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The Challenges Ahead for Texas Nurse Educators

Elsevier’s commitment of the education of nurses through its support of faculty is long-standing. In today’s environment, a major problem in nursing education is the SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED NURSING FACULTY. Unfortunately, there is a direct relationship between the number of nurse educators available and the number of undergraduate and graduate nursing students who can be prepared for the nursing educational work force.

This concern in Texas drove the development of the conference, Challenges for Texas Nurse Educators, held on February 17, 2017. This conference was designed to 1) confirm that the shortages identified in the literature accurately illustrate the current experience in Texas and 2) explore reasons for the insufficient number of nurse educators in Texas and strategies to resolve this issue. The conference was funded by the Texas Action Coalition, Texas Team: Advancing Health for Texas, RWJF Coalition through shared funds with the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association. The participants of the workshop heard leaders from the National League of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Organization of Associate Degree Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Board of Nursing, Texas Nurses Association and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and then participated in group discussions. From these conversations came recommendations to address the nurse faculty shortage in Texas.

The members of the Team Texas Task Force involved in this project recognized that the concerns from Texas nursing programs are no different from those of other nurses across the country. Thanks to the support of Elsevier, we would like to share this work and invite our colleagues across the country to adapt it to meet the needs in their environments.

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Managing Director, Collaborative Momentum Consulting

On Behalf of the Texas Team Education Task Force

Patricia Allen, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Chair
Professor, Texas Tech University HSC,
School of Nursing

Carol Boswell, EdD, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Professor, Texas Tech University HCS
School of Nursing

Joyce Batcheller DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Nurse Executive Advisor, Leadership
The Center for the Advancement of
Healthcare Professionals
AMN Healthcare

Sharon Cannon, EdD, RN, ANEF
Regional Dean and Professor
Texas Tech University HSC,School of Nursing

Michael Evans, Ph.D., FAAN
Professor and Dean
Texas Tech University HSC,
School of Nursing

Marvella Starlin, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing Education
Cisco, College

Jayson T. Valerio DNP, RN
Interim Dean
Nursing & Allied Health Division
South Texas College

Innovation in Radiography Education: The College of Health Care Professions

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

In the 2014-24 Employment Projection Summary, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for radiologic technologists in the U.S. will grow 9%, faster than the average of all occupations. This continued growth is driven by the aging of the population, technological advances, and changes in the delivery and reimbursement of health care in the U.S. These factors influence the need for innovative educational approaches to meet the needs of the growing number of patients needing services AND to provide an avenue for professional growth for many providers who wish to expand their scope of practice.

Strategies for Encouraging the Acceptance and Successful Implementation of a Concept-Based Curriculum

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Dean Margaret Ashbury has a dilemma. She has been concerned about content saturation in the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program of the college. This concern has grown as NCLEX-RN® first-time pass rates have been dropping over the last two years. This is not surprising, given that the nursing curriculum has not been updated in 12 years. 

Starting Off Right: The Successful Nursing Candidate

Tim Inverso MSN, RN, CEN, ACNS, BC; Amy Leach MSN-ED, RN; and Cami Weber MSN, RN, MBA

In the midst of increasing pressures on nursing programs to maintain high retention and pass rates, this timely article identifies several strategies for how to assess potential students’ capacity for success. Topics include setting admission criteria, identifying at risk students, and understanding the role that learning styles, life styles, and diversity play in student success.

Future Needs for Healthcare Providers

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Health professions education leaders must project the labor needs of a rapidly changing healthcare environment in order to choose programs that best match the need for employees in their own locale. For the last several decades, with some exceptions, the healthcare provider labor market has been characterized by severe shortages. Today, determining the current and future need for healthcare providers is increasingly complex, influenced by the growth in the elderly population, unknown results from recent changes in healthcare reimbursement, expanding technology, and changing delivery models, as well as new research related to human functioning. This white paper is designed to help health education leaders make wise decisions regarding personnel needs of healthcare employers.

Quality and Safety Education for Nursing: From Classroom to Clinical Experience

Kristin Oneail, MSN, RN; and Chris Koffel, PhD, RN

Started by a small group of nursing experts ten years ago, QSEN competencies are now a national movement influencing nursing education, nursing regulation, and nursing practice. Find out how integrating QSEN competencies into nursing education and clinicals can help ensure these patient safety and quality measures can become the standard in nursing care.

Concept-Based Curricula in Nursing: Perceptions of the Trend

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

There is so much “buzz” in the nursing education community regarding the potential of a concept-based curriculum to improve student outcomes. However, there is little documentation regarding the number of nursing programs currently implementing this type of curriculum or the effectiveness of such programs. In April 2013, Elsevier Education partnered with Hanover Research to launch a nationwide study on concept-based curriculum in nursing.

The Concept-­‐Based Curriculum: Key Points for a Transition

Janine L. Dailey, RN, MSN

A concept-based curriculum promotes higher-level thinking and lifelong learning as students explore the concepts and related exemplars using a learner-centered approach. Rather than memorizing content, students learn the concepts and their application to common disorders. There are numerous benefits to using a concept-based curriculum, but the transition takes a great deal of planning and effort to be carried out.

Best Practices in Proctoring HESI Tests

Kim Brunnert, PhD

There are many reasons to have an exam proctored and many strategies for proctoring. The primary reason that HESI requires proctors is to ensure the highest possible validity for each exam score. Another purpose is to protect our intellectual property (and keep the costs of exams as low as possible). If a student shares the content of an exam, HESI can no longer use that exam and has to create another. While it might sound like the more important purpose is to prevent the theft of the content, in fact, the more important point is to ensure that exam validity stays high.

Classroom Activities to Engage Students

Michelle Deck, RN, MEd

An essential skill needed to be an effective educator is the ability to engage a diverse group of learners throughout a lesson, whether it is a short one or a long one. The abundance of content that must be learned and mastered by nursing students can be overwhelming. Using active learning strategies can be the solution to this challenge. Some participants experience these and call them “games.” However there is a big difference between a game and an interactive learning activity (ILA).