Fran Ludwig, MS, RN and Bonny Kehm, PhD, RN, both faculty program directors in the RN-BS program, published an article in Issue 5 of Nursing in the 21st Century. N21 is a practice-based interactive scholarly work (ISW). It is a new way for nurses to speak, question, discuss, define, and collaboratively understand challenges facing their profession.
Person-centered care (PCC), identified as a fundamental unit for improving the quality of health care by the Institute of Medicine 2003 report, “A Bridge to Quality,” has begun to be incorporated into educational philosophy and course structure. In addition, the IOM call for eighty percent (80%) of RNs to be BSN prepared by 2020, combined with new nursing educational methods, has further intensified the need to step back and review how we are educating RNs who are returning to school to pursue their baccalaureate degree.
AD and Diploma nurses who have been practicing for years, and in some cases decades, bring varied educational and professional experiences, and influence how we shape our baccalaureate education program. Their prior knowledge regarding person-centered care (PCC), holistic health assessment, and the vision of population health is valuable and has been used as a springboard toward designing effective, relevant courses.
This article addresses a creative approach in which emphasis is placed on the provision of PCC from the onset of an online RN to BS in nursing curriculum.