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This presentation highlights challenges facing the future of education in general and nursing education in particular. Listed are strategies to prepare for future health care. Of note are details of ...

This presentation highlights challenges facing the future of education in general and nursing education in particular. Listed are strategies to prepare for future health care. Of note are details of events occuring internationally which impact on higher education.



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  • Challenges Facing the Future of Nursing Education
    • Sheila P. Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN
      • Professor of Nursing
      • Editor of Online Journal of Health Ethics
      • The University of Southern Mississippi
      • 118 College Drive # 5095
      • Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
    • Part One – Challenges Facing Higher Education and its Impact on Research Extensive Universities
    • Part Two – Challenges in Nursing Education
    • Part Three – Nursing Education in Research Extensive Universities
    • Recommendations
    • The Mousetrap
      • The Hen
      • The Pig
      • The Cow
  • Fallen From Grace
    • American Universities were the envy of the world for the past 60 years
    • United States college continuation rates ranked 14 behind other nations
    • May be too few scientists and engineers to sustain research and teaching in these disciplines
    • Source: Rosenstone (2004)
  • Rising Above the Gathering Storm National Academy of Sciences
    • As the result of globalization coupled with modern communication – “workers in virtually every sector must now face competitors who live just a mouse click in countries whose economies are growing.”
    • Source: National Academy of Sciences, Rising above the storm (2006)
  • Worrisome Indicators
    • For the cost of one chemist or one engineer in the U.S., a company can hire about five chemist in China or 11 engineers in India.
    • Fewer than one-third of U.S. 4th grade and 8th grade students performed at or above a level called “proficient” in math;
    • In 2004, China graduated 600,000 engineers, India 350,000, and America about 70,000.
  • A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education
    • Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education
      • New graduates lack critical thinking, writing, and problem solving skills needed in today’s workplaces
      • Only eight states require high school graduates to take Algebra II
      • Fewer than 22% of the 1.2 million students who took the ACT were ready for college level math, English and science
      • Source: Spellings (2006) A test of leadership: charting the future of U.S. higher education
  • Margaret Spellings – Secretary of Education (2007)
    • “ History is littered with examples of industries that, at their peril, failed to respond to or even notice changes in the world around them, from railroads to steel manufacturers. Without serious self-examination and reform, institutions of higher education risk falling into the same trap, seeing their market share substantially reduced and their services increasingly characterized by obsolescence.” pg xii
    • Source: Secretary of Education: 2006
    • Competition for Clinical Sites
    • A more educated public regarding safety in health care facilities
    • Provision of culturally proficient care
    • Limited research on teaching cultural competence
    • Perceptions of expanding minority enrollment
    • A Success Story – Native Nurses at the University of Minnesota
  • Future Nursing Education Challenges - AACN
    • Financial pressures – delivery of more efficient health care services
    • Dire faculty shortages
    • Nearly one-half (49%) of graduates from nursing doctoral programs were between 45 – 54 years old (Median age – 47)
    • Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006)
  • A Challenge: Unique Student Situations
    • Editors – Marilyn H. Oermann and Kathleen Heinrich
    • “ The vast majority of current faculty transitioned into nursing education with little instruction on how to deal with unique student challenges.”
      • Rudeness, disruptive class behaviors, suspected academic dishonesty, suspected potential for violence
      • Source: Annual Review of Nursing Education: Challenges and New Directions in Nursing Education (2007). Editors: Marilyn H. Oermann and Kathleen Heinrich
  • Perceived Future Nursing Challenges
    • Competition with electronic universities
    • Perceptions of quality education by the consumer and industry
    • Long term support and sympathy for the nursing shortage
    • Professor Roger L. Caldwell, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona
    • I. Resource Constraints and Demographic Trends – Universities will need to evaluate whether they can continue their current approach to funding and how they identify priority activities.
  • Learning Styles and Places
    • Learning Styles and Places – The combination of new learning places and how students now learn will have a significant impact on how universities should deal with the curriculum and the faculty.
  • Competition – Cooperation and Partnerships
    • Competition, Cooperation and Partnerships – At times of resource constraints, we need to remain competitive when appropriate, but cooperate and partner so we build each other’s strengths and specializations rather than unnecessarily duplicating activities.
  • The Basics
    • Focusing on Basics – In the challenging times ahead, universities must be able to clearly define the basics of what a university is expected to do and to address these purposes in ways appropriate to their particular setting.
  • Indicators of Quality in Research –Focused Doctoral Programs
    • Productive research faculty who are at the cutting edge of their field of inquiry;
    • Environment in which mentoring, socialization of students, and a community of scholars is evident
    • Coherent and well designed programs of study, including opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research;
    • Adequate infrastructure and resources, and
    • Highly qualified and motivated students.
    • Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2001)
  • USM – Readiness for the Future
    • Given the above indicators – USM appears to be at the brink of having the necessary support and resources to carry out your focused mission of excellence.
    • If you believe it…..you can achieve it!
    • The Mousetrap Signals Trouble for the
    • Entire Farm
    • Emphasize mastery of math and science in the community
    • Introduce nursing research outcomes early and throughout the nursing curriculum
    • All nursing students should have the opportunity to ‘do’ some level of research
    • All faculty should embrace and to some extent participate in the research mission of the university
    • Widely disseminate research findings
    • Incentives should be given for scholarly activities that generate new revenue streams
    • Build upon your strengths and unique experiences – Nation’s authority on ----
    • Commit to research and scholarly endeavors that yield futuristic results
    • Celebrate milestones
    • Actively seek out partnerships for interdisciplinary work
    • Enlist the services of marketing experts
    • Draw upon the good favor of the community
    • Judiciously use and become guest lecturers for other disciplines
    • Creatively use the media to showcase your program
    • Promote early publication opportunities for students
    • Commit to having a more culturally diverse student body and learn techniques to ensure their success
    • Provide sufficient training for faculty to have comfort with the new technology
    • Provide sufficient in-service and training for faculty to have a measurable amount of comfort with the new technology
    • Learn the language of the community
    • Commit resources for graduate teaching and research assistants
    • Commit to take care of yourselves- preach, practice, promote and parade health promoting activities, Be known by your mpd
  • Special Thanks !
    • Dr. Katherine Nugent
    • Faculty, staff and administration of USM