CON 2014-2017 Strategic Plan

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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
COLLEGE OF NURSING
COLLEGE OF NURSING STRATEGIC PLAN 2014-2017


MISSION AND VISION

The Mission of the College of Nursing is to improve the health of Nebraska through premier nursing education programs, innovative research, the highest quality patient care, and service to underserved populations.

The Vision of the College of Nursing is to be a vital part of a world-renowned health sciences center and to:

  • Deliver state of the art nursing education blending traditional learning approaches with emerging learning technologies;
  • Offer health care and health systems solutions grounded in leading-edge nursing science;
  • Promote health, reduce the burden of illness, and lessen health disparities in Nebraska and beyond.

The mission and vision of the College of Nursing are accomplished through leadership by faculty, staff, and students. The leadership philosophy of the College embraces resiliency, shaping positive change, pro-active thinking, effective partnerships, and risk-taking toward creative possibilities. The mission and vision of the College of Nursing also are accomplished through the College’s communication philosophy of open, honest, and respectful dialogue among all employees. Diverse opinions are sought and valued, and decisions are made after adequate discussion. We hold ourselves and each other accountable for positive communication behaviors.

A:   ENHANCE UNMC’S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AS THE MOST HIGHLY LEARNER-CENTERED UNIVERSITY IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION

College of Nursing Long Range Plan: Offer high quality, cost-effective educational programs that prepare nurse leaders to shape a preferred health care future.

Goal 1:

Prepare graduates who are prepared to meet the challenges of a changing healthcare environment using innovative educational models that incorporate evolving technological solutions.

Leaders: Marge Kaiser, Sue Wilhelm, Anne Wilber, Steph Burge, Louise LaFramboise

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Prepare graduates to practice as members of interprofessional teams using simulation and team-based collaborative clinical education. June, 2015
  2. Submit a proposal for a regional simulation center in West Nebraska. June, 2015
  3. Prepare graduates to care for populations across settings by developing population-based materials that can be included in e-portfolios. Dec., 2014
  4. Implement the long term NCLEX Improvement Success Plan. Sept., 2014
  5. Prepare graduates to cope with constant change in the healthcare environment by engaging clinicians from the Clinical Enterprise and our clinical partners on each campus in the academic programs. June, 2015
  6. Prepare graduates who are focused on delivering quality, cost effective, evidence based, and safe care by exploring the feasibility and demand for an advanced generalist option in the master’s degree program. June, 2015

Outcomes:

  1. Students on all five campuses will participate in at least one interprofessional collaborative clinical education learning experience.
  2. Increased number of clinicians with faculty appointments in the College of Nursing.
  3. Submission of a proposal for a regional simulation center.
  4. First time NCLEX pass rates continue to exceed state and national pass rates at 90% or better.
  5. Report documenting the feasibility and demand for an advanced generalist option in the MSN program.

Leaders: Karen Grigsby, Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler

Goal 2:

Provide ongoing faculty development opportunities related to eLearning, interprofessional education, simulation and virtual reality, concept-based curricula, and “flipped classrooms”.

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Collaborate with the UNMC Office of Faculty Development in meeting faculty-identified needs for ongoing development. June, 2015
  2. Complete development of Faculty/Staff Mentoring Program that is aligned with the UNMC Mentoring Program and reflects individual campus needs. Dec., 2014
  3. Use partnerships with other UNMC Colleges, UNL, UNK, and UNO to create innovative strategies for the delivery of efficient and effective education. June, 2015
  4. Build educational scholarship that supports evidence based teaching by submitting at least two training grant proposals for priority academic program innovations, such as BSN-DNP or Psychiatric/Mental Health education. June, 2015
  5. Submit at least one grant proposal for educational research related to undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education. June, 2014

Outcomes:

  1. Faculty development mentoring plans completed with unique campus needs incorporated.
  2. Expansion of partnerships with other UNMC Colleges and other NU campuses for educational innovations.
  3. Submission of at least two training grant proposals.
  4. Submission of at least one educational research proposal.

