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FY2006 Grants

The Board of Higher Education Nursing Education Initiative seeks to address the near-term shortages of nursing graduates and to develop longer-term programs to increase the capacity of public higher education to meet the demand for nurses.


The FY2006 funding priority was increasing the number of Massachusetts higher education clinical and academic nursing faculty.

Institution Project BHE Award Joint BHE/ MHREA Project Proposed MHREA funding

American International College

Accelerated Master of Science Nursing Educator Degree Program

$0

No

$23,967 

American International College's Accelerated Master of Science Nursing Educator Program (AMSNE) project will:

  • Integrate online learning into the AMSNE program by converting six courses to an online format
  • Partner with Bay State Medical Center to promote Master's in Nursing Education to BSN prepared staff
  • Provide Master's Nursing students in collaboration with faculty member to mentor BSN nursing students
  • AIC provides 20% discount to participants

Impact: 8 faculty 

Bristol Community College

Mentoring Future Faculty  

$11,000

Yes

$10,000 

A Bristol Community College and Cape Cod Community College collaboration to raise awareness of career opportunities as clinical nursing educators and increase retention by offering interested nurses a realistic job preview of the nursing faculty role and opportunities to shadow faculty and mentoring.

FY2006-2007 activities also include:

  • A web-based Future Faculty Toolkit (also available on CD Rom) development
  • Two rounds of Future Faculty Capacity Building Seminars for nurse administrators
  • Future Faculty Career Symposium with mentoring opportunities for novice faculty
  • Job Preview Video (delivered in year two by January 1, 2007)

Impact: 6 faculty 

Framingham State College

Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education

$19,985

Yes

$14,385 

Expand and enhance the Framingham State College Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education Nurse Educator Practicum course:

  • Implement an enhanced hands-on Practicum in partnership with 14 Associate in Science in Nursing programs and increasing the options for practicum locations through additional partnerships with ADN programs
  • Enhancing clinical and classroom teaching experience by including the use of electronic teaching tools
  • Expanding the opportunities to obtain an MSN through additional articulation agreements with MSN programs, distributing materials, and discussing of academic opportunities for MSN and doctoral studies.

FY2006-2007 activities also include:

  • Converting the Nurse Educator course: Curriculum Design and Evaluation to an online format
  • Increasing recruitment from culturally diverse communities in greater Boston, Southeastern MA and Cape Cod
  • Improving retention with technical advising and support

Impact: 30 faculty 

Northern Essex Community College

Growing Our Own: A Strategy to Increase the Number of Nursing Faculty in Community College Nursing Programs

$12,392

Yes

$15,000 

A collaboration between the nursing programs at Framingham State College (FSC) and Northern Essex Community College, North Shore Community College, and Bunker Hill Community College, the project expands the existing FSC Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education by establishing partner-sites at the community colleges.

FY2006- 2007 project activities include:

  • Recruitment and appointment of a cluster coordinator as liaison between participant community colleges and FSC
  • Development of recruitment materials including direct mail
  • Information Sessions
  • Identification and scheduling of classrooms on local campuses
  • Recruitment and orientation of mentors for those learners who participate in the Nurse Educator Practicum course

Impact: 18 faculty 

Quinsigamond Community College

Growing Our Own: A Strategy to Increase the Number of Nursing Faculty in Community College Nursing Programs

$10,933

Yes

$14,200 

A collaboration between the nursing programs at Framingham State College (FSC), Quinsigamond Community College and Mt. Wachusett Community College, the project expands the existing FSC Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education by establishing partner-sites at the community colleges.

FY2006- 2007 project activities include:

  • Recruitment and appointment of a cluster coordinator as liaison between participant community colleges and FSC
  • Development of recruitment materials including direct mail
  • Information Sessions
  • Identification and scheduling classrooms local campuses
  • Recruitment and orientation of mentors for those learners who participate in the Nurse Educator Practicum course.

Impact: 18 faculty 

Roxbury Community College

Division of Nursing and Allied Health

$16,000

No

$0 

The project's purpose is to prime the pipeline for increasing the number of diverse faculty by expanding awareness of higher education opportunities and by providing support to Roxbury Community College alumnae by:

  • Creating RCC nursing alumnae database and profiling those in faculty roles
  • Targeting alumnae who have successfully completed advanced degrees to mentor other practicing nurse alumnae who are considering education roles

Impact: 20 faculty 

Salem State College

Innovative State College/University Collaboration: Nurse Educators' CAGS to PhD

$13,075

No

$0 

A planning project with Salem State College School of Nursing in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell to research the development of a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Nursing, or other educational models, that will lead to a PhD in Nurse Education.

The project will:

  • Develop partnerships and articulation agreements between the School and the University
  • Conduct a needs assessments targeting graduate students, alumni, and schools of nursing
  • Draft an advanced education model
  • Provide flexible and innovative advanced education options with a focus on an Education degree

Impact: 12 faculty 

University of Massachusetts Amherst

School of Nursing Development of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), a clinical doctoral degree in nursing

$10,850

Yes

$24,948 

Develop the Doctorate in Nursing Practice, a clinical doctoral degree in nursing that will be a new doctoral program option for nurses who do not want the traditional PhD program.

Goals include:

  • Complete the planning process for new degree by fall 2006.
  • Have 10 post masters' students enrolled by spring 2007

FY2006-2007 activities also include:

  • Partner with Elms College to support faculty to mentor 5 top honors students to serve as research assistants
  • Mentor 5 top honors undergraduates at UMass Amherst as research assistants
  • Hold monthly group meetings with students and faculty to encourage direct admission into the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program upon completion of their baccalaureate degree

Impact: 10 faculty 

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Development of a PhD Program in Nursing

$10,500

No

$0 

Plan and develop a PhD program in nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

University of Massachusetts Worcester/UMass Memorial Foundation

Partnerships, Communication and Marketing: Best Practice Strategies for Increasing Nursing Faculty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

$0

No

$12,500 

Increase inquiries, completed applications and graduates from the UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) nurse educator specialty, nurse educator sub-specialty, nurse educator post-master's certificate and PhD programs.

Program includes:

  • Conduct increased informational efforts to culturally diverse registered nurses
  • Partner with selected healthcare organizations in Massachusetts
  • Link the GSN with state and local minority nurse professional organizations

Impact: 22 faculty 

Worcester State College

Novice Nurse Education Development

$12,000

Yes

$15,000 

Develop a Novice Nurse Educator program, a structured program to educate and mentor a cohort of nurses in clinical practice interested in careers in nursing education. Completion of the program will allow participants to function as mentored novice nurse clinical educators.

Project highlights:

  • Develop a 20-hour program curriculum for novice nurse educators
  • Complete a resource manual
  • Develop a collaborative relationship with clinical agencies staff members who are willing to act as adjunct clinical faculty
  • Offer the Novice Nurse Educator program in May 2006

FY2006-2007 activities also include developing mentor relationships for the students

Impact: 8 faculty 

11 Institutions
Impact of the projects:
152 new faculty
$116,735 total BHE funding
6 projects jointly funded by BHE & MHREA
$130,000 total MHREA funding 

 

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