A Collaborative Initiative towards Educational Excellence


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A Collaborative Initiative towards Educational Excellence

  1. 1. A collaborative initiative towards educational excellence: an AI approach Dr Isabel Coetzee Department of Nursing Science WAIC Gent 2012 1
  2. 2. South Africa has the “Big Five” 2
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  4. 4. University of Pretoria: South Africa 4
  5. 5. University of Pretoria: South Africa 5
  6. 6. Challenges facing nursing education√ A key challenges for nursing education is to preparestudents for the rapidly changing health care arena√ The education and training of nurses must beanchored within the local health systems√ Customized to meet the needs of patients, theirfamilies and the community√ Nurse to patient ratio is 1:541√ Doctor to patient ratio is 1:1200 6
  7. 7. Context of the study√ Government funded NEI in the Gauteng province SA√1200 pre-graduate and 200 post-basic enrolled students√ Lecturer to student ratio 1: 163√ Pre-graduate students must do 350 hours of theory and1000 practica hours per year. 7
  8. 8. Context of the study√ The pre-graduate programme consists of a integratedprogramme leading to qualifications in: • General nursing • Midwifery • Psychiatric nursing • Community nursing  8
  9. 9. Problem statement√ The researcher is a external moderator for at the NEI√ The overall pass rate of fourth year students was 50%√ This necessitated further investigation and identification ofchallenge pertaining to academic outcomes of the students 9
  10. 10. Programme Evaluation“If you do what youve always done youll get what you always got” - Mark Twain-
  11. 11. The only voyage of discovery ,exists not in seeing newlandscapes, but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust-
  12. 12. The good Positive Philosophy “BIAS” The better Organisation Individual The exceptional Powerful Approach Organisational Purposeful changeAI Appreciate Model of change Dream, design and Positively influence Internal motivation create a collective Constructive vision and action plan Positive attitude inquiry process Co-operation to reach a co- Value constructed future Technique
  13. 13. Discover AppreciateDeliver What is best? Dream Strategic plan Envision What must be? Positive core What might be? Co-construct What should be? Design
  14. 14. Aim of the study(E)valuation of the pre-graduatenursing programme 14
  15. 15. Study objectives√ Objective 1: Discover “what is” in collaboration with thestakeholders involved in the pre-graduate nursingprogramme√ Objective 2: Dream “what could be” within the pre-graduate nursing programme√ Objective 3: Design “what should be” within the pre-graduate nursing programme√ Objective 4: Deliver “what must be” implemented tomove the pre-graduate nursing programme towards a co-constructed vision
  16. 16. Method√ Phase 1: Explore•  Objective 1: Discover “what is”•  Objective 2: Dream “what could be”•  Objective 3: Design “what should be”√ Phase 2: Develop•  Objective 4: Deliver “what must be” 16
  17. 17. SampleA total of 245 participants agreed to engage in this researchover a period of five months and included: √ Nurse managers (8) √ Nurse educators (35) √ 3rd year students (77) √ 4th year students (133)
  18. 18. Data collectionSelf reported narrative interview schedule√ Reflecting back on the pre-graduate programme what was yourmost satisfying/peak experience? (Discover)√ What are your wishes for the pre-graduate programme? (Dream)√ What is your vision for the pre-graduate programme? (Design)
  19. 19. Research resultsDiscover “what is?”√ Nurse educators peak experiences • Sense of achievement√ Nursing students peak experiences • Positive learning experience • Sense of achievement • Nurse educators support
  20. 20. Research findingsDream “what could be?”√Nurse educators wished for: •  Student numbers to be reduced •  Reduction in workload •  Restructuring of the programme√Nursing students wished for: •  Reduced workload •  Study leave before exams •  Optimal resources
  21. 21. Research findingsDesign “what should be?”√ Nurse educators envisioned a programme: •  where students could choose an area of speciality •  that ensures quality education and training- •  deliver knowledgeable and skilled nurse practitioners
  22. 22. Research findingsDesign “what should be?”√Nursing students envisioned a programme •  where students are able to choose area of speciality •  that ensures quality education and training •  that delivers knowledgeable and skilled nurse practitioners 22
  23. 23. Deliver “what must be?”A strategic plan was co-constructed based on the three main themes whichderived during the analysis of the narrative data• Theme 1: Quality education and training• Theme 2: Institutional management• Theme 3: Institutional resources 23
  24. 24. “If you don’t care where you’re going, then it doesn’t matter which way you go”. -Lewis Carroll- 24
  25. 25. Great vision precedes great achievement -John C Maxwell (2001:91)-
  26. 26. Thank you for your attendance isabel.coetzee@up.ac.za 26