Leaders: Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, Karen Grigsby

B:    INCREASE RESEARCH PROMINENCE AS A TOP TIER ACADEMIC HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER

College of Nursing Long Range Plan: Achieve and sustain a pervasive culture of research and scholarship throughout the College of Nursing.

Goal 1:

Increase our capacity and prominence in research aimed at promoting health, reducing risk, managing chronic conditions, and delivering interventions and monitoring outcomes to rural and underserved populations using technology.

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Recruit additional research-active faculty members
    • Create competitive and consistent recruitment packages across all five campuses for new research-active faculty members. Summer, 2014
    • Continue recruitment to have at least 6 new research active faculty members. June, 2016
  2. Strengthen CON research culture through clarifying expectations and resource allocation processes to support faculty research efforts. June, 2015

Outcomes:

  1. At least five major grant awards (R series, K series, ACS, etc.) submitted by June, 2015.
  2. Recruitment of 6 research active faculty members by June, 2016. (e.g.: Wilson Chair, 2 new Assoc. Deans, 3 UNMC Nursing Science Research Scholars, Psych-mental health faculty position)
  3. Maintenance or improvement in NIH ranking (Academic Analytics).
  4. Submission of T32 or P20 (June, 2017).
  5. Recruitment of faculty from the CON into the mentored scholars CTR program. (n=1 per year; July 2015; 2016)
  6. Identification and facilitation of faculty in developing a program of research in promoting health, reducing risk or managing chronic conditions to increase CON critical mass of active researchers by 5. (July 2015)
  7. Submission of at least one manuscript per year as first author or co-author by each doctorally-prepared faculty (DNP and PhD). (July 2015 and 2016)
  8. Norms developed for CON research culture (December, 2014).

Leaders: Marlene Cohen, Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, and Assistant Deans

Goal 2:

Support new and ongoing patient centered translational research that is interdisciplinary, multi-site, and multi-campus.

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Participate in the operationalization of the UNMC practice-based research networks. June, 2015
  2. Submit proposal to the NU Board of Regents for a Center for Patient Engagement in Chronic Care Management Through Discovery, Dissemination, and Diffusion. Nov., 2014
  3. Hold research seminars on establishing and maintaining interdisciplinary multi-site, multi-campus and practice collaboration and topics of dissemination and implementation science, cost effectiveness analysis, community-based participatory research, and comparative effectiveness research. June, 2015
  4. Expand use of rural technology core (from P20) to a core facility for the entire UNMC campus in order to facilitate interdisciplinary multi-site, multi-campus practice and research collaborations. June, 2015
  5. Determine strategies for using the EPIC Electronic Health Record in clinical research. June, 2015

Outcomes:

  1. Identification of key patient oriented data elements that can be included in the UNMC framework for biomedical informatics.
  2. Submission of Center proposal to the Board of Regents
  3. Increase in the number of new interdisciplinary collaborations by at least four.
  4. Increase the number of research projects that use technology by at least two.
  5. Participation by faculty and doctoral students in at least one UNMC research interest group relevant to their work.

Leaders: Lani Zimmerman, Kate Fiandt, and Marlene Cohen

C:    ADVANCE COMMUNITY/GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS FOR HEALTH

College of Nursing Long Range Plan: Reduce health disparities in Nebraska and the region through faculty practices and community partnerships that focus on health promotion and disease prevention, chronic care management, behavioral/mental health services, and other emerging health issues.

Goal 1:

Develop interprofessional practice models focused on innovative community based practices that improve patient and population health outcomes.

