By Dr. Barbara Pieper and Dr. Patti Cannistraci
The 2016 Baccalaureate Education Conference, sponsored by The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), was held in Anaheim, CA with the theme of “Innovating Nursing Education to Improve the Health of the Nation.” More than 500 nursing faculty, deans, directors, and practitioners from around the country attended the conference.
Dr. Barbara Pieper and Dr. Patti Cannistraci contributed to the conference by sharing work done in the RN-BS curriculum.
Dr. Pieper presented a poster titled “The New Student on Campus: The Returning Veteran!” The poster outlined work that was done to incorporate a transformational curriculum into the RN-BS program as part of the VBSN grant. The curriculum challenges students, particularly returning veterans, to put their new role as bachelors-prepared nurses into practice.
Dr. Cannistraci gave a podium presentation in which she described the integration of inter-professional education in the BS curriculum. This project launched this fall in NUR 446 Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society. Nursing students, students from the School of Health Sciences, and nutrition students from The Sage Colleges participated in an asynchronous, virtual, weeklong experience set around the concept of poverty. Together students learned with, from, and about each other. The overall student learning experience was well received.
Excelsior School of Nursing has always been, and continues to be, a leader in educational innovations.