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King University News :: King Nursing Professors Give Podium Presentation at National Nursing Conference

Dr. Rhonda Morgan, associate professor of Nursing, and Robin A. Foreman, assistant professor of Nursing for King University together gave a podium presentation at American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s 2013 Hot Issues Conference in St. Louis, Mo.  Dr. Morgan and Professor Foreman’s presentation was entitled “Linking Didactic and Clinical Experiences in Online RN-BSN Courses.”  

“This year’s conference focused on two things – online course opportunities and teaching techniques for online, and how to use new technologies,” said Morgan.  “Our presentation, which focused on the online learning format, had a two-fold purpose.  First, we sought to convey to the audience how we were able to weave in clinical experiences into an online format.  That can be challenging since most think of clinical experience as having to be onsite and hands-on.  However, you can successfully weave in and have high-quality clinical experience in an online format.  Recently, the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) revised their standards of accreditation, including definitions of a clinical experience.  Through the revised definitions, Robin and I were able to show that, yes, we can present not only quality clinical experiences but also evaluate the experiences and the impact on both the student and the end user, whether it is staff, patients, or family - all through an online format.” 

Morgan continued, “Secondly, we wanted to share how we were able to link the final two courses in the RN-BSN program, Principles of Leadership and Management (4410), and the Capstone course (4420).  Robin and I used several tools to accomplish this goal.  The students’ Capstone paper was changed to begin in the 4410 course.  Instead of waiting several weeks into the Capstone course to begin their projects, the ideas were conceptualized during the 4410 course.  This provided a seamless transition into the Capstone course, and thereby, students were able to hit the ground running with their projects on day one of their Capstone.  By day one of the Capstone course, students had already conceived their implementation plans, derived supporting literature, and determined a projected evaluation plan.” 

The foundations of the online RN-BSN program are designed to meet the needs of today’s nursing workforce, considering geographic distance and multi-tasking working adults, all the while, with sensitivity for those returning to the educational setting after a long sabbatical. 

Foreman stated, “After the completion of our presentation, one participant did approach Dr. Morgan and me to tell us that our presentation contained the most useful information of the sessions she had attended.  We offered specific examples of student clinical experiences and projects in the presentation that could be replicated in other academic institutions.  The audience was quite engaged in the QA session.”

Online Nursing students at King receive personalized professor interaction via email, telephone, and Skype.  “As online professors, we have online office hours dedicated to the online students for Skype and telephone interaction,” stated Foreman.  “The courses have an Ask the Professor forum where typed messages and questions can be posted and checked by professors daily.  Students are encouraged to contact the professors with any question or need.  Every completed assignment is sent to students with constructive and encouraging feedback.

“The very first online RN-BSN cohort graduated on May 11, 2013.” continued Foreman.  “Four of the students participated in the Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 9.  These four ladies were complimentary of the program, the face-to-face professor interaction via Skype, and the availability of professors via email and telephone.  All four stated that they could not have completed their BSN degrees without the online program at King due to geographical distance and life responsibilities.”

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Hot Issues Conference is held every other year focusing on a theme reflecting an issue of most concern at the time to deans and faculty of AACN member schools.  The inaugural Hot Issues Conference was held in April 2003, and topics to date have included the faculty shortage, the teaching role, and clinical simulation.

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