Fast track evaluation of a new nursing curriculum is necessary to determine the efficacy of the program. The purposes of this mixed methods program evaluation were to determine whether the new nursing curriculum at UNC Charlotte has improved outcomes as measured by the NCLEX-RN and HESI Exit Exam, and to add to the national literature on the education of nurses in higher education, including implementation of the IOM core competencies for healthcare professionals. The study addressed three questions: (a) how were the characteristics of students in the first cohort of the new curriculum related to success on the NCLEX-RN, (b) in what ways did the curriculum align with the core competencies recommended by the Institute of Medicine for the education of healthcare professionals, and (c) how did the new curriculum impact learning as measured by the HESI Exit Exam and the first time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN Exam? Existing and new data from multiple sources were analyzed. The study found that the HESI Exit Exams was a value added assessment of student readiness for the NCLEX-RN, and the new curriculum was aligned with the IOM core competencies. Implications of the study include the need for healthcare education programs to raise student awareness when practicing the competencies, while identify barriers, opportunities, and practice gaps in both education and healthcare delivery systems for the purpose of increasing the frequency and quality of competency implementation.This report provided the initial aguidance of what kinds of competencies clinicians would need to carry out this agenda, and emphasizes further study to better understand how the workforce would be educated for practice, how it should beanbsp;...
|Title||:||Fast Track Program Evaluation of a New Nursing Curriculum Incorporating Student Characteristics, Institute of Medicine Core Competencies, HESI Exit Exam, and NCLEX-RN Results|
|Author||:||Tama L. Morris|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|