CON 2013-2016 Strategic Plan

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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.

A:   UNMC will be learning-centered in 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.

VISION:   Be architects and scholars of innovative models of learning

Overall Accountability: Karen Grigsby

Goal 1: Foster a climate of life-long learning and innovation.

Leaders: Karen Grigsby, Department Chairs, Assistant Deans, Undergraduate Curriculum Chair, Professional Graduate Nursing Programs Curriculum Chair, Chair of PhD Advisory Committee

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Establish planning committee to reconceptualize delivery of MSN courses to meet the demands of health care reform and emerging new models of education including BSN-DNP (Sept 2013).
  2. Establish partnerships to deliver education efficiently and effectively (June 2014)
  3. Develop and implement an ongoing faculty development program for the area of education.
    • Planning team convened (Fall 2013).
    • Needs assessment completed (January 2014).
    • Develop plan, objectives, and outcomes presented to Executive Council (March 2014).
  4. Create a Center for Excellence in Teaching and Technology.
    • Planning to begin Fall 2013;
    • Fully implemented Fall 2017.
  5. Create a position for and develop plan to raise funds for an endowment for a chair for teaching excellence and innovation. (June, 2014)

Measurable Outcomes:

  1. Complete development of faculty development program beginning with online orientation site, and at least four offerings or components.
  2. Complete feasibility assessment and planning for Center for Excellence in Teaching and Technology.
  3. Hire an endowed chair for teaching excellence and innovation (Fall 2015)
  4. Number of partnerships developed that facilitate delivery of programs (June 2014)
  5. Graduate curriculum revisions completed (June 2014)

Goal 2: Create a premier institute to prepare health professions leaders for a dynamic interprofessional work environment.

Leaders: Mary Cramer, Connie Miller, Dee Ernesti

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Planning committee established. Vision, mission, design, operational framework including personnel and budget, learning objectives, outcomes, and potential modules, and identification of potential funding sources (June 2013).
  2. Funding obtained (2013-2014).
  3. Initiation of institute (Spring 2014).
  4. Establish at least one interprofessional rural clinical experience (June 2014).
  5. Establish at least one interprofessional rural clinical experience (June 2014).

Measurable Outcomes:

  1. Plan completed for interprofessional institute (June, 2013).
  2. Clinical experience established, implemented, and evaluated (Dec. 2014).

Goal 3: Collaborate with the UNMC School of Allied Health Professions and the University of Nebraska-Kearney to complete a building plan for the new Health Sciences Education building on the UNK campus and expansion of the nursing and allied health programs at that site.

Leaders: Steve Pitkin, Kelly McDonald, Julie Sebastian

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Develop interprofessional learning opportunities and expanded clinical site placements (June, 2014).
  2. Identify faculty interests in interprofessional learning experiences and opportunities for “flipped” classroom learning (Dec. 2013)
  3. Establish a mechanism for coordinating and sharing clinical sites for expanded numbers of students in nursing and allied health (June 2014).
  4. Implement plan to raise funds for a Fund for Excellence for this initiative (December, 2013).

Measurable Outcomes:

  1. Meeting project timelines.
  2. Availability of system for coordinating and sharing clinical sites.
  3. Fund raising success for Kearney Division Fund for Excellence.

Goal 4: Complete fund raising for new building for Lincoln Division.

Leaders: Julie Sebastian, Jana Pressler, Sarah Carlson

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Finalize composition of fund raising committee (Sept., 2013).
  2. Work with faculty, staff, students, and UNMC PR to develop and implement communications plan related to the Lincoln Division and the new building (Oct., 2013).
  3. Work with NU Foundation to contact potential donors and secure commitments (Jan., 2013).

Measurable Outcomes:

  1. Successful achievement of fund raising goal.
  2. Implementation and evaluation of communication plan.

Goal 5: Create innovation in the recruitment, admission, progression, and retention strategies including diversity to optimize success in the baccalaureate program to meet the needs of the state of Nebraska.

Leaders: Liane Connelly, Rolee Kelly, Barb Wehrman

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Recruitment
    • Develop an overall recruitment plan (December 2013) - Rolee Kelly, Liane Connelly
    • Establish a network of high schools and community organizations for recruitment activities, to include strategies for recruiting a diverse student body (May 2014) - Rolee Kelly, Liane Connelly
  2. Admission
    • Develop admission criteria that support admission of a student body reflective of the population we serve. (January 2014)
    • Explore and evaluate measures to assess “soft” skills. (May 2014) Barb Wehrman
  3. Progression
    • Develop a task force to evaluate competency-based programming in other schools and determine how that might work for UNMC CON (October 2013) Liane Connelly
    • Develop a task force to evaluate alternate delivery models (i.e., MOOC) to support flexibility in movement through the curriculum (October 2013)
  4. Retention
    • Develop a program to engage students prior to matriculation (December 2013)
    • Develop a program to engage students prior to matriculation (December 2013)

Measurable Outcomes:

  1. Demographics of the undergraduate student body.
  2. Retention rate.
  3. First time NCLEX pass rates.
  4. Job placement rates.


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