ASSESSING LEARNINGOUTCOMES IN NURSINGPROGRAMSNORTHERN ESSEX COMMUNITY COLLEGEPresenters:Patricia Demers – Assistant Dean, Division of Health ProfessionsFrancine Pappalardo – Nursing Curriculum CoordinatorEllen Wentland - Assistant Dean, Assessment and EducationalEffectivenessFacilitator:Suzanne VanWert – Assessment Fellow; Professor of EnglishAMCOA STATEWIDE CONFERENCE ON ASSESSINGLEARNING OUTCOMESGreenfield Community College – November 17, 2011
BACKGROUND•Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) Programscheduled for NECC program review in 2011•Part of NECC program review requiresdeveloping an assessment plan, which includes:An outcomes and curriculum map,An outcomes and assessment map, andAn assessment schedule.
•Outcomes currently being systematically assessedwere mainly program, as opposed tolearning, outcomes.•Examples include:National licensing examination (NCLEX-RN)pass ratesRetention ratesGraduation ratesBACKGROUND (Cont.)
PRELIMINARY OUTCOMES/ CURRICULUM MAPOBJECTIVES ASSOCIATED LEARNING OUTCOMESPROGRAM CURRICULUM: SPECIFICCOURSES AND RELATIONSHIP TOOUTCOMEThe objectives of theNURSING (ADN)Program include toassist students in thedevelopment of:The graduating student will beable to:NUR113-PharmacologyINUR123PharmacologyIINUR213PharmacologyIIINUR120-NursingIINUR210-NursingIIINUR220-NursingIV1. Knowledge andskills concerningthe provision ofsafe, effectiveand holisticnursing carerelated tomedications andnatural productsgiven to diversepatientsthroughout thelifespan.1. Calculate drug dosage usingone of the following methods:formula, ratio/proportion, dimensional analysis.2. Explain basic pharmacologyprinciples related tomedication management.3. Interpret symbols andabbreviations related tomedication management.ETC.
PRELIMINARY OUTCOMES/ ASSESSMENT MAPOBJECTIVESASSOCIATED LEARNINGOUTCOMESASSSESSMENTMETHODThe objectives of theNURSING (ADN)Program include toassist students in thedevelopment of:The graduating student will be ableto:In-class writtenexaminations1. Knowledge andskills concerningthe provision ofsafe, effective andholistic nursing carerelated tomedications andnatural productsgiven to diversepatients throughoutthe lifespan.1. Calculate drug dosage using oneof the following methods:formula, ratio/proportion,dimensional analysis.X2. Explain basic pharmacologyprinciples related to medicationmanagement.X3. Interpret symbols andabbreviations related tomedication management.XETC.
PROBLEM•Using in-class examinations (embeddedassessments) for program level learning outcomesassessment would be a labor-intensive effort forfaculty•Use comprehensive knowledge tests (ATI)administered annually, with detailed resultsreported back to campusPOSSIBLE SOLUTION
BENEFITS OF USING ATI TESTRESULTS•Subscales mirror major knowledge content areasrequired in national licensure examination•Test is administered to all students approachinggraduation•Results concerning group performance at the subscaleand item levels is reported back to campus.•Test score serves as predictor of NCLEX-RNperformance
APPROACHSTEP 1: Develop template with the goal of makingATI results:•Easier for faculty to interpret•More useful in detecting trends over time•More useful for faculty in detecting areas ofpossible student weakness•More meaningful overall in improving curriculumand pedagogy
APPROACH (Cont.)STEP 2: Develop “custom” Nursing ProgramAssessment Plan:•Map course-level learning outcomes onto overallNursing Program objectives (the Outcomes andCurriculum Map)•Map program objectives onto ATI subscales (theOutcomes and Assessment Map)•Schedule is every year, with ATI resultssystematically entered in results template.
OPPORTUNITIES•Areas for improvement can be readilyidentified•Impacts of curriculum change can be evaluated•Trends over time can be examined – Consistentor fleeting occurrences?