Project Title

Nursing Success Program

Department/School

Nursing

Project Description

Kathy Mills was awarded $160,000 for the Nursing Success Program, to assist in preparing nurses for higher level nursing degrees. This award is for Phase 1 of a three-phase initiative, Transforming the Associate Degree Nursing Program. St. Catherine is dramatically changing its approach to the associate degree nursing program, which enrolls 10% of all St. Catherine students. Phase I, Student Success, focuses on increasing the retention rates of associate degree (AD) nursing students. Phase 2 will build a program for associate degree nursing graduates to obtain a master’s entry degree in nursing, (called an RN-MSN program), so the graduate may ladder either directly after graduation or after obtaining employment as a nurse. Phase 3 will create a new dual acceptance program into the baccalaureate program for associate degree students preferring to continue immediately on to the bachelor’s degree. The Student Success program includes identification of high-risk nursing students, “intrusive” advising, student referral to and participation in appropriate and innovative support programs, and well-timed and frequent faculty intervention.

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