Sunday, November 13, 2005: 1:30 PM-2:45 PM
The Teaching Nursing Home Model in Practice
Learning Objective #1: Identify key aspects of a collaborative academic and practice partnership designed to mentor and attract nursing students toward a career of caring for older adults
Learning Objective #2: Develop a plan to overcome potential barriers in achieving an innovative collaborative academic and practice partnership
The rapidly growing population of older adults has led to a recent resurgence in the concept of The Teaching Nursing Home (TNH). Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University received a congressionally directed U.S. Department of Education Grant for Improvement of Postsecondary Education to implement beginning stages of The Joe Warner Teaching Nursing Home. The purpose of the project was to; (1) increase the number of long-term care (LTC) clinical and education experiences for nursing students, (2) increase the number of mentoring experiences in LTC for nursing students, and (3) increase the number of MCN graduates who are employed in LTC. The overarching aim of the project was to successfully and effectively blend diverse needs and desires of varied constituents into a collaborative team capable of achieving project goals. Project goals included: (1) Creating the structure needed to enhance collaboration among MCN and participating nursing homes and carry out programs that supported curriculum development, mentoring and recruitment to bring RNs into LTC; (2) Developing the TNH “Sisters Model” to enhance collaboration; (3) Design activities, clinical and mentoring experiences to recruit nursing graduates into LTC; and (4) Develop programs to increase the attractiveness of LTC as a career choice for nursing students, graduates, and RNs residing in the community. The symposium presentation focuses on critical components of the project. These include developing a Sister Model that facilitates communication among all constituents, creating opportunities that benefit all constituents, and finding ways to overcome distance and knowledge barriers among all constituents. General design of the project, activities, barriers, and effective evaluation measures will be discussed. Presentation format will include use of PowerPoint, handouts, and examples of project materials. The TNH Project serves as an innovative model for academic and practice partnerships and demonstrates the strength of such collaborative endeavors.
Organizer:Sara L. Campbell, DNS, RN, CNAA, BC
Presenters:Brenda Recchia Jeffers, RN, PhD
Pat Malik, PhD, CTRS
Bonnie Schmid, MS, RN, MPH
 Bridging the Technological Gap between Academia & Practice
Pat Malik, PhD, CTRS, Sara L. Campbell, DNS, RN, CNAA, BC
 Creating Teaching, Learning, and Research Opportunities in a Collaborative Teaching Nursing Home Partnership
Brenda Recchia Jeffers, RN, PhD, Sara L. Campbell, DNS, RN, CNAA, BC
 The Teaching Nursing Home Model in Practice
Bonnie Schmid, MS, RN, MPH, Sara L. Campbell, DNS, RN, CNAA, BC

Sigma Theta Tau International
38th Biennial Convention - Clinical Sessions
November 12-13, 2005
Indianapolis, IN