Leaders: Linda Sather, Assistant Deans, Kate Fiandt, Chair of Faculty Practice Committee

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Identify and develop at least one new faculty practice on each of our five campuses. May 2016
  2. Submit business proposals for funding of practice initiatives as needed for each campus. May 2015
  3. Identify a database mechanism for feedback regarding patient and student outcomes that address diversity, disparity and social determinants of health. May 2016
  4. Disseminate effects of these innovative practices locally, regionally and nationally through presentations and publications. May 2016

Outcomes:

  1. Kearney Division will have practice ready by May 2015.
  2. Other Divisions will have the practices in development by May 2015.
  3. Other Divisions will have the practices ready by May 2016.
  4. Internal sharing of progress and practice models yearly (2015, 2016).
  5. Publications and presentations of the practice models and outcomes to start in May 2016.

Leaders: Kate Fiandt and Linda Sather

Goal 2:

Expand international initiatives for nursing education.

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Expand undergraduate exchange opportunities with Oman. May, 2015
  2. Implement RN-BSN initiative with Oman. May, 2015
  3. Complete the planning for an RN-BSN initiative with the Shanghai Institute for Health Sciences. Jan., 2015

Measurable Outcomes:

  1. Number of students and countries involved in undergraduate exchanges.
  2. Number of Omani nurses admitted to the RN-BSN program.
  3. Completion of a plan for students to apply to the RN-BSN program from the Shanghai Institute for Health Sciences.

Leaders: Sheila Ryan, Assistant Deans, Kate Fiandt, Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, Louise LaFramboise, Becky Keating-Lefler

D:   CREATE AN EXEMPLARY CULTURALLY COMPETENT ORGANIZATION

College of Nursing Long Range Plan: Increase multi-cultural presence across all Divisions of the College of Nursing. Improve faculty, staff, and students’ understanding of being a global citizen and living within the context of a global community.

Goal 1:

Increase representativeness of students, staff, and faculty to mirror population of the state.

Leaders: Liane Connelly, Jana Pressler, Louise LaFramboise

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Expand the plan for increasing student, staff, and faculty diversity in all academic programs (BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD). June, 2015
    • Identify benchmarks from other universities and support strategies for a diverse student, faculty and staff body.
    • Develop specific fundraising initiatives for scholarships and tuition support to enhance the College of Nursing’s cultural understanding, global engagement, and diversity of students, faculty, and staff members.
    • Revisit BSN admission requirements.
    • Year two-implement strategies such as an Ambassador program.
    • Year three – expand and revise the program based on evaluation data.
  2. Recruitment - expand recruitment plans to enhance inclusiveness of students, faculty, and staff. June, 2015
  3. Sense of belonging – assess students’ sense of belonging on each campus using appropriate assessment tools for engagement, etc. June, 2015
    • Involve students, staff, and faculty in the development of strategies to foster sense of belonging/engagement. Dec., 2016
    • Implement strategies and begin formative evaluation process. June, 2017

Outcomes:

  1. Increased diversity within the student body
  2. Increased faculty and staff diversity
  3. Improvements in faculty and staff engagement scores.
  4. Improvements in student satisfaction in exit surveys.

Leaders: Liane Connelly and Sheila Ryan

Goal 2:

Expand student, faculty, and staff understanding of cultural preferences and strategies for inclusivity

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Document educational components fostering cultural understanding in each degree program. June, 2015
  2. Determine strategies for strengthening faculty, staff, and student understanding of cultural preferences and enhancing a culture of inclusivity. June, 2015

Outcomes:

  1. Documentation of learning experiences related to cultural understanding
  2. Evaluation outcomes of strategies to strengthen cultural understanding and expansion of a culture of inclusivity.

Leaders: Chairs of curriculum committees, Sheila Ryan

E:   ADVANCE BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPROVE HEALTH, DIVERSIFY UNMC REVENUES, AND CREATE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN NEBRASKA

College of Nursing Long Range Plan: Advance technologies and information systems to support education, research, practice, and administrative operations of the College.

Goal 1:

Develop the College of Nursing’s infrastructure to promote innovative technology use across education, research, and practice missions.

