NJNI Grantees 2015 – 2016

The College of New Jersey:

Using an Academic-Practice Partnership to Enhance Population-focused Health Care in BSN Education: Planning for the Future

The College of New Jersey, with the clinical partnership of Hunterdon Health Care Systems, will identify the major strengths and resources already in place at TCNJ and in the nursing curriculum to prepare nursing students to engage successfully in providing population-based health care. The issue is that the provision of population-based health care requires additional knowledge and a set of skills not typically addressed in BSN curricula sufficient for students to develop competency. It also requires that nurses (a) understand the broader issues involved in determining health, (b) be able to approach solutions or interventions from that broader perspective as well as existing research evidence or best practices and (c) be able to mobilize existing community resources in the service of better health outcomes. Through the planning grant we began a faculty development initiative and identified the three competencies that they identified as weaker areas for them relate directly to population health. They were: Informatics and technology, Systems-based practice, and Quality Improvement. Thus a major emphasis in this implementation grant application will focus on developing knowledge, learning objects, and clinical experiences that will provide students with the learning opportunities needed to develop beginning competencies in practicing population-based health care with emphasis on the defined deficits. This initiative will have three major components. These are (1) Faculty Development, (2) Content and Learning Object Development/Implementation, and (3) Laboratory (Simulation) and Clinical Experience Development and Implementation. We will move forward on these major components simultaneously.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey:

Redesigning Nursing Education to Address the Challenges and Opportunities of Population Health

Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden (SNC), in clinical partnership with the LEAP Academy Charter School (LEAP) in Camden City, will revise the total BSN curriculum to incorporate a population health focus, and develop and implement population health clinical experiences, including a peer education program. The purposes of this proposed project are to: (a) revise the total baccalaureate nursing curriculum to incorporate a holistic population health focus, and (b) develop and implement population health clinical experiences, including a peer education program through collaboration with the SNC and LEAP. For the first purpose, although the current nursing SNC curriculum meets the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008), population health is not fully integrated throughout the coursework. A population health conceptual model with objectives, content, and clinical experiences relative to population health will be integrated into the courses in the baccalaureate nursing curriculum starting with the lower-division nursing courses. Curriculum change will follow an evidence-based population health model and AACN principles for population health. The second purpose of the proposed project focuses on a population of adolescents and their families residing in Camden City to improve the health and well-being of the population. Among the goals for this project are to: (a) Implement a population health model throughout the school of nursing curriculum, (b) Complete TOP® training for LEAP Health Teachers, and Community Health Nursing Faculty, (c) Using evidence-based education methods, design a model to teach nursing students how to provide peer education for students with designated population health issues, (d) Utilize community health nursing faculty to orientate LEAP health educators to the peer education program. This program will be the model for future peer education programs, between Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden and community partners in and around Camden City.

Rutgers, The State University:

Redesigning Nursing Education to Address the Challenges and Opportunities of Elder Population Health

Rutgers School of Nursing (Newark/New Brunswick), in clinical partnership with The Health Care Association of New Jersey, will redesign undergraduate nursing education to prepare a nurse workforce that uses concepts of population health in support of health promotion and successful aging among the elderly. In this initial phase, the target population is the elderly. Courses with an identified gap will be conceptually refocused. Goals for this project will be to (a) Develop a lecture series for combined student and faculty groups (including preceptor/clinical faculty) on population health and aging topics, (b) Develop workshops on teaching strategies for population health/management, (c) Incorporate simulation activities related to population health and aging throughout the curricula, and (d) Add clinical experiences in community-based facilities made up of continuum of care settings. Aspects of care coordination and transition will be realized in practice, including assisted living, clinics, home visits, adult day care, memory units, long term care, sub-acute care, independent living communities, sub-acute and rehabilitation units. Each curriculum redesign will start in the first semester of nursing study, so that students will be immersed in population-focused health care from the onset. Clinical experiences in community-based elder care facilities will enhance what they have learned, allowing application of concepts, influence on future learning, and use in the nursing workforce.