Difference in Bedside Competencies Between Adn and Bsn Nurses

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CURRICULUM REVISION

A CONCEPTUAL MODEL

to Support

Curriculum Review, Revision, and Design in an Associate Degree Nursing Program
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of program outcomes has been identified as a core competency for nurse educators
A N D E VA L UAT I O N

(Billings & Halstead, 2009; Southern Regional Education Board, 2002). Facing declining NCLEX-RN® pass rates, faculty at an associate degree nursing program at a public community college in Mississippi responded to the National League for Nursing ([NLN] 2005b) call to transform nursing education by undertaking an intensive critique of its curriculum and program outcomes. Based on this analysis, a conceptual
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Knowles emphasizes that learners and faculty are co-creators in the learning environment and learning experiences, with collaboration and goal achievement hallmarks of the model. Billings and Halstead point out that adult learners are selfdirected, concerned with obtaining information relevant to problem solving and the achievement of goals. Because many students in the program are younger than the average age, it was important to monitor their performance with the new curriculum. Since implementation, there has been no significant difference in grades and retention for the nontraditional and traditional students.
Conceptual Framework Prior to the development of a con-

ceptual framework, faculty used Delphi methodology to create a philosophy for the nursing program. A questionnaire was prepared using statements based on the previous philosophy, which had a teaching-centered focus, asking for quantitative and narrative responses as well as comments. The results were consolidated and returned to faculty for a third round of responses. The Curriculum Revision Steering Committee wrote the philosophy based on these results. It was reviewed at several faculty meetings for discussion, revision, and final unanimous approval. The process of curriculum review coincided with publication of the NLN Excellence in Nursing Education model (2006), which reflected concepts being explored in the curriculum revision

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