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Create a systematic plan for the utilization, deployment, and standardization of technology resources across the College of Nursing. (2014-2015)
  2. Identify strategies to pilot, sustain, and promote effective innovative technology use for education delivery, research, and clinical practice. (2014-2015)
  3. Align CON faculty development opportunities with UNMC and CON faculty development initiatives. (2014-2015)
  4. Expand the use of telehealth and other technologies to provide clinical care, population health services, and to conduct research. June, 2016

Outcomes:

  1. Identification or development of tools and methods for evaluating technology use across CON Campus (e.g. technology evaluation matrix)
  2. Provision of interdisciplinary educational and research opportunities, and seek one or more potential resources (e.g. funding) for faculty innovation.
  3. Provision of resources for coordinating educational technology development activities with UNMC and CON faculty development initiatives.

Leaders: Suhasini Kotcherlakota, Patrick Rejda, Lani Zimmerman

F:   STRENGTHEN EMPLOYEE LOYALTY, SATISFACTION, AND WELLNESS

College of Nursing Long Range Plan: Strategically align faculty and staff with the missions of the College of Nursing so as to optimize their role satisfaction, talents, interests, productivity, and loyalty.

Goal 1:

Maximize the health goals of faculty, staff and students.

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Develop and strengthen community partnerships with wellness focused programs to promote individuals’ wellness goals. June, 2015
  2. Develop new ways to promote a variety of wellness options, provided by BC/BS and other campus programs, for all CON employees and students. June, 2015

Outcomes:

  1. Number and types of community partnerships across the College’s five campuses that include wellness programs.
  2. Inventory of new strategies for promoting wellness opportunities for faculty, staff, and students

Leaders: Lori Cooley, Denise Waibel-Rycek, Trina Aguirre, Colleen Kennedy, Rita Schmitz, GSO Chair

Goal 2:

CON nurtures a culture that demonstrates individuals are valued, respected and recognized for their contributions to the CON mission and vision.

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Select a tested and free (or develop) employee engagement/satisfaction tool that can be administered to the CON employees on an annual basis.
  2. Implement an action plan based on the results of the 2013 engagement survey to promote an environment for cultivating employees’ trust, respect, and satisfaction to support the CON.

Outcomes:

  1. Improved engagement scores using the UNMC biennial engagement survey.
  2. Increased faculty, staff, and student retention rates.

Leaders: Beth Burbach, Janet Nieveen, Cathy Binstock, Stephanie Burge, Janet Cuddigan, Julie Quickert, Audrey Nelson

G:   POSITION THE COLLEGE OF NURSING TO PROSPER DURING HEALTH CARE REFORM

Goal 1:

Complete the Health Sciences Education Building and enroll increased numbers of students as stated in the project goals.

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Recruit the faculty and staff needed to implement the program expansions in the Kearney Division. August, 2015.
  2. Develop interprofessional programming needed to implement team-based clinical education. June, 2015

Outcomes:

  1. Faculty positions planned for FY15 filled by August, 2015
  2. Interprofessional programming developed and ready for implementation.

Leaders: Steve Pitkin, Mary Ann Mertz, Marge Kaiser, Diane Feldman, Becky Kreman

Goal 2:

Complete the fund raising for the Lincoln Division Nursing Building and obtain Board of Regents approval for the conceptual drawings of the building.

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Complete fund raising for the Lincoln Division Nursing Building. Dec., 2014.
  2. Work with UNL and UNMC to issue bid for architectural firm to complete conceptual designs for the building. March, 2015
  3. Collaborate with architects selected for the design phase in the planning of the building. June, 2015
  4. Present the conceptual designs to the Board of Regents for approval. August, 2015.

Outcomes:

  1. Fund raising completed.
  2. Board of Regents approval of conceptual designs secured.

Leaders: Jana Pressler, Julie Sebastian, Marge Kaiser, Kelly McDonald, and faculty, staff, student, and alumni representatives from the Lincoln Division of the College of Nursing