Examples of My Scholarly Work

Publications and professional development activities

While I have yet to publish any work,  I have presented at two conferences.

National League of Nursing Technology Conference October 2013
• Infusing HIT content into ADN curriculum

Developing and Implementing HIT Curriculum as Supported by the Health e-Workforce Consortium

Western Regional HPSN August 2011
• “Evaluation of implementation fidelity in an RN to BSN program”
• Runner up, best student poster

Abstract:

The University of Washington Bothell Nursing Program recently completed a complete curriculum revision of its RN to BSN program. As a large program offered on two sites, each core course is offered in multiple sections taught by different faculty. Implementation fidelity is how accurately a program is delivered as it was intended. In evaluating the implementation fidelity of the new curriculum, it was important to assess how consistently the program and course objectives were being implemented across sections of the same core course taught by different instructors. A team of MN students in a graduate course on program planning, implementation and evaluation collaborated with faculty to accomplish this task Purpose: To evaluate the syllabi of the RN-BSN program for implementation fidelity of the new curriculum. Methods: The MN student evaluation team compared each syllabus with the specific core competencies that were to be addressed in that course. These competencies are based on the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. The classes selected to be reviewed were new five credit core classes developed for the revised curriculum. Each course selected for review combined elements of more than one previously existing 3-credit core courses. The syllabi reviewed were from BNURS 350 (Critical Thinking in Nursing), BNURS 403 (Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Inquiry), BNURS 409 (Practicum with Populations in Community Health Settings), and BNURS 430 (Relational Leadership in Nursing). For each course, the team adapted and customized a worksheet that had been developed by RN-BSN faculty during their curriculum revision process. This worksheet cross-referenced the competencies in the AACN Essentials with their intended course location in the revised curriculum. The evaluation team compared if and how well the identified competencies were applied within the course objectives, assignments, readings, and class activities in each syllabus. Findings: After reviewing the syllabi, it was clear the instructors developed courses well aligned with the AACN competencies with only a few areas that need improvement. The limitation of the findings is that a review of a syllabus is by no means a conclusive review of a course. By reviewing a syllabus alone, there is no way to determine how each individual class conducts itself, how each assignment is presented in the class and the dynamics of each unique class and instructor. Conclusions/Implications: Assessing implementation fidelity in a program is an important step in outcome evaluation. Desired outcomes are linked to a program which is implemented true to its design. A more thorough evaluation of implementation fidelity could be pursued with a revision to the original worksheet used. In the future, using a Likert-type scale that address how strongly each essential is reflected in the syllabi with respect to class work, readings, assignments and other activities would allow for a more quantitative assessment of implementation fidelity.

Professional Development Activities

Conference Attendance

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference
• November 2015

International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare
• January 2016

International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Center Conference
• June 2011, June 2013

Laerdal SUN Conference
• December 2010, February 2012, March 2014

Western Regional HPSN
• August 2011

National League of Nursing Technology Conference
• October 2012, October 2013 (Poster Presenter), October 2014

National League of Nursing Boise Simulation Conference
• April 2014

Future of Health Care Conference, Bellevue College, 2012

Other

University of Pittsburgh Introduction to Nursing Informatics for Nurse Educators ELITE Workshop, May 2011