Wilkes University’s School of Nursing was recognized with the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The award was presented at AACN’s fall conference in Washington, D.C.
According to the AACN, the awards celebrate schools doing creative work around re-envisioning traditional models for nursing education and embracing programmatic change.
Wilkes won the small school category. Wilkes was recognized for the development of a statistical database created to measure quality, efficiency and accountability of the university’s Clinical Nursing Simulation Center (CNSC).
The database allows Wilkes faculty to track and evaluate student performance in the simulation center. In addition, the database captures student test scores, class grades and grade point average, showing overall student trends in correlation to goals.
“The database gives us a chance to continually evaluate the program and make adjustments based on student needs and health care trends - not just at the curriculum level, but also on an individual level. It allows us to identify where students need help and where they excel,” said Joyce Chmil, director of the CNSC.
The CNSC provides hands-on clinical experience for nursing students. The center provides anatomical models, low-fidelity manikins and high-fidelity manikins for students to learn proper procedures and practice clinical techniques. The center recreates situations students will encounter as registered nurses and teaches them to think as a specialist in the nursing field.
“This is a national award that puts Wilkes at the forefront of not only practical, hands-on nursing education but most significantly, a baccalaureate program that demonstrates an evidence-based practice. We are so proud of this distinction,” said Mary Ann Merrigan, associate dean and chair of the School of Nursing.
Wilkes University’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The University offers a bachelor of science degree in nursing and an accelerated baccalaureate in nursing for second degree students. The master of science degree has concentrations in adult nurse practitioner, nurse education, nurse executive, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist and psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist. Wilkes also offers an online doctor of nursing practice degree.