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Celebrating Graduating Classes and New Trainees

Saying Good Bye, Saying Hello

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Together, let’s celebrate the next generation of leaders in healthcare – nurse practitioners who are skilled interprofessional healthcare providers, multi-faceted and multi-talented individuals. They are practitioners who provide high quality healthcare that integrates competence, confidence and compassion.

Standard 4 -- Eligibility for Accreditation – It's About Quality and Competence

Passenger ferries and training programs assure safety in practice and quality in service

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I’ve been thinking about how to present the topic of eligibility for accreditation.  The answer came when my husband and I made a recent day-trip that included two round-trip ferry rides.  For ferries and for accreditation, the determinants of success are quality and competence, not size or longevity.   

An Invitation to Digital Introverts

What does the consortium mean to you?

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We all gather, process, and analyze information differently.  We all learn in different ways.  Some of this is a result of how we were brought up. Are we digital natives, having grown up in a world that has always had cellphones?  Are we digital immigrants who placed calls on rotary phones and haven’t yet quite figured out how to Snapchat, and wonder why we would even want to anyway?  Are we extroverts jumping into conversations or introverts hanging back waiting to be asked our opinions?  As educators and people accrediting educational programs, how well do handle these different styles of learning?

Program Design, Vacation Planning and Concept Mapping

Visualizing Concepts

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My family spent months and many cross-country phone calls figuring out our summer vacation in Maine… Lots of discussion about how to spend our time, what we could give up and what we couldn’t give up.  Over the months, we worked out the broad strokes and then the details fell into place.  Just this past weekend we were still tweaking the final plans. 

Today, it occurred to me that next year we should use concept mapping to facilitate the planning process.  Concept mapping is an approach used in education, design, engineering, business development and technical writing to visualize knowledge and concepts.  It is a graphical method for defining components and capturing relationships. Concept mapping is a visual teaching/learning technique where nodes representing information are drawn and then connected. It is a really effective mechanism for planning and problem solving. Read more to see how you could use it in designing or refining your training program.

Accreditation – Billie Beane, the Oakland A's and Crosswalking Curriculum and Evaluation

The importance of integrating curriculum and evaluation

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This was another one of those challenging blogs for me.  Crosswalking the curriculum and evaluation is an important topic.  It makes sense and seems straight forward.  However, in practice it can quickly become complicated and overwhelmingly detailed.  As I found when trying to write this blog. There were way too many drafts that were too dense, too theoretical, too dry, too long, etc.  And then I remembered the movie Moneyball…   

In order to answer questions about the effectiveness of training – Where is the program working?  Where does it need to be changed? – the curriculum and the evaluation/assessment measures need to be mapped onto each other.  The Oakland A's did it beautifully.  When curriculum and evaluation are integrated, transformation can occur. 

One practical method for integrating curriculum and evaluation is to “crosswalk” between the two – pairing every curriculum component with specific evaluation or assessment measures.  Let's work our way through the process.