Planning the development of a strategic plan to restructure nursing education

Nursing education in the United States provides training in two-year, three-year and four-year institutions. Although nurses graduate with different competencies from each of the three programs, employers, for the most part, do not differentiate. The majority of nurses, for example, graduate from two-year community college programs with no formal training in population-based health care, yet are hired to perform functions at the community level. Over the past two years Sigma Theta Tau, International, in collaboration with other key national nursing organizations have met to discuss a new vision for nursing education and practice that encompasses a plan for differentiated practice. This project will support a series of three facilitated strategic planning sessions to outline steps for ensuring a competent nursing workforce. In collaboration with key national nursing organizations, the grantee will convene a profession-wide strategic planning process for nursing education. A series of three strategic planning sessions will be held beginning in January, March and September 2000 to: (1) develop a model of nursing practice and education that distinguishes levels of competencies in nursing practice and concomitant levels of education preparation; (2) develop a plan to disseminate information about the model of nursing practice-education with educational and public policy implications; and (3) develop an action plan for actualizing the nursing practice-education model by including specific aspects of the model to be addressed by each nursing organization.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 1/4/2000

Time frame: 1/5/2000 - 12/31/2000

Grant Number: 38622


Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, Inc.

550 West North Street
Indianapolis, 46202-3162

Jeanne M. Floyd
Project Director