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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)
    • Do a Pareto analysis to determine major retention issues (February 2014)

Measurable Outcomes:

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


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

Overall Accountability: Marlene Cohen

Goal 1: Increase our capacity in conducting research aimed at promoting health, reducing risk, and managing chronic conditions and delivering interventions and monitoring outcomes to rural and underserved populations using technology.

Leaders: Marlene Cohen, Department Chairs and Assistant Deans

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Identify and facilitate faculty in developing a program of research in promoting health, reducing risk, and managing chronic conditions
    • Identify appropriate workload to include research activity and accountability for goals. (Sept., 2013)
    • Assist junior faculty in identifying teams and mentors for their program of research. (Dec., 2013)
    • Offer R course to faculty who are ready to write a grant proposal. (Spring, 2014)
  2. Recruit faculty members
    • Create competitive recruitment packages for new faculty. (Sept., 2013)
    • Continue recruitment to have at least 6 new research active faculty members (June, 2015).

Measurable Outcomes:

  1. At least five R-series grant proposals or R-series equivalent proposals submitted by June, 2014
  2. Recruitment of 6 research active faculty members by August, 2015.

Goal 2: Increase our prominence in research related to promoting health, reducing risk, and managing chronic conditions.

Leaders: Marlene Cohen, Carol Pullen, Lani Zimmerman, Bernice Yates

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Identify wider range of funding opportunities. (Sept., 2013)
  2. Support P20 pilot projects as needed to yield at least two R series grant submissions or other major grants (June, 2014).
  3. Submit at least one R01 proposals (October, 2013).
  4. Submit at least one R01 proposals (June, 2014).
  5. Submit P30 and/or T32 proposals related to rural health or symptoms (June, 2015).
  6. Determine strategies for using the EPIC Electronic Health Record in clinical research (June, 2014).

Measurable Outcomes:

  1. Submission of at least two R01 proposals and two other major grants (June, 2014).
  2. Maintain or improve NIH ranking (academic analytics).
  3. Submit T32 or P30 (June, 2015).
  4. Submit at least two grants to new funding agencies. (June, 2014)

Goal 3: Support new and ongoing translational research that is interdisciplinary, multi-site, multi-campus and that includes the use of technology

Leaders: Lani Zimmerman and new Associate Dean for Transformational Practice

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Participate in the development of the UNMC practice-based research networks (June, 2014)
  2. Hold Research Seminars on establishing and maintaining interdisciplinary multi-site, multi-campus and practice collaboration. (June, 2014)
  3. Develop a plan for supporting these collaborations. (June, 2014)
  4. List the populations included, faculty involved, and research goals. (June, 2014)
  5. 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, 2014)

Measurable Outcomes:

  1. Identify key patient oriented data elements of a PBRN
  2. Increase number of new interdisciplinary collaborations by at least four.
  3. Increase the number of research projects that use technology by at least two.

Goal 4: Continue developing and using comprehensive faculty development plan for research

Leaders: Marlene Cohen and research committee

Milestones and target dates:

  1. Continue to implement comprehensive plan (June, 2014)
    • elements included are mentoring, just-in-time pilot funding, mock reviews, and research consultation
    • semiannual meetings with faculty, Department Chairs or Assistant Dean, consultant, and Associate Dean for Research
      1. use goals in evaluation and promotion and tenure reviews
      2. Monitor and evaluate productivity of each individual faculty who is research active (publications and additional grant submissions).
      3. Develop action plans with faculty to enhance productivity.
  2. Create a plan to identify faculty members to attend conferences or NIH workshops on a variety of types of research to develop competency with different approaches (e.g., Dissemination & Implementation science, palliative care research) with an expectation of sharing information and consulting with others. (June, 2014)
  3. Encourage faculty sabbatical to re-tool in a new area of research as feasible based on budget. (June, 2014)
  4. Sponsor seminars after faculty attend conferences to share information learned. (June, 2014)

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