Advancing Education Taskforce
The Advancing Education Taskforce is made up of educators and administrators from Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree programs in Alabama as well as practice partner representatives. The taskforce works to improve seamless articulation for RN’s seeking to continue their education journey to a BSN and higher.
The Task force held its first meeting in October of 2011. It was initially made up of select members of the Capstone College of Nursing’s Partnership Advisory Council (PAC). The PAC was formed by the RN Mobility Coordinator at CCN in 2004 in an effort to bring together community college representatives and practice partners who had a vested interest in RN to BSN education. A recurring topic of concern for the PAC was barriers that exist for associate degree nurses who wish to continue their education.
In April of 2012 the task force appointed a sub-committee charged with the task of developing a draft of lower division required courses that would be reflective of “what nurses need to know”, an approach suggested by Dr. Gubrud-Howe. The subcommittee was made up of two representatives from RN Mobility programs and two representatives from the Alabama Community College System. This subgroup met several times throughout the summer and presented the proposed RN Mobility Pre-Nursing Curriculum to the full Task Force at the July 27th 2012 meeting. The Task Force reviewed the proposal as a group and provided input that resulted in only minor changes. The recommended curriculum was based on the following: Congruency with Alabama Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS); Congruency with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirements; and flexibility in allowing transfer of course credits at the individual institutions. Representatives took the curriculum back to their respective institutions and began working to make the changes necessary to implement changes in the articulation for RNs seeking to continue their nursing education.
Some of the items the Task Force identified as next steps at the July 2012 meeting included:
Explore Financial Aid/Scholarship/Grant opportunities to aid in students’ tuition within and outside of the individual institutions.
Investigate assessment tools that could be used by all Alabama nursing programs to assess the computer skills of students prior to enrollment. Allow those who earn a designated score to receive credit for a computer science course
Develop a system for educating advisors statewide about the various RN Mobility Programs and the changes in requirements as a result of the recommended RN Mobility Pre-nursing Curriculum.
Engage practice partners and employers of registered nurses statewide in discussion about tuition incentives, career ladder mandates and improved compensation for BSN prepared nurses.