Figure 1. Mercy College ADN Program Evaluation
In order for Mercy College ADN program to be a success the curriculum plan, pre-requisites and courses have to be competitive with other nursing programs. The implementation plan reflects organizing, overall goal and purpose and our track includes all necessary frameworks, courses and credits, objectives and content outline (Keating, 2011). The key components of the Course Level, Program Level and Faculty Level of our program will be based on the following evaluation models:
1) ATI Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program,
2) IDEA Course Evaluation,
3) National League of Nurses (NLN) Standards of Practice for
Academic Nurse Educators
4) The Abruzzese (RSA) Model of Evaluation
5) Institute of Medicine (IOM) Core competencies for Nursing
The ATI Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program will be used to evaluate the course level of the program. It is an academic measuring tool that identifies potential problems in students’ academic performance. It can serve as a time saver in order for faculty to provide early interventions. It also saves time for the student by offering smart, individual remediation when additional NCLEX preparation is needed (ATI Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program, 2013).
IDEA Course Evaluation Model will evaluate teacher level of the program. The survey evaluates teacher effectiveness by progress on relevant objectives. The relevant objectives is defined as a weighted average of student ratings of the progress they reported on objectives selected as "Important" or Essential" (double weighted). It also evaluates overall ratings which is defined as the average student agreement with statements that the teacher and the course were excellent. The outcome is the summary evaluation which is the average of these two measures. The evaluation allows the teacher to understand how his/her ratings compared to all classes in the IDEA database. (IDEA Course Evaluation, 2013). The IDEA Survey will be administered online during the last two weeks of the semester.
The National League of Nurses (NLN) Standards of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators will also be used to evaluate faculty. The core competencies evaluate: I) Facilitate Learning, II) Facilitate Learner Development and Socialization, III) Use Assessment and Evaluation Strategies, IV) Participate in Curriculum Design and Evaluation of Program Outcomes, V) Function as a Change Agent and Leader, VI) Pursue Continuous Quality Improvement in the Nurse Educator Role, VII) Engage in Scholarship, and VIII) Function within the Educational Environment (National League of Nurses [NLN], 2012) The teachers may use these standards of practice to self-evaluate their teaching strategies.
The two models that will evaluate the program level are:
The Abruzzese (RSA) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Core competencies for nursing programs. The Abruzzese (RSA) model of evaluation is a framework with a four level hierarchy that builds from simple to complex, surrounded by an outside triangle which relates to the total program evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the extent that all of the program activates, within a specified period of time, meet or exceed the goals established by the program. Information from all of the levels provide a more comprehensive look of the impact of the courses as well as the program (DeSilets, 2010).
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Core Competencies for Nursing Programs is second model used to evaluate the program. The alignment matrix was designed to allow students and faculty to determine whether the core competencies are being met in the objectives of the curriculum. The IOM can also be used to evaluate whether the objectives in our new program are in alignment with the competencies established by the IOM (Morris & Hancock, 2013).
ATI Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program. (2013). Retrieved from https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/DuringNursingSchool/
DeSilets, L. D. (2010). Another look at evaluation models. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 41(1), 12-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20091222-02
IDEA Course Evaluation. (2013). Retrieved from https://www.mercy.edu/my-mercy/faculty-resources/idea-course-evaluations/
Keating, S. B. (Ed.). (2011). Curriculum development and evaluation in nursing. Springer Publishing Company.
Morris, T. L., & Hancock, D. R. (2013). Institute of Medicine core competencies as a foundation for nursing program evaluation. Nursing Education Perspectives, 34(1), 29-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.5480/1536-5026-34.1.29