The Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education (EIN) initiative has announced three new awards to support evaluations of interventions in nursing education that expand teaching capacity or promote faculty recruitment and retention in schools of nursing. The new awards are going to: the University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene; the College of Nursing at New York University (NYU); and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.
Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, EIN’s mission is to address the nurse faculty shortage by supporting evaluations of innovative strategies that promise to address this issue. The program’s aim is to produce sound evidence of what works, how and why it works, and what is required to replicate it effectively in other nursing education settings. Findings about successful strategies will be disseminated across the nation, as will guidelines for effective replication.
The three newly selected interventions represent the spectrum of exciting innovations currently taking place in nursing education:
- Curriculum Redesign. The University of Hawaii is conducting a controlled evaluation of the Hawaii Statewide Nursing Consortium Curriculum, a single baccalaureate nursing curriculum implemented for university as well as community college students throughout the state. Patterned after the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education, the program incorporates new approaches to competency-based, student-centered learning and redesign of clinical education. The evaluation assesses the impact on faculty work-life, teaching productivity and quality of education.
- Clinical Simulation. New York University is evaluating the impact of substituting clinical simulation experiences for half of the traditional clinical days in the hospital for the medical surgical rotation for all its approximately 200 nursing students. This mixed quantitative/qualitative evaluation will assess the overall impact of simulation on teaching productivity, faculty work-life, and quality of education.
- Support-for-Service Programs. The University of North Carolina will assess the impact of state-based support-for-service programs (loan repayment and scholarship programs) on the recruitment and retention of nurse faculty. The evaluation includes programs that support graduate students who are pursuing nursing degrees, as well as those providing loan repayment for recently prepared nurse faculty members.
The grant awards—up to $300,000 each—will fund two-year evaluations directed by a nurse educator within the school of nursing and an independent evaluator.
“We are delighted to fund these evaluations,” said Michael Yedidia, M.P.H., Ph.D., director of the EIN national program office at Rutgers University. “We are working with our grantees to assure that findings are widely disseminated and that the implications for the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report, and for the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, are highlighted.”
EIN awarded its first cycle of grants in December 2009.