont and created a customized program that will allow senior nursing students to graduate on time.
TruMont offers an evidence-based health care curriculum with a blended learning approach that is consistent with the work of the National Academy of Medicine (formally the Institute of Medicine), the Joint Commission, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The College of Nursing sought to create the program after a report from TruMont identified that the suspension of clinical rotations could further the nursing shortage. The report points out that the stoppage of in-person education could affect up to 10,000 graduating nurses in Florida, leaving them insufficiently prepared for practice.
Curated by Rayna Letourneau, PhD, RN, assistant professor and one of the lead course coordinators for the College of Nursing’s preceptorship course, the Senior RN Student Practicum 2020 program brings the clinical setting to students’ computers. Dr. Letourneau reviewed TruMont’s online curriculum and chose which aspects most closely aligned with the College of Nursing’s program outcomes, as well as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education of Professional Nursing Practice and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies.
“There was already a critical need to recruit and retain nurses, secondary to a projected nursing shortage,” Dr. Letourneau said. “Nurse leaders can alleviate some of the stressors on the health care industry by addressing the urgent need for nurses, ensuring that nursing students graduate on time, and facilitating a successful transition from academia to the nursing workforce.”
Specifically, the program focuses on knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enhance quality and safety practices. These practices facilitate the transition of newly licensed nurses from academia to clinical care.
Each module begins with an introduction, presents key concepts, and reviews their application in the practice setting. Concept topics are followed by short quizzes and scenarios structured to build confidence through critical thinking activities. Research-based case studies lead the students through situations they could encounter in a hospital setting.
After each module, the students conference with the rest of their cohort to demonstrate how they can apply new and/or reinforced knowledge to their past and future clinical experience. Student engagement is encouraged through faculty feedback using interactive announcements, coaching emails, virtual office hours, and an interactive grading system...
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Structured to bridge the gap from current practice to a new practice setting.
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The New Graduate Transitional Residency Program (NGTRP) &
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are structured to bridge the gap from the academic experience to the practice setting.
Designed to support the new graduate's transition from novice to competent, professional nurse.
On the job training in the hospital's systems, technology, practices and culture.
Improve confidence and competence
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Structured to maintain best practice and enhance each nurse's chosen career path to expert nurse.
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