The School of Nursing hybrid model of undergraduate curriculum delivery: a seamless approach for preparing our future nurses

Title The School of Nursing hybrid model of undergraduate curriculum delivery: a seamless approach for preparing our future nurses
Faculty/College/Unit Applied Science
Status Completed
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2016
Completion 03/31/2017
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Maura MacPhee
Year 1: Funded Amount 95,964
Year 1: Team Members

Elsie Tan, Senior Nursing Instructor, Clinical Practice Faculty Lead, Community Health Initiative of University Students (CHIUS) Advisory Council, UBC Health Nursing representative
Cathryn Jackson, Senior Nursing Instructor, Nursing Clinical Skills Lab Coordinator
Wendy Hall, Professor, AD Graduate Programs
Suzanne Campbell, Nursing Director (simulation expert)

Year 1: Summary

Our School of Nursing (SoN) is currently revising curriculum for our accelerated (20 month) undergraduate program. We plan to have new course descriptions and learning objectives in place for Senate review by September 2016. In tandem, we are developing a flexible curriculum delivery model to better meet student learning needs. The purpose of this TLEF project is to develop, implement and evaluate a seamless curriculum delivery model for our undergraduate program. Our proposed model will have four linked components: online learning, in-class active learning (e.g., case-based), skills lab simulations and community-based experiential learning. Health care is evolving rapidly due to shifting population needs, globalization and technology. Flexible curriculum delivery will enable us to keep pace with health care trends and better prepare future nurses Other project objectives are: faculty development (to ensure sustainability of the flexible delivery model post- funding); and enhanced community engagement through purposeful academic-health authority collaborations.

Project Summary

When we applied for this TLEF grant, the UBC School of Nursing (SoN) was in the early stages of reviewing the undergraduate curriculum towards submitting a revised curriculum for Senate approval targeted for September 2016. New course descriptions and learning objectives were being planned, with a flexible learning delivery model to better meet student learning needs. The purpose of this TLEF project was to develop, implement and evaluate a seamless curriculum delivery model for the undergraduate accelerated program (20 months). Our proposed model had four linked components: online learning, in-class active learning (e.g., case-based), skills lab simulations and community-based experiential learning. Recognizing that health care continues to evolve rapidly due to shifting population needs, globalization and technology; the flexible curriculum delivery was seen as enabling the SoN to keep pace with health care trend and better prepare our future nurses. The Senate has approved the implementation of the revised curriculum effective September 2017.

Project Outcomes

Products & achievements: A. CURRICULUM DELIVERY TRANSFORMATION: Standardized template to guide course delivery redesign; Curriculum delivery map that provides a visual schematic for how core content will be delivered per course and across the curriculum; Curriculum redesign work sessions (i.e. milestone: facilitate curriculum delivery redesign). B. ENHANCED EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: 16 new community based clinical experiences; Documentation of community-based activities: faculty and student perspectives; Evaluation tools for community engagement activities; Co-developed simulation scenarios to offer to our nursing students and health authority nursing staff at health authority sites. C. CONCENTRATED BLENDED COURSES: Delivery redesign of 75% of our courses by the end of Year 1 funding; 10-25% blended options per course for all undergraduate courses (currently 23 courses); Create a blended learning inventory of actual/potential content per course and determine what options will be commercial versus customized. D. MEASUREMENT OF ENHANCEMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING AND EFFECTIVENESS: Competency assessment screening tools for each of our 4 undergraduate program levels and co-developed simulation scenarios to offer to our nursing students. E. ENHANCING INTERACTION AND COMMUNICATION: Monthly SoTL brownbag lunches and project workshops for academic and clinical faculty and our health authority partners authority nursing staff at health authorities sites; Faculty Development Plan.

Intended outcomes/themes:

  1. A new curriculum delivery model that incorporates best teaching/learning practices and provides pedagogical and logistical flexibility.
  2. New experiential learning opportunities in community-based settings. As healthcare shifts from hospital care to community care, our students will be poised to meet BC Ministry of Health population needs upon graduation.
  3. Enhanced community engagement through purposeful academic-health authority collaborations.

Evaluation approach: Formative and summative online surveys were deployed to evaluate Community Engagement activities. These surveys targeted students and community mentors, and data was analyzed qualitatively.

Findings:

Curriculum Delivery Transformation - No evaluation methods were conducted. However, recommendations from the results of Work Sessions (CTLT-facilitated curriculum review sessions and N334/N336 13-week rotation feasibility study) were considered by the SoN Curriculum Transformation Committee. The proposed revised curriculum was approved by the UBC Senate for implementation starting September 2017.

Enhanced Experiential Learning Opportunities - Formative and summative evaluation outcomes informed the following recommendations: (1) Longer period of time for planning and implementation of community-based projects, (2) Ensure project expectations from both students and mentors coincide, (3) Provide internal (i.e. SoN) funding for materials needed for the projects, (4) Consider long-term projects that will be implemented with the participation of succeeding cohorts of nursing students.

Dissemination:

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Quality & Safety Forum, Dec 7-10, 2016, Orlando, Florida.
  • BC Patient Quality Forum, Mar 1-3, 2017, Vancouver.
  • Design and Innovation day UBC APSC, Apr 7, 2017, UBC.
  • C2U Expo 2017, May 3, 2017, SFU.
  • UBC TLEF Showcase, May 4, 2017, UBC.
  • BCNU Education Day, May 15, 2017, Hyatt Regency, Vancouver.
  • IHI Open School Canadian Chapter Network (ICCN) Conference, Jun 10, 2017, UBC.

Sustainability: Ongoing, self-sustaining project initiatives through faculty training and development are in place. By building faculty capacity, our faculty will be able to independently (or collaboratively) identify course content to offer online; maximize the use of existing resources (e.g., the SoN media room, the Applied Sciences LTRs, commercial resources); and produce and/or edit their own blended learning options for students. As new knowledge needs arise, faculty will be able to offer students more flexible learning options on an as needed basis.

Also, an inclusive SoTL community for academic and clinical faculty and our health authority partners. We currently have faculty silos that diminish collaborative SoTL projects and research. Investment in academic-clinical faculty collaborations will provide better linkages and richer student learning opportunities across our curriculum. Our clinical faculty members are valuable liaisons with the health authorities: they nurture and support positive relationships between the SoN and the healthcare sector. Based on experience, these types of positive relationships enable our faculty to obtain quality student clinical placements that potentiate successful transition of students into employment positions after graduation.