Poster Presentation

Friday, July 13, 2007
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Friday, July 13, 2007
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
This presentation is part of : Poster Presentation III
Nursing Faculty role as a Collaborator in Corporate-wide nursing education and practice
Elizabeth B. Simon, Ph, D, RN, CCRN, CEN, Scool of Nursing, Hunter College, City Univeristy of New York, New York, NY, USA
Learning Objective #1: identify the benefits/advantages of nursing faculty practice as a clinical education collaborator
Learning Objective #2: discuss challenges and possibilities of a corporate-wide intiative

Purpose: A significant disparity was evident among critical care nursing educational support system within 11 acute care hospitals of Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC). To address this disparity, Corporate Nursing Services launched an initiative to offer corporate-wide critical care nursing education to improve job satisfaction, enhance professional practice, provide forums for net working, collaborative learning, motivation for excellence, and positive patient outcome.

 Description: The Vice President of Nursing identified facilities that were in need of additional educational support related to critical care nursing. A consultant, who is a full time academic faculty, was hired in January, 2006 to facilitate corporate-wide critical care nursing education. Needs assessment with involvement of other members of the health care team and nursing leaders were conducted to plan educational programs. Consultant presented the critical care series in coordination with approval of provider status from American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) in March. Attendance was excellent as RNs were invited to participate corporately at facility sites. The positive feedback from the nurses led to repeated lectures to capture the remainder of the nurses. Instructors and directors throughout the network evaluate the competencies as a follow up measure. A nursing collaborative involving directors and educators from the 11 HHC facilities was formed in June to enhance this educational initiative. A CCRN and CEN review team was formed to maximize the clinical resources utilization. Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) were introduced to enhance self-directed learning. A critical care nursing residency program for nursing students is in the planning phase.  
Outcome:  Nursing practice will improve to the level of AACN standards. This will be measured by pre/post tests and competencies at the bedside. Job satisfaction of the critical care nurses as evidenced by an increase in the recruitment and retention rate will be monitored.